Los Angeles Literature Events 10/15/18 –10/21/18

download“Listen to This” Open Mic Poetry Night at Pico Branch Library, SMPL

Share your own poems, or read from your favorite writer. “Listen to This” allows you to listen or to take turns at the microphone, reading, reciting, or performing one poem at a time.

Where: Pico Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Monday the 15th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 2201 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=27978    

Ed Lin & 99 Ways to Die at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Join us to hear Ed Lin, with Naomi Hirahara, discuss and sign his new book, 99 Ways to Die. This is Taipei Night Market Novel #3, set in Taipei, Taiwan, and follows Jin-nan who is blackmailed into helping his frenemy, Peggy Lee, rescue her kidnapped billionaire father. Instead of money, the kidnappers are demanding a high-tech memory chip that they want to sell in the Mainland.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/ed-lin-naomi-hirahara-discusses-and-signs-99-ways-die

Joseph Olshan & Black Diamond Fall at Book Soup

From the author of Clara’s Heart and Cloudland, comes a rich, literary mystery based and united by two real events that occurred at Middlebury College: the disappearance of a student during winter break: and the vandalism of the Robert Frost Homestead located on one of the outer campuses. Join us to hear author Joseph Olshan discuss and sign his book, Black Diamond Fall, which explores a link between the two events, alternating points of view, and racing to a disturbing and astonishing conclusion .

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://booksoup.com/event/joseph-olshan%C2%A0discusses-and-signs%C2%A0black-diamond-fall

Jodi Picoult & A Spark of Light at Pages Bookstore (Off-site)

Please join us to hear author Jodi Picoult, in conversation with author Lisa See, present and read from her latest novel, A Spark of Light. This is a provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis and hostage situation. Told in an enthralling narrative structure that counts backwards through the hours of the standoff, this story also traces back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on a fateful day.

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

Where: Hermosa Community Center

Date: Monday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 710 Pier Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90254

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/jodi-picoult-author-event

Dr. Himmet Dajee and Patrice Apodaca & A Boy Named Courage at The Last Bookstore

Please join us for a book signing with Dr. Himmit Dajee & Patrice Apodaca, who will discuss their book A Boy Named Courage: A Surgeon’s Memoir of Apartheid. Join us to learn more about one of the most shameful chapters in recent history, and how lessons from South Africa’s apartheid era resonate in today’s racially charged climate.

NOTE: Please check website for guidelines on reserving a seat and a book.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Walter Mosley & John Woman at Eso Won Bookstore

Please join us to hear acclaimed author Walter Mosley present and read from his latest novel, John Woman.

At twelve years old, Cornelius takes over his father’s job at a silent film theatre in New York’s East Village. Five years later, as his father lives out his last days, he shares his wisdom with his son, explaining that the person who controls the narrative of history controls their own fate. Cornelius sets about reinventing himself—as Professor John Woman, a man who will spread his father’s teachings into the classrooms and beyond. This is a compulsively readable, unexpected novel about the way we tell stories, and whether they have the power to change the world.

Where: Eso Won Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.esowonbookstore.com/event/walter-mosley-booksigning-0

Jaap Robben and Esther Gerritsen at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us for the U.S. publishing launch event for World Editions, with two of their featured Dutch authors, Japp Robben and Esther Gerritsen, who will discuss and sign their acclaimed work. is an intense and dramatic

Jaap Robben’s debut novel, You Have Me to Love, is an intense and dramatic story of forensic and psychological accuracy.

Esther Gerritsen’s new novel, Craving, is about both the excess and denial in many relationships, that might best be left unspoken.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-october-16th-630pm-world-editions-presents-jaap-robben-and-esther-gerritsen

Justine Bateman, with Moon Zappa & Fame at Book Soup 

Join us to hear Justine Bateman, with Moon Zappa, discuss and sign her book, Fame: the Hijacking of Reality. Mining decades of experience, the author takes a visceral, intimate look at the experiences and emotions of fame, and includes 24 color photographs to highlight her analysis.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/justine-bateman-conversation-moon-zappa%C2%A0discusses-and-signs%C2%A0fame-hijacking-reality

Jessica Hische & Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave at Last Bookstore – Kids Event

We are happy to welcome author Jessica Hische for the launch of her debut picture book for children, Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave. This is a journey through a world filled with positive and beautifully hand-lettered words of wisdom, inspiration, and motivation, encouraging you to make the day yours.

NOTE: See website for pre-sale and RSVP details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Christopher Kimball & Milk Street: Tuesday Nights at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Christopher Kimball discuss and sign his book, Milk Street: Tuesday Nights, offering more than 200 simple meal solutions that bring big weekend flavor to weeknight cooking.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/christopher-kimball

Susan Orlean & The Library Book at ALOUD Reading Series

Please join us to hear author Susan Orlean, in conversation with Attica Locke, to discuss her book, The Library Book, a special program on the anniversary of the reopening of the Los Angeles Central Library. This book brings home the inspiring story of how it rose from the ashes after the catastrophic fire of April 29, 1986 and offers a profoundly moving cultural history of the L.A. Public Library and its critical civic role since its inception in 1872.

NOTE: This event is currently full, but check website for guidelines for standby attendance.

Where:  Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library,

DATE: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lfla.org/event/lfla.org/event/the-library-book/

Kwame Alexander & Swing at Skylight Bookstore – YA Event

Please join us to hear author Kwame Alexander, with authors Nikki Giovanni and Wendy Calhoun, who will discuss his new young adult fiction book, Swing.

When America is not so beautiful, or right, or just, it can be hard to know what to do. Best friends Walt and Noah decide to use their voices to grow more good things in the world, but first they’ve got to find “cool.”

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/kwame-alexander-discusses-his-new-book-swing-nikki-giovanni-and-wendy-calhoun

Brian Dunlap & Concrete Paradise at Redondo Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join us to hear author Brian Dunlap, present and read from his debut chapbook, Concrete Paradise, and for our weekly Open Mic.

Brian Dunlap is a native Angeleño who still lives in Los Ángeles. He is the author of the chapbook Concrete River (Finishing Line, 2018). Dunlap is also the winner of the 2018 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize from december magazine judged by former Los Ángeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez. His poems and book reviews have been published in Angel City Review, CCM-Entropy, California Quarterly and Dryland, among others. He runs the blog site www.losangelesliterature.wordpress.com, a resource to explore L.A.’s vast literary culture.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time: 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets

Three L.A. Writers & Queer Pride at Cal State LA

Los Angeles represents society’s hardships, social justice and promise, and its beauty stems from our rich diversity, and a rainbow of people. Please join us to hear authors Myriam Gurba (novelist), Wendy Ortiz (memoirist), and D’Lo (poet and performer) for a discussion of queer pride and representing voices from a historical landscape.

Where:  Los Angeles Room BC, Third Floor, University Student Union

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 1:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.calstatela.edu/event/la-writers-celebrating-women-color-lgbtq-artists-queer-pride

A Reading and Talk with Eugene Lim at Pomona College

Please join us for a Reading and Talk with visiting author Eugene Lim, author of Dear Cyborgs and other novels.

Where:  Ena Thompson Reading Room, Crookshank Hall, Room #108

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Address: 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont, CA 91711

Websitehttp://www.pomona.edu/events/reading-and-talk-eugene-lim

Marc Ambinder & The Brink at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Marc Ambinder discuss and sign his book, The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983, the incredible story of the “Able Archer ‘83” war game that triggered a tense, brittle period of nuclear brinksmanship between the U. S and the Soviet Union from 1982 to 1984. The author reminds us of the catastrophic danger of political miscalculation.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com//copy-of-marc-ambinder-10-17

Thelma Reyna & Reading Tea Leaves After Trump at Vroman’s Bookstore

You are welcome to join us to hear poet and author Thelma Reyna who will discuss and sign her book, Reading Tea Leaves After Trump.

In this collection of poetry and fictional prose, Thelma Reyna explores Trump’s effects on the nation during his first pivotal year in office.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/thelma-reyna-discusses-and-signs-reading-tea-leaves-after-trump-0

Dan Falk & The Science of Shakespeare at Caltech-HHS

You are welcome to join the James Michelin Distinguished Visitors Program to hear journalist, author, and broadcaster Dan Falk discuss Shakespeare’s interest in the scientific discoveries of his time, as well as his new book, The Science of Shakepeare.

Where: Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  https://www.hss.caltech.edu/news-and-events/master-calendar/83290

Malik Gaines & Visiting Writers Series at Otis College of Art & Design

You are welcome to join us to hear writer and educator Malik Gaines, who is assistant professor of Performance Studies in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His 2017 book, Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left, traces a circulation of political ideas in performances of the 1960s and beyond. His essays have appeared widely, and since 2000, he has performed and exhibited with the group My Barbarian.

Where: The Forum, Goldsmith Campus, Otis College

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Kim Sagwa, with Chiwan Choi & Mina at Skylight Bookstore – YA Event

Please join us to hear YA author Kim Sagwa, with author and publisher Chiwan Choi, who will discuss her new book, Mina.

In this shocking English debut, award-winning Korean author Kim Sagawa delivers an astonishingly complex portrait of modern-day adolescence. With pitch perfect dialogue and a precise eye for detail, we watch one bad decision lead to another, finally spiraling to a devastating climax.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/kim-sagwa-discusses-her-new-book-mina-chiwan-choi

Sister Helen Prejean & Tim Robbins at the Hammer Museum

Please join us for Conversations at the Hammer, featuring Sister Helen Prejean, author of the acclaimed 1993 book Dead Man Walking, in conversation with actor Tim Robbins. She continues the fight against the death penalty, and they discuss the path toward justice without violence.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/10/sister-helen-prejean-tim-robbins/

October B.L.U & Launch of In My Space of Honesty at the World Stage

Please join us to hear author October B.L.U. celebrate and present the launch of her book: In My Space of Honesty & Other Hashtags.

There will be a musical guest, a reception with light refreshments and a book sale and signing. Copies of the book will be on sale for $15.

$5 donations requested to the World Stage Performance Arts Gallery requested.

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.theworldstage.org/product/inmyspaceofhonesty/

James Coats & George Hammons & Sin Filtro at Augie’s Coffee

Join us for a workshop and poetry reading, followed by a conversation with James Coats & George Hammons, and hosted by Poetrie Presents: A Reading Series. This event is free, so join us for literature with no filter.

Where: Augie’s Coffee (Citibank Building)

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 5 pm – 8 pm        (Workshop, 5 pm – 5:50 pm; Poetry Reading, 6 pm – 7 pm; Conversation, 7 pm – 8 pm)

Address: 300 East State St., Suite 100, Redlands, CA 92373

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2246362068940145/

Matt de la Pena & Christian Robinson & Carmela Full of Wishes at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Join us to hear Matt de la Pena & Christian Robinson discuss and sign their book, Carmela Full of Wishes, a poignant and timely new picture book for kids ages 4-8. This is an ode to family and to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Melissa & Jim Riche & Mod Mirage at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Melissa & Jim Riche discuss and sign their book, Mod Mirage, which documents the innovative midcentury architecture and intriguing social history of Rancho Mirage in California, a few miles from Palm Springs.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/melissa-and-jim-riche  

Marie Miranda Cruz & Everlasting Nora at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids & Teen Event

You are welcome to join us to hear author Marie Miranda Cruz, who will discuss and sign her new book, Everlasting Nora.

This story is an uplifting young reader debut about perseverance against all odds, and follows the life of a young girl living in the real-life shantytown inside the Philippines’ Manila North Cemetary. Nora must embark on a journey to find her mother, and rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/marie-miranda-cruz-conversation-erin-fry-discusses-and-signs-everlasting-nora

John Scalzi & The Consuming Fire at the Last Bookstore

We are happy to welcome author John Scalzi with the latest installment in his acclaimed epic space-opera Interdependency series: The Consuming Fire. This book is filled to the brim with wit, humor, and creativity, which makes him a favorite with sci-fi readers.

NOTE: See details on reserving your seat and pre-purchasing the book at the store website.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Judy Baca & Anna Indych-Lopez, In Conversation Reading Series, at Hammer Museum

Please join us to hear artist and muralist Judy Baca (The Great Walls of Los Angeles, 1976-83), in conversation with art historian and author Anna Indych-Lopez, to discuss her recently published dynamic account of Baca’s “public art of contestation,” and how collaboration and authorship, and issues of race, class and gender, have influenced and sustained Baca’s practice.

Where:  Hammer Museum

DATE: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/10/judy-baca-anna-indych-lopez/

Reyna Grande, with Kirin Khan, & A Dream Called Home at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear bestselling author Reyna Grande, with writer Kirin Khan, discuss her new book, A Dream Called Home.

In this new memoir, A Dream Called Home, the sequel to The Distance Between Us, the author writes about her life before and after immigrating from Mexico to the U.S.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/reyna-grande-discusses-her-new-memoir-dream-called-home-kirin-khan

Rajnesh Chakrapani, Gabrielle Civil & Anca Roncea at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us for a poetry reading to hear Rajnesh Chakrapani, Gabrielle Civil & Anca Roncea present and discuss their work.

Ranjnesh Chakrapani writes speculative fiction and can be found in Speculative City: Issue 1: Grotesque.

Gabrielle Civil is the author of Swallow the Fish, a memoir in performance art, and both joy and panic exist in her world of performance.

Anca Roncea is the winner of the 2016 Omnidawn Broadside Poetry Prize for Turns. She is a poet and translator born in Romania, and explores the space where language can create pivots in the midst of displacement.

This event is hosted by Harold Abramowitz and Andrea Quaid.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Thursday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearchbureau.com

Armand Baltazar & Timeless at Once Upon a Time – Kids Event

Please join us to hear bestselling author Armand Baltazar present his new action and adventure book for kids ages 9+, Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic.

There will also be a costume contest, and the winner will receive a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

Websitehttp://w.shoponceuponatime.com/event/book-signing-and-costume-contest-armand-baltazar

An Evening with Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael Lopez at Crossroads Elementary School, with Children’s Book World – Family/Kids Event

Join us to hear acclaimed prize-winning author and National Ambassador for Young Peoples’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson & award-winning illustrator Rafael Lopez for an evening of conversation, Q&A, and book signing. Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming. Lopez won the 2017 Tomas Rivera Children’s Book award, among many others, and is the illustrator of The Day You Begin.

Where: Crossroads Elementary School

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

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

Zainab Salbi & Freedom Is an Inside Job at Book Soup

Join us to hear author Zainab Salbi discuss her new book, Freedom Is an Inside Job: Owning Our Own Darkness and Our Light to Heal Ourselves and the World.

This book investigates how we can transform our collective fear and deep divisions between us into meaningful change, specifically how we must begin with ourselves if we want to create real change in the world.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/eventzainab-salbi%C2%A0discusses-and-signs%C2%A0freedom-inside-job%C2%A0owning-our-darkness-and-our-light-heal /

Brooke Barker & Graphic Novel at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear comic novel author Brooke Barker present her new comic, Sad Animal Babies. In this beautifully illustrated compendium of sweet and sad facts, the author takes us into the world of baby animals and shows us how complicated and adorable their fight for survival can be.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/brooke-barker-discusses-her-new-comic-sad-animal-babies

Rocio Carlos & Rachel McLeod Kaminer Launch of ATTENDANCE at Avenue 50 Studio

In conjunction with The Operating System, please join us for the book launch and dance party in celebration of ATTENDANCE, by Rocio Carlos, author of Coyolxhauqui, Los Angeles (Archetype Press, 2012), A World Below (Mindmade books, 2014), and co-author of ex.her.pt (wirecutter collective, 2016), and Rachel McLeod Kaminer, a writer, editor, and educator whose book As in the dark, descend was published by Writ Large Press in 2016, featuring the authors and their special guests:

Sara Borjas is a 4th generation Chicana, a pocha, and a Fresno poet. Her debut collection of poetry is forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2019. She is a 2017 CantoMundo Fellow, a 2016 Postgraduate Writers Conference Fellow at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a 2013 Community of Writers Workshop at Squaw Valley Fellow. She lives in Los Angeles but stays rooted in Fresno.

traci kato-kiriyama is easily one of the most recognizable and accomplished artists and educators in the API community in Los Angeles and beyond. She is the host and founder of the reading series Tuesday Night Project in L.A.’s Little Tokyo neighborhood.

Ashaki Jackson, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, program evaluator and poet. She has worked with youth moving through the juvenile justice system through research, evaluation and creative arts mentoring for one decade. Writ Large Press published her chapbook, Surveillance, in March 2016, and a second chapbook, Language Lesson, was published by MIEL, August 2016.

Then stay for the dance party, from 9 pm – midnight, with DJ Doug Brown, playing some soul and Motown.

NOTE: This event is FREE, but we ask that you register at Eventbrite link.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 8pm – 11pm

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

Websitehttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/attendance-the-book-launch-tickets-50314207148

Three Poets Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to welcome authors and writers Sandra Simonds, Geoffrey G. O’Brien & Lily Hoang, who will read and discuss their work.

Sandra Simonds is the author of six books of poetry. She is a poet and critic, and the author of Further Problems with Pleasure, her fifth book, and the forthcoming Orlando (Wave Books, 2018).

Geoffrey G. O’Brien is the author of several poetry collections, including Experience in Groups (Wave Books, 2018) and three other collections of poetry. He teaches English at the University of California, Berkeley and San Quentin State Prison.

Lily Hoang is the author of five books of prose, including Changeling and A Bestiary. She is editor of Jaded Ibis Press and executive editor of HTML Giant.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 19th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

19th Annual Author Fair at El Segundo Library

Please join us for the 19th Annual Author Fair, which will feature author panels, book signings, live music, poetry readings, a printing press demonstration by the International Printing Museum, and children’s programming.

Where: El Segundo Library

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Address: 350 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245

Websitehttp://elsegundo.org/cals/default.asp

Marla Frazee & Little Brown at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Please join us for a Story Time Takeover by Marla Frazee & Little Brown at our main store.

A grumpy and lonely little dog at the dog park decides to take matters into his own paws in this silly, simple, and sublime picture book from the award-winning author and illustrator of The Boss Baby.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 10 am

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/story-time-takeover-marla-frazee-presenting-and-signing-little-brown

Long Beach Poetry Book Fair at MADE by Millworks

Join us for the Long beach Poetry Book Fair, brought to you by Sadie Girl Press and Silver Star Laboratory!

We are taking over the back room at MADE by Millworks to showcase local authors and small presses from Long Beach and beyond, including: Arroyo Seco Press, Moon Tide Press, Los Nietos Press, and Everybody Publishing.

Meet the publishers and the poets. Buy signed copies from the authors. Listen to poets share some of their work.

Details and featured poets TBA.

Where: MADE by Millworks

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

Address: 240 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

Website: http://www.faacebook.com/events/4649679839981223/

Reyna Grande & A Dream Called Home at Santa Ana Public Library

Please join us for an author reading, Q&A and book signing with award-winning author Reyna Grande, who will present her new book, A Dream Called Home.

Space is limited, so please arrive early.

Where: Santa Ana Public Library. Learning Center

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Address: 26 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Websitehttp://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/library/newsevents/documents/AuthorReynaGrande.pdf

Loose Lips Poetry Reading at Topanga Public Library

The Loose Lips Poetry Reading is dedicated to bringing a diverse array of the best contemporary poets to Topanga and to provide audiences and authors with a poetic forum and community.

Our featured October reader is Angel Garcia, the author of Teeth Never Sleep, winner of the 2018 CantoMundo Poetry Prize, and currently a PhD student in the Creative Writing Department at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is also co-founder of a nonprofit, Gente Organizada, working to educate, empower and engage communities through grassroots organizing.

Space is limited, so please arrive early.

Where: Topanga Public Library

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290

Websitehttp://www.pw.org/literary_events/loose_lips_poetry_reading_0

Kimberly Cobian, Brian Dunlap and Alessander Xavier & Open Reading at Saturday Afternoon Poetry (Off-site)  

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Hastings Ranch Library to hear Kimberly Cobian, Brian Dunlap and Alessander Xavier read and discuss their work, plus an Open Reading.

Brian Dunlap is a native Angeleño who still lives in Los Ángeles. He is the author of the chapbook Concrete River (Finishing Line, 2018). Dunlap is also the winner of the 2018 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize from december magazine judged by former Los Ángeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez. His poems and book reviews have been published in Angel City Review, CCM-Entropy, California Quarterly and Dryland, among others. He runs the blog site www.losangelesliterature.wordpress.com, a resource to explore L.A.’s vast literary culture.

Where: Hastings Ranch Branch of Pasadena Library (change of site)

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Yuyi Morales & Dreamers at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Join us to welcome Caldecott Honor artist and author Yuyi Morales, and hear her discuss her book, Dreamers, an exquisitely illustrated picture book tribute to the transformative power of hope and reading. When she and her brother were young, they found the public library, where book by book, they untangled the language of their strange new land, and how to make their home within it.

Her books are for families and for children, ages 4-8.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 4 pm

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

Tahereh Mafi & A Very Large Expanse of Sea at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Tahereh Mafi, in discussion with Ibtihaj Muhammad, discuss her book, A Very Large Expanse of Sea.

Set one year after 9/11, this book follows Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who is tired of discrimination and degrading comments she faces every day as a result of her hijab. But then she meets Ocean James, who actually wants to befriend her, and she’s unsure of letting down her guard.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/tahereh-mafi-ibtihaj-muhammad-discusses-and-signs-very-large-expanse-sea

Eileen Truax & We Built the Wall at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Eileen Truax present and discuss her new book, We Built the Wall: How the U.S. Keeps Out Asylum Seekers from Mexico, Central America and Beyond.

We Built the Wall is an engrossing, immersive look at the new front in the immigration wars, and follows the gripping stories of individuals forced to flee their homes and risk their lives to find safety.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/eileen-truax-discusses-her-nonfiction-book-we-built-wall

Sandra Simons & Geoffrey G. O’Brien at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us for a poetry reading to hear Sandra Simonds and Geoffrey G. O’Brien present and discuss their work.

Sandra Simonds is a poet and critic, and the author of Further Problems with Pleasure, her fifth book, and the forthcoming Orlando (Wave Books, 2018).

Geoffrey G. O’Brien is the author of Experience in Groups (Wave Books, 2018) and three other collections of poetry. He teaches English at the University of California, Berkeley and San Quentin State Prison.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearchbureau.com

The New Series: Mid-Life Crisis at Beyond Baroque

Each installment of The New Series features original work commissioned from three authors on a single theme.

This fall Beyond Baroque turns fifty, and has asked three superb writers to create new writing on the theme of the Midlife Crisis, and hosting a makeover party to celebrate changes to our bookstore and lobby. Our featured artists are:

Hector Tobar is the author of five books, both fiction and nonfiction, including Barbarian Nurseries and Deep Down Dark, and was a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots while at the Los Angeles Times. He is now an associate professor at UC Irvine, and has taught at Pomona College and the University of Oregon. His fifth novel is forthcoming in 2109.

Dana Johnson is the author of the story collections In the Not Quite Dark and Break Any Woman Down, and of the novel Elsewhere California. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, she is a professor of English at USC.

Brendan Constantine has published his work in numerous journals, and his most recent collection is Dementia, My Darling. He teaches poetry at the Windward School and offers classes to hospitals, foster homes, veterans, and the elderly.

NOTE: See Eventbrite link to purchase tickets, but prices range from 0-$10.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 20th

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-new-series-hector-tobar-dana-johnson-brendan-constantine-tickets-50827107246

826LA Writing Workshop for Kids at Hammer Museum – Kids Event

Please join us for a fun workshop and learn to write about food through games, using art supplies, imagination, and a few yummy snacks. As led by writer Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge, and a former Steinbeck Fellow, and Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner, this workshop is recommended for ages 8-14.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/10/826lahammer-go-ahead-play-with-your-food/

Martita and the Magical Sewing Machine at Gatsby’s Bookstore – Bilingual Kids Event

Please join Gatsby Books to enjoy the children’s Martita and the Magical Sewing Machine by Karla Gonzalez Peñaflor.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 1 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events-2/#/martita-and-the-magical-sewing-machine-bilingual-sun-oct-21st-1pm/

Ivy and Bean Book Signing with Annie Barrows at Once Upon a Time Bookstore – Middle Grade Event

Please join us to hear bestselling author Annie Barrows, creator of the beloved early chapter book series Ivy + Bean, with her new launch of Ivy + Bean: One Big Happy Family.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 2 pm

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

Websitehttp://w.shoponceuponatime.com/event/ivy-and-bean-book-signing-annie-barrows

Libby Babbott-Klein & Baby Feminists at Book Soup – Family Event

Join us to welcome author Libby Babbott-Klein, to discuss her children’s board book, Baby Feminists.

This is a book perfect for budding feminists and families, with lush illustrations of your favorite feminist icons as adorable babies.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/libby-babbott-klein-presents-and-signs-baby-feminists

Joe Ide & Wrecked at Diesel Bookstore

Join us to welcome mystery author Joe Ide, and hear him discuss his new book in the IQ series, Wrecked: An IQ Novel.

Isaiah Quintabe–IQ for short– has never been more successful or felt more alone. A series of high profile wins in his hometown of East Long Beach has made him notorious and well recognized, and now his partner Dodson is hell bent on promoting their PI business. When a new client and confidant turn out to be connected to a dangerous paramilitary operation, IQ falls victim to a threat even a genius can’t see coming.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sunday-october-21st-300pm-joe-ide-discusses-and-signs-wrecked

Cherise Wolas & The Family Tabor at Book Soup

Please join us to hear author Cherise Wolas discuss her book, The Family Tabor: A Novel.

Henry Tabor is about to be named Man of the Decade, but cracks immediately appear in the family’s smooth façade. Set over the course of a single weekend, and alternating deftly between the five Tabors, this provocative novel reckons with the nature of the stories we tell ourselves and our family and the price we pay for second chances.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/cherise-wolas%C2%A0discusses-and-signs%C2%A0-family-tabor

Book Publishing Workshop at Flintridge Bookstore

Please join us for a Book Publishing 1-2-3, a workshop with editor Laurie Gibson.  This event is for writers of all levels as they move along the publishing path.

NOTE: The registration fee is $35, and she has SOLD OUT prior workshops here in the past. Seating is limited.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time:  3 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.flintridgebooks.com/in-store-events/2018/10/21/book-publishing-1-2-3

Suitcase of Chrysanthemums at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for MEDIA’s dynamic new poetry and short fiction anthology, Suitcase of Chrysanthemums, featuring: Daniel Dissinger, Alexis Rhone Fancher, CLS Ferguson, Rich Ferguson, Christian Georgescu, Tanya Ko Hong, Richard Loranger, Sophie Malleret and Yan Sham-Shackleton.

Join us to meet an independent press looking for new voices.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 4:30 pm

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

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

Third Sunday Performance Workshop at Sunday Jump

Please join us for the start of a new workshop series every third Sunday of the month! To register, please submit the form attached to the website by Saturday 10/20. and see guidelines for event.

We will be featuring: Bravura with Dremagix, and magician Andre Exhave.

Where: Sunday Jump

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/278930596163524/

Paul Lieber & Bill Mohr at Skylight Bookstore

WHAT BOOKS invites you to join us to hear authors Paul Lieber and Bill Mohr, present and discuss their new books.

Interrupted by the Sea is Paul Lieber’s second collection of poetry. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he also works as an actor and has performed on and off-Broadway and in numerous films and TV shows.

The Headwaters of Nirvana is Bill Mohr’s next collection. He is a professor in the Department of English at CSU Long Beach and is also a core member of the MFA faculty.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/what-books-presents-paul-lieber-bill-mohr-they-read-their-new-books

The Santa Monica Review 30th Anniversary Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary edition of the Santa Monica Review, hosted by Editor Andrew Tonkovich and featuring three frequent contributors to the magazine.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

 

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