Los Angeles Literature Events 2/25/19 – 3/03/19

cc7f7a9845992e30f8172fcc80a9fb96c895f2f9An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates at Claremont McKenna College

Join us for Readings and Reflections: An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates, when the award-winning writer, essayist, poet, and novelist will read from her works, including Hazards of Time Travel (2018), and share personal reflections.

Joyce Carol Oates is a writer of more than 40 novels, a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry and nonfiction. She won the National Book Award for her novel them (1969), and two novels and two short story collections were each finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She has taught at Princeton University since 1978 and is currently Professor Emerita in the Program in Creative Writing.

Where: Marian Miner Cook Anthenaeum, Claremont McKenna College

Date: Monday the 25th

Time: 5:30 pm

Address: 385 East 8th St., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://events.cmc.edu/event/readings

Megan Griswold & The Book of Help at Vroman’s Bookstore  

Join us to hear author Megan Griswold discuss and sign her book, The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies, a tracing on one woman’s life-long quest for love, connection, and peace of mind. This is a heartbreakingly vulnerable and tragically funny memoir-in-remedies, a narrative spanning four decades and six continents. Born into a family who embraced New Age California culture, she found that was only preliminary training for the wildest, growth-insisting journey of her life.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/megan-griswold-discusses-and-signs-book-help-memoir-remedies

Caryl Phillips in Conversation at Claremont McKenna College

Please join us to hear Caryl Phillips, Kittian-British novelist, playwright, and essayist in conversation with Mary-Denise Shelton. Caryl Phillips is the well-known author of Crossing the River, A Distant Shore, and The European Tribe, among others. He focuses on peoples of the African diaspora, mainly in England, the Caribbean, and the U.S.

Where: Pickford Auditorium, Cramer Walkway, Claremont McKenna College

Date: Tuesday the 26th

Time: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Address: 888 Columbia Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://events.cmc.edu/event/caryl_phillips_in_conversation_with_marie-denise_shelton#.XGmYVqJKjX4

Morgan Parker & Nicole Sealey at Scripps College

Join us for an evening of poetry with Morgan Parker & Nicole Sealey, who mine the personal and political in their work, both reveling in and revealing the issues at her heart of contemporary life.

Parker’s most recent collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, was hailed by The New Yorker as “exquisite poems [that] defy categorization,” while Essence Magazine called Sealey “one of today’s most interesting poets…she steers us on a fantastic voyage through her infinitely brilliant mind.” The two read from their latest works, including Parker’s Magical Negro and Sealey’s Ordinary Beast.

Where: Balch Auditorium, Scripps College

Date: Tuesday the 26th

Time: 6 pm – 7:15 pm

Address: 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.scrippscollege.edu/events/calendar/morgan-parker-and-nicole-sealey-an-evening-of-poetry

Publisher Roundtable at Annenberg Beach House

Join us for a Publisher Roundtable discussion with: Kaya, Moontide, Tia Chucha, Red Hen & Unnamed Presses.

These independent publishers will talk about their publishing process, what they seek in manuscripts, how indie publishers get books in bookstores nationwide, and their hopes for the future of independent publishing. Join us with your questions, enjoy refreshments, and take a look into independent publishing in the Southland.

NOTE: This free event is a ticketed event, so register at website link for details.

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 26th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

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

Website: http://eventbrite.com/e/publisher-roundable-wkaya-moontide-tia-chucha-red-hen-unnamed-presses-registration-53980762915

Geoff Dyer & David Thomson at Diesel Bookstore

Join us to hear two writers read and discuss their latest books:

Geoff Dyer presents and signs Watching ‘Where Eagles Dare’ which is a scene-by-scene exploration of one of cinema’s most cherished and popular films, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. He both extols and denigrates this acme of the late ‘60s action movie.

David Thomson presents and signs Sleeping with Strangers, an original seductive account of sexuality in the movies, and how actresses and actors onscreen have fed our desire. He makes us see how the way we watch movies is a kind of training for how we try to live life.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 26th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-february-26th-630-pm-geoff-dyer-and-david-thomson-discuss-and-sign-their-new-books

W.K. Stratton & The Wild Bunch at Vroman’s Bookstore   

Join us to hear author W.K. Stratton, in conversation with Stephen Farber, discuss and sign his book, The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film.

In this book, the author tells the fascinating history of the making of the movie and documents the extraordinary contribution of Mexico and Mexican American actors and crew members to the movie’s success. The discussion will be preceded by a screening of the film of The Wild Bunch.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman’s-bookstore-and-laemmle-playhouse-7-present-wk-stratton-conversation-stephen-farber

Eva Hagberg Fisher & How to Be Loved at Book Soup

Join us to hear Eva Hagberg Fisher discuss and sign her book, How to Be Loved: A Memoir of Lifesaving Friendship.

This is the story of how an isolated person’s life was ripped apart by a brain rupture, only to be stitched back together through friendship, and the various means of recovery along the way. Eva learned how to grow up and open her heart to achieve the greatest joy.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/ eva-hagberg-fisher-discusses-and-signs-how-be-loved-memoir-lifesaving-friendship

Tete-A-Tete: A Queer Reading Series & Open Mic at Book Show LA

Join us for a queer and ally focused reading series and Open Mic hosted by Anthony AW!

First hour is devoted to Open Mic, and poetry, fiction and non-fiction are allowed.

Ingrid M. Calderon-Collins (Zenith, Wayward, Ablution) is our featured poet at 9 pm.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Tuesday the 26th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/447645645774844/

Gothic Book Club & Frankenstein at the Last Bookstore

Join us for our Gothic Book Club with John Palisano when we read and discuss two classic books: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the inclusion of Polidori’s Vampyre in this deluxe edition.

NOTE: All of our book clubs require a ticket, which includes copies of the book, refreshments, etc. See website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 26th

Time: 9:30 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, Jan Hanson, and participate in our weekly Open Mic.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 26th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

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

Please join us to welcome author Oliver Chin to present and sign his children’s book, The Year of the Pig: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.

When piglet Patricia explores the farm with her parents and Farmer Wu, she finds being a sensible pig takes practice. She tries to demonstrate her best qualities when Farmer Wu loses his jade ring.

The revised edition features a new bilingual translation in simplified Chinese.

Where: Vroman’s Main Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 27th

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/oliver-chin-presents-and-signs-year-pig-tales-chinese-zodiac

PEN Los Angeles Book Club & Friday Black at Blu Elefant Cafe

Join the PEN Los Angeles Book Club to discuss Friday Black by Nana Kwanme Adjei-Brenyah, hosted by Allison Conner, an essayist and journalist who is a reviews editor at Full Stop and manages the speakers’ bureau at Jack Jones Literary Arts.

This book is dystopian fiction which is bleakly futuristic only on its surface. Sideshow Books offers a 20% discount on book club titles. Event is free and open to all. Food and drink are available for purchase.

Where: Blu Elefant Café

Date: Wednesday the 27th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 2024 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018

Website: http://pen.org/event/los-angeles-book-club-friday-black/

Brittany Ackerman & Joseph C. Robledo at Flintridge Bookstore

Join us for an evening with two memoirists, discussing their work:

Brittany Ackerman will present her memoir, The Perpetual Motion Machine. She is a Critical Studies instructor at AMDA College and Conservatory of Performing Arts, and was the 2017 Nonfiction Award Winner for Red Hen Press, as well as the AWP Intro Journals Project Award Nominee in 2015.

Joseph C. Robledo, will present his book, Blood on the Canvas: The Life & Legacy of Boxing Icon, Canto “TNT” Robledo. The author was the adopted son of his iconic father, Canto, an integral member of his team, and a boxer himself. He recently retired after teaching for 38 years, and served as an Athletic Inspector in boxing sanctions for the State.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 27th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Address: 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge, CA 91101

Website: http://www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2019/2/27/brittany-ackerman-the-perpetual-motion-machine-amp-joseph-c-robledo-blood-on-canvas

Deconstructing Scenes Workshop Series at L.A. Writers Group Headquarters

Please join us for a series of Scene Writing Workshops, or attend only the topics that interest you. This is the first workshop in the series, Introduction to Screenwriting, and it is led by Nicole Criona.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event with a cost of $97, so see website for details.

Where: Los Angeles Writers Group Headquarters

Date: Wednesday the 27th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 1728 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Website: http://www.lawritersgroup.com/scene-writing-workshop-los-angeles/

David Thomson & Sleeping with Strangers at Chevalier’s Books

Join us to hear celebrated film critic and author David Thomson present his new book, Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire, an original, seductive account of sexuality in the movies and how actors and actresses on screen have fed our desire. Film can make us want things we cannot have, and has found the fault lines in traditional masculinity and helped point the way toward what it means to be a person desiring others.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Elizabeth Letts & Finding Dorothy at Pages Bookstore

Join us to welcome author Elizabeth Letts, who will discuss her book, Finding Dorothy. A richly imagined novel telling the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud, form the hardscrabble days in South Dakota to the Hollywood film set where she first meets Judy Garland.

This wonderfully evocative two-stranded story recreates Maud’s life journey, as well as the film version of Dorothy embodied in Judy Garland, and the high-pressured days on the Oz film set.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event which includes a copy of the book, so check website for details.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/meet-new-york-times-bestselling-author-elizabeth-letts

Ramona Ausubel at Visiting Writers Series, Otis College of Art and Design

Join us for our Visiting Writers Series to hear Ramona Ausubel discuss her work.

Ausubel is the author of a new collection of short stories, Awayland, as well as two novels: Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, which was a San Francisco Chronicle and NPR Best Book of the Year, and No One Is Here Except All of Us, published in 2012. She is a faculty member in the Low-Residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Visiting Professor at Colorado College.

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

Date: Wednesday the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Tressie McMillan Cottom & Roxane Gay at Hammer Museum

Please join us for our In Conversation series to hear author and essayist Tressie McMillan Cottom discuss her work with acclaimed author and social critic Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist and Hunger: A Memoir of My Body).

Cottom’s debut collection of personal essays, Thick, mines for meaning everything from SNL to LinkedIn to BBQ Becky to Trump rallies, to reveal in eight piercing pieces how the political the social and the personal are almost always one and the same.

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

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Wednesday the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/02/tressie-mcmillan-cottom-roxane-gay/

Chris Cander & The Weight of a Piano at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Chris Cander present and discuss her new novel, The Weight of a Piano. This book is a tour-de-force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents, for better or worse.

In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed a Bluthner piano, built at the turn of the century in Germany, which becomes her world. Yet after marrying and moving to America, her piano is lost in the shuffle.

In 2012, in Bakersfield, CA, twenty-six-year-old Clara Lundy must find a new apartment, which is complicated by the Bluthner upright she never learned to play, but which was a gift from her parents before she was orphaned. What happens next to bring these parties together?

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.skylightbooks.com/event/chris-cander-reads-her-new-novel-weight-piano

Celebrating the Black Aesthetic at Exposition Park Regional Library, LAPL

Join us for Celebrating the Black Aesthetic with the Written Word to conclude the 2019 Black History Month. Poets and writers will discuss the genius, the necessity, and the future of the Black artist, with readings by:

Douglas Brown – opening remarks (Zero to Three, Icon)

Shameka Cunningham (@laughterislanguage)

Micah Bournes (Fight Evil with Poetry)

Armond Kinard (The Book of Sultry)

Alyssa Matuchniak (Small Wars, Little Revolutions)

Jessica Ceballos y Campbell (poet, community & arts activist)

Prince of the Ghetto

Mike Sonksen (I Am Alive in Los Angeles, Poetics of Location, Letters to My City)

Pearl Sharp (poet, actor, editor, producer & host)

** Intermission**

Krystle May Statler (A Life Around)

Niki Billingslea (adjunct professor and poet)

Miya King (Between Me and You)

Chenel King (Horders)

Terry Robinson (Love Masters All of Running Time)

Conney Williams (Love Code)

Bridgette Bianca (theme for English b: a blog)

Nikia Chaney (Sis Fuss, ladies please)

Lynne Thompson (Start with a Small Guitar, Beg No Pardon)

Where: Exposition Park Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 28th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 3900 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/395723311256052/

Arnold Weiss Mystery Reading at Westwood Branch Library

Please join us to hear actor and performance artist Arnold Weiss read and discuss the story “It Had to Be Murder,” by Cornell Woolrich, which became the basis for the Hitchcock/Jimmy Stewart classic movie “Rear Window.”

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 28th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/it’s-mystery-us-arnold-weiss-reads-“it-had-be-murder”

An Evening with Leif Enger at Sierra Madre Playhouse

Join us to welcome author Leif Enger to present and discuss the novel his fans have waited a decade for, Virgil Wander. In the spirit of his award-winning, million-selling novel, Peace Like a River, Enger weaves an enchanting and timeless tale that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town as they seek to revive its flagging heart.

Start your evening at a pre-event, hosted happy hour, followed by the author discussion. Then join the author for a book signing and dessert reception.

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

Where: Sierra Madre Playhouse

Date: Thursday the 28th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Website: http://www.pasadenaliteraryalliance.org/open-book/

Geoff Dyer & Broadsword Calling Danny Boy at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Geoff Dyer, in conversation with author Jonathan Lethem, present and discuss his new book, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy: Watching ‘Where Eagles Dare.’ This is a scene-by-scene exploration of the film Where Eagles Dare, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The author has loved this film since childhood, and recreates the film as only he can, denigratingly and entertainingly.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/geoff-dyer-discusses-his-film-book-broadsword-calling-danny-boy-watching-where-eagles-dare

Anna Devere Smith & Notes from the Field, at Pomona College

Join us to view a screening of her work, Notes from the Field, winner of an Obie Award, among others, followed by a discussion between actress, playwright, educator and Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Anna Devere Smith and President G. Gabrielle Starr.

Anna Devere Smith looks at the school-to-prison pipeline socio-economic inequality through a merging of compelling first-person stories of both famous and everyday people, in an art form blending history, social justice, and performance art.

Where: Pomona College, Bridges Auditorium

Date: Thursday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 450 N. College Way, Pomona, CA 91711

Website: http://www.pomona.edu/events/anna-deavere-smith-and-notes-field

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Ashaki M. Jackson & Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed at Open Door Poetry Reading at Battery Books

Join us to hear and enjoy the work of three amazing women poets:

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness & Refuge (Sundress, 2016). A dramatization of her poem “Our Lady of the Water Gallons,” directed by Jesus Salvador Trevino, can be viewed at latinopia.com. She is co-founder of Women Who Submit.

Ashaki M. Jackson is the author of two chapter-length books: Surveillance (Writ Large Press) and Language Lesson (Miel). She is co-founder of Women Who Submit, and serves on the VIDA: Women in Literary Arts executive board.

Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed is an activist, storyteller and politico, currently a Campaign Strategist at the Asian American new media organizing group 18MillionRising. She is co-host of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast, and has a monthly column called Radical Love. Her third poetry chapbook, Emdash and Ellipses, was published in early 2016.

Where: Battery Books, Pasadena

Date: Thursday the 28th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 26 South Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/385019355658582/

Poetry Bleeding 2019, #2 & Open Mic at  Vento y Agua Coffee House

Join us for a Frist Fridays of the Month Reading Series, plus Open Mic. Our host is Alan Passman. Our featured readers are: Donny Jackson, Dania Ayah Alkhouli, aka Lady Narrator, and Bill Friday.

Where: Vento y Agua Coffee House

Date: Friday the 1st

Time: 7 pm – 8:15 pm

Address: 4007 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/562650517839728/

Jeff Johnson & The Animals After Midnight at Book Soup

Join us to hear Jeff Johnson discuss and sign his book, The Animals After Midnight: A Darby Holland Crime Novel #3.

In this third novel of the series, Darby’s past rises up to do more than haunt him. You can run, but in the information age you can only hide for so long. Midnight Rider Productions is a dark web nightmare machine, headed by the one man who years ago drove Darby to hide in the seamy environs of Old Town and make his life there. Now he has a grudge to settle, and Darby must save his best friend and should-be lover Delia, as he plays one force against another.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/jeff-johnson-discusses-and-signs-animals-after-midnight

Jen Beagin & Vacuum in the Dark at Vroman’s Books

From the Whiting Award-winning author of Pretend I’m Dead, and one of the most exhilarating new voices in fiction, comes a new, edgy and brilliant one-of-a-kind novel about a cleaning lady named Mona and her struggles to move forward in life.

Jen Beagin will discuss and sign her book, Vacuum in the Dark. Mona is twenty-six and cleans houses for a living in Taos, New Mexico. She moved there because of a bad boyfriend, and now she has another bad boyfriend. There are a lot of complications in her life in this constantly surprising, laugh-out-loud funny novel about a woman dealing with some universal issues in America today.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/ event/jen-beagin-discusses-and-signs-vacuum-dark

Jill Abramson & Merchants of Truth at Skirball Cultural Center (ALOUD event)

Join the ALOUD Reading Series of LAPL to hear journalist and author Jill Abramson, in conversation with Alex Cohen, present and discuss her book, Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts.

This book follows four major news organizations—New York Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and VICE Media—over a decade of disruption and radical adjustment. The author dives into the drastic changes that have transformed the way America gets access to the truth, and explores the future of the free press.

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

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

Date: Friday the 1st

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Website: http://lfla.org/event/jill-abramson  or https://www.skirball.org/programs/words-and-ideas/evening-jill-abramson

Darika Brown Event at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for a reading by Darika Brown, who will present and discuss her new work.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 1st

Time: 8 pm

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

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

House Open Mic at Book Show LA

Please join us for our House Open Mic offered on First Fridays of each month. Sign-ups start at 8 pm, and readings at 8:30 pm. Performers have a time limit of five minutes.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 1st

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1788956477876308/

Jeanette Clough & Carolyn Estrada & Open Mic at Tebot Bach, Golden West College

Please join us as poets Jeanette Clough and Carolyn Estrada read their work, followed by an Open Mic Reading.

Jeanette Clough’s poetry collection Flourish was a finalist in the Otis College of art and Design and Eastern Washington University book competition. She has edited for Solo, A Journal of Poetry, and reviewed for Poetry International. She also co-directed the L.A. Barnes & Noble and Poetry Café poetry series, and was artist-in-residence at Joshua Tree National Park.

(The Rev.) Carolyn S. Estrada is a (retired) Episcopal priest from the Diocese of Los Angeles and author of the chapbook Intimations of Mortality. Prior to her ordination she was a licensed MFCT.

Where: Golden West College, Humanities 101

Date: Friday the 1st

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm (Open Reading sign-ups at 7:30 pm)

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2268122976803890/

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

Jamie Purnell & Proud Penguin at Flintridge Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to hear our monthly Storytime, with author Jamie Purnell, who will discuss and sign his new children’s book, Proud Penguin, as there will also be music and dancing.

This is a positive story with a positive message: Be happy to be You! A penguin who wishes he could fly, meets a seagull and learns a secret that changes everything. This debut song and story book by singer-songwriter Jamie Purnell is made to delight families as they read and sing along together.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2019/3/2/storytime

Poetry Workshop at Woodland Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Please join poets David del Bourgo and Jacqueline Tchakalian for these workshops that give writers a chance to share their poems-in-progress and to hear constructive critique and suggestions.

Where: Woodland Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 12 pm – 2 pm

Address: 22200 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Websitehttp://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-workshop-free

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry, hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell and featuring an Emerging Poetry Writing Workshop led by Frankie Hernandez.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

Websitehttp://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Expressions LA Poetry Reading Series at Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Please join us every first and third Saturday of the month for the Expressions LA Poetry Reading series. You may sign up for 4-6 minute readings, and there is at least one featured poet every week.

Where: Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 12511 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/expressions-la-poetry-reading-series-0

Wide Open Reading at Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, LAPL 

Join us every first Saturday of the month for our Wide Open Reading. Bring poems, narratives, art, performance and music to share. New members are welcome.

Where: Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 3 pm

Address: 7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga, CA 91042

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/wide-open-reading-5

Betsy Mars & Alinea & Open Mic at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear poet and educator Betsy Mars present, launch, and sign her book of poems, Alinea, and also participate in an Open Mic. The author is a mother, avid traveler, and animal lover, whose work has recently appeared in The Rise Up Review, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, The Ekphrastic Review, and the California Quarterly.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://gatsbybooks.com/events-3/#/poet-betsy-mars-sat-march-2nd-3pm

Irshad Manji & Don’t Label Me at Vroman’s Books

Join us to hear author Irshad Manji, in conversation with Patt Morrison, discuss and sign, Don’t Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times. In the U.S., discord has hit emergency levels, and this book shows that America’s founding genius is diversity of thought. At a time when minorities are fast becoming the majority, we need to find a new way to tribe out.  Enter Irshad and her dog Lily. Raised to believe that dogs are evil, Manji overcame her fear of the “other” to adopt Lily, and also found a taboo-busting metaphor for identity, power and politics.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/irshad-manji-conversation-patt-morrison-discusses-and-signs-don’t-label-me-incredible

Poetry in Motion: Man Overboard Reading at Beyond Baroque

Since 1988, Poetry in Motion has been hosted by Eve Brandstein, who presents an eclectic array of writers from the literary and Hollywood communities. Performers for Man Overboard include:

Adrian Cunningham, Dylan Brody, Christian Elder, Michael Harris, Ty Granderson Jones, Rick Lupert, Rick Overton, Eric Trules, and Greg Cope White.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm- 10 pm

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

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

826LA Zine Workshop for Kids at Hammer Museum

Please join us for our 826LA Zine Workshop: Tell Us What You Really Think, for kids ages 8-14.

Mary Peterson leads this zine workshop, where you can express your thoughts about a work of art, music, dance, or literature through the creation of an 8-page zine which can take many forms—rants, criticism,, self-help, how-to, humor, and beyond. Author and illustrator Peterson’s most recent books are Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car and Snail Has Lunch.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Websitehttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/03/826lahammer-tell-us-what-you-really-think-a-zine-workshop/

Why I Write for Children Author Event at Central Library, LAPL 

Please join us to hear authors in conversation about their motivations and challenges in writing books for children. This event is for adults and is sponsored by FOCAL (Friends of Children and Literature), and is intended for an adult audience, interested in the writing process. Speakers include:

Caroline Arnold is the author of more than 160 books for children, an illustrator, and creator of two blogs.

Hope Anita Smith is the author of The Way a Door Closes, and its sequel, Keeping the Night Watch. A professional storyteller, she teaches poetry-writing workshops to all grade levels.

Michelle Markel is the author of picture books that introduce children to art and literature. Her latest book, forthcoming, is When You Grow Up to Vote, written in the voice of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Where: Meeting Room A, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/why-i-write-children

Authors & The Cochrane Brothers at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to hear authors Piper Cochrane & Marc Wanamaker present and sign their book, The Cochrane Brothers and the Making of Universal Pictures, a beautiful coffee table book of untold stories and unseen pictures, with a forward by Sandy Climan.

The five Scotch-Irish Cochrane brothers saw an opportunity in the nickelodeon business of the early 20th century, and partnered with unemployed friend Carl Laemmle to form Laemmle Film Service, followed by IMP, and later Universal Pictures. They created Hollywood’s Star System and slayed the formidable Edison Trust to unleash the industry, then created the distribution network in Asia for two major studios.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sunday-march-3rd-3-pm-piper-cochrane-and-marc-wanamaker-discuss-and-sign-cochrane-brothers-and

The Open Discussion Project & The Righteous Mind at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us for The Open Discussion Project, created with the American Booksellers Association to create reading groups in which facilitated conversations among people who hold different views are encouraged.

This month’s discussion book is The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, by psychologist Jonathan Haidt. The author challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics and religion in a way that speaks to both liberals and conservatives alike.

NOTE: See website for details and guidelines.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 3 pm

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

Websitehttps://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/open-discussion-project-%E2%80%93-righteous-mind

First Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us to for First Sunday Open Reading, hosted by Steve Goldman. Sign-ups are at 4:45 pm. Five-minute limit.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 5 pm

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

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

La Poesia Reading Festival at Beyond Baroque

Join us for La Poesia Festival and Open Mic, an event featuring Latin-American poets, hosted by Antonieta Villamil.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 5 pm

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

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

Mary Schmidt Campbell & The Life and Work of Romare Bearden at CAAM

Please join us to hear a conversation with author Mary Schmidt Campbell, author of An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden, presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Notion of Family, which features work by Bearden.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event so see website to reserve your place.

Where: California African American Museum

Date: Sunday the 3rd

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-american-odyssey-the-life-and-work-of-romare-bearden-tickets-54715447376

 

 

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