Los Angeles Literature Events 1/21/19 –1/27/19

downloadMartin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at CAAM

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. Enjoy an array of vibrant programs and activities for all ages. See the schedule for complete details, including a marathon reading of King’s lesser-known speeches and sermons, as well as his 1968 Los Angeles speech introduced by James Baldwin, and much more!

NOTE: Tickets and details available at Eventbrite link.

Where: California African American Museum (CAAM)

Date: Monday the 21st

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

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

Website: http://caamuseum.org/programs/special-events/martin-luther-king-jr-day-celebration-2019    or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/martin-luther-king-jr-day-celebration-tickets-53894614242

Ian Mark & Love From Amanda to Zoey at the Last Bookstore

Join us to welcome Ian Mark, as he attempts to cure the world of RomCom Syndrome and reads from his debut novel, Love from Amanda to Zoey. Equal parts whimsical romantic comedy and cynical literary fiction this is the story of a man who doesn’t feel like he’s successful or a man, and his struggles to understand the meanings of life and Zoey’s latest text.

NOTE: All Last Bookstore events require a ticket, and details are available at the website.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Tony Abatemarco & ACTION / ITEM at Skylight Theatre

Join us to hear Tony Abetemarco present his book, Action / Item: the Collected Plays of Tony Abatemarco Vol 1, with guest readings by actresses Dale Raoul and Karen Austin. This is a collection of four produced plays, including the award-winning FOUR FATHERS, a monologue/adaptation of his short story COLOGNE or The Ways Evil Enters the World, and his two multi-character plays, BEAUTIFIED, and FOREVER HOUSE.

The author is a faculty member at USC School of Dramatic Arts, and currently serves as Co-Artistic Director of the Skylight Theatre Company.

NOTE: This event will be held at the Skylight Theatre, next door to our main store.

Where: Skylight Theater (next door to Skylight Bookstore)

Date: Monday the 21st

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-theatre-presents-tony-abatemarco-his-collection-plays-actionitems-dale-raoul-and

PEN’s New Year New Books Event at Band of Vices

Celebrate the New Year with fellow PEN America members and supporters at the annual New Year New Books party’s Los Angeles debut! Join our hosts Shauna Barbosa, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Franklin Leonard, Susan Orlean, and Michelle Tea in raising a glass to your favorite books of 2018. You’ll mix and mingle with acclaimed writers, journalists, editors, agents, translators, and publishers, and get a personalized poem from the Melrose Poetry Bureau.

Shauna Barbosa is the author of the collection Cape Verdun Blues, and is a semi-finalist for PEN America’s 2019 Open Book Award. She teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the author of the debut novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, and is the book columnist for KQED. She teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, and is working on a memoir about her grandfather.

Franklin Leonard is a film producer, cultural commentator, and founder and CEO of the Black List. He has worked in feature film production at many companies and has been a juror at many film festivals. He is a  trustee of PEN America and his TED talk was viewed more than one million times in its first two months of release.

Susan Orlean is the author of eight books, most recently The Library Book (2018). She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992 and has received a Guggenheim among her many awards.

Michelle Tea’s most recent book,  Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, and Criticisms, is longlisted for a PEN Award. She curates the Amethyst Edition imprint at The Feminist Press.

Where: Band of Vices

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 5376 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Website: http://pen.org/event/new-year-new-books-la-2019/

David Treuer & The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author David Treuer present his book, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, a sweeping history—and counter-narrative—of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present. Growing up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching Native life for his nonfiction and novels, Treuer uncovered a different narrative: that the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. The author melds history with reportage and memoir to trace how each era spawned new modes of survival.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/david-treuer

Leslie Klinger & Crime Fiction of the 1920s at Glendale Public Library

Join us to hear Leslie Klinger present his book, Crime Fiction of the 1920s. This book is an overview of American mystery fiction of the 1920s, a wide ranging anthology enhanced by the scholarship of detailed annotations.

Where: Glendale Public Library, Central Library

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 222 East Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205

Website: http://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/40192/125

Daniel Libeskind & Edge of Order at Getty Museum 

Join us to hear internationally acclaimed architect Daniel Libeskind discuss and sign his book, The Edge of Order, and explain how everything from Greek mythology and medieval manuscripts, to Emily Dickinson and the Marx Brothers, influence the way he thinks about buildings and cities.

NOTE: Tickets for this free event are available at website link.

Where: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr., at N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Website: http://getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_2383.html

Brianna Wiest & I Am the Hero of My Own Life at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear author Brianna Wiest discuss her book, I Am the Hero of My Own Life, a guided journal which serves as a guide to getting out of your own way, envision your ideal life and then identify the unconscious attachments that are preventing you from living it.

NOTE: All Last Bookstore events require or suggest a ticket, and details are available at the website.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Redondo Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

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

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Author Conversation with Nina Sadowsky at Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Please join us to meet Nina Sadowsky, author of The Burial Society, a thriller that has now been turned into a book series and is being developed for television. Previously a film and TV producer, the author now teaches at USC (screenwriting and producing). The conversation will touch on how filmmaking influenced her as an author, and will include a sneak peek at the second Burial Society book.

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 6:30 pm

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


Sarah Tarkoff & Fearless at Book Soup 

Join us to hear Sarah Tarkoff discuss and sign her book, Fearless (Eye of the Beholder #2). In a near future society in which morality is manifested through beauty and ugliness, a young woman will imperil her future and her world to expose the global shadow network that uses its power to play God and control humanity. The choices she makes will either save her friends, the resistance, and the hope of attaining free will—or secure the Prophets’ power and ultimate control.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/sarah-tarkoff-discusses-and-signs-fearless

Michael K. Honey & To the Promised Land at Chevalier’s

Join us to hear Michael K. Honey, in conversation with Jan Perry, present his book, To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice, which explores King’s profound commitment to the poor and working class and his call for “nonviolent resistance” to all forms of oppression. This book challenges us to think about what it would truly mean to fulfill his legacy in our own time.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/michael-honey

Poetry on the Rocks Hosts 4 Poets at Dipiazza’s

Join Poetry on the Rocks hosts Mike Gravagno and Nancy Lynee Woo to hear killer poets make up a haiku on the spot based on audience suggestions, all before reading their stunning poetry to you.

Armine Iknadossian is the author of United States of Love & Other Poems (2016) and All That Wasted Fruit (2018).

Danielle Schorr

Peggy Dobreer is a career artist, whose first book of poetry The Lake of Your Bones was published by Moon Tide Press in 2012. She is co-author of 64 Ways to Practice Nonviolence: A Curriculum and Resource Guide (Pro-Ed Inc.) and teaches her curriculum “Ekphrasis in the Classroom.”

Derek D. Brown is a poet, spoken word artist, and the author of Articulate Scars. He is a graduate of the Community Literature Initiative’s program at USC, and has appeared in many performance venues.

$7 cover charge

Where: Dipiazza’s

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 5205 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90804

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/603813933410542/

Ingrid Rojas Contreras & The Fruit of the Drunken Tree at Otis College of Art and Design

Join us for the Otis Visiting Writers Series to hear author Ingrid Rojas Contreras discuss her work. Author of the novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree, her essays and short stores have been widely published. She is a book columnist for KQED, the Bay Area’s NPR affiliate, and has taught at the University of San Francisco. She currently teaches writing to immigrant high school students in the public schools.

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

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Brendan Constantine at the Ugly Mug

Please join our hosts, Two Idiots Peddling Poetry, to hear poet Brendan Constantine present and discuss his work. He is the author of four collections, and his work has appeared in many journals. His most recent books are Bouncy Bounce (2018) and Dementia, My Darling 2016). A popular performer he has also appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He teaches poetry at the Windward School and offers classes to hospitals, veterans, and people dealing with Aphasia.

Where: The Ugly Mug

Date: Wednesday the 23rd

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 261 N. Glassell St., Orange, CA 92866


Poetry Slam at Washington Irving Branch Library, LAPL

Please join us for a Poetry Slam for Adults and Teens. Come share your workshop material! Read your poetry and be inspired by the works of others.

East Los Angeles poet Richard Carranza will be joining us to talk about his journey and read several poems from his new book.

Where: Washington Irving Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 4117 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018


Christopher Noxon & Good Trouble at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Christopher Noxon discuss and present his book, Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook, a helpful antidote to all the pessimism permeating today’s political and social dialogues.

This book presents words and vivid pen-and-watercolor illustrations of real stories behind the front lines of key civil rights movement events, to inspire conversation, action, and hope.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/lili-anolik

Ian S. Port & The Birth of Loud at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Ian S. Port discuss and sign his book, The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock ‘n’ Roll. This book is a look back at how louder styles of music demanded revolutionary instruments and sparked competition in those developing new musical technologies.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/ian-s-port%C2%A0discusses-and-signs%C2%A0-birth-loud-leo-fender-les-paul-and-guitar-pioneering-rivalry

Tosh Berman Memoir at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Tosh Berman present and discuss his memoir Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World, with Jason Schwartzman. This is the story of growing up as the son of an enigmatic, much-admired, hermetic, and ruthlessly bohemian artist during the waning years of the Beat Generation. Tosh’s father was the “father of assemblage art,” and creator of the legendary mail-art publication, Semina.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Drunken Masters: Love & Liberation at 8020 Studios

The Accomplices, co-sponsored by PEN America, presents Drunken Masters: Love & Liberation, with master writers Tanzila Ahmed (GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast), Natashia Deon (Grace), and Sara Borjas (Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff), providing on-the-spot (perhaps drunken) feedback on the submitted work of three new writers.

See website for submissions guidelines and details.

Where: 8020 Studios

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 8020 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046


Words Performed Event at Stories Books & Café  

Join us to hear six idiots looking for ways to perform in writing, in order to see what can come from marrying the two.

Words and performances by:

DeMorge Brown is an actor, writer and director. He has written and performed with the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, among other endeavors.

Bill O’Neill is the author of more than forty books, 300 articles and book reviews on the American West. In 2003 he retired as a history professor at Panola College.

Deenah Vollmer has written for The New Yorker, Pizza Underground, Interview Magazine, among others, and is Editor at Milq, Inc.

Gemma Soldati is an actress best known for Turkey Fools Day (2017).

Sam Fishman is a poet, novelist, and the author of L.Stuart.

John Norris is the author of poems, essays and books, including Artillary: A History and The Gamester’s Handbook 3.

Where: Stories Books & Café

Date: Thursday the 24th

Time: 8 pm – 9 pm

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

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

Leslie Jamison & The Recovering at Book Soup 

Join us to hear Leslie Jamison discuss and sign her book, a blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath.

The author deftly excavated the stories we tell about addiction—both her own and others—and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/leslie-jamison%C2%A0discusses-and-signs%C2%A0-recovering-intoxication-and-its-aftermath

Michael Conant & Mother’s Child at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Michael Conant present and discuss his book, Mother’s Child. Told in the voice of June, the story’s protagonist, this book is a “slice of life” as it unfolds during a short period in a lifetime; strung together by one intensely charged event after another. It is the story of an average woman, finding her extraordinary voice and having the courage to be heard.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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


Tribal Café Mixed Open Mic at Tribal Café

Please join our host Valerie V. to hear our features: Erin ‘Connor, Charisse Savarin, Marcus Evans, Ivana Shein, Errett Rozsa, and a night of mixed acts, poets and musicians.

$5 minimum purchase

Where: Tribal Café Echo Park

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

Address:  1651 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026


Rabeah Ghaffari & To Keep the Sun Alive at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear Rabeah Ghaffari present and discuss her debut novel, To Keep the Sun Alive. The setting is 1979, just before the Iranian Revolution and a solar eclipse. This is a lush and atmospheric, yet complex, portrait of a family of diverse characters struggling to keep together on the family orchard, while a country struggles with historical events and change.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm

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


Donna Hilbert & Kareem Tayyar & Open Mic & Tebot Bach at Golden West College

Please join us to hear our guest writers and an Open Mic, featuring:

Donna Hilbert’s latest book is Gravity: New and Selected Poems (Tebot Bach, 2018) and earlier books include: The Congress of Luminous Bodies, The Green Season, Mansions Deep and Red, Transforming Matter, and Traveler in Paradise. She writes and leads private workshops in Long Beach, where she makes her home.

Kareem Tayyar’s novel, The Prince of Orange County (Pelekinesis) was released in 2018 and his new collection of poems, Immigrant Songs (Word Tech Communications) will be released in 2019. Is previous books from Tebot include Scenes from a Good Life (2009) and Magic Carpet Poems (2015),

Where: Golden West College, Humanities 101

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm Open Mic sign-ups; 8 pm Readings

Address: 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647


Alivio Open Mic 5th Anniversary Event at Alivio Residence in Bell

Please join us to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Alivio Open Mic, featuring Figgy Baby and Lai Soul. We will have 16 vendors, lots of food (cash only), plus music after the event to celebrate host Eric’s birthday. Entrance is free but donations are welcome.

Sign-ups for Open Mic at 7:45 pm, but come early to ensure your space.

Where: Alivio Open Mic (garage at private residence)

Date: Friday the 25th

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

Address: 6823 Orchard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90201


Jeff Raz & The Snow Clown at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear Cirque du Soleil star, actor, teacher, director and author Jeff Raz present and discuss his book, The Snow Clown: Cartwheels on Borders from Alaska to Nebraska, an engrossing story about taking circus and theatre out of its confines and into the frozen tundra and America’s Heartland. This story reveals how art can connect us across cultural boundaries and examines the limits of empathy in the face of new experiences.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 11:30 am

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


P./A.I.R Program Launch Party at Patria Coffee

Please join us for DSTL Arts’ Luis Antonio Pichardo and Patria Coffee for the launch of our Poet/Artist-in-Residence Program with a zine-making workshop and poetry reading featuring our inaugural P/AIR. Jenise Miller!

Where: Patria Coffee

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 12 pm – 2 pm

Address: 108 N. Alameda St. East, Compton, CA 90221


Workshop: Visual Explorations at 1888 Center for the Arts

Please join us for this Creative Writing Workshop: Writers Circle event. This workshop will emphasize visual exploration through photography, using different mediums to document both every day and personal life. It will also introduce smart phones as a useful tool to create street and documentary photos, while also having the freedom to edit directly from mobile devices..

Pablo Unzueta is a documentary photographer focusing on long-term narratives regarding social and systemic issues. He is the author of The Others.

NOTE: This workshop costs $20 and tickets can be purchased at website.

Where: 1888 Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 1 pm – 2:30 pm

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

Website: http://1888.center/calendar/workshop-visual-explorations/

Poems on Strike at Washington Irving Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join Community Literature Initiative to hear students from their program share poems and stories in support of the LAUSD Teacher strike!

Where: Washington Irving Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 4117 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018


J.R. Krause & Dragon Night at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Please join us to hear children’s author J.R. Krause present and discuss his book, Dragon Night. Georgie is afraid of the night. And being alone makes everything worse. The dragon knows just what to do to help Georgie overcome his fear, and the two set off on an unforgettable magical adventure.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 2 pm

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


Saturday Afternoon Poetry Reading & Open Mic at Santa Catalina Library

Please join us for the Saturday Afternoon Poetry Reading, and Open Mic, hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell and featuring a Print & Internet Publishing Workshop led by Larry Bierman.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104


Gina Capobianco & Curative Quest at Gatsby’s Bookstore 

Join us to hear poet Gina Capobianco discuss and sign her book, Curative Quest: Mental Health, Hope, and Healing.  

Inspired by her lifelong struggle with a mental health disorder, her poems authentically connect with the reader by sharing her experiences of depression, anxiety, and forging a path toward healing.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events-3/#/poet-gina-capobianco/

Johanna Hedva & On Hell at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Johanna Hedva, in conversation with Asher Hartman, present their novel, On Hell.

This is an evisceration of oppression and authority, equal parts tender and brutal, romantic and furious, a novel about myths that trick and resist totalitarianism.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/johanna-hedva-discusses-their-novel-hell-asher-hartman

Teresa Carmody & Anna Joy Springer  at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us to hear two authors and writers read and discuss their work:

Teresa Carmody is the author of Maison Femme: a fiction (2015) and Requiem (2005). She is co-founding editor of Les Figuues Press, an imprint of LARB Books in Los Angeles, and director of Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas.

Anna Joy Springer is an author, visual artist, feminist punk performer, and an associate professor of writing at UC San Diego.  Her books include The Vicious Red Relic, Love (2001) and The Birdwisher (2011).

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/369663197153494/

Writing Earth Workshop Series with John Brantingham at dA Center for the Arts

In the Writing Earth workshop, John Brantingham will teach you about how to write about the natural world, both in the classroom and in the field. This eight week course includes four field trips to natural spaces in and around the Inland Empire and Pomona Valley, and we will revise and develop our work at the dA Center. Participants may have their art included in California Imagism, the April show John is curating.

NOTE: Tickets range from $22.29-$208.59 for this eight-week series, but discounts and scholarships are available. See schedule and cost details at site.

Where: dA Center for the Arts

Date: Sundays, January 20th – March 10th (ongoing for 4 weeks)

Time: 11 am

Address: 252 S. Main St., Pomona, CA 91766

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/528699280972158/

Pop-Up Studio for Kids & Families at the Hammer Museum

Join us for a Pop-Up Studio: Every Plant Has a Story and celebrate the plants that are all around us with artist Sarita Dougherty. Observe the plants of Los Angeles, then stretch your imagination to create a plant from your memories or dreams—many artists in our museum collection did both! This lively workshop is designed for families to explore and create together. (Recommended for ages 5+)

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/01/pop-up-studio-every-plant-has-a-story/

Local Author Day & Dennis Brown at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to meet children’s author Dennis Brown, who will present and sign Know Where You Are Set 1: Books 1, 2, 3, the first three books of the Know Where You Are children’s book series, which introduces factual concepts that demonstrate the value and prowess of the Human Brain.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 12 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman’s-local-author-day-–-kids-edition-introducing-dennis-brown

Douglas Segal & Struck at Santa Monica Main Library, SMPL

Please join us to hear author Douglas Segal, with moderator Dana Stevens, discuss his book Struck. After his wife and daughter were randomly hit head-on by a Los Angeles city bus, the author began mailing updates to his family and friends, forming the basis for this inspiring memoir. Alternately harrowing and humorous, heartbreaking and hopeful, he demonstrates the resiliency of the human spirit and how to care for each other during times of crisis.

Where: MLK Auditorium, Main Library, SMPL

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

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

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=28504

La Palabra Reading Series & Open Mic at Avenue 50 Studio

Join host Angelina Saenz to welcome four poets to La Palabra’s monthly reading series:

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016). Most recently she was chosen as the first “Poet in the Parks” resident at Gettysburg National Military Park. She is co-founder of Women Who Submit, and curates the quarterly reading series HITCHED, among other endeavors.

Fernando Albert Salinas is the author of the poem Sonya.

Conney Williams is a poet, actor, performance artist, and first artistic director at The World Stage. His first collection was Leaves of Spilled Spirit from an Untamed Poet (2002) and his most recent, Blues Red Soul Falsetto (2012).

Olga Garcia Echeverria is a narrative writer and poet and the author of Falling Angels, a book split in half between stories and poems, featuring a bilingual approach often described as “code switching.”

Where: Avenue 50 Studios

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/747340615644629/

Fourth Sundays Poetry Reading at the Claremont Library

Join us to welcome two poets and authors who will read and discuss their work and sign their books, as we return to our original location at the Claremont Library:

Nikia Chaney is the current Inlandia Literary Laureate (2016-2018). She is the author of us mouth (2018) and two chapbooks, Sis Fuss (2012) and ladies, please (2012). She is founding editor of shufpoetry an online journal, and founding editor of Jamii Publishing.

Joy Manesiotis is the author of They Sing to Her Bones, which won the New Issues Poetry Prize from New Issues Press. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, as well as in translation. She has presented “A Short History of Anger: A Staged Reading”, drawn from a book-length hybrid manuscript, at various festivals and universities in Europe and the U.S., and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Redlands, where she also directs the Visiting Writers Series.

Where: Claremont Library

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Address: 208 Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2168680433194555/

Amanda Sthers & Holy Lands at Diesel Bookstore

Join us to welcome author Amanda Sthers to discuss her book, Holy Lands, the story of several months in the lives of an estranged family of colorful eccentrics. As comic as it is deeply moving, this book captures the humor and poignancy of an adult family striving to remain connected across time, geography, and radically different perspectives on life.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sunday-january-20th-300pm-publication-party-amanda-sthers-discusses-and-signs-holy-land

Vroman’s Local Author Day at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us for our Local Authors Day for adults and meet:

Judy Choi is the author of The Cloud that Fell from the Sky, a photographic art book that uses imagery, taken by Francis George, to interpret poetry written by Judy Choi and Phoenix Brown.

John T. L. Lu is the author of The Unlikely Yank, a memoir of his first ten years in the U.S. and the story of an immigrant boy’s adventures.

Colyna Winbush is the author of It’s Not Your Fault, a book to help adults and children that have been molested or abused.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman’s-local-author-day-introducing-judy-choi-john-t-l-lu-and-colyna-winbush

Feedback Sunday Open Mic at K-Town Feedback Sunday

Join us for our Season Three Opener of Feedback Sunday, a free community Open Mic in K-Town, LA hosted by Answer Los Angeles.

Featured artists include: Lady Soul, Usolosopher, Lillian Safarian, Linda Ravenswood.

Featured vendor: Oli’s Changarro

See website for details.

Where: Feedback Sunday

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 4 pm – 7 pm

Address: 2936 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90005

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/817576428596986/

Village Poets Reading at Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga

Please join us for the first presentation in 2019 of Village Poets of Sunland & Tujunga, when we feature two distinguished poets with shared artistic interests and an association with the Ruskin Art Club:

Elena Katina Byrne is a visual artist, freelance editor, professor, book reviewer, Literary Programs Director for the Ruskin Art club, annual Poetry Consultant and Moderator for the LA Times Festival of Books, and recent judge for the 2018 Kate and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards. Her books include: The Flammable Bird (2002), MASQUE (2008), and Squander (2016). She just completed a book of essays, VOYEUR HOUR: Meditations on Poetry, Art & Desire.

Gabriel Meyer is an award-winning novelist, poet, and journalist, and wrote extensively on the Balkans during the Bosnian War, and on Sudan for the documentary “The Hidden Gift” and for the book War and Faith in Sudan (2005). He also published two novels in 1994, received a 2006 grant to write a history of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where he returned to write in 2017, and wrote extensively for the Ruskin art Club since 1998. His poetry includes A Map of Shadows (2012), and he is now working on a collection of his Bosnian war poetry titled Dreaming of Wheat.

NOTE: $3 donations are collected.

Where: Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 4:30 pm

Address: 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga, CA 91042


Robert Inman & Architecture at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Robert Inman discuss his book, An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles: Fully Revised 6th Edition.

Originally authored over 50 years ago, this seminal book explores the rich and potent nature of the often relentless, but sometimes relenting L.A. cityscape. Nathan Masters writes the forward, and this edition contains more than 200 new entries.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 5 pm

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


Beatnik Café Poetry Night & Open Mic at Hey Hey

Please join us for Beatnik Café Poetry Night, for another night of hearing truth from lesser heard perspectives!

Our Open Mic sign-up begins at 6:50 pm, and our scheduled features are followed by the Open Mic:

Timothy Steele reading at 7:10-7:25 pm

Michael Chatterton reading at 7:25-7:40 pm

Poetry Open Mic artists read at &:40-8:30 pm (3 minutes per poet)

If you don’t have any poems you want to read at the open mic, please see the prompt provided at website and write about it!

Where: Hey Hey

Date: Sunday the 27th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 1555 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026





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