Los Angeles Literature Events 8/01/16 – 8/07/16

YA Author Program at–Y8650160949_17992823f2_boung Adult Event

Young Adult author Sherri L. Smith, whose novel Flygirl was selected as one of the American Library Association’s 2010 Best Books for Young Adults, will read from and discuss her work! Participants will also get the chance to win free prizes. Refreshments will be provided. Don’t miss out!

Where: Felipe de Neve Branch Library

Date: Monday the 1st      

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 2820 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-talk-sherri-l-smith

Three Poets at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us for an evening of poetry featuring Laurel Ann Bogen, Gail Wronsky, and Holaday Mason, who will read selections from their new books:

Laurel Ann Bogen will read from Psychosis in the Produce Department;

Gail Wronsky will read from So Quick Bright Things;

Holaday Mason will read from The Red Bowl.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/evening-poetry-featuring-laurel-ann-bogen-gail-wronsky-and-holaday-mason      

Evening Book Club Discussion at Pages Bookstore

Join us for an evening Book Club discussion of The Vegetarian by Han Kang, winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. This is a beautiful novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul. Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and on woman’s struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.

Everyone is welcome. RSVPs preferred, but not necessary.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Monday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Three Day Writing Workshop at The Last Bookstore

Join us for the Practice Writing Workshop, a traveling workshop and conversation. Registration is open to all and in this 3-day intensive workshop we want to focus on writing as a practice without product, to play with structure and collaborate, and find new ways of seeing and the unknown. We’ll do a mash-up of writing exercises and readings each day, with the opportunity to share feedback.

Held August 2 through August 4, from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Please register at site for this FREE workshop!

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd,  Wednesday the 3rd and Thursday the 4th

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

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

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

Ben H. Winters at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us as Ben H. Winters discusses his new thriller, Underground Airlines. It is the present day, and the world as we know it—with smartphones, social networking, Happy Meals—is the same world save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred.

Author Ben H. Winters is the author of the Last Policeman Trilogy, the second of which, Countdown City, was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction. The concluding book, The Last Policeman, received the 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/ben-h-winters-discusses-and-signs-underground-airlines

YA Panel and Author at Vroman’s Bookstore–Young Adult Event

Jessica Brody’s launch party for A Week of Mondays, comes from the author who wrote 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy. This heartwarming story about second (and third, and fourth and fifth) chances explores why sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.

The YA Panel will include: Julie Buxbaum, Nicola Yoon, and Morgan Matson, authors of Tell Me Three Things, Unexpected Everything, and Everything Everything, respectively.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/ya-panel-jessica-brodys-week-mondays-launch-party

Jessica Winter and Doree Shafrir at Skylight Books  

Jessica Winter discusses and signs her book, Break In Case of Emergency, with Doree Shafrir. In this ferociously intelligent debut novel is a wry satire of celebrity do-goodism, as well as an exploration of the difficulty of navigating friendships as they shift to accommodate marriage and family, and the unspoken tensions that can strain even the strongest bonds.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Dates: Tuesday, the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jessica-winter-discusses-her-new-book-break-case-emergency-doree-shafrir

Adam Aresty and The Communication Room at Book  Soup

Join us to hear Adam Aresty discuss and sign The Communication Room. Leonard Ackerman works at a remote army base trying to solve the greatest threat to face mankind: an alien invasion that has eroded our species down to very few numbers. His base is compromised and Ackerman retreats to a lab he has never been inside, where there are thirteen telephones, labeled for different periods of time, some sort of enclosed experiment he cannot leave until the experiment has run its course. Then the first phone rings and the only thing he can do is answer.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/adam-aresty-discusses-and-signs-communication-room

Author Presentation at The Last Bookstore

Author Zora O’Neill and her new book All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World, will discuss her solo travels through the Middle East on a quest to master the language and learn the culture. With lively prose and an eye for the deeply absurd and the deeply human, she explores the indelible links between culture and communication.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Children’s Author at Little Tokyo Branch Library–Children’s Event

Join us to share a few stories with children’s author Icy Smith. It’ll be a day full of fun and excitement, stories, crafts and snacks as she helps us celebrate the end of our children’s Summer Reading Program.

Where: Little Tokyo Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Address: 203 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-visit-icy-smith

Storytelling in Outer Space at the Last Bookstore

Please join us as NASA’s former storyteller and author Jessica Fox, and scientists Dr. Amy Hofmann and Dr. Ingrid Daubar, explore the inner reaches of outer space, where science and storytelling meet. Jessica Fox is also the author of Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets, chosen by Waterstone’s to be a book-of-the-month for Scotland and named “romantic memoir of the year” by the Daily Mail.

Jessica Fox was living in Hollywood, an ambitious 25-year old filmmaker with a job at NASA, when she was seized by a moment of inspiration that took her to Scotland, a journey that would both break and mend her heart, and teach her to travel the path less taken.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

Stacy Lee at Vroman’s Bookstore  

Author Stacy Lee, in conversation with Anna Shinoda, discusses and signs Outrun the Moon. San Friancisco, 1906: fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty of Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Ultimately, strong-willed Mercy Wong leads a cast of diverse characters in this extraordinary tale of survival.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/stacey-lee-conversation-anna-shinoda-discuss-and-sign-outrun-moon

Read a Play at Santa Monica Library

Join us to discover great plays while uncovering your inner actor. This new group goes through a different play each month, with each attendee taking part in the read through. Our August play is Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn.

Where: Ocean Park Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 2601 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 9040

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=21559

Land of Enchantment at Book Soup

Author Leigh Stein discusses and signs Land of Enchantment. Set against the stark and surreal landscape of New Mexico, this is a coming-of-age memoir about young love, obsession, and loss, and how a person can imprint a place in your mind forever. This book lyrically explores the complexity of how and why the person hurting you the most can be impossible to leave or to forget.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/leigh-stein-discusses-and-signs-land-enchantment

Sam Polk and Money at Chevalier’s Bookstore 

In For the Love of Money, Sam Polk takes us on his soul-transforming journey from financial greed and spiritual bankruptcy to a newly-dedicated life, with his talk, Q&A and signing. At just thirty years old Sam Polk was offered an annual bonus of $3.75 as a senior trader for one of the biggest hedge funds on Wall Street. He first grew angry because it wasn’t enough, then realized he had lost himself.

Now Polk is a writer, founder and executive director of Groceryships, a nonprofit that helps low-income families struggling with obesity, and co-founder and CEO of Harvest, a social enterprise offering healthy meals to low-income communities at affordable prices.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: https://chevaliersbooks.com/

Roadside Geology at Pages Bookstore

Please join us to hear UC Santa Barbara geologist, Arthur Sylvester and illustrator Elizabeth O’Black Gans, as they discuss and sign his book Roadside Geology of Southern California, and explore mountains, deserts, and coastlines in one of the most geologically diverse places on the planet. The book also explains the complex geology and history of the San Andreas Fault, Joshua Tree National Park, the Channel Islands, the Salton Sea, the Mojave Desert, and the enigmatic Transverse Ranges.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/arthur-sylvester-author-event

Authors at Vroman’s Bookstore

Authors Mark J. Phillips and Aryn Z. Phillips discuss and sign their book Trials of the Century: A Decade-by-Decade Look at Ten of America’s Most Sensational Crimes. In every decade of the twentieth century there was one sensational murder trial that riveted public attention and at the time was called “the trial of the century.” This book tells the story of each murder case and the dramatic trial and media coverage that followed.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 4th      

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/mark-j-phillips-and-aryn-z-phillips-discuss-and-sign-trials-century-decade-decade-look-ten

Power of Words Open Mic

This monthly Open Mic with Mixed Acts is hosted by Felicia.

Sign-ups and performances begin at 7 pm at the Manzanar Gamboa Theater.

Where: Manzanar Gamboa Theater

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 1323 Gundry Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813

Website: http://localendar.com/event?DAM=PublishedEvent&m=48

First Fridays at Rapp Saloon in Santa Monica

Join us at the Rapp Saloon First Fridays Reading Series, curated and hosted by Cynthia Alessandra Briano.

Features: Tony Barnstone and James Maverick.

Tony Barnstone teaches at Whittier College and is the author of 18 books and a music CD. He is also a distinguished translator of Chinese literature, and the recipient of many literary awards.

Music: John Clinebell and Jack Landron.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 5th      

Time: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Address: 1436 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/275394706149620/               

Brenda Perlin at Book Soup

Join us to hear Brenda Perlin, discuss and sign her much anticipated sequel to the anthology L.A. Punk Rocker, her new book Punk Rocker. Perlin features rebels, writers, commentators and street kids from all over America in this collection of short stories.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/brenda-perlin-discusses-and-signs-punk-rocker

Victor Sy and IRS Audits at Vroman’s Books

Author Victor Sy discusses and signs How to Avoid IRS Audits. This book is a compilation of tax tips that Victor Sy penned for magazines and newspapers over several decades. His writings are based on actual battels with the IRS. Dealing with the IRS requires you to understand the Agency’s culture: shoot first, ask later. You are guilty until proven innocent. To win a battle against the IRS, you must unlock its secrets.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/victor-sy-discusses-and-signs-how-avoid-irs-audits

In the Words of Womyn at Tia Chucha

In the Words of Womyn strives to create and foster a safe space in which womyn explore and develop their identity as writers. ITWOW empowers womyn “to give sound to our story and volume to our voice” through the practice and sharing of written and spoken word arts.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 6 pm –  7:30 pm

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

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

Jane Smith Story Time (Ages 3-5) at Pages Bookstore–Children’s Book Event

Join us as Jane Smith, author of It’s the First Day of Preschool, Chloe Zoe! Join us for story time when Jane returns with a new book from her Chloe Zoe series of children’s books. RSVPs are appreciated.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 11 am

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/jane-smith-story-time-ages-3-5

Adult Book Club at Los Feliz Branch Library

Join us at our August meeting when we discuss Eugene O’Neill’s acclaimed play Long Day’s Journey into Night, copies of which are available at the customer service desk. New members are always welcome.

Where: Los Feliz Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 6th        

Time: 11 am

Address: 1874 Hillhurst Ave.untington DrHuntington , Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/library-adult-book-club-14                    

Heidi Chronicles Event at Santa Monica Library

Santa Monica Rep performs a reading of Wendy Wasserman’s wise and witty play The Heidi Chronicles, tracking twenty-plus years in the life of a young woman in New York City. No late seating available.

Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, SMPL

Date: Saturday the 6th        

Time: 2 pm – 4:15 pm

Address: 350 S. Grand Ave.untington DrHuntington , Santa Monica, CA 90

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=21584&rts=&disptype=info&ret=eventcalendar.asp&pointer=&returnToSearch=&SignupType=&num=0&ad=&dt=mo&mo=8/1/2016&kw=heidi&df=calendar&EventType=ALL&Lib=0&AgeGroup=ALL&LangType=0&WindowMode=&noheader=&lad=&pub=1&nopub=&page=&pgdisp=                                          

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Join us for the Emerging Urban Poets Writing Workshop led by Kevin Ridgeway is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in Chiron Reveiw, Nerve Cowboy, and BIG HAMMER, among others. His sixth chapbook, Contents Under Pressure is now available from Crisis Chronicles Press. He currently lives in Long Beach.

Hosted by: Don Kingfisher Campbell

Where: Santa Catalina Branch, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Author Talk with Luis Rodriguez at Felipe de Neve Library

Luis Rodriguez, best-selling author of Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. and Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, reads from both his poetry and prose, and shares his thoughts about how his life in L.A. shaped his creative work.

Where: Felipe de Neve Branch Library

Time: 4 pm

Date: Saturday the 6th

Address: 2820 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-talk-luis-rodriguez-4

A Medieval Mystery at Vroman’s Bookstore   

Jeri Westerson, discusses and signs A Maiden Weeping: A Medieval Msystery. Crispin awakens in a strange bed after a night of passion when he finds a woman murdered. Drunk, Crispin scarcely remembers the night before. Did he kill her?

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jeri-westerson-discusses-and-signs-maiden-weeping-medieval-mystery

Two Poets on Love at Beyond Baroque

Jeanne Heuving and Jill Levine present: Love, Transmutation and Translation. The transmutation of love and avant-garde poetics proposes that the engagement of sexual love and its energies is the source of the creative power in some of the most interesting poetry written in the past hundred years.

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 691 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

First Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

The First Sunday Open Reading is hosted by Steve Goldman.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Time: 2 am – 4 pm

Date: Sunday the 7th

Address: 691 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

The Art of Money at Vroman’s Bookstore

Bari Tessler discusses and signs The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness. This is the book about money for people who don’t even want to think about money. Everyone has pain and challenges, strengths and dreams about money, and many of us mix profound shame into that relationship. In this book Tessler offers an integrative approach that is a gateway to self-awareness and a training ground to create the real possibility of “money healing.”

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Time: 3 pm

Date: Sunday the 7th

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/bari-tessler-discusses-and-signs-art-money-life-changing-guide-financial-happiness

Extinction Authors at Book Soup

Addison Gunn and Paul Krueger present and sign Extiction Biome: Invasion and Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, respectively. Extinction Biome is a thrilling new SF series in which after four years in the military, training for a war that never happened, the man second in command for COBALT, a corporate bodyguard unit, must face a threat from the ancient past which resembles a Biblical plague. In Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, college grad Bailey Chen must face her new-adult demons while supernatural creatures are stalking the streets of Chicago.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/addison-gunn-and-paul-krueger-present-and-sign-extinction-biome-invasion-and-last-call

Author Colleen Hoover at Chevalier’s Books

Breaking new ground with her most recent and deeply felt book, It Ends with Us, Colleen Hoover, the beloved originator of the New Adult genre is back and certain to sell-out with this special tickets-only event. Pre-purchase your copy on EventBrite and receive admission for this Gala Talk and signing. Go to the bookstore site for link.

Inspired in part by events in her own life, this is both a captivating story of love against the odds and a moving portrait of womanhood, as the bond between our protagonist and her mother grows from teenage scorn to the love, respect and strength found in shared life experiences.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com   




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