Los Angeles Literature Events 5/30/16 – 6/5/16

The_House_of_BrewsMemorial Mental Monday at House of Brews

An open mic venue that gathers every Month. 6:30 Sign-up start to be on the Mic. Poets, Musicians, Singers, Dancers, Comics, Magicians attend sooooooo…. come and express your self.

The venue was started by Melba aka Mama Hazze and Poet, Mor’Reese 9 years ago; and has been doing well since thanks to the talented Jewels in the community. Currently Hosted by Poet, Evy Spirit Luv Child and our tag Team Victor Sotomayor, Gabby & Jessica Delgato, and Micheal De Los Angeles who are the bones & blood of Mental Monday!

Where: House of Brews

Date: Monday the 30th

Time: 7 pm – 10:15 pm

Address: 231 N. Maclay Ave., San Fernando, CA 91304

Website: www.facebook.com/events/516354665242278/

Listening Room Open Mic at Gina Woodruff Gallery

Another Listening Room Open Mic, hosted by Geo, and featuring Open Mic with Mixed Acts. Sign-ups are at 6:40 pm, and performances start at 7 pm.

Where: Gina M. Woodruff Gallery

Date: Monday the 30th     

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 5555 E. Stearns St., #203, Long Beach, CA 90815

Website: http://www.localendar.com/public/CadenceCollective

Art Meza’s Chicano Soul Exhibit at John Muir Branch, LAPL

Art Meza documents the Chicano and lowrider culture in Los Angeles through photography. Author of the book Lowriding: Shots, Rides, and Stories from the Chicano Soul, he brings a photographic exhibit to the John Muir Library from May 16 – June 15, during regular library open hours, as part of the Made in L.A. program.

If you have questions, please call 323-789-4800.

Where: John Muir Branch, LAPL

Date: Monday the 30th (check library open hours)

Time: 10 am – closing.

Address: 1005 W. 64th St., Los Angeles, CA 90044

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/art-mezas-chicano-soul-photo-exhibit

STAR Volunteer Reader at West LA Regional Branch, LAPL

Read with Barbara S., our STAR Volunteer Reader, on Monday afternoons. Learn how your child can earn a free book to take home. (Limit of one book per year.) Please call first.

This event is for kids.

Where: West LA Regional Branch, LAPL

Date: Monday the 30th

Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 11360 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/barbara-s-star-volunteer-reader

Poetry Workshop for Teens at Pacoima Branch Library–YOUNG ADULT EVENT

Celebrate More Poetry Books. Join us as we use different methods to alter our personal Poetry Books. For 11-18 year-olds.

Where: Pacoima Branch, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 31st

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-books-0

A Personal History of LA Punk at Stories LA

Author John Doe will read and sign his new book: Under the Big, Black Sun: A Personal History of LA Punk. This is a story exporing the nascent LA punk rock movement and its evolution to ahrd core punk on the West Coast scene from 1977-1982. Additional authors, writers and journalists contribute their essays, sharing their stories of friendship, love, ambition, and feuds, grandiose dreams and cultural rage.

Where: Stories LA

Dates: Tuesday, the 31st

Time: 6:30 pm

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

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

Michael Helquist at Book Soup

Author Michael Helquist discusses and signs his prize-winning book, Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions, a non-fiction exploration of the fiercely independent life of an extraordinary woman. Born in 1872, Marie Equi endured childhood labor in a gritty Massachusetts textile mill before fleeing to an Oregon homestead with her first longtime woman companion, who described her as impulsive, earnest and kind-hearted. Her courage, stubborn resolve, and passion for justice propelled her self-study into medical school and ability to become one of the first practicing woman physicians in the northwest. She fought for women’s suffrage, labor rights, and reproductive freedom, broke boundaries in all facets of life, and paid a steep personal price for living by her convictions.

Where: Book Soup

Dates: Tuesday the 31st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/michael-helquist-discusses-and-signs-marie-equi-radical-politics-and-outlaw-passions

Poetry in Redondo Beach

Join us for Poetry in RB, every Tuesday evening, this week featuring Sharyl Collin and an Open Mic reading.

Co-hosted by: Jim Doane and Larry Colker.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 31st

Time: 8 pm

Address: 1820 s. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA

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

STAR Volunteer Reader at Central Library

Join us for stories and more wit STAR Volunteer Reader Kate!

For kids and children of pre-school ages.

Where: DNTN Central Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 1st

Time: 11:30 pm – 1:30 am

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/star-volunteer-reader-15  

Anansi Writers Workshop at The World Stage

The Anansi Writers Workshop presents a featured author/reader each week as part of the program.

Join for the formal workshop, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, followed by our featured reader, 8:30 – 9 pm, and our Open Mic from 9:05 – 10 pm.

Where: The World Stage, Education & Performance Gallery

Date: Wednesday the 1st

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 4321 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

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

Adam Haslett at Book Soup

Adam Haslett will discuss his book, Imagine Me Gone. In this book from a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, comes a ferociously intimate story of a family facing the ultimate question: how far will we go to save the people we love most? This is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from one act of love and faith. Told in alternating points of view from all five members of the family, this searing, yet frequently hilarious novel brings alive the remarkable depth of the love of a mother for her children, the legacy of a father’s pain, as well as the devotion siblings feel toward one another.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/adam-haslett-discusses-and-signs-imagine-me-gone

Shelly Peiken at Vroman’s 

Author Shelly Peiken discusses and signs her book Confessions of a Serial Songwriter. This is amusing and poignant memoir of a songwriter’s journey from being a young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to being a working professional songwriter writing hits of her own. It’s about growing up, the creative process, the highs and lows, the conflicts between parenthood and career success, and the remarkable people she’s met along the way.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/shelly-peiken-discusses-and-signs-confessions-serial-songwrite       

Watchlist Anthology at Skylight Books

Join us as authors from the anthology, Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest, read and discuss their works. These contributors respond to and meditate on the surveillance culture in which we live, and try to answer the question: What does it mean to be watched? Aimee Bender, Alexis Landau, Miles Klee, Bryan Hurt, and Cory Doctorow are featured.

Aimee Bender is the author of five books, most recently The Color Master, a New York Times Notable Book of 2013. She teaches creative writing at USC.

Alexis Landau published her first novel, The Empire of the Senses in 2015. She lives in LA with her family.

Miles Klee is an editor for the site The Daily Dot, as well as author of Ivyland (2012) and the story collection True False (2015).

Bryan Hurt is the author of Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France, winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction.

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, and blogger, as well as co-editor of Boing Boing and co-founder of the UK Open Rights Group.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/watchlist-anthology-reading-featuring-aimee-bender-alexis-landau-miles-klee-bryan-hurt-and

Read a Play at Ocean Park Branch, SMPL

Please join us to discover great plays in this new monthly group which will reads through a different play, with everyone in attendance taking part in the read-through. Our June play is Fences, by August Wilson.

Where: Ocean Park Branch, SMPL

Date: Thursday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 2601 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=20930

ALL LIT UP at Chevalier’s

All Lit Up is a monthly literary effort presenting literary artists and musicians, as well as Open Mic surprises. This month features prose, poetry and music from local luminaries:

Jim Ruland, is the author of the award-winning novel Forest of Fortune and the short story collection Big Lonesome. He is curator of the Vermin on the Mount reading series, now in its 12th year.

David Rocklin, is the author of The Luminist (2011) and The Night Language (due in 2017). He is the founder and host of Roar Shack, a LA-based reading series at 826LA in Echo Park.

Rebecca Gonzales, was the March 2014 winner of The Poets of New York series at the Bowery. She has three books of poetry and is now working on a book of short stories, poetry and prose.

James Morrison, is an actor, playwright and filmmaker, as well as a musician with two folk-rock albums.

Karen Stefano, is the author of the short story collection The Secret Game of Words, and she serves as fiction editor for Connotation Press.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Thursday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com

UCLA Award-Winning Poets at the Hammer Museum

Stephen Yenser, poet, literary critic, and UCLA professor, presents a stellar group of up-and-coming writers who have won awards for competitions sponsored by the Department of English or by a statewide consortium of universities.

Featured this evening are: Dylan Karlsson, Sophie Eden, Jeremy Schmidt, and Stefan Karlsson.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/06/ucla-award-winning-student-poets-2016    

House of Bradbury and 25 Sense at Book Soup

In The House of Bradbury, by Nicole Meier, we read about Mia Gladwell, who is compelled to buy author Rad Bradbury’s house, convinced it will help her write her best work yet. Soon she finds her life more complicated than ever, but gains insights she never expected to have.

In 25 Sense, by Lisa Henthorn, we read of an office romance that goes wrong, and reflect on the time in a young woman’s life when the world starts to view her as an adult, but all she feels is lost.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/nicole-meier-lisa-henthorn-bellamy-young-scandal-present-and-sign-house-bradbury-25-sense

Jade Hidle at Gatsby’s

Join us for the Book Launch celebration and reading of Jade Hidle’s book The Return to Viet Nam. Pulitzer-Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen writes: “Through stories, pictures, and memories, Jade Hidle speaks of the complicated, powerful ways that Viet Nam adheres to the body and to the mind. Her book pulses with feeling and passion, offering us a jagged view of the past, the homeland, and the United States, in all their beauty and pain.”

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Time: 7 pm

Date: Thursday the 2nd

Address: 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808

Website:   http://gatsbybooks.com/book-signings/

Rufi Thorpe at Vroman’s Bookstore

Rufi Thorpe will discuss and sign her new YAF novel, Dear Fang, With Love. In this novel we meet seventeen-year-old Vera, a ravishing, troubled, intelligent young woman who travels to Europe with her estranged father, hoping that an immersion in history might help them forget his past mistakes and her uncertain future.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/rufi-thorpe-discusses-and-signs-dear-fang-love

Author Tracy Barone at Pages Bookstore

In author Tracy Barnone’s mordantly funny debut, Happy Family, a fiercely independent woman is forced to come to terms with the family who raised her, the one who gave her away, and the one she so desperately wants.

Join us for an evening with Tracy Barone, an author of deep emotional intelligence and a biting wit.

RSVPs appreciated. Call 310-318-0900 or email.

Where: Pages Bookstore

 Date: Thursday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/tracy-barone-author-event

Literature on the Lawn at Riverside Library

The Inlandia Institute presents Literature on the Lawn at the Riverside Public Library, featuring writers from the UC Riverside undergraduate literary journal, Mosaic. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen beneath the trees.

Sign-ups for the open mic begin at 6:30 pm. Remarkable performances will be eligible for prizes. This event is free and open to the public.

Where: DNTN Riverside Public Library

Date: Thursday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 3581 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Riverside-Public-Library/244538618931086?__xt__=33.%7B”logging_data”%3A%7B”profile_id”%3A244538618931086%2C”event_type”%3A”clicked_view_profile”%2C”impression_info”%3A”eyJmIjp7Iml0ZW1fY291bnQiOiIwIn19″%2C”surface”%3A”www_events_permalink”%2C”interacted_story_type”%3A”540610469432174″%2C”session_id”%3A”e2df7de3629faa9c9dbaa18df41ea93a”%7D%7D

 Ally Hifiger at Book Soup 

Join us as Ally Hilfier discusses and signs Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me. This is a complicated story of what happens when an accurate medical diagnosis is missed. In this case, the first result is the story of someone living and enduring for long, excruciating years, which is followed by a long recovery after eleven years of misdiagnosis and physical pain.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 3rd    

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/ally-hilfiger-discusses-and-signs-bite-me-how-lyme-disease-stole-my-childhood-made-me-crazy           

Charles Rappleye at Vroman’s Bookstore

Charles Rappleye discusses and signs Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency. Rappleye’s surprising portrait of a Depression-era president Herbert Hoover, reveals a very different figure than the usual Hoover, engaged and active but loathe to experiment, and conscious of his inability to convey hopes to the country. The real Hoover, the author argues, lacked the tools of leadership, as he was shy in public and passionate in private. He had a first class mind, but a second-class temperament.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/charles-rappleye-discusses-and-signs-herbert-hoover-white-house-ordeal-presidency

LitFest Pasadena

The fifth annual LitFest Pasadena celebration is FREE, a fun afternoon and evening of readings and salon-style panels with authors, poets, food writers and much more. This is an all-day event held in various locations in the Pasadena Playhouse District, and features a variety of panels, authors and topics:

Panels include: The YA Body & Self; The Future of Literary Arts Education in Pasadena; Octavia Butler & Afro Futurism; Altadena Poets Laureate; Panel of Children’s Authors; The Writing of Memoir; Literature for Life; CSU Long Beach Poets; Jaime Hernandez in conversation with Lalo Alcarez; Ron Kortege and Kim Dower; Comedy Writing; YA Writers; Indie Publishing; Las Lunas Locas with Poems on Demand; Multi-Genre Writing Workshop, Amazing Women Writers; Crime in the City; LGBTQ  Writers Having Their Say; Woody Guthrie; Chinese Literature; Balck Lives Matter; Local Poets Read; Johnathan Gold; and MORE!

Authors/Speakers include: Lalo Alcarez, Noel Alumit, Jessica Ceballos, Chiwan Choi, Iris De Anda, William Deverell, Alex Espinoza, Janet Fitch, Judith Freeman, Jeff Garvin, Ryan Gattis, Jonathan Gold, Naomi Hirahara, Gary Phillips, Thelma Reyna, Hiram Sims, Diana Wagman, Desiree Zamorano, Jervey Tervalon, and many MORE!

This event is FREE!!!

Where: Various locations, including: Vroman’s Bookstore, Paseo & Upstairs; Zona Rosa Alley; Pasadena Playhouse, Carrie Hamilton Theater; El Molino/Colorado Blvd; Lit Fest Lounge; check schedule for details.

Time: 10 am – 9 pm

Date: Saturday the 4th

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd. & nearby sites, Pasadena, CA 91101

Website:   http://www.facebook.com/events/1724717457799909/   or view the full schedule at:  http://litfestpasadena.org/schedule/

Life Story Writing Class in Silver Lake Library

Join with us to turn your memories into vivid writing for inner exploration, to preserve family history, or to prepare for publication. Try your hand at memoir writing and fiction. We provide a warm, supportive atmosphere. No writing experience is necessary.

Where: Silver Lake Branch, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 4th

Time: 2 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 2411 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039


Made in LA with Mike Sonksen at Hyde Park Branch Library

This year’s Made in L.A. event presents Mike “the Poet” Sonksen, who performs a cycle of twelve poems about Los Angeles geography, literary history, and the spirit of the city.

Where: Hyde Park Miriam Matthews Branch, LAPL

Date: Saturday, the 4th

Time: 3 pm

Address:  2205 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/i-am-alive-los-angeles

Expressions LA Poetry at Studio City Branch, LAPL

Join us the first and third Saturday of each month for the Expressions L.A. poetry reading series. Our featured artist this session is Jason Brain, who will be followed by an open poetry reading, where participants can share their work for four to six minutes,

Where: Studio City Branch, LAPL

Date: Saturday, the 4th

Time: 3 pm

Address:  12511 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604


Sebastian Junger at Vroman’s Bookstore

Sebastian Junger discusses and signs Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, his latest book inspired by following the adjustments required of combat veterans after they are deployed. Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that for many—veterans as well as civilians—war feels better than peace. Tribe explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today’s divided world.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 5th

Time: 11 am

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

Meet the Author at DNTN Central Library, LAPL

Join us for a discussion and book signing with 13 year-old fashion designer, lifestyle blogger, avid DIY-er, author and artist Angela Lan.

Where: DNTN Central Library, LAPL

Date: Sunday the 5th

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/meet-author-angela-lan

Steve Hamilton at Book Soup

Steve Hamilton, two-time Edgar award-winner, discusses and signs The Second Life of Nick Mason. Nick Mason has already spent five years in a maximum security prison when he accepts a deal for early release from his twenty year sentence—at a terrible price. Now he’s returned to society, but he’s still a prisoner, and he will have to risk everything to break free.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 5th    

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/steve-hamilton-discusses-and-signs-second-life-nick-mason

First Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

This monthly open reading event is hosted by Steve Goldman.

Sign-ups begin at 4:45 pm.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 5th  

Time: 5 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

SUNDAY JUMP Open Mic in Historic Filipinotown

With summer on the way, we highlight the voices of youth! We are featuring poet, Favio Lovos; poet Lauren Waites; poet, Califaztlan; visual artists of Roosevelt High School; DJ J the YB of Sessions LA; and community organization, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA).

We are calling all poets, musicians, and artists to sign up for the open mic at 4:45 pm.

Guest Host: Xuan “DJ Won” Espinoza

Where: Kapistahan Grill

Date: Sunday the 5th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address: 1925 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http:// www.facebook.com/events/1309825715705766/  or SUNDAYJUMP.COM  

Readings from Samantha Dunn Workshop at The Last Bookstore

The Workshop, a writing program from Samantha Dunn, founder and lead instructor, writer of three books and instructor at many literary institutions, is welcomed to the Last Bookstore. Join us to celebrate the voices of ten emerging writers of memoir with readings from their latest works.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 5th       

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

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


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