Los Angeles Literature Events 10/17/16 – 10/23/16

14642144_654729704681955_8496748965400904023_nConcha Y Café Workshop at Junipero Serra Branch Library

Join us every Monday for the Conchas Y Café adult creative writing workshop, presented by DSTL Arts. Work with local artists on the DIY arts of: writing poetry, drawing mini-comics, collaged illustration, self-publishing and making zines.

Where: Junipero Serra Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 17th          

Time: 6 pm -7:30 pm

Address: 4607 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90037

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/concha-y-cafe-talleres-de-escritura-creativa

Main Library Book Group at Santa Monica Library

Join us for our adult book group, featuring an eclectic collection of literary nonfiction and fiction. This month the group discusses the timely Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, by Douglas Rushkoff.

Where: Main Branch Library, SMPL, Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor

Date: Monday the 17th          

Time: 7 pm -8:30 pm

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

Website: http://http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=19564

Journey of Hope at Junipero Serra Branch Library

Our author program presents Journey of Hope: Memoirs of a Mexican Girl, by Rosalina Rosay, the autobiography of a girl who immigrates illegally to Los Angeles, graduates from college, and eventually becomes a U.S. citizen. The author will speak specifically about the DACA program and its impact on the young people it protects.

Where: Junipero Serra Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 4607 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90037


California’s Deadliest Women at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear David Kulczyk, the dean of California weird history, discuss and sign California’s Deadliest Women: Dangerous Dames and Murderous Moms, a book which tells the tales of many bizarre and horrifying stories of women who kill for many different reasons, but who have been in the tabloids and infamous, and found to be unforgettable and perversely entertaining.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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


Tuesday Night Café Season Finale in Little Tokyo

Join us for the last show of the season, hosted by Johneric Concordia, and featuring collaborative sets by DreMagix, Angie Wang, Alison De La Cruz, tk le, traci kato-kiriyama and Jane Lui. We also invite you to catch us at home via our live feed! (Connect at our website).

Where:  Aritani Courtyard of the Union Center for the Arts

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 210 Judge John Aliso St., Little Tokyo, CA 90012


Ron Arias at Cal State LA

Please join us to hear a presentation and lecture by Ron Arias, author of the foundational Chicano novel The Road to Tamazunchale (1975), published during the Mexican American literary movement of the 1970s. Arias was one of the first writers to use Magical Realism and to connect U.S. Latino literature to Latin American writers of the Boom generation.

Q&A and book signing at the University bookstore after the presentation.

Where: Engineering & Technology Bldg., Room A331

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 1:30 pm – 3 pm

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


Hua Hsu and Viet Thanh Nguyen at Chevalier’s

Join us to hear leading cultural critic Hua Hsu’s nonfiction debut, A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific, in conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose Nothing Ever Dies is currently long-listed for the National Book Award.  Hsu rescues from obscurity a significant body of work by an immigrant Chinese writer that makes for a multi-dimensional counterpoint to the American view of China.

Conversation, Q&A, with signing to follow.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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


Rene Gladman at Otis College of Art and Design

Join us to hear author Renee Gladman as part of our Visiting Writers Series. She is the author of eight books of poetry and prose, including the Ravicka trilogy. Since 2004 she has been publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series. Gladman has taught at Brown and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Where: Otis College of Art and Design, The Forum, Goldmith Campus

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Emma Donoghue at ALOUD

Join us to hear acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue, in conversation with novelist Ramona Ausubel. With all the propulsive tension that made her novel and screenplay Room an international bestseller, Emma Donoghue’s new masterpiece, The Wonder, is a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives. Set in Ireland in the 1850s, an English nurse arrives in a small village to keep watch over a young girl who has been fasting for months and claims to be living only on manna from heaven. Is it a miracle, fraud, or something else?

Where: Central Library, LAPL, Mark Taper Auditorium

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Radio Imagination at Armory Center for the Arts

Join us to hear a discussion with author Lynell George and artist Connie Samaras, in conversation about their new works commissioned for Radio Imagination, Clockshop’s yearlong project exploring the life of the late and great Pasadena science fiction writer Octavia Butler.

The work will be on display in the gallery, and the event is free and open to the public.

Where: Armory Center for the Arts

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 145 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103

Website: http://armoryarts.org/visit/2016-events/george-samaras/

Horror Screenwriters at the Last Bookstore

A special Halloween event presents a panel of writers behind some of the scariest movies and novels of recent years to discuss their craft. the panel is moderated by Peter Katz, and includes Jeffrey Roddick, Stephen Susco, and Brad Keene.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

Poetry Matters Contest: Peggy Dobreer at Stay Gallery 

Join us to hear the winners of “The Planets” Poetry Matters, Poetry Contest, in association with the Downey Symphony Orchestra, read at the Stay Gallery, before the symphony opens on October 22. Featured are the prize winner, Peggy Dobreer, and the Honorable Mentions, poets Beth Ruscio and Don Kingfisher Campbell, as well as those joining in an Open Reading portion of the program.

Where: Stay Gallery

Dates: Thursday, the 20th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 11140 Downey Ave., Downey, CA  90241

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/550715411783351/

Douglas Crimp: Before Pictures at Hammer Museum  

Renowned art critic Douglas Crimp discusses and reads from Before Pictures, his biographical account of life as a young gay man in New York from the late 1960s through the turbulent 1970s. Best known for his work with the artists of the Pictures generation, such as Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo, Crimp sets details from his life against the backdrop of a New York marked by hedonism, personal and artistic revolution, and the onset of the AIDS crisis.

A book signing follows the program.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/10/douglas-crimp-before-pictures/

Book Talk at Cal Lutheran University

Please join us for a panel of Cal Lutheran faculty members and distinguished panelists as they discuss the themes of our 2016 selection in the series Thousand Oaks Reads: One City, One Book, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail, by journalist Ben Montgomery. In the spring of 1955, Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk. She left with a change of clothes and less than $200, and the 67-year old great grandmother then walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail to become the first woman to hike the entire trail alone.

Where: Lundring Events Center, Cal Lutheran University

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.callutheran.edu/calendar/event/3774#event                      

Joyride at the Last Bookstore

Jackson Lansing and Collin Kelly, along with special guests, will celebrate the release of their newly collected comic series, Joyride!

There will be a musical performance from B Random, a live reading of the first issue, and Q&A with the authors.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

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

Debra Brighton and El Segundo History at Pages Bookstore

Debra Brighton, Director of the El Segundo Public Library, discusses and signs Images of America: El Segundo. In this book Brighton has drawn almost completely form the materials in the El Segundo Library’s History Room, a collection of thousands of donated photographs and materials. As the city approaches its centennial in 2017, she offers this connection to the community’s proud heritage.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/debra-brighton-el-segundo-history-book-event

Authors at Glendale Library

Authors Rachel Surls, PhD and Judith Gerber will discuss their book, From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles, a story for all who treasure the county’s agrarian history, as the center of an agricultural empire. Ultimately the farm empire spurred the very growth that paved it over, as suburbs swallowed up thousands of acres of prime farmland. But, on the same land once squandered by corporate greed and “progress,” urban farmers are making inroads to a greener future.

Where: Casa Verdugo Library, GPL

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 1151 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202

Website:  http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/20093/125

Guided Autobiography Workshops at Palms Branch Library

PopUp Book Fest is Glendale’s 1st annual free literary event series, and Developed by Dr. James Birren, guided autobiography is a process that helps you recall and record the significant moments of your life. Through this interactive class you learn the tools for writing your own life story. Please register in advance by calling the library’s reference desk at 310-840-2142.

Where: Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library

Date: Friday the 21st      

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/guided-autobiography-workshops-0

Ed Lin and Friends at Giant Robot

Join us for our Meet the Authors event at GR2. Ed Lin is on tour from New York for his new novel, Incensed. Neelanjana Banerjee will also MC, and our two additional authors will be Naomi Hirahara and Traci Akemi Kato-kiriyama.

We will have copies of Lin’s Incensed as well as his previous title, Ghost Month (in softcover). See you there!

Where: GiantRobot

Date: Friday the 21st

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 2062 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/879298252204676/

A Spare Life at Skylight Books  

Author Lidija Dimkovska, reads from her new novel A Spare Life. It is 1984, and 12-year old twins Zlata and Sreba live in communist Yugoslavia. In many ways their lives are like that of young girls anywhere, except for one immense difference: their bodies are joined at their heads. Here master poet and award-winning novelist Dimkovska lovingly tells the lives of two astonishing girls caught up in Eastern Europe’s transition from communism to democracy, in a saga about families, sisterhood, and being outcasts.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Friday the 21st      

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/lidija-dimkovska-reads-her-novel-spare-life

POPUP! Bookfest Event at Glendale Central Library

Join us to hear Our City is Multilingual, A Reading and Q&A, at Glendale Central Library, Lot 10, as part of Glendale’s first annual free event series in publishing, writing and zine-making.  Featuring multilingual readings by: author Karineh Mahdessian, along with Sophia Rivera, Angela Ian Penrendondo, Lily Cabrera, Eliza Karagezian, and Amanda Wang.

Where: Glendale Central Library, Lot 10

Date: Friday the 21st

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 222 E. Harvard St., La Canada, CA 91011

Website:  http://friendsofglendalepubliclibrary.org/2016/10/02/popup-bookfest-october/

Remembering Riots Workshops at Bethune Branch Library

Join us for the first of fourteen weekly meetings with DSTL Arts, Remembering the Riots: a Creative Writing Workshop Series.

Almost 25 years ago, the 1992 L.A. Riots ignited the city in flames and violence because of systemic inequality, racism, and other frustrations with class and segregation. Share your voice as we craft a book together as a community, attempting to answer the important question, “How much has really changed in Los Angeles?”

The workshops will be cumulative, but please attend even if you are unable to make it to all of the sessions. We will create a zine of contributions by the end of April.

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

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 10 am

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/remembering-riots-creative-writing-workshop-series

Book Fair in Chinatown  

The A.G. Geiger Art Book Fair is an open-air festival set in Chinatown’s historic plaza west, creating a lovely and fun atmosphere. the focus is west coast based artists and publishers, although it is open to everyone. It’s modeled on the Art Book Fairs presented by Printed Matter in New York and Los Angeles. Check website for details on this inaugural event.

Where: Chinatown’s Historic Plaza, west of Hill St.

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 11 am – 7 pm

Address: 502 Chung King Plaza/Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://aggeiger.com/bookfair

Eden Sher at Skylight Books  

Please join us as Eden Sher discusses her new book, The Emotionary:  A Dictionary of Words That Don’t Exist for Feelings That Do. If you have ever struggled for the perfect word to describe a feeling or situation you were experiencing, this is your hilarious guide to those feelings.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 5 pm

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

Website:  http://www.lapl.skylightbooks.com/event/eden-sher-discusses-her-new-book-emotionary-dictionary-words-dont-exist-feelings-do

A Thin Bright Line Panel at West Hollywood Council  

The City of West Hollywood and Book Soup and others present the panel A Thin Bright Line–Looking Back and Reaching Forward in the Literature of Lesbians & Queer Women. Panelists Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Christina Quintana, Brandi M. Spaethe, and Griselda Suarez will celebrate the new book, The Thin Bright Line by Lucy Bledsoe.

Where: West Hollywood Council Chambers

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

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

Website:  http://weho.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/11764/15

Squander Poetry at CAFAM

This event features a special reading by author Elena Karina Byrne from her new book, Squander. This program includes readings from poets Kelli Anne Noftle, Cathy Colman, Sholeh Wolpe, and Gail Wronsky.

Where: Craft and Folk Art Museum

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 2 pm

Address: 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Website: http://cafam.org/programs/

Anne Carson at the Hammer Museum

Join us to hear Anne Carson perform (with accompaniment) her Lecture on the History of Skywriting. Her books, often mixed-genre, include Nox, an elegy in the form of an artist’s book containing accordion pages of poems, translations, quotations, collages, photographs, and other media.

Complimentary coffee and tea and a book signing with Ms. Carson will follow the program. This program will also be streamed live, but the lighting conditions will be low.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 2 pm

Address: 10988 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/10/anne-carson/

La Palabra Poetry at Avenue 50 Studio

Autumn is here! Please welcome Marco Vasquez, Ann Tweedy, and Luis Marez Ordaz, who will wow you with their skills.Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Marco A. Vasquez received his MFA in Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach. An award winning playwright, he is also the author of several poetry chapbooks, including As We Go Along, which was edited by Gary Soto as part of his Chicano Chapbook Series. His first novel, Steven Isn’t Normal (Floricanto Press), is a recent recipient of an International Latino Book Award. Ann Tweedy loves exploring nature, traveling, beading, taking pictures, and looking at art. She lives with her family and three black cats. She’s the author of the poetry collection The Body’s Alphabet and two chapbooks: Beleaguered Oases (tcCreativePress 2010) and White Out (Green Fuse Press 2013). Luis Marez Ordaz is a poet from Los Angeles who holds a degree in English from Cal State L.A.

Hosted by: Karineh Mahdessian.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1602322676735339/

Nebraska Girl Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join our Nebraska Girl Open Reading, hosted by Wyatt Underwood.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 2 pm

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

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

Red Hen Press Poets at Diesel’s Books

Join us to hear poets Amy Uyematsu, Ron Kortege, and Brendan Constantine, to celebrate the L.A. Poetry scene and the release of Amy Uyematsu’s new collection, Basic Vocabulary. Each poet will be reading from their most recent work.

Basic Vocabulary confronts today’s complex world of drone warfare and post 9/11 unease with boldness, curiosity, candor, and insight. The author unites the political and spiritual and welcomes what she calls, “Elegant disorder / even my mind / leaping branch to branch.”

Basic Vocabulary will be released on October 1st. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Where: Diesel’s Books

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/la-celebration-poetry-amy-uyematsu-ron-koertge-and-brendan-constantine

Borscht Belt at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear internationally exhibited photographer Marisa Scheinfeld revisit the remains of America’s Jewish vacationland with The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland. This book traces the history of the fabled Catskill R&R mecca through photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed. Absorb the vestigial wonders her camera captures and join her for a talk, Q&A and signing.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 5:30 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

La Poesia Festival at Beyond Baroque

Join our Poesia Festival Open Mic and celebrate the anthology edited by Antonieta Villamilin  in the Scott Wannberg Bookstore. It celebrates Columbian Poetry for Peace with Latin-American poets from L.A.: Marina Moncada, Joaquin Lopez, Raul Arredondo, Emilia Chuquin, Carolina Rivera, Ricardo Ventura, Macela Urrutia, and more. Potluck party; suggested donation $5.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 6 pm

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

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


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