Los Angeles Literature Events 10/24/16 – 10/30/16

71662_zpevmx25pguf8_exn5rugo0d35tpwr7qxk4gopfkobaLibyan Author at ALOUD, Central Library

Hisham Matar, in conversation with Louise Steinman, will discuss and sign The Return Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between.     When Matar was a university student in England, his father was one of the regime’s most prominent critics in exile. His earlier book, In the Country of Men, a chronicle of his journey home to his native Libya after the fall of Qaddafi in search of the truth behind his father’s disappearance and kidnapping, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award. This book, The Return, weaves the intimacy of a memoir with the suspense of journalism, to offer a reflection on exile, art, family, and the history of a revolution.

See website to RSVP and ensure seating.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 24th          

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.http://lfla.org/event/the-return-fathers-sons-and-the-land-in-between/

American Revolution at Huntington Museum

Our Distinguished Fellow Lecture presents Woody Holton, professor of American History at the University of South Carolina and the Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellow, who offers a preview of research from his forthcoming book on The New Battlefield History of the American Revolution.

Where: Huntington Museum, Rothenberg Hall

Date: Monday the 24th          

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108

Website: http://huntington.org/WebAssets/Templates/calendardetail.aspx?id=22458

The Dimes at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Four new voices, Chelsea Hutton, Jian Huang, Wendy Labinger, and Marnie Goodfriend, The Dimes, all 2016 PEN Center Emerging Voices fellows, will host a reading and discussion about how new writers can advance their careers.  They’ll talk about self-promotion, finding time to write, being part of Los Angeles’s vibrant book community, and the importance of taking chances. The moderator will be author Carmiel Banasky.

Printed booklets of their readings will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to 826LA.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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


Intuitive Being at Pages Bookstore

Intuitive medium Jill Willard, has become a spiritual guide to high-powered creators and culture-makers, from Gwyneth Paltrow and Patricia Arquette to executives at Google and Facebook. In her book, Intuitive Being, Willard teaches readers how to access and unlock the power of their inner voice.

RSVPs are encouraged.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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


Rabih Alameddine Reading at the Hammer Museum

Join us for our Some Favorite Writers series, organized and moderated by author and UCLA professor Mona Simpson. This event features National Book Award Finalist Rabih Alameddine, author of the beautiful and absorbing novel An Unnecessary Woman, which garnered universal acclaim. In his newest novel, The Angel of History, a Yemeni-born poet narrates a tumultuous life story over the course of one night in a psychiatric clinic’s waiting room.

Coffee and tea are served. Book signing will follow.

Where:  Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Literature in North Hollywood: 4th Annual NoHoLitCrawl

Los Angeles welcomes back Lit Crawl L.A. to the NoHo Arts District from 6 pm to midnight, where restaurants, bars and other hip NoHo venues will host FREE readings from authors and literary organizations, offered in a variety of locations in a walkable radius from the METRO North Hollywood rail station. All events are free, but food and drink are not included.

Check detailed schedule for: Opening Program, 6-6:45 pm; Round I, 7-7:45 pm; Round 2, 8-8:45 pm; Round 3, 9-9:45 pm; and Closing Party, 10 pm-Midnight.

Where: North Hollywood Arts District

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 6 pm – Midnight

Address: 5373 Lankersheim Blvd., No. Hollywood Metro station Plaza, CA


Los Angeles Poet Society at NoHo LitCrawl

Join us at the Redline Metro Station as we kick off Round 1 with a drum circle led by Nelson Alburquenque of Tikal Sun.

Featured readers include: Jeffery Martin, Jeffrey Alan Rochlin,  Alejandro Molina, Emily Clark, Juan Cardenas, Jessica M. Wilson, and Radomir V. Luza.

Bring your percussion instruments and join the drum circle.

Where: Metro Redline Station

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Address: Metro Redline Station, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Website:  www.facebook.com/events/564611883725349/

Rumpus Reading at NoHo LitCrawl

Please join us for the Angels & Outcasts: Stories of Wicked Revelation Reading by the Rumpus, in Round 2 of the LitCrawl.

Featured readers include: Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Garrard Conley, Antonia Crane, Dr. Ashaki Jackson, and Wendy Ortiz.

Also, featuring Derrick Brown as emcee, plus original event art by Briana Finegan.

Where: El Tejano

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 8 pm – 9 pm

Address: 11122 West Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601


 Madrinas of the Word Reading at NoHo LitCrawl

Please join us for a reading of Madrinas of the Word, featuring Pat Alderete, Consuelo Flores, liz Gonzalez, and Frankie Hernandez.

What does it mean to be Chicana, to be Latina, or simply a writer. What does that mean? These four escritoras veterans explore this and more.

Reading organized by: Consuelo Flores.

Where: Joe’s Coffee House

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 9 pm

Address: 5251 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

Los Lunas Locas at NoHo LitCrawl

Join us for Round 3, featuring Locas: Mary Torregrossa, T Sarmina, Karineh Mahdessian, Melanie Gonzalez, Nadire Luna, Alex Trubaatisky, Emily Frenandez, Angela Penaredondo.

Where: Metro Plaza, Red Line North Hollywood

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 9 pm – 9:45 pm

Address: Metro Plaza Red Line, North Hollywood, CA 91601



Leo Braudy at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear award-winning scholar and author Leo Braudy, in conversation with Tom Lutz, chart four hundred years of “monsters” and how they reflect the culture that created them. Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural World will make you the most frighteningly insightful person at any Halloween party.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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


Eileen Myles & Jill Soloway at the Hammer Museum

Join us to hear poet, novelist, and performer Eileen Myles in conversation with writer and director Jill Soloway, who will discuss ways of representing queerness in literature and the mass media.

Myles is the author of 19 lush, sardonic, fiercely intellectual books, including I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems and Chelsea Girls. Soloway, the creative force behind the Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winning Transparent, and the forthcoming I Love Dick, is a vocal feminist and trans activist.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Wear and Tear at the Last Bookstore

Join the Last Bookstore and Rare Bird Books to hear Tracy Tynan, author of the memoir Wear and Tear, and daughter of novelist Elaine Dundy and theater critic Kenneth Tynan, in conversation with her husband, director Jim McBride. Tracy and Jim will show clips from some of the movies they worked on and talk about Tracy’s upbringing as the child of famous parents, who entertained guests such as Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, and Orson Wells.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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


Celebration of Wanda Coleman at UCLA

Please join us for a celebration of Wanda Coleman (1946-2013) and her life and work in conjunction with the opening of her papers at UCLA Special Collections. Coleman’s thirty-year relationship with Black Sparrow Press resulted in twelve books in various genres. Considered the unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles, she also wrote short novels, nonfiction, and plays, as well as scripts for film and television, winning an Emmy in 1976.

Los Angeles writers Tisa Bryant, Sesshu Foster, Douglas Kearney, Harryette Mullen, and Austin Strauss will speak about the influence Coleman has had on their own writing and lives. In addition there will be an exhibit featuring highlights from Coleman’s papers and a reception following the event.

Admission is free. RSVPs are requested by October 21. Complimentary parking is available in Structure Five.

Where: Main Conference Room, UCLA/Charles E. Young Research Library

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: Charles E. Young Drive, North, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://www.library.ucla.edu/events/celebration-wanda-coleman

Poetry of Resistance and Tribute to Francisco X. Alarcon at CSUF Grand Central Art Center 

Join us for a workshop and reading which will start with an Open Mic session featuring six local poets paying tribute to the late Francisco X. Alarcon. Sarah Rafael Garcia will host the reading.

Odilia Galvan Rodriguez will read a selection of works from Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice, an anthology published by the University of Arizona Press in 2016. Alarcon’s life partner Javier Pinzon will close with his own work.

See website for further details.

Where: CSU Fullerton Grand Central Art Center

Dates: Thursday, the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA  92701

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/855589311208321/

Author at Eso Won Books 

Join us to hear author Ibram X. Kendi discuss and sign Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, when in fact racist thought is alive and well in America—more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. Kendi uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into these debates over the years, and shows how and why some of leading thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

Where: Eso Won Books

Dates: Thursday, the 27th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 4327 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90008

Website: http://www.esowonbookstore.com/event/ibram-x-kendi-booksigning-stamped-beginningthe-definitive-history-racist-ideas-america

Robert Rosenstone at Vroman’s Bookstore  

Author and historian Robert Rosenstone discusses and signs Adventures of a Postmodern Historian: Living and Writing the Past, his honest, revealing and often funny memoir. This book chronicles Rosenstone’s research journeys over half a century A pioneer of experimental and creative history, he suggests how experience can inflect written history, and points to exciting new ways of writing the past.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/robert-rosenstone-discusses-and-signs-adventures-postmodern-historian-living-and-writing-past                              

Women Authors at Chevalier’s Books

Randa Jarrar, whose highly-praised debut novel A Map of Home won an Arab-American Book Award, reads from her new story collection Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, named a most-anticipated book of 2016 in The Millions. These stories are hailed as much for their fearless style as for how the voices she generates gather a cumulative power.

Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. She will be in conversation with fellow writers Wendy C. Ortiz and Myriam Gurba, who will read from their newest works.

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the forthcoming Bruja. Myriam Gurba is a writer, artist, and low key bon vivant living in south L.A. County. Her memoir Mean is forthcoming from Coffee House Press.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 28th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

Ghosts at the Last Bookstore

James T. Bartlett, in conversation with Eric Larkin, discusses and signs Gourmet Ghosts 2. If you are a fan of L.A.’s dark criminal history and the ghostly spirits that haunt this city, this second guide to the bars, restaurants and hotels is worth investigating for its weird and unbelievable moments.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 28th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://lastbookstorela.com/

My Beer Year at Pages Bookstore

Join us to hear Lucy Birmingham, author of My Beer Year: Adventures with Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers, and Fanatical Drinkers as a Beer Master in Trainin.

As a journalist spurred by curiosity and thirst, Birmingham made it her career to write about craft beer, then decided to take it to the next level and become a certified beer expert, while meeting an eclectic cast of characters.

RSVPs are appreciated, due to space constraints.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Friday the 28th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/my-beer-year-author-event                  

Northeast L.A. Writers Group at Silver Lake Branch Library

Join us for our Northeast Los Angeles Writers Group, which hosts lectures and critiques and serves as a support group to help writers plot, organize, and publish their writing. Before each meeting we’ll email everyone with a call for submissions, usually a maximum 10 page excerpt in standard manuscript format. Organizers form groups and send links to manuscripts; each attendee reads the other excerpts in their group, makes notes, and comes to the meeting ready to provide feedback to group members and receive feedback on their excerpt, i.e. a workshop format.

RSVP at website if you wish to participate.

Our OCT 29th topic: Political and Social Commentary in Fiction.

See website for NOV, DEC and JAN topics.

Where: Silver Lake Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 9:30 am – 12 pm

Address: 2411 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/writers-group

Book Club at Angeles Mesa Branch Library  

Our Book Club for adults and teens reads Kindred by Octavia Butler, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Angeles Mesa Branch Library. Author and critic Lynell George calls Kindred “one of the most original, thought provoking works examining race and identity.” Copies of Kindred are available at the Information Desk of the branch library.

Where: Angeles Mesa Branch Library

Date: Saturday the 29th       

Time: 10 pm – 11:30 pm

Address: 2700 W. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90043

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/book-club-kindred-octavia-butler

POPUP! Make a Zine Workshop at Glendale Library

Our 1st POPUP! Bookfest concludes with a Make-A-Zine Workshop & Historic Tour at the Glendale Transportation Center. Learn how to make a Zine (DIY self-published books) with Rhea Tepp of LA Zine Fest and take a tour of the Historic Southern Pacific Train Station.

Register at Eventbrite site.

Where: Casa Verdugo Library, GPL

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 400 West Cerritos Ave., Glendale, CA 91204

Website:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/popup-bookfest-make-a-zine-workshop-historic-tour-tickets-28273370412

Poems of the Dead at Saturday Afternoon Poetry

Join us for a special event at Saturday Afternoon Poetry, hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell. Poems of the Dead, including many loved and deceased poets, will be read by many admiring and living local poets.

See site for details.

Where: Santa Catalina Library in Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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

Posada Book Release Party at Avenue 50 Studio

Join us for the book release party of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge, by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. This book celebrates Bermejo’s family’s immigration from Jalisco, Mexico to Los Angeles, CA in the 1950s while also giving visibility to those currently crossing into the country from Central America and the human atrocities occurring at the Arizona-Mexico border.

The night will include readings from writers Ashaki M. Jackson, Kenji Liiu, and Melissa Chadburn, a collective building of a Dia de Los Muertos alter for those who have passed along the border, and music from Anglea Spinorita Blanca, as well as food, and a book signing. A collection will be taken to support the work of No More Deaths/No Mass Muertes.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1738904569711454/

Holaday Mason and Sarah Maclay at Beyond Baroque

The What Books Press Fall Publication Reading of The She Series: a Venice Correspondence, a collaboration between poets Holaday Mason and Sarah Maclay—seven years in the making. With special guests: Karen Kavorkian and Carolie Parker.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

20th Anniversary Children’s Brunch at Skylight Books

This event is a 20th anniversary Children’s Brunch event featuring Pseudonymous Bosch, the acclaimed and bestselling middle school author (The Secret Stories and The Bad Books). Juice, donuts (and coffee for the grownups) will be served as the most famous author who cannot be named will lead young attendees (8-12 year-olds) through a story-crafting workshop, based on his how-to, Write This Book.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/20th-anniversary-childrens-brunch-featuring-pseudonymous-bosch

Still Dirty Book Launch at Beyond Baroque

Poet and Lana Turner editor David Lau will debut his second book, Still Dirty, published by Commune Editions. This collection finds its bearings in the political struggles after the economic crisis.

Lau will read with Jeanine Webb, Brian Ang, Sesschu Foster, Victor Valle and Mike Sonksen.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

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

Poetry Reading by Harmony Holiday at MOCA  

Please join us for a poetry reading by poet and choreographer  Harmony Holiday, the author of Negro League Baseball, Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues, and Hollywood Forever. She also curates the Afrosonics archive of jazz poetics and audio literature, which is housed in analog form at Columbia University. Her reading takes place within the exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady?

Where: MOCA

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website:  http://www.moca.org/program/poetry-reading-harmony-holiday

David J. Skal at Book Soup

David J. Skal discusses and signs Something Bad in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula. This book exhumes the inner world and strange genius of the writer who birthed an undying cultural icon, painting an astonishing portrait of the age in which Stoker was born, a time when death was no metaphor, but a constant threat easily imagined as a character existing in flesh and blood.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/david-j-skal-discusses-and-signs-something-blood-untold-story-bram-stoker-man-who-wrote

Local Authors Day at Vroman’s Bookstore

Vroman’s Local Authors Day features Laura Landgraf, Kamea Chayne, and J.B. Keats.

Laura Landgraf presents and signs The Fifth Sister: From Victim to Victor – Overcoming Child Abuse. This book explores incest’s devastating effects on two continents, over three decades. Above all, this book is a story of hope.

Kamea Chayne presents and signs Thrive: An Environmentally Conscious Lifestyle Guide to Better Health and True Wealth, a one-stop guide to sustainable living.

J.B. Keats presents and signs He Can See Heaven: The Hierophant. This is the tale of Ellen Shea, an intrepid graduate student on a perilous search through exotic locales for a trove of lost scrolls.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman’s-local-author-day-featuring-laura-landgraf-kamea-chayne-and-jb-keats                                                 


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