Los Angeles Literature Events 7/11/16 – 7/17/16

o (1)Poetry Party at Fox Coffee House

Join us for the Cadence Collective Poetry Party and Open Mic featuring Elder Zamora, at the Fox Coffee House, hosted by Sarah Thursday and Murray Thomas.

Elder Zamora is a writer residing in Southern California. He holds a degree in English and is a curator of the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival. His work has been published in various journals including Left Hook, Barnstorm, Soundings Review, Libertad and others.

Sign-ups at 6:45 pm. Start time at 7 pm.

Where: Fox Coffee House

Date: Monday the 11th     

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 437 Willow St., Long Beach, CA

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

Poets & Allies for Resistance at the Sidewalk Café

Join us for a monthly poetry event and open mic focusing on social justice issues, and hosted by Khadija Anderson. Featured this month are Hiram Sims and Poets from the Community Literature Initiative. Open Mic sign-ups at 6:45 pm and start at 7 pm.

Where: The Sidewalk Café

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 2057 N. Los Robles (at Woodbury), Alta/Pasadena, CA 91104


PEN USA Emerging Voices at Chevalier’s Books

To celebrate the fellowship’s 20th anniversary, PEN Center USA has opened the Emerging Voices Author Evening Series to the public. Free to PEN Center USA members who bring their Author Evening ticket, which can be purchased at website.

Tis event features important west coast novelists, Lidia Yuknavitch and Cynthia Bond, reading respectively from their novels, The Small Backs of Children and Ruby.

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of Dora: A Headcase; a memoir; three books of short fiction; a critical book on war and narrative; as well as The Small Backs of Children. She writes, teaches and lives in Portland, Oregon with filmmaker Andy Mingo and their son.

Cynthia Bond is a New York Times bestselling author, and her novel Ruby is the latest Oprah’s Book club 2.0 selection. Ruby has won many awards and Bond is now writing the Ruby screenplay for Harpo Films, and completing the second book in the Ruby trilogy. A native of East Texas, Bond lives in Los Angeles with her daughter.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

Anu Partanen at Vroman’s

Join us to hear Anu Partanen discuss and sign The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life. As a Finnish journalist, now a naturalized citizen, the author asks Americans to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/anu-partanen-discusses-and-signs-nordic-theory-everything-search-better-life

Justice in the Balance at the Hammer Museum

Amid gridlock over a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, join the Hammer Forum as we examine recent decisions from an evenly divided court with Linda Greenhouse, lecturer at Yale Law School, contributing columnist for the New York Times, and co-author of the recently published The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right. Moderated by Ian Masters, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and KPFK 90.7 FM radio host.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/07/justice-in-the-balance

All the Missing Girls at Vroman’s Bookstore

Megan Miranda discusses and signs All the Missing Girls, a spellbinding psychological suspense story about the disappearance of two young women a decade apart, and told in reverse. Like nothing you’ve ever read before, this book delivers in all the right ways, and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Dates: Tuesday, the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/megan-miranda-discusses-and-signs-all-missing-girls

Shane Kuhn and The Asset at Book Soup

Join us to hear Shane Kuhn discuss and sign The Asset, an exciting new thriller from the author of the Intern’s Handbook. When a private airport security contractor becomes a counterterrorism operative and must stop an attack that will destabilize the US and cause global chaos, this bold, darkly comic voice will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Where: Book Soup

Dates: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/shane-kuhn-discusses-and-signs-asset

Margaret Wappler at Skylight Books

Join us to hear author Margaret Wappler, with Guy Branum, discuss and sign her debut novel Neon Green. Set  in the summer of 1994 in suburban Chicago, everything’s pretty much as you remember it, except for the aliens. Neon Green will stun, unnerve, and charm readers with its loving depiction of a suburban family living on the cusp of the future.

Where: Book Soup

When: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/margaret-wappler-reads-her-debut-novel-neon-green-guy-branum

Evening Book Club at Pages Bookstore

Please join our evening book club discussion of a compact masterpiece dedicated to the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich: The Noise of Time, Julian Barnes’ first novel since his best-selling, Man Booker Prize winning The Sense of an Ending.

Everyone is welcome to join the discussion. RSVPs preferred, but not necessary

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

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

Website:  http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/evening-book-club-discussion

SHOUT Open Mic at Half Off Books    

Join us for another amazing night of poetry, spoken word, storytelling, music and much more! We also look forward to our wonderful open mic readers, so come early to sign up, share or just listen.

Where: Half Off Books

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 6708 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90601

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

Anne Perry and Patricia Mahon at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear New York Times bestseller Anne Perry and debut novelist Patricia Mahon discuss Anglo/Irish Literature and the roots of English literature, moderated by editor JZ Bingham. A look back in time to the roots of English literature, as started centuries ago with Anglo masters, fused with Celtic/Irish voices, and its evolution to other groundbreaking genres and styles. Author panel discusses their favorites, their influences, and their own unique styles of literary fiction.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/angloirish-lit-chat-roots-english-literature-discussed-nyt-bestseller-anne-perry-and-debu t    

Trio of Debut Novelists at Chevalier’s Books

Three lauded debut novelists will discuss the joys and pratfalls of their common experience as first-published fiction-makers and read from their funny and big-hearted new novels:

Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Be Frank With Me introduces us to reclusive literary legend M.M. “Mimi” Banning, who has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke, and must write a new book for the first time in decades. When her publisher sends in an assistant, Mimi puts her to work as a companion to her nine-year-old son, a boy with the intellect of Albert Einstein and little in common with other children.

Steven Rowley’s Lily and the Octopus is the story of a man whose dog Lily’s cancer takes the form of an evil, talking octopus. Strange and hilarious, it will doubtless make you cry, as it reflects a profound exploration of grief.

Kemper Donovan’s The Decent Proposal is a humorous, heartfelt love story built on a tranquilizing premise: would you agree to spend two hours a week with a stranger—just talking—to collect half a million dollars at the end of a year? This is a look at two perfect strangers who wade awkwardly into the waters of modern courtship.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Wednesday the 13th    

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://chevaliersbooks.com/

Michael Klassen at The Last Bookstore 

Join us to hear Michael Klassen discuss and sign his new book Hippie, Inc.: The Misunderstood Subculture that Changed the Way We Live and Generated Billions of Dollars in the Process. Within the nascent group of fewer than 900 original Haight-Ashbury hippies, and during a time period lasting less than a hundred weeks, 35 hippie leaders originated 40 innovative ideas and products that today are worth nearly a trillion dollars and employ millions of Americans.

Hippie, Inc. has been suggested for a National Book Award in non-fiction and a film is currently in production.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 13th    

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

Cathleen Schine with Marisa Silver at Book Soup

Join us to hear Cathleen Schine, with Marisa Silver, discuss and sign They May Not Mean To, But They Do, a tender, sometimes hilarious, intergenerational story about searching for where you belong as your family changes with age. This book is a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/cathleen-schine-marisa-silver-discusses-and-signs-they-may-not-mean-they-do

Search for the Perfect Wave at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to hear Craig Peterson and Kevin Naughton discuss and sign their surfing book Search for the Perfect Wave: Volume I: California-Baja-Mexico-Central America. Peterson and Naughton began traveling to remote corners of the surfing world in 1972, and set their dispatches to Surfer magazine over the years. They began their 10-year global surf odyssey and lifelong friendship in Huntington Beach, and now live in Dana Point and Seal Beach, respectively.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website:  http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/craig-peterson-kevin-naughton-discuss-and-sign-search-perfect-wave

 Eileen Myles and Rebecca Walker at WeHo Reads Program

Join us to hear a conversation with legendary poet, novelist, performer and art journalist Eileen Myles and feminist writer, teacher and speaker Rebecca Walker as part of the WeHo Reads Program and Lesbian Speakers Series.

Where: West Hollywood Council Chambers

Time: 7 pm

Date: Thursday the 14th

Address: 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website:   http://www.weho.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/11474/15

Gina Wohlsdorf and Ivy Pochoda at Chevalier’s Books

Gina Wohlsdorf’s debut novel Security has been hailed as a new classic in suspense with an audacious, cinematic premise worthy of Hitchcock, and prose and characters equal to the plot in virtuosity.

Ivy Pochoda’s second novel, Visitation Street, is piling up high praise—as did her first novel The Art of Disappearing—for social-psychological insight and poetic flair that imbues the suspense with literary depth.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

Josh Chetwynd at Pages Bookstore

Josh Chetwynd, author of The Field Guide to Sports Metaphores, discusses a gift-worthy playbook of common and unexpected words and idioms that have their roots in sports and games. This quirky little handbook from former minor league ballplayer and award-winning journalist Josh Chetwynd is sure to be a conversation starter.

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

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/josh-chetwynd-author-event

Tony Millionaire at Skylight Books

Tony Millionaire will read and discuss his new book, Drinky Crow Drinks Again. His Maakies is one of the longest-running and most decorated weekly comic strips in America, since it debuted in 1994. Here he collects over 200 Maakies strips from the past half-decade, and blends his vaudeville-style humor and breathtaking line that harkens back to the glory days of the American comic strip. He also is the creator of the popular Sock Monkey and Billy Hazelnuts books.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/tony-millionaire-launches-his-new-book-drinky-crow-drinks-again

ZYZZYVA Issue No. 106 at Skylight Books

Please welcome ZYZZYVA’s Southern California launch of its latest issue, featuring recent contributors Lou Mathews, Melissa Yancy, Jim Gavin, David Hernandez, and special guest Dana Johnson read from their work, and find out why this journal is considered one of the country’s finest literary journals. Emceed by ZYZZYVA’s contributing editor, David L. Ulin.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/zyzzyva-issue-no-106-launch-event

Chris Morris at Book Soup

Join us as Chris Morris discusses and signs Together Through Life: A Personal Journey with the music of Bob Dylan. Veteran journalist and critic Chris Morris looks back at his intense fifty-year relationship with the music of Bob Dylan, and presents a candid album-by-album exploration of his catalog.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 300 West Second St., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/chris-morris-discusses-and-signs-together-through-life-personal-journey-music-bob-dylan        

Jonathan Shaw and Ryan Leone at Stories LA 

We are presenting an evening with Jonathan Shaw, author of Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes, and Ryan Leone, author of Wasting Talent.

Where: Stories Books & Café

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Author Event at Children’s Book World

Join award-winning picture book author/illustrator Antoinette Portis for a reading of delightful new books, Best Frints in the Whole Universe and The Red Hat, a drawing demonstration, and an activity where fans will be doing crayon drawings of their own.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 10:30 am

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

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

Author Event at Pages Bookstore

We are hosting Storytime with children’s author Andy Harkness, author of Bug Zoo. Andy Harkness is an art director for Walt Disney Animation Studios, and has worked on many of their most loved films, as well as art directed short films. He’s been nominated for three Annie Awards, and won both an Annie and an Emmy for art directing. He lives with his wife and two sons in Manhattan Beach, and still hunts bugs at least twice a week.

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

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 11 am

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

Website: https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/childrens-author-andy-harkness-storytime

Comic Books at Gallery Nucleus

Join us to celebrate First Second Books 10th Anniversary with the talented authors of Tune: Still Life, In Real Life, and the newest publication Odd Ducks. Get a one-on-one meet and greet with the featured artists:

Derek Kirk Kim, the award-winning author and filmmaker behind Same Difference, Mythomania, Good As Lily (with Jesse Hamm), and The Eternal Smile (with Gene Luen Yang).

Jen Wang, L.A. cartoonist and illustrator, recently illustrated Tom Angleberger’s Fake Mustache. Her graphic novel Koko Be Good was published by First Second, and In Real Life is her second book.

 Cecil Castelucci’s books include Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, The Year of the Beasts, and Tin Star. She collaborated with artist Sara Varon on Odd Duck, and is YA editor of LARB.

Where: Gallery Nucleus

 Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Address: 210 E. Main St., Alhambra, CA 9

Website: http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/568

Expressions Poetry Reading at Studio City Library

Join us the first and third Saturday of each month for the Expressions L.A. poetry reading series. Each session will consist of at least one featured artist, followed by an open reading, where any participant will have four to six minutes to share their work.

Featured today are: Jill Chrissie, Paul Mabon, and Dig Wayne.

Where: Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 16th      

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/expressions-la-poetry-reading-series                 

Saturday Afternoon Poetry in Pasadena

Saturday Afternoon Poetry meets every Saturday in the backroom of the Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library. This week we feature: Rebecca Gonzalez, Zachary Jensen, and Wyatt Underwood, as well as an Open Reading.

Hosted by: Don Kingfisher Campbell

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Library, PPL

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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

Natashia Deon and Dana Johnson at The Last Bookstore

We are thrilled to present Natashia Deon and her debut novel Grace in conversation with Dana Johnson, author of In the Not Quite Dark. In Grace, Deon deftly weaves together the stories of Josey and Naomi—who narrates the entire novel unable to leave her daughter alone in the land of the living. Grace is a sweeping, intergenerational saga featuring a group of outcast women during one of the most compelling eras in American history. It is a universal story of freedom, love, and motherhood, told in a dazzling and original voice.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Date: Saturday the 16th

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

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

Three Generations on a Stage at Beyond Baroque

Join us for a quarterly Los Angeles intergenerational reading hosted by Melissa R. Sipin and Mike Sonksen, with poets who will read and respond to one another’s writing.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday, the 17th

Time: 2 pm

Address:  681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291


Montoya at the Fowler

Closing day for the Jose Montoya’s Abundant Harvest exhibit of works on paper, works on life, pays homage to the legacy of Jose Montoya with live music and spoken word performances form Michael Blanchard & Los Californios.

Where: Fowler Museum, UCLA

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Address: 308 Charles E. Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/events/concert-courtyard-summer-jam-jose-montoya/    

Paris Nights at Diesel Bookstore 

Join us to welcome Cliff Simon and Loren Stephens to discuss his memoir Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge. This book opens with a bored twenty-seven year old Cliff Simon staring out at the ocean from his beachfront house, wishing he was someplace else. Gavin Mills calls him from Paris inviting him to join him at the iconic Moulin Rouge. Cliff sells everything he owns and leaves for Paris for a chance to audition for the company. Here he recounts “the best year of my life.”

Where: Diesel Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/cliff-simon-loren-stephens-discuss-and-sign-paris-nights

Sumaar III Reading Series Event

The Sumaar III Reading Series Event features readings from Saehee Cho, Ruth Madievsky, F. Douglas Brown, and Dana Johnson,  with music from Claire Cronin.

Sumaar is the personification of summer in Norse mythology. This is an annual summer event, started in 2010.

Where: The Pop-Hop

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 5002 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/261989947500160/

Posters at the Mayme Clayton Library

Please join us to hear broadcaster and former NBA player Norm Nixon host the closing reception for the Movies & Messages: Posters & Early Artwork of Art Sims exhibit. Please RSVP.  Ales of fine arts and books will be donated to the museum.

Where: Mayme Clayton Library & Museum

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 4130 Overland Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

Website: http://claytonmuseum.org/events

Wenonah Hauter and Ed Begley at Skylight Books

Join us to hear Wenonah Hauter discuss and sign Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment, with Ed Begley. This book offers a history of the fracking industry, and exposes how more than 100 years of political influence peddling facilitated the control of our energy system by a handful of corporations and financial institutions. It also examines the powerful interests that have supported fracking, including environmental groups, and looks at the growing movement to ban fracking and keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/wenonah-hauter-discusses-frackopoly-ed-begley

Nocturnal Party for Kids at Vroman’s Hastings Ranch

Kids who are NOT afraid of the dark are invited to a special after-hours event. Our booksellers will read from The Nocturnals by Tracey Hecht, followed by fun and games, including group storytelling, scavenger hunt by flashlight, etc.

RSVP for your child by calling 626-351-0828 or emailing us at dborsch@vromansbookstore.com.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, Hastings Ranch location

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/nocturnal-party-kids-hastings-ranch

Storytelling at Angel City Brewery

Two Truths and a Lie—Storytelling with a Twist, is a podcast recorded in front of a live audience. This event features stories from Eric Barrientos, Cate Campbell, Samuel Stewart Hunter, Claire Kaplan, Adrian Lopez, and Tiger Moon.

Where: Angel City Brewery & Public House

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 216 S. Alameda, DNTN Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/



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