Los Angeles Literature Events 4/09/18 –4/15/18

The Big Read of Citizen & Blackout Party at Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library, LAPL

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In celebration of The Big Read of Citizen, by Claudia Rankine, please join us by creating blackout poetry and displaying your poem on our branch’s wall. Event continues during normal branch hours.

See website for directions and details.

Where: Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 9th

Time: 12 pm

Address: 7114 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/big-read-blackout-poetry

Alice Sebold & Fight Against Rape Culture at Claremont McKenna College

Please join us for: We Move as a Group: Uniting the Genders in the Fight Against Rape Culture, with bestselling novelist Alice Sebold, author of the books, The Almost Moon (2007) and The Lovely Bones (2002).

See website for directions and details.

Where: Marion Minor Cook Anthenaeum, Claremont McKenna College

Date: Monday the 9th

Time: 6:45 pm – 8 pm

Address: 385 East 8th St, Claremont, CA 91711

Websitehttp://www.collegescalendar.org/index.cfm

Farewell to 2nd Mondays Poetry Party at Fox Coffee House (DAY 2 of 2)

Please join us for our second of a final two days of Farewell to 2nd Mondays Poetry Party, hosted by G. Murray Thomas and Sarah Thursday. Our featured guests for Monday evening, April 9th include: Linda Singer and Bill Friday. Our last official night will follow a traditional format.

Where: Fox Coffee House

Date: Monday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 437 W. Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90806

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1601170779930041 /

Ryan Walsh & Astral Weeks at Book Soup

Please join us to welcome Ryan Walsh, in conversation with Kliph Nesteroff, to discuss Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968. This book unearths Van Morrison’s album’s fascinating backstory and Boston in 1968 to give context and depth to a tumultuous time in culture and music.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/ryan-walsh-conversation-kliph-nesteroff-discusses-and-signs-astral-weeks-secret-history-1968

Maisie Dobbs & Jacqueline Winspear at Vroman’s Bookstore  

Please join us as Jacqueline Winspear presents To Die But Once: A Maisie Dobbs Novel. During the months following Britain’s declaration of war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on France’s beaches is revealed, and the threat of invasion rises, her case leads her to the London underworld, a reminder of the inextricable link between money and war.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jacqueline-winspear-discusses-and-signs-die-once-maisie-dobbs-novel

Farrah Penn’s Twelve Steps to Normal at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Farrah Penn, in conversation with Sarah Nicole Smetlana and Angelo Surmelis, discuss her debut novel, Twelve Steps to Normal. When your parent is an alcoholic, normal life isn’t a thing. But there are ways to redefine what normal—and happiness—really are. After her father entered rehab, Kira was forced to move in with her aunt across the country. But now that rehab is done, he wants her back home. But her normal life is gone, and her dad has brought three strangers home form rehab to live with them.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.chevaliersbooks.com/farrah-pen

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jacqueline-winspear-discusses-and-signs-die-once-maisie-dobbs-novel

Unbreakable Spirit: The Freed Angola Three at ALOUD Reading Series

Please join us to hear human rights activists and authors Robert King and Albert Woodfox, in conversation with Bryonn Bain, Director of the UCLA Prison Education Program, discuss their journey as the two surviving members of the Angola 3, known for having served the longest solitary confinement sentences in U. S. history. These two men shed light on reality of the American criminal justice system and represent the struggle of everyone unjustly incarcerated.

NOTE: Check website for details on standby seating availability.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lfla.org/event/unbreakable-spirit-freed-angola-three/

Jo Scott-Co & Lorna E. Geriguis at La Sierra College   

Please join us to welcome two Riverside professors in a Symposium on Women’s Lost Histories.

Author and educator Jo Scott-Co, will discuss “Recovering Women’s Witness in Violent History” and will delve into the subject of her new book, Mass, about the infamous 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas by Charles Whitman, who killed 15 people from atop a clock tower, plus killing his wife and mother prior to the rampage.

Dr. Lora Geriguis will discuss “Recovering One Woman’s Voice within Scientific History” through the life of Margaret Cavendish, a 17th century aristocrat, philosopher, writer, scientist and playwright, who spurred scientific methodology in 17th century England.

Where: La Sierra College of Arts & Sciences, University Library

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92505

Websitehttp://www.lasierra.edu/article/symposium-on-womens-lost-histories-to-feature-rcc-la-sierra-profs/

Poetry Open Mic at Westwood Library, LAPL

Please join us for the Westwood Branch Library Open Mic, hosted by Wyatt Underwood, and share your poems, poems by a favorite poet, or listen to the poems of others.

Where: Westwood Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/920211108186316/

Roxane Gay at CalArts

The CalArts MFA Program in Creative Writing presents Roxane Gay, the Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence, whose writings across genres as a novelist, memoirist, essayist, and well as her work as an editor, have impacted and expanded the arts community. She is the author of An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, and Hunger, and is a contributing opinion editor for The New York Times.

Seating is limited, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Where: CalArts, Bldg. G201 & 202

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355

Websitehttp://calarts.edu/about/news-and-events/events-calendar/event-details/2018-katie-jacobson-writer-in-residence-roxane-gay

Hampton Sides Lecture & Reading at CalTech

Please join the James Michelin Distinguished Visitors Program to welcome author and journalist Hampton Sides, who will present his book, In the Kingdom of Ice, and discuss the America in the Gilded Age as it flexed its muscles on the world stage in his talk on America in the Age of Polar Fever, a look at the voyage of the USS Jeannette (1879-81). The author is best-known for gripping non-fiction adventure stories, and is editor-at-large for Outside magazine and also a frequent contributor to National Geographic and other magazines. He teaches and is journalist-in-residence at Colorado College.

Where: Baxter Lecture Hall, #77, California Institute of Technology

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125

Website: http://www.hss.caltech.edu/content/james-michelin-distinguished-visitors-program-1

Olympusville at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Ron Kortege, discuss and sign Olympusville, a hybrid of poems-and-illustrations about the antics of the Greek gods. Billy Collins calls the collection “invigorating and hilarious.” The reading will be complemented by music from singer/songwriters Molly & Evan.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/ron-koertge-discusses-and-signs-olympusville

Anne Raeff & Lori Ostlund at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund discuss and sign their respective novels, Winter Kept Us Warm and After the Parade.

Winter Kept Us Warm follows Ulli, Leo and Isaac through six decades of their lives–from Berlin to postwar Manhattan, 1960s Los Angeles, and contemporary Morocco. This is a twisting narrative that reveals what became of their long- ago love triangle, set against the brutality of post-war living, and generational repercussions.

After the Parade is a debut novel about a man who leaves his longtime partner in New Mexico for a tragicomic road trip into the mysteries of his own Midwestern childhood.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/anne-raeff-lori-ostlund-discuss-and-sign-their-respective-novels-winter-kept-us-warm-after

Dana Walrath at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear Armenian American author Dana Walrath as she presents her award-winning verse novel about the Armenian Genocide of 1915, Like Water on Stone.  Join us to feel the power of the magical realism that allows us to safely enter these terrible historical events while simultaneously opening our hearts to the refuges of today. this event is jointly sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Beth Pickens & Friends at Skylight Bookstore  

Please join us to hear author Beth Pickens discuss her new self-help book, Your Art Will Save Your Life, with Ali Liebegott and Michelle Tea. The author has dedicated her life to empowering working artists. Intimate, yet practical, this book helps artists build a sustainable practice while navigating the world of MFAs, residencies, and institutional funding.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/beth-pickens-discusses-her-new-self-help-book-your-art-will-save-your-life-ali-liebegott-and

LiveTalksLA presents: Daniel Pink, with Daniel J. Levitin, 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, author Daniel Pink discusses his book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Here the author explores the hidden patterns of daily living that demonstrate timing to be a science, rather than an art. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build an ideal schedule, improve test scores, turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start—or even decide when to quit a job, switch careers, or get married?

Daniel J. Levitin is a neuroscientist, musician, and best-selling author in the world of science. He is Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Keck Graduate Institute, a Distinguished Fellow at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and James McGill Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Music at McGill University.

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 10th

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm (reception: 6:30 – 7:30 pm)

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

Websitehttp://livetalksla.org/events/daniel-pink/

Poetry Open Mic at Redondo Poets

Please join us for a reading by a poet Bill Friday, and participate in our weekly Open Mic.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 180 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets

Soapbox Sessions Open Mic at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

Please join us for our weekly open mic, hosted by Jason Brain. Soapbox Open Mic is for musicians, poets, spoken word artists, comedians, dramatists, audience and beyond. This week’s featured artist is singer-songwriter Victoria Gonzalez.

Where: Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 8 pm – 11:59 pm

Address: 18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1782994835329738/

Mandy Kahn & Janet Fitch Read at Stories Books & Café

Please join us to hear LA writers Mandy Kahn and Janet Fitch in a poetry reading at Stories.

Where: Stories LA Books & Café

Date: Tuesday the 10th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Websitehttp://storiesla.com/blogs/events

 New Series of Poetry, Music & Art at Autry After Hours

Please join the first of our New Autry After Hours Series, where poetry, music and art converge, inspired by our LA RAZA exhibit. Local L.A. Poets (including liz gonzalez and former L.A. Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez) will perform their work, and you can groove to the beats of global bass crew Subsuelo. Then create your own crafts with Self Help Graphics & Arts Barrio Mobile Art Studio and enjoy a site-specific performance by Artemesia Clark.

Reservations are recommended and available at link at website.

Admission is $5 for nonmembers.

Where: The Autry Museum, Griffith Park

Date: Wednesday the 11th

Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Websitehttp://theautry.org/events/special-events/new-series-autry-after-hours

Julayne Lee Book Release at Cielo Galleries/Studios

This is the release party for Julayne Lee’s debut collection of poetry, Not My White Savior, which is a memoir in poems exploring what it is like ot be a transracial and inter-country adoptee, and what it is to grow up being constantly told how better your life is because you were rescued from your country of origin. This follows her story from Korea to Minnesota, and finally to Los Angeles. This book is angry, brilliant, unapologetic, and unforgiving, and sure to spark discussion and debate.

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Wednesday the 11th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 2301 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/188622115073561/

Liam Callanan at Vroman’s Bookstore  

Please join us to hear author Liam Callanan discuss and sign his novel, Paris by the Book.  At once haunting and charming, this book follows the story of one woman’s journey as she rebuilds her life following the abrupt disappearance of her eccentric novelist husband.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/liam-callanan-discusses-and-signs-paris-book

Michael Benson at Book Soup

Please join us to hear author Michael Benson discuss his book, Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece. This book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the film’s release and is the definitive story of one of the greatest films ever made and launched the genre of big budget science fiction spectaculars.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/michael-benson-discusses-and-signs-space-odyssey-stanley-kubrick-arthur-c-clarke-and-making    

Christa Parravani at Otis Visiting Writers Series

Christ Parravini  is a writer and photographer, and the author of Her: A Memoir, a Wall Street Journal, Salon and Library Journal best book of the year. Her writing has appeared widely, and she has been featured in poets & Writers, Vogue, PBS, and on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “To the Best of Our Knowledge.” She is an Assistant Professor in Creative Nonfiction at West Virginia University’s MFA Creative Writing Program.

Where: Otis College of Arts and Design, The Forum

Date: Wednesday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Mark Sarvas, with Janet Fitch, at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Mark Sarvas, in conversation with author Janet Fitch (The Revolution of Marina M.), discuss his new novel, Memento Park. After receiving an unexpected call form the Australian consulate, Matt Santos becomes aware of a painting that he believes was looted form his family in Hungary during World War II. To recover it, he must repair his strained relationships with his family and restore his connection with his own Judaism. He seeks to unearth the truth about the painting, and in turn his family.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/mark-sarvas-discusses-his-new-novel-memento-park-janet-fitch

Life After Manzanar at Torrance Public Library

Please join us to hear author Naomi Hirahara, and Heyday Books, present Life After Manzanar. From the editor of the award-winning Children of Manzanar, Heather C. Lundquist and Edgar Award-winner Naomi Hirahara, comes a nuanced account of the “resettlement.” Poet Traci Akemi Kato-kiriyama will also present a poem published in the book. There will be books available for purchase and signing.

Where: Torrance Public Library

Date: Thursday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/367804643725586/

April Shout! Open Mic at Half Off Books

Please join us for SHOUT! The Open mic Poetry Night at Half Off Books’ new Fullerton location, every 2nd Thursday of the month. Bring your poems, music, comedy, stories, and voices. Bring your ears and hearts. Bring your friends, family, and everyone you know.

Where: Half Off Books

Date: Thursday the 12th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 141 W. Wilshire Ave., Ste. A, Fullerton, CA 92832

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/2007081846239976/

Leah Weiss at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear mindfulness expert Leah Weiss discuss and sign her book, How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind. She shows how to use mindfulness techniques to handle life’s challenges, meet our goals, and sharpen our abilities and relationships.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/leah-weiss-discusses-and-signs-how-we-work-live-your-purpose-reclaim-your-sanity-and-embrace

Courtney Peppernell at Book Soup

Join us to hear author Courtney Peppernell discuss and sign Pillow Thoughts. This is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love, and raw emotions. It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/courtney-peppernell-discusses-and-signs-pillow-thoughts

Joe Donnelly and L.A. Man at Skylight Bookstore

During his many years writing for LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Slake, Surfer’s Journal and more, Joe Donnelly has driven to Texas with Wes Anderson, shot pool with Sean Penn, surfed with Chris Malloy, etc. etc. In his book, L.A. Man: Profiles from a Big City and a Small World, he includes encounters with many famous people who have indelibly stamped the cultural landscape, drill through the façade of fame to get at the core humanity behind the myth-making.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/joe-donnelly-discusses-his-collection-profiles-la-man

Jasper Johns Literary Series at ALOUD Reading Series

Please join us to hear Hanif Abdurraqib, Brendan Constantine, and Amy Gerstler, in collaboration with the Jasper Johns / Unfolding Language Literary Series at The Broad Stage, which explores the centrality of writers to Johns’ creative practice. This is the second of two evenings at Oculus Hall at the Broad (off-site).

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, and information on costs and details of event are available at website.

Where: The Broad Stage (off-site)

Date: Thursday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://lfla.org/event/jasper-johns-unfolding-language-reading-series/

Elgin Baylor at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us as former LA Laker and LA Clippers General Manager Elgin Baylor signs his book, Hang Time: My Life in Basketball. No one has seen the league change, and has worked to bring change, more than Baylor, and he chronicles a long and storied career at all levels of the game. This is a signing only, and no other memorabilia will be signed.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 13th

Time: 6 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/former-la-laker-and-la-clippers-general-manager-elgin-baylor-signs-hang-time-my-life

Cecile Richards at Book Soup–Off-Site

Please join us to hear former president of Planned Parenthood and author Cecile Richards, in conversation with television executive Nina Tassler, discussing her new memoir, Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead—My Story. Daughter of the late Texas Governor Ann Richards, comes a story about her learning to lead and make change based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice. She has been an activist all her life, and she had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas where she was taught to be a trouble-maker for progressive change. She hopes this memoir will inspire readers to hope and action.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event so see website for details.

Where: First Congregational Church

Date: Friday the 13th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020

Website: http://www.book-soup-presents-evening-cecile-richards-discussing-her-new-memoir-make-trouble-standing

Jonathan Ames at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear Jonathan Ames read and discuss his book, You Were Never Really Here (Movie Tie-In). This is a toxic shock of a thriller, laced with corruption, revenge and the darkest of inner demons.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jonathan-ames-reads-his-novel-you-were-never-really-here

Hannah Howard & Feast at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear Hannah Howard discuss and sign Feast: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen, with special guest LA author Morgan Parker. This memoir is the story of a woman at war—with herself, with her body, and with food—while working her way through the underbelly of New York City’s glamorous culinary scene.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Vermin on the Mount Readings at BookShow LA

Please join us for a night if irreverent readings, and hear: Susan Henderson, Naomi Hirahara, Peter Hsu, Yelena Moskovich, Scott O’Connor, Mark Savras, and Amy Wallen, with your host Jim Ruland.

Where: BookShowLA

Date: Friday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 5503 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Websitehttp://verminonthemount.com/?p=1860

CalArts MFA Program at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to hear graduates of the Cal Arts MFA Program in Creative Writing hold their graduation reading with scintillating original work. FREE!

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 13th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Cynthia A. Briano features at Tia Chucha’s Open Mic

Please join us to hear our feature, Cynthia Alessandra Briano, read and discuss her work at Tia Chucha’s Open Mic. All artists are welcome, and receive 7 minutes at the mic.

Cynthia A. Briano is Director of the Rapp Saloon Reading Series First Fridays in Santa Monica, founder of Love on Demand Global, poetry for charity, and is at work on her first collection of poetry. She is also a College Counselor and an Editorial Consultant.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 13th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/374579543043475/

Independence Day Launch at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us to hear poets Kim Calder, Greg Curtis, and Evan Kleekamp read and discuss their work, in celebration of the publication of Independence Day, with Greg Curtis’s still photographs of extras from late 90s and early 2000s disaster films, witnessing their own deaths alongside a long poem drawn from the corresponding screenplays by Kim Calder and an essay on photography by Ariel Evans.

Kim Calder is co-director of Les Figues Press. She is currently working on two manuscripts: The Nervous System, an autotheoretical work, and her dissertation, which examines the centrality of indigeneity and indigenous cosmologies across contemporary American literatures of resistance.

Greg Curtis’ works in photography, video and installation have been widely exhibited, and he organized exhibitions at Ms Barbers and Elephant.

Evan Kleekamp co-directs Les Figues Press, and authored two chapbooks. Three Movements is forthcoming in Fence.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Friday the 13th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/events/601200593560947/

Rosemary Jenkins at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

You are invited to a book reading and signing with Rosemary Jenkins, for her book The Southern Phoenix, which delves into the Black experience from the 1930s to 1970s in the South and West. The author has written numerous columns dealing with socio-economic and political issues for the Los Angeles Times, LA Progressive, and City Watch LA and was an American History and English teacher, and local activist.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

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

Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/events/2121469674537592/

The Story Pirates at Vroman’s Bookstore-Kids Event

Please join us to hear The Story Pirates perform a special Reading Without Walls event. They will discuss their new book, Stuck in the Stone Age, based on a story concept by a kid writer, Vince Boberski, and walk you through their Story Creation Zone.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 2 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/story-pirates-–-reading-without-walls

Mystery & Thriller Authors at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear two mystery/thriller authors read and discuss their work: Elena Hartwell and Christina Hoag.

Elena Hartwell presents her new book, Three Strikes, You’re Dead, the story of what happens to private investigator Eddie Shoes when she heads to a resort for a mother-daughter getaway weekend. This is Book 3 in the Eddie Shoes Mystery Series.

Christina Hoag presents her new book, Skin of Tattoos, the story of Cyco Lokos gang member Mags Argueta, who comes home to L.A. from prison wanting only to start a new life. But he finds loyalties have shifted, and he is caught in a web of secrets, lies, and murder that might cost him everything.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website:  http://gatsbybooks.com/events-2/#/mystery-thriller-writers-hartwell-hoag-sat-apr-14th-3pm/

San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival at Santa Catalina Library

Join us for Day 2 of the Festival at Saturday Afternoon Poetry for The Big Write, hosted by CALOKIE and Kingfisher! See website to enter with your poem of up to 50 lines, and be eligible for prizes and fun!

Curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell

Where: Santa Catalina Library

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Celebrate Poetry in San Pedro at Philippine Expressions Book Shop

Join us to celebrate National Poetry Month in San Pedro and support your local bookshop, Philippine Expressions! We will be featuring five poets and authors:

Giovanna Ortega is an actor, author and director, and is currently Assistant Professor in Theatre and Dance at Pomona College. His Ang Gitano/The Gypsy is a multilingual collection of prose and poetry of self-discovery and diasporic displacement.

Jason Magabo Perez is an assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing at CSU San Bernardino, and author of the chapbook, Phenomenology of Superhero (2016), among other works.

Vics Magasay first studied chemical and civil engineering, but found his passion in the arts. He is a nature photographer, painter, sculptor, designer, writer and poet.

Felix Fojas has won numerous advertising and literary awards and is a member of PEN International as well as the Philippine Literary Arts Council. He has lectured at UC Davis, Sacramento State And Sacramento City College.

James Preston Allen is the publisher of Random Lengths News, and owner of GT Designs, and is an accomplished graphic designer.  He has exhibited his fine art throughout California and Japan, released two audios and composed over 100 songs, published two books, and penned over 450 editorials and articles.

Limited seating and program is available at website. Please RSVP by Eventbrite at website link. Light refreshments will be served.

Where: Philippine Expressions Bookshop

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 3 pm – 6 pm

Address: 479 w. Sixth St., Suite 105, San Pedro, CA 90731

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/314111805783729/

Adrian Todd Zuniga at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Adrian Todd Zuniga present and discuss his debut, Collision Theory. Thomas Mullen is struggling, and everything feels at risk since he witnessed a woman jump to her death 15 months ago. But he is suddenly awakened when thrust into an unpredictable journey by his best friend. This is a masterful, unforgettable read.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/adrian-todd-zuniga-discusses-and-signs-collision-theory

Poetry Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for Moon, Lover, Mother, Dog, featuring four poets, four themes, four minutes sets, and featuring: Daniel McGinn, Danielle Mitchell, Mahsa Hosseini, and Antonio Appling.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

An Evening with Richard Blanco, with Eduardo Santiago, at Emerson College

Please join us to hear acclaimed poet and memoirist Richard Blanco, with Eduardo Santiago, discuss the impact of his work, his life, and the vital importance of LGBTQ voices in our current political climate. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the venue courtesy of Book Soup.

Admission is FREE, but RSVP at website link.

Where: Emerson College, LA Bordy Center

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Address: 5960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/evening-richard-blanco/

Michelle Dean, with Carina Chocano, at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear Michelle Dean, with Carina Chocano, discuss and sign her nonfiction book, Sharp: The Women Who made an Art of Having an Opinion. This exploration of the talents of many women in media and culture who have had a gift for cutting to the quick with a precision of thought and wit in their writing are given a closer look here.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/michelle-dean-discusses-her-nonfiction-book-sharp-carina-chocano

Jesse Andrews & MUNMUN at Flintridge Bookstore

Join us to meet NYT bestselling author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Haters, Jesse Andrews, in conversation with award-winning author John Corey Whaley, for a discussion and signing of MUNMUN. In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person’s physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats. And the richest billionaires are the size of skyscrapers.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2018/4/14/munmun-by-jesse-andrews

Obsidian Tongues Open Mic at Café Con Libros

You are invited to the Pomona Art Walk for a special event:

Obsidian Tongues Open Mic Poetry Reading, hosted by Ceasar K. Avelar and William Gonzalez. This event features:

Luis J. Rodriguez and Trini Rodriguez, reading love poems in recognition of their 30th wedding anniversary.

James Coats reading loving words.

Please come by.

Where: Café Con Libros

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 280 W. 2nd St., Pomona, CA 91766

Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=luis%20rodriguez

Gronk and Gail Wronsky at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for WorlD Beyond: Gronk and Gail Wronsky, for a presentation and discussion of collaborations between artists and poets, held in conjunction with Gronk’s art exhibit in the Mike Kelley Gallery (April 7-29). This is part of a series focused on the intersection of poetry, culture, and society, and each iteration features a poet in conversation with another writer, artist, thinker or activist around a common theme.

NOTE: This is a ticket event, so check website for details.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 14th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/780381395465738/

Queers Who Submit Event at 826LA Echo Park

Presented in partnership with Women Who Submit, this event seeks to demystify the submission and publication process for aspiring and emerging LGBTQ writers while fostering community. Facilitators Ashaki Jackson and Ashley Perez will guide attendees in shaping their submission goals, then move through the process. Attendees should bring a laptop with WiFi capability and a short story or set of five poems to submit.

Admission is FREE but space is limited. RSVP at website link.

Where: 826LA Echo Park

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 12 pm – 2:30 pm

Address: 1714 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/queers-who-submit/

Art and Poetry Event at the Autry Museum

In honor of National Poetry Month, meet award-winning poet Suzanne Lummis as she shares and explores the intersections between art and poetry in this interactive session.

FREE with museum admission.

Where: Autry Museum, Irene Helen Jones Parks Gallery of Art

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Address: 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Websitehttp://theautry.org/events/drop-activities/art-and-poetry-gallery-activity

Receipts and Recovery Event at Jack Jones Literary Arts

Please join Jack Jones Literary Arts for its third anniversary event: a candid talk about the ways in which the #metoo movement is failing black women in publishing. We’ll follow the talk with party selections form DJ Honeycut.

Where: Space 15 Twenty

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Address: 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/621371971538002/

Author at Once Upon a Time Bookstore–Kids Event

Please join us for our If I Didn’t Have You book signing for kids, by illustrator Chris Robertson, a silly and sweet father-son story. A father and son spend the day together detailing all of the things they could have…if they didn’t have each other. In the end, that nothing is a substitute for a father or a son.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

Websitehttp://w.shoponceuponatime.com/event/if-i-didnt-have-you-book-signing-chris-robertso /

The Table Event at the Hollywood Hotel

Please join The Table Reading Series, executive produced by Natashia Deon and curated this month by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, on the theme Writing on: Redemption. Hosted by Anita Gill and Ramona Pilar, we feature: Erika Ayon, Carl A. Kemp, Siel Ju, Julayne Elle, and Patrick O’Neil.

Where: Hollywood Hotel 

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 2:30 pm – 5 pm

Address: 1160 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/pielar?hc_ref=ARRFMLnoiQ5rHq_2XktWjwlLyCimwsyLrz-HTi7MEoA93DA9jWILqY9of7_gQvNaris&fref=nf

Writing Queer Characters for the Screen Event at Barnsdall Art Park

Presented by Michelle Badillo, Trish Bendix, Brittani Nichols and Jen Richards, this discussion of the challenges of bringing queer representation to television, cinema and the world, will include short screenings of each writer’s work, a lively panel discussion that explores craft, politics, and what it means to be queer in the writer’s room (and on the screen).

Admission is FREE but space is limited. RSVP at website link.

Where: Barnsdall Art Park

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/eventswriting-queer-characters-screen/ /

YA Author Event at Diesel Bookstore–Teen Event

Please join us to hear YA author Susan Goldman Rubin, discuss and sign, Coco Chanel: Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress. This book introduces readers to the most well-known fashion designer in the world, and traces Coco Chanel’s early years in an orphanage, her development as a designer, the obstacles she faced as an independent woman in another era, and her groundbreaking “firsts.”

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard 

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/susan-goldman-rubin-discusses-and-signs-coco-chanel

Local Authors at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear local authors read and discuss their work:

Thomas A. Levitt presents and signs The Wire Recorder. This is the story of two childhood friends whose fathers were affected by the Hollywood blacklists, and the shadow across their friendship over time.

James Curran presents and signs Assumption Day. A tenuous cease-fire is threatened when a civil rights march is attacked in Londonderry, and one trustworthy inspector must solve the crime before the region erupts in civil war.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman’s-bookstore-local-author-day-featuring-thomas-levitt-james-curran-and-michael-smith-phd

Moonday Poetry Reading at Flintridge Bookstore

Join us for our monthly Moonday Poetry Reading, an East Side Reading, featuring artists: Margo Berdeshevsky and Douglas Manuel.

Margo Berdeshevsky has traveled the world, and her collection, Before the Drought was published in 2017 by Glass Lyre Press. she is also the author of Beautiful Soon Enough and Between Soul and Stone.

Douglas Manuel has served as Poetry Editor for Gold Line Press and as a Managing Editor for Ricochet Editions. His first full-length collection, Testify, was released by Red Hen Press in 2017.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada-Flintridge, CA 91104

Websitehttp://www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2018/4/15/moonday-poetry-series

The Santa Monica Review at Beyond Baroque

Please join editor Andrew Tonkavich as he introduces three recent contributors to the west coast literary magazine the Santa Monica Review. Grace Singh Smith, Alex R, Jones, and Andrew Nicholls will share their work.

FREE copy of the Spring 2018 issue for all attending.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 4:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Leslie Jamison at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear author Leslie Jamison, with Maggie Nelson, read from her new memoir, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath. From the bestselling author of The Empathy Exams, comes an exploration of addiction, and the stories we tell about it, that re-invents the traditional recovery memoir. This blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage looks at the larger history of both the recovery movement and the literary and artistic geniuses whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/leslie-jamison-reads-her-new-memoir-recovering-maggie-nelson

Fred D’Aguiar & Sholeh Wolpe at Beyond Baroque

Please join poet, novelist, essayist and UCLA Creative Writing Program Director Fred D’Aguiar as he is joined by award-winning poet, translator and UCLA Visiting Writer Sholeh Wolpe for a reading and discussion.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

 

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