Los Angeles Literature Events 9/12/16 – 9/18/16

01i-lTween Book Club at Fairfax Branch Library–Children’s Event

Tween Book Club is for ages 9 to 12, or 4th grade and up. This month we will discuss The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. This moving historical novel set during World War II is about a nine-year-old girl with a foot deformity who has never been allowed to leave her London apartment. But as children are sent to the countryside to escape the war, Ada sneaks out along with her brother who is being sent away. Does the war hold potential for Ada to live a better life?

We will have copies available at the branch, and talk about the book in a relaxed environment. Refreshments will be provided.

Where: Fairfax Branch Library

Date: Monday the 12th         

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 161 S. Gardner St., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/tween-book-club-war-saved-my-life

Spectacular Illumination at Vroman’s Bookstore  

Tom Zimmerman and J. Eric Lynxwiler discuss and sign Spectacular Illumination: Los Angeles, 1925-1965. This spectacular collection of vintage photography showcases the glowing neon heritage of the City of Angels. More than 200 images fill its pages, part of the radiance coming for streets lined with neon signs during the Golden Age of neon form 1925-1965.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/tom-zimmerman-j-eric-lynxwiler-discuss-and-sign-spectacular-illumination-neon-los-angeles-1925

Marisa Silver at Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Join us to hear Marisa Silver read at her publication party for Little Nothing. Joining her in conversation will be author Mark Sarvas.

In an unarmed country at the beginning of the last century, a child called Pavla is born to peasant parents. Her arrival, fervently anticipated and conceived in part by gypsy tonics and archaic prescriptions, stuns her parents and brings outrage and scorn from her community. Born a dwarf, but beautiful in face, Pavla’s parents turn to the treatments of a local charlatan, which open the floodgates of persecution for Pavla. Part allegory, part subversive fairy tale, Little Nothing spans the beginning of a new century, the disintegration of ancient superstitions, and the adoption of industry and invention.

Marisa Silver is also the author of the novel Mary Coin, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Award. Her writing has won numerous awards and appeared in various anthologies.

Where: Diesel Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/publication-party-marisa-silver-discusses-and-signs-little-nothing            

Author David Shannon at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us as David Shannon, author of the popular, award-winning Duck on a Bike, presents and signs Duck on a Tractor. Filled with entertaining detail and sly jokes, readers will pore over each picture again and again.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 6 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/david-shannon-presents-and-signs-duck-tractor

Mystery Book Club at Pages Bookstore

Join us to discuss Laura McHugh’s mystery/thriller Arrowood. This story is a haunting novel about a young woman’s return to her childhood home and her encounter with the memories and family secrets it holds. Arrowood is the most ornate and grand of the historical houses that line the Mississippi River in southern Iowa, and it’s where Arden Arrowood’s younger twin sisters vanished on her watch twenty years ago, never to be seen again.

RSVPs are appreciated. Call (310) 318-0900 or email info@pagesabookstore.com.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Richard Cohen at Book Soup

Richard Cohen discusses and signs She Made Me Laugh: My Friend Nora Ephron. One of the most famous writers, filmmakers, and personalities of her time is captured by her long-time and dear friend in a hilarious, raucous, and poignant recollection. Ephron was celebrated by Hollywood for films like Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, and Heartburn, and she wrote bestselling books and newspaper columns. Her last work was the play, Lucky Guy, about a newspaper columnist dying of cancer when she herself was dying of cancer. This is an attempt to capture a remarkable woman who meant so much to other women.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/richard-cohen-discusses-and-signs-she-made-me-laugh-my-friend-nora-ephron

Zan Romanoff at Skylight Books

Zan Romanoff discusses and reads from her debut novel A Song to Take the World Apart, which tells the story of a young woman who finds her power in her voice and learns she can’t seem to stop singing.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/zan-romanoff-reads-her-debut-novel-song-take-world-apart

Young Adult Panel at Chevalier’s Books–Young Adult Event

Join us for our Going Geek Young Adult panel discussion with  Charlotte Huang, Julie Buxbaum (Tell Me Three Things), and debut novelist Adriana Mather (How to Hang a Witch). Moderated by the up and coming writer—and on-fire “Nerd Girl” blogger—Sara Elizabeth Santana.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Dates: Tuesday, the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

Author Talk at Ocean Park Branch Library

Author Heather Ruth Martin will discuss her book, Reclaiming Konia, and present a slide show about her grandfather, who was an Armenia Genocide survivor.

Where: Ocean Park Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Address: 2601 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=21520

Lynn Cox at Pages Bookstore

Please join us to meet long-distance open-water swimmer Lynne Cox present her book Swimming in the Sink, which begins at a lab at the University of London, with Cox being studied by three scientists, trying to make sense of her extraordinary human capabilities, and paving the way for new medical and life-saving practices. Cox is an elite athlete who broke many world records, including swimming the English Channel at fifteen, among others.

RSVPs are appreciated.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/lynne-cox-author-event

Marisa Silver at Skylight  Books

Join us to hear Marisa Silver discuss her new novel, Little Nothing, with Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum. In an unnamed country at the beginning of the last century, a child named Pavla is born to peasant parents. Pavla has been born a dwarf, and though beautiful in face, her parents turn to a local charlatan to try to cure her. This novel is part allegory and part subversive fairy tale, with a cast of remarkable characters, and propelled by sheer electricity.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/marisa-silver-discusses-her-new-novel-little-nothing-sarah-shun-lien-bynum

Fiction Reading by R.F Gregory at Doheny Memorial Library, USC

Egyptian-American author R. F. Gregory will discuss his book Notes from the Café, selected y USC President C.L. Max Niklas as recommended summer reading for USC students. In a probing and lively dialogue, Gregory and USC cinematic arts professor Tara McPherson will critically reflect on the information age we are living through.

Book signing and reception to follow.

General public is invited, but RSVP to link at website.

Where: Doheny Library Lecture Hall Room 240, USC

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 3550 Trousedale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Website:  http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=678683

Astronaut Chris Hadfield at Children’s Book World–Children’s Event

Chris Hadfield, internationally bestselling author and astronaut, is proud to present his debut children’s book, The Darkest Hour. Hadfield is an accomplished astronaut and author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes. Hadfield most recently served as Commander of the International Space Station.

This is a ticketed event, with tickets available in-store only. Each ticket includes a pre-signed copy of the book, and pre-signed books will be available at the event. See store website for further details.

Where: St. Timothy’s Church

Date: Wednesday the 14th   

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 10245 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Website: https://www.childrensbookworld.com/Calendar/calendar.htm

Tony Barnstone at SMC Literary Talks & Readings Series

Tony Barnstone, award-winning suthor and professor of English at Whittier College speaks on From Vampires to Space Opera: The Poetry of Pulp Genres. He will talk about his graphic poetry collection Pulp Sonnets (2015) based on twenty years of research.

Plan to arrive early for this popular FREE lecture series sponsored by the SMC English Department.

Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.

Where: Santa Monica College, HSS 165

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 11:15 am

Address: 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90069

Website: http://smc.eduACG/Marketing/Events/Pages/Literary%20Talks%20and%20Readings.aspx /

ARTravenous Poetry Performance at Danny’s Venice

Join us for a celebration of life, art, poetry, music, comedy and dance, featuring:

Art Currim, from 8-8:10 pm (www.qualtrain.com)

Trista Hurley-Waxali, from 8-:10-8:20 pm (https://tristaisshort.wordpress.com)

Chaya Silverstein, from 8:20-8:30 pm (http://poetsdinner.blogspot.com/)

Beth Marquez, from 8:45-8:55 pm (https://facebook.com/groups/1674981956101232/)

James Berkowitz, from 8:55-9:05 pm (www.jamesberkowitz.com)

Where: Danny’s Venice

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Address: 23 Windward Ave., Venice, CA 90291

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/338699103185905/

Rich Ferguson Launch at Chevalier’s Books

Join us to hear Rich Ferguson (founder of All Lit Up) speak on his debut novel New Jersey Me. In this coming of age account, Huck Finn would have to exchange the Mississippi for a nuclear facility’s run-off creek. Poet and musician Ferguson delivers with downhome wit, plainspoken insight and a goofy, revelatory lyricism in this buoyant debut novel. Guests and snack will accompany this celebration.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

Literary Death Match at Hammer Museum

Join us to hear four authors—Jon Klassen, Nadja Spiegelman, Antonio Sacre, and Ryka Aoki—joined by four judges (actors Marguerite Moreau, Armen Weitzman, Kumail Nanjiani, and author Amelia Gray), two finalists and one epic finale. Now in 57 cities, this wild, live show returns to the Hammer for its annual spectacular.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/09/literary-death-match-fall-2016/

Jo Scott-Co and Chiwan Choi at Conversations at the Culver

Join the all of us at the Inlandia Institute as we kick off a new season of Conversations at the Culver, featuring: Jo Scott-Co, author of Mass, in conversation with Chiwan Choi, founder and publisher of Writ Large Press.

In Mass we refer back to 1966, when Charles Whitman climbed the top of UT Austin’s clock tower and performed the first televised and (at the time) deadliest mass shooting in American history. Fifty years later we still consume such images of domestic terror. Mass turns the camera and looks underneath this ritual of violent public spectacle, tracing the story of a lost priest who befriended Whitman fifteen years before his rampage. Part lyric meditation and part narrative history, Mass explores our collective conscience.

Where: Barbara and Art Culver Center of Arts

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 3834 Main St., Riverside, CA 92501

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/852120838257965/

13 Presidents Author at Book Show LA

Based on a cross-country road trip to visit all of America’s presidential libraries, 13 Presidents is an artist’s book that combines photographs from the trip with a suite of short stories. Using place, socio-political histories, and archival material, 13 Presidents, by Marisa Futernick, weaves together a personal narrative with wider cultural observation.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/13-presidents13-stories-reading/

Lil’ Libros Authors at Children’s Book World  

Children’s authors Patty Rodriguez and Arianna Stein, authors of a series of strikingly illustrated bilingual first concept books from Lil’ Libros will hold a book signing, following a mini-concert with Isabel Brazon, creator of Baila Baila Spanish music for kids.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 10:30 am

Address: 10580 ½ West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Website:   http://www.childrensbookworld.com/Calendar/calendar.htm

Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Arcadia Library

Join us for our Hispanic Heritage Month Book and Craft Festival, as we will celebrate Mexican-American children’s literature author Gary Soto, listen to a story from his work, do crafts inspired by Soto’s written works, and enjoy festive snacks.

Where: Arcadia Library

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 2:30 am

Address: 21 West Duarte Rd., Arcadia, CA 91006

Website: http://www.arcadiaca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/5775/20

Saturday Afternoon Poetry

Saturday Afternoon Poetry, hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell, will feature an open reading with three featured poets this week:

Brian Dunlap is a native of Los Angeles who still lives in the city of his birth. He received both his BA from UC Riverside and MFA from Fresno State in Creative Writing where he honed his love for writing about place and his hometown Los Angeles. He has been published in Angel City Review, CCM-Entropy and Muse.

Toti O’Brien has been published in Womb Magazine, Red Ochre, Black & White, if&when, and other online and printed journals. She has published two short stories collections (“Africa” and “Reversed Memories”), a collection of essays (“Lanterna Magica”), and two illustrated children’s books in Italian. She has collaborated for a decade with Italian magazines, such as Salpare,Mezzocielo (the “women against the mafia” mag), Lostile and Inguine, with columns, articles, and short stories. Please visit her on the web at http://www.totihan.net.

Cindy Rinne is an experimental storyteller and record-keeper of many cultures. Her ethnopoetry is rich with texture and description connecting the ancient/present and the sacred within. Cindy Rinne creates art and writes in San Bernardino, CA. She is an author with Michael Thomas Cooper of Speaking Through Sediment (forthcoming). Her poem, “Mapping” was nominated for the Liakoura Award by Pirene’s Fountain.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Library, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Website:   http://www.facebook.com/events/305340423156650/

Gina Frangello with Meredith Maran at Skylight Books

Please join us to hear Gina Frangello read from her new book Every Kind of Wanting, with Meredith Maran. This book explores the complex intersection of three families and their efforts to have a “community baby.” By turns funny, dark and sexy, it strips bare the layers of the American family today, tackling issues of assimilation, family secrets and desires.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/gina-frangello-reads-her-new-book-every-kind-wanting-meredith-maran

Julia Claiborn Johnson and Steven Rowley at Pages Books    

Join us to hear two authors in conversation about their debut novels: Julia Claiborn Johnson with Be Frank with Me and Steven Rowley with Lily and the Octopus. Their conversation will be followed by a Q&A and booksigning.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/julia-claiborn-johnson-and-steven-rowley

Las Lunas Locas Authors Anthology Reading

Meet poets from the Las Lunas Locas community of women who write, for their anthology release party. Lunas are magic, and we hope you will join us for this special event.

Where: Here & Now Alternative & Holistic Health Service

Date: Saturday the 17th        

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 5471 N. Huntington Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1105460872869487/

Big: Beginnings at Pages Bookstore

Author Greyson Bryan, in conversation with Andrew Knox, discusses and signs his book Big Beginnings, a story of international business espionage meeting high-stakes family drama in a global thriller. From L.A. to Tokyo to London and Panama, this is the first book in a series of Big novels.

RSVPS are appreciated.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th       

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/greyson-bryan-conversation-andrew-knox

William Luuvas at Skylight Books

Please join us to hear William Luuvas discuss and launch his new novel Beneath the Coyote Hills. In his second novel the author peels away the layers of deception in the Tillotson family to reveal three generations of trauma and abuse, to tell the story of a luckless, homeless fiction writer, at war with the characters he has created.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/william-luuvas-launches-his-new-novel-beneath-coyote-hills

The Round World at Book Show 

Join us for one of our favorites, Dan Oliverio, who will be here to read and sign copies of his new book The Round World.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Sunday the 18th            

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/events/list/                                                       



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