Los Angeles Literature Events 7/04/16 – 7/10/16

brentwood-01Afternoon Book Club at Brentwood Branch Library

Join us for a rich discussion of Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl. Copies of this fiction title may be picked up at the circulation desk. For ADA accommodations, call (213) 228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Where: Donald Bruce Kauffman-Brentwood Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 5th

Time: 1 pm

Address: 11820 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049


Read with a STAR at San Pedro Regional Library

Kids and pre-school children are invited to drop in and read with our STAR volunteer reader from 3 pm to 4:30 pm. Our reader presents the fun of storytelling and reading to children one-on-one or in small groups. Kids earn a free book to keep after three visits.

Where: San Pedro Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 5th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 931 Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/read-star-0

Bill Lascher at Vroman’s

Join us to hear Bill Lascher read and discuss Eve of a Hundred Midnights: the Star-Crossed Love Story of Two WWII Correspondents and Their Epic Escape Across the Pacific. This is the unforgettable true story of two married journalists on an island-hopping run for their lives across the Pacific after the Fall of Manila during World War II, a saga of love, adventure and danger. Supported by deep historical research, extensive interviews, and personal letters, Lascher recreates a thrilling odyssey and love affair.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 5th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/bill-lascher-discusses-and-signs-eve-hundred-midnights-star-crossed-love-story-two-wwii

LA Kings Read-A-Long at Cypress Park Library

Join Bailey and the LA Kings Ice Crew for a special reading of “Z” is for Zamboni at the Cypress Park Branch Library.

Where: Cypress Park Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 6th

Time: 10 am – 11 am

Address: 1150 Cypress Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90065

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/la-kings-read-long-bailey

Pajama Storytime at Silver Lake Library

Kids and pre-school children can cozy up in your PJs, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and join Ms. Alana in the picture book nook for our weekly pajama storytime.

Where: Silver Lake Branch, LAPL

Dates: Wednesday, the 6th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/pajama-storytime-6

SCBWI Westside Writer’s Mingle at Ocean Park Library

Join us for a monthly gathering of any adults interested in writing for children and young adults. Contact Karen Reitz at (310) 458-8683 for details.

Where: Ocean Park Branch, SMPL

Dates: Wednesday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=20066

Ryan Holiday at Book Soup

Join us to hear author Ryan Holiday discuss and sign Ego Is the Enemy. Many of us insist that the main impediment to a full, successful life is the outside world. In fact, the most common enemy lies within: our ego. Early in our careers, it impedes learning and the cultivation of talent. With success, it can blind us to our faults and sow future problems. In failure, it magnifies each blow and makes recovery more difficult. Armed with the lessons in this book you will be liberated to accomplish the work you’ve set out to achieve.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/ryan-holiday-discusses-and-signs-ego-enemy

Ron Kovic at Pages Bookstore

Please join author Ron Kovic, whose memoir Born on the Fourth of July will be published in a 40th anniversary edition, at the same time his new book arrives: Hurricane Street. This book is Kovic’s timely memoir about the American Veterans Movement. He is a huge advocate for better treatment of veterans, and he lives in Redondo Beach.

Reservations for this FREE event are encouraged by emailing or calling the bookstore at (310) 318-0900.

Where: Event held offsite in the Manhattan Beach Library

Date: Wednesday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/ron-kovic-author-event

Catherine Olen at The Last Bookstore    

Join us to hear Catherine Olen discuss and sign The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt: A Detailed Path Throughout the Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Parks. Olen shares her insights and knowledge, and love of all things Disney in a Q&A format, so you can see these treasures through new eyes.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 6th

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

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

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

Sarah Kuhn at Skylight Books

Join us to hear Sarah Kuhn launch her novel Heroine Complex, together with Seanan McGuire and Amber Benson, discussing the ins and outs of adult urban fantasy novels. Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder. When Evie Tanaka, the put-upon assistant to superheroine Aveda Jupiter, is forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, her darkest secret comes out: she has superpowers too!

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 6th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/sarah-kuhn-launches-her-novel-heroine-complex-together-seanan-mcguire-and-amber-benson     

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 6th    

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Gary Moore at Vroman’s 

Join us to hear Gary Moore discuss and sign his novel The Final Service. A broken father-daughter relationship…a soul that needed guidance…and the power of forgiveness and redemption, are all contained in this riveting story about human nature, emotional abandonment, and unfulfilled dreams.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 6th    

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/gary-moore-discusses-and-signs-final-service            

PEN Emerging Voices at ALOUD

Join us for a 20th Anniversary Celebration of PEN Emerging Voices: A Reading, of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, featuring: Marnie Goodfriend, Jian Huang, Wendy Labringer, Natalie Lima and Chelsea Sutton, as well as this year’s mentors: Carmiel Banasky, Claire Bidwell Smith, Patrick O’Neil, Mike Padilla, and Alicia Portnoy.

The Emerging Voices Fellowship is a literary mentorship program aiming to provide new writer who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career.

This event is FREE, but reservations are suggested.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, DNTN Central Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 7th

Time: 7:15 pm

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

Website: http://www.lfla.org/event/pen-emerging-voices-a-reading/

Read a Play at Ocean Park Library

Please join us for this new monthly group for adults and seniors, as we read through a different play each month, with each in attendance taking part in the read-through.

Our July play is Fences, by August Wilson.

Where: Ocean Park Library

Date: Thursday the 7th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website:  http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=21271

In Twenty Years at Diesel Bookstore

Join us to hear Allison Win Scotch discuss and sign In Twenty Years. In this novel, twenty years ago six Penn students shared a house, naively certain their friendships would endure. Now, mostly estranged from each other, they are reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each is forced to confront the past.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Time: 6:30 pm

Date: Thursday the 7th

Address: 225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 900402

Website:   http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/allison-winn-scotch-discusses-and-signs-twenty-years

Tavis Smiley at Eso Won Books

Tavis Smiley, author and PBS personality, will join us for the signing of his new book, Before You Judge: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days.

Where: Eso Won Books

Date: Thursday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 4327 Degnan Blvd., Lemert Park, CA 90008

Website: http://www.esowonbookstore.com/calendar-node-field-date/day/2016-07-06

Liz Pryor at Pages Bookstore

Liz Pryor, in conversation with Patti Hawn, and author of Look at You Now, discusses her riveting memoir about a lifelong secret and a girl finding strength in the most unlikely place. In 1979, when she was seventeen and pregnant, her family sent her to a locked government-run facility for delinquent and impoverished pregnant teenage girls. But over the next six months, she developed a surprising bond with the other girls there and began to question everything she once held true.

RSVPs appreciated. Call (310) 318-0900 or email info@pagesabookstore.com.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/author-liz-pryor-conversation-patti-hawn

Solmaz Sharif and Look at Skylight Books

Solmaz Sharif will read and discuss her new book of poetry, Look, from Graywolf Press. Join us as she asks us to see the ongoing costs of war as the unbearable losses of human lives and also the insidious abuses against our everyday speech continue. These poems also look at the ways violence is conducted against our language, and how that affects our collective resolve.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 7th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/solmaz-sharif-reads-her-new-book-poetry-look

Kara Platoni at Vroman’s Books

Author Kara Platoni, discusses and signs We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Perception, One Sense at a Time. In this book the author guides us through the latest developments in the science of sensory perception. A fascinating tour of human capability and scientific ingenuity, it offers essential insights into the nature and possibilities of human experience.

Where: Vroman’s Books

Date: Thursday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/kara-platoni-discusses-and-signs-we-have-technology-how-biohackers-foodies-physicians-and

A Mic and Dim Lights: Open Mic in Pomona

The warm vibrations a this open mic make this a favorite of not only locals in Pomona, but poets from all across Southern California. DJ JB spins records between poets. Hip hop lives here, but the lineup also includes political poets, spoken word artists, and page poets. Besskepp is open to all, and he is also known for mentoring hundreds of teen poets from high schools across the San Gabriel ValleyMike “The Poet” Sonsken calls this open mic “one of the crown jewels in the Pomona Arts District.”

Where: Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center

Date: Thursday the 7th

Time: 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Address: 300 West Second St., Pomona, CA 91766

Website: http://www.experiencela.com/calendar/event/5832       

Angel City Review Release Reading

We are releasing Issue 3 of Angel City Review, and will share some of our latest issue by presenting a few writers, as well as providing refreshments and musical performance following the reading.

Featured readers include: Mike Sonksen, Jesse Bliss, Janice Lee, Julia Ingalls, and introducing Christian Cardenas and Kirk Sever.

Musical performance by: Matt Kivel.

Hosted by: Zachary Jensen

Where: Mor York Gallery

Date: Friday the 8th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 4959 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90402

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1070250643064842/

An Evening with Chinaka Hodge at 826LA

Join 826LA and the Los Angeles Review of Books in Echo Park for a special evening with Chinaka Hodge, who will perform from her new book, Dated Emcees (City Lights) with special guests. Details will be announced.

826 Valencia alumna Chinaka Hodge came of age along with hip hop, and its influence on her suiters became inextricable from their personal interactions. Hodge examines her love life through the lens of hip hop’s best known orators, characters, archetypes and songs, creating a new and inventive narrative.

Where: 826LA (aka The Time Travel Mart)

 Date: Friday the 8th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 1714 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http://www.pw.org/calendar

VOX & Voices July Edition at Stories LA

We are presenting, the 6th installment of our spanking new reading series VOX & Voices. The idea’s simple: each month, DUM DUM Zine will give you 3 readers and 1 killer acoustic musical act on the charming patio of Stories Books & Café, Join us every 2nd Friday of the month!

Readings by: Art Currim, Deanna Hampton, Tanzila ‘Taz’ Ahmed.

Where: Stories Books & Café

Date: Friday the 8th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

The Next Species at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Join us to hear Michael Tennesen discuss and sign The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man (Simon and Schuster). While examining the history of our planet and actively exploring our present environment, science journalist Michael Tennesen describes what life on earth could look like after the next mass extinction. His predictions, based on reports and interviews with top scientists, have vital implications for life on earth today.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 8th      

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/michael-tennesen-discusses-and-signs-next-species-future-evolution-aftermath-man                

Las Lunas Locas at Tia Chucha’s

Las Lunas Locas is a womyn, womyn identified writing collective based in East Los Angeles. Experience the words of these amazing creative Locas! Plus open mic to all artists (six minutes each)!

Hosted by: Jeffery Martin

Where: Tia Chucha’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 8th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website:   www.facebook.com/events/1583798355253164/

Adult Book Club at Westwood Branch Library

Join our Book Club for adults and seniors, when we discuss Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad.

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 9th

Time: 11 am

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/book-club-48

Grapes of Wrath Reading Event at Santa Monica Library

Join us as Santa Monica Rep performs a reading of Frank Galab’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novel about a family of tenant farmers surviving the Dust Bowl and Depression: The Grapes of Wrath. No late seating available.

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

Time: 2 pm – 4:15 pm

Date: Saturday the 9th

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

Website:   http://www.http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=21335&rts=&disptype=info&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&SignupType=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=7/1/2016&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=0&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp=

Children’s Ilustrator at Vroman’s Bookstore

Illustrator Keika Yamaguchi presents and signs Teeny, Tiny Toady, which shows us that brawn can’t always beat brains, and the smallest girl may be the smartest of all.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday, the 9th

Time: 10:30 am

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


Watts Book Club at Alma Reeves- Watts Branch Library

This week we are participating in this year’s The Big Read, and we will meet every Saturday to read and discuss Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. All participants get free copies of the book.

Where: Alma Reeves – Watts Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 9th

Time: 1 pm – 2 pm

Address: 10205 Compton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90002

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

Hooray for Kids at Diesel Bookstore 

Join us for a discussion and discussion with Suzanne Lang and Max Lang, the authors of Hooray for Kids. The creators of Families, Families, bring us another joyful ode to diversity in this zippy, rhyming celebration of kids of all stripes.

Where: Diesel Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 9th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/max-and-suzanne-lang-read-and-sign-hooray-kids

Jennifer Grayson at Skylight Books

Join us to hear Jennifer Grayson discuss and sign Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy. This book offers an incisive look the many factors that have transformed an essential human function into one of the most controversial thrive-and-survive issues of our time. Grayson is an environmental journalist and Huffington Post columnist whose work has appeared in many publications. She lives in LA with her husband and daughters.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Saturday the 9th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jennifer-grayson-discusses-her-new-book-unlatched

The Way at Pages Bookstore

A great warmup for the summer Olympics, The Way, by Christopher Austin, is a delightful creative non-fiction story taking place on the islands of Hawaii. It intimately follows the lives of four young athletes and two highly mindful coaches, along with their families, coming together to create unparalleled success within the youth volleyball community. Austin is a two-time NCAA Championship Setter, who later played three seasons of professional indoor volleyball, and founded his own training academy. He now lives in Southern California, where he writes and manages his business endeavors.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 9th     

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/christopher-austin-author-event

Flash Read Mob at Vroman’s

Join us for our Summer Reading Program event, when at a specific time, we’ll make a SOUND over the intercom at Vroman’s. At that time, all League Members should sit down on the floor and start reading whatever book they have with them. We’ll read for five minutes, and then you’ll hear another SOUND that signals the end of the flash read mob.

Date: Sunday the 10th

Time: 1 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/flash-read-mob-summer-reading-program-event

USA & Pakistan: Seeing Each Other and Expanding Our Vision at DNTN Central Library

This event is lively discussion with female students and academics from the Critical Thinking Forum of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. Visiting the US on a cultural exchange program, they will share elements of their society and culture with Americans. This program provides an platform for research and critical debate on topics for emerging researchers, thinkers and writers.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, DNTN Central Library, LAPL

Date: Sunday the 10th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 2411 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: http://lapl.org/whats-on/events/usa-pakistan-seeing-each-other-and-expanding-our-vision

Whose Mind Is It Anyway? at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Lisa Esile and Franco Esile discuss and sign their book, Whose Mind Is It Anyway?: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life. This book will help you separate what you want from what your brain wants, and how to do less when your brain is trying to trick you to do more, answering the difficult question of how we can take control of our self-defeating behaviors. This book will be the friendly voice in your head to counter your negative thoughts, and teach you how to be at peace with all that you are.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 10th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/lisa-franco-esile-discuss-and-sign-whose-mind-it-anyway-get-out-your-head-and-your-life

Relationship at Sklight Books

Zachary Drucker and Rhys Ernst discuss their book Relationship, with Jack Halberstam.

This book of photographs that the New York Times calls “extremely provocative,” explores the idea of transformations, both physical and psychological, and take place over a period of six years.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Sunday the 10th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/zackary-drucker-and-rhys-ernst-discuss-their-book-relationship-jack-halberstam

Poets at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join kinetic poet-performer Peggy Dobreer, your host for an evening with two fellow poets who can rock the stars awake. L.A. poet Brendan Constantine, newly out with his collection Dementia, My Darling, brings a lucent imagining of what it means to forget. And charismatic Derrick Brown, who embodies his ethos that poets ought to be renowned as rock musicians, is on tour from Austin, Texas to show us how it’s done.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Sunday the 10th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com


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