Los Angeles Literature Events 6/11/18 –6/17/18

downloadSummer Author Series, with Anthony Sacre, at Mar Vista Library–Kids Event

Please join us for our Summer Author Series, and to hear Anthony Sacre discuss and read A Mango in the Hand. He uses stories, folktales and myths from his Cuban-American upbringing, as well as his many visits to Mexico, to encourage all listeners to find their own stories through the magic of books!

Cool off this summer by meeting and connecting with authors at your local library. Check LAPL website for events at various branch libraries and locations. Refreshments are provided, and lucky winners will receive a free copy of the author’s book.

Where: Mar Vista Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

Address: 12006 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/summer-author-meet-antonio-sacre

Tom Papa & Your Dad Stole My Rake at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Tom Papa discuss and sign Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas. It’s hard to be a person, especially in a family, and no one knows that better than stand-up comedian, family man, and “Live from Here” head writer Tom Papa. This hilarious book saws deeply into every branch of the family tree and uncovers many bizarre and meaningful aspects of our lives.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 6:30 pm (special time)

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/tom-papa-discusses-and-signs-your-dad-stole-my-rake-and-other-family-dilemmas

A.M. Homes & Days of Awe at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Author A.M. Homes joins us to present, discuss and sign her new book, Days of Awe: Stories, a new collection that exposes the heart of an uneasy America, and a major addition to her body of visionary, outrageously funny work. She explores our attachments to each other through characters who are not quite who they hoped to become, though there is no one else they can be.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/am-homes-discusses-and-signs-days-awe-stories

Mystery Book Club & How It Happened at Pages Bookstore

Please join us for our Mystery Book Club discussion of author Michael Koryta’s new thriller, How It Happened, led by Bobby McCue.

Kimberly Crepeaux is a notorious jailhouse snitch, whose petty crimes are well-known to her rural Maine community. So when she confesses her role in the brutal murders of a well-known local family, the locals have little reason to believe her. But the FBI investigator is not so sure, and just wants to find the bodies. This is a frightening ride into the dark heart of rural America from a writer Stephan King has called “a master.”

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/mystery-book-club-discussion

Poetry Open Mic at Westwood Library, LAPL

Please join us our monthly Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Come on down and share some of your poetry, share a favorite’s poetry, share some poetry you revere! Or just come to listen and enjoy.

Where: Community Room, Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/252333778676761/

Maria Hummel & Still Lives at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to hear Maria Hummel discuss and sign her new literary thriller Still Lives, in conversation with award-winning journalist Christine Pelisek. When avant-garde artist Kim Lord is about to launch her new exhibition, Still Lives, and depicts herself as among famous murdered women, Lord comes up missing, and fears mount as time passes and she can’t be found. Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, this is a page-turner into the art world’s hall of mirrors, money and secrets.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outside courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-june-12th-630pm-maria-hummel-discusses-and-signs-still-lives

Brendan Constantine & Poetry Returns at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear poet Brendan Constantine (Dementia My Darling) present An Evening of Poetry, with performances by:

Alexis Rhone Fancher is the author of four poetry collections, and she will be reading from Junkie Wife, the twisted tale of her first doomed marriage.

Sonia Greenfield is the author of the chapbook American Parable, and her collection of prose poems, Letdown, is forthcoming in 2020.

Eric Moraga is the author of What We Ache For and Feasting on Sky. He currently teaches writing workshops and is editor-in-chief and publisher of Moon Tide Press.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.chevaliersbooks.com/poetry-returns-612

Mark Haskell Smith & Blown at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Author Mark Haskell Smith joins us to present, discuss and sign his new book, Blown, a wildly entertaining satire of corporate greed, sexual desire, and crime in the global financial services industry. It starts as a simple case of embezzlement and explodes into a fatal high-stakes gamble for money and the pursuit of happiness.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/mark-haskell-smith-discusses-and-signs-blown

A.M. Homes at the Hammer Museum 

Join us for our Conversations series, when author A.M. Homes joins us to present, discuss and sign her new collection, Days of Awe: Stories, where she deftly unpacks our intimate attachments and the cages in which we put ourselves.

Coffee, tea, and book signing with the author follow the conversation.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/06/a-m-homes/

Amy Meyerson, with J. Ryan Stradal, at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Amy Meyerson present and discuss her debut novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays, with J. Ryan Stradal. Enter the fantasy of inheriting a bookstore in this story, which blends literary allusions and mystery with a poignant family drama, and find how this novel draws much of its singular power from the author’s obvious love of books.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/amy-meyerson-reads-her-debut-novel-bookshop-yesterdays-j-ryan-stradal

Afrofuturism Book Club at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to discuss Deji Bryce Olukotun’s book, After the Flare. Guided by Tyree Boyd-Pates, this novel follows a NASA ex-pat African-American as he works with the Nigerian space agency to rescue astronauts stuck on a space station after a solar flare destroys the technical capabilities of most of the rest of the world.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 12th

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 Steve McDonald, and participate in our weekly Open Mic.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 12th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets

Manuel Pastor & State of Resistance at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear USC professor and author Manuel Pastor present and sign his book, State of Resistance. In this book the author looks at how the Golden state emerged from its unsavory past to become the bellwether for the rest of the country. This book makes the case for honestly engaging racial anxiety in order to address our true economic and generational challenges, a renewed commitment to public investments, the cultivation of social movements and community organizing, and more.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.chevaliersbooks.com/manuel-pastor

Georgia Hunter & We Were the Lucky Ones at Pages Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Georgia Hunter discuss and sign We Were the Lucky Ones, the searing novel of a Jewish family ripped away from each other at the start of the German and Russian occupation of Poland on the eve of World War II, and their extraordinary journey back to each other—a story based on her grandfather’s real Holocaust survival story.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/georgia-hunter-author-event

The Belles & Bruja Born Authors at Vroman’s Bookstore–YA Event

Please join us to hear YA author Dhonielle Clayton, who will discuss and sign, The Belles, and author Zoraida Cordova, who will discuss and sign, Bruja Born. The Belles is the story of the power of the beautiful Belles who live in the opulent world of New Orleans. Bruja Born is the story of three sisters, one spell, and countless dead, in the second book in a series.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/dhonielle-clayton-zoraida-cordova-discuss-and-sign-belles-bruja-born

100 Things to Do in Los Angeles Before You Die at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear Danny Jensen & Carrie Kim discuss their book, 100 Things to Do in Los Angeles Before You Die. This book will take you beyond the usual tourist traps and reveal the hidden gems of the city you have likely never seen.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

An Evening with Michael Chabon, in conversation with David Ulin, at the Skirball Cultural Center

Please join us, along with Book Soup, for a pre-Father’s Day event, to hear celebrated author Michael Chabon, in conversation with author David Ulin, talk about his new collection of heartfelt, humorous, and insightful essays on the meaning of fatherhood titled Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, so see website link for $20 per ticket charge and details.

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skirball.org/programs/words-and-ideas/michael-chabon-pops-fatherhood-pieces

David Graeber, with Cory Doctorow, & Bullshit Jobs at Skylight Bookstore (off-site at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre)

Please join us to hear author David Graeber read and discuss with Cory Doctorow, his book, Bullshit Jobs. This is a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and their consequence. The author explores the villains in a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays our society’s ideals, and tries to shift our values from a creative and caring culture.

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

Where: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-books-presents-david-graeber-barnsdall-gallery-theatre-cory-doctorow

Mayda Del Valle Book Release Party at Tia Chucha’s Bookstore

Please join us for the book release party for Mayda Del Valle’s new book from Tia Chucha Press, A South Side Girl’s Guide to Love & Sex. Chris Abani says this book “charts the story of immigration, of family, place, politics, identity, and the complex nomadic hybrid diasporic identities of the 21st century.”

Enjoy Mayda’s fusion of autobiographical narrative with spoken word poetry, and music. A proud native of Chicago’s South Side, she won many Poetry Slam awards and was an original cast member and writer of Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/178288432854685/

Peggy Dobreer at the Ugly Mug

Please join us to hear artist, poet and writer Peggy Dobreer read and discuss her work. Her first book, In the Lake of Your Bones, was published by Moon Tide Press in March 2012. Her poetry is lyrical,, mobile, and published in numerous journals and anthologies. She is co-author of 64 Ways to Practice Nonviolence: A Curriculum and Resource Guide, Pro-Ed Inc.

Where: The Ugly Mug

Date: Wednesday the 13th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 261 N. Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1143480845821924/

Randy Jurado Ertil, with Billy Burgos, & The Adventures of el Cipitio at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Randy Jurado Ertil, with Billy Burgos, discuss and sign The Adventures of El Cipitio: Las Aventuras del Cipitio. This is the illustrated story of a mythical ten-year-old kid who is three feet tall, wears a big hat and has a small belly, and who leaves his home country, El Salvador. His feet are backwards, he is able to teleport, and he has eternal life. He sacrifices to do well in school and eventually runs for mayor and president of the United States.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/randy-jurado-ertll-billy-burgos-discuss-and-sign-adventures-el-cipitio-las-aventuras-del

Robert Hilburn & Paul Simon: A Life at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear journalist and author Robert Hilburn present and sign his book, Paul Simon: A Life. In this book the author looks at four decades of enchanting music and tens of millions of record sales by the talented man who discouraged other offers to write his biography until now. Simon gave the author his blessings for what will be his definitive biography, and his artistry is the center of this book, although his personal journey provides much added context and depth to this story.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.chevaliersbooks.com/robert-hilburn

Allison Pearson at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Allison Pearson discuss her new book, How Hard Can It Be? This is her second book, after her debut with I Don’t Know How She Does It. Seven years later Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her kids have turned into impossible teens, her mother and in-laws are in precarious health, and her husband is having a mid-life crisis. How will she again keep all the balls in the air in another juggling act?

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/allison-pearson-discusses-and-signs-how-hard-can-it-be

Dream Walking at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Sasha Kildare present and sign Dream Walking, the story of Georgia, a would-be choreographer and fashion designer. Doses of dark humor punctuate her odyssey through surviving addiction, the streets, psych wards, and herself.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 14th    

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://gatsbybooks.com/events-2/#/dream-walking-with-author-sasha-kildare-thurs-june-14th-7pm/

Michael Chabon & Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon read and discuss his book, Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces. This collection follows his earlier collection, Manhood for Amateurs, and in illuminating the meaning, magic, and mysteries of fatherhood as only he can, promises to be just as insightful and entertaining.

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

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/michael-chabon-discusses-his-collection-essays-pops-fatherhood-pieces

Meedo Taha & A Road to Damascus at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Meedo Taha read from his debut novel, A Road to Damascus. This taut Hitchcockian literary thriller centers on a Lebanese botany professor, studying the mysterious demise of his beloved Acacia trees, who accidentally witnesses an apparent terrorist attack on a bus bound for Damascus, Syria—an event that turns out to be much more than it seems.

NOTE: If you wish to pre-buy the book and reserve a seat, see details at the website.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Jason Heller & Strange Stars at Book Soup  

Please join us to hear author Jason Heller discuss and sign Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded, a look at sci-fi and pop music as parallel cultural forces that depended on one another to expand the horizons of books, music, and out-of-this-world imagery.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/jason-heller-discusses-and-signs-strange-stars-david-bowie-pop-music-and-decade-sci-fi

Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar discuss her debut novel, The Map of Salt and Stars. This rich, moving debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary map maker—places today’s headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jennifer-zeynab-joukhadar-discusses-and-signs-map-salt-and-stars

No Ashes in the Fire at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Darnell L. Moore to read and discuss his new book, No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America. Darnell Moore and his special guests, Jane Mock and Patrisse Cullors, will discuss issues of race, sexuality, identity, class and more.

NOTE: You may pre-buy the book and reserve a seat at this event. See website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Poetry y Pan & Open Mic at Café Con Libros in Pomona

Please join us for our next Poetry y Pan Open Mic, featuring Alejandro Jimenez. Alejandro is a formerly undocumented immigrant, educator, spoken word/performance poet from Colima, Mexico and is based in Denver, CO. He will present his debut, self-published book of poetry: Moreno. Prieto. Brown.

Event is co-hosted by Irene M. Sanchez & Matt Sedillo.

Where: Café Con Libros

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 281 S. Tomas St., Pomona, CA 91766

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/photos/a.1943694612569659.1073741825.1943694579236329/2050048645267588/?type=1&theater

Celebration of the Onyx Café at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for a celebration of the legendary Onyx Café in Silverlake, home to painters, poets and performing artists. Steve Albee reads, Hassan Jamal screens his film The Poets, and S.A. Griffin hosts. Hassan is a playwright, poet, theatre director, film maker and is currently founder and producing director of the web series, LA Subway Shakespeare Project.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

City of L.A. Fellows Perform at California Plaza

Grand Performances presents this year’s City of L.A. Fellows in performance: Join us to enjoy the biting humor of Kristina Wong, the uplifting poetry of Peter J. Harris, and the gritty and graceful choreography of d. Sabela grimes.

Where: California Plaza

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Websitehttp://grandperformances.org/cola18

Third Friday Poetry Salon at Rapp Saloon

Please join us for the Third Friday Poetry/Spoken Word/Music/Open Mic, hosted by Elena Secota & Peggy Dobreer, and held on every third Friday of the month, featuring: Peggy Dobreer, Douglas Manuel, Eric Moraga, and with singer/songwriters Matthew Mars, Heather Donavon & Steve McCormick.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 15th

Time: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Address: 1436 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/718317558557648/

Samantha Berger & Snail Mail at Vroman’s Bookstore–Kids Event

Please join us to hear author Samantha Berger discuss her new book, Snail Mail. The author gives us a playful and educational story that encourages kids to have slow learning, and to approach life with determination and wonder. Julia Patton’s rich illustrations showcase America’s diverse terrain and national monuments from coast to coast. Kids and parents alike will delight in this celebration of America’s beauty and the power of a simple handwritten letter.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 10:30 am

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/tim-ortman-discusses-and-signs-newsreal

SM Reads Discussion & Farewell to Manzanar at Fairview Branch Library, SMPL

Please join us to discuss our SM Reads selection, Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. Share your thoughts about the book or simply listen to learn more about the book.

Where: Fairview Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Websitehttp://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=26865

Jennifer Torres & Flor & Miranda at Vroman’s Bookstore, Hastings Ranch-Kids Event

Please join us to hear author Jennifer Torres discuss her new book, Flor and Miranda Steal the Show. When Flor finds out that Miranda and her family’s band could potentially put her family’s petting zoo out of business, she forms a plan to keep Miranda from an important performance.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, Hastings Ranch location

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 1 pm

Address: 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jennifer-torres-presents-and-signs-flor-and-miranda-steal-show

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Please join us to hear our featured poets: Fernando Castro, Tish Eastmen, & Beverly Higginson. Plus we also will have an Open Reading.

Curated by: Don Kingfisher Campbell

Where: Santa Catalina Library

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Violet Ramis Stiel & Ghostbuster’s Daughter at Book Soup

Please join us to hear author Violet Ramis Stiel discuss her book, Ghostbuster’s Daughter: Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis. This is a comprehensive history of her father’s career, and also weaves in stories of her unconventional upbringing, to give us a vivid and dynamic portrait of the man behind the movies. This is a distinctly offbeat memoir.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/violet-ramis-stiel-discusses-and-signs-ghostbuster’s-daughter-life-my-dad-harold-ramis

Superhero Book Signing at Once Upon a Time Bookstore–Kids Event

Please join us to welcome back our two favorite superhero authors: Ben Harper & Sarah Hines Stephens. This is a special event to introduce and read from Bug Girl: Fury on the Dance Floor. This book is suitable for ages 8-12.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

Websitehttp://w.shoponceuponatime.com/event/superhero-book-signing

Spencer Wise & The Emperor of Shoes at Skylight Bookstore 

Author Spencer Wise presents and reads from his transfixing debut novel, The Emperor of Shoes, inspired by the author’s experiences living and working in an American-owned shoe factory in Guangdong, China. Wise’s Boston-based family has been in the shoe business for generations, and for the past 20 years his father has been in China designing shoes for the American market. In 2013 Wise work there, observed and interviewed workers and their dissatisfaction with a corrupt system. From this raw material he has crafted an epic, propulsive, philosophically-charged story about love, ambition, and the effects of globalization.

This book has been praised by two Pulitzer Prize winners: Adam Johnson and Robert Olen Butler.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/spencer-wise-reads-his-debut-novel-emperor-shoes

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda Release at Book Show LA 

Author Adrian Ernesto Cepeda presents and reads from his poetry collection, Flashbacks & Verses…Becoming Attractions. Author Gayle Brandeis calls Cepeda’s work “a love letter to Southern California and to the body, a love letter to longing and doubt, a love letter to…love…to us all.”

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Websitehttp://bookshowla.com/event/adrian-ernesto-cepeda-flashes-verses-becoming-attraction-release/

Bloomsday 2018 at the Hammer Museum

James Joyce’s eyebrow-raising poetic language paints a vivid picture of a varied cast of characters on one summer day in Dublin. This year’s celebration features dramatic readings from Ulysses by veteran actors Sile Bermingham, James Lancaster, John Lee, Sonya Macari, and Johnny O’Callaghan, and Irish folk songs performed by musicians Jared Jones, Kathhryn Lillich, and Neal Stulberg. Live Irish music by Rattle the Knee.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/06/bloomsday-2018/

Sesshu Foster & City of the Future at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to hear one of the great poets of urban Los Angeles,  Sesshu Foster, read from City of the Future, and take on gentrification, modernization, and globalization in this event.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 16th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Melina Sempill Watts’ Tree at Women’s Arts Zen Center  

Author Melina Sempill Watts’ Tree and Buddhism: Joy and Evanescence will be presented and discussed. Tree is the story of 229 years in the life of a California live oak from the perspective of the tree. This work is imbued with Buddhist values and explores many themes related to the needs and well-being of all living things.

Where: Zen Center Los Angeles

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 11 am – 12 pm

Address: 923 Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90006

Websitehttp://www.womenarts.org/swandate/melina-sempill-watts-tree-and-buddhism/

Amnesty International Reading Group & Killers of the Flower Moon at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear the Amnesty International Reading Group read David Grann’s book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 17th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Websitehttps://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/amnesty-international-reading-group-0

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