Los Angeles Literature Events 10/29/18 –11/04/18

downloadPage Turner Book Club & Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore at Encino-Tarzana Branch Library, LAPL

Please join us for our monthly Page turner Book Club, where we post our selections for the upcoming months so you can plan ahead. For this month, October, we are reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

Where: Encino-Tarzana Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/page-turners-book-club-0

Conchas y Café Adult Writing Class at Vernon Branch Library, LAPL

Please join us for Conchas y Café, a program offered by the nonprofit DSTL arts, a weekly creative writing class, offered in English and Spanish for adults of all ages. Participants learn new techniques in poetry, storytelling, and zine-making throughout the 10-week series, and have the opportunity to publish their work in a quarterly anthology, which is followed by a public reading and release party.

Where: Vernon-Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 6 pm

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

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

Anthology: Paperback L.A. Book 2 at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us for the presentation of the new book, Paperback L.A. Book 2, A Casual Anthology: Studios, Salesmen Shrines, Surfspots, which offers perceptive, entertaining, and engaging writing and photographs about Los Angeles.

Susan LaTempa is the editor of Paperback L.A. Book 1, and Book 2 is forthcoming in November 2018.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/paperback-la-2

Jeffrey Lewis & Bealport at Book Soup

Join us to hear author Jeffrey Lewis discuss and sign his book, Bealport: A Novel of a Town. Bealport, Maine is one of the forgotten towns of America, and perhaps nothing symbolizes that more than the old shoe factory—“NORUMBEGA Makers of Fine Footwear Since 1903”—that lately has been perpetually on the brink of failure, and is now up for sale. In this book the author takes us inside the town, revealing its secrets, problems and ambitions, and a striking portrait of America at a moment of national uncertainty.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/jeffrey-lewis%C2%A0discusses-and-signs%C2%A0bealport%C2%A0-novel-town

Ben Barnz & WE: An Adoption and a Memoir at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Ben Barnz, in conversation with Jodi Foster, present his book, WE: An Adoption and A Memoir. There will be a reading, followed by a Q&A with Jodi Foster.

Centering on the story of Ben Barnz and his husband adopting a child, WE alternates between legal suspense story and memoir, examining shifting gender roles in parenting and modern notions of family construction.

NOTE: Pre-buy the book and reserve a seat at the website link.

Where:  The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Barbara Wong & Hungry Ghost Tales at Sylmar Branch Library, LAPL

Please join us to hear Barbara Wong share supernatural tales from China, Mexico and the United States. This event is intended for older teens and adults.

Where: Sylmar Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 3:30 pm

Address: 14561 Polk St., Sylmar, CA 91342

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/hungry-ghosts-supernatural-tales-barbara-wong

Slightly Scary Storytime at Mar Vista Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join us to hear Barbara Wong share supernatural tales from China, Mexico and the United States. This event is intended for older teens and adults.

Where: Mar Vista Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/slightly-scary-storytime

Frankenstein at 200 at Pomona College

Please join us to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Or Modern Prometheus (1818), with a special screening on The National Theatre Live play Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch at the Rose Hill Theatre from 6-9pm.

This event is complemented by earlier on-campus events on Frankenstein, including:

Faculty presenters Jack Abecassis (RLL and Cognitive Science), Karl Johnson (Neuroscience), Kara Wittman (English and College Writing) and special guest Nicolas Wanlin (Ecole Olytehnique) in Mason 220 at 4:15 pm.

Where: Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St, Claremont, CA 91711

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Address: 333 N. College Way, Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.pomona.edu/events/modern-prometheus-200-frankenstein-film-fiction-and-contemporary-science

Catherine Coan & Skin and Paper at Annenberg Beach House

Please join us to hear poet, professor, and hybrid taxidermist  Catherine Coan, who is also our Artist-in-Residence, discuss poetry and her process.

Skin and Paper: A Talk on Taxidermy and Storytelling will be held at the Marion Davies Guest House, and the public is invited to her office hours. Her poems have been published in journals such as Poetry, Poetry Northwest, the Seattle Review, and Terrain. Her first book of poems, Aviation, was published by Blue Begonia Press (Yakima, WA) in 2000.

Where: Annenberg Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Websitehttp://annenbergbeachhouse.com/activities/cultural-programs-events-and-tours.aspx

Renee Linnell & The Burn Zone at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us for a discussion with author Renee Linnell, who will discuss and sign her book, The Burn Zone.

After seven years of faithfully following her spiritual teacher, the author finally realized she was in a cult and had been severely brainwashed. How had that happened to someone like her? She was educated, accomplished and well-traveled, but now was fighting for her sanity and sense of self. Part inspiration, part cautionary tale, this memoir is for those who feel lost in a world that makes them feel less than perfect.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-october-30th-630pm-renee-linnell-discusses-and-signs-burn-zone

Kristallnacht Remembrance with Yossi Klein Halevi at Loyola Marymount University

Please join us to hear renowned American-born Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi present a Kristallnacht Commemoration, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.

Join the Jewish Studies Program at LMU for this year’s annual remembrance of the Night of Broken Glass, featuring a presentation by Yossi Klein Halevi. A Kosher reception will follow. The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP at link at website.

Where: Roski Dining Hall, University Hall, LMU

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website: http://cal.lmu.edu/event/kristallnacht_commemoration_letters_to_my_palestinian_neighbor_a_conversation_with_yossi_klein_halevi#.W84CIWhKiUk

Nina Barrett & The Leopold and Loeb Files at Book Soup 

Join us to hear Nina Barett discuss and sign her book, The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes. This book returns to the primary sources, the kind of rare, pre-computer court documents that were usually destroyed as a matter of course, from the murder’s central narrative. This serves as both artifact and literature, and a history of the unsolved mysteries of this distinct crime, in which everything but the guilt of the perpetrators is open to interpretation.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/nina-barrett-discusses-and-signs-leopold-and-loeb-files-intimate-look-one-americas-most

Leif Enger & Virgil Wander at Vroman’s Bookstore

We are happy to welcome author Leif Enger to discuss his book, Virgil Wander. This is a novel about Virgil Wander, who has driven off the road and into icy Lake Superior. He survives, but his language and memory are altered, and the movie house owner decides to take his emergence from the lake as a start of his rebirth. He is aided in his journey by his curious locals, and the return of a prodigal son might hold the key to reviving the industrial town.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/leif-enger-discusses-and-signs-virgil-wander

The Monster Challenge & Frankenstein at the CSUN Library

Please join us for a CSUN read-a-thon of the entire novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, in 19-minute chunks, presented as part of our “Frankenweek” celebration of the 200th anniversary of this classic tale.

Sign up to read for 10 minutes or to watch your friends and professors read, Dr. Chatterjee will kick things off by reading first at 9:30 am, and will also read the last sentence when we get to the end.

Where:  Oviatt Library, CSUN

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm

Address: 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330

Websitehttp://csun.edu/calendar/library/events/monster-challenge

Wacky Wednesday & Halloween Storytime at Vermont Square Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join us to celebrate Halloween with a spooky storytime and holiday crafts.

Where: Vermont Square Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 1201 W. 48th St., Los Angeles, CA 90037

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/wacky-wednesday-halloween-storytime-crafts-0

Halloween in the Playhouse District & at Vroman’s Bookstore – Family Event

You are welcome to celebrate Halloween with activities, games and candy in the Playhouse District. Visit Vroman’s Bookstore for storytelling and more in the courtyard, and then Trick-or-Treat at participating Playhouse District businesses. Look for the orange balloons.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

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

Website:  https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/halloween-playhouse-district

Intermediate-Advanced Writing Skills Class at Robertson Branch Library, LAPL 

Please join us for our Intermediate-Advanced Writing Skills Class for Adults. Improve your creative writing skills by completing weekly assignments with the assistance of an experienced writing teacher. It is free and registration is required.

Where: Robertson Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 6 pm

Address: 1719 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/intermediate-advanced-writing-skills-class-adults-0

One Hundred Vibrant Artists at The Neutra 

Please join us at the Architect’s room at The Neutra for One Hundred Vibrant Artists, curated by Dulce Stein. Participating artists include: Arthur Carrillo, Marclea El-Ayoubi, Charisse Abellana, Julius Eastman.

Poet Cindy Rinne will be reading poetry and sharing her art at 6 pm.

Where: Dulce Stein Presents at The Neutra

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 6 pm

Address: 2379 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/232143167539160/

Susan Orlean & The Library Book at the Buena Vista Branch Library, Burbank

Please join us for an evening with celebrated journalist and author Susan Orlean, in conversation with Burbank’s Library Services Director, Elizabeth Goldman, to discuss her new novel, The Library Book.

This book stems from the author’s love of the public library she grew up attending with her mother in Shaker Heights to the catastrophic Los Angeles Public Library fire in 1986, and blossoms into a rich cultural history and a simmering mystery.

Where:  Buena Vista Branch, Burbank Public Library

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.burbank.lib.ca.us/events/author-susan-orlean-library-book

Tim Mohr & Burning Down the Haus at Book Soup 

Join us to hear Tim Mohr discuss and sign his book, Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. This book brings to life the young men and women who successfully fought authoritarianism three chords at a time—and is a fiery testament to the irrepressible spirit of revolution.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/tim-mohr-discusses-and-signs-burning-down-haus-punk-rock-revolution-and-fall-berlin-wall

Christian Kracht & The Dead at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author and Swiss novelist Christian Kracht, whose books have been translated into thirty languages, discuss and sign his latest novel, The Dead. This book was the recipient of the Hermann Hesse literature prize and the Swiss Book Prize. It is set in Berlin and in Japan in the early 1930s, in the international film industries, and is the story of love and sadness in times when the weak were broken by the unforgiving ideologies of fascism and National Socialism. Both its story and its prose are riveting.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/christian-kracht

Jason Segal & Kirsten Miller & OtherEarth at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear authors Jason Segal & Kirsten Miller discuss and sign their book, OtherEarth, (Last Reality #2).

In this second book in a fast-paced trilogy that is perfect for fans of Westworld, there is a battle to save two worlds as Simon and Kat uncover an all new threat to our world: the Company’s latest creation, an augmented reality game called OtherEarth.

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

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jason-segel-kirsten-miller-discuss-and-sign-otherearth

Popular Publisher Rep Night at Pages Bookstore

Please join us to hear presentations by our publisher representatives from Random House, Hachette, Norton, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan, who will share their favorite picks of the season.

Lots of books and goodies to be raffled..

This is a free event and RSVPs are appreciated.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/page-popular-publisher-rep-night

Sarah Mlynowski, Stuart Gibbs, and Leslie Margolis at Once Upon a Time Bookstore – Kids Event

Get ready for a book signing event filled with magic, spies, and ghosts!

Sarah Mlynowski will present and sign her book, Whatever After: Seeing Red. When my brother and I bump into Little Red in the forest we try to warn her about the wolf who is coming after her and her grandmother.

Stuart Gibbs will present and sign his book, Spy School Goes South. Ben is taken to Mexico by his nemesis in the hopes that he’s finally able to take down SPYDER in this latest addition to the Spy School series.

Leslie Margolis will present and sign her book, Ghosted. When Ellie Charles ghosted her best friend, her actions come back to haunt her.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

Websitehttp://w.shoponceuponatime.com/event/book-signing-sarah-mlynowski-stuart-gibbs-and-leslie-margolis

Lynsey Addario & Amanda de Cadenet at ALOUD Reading Series at Central Library

Please join us for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur-winning photojournalist and New York Times bestselling author Lynsey Addario and Founder & CEO of Girlgaze, Amanda de Cadenet, who will discuss Addario’s book, Of Love and War.

Of Love and War documents life in Afghanistan under the Taliban, the stark truth of sub-Saharan Africa, and the daily reminder of women in the Middle East by weaving her a photographs with revelatory essays from fellow journalists, such as Dexter Filkins, Suzy Hansen, and Lydia Polgreen, as well as her own letters, emails, and journal entries to illuminate the conflict facing people around the world today.

NOTE: See website link to RSVP and check attendance guidelines.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://lfla.org/event/of-love-war/

Katya Cengel & Exiled at the Last Bookstore

Join us to welcome author Katya Cengel to discuss her book, Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back. The author writes here of one of the book’s main subjects, San Croucher, a survivor of the Killing Fields, and traces the story of violence through three generations of Cambodian Americans by profiling a handful of families.

NOTE: This event is sold out but you may secure stand by seating and pre-purchase the book at the store website.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Silver Lining Story Telling at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for a night of storytelling and song around the theme of “the shell must break before the bird can fly”—meaning, when something seemingly catastrophic or monumental happened, that ended up pushing you to a breakthrough.

Hosted by Meredith Baker

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Mic & Dim Lights November Reading & Open Mic at the dA Center

Please join us for A Mic & Dim Lights for November, when our feature will be Hymnal! Please come out and represent.

$5 a head admission will be charged.

Where: dA Center

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

Address: 252 Main St., Suite #D, Pomona, CA 91766

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/472999489775486/

Guided Autobiography Workshops at the Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library, LAPL – Seniors Event

Are you 55+ and looking for a way to make a record of your life story? GAB is a process that helps you recall and record the significant moments of your life, through an interactive class experience. Returning students are welcome.

This event is open to those 55 or older. To register, call: 310-840-2142.

Where: Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

Address: 2920 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/guided-autobiography-workshops-3

Amy Ratcliffe & Star Wars Women at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

You are welcome to join us to hear author Amy Ratcliffe, who will discuss and sign her new book, Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy.

This beautifully illustrated book profiles 75 fascinating female characters from across the Star Wars entertainment spectrum. It also showcases more than 100 all-new illustrations by a dynamic range of artists.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/nancy-boyarsky-discusses-and-signs-liar-liar

Tracy Dougherty & Leaving the Gay Place at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Tracy Dougherty discuss his new biography, Leaving the Gay Place: Billy Lee Brammer and the Great Society, the story of the man once acclaimed by critics as a second F. Scott Fitzgerald and one of the most engaging young novelists in America.

When he published his first and only novel, The Gay Place, in 1961, literary luminaries hailed Brammer’s debut and claimed it would be read a hundred years from now. More recently, it has been called the “one truly great modern American political novel,” by Christopher Lehmann. This story tells a weeping story of popular culture and politics through the life and work of a writer who tragically exemplifies the highs and lows of psychedelic culture at mid-century.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/tracy-daugherty-discusses-his-new-biography-leaving-gay-place

Full Circle: The Creative World of Orson Wells at Beyond Baroque

Sixty years ago Orson Well startled America with his Halloween broadcast of The War of the Worlds and was summoned to Hollywood where he began his career as a filmmaker. His final masterpiece, The Other Side of the Wind, opens today, and poet Suzanne Lummis hosts a special program of a screening of the noir masterpiece, Touch of Evil, followed by Wells-inspired poetry and readings.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 8 pm

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

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

First Fridays Reading Series & Open Mic at Rapp Saloon

Rapp Saloon Reading Series, hosted by Cynthia Alessandra Briano every first Friday of the month, welcomes our features:

Luivette Resto is the author of two books of poetry, Unfinished Portrait and Ascension, published by Tia Chucha Press. Some of her latest work can be read in Lullaby of Teeth, an anthology published by Moon Tide Press.

Curtis Hayes has worked many jobs, and his poetry has been featured in Chiron Review, Trailer Park Quarterly, Cultural Weekly and other small presses. His first collection, Bottleneck Slide, will be released in November by Vainglory Press.

Amber West is a poet and educator born and raised in San Luis Obispo. Her chapbook, Daughter Eraser, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015, and her full length collection, Hen & God, by The Word Works in 2017. She teaches writing at UCLA and lives in North Hollywood with her family.

LaLa DeVille is a writer, self-published book author, poet and spoken word artist. In 2016 she released The Last Yesterday, and earlier this year she released 31 Days of Mood. She is CEO of Everybody Publishing, and creator of Everybody Radio Poetry, where she co-hosts her weekly podcast, The Exquisite Spit Open Mic Hour.

Musical guest: Jonny Cifuentes is a singer/songwriter, bassist, and poet from L.A. focused on writing material influenced by dreams, personal experiences, vulnerability and love.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 8:30 pm  (Open Mic sign-ups, 8 pm – 8:30 pm)

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/RappSaloonReadingSeries/photos/a.10153895851257328/10156834406167328/?type=3&theater

Ocean Park Book Group & The Invention of Nature at the Ocean Park Branch of Santa Monica Library

Join the monthly meeting of the Ocean Park Book Group to discuss our next selection, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, by Andrea Wulf.

This event is open to all, and no registration is required.

Where: Ocean Park Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 2601 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Websitehttp://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=25505

Author Recognition Luncheon at Little Tokyo Branch Library, LAPL

Join the 32nd Author Recognition Luncheon, honoring Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Linquist, authors of the recently published book, Life After Manzanar.

Bento lunch is not necessary to attend. The event is free and open to all people. See website link for details.

Where: Meeting Room, Little Tokyo Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm (program, without lunch)

Address: 203 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-recognition-luncheon

Melissa Guzzetta & Private Lucky at Mar Vista Branch Library, LAPL

Author Mellissa Guzzetta spent hours interviewing Hendrick Gilebaard, and in her book, Private Lucky, captured his unconventional journey from the horrors of Nazi occupation to the fulfillment of a high-flying American dream. She will share the back story on how she came to write such an inspiring story.

Where: Meeting Room, Mar Vista Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 2 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-melissa-guzzetta-will-talk-about-her-book-private-lucky

News Media Literacy Boot Camp at Santa Monica Main Library, SMPL

Need help separating fact from fiction? BuzzFeed researcher Rachel Schnalzer leads a discussion about the public’s relationship with news media and shows you how to interpret the news using tools available through the Center for Media Literacy.

Where: Multipurpose Room, Santa Monica Main Library, SMPL

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/911874885670339/

Conversations on the Truism of Race at the Hammer Museum

Join us for a Conversation on Deconstructing the Truism of Race as a Social Construct. Philosophers Naomi Zack of the University of Oregon, Rebecca Tuvel of Rhodes College, and Diarmuid Costello of the University of Warwick discuss the ways in which Adrian Piper’s art interrogates racial identity, focusing on specific works as well as Piper’s own writings on race, “Passing for White Passing for Black” and Escape to Berlin: A Travel Memoir.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 2 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/11/deconstructing-the-truism-of-race-as-a-social-construct/

Heather Alexander & Norse Mythology at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

How well do you know your mythology? Norse vs. Greek myths? Join author Heather Alexander for a reading and a fun trivia game (with prizes) based on her newest title in the “A Child’s Introduction” series, A Child’s introduction to Norse Mythology: Odin, Thor, Loki, and Other Viking Gods, Goddesses, Giants and Monsters.

This event is for children, ages 7-12.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 2:30 pm

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

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

Superstar Saturday Kids Event at Chevalier’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to hear four local children’s author present and sign their books:

Stuart Gibbs, author of the FunJungle, Spy School, and Moon Base Alpha series, will read Spy School Goes South.

Leslie Margolis, the author of numerous book series and other books, will read Ghosted, about a girl haunted when she ghosts her best friend.

Maryrose Wood, author of the Incorrigible children and their governess will read The Long-Lost Home.

Sarah Mlynowski will read Whatever After: Seeing Red. She has written five novels for adults, two middle grade series, and four teen novels.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/superstar-saturday

Emerging Urban Poets Workshop at Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library 

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library for Print & Internet Publishing Workshops led by Gia Scott-Heron, author of The Difference.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/  

Teen Author Program & Claiming My Place at Silver Lake Branch Library, LAPL – YA Event

Planaria Price, author of Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust, will share the true story of a Jewish teenager who escaped Nazi Germany by hiding in plain sight, and discuss how human will, smart choices, and perseverance can help us survive horrible experiences.

This event is recommended for teens and adults, ages 12 and up.

Where: Meeting Room, Silver Lake Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 3:30 pm

Address: 2411 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/tweens-teens-author-program-w-planaria-price

Shirley Chung & Chinese Heritage Cooking at Vroman’s Bookstore

You are welcome to join us to hear author Shirley Chung, who will discuss and sign her new book, Chinese Heritage Cooking from My American Kitchen.

This beautifully illustrated book includes fascinating history and chef’s tips, as well as instructions for these new and dazzling recipes which are made approachable for home cooks.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/shirley-chung-signs-chinese-heritage-my-american-kitchen

Authors Gayle Brandeis & Devin Galaudet in Conversation at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to her Gayle Brandeis, author of The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother’s Suicide, and Devin Galaudet, author of 10,000 Miles with My Dead Father’s Ashes, discuss their books and their lives as authors.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 7pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events-2/#/gayle-brandeis-devin-galaudet/

Dark Ink Book Release & Party at the Whittier Historical Society & Museum

Please join hosts Moon Tide Press and Whittier Historical Society & Museum for the release of the anthology, Dark Ink: A Poetry Anthology Inspired by Horror, which is a collection of 66 poets and their work. There will be copies available for purchase, complimentary refreshments and more at this free event.

Where:  Whittier Historical Society & Museum

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 6755 Newlin Ave., Whittier, CA 90601

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/343838799696657/?active_tab=about

Omar Epps & From Fatherless to Fatherhood at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear actor and author Omar Epps present his new memoir, From Fatherless to Fatherhood. The author writes intimately and earnestly about his journey from humble beginnings through his rise in the entertainment industry and ultimate success as an actor and family man.

NOTE: See website to RSVP, buy a book and reserve your seat.

Where:  The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Create It: Paint & Sip at My Yellow Effect, Upland

Please join us for Create It: Paint & Sip, a community arts event where we will celebrate the power each of us has to imagine artful and unique spaces to be ourselves. Toni Morrison says a good story “creat[es] us at the very moment it is being created.” Art is powerful and transformative, and we celebrate a pathway forward as we enter Fall.

NOTE: See Eventbrite link to RSVP, and a special offer available to those who attended their first event, Begin It: Poetry Brunch.

Where:  My Yellow Effect

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 1420 W. 7th St., Upland, CA 91786

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/637815406612671/

Leslie Ullman, Joan Ryan & Juri Koll at Beyond Baroque

Join us to hear acclaimed poets Leslie Ullman and Joan Ryan, joined by noted L.A. visual artist Juri Koll, engage in a wide-ranging reading and discussion about making art across different media.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Family Story Time at California African American Museum

One of the works in the exhibition “The Notion of Family” is John Biggers’s “The Upper Room.” Biggers was fascinated by African symbolism and his work often included images of animals and objects that had a special meaning. Join us to hear storytellers from Uniting Communities for the Arts share wonderful African folktales, many of which are well known throughout the African diaspora.

NOTE: Please RSVP at website link.

Where: CAAM

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address: 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/2324627864530194/

Heather Alexander & Norse Mythology at Once Upon a Time Bookstore– Kids Event

Join us for an epic event of mythological proportions! Join author Heather Alexander for a reading and a fun activity based on her newest title in the “A Child’s Introduction” series, A Child’s introduction to Norse Mythology: Odin, Thor, Loki, and Other Viking Gods, Goddesses, Giants and Monsters.

This event is for children, ages 7-12.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

Websitehttp://w.shoponceuponatime.com/event/childs-introduction-norse-mythology-heather-alexander

CAAM Book Club Reading of Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler at California African American Museum

Please join the CAAM Book Club for a discussion of our reading of Octavia Butler’s book, Parable of the Sower, moderated by research librarian Denise L McIver.

This book has been selected in conjunction with the exhibition, Robert Pruitt: Devotion.

NOTE: Please RSVP at website link.

Where: CAAM

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Websitehttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/caam-reads-parable-of-the-sower-tickets-49410534238

Steven Sher Reading at Beyond Baroque

Brooklyn-born poet Steve Sher moved from New York City to Jerusalem in 2012, and his writing has appeared in hundreds of publications world-wide and in 15 books.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 3:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

National Adoption Awareness Reading at Beyond Baroque

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption awareness Month. While all adoption issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care. Through writings and discussions begun at Cielo Galleries and hosted by Writ Large Press in September, 2017, we launched a monthly writing & expression workshop to raise our voices and concerns in our work. Please arrive early.

This event is hosted by Julayne Lee, an adopted Korean American and author of Not My White Savior: Poems, in the Poets Garden.

This reading event and discussion with adoptees of color will also include:

Sarah Harris is mixed Korean heritage (Hapa), and was placed for adoption and relocated to Baltimore, MD by Holt International, where she was raised by her parents along with two younger sisters, one adopted from Korea and one not. The family moved to California in 1978 and she never left. She is a blogger and is raising two teenagers.

Jessica Sun Lee is the author of the novels Keurium (2018) and An Ode to the Humans Who’ve Loved and Left Me; author and illustrator of two children’s books; and the literary non-fiction, It Wasn’t Love. Her work aims to provoke understanding of the oft overlooked.

Irene Suico Soriano is an immigrant Filipina American poet, independent literary curator, and the author of Primates from the Archipelago (2017). She founded and coordinated the SoCal reading series “Wrestling tigers” at JANM and was featured in the L.A. Times for the groundbreaking NEA funded “World Beyond Poetry Festival” that featured over 100+ poets from diverse L.A. communities.

Jennifer Varenchik is Native American from the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona. She is a writer/director who started as an actress, who moved behind the camera to produce more accurate depictions of American Indians. Adopted as an infant, and raised in a predominantly Caucasian small town, she now works for the day where Indigenous people are common in the media.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html  or https://www.facebook.com/events/172995260279291/

Tamar Matossian & What’s Autism at Flintridge Bookstore – Kids Event

Please join us to hear author Tamar Matossian present and discuss her book, What’s Autism?

This book answers everyday questions that kids may have about Autism in a funny and simplistic way. The author is a behavioral therapist, and uses simple pictures and typed text, and the book is adeptly illustrated by Lindsay Brown.

This book signing is hosted in support of the Boone Fetter Clinic.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

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

Website: https://www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2018/11/4/whats-autism-by-tamar-matossianillustrated-by-lindsay-browne

Nicole Seymour & Bad Environmentalism at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Nicole Seymour present and discuss her new book, Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverance in the Ecological Age.

Funny and original, this book champions the practice of alternative green politics, combats the fact that the more we know about this subject, the less likely we are to act, and expands our understanding of how environmental art and activism can be pleasurable in a time of undeniable crisis.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 5 pm

Address: 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 900 27

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/nicole-seymour-discusses-her-nonfiction-book-bad-environmentalism

First Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Our popular monthly open reading is hosted by Steve Goldman. Sign-ups begin at 4:45 pm.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

La Poesia Feastival & EXTREME at Beyond Baroque

Our popular monthly La Poesia reading series is hosted by Antonieta Villamil.  This month Vagabond and Beyond Baroque present, EXTREME: an anthology for social and environmental Justice, featuring:

Michael C. Ford, Gloria Vando, Henry Howard, Shakira Peterson, Victor Avila, Nicole Nelson, Eric Vollmer, Alexander James, Chris Devich, Charlie Becker, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Rolland Vasin, Jessica M. Wilson Cardenas, Terry Wolverton, Rondell E. Johnson, Carl “CaLokie” Stilwell, Anika Paris, Mark Lipman, and more!

Plus an Open Mic!

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html  or  https://www.facebook.com/events/726636111028188/

Deepening Your Characters Reading at Beyond Baroque

Participants in Leon Martell’s writing workshop, Deepening Your Characters, will read their work.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere Reading at the Mondrake Bar

Join us for an afternoon of exquisite readings by local authors at the Mondrake Bar, with book sales by Mysterious Galaxy, and featuring writers:

David L. Ulin is the former book critic of the L.A. Times, and is the author of:  Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, the novella Labyrinth, and the recently re-released The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time.

Anne-Marie Kinney is the author of the recently released Coldwater Canyon, a hot and sensual, gritty and unhinged story set in the San Fernando Velley, and is also the author of Radio Iris and other fiction.

Bruce Bauman is the author of the novels, Broken Sleep and And the Word Was.

Lauren Eggert-Crowe is the author of four poetry chapbooks, including Bitches of the Drought (2017) selected as runner-up in the Sundress Publications Chapbook Competition. She is the Reviews Editor for Terrain and serves on the leadership team for Women Who Submit.

Peter H.Z. Hsu is a fiction writer and the author of The Robot Drummer. He was a PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow in 2017,  and is Associate Fiction Editor at Angels Flight literary west.

Where: Mondrake Bar

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address: 2692 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1868815626536404/

Sunday Jump: Six Years of Life Open Mic at Sunday Jump

Join us as we end our 6th season with a birthday celebration and reflect on six years with Sunday Jump. We are featuring alternative rock band, Doctors and Engineers; collaborative collective, Jaynese Poole, Samantha Magat, Sam Hernandez; civic engagement team, Filipino Voter Empowerment Project; community organization; food pop-up and more!

With resident co-hosts Eddy M. Gana Jr. and Janelle Paule on the mic, this will be our last show of 2018, and we will return in March 2019.

Where: Sunday Jump

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1144243715728690/

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