Los Angeles Literature Events 12/05/16 –12/11/16

Broadway Opening Of "Lestat" - After PartyAnne Rice at Barnes & Nobel Bookstore

Join us to hear author Anne Rice, in conversation with Christopher Rice, discuss and sign her new book, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (Vampire Chronicles Series #12). From Anne Rice, the conjurer of the bestselling series, an ambitious and exhilarating new novel of utopian vision and power, an author discussion and signing.

This is a wristband event. For event guidelines please visit the store’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/BNEventsGrove or call the store at: 323-525-0270.

Where: Barnes & Nobel Bookstore, The Grove

Date: Monday the 5th                        

Time: 7 pm

Address: 189 The grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website: http://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061816140-0

Ibram X. Kendi at Eso Won Bookstore

Join us to hear Ibram X. Kendi discuss and sign his new book, Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. This book uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from William Lloyd-Garrison to W.E.B. Du Bois, to activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America.

Where: Eso Won Bookstore

Date: Monday the 5th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

Kathryn Hall at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Kathryn Hall discuss and sign her new book, A Perfect Score: The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st-Century Winery. Kathryn and Craig Hall launched themselves head first into Napa Valley 20 years ago with the purchase of an 1885 winery and never looked back. During that time they became fixtures of the industry, winning numerous accolades, including a coveted 100-point “perfect score.” This is a vibrant tale of a meteoric rise to success, the tug between localism and tourism, and the evolving nature of the wine industry as a whole.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 5th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/kathryn-hall-discusses-and-signs-perfect-score-art-soul-and-business-21st-century-winery

Good Girls Marry Doctors at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear contributors from the new anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion. They will read and discuss the cultural, political, and social burdens (along with hilarious moments) of being a South Asian American Daughter. Edited by: Piyali Bhattacharya.

Featuring: Taz Ahmed, Neelanjana Banerjee, Rachna Khatau, Fawzia Mirza, Nayomi Munaweera, and Amita Swandin.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 5th              

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Kathryn Hall at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Kathryn Hall discuss and sign her new book, A Perfect Score: The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st-Century Winery. Kathryn and Craig Hall launched themselves head first into Napa Valley 20 years ago with the purchase of an 1885 winery and never looked back. During that time they became fixtures of the industry, winning numerous accolades, including a coveted 100-point “perfect score.” This is a vibrant tale of a meteoric rise to success, the tug between localism and tourism, and the evolving nature of the wine industry as a whole.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 5th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/kathryn-hall-discusses-and-signs-perfect-score-art-soul-and-business-21st-century-winery

Colm Toibin and James Fearnley at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us for a Hibernian Evening with acclaimed author Colm Toibin, author of The Master, Brooklyn, and Nora Webster, in conversation with Musician-Memoirist James Fearnley, founder of the beloved Irish band Pogues, for a reading, music, signing and tasting of Pogues Whiskey. Colm Toibin will gift us with an advance reading of his forthcoming eighth novel, House of Names, and James will also give us a taste of his memoir Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://chevaliersbooks.com

Patricia Smiley and Naomi Hirahara at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Patricia Smiley, in conversation with author Naomi Hirahara, discuss and sign Pacific Homicide: A Mystery. Most cops spend their entire careers without firing a weapon in the line of duty. Homicide Detective Davie Richards is an outlier, a cop who killed a suspect to save another cop’s life.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/patricia-smiley-conversation-author-naomi-hirahara-discusses-and-signs-pacific-homicide

Melissa Matarazzo at Otis College of Art and Design

Please join us to hear Marris Matarazzo, an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis. She is the author of Drenched: Stories of Love and Other Deliriums. Her work has appeared in Faultline, Hobart, Five Chapters, Unstuck, and other literary journals, and she has taught at UCLA Extension, The Art Institute of Los Angeles, and UC Irvine.

Where: Otis Visiting Writers Series, The Forum, Goldsmith Campus

Date: Wednesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Kevin Morris at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Kevin Morris, a prominent figure in the entertainment world who received wide literary acclaim with his story collection, White Man’s Problems. Now he cements his place in American literature with his muscular debut novel, All Joe Knight. Set in 1961 outside Philadelphia, this is the story of the tragically orphaned Joe Knight, who finds success on the basketball court, but later finds disaster in his private life. Finally he must face the emptiness inside himself.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/kevin-morris-discusses-and-signs-all-joe-knight

Encore, Encore at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us as Fonda St. Paul thrills us with her third novel, Encore, Encore, set in Manhattan’s Dakota Apartments and full of dark secrets. Praise for her vivid, naturalistic writing style, Fonda’s launch party is sure to be fun.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://chevaliersbooks.com

Ryan Stradal and Susan Straight at the Last Bookstore

 Please join us for a fun literary event to celebrate the paperback release of Kitchens of the Great Midwest. Not only will there be an engaging conversation between authors Susan Straight and J. Ryan Stradal, but there will be a holiday dessert bar competition! Bring in your best holiday dessert bar to partake in this festive gathering, and Stradal will judge the delicious competition and the winner will receive a book prize.

Straydal is an Editor-at-Large at Unnamed Press, Fiction Editor at The Nervous Breakdown, Advisory Board member at 826LA, and co-producer of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish.

Straight has published eight novels, including the Rio Seco Trilogy, and her Highwire Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her new memoir, A Sunday Kind of Love, will be published next year.

The store has limited capacity (300) so get here early!

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 7th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events                       

Peter Godfrey- Smith at ALOUD Reading Series

Please join us to hear Peter Godfrey-Smith, in conversation with evolutionary biologist Amy Parish, discuss and sign his book, Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness. Combining science and philosophy with accounts of the remarkable intelligence of the octopus, Godfrey-Smith explores how primitive organisms bobbing in the ocean began sending signals to each other and how these early forms of communication gave rise to the advanced nervous systems that permit cephalopods to change colors and human beings to speak. His adventures shed new light on the evolution of consciousness.

This program is currently full, but you may check the website to reserve space on stand-by status.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Wednesday the 7th

Time: 7:15 pm

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

Websitehttp://lfla.org/event/other-minds-the-octopus-the-sea-and-the-deep-origins-of-consciousness/

Poets & Writers Roundtable at Avenue 50 Studio

Please join Poets & Writers at a literary roundtable meeting in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. These meetings bring together people from all parts of the literary community to exchange ideas, news, and resources. This meeting will take place at Avenue 50 Studio, and is made possible by support from the California Arts Council.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Thursday the 8th

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

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

Website:   http://www.pw.org/literary_events/pw_los_angeles_literary_roundtable_meeting

All Lit Up at Chevalier’s Bookstore

All Lit Up’s December program has a great line up, featuring:

Aimee Bender is the author of five books, including Girl in the Flammable Skirt and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages, and her short fiction published in many journals, as well as heard on PRI.

Martin Pousson has a new novel, Black Sheep Boy, which includes stories that won an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. His collection of poetry, Sugar, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and his writing has appeared in many journals. He now teaches at CSUN.

Amy Uyematsu is a Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. She has five published collections, and her newest is Basic Vocabulary. She was co-editor of the anthology Roots: An Asian-American Reader, and recently retired after 32 years as a LAUSD math teacher.

Simon Petty is an English singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, whose style rises from American blues, country and soul and a lifelong love of books.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com

 Victoria Patterson at Pasadena Library 

Author Victoria Patterson discusses her most recent novel, The Little Brother. Patterson is also the author of The Peerless Four, This Vacant Paradise, and a story collection, Drift.

Where: Hastings Branch, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Thursday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Websitehttp://eventactions.com/eventactions/library#/actions/atmc/wes4uvps3mj9uaxd7um6grctju                                    

Remembering Rick Williams at Art Share LA

The Anna Broome Room remembers Rick Williams, with help from: Tamisha Tyler, Angela Song, Peebles, Renaissance Austin, Tawny Cash, William Nicholson, Jeff Rogers, MJ Brown, Lida Parent Harris, Lee Boek, Richard McDowell, and Emmeric Konrad.

Where: Art Share LA

Date: Thursday the 8th

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

Address: 8801 East Fourth Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Websitehttp://artsharela.org/event/the-anna-broome-room-remembers-rick-williams-art-share-l-a/

School of Prince at ALOUD Reading Series

Writers, musicians, and cultural critics gather to pay tribute and explore the forty-year career of Prince. Drawing on original work, music clips and the emerging field of Prince Studies, cultural artists will consider the impact of Prince on literary culture and beyond.

Tisa Bryant is the author of Unexplained Presence, a collection of fiction-essays on black presences in film, literature and visual arts; co-editor of the literary journal, The Encyclopedia Project; and a commissioned writer/researcher for Radio Imagination, the celebration of science fiction writer Octavia Butler, created by Clockshop. She teaches at CalArts, and is working on two new works, The Curator and Residual.

Lynee Denise is a DJ, writer, and scholar who creates works informed and inspired by underground cultural movements, the 1980s, migration studies, theories of escape, and electronic music of the African Diaspora.

Ernest Hardy’s criticism has appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, Vibe, Rolling Stone, the L.A. Times, and the L.A. Weekly. He is a contributor to two reference books, and his collection of criticism, Blood Beats: Volume 1 received the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins award. His forthcoming collection will be published by Writ Large Press.

Greg Tate is a writer, cultural producer and musician, and was a staff writer for the Village Voice from 1987-2004. He has published three books, and in 1985 he helped co-found the Black Rock Coalition. Since 1999 he has led the Conducted Improv ensemble, Burnt Sugar, and recently launched the band Rebellum.

This program is currently full, but you may check the website to reserve space on stand-by status.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Friday the 9th

Time: 7:15 pm

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

Website:  http://lfla.org/event/school-of-prince/

Angels of Reflection at Beyond Baroque

Join us for the Monday Poetry Salon Anthology, Angels of Reflection: 10 Poets (Arctos Press) with artists: Marjorie Becker, Jeanette Clough, Dina Hardy, Paul Lieber, Sarah Maclay, Holaday Mason, Jim Natal, Jan Wesley, Brenda Yates, Marian Zaro, and host David St. John.

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 9th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Salina Yoon & Greg Wolfe at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to celebrate Christmas with beloved character Penguin in this new book from award-winning author and illustrator Salina Yoon, Penguin’s Christmas Wish. In the new book in this growing series, the lovable Penguin discovers holiday magic and the importance of family and friends.

Please also welcome author Greg Wolfe with his new book, Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf, in which Shmelf is one of Santa’s most important elves and decides to investigate why some children are missing from his gift lists. What Shmelf discovers is Hanukkah, the joyful story celebrated by Jewish families each year. When he wants to be a part of it, he also finds a special role for himself.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 10th

Time: 1 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/salina-yoon-greg-wolfe-present-and-sign-penguin’s-christmas-wish-and-shmelf-hannukah-elf

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Join us for a Deep Poetry Critique Workshop led by G. T. Foster. Bring 12 copies of your poem-in-progress.

Hosted and curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Library, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 10th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

S.A. Gerber at MESS Unurban Coffee House

Join us to hear poet/playwright S.A. (Steven) Gerber interviewed by Gerry Fialka at MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon). Gerber’s two volumes of poetry are available on-line at Amazon and Barnes and Nobel, as well as the Beyond Baroque Bookstore in Venice.

Where: Unurban Coffee House

Date: Saturday the 10th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

Website:  http://laughtears.com/mess

Pandamonium! Punk! & Panic! at Beyond Baroque

Join us for an evening f wild uproar, unrestrained disorder, tumult, and chaos, flavored with Punk attitude and Panic in the Year Zero. With special guests: Puma Perl, S.A. Griffin, Iris Berry, and John Hess.

Regular admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 10th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

La Palabra Reading at Avenue 50 Studio

As 2016 comes to an end, we will celebrate and acknowledge what the Coiled Serpent Anthology has meant to our communities, especially as the uncertainty of the future looms ahead of us. Please come and bring your good spirits. We welcome Celia Viramontes, Boris Ingles and Ambika Talwar, and invite those who are part of the anthology to share during the open mic.

Hosted and curated by: Karineh Mahdessian.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 11th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/218454861929208/

Soap Box Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

This is your home. Bring your words. The mic is yours.

Sign-ups begin at 1:45 pm, and there is a five-minute limit.

Hosted by Jessica Wilson, in the Mike Kelly Gallery.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 11th

Time: 2 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Chautauqua at Central Library, LAPL

Chautauqua: A concert of new sociopolitical music/dance/test.

Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Chautauqua platform had established itself as a national forum ofr open discussion of public issues, international relatons, literature and science. The Chautauqua brought speakers, teachers, musicians, poets, and specialists of the day together with the aim “to take a people on all sides of their natures and make them new, more intelligent and thoughtful in a world of ideas.”

Pronounced: Shu-TALK-wa

Let’s shuh talk about wa happened and make some art!

Where: Meeting Room A, Central Library

Date: Sunday the 11th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/chautauqua-concert-new-sociopolitical-musicdancetext

Simon Leung at Hammer Museum

In Real Life: Performance presents Simon Leung: Actions!/Adjuncts! Originally presented in 2013 in New York, this is a form of “art workers theater” that revisits political and art “actions” including a new work conceived as a dance/collective poem addressing current education and labor issues in L.A. art schools. A discussion with the participants follows Sunday’s performance.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 11th

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/in-real-life/simon-leung-actions-adjuncts/

Black Moon at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author Ramina Russell discusses and signs Black Moon, book #3 in the breathtaking sc-fi space saga inspired by astrology that will stun fans of the Illuminae Files and Starbound series.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 11th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/romina-russell-discusses-and-signs-black-moon

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