Los Angeles Literature Events 11/12/18 –11/18/18

downloadWorkshop: Humor Writing with Lydia Oxenham at 1888 Center for the Arts

Humor Writing: Where to Begin is a workshop that teaches you how to turn a funny idea, joke or experience into something others can read (and Laugh at!). You’ll leave with tips for finding inspiration, strategies for getting the most out of your idea, and the motivation to finally go home and write with humor. Instructor Lydia Oxenham is a writer and studied comedy writing at UCLA and the Upright Citizens Brigade.

NOTE: The cost is $10 for the workshop, and you may purchase tickets at website link.

Where: 1888 Center for the Arts

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 115 N. Orange St., Orange, CA 92866

Website: http://www.1888.center/calendar/workshop-humor-writing-where-to-begin/

Margo Sorenson & Secrets in Translation at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Margo Sorenson discuss and sign Secrets in Translation.

In this celebration of Italian life and culture, seventeen-year-old Alessandra returns for the summer to Italy, where she grew up. Pressured by her parents into a babysitting job, she meets and falls for the handsome son of the Bertolucci family, renowned for their limoncello production. But when a body turns up on the beach, the influence of organized crime in Positano becomes frighteningly real.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/margo-sorenson-discusses-and-signs-secrets-translation

Tim Ortman & Newsreal at the Last Bookstore

Join us to welcome Emmy Award winning cameraman and TV producer, Tim Ortman, to discuss his book, Newsreal: A view through the lens when…

This book relives a time when the news landscape was owned by the “Big 4” networks, and as an NBC cameraman, the author found himself at the frontlines of these stories.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Michelle Obama Day at Eso Won Bookstore

Join us to celebrate the release of the new memoir from former First Lady Michelle Obama, Becoming, now available for pre-order.

We will hold a day-long book launch party to celebrate a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations, and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Where: Eso Won Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 am – 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.esowonbookstore.com/event/michelle-obama-day-eso-won-books

Tunnel Book Workshop at Granada Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Please join us for Native American Heritage Month, to celebrate by making Tunnel Books using a three dimensional tableau-scene with Artist-in-Residence Debra Disman. This program is for adults, kids and teens.

Where: Granada Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 10640 Petit Ave., Granada Hills, CA 91344

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/appreciation-native-american-culture

Popcorn for Poetry at Central Library, LAPL – Teen Event

Do you have a way with words? Do you appreciate the musicality of words? Then join us as we let the lyricism of poetry ring true while enjoying freshly popped popcorn.

Where: Central Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/popcorn-poetry-1

Poetry Open Mic at Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Come and share your masterpiece with us. Or just listen and enjoy!

Hosted by Wyatt Underwood

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

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

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

NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop at Central Library, LAPL

NaNoWriMo is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to writing held every November, when writers around the world attempt to complete a novel in one month. Would you like to hone your writing skills and get practical advice from a published author in preparation for this event? Join us as author Zack Roberts discusses the process of writing and publishing a book,

Where: Meeting Room A, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/nanowrimo-writing-workshop

Poetry Reading with Eavan Boland at Cal Tech University

Eavan Boland is at once a distinctively Irish and an international voice in contemporary poetry. Born in Dublin, educated in London and New York, she currently directs the creative writing programs at Stanford University. An acknowledged heir to Yeats, she has decisively introduced the voice of the woman poet to an Irish lyric tradition.

This event is offered by the James Michelin Distinguished Visitors Program.

Where: Dabney Lounge, California Institute of Technology (Building #40 on the campus map)

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.hss.caltech.edu/news-and-events/master-calendar/82061

Michelle Hodkins & The Reckonings of Noah Shaw at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Michelle Hodkins, in conversation with Daria Polatin, present and discuss her new book, The Reckonings pf Noah Shaw.

In this sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw, the companion series to the Mara Dyer novels, legacies are revealed, lies are unraveled, and old alliances are forged. Noah’s reckoning is here.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/michelle-hodkin

Ron Kortege & Charles Harper Webb at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear two authors present their work:

Ron Kortege will discuss and sign Yellow Moving Van, a collection of relaxed and buoyant and sometimes very funny poems that address Desi & Lucy with the same courtesy as Walt Whitman.

Charles Harper Webb will discuss and sign Sidebend World, a collection of poems that explores a wide range of emotions, emotions  that go down easy but pack a wallop.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/ron-koertge-charles-harper-webb-read-and-sign-yellow-moving-van-sidebend-world

Reyna Grande, Jean Guerro, Octavio Solis at ALOUD Reading Series at Central Library

Please join us for a presentation of Stories From a Life Lived Along the Border, a reading and conversation between authors Reyna Grande, Jean Guerro, and Octavio Solis. Come to share these writers’ three fierce voices and their work that breaks down the walls of the immigrant experience.

Reyna Grande will discuss her newest memoir, A Dream Called Home, which offers an inspiring account of one woman’s quest to find her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and then pursue her dream of writing.

Jean Guerro will present Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir, which tries to locate the border between truth and fantasy as she explores her father’s troubled life as an immigrant battling with self-destructive behavior.

Octavio Solis, one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America, turns to nonfiction in Retablos: Stories From a Life Lived Along the Border, a new collection of stories about growing up brown at the U.S./Mexico border.

NOTE: See website link to RSVP and check attendance and stand-by seating guidelines.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://lfla.org/event/stories-life-lived-along-border/

Jackie MacMullin and Rafe Bartholomew & Basketball at Skylight Bookstore 

Join us to hear Jackie MacMullin and Rafe Bartholomew, in discussion with Bill Plaschke, discuss their book Basketball: A Love Story.

This is a groundbreaking book based on interviews with more than 170 of sport’s all-time greats, for a multi-part ESPN Films series to be released in fall 2018. This is a vital piece of sports journalism, an invaluable narrative of the sport’s history and its transformative influence on the world.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jackie-macmullan-and-rafe-bartholomew-discuss-their-book-basketball-love-story-bill-plaschke

Wayne Barton & Peach at the Last Bookstore

Join us to welcome author Wayne Barton, in conversation with ZAS Book Club, to discuss his literary fiction book, Peach.

Readers who enjoy introspective narratives that focus on realistic and multi-layered characters and complex emotions will be at home with this book. Peach explores themes such as love, loss, loyalty, and friendship; second chances and redemption; how to make the most of your time; and the meaning of home.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

An Afternoon with Jennifer Caloyeras at Cal State LA

Cal State LA alumna and award-winning author, Jennifer Caloyeras, will join us to read from her latest work, Unruly Creatures, and discuss writing and publishing in the literary marketplace.

NOTE: This event is free, but RSVP at website link to ensure seating. There is a nominal parking fee for off-campus guests.

Where: Third Floor, Alhambra Room, University Student Union, CSULA

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 12:15 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.calstatela.edu/event/american-communities-program-afternoon-jennifer-caloyeras

Vivien Hamilton & Inevitably Toxic at Harvey Mudd College

Pease join us to hear editors Brinda Sarathy (Pitzer), Vivien Hamilton (Harvey Mudd), and Janet Farrell Brody (CGU) present and discuss their book at a book launch for Inevitably Toxic: Historical Perspectives on Contamination, Exposure and Expertise.

The essays in this collection take us to a variety of sites, and the editors discuss how these contaminated spaces have become so pervasive, whose health has been most impacted, and what role scientific experts have played in regulating radiation and chemical pollutants.

Where: Harvey Mudd College, Founders Room, Honnold Library

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Address: 301 Platt Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711

Websitehttp://www.hmc.edu/calendar/events/book-launch-inevitably-toxic/

OUT LOUD Painting & Wine Night at Pinot’s Palette

Please join us for a painting and wine night to support the LGBTQ community and arts festival.

NOTE: This event is NOT free, but RSVP for tickets and see details at website link to obtain a painting class and attend the wine event.

Where: Pinot’s Palette

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 6 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 470 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/293874278002944/

Fiction Book Club at Homestead Museum

Commemorate Veterans’ Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I by reading and discussing with us, Jacques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney’s Goddamn this War!

NOTE: This event is free, but RSVP at website link to ensure seating.

Where: Homestead Museum

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 15415 E. Don Julian Rd., City of Industry, CA 91745

Websitehttp://www.homesteadmuseum.org/upcoming-events/book-clubs

Scott Cummings & Blue and Green at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Scott Cummings present and discuss his new book, Blue and Green: The Drive for Justice at America’s Port.

In this book the author examines a campaign by labor and environmental movements to transform trucking at America’s largest port in Los Angeles. An unprecedented “blue-green” alliance mobilized to improve working conditions of low-income drivers and air quality in nearby communities. The campaign for clean trucks teaches much about how social movements can use law to challenge inequality in a global era.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/scott-cummings

John Wray & Godsend at Book Soup 

Join us to hear John Wray discuss his coming-of-age novel, Godsend, which includes a forward by Salman Rushdie. This story is about eighteen-year-old Aden Sawyer, whose primary goal is to escape from her home town: from her mother’s claustrophobic house, her father’s domineering influence—and his new wife. She is determined to travel to Pakistan to study Islam at a madrassa, and takes on a new identity and disguise as a man. But once there she faces greater danger than she could imagine, and must make choices that will test her faith and her fundamental identity.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/john-wray-discusses-and-signs-godsend

Historia Reading Series at Book Show LA  

Please join us for our monthly storytelling show, hosted by Robin Reiser & Smyth Campbell, and featuring readings and performances on the theme of: Indulgence!!!

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/historia-9/

Dan O’Connor & Jeff Katzman & Life Unscripted at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear authors Dan O’Connor & Jeff Katzman discuss and sign their book, Life Unscripted: Using Improv Principles to Get Unstuck, Boost Confidence, and Transform Your Life.

In this book you will learn to collaborate with others, think on your feet, and celebrate mistakes using the skill of improve theatre. Using these practical self-help skills we can live more authentic, fulfilled, and empowered lives.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/dan-o’connor-jeff-katzman-present-and-sign-life-unscripted

Latinos & Politics at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes  

Please join us to hear authors Mickey Ibarra (Latino Leaders Speak) and David Ayon (Power Shift: How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America), who will present their books. This will be followed by a discussion with former city officials Gloria Molina, Antonio Villaraigosa and Richard Polanco.

Please RSVP at website link.

Where: La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.lapca.org

Willem Henri Lucas at Otis Visiting Writers Series at Otis College 

Please join us to hear creative collaborator and artist Willem Henri Lucas present and discuss his work. He studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem in the Netherlands, and is currently a professor in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA. Primarily a book designer exploring the sensibilities of printed matter, he is interested in social issues and bringing design back “to the street” and “humanity” back into design. His body of work deals with issues of “war and love and the human condition.”

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

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Dani Fine & Separate No More at Skylight Bookstore   

Please join us to hear poet and writer Dani Fine, and featuring special guests Guy Blakeslee, Zariya Allen, Ben Lee, and more TBA, in a collaborative performance of songs and poetry reflected on our interconnectedness, celebrate the release of her collection of poetry, Separate No More.

ALL (100%) of the proceeds of tonight’s event will go to the downtown Women’s Center, the only organization in L.A. focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing or dealing with homelessness..

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/dani-fine-reads-her-new-book-poetry-separate-no-more-special-guests

Feminist Book Club with Julia Callahan at the Last Bookstore

Please join us for our Feminist Book Club, where we read a variety of feminist literature, led by Julia Callahan of Rare Bird Books. Our current focus of discussion will be the memoir All You Can Ever Know, by Nicole Chung. Given up for adoption by her Korean immigrant parents, the author grows up in a white family in a white community. When she becomes a mother herself, she begins a search for her biological parents, exposing deep family secrets.

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

Where:  The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

History of Central Avenue, Session 2, at CAAM   

From the 1920s to the 1950s, Central Avenue was the hub of West Coast jazz. This second in a series of three programs on Central Avenue as a gathering place for L.A.’s black residents looks at the jazz scene and how Central Avenue was pivotal to the Civil Rights Movement. This program is led by Robert Lee Johnson, author of Notable Southern Californians in Black History.

Please RSVP at website link.

Where: California African American Museum

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 600 State Dr., Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Website: http://caamuseum.org/programs/talks-and-workshops/history-of-central-avenue-session-2

Gil Garcetti & Protea at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear former LA. District Attorney, and now photographer and author Gil Garcetti, present and discuss his new book, Protea: The Magic and the Mystery.

In this book of photography the author approaches the still-life subject with the same intimacy and insight he brings to his architectural and human subjects. His hope is that the images and words bring the reader daily joy and inspiration. His work is the subject of eight books of photography and has been exhibited at art museums and private venues throughout the world.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/gil-garcetti

Michael Whitlow & Ferris Wheels at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Join us to hear poet and author Michael Langford Whitlow, present and discuss his new book of poetry, Ferris Wheels.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events-2/#/poet-mike-whitlow-thurs-nov-15th-7pm/

Yvette J. Saavedra & Pasadena Before the Roses at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author and historian Yvette J. Saavedra discuss and sign her book, Pasadena Before the Roses: Race, Identity, and Land Use in Southern California, 1771-1890.

In this book the author shows how indigenous, Spanish, Mexican, and American groups each have redefined the meanings of land use to build their homes and their lives. This social and cultural history illustrates the interconnectedness of power, ideas of land use, and the negotiation of identity within multiple colonial movements.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/yvette-j-saavedra-discusses-and-signs-pasadena-roses

Travis Diehl & The Snake at the Main Museum

Please join us to hear Artist-in-Residence Travis Diehl present part of his essay on The Snake, a soul song from the 1960s that has become a right-wing spoken word hit at Donald Trump’s rallies.

Where: The Main Museum

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 114 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Websitehttp://www.themainmuseum.org/program/travis-diehl-program-sfjey

Mary Ruefle Poetry Reading at the Hammer Museum

Tony Hoagland writes the poet Mary Ruefle combines “the spiritual desperation of Dickinson with the rhetorical virtuosity of Wallace Stevens” in a “poetry at once ornate and intense; linguistically marvelous, yes, but also as visceral as anything you are likely to encounter.” Ruefle has written across several genres—including the comic book, erasure poetry, and essays—and is a multiple award winner.

This event is organized and hosted by UCLA professor emeritus Stephen Yenser.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/11/poetry-mary-ruefle/

Barry Glassner & The Culture of Fear at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to welcome author Barry Glassner to discuss his nonfiction book, The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things. This book revealing why we fear the wrong things has been updated for the age of Trump. Although our perception of danger has increased, the actual level of risk has not. The author explores the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our fears: politicians, advocacy groups, TV shows. He also points out the prices we pay for social panics. All the while, we are distracted form the true threats, from climate change to worsening inequity.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/barry-glassner-discusses-his-nonfiction-book-culture-fear  

Don’t Hide the Madness at Beyond Baroque

In Don’t Hide the Madness, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, the fathers of the Beat movement, converse about deeply intimate and personal history while gathered at Burroughs’ house in Lawrence Kansas. The conversation is wide-ranging, and includes literary associations, influences, techniques, and insights which all contribute to the counterculture lore.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time:  8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Kayla Olson & This Splintered Silence at Vroman’s Bookstore – Teen and Adult Event

Join us to hear author Kayla Olson, in conversation with author Sarah Enni, present her book, This Splintered Silence.

Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, was killed by a deadly virus. Linley always assumed she would be captain one day, but never thought that day would come so soon. Now she is struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.

When a member of the surviving second generation dies from similar symptoms, she feels her world shrinking even smaller, and must face a terrifying reality—that either the virus has mutated, or one of their own is a killer.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/kayla-olson-sarah-enni-discusses-and-signs-splintered-silence

Lane Moore & How to Be Alone at Book Soup 

Join us to hear Lane Moore, in conversation with Mara Wilson, discuss her book, How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don’t. This book is a must-read for anyone whose childhood still feels unresolved, or who desperately wants to feel less alone and a little more connected, form a rare performer who is as impressive onstage as she is on the page.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/lane-moore-conversation-mara-wilson-discusses-and-signs-how-be-alone-if-you-want-and-even-if

Yesika Salgado & Tesoro at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet and author Yesika Salgado present her new book of poetry, Tesoro, a story of family, survival, and the formative power of the women in Salgado’s life.

This is a telling of the balance between love and perseverance, an unearthing of the sacred connections that make a person whole.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/yesika-salgado-reads-her-new-book-poetry-tesoro-0

Cary McClelland & Silicon City at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear Cary McClelland, in conversation with Kiran Deol, present the launch of his book, Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley, as we chat about California and the effects of gentrification and tech takeover on the state’s identity and activist roots .San Francisco is changing at warp speed, and has been reshaped by Silicon Valley, the engine of the new American economy. The richer the region gets, the more unequal and less diverse it becomes, and cracks in the city’s façade have started to show. Inspired by Studs Terkel’s classic works of oral history, this book is several years in the making and weaves a candid conversation across a divided community to create a cautionary tale for all of us.

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

Where:  The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Southern California Poetry Festival at Beyond Baroque

Join us for an opening night reception (Day 1 of 3) of the Southern California Poetry Festival, followed by a reading and discussion on the avant garde and the work of Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Will Alexander. He is joined in conversation by Anne Waldman, Janice Lee, and Justine Desmangles.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 16th (Day 1 of 3)

Time: 8 pm (Opening Reception at 7 pm)

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

Websitehttp://www.poetryfoundation.org/events/148249/2018-southern-california-poetry-festival or  http://www.scpoetryfest.com/

Third Fridays Reading Series & Open Mic at Rapp Saloon

Rapp Saloon Reading Series, curated and hosted by Elena Secota every third Friday of the month, welcomes our features:

Bill Mohr is a professor in the Department of English at CSULB, and is an internationally recognized poet, literary scholar, and historian. His work has appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies, and his poetry books include: Hidden Proofs (1982), Penetralia (1984), Bittersweet Kaleidoscope (2006) and a bilingual volume, Pruebas Ocultas (2015).

Beth Ruscio is an actress and poet, and co-author with husband Leon Martell of the 1983 play, “1961 Eldorado.” In 2016 her manuscript, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, won multiple prizes.

Leon Martell is an actor and writer, known for 364 Girls a Year (1996), Zadar! Cow from Hell (1989), and Porklips Now (1980).

Pete Justus is the founder of Rapp Saloon, and has been writing poetry for over 30 years. He is the author of two volumes, Truth, Taps & Time and The Edge of a Brighter Day.

Heather Donovan and Steve McCormick are our musical guests.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm (Open Mic sign-ups, 8 pm – 8:30 pm)

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/pg/therappsaloonpoetryreading/posts/

Southern California Poetry Festival at Beyond Baroque

Join the Southern California Poetry Festival for a full day of readings and workshops (Day 2 of 3), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation. The first full day of the event will feature: new writing commissioned from Kimiko Hahn, Morgan Parker, and Vanessa Villareal; a Beyond Baroque retrospective with readings by notable alumni, including Amy Gerstler; a roundtable on poetic community in Los Angeles; and readings by Eloise Klein Healy, Joseph Rios, Frank Johnson, Taylor Mali, and many more.

10 am – 12 pm: Workshop with Kimiko Hahn (Brain Fever): “The Sensationally-Short Poem.”

10 am – 12 –pm: Workshop with Janice Lee (The Sky Isn’t Blue): “Co-Dependencies: Affected Bodies & the Poetic Languages of Personhood.”

12 pm – 2 pm: SoCal Literary Showcase:

Kaya Press, with Sesschu Foster (City of the Future), Kenji C. Liu (Map of an Onion), Vickie Vertiz (Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut)

Red Hen Press, with: Kim Dower (Last Train to the Missing Planet) Eloise Klein Healy (A Wild Surmise, former LA Poet laureate, founder Arktoi Books), Eduardo Ponti (Letters from a Young Father)

Jack Jones Literary Arts, with: Frank Johnson (“Redemption”), Joseph Rios (Shadowboxing), B.A. Williams (::un::fade::able – the requiem of Sandra Bland)

2:30 – 4 pm: Poetry Film Festival, hosted by Pedro Paulo Araujo

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm: ReVerse: Beyond Baroque in Retrospect

A reading and discussion focused on poems and poets shaped by Beyond Baroque, and featuring:

Laurel Ann Bogen, Amy Gerstler, Bill Mohr, Pam Ward, Dennis Phillips, Suzanne Lummis, S.A. Griffin.

8 pm: The New Series: Writing the Future, with:

Victoria Chang (Barbie Chang)

Kimiko Hahn (Brain Fever)

Morgan Parker (There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce)

Vanessa Angelica Villarreal (Beast Meridian)

See a detailed schedule of events at website link.

The festival closes with another day of readings and workshops sponsored by the Poetry Foundation on Sunday the 18th.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 17th (Day 2 of 3)

Time: 10 am – 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html   or  https://us.eventbu.com/los-angeles/southern-california-poetry-festival-saturday-tickets-51440009453?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Grady McFerrin & Boats on the Bay at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids & Family Event

You are welcome to join us to hear illustrator Grady McFerrin present and sign Boats on the Bay, a large format picture book about a bunch of boats found on a busy bay, buoyed by simple, spare, and lyrical text, inspired by San Francisco Bay but with universal appeal. The book features a spectacular double-spread gatefold finale showing a boat parade and fireworks glowing against a city backdrop.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/grady-mcferrin-presents-and-signs-boats-bay

Inlandia Institute Book Fair at Barnes & Noble (Redlands, CA)

You are cordially invited to attend and participate in this Barnes & Noble Book Fair to raise money for and benefit the Inlandia Institute.

Micah Chatterton, Jo Scott-Coe, Cati Porter, and Vince Moses and Cate Whitmore will be participating in this event.

Where: Barnes & Noble (Redlands, CA)

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Address: 27460 Lugonia Ave., Redlands, CA 92374

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2196284537326672/

The Biddy Mason Story, at CAAM – Kids Event

The exhibition “California Bound: Slavery on the New Frontier, 1848-1865,” includes the well-known but seldom-depicted story of Biddy Mason. Draw your own storyboard of Mason’s journey to freedom and her rise to become one of L.A.’s richest women and philanthropists. For children, ages 7 and up.

Please RSVP at website link.

Where: California African American Museum

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address: 600 State Dr., Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2124163971235231/

Workshop: The Cost of Paper with William Brandon & Audrey Y. Woodsum at 1888 Center for the Arts

The Cost of Paper is a publishing workshop that will serve as an introduction to publishing for anyone who wants t0 learn more or get involved and create. The class will cover the basics of planning, layout, and design, and includes collaborative work and one-on-one instruction.

Instructors William Brandon & Audrey Woodsum are both authors and editors. In 2015 Brandon became Managing Editor for 1888, and his novel SILENCE was published by Black Hill Press. In 2015 Woodsum published her first novel, The Walls We Keep, and serves as managing editor of This Is How We Cope, a Chapman University literary publication.

NOTE: The cost is $25 for the workshop, and you may purchase tickets at website link.

Where: 1888 Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 1 pm – 5 pm

Address: 115 N. Orange St., Orange, CA 92866

Website: http://www.1888.center/calendar/workshop-the-cost-of-paper

L.A. Opera & Hansel and Gretel at Santa Monica Main Library, SMPL

Please join us to hear LA Opera Community educators present a multimedia talk on a holiday favorite, Hansel and Gretel.

This event is appropriate for all ages.

Where: MLK Auditorium, Santa Monica Main Library, SMPL

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 2 pm – 3:45 pm

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

Websitehttp://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=28306

Poetry Readings at Cal State LA Downtown

Please join the Cal State LA Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics present a poetry reading, performance and panel, featuring poets Anne Waldman and Will Alexander.

Anne Waldman has been an active member of the “Outrider” experimental poetry community for over four decades. Her poetry is recognized in the lineage of Whitman and Ginsberg, and her most recent book is Voice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet to be Born (2016).

Will Alexander is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and visual artist, and the author of many diverse works. his work is characterized by a powerful mix of metaphor and sophisticated language, and themes of cosmic isolation from society and interior discovery.

There will be a book sale and signing, and refreshments will be served.

Where:  Cal State LA Downtown

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 801 S. Grand Ave., Sixth Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://www.calstatela.edu/event/poetry-reading-cal-state-la-downtown

Featured Poets & Open Mic at Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library 

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library for an Open Mic and to hear our featured readers: Jack Bowman (House of Death), Adrian Ernesto Cepeda (Flashes & Verses…Becoming), and Amy Shimson-Santo (My Satchel of Girlhood).

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/  

Shaun Barger & Mage Against the Machine at Book Soup 

Join us to hear Shaun Barger discuss his action-packed adventure novel, Mage Against the Machine, about a young man who discovers that everything he believed about his world is a lie.

The year is 2120 and the humans are dead. The mages have retreated form the world after a madman blew up civilization with weaponized magical technology. Safe within domes, the mages have spent the last century putting their lives back together. But when Nik finds out the humans were not obliterated, and some are still alive, he must decide whose side to take.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/shaun-barger-discusses-and-signs-mage-against-machine

UC Irvine MFA Readers at the Last Bookstore

Please join us for an evening of fiction and poetry featuring students from the UC Irvine MFA Program in Creative Writing:

Leandro Fefer has a background in journalism, addiction and bar tending, and he holds a BA in communications from Whittier College.

Brooke Harries is from Sacramento, and her work has appeared in Transfer magazine. She was awarded the Academy of American Poets Harold Taylor Prize at San Francisco State University in 2016.

Jonathan Gelernter is a writer of fiction. His work concerns genocide sex, and Jews.

Aaron J. Styza is a writer and poet from Wisconsin. His work has appeared in Heron Tree, Sediments Literary Arts Journal, Two Cities Review, Aji Magazine, and elsewhere.

Where:  The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Southern California Poetry Festival at Beyond Baroque

Join the Southern California Poetry Festival for a second full day of readings and workshops, (Day 3 of 3), sponsored by the Poetry Foundation.

Today’s full day events will feature: workshops with Peter J. Harris and Jeffrey Schultz; youth programming with Nicelle Davis; a SoCal Literary Showcase by Gunpowder Press, PEN America, Rattle, and LAMBDA; and readings of the Best American Poetry 2018.

10 am – 12 pm: Morning Workshop with Peter J. Harris (Black Man of Happiness): “Unsilenced….”

10 am – 12 –pm: Morning Workshop with Jeffrey Schultz (Civil Twilight: Poems).

11 pm – 2 pm: Youth Programming with Nicelle Davis (The Walled Wife):

“Young Writers Workshop, for ages 10-17.”

Performances by young writers, presented in Open Mic format.

2 pm – 4 pm: SoCal Literary Showcase:

Gunpowder Press:

Nan Cohen (Unfinished City)

Catherine Abbey Hodges (Raft of Days)

Chryss Yost (Moth & Fruit, co-editor Gunpowder Press)

PEN America:

F. Douglas Brown (Icon and Zero to Three)

Alicia Portnoy (The Little School, Flowering Fires/Fuegos Florales)

Nancy Lynee Woo (Bearing the Juice of It All)

Rattle:

Marvin Artis (“Meditation on a Dining Room Table”)

Nancy Miller Gomez (“Supernova”)

Dave Harris (The Review Mirror)

Taylor Mali (The Whetting Stone)

4 pm – 5 pm: LAMBDA Literary Reading, with:

Ryka Aoki, Charles Jensen, Tommy Pico, Margaret Rhee

6 pm: Reading for The Best American Poetry 2018, with:

Brendan Constantine (Dementia, My Darling)

Dana Goia (99 New & Selected Poems, former CA Poet Laureate)

Mandy Kahn (Glenn Gould’s Chair and Math, Heaven, Time)

Ilya Kaminsky (Deaf Republic: Poems)

Nate Klug (Rude Woods and Anyone)

Jessica Piazza (Interrrobang and This Is Not a Sky)

Aaron Poochigian (Manhattanite: Poems)

See a detailed schedule of events at website link.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 18th (Day 3 of 3)

Time: 10 am – 8 pm

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

Websitehttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html   or  https://us.eventbu.com/los-angeles/southern-california-poetry-festival-saturday-tickets-51440009453?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Natasha Solomons & House of Gold at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Natasha Solomons discuss and sign her book, House of Gold.

In this sweeping family saga,  Greta Goldbaum moves from Vienna to England to be able to choose her own life’s path, but as she begins to find happiness, war is looming, and even her influential family can’t alter its course. The family will find themselves on opposite sides and Greta will choose between the family she’s created or the one she was forced to leave behind.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 1 pm

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

Website:  https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/natasha-solomons-discusses-and-signs-house-gold

We the People: A Progressive Reading at Hammer Museum

Join us for our Hammer Forum, and for Edwin Chemerinsky’s We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century, which recognizes the power and promise of the Preamble and the Constitution to protect and defend individual rights and liberties. The author is joined by UCLA law professor and scholar Devon Carbado to discuss how to continue to fight for democratic rule, effective government, justice, liberty, and equality.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90o24

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/11/we-the-people-a-progressive-reading-of-the-constitution-for-the-twenty-first-century/

Slavery & California at California African American Museum

This event is presented in conjunction with the current exhibit, California Bound: Slavery on the New Frontier 1848-1865, and features UCLA history professor Brenda Stevenson and curator Tyree Boyd-Pates, who will discuss the history of enslavement in California, and how the institution transformed after Reconstruction.

NOTE: This event is free, but RSVP at website link to ensure seating.

Where: CAAM

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 600 State Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

Websitehttp://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-conversation-brenda-stevenson-and-tyree-boyd-pates-tickets-49411443959

Moonday Poetry Series & Open Mic at Flintridge Bookstore

Please join us to hear the Moonday Poetry series, presented the third Sunday of every month, and featuring this month:

Judith Terzi is the author of the chapbooks Casbah and If You Spot Your Brother Floating By. She has taught French at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, as well as English at CSULA and in Algiers.

Mary Torregrossa is the author of My Zocolo Heart, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, community events,  and projects for peace and against gun violence.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

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

Website: https://www.flintridgebooks.com/Fliinstore-events/2018/11/18/moonday-poetry-series

Divya Srinivasan & Little Owl’s Snow at Skylight Bookstore – Kids Event

Please join us to hear author Divya Srinivasan present and discuss her new children’s book, Little Owl’s Snow.

Little Owl experiences his first snow in this perfect follow-up to Little Owl’s Day! The author has written and illustrated many picture books, including Little Owl’s Night and Octopus Alone.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/eventdivya-srinivasan-reads-her-new-childrens-book-little-owls-snow /

Poetry Open Mic with Gerald Locklin at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us for a Poetry Open Mic featuring Professor Emeritus at CSULB, Gerald Locklin, and Friends.

Our host has published over one hundred volumes of poetry, fiction, and literary essays, and the Oxford Companion calls him “a central figure in the vitality of Los Angeles writing.”

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 5 pm

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

Websitehttp://gatsbybooks.com/events-2/#/poetry-gerald-locklin-and-friends-sat-nov-17th-5pm/

Amnesty International Reading Group at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us for a discussion with the Amnesty International Reading Group of the book, The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition, by Linda Gordon.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/amnesty-international-reading-group-1

Justine Wentzell & Pockets Full of Dreams at the Last Bookstore

We are pleased to welcome author Justine Wentzell to celebrate the release of her debut book, Pocket Full of Dreams.

The author will discuss how she took the trauma from an abusive relationship she endured, and turned it into empowerment, and a million dreams. Break the Cycle will join her to further the conversation on love and how we can work with our younger generations to create a culture without abuse.

NOTE: You may RSVP, buy a book, and reserve a seat at the website link.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

 

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