Los Angeles Literature Events 2/18/19 –2/24/19

PictureEboo Patel: Author of the 2018 LMU Common Book at LMU

Join LMU students, faculty and staff as we welcome author, educator, and interfaith leader Eboo Patel to talk about his book Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America. This event is free and open to everyone in the LMU community.

Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of: Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, Interfaith Leadership, and Out of Many Faiths. Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is an expert on the topic of religious pluralism. For over fifteen years he has worked on and with many organizations to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.

Where: Life Sciences Building Auditorium, Loyola Marymount University

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website: http://cal.lmu.edu/event/eboo_patel_author_of_the_2018_lmu_common_book#.XGC7YFxKiUk

Adam Higginbotham & Midnight in Chernobyl at Vroman’s Bookstore  

Join us to hear author Adam Higginbotham discuss and sign his book, Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster, an indelible portrait of the April 26, 1986 explosion of Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station, which triggered history’s worst nuclear disaster. It has become shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/adam-higginbotham-discusses-and-signs-midnight-chernobyl-untold-story-world’s-greatest-nuclear

MCSI Event: Ted Chiang at Pitzer College in Claremont

Award-winning science fiction writer Ted Chiang will speak on “Technology and the Narrative of the Self,” on a panel also comprised of Amy Kind, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at Claremont McKenna College and Brian L. Keeley, Director of the Munroe Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer College.

Ted Chiang‘s short stories have won more than two dozen major science fiction awards. He is the author of Story of Your Life, which was adapted into the 2016 film Arrival.

Where: Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 1050 N. Mills Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.pitzer.edu/event/mcsi-lecture-ted-chiang/

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner Poetry Performance at Pomona College in Claremont

A poetry performance by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, spoken word artist and climate change activist, Marshall Islands will be held in Studio Art Lecture Hall at Pomona College.

Jetnil-Kijiner‘s first collection of poetry, Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter, was published in 2017 by the University of Arizona Press.

Where: Museum of Art, Pomona College

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address: 330 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.pomona.edu/museum/events/2019/poetry-performance-kathy-jetñil-kijiner-spoken-word-artist-and-climate-change-activist

The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz at Scripps College

Join us to welcome The New Yorker writer Andrew Marantz, who is able to parse the rapidly changing online media landscape and explore the topic from a variety of angles, investigating media trolls on college campuses, interrogating the delicate negotiations between free speech and contemporary online life, and profiling You Tube stars. His first book, about the mainstreaming of fringe politics and social media, is due out this year.

NOTE: Check site, as this event might be sold out.

Where: Balch Auditorium, Scripps College

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 6 pm – 7:15 pm

Address: 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/joan-rosenberg-discusses-and-signs-90-seconds-life-you-love-how-master-your-difficult-feelings

Sara Holland and Laura Sebastian at Vroman’s Bookstore   

Join us to hear authors Sara Holland and Laura Sebastian discuss and sign their books, with Jessica Cluess.

Evermore, by Sara Holland, is the highly anticipated sequel to Everless, in which Jules Ember confronts the girl who is both her oldest friend and greatest enemy.

Lady Smoke, by Laura Sebastian, is the sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Ash Princess, an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/sara-holland-and-laura-sebastian-jessica-cluess-discuss-and-sign-evermore-and-lady-smoke

Chloe Aridjis & Sea Monsters at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear author Chloe Aridjis read from her new novel, Sea Monsters.

This book is an intoxicating portrait of Mexico in the late 1980s. One afternoon in Mexico City, seventeen-year-old Luisa does not return home from school, but instead boards a bus to the Pacific Coast with Tomas, a boy she barely knows. He seems to represent everything her life is lacking—restlessness, impulse, independence. Tomas may also help Luisa fulfill an unusual obsession; to track down a traveling troupe of Ukranian dwarves who escaped a Soviet circus. Meanwhile her father has set out to find her, and a mesmeric portrait of transgression and disenchantment unfolds.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/chloe-aridjis-reads-her-new-novel-sea-monsters

Melanie Lutz & Mel’s Love Land at The Last Bookstore

Join us to welcome Melanie Lutz who will present her book, Mels’ Love Land: An Evening of All Systems Love Activism, with readings and original docu-series preview based on the book.

What would it be like if all of our thoughts were loving? The author’s love activism plants seeds, offers suggestions, and offers up practices to activate the soul’s code, open the heart and expand all of our experiences into action.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Lily Bartle & J. Gordon Faylor at Poetic Research Bureau

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

Lily Bartle is a poet and editor from New York City. She is founder of Hole, Earth, Catalog and has a forthcoming publication from Gauss PDF.

Gordon Faylor is the author of Registration Caspar (Ugly Duckling Presse), Plummet (TROLL THREAD), and four volumes of Christmas poems in collaboration with Brandon Brown. He edits Gauss PDF and is managing editor of SFMOMA’s Open Space.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearch.com/  or https://www.facebook.com/events/499932280534694/

Redondo Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join us for Redondo Poets, to welcome our featured poet, Cynthia Alessandra Briano, host of First Fridays Reading Series at Rapp Saloon, and participate in our weekly Open Mic.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Workshop on Early Modern Japanese Books at USC

Join PAM on Campus for a Workshop on Early Japanese Books, with Dr. Tinios, and an opportunity to become acquainted with the USC Library’s holdings of early modern Japanese woodblock-printed books. Topics covered include the structure, production, distribution and consumption of books in early modern Japan, and challenges faced when creating bibliographic description of these books.

Where: Pacific Asia Museum, Doheny Memorial Library, USC

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: from 9 am

Address: 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu/calendar/details/?event-id=1530171

Poets & Writers’ Literary Roundtable in Santa Monica & Wally Rudolph at Camera Obscura

Please join Poets & Writers for the next Santa Monica literary Roundtable Meeting hosted by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division. This free, informal meeting is a great way to connect with those from all areas of the literary community to exchange ideas, news and resources.

Wally Rudolph is a multidisciplinary artist and diversity advocate, and the author of two novels, Four Corners (2014) and MIGHTY, MIGHTY (2105). He’ll give a talk on Diversity and Inclusion in the literary space, as well as on his journey as a writer and projects as Writer-in-Residence.

Where: Camera Obscura Art Lab

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Address: 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2210747615866267/

Marlon James, with Roxane Gay, at MAAALA (ALOUD event)

Join ALOUD Reading Series of LAPL to hear the acclaimed author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James, in conversation with Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist, Hunger: A Memoir of My Body), as he presents his first novel in an epic forthcoming trilogy, Black Leopard, “Red Wolf.”

Blending myth, history, metaphysics, and psychology, the author transforms the tradition of fantasy genre with a multicultural perspective to profoundly question the very nature of truth and power. This book follows a mercenary’s journey to find a missing child in a magical ancient African continent.

This event is co-presented with Eso Won Books.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event so check website for RSVP, stand-by seating guidelines, and further details.

Where: Museum of African American Art, Macy’s 3rd Floor, Baldwin Hills, Crenshaw Plaza

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 4005 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: http://lfla.org/event/marlon-james/

Melissa Scrivner Love, with Jade Chang, at Book Soup

Join us to hear Melissa Scrivner Love, in conversation with Jade Chang, discuss her novel, American Heroin.

It took sacrifice, pain, and more than a few dead bodies, but Lola has clawed her way to the top of her South Central neighborhood. Her gang has grown, but she attracts the attention of a new cartel which comes to sees her as their greatest obstacle. Even as she is sucked into an all-out drug war, she finds her own brother might be a greater danger far closer to home. This is a gripping thriller.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/melissa-scrivner-love-conversation-jade-chang-discusses-and-signs-american-heroin

Fiction Book Club: The Birth of Noir at Workman Homestead Museum

Please join the Fiction Book Club and read our series of books on The Birth of Noir. The first of our three meetings on this topic will feature a discussion of the classic, The Maltese Falcon, by author Dashiell Hammett.

Where: Workman Homestead Museum

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

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

Charlie Jane Anders & The City in the Middle of the Night at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Charlie Jane Anders present and discuss her all new work of thought-provoking and entertaining speculative fiction, The City in the Middle of the Night. In this book January is a dying planet—divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of uninhabitable dusk. And life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the wastelands outside.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/charlie-jane-anders-reads-her-new-novel-city-middle-night

Open Mic Honoring Black Poets at The World Stage

Join us for an Open Mic honoring Black Poets in celebration of Black History Month. Bring a poem honoring a poet, or share a poem written by your favorite black poet. We will also have literature for sale by our local authors.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, from $5-$25, so see website for details.

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/388093185286390/

Tyler Green, with William Deverell, at the Huntington Museum

Join us to hear art critic and historian Tyler Green, in conversation with William Deverell, discuss his new book, Carleton Watkins: Making the West American. The Huntington is home to one of the world’s most important collections of Carleton Watkins photography.

Where: The Huntington Museum, Rothenberg Hall

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108

Website: http://www.huntington.org/events/conversation-tyler-green-carleton-watkins-making-west-american?sd=1550793600&ed=1550797200

Percival Everett & The Book of Training at Chevalier’s Books

Join us to hear acclaimed author of nearly thirty books and USC Distinguished professor of English, Percival Everett, present his new book, The Book of Training, a book of poetry within the harsh confines of a mock historical document—a guidebook for the American slave owner. It lays bare the mechanics of the peculiar institution of slavery and challenges readers to place themselves in the uncomfortable vantage point of those who have bought and enslaved human beings.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/percival-everett

D.J. Williams & The Auctioneer at Flintridge Bookstore

Join us for a special pre-release event before the worldwide release on February 25, 2019 of Oscar winner endorsed author, D.J. Williams’ latest international thriller, The Auctioneer. This will be a night of celebration and you may get your autographed copy before it hits the shelves.

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

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.ventbrite.com/e/special-pre-release-event-the-auctioneer-tickets-52726807300

Kathi Koll Memoir at Pages Bookstore

Join us to welcome author Kathi Koll, who will discuss her memoir, Kick-Ass Kinda Girl, A Memoir of Life, Love, and Caregiving. This is not just the story of caregiving, it is an entertaining, adventurous, inspiring, laugh-out-loud, get-the-kleenex-ready page-turner of a life well-lived.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event to support caregivers in need, so check website for details.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/meet-author-kathi-koll

Pasadena Rose Poets at Pasadena Central Library

Join us for Pasadena Rose Poets (PRP) who will read poems of past and present AA poets whose work impacts and shaped this genre.

Where: Pasadena Central Library

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm

Address: 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/304861720377622/

Elizabeth McCracken & Bowlaway at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Elizabeth McCracken, in discussion with Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, present and discuss her new novel, Bowlaway. This is a sweeping and enchanting new novel about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley. This book is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family’s myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/elizabeth-mccracken-reads-her-new-novel-bowlaway-cynthia-daprix-sweeney

Susan Wheeler Poetry Reading at the Hammer Museum

Please join us to hear poet and author Susan Wheeler, in discussion with UCLA Professor Emeritus Stephen Yenser, present and discuss her work.  Susan Wheeler is the author of a novel, Record Palace, and six books of poetry, the last of which, Meme, was shortlisted for the 2012 National Book Award in Poetry. She teaches at Princeton University.

Coffee, Tea, and a book signing with the author will follow the reading and discussion.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/02/poetry-susan-wheeler/

Authors Goldberg & Wolitzer & To Night Owl From Dogfish at Chevalier’s Books – YA Event

Join us to hear authors Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer, present their book, To Nightowl From Dogfish, a moving, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told in emails and letters.

Avery Bloom and Bett Devlin are opposite personalities, but both are twelve years old and both are being raise by single gay dads. When their dads fall in love they are sent against their will to the same sleepaway camp to find common ground. Soon they find a summer adventure, can’t imagine life without each other, and try to figure out a way to become a family.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/sloan-and-wolitzer

Alain De Botton & The School of Life Press, at the Last Bookstore

Join us to hear author Alain De Botton read and present his book, The School of Life, and the book series The School of Life Press.  

Alain De Botton started and runs a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. The press publishes and sells a range of tools to assist in the quest for a more fulfilled life, and they will host their bi-annual Conference at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on February 22-24.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://lastbookstorela.com/#events

Crystal Fleming & How to Be Less Stupid About Race at Book Soup

Please join us to hear author Crystal Fleming, in conversation with Angela Nissel, discuss and sign her book, How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide.

This book is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media and politics.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/crystal-fleming-conversation-angela-nissel-discusses-and-signs-how-be-less-stupid-about-race

CSULB Creative Writing MFA Program Reading at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear students from the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Cal State University Long Beach (CSULB) read and discuss their work.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 91104

Websitehttp://gatsbybooks.com/events-3/#/csulb-creative-writing-mfa-program-reading-fri-feb-22nd-7pm

Alan Brennert & Daughter of Moloka’i at Vroman’s Bookstore  

Join us to hear Alan Brennert discuss and sign his book, Daughter of Moloka’i, a companion tale that tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama—quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa—was forced to give up at birth. This book expands on Ruth and Rachel’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at in Moloka’i, two women who never expected to meet, much less come to love each other. Told in evocative prose conjuring the beauty and history of both the Hawaiian and Japanese cultures, it’s a powerful and poignant tale that readers have awaited for fourteen years.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/alan-brennert-discusses-and-signs-daughter-moloka’i

TDSB Open Mic & Alyssa Matuchniak at Fox Coffee House

Please join us at The Definitive Soap Box open Mic to hear Alyssa Matuchniak read and discuss her work. And be sure to come and participate in our Open Mic. She is the author of Small Wars, Little Revolutions. Sign-ups are at 6:30 pm.

Where: Fox Coffee House

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 437 W. Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90806

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/408798546544176/

Gabrielle Civil & Guests at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us to hear Gabrielle Civil read and discuss her work:

Gabrielle Civil is the author of the performance art memoirs, Swallow the Fish (2017) and Experiments in Joy (2019), both published by Civil Coping Mechanisms. She is a black feminist performance artist who has premiered fifty original solo and collaborative works around the world. Originally from Detroit, she teaches creative writing and critical studies at California Institute of the Arts and lives in Glendale, California.

Kenyatta C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, and author of the book, Kentrificaitions: Convergent Truth(s) and Realities and SIR, her first book of poetry. She is assistant professor of painting at UC Berkeley.

Jess Arndt is co-founder of New Herring Press, and her debut collection of short stories, Large Animals, was published in 2017 by Catapult Press.

Madhu H. Kaza is a writer, translator, artist and educator, an co-editor of an issue of Aster(ix) Journal titled What We Love and editor of Kitchen Table Translation. She is a founding member of the No. 1 Gold artist collective.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://poeticresearchbureau.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/383303632455550/

Marlon James & Black Leopard, Red Wolf at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear award winning author Marlon James present and discuss his new novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf. This is the stunning first novel in his Dark Star trilogy, where myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child. Tracker is known as a hunter, and when he is engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, he follows the boy’s scent from one ancient place to another, struggling to stay alive and wondering who this boy is really?

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

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/marlon-james-reads-his-new-novel-black-leopard-red-wolf

How to Catch Italian Poets Event at Beyond Baroque

Those Who Come From Afar Look Like Flies is an anthology of poems and essays that aims to provide an organic profile of the evolution of Italian poetry after World War II. With guests: Luigi Balllerini, Beppe Cavatrta, Gianpiero Doebler, Erika Nadir, Gianluca Rizzo, Federica Santini, and Paul Vangelisti.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Barbara Bottner & Amy Is Famous at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Join us for a storytime and book signing with award-winning author Barbara Bottner, author of Amy Is Famous and What a Cold Needs (for ages 4-7).

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 10:30 am

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

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

Oliver Chin & The Year of the Pig at Vroman’s Bookstore, Hastings Ranch – Kids Event

Join us to hear Oliver Chin discuss and sign his children’s book, The Year of the Pig. When the piglet Patricia explores the farm with her parents and Farmer Wu, she realizes that being a sensible pig takes practice when Farmer Wu loses his jade ring. This revised edition features a new bilingual translation in simplified Chinese.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, Hastings Ranch

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 11 am

Address: 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/oliver-chin-presents-and-signs-year-pig-hastings-ranch

Duncan Ryuken Williams & American Sutra at JANM

Join us to hear Duncan Ryuken Williams, a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, discuss and sign his new book, American Sutra: A Story of Faith & Freedom During the Second World War, about the Japanese American Buddhist experience in the World War II incarceration camps.

His presentation will be followed by a discussion with Brian Niiya (Content Director, Densho), Naomi Hirahara (award-winning author and historian), and Valerie Matsumoto (UCLA Aratani Chair on the Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community).

NOTE: You may RSVP and see more details at Website link.

Where: Japanese American National Museum

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 2 pm

Address: 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.janm.org/events/books/

Roger Angle & The Disappearance of Maggie Collins at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Roger Angle present and sign The Disappearance of Maggie Collins, a mystery book launch party. Maggie Collins is a newly minted NYPD detective, lovely enough to be a model, but wants a career chasing bad guys. When she volunteers to go undercover to catch a serial killer she learns the killer’s idea of love is a little strange.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 3 pm

Address: 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 91104

Websitehttp://gatsbybooks.com/events-3/#/disappearance-of-maggie-collins-mystery-writer-roger-angle-sat-feb-23rd-3pm

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry, hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell and featuring a Print & Internet Publishing Workshop led by Armine Ikandossian.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

No Fake News: Volume I Release Party & Artist Talk at Benjamin Franklin Branch Library, LAPL

Please join DSTL Arts and Luis Antonio Pichardo for the culmination of a ten-week course in fact-finding and research, presented in the latest publication from our Artist Residency Workshops program. No Fake News Volume I is a collection of works from community residents, reflecting on their concerns, experiences, and informed ideas about what actually affects the Boyle Heights community. Hear a panel discussion featuring the artists and workshop participants featured in this publication, and hear how it is our duty to represent ourselves.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 2200 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/2338213656458758/

Erin Hosier & Don’t Let me Down at Book Soup  

Join us to hear author Erin Hosier present her memoir, Don’t Let Me Down: A Memoir. This book is a fierce, vivid memoir about a father-daughter relationship steeped in God, rebellion, and the Beatles. This is a searing, funny exploration of how women first see themselves through the lens of a parent’s love, and of the ties that bind us to our childhood heroes.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/erin-hosier-discusses-and-signs-don’t-let-me-down-memoir

Robert Hunter & Relapse: A Love Story at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author and country musician Robert Hunter present and sign Relapse: A Love Story, and hear him play songs and read from his novel. This story careens through shaman-led weddings, car heists that lead to strange prophesies, and the inner workings of a mind rife with possibility and absolutely unaffected by the moonshine.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 4:30 pm

Address: 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 91104

Websitehttp://gatsbybooks.com/events-3/#/author-musician-robert-hunter-sat-feb-23rd-430-pm

Marissa Kennerson & Mai Bloomfield at Vroman’s Books

Join us to hear two artists present their work:

Marissa Kennerson will discuss and sign her book, Tarot. Born of a forbidden union between the Queen and the tyrannical King’s nemesis, Anna is forced to live out her days isolated in the Tower. But on her sixteenth birthday she finds out her true lineage: she’s the daughter of Marco, a powerful magician, and might share his magical gifts. Anna escapes, and is determined to create a new world.

Mai Bloomfield will share music and read from her upcoming memoir about her inspiring journey overcoming breast cancer while touring the world as a musician-singer-songwriter.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/marissa-kennerson-mai-bloomfield-discusses-and-signs-tarot

UC Irvine MFA Student Reading at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear MFA students from the UC Irvine Creative Writing Program read and discuss their work.

Mason Boyle is a second-year MFA at UCI, and his fiction has appeared in publications such as Wisconsin Review, Black Dandy, Flying South, and others. He is now at work on a novel about mushrooms, a dolphin, and a Carolina septic tank dynasty.

Justine Yan is a second year MFA poet from Fremont, California.

Katherine Damm is a second year fiction writer. She grew up in Philadelphia, studied literature at Harvard, and spent a few years in New York before joining the program.

Daniel Levin is an MFA candidate in poetry at UCI, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bat City Review, Provincetown Arts, The Sarah Lawrence Review, The Offbeat, and The Fourth River.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.evensi.us/uc-irvine-mfa-students-read-work-skylight-books/287247049

Poets Wendy Rainey & Kevin Ridgeway, and Jumping Chollas & Open Mic at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us for a poetry and song party and open mic featuring:

Wendy Rainey & Kevin Ridgeway will present and discuss their poetry.

Jumping Chollas will provide their music.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 91104

Websitehttp://gatsbybooks.com/events-3/#/poetry-song

SGV Lit Fest and Valley Poets Reading & Open Mic at The dA Center for the Arts

Please join us for a poetry reading and open mic with some of our favorites, featuring:

Stephanie Barbe Hammer is a poet and writer investigating literary culture @Magically Real and her writing includes the prose poem chapbook, Sex with Buildings (2012) and a full length poetry collection, HOW FORMAL? (2014)       

Michaelsun Stonesweat Knapp is a poet, journalist, and writer and studied poetry at Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). He lives in Claremont, CA.

George Hammons is the author of the chapbook Hungry to Bed/Love Poems (2017). He is now a judge for the San Bernardino County, Poetry Out Loud competition.

Elder Zamora is a poet, photographer, and writer whose chapbook Seaglass is available through Arroyo Seco Press. He is the owner of Sprout Hill Press and an organizer of the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival. His online phot gallery can be viewed at www.PortraitsOfPoetry.org.           

Where: The dA Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 252 S. Main St., Long Beach, CA 91104

Websitehttp://www.facebook.com/events/1538976466235580/

Vernon Keeve III and others at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us to hear Vernon Keeve III read and discuss his work:

Vernon Keeve III is the author of the memoir, Southern Migrant Mixtape (2018) which relays the experiences and observations of a black, queer man form Virginia who thought he was leaving racism and sexual intolerance behind in the regions where he initially experienced them. Plunge heart first into this emotive journey of growth, transformation of pain into armor, and the lessons that can be learned when one is true to themselves.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://poeticresearchbureau.com

Brenda Hillman, Sara Mumolo & Vanessa Angelica Villareal at Beyond Baroque

Join us to hear three women poets read and discuss their work:

Brenda Hillman is the author of ten full-length collections, the most recent including Practical Water (2009) and Extra Hidden Life Among the Days (2018). She has been a co-editor and co-translator of literary works, and is the Olivia C Filippi Professor of Poetry.

Sara Mumolo is the author of Day Counter (2018) and Mortar (2013), both published by Omnidawn. She serves as Associate Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Saint Mary’s College of CA, and is a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets.

Vanessa Angelica Villareal is the author of the collection, Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series, 2017), winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters, and featured as a Best of 2017 book at The Los Angeles Time, NBC News, BOMB, Lliterary Hub, and Entropy.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 24th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html    or https://www.facebook.com/events/296375341060641/

Hillary Frank & Weird Parenting Wins at Skylight Bookstore 

Please join us to hear Hillary Frank, in conversation with Jane Marie, discuss her book, Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches.

The author believes the best parenting advice comes from friends and podcast listeners who use their creativity to flee moments of desperation. This collection of unusual techniques used to calm children and parents in stressful situations may help you enjoy the insane, heartwarming journey, stop searching for perfection and embrace your humanity.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 24rd

Time: 1 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/hillary-frank-discusses-her-parenting-book-weird-parenting-wins-jane-marie

Cindy Rinne & Michelle Brittan Rosado at Fourth Sundays Series at Claremont Library

Please join us to hear poets and writers Cindy Rinne & Michelle Brittan Rosado read and discuss their work:

Cindy Rinne creates art and writes stories and poetry and is the Poet in Residence for the Neutra Institute Museum. She is the author of seven books and founding member of PoetriE, a literary community, and a finalist for the 2016 Hillary Gravendyk Prize.

Michelle Brittan Rosaso is the author of Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, which won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry selected by Aimee Nezhukumatahil (2018). Her chapbook Theory of Falling into a Reef (2016) won the inaugural Rick Campbell Prize. She is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing & Literature at USC.

Where: Claremont Library

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 28 Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/280155576007456

La Palabra Reading Series at Avenue 50 Studios

Join host Angelina Saenz to welcome four poets and writers to share their work at La Palabra’s February reading:

Angela Moore is a poet who has been published in Sadie Girl Press, among others.

Elvia Rubalcava is a poet, playwright, director and producer, and chicana chingona. Two of her plays were accepted into the 2019 Teatro Frida Kahlo Theatre’s 10-Minute Play Festival in Los Angeles: “Homegirls from El Otro Lado” and “Fluffy Homegirls.”

Claudia Duran is a poet and performance artist, author of “Mi Querida” and “My Mother Made Me Mexicana,” available on YouTube.

Rocio Diaz is from the famous theatre workshop crew Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme.

Where: Avenue 50 Studios

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/240182020192816/

Nebraska Girl Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us to for the Nebraska Girl Open Reading, hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Sign-ups are at1:45 pm.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 2 pm

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

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

Local Author Day & Hazel G. Ortega at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us for our Local Author Day, to welcome Hazel G. Ortega, who will discuss and sign From Bounced Checks to Private Jets: The Mastery of Miracles.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 4pm

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

Websitehttp://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman’s-local-author-day-introduces-hazel-g-ortega

Maureen Owen & Barbara Henning at Beyond Baroque

Join us to welcome two writers who will read and discuss their work:

Maureen Owen is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Edges of Water, from Chax Press.

Barbara Henning is the author of four novels, seven collections of poetry, four chapbooks and a series of photo-poem pamphlets. Her latest collection of poetry is A Day Like Today.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 4 pm

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

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

 

 

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