Los Angeles Literature Events 9/10/18 –9/16/18

downloadConchas y Café Adult Writing Class at Vernon-Washington Memorial Branch Library, LAPL

This writing program for adults, seniors, and Spanish speakers is a 10-week creative writing class offered by the nonprofit DSTL Arts and results in a quarterly anthology of the writing produced in this program. A public reading and release party celebrates the culmination of each 10-week series.

Where: Vernon – Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 4504 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/conchas-y-cafe-adult-writing-class

Mary Mallory & Living with Grace at Book Soup

Join us to hear Mary Mallory discuss and sign her book, Living with Grace: Life Lessons from America’s Princess.

In this book the author has written a captivating look at the actress and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, an inspiration and icon for many.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/new-date-mary-mallory-discusses-and-signs-living-grace-life-lessons-americas-princess

Keith O’Brien & Fly Girls at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Join us to hear Keith O”Brien discuss his new book, Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History.

Between the two world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing, and this book recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky. The author weaves together the stories of five of these remarkable women, including Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/keith-o’brien-discusses-and-signs-fly-girls

Claudia Dey & Heartbreaker at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Claudia Dey, present and sign her debut novel, Heartbreaker.

This book is set in a settlement founded decades before by a charismatic cult leader, where residents believe it is 1985. It tells of the deeply moving relationship between a mother and a daughter—and about the dark secrets they kept from one another. When the mother disappears, the search for her reveals a woman who must reinvent herself to survive, and a daughter who will do anything to find her.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/claudia-dey-reads-her-new-novel-heartbreaker

Poetry Open Mic at Westwood Branch Library

Please join us for our monthly Poetry Open Mic hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Come share your masterpiece, or just listen and enjoy!

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-open-mic-2

LA Poetry Workshop Reading at BookShow LA

You are welcome to join Xochitl-Julisa Bemejo as she hosts a poetry reading culmination, featuring students unveiling the poetry they created in her writing workshop.

Where: BookShow LA

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/writing-workshop-la-poetry-workshop-culmination-reading/

Clementine Ford & Fight Like a Girl at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Clementine Ford, in conversation with Alexandra Tweten, present and sign her nonfiction book, Fight Like a Girl.

This book is a mixture of memoir, opinion and investigative journalism, which exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women. It will make you cry, laugh, scream, and it will open your eyes to a way forward—where both men and women can flourish equally–something worth fighting  for.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/clementine-ford-discusses-her-nonfiction-book-fight-girl-alexandra-tweten

Made in L.A. Anthology Reading at Stories LA

Please join us to meet the authors of the Made in L.A> Anthology! Spend an evening with authors Cody Sisco, Allison Rose, Gabi Lorino, Amy Sterling-Casil, and Andre Hardy as they read excerpts from their stories and muse about what it means to be a storyteller in the diverse landscape that is Los Angeles.

Where: Stories LA Bookstore & Café

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http://storiesla.com/?q=h.calevents

Gary Shteyngart & Lake Success at Skirball Cultural Center (with Book Soup)

Author Gary Shteyngart will discuss and sign his book, Lake Success, in a program presented in partnership with Scripps Presents, the public programming series of Scripps College.

This is a ticketed event, so check website link for costs and details.

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/book-soup-skirball-presents-gary-shteyngart-reading-lake-success

Redondo Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join us for Redondo Poets, to welcome our featured poet, Kooki Chatman, and participate in our weekly Open Mic.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 1820 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Website: http://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets

Devon O’Brien & Writers Group at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear award-winning writer and writing coach Deon OBrien, along with her writers group, read excerpts from their respective works.

O’Brien has had three plays produced, an anthology published, and a series of creative non-fiction pieces in Vogue and the Huffington Post. Her novella, Of Lice and Men, which was serialized in the Huffington Post, was inspired by Hancock Park.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/devon-obrien

Wystan Owen & Other People’s Love Affairs at Book Soup

Join us to hear D. Wystan Owen discuss and sign his book, Other People’s Love Affairs: Stories.

In this debut collection of ten luminous stories, the people of Glass, a picturesque village on the rugged English coast, are haunted by longings and deeply held secrets, captive to pasts that remain as alive as the present. Surprising and powerful, these stories strike a deep and resounding emotional chord.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/d-wystan-owen-discusses-and-signs-other-people’s-love-affairs-stories

Megan McDonald & Judy Moody Series Book at Once Upon a Time Bookstore – Kids Event

You are invited to a Royal Tea Party and book signing with author Megan McDonald, who will discuss and sign her new children’s book, Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party. The series about third-grader Judy Moody and her little brother Stink has been delighting readers for almost 20 years.

See website to RSVP and participate for a $5 charge.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

Website: http://www.shoponceuponatime.com/event/royal-tea-party-megan-mcdonald

Rebecca Clarren & Kickdown at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Rebecca Clarren, with Ken Bensinger, present and read from her debut novel, Kickdown.

When Jackie Dunbar’s father dies, she takes a leave from medical school and goes back to the family’s cattle ranch in Colorado to set affairs in order. But what she finds derails her. This is a timeless and timely meditation on the grief wrought by death, war, and environmental destruction, and a gritty tale about rural America.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/rebecca-clarren-reads-her-debut-novel-kickdown-ken-bensinger

Megan McDonald & Judy Moody at Vroman’s Bookstore –Kids Event

Join us to hear Megan McDonald discuss her new book, Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party.

Jolly smashing! Could the Moodys really have royal blood? Judy brings her new book to a comical episode about the ups and downs of exploring a family tree. In celebration of this new book in the series, we are hosting a tea party with the author, so please RSVP per instructions at website link.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/megan-mcdonald-presents-and-signs-judy-moody-and-right-royal-tea-party

SHOUT! Open Mic Poetry Night at Half Off Books

Please join us for September’s SHOUT! The Open Mic Poetry Night is held at Half Off Books’ new location in Fullerton. Bring your poems, your music, your comedy, your magic, your stories and your voices. Sign-ups will be no later than 6:30 pm.

Where: Half Off Books

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 141 W. Wilshire Ave., Ste. A, Fullerton, CA 92832

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2043852245902040/

Peter Blauner & Sunrise Highway at Book Soup

Author Peter Blauner will discuss and sign his latest book in his Lourdes Roble Novels #2, Sunrise Highway.

In the summer of Star Wars and Son of Sam, a Long Island schoolgirl is found gruesomely murdered.  A local prosecutor turns a troubled teen known as JT from a suspect to a star witness in the case, putting away a high school football star who claimed to be innocent. Forty years later, JT has risen to chief of police, but a trail of a dozen dead women reaches from Brooklyn to Long Island, along the Sunset Highway, and it’s possible that his actions actually enabled a killer.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/peter-blauner-discusses-and-signs-sunrise-highway

SBFC Book Club & Blessings of a B- at Pages Bookstore

Please join our South Bay Families Connected Book Club, led by Laurie James & Shelly Heavrin, who will facilitate the discussion of the book, Blessings of a B-, by New York Times beat selling author, Wendy Mogul.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/south-bay-families-connected-book-club

Victoria Butler-Sloss & The Seamstress of Ourfa at Chevalier’s Bookstore 

Author Victoria Butler-Sloss will join us to discuss and sign her book, The Seamstress of Ourfa.

It is 1895. Khatoun Khouri, a girl of thirteen, meets her future husband, Iskender Agha Boghas. Twice her age, a poet, philosopher and dreamer, he adores her but cannot express it in words. Around them the Ottoman Empire is crumbling, the world is heading towards war, and the Armenian minority is subjected to increasing repression, culminating in the genocide of 1915. What follows is a tale of love, loss, and redemption in the diaspora, told by four generations of women, each becoming the guardian angel of the next.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/victoria-butler-sloss

Paula Saunders & The Distance Home at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Paula Saunders present and read from her debut novel, The Distance Home. (She is the wife of author George Saunders).

This novel is a profoundly American story. Set in the landscape and culture of rural 1960s South Dakota, it is a near autobiographical look at a loving but struggling young family in turmoil, and of two siblings, Rene and Leon. They share a talent for dance, but it is a gift their father adores in his daughter, and loathes in his son. The author explores this distinctive American dichotomy: What is to become of the vulnerable in a culture of striving and power? And what is the effect of this striving and power on both those who dominate and those who are overrun?

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/paula-saunders-reads-her-debut-novel-distance-home

John Carpenter & Big Trouble in Little China at Book Soup NEW TIME!

Please join us to hear John Carpenter & Anthony Burch present and sign the book, Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack Vol. I.

This is the authorized and in-continuity sequel to the cult hit film, Big Trouble in Little China, co-written by its creator John Carpenter.

This is a ticketed event so check the website link for details.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 1 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/new-time-john-carpenter-anthony-burch-present-and-sign-big-trouble-little-china-old-man-jack

Megan McDonald & Judy Moody at Children’s Book World –Kids Event (Ages 6-10)

You are most cordially invited to a Judy Moody tea party! Join author Megan McDonald to hear about the latest Judy Moody adventure, Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party.

In the 14th book in the series, Judy’s class is making family trees when she stumbles on the discovery that she might be related to the Queen of England! But it is more complicated than it seems, and soon her dreams of grandeur turn into a royal mess.

Wear your party hats, or make one at our crafts table. Treats and party favors for all!

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 4 pm

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

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

Julia Whicker & Wonderblood at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Join us to welcome author Julia Whicker, who will discuss and sign her book, Wonderblood: A Novel.

This is the author’s fascinating literary debut, set in a barren United States, an apocalyptic wasteland where warring factions compete for control of the land in strange and dangerous carnivals. Medicine and science have been rejected in favor of magic, prophecy, and blood sacrifice. Politics and survival are at the heart of this ravishing novel.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/julia-whicker-conversation-edan-lepucki-discusses-and-signs-wonderblood

Three Bisexual Poets at BookShow LA

L.A.-based poet and photographer Alexis Rhone Fancher came out a bisexual at the age of 17 and never looked back. She’s authored four collections, and is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. Join her to welcome:

HanaLena Fennel believes life is a verb, and is ecstatic that Moon Tide Press is publishing her first collection in March 2019, Letters to the Leader: Poems Written in Response to the 55 Executive Orders from Donald J. Trump’s first year as President.

Eric Howard worked as a book and magazine editor for 20 years. His favorite collection of bisexual poems is Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Where: BookShow LA

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/three-bisexual-poets/

Stoya & Philsophy, Pussycats, and Porn at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear Stoya discuss her series of essays, blog posts, and stories surveying more than a decade of poignant journalistic accounts, Philosophy, Pussycats and Porn. Stoya has been a pornographer since 2006 and a writer since 2012, and examines systemic biases toward sex workers and how sex is portrayed in society.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/stoya-reads-her-book-philosophy-pussycats-and-porn

Lucky or Not Here I Come! at Beyond Baroque

Gerry Orz reads from Here I Come, a fast-paced, adventure-packed novel that follows a young man who comes face-to-face with incredible, out of the ordinary circumstances.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

FOUR PAIRS: Readings #2 at Civic Center Studios

Please join us for a celebration of all the amazing writers of color in Los Angeles…plus two amazing guest writers visiting us. Hosted by Civic Center Studios and Writ Large Press, and emceed by Sara Borjas & Chiwan Choi, our four pairs have been part of four of the most important writing retreat residencies in the country:

Lauren Russell and Natalie J. Graham (Cave Canem)

Luivette Resto and Steven Sanchez (Canto Mundo)

Joseph Rios and Stefani Cox (VONA)

Kenji Liu and Soham Patel (Kundiman)

Chevalier’s will have books for sale!

Where: Civic Center Studios

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 207 S. Broadway, Ste. 1, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1999392136779809/

2018 Literary Soul Symposium at Cal State Los Angeles

This is the 7th annual Literary Soul Symposium, which promotes and supports the diverse literary efforts of LGBTQ authors. Our theme is “Living Authentically: Telling Our Stories in Theatre and Film” with keynote speaker Sheryl Lee Ralph.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, so check website for costs details and schedule.

Where: CSULA Student Union

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Address: 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: http://literarysoulsymposium.myevent.com

KayJo Creatives & Begin It: Poetry Brunch at Loma Linda City Hall

Join us for a celebration of poetry and community! To celebrate the anniversary of Dr. Natalie Graham’s debut poetry collection, Begin with a Failed Body, as well as the many voices which respond to and champion the arts, Graham, in partnership with KayJo Creatives, presents Begin It: Poetry Brunch, the first in a series of events to amplify voices from the Inland Empire.

There will be a soul food brunch, raffle, and poetry readings by: Cynthia A. Briano, Nikia Chaney, Dr. Ashaki M. Jackson, Marcus Omari, Isabel Quintero, and Dr. Chad Sweeney.

See website link for further details.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, in part, to raise money for the creation of the Jo Woods Memorial Poetry Prize for high school students from San Bernardino. See website for details

Where: Loma Linda City Hall

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 10:30 am – 2 pm

Address: 25541 Barton Rd., Loma Linda, CA 92354

Website: http://facebook.com/events/558496284566812/

Long Beach Zine Fest at Expo Arts Center

Shop independently printed work from 120+ zinesters, listen to music from Long Beach bands, and enjoy food from local favorites and a vegan food court from Long Beach Vegan.

This is a FREE event for all ages. See website links for details.

Where: Expo Arts Center

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 11 am – 5 pm

Address: 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807

Website: http://lbzinefest.com

Celebration of Batman at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to welcome comic book authors Jim Lee & Andy Kubert, who will discuss and sign their books, in celebration of Batman Day!

Please see website for details on books available and signing line guidelines.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jim-lee-andy-kubert-signing-only-celebration-batman-day

HELLA Poetry Reading and Q&A at Avenue 50 Studios

Join our hosts, Sara Borjas & Joseph Rios, as five poets living on the west coast read poetry and get hella insightful during a Q&A.

Light refreshments will be served. Featuring:

Steven Sanchez is the author of Phantom Tongue, selected by Mark Doty as the winner of the Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award.

Michelle-Brittan Rosado is the author of Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, which won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Her chapbook, Theory on Falling into a Reef, won the inaugural Rick Campbell Prize.

Sam Sax is a queer, Jewish poet and educator. He is the author of Madness (2017) and Bury It (2018). He is poetry editor at BOAAT Press and will be a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University this fall.

Vanessa Angelica Villarreal is the author of Beast Meridian (2017), winner of the John A. Robinson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing at USC.

Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa is a poet and essayist from Fresno, California. She is the author of Rummage (2017)

Where: Avenue 50 Studios

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/791411701214727/

HITCHED Poetry Reading at Holy Grounds

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo hosts the September HITCHED Reading Series, and welcomes our paired features:  

liz gonzalez is the author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected (2018). She also is the author of the collection, Beneath Bone (2000), among her many other endeavors.

Cynthia K. Duran is a craft and sewing expert, and along with her passion for textile art, she is a novice writer and storyteller. Her sister is liz gonzalez, and Cynthia recently read her true crime story for the Poets & Writers Connecting Cultures Reading event at Beyond Baroque.

francisco aviles pino is an undocumented queer poet, researcher and journalist, and is currently a research fellow with UCLA’s Department of Chicana Studies.

Fei hernandez is an immigrant, trans non-binary artist, performing poet, and youth educator, and is a now VONA fellow working on a poetry collection and art project on belonging, nation, and the trans identity.

Where: Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 5371 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/949528901895880/

Poetry Readings & Open Reading at Saturday Afternoon Poetry, Pasadena (site change)

Please join Saturday Afternoon Poetry, curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell, when we host an Open Mic and our featured poets: Jessica Abughattas, Calokie & Radomir Vojtech Luza.

Where: Hastings Ranch Branch Library

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Website: http://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com

Ken Capobianco & Call Me Anorexic at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Ken Capobianco discuss and sign his book, Call Me Anorexic: Ballad of a Thin Man.

While ostensibly about anorexia and its collateral damage, this visceral, highly charged novel also explores the many facets of loss: loss of love, identity, family, control, purpose, appetite, and yes, of course, pounds.  Sometimes you need to dig deep into the holes in your life to have any hope of emerging whole again.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events-2/#/call-me-anoxeric/

Josh Crute & Oliver at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to welcome children’s book author Josh Crute, who will discuss and sign his book, Oliver: The Second-Largest Living Thing on Earth.

This story tackles the familiar feeling of being in someone’s shadow—in a hilarious and endearing way, and is set in Sequoia National Park.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/josh-crute-presents-and-signs-oliver-2nd-largest-living-thing-earth

Blake Nemic, Ash Ponders & Eric Saenz at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us to hear our three featured poets:

Blake Nemic is a writer, teacher, and sound/media artist whose work extends the extraordinary musicality of everyday conversations by unprotected workers, pansexuals, and gender variant people. His work has been featured in journals, anthologies, festivals or conferences such as ENTITLE, JUPITER 88, Red Rover Reading Series, the Rio Grande Review, Captive Genders, or the San Francisco Queer Arts Performance Festival.

Ash Ponders is a latinx visual and written journalist based in Phoenix, Arizona.
She works extensively throughout the American Southwest and Latin America. Her latest book is a translation of Reflexiones junto a tu piel. 

Eric Saenz is a first generation Latin(x) writer and teacher from Los Angeles, California. He’s the founding editor of Lilac Press, a small DIY imprint that sporadically releases limited-run chapbooks. He is the author of SUSURROS A MI PADRE, out now via The Operating System.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.poeticresearch.com

In Memory of Larry Colker at Beyond Baroque

Please join us in celebration of the life of our friend and fellow poet Larry Colker.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Nebraska Girl Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for our monthly Open Reading, hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Sign-ups begin at 1:45 pm.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 2 pm

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

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

Robert Rand & The Menendez Murders at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Robert Rand discuss and sign his book, The Menendez Murders: The Shocking Untold Story of the Menendez Family and the Killings that Stunned the Nation.

This is an infamous crime story, of the murder of a successful entertainment executive and his former beauty queen wife, who were murdered by their two young adult sons in 1989.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/robert-rand-discusses-and-signs-menendez-murders-shocking-untold-story-menendez-family-and

Cynthia Lim & Wherever You Are at Diesel Bookstore

Join us to welcome Cynthia Lim for her publication party and to discuss her memoir, Wherever You Are: A Memoir of Love, Marriage, and Brain Injury.

This is a story of a marriage after a spouse is forever changed by a catastrophic event, and redefining life with a disability and discovering the real truth of love and marriage.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sunday-september-16th-300-pm-publication-party-cynthia-lim-discusses-and-signs-wherever-you

Sumarr Reading Series at Pop-Hop Books & Print

The final Sumarr event of 2018 is here! Join us for readings by:

Diana Kho Nguyen was Born and raised in Los Angeles. Nguyen is a multimedia artist and award-winning poet whose work has appeared widely in literary journals such as PoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewBoston ReviewPEN America, and The Iowa Review, among others. Currently, she lives in Denver where she is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

Jackson Burgess is the author of Atrophy, winner of the 2017 Write Bloody Submissions Contest (Write Bloody Publishing), and Pocket Full of Glass, winner of the 2014 Clockwise Chapbook Competition (Tebot Bach,2017). He has placed work in Rattle,The Los Angeles Review, The Cincinnati Review,Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. He has led workshops at the University of Iowa, Los Angeles Southwest College, and St. Vincent’s Cardinal Manning Center on Skid Row, and is the recipient of fellowships from the University of Southern California and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he earned his MFA in both the Fiction and Poetry programs.

Juliana Xuan Wang is the author of the debut short story collection, Home Remedies (Hogarth, May 2019). Juliana was born in Heilongjiang, China but after age seven, did most of her growing up in Los Angeles. She currently lives in New York City.

Tawnysha Greens received her PhD from the University of Tennessee where she served as the fiction editor for Grist: The Journal for Writers. Her work has appeared in PANKBellingham Review, and Weave Magazine. Her first novel, A House Made of Stars, was released from Burlesque Press in 2015.

Music TBD

Where: The Pop-Hop

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 5002 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1823108941077683/

Sisters at The Table: Readings at the Hollywood Hotel

Join hosts Bridgette Bianca (poet & professor) and Sanura Williams (My Lit Box) for Sisters at The Table Lit Reading Series, produced by author Natashia Deon, and featuring Women of Color:

Lady Narrator (Dania Ayah Alkhouli) is a left handed passionate Pisces and not afraid to show it…or wait, has her zodiac sign changed?

Angela Aguirre is a published poet, performer, teaching artist, and advocate for students with special needs. She is the co-founder of the Latina Feminist poetry collective Chingona Fire which works to curate events and workshops for women of color in Los Angeles.

Aman K. Batra Indian-American poet from Artesia, CA. As the child of immigrants, Batra is untraditional in her approach. If there’s a rule, she’ll break it. If there’s a boundary, she’ll push. If there’s a pen or a microphone in front of her, she is at her most powerful and unapologetic self. Batra graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a degree in Creative Writing, and have since immersed herself into written and performance poetry, competing in venues and slams across the country. She is a National Poetry Slam finalist, a member of the 2016 & 2017 Hollywood (DPL) Slam Team, and a teaching artist in Los Angeles and Long Beach county.

T.K. Le uses fiction and poetry imagine a future in which patriarchy dies and people of color deserve and proliferate joy. She has shared her work on KPCC’s Take Two and on stage for ALOUD-Los Angeles and Tuesday Night Project. Her essay, “Part of Memory is Forgetting,” appears in the W.W. Norton anthology, Inheriting the War. She is an alum of the VONA/Voices summer writing workshop.

Nicole Elinai is just your friendly local poet-bartender.

Jaha Zainabu is a L.A. poet and author of 365.2013 (World Stage Press, 2017).

PoeticMoment tell stories. She started performing Spoken Word at the young age of 14. She has headlined many events including UNPLUGDLA, On The List, and Fly Poet. She has also toured throughout college campuses including Cal State Fullerton, Pomona College, University of California Riverside, and University of California Los Angeles.

Where: Hollywood Hotel

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/325228541556070/

Moonday Poetry Reading Series at Flintridge Bookstore

The Moonday Poetry Reading welcomes two features:

Peggy Dobreer is a poet who has just released her second book of poetry with Moon Tide Press, Drop & Dazzle. She is a longtime educator and currently offers her poetry workshop with Red Hen Press.

Rick Lupert is a poet, and has created the website Poetry Super Highway. He also hosted the Cobalt Café reading for almost 21 years. He’s authored 22 collections of poetry and edited several anthologies.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2018/9/16/moonday-poetry-series

Josh Hickman & Five Slices of Fear at Battery Bookstore

Join us to hear novelist Josh Hickman present and discuss his comic novel, Five Slices of Fear: A Connoisseur’s Hoagie of Horror, followed by a book signing. This book contains five satirical tales of terror, with themes of reality TV and the encroachment of technology into our daily lives.

Where: Battery Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Address: 26 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91011

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/thebatterybooksandmusic/

Gerry Orz & Lucky or Not, Here I Come at Last Bookstore  

Please join us to hear 17-year old author Gerry Orz present and read from his book, Lucky or Not, Here I Come.

This book covers eighty years in the life of John Wilson, as told by his sister. John was not special until, on his 21st birthday, he was hit by lightning. At his darkest moment, he and his family are guided by a person who changes their whole perspective on life. But is this person real?

NOTE: You may buy the book and reserve your space at the website link.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 6:30 am

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events/

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