Los Angeles Literature Events 3/27/17 –4/02/17

A Colony in a Nation, with Chris Hayes at The Grove4136L2x6YJL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

Join us to hear author and Emmy Award-winning news anchor Chris Hayes for a discussion and signing of A Colony in a Nation, in which he argues that there are really two Americas: a colony and a nation. America likes to say it inhabits a post-racial world, yet nearly every measure reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968. Chris offers a book of wide-ranging historical, social and political analysis.

This is a wrist-banded event. For more information and event guidelines please visit www.facebook.com/BNEventsGrove or call (323) 525-0290.

Where: Barnes and Nobel, The Grove

Date: Monday the 27th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 189 The grove Dr., Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website:   http://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061839921-0

Jacqueline Winspear at Vroman’s Bookstore

Come to hear Jacqueline Winspear, discuss and sign In This Grave Hour, the latest in her series of Maisie Dobbs books. At the moment Neville Chamberlain broadcasts Britain’s declaration of war with Germany, on September 3, 1939, Maisie receives an urgent assignment: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium during the great War, 23 years earlier. As she delves into the killings of the dispossessed from the last war, a new refugee from the Pied Piper evacuation train is billeted at her home: a girl who cannot or will not speak. Maisie could be reaching a crossroads of her own.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 27th             

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jacqueline-winspear-discusses-and-signs-grave-hour

Clockshop Discussion of Octavia Butler at USC   

Join us to hear award-winning filmmaker and the director of Clockshop, an arts organization that commissions and produces projects by artists and writers, Julia Meltzer. She will discuss Radio Imagination: Artists and Writers in the Archives of Octavia E. Butler, in partnership with the Huntington Library and the Armory Center for the arts in Pasadena.

Meltzer has directed two feature films, After Aleppo (forthcoming in 2017) and The Light in Her Eyes broadcast on the POV series on PBS in 2012. Butler was an award-winning, acclaimed science fiction writer, and author of Kindred and The Parable series among others, who received a MacArthur Fellowship. She died in 2006 at age 58.

Please RSVP.

Where: Graduate Fine Arts Bldg. (IFT), Roski School at USC

Date: Tuesday the 28th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 3001 S. Flower St. at 30th , Los Angeles, CA 90007

Website:  http://roski.usc.edu/events/usc-roski-talks-julia-meltzer

Sunnylands at Vroman’s Bookstore

Dr. Janice Lyle, discusses and signs Sunnylands: America’s Midcentury Masterpiece, an immaculately preserved estate in Palm Springs, considered the mecca of mid-century modern architecture, envisioned by A. Quincy Jones and furnished by William Haines. Built by Walter and Lenore Annenberg, it became a gathering place of the wealthy and powerful.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 28th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/dr-janice-lyle-discusses-and-signs-sunnylands-americas-midcentury-masterpiece

William Daniels Memoir at Book Soup

Join us to hear actor and celebrity author William Daniels, discuss and sign There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, Kitt, and Many Others. This book about his very long career both in Hollywood and on Broadway recalls his many iconic roles and cherished productions and friendships.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 28th  

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/william-daniels-discusses-and-signs-there-i-go-again-how-i-came-be-mr-feeny-john-adams-dr

Say Her Name Conversation Series at the Hammer Museum

The Bureau of Feminism Conversation Series offers the Say Her Name movement to honor the lives of black women and girls killed by police. Each act in this performance lifts up voices and stories of women of color through spoken word, song, and dance.

Curated by: Abby Dobson, artist-in-residence at the African-American Policy Forum.

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/2017/03/say-her-name-an-evening-of-arts-and-action/

Tresha Haeffner at Coffee Cartel

 

Join the Redondo Poets reading event featuring poet Tresha Haeffner, followed by an Open Mic reading.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 28th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 1820 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Website: http://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets/

Child Holocaust Survivors at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Produced by the Child Survivors of the Holocaust Los Angeles, the oldest Survivor group in the country, the book How We Survived: 52 Personal Stories by Child Survivors of the Holocaust, co-presented by CSHLA and LA Museum of the Holocaust, is a moving documentation of the individual experiences of children who were able to survive and then then find the courage to share their stories.

Presenters include: survivor and USC professor Henry Slucki; 16-year old Jonas Blum and 14-year old Augie Blum, who will read from their grandfather John Gordon’s autobiography; and Lya Meijers-Fran..

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://chevaliersbooks.com

Bruce and Valerie Hall at Vromna’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Bruce and Valerie Hall discuss and sign Immersed: Our Experience with Autism, parents who describe the surreal experience of having twin sons with severe autism through vivid images and a candid narrative.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 29th               

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/bruce-and-valerie-hall-discuss-and-sign-immersed-our-experience-autism

Sandra Lim at Otis Visiting Writers Series

Join us to hear poet Sandra Lim, the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Gluck. A recipient of the 2015 Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Where: Otis College of Art and Design, The Forum, Goldsmith Campus

Date: Wednesday the 29th                 

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Culinary History at the Huntington Museum

Join us to hear food writer Patrick Kuh, drawing on the Huntington’s Anne M. Cranston American Regional and Charitable Cookbook Collection, discuss what these shared recipes tell us, not just about food and community, but about the changes that shaped the way Americans cook. A book-signing will follow the event.

Where: Huntington Museum

Date: Wednesday the 29th                   

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108

Website: http://huntington.org/WebAssets/Templates/calendardetail.aspx?id=23534

Roz Chast at USC’s Medical Humanities, Arts & Ethics Series

The USC Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics Series presents a lecture by New Yorker Cartoonist and author Roz Chast: When We Have to Talk About Something Less Pleasant: Aging, Alzheimer’s, and the End of Life. Book signing and reception will follow.

Admission is free. Please RSVP per directions at website.

Where: Mayer Auditorium, USC

Date: Thursday the 30th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 1925 Zonal Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089

Jill Sobule, with Susan Orlean at Chevalier’s

Join us to hear acclaimed singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, with New Yorker staff writer and best-selling author Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief, Rin Tin Tin) treat us to a talk, reading and Q&A, plus music and signing to follow.

Jill Sobule has over 11 albums and more than two decades of recording and performing experience, including the hit single Supermodel and the original I Kissed a Girl. She is a pioneer in the crowdsourcing revolution, and is collaborating on the new Yentl and the original musical Time Square.

Susan Orlean is the author of eight books, one of which was turned into the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation. She is currently writing a book about the L.A. public Library.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 29th              

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com//2017/01/26/acclaimed-music-artist-jill-sobulewith-new-yorker-writer-and-bestselling-author-susan-orlean-talk-performance-signing/

Music Biography at Book Soup

Lloyd Sachs discusses and signs T. Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit, the story of a unique, astonishingly prolific music producer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and soundtrack visionary. This is the first critical appreciation of Burnett’s wide-ranging contributions to American music, his advocacy for analog sound, and the contradictions that define his maverick artistry.

Free RSVP on Facebook.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/lloyd-sachs-discusses-and-signs-t-bone-burnett-life-pursuit

Tyler Knott Gregson at The Grove

Tyler Knott Gregson is reinventing poetry for a new generation, using Instagram and Tumblr to reach readers where they are. His third collection, Wildly into the Dark: Typewriter Poems and the Rattlings of a Curious Mind, is filled with vivid photographs and vivid emotions.

This is a wrist-banded event. For more information and event guidelines visit www.facebook.com/BNEventsGrove or call (323) 525-0270.

Where: Barnes & Nobel Bookstore, The Grove

Date: Thursday the 30th               

Time: 7 pm

Address: 189 The Grove Dr., Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website: http://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061844904-0

Emily Dickenson Event at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to kick off National Poetry Month and celebrate the opening of Belle of Amherst at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, by enjoying a scene from the play with actress Ferrell Marshall dressed as Emily Dickenson.  Students from local schools will read their poems inspired by Dickenson, and there will be a writing group exercise for the audience. Refreshments will be served.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, Hastings Ranch

Date: Friday the 31st              

Time: 6 pm

Address: 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/sierra-madre-playhouse-–-meet-emily-dickinson-and-kick-national-poetry-month-hastings-ranch

The Last Book Review at the Last Bookstore

Host Ever Mainard invites authors, comedians, musicians and more to tell funny, true stories and one witty book review. This is an eclectic event series which blends music, comedy and storytelling for an entertaining evening.

RSVPs are appreciated.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 31st

Time: 8 pm

Address: 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

The Spanish Civil War at Beyond Baroque   

Join us to discuss the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War, with historian Robert Rosenstone, author of Crusade of the Left; poet and historian Marjorie Ruth Becker; Adam Cornford, who will read from his uncle John Cornford’s works; and singer songfighter Ross Altman, who will sing songs of the Brigadistas and Spanish Republicans.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 31st

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Pricilla Gorilla at Vroman’s Bookstore

 

Please join us as Barbara Bottner presents and signs Pricilla Gorilla. When a whole class goes gorilla, they learn the importance of balancing passion and creativity with cooperation in this charming pictu re book.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 1st

Time: 10:30 am

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/barbara-bottner-presents-and-signs-priscilla-gorilla

San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival at Pasadena Library

 

Join us for the National Poetry Month kickoff with our Big Open Reading hosted by Lorna Alkana, Seven Dhar, and LK Stanley. Prizes galore!

Where: Santa Catalina Branch, Pasadena Library

Date: Saturday the 1st

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/                               

Ron Rege Jr, and Maja D’Aoust at Skylight Bookstore

 

Join surreal cartoonist Ron Rege Jr. (The Cartoon Utopia) and Maja D’Aoust (The Secret Source) as they discuss alchemy, spirituality, and the blending of magic and science for modern audiences. They will read from The Cartoon Utopia as well as his new graphic novel, What Pasifal Saw, both of which include texts written by D’Aoust and illustrated by Rege. Bring a little magic into your life with this book release event.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 1st

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/ron-rege-jr-and-maja-daoust-discuss-cartoon-utopia-and-what-parsifal-saw

Jenny Baranick at Diesel Bookstore

 

Join us to welcome Jenny Baranick to discuss Sarah Palin’s Expert Guide to Good Grammar: What You Can Learn from Someone Who Doesn’t Know Right from Write. This book will be a guide that uses the colorful and chaotic language of Ms. Palin to illustrate the key lessons of how (not) to write and speak well.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Date: Sunday the 2nd

Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/jenny-baranick-discusses-and-signs-sarah-palins-expert-guide-good-grammar                               

Laurence Bergreen at Vroman’s Bookstore

 

Please join us to hear Laurence Bergreen discuss and sign Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius. The definitive biography of the impoverished child who was abandoned by his parents, who became the famous writer, notorious libertine, and self-invented genius, whose name still resonates today: Giacomo Casanova. Today his name is a synonym for a great lover, but this witty, boisterous biography exposes his astonishing life in rich detail.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 2nd

Time: 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/laurence-bergreen-discusses-and-signs-casanova-world-seductive-genius

What We Never Had at Book Soup

 

Please join us as Zach Wyner discusses and signs What We Never Had. Meet Josh, a paragon for the modern post-collegiate. He has a job with no upward path, and a dysfunctional relationship with his ex. After two shiftless friends take up residence in his apartment, and his troubled ex finds herself in real danger, he can’t resist the lure of playing the savior, but now he may have a little wisdom on his side.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 2nd

Time: 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/new-date-zach-wyner-discusses-and-signs-what-we-never-had

Three Women Writers at Funnel Mill Cafe

Three Women Writers celebrate never quitting, with readings, coffee and snacks! Join Gleah Powers, Lisbeth Davidow, and Linda Davis for this event.

Where: Funnel Mill Café

Date: Sunday the 2nd

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 930 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

Author Event at Flintridge Bookstore

Join us for a book launch with Tony Faggioli, for The Snow Globe. In this book Maggie Kincaid is about to learn that you can be stalked by things far worse than a love gone bad. This is an action packed story with innumerable plot twists and suspense.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 2nd

Time: 4 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, CA 90064

Website:  http://www.flintridgebooks.com       

First Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for this regular Open Reading event, hosted by Steve Goldman.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 2nd

Time: 5 pm

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

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

Afterwards Open Mic at Sunday Jump

April is National Poetry and Writing Month! We highlight the power of poetry to inspire, and the action that comes after words are said. Please join us for our spectacular line up at this Open Reading event:

Alyesha Wise, Poet, teaching artist and coach, Grand Slam Poetry Champion of Los Angeles and two time Women of the World finalist.

Karineh Mahdessian, Poet, clinical social worker, is the host of La Palabra reading series, and is interested in the intersection of art and social work. She has been published in Yay! LA/ Arts & Culture Magazine, Statement magazine, and the Altadena Poetry Review, among others.

Mark Maza, Poet, worked at Uncultivated Rabbits and is a writer in Los Angeles.

Kundiman National Organization…and more!

Where: Sunday Jump

Date: Sunday the 2nd

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1971477669805118/

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