Los Angeles Literature Events 8/22/16 – 8/28/16

L.A. Public Library Authors at Chevalier’s Bookstore
125737-fullPlease join us to hear photographer Arnold Schwartzman and architectural historian Stephen Gee discuss and sign . As the Library celebrates its 90th anniversary, its beautiful building, paintings, murals, sculptures, décor and storied tile work are captured by the lens of Arnold Schwartzman, and its remarkable history is chronicled by Stephen Gee. Many of the colorfully restored artwork and historic images and blueprints were never published before.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 22nd        

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

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 22nd

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

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

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

Author Georgia Clark at Book Soup

Join us to hear Georgia Clark discuss and sign The Regulars. This is a fierce, feisty, and wonderfully entertaining debut with a magical twist about three ordinary, regular girls who suddenly have their fantasies come true or do they? This is a fresh read from a bright new voice, perfect for fans of Jennifer Close and Kevin Kwan.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/georgia-clark-discusses-and-signs-regulars         

Teen Author Workshop at Vernon Branch Library–Teen Event

Join us for our Teen Author Writing Workshop with young adult author Sarah Rafael Garcia. See her website for information about similar workshops she has held in the past at http://www.barriowriters.org/.

Where: Vernon-Leon Washington, Jr. Branch Library

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 4 pm

Address: 4504 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website:  http://http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/teen-author-writing-workshop-sarah-rafael-garcia

The Love of Strangers at Book Soup

Join us to hear Nile Green discuss and sign The Love of Strangers: What six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austin’s London. This is a story of six Iranian students and their chaperone, who arrive in London in July 1815 with the mission to master the modern sciences behind the rapid rise of Europe. Drawing on the Persian diary of the student Mirza Salih and the letters of his companions, Green vividly describes how these adaptable Muslim migrants learned to enjoy British live and culture, while chronicling the frustration and fellowship of six young men abroad, and their transformative encounters at the dawn of the modern age.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/nile-green-discusses-and-signs-love-strangers-what-six-muslim-students-learned-jane-austen’s

Serena Bullock at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Serena Bullock debuts her impressionist-inspired novel, Girl in the Afternoon, and turns the spotlight on the woman-as-artist as distinct from the artist’s muse. Inspired by the artists Berthe Morisot, Louise Jopling, and Marie Bashkirtseff, Burdick tells her story through 18-year old Aimee, primarily talented, and growing up alongside her beloved adopted brother Henri, also a burgeoning artist, in a well-to-do household. When Henri unexpectedly disappears, Aimee is heartbroken, and many secrets and betrayals are unleashed.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com

Ann Hood at Vroman’s Bookstore

Ann Hood discusses and signs The Book That Matters Most, which tells the story of Ava, whose 25-year marriage has fallen apart, her two grown children are pursuing lives outside the country, and who joins a book club, not only for love of reading but for companionship. The group’s goal for the year is for each member to present the book that most matters to them, and Ava rediscovers a book from her childhood that helped her through previous traumas. Her mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a memorable quest.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/ann-hood-discusses-and-signs-book-matters-most

Authors at Annenberg Beach House  

Join us for five Red Hen Press poets who work with myths and their connections to daily life:

Nicelle Davis constructs her poetry around the story of the “Walled-up Wife,” a medieval ballad bout a woman buried alive so that a church might rise.

Jane Hilberry’s poems recount how deer splinter a fence, dogs fill a room, and bears slip in through the door of dreams.

Jessy Randall writes and draws about arcade games, motherhood, sex and the future.

Amy Gerstler draws from an array of sources, including ancient philosophy, diagnostic tests, 1950s recipes, etc.

Walter Benjamin writes on his drug experience.

Event is FREE. No need to print your ticket, just reserve your space at link below.

Where: Annenberg Beach House

Dates: Tuesday, the 23rd

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, CA  90402

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-hen-press-reading-jane-hilberry-jessy-randall-nicelle-davis-and-amy-gerstler-registration-26501836707

Storytime with Mr. Steve at Main Store, Vroman’s Bookstore

Bring the kids to Storytime with Mr. Steve every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 am.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, Main Store

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 10 am

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/storytime-mr-steve-23

Summer Author Program at Palms-Ranch Park Library

Join us as children’s author June Sobel presents a pirate-themed program based on her book Shiver Me Letters-A Pirate ABC. There will be a raffle and 10 lucky winners will receive a copy of her book. Refreshments will be provided.

Where: Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 10:30 pm – 12:15 pm

Address: 2920 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/june-sobel-summer-author-program

Women at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear storied fourth generation Californian Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung conduct an illustrated talk about her book Remarkable Women of California, a charming, vintage-L.A. occasion, with a signing to follow. The author brings eighty-four 19th and 20th century women to life in her book, influential women chronicling the evolution of the women’s movement and of the Golden State.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com

Skylight Staff Showcase at Skylight Books

Join us to hear your favorite, gentle-souled booksellers share their talents as musicians, writers, photographers, etc. Come hang, get weird, and tell us how much you love us!

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-staff-showcase

Altamont at Book Soup

Joel Selvin discusses and signs Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day. In this breathtaking cultural history, celebrated rock journalist Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco on December 6, 1969. This detailed account features sixteen pages of color photos, and is the product of twenty years of exhaustive research.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/joel-selvin-discusses-and-signs-altamont-rolling-stones-hells-angels-and-inside-story-rocks

Poets & Writers Roundtable at Camera Obscura Art Lab

Poets & Writers invites you to a Los Angeles Literary Roundtable Meeting hosted by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division. These events are open to the public and allow an exchange of ideas, news and resources.

Where: Camera Obscura Art Lab

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

Graham Moore with Sam Wasson at Book Soup

Join us to hear author Graham Moore, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and best-selling author of The Sherlockian, with Sam Wasson, discuss and sign his thrilling historical novel, The Last Days of Nights—based on actual events—about the nature of genius, the costs of ambition, and the battle to electrify America.

Sam Wasson is the author of several novels, two works of film criticism, and his latest book is Fosse.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/graham-moore-discusses-his-new-novel-last-days-night-sam-wasson

Author at Flintridge Bookstore  

Join us to hear Trevor Ramos discuss his book on college costs and resources, How to Get Free Money for College.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA 90004

Website: http://www.flintridgebooks.com/

John Doe at Stories LA

Join us as author John Doe, present and sign his book Under the Big Black Sun: A Person History of L.A. Punk. This book is written by John Doe, with Tom DeSavia and friends, and contains a forward by Billie Joe Armstrong.

Where: Stories LA

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Anna Broome Room at Art Share LA

Join us for our monthly Poets and Music night! This is a free event.

Where: Art Share LA

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 801 E. 4th Place, Los angeles, CA 90013

Website: http://artsharela.org/event/anna-broome-room-art-share-l-a-5/         

Tumor at the Last Bookstore

Please join us and author Jonathan Hale Fialkov for the release of the deluxe hardcover edition of Tumor, his seminal noir graphic novel co-created with artist Noel Tuazon. Fialkov will be joined by author and expert on Los Angeles history, Christina Rice, for a discussion of the book and the seamy underside of the city it captures.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 26th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

Keith Morris and Jim Ruland at Skylight Books **STOP****

Keith Morris presents his book My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor, with Jim Ruland. Keith Morris is a true punk icon, who embodies the sound of Southern California hardcore. More than a book about a punk rock legend, this is a look at rock ‘n’ roll through the lens of someone who has shared the stage with most major figures in the music industry and appeared in cult films—a Hollywood story from a native’s perspective.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/keith-morris-presents-his-book-my-damage-jim-ruland

George Wallace at Beyond Baroque 

Walt Whitman Birthplace writer in residence George Wallace reads from his latest collection of poetry through Foothills Publications, A Simple Blues with a Few Intangibles. Wallace is the author of two dozen chapbooks, editor of Poetrybay, and associate editor of Great Weather For Media. He travels throughout the U.S. and Europe to perform poetry and teach writing workshops.

A Huffington Post Summer 2016 Reading List selection, “These poems are voracious, erotic, and unabashedly ecstatic.”

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 26th

Time: 8 pm – 9 pm

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

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

Author Raymond Wong at Alhambra Library

Meet Raymond Wong, the author of I’m Not Chinese: The Journey from Resentment to Reverence. In 1996 Raymond M. Wong didn’t want to be Chinese. He couldn’t see himself getting married, and the thought of having children terrified him. Then a trip to Hong Kong changed his life, as he confronted the things he was most afraid of and learned to embrace truth. Join us in this presentation on the power of change.

This event is free, and no reservation is required.

Where: Alhambra Library, Reese Hall

Date: Saturday the 27th      

Time: 11 am

Address: 101 S. First St., Alhambra, CA 91801

Website: http://alhambralibrary.org/

American Stories Group at Santa Monica Library   

Gather with a reading group open to all ages to discuss Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat.

Where: Pico Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Address: 2201 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=21508

Peggy Aylesworth at Beyond Baroque

Stalwart Peggy Aylesworth, reads from her new book of poetry Under the Unwed Moon, published by Letters at 3AM Press.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 27th      

Time: 5 pm

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

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

Theater at Samuel French Bookstore 

The CTG Latino Theater Company offers a sneak peek of Evelina Fernandez’s play Mexican Trilogy: An American Story, with a book signing and reception.

Where: Samuel French Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 7623 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Website:  http://thelatc.org

EyeHeartStory at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us for EyeHeartStory, Powered by PechaKucha (chit-chat), which is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds total). Presenters often speak about such topics as their travels, research projects, student projects, hobbies, collections, or other interests.

Participants in this unique night of storytelling include: Naomi Hirahara, Pasadena Star Columnist Larry Wilson, Pat Walker, artists Timothy Smith and Yuki Toy and more!

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/eyeheartstory-powered-pechakucha

Joan Steiger at Book Soup

Joan Steiger discusses and signs Brooklyn Baby: A Hollywood Star’s Amazing Journey Through Love, Loss & Laughter. Joan Steiger’s marriage to Academy Award winning actor Rod Steiger ended on July 9, 2002, when he passed away at a Los Angeles hospital. In spite of such trials and losses, Joan has maintained a contagiously upbeat and positive outlook throughout her life. As a star of stage and screen she has worked with many Hollywood icons, and this fascinating read inspires and challenges us to follow our dreams.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 27th      

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/joan-steiger-discusses-and-signs-brooklyn-baby-hollywood-stars-amazing-journey-through-

Fiction Showcase at Beyond Baroque

Join us for Les Femmes Fatales, an event hosted and curated by Richard Modiano, including:

Victoria Looseleaf, award-winning arts journalist and cultural provocateur, and author of Isn’t It Rich?.

Mary Woronov, author and actor, and author of Swimming Underground: My Years in the Warhol Factory.

Kate Crash, glam pop poet and author of Push Novel.

Benny Reitveld, slammin’ bassist and the music director for Santana.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

La Palabra at Avenue 50

Please come with your good energy to the La Palabra Reading Series at Avenue 50 to hear our featured readers share their wisdom:

Natalie J. Graham loves language—in poetry, literature and music, and is currently assistant professor of African American Studies at CSU Fullerton. Her creative and critical works center on exploration of black and southern identities as they are consumed in popular culture.

Devi S. Laskar is a poet, writer, artist, photographer, soccer mom, North Carolina native, and former reporter. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and she’s at work on a novel.

Maya Washington is a filmmaker, actress, playwright, poet and arts educator. She is also a motivational speaker and creative workshop facilitator.

Cynthia Alessandra Briano has run Love on Demand since 2005, which began as a one-woman poetry booth in Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade. She has been a featured poet at various libraries and venues and has served as Literary Programs Director and Poet-in-Residence at Self-Help Graphics & Art.

La Palabra is hosted by Karineh Mahdessian.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: www.facebook.com/events/759900370824353/

Norman Klein and Margo Bistis at Book Soup  

Join us as Norman Klein and Margo Bistis discuss and sign Imaginary 20th Century. In 1901, a woman named Carrie, while traveling in Europe, selects four men to seduce her, each with a version of the coming century. At least that’s how the legend comes to us. Inevitably the future spills off course, and we find out Carrie’s life is implicated in her uncle’s world of business and espionage. He believed espionage is a form of seduction, and in 1919 he set up a massive archive of his niece’s world. In 2004, Carrie’s archive was unearthed and assembled in Los Angeles.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/norman-klein-and-margo-bistis-discuss-and-sign-imaginary-20th-century

Peggy Garrity at Diesel Bookstore

Peggy Garrity presents and discusses her memoir, In the Game: The Highs and Lows of a Trailblazing Trial Lawyer. Initially a convent-bound Irish Catholic girl in the Midwest, she reinvented herself as a high-profile Los Angeles trial lawyer and single mother of four. She represented high profile clients and some of the most notorious murder cases in Los Angeles, beating the odds and running a gauntlet of discrimination. She retired from her solo practice in 2004, and now is a certified yoga and meditation instructor in Santa Monica and Malibu.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/peggy-garrity-discusses-and-signs-game

Local Authors at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us when authors Tony Charmoli, Rosemary Novellino-Mearns and Gina Capobianco sign and present their books.

Tony Charmoli’s book Stars in My Eyes, is a memoir of working in show business. From his immigrant roots to early days on Broadway, to the beginnings of TV and five decades of a diverse career, his journey is the journey of the modern culture that entertained us.

Rosemary Novellino-Mearns’s book Saving Radio City Music Hall is the true story of how this Art Deco masterpiece was saved from demolition.

Gina Capobianco’s book Cognizant Introspection is a collection of poems written as a means of expressing emotions and thoughts that can overrun the mind when dealing with a lifetime of depression and anxiety.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 28th          

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman%E2%80%99s-local-author-day-featuring-tony-charmoli-rosemary-novellino-mearns-and

Mike Befeler at Gatsby’s Books

Meet mystery writer Mike Befeler, author of Court Trouble: A Platform Tennis Mystery, a new mystery in the Paul Jacobson geezer-lit mystery series. In Court Trouble, Mark Yeager is retired from his stressful career as an entrepreneur and now gets his adrenaline fix from games of platform tennis with a motley crew of buddies. But when one of his friends is bludgeoned to death on the court, Mark vows to find the killer.

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Date: Sunday the 28th

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

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

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