Los Angeles Literature Events 4/16/18 –4/22/18

Chiwan Choi & Open Mic at Woodbury University  

downloadFirst Press Reading series and Moira Literary Magazine, welcome author Chiwan Choi, who will present his recent book-length poem, The Yellow House. Choi is also a partner at Writ Large Press, a Los Angeles-based indie publisher, focused on using literary arts to resist, disrupt, and transgress.

This second event in the series will also feature an Open Mic (one short piece and/or two minutes of reading time). Please join us and share some of your work. Also, please RSVP if you can at website link.

Where: Woodbury University, Enkeboll Library Courtyard

Date: Monday the 16th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91504

Website: http://moriaonline.com/reading-series/

Leslie Jamison at Vroman’s Bookstore  

Please join us as Leslie Jamison presents The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath. From the bestselling author of The Empathy Exams comes a transformative memoir of recovery that is more gripping than the addiction. This is a deeply personal and seamless bland of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism and reportage. It’s about the particular loneliness and craving for love that both devours us and shapes who we are.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/leslie-jamison-discusses-and-signs-recovering-intoxication-and-its-aftermath

Meredith Goldstein, with Sarah Rodman, at Book Soup

Please join us to welcome Meredith Goldstein, in conversation with Sarah Rodman, to discuss Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist. This is a disarmingly honest memoir about giving advice when you’re not sure what you’re doing yourself, by the woman behind The Boston Globe’s Love Letters column.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/meredith-goldstein-conversation-sarah-rodman-discusses-and-signs-can’t-help-myself-lessons

Sloane Crosley at Skylight Bookstore 

Please join us as Sloane Crosley presents her new collection of essays, Look Alive Out There. Ten years after her debut collection, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, she returns with her trademark wit and observations. By turns charming, deadpan, hilarious, and wise, her writing is a tonic to readers who feel the world has gone nuts.

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

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Monday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.sloane-crosley-discusses-her-new-collection-essays-look-alive-out-there

Poetry in the Labyrinth Book Club at the Last Bookstore

Please join us for our Poetry in the Labyrinth Book Club, with Armine Iknadossian, moderator of our discussion of Virgin: Poems by Analisia Sotelo.

Armine Iknadossian is the author of the chapbook United States of Love and Other Poems, and the full-length collection The Hallow Women forthcoming in Spring of 2018. She is the new associate poetry editor of Angels Flight Literary West.

NOTE: The book is included with your ticket, so check website for details on this event and its requirements.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Amy Kind at Claremont McKenna College Athenaeum

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum presents Amy Kind, the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, to discuss Imagining Others, and the role imagination plays in providing us with experiential perspectives different from our own, which help our society to bridge racial, ethnic and gender divides. She authored the introductory textbook Persons and Personal Identity (2015), co-edited two other books on the philosophy of imagination, and has edited Philosophy of Mind in the 20th and 21st Centuries, volume six of a six-part series on the history of philosophy to be published in 2108.

Where: Athenaeum

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 12:30 pm (lunch program)

Address: 385 E. 8th St., Claremont, CA 91711

Websitehttp://www.cmc.edu/athenaeum/events/2018-04-17

Icons & Influences at Annenberg Beach House

Writ Large Press presents the first of a three-event discussion series at which artists read, show or perform a work that has profoundly influenced them, then present one of their own works.

F. Douglas Brown is the author of ICON, (Writ Large Press 2018) and Zero to Three (University of Georgia 2013), the Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient selected by Tracy K. Smith. He is an educator and DJ, and also co-founder and curator of un::fade::able – The Requiem for Sandra Bland.

Lynell George is an L.A.-based journalist and essayist focusing on social issues, human behavior, and identity politics, as well as the visual arts. She is the author of After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame (Angel City Press 2018), and No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels (Verso/Doubleday), a collection drawn from her reporting.

Linafornia will provide the music.

NOTE: Check website for RSVP and parking guidelines.

Where: Annenberg Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://annenbergbeachhouse.com/activities/cultural-programs-events-and-tours.aspx   or  https://www.facebook.com/events/2002407416681914/

James Dorsey at Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood   

Please join us to welcome author and explorer James Dorsey to discuss and sign his new book, Baboons for Lunch: And Other Sordid Adventures. He has spent two decades visiting the world’s most remote tribal cultures, and includes stories that are funny, poignant, heart-stopping, that offer insights into remote ways of life often unknown by many.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/james-dorsey-discusses-and-signs-baboons-lunch

The Female Persuasion and Meg Wolitzer at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Meg Wolitzer, discuss and sign The Female Persuasion, a novel about the flame we all feel is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/meg-wolitzer-discusses-and-signs-female-persuasion

Samantha Irby & Meaty: Essays at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Samantha Irby discuss and sign her first collection of essays: Meaty: Essays. In this smart, edgy, funny and raunchy collection, she laughs her way through tragicomic mishaps, neuroses, and taboos as she struggles through adulthood. Updated with her favorite recipes, this romp is a treat for anyone in need of her infamous scathing wit and poignant candor.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/eventsamantha-irby-discusses-and-signs-meaty-essays /

LA Literary Fiction with Siel Ju at the Last Bookstore

Please join us for our L.A. Literary Fiction Book Club, with author Siel Ju (Cake Time) as we discuss our April selection, A Perfect Universe: Ten Stories, by Scott O’Connor.  This is a collection of short stories about people who live…well, right here. And there’s a very good chance that the author, Mr. O’Connor, will stop in to greet us.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event and the book is included with the price of the ticket. See website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Poetry Open Mic at Redondo Poets

Please join Redondo Poets for a reading by a poet Daniel McGinn whose work has appeared numerous anthologies and publications including Bank Heavy, Lummox, Silver Birch Press, the OC Weekly, Next Magazine, Freeze Ray, Spillway, Rip Rap, Re)verb, Amethyst Arsenic and others. His full length collection of poems, 1000 Black Umbrellas was released by Write Bloody Press. He’s had five chapbooks published as part of the Laguna Poets chapbook series. Stay and read your own poetry as part of Redondo Poet’s open mic portion

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets

Annabelle Gurwitch & Jade Chang at the Skirball Cultural Center

Please join us for our program, Stories about Family That You Might Relate To, with authors Annabelle Gurwitch and Jade Chang, who will illuminate the connections between their immigrant stories.

Annabelle Gurwitch is the bestselling author of the essay collection Wherever You Go, There They are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To.

Jade Chang is the author of the novel The Wangs vs. The World.

At the center of each work is a larger-than-life father with an unorthodox approach to the American Dream. Gurwitch’s entrepreneurial father learned everything he knew form his ancestors who escaped the Russian pogroms, settled in the deep South, and then became the bootlegging, brothel-owning chapter of the Shalom Y’all tribe. In Chang’s book, Charles Wang has lost an American-made makeup fortune and longs to return to China and reclaim the ancestral land stolen by the Communists.

Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are recommended, and available at website.

A Q&A and book signing follow the program.

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

Date: Tuesday the 17th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Websitehttp://www.skirball.org/programs/words-and-ideas/annabelle-gurwitch-and-jade-chang-stories-about-family-you-might-relate

Henri Cole at Book Soup

Please join us to hear author Henri Cole discuss and sign his book, Orphic Paris (paperback). This book combines autobiography, diary, essay, and prose poetry with photographs to create a new form of elegiac memoir. With Paris as a backdrop, he explores with penetrating insight the nature of friendship and family, poetry and solitude, self and freedom.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/henri-cole-discusses-and-signs-orphic-paris     

Stacy Wise at Pages Bookstore

Stacy Wise is the author of Beyond the Stars and her new book Maybe Someone Like You. This is a new adult romance with heart and humor from a local author.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/stacy-wise-author-event

Feminist Book Club at the Last Bookstore

Please join us for our Feminist Book Club, led by Julia Callahan (Rare Bird Books), and discuss our first selection: author Morgan JerkinsThis Will Be My Undoing” Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America.

NOTE: This is a ticket event, and the book comes with your ticket which can be purchased at the website.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Three Women Authors on Heritage at the World Stage

Please join us for Planting Roots in New Soil: Poets Discuss Heritage, covering topics on immigration, adoption, heritage, and learning to live in a new country while maintaining roots. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing, and will feature:

Erika Ayon is the author of Orange Lady.

Alyssa Matuchniak is the author of Small Wars, Little Revolutions.

Julayne Lee is the author of Not My White Savior.

Where: The World Stage Gallery

Date: Wednesday the 18th

Time: 8 pm – 10 – pm

Address: 4321 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/2479871885572329/

Poetry at Santa Monica College

Please join us for Modern Poetic Permutations, live poetry readings by: Ernest Padilla, Mario Padilla, Wil Doucet, Grace Singh Smith, and Cecilia Martinez-Gil, as well as  a selection of students.

Where: Santa Monica College, HSS 165

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 11:15 am

Address: 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Websitehttp://smc.edu/ACG/Marketing/Events/Pages/Literary%20Talks%20and%20Readings.aspx

Irene Sanchez & Matt Sedillo at Cal State Northridge  

The Chicana/o Studies Department and EOP present activists and poets Irene M. Sanchez, PhD and Matt Sedillo, who will perform the Southwest Political Report: A Night of Poetry and Politics.

Students are encouraged to attend this free event!

Where: Oviatt Library Presentation Room, CSUN

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 11888 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330

Website: N/A

Hilary Zaid, with Josh Gershick, at Diesel Bookstore   

Please join us to welcome Hilary Zaid to discuss and sign Paper Is White, in conversation with playwright Josh Gershick. When oral historian Ellen Margolis and her girlfriend decide to get married, Ellen decides she must tell her grandmother…who is dead. Set in ebullient 1990s dot-com era San Francisco, this is a novel about the gravitational pull of the past and the words we must find to make ourselves whole.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/hilary-zaid-discusses-and-signs-paper-white

Dr. Jim Bell at Vroman’s Bookstore

Dr. Jim Bell will discuss and sign his book, The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide: A Futuristic Journey Through the Cosmos. He presents a visually spectacular book, a large-format volume offering space enthusiasts an unparalleled visual experience of our solar system. It features eight removable NASA posters highlighting the wonders of space, full-color photography and stunning art, and informative summaries of every destination.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/dr-jim-bell-discusses-and-signs-ultimate-interplanetary-travel-guide-futuristic-journey

KJ Howe, with Lissa Price, at Book Soup

Join us to hear author KJ Howe, in conversation with Lissa Price, discuss and sign Skyjack: A Kidnap-And-Ransom Thriller. This is Thea Paris Novel #2, in which international kidnap expert Thea Paris is escorting two former child soldiers on a plane from an orphanage in Kanzi, Africa, to adoptive parents in London when the Boeing Business jet is hijacked and forced to land on a deserted airstrip in the Libyan desert. There her old nemesis takes to the air with the passengers and demands she hijack a truckload of Syrian refugees to exchange for the jet’s passengers. Thus begins a race against the clock as they unravel a deadly, wide ranging conspiracy.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/kj-howe-conversation-lissa-price-discusses-and-signs-skyjack-kidnap-and-ransom-thriller

2018 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards at the Huntington

Join us for a poetry reading and reception celebrating Claremont Graduate University’s 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and Kate Tufts Discovery Award winners, Patricia Smith and Donika Kelly.

Patricia Smith us the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Act: Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, and Blood Dazzler. She currently teaches at the College of Staten Island and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.

Donika Kelly is the author of Bestiary (Graywolf Press), her debut collection and the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She teaches at St. Bonaventure University.

Free and open to the public, but RSVP requested. Books will be available for purchase.

Where: Haaga Hall, The Huntington Museum

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1800 Orlando Rd., San Marino, CA 91108

Websitehttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-kingsley-kate-tufts-poetry-award-winners-tickets-42927741029

Poetry Readings at the Hammer Museum

Poets Mihaela Moscaliuc and Michael Waters will read and discuss their work, hosted by poet, critic, and UCLA professor of English emeritus Stephen Yenser.

Mihaela Moscaliuc’s book Immigrant Model asks: “What is it like to be of this world and this world and this world, while also of elsewhere skirting these worlds?” She is also the author of Father Dirt and is assistant professor of English at Monmouth University.

Michael Waters’s new collection delves into the sensual and the spiritual with characteristic intensity. The author of ten books of poetry, he is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow and professor of English at Monmouth University.

Coffee, tea, and a book signing will follow the discussion.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/04/poetry-mihaela-moscaliuc-and-michael-waters/

Drunken Masters Readings at The Escondite

Please join us our monthly event at the Escondite, where this month’s theme is Songwriting. This month we are featuring: Jimatta Rose, Nandi Pointer, and Kristine Nevrose (THE TISSUES).

Submission deadline: Tuesday, April 17, 8 AM. See website for details and submissions link.

Where: The Escondite

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 410 Boyd St., Los Angeles, CA 9

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/alleventsin./los%20angeles/drunken-masters-songwriting/1498411676936117

Kelly Lytle-Hernandez & City of Inmates at Main Museum

Please join us to hear author Kelly Lytle-Hernandez, in conversation with Julia Bognay and Pete White, discuss her new book, City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965. Los Angeles incarcerates more people than any city in the U.S. and the author marshals more than two centuries of evidence to explain this, and how histories of native elimination, immigrant exclusion, and black disappearance drove the rise of incarceration.

Please RSVP for this FREE event at website.

Where: The Main Museum

Date: Thursday the 19th

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.themainmuseum.org/program/kelly-lytle-hernandez-city-of-inmates

Mt. SCAC Writers’ Weekend at Mt.  San Antonio College

Please join us for our 11th Annual Writers’ Weekend, expanded to three days, with a different schedule of events for each day. Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction writers, and artists of all kinds will network, workshop and create with others who share your passion.

See website link for details.

Where: Mount San Antonio College

Date: Friday the 20th – Sunday the 22nd

Time: 9 am – 5 pm (varies each day)

Address: Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA 91789

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/mtsacwritersweekend/photos/gm.103786477130694/1445896275537331/?type=3&theater

Faculty Poetry Reading at Cal State Northridge

Please join us for National Poetry Month to hear faculty members Sharon D. Johnson, Amber Norwod, Philip Walsh, Susana Marcelo, and Dorothy Baressi read from their work.

This event will be followed by a short reception.

Where: Oviatt Library, Exhibit Gallery, CSUN

Date: Friday the 20th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 18111 Nordhoff Ave, Northridge, CA 91330

Websitehttp://csun.edu/calendar/library/events/faculty-poetry-reading

Donika Kelly, Vanessa Villarreal & Eloisa Amezcua at the Ace Hotel

Please join us for An Evening with Donika Kelly, author of Beastiary, 2018 Kate Tufts discovery Prize Winner, and featuring Vanessa Villarreal (Beast Meridian) & Eloisa Amezcua (From the Inside Quietly) also reading from their work.

FREE and open to the public. Drinks and food will be available.

Where: Ace Hotel, Segovia Hall

Date: Friday the 20th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Websitehttp://lalitscene.entropymag.org/ or www.instagram.com/p/Bg3qNQFnsEL/?taken-by=jackjoneslitarts

Sesshu Foster & City of the Future at Other Books

Please join us for a pre-launch party to hear author, educator and community activist Sesshu Foster discuss his new book City of the Future.

Where: Other Books

Date: Friday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://kaya.com/authors/sesshu-foster/

Friday Night Poetry and Open Mic at Book Show LA

Please join us to hear Friday Night Poetry: They’re Just Words, with Ingrid Calderon hosting a once-a-month poetry night.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 20th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Websitehttp://bookshowla.com/event/friday-night-poetry-theyre-just-words-2/

Mary Gaitskill & Geoff Dyer at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to hear writers Mary Gaitskill and Geoff Dyer read and discuss their work.

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novel Veronica, of the short story collection and the acclaimed novels Because They Wanted To and Two Girls, Fat and Thin.

Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and Jeff in Venice. He is also the author of two collections of essays and other genre –defying works.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 20th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

LA Times Festival of Books at USC: Day 1 of 2

The LA Times Festival of Books began in 1996 to celebrate the written word, and each year it brings together over 150,000 people in a gathering of writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians, publishers and booksellers, and lovers of the literary arts in the largest festival in the land.

Admission is FREE to this two-day event. Full schedule of authors, readings and panels is available at website, and ticket information and travel/parking details provided.

Saturday’s highlights include:

Juan Felipe Herrera and Robin Coste Lewis open and close the Poetry Stage, respectively, at 10 am and 5:20 pm.

Joyce Carol Oates and Diana Gabaldon discuss their mega-careers in Bovard Auditorium.

Walter Mosley appears in conversation with Steph Cha.

Junot Diaz presents his children’s book, Islandborn.

And SO MUCH MORE!

Where: University of Southern California, Campus Park (various locations)

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Address: USC Campus Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Websitehttp://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks

Children’s Authors at Children’s Book World–Kids Event

Please join us to hear two authors, best friends read and co-book creators discuss their work: Samantha Berger and Mike Curato.

What If…is their beautiful, inspiring new picture book for children ages 4-7, and it is a  heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website:  http://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/#curato

Humament Writing Workshop at Julian Dixon Library

Please join us for the Humament (Human Document) Writing Workshop, presented by L.A. Poet Society’s Jessica Wilson, to remove barriers to your creative writing as we learn three tips to let your words “flow, like water.” This is where visual art and poetry collide!

Where: Julian Dixon County Library

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 10:30 am – 12 pm

Address: 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

Websitehttp://www.colapublib.org/calendar/index.php?eID=125064

Loose Lips Poetry Reading & Open Mic at Topanga County Library

Please join us to hear the Loose Lips Poetry Reading, for a literary event that is edgy, spiritual, inspiring, and at times irreverent.

To celebrate Poetry Month we are featuring readers:

Ricardo Means Ybarra is Malibu Poet Laureate and the author of Beyond the Reef, and the children’s books Scratch and Pirates of Paradise Cove. He was raised in Echo Park and Silver Lake, which inspires much of his work.

Ellen Reich teaches creative writing and autobiography for Santa Monica College’s Emeritus Program. Her two poetry chapbooks are Sleeping Guardian and Reverse Kiss, and her full-length books are The Gynecic Papers and Sacrifices Have to be Human.

Readings are followed by an Open Mic.

Where: Topanga Library

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290

Websitehttp://colapublib.org/calendar/index.php?com=detail&eID=124975

Celebrating Michele Serros at Uptown Word & Michelle Obama Library

Join us to celebrate the life and art of Michele Serros, with film and readings by our featured guests:

Lucy Rodriguez Hanley wrote and directed the film, The Big Deal, a short film based on a short story by Michele Serros.

Isabel Quintero is the author of Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, The Ugly Cat and Pablo, and Photogenic: The Life of Graciela Itrubide.

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez is a poet and journalist.

Frankie Hernandez is a writer and producer.

Joseph Rios is the author of Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations.

A book signing and reception with light refreshments will follow the presentations.

Where: Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 5870 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1828148117485589/

San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival at Santa Catalina Library

Join us for Day 3 of the Festival at Saturday Afternoon Poetry for The Big Pub sharefest exchange and read-around, hosted by Erika Ayon and you! Plus, cheap to enter SPECTRUM 2018 Poetry Broadside Poetry Chapbook Contest winner announced and featured.

See website for details.

Curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell

Where: Santa Catalina Library

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Truth to Power: Genre Fiction at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear Shades & Shadows and authors Cory Doctorow, Gretchen McNeil, Kate Maruyama, CB Lee, Michael Paul Gonzalez, Samuel Sattin, Jennifer Brody, Christina Cigala, and Bobby Goldstein discuss how genre fiction’s role as a social critic is challenging or has changed in the post-fact, post-truth, fake news landscape of America.

Moderated by Zach Fromson

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Three Poets Reading at Poetic Research Bureau

You are invited to hear Emily Skillings, Morgan Parker and Kate Durbin read and discuss their work.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

Websitehttp://lalitscene.entropymag.org/

Poetry Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us to hear Matt Mauldin, Kerry Tepperman & Don Kingfisher Campbell read and discuss their work.

Matt Mauldin will read from his debut, Patterns of Reconciliation, poetry of social and spiritual themes.

Kerry Tepperman is an author and educator in the San Francisco Bay area and is the recipient of the 2017 Blue Light Book Award and the 2016 New Millennium Poetry Prize.

Don Kingfisher Campbell is the founder of POETRY people youth writing workshops, publisher of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, leader of the Emerging Urban Poets Workshops, and host of Monday Night Poetry in Pasadena.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 21st

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

LA Times Festival of Books at USC: Day 2 of 2

The LA Times Festival of Books began in 1996 to celebrate the written word, and each year it brings together over 150,000 people in a gathering of writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians, publishers and booksellers, and lovers of the literary arts in the largest festival in the land.

Admission is FREE to this two-day event. Full schedule of authors, readings and panels is available at website, and ticket information and travel/parking details provided.

Sunday’s highlights include:

Gary Soto and 826LA Manual Arts high School students help open and close the Poetry Stage, respectively, at 10:20 am and 4:40 pm.

Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, and Dennis Lehane discuss their work and careers.

Michael Isikoff and David Corn discuss “The Russia Stuff.”.

Lisa See and Luis Alberto Urrea discuss family and fiction.

And SO MUCH MORE!

Where: University of Southern California, Campus Park (various locations)

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Address: USC Campus Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Websitehttp://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks

La Palabra Poetry Reading & Open Mic at Avenue 50 Studio

Please join us for our monthly La Palabra Reading & Open Mic, hosted by Angelica Saenz, and featuring:

Natalie Patterson is the author of Lovers, her newest collection of poetry, an exploration of love, sex, and the moments in between.

David Padilla

Omar Munguia, our Franklin High School poet.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 2 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/236744426369598/photos/gm.1491753404269807/1868476839863007/?type=3&theater

The Big Read of Citizen by Claudia Rankine at Exposition Park Library, LAPL

Please join Natalie Graham and Ashaki M. Jackson, lead a discussion of Citizen, by Claudia Rankine, which is part of the Big Read Celebration of this acclaimed prize winning work.

Thank you to Jack Jones Literary Arts for co-hosting this event.

Admission is FREE.

Where: Exposition Park Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/486413308420016/

Nebraska Girls Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for our monthly Nebraska Girls Open Reading, hosted by Wyatt Underwood.

FREE event.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 2 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Fourth Sundays Poetry Reading at Claremont Library

NOTE: Off-site due to library construction

Please join us for our Fourth Sundays Poetry event, featuring Lois P. Jones (Nightladder) and Judith Terzi (Casbah and If You Spot Your Brother Floating By).

Where: Claremont United Church of Christ

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 2 pm

Address: 233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont, CA 90291

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/fourthsundayspoetry/photos/gm.1228594077272418/1624045474300013/?type=3&theater

LiveTalksLA presents: An Afternoon with Questlove

LiveTalksLA presents a series of literary events (and podcasts) to meet and hear cultural and business leaders present and discuss their work. Today, author and musician Questlove discusses his book, Creative Quest. Here the author synthesizes all the creative philosophies, lessons and stories he’s heard from many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise readers on how to consider creativity and where to find it.

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: Aratani Theater, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 4 pm

Address: 224 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://livetalksla.org/events/questlove/

Village Poets Reading at Bolton Hall, Tujunga

Please join us as the Village Poets Monthly Reading welcomes poet Andrew R. Peterson, with musicians Art Stucco & John Palmer.

$3 donation appreciated.

Where: Bolton Hall

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 4:30 pm

Address: 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga, CA 90291

Websitehttp://villagepoets.blogspot.com

Open House Event at Red Hen Press

Red Hen Press presents a book launch for Peggy Shumaker and Maurya Simon, including Allison Joseph, Kim Dower, Ron Koertge, Nicelle Davis, and Sebastian Matthews.

There will be an art show too. Food and drinks will be served. Bring your friends for a fantastic party.

Where: Red Hen Press

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 5 pm – 8 pm

Address: 1540 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/177668302835985/

Book on Angels in America at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear authors Isaac Butler & Dan Kois present and sign The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America, the story of Tony Kushner’s play. There will also be a staged reading with: Patton Oswalt, James Urbaniak, Lisa Hanawalt, Michelle Dean, Kyle Buchanan, Steven Culp, Larry Powell, Kate Spencer, and more. Joy Meads from CTG will join the authors for a Q&A.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 5:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Lamplight Poetry Reading Open Mic at White Harte Pub

Join us for our last offering of the Lamplight Poetry Reading & Open Mic, and celebrate the past four years of poetry and performance art in an open atmosphere where all skill levels are welcome.

Where: White Harte Pub (British)

Date: Sunday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 22456 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91356

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/lamplightpoetry reading/

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