Los Angeles Literature Events 10/31/16 – 11/06/16

Conchas Y Café Continues at Junipero Serra Library

14642457_652553388232920_9036978869915437666_nDSTLarts and Junipero Serra Branch Library present Conchas Y Café, an adult creative writing workshop, offered every Monday, where you can work with local artists on the DIY art of writing poetry, drawing mini-comics, collaged instruction, self-publishing and making zines.

Where: Junipero Serra Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 31st           

Time: 6 pm – 7:30

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

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

Listening Room Open Mic at Gina M Woodruff Gallery, Long Beach

Our weekly Open Mic is for poetry and mixed acts. Sign-ups begin at 6:40 pm. Hosted by Gina.

Where: Gina M Woodruff Gallery

Date: Monday the 31st           

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 5555 E. Stearns St., #203, Long Beach, CA 90815

Website: http://www.localendar.com/elsie?JSP=PublishedCalendar&mode=PUBLISH_PUBLIC&search_type=M0&start_date=11/01/16&calendar_id=485044

The Loved Ones at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Sonya Chung read her groundbreaking second novel, The Loved Ones, an interracial tale of two families, both named Lee. Chung will be in conversation with Julia Fierro, author of Cutting Teeth, which captures the zeitgeist of 30-somehting parents. These two engaging writers will discuss and read from their work, talk, Q&A, and sign their books.

Sonya Chung is also the author of Long for This World, and is a staff writer for The Millions and founding editor of Bloom. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, and the Charles Johnson Fiction Award. She teaches at Skidmore College.

Julia Fierro is also the author of the novel Gypsy Moth Summer, and her writing has appeared in The Millions, Buzzfeed, Glamour, Poets & Writers and other publications. She founded the Sackett Street Writers Workshop in 2002, named among the “Best Writing Classes.”

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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


Rep Picks Night at Pages Bookstore

Please join us for our popular and fun Rep Picks Night, selected by Penguin Random House and Chronicle Books.

RSVPs are encouraged.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm – Children’s Books; 7 pm – 7:30 pm –Reception; 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Adult Books

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


Electoral College Discussion at the Hammer Museum

Join us as the Hammer Forum discusses, Is the Electoral College Obsolete? Robert Alexander, Chair of the Department of History, Politics and Justice at Ohio Northern University and author of Presidential Elections and the Electoral College, and journalist Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, consider the relevance of the Electoral College today.

Moderated by Ian Masters, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and KPFK 90.7 radio host.

The first 100 guests receive a free copy of Ari Berman’s book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America.

Where:  Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 7:30 pm

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


T.C. Boyle at ALOUD Series, LAPL Central Library

One of today’s greatest American novelists, bestselling author T. C. Boyle, takes us deep inside his electrifying, eco-visionary new novel, an epic story of science, society, sex, and survival. The Terranauts follows the high-pressured lives of eight scientists—four men and four women—closely monitored under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony. With characteristic humor and sharp with, Boyle plays out his real-life environmental concerns as he experiments with the future of humanity.

The author is in conversation with Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW’s Bookworm, where he introduces listeners to new and emerging authors along with authors of renown, since 1989.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 7:15 pm

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

Website:  http://lfla.org/event/the-terranauts/

The Life of Kobe at Book Soup

Join us to hear Roland Lazenby discuss and sign Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant. Considered by many to be the finest sports biographer of our time, Lazenby has entered rarified air to write of this enigmatic Laker superstar. Provocative stories mixed with good  reporting make for a riveting and essential read for any hoops fan.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  www.booksoup.com/event/roland-lazenby-discusses-and-signs-showboat-life-kobe

Reading Series: Civics at Woman’s Center for Creative Work

Please join us for readings by the following award-winning poets, novelist, performers and activists whose work covers a wide range of subjects from mourning and loss to LGBT issues: Ashaki Jackson, Melissa Chadburn, Jesse Bliss, Samantha Cohen, Elisabeth Houston.

The WCCW Reading Series is a quarterly literary reading series organized by Sara Finnerty and Nina Rota. The readings are thematically linked with our programming, which is Civics for fall 2016. This event is FREE, and we provide drinks and snacks.

RSVPs are appreciated, due to space constraints.

Where: WCCW

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 2425 Glover Place, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1696985293951682/                   

John Freeman and Hector Tobar at Chevalier’s Books

John Freemen, former editor of the literary journal Granta and now out with the second issue of his highly praised new venture, the anthology  Freeman’s Family: The Best New Writing on Family, will discuss the topic of “family” with author Hector Tobar, known for his stellar journalism and award-winning novels, including Deep Down Dark and The Barbarian Nurseries.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com                                           

SCBWI Westside Writers Mingle at Ocean Park Library

This is a monthly gathering for anyone interested in writing for children or young adults. Come join our discussion on the ways we approach our writing. Our November topic is Pantser, Plotter, or Other: Techniques to Get Into Your Work.

Where: Ocean Park Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Wednesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm – 8:45 pm

Address: 2601 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website:  http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=20070

Ulysses Grant Biography at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Ronald C. White, Jr. discuss and sign American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant. In his time, Grant was routinely grouped with Washington and Lincoln, and White argues we should revise our estimates of him. Based on seven years of research with primary documents, some never before examined by Grant scholars, he shows Grant to be a generous, curious, introspective man and leader, a brilliant general and a passionate defender of equal rights. He used the power of the federal government to battle the Ku Klux Klan and was the first president to state that our policy toward American Indians was immoral.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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


YA Novel at Skylight Books–Teen Event

Please join us to hear Cylin Busby read from her new YA novel The Stranger Game. This is a dark, suspenseful, and twisty novel that is Gone Girl for teens. When Nico Morris’s older sister disappears, her parents, family and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she really feels: relief at being finally free of Sarah’s daily cruelties. Then, four years later, Sarah is found, and only one person knows the true story of what happened.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Richard Shelton at Otis Visiting Writers Series

This is an evening with Collector Richard Shelton, the Director of Creative Action at Otis, who has been a serious collector of vinyl and plastic, but whose efforts now include almost every genera of sound, including spoken word. He will discuss and play gems from his spoken word archive, and discuss this long artistic journey. For the last 20 years Shelton has worked with many community organizations, conducting video workshops and exhibitions to share his archives.

Where: The Forum, Goldsmith Campus, Otis College of Art & Design

Date: Wednesday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.otis.edu/graduate-writing/visiting-writers-series

This Is Cancer at Deisel Bookstore

Join us to hear Laura Holmes Haddad discuss and sign her new book, This is Cancer: Everything You Need to Know, from the Waiting Room to the Bedroom. When Haddad was diagnosed, she discovered many shelves of overly earnest, somber survival books, but decided to write a thoughtful, informative book for those who prefer pathos matched with equal parts humor and reality.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402


Brit Bennett and The Mothers at Pages Bookstore

Join us to hear debut author Brit Bennett discuss and sign The Mothers, a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community, and the things that ultimately haunt us most.  Set in a contemporary black community in Southern California, this mesmerizing first novel is an emotional perceptive a story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret, and asks whether “what if” can be more powerful than the experience itself.

RSVPs are appreciated, due to space constraints.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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


The Muralist at the Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear B.A. Shapiro discuss and sign The Muralist. When Alizee Benoit, an American painter working for the WPA vanishes in New York in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France, not her patron Eleanor Roosevelt, and not her famous artist friends. Seventy years later her great-niece uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind other works which might hold the answers.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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


The Fly Strip at Book Soup

Please join us as Gwen Banta discusses and signs The Fly Strip the story of a witty seventeen-year old boy in rural Indiana in 1960, who finds himself on the front lines of the integration movement of that era. Through chaos and tragedy, he turns to his young teacher for support, and soon discovers the secrets of this small Midwestern town.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/gwen-banta-discusses-and-signs-fly-strip

Read a Play at Ocean Park Library in Santa Monica 

Join us to discover great plays while uncovering your inner actor. This new group reads through a different play each month, with each member of the audience taking a part in the read through. The November play is Sylvia by A. R. Gurney.

Where: Ocean Park Library, SMPL

Dates: Thursday, the 3rd

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 2601 Main St., Santa Monica, CA  90405

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=21856

L.A. Fiction Anthology at Riverside Public Library  

Our Arts Walk for Book Lovers series at the Riverside Public Library presents IE-based contributors to the L.A. Fiction Anthology: Lloyd Aquino, Mike Buckley, Scott Creely, and Ruth Nolan. (Others in this anthology include T.C. Boyle, Ron Carlson, Judith freeman, Percival Everett, and more.)

Where: Riverside Public Library

Date: Thursday the 3rd        

Time: 7 pm

Address: 4178 Chestnut St., Riverside CA 92501

Website:  www.facebook.com/events/1074054099376576/

All Lit Up at Chevalier’s Bookstore  

Our All Lit Up event for November features four artists and some open mic surprises:

Natashia Deon is the author of critically acclaimed debut novel, Grace, the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellowship, and the creator of the popular L.A. based reading series, Dirty Laundry Lit.

Kim Dower is the City Poet Laureate of West Hollywood and has published three collections of poetry. She teaches in the B.A. program of Antioch University

Leon Martell was co-founder of Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater and a writer with Padua Hill Playwrights Festival. He teaches at American Academy of Dramatic art and has bee a reader for two series in Santa Monica.

Mason Summit is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Santa Monica, and produces Mason’s Noise Parlour at Beyond Baroque.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 3rd        

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  www.chevaliersbooks.com

Michael Connelly Honored at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Join us at the Vroman’s Walk of Fame Dedication Ceremony honoring author Michael Connelly, who will be the second handprint & signature dedication on Vroman’s Author Walk of Fame! Our first dedication of Lisa See, coincided with Vroman’s 120th anniversary and started what we intend to be along running tradition.

Join us for the dedication and reception, and stay as Michael Connelly presents and signs his latest Bosch thriller, The Wrong Side of Goodbye.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Dates: Friday, the 4th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman’s-walk-fame-dedication-ceremony-honoring-author-michael-connelly

First Fridays Poetry at EXPO Arts Center  

Join us for First Fridays Poetry Event, a weekly Open Mic with Mixed Acts, which is a free weekly event.

Where: EXPO Arts Center

Date: Friday the 4th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Address: 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807

Website: http://www.localendar.com/elsie?JSP=PublishedCalendar&mode=PUBLISH_PUBLIC&search_type=M0&start_date=11/01/16&calendar_id=485044                               

California Prose Directory Reading at the Last Bookstore

Join us for readings from the anthology, California Prose Directory 2016: New Writing from the Golden State, published by Outpost19 and edited by Sarah LaBrie. Hosted by Lou Matthews, readers include: Carina Chocan, Ann Friedman, J. Ryan Stradal, Yvonne Zima, Sara LaBrie, Matt Sumell and more!

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 4th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9  pm

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

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

Reading Series at Rapp Saloon

First Fridays Reading series at Rapp Saloon will feature: V. Kali, Kim Dower, Devi S. Laskar, and Joe Cumbe.

Hosted by: Cynthia Alessandra Briano.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 4th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/Rapp-Saloon-Reading-Series-122145672327/

Bedtime Poems at Children’s Book World–Children’s Event

Join us for a Book Launch party and book signing of One Minute till Bedtime: 60 Second Poems to Send You Off to Sleep, a collection for ages 4-10, with featured poets Ann Whitford Paul, April Halpern Wayland, Betsy Rosenthal, Greg Pincus, Joan Bransfield Graham, Ron Kortege, and Sonya Sones.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 2 pm

Address:  10580 ½ W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

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

Line of Sight at Chevalier’s Bookstore   

In Line of Sight: Klaus Landsberg, His Life and Vision, which received an Irwin Award for “best in historical portrayal for 2016”, journalist Evelyn De Wolfe and co-author/NBC News veteran George Lewis trace the early days of West Coast television as it centers on Klaus Landsberg, one of TV’s foremost pioneers.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 5th         

Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

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

Website:  www.chevaliersbooks.com

Dave Eggers at Skylight Books

Join us as Dave Eggers reads from his new novel, Heroes of the Frontier, a captivating, often hilarious novel of family and wilderness from the bestselling author of The Circle and other novels. This is a powerful examination of contemporary life and a rousing story of adventure, in a darkly comic story of a mother and her two children on a journey through an Alaskan wilderness plagued by wildfires and a uniquely American madness.

Check website for ticketing/crowd control details. This event is free.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/dave-eggers-reads-his-new-novel-heroes-frontier

Poet Will Alexander Honored at Beyond Baroque

Join us for a special reading and reception to celebrate Poets & Writers’ Jackson Prize winner and Beyond Baroque Writer-in-Residence Will Alexander, who will be joined by prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout.

This is a ticketed event. See website for details.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Dirty Laundry Lit at The Virgil

Join us for our quarterly reading series, which will include featured artists:

Ashaki Jackson is a poet and social psychologist who has worked with youth moving through the juvenile justice system, and a co-founder of Women Who Submit, which supports women in submitting their literary work for publication. She is the author of two chapbooks.

Jian Huang is the recipient of a PEN Center USA fellowship, and has worked for a number of social service organizations. She is now working on a collection of essays.

Seth Fischer is an editor, writer and teacher at Antioch University and of writing workshops in Los Angeles.

Melissa Chadburn is a writer and writing workshop teacher, whose book A Tiny Upward Shove is being published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2016.

Dana Johnson’s new book, In the Not Quite Dark is a sohort story collection. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down and Elsewhere, California, and is a professor of English at USC.

Patrick Rosal is the author of four full length poetry collections, including his most recent, Brooklyn Antediluvian. He has taught at several institutions and appeared in many literary venues.

Hosted by Jeff Eyres. Live set by DJ Thing.

Produced by Natashia Deon.

This is a ticketed event. Please see website for details.

Where: The Virgil

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/619686531547138/

826LA Creature Camp for Kids at Hammer Museum 

Halloween may be over, but a monster’s work is never finished. Here at Creature Camp we train young monsterlings to be the mightiest of monsters once they come of age. Reservations are encouraged for this free event. See site for details.

826LA offers free collaborative workshops for kids, which combine writing with creative activities for groups of up to 20 students. This event is recommended for ages 7-11, and is led by Lindsay Ringwald, a TV postproduction supervisor.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 6th

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/11/826lahammer-creature-camp/

Poet Kita Shantiris at Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Kita Shantiris, also known as Kita S. Curry, is an American poet and psychologist. Her new book, What Snakes Want, is her first full-length poetry collection. Fearless and compassionate, this collection shines light on our dark places.  Joining her in reading some poems will be actor George Segal.

Where: Diesel Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 6th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/kita-shantiris-discusses-and-signs-what-snakes-want

BRUJA Book Launch at Skylight Books

Wendy Ortiz reads from her new book BRUJA, and Henry Hoke reads from his new book The Book of Endless Sleepovers. With BRUJA Ortiz continues to upend and reinvent the memoir in inventive and deeply emotional ways, following her acclaimed Excavation: A Memoir and Hollywood Notebook. With his new book, Hoke plays fast and loose with autobiography and genre, with fourteen interconnected tales of haunted childhood identity.

These two featured authors are joined by special guests: Ashley Perez, Iris De Anda, Miriam Gurba, and Amanda Yates Garcia.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Sunday the 6th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/wendy-c-ortiz-reads-her-new-book-bruja-and-henry-hoke-reads-his-book-book




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