Los Angeles Literature Events 3/13/18 –3/18/18

Artist Talk at Otis College of Art and Design

downloadPlease join us for a conversation with graphic designer and editor Benedikt Reichenbach, to discuss his thoughts and work as a book designer. He is now working on an English re-edition of Pier Polo Pasolini: Corpi e Luoghi, a book that today is still what a critic called it at the time of its publication in 1981, the most Paolininan book to date.

Where: The Forum, Otis College of Art and Design

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 11 am – 12:15 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.otis.edu/calendar/visiting-artist-lecture-benedikt-reichenbach

Muslims and the Making of America at LMU Faculty Pub Night

Please join us our Faculty Pub Night event to hear theology faculty member Amir Hussain discuss his recent book Muslims and the Making of America. He is one of the most important scholars and teachers of Islam in America, is himself an American Muslim, and contends that Muslims played an essential role in the creation and cultivation of the U.S.

All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Please RSVP at website links.

Where: Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 5:30 pm

Address: 1 LMU Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Websitehttp://librarynews.lmu.edu/2018/02/faculty-pub-night-featuring-amir-hussain/

Poetry Open Mic at Westwood Library, LAPL

Please join us for our monthly Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Come share your poems! Or just listen and enjoy.

Where: Westwood Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1828982757112026/

Mark Sarvas & Memento Park at Diesel’s Bookstore

Please join us for a publication party to hear author Mark Sarvas, in conversation with Marisa Silver (Little Nothing, Mary Coin), discuss and sign his new novel, Memento Park. This story about family history and father-son dynamics is also about the nature of art itself and the infinite ways we come to understand ourselves through it. In both contexts we face a central, unanswerable predicament which lingers: How do we move forward when the past looms unreasonably large?

Where: Diesel’s Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address:  225 26TH St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/publication-party-mark-sarvas-discusses-and-signs-memento-park

A Poet’s Night Out Event at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us as poet and educator Brendan Constantine, author of Dementia My Darling, and teacher of poetry and creative writing, presents an evening of poetry with performances by:

Elizabeth Iannaci is a widely published and anthologized Los Angeles-based poet, who has read internationally.

Kim Dower is City Poet laureate of West Hollywood, and has publisher three collections of poetry: Air Kissing on Mars, Slice of Moon, and Last Train to the Missing Planet. She teaches in the B.A. Program of Antioch University.

June Melby is an author and performer, a former standup comedian, and slam poet. Her memoir My Family and Other Hazards was on the New York Times Bestseller list. She teaches creative writing.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.chevaliersbooks.com/brendan-constantine-presents

Thelma Reyna at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear poet Thelma Reyna, discuss and read her book, Reading Tea Leaves After Trump. This is a collection of poetry and fictional prose, in which the national award-winning writer explores Trump’s effects on the nation during his first pivotal year in office. Three local distinguished pets will share the stage:

Luivette Resto, author of Ascension, will read about a young mother’s fears that her daughter will die from cancer without healthcare.

Ricardo Lira Acuna will read a poem called “A Dreamer Asks,” which he’ll do dramatically from memory!

Gregory “GT” Foster will read “Martin, From the Grave,” in which MLK Jr. warns us of chaos and corruption.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/thelma-reyna-discusses-and-signs-reading-tea-leaves-after-trump

Farrah Penn, with Nicola Yoon, at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear poet Farrah Penn, with Nicola Yoon, discuss and read her debut book, Twelve Steps to Normal. This is a story about what happens when a parent is an alcoholic, and normal life and happiness must be redefined. Life, love, and loss come together in this achingly authentic debut that will catch you up until the very end.

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/farrah-penn-reads-her-debut-novel-twelve-steps-normal-nicola-yoon

LiveTalksLA presents: An Evening with Robert Kirkman at New Roads School – Santa Monica

LiveTalksLA presents a series of literary events (and podcasts) to meet and hear cultural and business leaders present and discuss their work. Tonight, comic book author Robert Kirkman discusses his new series, Oblivion Song. He is creator of The Walking Dead on AMC TV and Outcast on Cinemax.

NOTE: LiveTalksLA readings are ticketed events. Tickets may be purchased at various prices, with or without a book purchase, and details are available at website link.

Where: New Roads School – Santa Monica, Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Websitehttp://livetalksla.org/events/robert-kirkman/

Some Hell by Patrick Nathan  at Book Soup–YA Event

Join us to hear author Patrick Nathan, with Matthew Specktor, discuss and sign Some Hell, a wrenching and layered debut novel about a gay teen’s coming–of-age in the aftermath of his father’s suicide. In this story of devastating intensity and aching, pointillistic detail, the author shows how unspeakable tragedy shapes a life, and how imagination saves us from ourselves.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www. booksoup.com/event/patrick-nathan-matthew-specktor-discusses-and-signs-some-hell

Girls Burn Brighter Author Event at Pages Bookstore

Join us to meet and hear author Shobha Rao present her electrifying debut novel, Girls Burn Brighter, about the extraordinary bond between two girls, both poor, but ambitious, who are driven apart by circumstance but relentless in their search for one another. Alternating between the girls’ perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, this story introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within.

Shobha Rao is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and her story “Kavitha and Mustafa” was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, and costs $30 for admission and a copy of the book. RSVP at website link.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/shobha-rao-author-event

Farrah Penn and Heather Ezell at Vroman’s Bookstore–YA Event

Join us to hear two authors discuss their latest works.

Farrah Penn will discuss and sign Twelve Steps to Normal. In this story life, love and loss come crashing together in a visceral, heartfelt way as a girl struggles to piece together the shards of her once-normal life before her father’s alcoholism tore it apart.

Heather Ezell will discuss and sign Nothing Left to Burn. The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes up to a persistent knocking at her door. Two firemen are there to evacuate her from an enormous wildfire which is dangerously near her home. Audrey comes to question the pull she feels both for the fire and for a volunteer firefighter.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/farrah-penn-and-heather-ezell-discussing-and-signing-their-latest-titles-twelve-steps-normal

Native Women’s Voices through Poetry at The Main Museum

As part of the Ripples Become Waves exhibit, please join us meet and hear four renowned Native American women for an evening of poetry and spoken word. Pulling from the land, language, and traditional life of the contemporary Native American, each poet illuminates what it means to be a Native American woman writer today.

Alongside filmmaker Pamela J. Peters (Navaho), participating poets include: Tazbah Rose Chavez (Nuumu, Dine and Apache), Emily Clark (Cahuilla), Kinsale Hueston (Navaho), and Allison Ramirez (Tohono Oodham).

Where: The Main Museum

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 114 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1795994877101068/

Cheston Knapp, with Tom Bissell, at Skylight Bookstore

Join us meet and hear author Cheston Knapp, in conversation with Tom Bissell (Apostle: Travel Among the Tombs of the Twelve), discuss his essay collection, Up Up, Down Down. Written by the managing editor of Tin House magazine, and the director of Tin House Summer Workshop, this is Knapp’s first book. His subjects are wildly different and equally engaging, and all deftly explore the hazards of becoming who you are. Much like David Foster Wallace’s collection, these essays are for the everyday reader and the literati alike.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/cheston-knapp-discusses-his-essay-collection-down-down-tom-bissell

Our Woman in Havana at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear author and State Department veteran, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, our top diplomat in Havana under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, discuss and sign her new book, Our Woman in Havana. In this book, the author chronicles the past several decades of US-Cuba relations from a bird’s-eye view. This book was rushed to publication before Raul Castro’s retirement in April 2018.

See website for details and RSVP guidelines.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Live Literary Series at Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

Enjoy free admission and extended hours while you also view “The Incident Report” a live literary series at 7 pm in which local writers read and perform true stories inspired by The Feminine Sublime. Then join us afterwards for a reception in the lobby, courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Where: Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 5 pm – 9 pm

Address: 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91101

Websitehttp://pmcaonline.org/programs/pmca-1234-third-thurs-mar15-18/

Lauren Toyota at Diesel Bookstore

Join us to hear YouTube sensation and vegan author Lauren Toyota discuss and promote her new cookbook work, Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face. A fun and irreverent take on vegan comfort food that’s saucy, sweet, sassy, and deep-fried.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/lauren-toyota-discusses-and-signs-vegan-comfort-classics

The Prince & The Dressmaker at Chevalier’s Bookstore–YA Friendly

Join us to hear Los Angeles-based cartoonist and illustrator Jen Wang discuss and present her most recent YA work, the illustrated YA novel The Prince & the Dressmaker. Her graphic novels Koko Be Good and In Real Life were published by First Second.

Joining Ms. Wang will be her previous partner-in-crime, Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boing, and a columnist for multiple publications. His award-winning novel Little Brother was a New York Times bestseller.

Also taking part in the panel discussion will be cartoonists Molly Knox Ostertag and Tillie Walden.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.chevaliersbooks.com/jen-wang-prince

The Great Alone & Kristin Hannah at Book Soup

Join us to hear bestselling author Kristen Hannah discuss and present her most recent work, The Great Alone.

Alaska, 1974.

Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.

For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival. This is a daring, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature. Hannah is also the author of The Nightingale and Winter Garden.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/kristin-hannah-discusses-and-signs-great-alone

The Sandman & Lars Kepler at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Lars Kepler discuss and present his book, The Sandman, co-written with Neil Smith.

In this book, the #1 internationally bestselling thriller from the author of The Hypnotist tells the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and the two brilliant police agents who must try to beat him at his own game.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/lars-kepler-discusses-and-signs-sandman

Authors Lidia Yuknavitch & Amber Tamblyn at ALOUD Reading Series, Central Library

Join us for “Misfits Unite,” a chance to hear author Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan, joined by actress and poet Amber Tamblyn (TV’s Joan of Arcadia). Both will be in conversation with journalist Ann Friedman, cohost of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, for a discussion of the art of nonconformity.

NOTE: this event is FREE, but see website for details and RSVP guidelines.

Where: Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lfla.org/event/misfits-unite/

Lynne Tillman at the Hammer Museum

Join us at our Conversations /Readings Series to hear author Lynne Tillman, in conversation with artist Stephen Prina, discuss the visual and photography in contemporary culture, specifically why humans feel the need to create, remake, and keep images from and of everything? Tillman also discusses her new, wry, madcap novel, Men and Apparitions, which takes on this central question of our time through the wild musings and eventful life of Ezekial Hooper Stark, cultural anthropologist, ethnographer, and specialist in family photographs.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/03/lynne-tillman-men-and-apparitions/ /

All Grown Up & Jami Attenberg at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear author Jami Attenberg discuss and present her book, All Grown Up, in conversation with Laila Lalami, Morgan Parker, and Patrick Somerville.

In this book, the author gives us a pithy and sharp novel of living life on your own terms, and gives us a character who is witty, winning, sexy and complicated. She is the author of six novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

LiveTalksLA presents: An Evening with Diane Ackerman & Daniel Siegel at the Writers Guild Theatre

LiveTalksLA presents a series of literary events (and podcasts) to meet and hear cultural and business leaders present and discuss their work. Tonight, acclaimed authors Diane Ackerman and Dr. Daniel Siegel discuss and celebrate the life and works of the late poet and philosopher John O’Donohue, the beloved Irish author of books on Celtic heritage, including Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.

Diane Ackerman is a poet, essayist, and naturalist, and the author of 24 works, including: The Zookeeper’s Wife; The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us; and A History of the Natural Senses.

Dr. Daniel Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He has published extensively for both professional and lay audiences.

NOTE: LiveTalksLA readings are ticketed events. Tickets may be purchased at various prices, with or without a book purchase, and details are available at website link.

Where: The Writers Guild Theatre

Date: Thursday the 8th

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 135 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90211

Websitehttp://livetalksla.org/events/ackermansiegel/

The Kindness of the Hangman at Cal State Northridge

Join us to welcome Auschwitz survivor Dr. Henry Oster, author of The Kindness of the Hangman, as he tells his personal story, both terrifying and hopeful, of how he survived the Holocaust. In 1933 Henry Oster was just five years old when the Nazis seized power, and over the next twelve years he hid from the Nazis, escaped Auschwitz, endured a death march through the Polish winter, almost starved to death, and endured countless tragedies. This is his story.

Where: Jerome Richfield 310, CSUN

Date: Friday the 16th

Time:  1 pm

Address: 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge CA 91330

Website: http://csun.edu/humanities/events/dr-henry-oster-author-kindness-hangman

Shattered Glass at Cal State Los Angeles

Join us for a performance of Shattered Glass – A Play Exploring Sexual Assault and College Students. Demonstrating the healing power of the arts through spoken word, dramatization, live music, and visual art, this play is an unforgettable journey of healing and self-discovery.

Where: U-SU Theatre, 1st Floor, University-Student Union, CSULA

Date: Friday the 16th

Time:  6 pm

Address: 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/event/shattered-glass-–-play-exploring-sexual-assault-and-college-students

If I Die Tonight at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Alison Gaylin, with SW Lauden, discuss and sign If I Die Tonight. This is an absorbing, addictive tale of psychological suspense from highly acclaimed and Edgar award-nominated author of What Remains of Me, and the USA today bestselling and Shamus award-winning Brenna Spector series, in which a seemingly open-and-shut police case with a clear-cut hero and villain turns out to be anything but simple.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/alison-gaylin-sw-lauden-discusses-and-signs-if-i-die-tonight

Black Candles at The Pop Hop Books

Please join us for the launch of Black Candles: The Eighties, which features 23 stories of analog horror that slice through the night whir of VHS, the big hair, and neon parties to prove that nostalgia is the real murderer behind the mask. Hosted by So Say We All.

Tonight we will be featuring:

Henry Hoke wrote The Book of Endless Sleepovers and the story collection Genevieve, which won the Subito Press book prize for prose.

Jan Stinchcomb is story editor for Paper Darts. A chapbook of dark fairy tales is forthcoming in 2018 from Red Bird Chapbooks. Her novella, Find the Girl, is available through Main Street Rag Publishing.

Sarah LaBrie, librettist and writer, is part of the fiction faculty at youngwriters.org.

and more TBA.

Where: The Pop Hop Comic Bookstore

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/155009425157618/

May Sky Poets at Beyond Baroque

Celebrate history, poetry, and Japanese American culture as L.A. poets, community members, and Get Lit players come together to perform Haiku from May Sky: There Is Always Tomorrow (Sun & Moon Press, 2000) edited by Violet de Cristoforo. This program is offered in conjunction with National Poetry Coalition’s program on the theme of Poetry & the Body.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Actress/Author Diane Guerrero at Central Library

Join us for a conversation with Diane Guerrero, TV actress from the megahit series, Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, as she shares her book In the Country We Love: My Family Divided. Actress Marilyn Simon (Mascots) will moderate this discussion. A book sale and signing will follow the event.

NOTE: FREE tickets are available at website link.

Where: Central Library, LAPL, Mark Taper Auditorium

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 10:30 am

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

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/conversation-actress-diane-guerrero

Naomi Hirahara at Japanese American National Museum (JANM) 

Please join us for an author discussion and reading with Naomi Hirahara on her latest book, Hiroshima Boy, the latest and final installment in the Mas Arai series, which finds the curmudgeonly  detective returning to Hiroshima to bring his best friend’s ashes to a relative. However, he quickly becomes embroiled in the mysterious death of a teenage boy, who was about the same age Mas was when he survived the atomic bomb in 1945.

NOTE: Please RSVP at link at website.

Where:  JANM

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.janm.org/events/books/

Erika Ayon Book Signing/Release Party for Orange Lady at CASA 0101 

Please join us for a book signing and release party with Erika Ayon, for her book, Orange Lady, a poetry collection that recounts her experience as an immigrant growing up in South Central Los Angeles, where her family sold oranges on the street to survive. In adulthood she explores different facets of grief, from not belonging in certain spaces, to longing for a country she left long ago, and including the loss of her father. These poems depict a journey that begins with recollections of being a street vendor, to reflections about a daughter’s relationship with her father, to poverty, cultural identity, and the hardships faced by the immigrant community.

FREE entry.

$15 per book.

NOTE: Please RSVP at link at website.

Where:  CASA 0101

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Address:  2102 East First St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: http://www.us.eventeri.com/g/book-release-and-signing-event-orange-lady-by-erika-ayon-event/18088621

Rae Paris Memoir at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Rae Paris, who refers to this form/genre of memoir as “rememory,” born from Toni Morrison’s Beloved. She began writing this book, The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory, in 2010, while traveling the U.S. visiting sites of racial trauma and defiance. This is a perfect blend of prose, poetry and images in a thought-provoking collection that argues for a deeper understanding of past and present, so we may have a loving future.

Where:  Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/rae-paris-discusses-and-signs-forgetting-tree-rememory

Conchas y Café Zine Vol. III, Issue 3 Launch at Baldwin Hills Library, LAPL 

Join us for a Zine Release Party & Reading for Conchas y Café Zine, Vol III, Issue 3: Resonance/Resonancial, which explores the theme of sound in poetry. Using alliteration, assonance, meter, and more, we’re ready to make some noise at our reading!

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the zine are available for purchase at $8 each, and all sales benefit DSTL Arts and this writing program.

Hosted by Luis Antonio Pichardo and DSTL Arts and the Baldwin Hills Library

Where: Baldwin Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/420374468417132/

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena 

Join us for a poetry reading with our featured readers: Nikolai Garcia, Boris Ingles, Alicia Viguer-Espert, plus an Open Reading.

Curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell

Where: Santa Catalina Library

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Local Author Day at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Join us for our Local Authors Day and meet Lynn McKelvey and Thomas White who will read and discuss their work.

Lynn McKelvey presents and signs A Real Daughter, the story of  a grieving mother who meets her new stepdaughter, and the results turn out to be incendiary in this debut novel.

Thomas White presents and signs Conversation About America, which argues that the education of Donald Trump was not some one-off aberration, but rather, was the culmination of a 30-year campaign by the extreme right to hijack the Republican Party, and aims to impose minority rule.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman’s-local-author-day-introduces-lynne-mckelvey-and-thomas-white

Ramona Ausubel and Michael Andreasen at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear authors Ramona Ausubel and Michael Andreasen present and read from their works.

Ramona Ausubel reads from her story collection, Awayland. This book is a collection of eleven idiosyncratic and elegantly structured stories that span the globe and confront the mysteries of death, love and longng.

Michael Andreasen reads from his story collection, The Seabeast Takes a Lover. His wild and brilliant mind offers us bizarre scenarios that are true to life and sweep you away.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 10th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/mallory-ortberg-reads-their-story-collection-merry-spinster-michelle-dean

Elizabeth Acevedo at the Last Bookstore–YA Event

Please join us to welcome renowned performing poet Elizabeth Acevedo and her YA novel in in verse, The Poet X. She will discuss this story about a young woman in Harlem who discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion, and her own identity and relationship to the world.

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

Melissa Mack & Elizabeth Houston at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us to hear our featured poets present and discuss their work:

Melissa Mack is a poet in Oakland, California, whose life iss structured by a day job, multiple study groups, showing up at protests, reading tarot, and going on walks with friends. her work has appeared in journals, anthologies, a chapbook, Includes All  Strangers, Poet’s Theatre, and at many public meetings.

Elizabeth Houston is an international poet and Cave Canem Fellow, and teaches literature to women incarcerated at MCI-Framingham. Her poems include: school, I Am, Tomorrow, Figure, Fishy, and Learn.

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

Not My President Anthology at Beyond Baroque

In 2017, in Fallbrook, CA, the public library system banned the anthology Not My President form an ongoing author series held at the local library. The ACLU intervened and the reading was finally held in January, 2018. NMP authors, local poets and performers will read from this book, followed by a short open reading. Proceeds will be split between Beyond Baroque and the ACLU. Refreshments will be served.

Where:  Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Tongva Language Workshop at the Main Museum

Join us for a Workshop: Tongva Language Fundamentals, based on the original language of Los Angeles, which has recently been revived. Tongva Elder Julia Bogany will lead a workshop centered on the Native language and culture, which is open to all, family-friendly, and presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves.

Where:  The Main Museum

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address: 114 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Website: http://www.themainmuseum.org/program/workshop-tongva-language-fundamentals

Kids Event at the Hammer/Felipe de Neve Library–Kids Event

The Hammer presents Art without Walls: Sounds of Freedom, an off-site event at Felipe de Neve Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL). What would a memory look like if you re-created it through sound? Teaching artist Ismael de Anda leads a workshop for kids of all ages, from age 7 and up, which emphasizes empathy and listening skills as kids create soundscapes base on a time when their grown-up felt free.

Where: The Hammer off-site at Felipe de Neve Branch Library

Date: Sunday the 18th   

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/03/art-without-walls-sounds-of-freedom/

Divine Messages of Light at Gatsby’s Bookstore

We are pleased to present the Divine Messages of Light Book Talk & Signing Party, with author Donna Darlene Brown. This is more than a “think positive” book. It relays the Lighted teachings of wisdom that came through the Spirit of the Master Teacher Joshua, which reveal and explain the mysterious connections between God, Man, Spirit, and Soul.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th   

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://gatsbybooks.com/artists/#/divine-messages-of-light-sun-march-18th-3pm/

Eden Lepucki, with Christine Frerichs, at Book Soup

We are pleased to present author Edan Lepucki, in conversation with Christine Frerichs, discuss and sign Woman N. 17, “which reads like a Hollywood Hills film noir” according to the Seattle Times. Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mezmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves to be a deft competition of gamesmanship between two disturbing characters.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 18th   

Time: 4 pm

Address: 1818 N. Vermont Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/edan-lepucki-conversation-christine-frerichs-discusses-and-signs-woman-no-17

Kathleen Tyler & Charlotte Innes at Flintridge Bookstore

Join us for poetry readings by artists Kathleen Tyler, reading Open the Window, and Charlotte Innes, reading Descanso Drive. Both poets have teaching backgrounds, have been featured at literary events throughout the region, and have received multiple honors in the poetry community.

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/2018/3/18/poetry-reading-with-kathleen-tyler-charlotte-innes

Lynell George Reading at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us as author, essayist, and journalist Lynell George, recent winner at the Grammy Awards for her liner notes on Otis Redding: Live at The Whiskey A Go Go, discusses her new literary collection, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame (Angel City Press). This is a collection of essays, evocative photographs, profiles, and reportage focused on Los Angeles beneath-the-surface—both the past and the hear-and-now. She asks, what are the after-images, the lasting memories of Los Angeles upon which we reflect? What do people carry around in their own imagination and their hearts? How does the rest of the country look at L.A. and why?

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th     

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/lynell-george-discusses-her-literary-collection-afterimage

March Madness of War Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for the Public Works Improvisational Theatre, Michael Rose Productions, and the U.S. Veterans’ Artists Alliance as they present an evening of prose and poetry with veterans who have been there and back again.

Hosted by Eric Vollmer

Where:  Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

 

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