Los Angeles Literature Events 9/26/16 – 10/02/16

Author on Theater at Palms-Rancho Park Library

facade-of-rpl-libraryAuthor Barbara Kraft will speak about the Romanian-French playwright Eugene Ionesco who was one of the foremost figures of the French avant-garde theater, and helped to inaugurate a new type of theater which came to be known as “theater of the absurd.” He believed that the king of the “theater of the absurd” was Shakespeare.

Where: Palms-Rancho Park Library

Date: Monday the 26th         

Time: 3:30 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/lecture-eugene-ionesco

Poet Kelly Tsai at Claremont McKenna College  

The Athenaeum hosts an evening of spoken word poetry with Kelly Tsai who is an award-winning poet who actively engages—and believes in the power of the arts—to leverage and effectuate social change. She will perform an eclectic set list including Making Guacamole and You Are, You Are.

Where: The Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 6:45 pm

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

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

Fairy Tales at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear Christopher DeWan and friends read from his new short story collection Hoopty Time Machines: fairy tales for grown ups. Guests include Sarah Bebb, Hilary Darling, Rebecca Gray, Keith Hanson, Brenda Kenworthy, Phinney Kiyomura, Christopher Neiman, and Colleen Wainwright.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

Duane Swierczynski at Book Soup

Duane Swierczynski discusses and signs Revolver. Three generations torn apart—by bullets fired over fifty years ago…Philadelphia, 1965: Two street cops—one black, one white—are gunned down in a corner bar. One of the fallen officers leaves behind a 12-year old boy. Philadelpia, 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns his father’s alleged killer has been sprung from prison. So Jim stalks the ex-con hoping to learn the truth. Later, in 2015 Jim’s daughter Audrey, reopens the murder for a research paper, and fears her father made a horrible mistake.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/duane-swierczynski-discusses-and-signs-revolver

Melissa de la Cruz at Vroman’s Books

Melissa de la Cruz discusses and reads from her novel Something in Between. In this YA novel de la Cruz follows the life of Jasmine de los Santos, who has always done what’s expected of her, until everything shatters when her parents are compelled to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal, and that means no scholarships, maybe no college at all, and the very real threat of deportation. All Jasmine knows is she’s not giving up.

Where: Vroman’s Books

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/melissa-de-la-cruz-discusses-and-signs-something-between

Banned Books Celebration at Skylight Books

Join us to hear special guests Steph Cha, Natashia DeLeon and Chris Terry discuss and participate in Banned Books Week Open Mic and our Blind Date with a Banned Book sale, in alliance with similar events hosted at partner book stores across the country.

Steph Cha is the author of three thriller novels, the noir editor for L.A. Review of Books and a regular contributor to the L.A. Times and USA Today.

Natashia DeLeon is the creator of the popular L.A. based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit, and a practicing lawyer and teacher at Trinity Law School. Her debut novel Grace was published in June, 2016.

Chris L. Terry’s debut novel Zero Fade was on numerous best books lists of 2013, and he is now working on a new novel about a mixed race punk bassist with a black imaginary friend. He has taught creative writing in many venues to many audiences.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/night-silenced-voices-banned-books-week-celebration-special-guests-steph-cha-natashia-deon-and

Redondo Poets

Join Redondo Poets to hear John Gardiner read his poetry, plus stay to hear or participate in our Open Mic.

John Gardiner released his twelfth collection of poems and prose, “Rogue Waves,” through Windflower Press. He has been facilitating poetry readings and workshops in Laguna Beach for the past 19 years.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 1820 C. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 91101

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets/

Tessa Hadley and The Past at Chevalier’s Books  

Join us as the unsurpassable Tessa Hadley, who is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and author of the New York Times Notable Books The London Train and Married Love, brings us a reading and discussion of her sixth highly praised novel, The Past. In this book she conjures three sisters and one brother coming to reckon with the past, and one another, in a tumbling down ancestral home entwined by conflicting strands of puritanism, class condescension and erotic impulse. She shows how both a singular place and the passage time have shaped the trajectories of each of their lives, and how their complicated relationships impact their decisions.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Dates: Wednesday, the 28th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

Terry McDonell and Carolyn Kellogg at Vroman’s Books

Terry McDonell, in conversation with Carolyn Kellogg, discusses and signs, Accidental Life: An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers. In this revealing memoir, McDonell talks about what really happens when editors and writers work with deadlines ticking, including stories about personalities he has known, such as Hunter S. Thompson and Richard Price.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/terry-mcdonell-conversation-carolyn-kellogg-discusses-and-signs-accidental-life-editors-notes

Mike Roberts at Skylight Books

Please join us to hear Mike Roberts read from his debut novel, Cannibals in Love, which is told in a series of vignettes and based largely on the experiences of the author, a bildungsroman for a generation still grappling with the full effects of the bizarre 2000s.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/mike-roberts-reads-his-debut-novel-cannibals-love

Author Event at the Last Bookstore

Join us for the How to Make White People Laugh live event. Author Negin Farsad, author and star of The Muslims Are Coming, has written this memoir-meets-social-justice-comedy-manifesto about being Iranian-American, about identity confusion in a country obsessed with race, and the power of comedy to combat bigotry.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/

The Politics of Race in the 2016 Election at Hammer Museum

Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Ian Haney Lopez, professor of law at UC Berkeley and author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, will discuss the disenfranchisement of potential voters in November’s election.

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

Book signing with Professor Lopez to follow the program.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/09/the-politics-of-race-in-the-2016-election/

Kids of Appetite at Skylight Books

Join us to hear David Arnold, in conversation with John Corey Whaley, read from his latest novel Kids of Appetite. In this novel about a batch of unforgettable characters, we find a tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/david-arnold-conversation-john-corey-whaley-discusses-and-signs-kids-appetite

LitFolks LA at Chevalier’s Books

LitFolks LA Reading Event hosts seven writers reading form their latest work and talking about the most glorious thing they’ve found about being a writer and a moment when they almost lost faith in it.

Aya de Leon directs the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley. Her debut feminist heist novel, Uptown Thief, was published in July.

Bryan Allen Fierro is the recipient of the Poets and Writers Maureen Egan Writer Exchange Award in Fiction. His novel Dodger Blue Will Fill Your Soul, coming out in September, is set in East Los Angeles.

Minal Hajratwala is the author of the award-winning Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents and her latest book is Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment.

Dana Johnson is the author of the recently published short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also author of Break Any Woman Down, and the novel Elsewhere, California. She is a professor of English at USC.

Karen Palmer is the author of the novels All Saints and Border Dogs. She has taught at UCA Extension and at Lighthouse Writers in Denver, CO and is currently working on a memoir.

Jeremy Rosenberg is Assistant Dean of Public Affairs and Special Events at USC and a former team member of Metabolic Studio. His writings about art, urban planning, policy and ideas have appeared in numerous publications.

Margaret Wappler has written about the arts and pop culture for many publications. Her short stories have appeared in Black Clock, Public Fiction, and joyland. Neon Green is her first novel.

Reading, talk, Q&A, and signing to follow.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Thursday the 29th     

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://chevaliersbooks.com

The Arab of the Future 2 at the Central Library

Riad Sattouf, in conversation with Elvis Mitchell, presents The Arab of the Future 2: A Graphic Memoir. In this sequel, best-selling cartoonist and filmmaker Sattouf travels to his father’s hometown of Homs, where the young Sattouf attends school and attempts to dedicate himself to becoming a true Syrian in the country of a dictator. Hear from one of today’s most original voices, as the author observes life’s small daily moments while sweeping through issues of politics, religion, and poverty in a voice both darkly funny and piercingly direct.

Where: Downtown Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7:15 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/arab-future-2-graphic-memoir

Ron Kovic at Pages Bookstore

Join Ron Kovic, author of Born on the Fourth of July and Hurricane Street at his second local event, following the book launch for Hurricane Street at the Manhattan Beach Library last July. We highly recommend that you RSVP and purchase a book online to guarantee entry prior to the 7 pm start time!

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/ron-kovic-author-event-0

Alexander Maksik at Skylight Books

Join us to hear author Alexander Maksik discuss and read from his book  Shelter in Place, a stylish literary novel about the hereditary nature of mental illness, the fleeting intensity of youth, the obligations of family, and the dramatic consequences of love.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/alexander-maksik-reads-his-new-novel-shelter-place

Viet Thanh Nguyen at the Glendale Library

2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, will talk about his life and how he came to portray it from a fictional distance, in this novel. His most recent book is The Sympathizer’s nonfiction sequel, Nothing Ever Dies: Viet Nam and the Memory of War.

Where: Glendale Library, Adult Recreation Center (next to Central Library)

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205

Website: http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/20134/125

Half-Breed Author at the Last Bookstore

PC Munoz’s Half-Breed, is a music/poetry performance piece exploring multiracial identity, rendered via electronic soundscapes, spoken word, and live instrumentation. PC will be joined by composer/violinist Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth for the performance.

Poet F. Douglas Brown and author Shannon Luders-Manuel are the featured openers.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/

Agustin Aguilar at Stories Books and Cafe    

Join us to hear author Agustin Aguilar, with special guest Jarett Kobek, read and discuss his novel Leonora Come Down in which he brings to life: giants made of rock; people made of clay; the moon who walks the earth as a man and digs through garbage; fairy tales told by a primitive lake people. The ancient lakebed, Wiskatchekwa keeps its secrets.

Where: Stories Books and Cafe

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Linda Thompson at Book Soup

Linda Thompson discusses her new memoir, A Little Thing Called Life: On Loving Elvis Presley, Bruce Jenner, and Songs in Between. Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson opens up about her five-year relationship during the 1970s with Elvis Presley, as well as her marriage and family with Olympic gold medal-winner Bruce Jenner, and later 19-year relationship with legendary musician and producer David Foster Wallace.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:   http://www.booksoup.com/event/linda-thompson-discusses-and-signs-little-thing-called-life-loving-elvis-presley-bruce-jenner

Liberal Opinions at Chevalier’s Books

Trailblazing Judge William Norris talks and signs Liberal Opinions: My Life in the Stream of History which recounts his life and times as a trailblazing lawyer and judge in this vivid and accessible memoir. Author of the controversial but prescient judicial opinion striking sown the ban on gays in the military—two decades before the Supreme Court recognized such equal rights—Norris made waves on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Yet his legal and civic life before and after, is equally the measure of the man.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com

Cornelia Funke at the Last Bookstore  

Join a conversation with Cornelia Funke and her local publishing company, Breathing Books, to talk about her latest series, Reckless, the move towards indie publishing and more! Funke creates fantasy for readers of all ages, and has been translated into more than thirty languages. in 2015 she co-founded Breathing Books with Matthew Cullen, CCO of Mirada Studios.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Elizabeth Lesser at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Elizabeth Lesser discuss and sign Marrow: A Love Story, a visceral and profoundly moving memoir of two sisters who, in the face of a bone marrow transplant—one the doner and one the recipient—begin a quest for acceptance, authenticity and love.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: www.vromansbookstore.com/event/elizabeth-lesser-discusses-and-signs-marrow-love-story

Libraries at Zocolo Public Square in West Hollywood    

Libraries have long stood as society’s democratic temples of knowledge, and have helped to enlighten generations of people. Yet we now live in a time when all of the world’s information is seemingly a click away, which raises the question: what purpose do libraries serve in this new age? Join our discussion with: Susan Hildreth, former professor at the University of Washington Information School, Miguel Figueroa, Director for the Center for the Future of Libraries at the American Library Assn, and Susan Parker, UCLA Deputy Librarian.

Moderated by Gregory Rodriguez, Publisher, Zocolo Public Square.

Where:  West Hollywood City Council Chambers

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: http://zocolopublicsquare.org/event/do-libraries-have-a-future/

What We Never Had at Stories Books and Cafe

Author Zach Wyner presents his debut novel What We Never Had. Zach Wyner is a writer and teacher and works with incarcerated youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a contributor to Curly Red Stories, The Good Man Project and Unbroken Journal.

Where: Stories Books and Cafe

Date: Friday the 30th        

Time: 8 pm

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

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

3rd  Annual Inlandia Authors Fair at Louis Robidoux Library–Inland Empire Event

Have you written a book and want to learn what your publishing options are? How do you find a literary agent, or should you? Are you curious about the world of writing and publishing?

The Inlandia Institute will host the 3rd Annual Indie Authors Fair, a free, public event at the Louis Robidoux Library in Jurupa Valley. Join us to share, learn, and connect with other authors.

Features will include a panel discussion on children’s book publishing, an editors and publishers roundtable, indie author exhibits, and breakout session on numerous subjects.

Featured presenters include: John Brantingham, poet/San Gabriel Valley Lit Fest; Juan Delgado, poet/Inlandia Literary Laureate; Tim Green, Rattle magazine; Ruth Nolan, poet/essayist/Solstice literary magazine; Terria Smith, Heyday; Chad Sweeney, poet/presenting Ghost Town and Pacific Review.

Where: Louis Robidoux Library

Date: Saturday the 1st        

Time: 11 am – 5 pm

Address: 5840 Mission Blvd., Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

Website: http://inlandiainstitute.org/events

Dylan Thomas Readings at Palms-Rancho Park Library

Please join us to hear Joe Prami read the BBC production of selections of the great Welsh poet’s play for voices, Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood.

Where: Palms-Rancho Park Library

Date: Saturday the 1st

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/dylan-thomas-under-milk-wood-solo-reading-selections-joe-praml

Luis Rodriguez at Sherman Oaks Library

Join us for an afternoon with our Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, as he discusses his work and life.

Where: Sherman Oaks-Martin Pollard Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 1st

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

Address: 14245 Moorpark St., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/afternoon-luis-rodriguez

Kubrick’s Game at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Derek Taylor Kent discuss and sign his book Kubrick’s Game. Fifteen years after his death in 1999, Stanley Kubrick has apparently arranged a hand-selected announcement that his films are far more than they appear to be. As UCLA’s resident Kubrick expert, Professor Mascaro was the recipient of Kubrick’s package, and must investigate what this all means.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 1st             

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/derek-taylor-kent-discusses-and-signs-kubrick’s-game

826LA  Children’s Program at the Hammer Museum–Children’s Event

Please join us for the writing workshop Concrete Verse Creatures, for ages 8-13. Workshop attendees will combine concrete poetry with 3-D paper models to create unique animals and robots, and then send them all on a grand adventure to parts unknown. This event is led by children’s author and illustrator Mary Peterson, who tells funny stories with her art.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 2nd

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Website: https://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/10/826lahammer-concrete-verse-creatures/

Sunday Jump Program at the Kapistahan Grill

Please join us for the Community Open Mic in Historic Filipinotown, every 1st Sunday of the month, with sign-ups at 4:30 pm. We include spoken word, poetry, music,, hip hop, and much more!

Where: Kapistahan Grill

Date: Sunday the 2nd

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address: 1925 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http://www.kapistahanla.com/events.html

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