Los Angeles Literature Events 4/11/16 – 4/17/16

JeromeRichfield_004After Abel, and Other Stories at CSUN

Mical Lemberger, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award Goldberg Prize for debut fiction, will discuss her award winning book, After Abel, and Other Stories. In her book she creatively explores the lives of famous, infamous, and little-known women of the Bible and presents the reasons behind their actions.

Lemberger holds an MA and PhD in English from UCLA and a BA in English and Religion from Barnard College. She teaches at American Jewish University.

All are invited to this FREE event. Call or email to reserve a seat.

Where: Jerome Richfield Hall 215, California State University, Northridge

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 11 am – 12:15 pm

Address: 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge CA 91330

Website: http://www.csun.edu/humanities/jewish-studies/events/after-abel-and-other-stories

Jaqueline Winespear at Vroman’s

Jacqueline Winespear discusses and signs Journey to Munich, the latest in her Maisie Dobbs series. It’s early 1938, and Maisie Dobbs is back in England, where she is asked by the Secret Service to be their emissary to Germany on a mission to retrieve a British subject from Dachau, near Munich. Traveling to the heart of Nazi Germany she encounters unexpected dangers, and questions.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday, the 11th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 685 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA  91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jacqueline-winspear-discusses-and-signs-journey-munich

Rolling the R’s Anniversary Reading

Zamora Linmark will give a talk at Scripps College and read from his acclaimed multidisciplinary novel, Rolling the R’s, which was published twenty years ago. This book exploded the static, prescribed ideas of 1990s multiculturalism and ultimately became a staple of American literature courses.

This is a FREE event.

Where: Clark Humanities Museum, Scripps College

Dates: Monday the 11th

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website:   http://lalitscene.entropymag.org/          

Author Amina Hassan and Loren Miller Biography, Eso Wan

Author Amina Hassan will discuss and sign her book, Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist. Born to a slave and a white midwesterner in 1903, Loren Miller lived the quintessential American success story, blazing his own path from rural poverty to a position of power and influence, becoming one of the nation’s most prominent civil rights attorneys, and successfully fighting discrimination in housing and education alongside Thurgood Marshall.

In his work with the ACLU Loren Miller sought to halt the internment of West Coast Japanese American citizens, helped integrate the US military and the LA Fire Department, and defended black Muslims arrested in a deadly street battle with LAPD in 1964.

Where: Eso Wan Books

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 4327 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: http://esowonbookstore.com/event/amina-hassan-booksigning-loren-miller-civil-rights-attorney-and-journalist

Nancy Lynee Woo at Coffee Cartel/Redondo Poets

Nancy Lynee Woo of Lucid Moose Press will be the featured reader at the Coffee Cartel this week, presented by Redondo Beach Poets. Open mic and reading will follow.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 1820 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets/

Omar Musa at Book Soup

Maylasian-Australian rapper and poet Omar Musa presents and signs Here Come the Dogs, an award-winning, incendiary literary debut that seethes with the anger, frustration, and powerlessness of young multicultural Australia. Omar Musa has opened for Gil Scott Heron and performed at Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City. He has released three hip-hop albums and two poetry books, and this book was long-listed for Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, the Mile Franklin Award.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/omar-musa-presents-and-signs-here-come-dogs  

Middle Grade Authors Benjamin Zelkowicz and Cam Baity

Middle Grade authors of The Book of Ore Series, Benjamin Zelkowicz and Cam Baity, will discuss and sign their books. The Books of Ore are a middle-grade fantasy series published by Disney-Hyperion. The first book, The Foundry’s Edge, came out last year, and the second of the series, Waybound, is due out April 12.

According to School Library Journal “The authors have created an imaginative and profound world…A fine addition to any middle grade collection.”

RSVPs are appreciated. Please join us as we celebrate two local authors!

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/middle-grade-authors-benjamin-zelkowicz-and-cam-baity

Graphic Novel at the Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore presents Ozge Samanci and her new memoir, Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey, an autobiographical graphic novel about a girl who loved the sea and imagined a life of adventure, while her parents and society demanded predictability.

Ozge Samanci is an artist and an assistant professor at Northwestern University. She makes comics and interactive art installations. She keeps an online comics journal Ordinary Things, since 2006.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 453 S. Spring St., Ground Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Website:  http://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Amina Hassan at Playa Vista Library

Amina Hassan will discuss her recent biography, Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist. Loren Miller was a prominent civil rights attorney who worked with Thurgood Marshall to successfully fight discrimination in housing and education, and who worked through the ACLU to fight West Coast Japanese American internment, help to integrate the US military, and also went on to be a Municipal Court Justice for LA County.

Where: Playa Vista Branch, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Address: 6400 Playa Vista Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90094

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/playa-vista

Black Mountain Poets Descendants at Hammer Museum

The Kinetics—Black Mountain College’s Literary Descendants is based on the poet and Black Mountain College teacher Charles Olson’s belief that poetry is a matter of relating “the kinetics of the thing.” This special talk and reading feature the college’s literary descendants: Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Duncan McNaughton, Michael Davidson, and Michael Palmer. Presented in conjunction with the exhibit Leap before You Look: Black Mountain College: 1933-1957.

A book signing with complimentary coffee, tea and cookies will follow the conversation.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: https://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/04/poetry-the-kinetics-black-mountain-colleges-literary-descendants/

Adam Hochschild at ALOUD

Join Adam Hochschild, in conversation with UCI professor and The Nation contributing editor Jon Wiener, to discuss Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939.

Best-selling author, prize-winning historian, and Mother Jones co-founder Adam Hochschild offers a sweeping new history of the Spanish Civil War. This is a nuanced international tale of idealism and heartbreaking suffering told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell, who reveal the full tragedy and importance of the war.

RSVP to ensure seating.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, Downtown LA

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7:15 pm – 9 pm

Address: 630 West 5th St.untington DrHuntington , Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: http://lfla.org/event/spain-in-our-hearts-americans-in-the-spanish-civil-war-1936-1939/       

Laura Tillman at Vroman’s

Laura Tillman discusses and signs The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City. This book is a harrowing, profoundly personal investigation of the causes, effects, and communal toll of a deeply troubling crime, the brutal murder of three young children by their parents in the border city of Brownsville, Texas. In 2008 Laura Tillman covered this story for the Brownville Herald, and the questions it raised haunted her, including a connected six-year inquiry into the larger significance of such acts and their consequences to the larger community and its social issues.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://vromansbookstore.com/event/laura-tillman-discusses-and-signs-long-shadow-small-ghosts-murder-and-memory-american-city

Melissa Burch at Pages

Melissa Burch has worked as a writer, filmmaker, producer and former war journalist for the BBC, CBS, and other networks. Her team was one of the first documentary crews in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. She was just in her twenties when she traveled with the mujahdeen, filmed an attack on a Soviet convoy, slept with an Afghan commander, and climbed 14,000 foot mountains in the Hindu Kush. These experiences and many more are featured in her adventurous spiritual memoir, My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker.

RSVPs are appreciated.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Time: 7 pm

Date: Thursday the 14th

Address: 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Website:   http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/melissa-burch-author-event

Amy Goodman and David Goodman at Skylight

In 1996 Amy Goodman started a radio show called Democracy Now! to focus on the issues that are underreported or ignored by mainstream media. Shortly after September 11, 2001, they were broadcasting on TV every weekday. Today it is the only public media in the US to air simultaneously on satellite and cable TV, radio and the Internet. Now Amy and her journalist brother, David Goodman, share stories of the heroes, whistleblowers, organizers and protestors who have brought about remarkable, almost invisible change over the last two decades.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 12 pm (NOON)

Address: 181 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017


Ranbir Singh Sidhu at Book Show

Please join us for the Unnamed Press reading by Ranbir Singh Sidhu, who writes stories, essays and plays, takes photographs, and dreams of making movies. He was born in London and grew up in California and has worked as an archaeologist, book store clerk, projectionist, PR guy, communications trainer with the United Nations in Sri Lanka, assistant to the playwright Edward Albee. He will  be reading from his new work, his first novel, Deep Singh Blue.

Deep Singh Blue is about Deep Singh who wants out — out of his family, out of his city, and more than anything, out of his life. His parents argue over everything and his brother, who hasn’t said a single word in over a year, suddenly turns to him one day and tells him to die. Ranbir Singh Sidhu’s debut takes us into the heart of another America, and into the lives of “the other Indians—the ones who don’t get talked about and whose stories don’t get written.”

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday, the 8th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address:  5503 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park, CA 90042

Website:  http://bookshowla.com/event/unnamed-press-reading-ranbir-singh-sidhu/

Larry Livermore at StoriesLA

Larry Livermore signs and presents How to Ruin a Record Label: The Story of Lookout Records. He  is an American musician, record producer, music journalist, and author. He is best known as the co-founder of Lookout Records.

Where: Stories Books & Cafe

Date: Friday the 15th   

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Jessica Wilson at Book Show

Jessica Wilson will read from her new book Serious Longing. She is the hostess of Writers’ Row: Downtown LA’s Official Written Art Showcase, SoapBox Poets Open Mic at Beyond Baroque, and the NoHo Salon. She is the LA organizer for 100 Thousand Poets for Change and founder of the Los Angeles Poets Society. She also teaches for California Poets in the Schools.

Where: Book Show LA

Dates: Saturday the 16th

Times: 8 pm

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website:  http://bookshowla.com/event/jessica-wilson-reads-from-serious-longing/

Santa Monica Reads Book Discussion: Station Eleven

Trained facilitators lead discussions of our 2016 Santa Monica Reads featured book. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, begins in the present as child actress Kirsten Raymonde watches actor Arthur Leander die onstage during a performance of King Lear. Outside, the world is being consumed by a virulent flu that will rapidly lay waste to most of humanity. This layered novel unfolds in flashbacks, providing backstory, in the present as they realize what’s happening, and fifteen years forward as survivors make their way through the broken landscape that remains.

Where: Community Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Main Branch, SMPL

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=20215

Santa Monica Reads Author Talk: Emily St. John Mandel

Author Emily St. John Mandel presents an engaging discussion of Station Eleven, her past work and her future plans.

A book sale and signing will follow. Seating is first come, first served.

Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, Main Library SMPL

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: http://lendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=20204&rts=&disptype=info&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&SignupType=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=4/1/2016&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp=

8th San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival—Week 3

A month long celebration of poetry writing workshops, contests, outings, and featured performances that is organized across the San Gabriel Valley by the Emerging Urban Poetry Group of Pasadena that occurs annually in conjunction with NaPoWriMo. The first San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival was in 2000. The second was in 2010. The Festival has been annual ever since.


This hike is led by SEVEN DHAR on the Gabrielino Trail. meeting at the .

Where: JPL parking lot in Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 11 am – 1 pm


This week features poetry troupe Las Lunas Locas, led by: Karineh Mahdessian. Event hosted by Jackie Chou and G. T. Foster.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA

Website: http://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Tia Chucha Centro Cultural & Bookstore’s 15th Anniversary Celebration—Family Event

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore will celebrate its 15th anniversary with music, tianguis cultural, children’s activities, food, dance and fandango. Plan to join the celebration, and pick up a copy of the new anthology Coiled Serpent while you are there.

Congrats to everyone at Tia Chucha’s!

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 3 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.tiachucha.org

Three Generations of Poets at Beyond Baroque

Poets & Writers sponsors the first Los Angeles Intergenerational Reading hosted by the McCrindle Foundation Readings & Workshops Fellow, Melissa R. Sipin, and poet Mike Sonksen, who hosts the quarterly event.

This spring a group of teens from St. Bernard High School and a group of WWII veterans and their family members have had a chance to read and respond to one another’s writing. Join us, along with teaching artists Traci Kato-Kiriyama and Angela Penaredondo, as writers yong and old ,from diverse backgrounds, speak directly to one another.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

L.A. Stories Typed before Your Eyes at CAFAM

Bring your favorite Los Angeles stories to share with favorite local writers Lynell George, Sesshu Foster, and Mike the Poet, who will transcribe your words into poetry and prose using one of our typewriting stations. Participants are encouraged to bring their own typewriters to join in this event, which is held in conjunction with this year’s Big Read, honoring the work of Ray Bradbury.

FREE and open to the public.

Where: Museum Courtyard, Craft & Folk Art Museum

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Address: 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website: http://www.cafam.org/programs/

Moonday Poetry at Flintridge Books

Moonday Poetry celebrates its 12th year, and presents readings by:

 William O’Daly is a poet, translator, essayist and fiction writer. With co-author Han-ping Chin, he recently completed a historical novel, This Earthly Life, based on the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which was selected for the “Finalist” category in prestigious Narrative magazine’s 2009 Fall Story Contest.

Cecilia Woloch is the recipient of a 2011 NEA fellowship and the author of six award-winning collections of poems, most recently Earth (2014). She also published a novel recently, and runs private workshops for writers in the US and Europe.

Mandy Kahn is a Los Angeles poet, author of the poetry collection Math, Heaven, Time and is co-author of the nonfiction book Collage Culture: Examining the 21st Century’s Identity Crisis.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Website: http://www.flintridgebooks.com/


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