Los Angeles Literature Events 8/15/16 – 8/21/16

MainLibrarySMBEntranceBook Group at Santa Monica Main Library

Please join our Book Group to discuss Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. This book group is open to all, and features an eclectic selection of literary fiction and nonfiction. We meet in the Multipurpose Room on the 2nd floor.

Where: Santa Monica Main Library, SMPL

Date: Monday the 15th       

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=19562

Listening Room Open Mic at Gina M Woodruff Gallery

Please join us for our weekly Listening Room Open Mic with Mixed Acts, hosted by Geo. Sign-ups at 6:40 pm and start time is 7 pm.

Where: Gina M Woodruff Gallery

Date: Monday the 15th

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 5555 E. Stearns St., # 203, Long Beach, CA 90815

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

Author Ann Royal Nicholas at Book Soup

Join us to hear Ann Royal Nicholas discuss and sign The Muffia. This is a racy read about a book club that goes rogue when its members decide to investigate a mystery in their midst. One book club, seven women with seven stories, more than seven fabulous meals and at least seven sex scenes are all wrapped up in one sexy novel.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/ann-royal-nicholas-discusses-and-signs-muffia        

SOM Open Mic in Long Beach

Join us for our weekly Open Mic with Mixed Acts, hosted by Vaughn Risher. The event is held at the Wine bar, with six minute set times or 1-2 songs. All acts are welcome! This edition features the music of Nothing But Flowers. From their Facebook page, “They are a bunch of Long Beach locals that make music straight from the heart. This singer-songwriter group will help you remember that it’s okay to dance, love, and feel with their groovy, soul-pop songs.”

Where: The Wine Bar

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 250 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 92118

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

Oneida at Book Soup

Join us to hear Ellen Wayland Smith discuss and sign Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table. This is a fascinating and unusual chapter in American history about a religious community that held radical notions of equality, sex and religion only to transform itself into a successful silverware company and a model of buttoned-down corporate propriety.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/ellen-wayland-smith-discusses-and-signs-oneida-free-love-utopia-well-set-table

Mexican Play Reading at Benjamin Franklin Branch Library

Center Theatre Group presents a free play reading with music: A Mexican Trilogy: Faith, Hope and Charity, written by Evelina Fernandez and presented by the Latino Theatre Company. The story follows the Morales family over a span of 100 years and highlights the Latino/a experience in the United States. Employing music to evoke eras and moods, this three-part play explores the eternal sense of belonging that we all crave—to family, to culture, and to country.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 6 pm – 7:45 pm

Address: 2200 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/mexican-trilogy-faith-hope-and-charity

Brian Hastings at Vroman’s Bookstore

Brian Hastings presents and signs Song of the Deep, which tells the tale of twelve-year old Merryn, who lives with her fisherman father in a little cottage by the sea. One stormy evening he doesn’t come back, and Merryn becomes determined to rescue him by building a tiny submarine and journeying through the undersea world she’s only heard about in his lullabies.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/brian-hastings-presents-and-signs-song-deep

Tuesday Night Café in Little Tokyo  

Join us for the Tuesday Night Project Open Mic, celebrating art and community and hosted by Traci Kato-Kiriyama. Plus, you can always stream each show beginning at 7:30 pm!

This edition features: MaJiK MC, a Vietnamese/Chinese-American emcee who writes poetry, performs spoken word and makes Hip-Hop music.,  Soo Sings, a singer-songwriter from New York CIty, currently living in Pasadena, California.  Soo’s main influences include jazz, blues, and gospel but other genres have also added to her unique voice and singing style. Soo enjoys accompanying herself on guitar, piano and cajon, as well as playing with her jazz band throughout the greater Los Angeles area., MattAlmodiel, a 22 Years Old, Washington, D.C Native who is a Los Angeles Transplant, UCSD Alumnus, Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist/Pianist and is Excruciatingly. awkward., Fran Huynh, and Zack’s Carousel, a band based in Los Angeles.

Where: Aratani Courtyard

Dates: Tuesday, the 9th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 120 Judge John Aliso St., Los Angeles, CA  90039

Website: http://www.tuesdaynightproject.org

Book Club discusses The Girls at Pages Bookstore

Please join our coffee Time Book Club to discuss Emma Cline’s novel The Girls, a brilliant work of fiction and remarkable debut novel, influenced  and propelled by the Mansion family events and violence in the 1960s.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website:  http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/pages-coffeetime-book-club

Book Club Discussion at Granada Hills Library

Join us to discuss Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. This 2003 award-winning mystery novel is narrated by a teenage boy who may suffer from an autism spectrum condition. In the course of the novel he discovers that a neighbor’s dog has been killed by a garden fork.

Where: Granada Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 1:30 pm – 3 pm

Address: 106400 Petit Ave., Granada Hills, CA 91344

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/book-club-discussion-curious-incident-dog-night-time

Ashaki Jackson’s Language Lesson Launch at The Artery

Ashaki Jackson reads from her second chapbook, Language Lesson, followed by a conversation on grief, mourning, and matrimonial legacies with Traci Kato-Kiriyama. Light dessert reception to follow.

Ashaki Jackson is a social psychologist and poet who works with youth through research, evaluation and creative writing mentoring. She is a Cave Canem alumna, co-founder of Women Who Submit and a regional curator for #BlackPoetsSpeakOut. Her work appears in CURA and Prairie Schooneramong other publications. She is the author of Two chapbooksSURVEILLANCE (Writ Large Press) and LANGUAGE LESSON (Miel).

Where: The Artery

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1980 N. Main St., Los Angeles, Ca 90031

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/900053106790028/

Literary Trivia Night at Vroman’s Bookstore

Brush up on your literary knowledge and join us for some fierce competition! Free to play, all ages welcome. Refreshments will be served and prizes will be awarded for the winners!

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/literary-trivia-night-main-store

CTG Theatre Play Reading at Malabar Library

Join us as Center Theatre Group presents a play reading of A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story, by Evelina Fernandez, with a reading of excerpts followed by a Q&A.

Where: Malabar Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Address: 2801 Wabash Ave., East Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/malabar

Bobby Kennedy at L.A. Central Library

New York Times bestselling author Larry Tye, author of Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, explores Robert F. Kennedy’s transformation from cold warrior to fiery leftist and discusses RFK’s bridge-building presidential campaign that offers lessons about this year’s divisive election. KPCC’s Melanie Sill will serve as moderator.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/central-library

Kent Redeker at The Last Bookstore

Join us for our Summer Reads Series with author Kent Redeker and his book Don’t Splash the Sasquatch! Bring your own brood of youngsters for juices boxes and story-time, plus coffee for parents.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 11 am – 12 pm

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

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

Author at Chevalier’s Bookstore  

PEN/Hemingway award-winner Ottessa Moshfegh reads from her super-nova debut novel Eileen, a narrator who is dark, mordantly funny and all too recognizably human. Hailed as one of the brightest new voices in fiction, the author will read, and hold a Q&A and signing afterwards.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/2016/07/07/penhemingway-award-winner-ottessa-moshfegh-reading-from-her-super

Nick Schou, with Jason Leopold, at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us as author Nick Schou, with Jason Leopold, discusses and signs his book Spooked: how the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood. While the press remains silent about its corrupting relationship with the intelligence community—a relationship that dates back to the Cold War—Spooked will lift the lid off this unseemly arrangement.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/nick-schou-jason-leopold-discusses-and-signs-spooked-how-cia-manipulates-

Mourning Phlilology at Abril Books

Authors Hrayr Anmahoun and Dr. Marc Nichanian discuss and sign Mourning Philology, which is a history of the national imagination, which is also a history of national philology, as a reaction to the two main philological inventions of the nineteenth century: mythological religion and the native.

Where: Abril Books

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 415 E. Broadway, West Glendale, CA 91205

Website: http://www.abrilbooks.com/news/the -art-of-diaspora-day5/        

Writers Underground Open Mic at Eastside Café

Please join us for the Writers Underground Open Mic, hosted by Iris De Anda every month every third Thursday of the month. Enjoy music, poetry and stories.

Where: Eastside Café

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 9 pm

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

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

CTG Play Reading at Santa Monica Library

In this abbreviated reading of Evelina Hernandez’s award-winning A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story of Faith, Hope and Charity, we follow the Morales family through decades of their Mexican American experience. This reading is presented by CTG’s Latino Theatre Company.

Where: Santa Monica Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium

Date: Friday the 18th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

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

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=21549

Forrest Leo at Book Soup 

In The Gentleman, Forrest Leo’s debut novel, in the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, a famous poet inadvertently sells his wife to the devil—then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her.  This is a giddy farce that recalls the masterful confections of the beautifully detailed Tintin adventures.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/forrest-leo-discusses-and-signs-gentleman

Authors at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Gather your reading group to attend a special mixer, with great authors telling you about their books over refreshments, and where you can mingle with other reading groups too.  Authors include:

Emma Rathbone, author of Losing It, about the primal fear that you just might never meet anyone who is “the one” and about the decisions and non-decisions we make that can shape a life.

Karolina Waclawiak, author of The Invaders, tells about how a forty-something woman and her college-age stepson’s lives fall apart in a series of violent shocks.

Otesssa Moshfegh, author of Eileen, writes the story of an unassuming yet disturbed young woman, trapped between her role as her alcoholic father’s caretaker and a day job as a secretary, who finds a new friend only to get pulled into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imagination.

Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest, portrays the life of a family suffering from the loss of the mother, where the father passes on his love of food to his daughter, who later becomes a star chef.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91011

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/special-reading-group-sip-sign

Vermin on the Mount at Book Show LA

Author Jim Ruland will host his long-running reading series in North East Los Angeles. This edition features Ivy Pochada the author of the critically acclaimed novel Visitation Street published by Ecco / Dennis Lehane Books. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Huffington Post, Self, and House & Garden. She teaches creative writing at the Writing Workshops Los Angeles and works as a freelance editor. Ivy grew up in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives in West Adams, Los Angeles with her daughter, dogs, rabbits and husband.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 19th      

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/vermin-on-the-mount-11/

2016 Leimert Book Fair at Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Plaza 

The annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair brings together book lovers with authors and publishers for readings, book signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry and live music.

Form their website: “The Leimert Park Village Book Fair was inspired by a project in February 1999 when Ms. Exum partnered with Our Authors Study Club, Inc. to present a ‘Festival of African American Authors’ at Los Angeles Southwest College. Its success in drawing 10 authors participating for an audience of 40 inspired the idea of creating an annual literary event…Today, the Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair attracts over 200 authors, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, performers, and literary/educational exhibitor participants – and boasts an audience of over 5,000.”

Check site for details.

Where: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Address: 3650 MLK Blvd., Baldwin Hills, CA

Website:  http://leimertparkbookfair.com/

Giraffes at Vroman’s Bookstore

Chris Robertson and Heidi Schultz present and sign Giraffes Ruin Everything. In this mischievously funny picture book, friends come in all shapes and sizes.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/chris-robertson-heidi-schulz-present-and-sign-giraffes-ruin-everything

Read Harder Book Group at The Last Bookstore

Calling all readers! Join us for the Book Riot’s Read Harder Book Group, which has no theme or book list. You can track your progress and share recommendations if you are working towards your Read Harder goals for the year, or just chat about the most recent books you read and find out what everyone else is loving.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 20th      

Time: 1 pm

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

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

Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry, when we will feature poets published in the anthology, Spectrum 6: Pick Up Sticks.

Hosted by: Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Library, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 90024

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

Angels Flight Launch Party at the Last Bookstore  

Join us for an exciting reading and launch party for Angels Flight: Lliterary West, a bold and brazen L.A.-based literary and arts journal created by Michele Raphael and David Lott. Reading and signing by contributors, including: Sara Benincasa, Xotchil-Julisa Bermejo, Eileen Cronin, Andrew Dalton, Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Joel Harper, Lisa Mecham, Matt Powell, Chris Morris, Deanne Stillman and more!

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 453 S. Spring St., Ground Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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

Echo Park Rises with VOX & Voices at Stories LA

A Dum Dum Zine spectacular allows you to chill with zines and popsicles while hearing stripped own punk sets and literary readings on the patio.

Voices include: Janice Lee, Skye Snell, Art Currim, DM Collins, Yumi Sakugawa, Shakar Mujukian, Peter Woods w/Dez Hope.

Come out, drink fizzy water with us and ask about submissions.

Where: Stories LA

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 5 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Kids Stuff at the Hammer

In this workshop for kids ages 8-14, students will explore narrative, visual “poems,” lists, journals, and comics! Using their own memories as a starting point, and then adding a fantastical twist, they will create a short visual memoir of an unforgettable summer. Workshop is led by writer and comedian Grant Pardee.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 11 am

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

Website: http://www.hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/08/826lahammer-summer-memories-make-comics/   

Changeability at Mystic Journey Bookstore

Join us when author Sharon Weil signs and presents Changeability, wherein she engages twenty-five leading change makers in many diverse fields, in a conversation about how to meet change, hold hope, align with nature, have courage, and find the passion that fuels responsive innovation.

Where: Mystic Journey Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 21st         

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Website: http://www.rarebirdbooks.com/rbevents/2016/7/1/sharon-weil-signs-presents-changeability-at-mystic-journeys-bookstore                      

Annual Poetry Event at Brentwood Library

Join us for the 29th annual Pat Pincus Poetry Fest, an afternoon of poetry by local artists with a reception immediately following. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Kauffman-Brentwood Branch Library.

Where: Kauffman-Brentwood Branch, LAPL

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 11820 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/brentwood

Moonday Poetry at Flintridge Bookstore  

Moonday Poetry presents readings by poets Mary Kay Brummel, Marsha de la O, and Elsa Frausto.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA 91101

Website:  http://www.moondaypoetry.com

Sam Peters at Gatsby’s Books

Meet thriller writer Sam Peters, author of Law Versus Order, a novel about a year after 9/11, when someone starts blowing up busy Los Angeles freeways, killing scores of men, women and children. This thriller not only addresses recent history but also reads like today’s headlines.

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Date: Sunday the 21st

Address: 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808

Website:   http://gatsbybooks.com/book-signings/

The Art of Diaspora at Abril Bookstore

Closing reception and Interactive Forum on The Art of Diaspora. This is an annual series of exhibitions, lectures and panels, mostly in Armenian, discussing the state of contemporary Diasporan and Armenian art, criticism and intellectual thought.

Where: Abril Bookstore

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Date: Sunday the 21st

Address: 415 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

Website:  http://www.abrilbooks.com/news/the-art-of-diaspora-day6/                           

Four Writers Cross Borders at Air 11 Gallery

Air 11 and Kaya Press present On the Road: Four Writers Cross the Borders, about transnational identity, border crossing, origin stories, and featuring:

Neelanjana Banarjee, whose poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in many journals. She is the managing editor of Kaya Press.

Yago S, Cura, is a librarian with the Los Angeles Public Library. He publishes Hinches de Poesia, an online literary journal and has had poetry published in numerous journals, publications and the anthology Coiled Serpent.

Kenji Liu’s poetry collection Map of an Onion was the winner of the 2015 Hilary Gravendyk Prize.

Amamath Ravva has performed at LACMA, Machine Project, the Hammer Museum, and elsewhere. His first book The Glass House was a finalist for a PEN Center USA literary award in 2015, and he is working on a new book called The Glass House.

Where: Air 11 Gallery

Time: 5:30 pm – 8 pm

Date: Sunday the 21st

Address: 359 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/491062264424063/

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