Los Angeles Literature Events 1/2/17 –1/8/17

15578708_10209596235877410_8902770847830585067_n at Sidewalk Café, Pasadena

Join us for our monthly poetry event focusing on social justice issues, this month featuring: Ka’lynn Youngblood and AK Toney.

Bring 1-2 poems about social justice or come and listen!

Hosted by: Khadija Anderson.

Where: The Sidewalk Café

Date: Monday the 2nd                       

Time: 7 pm (6:45 open mic sign-up)

Address: 2057 N. Los Robles (at Woodbury), Alta/Pasadena, CA 91104

Website: http://www.facebook.com/groups/792556747483331/

Laurelin Kruse at Hammer Museum

Join us for In Real Life: Studio, which provides a glimpse into the working processes of artists. A select group of artists utilizes spaces in the museum to convene and rehearse new material. Some will simply discuss or workshop material, while others will produce a new project from rehearsal to final performance.

Laurelin Kruse is a writer and performer and has been traveling the country for two years as the founder and director of the Mobile Museum of American Artifacts, collecting and exhibiting people’s personal objects and stories as a public intervention of hierarchical paradigms.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 3rd (and Jan 4, 10, 12 & 25)

Time: 2 pm

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/in-real-life/laurelin-kruse/

Josh Sundquist at Book Soup

Join us to hear Josh Sundquist discuss and sign Love and First Sight. In his debut novel, YouTube personality and author of We Should Hang Out Sometime, Josh Sundquist explores the nature of love, trust, and romantic attraction. Will Porter is a blind sixteen year old who develops a crush on a charming, quiet girl at his new high school, Cecily. Told with humor and breathtaking poignancy, this is a story about how we relate to each other and to the world around us.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/josh-sundquist-discusses-and-signs-love-and-first-sight

Zine Studio at Pacoima Branch Library

Winter vacation is the perfect time to create ‘Zines. No experience is necessary. Snacks will be provided. This fun format and program is for  teens.

Where: Pacoima Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 4th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address: 13605 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/zine-studio-3

 

Not So Golden State at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author and environmental historian Char Miller discusses and signs Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream. Miller looks below the surface of California’s ecological history to expose some of its less glittering conundrums. He asks the tough questions and details policy steps and missteps in public land management and the impact of recreation on national forests, parks, and refuges, and assesses our efforts to save wild land habitat, riparian ecosystems, and endangered species. Addressing these issues and more will be crucial in the creation of more resilient, habitable, and equitable communities for California’s future.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 4th              

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/char-miller-discusses-and-signs-not-so-golden-state-sustainability-vs-california-dream

Dr. David Grinspoon at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Dr. David Grinspoon, discuss and sign Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future. For the first time in Earth’s history, our planet is experiencing a confluence of rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species: humans. Climate change is only the most visible change until this point, and our current behavior threatens the future of countless other creatures. The author views our present moment from a 10,000-year perspective, and suggests our innate ingenuity and ability to adapt may allow us to grow into this task.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 5th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/dr-david-grinspoon-discusses-and-signs-earth-human-hands-shaping-our-planets-future

More Songwriters on Songwriting at Book Soup

Twenty-five years after publishing his original groundbreaking collection of insight and advice from the greatest songwriters ever to grace the airwaves, Paul Zollo returns with Songwriters on Songwriting: Volume 2, the much anticipated follow-up volume and sequel to the bestselling Songwriters on Songwriting. This book is a rare look inside the music industry and an invaluable resource, as well as an important record of a quarter century of music.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 5th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/paul-zollo-discusses-and-signs-more-songwriters-songwriting

Open Mic at Primera Taza Coffee House

Please join us on a night where all artists come together and share their passions! Come out and sing, read poetry, perform spoken word, showcase your art pieces. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP if you wish to perform via private message, so we can give you each a reasonable time slot.

Hosted by: Angel Nathan Aguilar.

Where: Primera Taza Coffee House

Date: Friday the 6th

Time: 5 pm – 10 pm

Address: 1850 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1848821992018808/

First Fridays Reading Series at Rapp Saloon

 

Please join us as we proudly feature poets Luis Javier Rodriguez, Jaha Zainabu, and Chad Sweeney, with musician Carol MacArthur. Open Mic sign-ups from 8 pm – 8:30 pm. Reading begins at 8 pm.

Hosted by: Cynthia Alessandra Briano.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 6th

Time: 8:30 pm – 11 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/100409000464365/                      

Altadena Poetry Anthology at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us as Thelma Reyna and others present and sign The Altadena Poetry Review. A compilation of 134 poems of varied styles and topics, written by 86 distinguished Southern California poets, including: 8 Poets Laureate; 17 Pushcart Prize Nominees; over 22 national, international, and/or regional literary award winners; recognized professors, lecturers, editors, publishers and workshop presenters and readers.

Other poets scheduled to read include: Don Kingfisher Campbell, Jessica Ceballos, Beverly Collins, Steven Dahr, Pauli Dutton, Richard Dutton, Gerda Govine, Dorothy Grandall Gray, Luivette Resto, Karineh Mahdessian and Dorothy Skiles!

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/event/thelma-reyna-more-read-and-present-altadena-poetry-review-anthology-2016

Ritch Shydner at Book Soup 

Please join us to hear Ritch Shydner, discuss and sign Kicking Through the Ashes: My Life as a Stand-Up in the 1980s Comedy Boom. Comedian Ritch Shydner is one of America’s funniest and most enduring stand-up comics, a wry observer of life and a survivor of the 1980s comedy boom. This memoir collects all of his life experiences from that era and shares stories about some of the most acclaimed artists of that time.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event//ritch-shydner-discusses-and-signs-kicking-through-ashes-my-life-stand-1980s-comedy-boom

The Homework Strike at Children’s Book World–Children’s Event

Children’s Book World cordially invites you to meet local author Greg Pincus, in celebration of the publication of his new book, The Homework Strike. Middle school is hard work, and Gregory tries to be a good student. But no matter what he does, there’s never enough time to finish all his homework. can Gregory rally his fellow students, make his voice heard, and still pass seventh grade?

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 7th

Time: 2:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.childrensbookworld.com/Calendar/calendar.htm

Simone Leigh at Hammer Museum

Please join us as In Real Life: Performance, Bureau of Feminism welcomes Simone Leigh, who is joined by Rizvana Bradley, assistant professor of film and media studies and African-American studies at Yale, for a performative lecture on the final weekend of Leigh’s Hammer Project exhibition. Leigh and Bradley will engage in an improvisational exchange on black radical political, literary, and artistic traditions. Leigh’s recent work in social practice refers to historical instances where people, especially women of color, operated in secret to exchange knowledge, politically organize, and empower each other in the face of racial inequality.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Saturday the 7th (and Sunday the 8th)

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/in-real-life/simone-leigh/

Lisa Yee at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us as author Lisa Yee discusses and signs Batgirl at Superhero High. Get your cape on with the DC Super Hero Girls, the unprecedented new super hero universe especially for girls. Readers of all ages can fly high with the new adventures of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and some of the world’s most iconic female super heroes as high schoolers!

Batgirl has always hidden in the shadows but does she have what it takes to stand in the spotlight at Superhero High? Award-winning author Lisa Yee brings mystery, thrills and laughs to this groundbreaking series.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 7th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website:   http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/lisa-yee-discusses-and-signs-batgirl-superhero-high               

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Join us for an Emerging Urban Poets Workshop led by poet and publisher Nancy Lynee Woo.

Hosted and curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Library, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 7th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Book Launch & Poetry Reading at Silver Lake Library

You are invited to a reading to celebrate the release of the anthology, Angle of Reflection (Arctos Press)  featuring the work of poets: Marjorie Becker, Jeanette Clough, Dina Hardy, Paul Lieber, Sarah Maclay, Holaday Mason, Jim Natal, Jan Wesley, Brenda Yates, and Mariano Zaro, with an introduction by David St. John. Please join us to commemorate the new anthology and 20 years of working together as a writing workshop.

Where: Silver Lake Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 7th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/angle-reflection-book-launch-and-poetry-reading                                           

Poetry in Motion at Beyond Baroque

Since 1988, Eve Brandstein has presented an eclectic array of writers from the literary and Hollywood communities. This season Poetry in Motion will feature both special events and solo performances. This is a ticketed event charging a special general admission, so check website for details.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 7th

Time: 7: 30 pm

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

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

Local Authors Day (Kids & Teens) at Vroman’s Bookstore–Youth Event

Our local Authors Day introduces Emilie Nunn, who will discuss and sign Harriet and Philadelphia, BFFs. Harriet the hamster and her family have been living at the pet store for what seems like forever. Philadelphia is a sweet eight-year-old girl who has been yearning for a hamster companion. Here’s their story.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 8th

Time: 12 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman%E2%80%99s-local-author-day-%E2%80%9Ckid%E2%80%99s-and-teen-edition%E2%80%9D-introduces-emilie-nunn

 

Soapbox Poets Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

This is your home. Bring your words. The mic is yours. Sign-ups begin at 1:45 pm. There is a five minute limit for each reader.

Hosted by: Jessica Wilson Cardenas.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 8th

Time: 2 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Chris Morris at AFLW Literary Salon at Clifton’s Republic

Join us for a celebration of Chris Morris’ work, Los Lobos: Dream in Blue and Together Through life: A Personal Journey with the Music of Bob Dylan.

Check site to confirm event.

Where: Clifton’s Republic

Date: Sunday the 8th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1835204333381202/

Local Authors Day (Adults) at Vroman’s Bookstore

Our Local Authors Day introduces three writers to present their work:

Stephen Dansiger, will discuss and sign Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers & Helpers, which is the result of Dr. Steve’s over 25 years of experience with Buddhist mindfulness practice and as many years as an educator and a therapist.

Matthew Manos, will discuss and sign Toward a Preemptive Social Enterprise, a manifesto and series of essays, scenarios and tools that aim to challenge a constantly evolving industry to think bigger. Manos argues that the culture of innovation and the ability to program one’s business around critical causes may be one of the shortcomings of the field.

Tony Faggioli, will discuss and sign One in a Million, a novel. Kyle Fasano has it all: a good job, a living wife, two beautiful children and a house on the hill. But for one night at least it is not enough, and when he risks it all he discovers there are no simple temptations.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 8th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman%E2%80%99s-local-author-day-introduces-stephen-dansiger-matthew-manos-and-tony-faggioli

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