Los Angeles Literature Events 11/28/16 –12/04/16

Matt Coyle at Vroman’s Bookstore

41b4vk5mxl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Southern California author Matt Coyle discusses and signs his new book, Dark Fissures. Private investigator Rick Cahill fears the next knock on his door will be a cop holding a warrant for his arrest. For murder. La Jolla Chief of Police Tony Moretti is convinced Rick killed a missing person. Although no body has been found, all the evidence points to Rick

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 28th                     

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/matt-coyle-discusses-and-signs-dark-fissures

75 Years of Curious George at John Muir Branch Library

Come and have some fun with Curious George, in a Family event for kids. Explore books and join in activities commemorating 75 years of everyone’s favorite monkey.

Where: John Muir Branch Library

Date: Tuesday the 29th              

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 1005 W. 64th St, Los Angeles, CA 90044

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/75-years-curious-george

Adult Book Club at Venice-Abbot Kinney Branch Library

Join us to discuss William Finnegan’s Pulitzer Prize Award winning Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. Copies are available at the circulation desk.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 29th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 501 S. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291


Poetry Workshop for Adults at Burbank Central Library

Call 818-238-5580 to sign up for this no pressure poetry workshop for beginners. It’s an easy, playful class and you will have fun. Participants can illustrate their pieces with collage materials, pictures, or with their own drawings. Instructor Marlaya Charleston has an arts education and background, and a career as a visual artist since the 1970s. She is a published poet, and created a one-woman show during her acting career.

Where: Burbank Central Library

Date: Tuesday the 29th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502


Righteous Rebels at Book Soup

Join us to hear Patrick Range McDonald discuss and sign Righteous Rebels: AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Crusade to Change the World. In this thought provoking-portrait of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the world’s largest HIV/AIDS medical care provider, award-winning journalist Patrick Range Mc Donald reveals the nonprofit’s unlikely rise from a feisty grassroots organization during the 1980s AIDS crisis in Los Angeles to its position today as an aggressive, global leader in the ongoing fight to control HIV and AIDS. The AHF story also provides a blueprint for every kind of righteous rebel who wants to make the world a better place,

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

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


Maggie Nelson at Hammer Museum

Please join us for the Our Favorite Writers Reading Series, featuring Maggie Nelson, in conversation with author, UCLA professor, and creator of the series, Mona Simpson. Critic, author, poet, National Book Award winner, and 2016 MacArthur Fellow, Maggie Nelson will discuss her 2015 genre-bending memoir The Argonauuts, which tackles entrenched notions of gender, marriage and sexuality with intellect, brass and honesty.

Coffee and tea will be served. Book signing to follow.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 29th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Darryl Holter honors Bob Dylan at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to celebrate the glorious oral—and aural—origin of literature with a solo set of Dylan songs performed by our own musician extraordinaire Darryl Holter (co-owner of the bookstore). As a fellow Minnesotan, like Dylan, Holter revisits his musical roots, which inspired his three albums. Holter is also co-author of Woody Guthrie LA, 1937-1941.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 29th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

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


The Mothers at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us as Brit Bennett discusses and signs The Mothers, a dazzling debut novel and a story of young love, a big secret in a small community, and the things that ultimately haunt us most. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Nadia Turner, a rebellious grief-stricken seventeen-year-old, takes up with the son of a local pastor following her mother’s suicide. The pregnancy that results from this teen romance has a subsequent impact far beyond their youth, and demonstrates how the decisions of our younger selves often shape our lives forever.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:   http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/brit-bennett-discusses-and-signs-mothers             

Lost Burbank-Author Visit at Buena Vista Branch Library

Two identical programs, offered at 4 pm and 7 pm, so you can pick the time that is most convenient for you.

Meet authors Wes Clark and Mike McDaniel as they discuss the history and lore of Burbank and present an entertaining and educational slide show of illustrations from their book, Lost Burbank. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Where: Buena Vista Branch Library, Burbank Public Library

Date: Wednesday the 30th

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm; and 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502


Against Everything: Essays at the Last Bookstore

Author Mark Greif, in conversation with Evan Kindley, discusses his latest book of essays, Against Everything. Greif is senior editor at LARB and Kindley is one of the founding editors of n+1 and the author of The Age of Crisis in Man.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 30th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

How to Survive a Plague at ALOUD, Central Library, LAPL

In his new book, How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS, David France offers a definitive history of the battle to halt AIDS epidemic, on World AIDS Day. Joined by Dr. Mark H. Katz, a physician activist on the frontlines of the HIV community of Southern California, and Tony Valenzuela, a longtime community activist and writer whose work has focused on LGBT civil rights, sexual orientation, and gay men’s health, France shares powerful, heroic stories of the activists who refused to die without a fight.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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


Los Angeles in the 1970s at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Consummate Hollywood all-rounder David Kukoff is the editor of Los Angeles in the 1970s, an anthology featuring new and established writers giving us a prismatic vision of our environs in this critical and revolutionary decade. Joining the conversation are contributors:

Matthew Spector, the author of American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book of criticism, is a founding editor of LARB.

Joe Donnelly is an award-winning journalist and writer, whose short story Bonus Baby was selected for the 2016 O. Henry Prize Stories collection. He teaches at Whittier College.

Susan Hayden is a poet, playwright, novelist and essayist, as well as the creator/producer of the lit series Library Girl, in Santa Monica.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com

Reading Isn’t Ruff at Palm-Rancho Park Branch Library–Children’s Event

Please join us for our family activity and story time for kids and pre-school age children. Reading isn’t ruff when you read to a dog! Read your favorite stories aloud to our new best friends from Karma Rescue.

Where: Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

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


Silver Lake Bohemia at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us author Michael J. Locke discusses and signs Silver Lake Bohemia: A History. Since the early 1900s, Silver Lake has been a magnet for iconoclastic writers, architects, and political activity. From Frank Lloyd Wright, to civil rights advocate Loren Miller, the Black CT Bar and Harry Hay’s Mattachine Society, to Anais Nin and James Leo Herlihy, Michael Locke and Vincent Brook chronicle the people and places at the bohemian epicenter of Los Angeles.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/michael-j-locke-discusses-and-signs-silver-lake-bohemia-history

Reading Series & Open Mic at Rapp Saloon, Santa Monica

Join our Rapp Saloon Reading Series, every first Friday of the month. This month curator and host Cynthia Alessandra Briano features:

F. Douglas Brown is the author of Zero to Three (University of Georgia 2014), the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient selected by Tracy K. Smith. He is also co-author of Begotten (2016), and has been an educator for over 20 years and a DJ in the greater LA area.

Armine Iknadossian fled Beirut Lebanon for Pasadena in 1978, and during her 20 year teaching career she served as recitation coach for Poetry Out Loud. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Antioch University, is a bookstore manager at Beyond Baroque, and will serve as a Writer in the Schools this fall.

Sonia Greenfield’s poems, essays and fiction have appeared in numerous journals. She co-directs the Southern California Poetry Festival and edits Rise Up Review.

Jacob Zuko is a vintage blues guitar player/singer-songwriter from the San Fernando Valley.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 8 pm – 11:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1013448655432602/

Eat Art Open Mic at Book Show LA

Join us for our monthly open mic hosted by Sabrina Dropkick. Bring our words. Sign-ups from 8 pm – 8:30 pm. Event starts at 8:30 pm.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website:  http://bookshowla.com/event/eat-art-open-mic-24/

Live Shakespeare at West Valley Regional Library

Join us for a performance of selected scenes from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, as performed by students from the California State University Northridge Department of Theatre.

Where: West Valley Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Address: 19036 Vanowen St., Reseda, CA 91335


Expressions Poetry Reading at Studio City Library

Join us for the Expressions L.A. poetry reading series. Each session features at least one featured artist, followed by an open poetry reading, where any participant can feel free to share their work for six minutes.

Today’s featured artist is Susan Hayden, a poet, playwright, novelist and essayist. She is also the creator/producer of the long-running lit series Library Girl, which runs the second Sunday of every month at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica. Last year she won the Artist in the Community Award for her contributions to the Santa Monica arts community.

Where: Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 3 pm

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

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

Jerry Garcia at Santa Catalina Library

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry, hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell. This week features our Emerging Urban Poets Writing Workshop led by Jerry Garcia.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

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

Las Lunas Anthology Reading at Here & Now  

Join some of our favorite local authors to celebrate the reading of Las Lunas’ Anthology release party. Las Lunas Locas, a community of self-identified womyn who write, rite and right have been gathering for the last two years and holding space for each other. Please come and bring your loved ones. Lunas are magic. There will be a surprise!

Hosted by: Karineh Mahdessian.

Where: Here & Now

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 55471 Huntington Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website:   http://www.facebook.com/events/1105460872869487/

UC Irvine MFA Reading Series at the Last Bookstore

The UC Irvine MFA Reading Series showcases the work of first and second year fiction and poetry students, to their peers and the greater community. The reading will feature work by poets Daniel Levin and Sarah Peace, and fiction writers Jenna Abrams and Jaime Lalinde.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

Angel City Review #4 Reading at Poetic Research Bureau

In celebration of the release of Issue#4 of Angel City Review we will be having a series of readings, the first of which will be December 3rd at Poetic Research Bureau. Featured artists include:

Will Alexander is a poet, aphorist, playwright, essayist, philosopher, visual artist, pianist and Los Angeles native. He is the author of nearly thirty books and the recipient of the prestigious Jackson Prize for Poetry, among the most substantial given to an American poet.

Jian Huang’s parents brought her to the U.S. from China at age six, where she grew up in South L.A. and earned her degree in Art History from USC. Her work has appeared in Entropy, LARB, ALOUD, among others, and she received a PEN Emerging Voices fellowship in 2016.

Sesshu Foster’s work has appeared in many journals and venues, most recently in a Smithsonian exhibit. His most recent books are Atomik Aztek and World Ball Notebook, which won the American Book Award. He has taught writing at Southern California high schools and colleges for thirty years.

Rocio Carlos is the author of A World Below and co-author of ex her pt. Selections of her collaborative work in progress, Attendance, appear in Cultural Weekly.

Mark Valley is an accomplished film and TV actor, and a comic writer. A West Point graduate, he is an advocate for Veterans causes, mental health, and urban cycling.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 951 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/368637460149272/

Ibram X. Kendi & Brenda Stevenson at Hammer Museum

Despite the myths of a post-racial world, racism is alive and well. In his “engrossing and relentless intellectual history of prejudice in America” (Washington Post), the historian and National Book award winner Ibram X. Kendi traces the arc of anti-black racist ideas from 15th-century Portugal to the founding of the United States, arguing that we must confront the history of racist ideas in order to grapple with racism’s insidious hold on America.

UCLA Professor of History Brenda Stevenson joins Kendi in conversation. A book signing will follow the conversation.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 1:30 pm

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


Angels Flight Literary West Salon at Clifton’s Cafeteria

Join us for the Angels Flight Literary West Salon, to be offered the first Sunday of the month at Clifton’s, downtown. This month the theme is The Art of the Dreamoir, and the featured artist is Wendy C. Ortiz, author of BRUJA, Hollywood Notebook, and Excavation, with Eileen Cronin, author of MERMAID: A Memoir of Resilience.

Where: Clifton’s Cafeteria

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 648 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Website:   http://www.facebook.com/events/164796853986757/?ti=icl

HITCHED Reading Series at Avenue 50 Studio

Please join us for our sixth anniversary event, which features:

Toni Ann Johnson, author of Remedy for a Broken Angel;

Amanda Choo Quan, MFA candidate at Cal Arts and recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship.

Kenji Liu, winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize for Map of an Onion.

Angela Penaredondo, author of All Things Lose Thousands of Times, winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize.

HITCHED is a quarterly reading series that features writer couplings, to celebrate our community and relationships as writers, and is curated and hosted by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 1331 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042


Bossier Baby at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Marla Frazee, is back with Bossier Baby. From the moment she comes home, Boss Baby’s little sister is extremely loud and demanding all sorts of corporate perks he never got. Can they get used to this new structure?

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/marla-frazee-discusses-and-signs-bossier-baby

Wyatt at the Coyote Palace at the Last Bookstore  

Join us as Kristin Hirsch reads her latest book/album Wyatt at the Coyote Palace. Q&A will follow an afternoon f literature and music.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 5:30 pm

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

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


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