Los Angeles Literature Events 2/27/17 –3/05/17

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Please join us to hear Tim Dorsey discuss and sign Clownfish Blues, a funny novel about a loud and proud Floridian Serge A. Storms, who decides to shoot episodes of his favorite classic TV show Route 66 to follow up on his very own remake of Easy Rider. But his adventure traveling the byways of the Sunshine State’s underbelly is about to take a detour into deadly territory.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 27th                      

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/tim-dorsey-discusses-and-signs-clownfish-blues

Travel Talk/Anthology at Distant Lands

Join us to hear acclaimed travel writer and editor Don George present The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology, a new collection of 34 never-before-published tales that celebrate the life-changing riches and rigors of travel. Contributors include Ann Patchett, TC Boyle, Pico Iyer, Francine Prose, and Alexander McCall Smith.

Please RSVP.

Where: Distant Lands Bookstore

Date: Monday the 27th

Time: 7:3o pm – 9 pm

Address: 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website:   http://www.distantlands.com/events/

Black History at Cal State Northridge

CSUN Faculty Talent Showcase and Reception presents: Marquita Gammage, Rachel Giraudo. Peri Klemm, Linda Alvarez, and Yarma Velasquez-Vargas as they discuss some of their recent work as it relates to the theme: What is Black?

Where: Oviatt Library, CSUN

Date: Tuesday the 28th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 18111 Nordhoff Blvd., Northridge, CA 91330

Websitehttp://csun.edu.social-behavioral-sciences/africana-studies/events/black-history-month-csun

April Daniels at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear April Daniels discuss and sign Dreadnaught, an action-packed series-starter perfect for fans of The Heroine Complex and Not Your Sidekick. This is the story of what happens when the world’s greatest superhero, Dreadnaught, falls out of the sky and passes those powers on to young Danny Tozer.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 28th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://vromansbookstore.com/event/april-daniels-discusses-and-signs-dreadnought

UN::FADE::ABLE Reading at Art Share L.A.

Like its predecessor, The Requiem for Sandra Bland, this is an effort to keep her voice and legacy live through education, music and poetry. This series of poetry readings and workshops is curated by F. Douglas Brown, and assisted by a team of educators, community organizers, poets and musicians. This event includes an open mic and featured readers.

Where: Art Share LA

Date: Tuesday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Websitehttp://artsharela.org/event/unfadeable-reading-art-share-l-a/

Benjamin Madley at the Hammer Museum

Join us to hear a conversation with UCLA professor Benjamin Madley, who will discuss and sign An American Genocide: the United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873. This book details this chilling history, including the involvement of state and federal officials, how taxpayers supported the violence, the indigenous resistance, who did the killing, and why it constituted genocide.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/02/benjamin-madley/

The Women Group Monthly Reading at Stories Books & Café

The WOMEN group is co-educational, feminist and provocative, but does not discriminate. This Open Reading welcomes all who share their words. Sign-ups start at 7:30 pm. Each reader gets 3-5 minutes to read original work. No reading from cell phones please.

Where: Stories Books & Cafe

Date: Tuesday the 28th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Websitehttp://storiesla.com/blogs/events

Freebird at Skylight Bookstore

Jon Raymond reads from his new novel, Freebird, in which the author explores environmental, political and ethical dilemmas particular to our contemporary moment and reveals how the fates of our families are irrevocably tied to the currents of history.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 1st                

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jon-raymond-reads-his-new-novel-freebird

April Smith at Pages Bookstore

 

Author April Smith will present and talk about her most recent book, Home Sweet Home, a riveting epic drama which follows the Kusek family from New York City to America’s heartland, where they relocate for a more serene life, but instead they are caught up in the panic of McCarthyism, a political smear campaign and sensational trial, and ultimately, murder.

Please RSVP at website, as space is limited.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

Address: 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach CA  90266

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/april-smith-author-event

Solmaz Sharif at Otis Visiting Writers Series

Somaz Sharif, whose first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press and is a 2016 National Book Award Finalist, will speak and read her work. Her poetry has appeared in New Republic, Granta, Poetry and other journals. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and lives in the Bay Area.

Where: Otis College of Art and Design, Goldsmith Campus

Date: Wednesday the 1st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.otis.edu/calendar/visiting-writers-series-solmaz-sharif

Book Release Online by Cindy Rinne

Cindy Rinne, will release Breathe In Daisy, Breathe Out Stones, her third full collection of surreal poems gathered and built like fires concerning the living and tombstones. This book explores the fragility of our words, our bodies, our lives, and our death.

An autographed copy and shipping are free if ordered through March 1, 2017 at www.fiberverse.com

Where: To check details or contact artist go to:  www.fiberverse.com

Date: Wednesday the 1st

Time: 8 pm

Address: E St @ 16th St., San Bernardino, CA

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/615950051938826/

NYTimes Feminist Reading Group at Hammer Museum  

The New York Times Feminist Reading Group convenes participants to review and discuss the iconic paper, deploying feminist techniques to deconstruct j0urnalistic bias.

This program is part of the Hammer’s Bureau of Feminism initiative.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 2nd

Time: 1:30 pm – 3 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/02/the-new-york-times-feminist-reading-group/

All Lit Up at Chevalier’s Bookstore

 

Please join us for the March edition of All Lit Up, a collaborative effort to present an event of featured readers, plus open mic surprises.

Antonia Crane has written for numerous journals, and her fiction has appeared alongside writers like Roxane Gay and Stephen Graham Jones. Her screenplay The Lusty was based on the true story of the exotic dancer’s labor union. Her memoir Spent is now in paperback.

Chris Morris is the author of Together Through Life: A Personal Journey with the Music of Bob Dylan, and Los Lobos: Dream in Blue. He is a former contributor to Variety and former senior writer for Billboard and music editor of the Hollywood Reporter.

Christopher Higgs teaches at CSUN and wrote The Complete Works of Marvin K. Mooney: a novel, and co-wrote the bestselling novel ONE. His just released radical memoir, As I Stand Living blends elements of fantasy and confession.

Brian Woodbury is a songwriter who straddles the art/pop/theatre/comedy divide. He has released six albums, including 2015’s Pay Attention.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://chevaliersbooks.com

Elizabeth Bishop at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Megan Marshall discuss and read from her new book about one of America’s best-loved poets, Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast. Since her death in 1979, Elizabeth Bishop, who published only 100 poems in her lifetime, has become acclaimed but relatively unknown. Painfully shy and living out of public view in Key West and Brazil, among other hideaways, she has never been fully seen as a woman and an artist. The author makes moving use of a newly discovered cache of Bishop’s letters to her psychiatrist and to three of her lovers to reveal a much darker childhood than previously known, a secret affair, and the last chapter in her passionate romance with the Brazilian modernist designer Lota de Macedo Soares. These elements of her life, along with her friendships with poets Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell, are brought to life with novelistic intensity.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 2nd            

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/megan-marshall-discusses-and-signs-elizabeth-bishop-miracle-breakfast

Prospect Park Authors at Flintridge Bookstore

Prospect Park authors J.J. Gesher and Rachel Harper, in conversation with publisher Colleen Dunn Bates, discuss and read their work.

J.J. Gesher is the author of A Narrow Bridge, a captivating debut novel that tells an inspiring story of finding courage after tragedy, and of the restorative power of human connection. This is a page-turning celebration of our commonality and diversity.

Rachel Harper is a novelist and screenwriter whose newest book, This Side of Providence was adapted into an original TV pilot, City of Providence. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, and she teaches in the Spalding University low-residency MFA in Writing Program.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA 91011

Website:  http://www.flintridgebooks.com

Evie Shockley Reading at the Hammer Museum

Join us to hear Evie Shockley, the author of several poetry collections, including the new black, winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in poetry, and the forthcoming semiautomatic. She has also published a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Currently the creative editor for Feminist Studies, she is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University.

Coffee and tea served. Book signing to follow the event.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 2nd            

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/03/evie-shockley/

Restless in L.A. at Book Soup 

 

Join us to hear Robin Finn discuss and sign Restless in L.A., a novel about an innocent affair, until it wasn’t. After Alexandra Hoffman “friends” her old boyfriend, who she hasn’t seen in 20 years, she finds herself connecting with him online. Lonely and alienated her flirtation quickly moves from online to real world, and she must somehow make sense of the mess she has created.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/robin-finn-discusses-and-signs-restless-la

Black Widow Bitches at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Victor Cass discuss and read from his gritty new novel about all-female combat troops, Black Widow Bitches. This is the story of the not-too-distant World War III, where terrorists have united across the globe onto one deadly mass that has established a Caliphate in Europe and shattered iconic cities across the globe. The book’s heroes are women for all walks of life, all cultures, all depicted with great authenticity and urgency as they struggle to maintain their humanity amidst the horrors of war.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 3rd            

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/victor-cass-discusses-and-signs-black-widow-bitches

Small Town Stories at Beyond Baroque 

 

Sit back and relax as terrific local story tellers share their true stories from their lives based on interpretations of the theme Small Town Stories. You’ll laugh (and maybe cry) as you are inspired and entertained by their tales. This show is produced by Tara Igoe.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 3rd

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Author Program at Palms-Rancho Park Library

Join us to hear author Dydine Umunyana, author of Embracing Survival, discuss the story of the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994.

Where: Palms-Rancho Park Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 4th

Time: 12 pm – 2 pm

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

Website:  http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-dydine-umunyana-discuss-her-book-rwandan-genocide

Santa Monica Reads Fun Home at Santa Monica Library 

 

Please join us for Santa Monica Reads book discussion of Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel. Discussions are hosted by trained facilitators and are open to the public. Participants are welcome to share their thoughts about this book selection or to simply listen and learn more about the book.

Where: Fairview Branch, Santa Monica Library

Date: Saturday the 4th

Time: 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Address: 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=22984

Emerging Poets Workshop at Saturday Afternoon Poetry

 

Sarah Thursday and The Incandescent Minds lead an Emerging Urban Poets Writing Workshop.

Hosted and curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Library

Date: Saturday the 4th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Sherilynn Fenn at the Last Bookstore

“NO!” was the answer to everything and everyone the little boy encountered, and not even his mother could sway him into a cooperative “YES.” As time went on his frustration and isolation created his own No Man’s Land, and caused him to grow lonelier and sadder each day. Sherilynn Fenn reveals how the smallest of adjustments in perception can change and uplift one’s life.

RSVPs are appreciated.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 4th

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Three Local Poets at Beyond Baroque

Under the banner of Vigilant Love, three local poets celebrate our world and speak out against war, injustice, and recent anti-democratic trends.

Amu Uyematsu was raised in southern California by parents who had been interned in American camps during World War II, and she earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics from UCLA. Her poems consider the intersection of politics, mathematics, spirituality and the natural world. Her most recent book is Basic Vocabulary.

Marsha De La O was born and raised in southern California, and earned her MFA from Vermont College. She is the author of two poetry collections and is known for her nuanced observations of the region. She lives in Ventura, Califronia and publishes the journal Askew with her husband, poet Phil Taggert.

Nels Christianson is a poet, speaker and lover of gardening and travel, who has traveled to Latin America more than twenty times visiting and studying the culture and plants, but favors Brazil. Several of his poems about nature have been published.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 4th

Time: 4 pm

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

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

Ramesh Srinivasan at Skylight Books

Join us to hear Ramesh Srinivasan, with Rigo 23, discusses and reads from his book Whose Global Village?: Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World. In this book the author explores how new technologies often reinforce the inequalities of globalization because developers rarely take into account communities outside the Western world. By sharing stories of collaboration with Native Americans in California and New Mexico, revolutionaries in Egypt, and villages in rural India he urges us to reimagine social media, the Internet, and even mobile phones from the diverse perspective of these diverse cultures,

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 4th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/ramesh-srinivasan-discusses-his-book-whose-global-village-rigo-23

826LA for Kids at the Hammer Museum

Ryan Stradal presents King or Queen for a Day for ages 8-12. Are you tired of the world the way it is? Invent your own brand-new country from scratch—draw the map, write the laws, design the flag, and more—with the option to share your new sovereign nation at the end of the workshop.

Ryan Stradal is the author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 5th

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/03/826lahammer-king-or-queen-for-a-day/

YAF Book Club with Jennifer Brody at Book Soup–Teen Event

Our first Young Adult Book Club will start with author Jennifer Brody joining us for our first meeting to discuss The 13th Continuum. Brody is a long-time visitor to the store and is thrilled to share her first book with you. She came up with the idea for the book during the BP oil spill when she tried to imagine what would happen if we couldn’t live on the surface of the earth anymore and had to survive in colonies in three different environments—underground, underwater, and in outer space.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 5th

Time: 1 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/our-first-young-adult-book-club-author-jennifer-brody                                  

From L.A. to Baghdad at Chevaliers’ Bookstore

On the 19th anniversary of the bombing of Baghdad’s venerated literary-craft district, Al-Moutanabbi Street, American poets and writers from around the world will gather to remember the terrible destruction that took place on March 5, 2007. This festival spun out into the anthology Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, and will be one of more than two dozen programs happening in cities around the U.S. and internationally.

Sholeh Wolpe is an award-winning Iranian-American poet and literary translator.

India Radfar is the author of three books of poetry: India Poem, Breathe, and 12 Poems That Were Never Written. Her new book, Position and Relation is forthcoming.

Paul Batou is a native Iraqi artist who was forced into service for the Iraqi-Iran war as a medic. In 1989 he left Iraq for Los Angeles.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 5th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

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

Website:  http://chevaliersbooks.com

Altadena Poetry Reading at Flintridge Bookstore

Join us for the Altadena Poetry Review Reading on Sunday afternoon, March 5th.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 5th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA 91011

Website:  http://www.flintridgebooks.com/

Pete Begler at Skylight Bookstore

Author Pete Begler reads and signs his middle reader book, The Fearless Travelers’ Guide to Wicked Places. This book “is as dark as a Tim Burton film” according to its Booklist Starred Review. Twelve-year-old Nell must journey to get her mother back, even if it takes her into the Wicked Places, the frightening and dangerous realm where Nightmares reside.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 5th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/pete-begler-reads-his-middle-reader-book-fearless-travelers-guide-wicked-places

First Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for our popular monthly open reading offered on the first Sunday of each month. Sign-ups begin at 4:45 pm. Five minute limit is given to each reader.

Hosted by Steve Goldman.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 5th

Time: 5 pm

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

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

Sunday Jump Open Mic at Kapistahan Grill

Join us for our open mic event celebrating Women’s History Month, and featuring:

Samatha Parks/Bulls Daughter, Guest Host–After a string of years exploring, experimenting and becoming rooted within the LA area, Samantha Parks has finally begun to found a direction in music that serves her soul, particularly since the end of 2015. With the desire to stay true to the freedom she’s found with in her expression she best describes the essence of her style by quoting one of her favored queens of the Jazz world, Sarah Vaughn: “I like to be referred to as a good singer of good songs in good taste.”

DJ AkikoLUV, Guest DJ–is a bonafide “skratch nerd.” Deeply passionate about the art of DJing, she has dedicated her life to the skills-intensive subgenre of turntablism. Akiko’s technical, yet playful mixing style makes her a unique and fun crowd-rocking specialist. Her eclectic musical selection – expertly sliced with quick mixing and cuts – leaves your heart dancing and yearning for more.

Sue Jin Kim, Singer/Songwrtier– is an educator, writer, and performing artist from Los Angeles, California. She has performed on both television and radio and is an Associate Artist for Tuesday Night Project. As an artist, her goal to broaden the lens of Asian American talent as portrayed in mainstream media, while representing positive alternatives to female images that currently serve as models in society.

Miztlayolxochitl, Poet–is an indigenous woman who descends from the Mexica and Tongva nations, who has family who came from the San Gabriel Mission. As an activist since birth, she first learned how to speak against injustice with her rattle and feet as a danzante. She continues her work as a student and organizer at California State University, Long Beach and works with Indigenous communities.

Jenny Yang, Comedian–is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based standup comedian, content creator, comedy tour and festival organizer, speaker, and professional opinion-haver.

Eza B., Visual Artist–is a Los Angeles based artist born in Iloilo, Philippines. Her work is deeply influenced by family, culture & a reflection of her ever growing passion and rediscovery of cultural roots. Visit www.ezacheeza.com.

Open Mic sign-ups: 4:45 pm. Open Mic: 5 pm – 7 pm. offered on the first Sunday of each month. Sign-ups begin at 4:45 pm. Five minute limit is given to each participant. Priority is given to women of color.

Where: Kapistahan Grill

Date: Sunday the 5th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address: 1925 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1419579591407561/

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