Los Angeles Literature Events 3/21/16 – 3/27/16

B2Open Mic Poetry Night

In celebration of World Poetry Day, we invite you to join us to listen or take turns at the microphone to read, recite and/or perform one poem at a time. Contact Silvia Cisneros at 310-458-8684 with any questions.

Where: Pico Branch, SMPL

Date: Monday the 21st

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

Address: 2201 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=20097

Erin Aubry Kaplan at Book Soup

Journalist Erin Aubry Kaplan discusses and signs I Heart Obama, in which she offers an unapologetic appreciation of our highest ranking First and what he means to black Americans. In the process she explores the critiques of those who charge that he has not done enough, been present enough, been black enough to motivate real change in America. This is a look at the story so far.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday, the 21st

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA  90069

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/erin-aubry-kaplan-discusses-and-signs-i-heart-obama

Jefferson Parker at Vroman’s

Jefferson Parker discusses and signs his newest book, Crazy Blood. The Carson family dynasty rules the ski resort town of Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. The town is the site of the Mammoth Cup ski race—a qualifier for the Olympics. But family history and conflicts threatens to destroy lives and plans of all involved. Combining exquisite writing with breathtaking scenes of high stakes skiing, Crazy Blood is an unforgettable story of two brothers on a ruthless quest for supremacy.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Dates: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website:   http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/t-jefferson-parker-discusses-and-signs-crazy-blood       

Andrea Dunlop & Taylor Reid at Book Soup

Andrea Dunlop discusses and signs Losing the Light and Taylor Reid discusses and signs Maybe in Another Life.

Losing the Light is a smart, obsessive debut novel about a young woman studying abroad who become caught up in a seductive French world and a complex web of love and lust.

Maybe in Another Life is the story of a young woman at a crossroads after college, who moves home to L.A. to regroup. The novel is told in concurrent storylines following the consequences of each choice available, and raises questions about fate and true love.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/andrea-dunlop-taylor-jenkins-reid-discuss-and-sign-losing-light-maybe-another-life

Incarceration Nations at ALOUD Reading Series

Baz Dreisinger in conversation with Scott Budnick, president of Anti-Recidivism Coalition, and board member of Obama’s newly created foundation My Brother’s Keeper, discusses her book Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World.  Dr. Dreisinger is a professor, journalist, justice worker, film and radio producer, and prison rights activist who offers a first person odyssey through the modern prison systems of the world and urges a massive overhaul in prison reform in the U.S. and across the globe.

Seating is limited. If listed as closed, arrive early for stand-by seating.

Where: Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7:15 pm – 9 pm

Address: 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website:  http://lfla.org/event/incarceration-nations-a-journey-to-justice-in-prisons-around-the-world/

Red Hen Press at Bergamot Station: Rosegallery

Join Red Hen Press for an evening of art and poetry at Bergamot Station’s renowned Rosegallery, featuring:

Brendan Constantine is the author of the poetry collections Calamity Joe and Birthday Girl with Possum, and Letters to Guns, which is now taught extensively in schools across the nation. His work has inspired artists in other mediums, from the canvas to the concert hall, and he received grants from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the NEA. He teaches poetry at a private school in Los Angeles, and conducts workshops for hospitals, foster homes and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.

Peruvian-born Cuban poet, editor and translator Orlando Ricardo Menes immigrated to Miami with his family at age ten. The author of several poetry collections, including Prairie Schooner Book Prize- winner Fetish, Furia, and Rumba Atop the Stones, he is also the editor of Renaming Ecstasy: Latino Writings on the Sacred. A professor at the University of Notre Dame, he lives in northern Indiana.

Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentinians ‘disappeared.’ She is the author of The Little School, Tales of Disappearance and Survival, and of the poetry collections Little Low Flying/Volando bajita, and Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la magazine. She is an associate professor at Loyola Marymount University, and presides over Proyecto VOS-Voices of Survivors, an organization that brings survivors of state sponsored violence to lecture at U.S universities.

Where: Bergamot Station: Rosegallery

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 2525 Michigan Ave. G-5, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Website: http://redhen.org/events/?uuid=94CC9EFB

Dr. Shoghagat Sharon Aroian at Abril Bookstore

Join us as Dr. Shoghagat Sharon Aroian presents her grandfather’s memoir intertwined with her own search for identity as first generation born in America. Crossing the Euphrates: A Story of Love and Redemption Inspired by the Armenian Genocide, 1915, presents the voice of Galoust Moloian who survived the genocide dressed in female clothing. He left his diaries to his granddaughter, whose shock and grief led her on a 25-year journey to come to terms with her own tragic loss.

Where: Abril Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 415 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

Website:  http://www.abrilbooks.com/news/trauma-loss-and-armenian-identity/

Catherine Lowell at Chevalier’s

Join novelist Catherine Lowell for a discussion of her book The Madwoman Upstairs. Set in the modern day, this fast-paced, smart debut novel is a mystery, romance and dark comedy about the last descendent of the Bronte family. A great adventure from start to finish, this creative, original novel is a moving exploration of what happens when the greatest truth is, in fact, fiction.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/

Lauren Holmes at Book Soup

Join us as Lauren Holmes discusses and signs Barbara the Slut and Other People, a fresh, honest, and darkly funny debut collection about family, friends, and lovers, and the flaws that make us most human. Fearless, candid and incredibly funny, Holmes is a newcomer who writes like a master, tackling eros with a deceptively light touch.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd.untington DrHuntington , West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/lauren-holmes-discusses-and-signs-barbara-slut-and-other-people     

Chris Morris at Stories LA

Chris Morris presents Los Lobos: Dream in Blue, the first book on this unique band, which traces the entire arc of the band’s career. For four decades their “sui generis” sound has sold millions of albums and won acclaim from fans and critics alike, including three Grammy Awards. Morris draws on new interviews with Los Lobos member and their principal collaborators, as well as his own reporting since the 1980s.

Chris Morris is a music journalist and disc jockey. He was music editor of the Hollywood Reporter, senior writer for Billboard, and his writing has appeared in numerous renowned publications.

Where: Stories Books & Cafe

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026

Website: http://storiesla.com/blogs/events

Aris Janigian at Vroman’s Bookstore

Aris Janigina discusses and signs Waiting for Lipchitz at Chateau Marmont. Set in two iconic locales—Hollywood’s legendary Chateau Marmont and Fresno’s amazing Forestiere’s Underground Garden—Waiting for Lipchitz at Chateau Marmont is a bold and colorful critique of the California Dream through the perspective of a screenwriter who has gone from riches to rags. A kind of Hollywood version of Waiting for Godot, this is a stunningly original take on the absent protagonist and what is illuminated in the void.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Time: 7 pm

Date: Thursday the 24th

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/aris-janigian-discusses-and-signs-waiting-lipchitz-chateau-marmont

Open Mic Night at Tia Chucha’s

Join us for our Open Mic Night of Music & Spoken Word, a welcoming and creative sanctuary where people are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings and talents through various styles of expression. This can be a poem, story, song or joke, or just something they feel they need to express. Everyone is welcome. It’s FREE. Participants sign up upon arrival. Donations are accepted. Hosted by: Jeffery Martin

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave, Unit A, Sylmar, CA 91342


Jack Bender at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Jack Bender in conversation with Rachelle Lefevre to discuss and sign The Elephant in the Room.

Jack Bender is a storyteller. Sometimes this takes the form of painting in his home studio in L.A., sometimes it means directing or producing award winning TV dramas like The Sopranos, Lost, or Game of Thrones. This collection of stories is told through his art, a lyrical interweaving of abstraction, rich color, and texture, and surreal dreaminess. These stories are tender and intimate, but cut with biting humor and a sense of irony.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday, the 25th

Time: 7 pm

Address:  695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jack-bender-conversation-rachelle-lefevre-discuss-and-sign-elephant-room

Mystery Book Club in Westwood

Join us as we discuss The House Sitter by Peter Lovesey. This book club is for adults and seniors.

Where: Westwood Branch, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 11 am – 12 pm

Address: 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/mystery-book-club-25

Last Saturday of the Month Poetry

Please join them for Open Mic Poetry at the library. All are invited to participate. It’s a lovely venue and a friendly group when there’s a group: people who like poetry, people who are shy about poetry, people who are knowledgeable about poetry, people who are experienced with poetry, people who are experimenting with poetry. Read a classic poem or your own composition. Each presenter will have six minutes. Bring your work, share with us. Take away something you didn’t know and didn’t expect to learn. And have a good time, or bring one.

Where: Encino-Tarzana Branch, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/last-saturday-month-poetry-15

A Woman’s Writing Workshop

In celebration of Woman’s History Month, we’re offering a special writing workshop for women conducted by author, editor and teacher Mona Houghton. The session will include exercises and sharing of writing produced during the class. Registration is required. Call the branch to reserve your place. Participants are asked to read a text before the session. Copies are available at the branch reference desk.

Ms. Houghton’s latest book is called Frottage & Even As We Speak. She is a past recipient of the John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction, and is a long-time teacher of creative writing at CSUN.

Where: Woodland Hills Branch, LAPL

Date: Saturday, the 26th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 22200 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/womens-writing-workshop

The Charm Bracelet at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us for a discussion and signing of The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman. Through an heirloom charm bracelet, three women will rediscover the importance of family and a passion for living as each charm changes their lives.

Viola Shipman is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is  a tribute to all of our elders.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/viola-shipman-discusses-and-signs-charm-bracelet

Red Hen Press Showcase at Beyond Baroque  

Join us for a Red Hen Press two-hour showcase and reception featuring new and recent releases by:

Tony Barnstone, poet translator, editor and writer of fiction, earned his PhD under poets Robert Pinskey and Robert Haas at UC Berkeley. He is the Albert Upton Professor and Chair of English at Whittier College.

Sean Bernard holds degrees in creative writing from Arizona, Oregon State, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and teaches at University of La Verne. His work has appeared in numerous journals. His first novel is Studies in the Hereafter, and his collection Desert sonorous won the 2014 Juniper Prize.

John Brantingham is the author of East of Los Angeles, Mann of War, Let Us All Now Go to Our Own Strange Gods, The Green of Sunset, and The Gift of Form. He is an English professor and director of the creative writing program at Mt. Antonio College, and president of the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival.

Brendan Constantine, is an ardant supporter of Southern California’s poetry communities and one of its most recognized poets. His most recent collections are Birthday Girl with Possum and Calamity Joe. He has taught at local schools and colleges for eighteen years, and brings his poetry workshops to hospitals, foster care centers and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.

Kim Dower received her BFA in creative writing from Emerson College where she also taught creative writing. Her first collection was Air Kissing on Mars, and her second collection, Slice of Moon, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches in the B.A. program at Antioch College.

Kathy Silvey Hall teaches composition at Mt. San Antonio College, Cerritos College and El Camino College. Her work is concerned with the miscommunications, disruptions and imbalances of power and privilege between the varied cultures which make up Southern California.

Genevieve Kaplan received her MFA in poetry from University of Iowa and her PhD in literature and creative writing from USC. Her first book of poetry, In the Ice House, won the A Room of Her Own Foundation poetry prize.

Gary Lemons holds a PhD from NYU in English and American Literature, and teaches at University of South Florida. His publications include Black Male Outsider, a Memoir: Teaching as a Pro-Feminist Man (2008) and Womanist Forefathers: Frederik Douglass and W.E.B. Du Bois (2009).

Louise Wareham Leonard is a novelist and writer whose three books concern family sexuality, sexual abuse, the interior lives of women and relationships. She works as a private editor of fiction and prose.

Seema Reza is the author of When the World Breaks Open, a memoir of essays and poetry. Based in Washington D.C. she coordinates a unique multi-hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization for those with emotional or physical injuries.

Stephan Jay Schwartz, has developed film projects and screenplays, such as Air Force One, Outbreak, Bicentennial Man, Mighty Joe Young, Red Corner, and Instinct. He has also written for Discovery Channel and is now working on his third novel, an FBI-based action thriller.

Charles Harper Webb is a poet, professor and psychotherapist, and former singer and guitarist. His most recent collections of poems are What Things Are Made Of (2013) and Brain Camp (2015). He teaches at CSU Long Beach.

$10 general admission; $6 seniors/students; members free.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 26th  

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Website: http://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Tongue & Groove at The Hotel Cafe

Conrad Romo hosts this monthly spoken word and music event.

After repeated sold out performances in Joshua Tree, where this month’s spoken word event was born, Desert Stories now comes to Los Angeles. Cheryl Montelle, producer and host of this show presents an evening of quirky and odd stories, songs and poems by:

Matt Perry is a writer, filmmaker, journalist and storyteller, and is a writer on aging issues for the California Health Report.

Vickie Judiz has performed in many TV shows and TV commercials, as well as festivals and theatres across the country.

Ken Layne is the editor and publisher of the Desert Oracle, and has been an editor of the L.A. Examiner, bureau chief of UPI, and worked for many other publications. He is the author of two books, including Dignity (2011).

Marie Chambers received her MFA from Bennington College, and her work has appeared in many literary journals.

Steve Stajich was a stand-up comic and singer-songwriter before becoming a writer for television. He was staff writer for “A Prairie Home Companion” and his political writing and plays have been widely published and produced.

Cheryl Montelle is producer and host of Desert Stories which is an annual fundraiser for the High Desert Playhouse in Joshua Tree, CA, and heads the veteran/community non-profit Mil-Tree.

Musical guest: Annachristie. Come Early! Seating is limited and we start on time!

Where: The Hotel Cafe

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Cost: $7

Address: 1623 ½ Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA. 90028

Website: http://conradromo.com/

Nebraska Girl Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

One of the three monthly open mics at Beyond Baroque Our fourth Sunday of the month open reading. This month’s feature TBD. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Suggested donation: $5.

Where:  Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Website: http://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html


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