Los Angeles Literature Events 8/08/16 – 8/14/16

arroyo-seco-01Dodgers Storytime at Arroyo Seco Regional Library

Please join Mr. & Mrs. Dave Roberts, the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dave and his wife Tricia, who will read with us. This family event is for kids and teens. Don’t miss out!

Where: Arroyo Seco Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 8th       

Time: 11:30 am

Address: 6145 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

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

Author at Stevenson Branch Library

Please join us to hear children’s author Patty Rodriguez, author of the Lil’ Libros line of children’s books, who will be visiting the Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library as part of our Summer Author Program. This event is for pre-school age kids and children.

Where: Stevenson Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 8th

Time: 4:30 pm

Address: 803 Spence St., Los Angeles, CA 90023

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/family-storytime-play-date

Author Eowyn Ivey at Vroman’s

Join us to hear Eowyn Ivey discuss and sign To the Bright Edge of the World. From the best-selling author of The Snow Child, this is a thrilling tale of historical adventure in the Alaskan wilderness. With gorgeous descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness, and vivid characters, this is an epic tale of one of America’s last frontiers, combining myth, history, romance and adventure.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/eowyn-ivey-discusses-and-signs-bright-edge-world       

Poetry Party at Fox Coffeehouse

Join us for our monthly Poetry Party hosted by Murray Thomas and Sarah Thursday every 2nd Monday of the month. Sign up to read your poems during our Open Reading, and hear Boris Ingles and Elder Zamora, including one of our co-hosts, plus surprises.

Boris Ingles was born and raised in Los Angeles, in the small community of Boyle Heights. He combines poetry and photography, as means for visual and emotional expression. A mixture of humor, rawness, vulnerability and a sense for dark street realism. His poems have appeared in Spectrum, Spectrum 2,Cadence Collective: Year Two Anthology, Then & Now: Conversations With Old Friends and most recently, the Coiled Serpent Anthology.

Elder Zamora 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.

Where: Fox Coffeehouse

Date: Monday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 437 W. Willow St., Long Beach, CA

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

PEN Emerging Voices at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us for the Emerging Author Reading Series to hear Jennine Capo Crucet and Maria Amparo Escandon, reading from their selected novels, Make Your Home Among Strangers and Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co., respectively. Free to PEN Center USA members who bring their author evening ticket; noon-members can purchase tickets at link on website.

Jennine Capo Crucet is the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers and the story collection How to Leave Hialeah. She is the recipient of numerous literary prizes and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review, Epoch, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, and other magazines. She is an assistant professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Maria Amparo Escandon is a best-selling bilingual novelist, short story writer, screen writer, and film producer. Her work has been translated into over 21 languages and is currently read in more than 85 countries. Her first novel Esperanza’s Box of Saints was published in 1999, and her second novel, Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co. (and its Spanish version) published in 2005. The film Santitos, based on her novel and screenplay, was produced by John Sayles, and received awards in 14 film festivals worldwide.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliers.com/2016/07/07/pen-center-usa-emerging-voices-author-eveningsjennine-capo-crucet-and-maria-amparo-escandon/

Poetry Open Mic at Westwood Branch Library

Please join us to share your masterpiece. Or just listen and enjoy the words and performances of others. Hosted by: Wyatt Underwood.

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-open-mic-2

John Dickerson at Vroman’s Bookstore

John Dikerson’s new book Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History, tells the tales behind the most memorable moments in American presidential elections. The Face the Nation moderator and Slate columnist presents stories from Whistlestop and his own time on the campaign trail, to properly place our current political moment in the context of history.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/john-dickerson-presents-and-signs-whistlestop-my-favorite-stories-presidential-campaign

The Little Red Chairs discussed at Silver Lake Book Club  

Join the Silver Lake Book Club for a lively discussion of The Little Red Chairs, by Edna O’Brien. New members are welcome!

Where: Silver Lake Branch Library, LAPL

Dates: Tuesday, the 9th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/silver-lake-book-club-0

Joe McGinnis, Jr. and Carousel Court at Book Soup

Join us to hear Joe McGinnis, Jr. discuss and sign Carousel Court. Following the breakout success of his debut novel The Delivery Man, Joe McGinnis, Jr. returns with a bold, original, and exhilarating novel of marriage as blood sport that reads like Revolutionary Road for the era of The Unwinding. It is an unforgettable vision of the way we live now, capturing the middle class America of vanished jobs, abandoned homes, psychotropic cure-alls, infidelity via iPhone, and ruthless choices.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/joe-mcginniss-jr-discusses-and-signs-carousel-court

Dana Johnson at The Last Bookstore

Author Dana Johnson and her new book In the Not Quite Dark, will discuss her new collection of stories. Join us to celebrate the book Publishers Weekly called “essential reading for Angelenos, Californians, and anyone interested in masterly, morally engaged storytelling.” These bold stories set mostly in downtown L.A. examine large issues—love, class, race—and how they influence and define our most intimate moments. In the Not Quite Dark is a powerful new work that feels both urgent and timeless.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Writer’s Workshop & Author at Studio City Branch Library

Join Isabel Quintero for a reading form her YA novel Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, a Q&A session, and for a poetry workshop for adults and teens. Participants will get a chance to win prizes, and refreshments will be provided!

Isabel Quintero is a writer and daughter of Mexican immigrants, born and raised and now living in the Inland Empire of Southern California. She earned her BA and MA degrees form CSU San Bernardino, and her award-winning debut novel, Gabi, is her first novel. Her forthcoming chapter books for young readers, Ugly Cat and Pablo, will be released in 2017 from Scholastic, Inc. Her poetry also can be found in many publications.

Where: Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/writers-workshop-author-isabel-quintero

Vow of Celibacy at the Last Bookstore

Please join us as author Erin Judge, with Jackie Kashian and Abbi Crutchfield, read from her novel Vow of Celibacy, and celebrate the launch of this new novel. Erin Judge is a plus-sized bisexual nightclub entertainer who writes literary fiction. She tours nationally with the Pink Collar Comedy Tour, has appeared in Comedy Central shows and NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and her writing has appeared in VanityFair.com, Salon, Thought Catalog, among others.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

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

Selfish Issue Four at Skylight Books  

Selfish, the feminist memoir magazine is back with its fourth and boldest issue yet, Selfish Issue Four: Hot and Bothered. Come hear six of the thirty contributors read their work:

Allison Noelle Conner, a writer and zine-maker of Haitian descent, is at work on her first book, a prose project.

Bonnilee Kaufman, an active member of the QueerWise senior writing collective, has been published in two anthologies and online.

Nicole Kelly, is a Kimilio Fiction Fellow with an MFA from UC Irvine, and host of Bitchface, a feminist podcast.

Dacy Lin is a writer and photographer, about to start an MFA program for creative writing at Kingston University.

Kelsey Nolan is a writer and editor, and received her MFA from USC.

Chloe Isabella Parks is an art director and co-founder of the biannual magazine Object Journal.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/selfish-launches-issue-four-hot-and-bothered

S. Pearl Sharp at The World Stage

Join us to at our weekly Anansi Writers Workshop when our featured guest will be S. Pearl Sharp, who will read from her recent book, The Evening News-Essays and Commentaries from NPR and Other Clouds. Writer, filmmaker and radio journalist, Sharp’s earlier work includes nonfiction, two CDs, four collections of poetry, two plays, and an audio book of short stories, Uncertain Rituals. You can hear her essays and interviews on KPFK-FM.

Where: The World Stage, Anansi Writers Workshop

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 8:30 pm – 9 pm; full workshop 7 m – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.blackculturalevents.com/event/the-world-stage-anansi-writers-workshop-features-s-pearl-sharp/

How I Became a North Korean at Book Soup

Author Krys Lee, in conversation with Steph Cha, discusses and signs How I Became a North Korean. Transporting the reader to one of the least-known and most threatening environments in the world, and exploring how humanity persists even in the most desperate circumstances, this is a brilliant and essential first novel by a most promising writer, and its themes will resonate universally.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/krys-lee-conversation-steph-cha-discusses-and-signs-how-i-became-north-korean        

Megan Abbott Skylight Books 

In You Will Know Me, Megan Abbott launches her audacious new novel about family and ambition. Katie and Eric Knox must decide how far they are willing to go to further the ambitions and skills of their daughter Devon’s gymnastics talents, and her Olympic dreams. This book is a breathless rollercoaster about the desperate limits of parental sacrifice, furtive desire, and the staggering force of ambition.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/megan-abbott-launches-her-new-novel-you-will-know-me

Colin Cowherd at Pages Bookstore

Please join us to hear TV and radio sports personality, Colin Cowherd discuss and sign his new book Raw: My 100% Grade-A, Unfiltered, Inside Look at Sports. RSVPs are required. Your purchase of a book is your admission to this event.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/

Dana Johnson at Art Walk DTLA

Author Dana Johnson will discuss and sign her new collection of stories In the Not Quite Dark. In these bold stories, set mostly in downtown L.A., we examine large issues—love, class, race—and how they influence and define our most intimate moments.

Where: The Association Bar

Date: Thursday the 11th      

Time: 6 pm

Address: 110 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Website: http://www.danajohnsonauthor.com/appearances/

Poetry Matters Open Mic

This semi-monthly Poetry Only Open Mic with featured readers is hosted by Lorine Parks.

Sign-ups and performances begin at 7 pm.


Robin Williams Bio at Book Soup

Join us as author Arthur Grace discusses and signs Robin Williams: A Singular Portrait. This book offers a touching and personal look of Robin Williams up close, by photographer Arthur Grace. A true portrait of one of America’s most beloved comedians and actors.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 12th      

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/arthur-grace-discusses-and-signs-robin-williams-singular-portrait-1

Open Mic at Tia Chucha

Tia Chucha’s Open Mic: Night of Music & Spoken Word is a welcoming, creative sanctuary where people are encouraged to share their feelings, thoughts and talents through various styles of expression, including poems, stories and songs. Everyone is welcome to be themselves and it’s FREE.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Adult Book Club at Westwood Library

Join us to discuss Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn, a novel about a young woman’s immigrant journey from Ireland to the United States, and her conflicting ties and feelings between her home in Ireland and her new home in Brooklyn.

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 11 am

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/book-club-50

Author Event at Half Off Books

Come check out Aariel Portera’s book The Robber Bridegroom: A Grimm Tale. Stop by, meet the author and get your book signed! Aariel Portera has devoted her life to studying the arts, including writing, painting, music, dance, and languages. When she was a child, her father often read fairy tales to her, a practice that quickly developed into a lifelong passion. Portera currently lives with her husband and two children in Southern California, where she enjoys reading books and watching all kinds of movies.

Where: Half Off Books

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address: 6708 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 990601

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/HOBRF

Summer Author Program at Pacoima Branch Library– Children’s Book Event

Join us as Laura Lacamar, children’s author and illustrator, will present and discuss the process of writing and illustrating two books, Mama the Alien and Dalia’s Wonderous Hair.

Where: Pacoima Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

Address: 13605 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/summer-author-visit-laura-lacamara

Wide Open Reading at Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library

Join us at our next meeting and bring poems, narratives and music to share. this event is coordinated and hosted by Elsa Frausto, Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, 2014-2016.

Where: Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 13th        

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 7771 Foothill Blvd.untington DrHuntington , Tujunga, CA 91042

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/wide-open-reading-1                     

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Saturday Afternoon Poetry presents a Deep Poetry Critique Workshop led by G.T. Foster. Bring 12 copies of your poem-in-process.

These events are hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Library Meeting Room, Pasadena PL

Date: Saturday the 13th        

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Author Program, Made in L.A. at Felipe de Neve Library

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

Where: Felipe de Neve Branch, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/felipe-de-neve

Powerhouse at Book Soup  

James Andrew Miller, discusses and signs Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency. An astonishing and astonishingly entertaining history of Hollywood’s transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/james-andrew-miller-discusses-and-signs-powerhouse-untold-story-hollywoods-creative

After Grrrl at The Last Bookstore

Jessicka Adams and Carrie Jo Tucker present readings from After Grrrl: Small Stories from Big Lives, a collection of personal stories and essays from those who helped define the first-wave riot girl movement. First 50 people will receive a free, limited edition event poster designed by Jessicka.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Date: Saturday the 13th

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

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

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 14th

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

Roar Shack Reading Series at 826LA Echo Park

Martin Pousson presents Black Sheep Boy, his new novel which includes stories that won him a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. His poetry and writing has appeared in many literary journals, and he has taught at Columbia, Rutgers and Loyola universities. As a student he founded Out/Here, and since then he has worked with many LGBTQ organizations. He now teaches at CSUN and lives in Los Angeles.

Where: 826LA Echo Park

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.rarebirdbooks.com/rbevents/2016/7/1/martin-pousson-presents-black-sheep-boy-at-roar-shack-reading-series  

Rattle Reading Series at Flintridge Bookstore

Editor Timothy Green presents three authors form the current issue of Rattle, as well as an Open Mic! So bring a few poems and signup to read!

Meg Eden’s work has been published in various magazines and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her collections include Your Son and Rotary Phones and Facebook. She teaches at the Univeristy of Maryland.

Jack Grapes is an award-winning poet, playwright, actor, teacher, and editor and publisher of ONTHEBUS, one of the top literary journals in the country.

Mari Werner’s poetry has been published in the Altadena Poetry Review, Colorado Boulevard, Poetry & Cookies, Poetry Laurels, and Village Poets. She is an independent technical writer and also the author/creator of Workable Economics.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Website: http://www.rattle.com/readings/

Tongue & Groove at Hotel Café

This literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo proudly features this month:

Eric Spitznagel with Old Records Never Die; James Fearnley of the Pogues with Here Comes Everybody; Lisa Jane Persky; David Kendrick; music by Scout Willis.

$7 admission.

Where: Hotel Café

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 1623 ½ Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

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

 Philomenia at Beyond Baroque

This event is the annual honoring of the Zen-Beat poetry and person of the late-great Philomene Long with song, film and readings of her glorious poetry. Readers include: Holly Prado, Harry Northrup, Linda Albertano, Susan Hayden, Pegarty Long, Suzy Williams, and Karin Spitzer.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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


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