Los Angeles Literature Events 11/14/16 – 11/20/16

Tim Wu, with Madeleine Brand, at ALOUD Reading Series

51paaadiqpl-_sx337_bo1204203200_Tim Wu, in conversation with KCRW’s Madeleine Brand, will discuss and sign his new book The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads, which explores the rise of firms whose business models are the mass capture of attention for resale to advertisers. Wu looks at the cognitive, social, and unimaginable ways that industries focusing on human attention are transforming our society and our personal lives.

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Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 14th                      

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://lfla.org/event/the-attention-merchants-the-epic-scramble-to-get-inside-our-heads/

Jilly Gagnon Interactive Reading at the Last Bookstore

Join author Jilly Gagnon for an interactive reading from the latest in her series of darkly comic choose-your-path novels, Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays, (coauthored with Mike MacDonald). You choose which twists and turns the story will take, but be warned: in these pages Christmas joy, like Santa, is just another holiday fiction.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 14th            

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

Kathryn Hall at Pages Bookstore

Join us to hear former Ambassador of Australia and winemaker Kathryn Hall read and discuss her New York Times Bestselling book, A Perfect Score.  After she and her husband launched themselves head first into Napa Valley twenty years ago, they quickly became fixtures of the California wine industry, and earned a coveted 100-point “perfect score.”

Uncorked: The Wine Shop will be providing glasses for tasting.

RSVPs appreciated.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Monday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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


The Election Gathering at Skylight Books

The Election: Let’s Gather. All of us at LARB and Skylight Books invite our readers, writers and friends to come together, share our work, thoughts and feelings, in reaction to this political moment. We will arrange books germane to the gathering, and we invite you to bring your own writing or that of others, or just come to read, talk, listen.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Monday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


American Women Writers at Scripps College

Please join us for a conversation with Wendy Martin and Sharon Williams on their book, American Women Writers. A book signing will follow the reading. This event is presented by the Intercollegiate Feminist Center.

Where: Scripps College, Denison Library, The Holbein Room

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, CA 91711


Eddie Huang at Scripps College

Please join restauranteur, chef, and writer Eddie Huang, whose memoir Fresh Off the Boat, was a rowdy and hilarious take on race and assimilation in America. It later became the first program on a major network to feature an Asian American family. For Huang, all this success raised a question: “How Chinese am I?” His quest to find the answer is at the heart of his latest memoir, Double Cup Love.

Ticket reservations are required.

Where: Scripps College, Garrison Theater

Date: Tuesday the 8th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 241 E. 10th St., Claremont, CA 91711

Website:   http://www.scrippscollege.edu/events/scripps-presents-category/eddie-huang

Night of Poetry at Book Soup

Please join us as Red Hen Press presents a night of poetry, featuring:

Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of ten books of poetry and short fiction. From 1996 to 2002 she was literary curator at LACMA, and c0-auhtored a grant that created a writers-in-residence program at Beyond Baroque. She has been an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program since 1990, and is well known for her lively readings, also performing with the troupe, Nearly Fatal Women.

Amy Uyematsu’s poems consider the intersection of politics, mathematics, spirituality, and the natural world. She is the author of several poetry collections, and her new release is Basic Vocabulary (2017).

Charles Harper Webb is an acclaimed poet and essayist. He has published eleven poetry collections, a novel and a self-help book: Poetry that Heals. He is editor of Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, and is now a Professor of English at CSU Long Beach.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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


Panel of Crime Writers at Chevalier’s Books

Join us for a high octane Panel of Crime Authors, who appear among  the original stories collected in The Highway Kind: Stories of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers and Dark Roads, tonight featuring, with editor Patrick Milliken:

Michael Connelly is coming out this November with his 29th novel The Wrong Side of Goodbye, and his books include the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series.

Ben H. Winters is writer of the bestselling sensation Underground Airlines and World of Trouble, the concluding book in the last Policeman trilogy.

Gary Phillips is the author of Treacherous: Grifters, Ruffians and Killers, among his many literary endeavors.

Sara Gran is the author of Claire De Witt and the Bohemian Highway, and has worked as a writer, bookseller and collector for most of her career.

Where:  Chevalier’s Books

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://chevaliersbooks.com/

Meredith Alling with Siel Ju at Skylight Books

Please join us to hear Meredith Alling read from her debut collection of stories, Sing the Song, with Siel Ju. Alling has garnered attention and gained fans with her appearances in various magazines and websites, and her debut collection of short fiction, 27 stories in 100 pages, is propulsive, dangerous, and often funny, powered by a language that wrestles with anxiety and the unexpected surrealism of modern life.

Siel Ju’s novel-in-stories, Cake Time, is the winner of the Red Hen Press Fiction Manuscript Award and will be published in April 2017.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Writers at Loyola Marymount University  

Escritoras Contra Los Dictores: Women Writing Against Dictators is presented by the Modern Languages and Literatures Village, and features:

Alicia Kozameh, an Argentine writer, professor at Chapman University and former political prisoner, is the author of seven novels, a collection of short stories, and a book of poetry. She is the editor of two anthologies.

Martha Helena Montoya Velez, a Columbian journalist and Communication Studies professor, will present the bilingual edition of her book about being “disappeared” by Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile. Rompiendo el silencio. Yo te acuso Pinochet was translated by Y.L. Mariela Wong in collaboration with LMU’s Alex Napio ’17 Spanish and Biology.

Where: LMU University Hall, Suite 3900

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 2:30 pm – 4 pm

Address: One LMU Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website:   http://cal.lmu.edu/event/escritoras_contra_los_dictadores#.WCDeX_orJPY

Jeff Kinney at Children’s Book World (Off-site)–Children’s Event

Celebrate the publication of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down, with author Jeff Kinney! Tickets to this event are available in-store at CBW (sorry, no phone orders), online at childrensbookworld.com, and at the event (subject to availability).  Each ticket includes a pre-signed copy of the new book. If you are unable to attend, you may order signed copies on our website or in-store. (Ages 7 & up)

Where: Sinai Temple

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 5 pm – 5:40 pm Author Talk; 5:45 pm – 7 pm Book Signing

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

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

Beyond Earth at Vroman’s Bookstore

Amanda Hendrix discusses and signs Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets. From a leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer comes a propulsive account of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that may well be achievable.

Join us as Hendrix offers us a wide-eyed technology fantasy brought into scientific reality.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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


Echoes of Sherlock Holmes Writers at Chevalier’s Books  

New York Times bestselling editor Les Klinger and co-editor Laurie King are out with a third anthology of brand-new stories from a great range of writers, each resonating imaginatively with Conan Doyle’s classic Inspector. He will host a trio of top-notch contributors:

Anne Perry has published over eighty books, fifty-three featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt or Commander William Monk, all set in Victorian London, and influenced by Holmes and Watson.

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger—the co-editor of Boing Boing– and co-founder of the UK Open Rights Group.

Gary Phillips has short stories in the Highway Kind, Crime + Music, and is co-editor of 44 Caliber Funk: Tales of Crime, Soul and Payback. He also has two comic miniseries out now, Peepland, co-written with Christa Faust, and Vigilante: Southland.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:   http://chevaliersbooks.com

Nick Flynn at Otis College of Art and Design

Please join us for our Visiting Writers Series to hear author Nick Flynn red and discuss his work. Flynn received the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of Memoir for Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which was adapted for film as Being Flynn. His other memoirs include The Ticking Time Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment and The Reenactments. Flynn is also the author of four books of poetry.

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

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: https://www.otis.edu/mfa-writing/visiting-writers-series

Graphic Novel Adaptation Workshop at Vroman’s Bookstore

Mr. Steve, who has spent over 25 years as a bookseller and has moonlighted as a comic book writer, will teach you tips and tricks about comics and help you create your own graphic adaptation of a scene from Circus Mirandus, by Cassie Beasley. He’ll read aloud a chapter from the book, and then you can choose a chapter or section and create a comic version.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 4:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/graphic-novel-adaptation-workshop

Kids Authors at Gallery Nucleus

Anthony Holden and Jake Parker will be signing their latest books. Gallery Nucleus welcomes back artist Anthony Holden and celebrates the success of his kickstarter Double Booked. Nucleus will be the first to launch his two latest books, Precious Rascals and Doodle Quest 2. Jake Parker will present Little Bot and Sparrow.

Where: Gallery Nucleus

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Address: 210 E. Main St., Alhambra, CA 91801

Website:  http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/574

Born Bright at Eso Won Books

Author C. Nicole Mason’s powerful memoir, Born Bright: A young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America, is a story of reconciliation, constrained choices, and life on the other side of the tracks. While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason examines the conditions that make it nearly impossible to escape and exposes the presumption harbored by many—that the poor don’t help themselves enough.

Where: Eso Won Books

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 14327 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website:  http://www.esowonbookstore.com/event/c-nicole-mason-born-bright-young-girls-journey-nothing-something-american

Molly Schiot and Game Changers at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author, filmmaker, and Instagram Instigator Molly Schiot share Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History, a new illustrated collection. Schiot found these lost stories after she pitched an idea for a short film about African-American women who fought for their right to play golf in the 1930s. The film was not made, but she found dozens more undiscovered female athletes from the pre-Title IX era, and includes interviews with these pioneers.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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


Stephen Yenser at Hammer Museum

Please join us to hear Stephen Yenser read from his most recent book of poems, Stone Fruit. Previous volumes include The Fire in All Things, winner of the Walt Whitman Award, and Blue Guide. He has written critical books about James Merrill and Robert Lowell as well as a collection of essays, A Boundless Field: American Poetry at Large. He is co-editor of five volumes of Merrill’s works, and at work on Merrill’s Selected Letters.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Dr. Bruce J. Hillman at Chevalier’s Books 

Dr. Bruce J. Hillman, discusses his milestone new history of an AIDS pioneer, A Plague on All Our Houses: Medical Intrigue, Hollywood, and the Discovery of AIDS. This is the fascinating and important medical detective story of Dr. Michael Gottlieb’s discovery of AIDS, his struggle with the medical establishment, and the temptations of Hollywood. Delve into the war of egos, money, academic power, and Hollywood that advanced AIDS research even as it compromised the career of the scientist who discovered the disease.

Where: Chevalier’s Books

Date: Friday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com

Poetry of the Spanish Civil War 2 at Beyond Baroque

The Spanish Civil War united a generation of young writers, poets, and artists in apolitical fervor. The wrong side may have won, but the world’s memory of the conflict and has had a lasting triumph. Join poets Sarah McClay, Marjorie Ruth Becker, and Jill Levine reading from works on the tragic conflict from Spanish language and English language poets Muriel Rukyeser, Langston Hughes, Garcia Lorca, Miguel Hernandez, Cesaire Vallejo, and Jorge Guillen.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 18th

Time: 8 pm

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


Barney Saltzberg at Children’s Book World (off-site)

Join us to hear author Barney Saltzberg discuss and sign Would You Rather Be a Princess or a Dragon?, which shows you can actually be both, and the upcoming Hug This Book., an energetic, heartfelt, humorous ode to book love. Saltzberg is the author of the extremely popular Beautiful Oops!

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Friday the 18th

Time: TBA (Call store for details)

Address:  Los Angeles, CA 90064 (Off-site school event; call for details)


How to Find a Fox at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Nila Magruder present and sign How to Find a Fox. Equipped with a camera and determination a little girl sets out to track down an elusive red fox. But foxes are sneaky, and it proves more difficult than she thought. This debut picture book tells the story of what it means to not give up and how sometimes what you are looking for is closer than you think.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 10:30 am

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


Erin Eitter Kono Story Time at Pages Bookstore

Please join us as we welcome back Erin Eitter Kono for a special story time. She will read her new book, Every Color, which will be available on November 15th. All paid pre-orders of the book will receive a special print and sticker, specially designed and signed by Erin.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 11 am

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/erin-eitter-kono-story-time .

Julianne Moore & LeUyen Pham at Children’s Book World–Children’s Event

Meet and hear from Academy Award-winning actress Julianne Moore, and award-winning illustrator LeUyen Pham, creators of the delightful Freckleface Strawberry series, read and illustrate parts of their latest book, Freckleface Strawberry and the Really Big Voice.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 2 pm

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

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

Expressions L.A. Reading Series at Studio City Library 

Join the first and third Saturday of each month at 3 pm for the Expressions L/A/ poetry reading series. Each session will consist of at least one featured artist, followed by an open poetry reading, when any participant can share their work for four to six minutes.

Our Nov. 19 meeting features: Jerry Garcia and Randi Israelow.

Where: Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Dates: Saturday, the 19th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 12511 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA  91604

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/expressions-la-poetry-reading-series

Two Poetry Anthologies at Saturday Afternoon Poetry

At this week’s afternoon of poetry we feature poets published in two anthologies: Coiled Serpent (2016 Tia Chucha Press) and Short Poems Ain’t Got Nobody to Love (For the Love of Words Small Press).

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

The Waiting Room at Book Soup 

Join us as Leah Kaminsky, with Judith Simon Prager, discusses and signs The Waiting Room, a story which unfolds over the course of a single day, but the larger story it tells spans five decades, three continents, and one family’s compelling history of love, war and survival. As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Dina’s present has always been haunted by her parents’ pasts. But when a terror alert erupts in her adopted city, she is reminded how fragile life can be.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/leah-kaminsky-judith-simon-prager-discusses-and-signs-waiting-room                                

The Girl in the Picture at the Last Bookstore 

Join us to celebrate the release of Alexandra Monir’s book The Girl in the Picture. In this book there is one dead body, one photograph, and one compromising secret. Everyone’s a suspect in this classic “who done it” from Suspicion author Monir. In addition to a Q&A and signing, there will be a DJ set, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Dates: Saturday, the 19th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

Uptown Word Stories & Craft Workshop in Long Beach

Join sisters liz Gonzalez and Cynthia Duran to gain skills to artfully express yourself. Participants will receive a basic creative writing exercise from author and instructor liz gonzalez. Then they will learn how to use Mod Podge and fabric scraps to create a one-of-a-kind cover for their composition book from expert Cynthia Duran.

Where: RSVP via e-mail to beneathbone@yahoo.com for the address.

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 12:30 pm – 3 pm

Address: TBA, Long Beach, CA 90805

Website:  http://www.pw.org/calendar/2016-11-19/34.05216127966009,-118.25067055601606_20

La Palabra Reading Series at Avenue 50 Studio

Join host Karineh Mahdessian as she welcomes Skira Martinez and her friends, The Black Noise and Felicia Cade for the November poetry reading series.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/550210388503891/

Surrealist at Art Book    

Join us to hear poet Alan Bernheimer present Lost Profiles, a retrospective of a crucial period in modernism, written by co-founder of the Surrealist Movement. The collection includes essays by Charles Baudelaire and Henri Rousseau, with an afterword by Ron Padgett and a preface by Andre Breton biographer Mark Polizzotti.

Where: Art Book

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 917 East 3rd St., Los Angele, CA 90013

Website: http://www.pw.org/calendar/2016-11-19/34.05216127966009,-118.25067055601606_20

Two Novels at Skylight Books 

Join us as we welcome Unnamed Press for a celebration of two new novels by authors Henrietta Rose-Innes and Julie Shigekuni.

Known throughout the world as one of the new voices of South African literature, Henrietta Rose-Innes is presenting her U.S. debut, Nineveh, and Julie Shigekuni is presenting her prize-winning new novel In Plain View, which takes readers from Los Feliz to Japan.

Where: Skylight Books

Dates: Sunday, the 20th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/henrietta-rose-innes-launches-her-new-novel-nineveh-and-julie-shigekuni-launches-her-novel

Stories by Laurie Stone at Beyond Baroque     

Join us to hear National Book Critics Circle Award winner Laurie Stone present My Life as an Animal, the story of a flaneur who’s constantly seduced by strangers, language, animals, the street—even a wilderness trail. Surprise guests!

Regular Admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 8 pm

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

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


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