Los Angeles Literature Events 5/22/17 –5/28/17

Asian Pacific Heritage at Valley Plaza Library, LAPL

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll adults, kids, and pre-school ages are invited to join us to celebrate Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage month with a special morning story-time and craft activity.

Where: Valley Plaza Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 22nd

Time: 11 am

Address: 12311 Vanowen St., North Hollywood, CA 91605

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/asian-pacific-heritage-storytime-craft

Pat Buchanan at the Nixon Library

Former presidential speechwriter and senior advisor Pat Buchanan presents Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles that Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. From Viet Nam to the Southern Strategy, Buchanan tells the story of Nixon’s embattled White House.

Where: Nixon Library & Museum

Date: Monday the 22nd                

Time: 1 pm

Address: 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Website: http://www.nixonfoundation.org/event/meet-pat-buchanan/

LACMA Family Art at North Hollywood Library

 

Join us for a LACMA Program for Families On-Site in North Hollywood on: Comic-Inspired Art. Create your own stories and characters! The class will hold an overview of different styles by artists such as Enrique Chagoya, Roy Lichtenstein, and Takashi Murakami, and will discuss narrative storytelling and design elements. Create your own comic book-inspired drawings by adding characters, text and visual sound effects.

Where: North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library (LACMA offsite)

Date: Monday the 22nd

Time: 2 pm

Address: 5211 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91605

Website: http://www.lacma.org/event/site-north-hollywood-18

Where You Live at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Andrew Roe discuss and sign Where You Live, the stories of a California that might have sun, surf, and sand, but also is more densely populated with cracking marriages, accidental pregnancies, and shitty jobs. Full of lush prose and unforgettable imagery, these stories shine in an unforgiving yet shimmering light.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/andrew-roe-discusses-and-signs-where-you-live

Harryette Mullen at Annenberg Beach House           

Harryette Mullin joins the Poetry Society of America’s current national series, Poetry and the Natural World, which has traveled to five cities bringing poems and poets from any era that are in conversation with or inspired by the natural world. In our final installment, Harryette Mullin will read a selection of tanka and haiku, and painter Lisa Slavin will respond in real-time.

Ms. Mullin has published seven books of poetry, including Urban Tumbleweed, has been a finalist for a National Book Award, A National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Among her many honors she has appeared in Best American Poetry four times. She teaches at UCLA.

Event is FREE. Please see website to RSVP and for parking access.

Where: Annenberg Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website:  http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/activities/cultural-programs-events-and-tours.aspx#BEACH=CULTURE

Proving Ground at Barnes & Noble Bookstore at the Grove

 

Join us to meet bestselling author Peter Blauner, author of Proving Ground, his first novel in more than a decade. This sweeping mystery is an intricate story about the quest for redemption and a vibrant portrait of contemporary New York City.

Note: This is a wrist-banded event, and this book needs to be purchased from the Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove to receive a wristband. For more information and guidelines, see website.

Where: Barnes & Noble Bookstore, The Grove

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061849578-0

Becoming Ms. Burton at Eso Won Bookstore

 

Join us to meet author Susan Burton, author of Becoming Ms. Burton, the story of one woman’s odyssey from tragedy to prison to recovery—and recognition as a leading figure in the national justice reform movement. Her organization, A New Way of life, now operates five safe homes in Los Angeles, that supply a lifeline to hundreds of formerly incarcerated women and their children.

Where: Eso Won Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 4327 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90008

Website: http://www.esowonbookstore.com/event/susan-burton-booksigning-%E2%80%94becoming-ms-burton

The Push with Tommy Caldwell at Patagonia Santa Monica

Please join us to hear Tommy Caldwell read and discuss his book The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits. This is a dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Well of Yosemite’s El Capitan. Soon after he lost his left index finger in an accident, and his wife and climbing partner left him, he set his sights on this climb. This epic assault took more than seven years, during which time he redefined the sport, changed himself, and found love and family.

Where: Patagonia Santa Monica (Book Soup offsite)

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1344 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/book-soup-patagonia-santa-monica-present-tommy-caldwell-discussing-signing-push-climbers

Un::fade::able Reading at Art Share LA

Please join us for a workshop and reading series honoring the legacy of Sandra Bland, to keep her voice and legacy alive through education, music and poetry, all revolving around topics of the safety of black lives, the criminal justice system, and police brutality.

Curated by F. Douglas Brown, and assisted by a team of educators, community organizers, poets and musicians.

Where: Art Share LA

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1717472508566971/?acontext=%7B”ref”%3A”2″%2C”ref_dashboard_filter”%3A”upcoming”%2C”action_history”%3A”[%7B%5C”surface%5C”%3A%5C”dashboard%5C”%2C%5C”mechanism%5C”%3A%5C”main_list%5C”%2C%5C”extra_data%5C”%3A[]%7D]”%7D

Apollo 8 and Jeffrey Kluger at Buena Vista Library, Burbank 

Join us to hear author Jeffrey Kluger read and discuss with our Summer Reading Group for Grown-Ups, his new book, Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon, which takes us from Mission Control to the astronauts’ homes, from the test labs to the launching pad.  The August 1968 launch took place only one year after three men burned to death in their space craft, and after many setbacks to the program.

See website for more on this summer program.

Where: Buena Vista Branch Library, Burbank

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505

Websitehttp://www.burbank.lib.ca.us/events/apollo-8-thrilling-story-first-mission-moon

The Yoga Healer at Chevalier’s Bookstore 

Join us to hear author Christine Burke read and celebrate her new book, The Yoga Healer: Remedies for Body, Mind and Spirit, which is designed as a mini-workshop to allow us to unwind and restore at this unique reading, demonstration and signing.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://chevaliersbooks.com/2017/04/02/yo-ga-yoga-author-and-renowned-liberation-yoga-owner-christine-burke-debuts-the-yoga-healer-remedies-for-body-mind-and-spirit-with-special-gratis-mini-workshop-signing/

Miss Burma at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear Charmaine Craig, in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen, discuss and sign Miss Burma, a novel based on the lives of the author’s mother and grandparents. This book tells the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of a family struggling to find love, justice, and meaning during a time of war and political repression. Kirkus describes this book as “rich and layered, a complex weaving of national and personal trauma….Mesmerizing and haunting.”

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Jeffrey Tambor at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear esteemed actor and author Jeffrey Tambor, discuss and sign his new book, Are You Anybody? This is Tambor’s chance to discuss his creative process and immense accomplishments from a life lived onscreen, including his signature roles in Arrested Development and Transparent. This memoir is funny, insightful, and uplifting, touching on comedy and the enduring chutzpa required to make it through life.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jeffrey-tambor-discusses-his-book-are-you-anybody

Lisa Napoli and Ray & Joan at Glendale Central Library

 

Please join us to hear Lisa Napoli, the author of Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away, discuss and sign her new book. This is a story of big business, big love, and big giving!

Lisa Napoli has been a journalist for over thirty years, and her first book Radio Shangri-La (2011) chronicles the dawn of democratic rule in Bhutan, where she was invited to start a youth-oriented radio station.

Where: Glendale Central Library

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 222 East Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205

Website: http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/24745/125

Chiwan Choi Features at the Anansi Writers Workshop

Join us to hear Chiwan Choi, the author of three collections of poetry, The Flood (Tia Chucha Press, 2010), Abductions (Writ Large Press, 2012), and The Yellow House (CCM, 2017). He wrote, presented and destroyed the novel Ghostmaker throughout the course of 2015. He is also a partner with Writ Large Press, an indie publisher focused on literary arts to resist, disrupt, and transgress.

$5 donation.

Where: The World Stage Art, Recreation & Performance Gallery

Date: Wednesday the 24th    

Time: 7:30 pm workshop; 8:30 pm featured artist

Address: 4321 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/169132636950181/?acontext=%7B”ref”%3A”3″%2C”ref_newsfeed_story_type”%3A”regular”%2C”feed_story_type”%3A”279″%2C”action_history”%3A”null”%7D

You’re More Powerful Than You Think at the Skirball

Join us to hear Eric Liu, former policy advisor to President Bill Clinton and founder of Citizen University, discuss and sign You’re More Powerful Than You Think. From the election of Donald Trump to the spread of grassroots movements like Black Lives Matter, people across the country are reclaiming power. Learn how to be more than a spectator in this new era. Bring your questions and prepare to be an active citizen at this talk and town hall-style conversation.

A book signing follows the program. Free but reservations recommended, and available at website.

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

Date: Wednesday the 24th    

Time: 8 pm

Address: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Websitehttp://skirball.org/programs/words-and-ideas/eric-liu-youre-more-powerful-you-think

Peter Cole at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear MacArthur Poetry Fellow Peter Cole, in conversation with Iranian Poet Kaveh Akbar, discuss and sign the forthcoming Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translations, and Portrait of an Alcoholic.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://chevaliersbooks.com/2017/04/02/macarthur-poetry-fellow-peter-cole-in-conversation-with-iranian-poet-kaveh-akbar-to-celebrate-coles-forthcoming-hymns-qualms-talk-reading-and-signing/

Stephen Hunter at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hunter, discuss and sign G-Man the latest episode in the Bob Lee Swagger saga,, which finds Bob uncovering his family’s secret tommy gun war with 1930s gangsters like John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson. Alternating between Bob’s present day search to uncover his grandfather’s legacy and Charles’ relentless pursuit for the nation’s most notorious outlaw in the Midwest of the 1930s, this is a thrilling, action-packed addition to the series.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/stephen-hunter-discusses-and-signs-g-man

Internment and Its Lessons for the Trump Era at JANM

Join us to hear Los Angeles Times publisher Davan Maharaj, author and journalist Richard Reeves, and author and former Rafu Shimpo editor Naomi Hirahara, and others discuss the media’s mistakes during the public hysteria generated by the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the lessons learned for our time.

Space is limited. This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link at the website.

Where: Japanese American National Museum

Date: Thursday the 25th                

Time: 7 pm

Address: 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.janm.org/events/#25

Behave: The Biology of Humans at ALOUD Reading Series

Join us to hear Robert Sapolsky, in conversation with evolutionary biologist Amy Parish, discuss his book, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. Moving between neurobiological factors, to the sensory world of our environment and endocrinology, to tracing our childhoods and their genetic makeup, to encompassing larger categories of culture, ecology, and evolution, Sapolsky considers millions of years of science to wrestle with why we ultimately do the things we do.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Thursday the 25th

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

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

Websitehttp://lfla.org/event/behave-biology-humans-best-worst/

Ngugi wa Thioing’o at Hammer Museum

Join us to hear one of the world’s leading writers and scholars, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who has been a force in bringing Africa to the forefront of contemporary literature and postcolonial theory through his novels, esssays, plays, journalism, and social activism. His new memoir, Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writers’ Awakening, chronicles the period in early-1960s East Africa when he first found his voice as a leader of a literary and intellectual movement. A distinguished professor in the School of Humanities at UC Irvine, he has been nominated for the Man Booker International Prize.

Coffee, tea and a book signing follows the program.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 25th                 

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/05/ngugi-wa-thiongo/

Golden State Anthology at the Last Bookstore

Join us for the release party for the anthology Golden State 2017: Best New Writing form California, the fourth volume in the series formerly known as California Prose Directory! Editor Lisa Locasio, and contributors Lou Matthews, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Anthony J. Mohr, Vincent Poturica, Elizabeth Hall, Seth Fischer, Ashton Politanoff, Rebecca Baumann, Ron Gutierrez, Anne-Marie Kinney, and Jaspar Henderson will read.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Zan Romanoff at Skylight Bookstore

 

Join us to hear Zan Romanoff discuss her book, Grace and the Fever, a middle school book about when everyone was a Fever Dream fan. Now facing high school graduation, Gracie Thomas sometimes feels like she never moved on—until one night she confronts the realities of that world.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/zan-romanoff-reads-her-ya-novel-grace-and-fever

Janesville: An American Story at Book Soup

Join us to hear Amy Goldstein, discuss and sign Janesville: An American Story, which is the Washington Post reporter’s intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin—Paul Ryan’s home town—and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of all involved to show why it’s so hard to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 26th                    

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/amy-goldstein-discusses-and-signs-janesville-american-story

Ada Calhoun, with David Rothbart, at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Ada Calhoun discuss her book, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, with David Rothbart, which is a striking rumination on the true challenges and joys of marriage first contemplated in her essay in the New York Times Modern Love column.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/ada-calhoun-discusses-her-book-wedding-toasts-ill-never-give-davy-rothbart

Alivio Open Mic at Residence in Bell

Join us for our Open Mic, which is offered every fourth Friday of the month. Alivio was created to offer a space for all members of the working class Southeast LA community to unite and show their truths, expressions and courage, through poetry, music and art.

Featured artist: Ariceli Espinoza.

Hosted by Eric Eztli.

Where: Private residence (garage)

Date: Friday the 26th

Time: 7:45 pm – 11 pm (sign-ups at 7:45; open mic at 8 pm)

Address: 6328 Orchard Ave., Bell, CA 90201

Website: http://www.facebook.com/alivio.openmic/

The Last Book Review at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear host Evan Mainard, who invites authors, comedians, musicians and more to tell funny, true stories and one witty book review. This is an eclectic event series which leads the audience into an exciting world of humorous discourse and creativity.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 26th                   

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Open Mic at Tia Chucha

Join us for a Night of Music and Spoken Word in an Open Mic format, a welcoming, creative sanctuary where people are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, and talents through various styles of expression. It’s FREE and participants sign up upon arrival.

Hosted by: Jeffrey Martin.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 26th                   

Time: 8 pm

Address: 13197 Galdstone Ave., Unit A, Sylmar, CA 91342

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

Nisei Staged Reading at JANM    

Join us to hear a staged reading in advance of the pilot for Nisei, created by Richard Allen and Eliot John Hagen, and developed with the assistance of Koji Steven Sakai and Tim Southam. This new TV pilot follows Kenji Takagi, veteran of WWII 442nd Regimental Combat Team and his family after they are released from Tule Lake concentration camp in 1946.

RSVPs are recommended using link at website. Free with museum admission.

Where: Japanese American National Museum

Date: Saturday the 27th                   

Time: 2 pm

Address: 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.janm.org/events/#27

Golden State Anthology Reading at Gatsby’s Books

Please join us for a reading and showcase of Golden State: Best New Writing from California 2017, hosted by editor Lisa Locasio, with readings by: Anthony Mohr, Seth Fischer, Anne-Marie Kinney, Elizabeth Hall, Vincent Potrica, Michael–Jaimie Becerra, Zoe Ruiz, William Hillyard, and Ashton Polianoff.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 27th                   

Time: 3 pm

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

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

Pamela Des Barres & Students at Book Soup

Join us to hear Pamela Des Barres, author of the international bestseller, I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, share her femoir writing workshop information, and how she has guided women through the process of writing their memoirs.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 27th                   

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/pamela-des-barres-students-read-and-sign-let-it-bleed-how-write-rockin-memoir

The Wandering Song Reading at Beyond Baroque

Tia Chucha Press is proud to present an anthology of Central American writers living in the United States. This is the first-ever comprehensive literary survey of the Central American diaspora by a U.S. publisher. Participants in The Wandering Song publication reading include: Ricardo Flores, Karina Oliva, Carolina Rivera, Claudia Hernandez, Gustavo Guerra Vasquez, William Archilla, Susana Marcelo, Felix Aguilar, Melinda Palacio, Michelle Bernardino, Kelly Duarte, William Flores, Dora Magana, Cynthia Guardado and William Gonzalez.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 4 pm

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

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

Peter Rock at Skylight Bookstore

Join us as Peter Rock discusses his new book, Spells, a project which grew from his long time interest in using images for storytelling, which began while he was working as a security guard in an art museum. Here he asked five photographers her admired to send him images he used as a foundation for his writing, and the texts range from narrative to prose poem, from folktale to rant to reverie, to an essay written by a fourth grader. The ensuing drama explores the relationship between dreams and waking life, between head and heart, shadows and bodies, the living and the dead.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/peter-rock-discusses-his-new-book-spells

Crime Writers Reading at Gatsby’s Books

Please join us for a crime-wave reading by Los Angeles crime writers who will read from their latest works. Featured authors include: Nolan Knight (The Neon Lights Are Veins), S.W. Lauden (Crossed Bones), Sarah M. Chen (Cleaning Up Finn), and Danny Gardner (A Negro and an Ofay).

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 27th                   

Time: 5 pm

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

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

Civil Coping Mechanisms Authors at Beyond Baroque

Join us to hear new work by five authors from Civil Coping Mechanisms, who consider that The Self Is a Hybrid Form, by re-imagining autobiography, the self, and the literary conventions of personal narrative. Hosted by Quentin Ring, readers include Christopher Higgs (As I Stand Living), Wendy C. Ortiz (Hollywood Notebook), Chiwan Choi (The Yellow House), Harold Abramowitz (Blind Spot) and Janice Lee (The Sky Isn’t Blue).

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 1681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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

L.A. ZINE FEST 2017 at California Market Center 

Join us for the 6th annual Zine Fest, held in the basement-level Exhibit Hall of the California Market Center in downtown L.A. Celebrating self-publishing and DIY culture in the community, this year’s Fest will feature over 2oo zinesters—writers, illustrators, comix creators, photographers, and more—all in one place for one amazing day!

Where: California Market Center (enter off 9th St and Main; the Olympic entrance will be closed). Parking available for $9 in parking garage off Los Angeles St. or Main St.

Date: Saturday the 28th

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Address: 110 E. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90079

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/391403601259030/?acontext=%7B”ref”%3A”2″%2C”ref_dashboard_filter”%3A”upcoming”%2C”action_history”%3A”[%7B%5C”surface%5C”%3A%5C”dashboard%5C”%2C%5C”mechanism%5C”%3A%5C”main_list%5C”%2C%5C”extra_data%5C”%3A[]%7D]”%7D

Articulate Scars Reading at Hollywood Regional Library 

Join us to hear Derek D. Brown feature at the Sunday edition of Expressions LA, reading from his debut book of poetry entitled Articulate Scars. Books will be available for signing by the author.

There will also be an Open Mic, and sign-ups start at 1:30 pm.

Where: Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/752150731624156/?acontext=%7B”ref”%3A”2″%2C”ref_dashboard_filter”%3A”upcoming”%2C”action_history”%3A”[%7B%5C”surface%5C”%3A%5C”dashboard%5C”%2C%5C”mechanism%5C”%3A%5C”main_list%5C”%2C%5C”extra_data%5C”%3A[]%7D]”%7D

Local Authors Day at Vroman’s

Join us for Vroman’s Local Authors Day and meet authors Patricia Benke and Pricilla Rose.

Patricia Benke will discuss and sign Qudeen the Magificent, a book about unrelated Syrian girls, all told in the first person voice, all between the ages of seven and eighteen, and all in conflict with their culture and the world around them.

Pricilla Rose will discuss and sign The Future Belongs to Those Who Dare, which are words originally spoken by Raymond Rood, Founder of the Genysys Group, and which sent the author on an unexpected journey of self-discovery.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman’s-local-author-day-introduces-patricia-benke-and-priscilla-rose

Michael C. Ford & John Brantingham at Bolton Hall   

Village Poets of Sunland & Tujunga present Michael C. Ford and John Brantingham at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga.

Michael C. Ford is a poet, playwright and recording artist, and has been publishing steadily since 1970 and credited with over 28 volumes of print documents. He has been featured on 65 spoken words tracks, plus four solo recordings. His debut vinyl received a Grammy nomination (1987) and his Selected Poems (1998) earned a Pulitzer nomination on the first ballot. His most recent volume of poetry is Women Under the Influence (2016).

John Brantingham teaches creative writing at Mt. San Antonio College, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, and the Center for the Arts. He is the author of Dual Impressions: Poetic Conversations about Art, an ekphrastic collection, ten books and chapbooks, and co-authored How to Write, a textbook, and wrote The Gift of Form: A Pocket Guide to Formal Poetry.

The readings include a featured poet (20 min. each for two poets) and two open mic segments. Refreshments are served and $3 donations are collected for the cost of the venue.

Where:  Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 4:30 pm

Address: 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga, CA 91042

Website: http://villagepoets.blogspot.com/

Kelly Lytle Hernandez at Skylight Bookstore 

Join us to hear Kelly Lytle Hernandez discuss and sing her book City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965. This book explains how the City of Angels became the capital city of the world’s leading incarcerator. Marshalling two centuries of evidence, this is also a chronicle of resilience and rebellion, documenting how targeted peoples and communities have always fought back.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/kelly-lytle-hernandez-discusses-her-book-city-inmates

Holocaust at the Last Bookstore

Join us for Lessons of the Past: An Evening with a Holocaust Survivor, Part 2. Joseph Alexander was only 20 years old when he was taken to Auschwitz in 1943. Please join us to hear him tell his story of his fight to survive in Nazi occupied Poland.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 6 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Tongue & Groove Reading Series at The Hotel Café

Join our monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word, and music, produced by Conrad Romo.

This month’s event features writers:

Benn Loory is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. His second collection, Tales of Falling and Flying is coming from Penguin in September.

Joshua Nguyen began writing with the Meta-Four Houston Youth Slam Team form 2008-2012, and was part of the University of Texas Spitshine Slam from 2014-2016, winning prizes in 2014-2016. He is a Kundiman Fellow, and has been published in numerous journals.

Cynthia Romanowski holds an MFA from UC Riverside’s low residency MFA program, is a former prose editor of the Coachella Review and a regular contributor to Lit Central OC. Her writing has appeared in various journals, and she has been featured with Dirty Laundry Lit.

Brandi Neal is a former East Coast newspaper and magazine writer and editor who now lives in LA. She is the editor of two anthologies, and her writing has appeared in more than a dozen magazines and journals

Jian Huang is an immigrant and proud American, and PEN Emerging Voices Fellow. Jian came to the U.S. with her parents form Shanghai, China, grew up in LA, earned a Bachelor’s degree from USC, and has worked for a number of social service organizations. She is working on her first memoir titled Business in the Front, about the journey to the American Dream.

Musical guest Hannah Rebekah, sings about connection, yearning, and compassion. Her first professional record will be released in spring, 2017. She has created Vanlife Sessions, a mini-concert series featuring singer-songwriters from around the country.

There is a $7 cover charge. Come early. Seating is limited.

Where: The Hotel Café

Date: Sunday the 28th               

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 1623 ½ No. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

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

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