Los Angeles Literature Events 5/28/18 –6/03/18

downloadFree Memorial Holiday Monday at LACMA 

Visitors and families of all ages are invited to a FREE day at the museum, with bilingual tours, campus-wide exhibits, including Hidden Narratives exhibit and others, all open to the public, and live music with Soft Streak.

Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Date: Monday the 28th

Time: 11 am – 5 pm

Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website: http://www.lacma.org/event/target-free-holiday-monday-10

LaughTears Salon at 212 Pier Coffeehouse   

Please join us for the LaughTears Salon with Gerry Falka, who hosts these free cultural discussions on philosophies, politics and the arts, at various locations.

Where: LaughTears Salon

Date: Monday the 28th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Address: 212 Pier Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: http://laughtears.com

Caeli Wolfson Widger & Mother of Invention at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Caeli Wolfson Widger, author of the new novel, Mother of Invention, in discussion with author Julia Fierro.

This book tells the story of Silicon executive Tess Callahan, whose company’s latest invention, the Seahorse Solution, includes a breakthrough procedure that accelerates human pregnancy from nine months to nine weeks, along with other maternity upgrades. Tessa soon discovers secrets that shatter her faith in her product.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 29th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-may-29th-630pm-caeli-wolfson-widger-discusses-and-signs-mother-invention

Poet Mary Szybist at Cal Tech University

Please join us to welcome American poet Mary Szybist to our James Michelin Distinguished Visitors Program.

She is the author of Incarnadine (2013), winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, and Granted (2003), finalist for the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. She is associate professor of English at Lewis & Clark University on Portland, Oregon.

Where: Dabney Hall, Lounge, Cal Tech

Date: Tuesday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.hss.caltech.edu/content/james-michelin-distinguished-visitors-program-4

Boldly Bookish YA Literature at Vroman’s Bookstore–YA Event

Please join us for YA Literature presentations by three authors:

A.C. Gaughern presents the first in a sweeping new fantasy series, Reign the Earth.

Brigid Kemmerer tells the story of two teens struggling under the burden of secrets, and the love that sets them free in More Than We Can Tell.

Carolyn Mackler presents The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I, the sequel to The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things, which tells about life after her “happy ending” turns out to be less than perfect.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 29th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/boldly-bookish-ya-ac-gaughen-brigid-kemmerer-carolyn-mackler

Emma Koenig & Moan at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Emma Koenig present and discuss her new nonfiction book, Moan: Anonymous Essays on Female Orgasm. This book was inspired by the author’s wildly popular website, and she has written for TV shows, and journals, and was also a journalist and cartoonist.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 29th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/emma-koenig-discusses-her-nonfiction-book-moan

Victorian Literary Book Club at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to discuss Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s book, The Trail of the Serpent. This book is a semi-classic, semi-forgotten, sensationalist novel from 1860. Mister Wallace Nelson is our guide, so come for biscuits, tea and scandal.

NOTE: The book comes with the price of the admission ticket, so see website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 29th

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 Diana Sieker, and student poets, and participate in our weekly Open Mic.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 29th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets

A Jennifer Moon Songbook at Ham & Eggs Tavern

Please join our hosts X-TRA and Armory Center for the Arts for “Robots Liberate the Workforce” A Jennifer Moon Songbook, for an evening of songs and readings orchestrated by Malik Gaines, and drawing from the series of songs he wrote with Jennifer Moon in the 1990s.

Where: Ham & Eggs Tavern

Date: Tuesday the 29th

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

Address: 433 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/209155496353752/

Aaron James & Surfing with Sartre at Pages Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Aaron James present and sign his book, Surfing with Sartre. Jean-Paul Sartre once declared waterskiing to be “the ideal limit of aquatic sports.” The author, who is both an avid surfer and a professor of philosophy, vigorously disagrees. Here he presents his surfer’s world view as a foil to Sartre’s, elucidating philosophical categories along the way. He speaks to our need for social meaning, particularly in our current anxious moment—in or out of the water.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Curiosity & Cosmology Authors at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear authors Emily Laksawalla & Brian Keating discuss and sign, The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job.  This is the story of one woman’s quest for health and happiness, which dragged her kicking and screaming into spiritual adulthood. This book describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet: Curiosity. It is a one-ton robot with two brains, 17 cameras, six wheels, nuclear power, and a laser beam on its head. It explains the grueling mission operations schedule that keeps the rover working day in and day out.

Keating will also discuss and sign his book, Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Story of Science’s Highest Honor.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/curiosity-cosmology-conversation-and-signing-emily-lakdawalla-brian-keating

Shades of Hate, KPCC In-Person Event, at LATC

KPCC In-Person presents “Shades of Hate—then, now, tomorrow (an evening of stories and conversations)” and welcomes hosts Adolfo Guzman-Lopez from KPCC and A.C. Thompson from ProPublica, for moderated conversations with experts, researchers and community leaders, as well as fellow Anglenos. There’s nothing new about hate crimes in California, and this event offers stories and conversations about this part of our history.

Panelists include:

Melissa Clinton, senior vice president of the Aerospace Corporation.

Edward Dunbar, clinical professor of psychology, UCLA.

Traci Kato-Kiriyama, artist, director and co-founder of the Tuesday Night Project.

Amjad Mahmood Khan, partner, Brown, Neri et al, adjunct professor at UCLA Law School, director of public affairs at Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.

Brian Levin, director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, CSU San Bernardino.

Irene Monica Sanchez, PhD, ethnic studies educator, poet and writer.

Featuring: Tanzila “taz” Ahmed, Cesar Arredondo, Cheryl Farrell, Sonia Smith-Kang, Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Bruce Lemon, Dante Mitchell.

RSVP at website.

Where: LA Theatre Center

Date: Wednesday the 30th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address: 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Websitehttp://www.scpr.org/events/2018/05/30/2578/shades-of-hate-then-now-tomorrow-an-evening-of-sto/

Brian Leung & Ivy vs. Dogg at Skylight Bookstore–YA Event

Please join us to hear author Brian Leung read and discuss his new YA novel, Ivy vs. Dogg. Teenage Ivy Simmons shocks her small town by daring to challenge hometown boy-hero, Jimmy Doggins, in a showdown election for the title of junior Mr. Mayor. Does anyone win?

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 30th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/brian-leung-reads-his-novel-ivy-vs-dogg

The Superb Woman at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear Janet M. Neal present her book, The Superb Woman: It’s All About the BE. This is a parable about a single working mother, Bea, who goes on a quest to find out how a media icon “does it all.” Her lessons come from the women she meets along the way, and offers readers strategies and mindsets that help them release the need to be a superwoman.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 30th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Sebastian Edwards & American Default, at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Sebastian Edwards to discuss and sign American Default: The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold. The American economy is strong in large part because nobody believes that America would ever default on its debt. Yet in 1933, FDR did just that, when in a bid to pull the country out of depression, he depreciated the U.S. dollar in relation to gold, effectively annulling all debt contracts.  This is the story of that forgotten chapter in our history.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Thursday the 31st

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/thursday-may-31st-630pm-sebastian-edwards-discusses-and-signs-american-default

Lillian Faderman & Harvey Milk at Buena Vista Library

Please join us to hear author Lillian Faderman present and sign her new book, Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death. As a distinguished scholar of LGBT and ethnic history and literature, she has received numerous awards for her previous eleven books, but here she explores Harvey Milk’s place as a transformative progressive politician and gay icon, connecting his activism to his family history and the ideals of his Jewish identity. This is a concise, essential account of a man whose accomplishments and assassination both challenged and changed the nation.

Where: Buena Vista Branch Library, Burbank

Date: Thursday the 31st

Time: 7 pm

Address: 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505

Websitehttp://burbanklibrary.com/events/harvey-milk-his-lives-and-death

Jason Morphew & Joe Wenderoth at Book Soup  

Please join us to hear two authors. Jason Morphew will discuss and sign Dead Boy, a debut poetry collection that creates a world more real than the reality we think we live. The quest to live without numbing oneself is the struggle at the heart of these saturated, intelligent and often wryly funny poems. Author Joe Wenderoth will discuss and sign If I don’t Breathe How Do I Sleep.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 31st

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/jason-morphew-joe-wenderoth-read-and-sign-dead-boy-if-i-don’t-breathe-how-do-i-sleep

An Evening with Michael Ondaatje at Vroman’s Bookstore (off-site)

Please join us for An Evening with author Michael Ondaatje, in discussion with Hrishikesh Hirway, who will discuss and sign his new book, Warlight. This is a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself—shadowed and luminous at once—we read the story of 14 year old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they are left behind in London, when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them behind in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. Years later they begin to understand and uncover all that really went on during this long separation, which becomes a masterwork of this great witer of our time.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event and the price includes a copy of the book and admission for two. See website link for details.

Where: Colburn School, Zipper Hall

Date: Thursday the 31st

Time: 7 pm

Address: 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/evening-michael-ondaatje

Writers’ Block Live at 1888 Center (podcast)  

Please join the 1888 Center to hear Writers’ Block Live, a reading series that aims to highlight and discuss writers across various genres and fields, and find the story behind the pieces of writing. Host Mike Gravagno leads a biweekly podcast and discussion with the artists. This is a joint venture from YourPopFilter.com and Anastamos, Chapman University’s Interdiscipinary Graduate Journal, and is available where you get your podcasts.

Today we host writers:

Steven Sanchez is the author of Phantom Tongue, winner of the Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. He is also author of two chapbooks: To My Body (2016) and Photographs of Our Shadows (2017).

Michelle Brittan Rosado is the author of Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, forthcoming in Fall 2018, won the Fellix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Her chapbook, Theory on Falling into a Reef (2016), won the inaugural Rick Campbell Prize.

Mathieu Cailler has been widely featured in national and international publications. He is the author of Clotheslines, Shhh, and Loss Angeles, which has been honored with numerous awards. His newest book, May I Have This Dance?, was recently named poetry winner of the New England Book Festival.

Where: 1888 Center

Date: Thursday the 31st

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 115 North Orange St., Orange, CA 92866

Websitehttp://1888.center/events/writers-block-live-steven-sanchez-michelle-brittan-rosado-mathieu-cailler/

Franchesca Ramsey Memoir at Skylight Bookstore  

Please join us to hear author Franchesca Ramsey discuss her memoir, Well That Escalated Quickly, with Marie Forleo, a sharp, funny, and timely collection of personal essays form veteran blogger and star of MTV’s Decoded with Franchesca Ramsey. In this book she uses her experiences as an accidental activist to explore the many ways we communicate with each other. It deals with internet trolls, and racists, as well as how to bridge gaps and make connections.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 31st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/franchesca-ramsey-discusses-her-memoir-well-escalated-quickly-marie-forleo

Open Door Poetry Reading at Battery Books

Please join us to hear three accomplished writers of fiction and nonfiction for this month’s reading:

Cecil Castelucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults, including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, The Year of the Beasts, and others. She is Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus and the founding YA Editor at LARB.

Cylin Busby Ross has worked at Random House, Harpercollins, and Simon & Schuster as a children’s book editor, and was Senior Editor at Teen Magazine. She is the author of The Stranger Game and The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs, and co-wrote a father-daughter memoir, The Year We Disappeared.

Sherri L. Smith is the award winning author of YA novels Lucy the Giant, Sparrow, Hot Sour Salty Sweet, Flygirl and Orleans, as well as the award-winning novel, The Toymaker’s Apprentice.

Where: Battery Books

Date: Thursday the 31st

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

Address: 26 South Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/opendoorpoetry/photos/gm.390965441416220/456855531429873/?type=3&theater

Franchesca Ramsey & Well, That Escalated Quickly at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Franchesca Ramsey discuss her memoir, Well That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist, in conversation with Shameless Maya.

The author did not set out to be an acitivist, ora comedian, or a commentator on race, identity and culture. But then her Youtube video, “What White Girls Say…to Black Girls” went viral. She shows readers we can have conversations that move dialogue forward, rather than backward.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/franchesca-ramsey-conversation-shameless-maya-discusses-and-signs-well-escalated-quickly

Poetry Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to hear Jocelyn Saidenberg read from Kith and Kin, a serial poem composed over a one-year period, and Johanna Drucker read from The General Theory of Social Relativity, a text on the quantum processes in cultural life.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 1st

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Poetry Reading at Rapp Saloon

Please join First Friday’s Rapp Saloon’s host, Cynthia Alessandra Briano, to hear three poets who will read and discuss their work:

Julayne Lee is a poet and writer, and an adopted Korean American activist art curator and occasional blogger. Not My White Savior is her debut collection.

Conney Williams is a former L.A. based poet, actor and performance artist, who now lives in the Dominican Republic. He has published two poetry collections, and he has been published in various publications and anthologies. He was Artistic Director at The World Stage, and is a mentor and coordinator for the Anansi Writers Workshop.

Danielle Mitchell is the founding director of The Poetry Lab in long Beach, where she teaches community workshops. Her first chapbook, Make the Daughters-in-Law Cry (2017) received the Clockwise Chapbook Prize.

Weston Cann is our musical guest.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 1st

Time: 8:30 pm

Address: 1436 2nd  St., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/RappSaloonReadingSeries/   or https://www.facebook.com/events/534257513637205/

Celebrating Words Festival at Pacoima City Hall

Please join us for the 13th Annual Celebrating Words Festival: Written, Performed, & Sung. Among the many offerings this year will be performances by Tia Chucha Press Poets, featuring Luivette Resto, and a Zines, Comics, Illustrators and Artists Expo by Susie Aguirre.

See full schedule and details at the website link for the FREE event.

Where: Pacoima City Hall

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 2 pm – 7 pm

Address: 13520 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331

Websitehttp://www.tiachucha.org/celebrating_words_festival or https://www.facebook.com/TiaChuchasCentroCultural/photos/gm.1326659967468674/1748087731919124/?type=3&theater

Santa Monica Reads Event at Santa Monica Public Library

Join us for as Rob Sato, Phinneas Kiyomura, and Koji Steven Sakai, creators of the digital novel 442, present an illustrated talk about the 442nd Regiment, the U.S. Army’s Japanese American combat unit of WWII. Presenters share the history of this unit through family stories and striking visuals.

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

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Address: 630 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Websitehttp://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=26739

Peggy Dobreer Book Release Party at Red Hen Press

Join us to celebrate the Book Release Party for Drop and Dazzle by poet Peggy Dobreer, at Red Hen Press’s new Gallery and Performance space. Also reading are: Nicelle Davis, Mandy Kahn Brendan Constantine, and host Eric Morago. Moontide Press’ newest publication has been described as a tennis match played with snow globes or a game of poker dealt with tarot cards.

Music presented by Matthew Mars and Don Preston. Refreshments will be served.

Where: Red Hen Press

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Address: 1540 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/457223384732095/

Rhode Montijo & Gabby Gomez at Children’s Book World–Kids Event

Celebrate the third book in the popular Gamazing Gum Girl Series, Popped Star, with illustrator Rhode Montijo, for children ages 4-8.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 2:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/

Wide Open Reading at Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library

Bring your poems, narratives, art, performance, and music to share at our Wide Open Reading on the first Saturday of every month!

Where: Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga, CA 91042

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/wide-open-reading-4 .

Unbuckled Poetry & Open Mic in North Hollywood

Join us for a Poetry Performance with Live Music, featuring poet Cindy Rinne, and musicians Wendy Hunt and Mike Proud, plus an Open Mic.

Where: Actor’s Theatre Los Angeles, TU Studios

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 3:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Address: 10943 Camarillo St., North HollywoodHollywood, CA 91602

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/193545734602560/

RFK: His Words for Our Times at Book Soup

RFK: His Words for Our Times is the title of an inspiring collection of his most famous speeches accompanied by commentary from notable historians and public figures. Author Richard Allen will discuss and sign this book, in conversation with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/richard-allen-mayor-eric-garcetti-kathleen-kennedy-townsend-discusses-and-signs-rfk-his-words

Invisible Gifts & Maw Shein Win at Beyond Baroque  

Themes of vulnerability and power emerge through reflections on family, art, and loss form an award-winning poet, Maw Shein Win, in her first collection of poems, Invisible Gifts. The poet depicts a colorful world imbued with unexpected paradoxes: nature is both comforting and savage; love is permanent and fleeting; and inaccuracies and flaws of memory abound.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 4 pm

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

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

Poetry Readings at Poetic Research Bureau

Join us to hear three amazing poets read and discuss their work:

Sesshu Foster presents his new collection, City of the Future. He is a poet, teacher, and community activist, and has taught in East LA for 35 years, as well as at various universities.

Xochitl Julisa Bermejo is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge, is also cofounder of Women Who Submit and a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.

Kenji Liu is the author of Monsters I Have Been, forthcoming from Alice James Press (2019),and Map of an Onion, winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/255609885005877/  or http://lalitscene.entropymag.org/

When She Was Blue Poetry Reading & Open Mic at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome poets Shannon Phillips and Wendy Rainey to read and discuss their book, When She Was Blue. 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 2nd

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://gatsbybooks.com/events-2/#/new-gallery/

The Definition of Woke & Other Words that Matter Launch at ArtShare

Join us to for The Definition of Woke & Other Words that Matter, a literary reading/variety show of six artists, featuring musical guest Black Noise. This is the launching of a quarterly reading series produced and hosted by Kenneth D. Capers, in partnership with Tongue & Groove LA.

Tonight we are featuring: Jubi Arriola-Headley (poet), F. Douglas Brown (poet), Tananarive Due novelist), Andrea Drummer (chef/writer), A.M. Frison (novelist), and Morgan Parker (poet).

We are devoted to giving the stage to fearless artists whose work is urgent, topical, and transformational.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event so see website for details. A portion of the proceeds will go to DSTL Arts.

Where: ArtShare LA

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 401 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Websitehttp://lalitscene.entropymag.org/  or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-definition-of-woke-and-other-words-that-matter-tickets-45792297996

Mapping L.A. Workshop at Hammer Museum–Kids Event

Kids ages 8-14 are invited to join a workshop titled “Mapping the L.A. I Love,” led by writer, educator, and game designer Christian Yetter. People from more than 140 countries (and speaking more than 200 identified languages!) call Los Angeles home. Imagine all the wonderful stories about Los Angeles that have yet to be told. Come make your own map of the city and write stories of your favorite L.A. memories, joys, and ideas for the future.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/06/826lahammer-mapping-the-la-i-love/

Bethany C. Morrow & Mem at Book Soup

Join us to hear Bethany C. Morrow discuss and read her debut, Mem, a rare novel that is a small book carrying very big ideas, which will stay with you a long time. Set in the glittering art deco world of a century ago, it fantasizes that a scientist in Montreal discovered a way to allow people to have their memories extracted and housed in zombie-like creatures. This is an allegory for our time, and relates to concerns of identity, memory and history.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/bethany-c-morrow-discusses-and-signs-mem

Christine Pelisek & The Grim Sleeper at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Christine Pelisek discuss and read her book, The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women of South Central. The author broke the story of the terrifying serial killer who killed women in Los Angeles for decades, and the long, bumpy road to justice for the victims and their families.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/christine-pelisek-discusses-and-signs-grim-sleeper-lost-women-south-central

Authors of Now Say This at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to welcome Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright to discuss and sign Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma. This book provides scripts and body language form real-life examples to translate good ideas into practical how-to approaches that busy parents can use.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sunday-june-3rd-300pm-heather-turgeon-and-julie-wright-discuss-and-sign-now-say

First Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for our month open reading hosted by Steve Goldman. Sign-ups begin at 4:45 pm. Five minute limit.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 3rd   

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

La Poesia Festival at Beyond Baroque

Please join us and bring original mulita-lingual poetry to share at a salon-style meet-up. Potluck Party and donations are welcome.

This event is hosted by Antoinette Villamil.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Sunday Jump Open Mic at Pilipino Workers Center

Sunday Jump is a monthly community Open Mic series offered on the first Sunday each month in historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. Today we present This Ability Open Mic to break down the stigma surrounding physical and mental challenges in that all abilities are crucial to our identity.

We are featuring: singer-songwriter Chrysanthe Tan: poet Be Banuelos; author/artist Roxana Preciado; visual artist Tree; food vendor Patches; and Mi Centro LGBTQ Community Center of Latino Equity Alliance.

DJ Won on sound selection. Hosts Eddy M. Gana, Jr. and Janelle Paule on the mic.

Where: Pilipino Workers Center

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address: 153 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/1953379718325703/?active_tab=about

Joanna Novak & Joseph Scapellato at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear two authors present and discuss their work:

Joanna Novak is the author of the novel I Must Have You, set in 1999, when 13-year-old Elliot, a self-appointed diet coach, teaches her classmates how to survive on one stick of gum per day.

Joseph Scapellato is the author of the story collection Big Lonesome, which navigates through the American West to reinvent a great tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, exploring place, myth, masculinity, and what it means to be whole or to be broken.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

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