Los Angeles Literature Events 7/18/16 – 7/24/16

SecondLifeCover.jpegS.J. Watson and Steph Cha at Chevalier’s Books

Join us for S.J. Watson, best-selling author of the thriller Before I Go to Sleep, in conversation with L.A. author Steph Cha (Dead Soon Enough). With new book Second Life, Watson again delivers a sleek and surprising contemporary thriller that takes readers where they never expected to go. Taught and riveting, Second Life penetrates the heart and mind of Julia, a woman whose investigation her sister’s violent death leads into the darkly alluring world of cybersex.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 18th     

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

Judy Kain at the Book Soup

Join us as Judy Kain discusses and signs I Booked It!: The Commercial Actor’s Handbook. This book will teach you all the techniques you need to book commercials and related acting work, including: how to handle nerves and make them an asset; how to market yourself; and much more.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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


Mystery Book Club at Pages Bookstore

Our Mystery/Thriller Book Club is led by Bobby McCue, and the discussion this month is focused on Brighton, by Michael Harvey. This is a gritty and suspenseful Boston thriller for fans of Denis Lehane, and presents a gripping, haunting, marvelously told tale about two friends growing up in a rapidly changing Boston, who must face the sins of their past in the midst of a series of brutal murders.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

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

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

Gretel Ehrlich at ALOUD

Join us to hear author Gretel Ehrlich in conversation with journalist Neal Conan, discuss and sign The End of Ice: Stories from Greenland’s Northernmost Villages. Greenland’s ice sheet is now shedding ice so fast (five times faster than in the 1990s) that scientists have labeled its seasonal sea ice “a rotten ice regime.” For 20 years Gretel Ehrlich has traveled with Inuit hunters in Greenland, listening to their narratives and observing changes in their traditional hunting practices. Last spring her plans to speak at the Paris climate talks were dashed when terrorist struck the city. Here she reports on her experiences and discusses the challenges of climate change, and how to move from “it’s too late” to “there’s much we can do.”

Please reserve your space at this free program at the ALOUD calendar site.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7:15 pm

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

Website:  http://lfla.org/event/the-end-of-ice-stories-from-greenlands-northernmost-villages/

Sam Polk and Father Greg Boyle at Diesel Bookstore

We welcome Sam Polk, in conversation with Father Greg Boyle (Tattoos on the Heart), to discuss his debut book, For the Love of Money: A Memoir. In 2014, a former hedge fund trader’s New York Times Sunday Review front page article about wealth addiction instantly went viral, This is his unflinching memoir about coming of age on Wall Street, fighting to overcome the ghosts of his past and the radical new ways he now defines success.

Where: Diesel Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sam-polk-discusses-and-signs-love-money-father-gregory-boyle

Heart of Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery at Vroman’s  

James Ziskind discusses and signs Heart of Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery. In the waning days of a lazy August holiday, Ellie Stone is enjoying a bright Adirondack-lake morning, when two men plummet to their deaths a few feet short of a dangerous diving pool. Wading in, Ellie’s investigation forces her to navigate old grudges and cold war passions, lost ideals and betrayed loves, while putting herself in jeopardy.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Dates: Tuesday, the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/james-ziskin-discusses-and-signs-heart-stone-ellie-stone-mystery

Kemper Donovan and J. Ryan Stradal at Pages Bookstore

Join us to hear Kemper Donovan in conversation with J. Ryan Stradal, (Kitchens of the Great Midwest), discuss and sign The Decent Proposal, a debut novel that is a romantic comedy, drama and mystery rolled into one, about two very different strangers whose lives become intertwined when they receive an unusual proposition. This is a funny, tender story about love, attraction and friendship: Jane Austin in Los Angeles.

Reservations are strongly recommended. Please call 310-318-0900 or email us at info@pagesabookstore.com.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Dates: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/kemper-donovan-conversation-j-ryan-stradal

Emma Rathbone at Skylight Books

Join us to hear author Emma Rathbone, discuss and read from her new novel Losing It. This is the story of Julia Greenfeld, a former collegiate swimming star who finds herself at age 26, stuck in a dead-end job, living in a city she hates, and still a virgin. Determined to reroute herself from her stalled life, she travels to a small town in North Carolina to spend the summer with her aunt, only to find she must solve the riddle of her aunt, while trying to avoid the same fate.

Where: Skylight Books

When: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/emma-rathbone-reads-her-new-novel-losing-it

Poetry in Redondo Beach

The Redondo Beach Poets host Michelle Bitting and an open reading this Tuesday night.

Michelle Betting is a fourth generation Angeleno, where she grew up near the ocean. She studied theatre, wrote poems, danced, played music as an undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley. Michelle’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Paris-American, Narrative, River Styx, The L.A. Weekly, Crab Orchard Review, among many others. Her first collection, Good Friday Kiss (2008, C&R Press) was chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the DeNovo First Book Award.

Where: The Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 1820 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90042

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

Kristina Hagman at Chevalier’s Books

Please join us when Kristina Hagman, daughter of Larry Hagman, reads and discuss her memoir The Eternal Party. Growing up in the Hagman family Kristina lived a life of constant financial ups and down until her father hit the actor’s jackpot playing the infamous J.R. on the TV show Dallas. She delves into her father’s lifestyle and relationships, with his own mother, actress Mary Martin, and his wife the Swedish Maj, to whom he was devoted and to whom he was wed at age 23.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com

Oneida at Stories Books LA  

Join author Ellen Wayland-Smith for a reading and discussion about her fascinating investigation into the good intentions, sexual liberation and modern economics of Oneida: From free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table. This unusual chapter in American history when a religious community that held radical notions on social issues eventually transformed itself into a successful silverware company and a model of button-down corporate propriety, is told by a descendant of one of the Community’s original families, and is a captivating story.

Where: Stories Books & Café

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. discuss and sign The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom. The ancient Toltecs believed life as we know it is a dream, and we each live in our own personal dream, and come together to make the Dream of the Planet. The Ruiz family has an enormous following and a powerful marketing machine. This new book will be greeted with enthusiasm by fans around the world.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/don-miguel-ruiz-jr-discusses-and-signs-mastery-self-toltec-guide-personal-freedom    

Judith Freeman and Laurie Winer at Chevalier’s Books

Author Judith Freeman discusses and signs her memoir The Latter Days, with journalist Laurie Winer. This memoir grew out of an essay Freeman wrote on the eve of the 2012 Republican Convention. Prominent journalist Laurie Winer will discuss with Freeman her personal account of leaving the Mormon faith, and delve into the extraordinary political and economic power Mormons still hold. Guaranteed to fascinate!

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Thursday the 21st     

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://chevaliersbooks.com/

Young Adult Author Panel at The Last Bookstore-Teen Event

Join us to hear our own Katie Orphan moderate a panel of young adult authors featuring:

Sara Saedi (Never Ever) was born in Tehran, Iran smack-dab in the middle of a war and an Islamic Revolution. As the story goes, she entered the world to the sounds of bombs exploding near the hospital. Though her memory of the day is a little fuzzy, the life and death stakes surrounding her birth helped prepare her for a writing career. She currently lives in Los Angeles, Juliana Romano (Summer in the Invisible City) was born in 1982 in New York, New York and grew up in Santa Monica, California. She received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2004 and an M.F.A. in Painting from U.C.L.A. in 2008. In 2009, Juliana began writing fiction in addition to painting. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Aditi Khorona (Mirror in the Sky) spent part of her childhood in India, Denmark and New England. She has a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MA in Global Media and Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including FOX, Paramount and SONY.

Join us for a fun-filled night where we will discuss these fantastic young adult novels by three talented women.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 21st     

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

Tracy Tynan at Book Soup

Join us to hear Tracy Tynan, discuss and sign War and Tear: The Threads of my Life, a candid, entertaining memoir told through clothes. Tynan grew up in London in the 1950s and 19600s, privy to her parents glamourous parties and famous friends. Her father was a powerful theater critic and writer, her mother a successful novelist and biographer, and all in the family were stylish and considered shopping an art. The author found that clothing was the focus of many of her stories, and recounts her life with both humor and insight.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/tracy-tynan-discusses-and-signs-wear-and-tear-threads-my-life

Inflamed at Pages Bookstore

Please join us to hear Shelly Malone discuss and sign her book Inflamed. Whether your personal health simply feels slightly off, or you’re experiencing a serious chronic illness, conventional care alone may not be getting you the results you want. Inflamed is the concise guide to changing your life by reducing inflammation.

Shelly Malone is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), holds a BS in Nutritional Science and MPH from UCLA, with a concentration in Nutrition, and is a Foundational Member of the Bio-individual Nutrition Institute and a CBNP.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/shelly-malone-author-event

 Cynthia Sweeney at Glendale Public Library  

Join us as the Friends of the Library presents Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney with one of the year’s most anticipated debuts. The Nest is a warm, funny and acutely perceptive novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their relationships, choices, and lives. Tender, funny and deftly written, this novel explores what happens to our ambitions over the course of our lives, and the fraught but unbreakable ties we have with our families.

Where: Adult Recreation Center—next to Glendale Central Library

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Date: Thursday the 21st  

Address: 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205

Website:   http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/19788/125

Writers Underground Open Mic

Join us for a monthly Open Mic event for poetry and the spoken word, hosted by Iris De Anda.

Where: Eastside Café

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 9 pm

Address: 5469 E. Huntington Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: http://irisdeanda.com/events/event/the-writers-underground-open-mic/

P&W Literary Roundtable Meeting in Long Beach

Poets & Writers invites you to attend a Los Angeles Literary Roundtable Meeting, hosted by the Uptown Business District of Long Beach. These P&W meetings are open to people from all facets of the literary community, to exchange ideas, news and resources. It also offers P&W staff a chance to share information about the Readings and Workshops program, which helps provide fees to writers who give public readings and/or teach creative writing workshops.

Where: Uptown Business District of Long Beach

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 5643 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805

Website: http://pw.org/calendar

Lara Naughton at Chevalier’s Books

In her astonishing and imaginative memoir, writer and compassion cultivation leader Lara Naughton brings startling poetry and multi-faceted insight to the trauma of violence and rape—and the power of empathy, in her book The Jaguar Man: A Memoir Meet this remarkable author and hear her brave, thought-provoking story, with a Q&A and signing to follow.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

Sensitive Skin Magazine at Book Show LA

Join us for the Sensitive Skin Magazine reading, featuring:

Dire McCain, author of Playing Chicken with Thanatos and A Star Is Borne, and publisher of Paraphilia Magazine & Apophenia.

Erika Schickel, author of You’re Not the Boss of Me, Adventures of a Modern Mom, and many essays and articles, is also a teacher of memoir at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Tony DuShane, author, journalist, podcaster, film/tv writer, is also available to help you with your memoir or novel.

Matt McLaren, is a musical artist, composer and performer, with his own recording and production business.

Bernard Meisler, publisher and managing editor of Sensitive Skin Magazine, won an Acker Award for publishing in 2014.

Patrick O’Neil, author of Gun, Needle, Spoon and Hold-Up, is a contributing editor for Sensitive Skin Magazine, and instructor at Antioch University and elsewhere.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

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

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

World of Warcraft at Skylight Books

Please welcome Daniel Lisi to discuss his new book World of Warcraft, with Jarett Kobek, Gabe Durham, Ashley & Anthony Burch, and Brock Wilbur. Ten years after its launch, World of Warcraft is less a game and more of world unto itself. Lisi’s book examines WoW’s origins, the addictive power of its gameplay loop, the romances it has cemented and shattered, the enabling power of anonymity, and the thrill of conquering BlissCon.

Daniel Lisi is the CEO and co-founder of Game Over and a member of Art Share LA’s board of directors.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/daniel-lisi-discusses-his-new-book-world-warcraft-jarett-kobek-gabe-durham-ashly-anthony-burch

Francesca Lia Block and Carmen Staton at Vroman’s

Join us as Francesca Lia Block and Carmen Staton present and sign Fairies in the Kitchen: Recipes from the Weetzie Bat Series. Drawing from the first five books of the Dangerous Angles series, Staton has worked her own magic to uncover recipes for the many enticing dishes in Block’s books.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/francesca-lia-block-and-carmen-staton-present-and-sign-fairies-kitchen-recipes-weetzie-bat         

Alivio Open Mic

A grassroots alternative space in the city of Bell, Alivio Open Mic is held the fourth Friday of every month and gives locals the platform they need to celebrate themselves, validate their voices and cultivate community in Southeast Los Angeles.

Sign up at 7:45 pm. Open Mic at 8 pm.

Where: Alivio Open Mic

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7:45 pm – 11 pm

Address: 6328 Orchard Ave., Bell, CA 90201

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/627200557456943/

Open Mic: Night of Music and Spoken Word at Tia Chucha’s

Join us every 2nd, 4th and 5th Friday night for Tia Chucha’s Open Mic, a welcoming, creative sanctuary where people are encouraged to share their thoughts and talents through various styles of expression. Everyone is welcome to be themselves. It’s FREE. Participants sign up upon arrival. Donations are accepted.

Hosted by: Jeffrey Martin.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

 Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.tiachucha.org/programming

50 Maps that Tell the History of LA at Sunland Library 

Glen Creason, LAPL Map Librarian and author, will tell the history of Los Angeles (including Sunland-Tujunga) using 50 fascinating maps.

Where: Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Address: 7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga, CA 91042

Website:  http://http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/50-fascinating-maps-tell-history-los-angeles-including-sunland-tujunga

Middle Grade Author at Vroman’s Bookstore–Children’s Event

Join author Firoozeh Dumas for a discussion and signing of, It Ain’t So Awful Falafel. Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block…for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shed her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name, Cindy. It’s the late 1970s and fitting in becomes more difficult as anti-Iran sentiments creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 1 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/firoozeh-dumas-discusses-and-signs-it-ain’t-so-awful-falafel

Rehearsal Reading of Bad Paper at Air 11 Gallery & Bookstore

The Roots and Wings Project is delighted to team with Air 11 Gallery for the upcoming reading of Mildred Lewis’ groundbreaking play Bad Paper. Featuring: Bruce A. Lemon, Jr., Nina Harada, Jeremy Mascia, Donathan Walters, Gisla Stringer, Peter Woods, Lauryn Pendergrass, Joshua R. Lamont, Storyteller Harris, Mildred Lewis, Dez Hope and Ramona Pilar.

Where: Air 11 Gallery and Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 3 pm

Address: 359 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153842622491902&set=p.10153842622491902&type=3&theater

Author Reading at Granada Hills Library

Join us for children’s author Oliver Chin, who will read from several of his 15 popular children’s books. Refreshments will be served. This program is part of the Summer Reading Club for Children.

Where: Granada Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 23rd       

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 10640 Petit Ave.untington DrHuntington , Granada Hills, CA 91344

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/oliver-chin                  

80th Anniversary: Poetry of the Spanish Civil War at Beyond Baroque

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) united a generation of young writers, poets and artists in political fervor. Join poets Mariano Zaro, Jill Levine, David Del Bourgo, and Steve Goldman reading works on the tragic conflict from Spanish language and English language poets, including: Muriel Rukeyser, Langston Hughes, Garcia Lorca, Miguel Hernandez, Pablo Neruda, Cesaire Vallejo, and Jorge Guillen.

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 8 pm

Address: 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Architecture Author in Santa Monica

Edward Bosley, director of the Gamble House in Pasadena, discusses his book on architects Charles and Henry Greene, The Gamble House: Building Paradise in California, the first published in more than twenty years.

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

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 2 pm – 3:30 pm

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

Website:  http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=21338   

Nebraska Girl Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

This monthly Open Mic and Sunday afternoon reading series is hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Sign-ups are at 1:45 pm. Admission is FREE.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Time: 2 pm

Date: Sunday the 24th

Address: 695 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

Fourth Sundays at the Claremont Library

The Friends of the Claremont Library proudly present our Short Forms Open, an Open Mic Event. You are invited to share your short poems (poems 10 lines or fewer) at our open reading! All poets, all abilities, and all ages are welcome.

We welcome short poems either in or out of form, including possibilities such as: clerihew, etheree, haiku, limerick, litany, nonet, tanka. Sign-ups start at 1:50 pm; first signed, first heard.

Where: Claremont Library

Date: Sunday, the 24th

Time: 2 pm

Address:  208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA 91711


IWOSC at Vroman’s Bookstore

Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) Reads Its Own is a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works—from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes. Fifteen of IWOSC’s talented member writers will read short excerpts from their work to entertain us.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/iwosc-reads-its-own-0     



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