Los Angeles Literature Events 7/17/17 –7/23/17

New Play Reading Festival at Boston Court Theatre

Boston-Court-ExteriorBoston Court’s 13th Annual New Play Reading Festival presents exciting new works in progress, a wide variety of genres, with an emphasis on works which are theatrically and visually arresting, and textually rich. Tickets are FREE and reservations are strongly recommended.

Join artistic directors Jessica Kubzansky & Michael Michetti, and literary manager Emilie Beck for a preview and discussion about this year’s plays.

Where: Boston Court

Date: Monday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 70 North Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

Website:   http://www.bostoncourt.com/events/343/new-play-reading-festival-preview

Sunsets of Tulum at Distant Lands

Join bestselling travel writer Ray Bartlett, who will read from his debut novel, Sunsets of Tulum. Like the protagonist in his novel, many people arrive in Cancun with little to no understanding of how rich the area is beyond the ridges of the resort. Learn more about this incredible part of the world from someone who knows it like the back of his hand.

Please RSVP at website or call 626-449-3220.

Where: Distant Lands Bookstore

Date: Monday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105

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

90X90: Wirecutter at Cielo Galleries/Studios

Join the Wirecutter Collective to celebrate the release of PAPERS: a chapbook, featuring poets Bridgette Bianca, Amanda Wang, and Rebecca Lee, and artist Ana Chaidez. We can’t wait to see this work out in the world. We’ll also get to hear from a guest of each poet.

Event is curated by Rocio Carlos & Rachel McLeod Kaminer.

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Monday the 17th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 3201 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website:   http://90x90la.com/wirecutter/

Mime Workshop at CAAM

Join us to explore how to read, and then rewrite, our cultural stories without saying a word. Brent Blair, a specialist in the methods of Augusto Boal, founder of the Theatre of the Oppressed, will present a workshop on silent expression—then the stage is yours!

Please RSVP at website or call: 213-744-2024.

Where: California African American Museum

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 600 State Dr., Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Website:   http://www.caamuseum.org/web_pages/programs.htm

Author Lisa Manterfield at Pages Bookstore

Please join us for an evening with Lisa Manterfield, author of The Smallest Thing. The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and she’s moving to London and swears she’s never coming back. inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become and adult—and fall in love.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/lisa-manterfield-author-event-0

Aparna & Friends at the Hammer Museum

 

Join us for a Night of Subjective Comedy and Performance, as part of our Bureau of Feminism series. Organized and led by comedienne Aparna Nancheria, this female-only comedy extravaganza features special guests Marlena Rodriguez, Erin Lennox, and Naomi Ekperigian.

Cash bar.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/07/aparna-friends-a-night-of-subjective-comedy/

Live Again Project at the Last Bookstore  

 

Join us to hear Michael Eselun for An Evening of Inspiring Stories, relating to those affected by the cancer experience.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Nancy Lynee Woo at Redondo Poets Event

 

Redondo Beach Poets welcomes featured poet Nancy Lynee Woo, and also offers its weekly Open Mic at Coffee Cartel.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets/

90×90: The Wandering Song at Cielo Galleries/Studios

Celebrate! Activate! Investigate!

Tia Chucha Press is proud to present The Wandering Song, an anthology of Central American writers living in the United States. It features work that captures the complexity of a rapidly growing community that shares certain experiences with other Latino groups, but also offers its own unique narrative. Featuring: Susana Aguilar-Marcelo, Iris de Anda, William A. Gonzalez, Cynthia Guardado, GusTavo Adolfo Guerra Vasquez, Adolfo Hernandez, Rossana Perez, and William Archila.

Event curated by Harold Terezon.

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 3201 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website:   http://90x90la.com/tbdtu-718-8pm/

Lilliam Rivera at Felipe de Neve Branch Library

 

Join us for our Summer Author program for Teens, and connect with Lilliam Rivera, author of The Education of Margot Sanchez. Refreshments will be served and lucky winners will receive a free copy of her book!

Where: Felipe de Neve Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 2820 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Websitehttp://lfla.org/events/summer-author-lilliam-rivera

Mystery Authors at Beverly Hills Public Library

 

Join us to hear A Midsummer Night’s Mystery, featuring Cara Black, Hannah Dennison, Naomi Hirahara, and Kwei Quartey.

The authors will discuss their books, their writing process,a nd the inspiration for the stories and characters.

Where: Beverly Hill Public Library

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Websitehttp://http://www.beverlyhills.org/cbhfiles/storage/files/1655786119506987946/mystery2017.pdf

Jade Chang & Annabelle Gurwitch at Pages Bookstore

 

Join us to hear Jade Chang, in conversation with Annabelle Gurwitch, (Wherever You Go, There They Are) discuss and sign The Wangs Vs. the World, a debut novel with a humorous take on immigration. Both authors are LA-based and their books have the underlying theme of immigration. Both books are humorous but relatable, and perfect for summer reading.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/jade-chang-conversation-annabelle-gurwitch ..

Spoonbenders at Book Soup

 

Join us to hear Daryl Gregory, discuss and sign Spoonbenders, the story of a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. Gregory delivers a stunning laugh-out-loud new novel about a family of gifted dreamers and the invisible forces that bind us all.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/daryl-gregory-discusses-and-signs-spoonbenders

Karin Esterhammer at Vroman’s Bookstore

 

Join us to hear Karin Esterhammer discuss and sign So Happiness to Meet You: Foolishly, Blissfully Stranded in Vietnam, about the decision, after job losses and the housing crash, how the author and her family left LA to start over in an unlikely place: a nine-foot-wide back-alley house in one of Ho Chi Minh City’s poorest districts—and where she ultimately found joy without Western trappings.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/karin-esterhammer-discusses-and-signs-so-happiness-meet-you-foolishly-blissfully-stranded

Paul Madonna at Skylight Bookstore

 

Join us to hear Paul Madonna discuss and sign On to the Next Dream, a series of drawings and stories which evoke the sense of vertigo induced from being forced from his home, and the roil of emotions he felt as he entered the city’s brutal competition for a place to live. This book captures the spirit of not just San Francisco, but the cultural epidemic now spreading to cities around the world.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/paul-madonna-discusses-his-book-next-dream

90×90: Little Tokyo Cultural Spine #1 at Various Little Tokyo Sites

Celebrate! Activate! Investigate!

In this four-part series that takes us through Little Tokyo streets and venues, we will explore what is called the “Cultural Spine” of the neighborhood.

Curated and produced by traci akemi-kiriyama, LTSC  SLT

Where: Various Little Tokyo Streets & Venues

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 8 pm

Address: Various Locations, Little Tokyo, CA

Website:   http://90x90la.com/tbdtu-718-8pm/

Janelle Brown, with Eden Lepucki, at Pages Bookstore

Join us to hear YA author Janelle Brown, in conversation local YA author Eden Lepucki, (Woman No. 17) discuss and sign Watch Me Disappear, a story about the disappearance of a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life, who went on a solo hike and vanished from the trail. Brown is also the author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and This Is Where We Live. Lepucki is also the author of the novel, California.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/janelle-brown-edan-lupicki

Chalk Rep’s Open Circle: Play at the Last Bookstore

Join us for an evening of performances, speakers, and ritual, including new writing by Humanitas Award-winning comedy writer Andrea Wachner. We also invite you to share and respond with words, movement or music during our Open Share segment.

Please RSVP at Website.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

90X90: Ramadan Reading at Cielo Galleries/Studios

Ramadan is a time of reflection and prayer and for some of us—poetry. Poetry-a-Day-for-Ramadan is a space for poets to share their Ramadan poems or prose or paint or music daily. Today we share those reflections.

Curated by Taz Ahmed

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Thursday the 20th                 

Time: 8 pm

Address: 321 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website: http://90x90la.com/ramadan-readingth-720-8pm/

Richard Lange at Skylight Bookstore  

 

Join us to hear Richard Lange read from his new book, The Smack, the story of a con man down on his luck who crosses paths with a sweet hooker who’s tired of the streets, and they try for one last score. Complications ensue!

Where:  Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/richard-lange-reads-his-new-novel-smack

Las Lunas 3rd Anniversary at Avenue 50 Studio       

 

You are cordially invited to celebrate the three-year anniversary of Las Lunas Locas, a self-identified womyn’s writing group based in Los Angeles.

There will be cake.

There will be music.

And certainly there will be words.

Bring your people. Meet our people.

This is also a fundraiser to support the epic Southwest Tour of 2017.

Where:  Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Friday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://us.eventbu.com/los-angeles/las-lunas-locas-three-year-anniversary/3778533            

90×90: Non-English Zines at Otros Libros

Zines are made in ALL sorts of languages, not just in English (no matter what the Broken Pencil Zine Awards has to say about it).

On this day we will celebrate many of these titles and zinemakers.

Event curated by Seite Books.

Where: Otros Libros

Date: Friday the 21st

Time: 8 pm

Address: 2006 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website:   http://90x90la.com/non-english-zinesf-721-8pm/

Book to Art Club at Glendale Brand Library

 

The Book to Art Club combines reading, discussion, and art making. Create a project based on themes from the book, The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro.

Where: Brand Library, Glendale Public Library

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 10:30 am – 12 pm

Address: 1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201

Websitehttp://glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/25254/125

Antoinette Portis at Children’s Book World–Children’s Book Event

Please join us to hear author/illustrator Antoinette Portis for a reading of her delightful new book, Now, a drawing demonstration, and an activity. Now is a stunningly illustrated, clever, and poignant picture book, and follows a little girl as she takes you on a tour of her favorite things.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 10:30 pm

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

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

90X90: IMPACT: symposium on art + gentrification at Cielo Galleries/ Studios

Please join us for IMPACT, a symposium on art and gentrification and its meanings for art and communities.

Curated by Robin Grearson and the 90x90LA team

Where: Cielo Galleries/ Studios

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time:11 am

Address: 3201 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90011

Website: http://90x90la.com/gentrification-symposiumsa-722-11am/

Play Reading Series at Boston Court

Please join us for a reading of Hitler’s Tasters, by Michele Kholos Brooks, the story of how three times a day, a group of young women have the opportunity to die for their country by being Adolph Hitler’s food tasters. What do they want to discuss as they wait to see if they will live another day?

Where: Boston Court

Date: Saturday the 22nd                  

Time: 11 am

Address: 70 North Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.bostoncourt.com/events/344/hitlers-tasters  

Lincoln and Mexico at Dominguez Adobe Museum

Join us as we host book editor Mikel Miller, who will present Abraham Lincoln and Mexico: A History of Courage, Intrigue and Unlikely Friendships and its author Michael Hogan. The book covers twenty years of history, beginning in 1846 and continuing through the Civil War. There will be a &A and book signing.

 

Where: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 1 pm

Address: 18127 S. Alameda St., Compton, CA

Website: http://dominguezrancho.org/2017/06/21/speaker-series-july-2017/      

Play Reading at Boston Court

Join us for a reading of This Floating World, by Tira Palmquist, a story about a woman of means crashing her car in no-man’s land, and then finding herself taking a long, strange trip home. This story takes place on the margins between suburbia and wilderness, here and there.

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 2:30 PM

Address:   70 North Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA

Website: http://www.bostoncourt.com/events/345/this-floating-world

Poetry at the Montrose Library

 

The Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga Monthly Readings presents readings from Dorothy Skiles and Marlene Hitt. This program will also have two Open Mic segments, and sign-up is available for those who wish to read their poems.

$3 donation appreciated.

Where: Montrose Library

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 2465 Honolulu Ave., Montrose CA

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

Spectrum Poetry Performance at Santa Catalina Library

Join us to hear featured poets published in Spectrum 11: Long Poem Haven. (Send up to three poems, each between 40 to 100 lines in length including stanza breaks, and a 5o word bio to us by July 1st).

Saturday Afternoon Poetry is curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Play Reading at Boston  Court

 

Join us for a reading of Sweet Maladies, by Zakiyyah Alexander, a dark play set in the time of Reconstruction, and inspired by Jean Genet’s, The Maids.

Where: Boston Court

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 5 pm

Address: 70 North Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA  90027

Website: http://www.bostoncourt.com/events/350/sweet-maladies

Tristine Rainer at Skylight Bookstore

 

Join us to hear Tristine Rainer in conversation and reading her book, Apprenticed to Venus: My Secret Life with Anais Nin. In 1962 eighteen-year-old Tristine Rainer was sent on an errand to Anais Nin’s West Village apartment. this chance meeting would change her life and begin her years as Anais’ accomplice, keeping her secrets—including that of her bigamy—even after the passing of her husbands.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/tristine-rainer-discusses-her-book-apprenticed-venus

Michael Connolly at the Last Bookstore

 

Join us to hear the #1 Bestselling Author Michael Connelly with his new book, The Late Show, featuring his new character, LAPD Detective Renee Ballard. Connelly is the author of 29 previous novels, including the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, and is executive producer of the TV series Bosch.

Please RSVP at Website.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

90X90: Our Hood Is Not For Sale at Cielo Galleries/Studios

Casa Solidaria del Sur/Solidarity House of the South, Dreamers of South Central LA and Cielo galleries/studios are all located on stolen Tongva Land. We recognize that our resistance against gentrification is interconnected with the Tongva/Native Peoples resistance to continued colonization and genoside.

As we/our communites resist gentrification we ask:

Who was here before us?
How did we get here?
Who is here now?

Who ‘owns’ the properties in South Central?
Who is posting all those ‘We Buy Houses/Fast Cash’ signs all over South Central?

Who is activley resisting gentrification in South Central?

Do you know something about the history of South Central LA?
Are you concerned about the gentrification of South Central?
Have you experienced gentrification in your hood?
Do you have information you would like to share?

We invite people from South Central and beyond to join us as we discuss gentrification and make our own creative signs to post as a direct response to the bombardment of ‘We Buy Houses/Fast Cash’ signs all over South Central LA.

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Address: 3201 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Websitehttp://90x90la.com/tbd-workshopsu-723-5pm/

La Palabra Reading Series at Avenue 50 Studio  

 

Join us to welcome the sauna of July and enjoy some cool paletas.

Join our circle and hear the words of our featured artists:

T Sarmina is a queer Xicanx child of migrant field workers, writes with these identities in mind, and works at 826LA. T’s work appears in Coiled Serpent, ITWOW and elsewhere.

Kirin Khan is a Pukhtuna writer from Alberquerque, New Mexico whose work explores immigration, violence and belonging. se is a 2016 VONA Voices alum, a 2017 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, and she is currently working on her first novel.

Joseph Rios was born and raised in Clovis, California and his first book, Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations, is forthcoming from Omnidown. He is a VONA Voices alum, and a Macondo and a CantoMundo fellow. He lives in Los Angeles.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 2 pm 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.acebook.com/events/436748193363316/?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

Nebraska Girl Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for our monthly Open Mic event, hosted by Wyatt Underwood.

Sign-ups begin at 1:30 pm.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Cindy Rinne & Friends at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Cindy Rinne read from Listen to the Codex, twenty eight poems that stitch a tale intersecting ancient mythology with science fiction.

The Native Blossoms Chapbook Series embraces poetry of place, experience and connections to the natural landscape, the untamed, the indigenous.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/cindy-rinne-reads-listen-codex-special-guests

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