Los Angeles Literature Events 1/16/17 –1/22/17

lf2Soliloquy Slam at Los Feliz Branch Library

Join us for a family activity as we create and perform! Kids and teens and families are encouraged to write a soliloquy, perform a piece of Shakespeare, or create art based on a favorite Shakespearian moment! Submissions will be displayed with permission.

Special prizes will be given for participating. For more information, email losfelizsoliloquyslam@gmail.com.

Where: Los Feliz Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 16th                      

Time: 12 pm

Address: 1874 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/soliloquy-slam

Loretta Swit at Santa Monica Library

Join us for An Evening with Loretta Swit, where “Hot Lips” Houlihan on Classic TV sit-com M*A*S*H will discuss her new book, a portrait of her watercolor paintings, and years as an animal rights activist. A book sale and signing will follow. Seating is first come, first served.

Where: Santa Monica Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 6 pm – 7:45 pm

Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website:   http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=22503

Gregg Hurwitz at Diesel Bookstore

Join us for a publication party for Gregg Hurwitz and his new thriller, The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel. Spoken about only in whispers, the Nowhere Man can only be reached by the truly desperate. He can, and will, do anything to save them. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man. Continuing his electrifying series, Hurwitz delivers a blistering, compelling new novel in the series launched with Orphan X.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/publication-party-gregg-hurwitz-discusses-and-signs-nowhere-man/

David Lida, with Alex Espinoza, at Book Soup

Join us as David Lida discusses and signs One Life, in conversation with Alex Espinoza. Richard, an American in Mexico, helps save the lives of the guilty. A mitigation specialist, hired by defense teams on capital cases in the U.S., he combs the back roads of Mexican shanty towns and agricultural villages, investigating the traumatic  personal histories of undocumented Mexicans facing the death penalty in his home country. One Life is both a page-turning mystery and a profound examination of freedom and justice.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/david-lida-discusses-and-signs-one-life-conversation-alex-espinoza .

Hiding in Pain Sight at ALOUD Reading Series

Based on years of research and in-depth interviews with prosecutors, investigators, and diplomats—authors Alexa Koenig, Victor Peskin and Eric Stover examine the global effort to capture the world’s most wanted fugitives in their seminal book, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror. The authors will also discuss the U.S.’s increasing resilience on military force to capture or to kill suspected terrorists, with little or no judicial scrutiny.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 7:15 pm

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


Luis J. Rodriguez at Panorama City Branch Library

Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez will share his “Peoples Sonnets” written in the Shakespearian style. This author program is for adults, seniors, Spanish speakers, and teens.

Where: Panorama City Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 18th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 14345 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City, CA 91402


June Dixon at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Author, actress, and show biz powerhouse June Dixon debuts and signs The Very English Lady, a deft and intriguing tale in which a suspicious death brings a sheltered, affluent woman an unexpected new lease on life.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 18th              

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com

Jordan Flaherty at Eso Won Bookstore

Join us to hear Jordan Flaherty discuss and sign No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality. How can we build a better world? And why do so many people with privilege end up making things worse when they try to help? This book celebrates grassroots challenges to these saviors and highlights movements focused on real, systemic change, from the Arab Spring to Black Lives Matter. Come early.

Where: Eso Won Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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


Lisa Napoli at Pages Bookstore

Lisa Napoli discusses and signs her new book about the late philanthropist Joan Kroc, in Ray & Joan. This month the movie The Founder, starring Michael Keaton, will focus the spotlight on Ray Kroc, the man who amassed a fortune as the chairman of McDonalds. What about his wife, Joan, the woman who became famous for giving away his fortune? Napoli tells the fascinating story behind this couple.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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


The Eyes of the City at Book Soup


Please join us to hear Richard Sandler, with Jonathan Ames, discuss and sign The Eyes of the City. In this book Sandler showcases decades worth of his photographic work, proving his eye for street life rivals any of his generation. From 1977 to just weeks before September 11, 2001, he regularly walked the streets of Boston and New York, making incisive and humorous pictures that read the pulse of the time, and the results are presented in this book.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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


Read to Me! Open Mic at the Last Bookstore

Calling all book lovers, writers, performers and readers! We are pleased to announce an Open Mic Book Reading hosted by Jenny Funkmeyer. You are invited to read from your own or others’ published work.

Readers sign up upon arrival and will have 5 minutes. Let us know you’re coming so we have an idea of the number of attendees. (Note: this does not constitute a sign-up to read.)

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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


Roxanne Gay at Skylight Books


Please join us as we welcome Roxanne Gay to present, read and discuss her new novel, Difficult Women. Award-winning novelist, essayist, professor, editor, commentator, and master of Twitter, Roxanne Gay released her powerful debut, An Unnamed State, and her essay collection Bad Feminist in the same year, taking the literary world by storm. Here she has gathered a collection of stories of rare force and beauty and range.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Cynthia Guardado at The World Stage

Join us for our weekly Anansi Writers Workshop, with the formal workshop starting at 7:30 pm, our featured reader, Cynthia Guardado reading her new collection titled Endeavor, at 8:30 pm, followed by an Open Mic at 9:05 pm.

Where: Anansi Writers Workshop, The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Address: 4321 Dengan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008


AJ Parker at Pages Bookstore

Join us to hear AJ Parker present The Chip: A World Divided, which was written as an entertaining story in the vein of popular novels like The Hunger Games and the Divergent series, but is a cautionary tale about what happens when a society is cleaved in two by either real or perceived differences. The author hopes that The Chip not only entertains, but inspires readers to take actions that promote unity for the well-being of everyone.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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


Homesick for Another World at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Otessa Moshfegh discuss her new short story collection Homesick for Another World, with Kristine McKenna. Moshfegh’s debut novel Eileen was one of the literary events of 2015, but she is particularly held in awe for her short stories. Homesick is the rare case where an author’s short story collection is, if anything, more anticipated than her novel. Her stories are almost dangerous, while being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. This is a master class in the varieties of self-deception that run across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Ameranth Borsuk at Hammer Museum

Join us as Ameranth Borsuk, poet, scholar and book artist explores materiality across media. She is the author of two books of poems, Pomegranate Eater and Handiwork, as well as three collaborative books and projects spanning print and digital media. Borsuk teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Pre-Inauguration Day of Expression at Avenue 50 

Avenue 50 invites artists, writers, poets, musicians, singer-songwriters and myriad disciplines to express themselves regarding the upcoming presidential inauguration.

Bring your gear. Bring your instruments. Bring your paints. Bring your laptop or writing materials. We will have an open mic, tables, wine, refreshments, snacks and an incredible community that will be here with open arms, ears and eyes. We don’t have to go through this alone, especially when we have each other.

No cover. Just love.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Friday the 20th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/102649010236469/

King Con Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to give voice to your fears, hopes and dreams about America’s future under the new regime. Sign-ups for King Con: Inauguration Day Open Reading begin at 6 pm.

Hosted by: S. A. Griffin.

FREE Admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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


Joe Ide at Eso Won Bookstore

Please join us for a Joe Ide book signing of IQ: A Novel. A resident of one of LA’s toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, but to get by, he is forced to take on clients who can pay.

Where: Eso Won Bookstore

Date: Friday the 20th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.esowonbookstore.com/event/joe-ide-book-signing-i-q-novel

Private Lucky Reading at West Los Angeles Library

Author Melissa Guzzetta will give a live reading of her book Private Lucky, which relates the story, as lived and told by Hank Gillebaard, of one man’s unconventional journey from the horrors of Nazi occupation in Holland to the fulfillment of a high-flying American dream.

Where: West Los Angeles Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 2 pm

Address: 11360 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/live-reading-author-private-lucky

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry, with features: Marvin Louis Dorsey, Ruth Nolan and Russell Smith.

Hosted and curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Library, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Poetry Reading by Local Poets at Pacoima Branch Library

Please join us to hear local poets present their poetry. Some of the participants are: Victor Sotomayor, Serfio de Olivaira, Alejandro Molina, Alfredo Hidalgo, and Marisela Yatzil.

Where: Pacoima Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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


Finding Thurston at Book Soup

Please join us as authors Jacob Schwartz and Alexis Sedacca present and sign Finding Thurston. This is a heartwarming and true story about a boy finding his lost dog, Thurston, with the help of his best friends, against all the odds. The story illustrates the kindness of strangers, the resilience of family and friends, and the determination to never give up and believe that miracles can happen.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 3 pm

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

Website:   http://www.booksoup.com/event/jacob-schwartz-and-alexis-sedacca-present-and-sign-finding-thurston                                                             

The Artaud Effect at Beyond Baroque

Following the “late” or “final” work of Antonin Artaud, Jay Murphy investigated the virtual body, neurology and the brain as fields of contestation. Jay Murphy is a writer whose screenplays were finalists in the Sundance Screenwriting Labs, and whose essays have appeared in The Progressive and elsewhere.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Kids Write Speeches with 826LA at the Hammer Museum–Kids Event

826LA at the Hammer presents a program for kids ages 8-14: Speech! Speech! Speech! Your character has a lot to say. Monologues deliver a message and steal the spotlight. This workshop gives students the opportunity to write speeches, complete with actors who bring their words to life. Eric Stolze leads the workshop.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/01/826lahammer-speech-speech-speech/

Wall of Resistance Reading with AFLW at Clifton’s

A post-inauguration Rising Up & Reading with Angels Flight Literary West, featuring: Dana Johnson, Samantha Dunn, Chris Morris, Rich Ferguson, Desiree Zamorano, Haneen Oriqat, Lauren Egegert-Crowe, Eirene Donohue, John Balma, Erica Blumfield, Paradigm, Daniel Antonio Barron.

This event includes a special appearance of Roar Shack Live Writes, hosted by David Rocklin.

Where: Clifton’s Republic

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

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

Website:  http://aflwmag.com/writing-classesevents/

Joshua Mohr at Skylight Bookstore

Joshua Mohr discusses his new memoir Sirens, with Karolina Waclawiak. With vulnerability, grit, and hard-won humor, acclaimed novelist Joshua Mohr returns with his first book-length work of non-fiction, a raw and bighearted chronicle of substance abuse, relapse, and family compassion. Sirens is a spectacularly moving tome of honesty and emotion from one of our most gifted contemporary writers. The most recent of his five novels, All This Life, won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 5 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/joshua-mohr-discusses-his-new-memoir-sirens-karolina-waclawiak                                        

Robert Pinsky Reading at Mt. St. Mary’s Doheny Campus

The Ruskin Art Club presents an informal, improvised lecture/reading by U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky on Ruskin’s idea in poems by William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore that the “Rusted is Living, Polished is Dead.”

Lecture followed by reception; Q&A moderated by Lynne Thompson.

Free of charge to Mt. St. Mary students & faculty and Ruskin club members. $10 general admission/ $5 for students and seniors.

Where: Mount Saint Mary’s University – Doheny Campus

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 5 Chester Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Website:  http://www.ruskinartclub.com/calendar/


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