Los Angeles Literature Events 4/25/16 – 5/01/16

Youth Poet Laureate Workshop at Memorial Branch, LAPLMemorial-Los-Angeles-Public-Library

Are you a poet or spoken word artist between the ages of 13 and 19?

In honor of National Poetry Month, the library is hosting workshops to help take your poetry to the next level and enter the Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate Contest (which offers the chance to win a book deal and more).

During this second workshop we will work on building your poetry portfolio and resume, along with instructions on entering the contest for those who are interested.

Where: Memorial Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 25th

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 4625 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/youth-poet-laureate-poetry-workshop-0

Slam in the Stacks at Mark Twain Library

Celebrate National Poetry Month with this three-part event highlighting the art of poetry. Join us for Poetry Performance by local poets on Monday the 25th, followed by a Writing Workshop for aspiring poets on Wednesday the 27th, and Poetry Performances by the Workshop participants on Saturday the 30th.

Workshop participants must attend both workshop and performance sessions, on Wednesday and Saturday.

Where: Mark Twain Branch, LAPL

Date: Monday the 25th and Wednesday the 27th and Saturday the 30th

Times: Monday the 25th from 5 pm – 6:30 pm; Wednesday the 27th from 5 pm – 7 pm; Saturday the 30th from  12 pm – 2 pm.

Address: 9621 s. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90003

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/slam-stacks-poetry-night

Red Hen Press Authors at Book Soup

Join us to hear authors Katherine Coles, Brendan Constantine and Jason Schneiderman read and discuss their works.

Katherine Coles’s fifth poetry collection, The Earth is Not Flat, was written under the auspices of the national Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. She has also published two novels. Recent prose and poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Seneca Review, Virginia Quarterly and elsewhere.

Brendan Constantine is the author of three previous collections, his latest being Dementia, My Darling, and his work has appeared in many journals. A popular performer, he has presented his work throughout the U.S. and Europe, and appeared on NPR and numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

Jason Schneiderman’s third book of poems, Primary Source, won the Benjamin Saltman Award. He is Associate Editor of Painted Bride Quarterly and Poetry Editor of Bellevue Literary Review. He teaches at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and lives in Brooklyn.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/red-hen-press-presents-jason-schneiderman-brendan-constantine-katherine-coles

Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature at Vroman’s

Editor, Yunte Huang and poet Yu Xinquao discuss and sign The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature: Writings from the Mainland in the Long Twentieth Century. Award-winning literary scholar and poet Yunte Huang here gathers together an intimate and authoritative selection of significant woks, in outstanding translations, from nearly fifty Chinese writers, that express a search for the soul of modern China. Huang provides the requisite context for these revelatory works of fiction, poetry, essays, letters and speeches, and this anthology features writers both known and unknown, representing many styles and eras.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday, the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/editor-yunte-huang-w-poet-yu-xinqiao-discusses-and-signs-big-red-book-modern-chinese

Chita Divakaruni at Vroman’s

Chita Banerjee Divakaruni will discuss and sign Before We Visit the Goddess, a beautiful, powerful new novel from the author of Sister of My Heart and The Mistress of Spices. This novel about three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another is also a tale of a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love. The author explores the different kinds of love that bind across time, from Bengal, India to Houston, Texas, in a symphony of voices.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Dates: Tuesday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:   http://www.http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/chita-divakaruni-discusses-and-signs-we-visit-goddess            

Fiction Book Club at Venice-Abbot Kinney Branch

Join us for a discussion of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Copies are available at circulation desk for checkout.

Where: Venice-Abbot Kinney Branch, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 26th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 510 S. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/fiction-book-club-0

San Gabriel Mission Readings

To celebrate the 20th year of National Poetry Month, we are delighted to bring some of LA’s finest poets to our stage :

Vickie Vertiz was the Lucille Clifton Scholar at the Community of Writers, and a Hillary Gravendyk Book Prize finalist in 2015 with works published in Los Angeles Review of Books, Huizache, The Offing, and Nepantla. Her first poetry collection, Swallows, was published in 2013 by Finishing Line Press.

Mike Sonksen has published over 500 essays and poems and his KCET column LA Letters celebrates literary Los Angeles. His new book, Poetics of Location, is published by Writ Large Press.

Naomi Hirahara is coming out with her sixth book in the Mas Arai series, Sayonara Sam, this May. The first in her bicycle cop mysteries, Murder on Bamboo Lane, received the T. Jefferson Parker mystery award in 2014. She writes noir short stories and fiction/nonfiction related to the Japanese American experience.

Event is FREE, but RSVP to reserve seating by calling: 626-308-2868.  

Where: San Gabriel Mission Playhouse

Date: Tuesday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 320 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Website:  http://www.http://missionplayhouse.org/event/poets-onstage-free-event

John Sanford and Extreme Prey at Vroman’s 

Author John Sandford discusses and signs Extreme Prey. This extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford takes a turn when Lucas joins his friend, the governor’s campaign staff and then learns someone is intent on killing him, and anyone who gets in the way.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/john-sandford-discusses-and-signs-extreme-prey   

Reg E. Gaines at The World Stage/Anansi Writers Workshop

Reg E. Gaines will read and discuss his poetry and songs as the featured artist in this week’s Anansi Writers Workshop at The World Stage. This hip-hop artist shared the bill with Gil Scott-Heron at his first concerts for several years, and subsequently toured with MTV’s Free Your Mind spoken-word tour.

The formal workshop begins at 7:30 pm, and the featured reader follows at 8:30 pm. The Open Mic is held from 9:05 pm – 10 pm.

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 4344 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: http://www.theworldstage.org/anansi-writers-workshop/

Jung Yun at Book Soup

Jung Yun will discuss and sign shelter, a suspense novel that is taut and masterfully told, and as riveting as it is profound. Kyung Cho’s home is worth less money than he owes, and his poor financial decisions have caught up with him. A tenure-track professor, he is anxious for his family’s future, but doesn’t want to ask for help from his immigrant parents who moved the family from Korea. Unexpectedly, the Cho family discovers hope as they move through new, dark and violent territory.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/jung-yun-discusses-and-signs-shelter

Kim Dower at Diesel Bookstore

Kim Dower, will discuss her latest collection of poetry, Last Train to the Missing Planet. Acclaimed for combining the accessible and the profound, Dower’s poetry rockets forward in this trajectory, taking us to places we’ve often visited but never seen.

Where: Diesel Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 27th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 225 26th St., Suite #33, Brentwood, CA 90402

Website:  http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/kim-dower-discusses-and-signs-last-train-missing-planet

Stewart O’Nan at Vroman’s

Stewart O’Nan will discuss and sign his recent book, City of Secrets. From master storyteller O’Nan, comes a timely, moral thriller of the Jewish underground resistance in Jerusalem after the Second World War. City of Secrets follows one survivor of the illegal refugees to Palestine, now hunted by British authorities, Brand, as he tries to regain himself after losing everyone he ever loved. We are asked how both despair and faith can lead us astray, and what happens when, with the noblest of intentions, we join movements beyond our control.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 28th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/stewart-o’nan-discusses-and-signs-city-secrets

Eduardo Corral at Hammer Museum

“This is Technicolor poetry,” writes Ray Olson of Eduardo Corral’s Slow Lightening, in which he “mixes colloquial Spanish and English, and he packs many, many lines with sharp, sensual, specific imagery.” Such linguistic originality garnered a Yale Series of Younger Poets award for Corral, making him the first Latino poet to win the competition.

This series of poetry readings is organized and hosted by poet, literary critic, and UCLA professor Stephen Yenser.

Complimentary coffee and tea served. A book signing will follow the reading.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/04/poetry-eduardo-corral/

In the Ruins at Abril Books

Join us for a discussion of Zabel Yessayan’s In the Ruins, presented by Judith Saryan, AIWA. In 1909, Armenian activist and writer Zabel Yessayan journeyed to the region of the Turkish massacre of 30,000 Armenians to provide relief to survivors. She wrote her account In the Ruins as a powerful testimony of this devastating event, considered a prelude to the 1915 Armenian genocide. Translated into English in its entirety for the first time, it is one of her most influential works.

Where: Abril Books

Date: Thursday the 28st  

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 415 E. Broadwayuntington DrHuntington , Suite 102, Glendale, CA 91205

Website: https://www.abrilbooks.com/news/zabel-yessayans-in-the-ruins/         

Manuel Gonzales at Skylight

Manuel Gonzales discusses and signs The Regional Office is Under Attack! This book is set in a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, and one organization, the Regional Office, and its coterie of super-powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation. Then a prophecy suggests that someone from the inside might bring about its downfall. And now, the Regional Office is under attack.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website: http://www..skylightbooks.com/event/manuel-gonzales-reads-his-new-book-regional-office-under-attack

Teen Poetry Writing at Vernon-Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch, LAPL

Teen Poetry Writing Workshop and Performance: Learn how to create poems to enter the Los Angeles Youth poet Laureate Contest, for ages 13-19. See www.urbanword.org for details.

Where: Vernon – Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library

Time: 5 pm

Date: Thursday the 28th

Address: 454 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website:   http://www.http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-workshop-3

Great Books Discussion Group

Join us for a discussion on Bartleby the Scrivener, by Herman Melville. All are welcome to attend.

Where: Palms-Rancho Park Branch, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 28th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 2920 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064


Poets & Writers Literary Roundtable at Franklin Library

Poets & Writers invites you to attend a Los Angles Literary Roundtable Meeting, hosted by the Benjamin Franklin Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. This informal meeting is a great opportunity to connect with fellow writer, presenters, presses, and teachers. Roundtable meetings bring together people from all areas of the local literary community to share ideas, news and resources, and possibly from partnerships.

Please RSVP to rw-west@pw.org  to reserve your seat.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Friday, the 29th

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 am

Address:  2200 E. 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website:  http://www.pw.org/calendar

Cynthia Sweeney at Chevalier’s

Please join us to hear best-selling debut novelist Cynthia Sweeney, who will be reading and signing The Nest. Warm, funny, and acutely perceptive, The Nest is an epic story of four adult siblings, and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their lives. Come enjoy an evening with the messy but unforgettable Plumb family.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Friday, the 29th

Time: 7 pm

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


Author Program at Valley Poets Series

We are celebrating National Poetry Month with four former directors of Valley Contemporary Poets, who will talk, read from, and discuss  their creative work in a public reading:

Mary Armstrong’s poems have appeared in the Missouri Review, Nimrod, Potomac Review, and elsewhere.

Sherman Pearl’s recent books include Elegy for Myself and The Poem in the Time of War.

David Del Bourgo has published three books of poetry and a novel, Prague Spring.

Jacqueline Derner Tchakalian’s first book, The Size of Our Bed, recently appeared through Red Hen Press.

Where: Woodland Hills Branch, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 30th     

Time: 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/valley-contemporary-poets

Lin Oliver at Children’s Book World–Children’s Event

Celebrate the publication of The Fantastic Frame, a thrilling chapter book series that combines exciting adventure with humor and a fun dose of art history. Ages 7-10.

Author Lin Oliver will be available for a talk and book signing.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 30th  

Address: 10580 ½ W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Website: http://www.childrensbookworld.com/Calendar/calendar.htm#oliver

Poetry in Pacoima: Native Voices at Pacoima Branch Library

Two poets that have both lived their entire lives in Los Angeles County, Luis Ordaz and Mike Sonksen, will perform their work. Ordaz grew up in Pacoima and Sonksen in Southeast Los Angeles County. Both work as educators teaching English and mentoring youth poets from Los Angeles. In this event they will also be joined by a few student poets doing a poem each early on.

Where: Pacoima Branch, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 30th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 13605 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-performance-mike-sonksen


This event lasts all day, 9 am to 10 pm, and will be filled with special gifts and surprises. Check our site for details, including visits by Curious George, a special panel of Angel City Press authors, and a live DJ and Happy Hour!

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 30th

Time: 9 am – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/indie-bookstore-day


Join us to celebrate Indie Bookstore Day, all day. We’ll have special, limited edition items from authors and artists like Anthony Bourdain, Kate DiCamillo, Ann Patchett, and Neil Gaiman. Also, we’ll be unveiling a special t-shirt collection, and at 2 pm will host women authors reading from Rad American Women.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Saturday the 30th

Time: 10 am  

Address: 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/independent-bookstore-day   


At 11 am, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney will discuss and sign The Nest.

At 1 pm, Cameron Diaz will present and sign The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time.

Also, join us for Craft Time with Kelly, Ask Anything with Chip Jacobs, and find exclusive items for sale from renowned authors.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 10 am

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

Website: http://www.http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/indie-bookstore-day-featuring-cameron-diaz-presenting-and-signing-longevity-book-science-aging

New Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate at Beyond Baroque

UrbanWord presents the 2016 Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate.

Join us to celebrate the talents of this new voice chosen to be the next LA Youth Poet Laureate.

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 30th    

Time: 8 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

BLACK CLOCK 21-The Final Issue, Launch Party

Since 2003, Black Clock has published poetry, fiction, and essays through CalArts and its MFA writing program. Though many of its contributors are celebrated authors, and its design elements praised, it has always been anarchic and mysterious, and editor Steve Erickson considers it a writer’s magazine.

It is the end of an era, with this final issue, and many celebrated authors will join us for a blowout reading, including:

Bruce Bauman, Tom Carson, Charmaiign Craig, Josh Emmons, Brian Evenson, Nalo Hopkinson, Michael Jaime Becerra, David Martino, Lou Mathews, Anthony Miller, Geoff Nicholson, Howard A, Rodman, Matthew Spector, Susan Straight, Lisa Teasley, David L. Ulin, Brandon Williams, and Andrew Winer.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 1st   

Time: 4 pm – 7 pm

Address: 453 S. Spring St., Ground Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

Meghan Boody at Book Soup

Meghan Boody discusses and signs We Are Gods in the Chrysalis, the first publication on Boody’s now well-known photography and digital imaging, which also includes dioramas and photo-vitrines alongside photographic work.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 1st

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/meghan-boody-discusses-and-signs-we-are-gods-chrysalis


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