Los Angeles Literature Events 7/31/17 –8/06/17

downloadTeen Summer Reading Challenge at Exposition Park Regional Library–Teen Event

As part of “Reading by Design” Summer Reading Challenge: Teen Read, Rant & Rave, join us for a book discussion of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, by Marianne Goo.

Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Information Desk. Recommended for readers in grades 7-12.

Where: Exposition Park- Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 31st

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

Address: 3900 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/reading-design-summer-reading-challenge-teen-read-rant-rave-1

Conversation with Sheila Nevins at Book Soup  

Barnard Women in Entertainment’s Reading and Conversation with Sheila Nevins presents, You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales, the story of the real life challenges of being a woman in a man’s world, and all that entails. Nevins is a famed documentary producer, and as President of HBO Documentary Films for over 30 years, she tells it like it is.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 31st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:   http://www.booksoup.com/event/barnard-women-entertainment’s-reading-and-conversation-sheila-nevins

African Literature in African Languages at ALOUD

Join us for an ALOUD Reading Series discussion of Moving the Center: African Literature in African Languages, with Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Richard Ali A Mutu, in conversation with poet and translator David Shook.

Two generations of African writers, from Kenya and the Republic of the Congo, discuss the politics of writing in African languages, the vibrancy of the continent’s cultural output, and the exciting new trends in African writing.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 31st

Time: 7:15 pm (stand-by seating at 7 pm)

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

Website:   http://lfla.org/event/moving-center-african-literature-african-languages/

90X90LA: Only Voices Are Capable of Love at Cielo Galleries

Even while our bodies are under threat of erasure, our voices carry. Readers will share narratives that resist—whether by transcribing axioms of American living, recoding memories that bring about their own origin myths, or dispelling myths that are used to homogenize our experience. Though our voices we can take claim of our bodies once again.  With: Gina Alexandra, Katherine Agard, Loretta McCormick, Sean Pessin, Kim-Ahn Schrieber.

Event is curated by Gina Alexandra, Loretta McCormick & Sean Pessin.

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Monday the 31st

Time: 8 pm

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

Website:   http://90x90la.com/tbdm-731-8pm/

Summer Authors Program for Kids & Teens at Baldwin Hills Branch Library

Join us to meet Laura Lacamara, author of Dalia’s Wondrous Hair, The Runaway Piggy, Floating on Mama’s Song, Mama and the Alien, and Alice’s Fruity Drinks.

Discover her books, her story, and what it’s like to be an author.

Where:  Baldwin Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 4 pm

Address: 2906 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/meet-author-laura-lac%C3%A1mara

90X90LA: Panel on Money, Value Statements at Annenberg Community Beach House

Join us for a discussion which is part of a trio of August panels titled Values Statement (other panels 8/15 “Community” and 8/29 “Politics) here at the Beach House. A discussion on the economy of art from various perspectives will include panelists:

Sarah Filley (Popuphood);

Kima Jones (Jack Jones Literary Arts);

Adam Leipzig (Cultural Weekly, Entertainment Media Partners);

Skira Martinez (Cielo Galleries/Studios).

Bring your perspective and join in the discussion!

Where:  Annenberg Community Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website:   http://90x90la.com/money-value-statements-tu-81-630pm/

Terry Jastrow & Anne Archer at Diesel’s Bookstore  

Join us for a publication party and to hear Terry Jastrow, in discussion with his wife, actress and founder of Artists for Human Rights, Anne Archer, discuss and sign The Trial of Prisoner 043. What would happen if George W. Bush were prosecuted for war crimes? This story imagines the events if he were transported to The Hague to stand trial for war crimes in connection with the Iraq War.

Where: Diesel’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 6:30 pm

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


Ryan Gattis at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us as Ryan Gattis reads from his new novel, Safe, a gritty fast-paced thriller that hurtles readers toward a shocking conclusion that asks the toughest question of all: how far would you go to protect the one you love?

Gattis is the author of Kung Fu High School, and All Involved, a novel about the 1992 L.A. riots. He lives in Los Angeles.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/ryan-gattis-reads-his-new-novel-safe

Derek Brown Open Mic & Poetry Reading at Coffee Cartel


Join us as Redondo Poets welcomes Derek D. Brown and James Doane to our weekly reading and open mic at Coffee Cartel in Redondo Beach.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 1st

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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


Summer Authors Program for Kids & Teens at Chinatown Branch Library–Kids Event

Join us to meet Oliver Chin, our summer author of Tales of the Chinese Zodiac series, as well as other wonderful books. Lucky winners will receive a free copy of the author’s book.

Come out and enjoy the fun!

Where:  Chinatown Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 2nd

Time: 3 pm

Address: 639 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/summer-author-oliver-chin-0

90X90LA: Little Tokyo Cultural Spine Tour + Reading #2 at Union Center for the Arts

Join us for the Little Tokyo Cultural Spine Series, part 2 of 4, one of four consecutive Wednesdays, July 19-August 9, of site-specific readings and performances in Little Tokyo Los Angeles—the second oldest neighborhood in L.A. and one of three remaining historic Japantowns in the nation.

Come along on a short tour of the Little Tokyo Cultural Spine, a pathway highlighting many of our neighborhood’s vibrant historic and cultural sites, and explore 133-years of history, resilience and self-determination.

The second tour, Ancestors and Origins, moves from the Union Center for the Arts to Higashi Buddhist Temple, and ends with happy hour at Wolf & Crane!

Event co-curated by traci kato-kiriyama, Alison De La Cruz, Scott Oshima and Kristin Fukushima.

Where: Union Center for the Arts

Date: Wednesday the 2nd

Time: 6 pm

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


Very Small Rooms Reading at the Pop-Hop Bookstore

Join us for Very Small Rooms: a reading, hosted by Potluck Magazine and The Pop-Hop, featuring:

Bill Lessard, Caroline Hayes, cinqpalmi, Amanda Choo Quan, jordan hoxie & more.

MC’d by Leah “future poet laureate of your heart” Clancy.

Where: The Pop –Hop books & print

Date: Wednesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 5002 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042


90X90LA: Mystery Summer School: Crime Writing for Beginners at Cielo Galleries/Sudios

This is an introductory fiction writing workshop for young writers interested in exploring the rich world of crime fiction. LA novelists Steph Cha and Desiree Zamorano will talk about writing mystery and crime and lead students in exercises that explore the dark and twisted corners of their imaginations. No experience needed and beginners are encouraged. This should be a fun, low pressure introduction to genre writing for young Angelenos with the time and interest.

Children/young people are welcome and encouraged to visit during Cielo events. There are books, art supplies and drinks/snacks.

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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


Compass Rose at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Elizabeth Austin discuss and sign her debut novel, Compass Rose, which takes the reader 40 years into the future to a divided United States. Income inequality has become extreme and class differences have escalated. Civil war erupts, and in the initial chaos, a college student must flee her home and reunite with her family. Later she and her new love discover corruption at the heart of the new government and try to fight for justice in this new order.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/elizabeth-austin-discusses-and-signs-compass-rose

John Dvorak at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear John Dvorak discuss and sign Mask of the Sun: The Science, History and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses, about how eclipses are always spectacular and precisely predictable, and have guided time and allowed to track and pinpoint recorded events for eons. The author provides explanations as to how and why eclipses occur, and offers insights into the forthcoming eclipse of 2017 that will be visible across North America.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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


Book Club Discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale at Pages Bookstore

Join us for an evening with Emmy nominated cinematographer of the Hulu production of The Handmaid’s Tale, Colin Watkinson. Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985, and its powerful themes have stuck a chord with many. Find out why and join this wonderful community book club experience.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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


Saul Ramirez at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear author Saul Ramirez, who will discuss and sign his new book, The Champions Game. Learn more about the rules for chess and for life: lessons for students, parents, middle grade educators and administrators on how the rules of chess can teach life principles and skills such as visualization, critical thinking, and strategic planning. BUILD A CHAMPION MENTALITY!

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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


Pop Sixties at Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Join us to hear authors Donna Loren and Dominic Priore, present and sign, Pop Sixties: Shindig!, Dick Clark, Beach Party, and Photographs from the Donna Loren Archive (Rare Bird). This is a photographic retrospective by a 1960s “It Girl” which includes behind the scenes stories and narratives of many movie and TV sets and iconic images of many iconic performers and musical groups.

Where: Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Date: Thursday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 6644 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028


90X90LA: Open Mic/Anthology Zine

Celebrate! Activate! Investigate!

Join us for an Open Mic/Anthology Zine event,  Poetry & Brunch Live with Cape Town, part of a weekend symposium called, INTERACT, which includes a panel discussion with narrative game designers, a workshop on creating motion books, and a workshop on designing social justice campaigns for social media.

This is a reading co-located in South Central and South Africa. Cape Town poets will visit Cielo via video conference in a poetry exchange with Los Angeles poets!

Featured Cape Town poets include: Genna Gardini, Lerato Leilah Sello, Louise Westerhout, Ashley Makue, Vusumuzi Dalisto Mpofu.

Featured Los Angeles poets include: Gia Scott-Heron, Skira Martinez, Khadijah Anderson, James Evert Jones, Zoe Blaq.

There will be a full brunch with libations! Children are welcome!

No pets please!

Curated and produced by Skira Martinez and Zoe Blaq

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Friday the 4th

Time:  11:30 am – 2 pm

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

Website:   http://90x90la.com/open-micanthology-zine-84/

Gin Phillips at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Gin Phillips, who will discuss and sign her new book, Fierce Kingdom. An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between her mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him. Joan and her four year old son have a perfect day at the zoo, but end up running to save their lives and keep a step ahead of danger. This book asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

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


Open Mic Poetry Slam at Pipe & Thimble Bookstore

Join us for our Friday Community Nights, and our First Friday Open Mic Poetry Slam! Seating is limited, doors open at 7:30 pm, so reserve your seat at Eventbrite link at site.

Hosted by Luis Antonio Pichardo, founder and executive director of DSTL Arts, a nonprofit mentorship organization that works with creative at risk youth and adults.

Where: Pipe & Thimble Publishing and Bookstore

Date: Friday the 4th

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

Address: 24830 Narbonne Ave., Lomita, CA 90717


Rapp Saloon Reading Series at Rapp Saloon

Join us on the first Friday of the month for the Rapp Saloon Reading Series, hosted by Cynthia Alessandra Briano.

Featured tonight: Art Currim, writer, poet, composer and director who has appeared at many poetry forums and events and been published in numerous publications. He is LA-based, and arrived via India, Canada and Orange County to develop his unique perspective and interest in relationships and the meaningful social issues of the day.

With writers: Wendy Rainey and Eric Howard

Music by: Hector Marquez and Xalli Algo

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 4th

Time: 8:30 pm

Address: 1436 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90401


Book Group at Ocean Park Branch Library, SMPL

Join us for the monthly meeting of the Ocean Park Book Group to discuss Death in the Andes, by Mario Vargas Llosa.

Open to all. No registration required.

Where: Ocean Park Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 2601 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405


Bad Indians: A Reading at Audubon Center, Debs Park

Join us as we welcome renowned author, poet, and indigenous Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Elder Deborah Miranda to discuss and sign Bad Indians. This book, now taught in hundreds of universities around the world traces her family into, within, and out of the Carmel Mission from 1770-2013 with oral histories, mission records, family photographs, newspaper records, field notes and more. Miranda is a full professor and endowed chair of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

Hosted by Teresa Mei Chuc and Jo Dominguez

Where: Audubon Center at Debs Park

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Address: 4700 N. Griffin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 91101


Summer Reading Program at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us for a Summer Reading Program Event, Until Our Next Adventure. The end of summer is near. Join us for a party where we’ll learn to tie knots, have a set up for photos, snacks, and a raffle!

Find out more about our Summer Reading Program!

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 1 pm

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


He Never Came Home Anthology at Book Soup

Join us to hear Regina Robertson and contributors present and sign the anthology, He Never Came Home: Interviews, Stories, and Essays from Daughters on Life Without Their Fathers. This is a collection of 22 personal essays written by girls and women who have been separated from their fathers by way of divorce, abandonment, or death. Edited by Essence magazine’s West Coast editor Regina R. Robertson, this book also speaks to mothers who are raising girls without a father present, offering important perspective into their daughters’ feelings and struggles.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 3 pm

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


Emerging Poets Writing Workshop at Santa Catalina Library

Join us as Saturday Afternoon Poetry presents an Emerging Urban Poets Writing Workshop led by Mira Mataric.

Event is curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena Public Library

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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


90X90LA: Interactive Storytelling Discussion

It’s time to think beyond the page! From immersive theatre and escape rooms, to roleplaying and narrative games, to virtual and mixed reality, the future of storytelling is interactive and immersive.

We’ll discuss how writers and designers approach writing interactive stories and building new story worlds, with: Cat Manning, Laura Michet, Omowale Oniyide, and Paisley Smith.

Come with your questions about interactive storytelling and the creative process!

Where: Far East Lounge

Date: Saturday the 5th                 

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 353 East First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://90x90la.com/interact-panel-on-interactive-narrative-games-85-4pm/

Danielle Davis at Skylight Bookstore  

Join us to hear Danielle Davis read from her book, Zinnia and the Bees, the story of what happens when a colony of honeybees mistakes seventh-grader Zinnia’s hair for a hive, and that’s the least of her problems. This is a quirky, heartfelt debut, exploring the complex life of a young loner and comical hive of honeybees. It will touch anyone who has ever felt alone, betrayed, or misunderstood.

Where:  Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 5th

Time: 5 pm

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


90X90LA: Interactive Storytelling 101

Interactive Storytelling 101 is an introductory course to the MADEFIRE MOTION BOOK TOOL. This workshop will give you the basic understanding on how to assemble your assets, (art, text, and sounds), onto pages of a motion book. You’ll learn how to animate those assets, bringing your stories to life. And publish them online to share as an interactive reading experience for digital devices.

**A laptop is required for this class.

Event hosted and led by Skryb Anu.

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Sunday the 6th

Time: 2 pm

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

Website:   http://90x90la.com/interactive-storytelling-101-86-2pm/

IWOSC Reads Its Own at Vroman’s Bookstore

IWOSC Reads Its Own is a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works—from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes. Fifteen of IWOSC’s talented member writers will read short excerpts from their work. First-time and return readers will share their work. Selections may be published, unpublished, or works in progress, several minutes in length.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 6th

Time: 2 pm

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


Kelly Lytle-Hernandez at Book Soup       

Join us to hear Kelly Lytle-Hernandez discuss and sign City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965, which explains how the City of Angels became the capital city of the world’s leading incarcerator. Marshalling more than two centuries of evidence, the author unmasks how histories of native elimination, immigrant exclusion, and black disappearance drove the rise of incarceration in Los Angeles. This is also a chronicle of resilience and rebellion, documenting how targeted people and communities have always fought back. With these acts they altered the course of history in the city, the borderlands, and beyond.

Where:  Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 6th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

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


90X90LA: Moving for the Movement at Cielo Galleries/Studios

Successful social justice campaigns so often use social media as a atool for organizing. However, success on Twitter can feel fleeting, unpredictable and/or shallow. It is up to us to appropriate social media as a tool for collective action and expressions of solidarity. In this participatory workshop, we will use movement exercises and body storming to ideate ways to hack social media for social change, without losing sight of the human-to-human interaction at the heart of digital communication.

This is a movement workshop in which all bodies are welcome. Pizza will provided for an early dinner for participants. Be prepared to move and play!

Event hosted and led by Judith Oden Choi.

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Sunday the 6th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

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

Website:   http://90x90la.com/moving-for-the-movement-86-6-9pm/


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