Los Angeles Literature Events 5/15/17 –5/21/17

Maria Felipe at Pico Branch Library, SMPL

Idownloadnspired, lively and fun, author Maria Felipe will discuss and sign , a real-world approach to living based on A Course in Miracles, to guide you toward a life released from fear and doubt and filled with joy and power.

Where: Pico Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Monday the 15th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 2201 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website:   http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=23533

Cork Dork at Book Soup

Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker presents Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live, a story about the fervor of a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor. Bosker takes the reader inside underground tasting groups, exclusive restaurants, mass-market wine factories and even personal, specially developed machines.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 15th               

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/bianca-bosker-discusses-and-signs-cork-dork-wine-fueled-adventure-among-obsessive-sommeliers

A Stitch of Time at Vroman’s Bookstore

 

Join us to hear Lauren Marks, in conversation with Liz Silver, discuss and sign A Stitch in Time: The Year a Brain Injury Changed My Language and My Life, about the aftermath of a brain aneurysm Marks experienced while touring a show in Scotland at age 27. She woke up different, in the way she perceived her environment and herself, which was critical to the life of an actress, director and dramaturg. This is an Oliver Sachs-like case study of a brain slowly piecing itself back together.

A reception with music from Eliza Rickman will follow he talk.

Where: Pasadena Playhouse (Vroman’s offsite)

Date: Monday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman’s-bookstore-and-pasadena-playhouse-present-lauren-marks

Jewish Studies Seminar with Marjorie Perloff at UCLA           

Marjorie Perloff, introduces her new book Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Hapsburg Empire, at noon, and will present a seminar for the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies from 10 am – 7 pm in the Herbert Morris Seminar Room 306, Royce Hall.

Free and open to the public. Please register before the event by calling (310) 267-5g327 or by emailing cjsrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu.

Where: Royce Hall, Herbert Morris Seminar Room 306

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 12 noon

Address: Herbert Morris Seminar Room 306, Royce Hall, UCLA,

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website:  http://www.cjs.ucla.edu/event/the-making-of-austro-modernism/

Where Bartenders Drink at Arcana Books

 

Join us to meet Adrenne Stillman, author of Where Bartenders Drink, for a conversation about L.A.’s dynamic drinking scene, and what truly makes a great bar. Following the conversation, attendees can sip cocktails courtesy of Collectif 1806 mixed by Nathan Burdette and purchase a personalized copy of the author’s new insider’s guide to 700 of the world’s best drinking destinations.

FREE with RSVP at website.

Where: Arcana Books

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.arcanabooks.com/blog/2017/Apr/11/book-signing-panel-where-bartenders-drink-may-16th-6-8/

The Evolution of Beauty at ALOUD Reading Series

Join us to hear Richard O. Prum, in conversation with evolutionary biologist Amy Parish, discuss his book, The Evolution of Beauty. Deep in tropical jungles around the world are birds with a dizzying array of appearances and mating displays—traits that seem disconnected from selection for individual survival. Culminating 30 years of fieldwork, academic and world-renowned ornithologist Richard Prum revives Darwin’s long-neglected theory of sexual selection as an engine of evolutionary change.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7:15 pm (waitlist seating at 7 pm)

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

Websitehttp://lfla.org/event/the-evolution-of-beauty/

What Is the Bible? at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear Rob Bell read and discuss his book What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel about Everything. This will be a lively and interesting presentation with the bestselling author, speaker , and host of the Robcast. Bell asks the questions about the Bible many are afraid to voice, and provides answers that demonstrate why this book is more revelatory, revolutionary and relevant than ever, and such an inspired work.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

The Fifth Wall at Skylight Bookstore 

Join us to hear author Rachel Nagelberg read and discuss her debut novel, The Fifth Wall, with Stephen Beachy. This is the story of a conceptual artist who heeds a mysterious urge to return to her estranged family home, but arrives at the exact moment of her mother’s suicide. This book allows readers to explore from a safe distance the recesses of their own minds, leaving the haunting feeling of depths that yet remain unknown.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/rachel-nagelberg-reads-her-debut-novel-fifth-wall-stephen-beachy

Tuesday Night Café at Aratani Courtyard

Join us for our Tuesday Night Project and Open Mic and to hear our features: Yumi Sakugawa, Angie Wang, Erin O’Brien, Mary Rose Go, Vicky Luu, Eddy M. Gana Jr., w/Jason Joseph, MC Lemon Drop and dA aZn fLy gUrLz.

Curated by Traci Kato Kiriyama.

Where: Aratani Courtyard of the Union Center for the Arts

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://www.tuesdaynightproject.org

Terry Mc Dermott at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear former LA Times national reporter and non-fiction author Terry McDermott, discuss and sign his new book on baseball, Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching & the Art of Deception. Hear the fascinating story of baseball’s 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch told with candor and resonance.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.chevaliersbooks.com/2017/04/02/former-la-times-reporter-and-investigative-author-terry-mcdermott-reads-and-signs-off-speed-baseball-pitching-and-the-art-of-deception/

Jennifer Finney Boylan at Book Soup

 

Please join us to hear Jennifer Finney Boylan, the author of She’s Not There, discuss and sign her new novel Long Black Veil, an intensely atmospheric thriller that explores the meaning of identity, loyalty, and love. Weaving deftly between 1980 events and present day, and told in an unforgettable voice, this is a book fans of Donna Tartt and Megan Abbott will love.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/jennifer-finney-boylan-discusses-and-signs-long-black-veil

The Best of Adam Sharp at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Graeme Simsion,  discuss and sign The Best of Adam Sharp. Two decades ago Adam Sharp’s piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, an intelligent and strong-willed actress. They had a chance a something more—but Adam didn’t take it. Now, on the cusp of turning fifty, he’s happy but can’t shake off his nostalgia for what might have been. When Angelina gets in touch, he must decide if a second chance is worth the risk.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 17th    

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/graeme-simsion-discusses-and-signs-best-adam-sharp

Henry Hoke, with Brian Evenson, at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Henry Hoke, with Brain Evenson, read from his book, Genevieves, winner of the Subito Press prose contest. A shape-shifting presence named Genevieve unites these nine stories, haunting the characters as they transcend and escape the traps of the everyday. These adventurous, contemporary ghost stories are the mysteries that wake us up only to show us a new dream.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 17th                 

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/henry-hoke-reads-genevieves-brian-evenson

Democracy Now and Amy Goodman at Skylight Bookstore

Join us as Amy Goodman, and co-author Denis Moynihan, discuss and sign Democracy Now!: Twenty Years of Covering the Movements Changing America. The PBS news hour broadcast Democracy Now has been reporting for two decades from the front lines of the movements changing America and the world. Free speech is democracy’s last line of defense. We must demand it, defend it and use it—now!

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 12 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/amy-goodman-discusses-her-book-democracy-now-co-author-denis-moynihan

Janna Levin, with Sean Carroll, at ALOUD Reading Series

 

Join us to hear Janna Levin, in conversation with theoretical physicist Sean Carroll, discuss her book, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, in which she recounts the fascinating story of the surprises, disappointments, achievements, and risks of the scientists who embarked on an epic endeavor to capture the first sounds from space. Join us to hear about the radical scientific campaign to record the soundtrack of our universe.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7:15 pm   (waitlisted seating at 7 pm)

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

Website: http://lfla.org/event/black-hole-blues-songs-outer-space/

Rakesh Satyal at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Rakesh Satyal, discuss and sign No One Can Pronounce My Name, a humorous and tender multigenerational novel about immigrants and outsiders—those trying to find their place in American society and within their own families. This story takes place in a suburb outside Cleveland, in a community of Indian Americans who must reconcile the strictures of their culture and traditions with their own dreams and desires.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/michel-stone-discusses-and-signs-border-child

Michel Stone at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Michel Stone, discuss and sign Border Child, the story of a couple pursuing the American Dream only to suffer every parent’s worst fear when their daughter vanishes as they crossed from Mexico to the United States. Their marriage is strained to the breaking point by the consequences of wanting more for the next generation.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/michel-stone-discusses-and-signs-border-child

Chiwan Choi and Chris Santiago at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear poets Chiwan Choi and Chris Santiago discuss, read and sign their new books. Cherished for his mastery of the understated, poet Chiwan Choi’s third collection, The Yellow House, is being praised for its evocation of both ecstasy and intense melancholy, as he renders familial loss in the context of war and displacement. The powerfully playful poet Chris Santiago also joins us to present his debut collection, Tula, a sequence of poems unspooled from the meaning of the word “tula” in several languages.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 18th                

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/2017/04/02/oh-yeah-poets-chiwan-choi-the-yellow-house-and-chris-santiago-tula-dazzle-us-with-new-poems-reading-signing/

WCCW Reading Series at Women’s Center for Creative Work

Join us for the WCCW Quarterly Reading Series organized by Sara Finnerty and Nina Rota, which is thematically linked with WCCW programing, which for 2017, is the idea of Coalition. This quarter we will host featured writers:

Janice Lee is the author most recently of The Sky Isn’t Blue. She is an editor at Civil Coping Mechanisms, Assistant Editor at Fanzine, and Founder/Executive Editor of Entropy.

Rachel Kann is a poet and performance artist. Her most recent work is The Upward Spiral, a spoken word album. Her latest poetry collection is A Prayer on Behalf of the Broken Heart, and her short story collection is 10 for Everything.

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge, which celebrates her family’s immigration story to Boyle Heights, Los Angeles in the 1950s, and works with a nonprofit fighting human atrocities occurring at the Arizona-Mexico border. She is also a co-founder of Women Who Submit, and hosts the quarterly reading series Hitched.

Julia Ingalls is primarily an essayist, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Slate, Salon, Dwell, Guerica, The LA Weekly, Archinect, and on KCRW.

Where: Women’s Center for Creative Work

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 2425 Glover Place, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Website: http://www.pw.org/calendar?field_event_date_value2[value][date]=05/08/2017&metroarea[hidden_longitude]=-118.25067055601606&metroarea[hidden_latitude]=34.05216127966009&metroarea[city_autocomplete]=Los%20Angeles%2C%20CA&page=2

Janet Sarbanes, with Maggie Nelson, at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Janet Sarbanes, with Maggie Nelson, discuss and read from her short story collection, The Protestor Has Been Released, which brilliantly creates an end-of-the-world feeling that is equal parts dread and hilarity. In nine precisely rendered stories and a novella featuring the American president’s daughter, Sarbanes takes on the big questions with gallows humor.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 18th                   

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/janet-sarbanes-discusses-her-short-story-collection-protester-has-been-released-maggie-nelson

Jeff  Vandermeer, with Brian Evenson, at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear Jeff Vandermeer, author of the Southern Reach Trilogy, in conversation with Brian Evenson, about his new novel, Borne, in which a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined, dangerous city of the near future. From one of her missions, Rachel brings home Borne, little more than a green lump—plant or animal?—which exudes a strange charisma. This vulnerability will upend her precarious existence and upset the unforgiving city. Brian Evenson is the author most recently of the story collection, A Collapse of Horses.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 18th                    

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

ARTravenous at Canal Club

Join us for a celebration of life, art, culture, poetry and music.

Where: Canal Club

Date: Thursday the 18th                   

Time: 9 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 2025 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291

Website: http://www.pw.org/calendar?field_event_date_value2[value][date]=05/08/2017&metroarea[hidden_longitude]=-118.25067055601606&metroarea[hidden_latitude]=34.05216127966009&metroarea[city_autocomplete]=Los%20Angeles%2C%20CA&page=2

Wimmen’s Comix at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear cartoonists Sharon Rudahl, Terre Richards and others present a book signing for The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, including original artwork form the collection of 18 issues of Wimmen’s Comix from 1972-1992.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 19th                   

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/

Pete Gajdics at Book Soup

Join us to hear Pete Gajdics, with Dan Lopez, discuss his book, The Inheritance of Shame, the true story of author Pete Gajdics’ six years in a bizarre form of conversion therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Virtually imprisoned in a cult-like therapeutic house with other heavily-medicated psychiatric patients, he was under the total authority of a Dr. Alfonzo, which devolved into intense primal scream therapy, weekly injection of a Ketamine drug, and constant pressure to abandon his birth parents. This is a traumatic memoir.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 19th                   

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/pete-gajdics-dan-lopez-inheritance-shame-memoir

Guy Delisle, with David Ulin, at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear graphic artist Guy Delisle, with David Ulin, discuss his non-fiction graphic novel, Hostage. Set in the Caucasus region in 1997, Hostage tells the true story of Doctors without Borders administrator Christopher Andre who was held captive for over three months. Recounting his day-to-day survival while conveying the psychological effects of solitary confinement, his storytelling doesn’t just show Andre’s experiences, but brings you into the room alongside him. This is a thoughtful, moving story that takes a profound look at what drives our will to survive in the darkest of moments.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/guy-delisle-discusses-his-nonfiction-graphic-novel-hostage-david-ulin

Ellen Sander at Beyond Baroque

Join us as Ellen Sander presents New Work. Her poetry has been published in Saturday Afternoon Journal, Social Anarchism, Chiron Review, and the Bolinas Hearsay News, among others.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

LitFest Pasadena at Various Sites near Colorado Blvd.

Please join us for the 6th Annual LitFest Pasadena presentation of literary events, panel discussions, literary readings and performances, and fun for all ages and interests. Check website for detailed schedule.

Featured topics on Saturday include: Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre; Sunshine Noi;, The “Impossiblity” of L.A.; Writing Indigenous California; Poems on Demand by Las Lunas Locas; Readings from Literature for Life; When Community Is Not Just a Marketing Term; Roswell Award Readings; Refugee America; Jonathan Gold on the Legacy of Julia Child; Red Hen Press Poetry Reading; and more!

Featured authors include: Noel Alumit, F. Douglas Brown, Steph Cha, Chiwan Choi, Jonathan Gold, Denise Hamilton, Naomi Hirahara, Douglas Kearney, Traci Kato Kiriyama, Ron Kortege, Carolina Miranda, Keenan Norris, Daniel Olivas, Gary Phillips, Luis Rodriguez, Mike Sonksen, Veda Stamps, Jervy Tervalon, and more!

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena Playhouse & Various Sites near Colorado Blvd., between Lake & Los Robles.  (see website)

Date: Saturday the 20th  & Sunday the 21st                  

Time: 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday; 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday

Address: Colorado Blvd., between Lake & Los Robles, Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://litfestpasadena.org

Colm Toibin at the Getty Villa 

Join us to hear best-selling author Colm Toibin read from his new book House of Names, a powerful retelling of the myth of Clytemnestra, where he explores the influence of Greek culture and literature on Irish writers, as well as his own work. His talk is followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Where: The Getty Villa

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Website:  http://getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_1643.html

Jake Gerhardt at Children’s Book World 

Join us to hear author Jake Gerhardt read from his new book My Future Ex-Girlfriend, a story of eighth-grade boys fumbling their way through boyfriend territory for the first time. This is an excellent follow-up to Gerhardt’s first novel for ages 10-14, Me & Miranda Mullaly. Available for signing.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 2:30 pm

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

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

Saturday Afternoon Reading at Santa Catalina Library  

Join us for our weekly poetry reading event, featuring:

Jackie Chou, Steven Dhar, and William Gonzalez, plus an Open Reading.

Curated by: Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where:  Santa Catalina Branch Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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

Ricardo Quinones Dramatic Reading at Beyond Baroque 

Join us to hear two experienced “redactors” (actors Lisa Robins and Todd Mandel) bring out the dramatic voice of Ricardo Quinones’ narrative and lyrical poems, with musician icon Don Preston, gathering in the varieties of experiences. Quinones’ poetic dramas enhance the private discourse and public appeal of poetry.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 4 pm

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

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

Mat Callahan at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Mat Callahan, with Pat Thomas, discuss and sign Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965-1975, about the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love, a critical re-examination of the interwoven political and musical happenings and influences of the sixties counterculture.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/mat-callahan-discusses-his-book-explosion-deferred-dreams-pat-thomas

Barbara Jaffe at Pages Bookstore

Join us as Dr. Barbara Jaffe discusses and signs her memoir, When Will I Be Good Enough, the story of when a child is born into a family that has already suffered the death of a child. The reverberations can extend beyond the immediate period of bereavement, and the child might be compromised in his or her own development. Such a baby is often described as a replacement child, and might suffer from mental health issues.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/barbara-jaffe-author-event

Yak Press Poetry reading at Studio C

AS part of the exhibit, “Take Flight” by artists Elizabeth Carr and Cindy Rinne, Studio C presents an evening of poetry with SoCal poets Nancy Carroll, Cody Deitz, Melissa Malvin-Middleton, Cindy Rinne, Brian Sonia-Wallace, and Anne Yale.

Where: Studio C, Claremont

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 260 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/247716705636009/

Women Poets at Beyond Baroque

Join us to hear poets Hilda Weiss, Hari Bhajan Khalsa, Barbara Blatt , and special guest Sarah Maclay in a celebration of the Los Angeles poetry scene.

Hosted by: Mariano Zaro.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 20th               

Time: 8 pm

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

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

LitFest Pasadena at Various Sites near Colorado Blvd.

Please join us for the 6th Annual LitFest Pasadena presentation of literary events, panel discussions, literary readings and performances, and fun for all ages and interests. Check website for detailed schedule.

Featured topics on Sunday include: Dramatic Readings of the Best in Short Sci-Fi by Teens; Queer and Trans Authors of the Valley; Mixed-Race and Interracial Experience to Make Meaning in a Time of Protest; The L.A. Cookbook; Hostile Environment Reporting for Young Female Journalists; The Kurdish Trilogy; Humor and Heartbreak of L.A.; Getting Published; Travel Panel; HUIZACHE Latino Lit Magazine; Black Lives Matter & Resistance to Trumpism; Poet Laureates; Gentrification & Displacement; Manga Influences on Comic Books; Small Presses.

Featured authors include: Jessica Ceballos Campbell, Natashia Deon, Heidi Durrow, Bill Esparza, Dana Johnson, Tom Lutz, Nina Revoyr, Thelma Reyna, B.J. Robins, Abel Salas, Lisa Teasley, Jesus Trevino, David Ulin, Peter Woods, Keenan Norris,  Jervy Tervalon, and more!

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena Playhouse & Various Sites near Colorado Blvd., between Lake & Los Robles.  (see website)

Date: Saturday the 20th  & Sunday the 21st                  

Time: 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday; 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday

Address: Colorado Blvd., between Lake & Los Robles, Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://litfestpasadena.org

La Palabra Reading Series at Avenue 50 Studio ***********

Join us to hear the Women Writers Series, hosted by Karineh Mahdessian, and featuring:

Gloria Enedina Alvarez teaches creative writing and works as a consultant in schools and art centers. Her books of poetry in English and Spanish include La Excusa/The Excuse and Emerging en un Mar De Loanes.

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the creator and curator of the quarterly reading series HITCHED and a co-founding member of the literary organization Women Who Submit. Her first collection is Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge, and she was a volunteer with No More Deaths, which informed many of her borderland poems.

Melissa Chadburn has written for many publications, and is a fellow for The Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Farrrar, Strauss & Giroux.

Armine Iknadossian is the author of United States of Love & Other Poems (2016), and since 2013 has been a writing consultant for the Los Angeles Writing Project through CSULA.

Deena Metzger is a poet, novelist, essayist, teache r and healer, and founder of the Women Writers Series at the Woman’s Building. She is the author of many books, including the novels La Negra y Blanca, Feral, Ruin and Beauty: New and Selected Poems, etc.

Amy Uyematsu is a sansei poet and teacher from Los Angeles. Her poetry books include The Yellow Door, Stone Bow Prayer, Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain, and 30 Miles from J-Town. She co-edited Roots: An Asian American Reader (UCLA), and helped develop Asian American Studies at UCLA. Her poems reflect an unusual intersection of politics, mathematics, and spirituality.

Pam Ward’s novels include Want Some, Get Some and Bad Girls Burn Slow. She has edited three anthologies, operates a design studio, has taught at Art Center College of Design, and runs a community press called Short Dress Press. She recently wrote/produced/directed I Didn’t Survive Slavery for This!, which is a performance/media extravaganza piece examining life 150 years post-slavery.

Terry Wolverton is the author of ten books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, including Embers, a novel in poems, and Insurgent Muse: Life and Art at the Women’s Building, a memoir. She has edited fifteen literary compilations, and her newest poetry collection, Ruin Porn, is forthcoming in December 2017. She is the founder of Writers at Work, and is Affiliate Faculty in the MFA Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 21st                

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1545109865501943/

Hollywood at Gatsby’s Books

Join us to hear author Laini Giles discuss The It Girl and Me: a Novel of Clara Bow, which reflects her interests in geneology, writing, and watching early silent films.

Where: Gatsby’s Books

Date: Sunday the 21st                

Time: 3 pm

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

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

Beyond Words at Beyond Baroque

Join us for our reading series, Beyond Words: Beauty and Resistance, which presents works by innovative and highly influential writers, and is hosted by Jon Hess.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 4:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Jake Gerhardt at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Jake Gerhardt read from his new book, My Future Ex-Girlfriend. In the book Me and Miranda Mullaly, three eighth-grade boys struggled to win the affections of one girl. In My Future Ex-Girlfriend, the same three boys have landed their perfect matches.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 21st                

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jake-gerhardt-reads-his-new-book-my-future-ex-girlfriend

Alan Felsenthal and Jane Gregory at Poetic Research Bureau

The Poetic Research Bureau hosts several reading series, and welcomes writers whose work lacks the “commercial tendency,” while harboring bright, high-minded intentions.

Featuring tonight are:

Alan Felsenthal’s poetry collection, Lowly, is part invocation, part invitation. The poems in this debut collection consider death, rebirth, and love, while exploring the symbols that make life bearable. This is a restorative work with rhythmic lines that will resonate with the reader long after the book is closed.

Jane Gregory’s book of poems, My Enemies, are described as provisional, that at its root there is an aim to stretch, strain, aim, hear. The book is full of advice and familiarity, and the poems seem to speak to each other, and invite the reader to listen.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Sunday the 21st                

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 951 Chung King Rd., Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA 90068

Website: http://www.poeticresearch.com/

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