Los Angeles Literature Events 9/19/16 – 9/25/16


rothveh0s6xocsppwykmPoetry Reading at Pomona College

Poet Anna Moschovakis will discuss We Will Get into Trouble for This, and be reading from her work as part of the literary series.

Anna Moschovakis is a poet, editor and translator, the author of several chapbooks, and a member of Ugly Duckling Presse. A core faculty member of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, she is also a visiting assistant professor at the Pratt Institute.

Where: Crookshank Hall Room #108, Pomona College

Date: Monday the 19th         

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.pomona.edu/events/literary-series-anna-moschovakis

Laila Lalami at Claremont McKenna College  

The Athenaeum hosts a conversation with novelist, short story writer and essayist Laila Lalami who will speak on “For or Against: My Life as a Muslim in the West’s Gray Zone.” Born and raised in Morocco, Lalami is a unique and confident voice in the conversations about race and immigration that increasingly occupy our national attention. Her book The Moor’s Account won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among other awards. She is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California Riverside.

Where: The Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College

Date: Monday the 19th

Time: 6:45 pm

Address: 385 E. Eighth St., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.cmc.edu/athenaeum

Jaqueline Woodson at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming deliver her first adult novel in twenty years: Another Brooklyn.

Running into a long-ago friend sets memory for the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything until it wasn’t. For August and her girls Brooklyn was a place where they believed they were beautiful, talented, brilliant, a part of a future that belonged to them. But beneath this veneer was another Brooklyn, a place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. This is a powerful coming-of-age novel.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jacqueline-woodson-discusses-and-signs-another-brooklyn              

Brendan Kiely at Diesel Bookstore

Join us to hear Brendan Kiely discuss and sign his new young adult novel, The Last True Love Story. This is a cool, contemplative spin on hot summer nights and the classic teen love story as two teens embark on a cross-country journey of the heart and soul. 

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Date: Tuesday the 20th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/brendan-kiely-discusses-and-signs-last-true-love-story

Poet Dana Goia at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us as Dana Goia, reads and signs 99 Poems: New & Selected, where he gathers for the first time work from across his career. Goia has not arranges this selection chronologically, but has organized it by theme in seven sections: Mystery, Place, Remembrance, Imagination, Stories, Songs, and Love. The result is a book that reveals and renews the pleasures, consolations, and sense of wonder that poetry bestows.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/dana-gioia-reads-and-signs-99-poems-new-selected

Amy Zierling and Kirby Dick at Book Soup

Amy Zierling and Kirby Dick discuss and sign The Hunting Ground: The Inside Story of Sexual Assault on American College Campuses. The debate over sexual violence on college campuses is reaching fever pitch, and The Hunting Ground, a new documentary film has taken this debate to a new level. Now this companion volume to the film offers perspective on the film and guidance on how to learn more and get active on this issue.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/amy-ziering-and-kirby-dick-discuss-and-sign-hunting-ground-inside-story-sexual-assault

Tim Murphy with Darcy Cosper at Skylight Books

Tim Murphy discusses and reads from his novel Christodora, with Darcy Cosper. In this novel Murphy follows the lives of a diverse cast of characters who reside in and around an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. Constructed in the 1920s, the building has stood through many cultural shifts, and Murphy moves through these diverse times kaleidoscopically, depicting many strange and moving ways in which its dwellers lives; intersect.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Tuesday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/tim-murphy-reads-his-novel-christodora-darcy-cosper

Jackie Parker with Paul Kolsby at Chevalier’s Books  

Join us as award-winning poet and bestselling author of the YA novel Love Letters to My Fans, Jackie Parker, brings us a new (adult) novel, Our Lady of Infidelity: A Novel of Miracles. This novel begins when Luz Reyes, whose family was killed by death squads in her native land and whose mother is gravely ill, sees a vision in a car wash window. Soon others see the vision too, and then the town turns against Luz and the vision when an unexpected death occurs. A miraculous child opens the hearts of the people in the town to their own capacity for love.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Dates: Tuesday, the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

Authors at Annenberg Beach House

Red Hen Press authors Aimee Bender, Brendan Constantine, Brian Doyle, and Ron Kortege will read and discuss their books.

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 20th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://http://redhen.org/events/?uuid=C47AAEA8-6AE8-B9C1-8576-ED80AC66EA12

Tonya Foster at Otis College of Art and Design

Please join us to hear poet Tonya Foster present her work. She is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court, and her work has appeared in many journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of The Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

Seating is limited.

Where: Otis College Forum, Goldsmith Campus

Date: Wednesday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website:  http://www.otis.edu/graduate-writing/visiting-writers-series

Coiled Serpent Authors at The Last Bookstore

Join the Los Angeles Poets Society and over 30 poets from the Coiled Serpent Anthology to celebrate the diversity of our Los Angeles/Southern California stories, from Tia Chucha Press. See site for some of the many authors presenting their work from this collection, and to RSVP. Snacks will be provided!

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 21st

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/

Diane Arbus Biographer at Hammer Museum

Author Arthur Lubow will read from and discuss his new biography Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer, which draws on interviews with the legendary photographer’s friends, lovers and colleagues, as well as previously unknown letters, to present this perceptive, engaging and moving portrait.

Book signing to follow the program.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Wednesday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/09/diane-arbus-portrait-of-a-photographer/

Art Share LA

The Best! This month we’re celebrating the release of Chinaka Hodge’s new book DATED EMCEES.

featuring performances by…
MariNaomi
G Yamazawa
Chinaka Hodge
hosted by…
MATTHEW CUBAN.

Cost: $5

Where: Art Share

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://artsharela.org/event/best-poetry-hour-art-share-l-a-5/

Michelle Latiolais at Chevalier’s Books

Michelle Latiolais, L.A.’s answer to Alice Munro, and master storyteller, will read from her highly praised new collection, She. In this new collection of short stories, a runaway girl’s journey in Los Angeles becomes the prism through which she refracts a multi-faceted panorama of the lives experienced in this very particular time and place. Reading, talk, Q&A, and signing to follow.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Thursday the 22nd    

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://chevaliersbooks.com

Story Maps at The last Bookstore

Daniel P. Calvisi, presents the Story Maps series of screenwriting books, and discusses his latest title, Story Maps: TV DRAMA: The Structure of the One-Hour Television Pilot. Join us to learn more about the benchmarks, techniques and industry standards behind writing a TV series. Snacks will be served.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/

Teddy Wayne at Skylight Books

Join us to hear Teddy Wayne read from his latest novel Loner. In this propulsive novel about a meek Harvard freshman who becomes dangerously infatuated with a classmate, Wayne turns the traditional campus novel on its head as he explores gender politics and class.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/teddy-wayne-reads-his-latest-novel-loner

Claude Monet’s Water Lilies at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Ross King discuss his book Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, the full story behind Claude Monet’s creation of the “Water Lilies,” as World War I came ever closer to Paris and Germany, and an new generation of younger artists, led by Matisse and Picasso, were challenging the achievements of Impressionism.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/ross-king-discusses-and-signs-mad-enchantment-claude-monet-and-painting-water-lilies

New Movement to End Gun Violence at Hammer Forum

With Americans demanding increased action in the wake of multiple mass shootings, the Hammer Forum series explores a growing movement that challenges the gun lobby’s tight grip on Congress. Joshua Horowitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, joins Saul Cornell, Second Amendment specialist and professor of American history at Fordham University, and Tom Diaz, author of The Last Gun: How Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It.

Moderated by Ian Masters, journalist and literary filmmaker and KPFK radio host.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/09/the-new-movement-to-end-gun-violence/

Anna Broome @ Art Share L.A.

Join us for our monthly Poets and Music Night! Hosted by Anna Broome.

Where: Art Share

Date: Thursday the 22st

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://artsharela.org/event/anna-broome-room-art-share-l-a-6/

The Scheme of Things Author at Book Soup

Tim Parks discusses and signs The Scheme of Things, a coming-of-age story with a thriller twist that poses the question: Have you ever had a secret? In a tale that is equal parts comedy and heartbreak, a young man struggles to find acceptance and eventually goes against the grain to find his place in the scheme of things.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/tim-parks-discusses-and-signs-scheme-things

Kenyan Author at Skylight Books

Author Ngugi Wa Thiong’o discusses his powerful new memoir, Birth of a Dream Weaver, which chronicles the period in the early 1960s East Africa when he found his voice as a writer and activist, against the vivid backdrop of late colonial life and coming of age in a homeland wounded by white settler culture. The perfect entry-point for anyone new to the author’s work, Birth of a Dream Weaver is  a rare glimpse into the seminal years of one of the world’s greatest writers.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:   http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/ngũgĩ-wa-thiongo-discusses-his-new-memoir-birth-dream-weaver

Twinsome Minds at Loyola Marymount University

Through an interplay of storytelling, animation, music and poetry, Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher’s Twinsome Minds mines what is often lost behind official historical documents and acts of commemoration, and proposes a transformative work of interpreting Dublin’s 1916 Easter Rising for a new generation.

Where: UNH 1000, Ahmanson Auditorium, LMU

Date: Friday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website:  http://25livepub.collegenet.com/calendars/university_events_calendar#/?i=11

Inaugural Little Tokyo Book Festival at JACCC  

Join the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) and Shotokio Crew in the Aratani Theatre for the inaugural Little Tokyo Book Festival, sponsored in part with help from vendors: Kinokuniya Bookstore, Kaya Press, Chin Music Press, Heritage Source, Kizuna and more.

Schedule includes:

“Past” Panel at 10:10 am with: Lily Havey, Nick Nagatani and Todd Shimoda, moderated by Naomi Hirahara;

“Little Tokyo” Round Robin at 11:30 am with: Amy Uyematsu, Mia Nakaji Monnier, traci kato-kiriyama, Sunny Seki, Mari Naomi, and Serena Kuhn;

“Community” Panel at 1:50 pm with: Karen Ishizuka, Sonoko Sakai and Sesschu Foster, moderated by Oliver Wang;

“Identity/Self” Panel at 3 pm with: Nina Revoyr, Cynthia Kadohata and Sarah Kuhn, moderated by Traise Yamamoto;

LA AAPI Authors Round Robin at 4:20 pm with Angela Penaredondo, Kenji Liu, Taz Ahmed, Chiwan Choi, Neelanjana Banerjee.

Opportunities for book signings on JACCC Plaza and Closing Reception at 7 pm.

Space is limited so please RSVP for free tickets at website.

Where: Aratani Theatre, JACCC

Date: Saturday the 24th

Time: 10 am – 7 pm

Address: 224 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website:   http://www.jaccc.org/ltbf

Riverside Writers Featured at Hitched Reading Series

Please join us at the HITCHED quarterly reading series hosted by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo to hear four Riverside writers:

Jo Scott-Co, author of Teacher at Point Blanc: Confronting Sexuality, Violence, and Secrets in a Suburban School, and the forthcoming Mass;

Juanita Mantz, VONA alumna;

YiShun Lai, author of Not a Self-Help Book and editor at Tahoma Literary Review;

Desiree Zamorano, author of The Amado Women.

Where: Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea

Date: Saturday the 24th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 5371 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: www.facebook.com/events/1750594111886730/

Dodger Blue Stories at Skylight Books    

Join us to hear author Bryce Allen Fierro read and discuss Dodger Blue Will Fill Your Soul in which he brings to life the people and places that form the fragile heart of the East Los Angeles community in his collection of stories.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Saturday the 24th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/bryan-allen-fierro-reads-his-collection-stories-dodger-blue-will-fill-your-soul

Feminist Fight Club at Book Soup

Author Jessica Bennett discusses and signs Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for A Sexist Workplace. Part manual, part manifesto, this book is a hilarious yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work, providing real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 24th        

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/jessica-bennett-discusses-and-signs-feminist-fight-club-office-survival-manual-sexist

32nd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice

The annual Abbot Kinney Festival takes place along a mile-long stretch of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, for a day of fun, food, entertainment and spirited community celebration.

Where: Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Date: Sunday the 25th       

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Address: 1507 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Website: http://www.abbotkinney.org/

La Palabra Reading Series at Avenue 50 Studio

Please join us for our monthly reading series to hear: Gail Cohen, Gerda Govine Ituarte, Carla Sameth and Maria Elena Fernandez.

Hosted by: Karineh Mahdessian.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 25th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90027

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1194223880629487/

Fourth Sundays Poetry at Claremont Library

This month’s featured readers are poets Lisa Cheby and Chad Sweeney.

Lisa Cheby’s first chapbook, Love Lessons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is available through Dancing Girl Press. She is the poetry editor for Annotation Nation, and her poems and reviews have appeared in various journals.

Chad Sweeney is a poet and translator, the author of four books of poetry, and the editor of Ghost Town, the print and online journal of contemporary poetry at CSUSB. He teaches poetry in the MFA program at CSUSB and lives in Redlands with his family.

As always, our events are free and open to the public.

Where: Claremont Public Library

Date: Sunday the 25th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 208 Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.claremontlibrary.org/poetry-readings.html

Reputations at Skylight Books 

Join us for a book launch by author Juan Gabriel Vasquez, who will read and discuss his new novel Reputations. Winner of several of the world’s most prestigious fiction prizes and published in twenty-six countries, Vasquez is one of the most celebrated writers alive today. In this book, translated by Anne McLean, he examines the construction of public identity, the burden of memory, and the intersection of the personal and the political, all within the bounds of an electrifying page-turner.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Sunday the 25th            

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/juan-gabriel-vasquez-launches-his-new-novel-reputations

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