Los Angeles Literature Events 4/11/17 –4/16/17

GP_2017_Our-LA-Voices_Lunchtime-Writers_600x300Lunchtime Writing at Grand Park LA  

Join us every Tuesday through May 10 for a free spring Lunchtime Writers’ Meetup with food trucks, and feed your spirit with writing exercises, guest speakers, and advice from Grand park’s Writer-in-Residence Traci Kato-Kiriyama.

Themes this year will include love, healing, power, quirks, city and maps, home, dreams, vision, food and nourishment, and many more. Special guests to support and  cultivate new writings or nurture existing works. Writing materials will be provided.

Where: Grand Park LA

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Address: 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website:  http://grandparkla.org/event/lunchtime-writers-meetup/?instance_id=93755

Poetry Big Read LA Project at Boyle Heights Conservatory

As part of big Read Los Angeles, artist Karla Diaz (Slanguage) leads a free poetry and printmaking workshop for homeless families and the public, inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

You may register now at website.

Where: Boyle Heights Conservatory

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 2708 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Websitehttp://www.bharts.org/event/karla-diaz-poetry-workshop

Rosalyn Eves, with Jessica Cluess, at Vroman’s Bookstore

 

Join us to hear Rosalyn Eves, with Jessica Cluess, discuss and sign Blood Rose Rebellion. This is the first thrilling book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place. Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. She would do anything to belong, but her fate takes another course when she is exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/rosalyn-eves-jessica-cluess-discusses-and-signs-blood-rose-rebellion

Paula Priamos at Book Soup

 

Join us to hear Paula Priamos discuss and sign Inside V. When Ava wakes up in an empty hotel room to find her husband missing, she must question her own responsibility in his disappearance. When she digs into his whereabouts, Ava comes face to face with her own past indiscretions and realizes her past might be coming back to haunt both of them.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/paula-priamos-discusses-and-signs-inside-v

Scot Southern at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear author Scot Southern, discuss and sign his novel Big City. This profane western satire has an unforgettable cast, and is a tale as tall as it is scandalous. Teaming masses have come to this dark megalopolis for a new life and a throw of the dice, and Bitch Bantam, Slab Pettibone, and his sidekick FuzzyWuzzy the bear, are among them.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 11th  

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/eventscot-sothern-reads-his-novel-bigcity /

Rabih Alameddine Reading at the Hammer Museum

National Book award finalist Rabih Alameddine’s novel An Unnecessary Woman garnered universal acclaim following his best-selling exuberant epic The Hakawati, an Arabian Nights for this century. In his newest novel, The Angel of History, an acerbic and intelligent Yemni-born poet narrates a tumultuous life story over the course of none night in a psychiatric clinic’s waiting room.

Coffee and book signing will follow the reading.

You may also watch this event LIVE. Check site for details.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/04/rabih-alameddine/

Abdellah Taia at ALOUD Readng Series at Central Library

Join us to hear Abdellah Taia, in conversation with Steven Reigns, discuss his new book, Infidels: A Novel which follows the life of Jallal, a young gay Muslim who is the son of a prostitute witch doctor. Taia discuss this powerful story about love and belonging, set in his home country, with Reigns, the first City Poet of West Hollywood.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7:15 pm (Stand by seating begins at 7 pm)

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

Website: http://lfla.org/event/infidels-a-novel/

David Levinson at Book Soup

Please join us to hear David Levinson, read and sign his book Tell Me How This Ends Well, a blistering and prescient vision of the near future, turning the exploits of one very troubled family into a  rare and compelling exploration of the state of America and what it has become. It is 2022 in this story, and American Jews face an increasingly unsafe and anti-Semitic landscape at home. Against this backdrop, as the Jacobson family gathers for Passover in Los Angeles, they must deal with a lifetime of family mistreatment by their father as well as the real issues at the center of their reunion.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/david-samuel-levinson-discusses-and-signs-tell-me-how-ends-well

Hope Larson at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Hope Larson discuss and sign Batgirl Vol.1: Beyond Burnside (Rebirth). Spinning out of DC Universe: Rebirth, comes the newest adventures of Batgirl. Barbara Gordon’s heart belongs to Burnside, the ultra-hip Gotham City neighborhood, but some threats are bigger than Burnside—in this case the Far East!

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/hope-larson-discusses-and-signs-batgirl-vol-1-beyond-burnside-rebirth

SHOUT! Open Mic at Half-Off Books

Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month with our Open Mic and with two local Whittier poets: Robin Axworthy and Boris Ingles.

Bring your poems, stories and music for our Open Mic too, with sign-ups at 6:30 pm, or just come and enjoy the show!

Where: Half-Off Books

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 6708 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90601

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/837574646381919/

Jesse Johnson at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Jesse Johnson read from his debut novel, Yearbook. Wise-cracking underachiever Lester Smith, class of ’97, muddles through his senior year in this funny, moving debut novel. Lester is smart, funny, and despite his general apathy he feels strongly about a few things: he loves his friends, the Ramones, and the “yearbook arts” as he calls them. This novel is about learning to believe in yourself again.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 12th                   

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jesse-johnson-reads-his-debut-novel-yearbook

Angry Nasty Women Writing Group at Bookshow LA

This will be an informal evening of writing prompts and exercises! The objective of the writing group will be to stir up some creative writing energies and each generate ideas for women-centered essays, poems or fiction that reveal our own experiences, view-points, and manifestos as Angry Nasty Women.

Suggested donation is $5 OR contribute a snack or beverage.

Where: Bookshow LA

Date: Wednesday the 12th               

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/angry-nasty-women-writing-group-meet-up-3/

Lola at Pages Bookstore

Please join author Melissa Scrivner Love to hear about her debut novel, Lola. an exciting new thriller of an anti-hero who readers love and fear as they find themselves rooting for one of the bad guys in a story that grips you to the very last page and leaves you longing for more. Love combines the genius and ferocity of Steig Larson’s Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White in Breaking Bad.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 13th              

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/melissa-scrivner-love-author-event

Rosa Brooks at ALOUD Reading Series at Central Library

Join us to hear Rosa Brooks, in conversation with Nicholas Goldberg, editorial page editor of the L.A. Times, read from her book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything. War used to bea  temporary state of affairs, but in today’s post-9/11-world America’s wars are everywhere and forever. Law professor and foreign policy columnist Rosa Brooks’ book traces what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased. Part reportage and part memoir, she considers the risks facing our founding values, laws and institutions.

See website for RSVP and seating guidelines.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 13th                   

Time: 7:15 pm (Stand by seating at 7 pm)

Address: 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: http://lfla.org/event/everything-became-war-military-became-everything/

Annabelle Gurwitch at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear author Annabelle Gurwitch launch her collection of essays and sign Wherever You Go There They Are, with Jonathan Gold. The author writes about her own family of bootleggers, gamblers, and philanderers, as well as the sisterhoods, temporary tribes, communities, and cults who have become surrogates along the way.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/annabelle-gurwitch-launches-her-new-collection-essays-wherever-you-go-there-they-are-jonathan

Jonathan Lethem at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Jonathan Lethem discuss his new book, More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers, with Jarett Kobek. This is a readerly wake-up call form one of America’s finest working writers, this is a collection of more than a decade of his finest writing on writing, with new and previously unpublished material.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 6th                 

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jonathan-lethem-discusses-his-book-more-alive-and-less-lonely-jarett-kobek

Ghost at the Last Bookstore

Ghost is a collection of 13 original poems and tales written by Blaise Hemingway and Jesse Reffsin and illustrated by Chris Sasake and Jeff Turley—all Disney/Pixar artists. These are new ghost tales for a new generation in a classic, timeless style.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 14th              

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Vermin on the Mount at Book Show LA

Join us to hear a night of irreverent readings with Natashia Deon (Grace), Meg Howrey (The Wanderers), Jarett Kobek (I Hate the Internet), Tiffany Scandal (Shit Luck) and Bridget Quinn (Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History), and your host Jim Ruland (Big Lonesome, Forest of Fortune). Books and merchandise will be available for sale. The event is co-sponsored by Razorcake.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 14th              

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/281012038998507/ .

Beat History I at Beyond Baroque

Beat and Beyond I: The Work of Lew Welch and Lenore Kandle, is  a program featuring the work of Lew Welch and Lenore Kandle, lovers and poets, performed by Michael Harris and Luivette Resto. Like the Post-WWI Surrealist poets of Paris, the Beat writers were a small group of close friends first, and a movement later.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Open Mic at Tia Chucha’s Bookstore

Tia Chucha’s Open mic is a welcoming, creative sanctuary where people are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings and talents through various styles of expression. This can be a poem, story, song, joke, freestyle, or just something they feel the need to express. Everyone is welcome to be themselves. Participants sign up upon arrival. Hosted by Jeffrey Martin.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 14th               

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave., Sylmar, CA 91342

Website: http://www.tiachucha.org/programming

Writing Workshop at West Hollywood Library

Join us for a writing workshop geared for all levels, with Felice Picano and Guest Authors. Have you always wanted to write but don’t know where or how to get started? Or are you a seasoned or novice writer looking for a community? This series of workshops offer you a chance to lean from the masters.

Where: West Hollywood Library

Date: Saturday the 15th              

Time: 10:30 am – 12 pm

Address: 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: http://www.colapublib.org/calendar/index.php?eID=99731

Theatre 40 at the Brentwood Library  

Join actors from Theatre 40 as they perform a staged reading called “Two L.A.Rays” which features work by both Raymond Chandler and Ray Bradbury. Two of the stories are included from Bradbury’s sub-genre of Hispanic stories set in Los Angeles.

Where: Kaufman-Brentwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 11820 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/theatre-40-presents-two-la-rays-0

Beat and Beyond II: Kerouac, Cassady and Friends at Beyond Baroque   

The rhythm of the road played into the prose and poetry stylings of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady.  Poet and novelist Steve Abee reads the work of Neal Cassady, followed by a screening of Neal Cassady: The Denver Years and a discussion of the Witchita Vortex with Robert Branaman.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 2 pm – 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

2017 SGVPF Poetry Broadside Contest Reading & Urban Poets Workshop at Santa Catalina Library

Please join us for a reading by the winners of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival Broadside Contest. Plus there will be an Emerging Urban Poets Writing Workshop led by Thelma T. Reyna.

Where: Santa Catalina Library

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Loss Angeles at Santa Monica Library 

 

Join us to hear Mattieu Cailler an award winning author and raconteur. In this event, Mathieu uses his book Loss Angeles as a gateway to discuss Los Angeles literature, touching on the likes of Raymond Chandler, Joan Didion, Paula Woods and Charles Bukowski, to name a few. He describes his book, a short story collection, as coming from the notion that “loss is the greatest bond we possess as humans—whether it’s literal loss, or loss of innocence, or young love.”

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

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=23506

Red Hen Press Authors at Book Soup 

Join us for an event featuring the readings of three authors:

Elizabeth Powell’s work has appeared in The Atlanta Review, Harvard Review, Sonora Review, Poet Lore, The Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2013 Pushcart Prize, and her newest collection, Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living  Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances, won the Dana Prize in poetry.

Siel Ju is a writer in Los Angeles, and the author of two poetry chapbooks: Feelings Are Chemicals in Transit and Might Club. Her stories and poems appear in ZYZZYVA, The Los Angeles Review, Denver Quarterly, and other publications. She holds a PhD from USC, and her debut novel-in-stories, Cake Time, is the recipient of a Kirkus Starred Review.

Angela Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, recipient of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. She is an editor of a book featuring work by Vermont writers called Please Do Not Remove, and her work had appeared in numerous journals.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/red-hen-press-event-featuring-elizabeth-powell-siel-ju-and-angela-palm .

L.A. Babe at Arcana Bookstore

Join us to hear Moshe Brakha discuss and sign L.A. Babe: The Real Women of Los Angeles 1975 – 1988, a collection of previously unpublished photographs of the crazy, sexy celebrities and other cool women of the ‘70s and ‘80s Los Angeles, from Beverly Hills to Venice Beach to the Sunset Strip. In a career spanning five decades, Brakha has created scores of iconic images, including work for various publications and album covers.

Where: Arcana Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 15th              

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Website: http://www.arcanabooks.com/blog/?cat=events                           

Cal Arts MFA Students Reading at Skylight Bookstore 

Join us for NEXTWORDS, the annual reading series organized, curated by, and featuring graduating MFA students of Cal Arts Creative Writing program, including:

Erik Alessandro Mondrian is a writer, artist and scholar who makes work about place, belonging, love, longing and madness. He will be graduating with an Interschool MFA in VoiceArts & Creative Writing.

Leann Lo is a YA/New Adult Fiction Writer from Fresno, California. She also has a B.A. in English, Communication, and Classics from Fresno Pacific University.

Jesse Garrett VanDenKooy is a composer, graphic designer, computer technician and author of: Fae: The Book of Faolan, The World is Among Us, The Midnight Orchestra, Fae: The Book of Keane, and Trout Are Selfish: Short Fictions and Transitions.

Chelsea Dright is a writer, aesthetician, and tricotese hailing form Los Angeles, She writes fiction. Her hobbies are resurrecting dead literary genres, watching HBO, and discussing the consequences of fictional political systems.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/catriona-ward-discusses-her-novel-girl-rawblood-mike-mignola-and-devin-griffiths

David St. John and Anna Journey at Beyond Baroque

 

Please join us as David St. John and Anna  Journey present their new work. St. John reads from his new book, The Last Troubadour: New and Selected Poems. Anna Journey reads from her new book, The Atheist Wore Goat Silk.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Beyond Words Reading with Luivette Resto at Beyond Baroque

Join us for Beyond Words, a reading series that presents work by innovative and highly influential writers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction with a theme of Beauty and Resistance.

Special guest host Luivette Resto.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 4:30 pm

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

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

Aleshea Harris and Alexander Borinsky at Skylight Bookstore

 

Join us to welcome Aleshea Harris and Alexander Borinsky to discuss their new plays, Is God Is and Brief Chronicle (Books 6-8). 3 Hole Press is a small press bringing new audiences to new plays in printed format. There will be short readings from each play, followed by a conversation with the authors.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/aleshea-harris-and-alexander-borinsky-read-and-discuss-their-new-plays-god-and-brief-chronicle

Beyond 24 Frames at Beyond Baroque

 

Please join us to hear a fiction talk about the language of cinema, the new art of the 20th century. This new monthly program looks a past masterpieces and new trends in filmmaking. Guest speakers include actors, directors, writers and critics.

Hosted by: Jon Hess.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

 

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