Los Angeles Literature Events 10/02/18 –10/07/18

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Dennis Vaughn & The Longboat at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Dennis Vaughn discuss and sign his novel, The Longboat.

This book is a family saga, spanning multiple generations and continents, focused on two Burmese boys who are brought to the U.S. and the challenges they face in adjusting to the Western world and to changes in their own relationship. Over the span of thirty years they go from inseparable best friends to antagonists, and ends with the Saffron Revolution of 2007.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-october-2nd-630pm-dennis-vaughn-discusses-and-signs-longboat

Joy Thomas Moore & The Power of Presence at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Joy Thomas Moore, in conversation with Shani Moore Weatherby and Pamela Warner, discuss and sign her book, The Power of Presence, an exploration of the seven pillars that all parents can use to positively influence their children.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/joy-thomas-moore

Nicole Maggi & What They Don’t Know at Vroman’s Bookstore

You are welcome to join us to hear author Nicole Maggi, who will discuss and sign her book, What They Don’t Know.

This story is told through Mellie and Lise’s journal entries, and is an emotional novel chronicling the unbreakable bond between two friends, and the choices they make along their life journeys.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/nicole-maggi%C2%A0discusses-and-signs-what-they-don’t-know

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Stories Books & Café

This presentation, Acclaimed Bi Writers Read From Their Work, features: Ann Tweedy, Elizabeth Hall, Cathleen Chambliss, Amy Spaulding, CB Lee and Myriam Gurba.

Where: Stories Books & Cafe

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/burning-time/acclaimed-bi-writers-read-from-their-work/

Diana Arterian & Allie Rowbottom at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear authors Diana Arterian, and Allie Rowbottom, present and read from their books, Playing Monster:: Seiche, and Jello Girls: A Family History, respectively.

Diana Arterian’s work is a book-length poem that incessantly dodges between two narratives: the speaker’s childhood experiences with an abusive father, and as an adult, increasingly aggressive acts made toward her mother by strange men. This is poetry of witness.

Allie Rowbottom’s work is a memoir of her ancestor’s purchase of the patent to sell Jell-O from its inventor for $450.  Although the family enjoyed immense privilege, they were haunted by suicides, cancer, alcoholism, and mysterious ailments, which the author later tried to research deeply to fully understand the story.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/diana-arterian-reads-her-book-poetry-playing-monster-seiche-and-allie-rowbottom-reads-her

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Skylight Theatre

This presentation, Remembering James Carroll Pickett & Artists Confronting AIDS, moderated by Michael Kearns and recreating moments from his plays, features: Kerry Slattery, Robin Podolsky, Noel Alumit, Philip Littell, Alison Arngrim and Dale Raoul.

Where: Skylight Theatre

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 8 pm

Address: 1816 ½ N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/remembering-james-carroll-pickett-artists-confronting-aids/

Redondo Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

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

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Alfred Coffee, Melrose Place

This presentation, Queer Lit Dreams, is a Moth-style storytelling event showcasing the voices of Queer Angelenos, with the theme “First Times.” Participants will share their experiences, transformations, and explorations of gender, love, loss, sexuality, and Los Angeles.

Where: Alfred Coffee, Melrose Place

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 8:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 8428 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/queer-lit-dreams/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Cal State Los Angeles

Please join L.A. Writers: Celebrating Women of Color & LGBTQ artists in the program, This Is What a Feminist Looks Like,” moderated by Veronica Reyes, to hear writers Ryka Aki, Elizabeth Houston and Sehba Sarwar,

Where:  Cal State L.A., University Student Union, Room AB 3rd Floor

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 1:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/l-a-writers-celebrating-women-of-color-lgbtq-artists-this-is-what-a-feminist-looks-like-sponsored-by-center-for-the-study-of-genders-and-sexualities-and-womens-gender-sexuality-st/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at UCLA LGBT Resource Center

Please join us for The Mariposa Hour: Stories of Queer Love, Blood and Memory, moderated by Alicia Gaspar de Alba, and featuring: Claudia Rodriguez, Omar Gonzalez, Richard Villegas, Jr., and Alicia Billalobos.

Where:  UCLA LGBT Resource Center

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 220 Westwood Plaza B36, Student Activities Center, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/the-mariposa-hour-queer-ucla-representing/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Stories Books & Café 

The recently launched Dottir Press exists to give a voice to common but silenced subjects, and the press’ first three children’s books focus on white privilege (Not My Idea), caring for a younger sibling as the child of a single parent (The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gasket), and introducing kids to astrology (Astro Baby!). The panel is moderated by Pickle, and features: Michelle Tea, Anastasia Higgenbotham, and Brontez Purnell.

Where:  Stories Books & Cafe

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/events/queering-childrens-lit/

Raymond Arsenault & Arthur Asche: A Life at Eso Won Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Raymond Arsenault for a book singing of his new biography, Arthur Ashe: A Life, the story of the pioneering athlete—the Jackie Robinson of men’s tennis–, who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual. This thoughtful and insightful book puts Ashe in the context of his time, and includes the story of how his heart condition and surgeries led to blood transfusions, then HIV and AIDS, that left him on a road to his too-early death at age 49.

Where:  Eso Won Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 4327 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Websitehttp://www.esowonbookstore.com/event/raymond-arsenault-booksigning

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at TransLatina Coalition Offices 

Please join us for Fertile Ground: Stories Rooted in Our Trauma, to hear queer, and particularly trans or gender nonconforming authors talk about surviving trauma, why we write about it, and how it impacts our lives and informs our work. There will also be an Open Mic portion of the program. This event features: Jacob Tobia, Bamby Salcedo, Jacob Anderson-Minshall, and Toni Newman.

Where:  TransLatina Coalition Offices

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 350, 3055 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/events/fertile-ground-stories-rooted-in-our-trauma/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Akbar Silverlake 

Please join us for Get Haunted: Ghosts, Queerness (In)Visibility, and a Poetics of Possession: Six Writers Read, Perform, Discuss, and/or Raise Ghosts. This event features: Nancy Au, Celeste Chan, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Carson Beker, Muriel Leung, and Natalia Vigil.

Where:  Akbar Silverlake

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 4356 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/events/get-haunted-ghosts-queerness-invisibility-and-a-poetics-of-possession-six-writers-read-perform-discuss-and-or-raise-ghosts/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at USC Libraries 

Please join us for Rewriting the Future: Science Fiction and LGBQ/Trans Peoples. This event is moderated by Steven Berenzai and features: Joseph Hawkins, Tara Madison Avery, Felice Picano and Nina Fiore.

Where:  ONE Archives, USC Libraries

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 909W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/events/rewriting-the-future-science-fiction-and-lgbq-trans-peoples/

Olga Tokarczuk & Flights at Book Soup

Join us to hear author Olga Tokarczuk discuss her new book, which is Book Soup’s October Soup of the Month, Flights.

This book interweaves reflections on travel with an in-depth exploration of the human body, broaching life, death, motion, and migration. It explores what it means to be a traveler, a wanderer, a body in motion through space and time. It is enchanting, unsettling, and wholly original.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/olga-tokarczuk-discusses-and-signs-flights

Kayla Cagan & Art Boss at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Kayla Cagan discuss and sign her book, Art Boss, a story that stands alone but can be read as a companion novel to Piper Perish, which is an authentic journey of a young artist growing into a strong, independent force in the art world.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/kayla-cagan

Hank Green & An Absolutely Remarkable Thing at Vroman’s (Off-site)

You are welcome to join us to hear author Hank Green, who will discuss and sign his novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.

In his much-anticipated debut novel, Green spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she’s part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined.

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

Where: Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/evening-hank-green-presenting-absolutely-remarkable-thing

Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally & Lena Dunham at Skylight Bookstore (Off-site)

Please join us to hear actors and authors Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally present their book, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, with Lena Dunham.

This book is the one fans have been waiting for, with anecdotes, hijinks, photos, and random tomfoolery.

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

Where: Aratani Theatre

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 244 San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-books-presents-nick-offerman-and-megan-mullally-their-new-book-greatest-love-story

Brian Phillips & Impossible Owls at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Brian Phillips, with Amy Nicholson, present and read from his debut collection of essays, Impossible Owls.

This is a globe spanning, ambitious book of essays from one of the most enthralling storytellers in narrative nonfiction. The author is a beloved, iconoclastic journalist, whose essays read like novels.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/brian-phillips-discusses-his-collection-essays-impossible-owls-amy-nicholson

Venita Blackburn at Otis College of Art and Design

Please join us at our Visiting Writers Series to hear author Venita Blackburn present and discuss her work. Her debut story collection, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, is a finalist for the 2018 Young Lions Fiction Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. She is a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program at Fresno State.

Where: The Forum, Goldsmith Campus, Otis College of Art and Design

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.otis.edu/mfa-writing/visiting-writers-series

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at The World Stage 

Please join us for The Ovary Office, founded by V. Kali, the poetry director at The World Stage. This event features black female poets who read strong, activist-based, shameless poetry, and features: V. Kali, Pam Ward, Bridgette Bianca, and Jaha Zainabu.

Where:  The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/event/the-ovary-office/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at the Chinese American Museum 

Please join us for Celebrating the Asian American LGBTQ+ Experience, moderated by CB Lee, and featuring: Kay Ulanday Barrett, Addie Tsai, Nathan Ramos, Kitty Tsui and D’Lo.

CAM’s current exhibit “Don’t Believe the Hype: Asian Americans in Hip Hop” challenges and redefines what hip hop represents, specifically within the Asian American community. But whose expectations shape our community, our parents, ourselves?  Is hip hop inclusive and how is it changing?

Where:  Chinese American Museum

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 425 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/event/celebrating-the-asian-american-lgbtq-experience/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC 

Please join us for Written on the body: Contemporary Writers read Writers Who Died of AIDS.

Where:  ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 909 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/event/written-on-the-body-contemporary-writers-read-writers-who-died-of-aids/

Open Mic Night at Anaheim Central Library   

This free Open mic event is open to performers of all ages, and sign-ups begin at 5:45 pm, and participants are allotted 3-8 minutes each for their performances

The event will include a featured reading by poet Penelope Moffet, who will sell and sign copies of her books.

Where:  Anaheim Central Library

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 500 W. Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92805

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/317465435500897/

Claire Bidwell Smith & Anxiety Launch at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Claire Bidwell Smith, in conversation with author Hope Edelman, discuss and sign her book, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief: A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Healing the Impact of Loss.

This book is a groundbreaking exploration of the critical connections between anxiety and grief, with practical strategies of healing, following the renowned Kubler-Ross stages model.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/thursday-october-4th-630-pm-publication-party-claire-bidwell-smith-discusses-and-signs-anxiety

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Akbar Silverlake 

Please join us for Queer Sweet Home, a panel discussing how queer writers negotiate feelings of home when their nation has ceased being a place of comfort. This event is hosted by Foglifter Press, and features: Cheryl Klein, Linda Ravenswood, Yuska Lutfi Tuanakotta, Claudia Rodriguez, and Terry Wolverton.

Where:  Akbar Silverlake

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 4356 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/event/queer-sweet-home/

Douglas Segal & Struck at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Douglas Segal present his memoir Struck, at his launch party.

One of life’s biggest clichés becomes a horrific reality when the author’s wife and daughter are hit head-on by a Los Angeles city bus. Following the accident, he began sending regular email updates to their circle of friends and family, a list that continued to grow as others heard of the event. This is an intimate and honest chronicle built around these email updates, and an examination of how people show up for one another in times of crisis.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/douglas-segal

Julia Mossbridge & The Premonition Code at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Julia Mossbridge, who will discuss and sign her book, The Premonition Code: the Science of Precognition.

From cognitive neuroscientist Julia Mossbridge, PhD, Director of the Innovation Lab at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), and co-author Theresa Cheung, comes revolutionary new research that sensing the future is possible, and explorations and evidence of how it has shaped lives.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/julia-mossbridge-discusses-and-signs-premonition-code

Juan Gabriel Vasquez & The Shape of the Ruins at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Juan Gabriel Vasquez present and read from his newest novel, The Shape of the Ruins.

This is the author’s highly anticipated, deeply personal masterpiece, in which he puts himself at the center of the story, unspooling a tangled mystery of political conspiracy, assassinations, and dangerous secrets lost to memory. This is an epic historical novel.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttps://www.skylightbooks.com/event/juan-gabriel-vasquez-reads-his-newest-novel-shape-ruins

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Los Angeles LGBT Center 

Please join us for Hear Me Out, a new storytelling competition, kicking off on four consecutive Thursday nights at the Village and culminating on October 11, National Coming Out Day. This event is moderated by Steve Pride and Anne Stockwell.

Where:  Los Angeles LGBT Center, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, Davidson/Valentini Theatre

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/event/hear-me-out/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Civic Center Studios

Please join us for Drunken Masters, where three writers read/perform short excerpts of their work in front of a panel of three masters in the field, who provide on-the-spot feedback, with indulgences of their choosing. This event is moderated by Judeth Oden Choi, and features: Wendy C, Oritz, Chelsea Mone’t, and Steven Reigns.

Where:  Civic Center Studios

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 207 S. Broadway, Suite One, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/event/drunken-masters/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Art Share L.A.

Please join us for Queer Spirit, Neo-Shamanism, Wizardry, and New Frame Stories for LGBTQ, a theatrical treading and discussion about the importance of how we share our stories and new mythologies.

Where:  Art Share L.A.

Date: Thursday the 4th

Time: 8 pm – 9 pm (Doors open at 7:30 pm)

Address: 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/event/queer-spirit-neo-shamanism-wizardry-and-new-frame-stories-for-lgbtq/

Juan Gabriel Vasquez Author Luncheon at Diesel Bookstore (Off-site at Amici Brentwood)

Please join us for a luncheon event to hear author Juan Gabriel Vasquez discuss and sign his new novel, Anxiety: The Shape of the Ruins.

This book is a sweeping tale of conspiracy, theories, assassinations, and twisted obsessions—and is a highly anticipated masterpiece of an author uncovering the wounds of our memories. It explores the darkest moments of Columbia’s past and brings to life the ways in which past violence shapes our present lives.

Where: Amici Brentwood

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 12 pm

Address: 2538 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/friday-october-5th-1200pm-author-luncheon-juan-gabriel-vásquez-shape-ruins

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at the Hollywood Heritage Museum

Please join us for The Hollywood Adriana, A Cautionary Tale of Damaged Good, which is a poetic novella/solo performance piece inspired by the tragic death of silent movie icon Ramon Navarro.

Where:  Hollywood Heritage Museum

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 1:30 pm

Address: 2100 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/the-hollywood-adriana-a-cautionary-tale-of-damaged-good/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Founders MCC Church

Please join us for Awakenings: Weaving Our Stories through the Threads of Time, which features a special performance by the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles. Readings from works of iconic LGBT writers will feature: James Brandon, Lynn “Faerie Argyle Rainbow” Segerblom and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.

Where:  Founders MCC Church

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 4607 Prospect Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/awakenings-weaving-our-stories-through-the-threads-of-time/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Roar Shack, 826LA Echo Park

Please join us for Roar Shack Presents: “Just Say It!,” which features readings in the experience of writing/speaking love into the world, and the political/personal price paid for that.

Where:  826LA Echo Park Time Travel Mart

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 1714 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/roar-shack-presents-say-it/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us for Trumpocalypse: Can Writing Books Help Save a Seriously F*cked World? This panel discussion is moderated by Meredith Maran, and features authors Melissa Chadburn, Dan Smetanka and Alex Espinoza.

Where:  Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/trumpocalypse-can-writing-books-help-save-a-seriously-fcked-world/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at The Black Cat

Please join PEN Presents YAYY It’s Jayy: Open Mic Night with Jay Dodd & Friends. This Queer Open Mic Night is hosted by extraordinary Lamda Literary award winner jay dodd and features: Jayy Dodd, Edwin Bodney, Jos Charles, and Karina Vahitova.

Where:  The Black Cat

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 3909 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/pen-presents-yayy-its-jayy-queer-open-mic-night-with-jayy-dodd-friends/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Trans Wellness Center

Please join us for Trans-Latinas Filling the Literary Void. This group will share the work they created during their participation in the “Our Bodies, Our Souls (OBOS) literary project, in which workshop participants became “the subject” of their own research. This event will be in Spanish with simultaneous translations into English.

This event features guest writers: Patricia Aguilar, Sandra Esqueda, Nikita O. Ferrer, Miranda Garcia, Anhel Jacobo, and Mariana Marroquin.

Where:  Trans Wellness Center

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 3055 Wilshire Blvd., #360, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/trans-latinas-filling-the-literary-void/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at WEHO Reads at City Council Chambers

Please join us for WEHO Reads: Eloise Klein Healy & City Poet Laureate Kim Dower. This WEHO Reads event is co-presented by West Hollywood’s Arts Division and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD series, and features poets Eloise Klein Healy and Kim Dower.

Where:  West Hollywood’s City Council Chambers

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/weho-reads-eloise-klein-healy-city-poet-laureate-kim-dower/

Kathleen Kaufman & Hag at Book Soup

Please join us to hear author Kathleen Kaufman present and discuss her novel, Hag. Spanning centuries of human history, the daughters of the lowland hag, the Cailleach, must navigate a world filled with superstition, hatred, violence, pestilence, and death to find their purpose. With each passing generation the powers wax, and they await a homecoming that will bring everything full circle.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/kathleen-kaufman%C2%A0discusses-and-signs%C2%A0hag

Reyna Grande, with Alex Espinoz, & A Dream Called Home at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Reyna Grande, in conversation with author Alex Espinoza, discuss her new memoir, A Dream Called Home.

In her new memoir, the author of The Distance Between Us now brings the story of her life’s journey from being an undocumented Mexican immigrant to finding success as an author in the U.S. After two failed attempts to cross the border to find a place to belong, she finds instead an indifferent mother, an alcoholic father, and a school system that belittled her heritage. Here she recounts how her love of reading and writing helped propel her to make a career out of a dream.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/reyna-grande-conversation-alex-espinoza-discusses-and-signs-dream-called-home

Rip Rap CSULB Creative Writing Reading at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear students from the CSULB Creative Writing MFA Program read their poetry & fiction. Students featured include: Rachel Brownell, Olga Murillo, Andrew Liu, Jose Prado, Ally McGregor, Adam Keaton, and Kelsey Gutierrez.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events-2/#/rip-rap-csulb-mfa-creative-writing-reading-fri-oct-5th-7pm/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us for The Werkroom, a panel of queer writing teachers form UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, who will read excerpts from their recent work. This event is moderated by Charles Jensen, and features: Antonia Crane, Mathew Rodriguez, Noel Alumit and Seth Fischer.

Where:  Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/the-werkroom/

2018 Lambda Lit Fest at Book Show LA

Please join us for Yes Femmes, a series of readings by writers who explore the limits of the body, aim toward transformation, and are campy, fannish, plagiaristic or regurgitative. This event features: MariNaomi, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Chris Belcher, Daviel Shy, Katherine Agard, and Stephen van Dyck.

Where:  Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lambdalitfest.org/events/yes-femmes-2/

Drew Daywalt & The Day the Crayons Quit at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Join us to celebrate Children’s Book World’s 32nd birthday, and to welcome children’s book author Drew Daywalt, and hear him discuss his bestselling book, The Day the Crayons Quit.

His books are perfect for young children, ages 3-8.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 10:30 am

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

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

Café Con Libros Press 1st Year Anniversary Celebration at Café Con Libros (Day 1 of 2)

Join us to celebrate Café Con Libros Press 1st Anniversary Celebration, beginning at 12:30 pm with face painting and crafts, and followed by acclaimed author & illustrator Joe Cepeda’s Presentation & Workshop, from 1:30 pm -3:30 pm.

Our live art event at 3:30 pm will be followed by a Spoken Word Showcase, with special guests & live music, starting at 7 pm.

Where: Café Con Libros

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 12:30 pm – 9 pm (Spoken Word at 7 pm)

Address: 280 West 2nd St., Pomona, CA 91766

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/509501172849480/

John Flanagan & The Royal Ranger at Vroman’s–Kids Event

Please join us to hear author John Flanagan discuss his book, Ranger’s Apprentice: The Red Fox Clan.

Picking up where The Royal Ranger: A New Beginning left off, this next installment continues the story arc featuring young apprentice, Maddie, and the student-turned-master, Will Treaty. The time has come for the next generation to assume the mantle and become protectors of the kingdom of Araluen.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/john-flanagan-presents-and-signs-royal-ranger-red-fox-clan

Off the Page: The Story Behind the Stanzas at Long Beach Public Library

Join us for a unique Poetry Reading & Open Mic event, where three poets form the local community will read poems and tell stories of how they came to be, revealing the secrets of their inspiration in the picturesque Miller Room at the Long Beach Public library.

This event features: Dave Russo, Alyssa Matuchniak, Elmast Kozloyan, and an Open Mic in which each participant is allowed three minutes to read one poem and share a brief story that goes with it, letting the audience in on the story behind the stanzas.

Where: Long Beach Public Library & Literary Arts Center

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/239408233415678/

Gathering of California’s Poets Laureate at McGroarty Arts Center, Tujunga

Join California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia for a special statewide gathering of city, regional, and county laureates from across California, featuring a historic group reading by more than 60 poets laureate, a panel discussion on the civic role of poet to community, and special guest readings.

The readings are followed by a reception and signing featuring: Dana Gioia, Robin Coste Lewis, Carol Muske Dukes, and Al Young.

NOTE: See website for details and free tickets.

Where: McGroarty Arts Center

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 2 pm – 7 pm (Group reading at 2 pm; Reception at 5 pm)

Address: 7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga, CA 91042

Website: http://capoetlaureate.net/DanaGioia_UpcomingEvents.html

Workshop for Writers at SSgt Salvador J. Lara Library, Riverside, CA

Join poet liz Gonzalez (Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds) for a special Workshop for Writers: Leave the Audience Wanting More!

Develop your public reading skills and gain confidence to share your work in front of an audience. Seating is limited to 15 participants, so first RSVPs to Inlandia Institute are welcome to attend. See website link to RSVP.

Where: SSgt Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library, Riverside CA

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 2985 Madison St., Riverside, CA 92504

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/295116621082257/

Betty Birney & Life According to Og the Frog at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Join us to welcome children’s book author Betty Birney, and hear her talk and singalong, as she introduces Og the Frog.

Her books are perfect for young children, ages 6-11.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 2:30 pm

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

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

Urban Poets Workshop at Saturday Afternoon Poetry

Please join Saturday Afternoon Poetry, curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell, when we present an Emerging Urban Poets Writing Workshop led by Donny Jackson.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com

2018 LAMBDA Lit Fest at Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park

Please join us for a live podcast taping with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, as she joins Eric Newman from the LARB Radio Hour. The program will include a conversation, followed by an audience Q&A.

RSVP at Eventbrite link.

Where: Fiesta Hall Recreation Center, Plummer Park

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 6 pm – 7:15 pm

Address: 1166 N. Vista St., at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., CA 90012

Website: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/festival-finale/

Conversations with Gravel Book Release at Private Residence

Please join us to hear Ladies Take on Love: Conversations with Gravel Book Release, which will be an evening when four poets, Sarah Thursday, Shy but Flyy, Shannon Phillips, and Mary Animaux, share poems form all their takes on love, sex, heartbreak, and healing. Jennifer Takahashi will have her love stones and other items available, plus wine and snacks.

Where: Private Residence

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 601 St Louis Ave., Long Beach, CA 90814

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2078913549026487/

David Stromberg & In the Land of Happy Tears at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author David Stromberg’s In the Land of Happy Tears: Yiddish Tales for Modern Times, in conversation with author Amy Bender.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 10:15 am

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

Websitehttp://www.chevaliersbooks.com/david-stromberg

Conversations at the Culver: Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds & liz Gonzalez in Riverside,CA

Join Inlandia Institute, and Frances J. Vasquez, to celebrate liz gonzalez and her book, Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected, where the author explores memories, pivotal experiences, and cultural influences that shaped her growing up in the diverse landscapes of the San Bernardino Valley and Los Angeles.

There will be light refreshments and book sales and a signing following this free event.

Where: Barbara & Art Culver Center of Arts

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address: 3834 Main St., Riverside, CA 92501

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1165380306949588

Café Con Libros Press 1st Year Anniversary Celebration at Café Con Libros (Day 2 of 2)

Join us to celebrate Café Con Libros Press 1st Anniversary Celebration, beginning at 1:30 pm and ending at 3:30 pm.

This will be a shorter celebration than Day 1, and will focus on champagne and cake cutting, and cuentitos and crafts, plus a piñata!

Where: Café Con Libros

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Address: 280 West 2nd St., Pomona, CA 91766

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/509501172849480/

YA Book Signing with Nicole Maggi & Mary McCoy at Once Upon a Time Bookstore – Teen Event

Please join us to hear authors Nicole Maggi and Mary McCoy present and discuss their books.

Nicole Maggi presents her book, What They Don’t Know, a story about three secrets, one decision, and a friendship that will change everything.

Mary McCoy presents her book, I, Claudia, a disturbing, suspenseful, coming-of-age story about power, corruption, and the choices we make for ourselves and the ones we love.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

Website: http://www.shoponceuponatime.com/event/ya-book-signing-nicole-maggi-and-mary-mccoy

Mario T. Garcia & Father Luis Olivares,a Biography at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Mario T. Garcia discuss his biography, Father Luis Olivares.

This is the amazing story of the Los Angeles Sanctuary Movement’s champion, who lived form 1934-1993. Based on previously unexplored archives and over ninety oral histories, this compelling book traces the life of a complex and constantly evolving individual, and his historic leadership of  The United Neighborhoods Organization and the sanctuary movement.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date : Sunday the 7th

Time: 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/mario-garcia-discusses-and-signs-father-luis-olivares-biography

Poetry-A-Day for Ramadan & Open Mic at Other Books

Please join us to hear featured Chicago-based artist and poet Faisal Mohyuddin, who will share pieces from his latest book, The Displaced Children of Displaced Children. His book includes a few pieces from the Poetry-A-Day for Ramadan writing group.

Also performing at his event are artists:

Tanzila Ahmed – Motivated by her Bangladeshi and Muslim upbringing in Southern California, she started her career as an activist by creating a political voice for those most marginalized. Essayist, poet and now podcaster, her media content developed around creating a counternarrative for the communities that she belonged to – whether youth, Muslim, South Asian or counterculture.

Ramy El-Etreby – is a writer, performer, and arts-based educator-facilitator from Los Angeles, California. A contributing author to Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex and Intimacy, Ramy has also written for The Huffington Post, KCET, and the award-winning blog, Love Inshallah.

Sahar Pirzada – Co-Chair of Vigilant Love, Programs & Outreach Manager of Hear Women & Grils and social worker in training!

Art Currim – is a writer based in L.A. with a background in music composition, video game directing and gadget designing. Until he walked away from all the machinery, and into a life of writing and composing. He is currently finishing up his debut poetry manuscript.

Tom Earl – Tom’s prolific music and spoken word career has afforded him the opportunity to perform both nationally and internationally. Through his membership program, Art Makes Impact, Tom provides live workshops and a space for connection and community for artists around the world. He is the founder and host of the monthly online writing workshop: ‘Live and Online: Expression Session’.

Neelanjana Banerjee – fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, The Liner, PANK Magazine, The Rumpus, World Literature Today, The Literary Review, Asian Pacific American Journal, Nimrod, A Room of One’s Own, Desilit, and the anthologies: Desilicious (Arsenal Press, 2003), The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (HarperCollins India, 2012), and Good Girls Mary Doctors: South Asian Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion (Aunt Lute Books, September 2016).

Azeem M. Kahn – N/A

Karimi Farid Robert- At root a comedic storyteller and community engagement specialist, Robert Farid Karimi mixes humor, rasquatche aesthetics and performance to communicate poems and stories that feed audiences an interactive cross-cultural collision of joy, pop culture & personal history in theatres, grocery stores, backyards, and off-Broadway. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize last year, his writings have appeared in newspapers, NPR, literary journals, and anthologies, most recently Asian American Literary Review.

Maytha Alhassen – As both artist and organizer, alhassen performed and wrote for internationally touring play “Hijabi Monologues” (composed of lived experiences scribed by Muslim women) and worked with arts-based social justice organization Blackout Arts Collective. She has written for CNN, Boston Review, Huffington Post, Mic, The Baffler, La Vanguardia, Feminist.com, and Counterpunch. Alhassen is a co-editor of Demanding Dignity: Young Voices from the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutions, published in 2012. Currently, alhassen serves as a member on the editorial board of the electronic version of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.

Dania Ayah Alkhouli aka “Lady Narrator”- is Syrian. American. Poet. Writer. Sociologist. She’s the author of the poetry collection Oceans & Flames.

We will also have an Open Mic signup sheet for people interested in performing at the last moment!

Where: Other Books

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 2006 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/242716813080775/

Harvest Out Loud Event at New Hope Presbyterian Church, Orange, CA

Please join us for Harvest Out Loud, A Social Justice Arts Event, featuring:

Natalie Graham is a PhD poet and hip hop scholar, and associate professor at Cal State Fullerton, and her debut collection is titled Begin with a Failed Body.

Arianna Ngnomire is in her senior year at Chapman University, is lead assistant at the Cross Cultural Center, and is VP of the ASA.

Marcus Omari is a dedicated poet and performer, co-directs the Boca de Oro Literary Festival, and heads the artistic-activist collective, Poetic Reform Party. He teaches creative writing at the Orange County School of the Arts.

Nick Williams is from Riv erside, and is fascinated with comics, has published several indy books and has aspirations of working with image comics.

Where: New Hope Presbyterian Church

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 191 N. Orange St., Orange, CA 92866

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvest-an-out-loud-social-justice-arts-event-tickets-50343148713?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse&exp=cb_event_card

Anne Marie Kinney & Coldwater Canyon at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear author Anne Marie Kinney, in conversation with author Anthony Miller, discuss and sign her novel Coldwater Canyon. Her precise and considered prose examines the insistence on reshaping the past through the lens of one’s own trauma and conceived desires as a means to move forward.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time:  5 pm

Address: 181 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Websitehttp://www.anne-marie-kinney-reads-her-new-novel-coldwater-canyon-anthony-miller

Slaying Fears Open Mic at Sunday Jump

October is Pilipinx American History Month! We are highlighting the facing of fears and the slaying of demons from the mythical to the colonial, and are featuring Phillipine and Pacific Island Collective, A Stage of Our Own, author Rachel Cruz and much more. Resident co-hosts on the mic are EddyM. Gana Jr. and Janelle Paule.

Costumes are strongly encouraged, but not required.

Where: Sunday Jump

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time:  5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/323846431701679/

 

 

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