Los Angeles Literature Events 2/06/17 –2/12/17

Author Talk at Mar Vista Branch Library–Children’s Event

marvistaJoin us as author Gretchen Woelfle discusses her new book Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution. Learn about some lesser known figures of America’s past, and then participate in a craft making silhouette figures after the program.

The event is geared for ages 7 and up, and is part of African American Heritage Month.

Where: Mar Vista Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 6th                        

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 12006 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-talk-qa-answering-cry-freedom

Witness to the Revolution at ALOUD Reading Series, Central Library

Author Clara Bingham, in conversation with David Harris, Winter Dellenbach, and Bob Zaugh, discusses her riveting oral history of the end of the 60s, Witness to the Revolution: Draft Resistance in 60’s Los Angeles. The author looks back at the local history of the non-violent draft resistance movement known as The Los Angeles Resistance, the collection of which is now being archived at the Los Angeles Public Library.

Please RSVP at the website.

Where: Central Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:   http://lfla.org/event/witness-revolution-draft-resistance-60s-los-angeles/

Greg Palast at Book Soup

Join us as Greg Palast discusses and signs The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits. An investigative journalist provides an expose of intrigue, financial misdeeds, and other machinations at the highest level of American politics.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/greg-palast-discusses-and-signs-best-democracy-money-can-buy-tale-billionaires-ballot-bandits

A Narrow Bridge at Chevalier’s

Double your fun with the debut “novelist” J.J. Gesher, which is actually the pen name for a team of two writers, who began their highly successful collaboration writing for film and TV and now launch their debut in fiction with A Narrow Bridge. There aren’t too many places in which an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn would feel more displaced than the rural deep south, yet this is the cultural bridge our protagonist must cross in a novel hailed for its humane insight and vivid storytelling. Come meet Janet B. Fattel and Joyce Gittlin for a reading, talk, Q&A and signing.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com

Big Beginnings at Book Soup

Greyson Bryan will discuss and sign his well-received thriller, Big Beginnings, where international espionage meets high-stakes family drama. From L.A.’s towering palms and Tokyo’s steaming noodle bars to London high-finance and Panamanian corruption, Big Beginnings is a thrilling, non-stop ride around the globe.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/greyson-bryan-discusses-and-signs-big-beginnings

Wintersong at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to welcome S. Jae-Jones, with Marie Lu, when she discusses and signs Wintersong, a dark, romantic and enchanting coming-of-age story for fans of Labyrinth and Beauty and the Beast. All her life Liesl has heard tales of the Goblin King, and when her own sister is taken by him, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/s-jae-jones-marie-lu-discusses-and-signs-wintersong

The Refugees at Skylight Bookstore

Viet Thanh Nguyen reads from his new collection of short stories,  The Refugees. His first Book, The Sympathizer, was one of the most highly praised novels of 2015, and won the Pulitzer Prize among many other awards. In The Refugees he gives voice to the lives between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. This is a beautifully realized book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

See website for details on access to this free event.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 7th               

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/viet-thanh-nguyen-reads-his-new-collection-short-stories-refugees

Caravel at Vroman’s Bookstore

Stephanie Garber, with Jessica Cluess, discusses and signs Caravel, a sweeping ale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. Whether Caravel is real or not, Scarlett must find her sister Tella before the five nights of the game are over, or her sister disappears forever.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 6 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/stephanie-garber-jessica-cluess-discusses-and-signs-caraval

Where Memory Leads at ALOUD Reading Series, Central Library  

Saul Friedlander, in conversation with Steven J. Ross, historian and director, Casden Institute for the Study of American Jewish Life, will discuss Where Memory Leads: A Holocaust Scholar Looks Back. This sequel to Friedlander’s first memoir, Where Memory Comes, published forty years ago and recently reissued, bridges the gap between the ordeals of childhood during the German Occupation of France and his present-day towering reputation in the field of Holocaust studies.

Please RSVP at website.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://lfla.org/event/memory-leads-holocaust-scholar-looks-back/

Way of the Traveler at the Last Bookstore

 

Please join us to hear Leon Logothetis, bestselling author of The Kindness Diaries, discuss Live, Love, Explore: The Way of the Traveler. Weaving together some of his hilarious and heartwarming stories of misadventures on the road, he will explore how traveling, externally and internally, can help you live your best life.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Joel Whitney at Skylight Books

Join Joel Whitney to hear him discuss his new book Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers. When news leaked that the CIA had colluded with literary magazines to produce cultural propaganda throughout the Cold War, a debate began that has never been resolved. Finks is a tale to two CIAs, and how they blurred the line between propaganda and literature.

Where: Skylight Books

Date: Wednesday the 8th                

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/joel-whitney-discusses-his-new-book-finks

All Lit Up at Chevalier’s Bookstore

This collaborative monthly event offers literary artists and musicians mixed with open mic surprises. This month features:

Christian Geo, a writer, performer and visual artist from NYC, whose piece House of Me has appeared widely, premiered in 2016.

Samantha Dunn is the executive editor of Coast Magazine, and the author of several books, including the novel Failing Paris and a memoir, Not by Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life. She teaches at Chapman University, in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and at Idyllwild Arts Center, and is an advisor in the PEN USA Emerging Voices Program.

Jackie Bang is a queer whose work has appeared in ZYZZYVA and the Alaska Quarterly Review and the Los Angeles Poetry Circus Chapbook. She is currently at work on Dinner Bait, and will debut Rent Easy in 2017.

Eve Wood is the author of five published books of poems, and her work has appeared in many journals. Also a visual artist, she has exhibited internationally.

Celia Chavez has toured with many musicians, and her own songs retain the flavor of 1970s Laurel Canyon. She moves between several genres at once and is now recording two new releases for 2017.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://chevaliersbooks.com                           

Lynn Doran at Pages Bookstore

Join us to hear Lynn Doran discuss and sign her new photography book OMO – Images of the Omo Valley Tribes. The extraordinary tribes and vanishing cultures pulled her to the Omo Valley, in the Great Rift Valley of Southwest Ethiopia, one of the world’s last extensive tribal lands which remains so remote that National Geographic calls it  “Africa’s last Frontier.”

RSVPs are appreciated.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 126 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/lynn-doran-omo-event

Elan Mastai at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Elon Mastai discuss and sign All Our Wrongs Today, the story of the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have, happening in Tom Barren’s 2016. What happens when he finds himself trapped in a techno-utopian paradise, but triggers changes in the universe itself, as well as his own life? Filled with humor and heart this author has a mind-bending talent for invention.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/elan-mastai-discusses-and-signs-all-our-wrong-todays

Carrie Arcos at Skylight Books

Join us to hear Carrie Arcos, author of Crazy Messy Beautiful, a refreshing perspective on love that is anything but a love story. With the highs and lows that reflect the tumultuous nature of teen romance, this is a novel for anyone who’s ever fought for that hard-won happily-ever-after.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/carrie-arcos-reads-her-young-adult-novel-crazy-messy-beautiful

WCCW Reading Series: Co-Struggle

The WCCW Reading Series is a quarterly literary reading series organized by Sara Finnerty and Nina Rota, and are thematically linked. Please join us to hear four dynamic writers who work in film, theater, poetry, nonfiction and fiction,, and also work with local community groups: Maya Washington, Mady Schultzman, Olga Garcia Echeverria, and Meg Whiteford.

Where: Women’s Center for Creative Work

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 2425 Glover Place, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1844059219215110/

Walter Murch & Lawrence Weschler at Hammer Museum

 

Please join us as we welcome three-time Oscar winner Walter Murch, and author Lawrence Weschler, who will delve into Murch’s quixotic quest to understand planetary systems and musical harmony in his new book, Waves Passing in the Night.

Book signing to follow the event.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/02/walter-murch-lawrence-weschler/

Conflict Is Not Abuse at Book Soup

Join us to hear Sarah Schulman discuss and sign Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair. From intimate relationships to global politics, Schulman observes a continuum: that inflated accusations of harm are used to avoid accountability. Illuminating the difference between conflict and abuse, she addresses our contemporary culture of scapegoating, and its consequences and ramifications.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/sarah-schulman-discusses-and-signs-conflict-not-abuse-overstating-harm-community                                   

Kevin Opstedal and Julien Poirier at Beyond Baroque

Born and raised in Venice, California, Kevin Opstedal is a poet whose latest book, Pacific Standard Time is a collection of new work. Julien Poirer has taught poetry in the New York City and San Quentin State Prison, and was a founding member of the Ugly Duckling Press Collective.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Betsy Rosenthal at Children’s Book World- Children’s Event 

This is a Book Launch Party for Betsy Rosenthal and her new book for ages 4-8, Porcupine’s Picnic: Who Eats What? This sweet and slightly scary story is the perfect bite-size introduction to herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 2 pm

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

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

Children’s Authors at Vroman’s Bookstore    

Join us as MG Hennessey, Kristin Clark, and Brie Spangler have a conversation about trans characters in kids literature and their own books. They will also present and sign their latest titles: The Other Boy, Jess, Junk & the Road Trip to Infinity, and Beast.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman’s-presents-mg-hennessey-kristin-clark-and-brie-spangler

UCR Creative Writing MFAs at Skylight Books

Please join us when UC Riverside MFA students and their professors read from their work. Readers include: Tom Lutz, Charmaine Craig, Katie Ford, Robin Russin, Bernardita Garcia, Ashanti Anderson, Alicia Mosley, Lorelei Baughman, and Emily Margaret Wells.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/uc-riverside-mfa-students-and-professors-read-their-work

826LA & Ashaki Jackson at the Hammer Museum–Children’s Event

826LA presents LIST-O-RAMA: The Easiest Poem You’ll Ever Write, for kids ages 8-14. As simple as a grocery list and as tricky as a lock combination, the list poem offers writers a way to tell stories in snapshots. In this workshop, participants write list poems using a word tree, group expercises,a nd sensory stations full of inspiration.

Ashaki M. Jackson is a social psychologist and a poet. Her work appears in CURA magazine, Pluck, and Prairie Schooner, among other publications.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 11 am

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/02/826lahammer-list-o-rama-the-easiest-poem-youll-ever-write/

Soap Box Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

The Soap Box Poets Open Reading has a five minute limit and sign-ups begin at 1:45 pm. This is your home. Bring your words. The mic is yours.

Hosted by: Jessica Wilson Cardenas.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 2 pm

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

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

Expressions LA Reading at Hollywood Regional Library

Join us for a couple of hours of Expressions LA poetry and spoken word performance, featuring:

Mike “The Poet” Sonksen and Sean Raymond Hill!!

Mike “The Poet” Sonksen is equally a scholar and performer, Mike Sonksen, also known as Mike the Poet, is a 3rd-generation L.A. native acclaimed for published essays, poetry performances and mentoring teen writers.

Sean Raymond Hill Lived for 8 months in Beijing studying while performing theater deeply impacted and enhanced the passion of living Sean Hill wishes to share with the world. His artistry embraces all people while reminding them of why we are beautifully fun beings regardless of what we go through or what we confront inside or out.

Where: Frances Howard Goldwyn- Hollywood Regional Library

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 1623 N. Ivar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/expressions-la-frances-howard-goldwyn-regional-library

Discover Literary OC at Gatsby’s Books

Please join us for the book launch celebration of Orange County: A Literary Field Guide, with editors Lisa Alvarez and Andrew Tonkovich. In this anthology more than sixty writers give readers a tour of all of Orange County, in search of vistas of truth. Luminaries include Michael Chabon, Philip K. Dick, Steve Martin, and Susan Straight, who explore the complexities and complications of the county and this locale. Forward by: Gustavo Arellano.

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808

Website:  http://gatsbybooks.com/book-signings/

Rattle Poetry Reading at Flintridge Books

Rattle Poetry presents readings by poets published in the current edition, including: Jose Hernandez Diaz and Marjorie Saiser.

Diaz holds degrees in English and creative writing from the University of California, Berkeley, and Antioch University Los Angeles. His poetry and prose poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Green Mountains Review, Huizache, Los Angeles Review, New Delta Review, Parcel, Pleiades, The Progressive, and other journals. Diaz has served as an editor for Floricanto Press and Lunch Ticket and is an NEA Fellow in Poetry. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Saiser is the author of Beside You at the Stoplight, Road Trip, and Lost in Seward County. She has been published in former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s column, American Life in Poetry. She has received the WILLA Award and nominations for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Nebraska and Arizona.

Where: Flintridge Books

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA 91001

Website:  http://www.flintridgebooks.com

The Unsettlers at Skylight Books

Author Mark Sundeen discusses his book The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America. This book follows a diverse group of Americans, urban and rural, female and male, black and white, on their complicated quest for a simpler life in modern times, raising questions about how we live, eat and work.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/mark-sundeen-discusses-his-book-unsettlers

Enemy in the Garden at Beyond Baroque

This program, Enemy in the Garden: Fact or Fiction?, will contrast fact and fiction about anti-Semitism in America. As the author of a thriller on point, Harriet Pike will introduce a fictional family in suburban Long Island of the 1970s caught in a web of an anti-government, ant-Semitic plot. Simon Wiesenthal’s Co-Director of Digital Terrorism and Hate Project, Rick Eaton will then talk about the reality of anti-Semitism in today’s America with the author, followed by an audience Q&A.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

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