Los Angeles Literature Events 5/14/18 –5/20/18

downloadRestless Souls & The Concrete, Book Launch & Discussion at Book Soup 

Restless Souls, by Dan Sheehan & The Concrete, by Daniel Abbott, will be presented and discussed in conversation with Melissa X. Golebiowski of Literary Hub.

Restless Souls is a moving and darkly funny meditation on friendship, the emotional ravages of war, and the way our memories simultaneously comfort and restrict us from growing and moving on.

The Concrete is a striking literary debut that grapples with the effects of childhood trauma, lost dreams, human sexuality, and the difficulties of marriage.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/dan-sheehan-and-daniel-abbott-discuss-and-sign-restless-souls-and-concrete

Sebastian Abbott & The Away Game at Vroman’s Bookstore   

Please join us to hear author Sebastian Abbott discuss and sign, The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer’s Next Superstars. For the last decade, an audacious program called Football Dreams has held tryouts for millions of youth across Africa, looking for soccer’s next superstars. the author follows a small group of boys through their journeys, weaving their dramas with the latest ideas of talent-spotting, and explores why some succeed and some don’t.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/sebastian-abbot-discusses-and-signs-away-game-epic-search-soccers-next-superstars

AULA Literary Uprising, with Francesca Lia Block, at Antioch University

Come to Antioch University Los Angeles’ free Literary Uprising reading series and hear faculty and students share their latest work! This quarter we feature Faculty reader, Francesca Lia Block (author of The Thorn Necklace) and MFA Alum reader Nikia Chaney (author of new poetry collection us mouth). They will be joined by Molly Jackson, a writer from Jim Krusoe’s SMC Advanced Fiction Class and BA student reader Matthew Tester.

There will be wine, soft drinks, appetizers, words, conversation, community, and books for sale! FREE parking passes.

Where: Room A1000, Antioch University

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/236793760214361/

Victoria Aveyard Launch of War Storm, with Marie Lu, at Diesel Bookstore–YA Event

Please join us to welcome author Victoria Aveyard, in discussion with YA author Marie Lu, who will present her latest installment in the Red Queen series, War Storm. In the epic conclusion, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power…for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

This is a celebration of the final book in the series, and you are encouraged to come dressed up as your favorite character from the book. Prizes will be given for the best costumes.

NOTE: Customers may reserve on seat at this event for every copy of War Storm purchased from Diesel. Contact the store for details.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-may-15th-630pm-publication-party-victoria-aveyard-wmarie-lu-discusses-and-signs-war

Leslie Jamison Reading & Discussion at Cal Tech, Pasadena

Please join us to welcome author Leslie Jamison, author of The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, as part of our James Michelin Distinguished Writers Program.

This tour-de-force exploration of addiction and recovery blends memoir and cultural criticism with on-the-ground reporting and deep archival research, and is regarded as a fearsome talent sine publication of her essay collection in 2014, The Empathy Exams, and her novel in 2010, The Gin Closet. She teaches at the Columbia University MFA program and is a frequent contributor to the New York Book Review, Harper’s, and the New York Times Magazine.

Where: Dabney Lounge (building 40), Cal Tech

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.hss.caltech.edu/content/james-michelin-distinguished-visitors-program-3

Tao Lin & Trip at Book Soup

Please join us to hear author Tao Lin discuss and sign his book, Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change. In his first book-length work of nonfiction, he charts his recovery from pharmaceutical drugs, his surprising and positive change in worldview, and his four-year engagement with the questions: Why do we make art? Is the world made of language? What happens when we die? And is the imagination more real than the universe?

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/tao-lin-discusses-and-signs-trip-psychedelics-alienation-and-change

Michelle Tea, with Maggie Nelson, at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Michelle Tea, in conversation with author Maggie Nelson, read from her memoir, Against Memoir. In this book a queer countercultural icon opens up about all things artistic, romantic, and neurotic. Delivered with her signature honesty nd dark humor, Tea blurs the line between telling other people’s stories and her own, and turns an investigative eye to the genre that’s nurtured her entire career—memoir—and considers the extent to which it preys on life.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/michelle-tea-discusses-her-memoir-against-memoir-maggie-nelson

LA Literary Fiction Book Club at the Last Bookstore

Please join us for our Los Angeles literary Fiction Book Club, led by Siel Ju, (Cake Time), and discuss our selection: author Dana Johnson’s Elsewhere, California. This is a novel an African-American woman’s experience of some classic L.A. dichotomies: past/future, city/suburban, rich/poor, violence/gentrification, art/commerce.

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: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

China’s Future in Asia, Conversations, the Hammer Museum

Please join us for a Conversation on Silk, Slaves, and Stupas: The Many Pasts of China’s Future in Asia, with scholar, traveler and author Susan Whitfield, who tells the stories of ten different objects in her new book, Silk, Slaves, and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road. She considers their interactions with the peoples and cultures of the Silk Road, revealing the cultural diversity and interaction along these trading routes of Afro-Eurasia. UCLA distinguished professor Peter Sellers joins Whitfield in conversation.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/05/silk-slaves-and-stupas-the-many-pasts-of-chinas-future-in-central-asia/

Poetry Open Mic at Redondo Poets

Please join us for readings by poet Rachel Kann, and participate in our weekly Open Mic.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets

Poetry Open Mic at Da Poetry Lounge

Please join us every 3rd Tuesday for our weekly poetry readings, tonight presenting the Slam hosted by Shihan the Poet, with special guest poet @Pages d. Matam and brought to you by the good folks of DPL: Shihan Van Clief,, POETRI The Poet, Dante Bosco, Gimel Hooper, Jasmine Williams, Edwin Bodney, Yesika Salgado, Katrina Kirkpatrick, @Vaness Ayala, Joel James, Donny Jackson and Fish Moges. Music by Ryan A. Beebe aka DJ Alwayz and Def.sound aka Deffery.

Where: Greenway Court Theatre

Date: Tuesday the 15th

Time: 8:30 pm

Address: 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/DPoetryLounge

Say the Word Poetry Event at LA Southwest College

Please join us for Say the Word Poetry Panel: How Los Angeles Inspires Poetry and How the Poetry has Influenced the Community, sponsored by the English and Foreign Language Departments.

Features include Voices from Leimert Park writers: Niki Billingslea, Ymasumac Maranon, A K Toney, and Mike the Poet Sonksen. Features will be followed by student/faculty readings and open mic.

Everyone is welcome!

Where: LASC, SSB Lobby (between LASC Bookstore & the Admissions office; parking at Western entrance)

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 11 am – 2 pm

Address: 1600 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles, CA 90047

Websitehttp://www.calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=lasccommunication%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles

Short Story Master Class Part III & Arnold Weiss at Westwood Library, LAPL

Please join us for readings by local actor Arnold Weiss, and this time the subject is “Deception,” with six more engaging stories by Chekov, F. Scott Fitzgerald, de Maupassant, O’Flaherty and others! Join us!

Where: Westwood Library

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/short-story-master-class-part-iii-conducted-arnold-weiss          

Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass & Like Brothers at the Regent Theatre (off-site Book Soup)

Please join us to hear authors Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass discuss and sign their book, Like Brothers. In this book the multi-talented writer, directors, producers and actors (Transparent, The Mindy Project), share secrets of their life-long partnership in this unique memoir. Part memoir, part underdog story, and part insider account of succeeding on their own terms, this book is as openhearted and lovably offbeat as Mark and Jay themselves. They will be in conversation with Mark Olsen, an entertainment writer and reviewer who has appeared widely.

NOTE: Tickets are available on a first come-first serve basis. See website for details.

Where: Regent Theatre

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 448 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/book-soup-spaceland-present-mark-jay-duplass-conversation-mark-olsen-discussing-and-signing

We Are All That’s Left & Carrie Arcos at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Carrie Arcos, in conversation with Sherri Smith, discuss and sign, We Are All That’s Left.  This is the story of Zara and her mother Nadja, who have a strained relationship. When a bomb explodes in their farmers market in Rhode Island, Zara is left with PTSD and her mother is left in a coma. Told in chapters that alternate between Zara’s present day life and her childhood in Bosnia, this book shows the ways in which struggle and tragedy can give way to connection, healing, and love.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/carrie-arcos-conversation-sherri-smith-discusses-and-signs-we-are-all-’s-left

Women Only Open Mic at ArtShare LA

Please join us for Poetry/Spoken Word at a Women Only Open Mic.

$5 cover charge/admission.

Where: ArtShare LA

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 801 East 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Websitehttp://www.artsharela.org/events/

Small Wars Release & Alyssa Matuchniak at World Stage Press

Please join us to hear poet Alyssa Matuchniak, in conversation with Sherri Smith, discuss and sign, Small Wars, Little Revolutions.  This book release presented by CLI and World Stage Press shows the author grappling with the self and all the ways in which a body is scrutinized, questioned and bisected.

Where: World Stage Press

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Where: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1927495724229651/

Aja Gabel, with Maggie Shipstead, at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Aja Gabel, in conversation with Maggie Shipstead, who will read and discuss her debut novel, The Ensemble. She is a trained classical cellist, and her debut novel is an entrancing story of the enduring relationship between four extraordinary young musicians. Vibrant, romantic, and propulsive, this book announces a major talent.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/aja-gabel-reads-her-debut-novel-ensemble-maggie-shipstead

Author Ece Temelkuran at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear Ece Temelkura and her recent novel, The Time of Mute Swans. This is a novel about Ankara where the lines between good and bad, right and wrong, and beautiful and ugly are blurred by shed blood. Two children form an alliance amid the turmoil and hatch a plan, which involves saving some mute swans who have migrated from Russia to the Black Sea from the generals who plan to beak their wings.

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 16th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Julie Clark & The Ones We Choose, at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Julie Clark to discuss and sign The Ones We Choose. The powerful forces of science and family collide when geneticist Paige Robson ‘s son Miles struggle to fit in at his new school and begins asking questions about his biological father that she can’t answer. The author shows grace and humor while showing how solving the intimate mysteries of who we are and where we came from unleashes emotions more complex than the strands of DNA that shape us.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/thursday-may-17th-630pm-julie-clark-discusses-and-signs-ones-we-choose

The End of Capitalism & Yanis Varoufakis at ALOUD, Central Library

The ALOUD reading Series at the Central Library welcomes renowned economist and former finance minister of Greece, author Yanis Varoufakis to present and discuss The End of Capitalism: My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment. The author gives a blistering account of his clash with the mightiest forces on earth when he tried to renegotiate Greece’s relationship with the EU in 2015, and warns how policies once embraced by the EU and the White House have spawned instability throughout the Western world.

Check standby rules and attendance guidelines at website link.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 12:30 pm (lunchtime talk)

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

Websitehttp://lfla.org/event/end-capitalism-battle-european-american-deep-establishment/

Free Third Thursday with Red Hen Press at PMCA  

Please join us for free admission, extended hours, and a free program on “Building homes, Transcending Borders.” At this bilingual reading listen to some of our most talented Mexican-American poets and writers, and continue the discussion during a reception and book signing in the lobby, courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Viva Padilla is a poet and the editor of Dryland, a literary journal dedicated to the poets of South Los Angeles. She is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Piss Cameron, a political grotesque.

Ricardo Means-Ybarra, Malibu’s first Poet Laureate, has taught poetry as part of the California Writers in the Schools program for eight years, and has published several books, including Beyond the Reef.

Ramon Garcia is a poet, scholar, professor, and the author of two books of poetry, The Chronicles (2015) and Other Countries (2010).

Where: Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 5 pm – 9 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1859955957349562/ or www.pw.org/calendar?metroarea[hidden_longitude]=-118.25067055601606&metroarea[hidden_latitude]=34.05216127966009&metroarea[city_autocomplete]=Los+Angeles%2C+CA

Robert Hilburn & Paul Simon: The Life at Book Soup  

Please join us to hear author Robert Hilburn discuss and sign Paul Simon: The Life. This book brings together the lifetime of experiences, influences, musicianship and talents of artist and troubadour Paul Simon.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/robert-hilburn-discusses-and-signs-paul-simon-life

Michael Datcher & Americus at William Grant Still Arts Center  

Please join us to hear author Dr. Michael Datcher read and discuss and sign Americus: The Past Speaks to the Present. This book brings the story is a Ferguson-era novel, which explores the intersection of race and violence, and is inspired by Egyptian mythology and young America’s coming-of-age story.

This is a FREE event, for all ages.

Where: William Grant Still Arts Center

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 2520 South West View St., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Websitehttp://wgsac.wordpress.com/events/

Brendan Constantine & Even More Poetry Event at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join poet and host Brendan Constantine (Dementia My Darling) to welcome poets/authors to read and sign their work:

Douglas Brown is the author of Zero to Three, the 2013 Cave Canum Poetry Prize recipient, and is presenting his latest work, Icon, from Writ Large Press. He has been a teacher for twenty years, is a father of three, and DJs in the greater L.A. area.

Kai Carlson-Wee is the author of Rail, and his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, AGNI, New England Review, Gulf Coast, and The Missouri Review. He is a lecturer at Stanford University.

Elizabeth Metzger is the poetry editor of the LARB Quarterly Journal. Her debut collection, The Spirit Papers, won the 2016 Juniper Prize and was published in 2017. Her chapbook, The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, was published in 2017. She is adjunct professor at Columbia University this spring.

Catherine Pond has been published in over thirty magazines, including Boston Review, Narrative, and Rattle. She is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at USC.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.chevaliersbooks.com/even-more-poetry

Lynell George & After/Image at Pasadena Library

Please join us to welcome Lynell George, who will read and discuss her latest work, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame, a collection of essays, evocative photographs, profiles, and reportage of both the past and the here-and-now. She proves every mantra can be re-examined. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Where: Pasadena Central Library, Donald Wright Auditoriumu

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Address: 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91001

Websitehttp://ww5.cityofpasadena.net/library/event/after-image-los-angeles-outside-the-frame/

Geoff Dyer & Sasha Waters Freyer on Garry Winograd at Annenberg Photography Space

Please join us to welcome Geoff Dyer, award-winning novelist and essayist, and Sasha Waters Freyer, editor and moving image artist, experts on the prolific and influential photographer Garry Winograd. In Iris Nights: The Restless Genius of Garry Winograd, they will discuss and offer their views and visions of his approach and achievements. Dyer’s book, The Street Philosophy of Garry Winograd, was published in March 2018.

Please RSVP online.

Where: Annenberg Photography Space

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 2000 Avenue of the Stars., Century City, CA 90067

Websitehttp://annenbergphotospace.org/

Birds of a Feather with Lorin  Lindner at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear animal lover and author Lorin Lindner discuss and sign, Birds of a Feather.  After adopting a parrot, the author founded a sanctuary for them, and later Serenity Park, a unique sanctuary on the grounds of the Greater Los Angeles V. A. Health Center, where vets with PTSD quickly bonded with the birds. This is a unique love story, and reminds us we all have the power to make a difference in the lives of others.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/lorin-lindner-discusses-and-signs-birds-feather

Danzy Senna & Open Book Event at Jones Coffee Roasters

Please join Open Book to welcome Danzy Senna, in conversation with Chris L. Terry, to discuss her work and her books, Caucasia and New People.

NOTE: Open Book is a ticketed event, and ticket purchase includes: pre-program beer or wine and light appetizers, post-program dessert, coffee and conversation. See website link for details.

Where: Jones Coffee Roasters

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 639 So. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91005

Websitehttp://pasadenaliteraryalliance.org/open-book/

Jennifer Moxley Poetry Reading at the Hammer Museum

Poet and author Jennifer Moxley’s newest collection of poetry, Druthers, is full of wit and erotic exuberance. She is the author of six books of poetry, a book of essays, and a memoir. Her book The Open Secret was awarded the 2015 William Carlos Williams award from the Poetry Society of America. She teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Maine.

Readings are hosted by UCLA professor of English emeritus Stephen Yenser. Coffee, tea, and book signing will follow the event.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/05/poetry-jennifer-moxley

Simon Winchester Lecture at the Huntington Museum

Bestselling author Simon Winchester (The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States) presents the Dibner Lecture on The Search for Perfection in an Imperfect World. He explores the origins of “precision” and the invisible role it plays, for good or ill, in the way we live out our lives. The lecture is drawn from his new book, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World.

A book signing will follow the program. FREE reservations are required online.

Where: Huntington Museum, Rothenberg Hall

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108

Websitehttp://www.huntington.org/WebAssets/Templates/calendardetail.aspx?id=25254

How Capitalism Works—And How It Fails & Yanis Varoufakis at ALOUD, Central Library

The ALOUD reading Series at the Central Library welcomes renowned economist and former finance minister of Greece, author Yanis Varoufakis to present and discuss Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: How Capitalism Works—And How It Fails. The author, in conversation with KPCC’s Alex Cohen, pens a series of letters to his teenage daughter to explain heady economic theories, the historical origins of inequality, and our rising global instability.

Check standby rules and attendance guidelines at website link.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lfla.org/eventtalking-daughter-economy-capitalism-works-fails/

Joshua Wheeler, with Brian Phillips, at Skylight Bookstore  

Please join us to hear author Joshua Wheeler discuss his essay collection, Acid West, with Brian Phillips. His talent for dissecting the uncanniness of our cultural moment is full of the vestiges of the Old West that have been transformed, suddenly and irrevocably, by innovation. In the New Mexico landscape his family calls home, he excavates and re-examines the radical evolution of American identity, from cowboys to space explorers, in a prophetic desert.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/joshua-wheeler-discusses-his-essay-collection-acid-west-brian-phillips

CLI Anthology Reading at Foshay High School

Please join CLI and World Stage Press to hear an anthology reading of Lyrics for the Living, writers from the Living Writers Series at Foshay High School. The Living Writers Series is a non-profit program where once a month, CLI authors go into Los Angeles High School classrooms and perform poems and stories from their publications.

Where: World Stage Press

Date: Friday the 18th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Address: 3751 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/214298699161588/

Joshua Mensch, with Natashia Deon, & Because at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Joshua Mensch, in conversation with Natashia Deon, discuss and sign Because: A Lyric Memoir. This is a devastating lyric poem that explores the toxic power of adults who prey on children in their care. A harrowing account of sexual and psychological abuse, the story unfolds in a series of exact, jewel-like scenes that render the shifting and uncertain landscapes of childhood memory with vividness and precision. This unflinching take on the vulnerabilities and dangers of childhood succumbs neither to self-pity nor platitudes, but finds consolation in the healing power of its own narrative act.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/joshua-mensch-natasha-deon-discusses-and-signs-because-lyric-memoir

Ellen Fornay & Rock Steady at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Ellen Fornay, in conversation with Maria Bamford, discuss and sign Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life, the eagerly awaited sequel/companion book to her 2012 bestselling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. Whereas Marbles was a memoir about her bipolar disorder, Rock Steady turns the focus outward, offering a self-help guide of tips, tricks and tools by someone who has been through it all, and come through stronger for it.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 18th  

Time: 7 am

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/ellen-forney-conversation-maria-bamford-discusses-and-signs-rock-steady

The Last Man Who Knew Everything & David N. Schwartz at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear author David N. Schwartz present his new biography of Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age. Join us to hear more about the dramatic and fascinating life of this giant of 20th century physics, whose impact continues to influence physics as well as our daily lives.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/events

Todd Robert Peterson, with Brian Evenson, at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear author Todd Robert Peterson, in conversation with Brian Evenson, present his new collection of stories, It Needs to Look Like We Tried. In this book the author looks at what happens when our dreams and desires are thwarted, or fall apart, and explores how our failures work on the lives of others, weaving an interconnected web of interconnected stories.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/todd-robert-petersen-discusses-his-collection-stories-it-needs-look-we-tried-brian-evenson

Historical Flash Fiction Workshop at Homestead Museum

Join us for a two-part workshop, Saturdays May 19 & 26, to open the world to your untold stories of the past. Participants will use different techniques to write short stories and vignettes, which will be workshopped and can be sent out for publication to local literary magazines.

Reservations are required and space is limited, so visit website link to reserve your spot.

May 19 focuses on: What is point of view psychic distance, and voice?

May 26 focuses on: What is verisimilitude? How and when should we develop it?

Where: Homestead Museum

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Address: 15415 e. Don Julian Rd., City of Industry, CA 91745

Websitehttp://www.homesteadmuseum.org/sites/default/files/2018%20Flash%20Fiction%20Workshop.pdf

7th Annual LitFest Pasadena (Day 1 of 2) at Pasadena Playhouse District Locations

Presented by Light Bringer Project and Literature for Life, LitFest Pasadena brings together two days of readings, author guest talks, panel discussions, workshops, and literary performances.

Each day begins with writing workshops for 1 pm to 3 pm, followed by literary events in venues across the Playhouse District from 3 pm to 10 pm. The Closing Party on Sunday May 20, from 8 pm to 9:30 pm in the Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard includes a performance by Unbound Productions.

Book sales are hosted ONLY at Vroman’s Bookstore.

All events are FREE and open to the public. However, please arrive early to get a seat.

Please check schedule provided online for details and presenters.

Where: Pasadena Playhouse Locations (various)

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 1 pm – 10 pm

Address: Various Pasadena Playhouse Locations, City of Pasadena, CA 91101

Websitehttp://litfestpasadena.org/schedule/2018/ or https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/litfest-pasadena-1

Santa Monica Reads Event with Music Presentation at Santa Monica Library

Following last week’s presentation by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and our discussion of her book, Farewell to Manzanar, Rusty Frank discusses the history of swing dance, and two people who met while incarcerated at Rohwer Relocation Center will share photos and memorabilia from that time. A dance lesson on the swing Shim Sham follows.

Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Websitehttp://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=267346

Saturday Afternoon Poetry: Poetry Reading at Santa Catalina Library

Join us to hear our featured Urban Poets and Open Reading, with: Tanya Ko Hong and Matt Mauldin.

Curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell

Where: Santa Catalina Library

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Ruben Funkahuatl Guevera at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Ruben Funkahuatl Guevara, present and discuss his book, Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer. A pioneer of Chicano rock, the author performed with Frank Zappa, Johnny Otis, Bo Diddley, Tina Turner, and Celia Cruz, though he is best known as front man for Ruben and the Jets. This is a hilarious and self-critical  look at his struggle to become an artist and a man.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 19th  

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/rubén-funkahuatl-guevara-discusses-and-signs-confessions-radical-chicano-doo-wop-singer

Maura Simon & B.H. Fairchild at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to hear poets Maurya Simon and B.H. Fairchild present and discuss their work. Simon’s 10th volume of poetry, The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016, is now available from Red Hen Press. Fairchild has received numerous honors and awards for his work.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 19th  

Time: 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

UC Irvine MFA Students Read at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear UC Irvine MFA Students read from their work, including: Julie Schulte (fiction), Inez Tan (poetry), Anna Hogeland (fiction), and Daniel Levin (poetry).

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/uc-irvine-mfa-students-read-their-work-5

When They Call You a Terrorist with Patrisse Khan-Cullors at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear author Patrisse Khan-Cullors present her memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir. This is a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity, necessary and timely, an empowering account of strength and resilience.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/events

Hillary Gravendyk Launch & Reading at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join for a book launch and reading by Hillary Gravendyk, in conversation with Cindy Arrieu-King, for The Soluble Hour. The speaker sings with a visionary passion how the beloved and dear ones will soon be without her and laments for their imminent grief. The poet wields her deep solitude as a measure of truth and conviction, the self that accepts its own impermanence.

Hillary Gravendyk  is the author of a chapbook, The Naturalist (2008), and her book Harm (2010) was a finalist for the California Writer’s Exchange Award. She teaches 20th century poetry at Pomona College in Claremont.

Cynthia Arrieu-King is associate professor of writing at Stockton University, and she has published three volumes of poetry, most recently Unlikely Conditions, written with Gravendyk.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 951 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Websitehttp://www.poeticresearch.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/events/2112605985422996/

Charles Jenson & Lou Matthews at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to hear Charles Jenson, author of six chapbooks of poems, and a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award, and Lou Matthews, Los Angeles fiction writer and teacher in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. His novel L.A. Breakdown was an L.A. Times Best Book.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 19th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Annual LitFest Pasadena (Day 2 of 2) at Pasadena Playhouse District Locations

Presented by Light Bringer Project and Literature for Life, LitFest Pasadena brings together two days of readings, author guest talks, panel discussions, workshops, and literary performances.

Each day begins with writing workshops for 1 pm to 3 pm, followed by literary events in venues across the Playhouse District from 3 pm to 10 pm. The Closing Party on Sunday May 20, from 8 pm to 9:30 pm in the Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard includes a performance by Unbound Productions.

Book sales are hosted ONLY at Vroman’s Bookstore.

All events are FREE and open to the public. However, please arrive early to get a seat.

Please check schedule provided online for details and presenters.

Where: Pasadena Playhouse District Locations (various)

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 1 pm – 10 pm

Address: Various Pasadena Playhouse District Locations, City of Pasadena, CA 91101

Websitehttp://litfestpasadena.org/schedule/2018/ or https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/litfest-pasadena-1

Glendale Community College Readers at Avenue 50 Studio

Please join us as Avenue 50 and Glendale Community College’s English Department present the release of the zine, The View From My Window, and host a student reading.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 151 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/pg/Avenue50Studio/events/

Silk Road Conversation at the Huntington Museum

Author Susan Whitfield, in conversation with Peter Sellars, discusses her new book, Silk, Slaves, and Stupas:  Material Culture of the Silk Road, and offers ten stories of ten very different objects found along the ancient trading routes of Afro-Eurasia. We learn what these objects tell us about the diversity of peoples and cultures of that time and place, and discover insights into their daily lives, beliefs and customs.

A book signing will follow the program. FREE reservations are required online.

Where: Huntington Museum, Rothenberg Hall

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108

Websitehttp://www.huntington.org/WebAssets/Templates/calendardetail.aspx?id=25257

John Brantingham & Kendall Johnson Launch at the dA Center for the Arts

Authors John Brantingham & Kendall Johnson launch their new book, A Sublime and Tragic Dance, about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the end of everything and all.

In addition to the authors, there will be readings by: Scott Noon Creley, Matt Sedillo, Wendy Rainey, Jo Scott-Coe, and Clifton Snider.

A book signing with food and drink will follow the program.

Where: dA Center for the Arts

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 2 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/209035259699041/

Native Blossoms Poetry Reading at Studio C, Claremont

Join us for a poetry reading presented by Yak Press and featuring:

Nancy Carroll, Anne Yale, Mellisa Malvin-Middleton, Cindy Rinne, and CLS Ferguson.

Where: Studio C

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 260 West Bonita Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/2087471048135408/

Melissa Broder & The Pisces at Diesel’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome Melissa Broder to discuss her new novel, The Pisces, with author Karolina Waclawiak. Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up. After she bottoms-out in Phoenix, her sister in L.A. insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer in Annika’s gorgeous glass home on Venice Beach.. But Lucy finds little relief from her anxiety, until she becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night. When she learns the truth of his identity, her understanding of what love should look like takes an unexpected turn.

Where: Diesel’s Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sunday-may-20th-300pm-melissa-broder-discusses-and-signs-pisces

Mystery Writers at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome mystery writers Wendy Hornsby and Janet Dawson to discuss and sign their books.

Wendy Hornsby is the Edgar Award winning author of the Maggie MacGowen Mystery Series, and presents her book, Number 7, Rue Jakpob. When Maggie arrives at the Paris apartment inherited from the mother she never knew, she and her fiancé begin a nightmare winter odyssey across Europe to stay ahead of a predator stalking their every move. Their life is turned into a crazy real-world video game with no rules.

Janet Dawson is the author of the California Zepher Mysteries, and presents The Ghost in Roomette Four. En route from Oakland to Chicago in 1953, Jill McLeod walks through a Pullman car and sees a shimmering light she can’t explain, that others have seen too. Whatever is haunting roomette four might be connected to the death of a young man that occurred there two months earlier.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://gatsbybooks.com/events-2/#/mystery-writers-wendy-hornsby-janet-dawson-sun-may-20th-3pm/

The Table Reading on Origins at the Hollywood Hotel

Please join us at The Table Reading Series, hosted by Brain Lin and Josh Tager, executive produced by Natashia Deon, to hear an afternoon of readings and cocktails, and a discussion about “Writing a Way,” and the journeys of our invited poets and writers: Shauna Barbosa, Chiwan Choi, Joshua Mensch, and Chris L. Terry.

Each author will tell the origin story of their innovative writing. Each author will share their work and the work of writers who have paved the way for them.

Where: The Hollywood Hotel

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 1160 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Websitehttp://facebook.com/events/171376216909055/

Moonday Poetry Readings at Flintridge Bookstore

Please join us for our Moonday Poetry Reading Series, featuring:

Alejandro Escude’s first book of poems, My Earthbound Eye, was published in 2013 upon winning the 2012 Sacramento Poetry Center Award. His book, What the Atheists Speak Of, appeared in 2016 and was a finalist for two poetry prizes, He has been a secondary school English teacher for 15 years.

Sarah Wolpe is an Iranian poet and writer, and the 2018 inaugural Writer–in-Residence at UCLA. Her work includes four collections of poetry, two plays, three book of translations, and three anthologies.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2018/5/20/moonday-poetry-series

8th Annual Beyond Baroque Awards at Church in Ocean Park

Join us off-site for our annual Beyond Baroque Awards, honoring Kamau Daaood, with the George Drury Smith Award for Outstanding achievement in Poetry, and Jack Grapes with the distinguished Service Award.

Special admission for this event. See website or call for details.

Where: Church in Ocean Park (off-site)

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 6 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

I Am Not Your Tractor with Susan Marquis at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear author Susan Marquis present her new book, I Am Not a Tractor! How Florida Farmworkers Took on the Fast Food Giants and Won. This is her story about an incredible group of farmworkers who fought for the Fair Food Program.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

 

 

 

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