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

Rodrigo Toscano at Pomona College

61-vjcfarblJoin us for a public reading by Rodrigo Toscano, poet and author of Explosion Rocks Springfield. Raised in southern California, poet, playwright and labor activist Rodrigo Toscano’s experimental work often takes the form of conversation and physical movement that interrogates, and crosses borders: the border between poetic and political action, between the made thing and its making, between speech and theater, between languages, between social change and its provocation.

Where: Pomona College, Crookshank Hall Room #108

Date: Monday the 10th          

Time: 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.pomona.edu/events/literary-series-rodrigo-toscano

Behind Chocolate Bars Launch at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us for a book launch with author Kathy Aarons discuss and sign Behind Chocolate Bars. This new book in the bestselling Chocolate Covered Mystery Series is a young adult story about teens preparing for the annual Halloween festival, and all the fallout and investigations ensuing after a body is discovered in an abandoned house nearby.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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


A Gentleman in Moscow at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Amor Towles discuss and sign A Gentleman in Moscow, a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. This book immerses us in an elegantly drawn era when Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropole in 1922, during some of the most tumultuous times to unfold in Russian history.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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


Billy Collins at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins sign and present a twelfth collection of poetry offering nearly fifty new poems, The Rain in Portugal. This event is held offsite at All Saints Church, and tickets are available through Eventbrite (link available at store website) to secure seating and a copy of the book for $28.34.

Where: All Saints Church (presented by Vroman’s)

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101


CSULB Creative Writing MFA Reading Series at Gatsby’s

Join us to hear fresh fiction and poetry presented by the CSU Long Beach Creative Writing MFA students.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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


Poetry in Redondo Beach

Join us to hear words from Carlye Archibeque and Amelie Frank, plus an Open Reading at Coffee Cartel.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1820 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Poet Jamaal May at Cal Lutheran University

Join us to hear poet Jamaal May reading and in conversation as part of our Artists and Speakers Series. May’s collections include Hum (2013) and The Big Book of Exit Strategies (2016). Described by The Los Angeles Review of Books as a “bittersweet love song to Detroit,” Hum received a Lannon Foundation Grant and American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, among other awards. May is co-director of OW! Arts, has been a poetry teacher in the Detroit public schools, a graphic designer and filmmaker.

Where: William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art,

California Lutheran University

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 60 West Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


Journey of Hope Author Event at Bethune Library, LAPL

Join us to hear a discussion of DACA and Journey of Hope: Memoirs of a Mexican Girl, by author Rosalina Rosay, who will speak about her book and the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals program and its impact on the young people who it protects. This story is the autobiography of a Mexican girl that immigrated illegally to Los Angeles, graduates from college, and eventually becomes a U.S. citizen.

The book will NOT be on sale at the program. But if you are interested in having the book signed, it can be purchased at Amazon.com.

Where: Exposition Park- Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 3900 Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/daca-and-journey-hope-discussion

Blueprint for a Battlestar at Vroman’s Bookstore

NASA insider Rod Pyle discusses and signs Blueprint for a Battlestar: Serious Scientific Explanations Behind Sci-Fi’s Greatest Inventions. Through stunning images, including 75 illustrations created exclusively for this book, 25 remarkable technologies from the world of sci-fi are explored.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/rod-pyle-discusses-and-signs-blueprint-battlestar-serious-scientific-explanations-behind-sci

Greg Tate & Sanford Biggers at Hammer Museum  

Since launching his career in the Village Voice in the early 19080s, Greg Tate has been one of the premiere voices in contemporary black music, art, literature, film and politics. Tate’s just released Flyboy 2 provides a panoramic view of influential work with his signature mix of vernacular poetics and cultural theory. Artist Sanford Biggers and Tate discuss black aesthetics and politics in 21st century America.

A book signing follows the program.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/10/greg-tate-sanford-biggers

Book Talk at CSULA

Please join us for a panel of Cal State LA Faculty as they discuss the themes of our 2016-17 One Campus, One Book selection, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Father Greg Boyle. Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full life can be if we find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally

Where: U-SU Theatre, Cal State University

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website:  http://www.calstatela.edu/event/one-campus-one-book-panel-tattoos-heart

Noir Authors at Book Soup 

Join us as we discuss the new anthology Crime Plus Music: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir and hear from guest authors in the collection: Gary Phillips, Jim Fusilli, Bill Fitzhugh, Tyler Diltz and muscian Galadrielle Allman. In the hands of these modern masters of mystery, this book explores the nasty side of the world of popular music, and reveals it to be the perfect setting for noir.

Where: Book Soup

Dates: Thursday, the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/jim-fusilli-gary-phillips-bill-fitzhugh-and-tyler-diltz-discuss-and-sign-crime-music-twenty

Brian Dunlap & Trade School Class at Book Show LA

Brian Dunlap will conduct a creative writing class at Book Show on Writing Your L.A. Story. It is your story that expands the narrative of what L.A. is. Writers of all levels and genres are welcome, as we explore L.A.’s history and literary traditions, and you each begin to write your L.A. story. See Trade School site for details and guidelines.

Where: Book Show LA & Parlour of Wonders

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/trade-school-los-angeles-class/    or     http://tradeschool.coop/losangeles/

Scott Ferris at Chevalier’s Books

Scott Ferris launches, discusses and signs Inga: Kennnedy’s Great Love, Hitler’s Perfect Beauty, and J. Edgar Hoover’s Prime Suspect. In this book journalist-biographer Ferris tells the story of Inga Arvad, a one-time Miss Denmark, actress, and foreign correspondent in Nazi Germany who became a favorite of Adolf Hitler, and won John F. Kennedy’s heart when she was a Washington columnist. The FBI put her under constant surveillance, which led to Kennedy’s transfer to the South Pacific where he became the war hero that made his political career. Inga later moved to Hollywood, where she had many adventures and won many hearts.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com

The Bitch Is Back at Vroman’s Bookstore

Authors Cathi Hanauer, Robin Rianldi, Sandra Tsing Loh, and Anna March read from and sign The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier essay collection. Nine of the original contributors from the anthology The Bitch in the House are back, sharing their ruminations from an older, stronger and wiser perspective.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/cathi-hanauer-robin-rinaldi-sandra-tsing-loh-and-anna-march-read-and-sign-bitch-back-older

Author Event at Flintridge Bookstore

Join us to hear a Sci-Fi/Horror panel moderated by author Vanta M. Black, author of Oubliette: A Little Forgotten Place.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA 91011

Website:  http://www.flintridgebooks.com/index_files/Page444.htm

PUBLISH! Workshop by Writ Large Press at Museum of Neon Art

PopUp Book Fest is Glendale’s 1st annual free literary event series, and PUBLISH! is WLP’s ongoing underground project publishing hundreds of writers from around the world through the use of typewriters, speech-to-text software, broadsides, instagrams, and mathematical equations. RSVP.

Connect to Eventbrite through website to reserve your free tickets.

Where: Museum of Neon Art

Date: Thursday the 13th     

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Let There Be Laughter at Chevalier’s  

Award-winning talk show host Michael Krasny, author and scholar, makes us laugh while explaining the cultural currents that inform the Jewish humor tradition in his new book Let There Be Laughter.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 14th      

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

Open Mic at Tia Chucha’s

Join us for our Open Mic: Night of Music and Spoken Word, offered every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Fridays of the month. This is a welcoming, creative sanctuary where you can share your thoughts, feelings and talents through various styles of expression. Participants sign up upon arrival. Hosted by: Jeffrey Martin.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave., Unit A, Sylmar, CA 91342

Website: http://www.tiachucha.org/programming

Luis Rodriguez at West Valley Regional Branch Library  

Luis Rodriguez the Los Angeles Poet Laureate and award-winning author of Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. will share intimate poems and stories of his own life to illustrate the odyssey in everyone’s struggles to find “home” genius, purpose and meaning in everything, to grow into dignified human beings.

Where: West Valley Regional Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 1 pm

Address: 19036 Vanowen St., Reseda, CA 91335

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/west-valley-regional-branch-library-welcomes-luis-rodriguez

Latin American Poets at Central Library

Please join us for Latin American Transponder: 10 Los Angeles poets read the work of Latin American Poets. This program seeks to redirect the focus of Columbus Day to properly celebrate the people of Latin America (Dia de la Raza) by featuring a poetry reading of the work of Latin American Poets, especially those who are women or people of color.

Where: Central Library, LAPL, Mark Taper Auditorium

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/latin-american-transponder-10-los-angeles-based-poets-read-work-latin-american-poets

Gustavo Arellano at Benjamin Franklin Branch Library

As part of Latino Heritage month, Gustavo Arellano, nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author, will host a one hour conversation revolving around current events, the transformative political climate, and the role he has played as an editor at O.C. Weekly.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 2200 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-and-columnist-gustavo-arellano-lecture-benjamin-franklin-branch

Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops at Corona Public Library

The Inlandia Institute offers Creative Writing Workshops with Andrea Fingerson every 3rd Saturday of the month. Share your stories, receive feedback and encouragement in a small group setting, with an opportunity to be published in Inlandia’s annual anthology.

Registration is required. See website for details.

Where: Corona Public Library, Taber Room

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 650 Main St., Corona, CA 92882

Website:  http://coronapubliclibrary.org/Events.aspx?eventId=6l79kl9d7ctcn508hsat4mo2fs_20161015T203000Z

Saturday Afternoon Poetry in Pasadena

Saturday Afternoon Poetry meets every Saturday in the back room of the Santa Catalina Branch Library of the Pasadena Public Library. This Saturday we feature poets published in Spectrum VII: What’s Your Heaven?

Hosted by: Don Kingfisher Campbell

Where: Santa Catalina Library, PPL

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Line of Sight at Chevalier’s Books

Join distinguished journalist Evelyn De Wolfe and co-author and NBC News veteran George Lewis, for a discussion and signing of Line of Sight: the life and Vision of Klaus Landsberg. This book received an Irwin Award for “best in historical portrayal for 2016” and traces the early days of West Coast television by centering on Klaus Landsberg, one of our foremost pioneers in the field.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

Writing (US)Ameri(k)a(s) at Avenue 50 Studio

Avenue 50 Studio together with Writ Large Press and Litmus Press present Writing (US)Ameri(k)a(s), a reading featuring: Aja Couchois Duncan, Hugo Garcia Manrique, Amarnath Ravva, and Vickie Vertiz.

Litmus Press, in celebration of two recent releases—Restless Continent by Aja Couchois Duncan and Anti-Humboldt by Hugo Garcia Manriquez—is curating a number of readings around writing (us)ameri(k)a(s). Join us!

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1152955071458769/

Three Generations of Poets at Beyond Baroque

Join our quarterly event Three Generations on a Stage, hosted and curated by Mike “The Poet” Sonksen. Featured readers  are TBA.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 2 pm

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

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

French Girl with Mother at Diesel’s Books

Join us to hear Norman Ollestad, author of French Girl with Mother, who is writing about a young artist traveling across Europe in search of the emotional fire that has been missing from his work.

Where: Diesel’s Books

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90204

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/norman-ollestad-discusses-and-signs-french-girl-mother-0

Moonday Poets at Flintridge Bookstore

Join us to hear Moonday poets Cynthia Hogue, Diane Frank, and Majid Naficy present their work.

Cynthia Hogue has published eight collections of poetry, and co-authored When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, which was a Notable Book in 2010. She teaches in the MFA Program at Arizona State University.

Diane Frank is a poet and novelist, and her new book is Yoga of the Impossible. She teaches at San Francisco State University and Dominican University, leads workshops for young writers, and is also a documentary scriptwriter.

Majid Naficy is a Los Angeles based Iranian poet who writes about Persian life in America. He has published six volumes of poetry, and is co-editor of Daftarhaye Kanoon, a periodical in Farsi published by the Iranian Writers Association in Exile.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA 91011

Website: http://www.flintridgebooks.com

On Summer Solstice Road Book Launch at Beyond Baroque      

Jerry Garcia’s book launch party for his poetry collection On Summer Solstice Road will be celebrated with Green Tea Press, and with friends and multimedia. Featuring:

liz Gonzalez, founder and director of Uptown Word & Arts in Long Beach, has been active in the southern California literary community since 1990, facilitating and teaching writing workshops, and presenting her writing at a variety of venues. Her poetry, fiction and memoirs have been published widely, including the anthologies Coiled Serpent and Wide Awake.

Ashaki Jackson, is a social psychologist and poet, who has worked with at-risk and incarcerated youth for a decade. She is also founder of Women Who Submit.

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (forthcoming) and is the founder of the HITCHED reading series.

Robert Krut is the author of This is the Ocean and The Spider Sermons. He teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has been nominated for the Distinguished Teaching Award four times.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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

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


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