Los Angeles Literature Events 2/12/18 –2/18/18

DVnV2k9UMAQUIxI41st Annual Writers Week Conference at UC Riverside

Join us for the 41st Annual Writers Week Conference, the longest-running FREE literary event in California, which attracts both seasoned authors and those just beginning their careers. This year’s event takes place from February 12-18, and is hosted by the UCR Department of Creative Writing and Tom Lutz, the Writers Week director.

On Monday, February 12th join us to hear:

Tess Taylor is a poet, an on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and the chair of the poetry committee of the National Book Critics Circle. She is the author of the chapbook, Misremembered World, the book The Forage House, in which she explores her personal history as a descendant of Thomas Jefferson, and the author of Work and Days, which was named one of the Best Poetry Books of 2016 by The New York Times. (Reading at 2:30 pm)

Hadara Bar-Nadav is a poet and a Professor of English at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She is the author of two chapbooks and three poetry collections. She also co-authored the bestselling textbook Writing Poems (8th edition) with Michelle Boisseau. Her latest book of poetry, The New Nudity was published in 2017. (Reading at 4 pm)

Books by Writers Week authors are available at the UCR Bookstore and at Cellar Door Books in nearby Canyon Crest Town Center.

Complimentary parking permits available at parking lot Kiosk.

Where: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg., South-Screening Room, 1128

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm; and 4 pm – 5:30 pm on Monday the 12th

Address: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521

Website: http://www.writersweek.ucr.edu

Octavia Butler Event at Altadena Library District

Please join Altadena Library for a special look at the life of science fiction author and Altadenan Octavia E. Butler. Presenter Natalie Russell is the Assistant Curator of Literary Collections at the Huntington Library, and curator of the recent exhibit “Octavia Butler: Telling My Stories.”

25 copies of Kindred are available at the library to borrow and read before the event. We encourage you to read the book before the event.

Where: Altadena Library District

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena, CA 91001

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/314889282348899/

Rachel Lyon at Book Soup

Please join us to hear author Rachel Lyon, read and discuss her debut novel, Self-Portrait with Boy, a compulsively readable and electrifying story set in 1990s Brooklyn, about an ambitious young female artist who accidentally photographs a boy falling to his death—an image that could jumpstart her career, but would also devastate her most intimate friendship. The boy is her neighbor’s son, and the tragedy brings all the buildings’ residents together.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.booksoup.com/event/rachel-lyon-julia-fierro-discusses-and-signs-self-portrait-boy

Scott O’Connor, with Rachel Harper, at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Scott O’Connor, in conversation with novelist and screenwriter Rachel Harper, read and discuss his book, A Perfect Universe, a piercingly emotional cycle of stories set in the overlooked corners of sun-bleached Los Angeles. This is a masterful exploration of growing up and growing old, loss and longing identity and deception, and the search for redemption, humility, and grace.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/scott-o’connor-conversation-rachel-harper-discusses-and-signs-perfect-universe-ten-stories

Roxane Gay at the Hammer Museum

Please join us for our Some Favorite Writers reading series to hear Roxane Gay, one of today’s most astute cultural critics. She is the author of the best-selling Bad Feminist, the novel Untamed State, and several short story collections. Raw and beautifully written, her most recent book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, is a remarkable work about pain, healing, strength and coming to terms with oneself and one’s body.

This series is hosted and curated by acclaimed author Mona Simpson, and the reading will be followed by a discussion between the two authors.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/01/some-favorite-writers-roxane-gay/

41st Annual Writers Week Conference at UC Riverside

Join us for the 41st Annual Writers Week Conference, the longest-running FREE literary event in California, which attracts both seasoned authors and those just beginning their careers. This year’s event takes place from February 12-18, and is hosted by the UCR Department of Creative Writing and Tom Lutz, the Writers Week director.

On Tuesday, February 13th join us to hear:

Chris Buckley is a poet, memoirist, editor, critic, and professor, and the author of over 50 books and chapbooks, including Star Apocrypha (2001), Sky (2004), Modern History (2008), Rolling the Bones (2010), and White Shirt (2011). He is a Professor Emeritus at UC Riverside. (Reading at 3:30 pm)

Micah Chatterton writes, edits, teaches, and tends library at various locations in the Inland Empire, where he grew up. His work has appeared and been featured in numerous journals. (Reading at 5 pm)

Marco Maisto is a writer whose work explores the emotional landscape of conceivable worlds. Traces of a Fifth Column is the title of his first full-length book, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his long poem, The Loneliness of the Middle-Distance Transmissions Aggregator. (Reading at 5 pm)

Krys Lee published her debut novel, How I Became a North Korean last year after moving back to Korea where she was born. She grew up, went to school, and wrote her first book in the U.S.: Drifting House, a collection of stories. She now teaches in Seoul at Yonsei University. (Reading at 6:30 pm)

Books by Writers Week authors are available at the UCR Bookstore and at Cellar Door Books in nearby Canyon Crest Town Center.

Complimentary parking permits available at parking lot Kiosk.

Where: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg., South-Screening Room, 1128

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm; 5 pm – 6 pm; and 6:30 pm- 7 pm on Tuesday the 13th

Address: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521

Website: http://www.writersweek.ucr.edu

Father Gregory Boyle at Loyola Marymount University

Join us for a Day of Kinship with Gregory Boyle, S.J. In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, Barking to the Choir, Father Boyle’s second book, offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. The author is the founder of Homeboy Industries, and profits from this book will go to fund the organization’s many worthy endeavors.

Where: Burns Recreation Center Back Court, LMU

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 2:30 pm

Address: 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Websitehttp://cal.lmu.edu/event/a_day_of_kinship_with_gregory_boyle_sj#.WnUp1ujwZPY

Literary Uprising: Readings at Antioch University

Join us to hear four AULA creative writers as they share their latest literary works at this free public reading:

Lisa Croce, BA student reader

Danton Stone, SMC reader (from Jim Krusoe’s Fiction class)

Kirsten Imani Kasai, author of Barbie Chang

Victoria Chang, MFA Alum reader

Sponsored by: The Antioch University Los Angeles BA Program and Two Hawks Quarterly.

Where: Antioch University

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230

Website: http://www.alumni.antioch.edu/s/1688/phase1/index.aspx?sid=1688&gid=2&pgid=1698&cid=3274&ecid=3274&crid=0&calpgid=379&calcid=1061

Trump’s ABC at Diesel Bookstore (for adults)

Join us to hear and meet Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes to read and sign her picture book for adults, Trump’s ABC. Joining her in conversation will be the acclaimed cartoonist for The New Yorker, Bruce Eric Kaplan. The author creates editorial cartoons in various media for the Washington Post, and she is acclaimed for her excoriating satirical skills.

Where: Diesel’s Bookstore, Brentwood, lower courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 8818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/eventsara-saedi-discusses-her-young-adult-memoir-americanized /

Steve Coll at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us meet and hear author Steve Coll discuss and sign Directorate S: The C.I.A and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Resuming the narrative of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars, he tells for the first time the epic and enthralling story of America’s intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban since 9/11.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www./vromansbookstore.com/event/steve-coll-discusses-and-signs-directorate-s-cia-and-americas-secret-wars-afghanistan-and

George Christie at Book Soup

Join us meet and hear author George Christie discuss and sign the thriller, Marked: A Story of Lies, Loyalty, Betrayal & Brotherhood. Marine Scout Sniper Jack Crest returns from the jungles of Viet Nam, only to find little left that he can call home. He picks up the pieces with old friends in the outlaw biker brotherhood and finds that world has changed radically in his absence. Although he seeks peace, difficult choices lie ahead.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/george-christie-discusses-and-signs-marked-story-lies-loyalty-betrayal-brotherhood

Jen Wang, with Angie Wang, at Skylight Bookstore

Join us meet and hear author Jen Wang, with Angie Wang, discuss and sign her graphic novel, The Dressmaker. This is a fairy tale for any age, and Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family that will steal your heart.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jen-wang-reads-her-graphic-novel-prince-and-dressmaker-angie-wang

Adult Book Group & Lilac Girls at Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Join us for our Adult Book Group discussion of Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls. Whether you loved it, hated it, or haven’t finished it yet, we want to see you at our Adult Book Club that has been going strong for 40+ years!

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

Websitehttp://www.shoponceuponatime.com/event/adult-book-group-lilac-girls-martha-hall-kelly

Redondo Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Join us for Redondo Beach Poets Open Mic poetry reading and hear this week’s feature, Amy Woodfine.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 6th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

41st Annual Writers Week Conference at UC Riverside

Join us for the 41st Annual Writers Week Conference, the longest-running FREE literary event in California, which attracts both seasoned authors and those just beginning their careers. This year’s event takes place from February 12-18, and is hosted by the UCR Department of Creative Writing and Tom Lutz, the Writers Week director.

On Wednesday, February 14th join us to hear:

James Luna is an internationally renowned performance and installation artist with more than 30 years of experience. He has performed at many venues, including New York’s MOMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. (Performing at 1 pm)

Nanette Deetz is a Dakota, Lakota, Cherokee, and German poet, journalist, educator and musician with the band Redbird Giving. She teaches drama and creative writing at the Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children, and with the Department of Rehabilitation. (Reading at 1 pm)

Josh Emmons has taught creative writing at several universities, currently UC Riverside, and is the author of two novels and a short story collection. His second novel, Prescription for a Superior Existence, was published in 2008, and his latest, A Moral Tale and Other Moral Tales, is forthcoming. (Reading at 2:30 pm)

Gina Hahai was born in Iran and moved to the U.S. on the night that Elvis Presley died. She is the author most recently of the social satire The Luminous Heart of Jonah S., and her novels have been translated into 18 languages. She has taught writing at UCLA and USC. (Reading at 4 pm)

Vickie Vertiz is a poet and UC Riverside MFA alumna, who teaches creative writing workshops nationwide and works with the nonprofit 826LA. She is the author of the poetry collections, Swallows (2013) and Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut (2017). (Reading at 5:30 pm)

Books by Writers Week authors are available at the UCR Bookstore and at Cellar Door Books in nearby Canyon Crest Town Center.

Complimentary parking permits available at parking lot Kiosk.

Where: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg., South-Screening Room, 1128

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 1 pm; 2:30 pm; 4 pm; and 5:30 pm on Wednesday the 14th

Address: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521

Website: http://www.writersweek.ucr.edu

Get Naked at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us meet and hear Steven Seagle discuss and sign Get Naked, which is comprised of 19 stories of global attitudes about the naked body balanced by raw comedy, raw emotions, and raw cartooning.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www./vromansbookstore.com/event/steven-seagle-discusses-and-signs-get-naked

Rakesh Satyal at Otis Visiting Writers Series

Join us at our Visiting Writers Series to meet and hear Atria Books senior editor, and experienced publisher, author and teacher, Rakesh Satyal discuss and sign his work. The author of the Lambda Literary Award winning novel, Boy Blue, and most recently, No One Can Pronounce My Name, published by Picador, his work has also appeared in numerous anthologies.

Where: Otis College of Art and Design, The Forum, Goldsmith Campus

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Websitehttp://www.otis.edu/mfa-writing/visiting-writers-series

Joanna Angel at Skylight Books

Join us to hear and meet author Joanna Angel discuss her book, Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy, which is a story from the sinfully erotic and innovative mind of the author, founder of the adult company BurningAngel and award-winning adult actress and director.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 8818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/joanna-angel-discusses-her-book-night-shift

Poets & Writers Literary Roundtable at South Pasadena Public Library

Please join us for the next Poets & Writers Literary Roundtable Meeting hosted by the South Pasadena Library, a Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Talk.

Parking is available for $3 at the Mission-Meridian Parking garage at 805 Meridian Avenue.

Where: Library Community Room, South Pasadena Library

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Address:  1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena, CA 91030

Websitehttp://www.pw.org/calendar?metroarea[hidden_longitude]=-118.25067055601606&metroarea[hidden_latitude]=34.05216127966009&metroarea[city_autocomplete]=Los+Angeles%2C+CA

Peter Heller at Pages Bookstore

Join us to hear and meet bestselling author Peter Heller as he discusses his new book Celine. The author is an award-winning adventure writer and a long-time contributor to NPR, contributing editor to Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Celine is not your typical private eye, and her methods are unconventional but extremely successful. She makes a career out of tracking down missing persons nobody else can find.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event; $20 (includes book) or $34 (includes book and healthy box lunch from Kale & Coconuts.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 12 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/peter-heller-author-event

41st Annual Writers Week Conference at UC Riverside

Join us for the 41st Annual Writers Week Conference, the longest-running FREE literary event in California, which attracts both seasoned authors and those just beginning their careers. This year’s event takes place from February 12-18, and is hosted by the UCR Department of Creative Writing and Tom Lutz, the Writers Week director.

On Thursday, February 15th join us to hear:

Justin Torres is currently an assistant professor at UCLA, and he has received numerous literary awards. His bestselling debut novel, We the Animals, was published in 2011, has been translated into 15 languages, and is being adapted into a feature film. (Reading at 1 pm)

Sherwin Bitsui is a Navaho poet, who holds an AFA from the institute of American Indian Arts’ Creative Writing Program, and has been visiting faculty at several writing programs. He is the author of Shapeshift, and his second poetry collection, Floodsong, won the PEN Open Book Award and the American Book Award. (Reading at 2:30 pm)

Janet Fitch has taught creative writing at several universities, currently UC Riverside, and is the author of two novels and a short story collection. His second novel, Prescription for a Superior Existence, was published in 2008, and his latest, A Moral Tale and Other Moral Tales, is forthcoming. (Reading at 5 pm)

Charmaine Craig received her MFA in Fiction from UC Irvine and is an Assistant Professor at UC riverside. Her first novel, The Good Men, was a bestseller and translated into six languages. Her second novel, Miss Burma (2017) tells the story of Burma in the 20th Century through the lens of one family, inspired by the lives of her own parents and grandparents, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. (Reading at 7 pm)

Books by Writers Week authors are available at the UCR Bookstore and at Cellar Door Books in nearby Canyon Crest Town Center.

Complimentary parking permits available at parking lot Kiosk.

Where: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg., South-Screening Room, 1128

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 1 pm; 2:30 pm; 5 pm; and 7 pm on Thursday the 15th

Address: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521

Website: http://www.writersweek.ucr.edu

Poetry Reading by Angie Estes at Claremont Graduate University

 

Please join us to hear author and poet Angie Estes, the 2015 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner, read from her work. Angie Estes is the author of five books, most recently Enchantee (2013), which received the Kingsley Tufts prize. Her previous book, Tryst (2012), was selected as one of two finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. She is the recipient of many awards and honors.

Where:  Board of Trustees Room, Harper Hall, Claremont College

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address:  160 E. 10th St., Claremont Graduate University, Claremont CA 91766

Website: http://www.collegescalendar.org/popup.cfm?task=description&module=1&template=19&title=Events&imagefile=%20&imagewidth=0&imageheight=0&imagealt=%20&launchpage=index%2Ecfm&ID=268247

Book Group features Ivy Pochoda, at Diesel’s Bookstore

 

Please join us to hear author Ivy Pochoda, in conversation with Diane Leslie’s Book Group, discuss and sign her latest book, Wonder Valley. This book is a swirling mix of angst, violence, heartache, and yearning set in the wider Southern California/Los Angeles landscape, by a writer on the rise.

NOTE: This is a ticked event and seating is limited, so there is a $20 fee and you must purchase your copy of the book at Diesel.

Where:  Diesel’s Bookstore, Brentwood

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address:  2225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/diane-leslies-book-group-author-discusses-wonder-valley

Kevin Young at CalArts Writing Now Reading Series 

 

We invite you to join us at our Writing Now Reading Series to hear Kevin Young (2018 Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence) present and discuss his work. Young is the Poetry Editor of The New Yorker, and the author of eleven books of poetry and prose, most recently Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, which was long-listed for the National Book Award

Where:  CalArts, G201

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address:  24700 McBean Parkway., Valencia, CA 91355

Website: http://criticalstudies.calarts.edu/events/kevinyoung

Dave Eggars at ALOUD Series at Central Library

 

Please join us to hear authors Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali, in conversation about their book, The Monk of Mokha. This book is the true story of an ambitious Muslim man who was raised in the coffee-loving city of San Francisco and became fascinated with the history of coffee and returned to Yemen to resurrect the ancient art of Yemeni coffee—when international events intervened.

NOTE: See website for RSVP and stand-by seating guidelines.

Where:  Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.http://lfla.org/event/the-monk-of-mokha/

Call Me Zebra at Skylight Bookstore

 

Please join us to hear author Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi read from her new novel, Call Me Zebra, which explores the ways in which we cope with grief, our unresolved histories, and the tangled depths of love. More than a decade after fleeing Iran during the Iraq War, Zebra, now an orphan, must face life in exile alone, with literature as her only armor. To reconcile her past and uncertain future she leaves America to retrace her family’s dislocation through a literary pilgrimage, which leads to a star-crossed relationship.

Where:  Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/azareen-van-der-vliet-oloomi-reads-her-new-novel-call-me-zebra

41st Annual Writers Week Conference at UC Riverside

Join us for the 41st Annual Writers Week Conference, the longest-running FREE literary event in California, which attracts both seasoned authors and those just beginning their careers. This year’s event takes place from February 12-18, and is hosted by the UCR Department of Creative Writing and Tom Lutz, the Writers Week director.

On Friday, February 16th join us to hear:

Tee Franklin is a queer, black, disabled comic writer and advocare from New Jersey, and won a grant for Bingo Love, a Kickstarter-funded novella representing the lives of queer black women. Bingo Love will be released on Valentine’s Day 2018 in comic shops everywhere. (Reading at 11 am)

John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and a Cooperating Faculty Member in the Department of Creative Writing at UC riverside. His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. He is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning essay collection, The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art, and co-founder of numerous related organizations.(Reading at 1 pm)

Myriam Gurba is a Chicana writer, spoken-word artist, and visual artist, and a member of Sister Split, a lesbian Feminist art collective. She is the author of five chapbooks, and her book Dahlia Season: Stories and a Novella (2007) won the Edmund White Award for debut fiction. Her latest is a non-fiction novel titled Mean, which blends genres and styles and is about her own coming-of-age journey.(Reading at 2:30 pm)

Maxine Hong Kingston, this year’s LARB/UCR Creative Writing Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, is a Chinese-American novelist, journalist, feminist icon, anti-war advocate, and Professor Emerita at her alma mater, UC Berkeley. Her extensive list of publications includes The Woman Warrior: Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. Her works have won numerous awards and honors, and have been widely taught and revered. (Reading at 7 pm)

Books by Writers Week authors are available at the UCR Bookstore and at Cellar Door Books in nearby Canyon Crest Town Center.

Complimentary parking permits available at parking lot Kiosk.

Where: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg., South-Screening Room, 1128

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 11 am; 1 pm; 2:30 pm; and 7 pm on Friday the 16th

Address: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521

Website: http://www.writersweek.ucr.edu

Journalist David Dayen at Loyola Marymount University

 

Please join us to welcome economist and journalist David Dayen, to discuss his book Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud, winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize. He is also a contributing writer to Salon.com and The Intercept, and is a weekly columnist for The New Republic and The Fiscal Times.

Where:  University Hall 4100, LMU

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 12:30 pm – 2 pm

Address:  1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website: http://cal.lmu.edu/event/the_economics_department_presents_speaker_david_dayen_4524#.WnS7FOjwZPY

Deborah Reed at Skylight Bookstore

 

Please join us to hear author Deborah Reed discuss her novel, The Days When Birds Come Back, an unforgettable tale of redemption and perseverance that questions what it takes to love in times of grief and sorrow. Set against the backdrop of Oregon’s charming, rustic coast, this is the book to escape with this winter.

Where:  Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/deborah-reed-reads-her-novel-days-when-birds-come-back

Alivio Open Mic (garage in Bell)

Please join us for our Open Mic, which is being held one week earlier this month! Sign-ups for this community Open Mic open up at 7:45 pm.

Featured artists: Busstop Prophet and Janet Gonzalez-King.

Food will be available for sale—cash only!

Where: Alivio Open Mic

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 7:45 pm – 11 pm

Address: 6328 Orchard Ave., Bell, CA 9o2o1

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1717014991692425/

Trump Political Anthology at Beyond Baroque

Please join us Nasty Women & Bad Hombres, edited by Deena November and Nina Padolf, which features 92 poets from across the country responding to the first year of Trumpiness, including longtime Beyond Baroque Workshop members: Barbara Maloutas, Claire Acerno, Keith Klippensteen, S.A. Griffin and Gabriel Miotta.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.htmlv

Poetry Event at Palms-Rancho Park Library, LAPL

 

Join us for a Valentine’s Day event, with Joe Prami returning to celebrate Valentine’s Day with his collection, Poems of Love and Spring Awakening. He’ll read the traditional and contemporary poetry of William Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Sylvia Plath, Song of Songs, Robert Burns, and many others.

Where: Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 12 pm – 2 pm

Address: 2920 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poems-love-and-spring-awakening

Poetry Slam at Children’s Book World–Kids Event, 7-14

Please join us for our Poetry Slam #4: Who Do You Love?, with Hope Anita Smith. We are looking for lovers of the spoken word, ages 7-14, to recite their original poetic tribute to a person, place or thing who they admire. Each poet will get three minutes to recite or rap a poem or lyric they’ve written. We will select one poet from each age group, judged on content and performance, to receive a $25 CBW gift certificate; all other participating poets will receive $5 gift certificates. Contact us to sign up to perform.

Our judge, two time Coretta Scott King Award winning poet Hope Anita Smith, will be signing her books and available for writing tips to the participating poets.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 2 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Please join us for our weekly event, Saturday Afternoon Poetry, featuring poets Derek Brown, Frankie Hernandez & Dave Wheeler, plus an Open Reading.

Hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

San Gabriel Valley’s Literary Festival at dA Center for the Arts

Please join us for the San Gabriel Valley Lit Fest, featuring poets Chad Sweeney and Suzanne Lummis, plus some of our favorite writers who will also read:

3 pm – 3:15 pm: Francesca Terzano

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm:  K. Andrew Turner

3:30 – 3:50 pm:  George Hammons

4 pm – 4:10 pm:  Abraham Ramirez

4:10 pm – 4:20 pm:  Gonzo Pancho

4:20 pm – 4:30 pm:  Susan Vannatta

4:30 pm – 4:40 pm:  Sarah Perry

4:40 pm -4:50 pm:  Virgy Delgado

4:50 pm -5 pm: Kendall Jackson

5 pm – 5:25 pm:  Brandon Williams

5:30 pm – 5:55 pm:  Daniel Ruiz

6 pm – 6:25 pm:  Chad Sweeney

6:30 pm – 7 pm:  Suzanne Lummis

Hosted by San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival

Where: The dA Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 3 pm – 7 pm

Address: 252 S. Main St., Ste. D, Pomona, CA 91766

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/2055822884632113/

 

Chris Finan at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Christopher M Finan to present and sign Drunks: An American History, which reveals the history of our national struggle with alcoholism and the emergence for a search for sobriety that dates back to the Native Americans in the colonial period. This is historical narrative at its best: entertaining and authoritative.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 17th   

Time: 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/chris-finan-discusses-and-signs-drunks-american-history

Tee Franklin, with Amanda Diebert, at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Tee Franklin, with author Amanda Diebert, read and discuss her new book, Bongo Love OGN. This book is about two strong young women who meet and fall in love at church bingo in 1963, but are forced apart by their families until they reunite again at a church bingo hall decades later, after marrying young men and having families. What these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 17th   

Time: 5:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/tee-franklin-reads-her-new-graphic-novel-bingo-love-amanda-deibert

41st Annual Writers Week Conference at UC Riverside

Join us for the 41st Annual Writers Week Conference, the longest-running FREE literary event in California, which attracts both seasoned authors and those just beginning their careers. This year’s event takes place from February 12-18, and is hosted by the UCR Department of Creative Writing and Tom Lutz, the Writers Week director.

On Saturday, February 17th join us to hear:

Roxane Gay is a Haitian-American fiction writer, essayist, critic, editor and professor. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times on issues of gender, race, politics, culture, current events, and more. She is the author most recently of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, and has written the novel An Untamed State (2014) and Bad Feminist (2014), among other works.

(Reading at 7 pm)

Books by Writers Week authors are available at the UCR Bookstore and at Cellar Door Books in nearby Canyon Crest Town Center.

Complimentary parking permits available at parking lot Kiosk.

Where: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg., South-Screening Room, 1128

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time:  7 pm on Saturday the 17th

Address: 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521

Website: http://www.writersweek.ucr.edu

Micah Tasakas’ Expansions Book Release at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us for a book release and reading at Poetic Research Bureau, and to hear our featured poets read and discuss their work:

Micah Tasakas is a queer mixed Japanese poet from the Inland Empire, exploring the intersections of identity, spirituality, gender, sexuality, and recovery from trauma. This event is a book release to celebrate Expansions.

Anglea Penaredondo is a poet and artist from Los Angeles, and the author of the chapbook Maroon, and the collection All Things Lose Thousands of Times.

Claudia Rodriguez is a Compton poet and artist who has performed her work throughout Southern California.

Sabrina Im does not call herself a poet, but someone who write lines to show a little bit about herself.

Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti, and is a contributor to Bettering American Poetry Volume 2.

Karineh Mahdessian is a poet and writer, and the former host of La Plabra Poetry Reading series.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 17th   

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 951 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://www.poeticresearch.com

Rowan Blanchard at the Last Bookstore (YA event)

Please join us to hear Rowan Blanchard read and discuss Still Here, a poignant representation of what it means to be a teen in today’s world. Emotional, upfront, and an honest reflection on the world, this book embodies the author’s vast ability to motivate teens to action. The author is currently an actress on the TV show The Goldbergs, and will appear in the film A Wrinkle in Time.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 17th   

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Will Alexander and Bobby Bradford at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to hear legendary jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader and composer Bobby Bradford and American Book Award winning poet Will Alexander to hear them join words with music in this unique appearance.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 17th   

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Nikki Grimes at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Nikki Grimes discuss and sign Between the Lines, the thought provoking companion to her Coretta Scott King Award-winning Bronx Masquerade, which shows the capacity poetry has to express ideas and feelings and connect us with ourselves and others.

Where: Vroman’sBookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th   

Time: 3 pm

Address: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91001

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/nikki-grimes-discusses-and-signs-between-lines

Shelley Drake Hawks at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to hear author and historian Shelley Drake Hawks read and sign her book, The Art of the Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao’s China. This book surveys the lives of seven painters during China’s Cultural Revolution, a time when they were considered counterrevolutionary and forbidden to paint. these artist took advantage og their new state of low surveillance to secretly “paint by candlelight” and created symbolically changed art that is open to multiple interpretations.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood, lower courtyard

Date: Sunday the 18th    

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/shelley-drake-hawks-discusses-and-signs-art-resistance

Moonday Poetry Series at Flintridge Bookstore

 

Join us for our Moonday Poetry Series to hear two poets discuss and sign their work:

Lynne Thompson presents and signs her work, including Start with a Small Guitar and Beg No Pardon. She is the Reviews and Essays Editor for the journal Spillway.

Carine Topal presents and signs Tattooed, her collection of Holocaust poems, and her 4th collection, In Order of Disappearance, is forthcoming from Pacific Coast Poetry Series. She conducts poetry and memoir workshops in the Los Angeles and Palm Springs areas.

Where:  Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada-Flintridge, CA 91011

Website: http://www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2018/2/18/moonday-poetry-series

Tavi Gevinson at Skylight Bookstore (YA event)

Please join us to hear Tavi Gevinson present and sign Rookie on Love, an anthology on the heart’s most powerful emotion. The author is founder and editor in chief of Rookie, an online magazine for teenage girls.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, so you must purchase a copy of Rookie on Love at our bookstore. See website for details.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th   

Time: 5 pm – 6:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/tavi-gevinson-presents-rookie-love

Unheard L.A. Reading Series at the Nate Holden Arts Center

Join us to hear Unheard L.A. – The Stories of Where You Live, this time in Mid-City (ep 4), hosted by KPCC’s In Person, and Bruce A; Lemon, Jr., and presenting an eclectic mix of community storytellers. Come for the live show and stick around for a mixer with the performers and your fellow attendees.

Have a story you’d like to share? Let us know: http://bit.ly/yourkpccstory

Featuring:

Bruce A. Lemon, Jr. – host

Alex Alpharaoh

Andre Echave

Cheryl Farrell

Julayne Lee

Johanna Middleton

Dante Mitchell

Akela Munsey

Erica Rey

Irene Sanchez

Mike Sonksen

RSVP at website link.

The other upcoming shows in Unheard L.A. are:

Unheard L.A. – live in Downey (ep 5)

Unheard L.A. – live in Baldwin Park (ep 6)

Where: Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Address: 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/323679491457519/

The Ballad of Huck & Miguel at the Last Bookstore

Join us to meet and hear author Tim DeRoche and illustrator Daniel Gonzalez present and discuss their book, The Ballad of Huck & Miguel, a new retelling of Huck Finn set in modern-day Los Angeles. On the 133rd anniversary of the publication of Mark Twain‘s Huck Finn, the authors will give 10% of their proceeds from book sales to benefit POLAR, The Friends of the Los Angeles River.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

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