Los Angeles Literature Events 10/03/16 – 10/09/16

o-1Ross Gay at Claremont Public Library

Fourth Sundays presents 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize winner Ross Gay for a poetry reading. Distinguished poet, and teacher at Indiana University, Gay is the author of three volumes of poetry: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (2015), Bringing the Shovel Down (2011), and Against Which (2006). He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute.

Where: Claremont Public Library

Date: Monday the 3rd          

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1090748631015477/

Frazzled at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear debut author and doodler Booki Vivat discuss and sign Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom. This is the story of a hilariously neurotic middle school girl who is trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs. Heavily illustrated, embarrassingly honest, this book is sure to appeal to anyone trying to survive the everyday disasters of growing up.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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


The Bach Reader at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear Steuart Pincombe and his wife Michelle perform a concert and reading from The Bach Reader, an account of their year-long journey around North America bring the highest level of cello performance to familiar spaces of cafes, homes, etc. to make it accessible to a wide audience.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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


Rad Women Worldwide at Skylight Books

Join us to hear Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl present their book Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History, a new collection of 40 biographical profiles, each accompanied by a strikingly illustrated portrait, showcasing extraordinary women from around the world.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Monday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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


Carli Lloyd at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us as Carli Lloyd signs When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World. This is the personal story from the celebrated star of U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, an inspiring, uplifting and candid memoir of how she got there. This event is a signing only!

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 4th

Time: 6 pm

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


William Luvaas and Bernadette Murphy at Book Soup

Join us to hear William Luvass discuss and sign Beneath the Coyote Hills, and Bernadette Murphy discuss and sign Harley & Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life. Luvaas explores the influence of choice and chance in our lives. Murphy uses her own story to explore the larger idea of how risk changes our brain chemistry, and how certain personality types embrace dangerous behavior.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

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


 Native American Authors at Skylight Books

Join us to hear Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker discuss and sign All the Real Indians Died Off, and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans. They deftly show how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas aimed at acquiring indigenous lands.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

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


Tuesday Night Project at Tuesday Night Café

Join us to hear the longest currently running Asian American reading series, hearing from artists around the city who are making Los Angeles known through their work.


Jessica Ceballos, FandangObon, SS FlannelEdren T. Sumagaysay, Bitter Party; and the Open Mic.

The Open Mic lottery and sign-ups begin at 7 pm. Three 5-minute open mic slots are available.

Hosted by Traci Akemi Kato-kiriyama and Mike the Poet Sonksen

Can’t make it out? Watch online! Live broadcast begins at 7:30 PM at:

Where: Tuesday Night Café in Little Tokyo

Date: Tuesday the 4th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 120 Judge John Aliso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012


Small Press Fest at Pitzer College

Pitzer College hosts The Small Press Fest, featuring authors and editors from independent Southern California presses, including eohippus labs, Inlandia Institute, Kaya Press, Libros Antena Books, and Writ Large Press.

The schedule includes: a Book Fair in the McConnell Living Room, from 12:15 – 2:30 pm; a Publishers’ Panel in the McConnell Founders Room from 2:45 – 4 pm; and a Reading in the McConnell Founders Room from 4:15 – 5:30 pm.

This event is free and open to the public. Further details are available at the website below.

Where: Pitzer College

Date: Wednesday the 5th

Time: 12:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1019863591445729/

John Prendergast at Claremont McKenna College  

The Athenaeum hosts John Prendergast who is the founding director of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. He is also the co-founder of the Sentry, a new investigative initiative focused on dismantling networks financing conflicts and atrocities. Along with his State Department and related work, he has written or co-authored ten books, his latest being Unlikely Brothers: Our Story of Adventure, Loss and Redemption (2012) a dual memoir about the Big Brother program.

Where: The Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College

Date: Wednesday the 5th

Time: 5:30 pm

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

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

YA Authors at Children’s Book World–Teen Event

Please join us to hear debut author and doodler Kami Garcia and Anna Todd in conversation to celebrate and sign their new yound adult novels, The Lovely Reckless and Nothing More. See website for details about author talk, which is open to the public, and the book signing, which requires a ticket/pre-order through the bookstore site.

Where: Children’s Book World event, offsite at Santa Monica Library

Date: Wednesday the 5th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

Jonathan Stokes at Book Soup 

Join us as Jonathan Stokes discusses and signs Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas. The Goonies meets Indiana Jones and James Patterson’s Treasure Hunters in this funny, action-filled adventure series. Twelve-year old Addison Cooke just wishes something exciting would happen to him. His aunt and uncle are world famous researchers, traveling the world, while he is stuck in school all day. When he is kidnapped by an organization after Incan treasure, it’s off to South America for him!

Where: Book Soup

Dates: Wednesday, the 5th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/jonathan-stokes-discusses-and-signs-addison-cooke-and-treasure-incas

John Keene at Otis Visiting Writers Series

John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s novel, Letters from a Seducer. Keene has served as managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

Where: Otis College of Arts And Design, The Forum, Goldsmith Campus

Date: Wednesday the 5th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.otis.edu/calendar/visiting-writers-series-john-keene

Micah Perks at Skylight Books

Micah Perks discusses and reads from her new novel What Becomes Us, with Michelle Tea. In this book twin fetuses tell the story of their mild-mannered mother who abandons her controlling husband to start fresh in a small town in upstate New York. This eventually lead our little narrators to ask big questions, about love, survival, coveting the man next door, and what exactly is a big appetite.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 5th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/micah-perks-reads-her-new-novel-what-becomes-us-michelle-tea

All Lit Up Event at Chevaliers’ Bookstore

All Lit Up is a collaborative effort, and this month our special guests are: poets Carine Topal and Jacqueline Suskind, novelist Tony DuShane, and musician Michael Miller.

Tony DuShane adapted his first novel Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk to a screenplay directed by Eric Stolz. The film is finished and set to release in 2017. He writes for numerous publications and teaches at UCLA Extension.

Jacqueline Suskin is a writer, performance poet and artist and author of The Collected and Go Ahead and Like It. Known for her project Poem Store which has taken her around the country, she works with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as a Turnaround artist, visiting many high schools and universities.

Carine Topal has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her published collections include In the Heaven of Never Before and Bed of Want. Her third book, Tattooed, is a personal history of the Holocaust.

Michael Miller’s music has been described as “brooding acoustic ruminations and multi-layered, melancholic pop symphonies.”

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com

Author Event at Pages Bookstore

Join us to hear Eowyn Ivey return with To the Bright Edge of the World, another gorgeous, atmospheric story that transports readers to a mythic Alaskan wilderness. Her earlier book, The Snow Child, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and published in twenty-six languages.

Purchase of the book is required to attend. Space is limited, so RSVPs are requested.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/eowyn-ivey-author-event

Monika Skerbelis & Rona Edwards at Book Soup  

Join us as Monika Skerbelis and Rona Edwards present and sign I Liked It, Didn’t Love It: Screenplay Development form the Inside Out. The personal experiences and examples the authors give in this book will teach you what it takes to make your writings and projects competitive and successful in Hollywood.

Where: Book Soup

Dates: Thursday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/monika-skerbelis-rona-edwards-present-and-sign-i-liked-it-didn’t-love-it-3rd-edition

PopUp! Book Fest at Museum of Neon Art

PopUp Book Fest: Night of Noir Reading is Glendale’s 1st annual free literary event series featuring multilingual readings and public writing, publishing, and zine-making workshops. The following event is the first event for the PopUp! Book Fest. The others occur throughout the month of October.

This event Los Angeles authors: Steph Cha, Desiree Zamorano, Naomi Hirahara, Gary Phillips, and Tom Nolan.

Connect to Eventbrite through website to reserve your free tickets.

Where: Museum of Neon Art

Date: Friday the 7th     

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 216 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91204

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/168334003607853/

Natalie Wood Book at Book Soup

Manoah Bowman, Natasha Gregson Wagner and Robert Wagner discuss and sign Natalie Wood (Turner Classic Movies): Recollections on a Legendary Life. This book boldly redefines Natalie Wood, not by her tragic death, but by her extraordinary life, and is the first family-authorized book on the subject.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 7th     

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/manoah-bowman-natasha-gregson-wagner-robert-wagner-discuss-and-sign-natalie-wood-turner

Ross Gay and Tufts Poetry Awards at East Galleries

Join us to hear Ross Gay, Claremont Graduate University’s Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards winner, and Footlhill poet Nikia Chaney, at the Claremont Graduate University’s Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards’ 5th annual poetry reading and art show

Where: Peggy Phelps and East Galleries

Date: Friday the 7th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 251 E. 10th St., Claremont, CA 91711

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

Alex Prud’homme at Vroman’s Bookstore  

Alex Prud’homme discusses and signs The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act. The delightful story of Julia Child’s years as a TV personality and beloved cookbook author—a sequel in spirit to My Life in France—by her great grand-nephew, vividly recounts the ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/alex-prud’homme-discusses-and-signs-french-chef-america-julia-childs-second-act

You Can’t Touch My Hair at Skylight Books

Please join us to hear Phoebe Robinson, with Michaela Watkins, discuss her book, You Can’t Touch my Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, which is a keenly observed, humorous essay collection about what it’s like to be the black friend, how to cope with others who have white guilt, and, of course, why you can’t touch her hair.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 7th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/phoebe-robinson-discusses-her-book-you-cant-touch-my-hair-michaela-watkins

Author Event at the Last Bookstore

Join us for The Empress of Tempera, by Alex Dolan, in conversation with Glen Erik Hamilton, who will also discuss Hard Cold Winter. Two thriller writers in conversation about their work and interests in the literary community.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 7th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/

Rapp Saloon Reading Series in Santa Monica

Rapp saloon Reading Series is held the first Friday of every month, and always includes an Open Mic. Sign-ups are at 8 pm. Featured readings start at 8:30 pm.

Brendan Constantine is a poet whose work has appeared in many journals, and whose most recent collection is Dementia, My Darling (2016). A popular performer, he has presented to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe. He teaches poetry at the Windward School in Los Angeles, and regularly conducts workshops for hospitals, foster homes, and with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.

Jenny Yang is a writer and stand-up comedian who produces the comedy tour, Disoriented Comedy, and the Comedy Comedy Festival. She was honored as a White house Champion of Change, and is a frequent collaborator on viral Buzzfeed videos. She is a regular commentator on NPR, NBC News, BBC News and many other outlets.

Azeem M. Khan is creator of Whalesound, a lofi home recording project developed as an audio journal. He is also a member of the South Asian garage psych band Doctors and Engineers, who will release their album in November. He is also a member of the band Elephants With Guns.

Varuna Gunasekera is a table player of the Farukhabad gharana style. His performances include accompaniment for Indian Classical, Sri Lankan Classical/Folk, and Western Fusion Music.

Curated and Hosted by: Cynthia Alessandra Briano.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 7th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 1436 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1395425740485595/

FPAC 25: Samu’t Sari w/3rd Annual Katipunan Poetry Slam at FPAC

FPAC 25 is the 25th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture at beautiful Echo Park Lake, and this event is FREE! The popular festival, the City of Los Angeles’ Filipino American Event, is the longest-running Filipino cultural celebration in Southern California. Audiences can expect to enjoy traditional and contemporary Filipino food, music, dance, crafts and culture. This year’s theme, “Samu’t Sari: Showcasing the Diverse Creative Tapestry of the FilAm Community,” lends its meaning to the Tagalog phrase samu’t sari, which loosely translates to “diversity.” While certainly a hot topic in today’s society, FilAm Arts focuses on the vast contributions of Filipino American artists to the creative tapestry of the City.

Headliners include:

apl.de.ap of Blackeyed Peas

Stahyl of Jabawockeez/My Digital Kids


Jon-Jon Briones

Odessa Kane

Mlaya Filam Dance Arts

and much, much more!

Also, Sunday Jump is Hosting the 3rd Annual Katipunan Poetry Slam at FPAC

Sunday Jump is curating the 3rd Annual Katipunan Poetry Slam as part of the Literary Arts at the 25th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) at Echo Park Lake. Organized by FilAm Arts, this event will be held at the edge of Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles!

Our already confirmed poets include published authors and seasoned slam champions who are recognized both locally and nationally. There’s no limit to what we do with our words, now let us get the community to hear our stories!

– Edgar Tumbokon
– Jade Phoenix
– Joe Limer
– Nate Umagat
– Rozlind Silva
– Sherwin Ginez
– Angeline Rivero Dy

Where: Echo Park Lake/Main Stage

Date: Saturday the 8th

Time: 10 am – 6 pm; Slam Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Address: Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1637456066568663/

Soap Box Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join Jessica Wilson Cardenas, for our monthly Soap Box open Reading in the Mike Kelly Gallery. This is your home. Bring your words. Sign-ups begin at 1:45 pm and there is a five-minute limit.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 8th

Time: 2 pm

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

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

Dean Johnson at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Join R. Dean Johnson, author of Californium: A Novel of Punk Rock, Growing Up, and Other Dangerous Things at a book launch party. This is a coming-0f-age crossover novel about growing up, selling out, and fitting in.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 8th

Time: 3 pm

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

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

Andrea Zuill at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Andrea Zuill present and sign her book, Wolf Camp, a story about a place where ever dog can live as a wolf for a week. Perfect for all those kids anticipating camp themselves.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 8th

Time: 10:30 am

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

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

Bone Confetti Book Launch at Poetic Research Bureau      

Muriel Leung’s book launch party for her collection Bone Confetti will be hosted by Anglea Penaredondo and Vanessa Villarreal. This poetry collection follows two lovers who live, love, and lose each other over and over again at the end of the world populated by ghosts and every kind of disaster. There will be readings, cake, champagne, and lots of confetti!

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Sunday the 9th

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Address: 951 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 9001

Website: http://facebook.com/events/1115457608537554/           

Spy Ski School at Chevalier’s Books

Join us to hear Stuart Gibbs, author of Spy Ski School, who is one of our favorite middle school writers, to share the follow-up to the Edgar-Award-nominated Spy School and Evil Spy School.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Sunday the 9th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com               

Sex, Drugs and Superheroes at Vroman’s Bookstore

David Reddish’s sequel to Conquest of the Planet of the Geeks is now here. Sex, Drugs, and Superheros, is presented by the San Gabriel Valley LGBT Pride festival. Check site for details.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 9th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/san-gabriel-valley-lgbt-pride-presents-david-reddish-presenting-and-signing-conquest-planet


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