Los Angeles Literature Events 5/21/18 –5/27/18

owen-toddTony Abbott & Mordicai Gerstein at Children’s Book World–Children’s Event  

Please join us to meet and hear from two authors receiving the Horace Mann Upstander Awards, given yearly to celebrate authors who publish fictional stories that encourage activism on the part of the protagonist. The authors will discuss their work, receive their awards from Antioch University Los Angeles, and the presentation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. For ages: 10-adult.

The Summer of Owen Todd, by Tony Abbott is the winner of the Annual Book Award.  Mordicai Gerstein is the Lifetime Achievement Award winner for his commitment to activism, and particularly for his latest book, The Boy and the Whale.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Monday the 21st

Time: 6 pm

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

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

Roxanne’s Open Mic at Roxanne’s in Long Beach 

Please join us for an Open Mic, featuring music, comedy, poetry, with food and drinks available, and hosted by Shy But Flyy.

Tonight’s featured artists are: Che Zifandel and Mark McVicker.

Where: Roxanne’s

Date: Monday the 21st

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 1115 E. Wardlow Rd., West Long Beach, CA 90807

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/185931658794873/

Poetry in the Labyrinth – Book Club at The Last Bookstore   

Please join us for the second installment of our poetry book club, as we are reading U.S Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s Wade in the Water. LA poet Armine Iknadossian leaads us through the latest from this Pulitzer Prize winning author.

NOTE: The book comes with your prepaid ticket and registration, so see website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Launch Event for 2018 Report on Creative Economy at Otis College of Art and Design

Please join us for the 2018 Launch Event for the Otis College Report on the Creative Economy. Shawn Johnson, Vice President for NBC Universal, will share his perspective on changing needs of the creative economy and the movement towards design thinking.

Where: Otis College of Art and Design

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/601297703545059/

Poetry Open Mic at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts

Please join us for a Poetry Reading 7 Open Mic on “What I See Around Me,” hosted by Los Angeles Poetry Society and Center for the Arts.

Where: Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 4:30 pm – 6 pm

Address: 2225 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/214724669123623/

Cyrus Fairvar & Habeas Data at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Cyrus Farivar, author of Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech.

This book explains the tools of surveillance that exist today, how they work, and what the implications are for the future of privacy.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-may-22nd-630pm-cyrus-fairvar-discusses-and-signs-habeas-data

Nonfiction Book Club & Educated at Pages Bookstore

Please join us for our Nonfiction book Club discussion of author Tara Westover’s book, Educated: A Memoir. The author was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho,  she and her family prepared for the end of the world while isolated from mainstream society. This book is an account of the struggle for self-intervention, and it is a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers.

Mark Polak is the facilitator of this book club, and RSVPs are appreciated.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/non-fiction-book-club

North Morgan & Into? at Book Soup  

Please join us to hear author North Morgan discuss and sign Into? This novel shines a coolly mesmerizing light on the modern generation of gay men that are living firmly outside the closet, but faced with a new set of problems, insecurities and self-destructions.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/north-morgan-discusses-and-signs

Santa Monica Reads: Life After Manzanar at Santa Monica Library

Please join us for a conversation on our Santa Monica Reads selection, Life After Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakasuki Houston. Authors Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist weave together oral histories of the “Resettlement,” the period following the unjust imprisonment of Japanese Americans who were thrust back into society after World War II with little more than twenty-five dollars and a one-way bus ticket.

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

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=26738

Amber Rae & Choose Wonder at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear Amber Rae discuss her new book, Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential. This book asks why we hold back from pursuing what matters most, listen to the voice in our head that tells us we’re not good/smart/or talented enough, and tells us how can we face our fears, navigate our discomfort, and rewrite the “worry myths” in our minds to become our truest selves.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

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 us for readings by poet Danielle Mitchell, and participate in our weekly Open Mic.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

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 featuring music, poetry, comedy, and beyond, hosted by Jason Brain and Maui Sugar Mill Saloon.

Where: Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 8 pm (sign-ups)

Address: 18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/244013879478991/

Poetry at the Mexican Consulate

Please join us for a presentation of Book of Peony by the wonderful poet Gaspar Orozco. Translated from the Spanish by Mark Weiss, it has been said “this remarkable poetry brings the long ago into newness,” according to Mary Ann Caws.

Where: Mexican Consulate

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 2401 West 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Websitehttp://www.cccmla.com/blog/book-of-peony-by-gaspar-orozco

Gary Krist & The Mirage Factory at Pages Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Gary Krist present and sign his book, The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles. Also the author of City of Scoundrels and Empire of Sin, Krist has been lauded for his narrative histories focusing on a particular metropolis on the verge of modernization, and now turns to the key moments and people pivotal to shaping L.A.: William Mulholland, D.W. Griffith, and Aimee Semple McPherson.

Everyone is welcome!

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

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/gary-krist-author-event

Raw Authors at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear authors Bella Mahaya and Claire Bidwell Smith, discuss and sign, Raw.  This is the story of one woman’s quest for health and happiness, which dragged her kicking and screaming into spiritual adulthood. The book is divided into three sections focusing on holistic solutions to chronic problems.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/bella-mahaya-carter-claire-bidwell-smith-discusses-and-signs-raw

Get Lit’s Melt the Mic at The Actor’s Gang Studio

Please join us when Get Lit/Word Ignite Players, an award-winning youth poetry troupe presents Melt the Mic at The Actor’s Gang Studio.

Check social media for any change in date.

Where: The Actor’s Gang Studio

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Where: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Websitehttp://getlit.org

A Poet’s Journey at ALOUD, Central Library

The ALOUD reading Series at the Central Library welcomes poet, memoirist and author Steve Kuusisto, author of  Planet of the Blind, in conversation with Louise Steinman, to discuss his latest book, Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey. Born legally blind, before  the ADA, he was taught to deny his blindness and “pass” as sighted, but later found he must alter his way of being in the world. His incredible partnership with a dog changed everything and sent him on a wondrous spiritual midlife adventure.

Check standby rules and attendance guidelines at website link.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lfla.org/event/planet-blind-poets-journey/

Rachel Kushner & The Mars Room at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Rachel Kushner read and discuss her new novel, The Mars Room. Dazzling and audacious, this book is the story of Romy Hall, a woman without resources, who ends up in Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, where she triumphs at ridiculing authority, does her best to survive, and tries to guarantee a life for her son outside the system she is condemned to.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/rachel-kushner-reads-her-new-novel-mars-room

Author Brian Fitzpatrick at the Last Bookstore–YA Event

Please join us to hear Brian Fitzpatrick present his recent YA novel, Mechcraft. This is a story about how Jack London’s ideal teenage life is thrown into chaos when he discovers the ability to control a swarm of shape-shifting nanotechnology that has, until recently, lain dormant in his DNA. With two Mechcraft agents at his side, and a horde of enemies chasing them down, he finds himself in a desperate race to safety.

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 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Dr. Michael Datcher at The World Stage

Please join us to hear Dr. Michael Datcher read and discuss his work as our feature at the Anansi Writers Workshop. He is the author of the novel Americus, the critically-acclaimed Raising Fences, and is author of the forthcoming book of literary theory, Animating Black and Brown Liberation: A Theory of American Literatures. He is co-editor of Tough Love: The life and Death of Tupac Shakur, and co-host of the weekly public affairs magazine Beautiful Struggle on 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles. He is assistant professor of English at LMU.

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm (workshop); 8:30 pm (feature)

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/164663387538035/

Janna King & The Seasonaires, at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Janna King to discuss and sign The Seasonaires. An idyllic Nantucket summer begins like a dream for Mia, as part of a group of six seasonaires working for the clothing brand Lyndon Wyld. But a darkness lurks below the surface and slowly rises up to try to rule their lives by curating their every move. The results are as explosive as the murder that will sully their catalog-perfect lives.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/thursday-may-24th-630pm-janna-king-discusses-and-signs-seasonaires

Jack Hatch & Touching the Dragon at Pages Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Jack Hatch present and sign his book, Touching the Dragon: and Other Techniques for Surviving Life’s Wars. In this compelling and inspiring story, Hatch writes about his experience as a special oops Navy SEAL senior chief. He was art of an attempt to rescue a rogue soldier (Pvt. Bowie Bergdahl) and was badly shot, an injury that ended his career in the military.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/james-hatch-author-event

Dave Itzkoff & Robin at Book Soup  

Please join us to hear author Dave Itzkoff discuss and sign Robin, the definitive biography of Robin Williams, one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. This book is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/dave-itzkoff-discusses-and-signs-robin

The New Negro with Jeffrey C. Stewart at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Jeffrey C. Stewart, in discussion with Michele Zack, discuss and sign, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke. This is the definitive biography of the Father of the Harlem Renaissance, based on the extant primary sources of his life and on interviews with those who knew him. This recreates the life of an illustrious, enigmatic man who, in the process of promoting the cultural heritage of Black people, became a New Negro himself.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jeffrey-c-stewart-conversation-michele-zack-discusses-and-signs-new-negro

Belly Up & Rita Bullwinkle at Skylight Bookstore  

Please join us to hear author Rita Bullwinkle discuss her story collection, Belly Up, with Amina Cain and Elizabeth Ziemska. These stories occupy the space between the familiar and the surreal. The characters and voices are all seeking a way to cope with the bodies they’ve been given and the bodies they must encounter.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 24th

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

Author Kristen Martin at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear Kristen Martin present her book, Be Your Own Goals: Your Guide to Living Your Truth, Reclaiming Your Self-Worth, and Loving Yourself Every Step of the Way. This is a concise, witty, and relatable guide to avoiding the comparison game and helping you to be your best self.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Wine Guide & Marissa Ross at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Marissa Ross discuss and sign her book, Wine. All the Time: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking. This fresh,, fun and unpretentious guide from the official wine columnist for Bon Appetit walks you through the ins and outs of wine culture, and makes you laugh.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/marissa-ross-discusses-and-signs-wine-all-time-casual-guide-confident-drinking-0

Literature Reading Group & Left Hand of Darkness at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join our Literature Reading Group, which is reading and will be discussing the late, great Ursula LeGuin’s book, The Left Hand of Darkness (Remembering Tomorrow). This is a futuristic journey into the interactions between different cultures and worlds, and their conflicts on issues of sexual and political identity.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/literature-reading-group

Janelle Hatchett & I’m Just Happy to Be Here at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Janelle Hatchett discuss and sign I’m Just Happy to Be Here, a forthright, darkly funny, and ultimately empowering memoir chronicling her tumultuous journey from young motherhood to abysmal addiction and a recovery she never imagined possible. After making it back from the depths, she discovers she is still an outsider and finds the rhetoric surrounding motherhood tired and empty, and boldly recounts instead how she grew to accept an imperfect self and imperfect life.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 25th  

Time: 7 am

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/janelle-hanchett-discusses-and-signs-i’m-just-happy-be-here

Wolf Season & Helen Benedict at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear author Helen Benedict present her newest novel, Wolf Season, about women and the Iraq War. She will be joined in conversation by Meredith Maran, author of The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention.

NOTE: You can buy the book at the website and reserve a seat at the event.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/events

Chuck Klosterman at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear author Chuck Klosterman present his new collection of essays, A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century. In this book the author sorts through the past decade and how we got to now. He has written nine previous books, helped found and establish Grantland, worked on film and TV productions, and contributed profiles and essays to numerous journals.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/chuck-klosterman-discusses-his-newest-collection-essays-chuck-klosterman-x

Poetry Reading at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join to hear poets who will read and discuss their work:

Stella Corso is a writer and performer, and her debut collection, Tantrum, is full of coos and barbed truths, exploring the rights and wrongs of first-world femininity. She teaches at Western New England University and Holyoke College.

Giulia Benicivenga is the author of the chapbook Spacing Out. Formerly the editor of Bay-based magazine See You Next Tuesday, she is now guest editor for MISTRESS.

Zack Haber is the author of …if you want to be one of them playing in the streets…, started The Other Fabulous Reading Series in 2012, and his writing appears in numerous publications.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.poeticresearch.com/

http://facebook.com/events/223836805048572/

Poetry Launch & Reading at Alivio Open Mic

Please join for the Book Release Party for Alexandria Espinoza who will read and discuss her debut, Adventures of the Unicorn, with featured artists Kila Sugasaphire and Araceli Espinoza.

Where: Alivio Open Mic

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

Address: 6328 Orchard Ave., Bell, CA 90201

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/982272518606487/

Children’s Author Visit at Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL–Children’s Event

Meet Cuban-born Laura Lacamara, the award-winning author and illustrator of the bilingual picture books for pre-school and young children, Dalia’s Wondrous Hair, Floating on Mama’s Song, The Runaway Piggy, and Alicia’s Fruity Drinks. Laura also illustrated Mama and the Alien, which received a starred review from Kirkus. She is a popular presenter at schools, book festivals, and conferences, and lives in Southern California with her family.

Where: Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 11 am – 12 pm

Address: 5027 Caspar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/childrens-author-visit

Javier Hernandez Q&A at Tia Chucha’s Bookstore

Meet comic book author Javier Hernandez, the creator of EL MUERTO, who will discuss his career in comics, film and the Latino Comics Expo. He is a cartoonist and arts instructor, started publishing through his imprint Los Comex in 1998, and his famous EL MUERTO was turned into a live action film starring Wilmer Valderrama in 2007. In 2011 he co-founded the Latino Comics Expo.

A special Q&A with Javier Hernandez will be moderated by our executive director, Michael Centeno.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave., Unit A, Sylmar, CA 90041

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/facebook.com/events/1922445974496660/

Author Event with Lisa See at Chinatown Branch Library

In celebration of Asian American Heritage Month, you are invited to join us for an afternoon with internationally acclaimed bestselling author Lisa See, who will talk about her most recent book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, her moments of inspiration and her research. In addition, the author will talk about her acclaimed nonfiction book On Gold Mountain, her family and Chinatown.

Where: Chinatown Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

Address: 639 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/meet-author-lisa-see

Behind Barbed Wire at Beyond Baroque

Behind Barbed Wire is the title of a documentary film and an original composition for piano and saxophone, composed and performed by pianist May Au and saxophonist Chika Inoue. There is also a reading of haiku poetry in English translation, written by camp internees, with a backdrop of video of camp life.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 2 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

POPS Anthology Book Launch at the Cocoanut Grove Theatre  

It’s been a year of immense transformation for POPS the Club as an organization, but more importantly, for the students who are without their incarcerated family members, and who make these clubs what they are. Every year we present an anthology of stellar student work, from essays to poems, from drawings to photography. And this book, In the Key of Love, is a triumph. Come join us for our launch and reading!

Where: The Cocoanut Grove Theatre

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 701 S. Catalina St., Los Angeles, CA 90005

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2067196486835225/

Poetry Workshop with Erika Ayon at Eagle Rock Library, LAPL

Join us for a FREE Author Program & Poetry Workshop offered through the Lummis Poetry Series, featuring and led by poet Erika Ayon, whose first book, Orange Lady, was released in March 2018.

This is part of a prelude to the June 2018 Lummis Day Festival.

Where: Eagle Rock Branch Library

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 3 pm – 5:15 pm

Address: 639 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/lummis-poetry-workshop

Filipino Authors Event at Central Library, LAPL

As part of Asian American Heritage Month, please join us for an Afternoon with Two Filipino Authors as they discuss their work: author of twenty books and blogger Cecilia Brainard and professor emeritus of English at CSULB  Paulino Lim.

See website for their lengthy bios.

Where: Central Library, Meeting Room A

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/afternoon-filipino-authors-cecilia-brainard-and-paulino-lim

Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Join us for a Print & Internet Publishing Workshop led by Emily Fernandez. She is the author of the recently released chapbook, Procession of Martyrs.

Curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell

Where: Santa Catalina Library

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Edoardo Ponti, with David St. John, at Book Soup

Join us to hear poets Edoardo Ponti, with David St. John, discuss and sign Letters from a Young Father, which is comprised of forty letter poems written by award-winning film director Ponti to his unborn child during the forty weeks of his wife’s pregnancy.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/edoardo-ponti-david-st-john-discusses-and-signs-letters-young-father

Call Me Anorexic Launch at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome Ken Capobianco to launch his book, Call Me Anorexic: The Ballad of a Thin Man. While ostensibly about anorexia and its collateral damage, this work explores the many facets of loss, including: loss of love, identity, family, control, purpose, appetite, and of course, pounds.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://gatsbybooks.com/events-2/#/call-me-anorexic-sat-may-26th-3pm/

Beat Poetry & PW Covington at LibroMobile

Please join us for a Beat Poetry Workshop and reading featuring PW Covington. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVP at website link.

Where: LibroMobile (see map at website link)

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 202 E. 4th St., Ste. 107, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1859751037422188/

Jason Lee & A Plain View at Arcana Books

Please join us to hear Jason Lee, present and discuss his book, A Plain View.  This is the latest installment in an ongoing photographic series of rural America.

Where: Arcana Books

Date: Saturday the 26th  

Time: 4 pm

Address: 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90231

Websitehttp://www.arcanabooks.com

Poe Valentine, with Mimi Pond, at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear Poe Valentine, in conversation with Mimi Pond, read from his novel Whirlaway. Eddie Plum insists he’s been unjustifiably committed to a California psychiatric institution, but manages to escape after 14 years. On the run, he holes up in a barrio on a bluff above the Pacific owned by his wealthy, but unsympathetic father. Here he gets entangled with an array of crazy situations and people, and the police are hot on his trail. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride has nothing on Whirlaway.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/poe-ballantine-reads-his-novel-whirlaway-mimi-pond

Valley Poets Reading at dA Center for the Arts

Please join the San Gabriel Valley Poets to hear our featured readers. Hosted by The San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival:

Matt Sedillo, poet and activist, is the winner of numerous awards for his poetry and performance, and is newest writer-in-residence for the dA Center for the arts. He travels the country giving workshops and readings for universities and other institutions, and currently works alongside Luis Javier Rodriguez and hosts Pan y Poetry in Pomona.

Genevieve Kaplan is the author of In the Ice House, winner of In a Room of Her Own Foundation’s poetry publication prize, and three chapbooks. She edits Toad Press International chapbook series.

Sean Bernard is the author of the novel, Studies in the Hereafter and the story collection Desert Sonorous. He teaches at the University of La Verne.

Where: dA Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday the 26th  

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/166391704079918/

Paperback LA Anthology at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear a host of Angelenos (former and current) as they discuss the casual new anthology, Paperback LA, that captures pure magic, rich history and charisma that makes Los Angeles a haven for writers and creatives. Featured readers include: Victoria Dailey, Robert Landau, Victor Valle, Justin Andrew Marks, Cecil Castelucci, Hector Tobar, and editor Susan La Tempa.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/events

Poetry Reading at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join for a reading with three writers who will read and discuss their work:

Stacy Tran is a writer from Portland Oregon and is creator of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, family and identity. She is the author of Soap for the Dogs (2018)

Amanda Choo Quan is a Trinidadian-Jamaican writer, performer and organizer based in L.A. who most recently was awarded a REEF/CalArts Residency. Her work can be seen in Callaloo, Entropy, or on various stages across Los Angeles.

Ana Cecelia Alvarez is an essayist and poet born in Mexico City and raised in southern Florida. She is at work on a collection of poetry and a nonfiction manuscript about ghosts, plants, colonialism, and mothers.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/167667100541181/

Rex Weiner, with Tom Lawson & Harry Gamboa, at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to hear Rex Weiner, in conversation with Tom Lawson and Harry Gamboa, two authors included in the Some Place Chronicles, a creative place-making project focusing on the people, histories and cultures of Athens, East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Firestone, Lennox and Ladera Heights-View Park/Windsor Hills.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 26th  

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Annual L.A. Zine Fest at Pasadena Convention Center

The 2018 L.A. Zine Fest will feature: 200 zinesters, plus readings, talks, and workshops; zine libraries; the Wonderspace (free, hands-on activities); Playdate (independent arcade games); rad book bikes; a photo booth by The Kitty Cult; and MORE.

All events are FREE and open to the public. However, please arrive early. Parking is available for $13 on-site.

Please check schedule provided online for details and presenters.

Where: Pasadena Convention Center, Conference Center

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 11 am – 6 pm

Address: 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101

Websitehttp://lazinefest.com/2018-event-info-faq/

Fran Hawthorne & The Heirs at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to welcome Fran Hawthorne to discuss and sign her debut novel, The Heirs. Following a serious accident, Eleanor Ritter’s mother, Rose, a holocaust survivor, suddenly starts talking about her harrowing childhood in Poland, and the taboo subjects she avoided for half a century. Eleanor then begins to dig into the histories of two families, hers and that of the parents of her young grandson’s friend, who also come from Poland.

The author is an award-winning nonfiction writer, and has been an editor and writer for Business Week, Fortune and other publications.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sunday-may-27th-300pm-fran-hawthorne-discusses-and-signs-heirs

Local Author Day at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome local authors to read and discuss their work:

Dr. Lori Baudino will present and sign Super Flyers: A parent guidebook for airplane travel with children.

Edward J. Lopez will present and sign Flight of a Hell Hawk.

Dr. Zenobia Bereal presents and signs 7 Reason Why You Should Go to Church.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/local-author-day-dr-lori-baudino-edward-j-lopez-dr-zenobia-bereal

Trevor Joyce, Jason Magabo Perez & David Lloyd at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us to welcome poets and authors to read and discuss their work:

Trevor Joyce will present and sign his many works of Irish poetry.

Jason Magabo Perez will present and sign Phenomenology of Superhero (2016) and This is for the mostless (2017).

David Lloyd presents his work and runs the site Hello Poetry.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 4 pm – 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/2119536971610427/

RCC Muse Magazine Launch at Cellar Door Books

Join us for the launch of the new issue of Riverside Community College’s magazine, MUSE, presented by the RCC Department of English, and showcasing contributions and artists/writers from the new spring issue. There will be cake and prizes! And yes, BOOKS!

Where: Cellar Door Books

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 5225 Canyon Crest Dr., Suite 30A, Riverside, CA 92507

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/949303211895672/

The Thing in the Labyrinth Book Club at the Last Bookstore

Join us to read and discuss our horror book club selection, The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea, edited by Ellen Datlow.

NOTE: The book is included with the purchase of your ticket to this event.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 8:45 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

 

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