Los Angeles Literature Events 4/08/19 – 4/14/19

_DSC7461Maria Ure & Story Time in Spanish at Pages Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to hear Maria Ure, founder and director of Spanish in Action, for a Story Time in Spanish. Her approach is radically different from teaching methods commonly seen in school settings, as she personally sits down with the kids and delivers her lessons through song. It’s her innate gift for teaching and ability to create beautiful songs for each lesson that set her apart as a teacher and as a school.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Monday the 8th                                                

Time: 10:30 am

Address: 904 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, California 90266

Website: https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/story-time-spanish-april-8th

Poesia Narrativa/Narrative Poetry Workshop at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Join California Poets in the Schools teachers Juan Cardenas and Jessica Wilson, on a journey through narrative poetry. Write in your own voice and learn new ways to express yourself.

This is session two of a six series workshop will include food, so get ready for some delicious learning. Our senses deliver us into memory, and our memories will fuel our poems and our palates.

This workshop is FREE, but you must register by emailing: losangelespoetsociety@gmail.com with your name, email, and phone number.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Monday the 8th                                                                                                                        

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave., Unit A, Sylmar, California 91342

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/788178538206800/

National Poetry Month Creative Workshop at Tarzana Branch Library, LAPL

Join us to Celebrate National Poetry Month! Learn a little something about poetry and make a book of color and poems under the guidance of Monica, “The Creative Beast.”

Supplies provided courtesy of the Encino Friends of the Library.

Where: Encino/Tarzana Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 8th                                                                                                                        

Time: 6 pm

Address: 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/national-poetry-month-creative-workshop

Jacqueline Winspear & The American Agent at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to welcome author Jaqueline Winspear to present and sign her new book in the Maisie Dobbs series, The American Agent.

This book features beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs, “one of the great fictional heroines” (Parade), as she investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz, in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 8th                                                                                                                        

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jacqueline-winspear-discusses-and-signs-american-agent

Ficcion en Espagnol Book Club & Mas Alla Del Invierno at the Last Bookstore

Join your host, Dan Lopez, to read and discuss author Isabel Allende’s book, Mas Alla Del Invierno. This is the story of the son of a Holocaust survivor and a woman who lived through a violent Chilean coup, who must help a young immigrant caught between murder and deportation.

NOTE: All of the bookstore’s book clubs and programs are ticketed events, so see website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 8th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

Poetry Open Mic at Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Join us during National Poetry Month for our April Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Wyatt Underwood.

Bring your own poems, or poems from a favorite poet, and share them with a friendly, welcoming audience.

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL, Community Room

Date: Tuesday the 9th                                                                                                                        

Time: 6 pm7 pm

Address: 1026 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/612190196222674/

Brett Paesel & Everything Is Just Fine at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Brett Paesel discuss her novel, Everything Is Just Fine.

This author brings hilarity and huge heart to a world of life in Beverly Hills that looks enviable and shiny on the outside but is, in truth, filled with aching for connection on the inside. In the vein of Perotta and Semple, everyday life in Paesel’s deft rendering is anything but.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/brett-paesel-discusses-and-signs-everything-just-fine

Austin Kleon & Keep Going at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Austin Kloen, in conversation with Heather Havrilesky, discuss and sign his book, Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad.

In his previous two books, the author gave readers the key to unlock their creativity and then showed them how to share it. Now he completes his trilogy with his most inspiring work yet. Keep Going gives the reader encouragement on how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself in the face of personal burnout or external distractions.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/austin-kleon-conversation-heather-havrilesky-discusses-and-signs-keep-going-10-ways-stay

Patton Oswalt & I’ll Be Gone in the Dark at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to present Patton Oswalt, husband of the late author and true crime journalist Michelle McNamara, to discuss the background and writing of her book:, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. McNamara was writing this masterpiece at the time of her death, and it offers both a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and one woman’s unflagging pursuit of the truth.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Rachel Cusk & Outline, Transit, and Kudos Trilogy at ALOUD Reading Series, Central Library

Please join us to hear from an international literary superstar. Rachel Cusk’s most recent trilogy–Outline, Transit, and Kudos—draws its hero, Faye, through a collage of vignettes. Through tales told by the people Faye encounters, her own haunting past is stealthily revealed, making for an artful and hypnotic reading experience. She has been accused of renovating the novel, and is here for a rare stateside conversation with Ann Friedman, Podcast co-host of Call Your Girlfriend.

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

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://lfla.org/event/rachel-cusk/

Afrofuturism Book Club & Black Leopard, Red Wolf at the Last Bookstore

Please join host Tyree Boyd-Pates, to discuss Marlon James’ first book in a planned trilogy:, Black Leopard, Red Wolf.  This African epic has elements of Samurai & superhero stories, hard-boiled noir, and gritty fantasy a la Game of Thrones—but with the author’s superlative use of voice.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

A-Z (Armendinger – Zelko) Poetry & Conversation at Avenue 50 Studio

Please join us at Avenue 50 Studio for Poetry & Conversation/Poesia & Conversacion, with Dani Zelko from Buenos Aires and Brent Armendinger from Los Angeles, who will present public poetry experiments that redefine poetic practice as social space.

Share dessert, drinks, and conversation—bring something to share or just bring you. This event will be bilingual, with Spanish-English interpretation. Childcare will be provided upon request; please email your request to jenhofer@gmial.com by 9 pm on Sunday, April 7.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

http://www.facebook.com/events/517548275441672/ 

Michelle Tea & Astro Baby at Stories LA Books & Cafe

Please join us for the launch of Astro Baby, author Michelle Tea’s first children’s book, with illustrations by Mike Perry.

Michelle Tea is the author of six memoirs, four novels, and the creator of multiple cultural interventions. Mike Perry is an artist, animator, poet, author of twelve books, and brand consultant.

Where: Stories LA Books & Café

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 8pm – 10 pm

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

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

Redondo Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Poets to welcome this week’s feature, Eli, and participate in the weekly Open Mic. Redondo Poets is recommended by Mike “The Poet” Sonksen, and has been a mainstay of the Los Angeles Poetry scene for 20 years.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Soapbox Sessions Open Mic at Maui Sugar Saloon

Soapbox Nation’s adventure began in 2006 when founder, Jason Brain, started an open mic at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Encino, CA. This event for musicians, poets, and comedians began slowly building a word-of-mouth following and really hit its stride in 2008. Now Soapbox is at a different location, but still in the Valley.

Where: Maui Sugar Saloon

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 8 pm – 12 pm

Address: 18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

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

Da Poetry Lounge-Open Mic

About: All you have to do is put your name on the signup list. The first half signup happens outside before doors open (around 8ish). Signing up for first half does not guarantee entry, so stay in line! For the second half signup, line up next to the microphone on stage during the five minute break in between halves and wait for the list to get to you. Keep in mind that each half has its own signup list. So if you don’t get called during the 1st half, you need to re-signup for the 2nd half. Sorry, you can only perform at one half per night. They usually call up about 12-15 people each half at an Open Mic, depending if they have a special feature or not. Sadly, they cannot guarantee that all who signup will read. So, remember: arrive early. There is a TIME LIMIT. You have 3 minutes at the mic to do your poem. Please be respectful of time as we try to accommodate as many people as possible.

Where: The Greenway Court Theater

Date: Tuesday the 9th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

Address: 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website: http://dapoetrylounge.com/visiting-dpl/slam/

Feminist Open Mic & Intersectional Stories at Cal State Long Beach

Please join us in connection with the All G.R.R.R.L. Collective, and your hosts Vanessa Acosta and Erin Foley, for a night of poetry and open expression inside the University Art Museum. The Feminist Open Mic presents Intersectional Stories, and you are invited to come and share your story.

Where: University Art Museum, CSULB

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 6 pm

Address:  1250 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/776147382770371/

Anders Carlson-Wee & The Low Passions: Poems at Chevalier’s Bookstore  

Join us to hear author Anders Carlson-Wee, with guest poets, present his debut collection, The Low Passions: Poems.

In a knock-out debut collection haunted by shame, violence, and the darkest of our human origins, the author mines nourishment and holiness from our depths. He races the fringes of the American experiment through the eyes of a young drifter, each experience made manifest by the poet’s devoted ear and sensitive eye.

Natalie Graham is a PhD poet and hip hop scholar interested in the intersections of race, gender, class and geography. She is an associate professor at Cal State Fullerton.

Donna SpruijtMetz is a poet and translator, and Professor of Psychology and Preventative Medicine at UCLA.

F. Douglas Brown is the author of ICON and Zero to Three, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize in 2013. He is a teacher, scholar, activist and DJ.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 10th                                               

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/anders-carlson-wee

Humble the Poet & Unlearn at Book Soup

Please join us to hear Humble the Poet present and discuss Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life. The rapper and spoken word artist offers short, accessible, and counterintuitive lessons for reaching our full potential. Profound in its simplicity, it’s the perfect invitation to a new beginning.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/humble-poet-discusses-and-signs-unlearn-101-simple-truths-better-life

Jeff Siger & The Mykonos Mob at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Jeff Siger present and sign The Mykonos Mob. In this latest addition to the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery series, the begins with a literal bang—a corrupt former police colonel who runs a protection racket on Mykonos is gunned down, and Kaldis is suddenly face-to-face with Greece’s top crime bosses, all just as baffled as he over the assassination. Meanwhile, at home, his wife Lila is seeking a meaningful role beyond that of wife and mother, and how to mentor young island girls trapped inan exploitive and patriarchal culture.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbooks.com/events/jeff-siger-discusses-and-signs-mykonos-mob     

WeHo National Poetry Month Event at West Hollywood City Council Chambers

Please join us to celebrate National Poetry Month, featuring a conversation between the authors of two new poetry collections, those of Inaugural Poet (for Barack Obama) Richard Blanco and former West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Kim Dower.

Richard Blanco’s new book is How to Love a Country.

Kim Dower’s new book is Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave.

NOTE; This is a free event, but it requires registration at the website link.

Where: West Hollywood City Council Chambers

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

Address:  6925 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/weho-reads-celebrates-national-poetry-month-richard-blanco-and-kim-dower-tickets-55987488084       

Deconstructing Scenes Writing Workshop Series at LA Writers Group Headquarters

Please join us for the next in our series of writers’ workshops on Deconstructing Scenes Series Writing: Prose, and learn how to write a Better narrative, with an emphasis on writing better sentences, with Nicole Criona.

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

Where: LA Writers Group

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.lawritersgroup.com/workshops/prose-041019/   

Patty Chang & The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017 at Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Conceptually mirroring the installation in the galleries, Patty Chang’s artist book The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017 is comprised of a photo essay that details her travels to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of Western China—the site of the Wandering Lake—and other aquatic locations. The photographs are accompanied by Chang’s writings and select excerpts from authors including Jill Casid, VALIE EXPORT, Herman Melville, and Alice Walker. Join us as Chang leads a live reading of the book with images.

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

Where: Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICALA)

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address:  1717 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Website: http://www.theicala.org/en/events/126-the-wandering-lake-a-live-reading-with-images-by-patty-chang   

Tim Youd & 100-Novels Performance Cycle at Otis Visiting Writers Series

A performance and visual artist, Tim Youd is presently engaged in the retyping of 100 novels over a many-year period. he has been in residence a various historic writers’ homes, including William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak in Oxford, MS, Flannery O’Conner’s Andalusia in Milledgeville GA, and Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House in Rodmell, Sussex. His work has been the subject of numerous other museum exhibitions, and he has presented and performed his 100 Novels project at LACE and LAXART, among others.

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

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

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

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

Anansi Writers Workshop & Michael Datcher Release & Open Mic at the World Stage        

The Anansi Writers Workshop was founded in 1990 by Kamau Daáood, Akilah Oliver, Nafis Nabawi and Anthony Lyons. In 1993, Michael Datcher initiated the development of a three-part format for the workshop. Their tradition of a community workshop began in the late 1960s at the Watts Writers’ Workshop, where World Stage co-founder Kamau Daáood started his writing career. The Anansi Writers Workshop is coordinated by V. Kali and Conney Williams.

Join us tonight for a book release party for Michael Datcher’s new book, Animating Black & Brown Liberation: A Theory of American Literatures.

NOTE: Admission is $5

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 7:30 pm –10 pm; Reading at 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.theworldstage.org/anansi-writers-workshop    or   https://www.facebook.com/events/260480174837689/

Nadia Alamah at The Ugly Mug

Two Idiots Peddling Poetry present Nadia Alamah, who will read and discuss her work at the Ugly Mug. She is a Lebanese Muslim American writer, poet, and visual artist originally from Flint, Michigan, and has released her chapbook, Yalla, Habibi: Poems in 3arabeezi.

Where: The Ugly Mug

Date: Wednesday the 10th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address:  281 N. Glassell St., Long Beach, CA 92866

Website: http://www.facebook.com/Two-Idiots-Peddling-Poetry

Anders Carlson-Wee & Film Screening & Poetry Reading at Cal Lutheran

Writer and performer Anders Carlson-Wee screens his co-directed film, Riding the Highline, and reads from his new book, The Low Passions. The author’s work has been widely published, and his chapbook Dynamite won the Frost Place Chapbook Prize.

Where: Cal Lutheran University, William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 4 pm

Address:  60 West Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Website: http://www.callutheran.edu/calendar/event/4452#event

Ridley Pearson & Super Sons at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to hear children’s author Ridley Pearson present and discuss Super Sons: The Polar Shield Project, two boys who are opposites in every way except one—they are the sons of the World’s Greatest Heroes! This is the first book in a n epic new series.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 11th  

Time: 6:30 pm

Address:  693 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/events/ridley-pearson-discusses-and-signs-super-sons-polarshield-project

Dawn Lundy Martin & Diana Khoi Nguyen for CGU Tufts Poetry Awards at the Huntington Museum    

Pease join us for the Tufts Poetry Awards Annual Ceremony and Poetry Reading featuring:

Dawn Lundy Martin received the 2019 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for Good Stock Strange Blood. She is a poet, essayist, and conceptual-video artist, and author of Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life, and co-edited the literary anthology Letters to the Future: BLACK WOMEN/Radical Writing. She is a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Diana Khoi Nguyen received the 2019 Kingsley Tufts Poetry award for Ghost Of. She is a multimedia artist and award-winning poet whose work has appeared widely. She was a 201 National Book Award finalist, and winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book contest. She teaches at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and at University of Denver’s Daniels School of Business.

NOTE: Reserve your tickets at Eventbrite site.

Where: Huntington Museum, Haaga Hall

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 1800 Orlando Rd., San Marino, CA 91108

Website: https://arts.cgu.edu/tufts-poetry-awards/awards-ceremony/

Tim Johnson &The Current: A Novel at Book Soup

Please join us to welcome author Tim Johnson, in discussion with author Steph Cha, and hear him discuss his new book, The Current: A Novel. This is a beautifully recognized story about the fragility of life, the power of the past, and the need, always, to fight back. Grief, suspicion, the innocent and the guilty—all stir to life in a cold northern town where a young woman can come home, but still not be safe.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 11th  

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://vromansbook.com/events/tim-johnston-conversation-steph-cha-discusses-and-signs-current

Say the Word Writers Workshop at Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC)

Please join us for Say the Word Writers Workshop hosted by LASC, for people who want feedback on current projects or people who need a space to write. In this workshop you get to choose what you want to do with your time in order to produce your best writing.

Where: Los Angeles Southwest College

Date: Thursday the 11th  

Time: 7 pm

Address:  1600 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90047

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1372268172914100/?event_time_id=1372268176247433

David Baker & Poetry Reading at the Hammer Museum

Writer and poet David Baker reads from his just-published Swift: New and Selected Poems, as well as a suite of eco-poems. He will be joined for part of the evening by Gregory Uhlmann, a Los Angeles-based composer and guitarist who performs with jazz, fusion, and classical groups. Baker is poetry editor of the Kenyon Review and his honors include awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Poetry Society of America, as well as the NEA.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/04/poetry-david-baker/

Drunken Masters: Poetry at The Mighty Company

Please join the accomplices for Drunken Masters: Poetry, now a (semi) quarterly event, featuring poets and writers Rocio Carlos (Attendance; (the other house), F. Douglas Brown (ICON; Zero to Three) and Mike Sonksen (Letters to My City).

To celebrate National Poetry Month the April theme is POETRY.

The format will engage these three poets to listen and drink and evaluate the submitted work of those seeking feedback on their work. See website for details and submission guidelines.

Where: The Mighty Company

Date: Thursday the 11th         

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/565587867242311/

An Evening with Four Poets at Beyond Baroque

Join us to meet and hear four exceptional poets read new work and celebrate recently-published books:

Noah Blaustein is the author of two collections of poetry; Flirt (2013) and After Party  (2019). His anthology, Motion: American Sports Poems, was an editor’s pick of the year.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, of Small Dogs and Grief, winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry.

Dorothy Barresi is the author of five books of poetry, most recently What We Did While We Made More Guns (2018).

Kevin Prufer is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently How He Loved Them (a 2019 Rilke Prize finalist).

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/#events or  https://www.facebook.com/events/2178567135541818/

Poets Jazz House

A Spoken Word and Music Lounge where spilling your heart is art and searching your soul is mandatory to get in the door. They are a beatnik Tea House where there’s snapping instead of clapping. The atmosphere is lax but it Sssizzles. They invite you to come touch, be touched, hear the answer and heed the call. We’re just a cozy little house where everyone feels at home.

Where: Irie Vibes Art Space

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 6563 Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 9o044

Websitehttps://breezevz.wixsite.com/poetsjazzhouse?fbclid=IwAR16YKOhnWGK-123naGFDD4pKMD2kkekRsUEUMKO5-dNiB0HB9PqH53RYLg

Shout! Open Mic at Half Off Books

Come share your poeic voice and talents in a great locale in Fullerton. This recurring Open Mic takes place the 2nd Thursday of each month and is hosted by Eric Moraga.

Get there early for sign ups so you ensure you are able to read.

Where: Half – Off  Books

Date: Thursday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 141 W. Wilshire Ave., Suite A, Fullerton, CA 92832

Websitehttps://allevents.in/california/april-shout-the-open-mic-poetry-night/20001972042089

Ruth Reichl Author Luncheon at The Shade Hotel, with Pages Bookstore

Please join us for a luncheon with chef and food critic Ruth Reichl as she discusses her new book, Save Me the Plums. The author chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, and all the stops along the way, from her life as a Berkeley hippie, through the corporate world and the changes wrought by the internet on the magazine world.

Complete with recipes!

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

Where: The Shade Hotel

Date: Friday the 12th             

Time: 12 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/join-food-critic-and-chef-ruth-reichl-luncheon

Erica Jong & Kim Dower Author Luncheon at The Amici Brentwood, with Diesel Bookstore

Please join us during National Poetry Month for a luncheon with poets and writers Erica Jong and Kim Dower, as they discuss their new books.

Erica Jong’s collection of poetry, The World Began with Yes, is an inspiring, uplifting, exciting work from those she has written over the last decades, poems whose writing keeps her alive.

Kim Dower is a devoted fan of Erica Jong’s work, and her book Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave, is a profound work of humor and heartache.

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

Where: Amici Brentwood

Date: Friday the 12th             

Time: 12 pm

Address:  2538 San Vicente Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/friday-april-12th-12-pm-national-poetry-month-luncheon-erica-jong-and-kim-dower

Dana Czapnik Author Luncheon at Jackson’s Food + Drink, with Diesel Bookstore

Please join Ladies, Lunch & Literacy for a luncheon with debut author Dana Czapnik, as she discusses her coming-of-age book, The Falconer.

The Falconer has earned praise from NPR, Los Angeles Review of Books, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, and award-winning authors Ann Patchett and Salman Rushdie.

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

Where: Jackson’s Food + Drink

Date: Friday the 12th             

Time: 12 pm

Address:  2041 Rosecrans Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245

Website: http://www.danaczapnik.brownpapertickets.com

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2019 at MOCA Geffen Contemporary (Day 1 of 3)

Join us for Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair, with dozens of publishers, exhibits, signings, book launches, and more than 100 conversations, workshops, performances, and other artist-led programs.

This is a three day event, and hours of operation differ on each day.

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

Where: MOCA Geffen Contemporary

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 1 pm – 7 pm

Address:  152 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012,

Website: http://sites.moca.org/program/book-sale-at-printed-matters-la-art-book-fair

Workshop: Healing Through Writing the Unsaid at Cella Center Arts Festival

Join us for a workshop for those who use their creativity to express their experiences as individuals who were adopted or in foster care across many mediums.

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

Where: Cella Center Arts Festival, Highways Performance Space

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Address:  1651 18th St., Santa Monica, CA

Website: https://highwaysperformance.org/event/e/voices-of-the-fostered-and-adopted-celia-center-arts-festival-2019-tickets-51995221106

Susan Choi & Trust Exercise at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to meet author Susan Choi, who will present her novel, Trust Exercise. In an American suburb in the early 1980s, student sat a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarefied bubble, ambitiously pursuing movement, music, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When two freshmen, David and Sarah fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed—or un-toyed with—by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.

This book will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, friendships and loyalties, and wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/636865860067880/?active_tab=about

Marala Scott & With Gratitude at the Last Bookstore

Join us to meet Marala Scott, award-winning author, poet, and Oprah Winfrey’s Ambassador of Hope, as she shares her new release book of poetry and prose, With Gratitude. Be inspired to recognize the good in beautiful and difficult situations—both past and present.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Full Length Play Reading of Angelito at Studio Luna by Teatro Luna West

When is a haircut more than a haircut? Carlos, new to L.A., has to learn if his new barber really likes cutting hair or really likes him.

Play wright Gilbert Salazar is a Restorative Justice Practitioner, and applied theatre artist, devising theatre and writing stories about masculinity and spirituality. This event is a Fundraiser for Brown and Out Fest V, so please check details at website links.

Where: Studio Luna by Teatro Luna West

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address:  2009 East 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/636865860067880/

Zine & Meet at Book Show LA

Join us to discuss what we want our zines to be and to convey, stories of action zines, stories of the zine scene, new ideas we all have, share events, and maybe even bring in new collaborations!

Bring your own snacks, and bring zines to share!

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website:  http://bookshowla.com/event/zine-meet-6/

Voices Echo from Past to Present & Julayne Lee at Cella Center Arts Festival

Join us for a compilation of narratives, poetry, spoken word, and theatre pieces expressed by the voices of the fostered and adopted.

Julayne Lee, Korean adoptee, presents poems from her book Not My White Savior, with special performances by adoptees, Kayla Tange and Mercury Troy.

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

Where: Cella Center Arts Festival, Highways Performance Space

Date: Friday the 12th

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

Address:  1651 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404

Website: https://highwaysperformance.org/event/celia-arts-center-fest-performances/

Women Who Submit at Exposition Park Regional Library, LAPL

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Women Who Submit’s April session will begin with a panel on submitting poetry to journals and contests with Muriel Leung (Bone Confetti) and Vickie Vertiz (Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut). Then we will break into two groups for new member orientation and returning members’ news and goal setting.

Women Who Submit is a supportive community for women and non-binary writers submitting work for publication. You can participate in this month’s orientation to become a member. There is no fee to join.

NOTE: See website for detailed schedule for the day.

Where: Exposition Park Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/377625716408150/

LA Times Festival of Books at USC (Day 1 of 2)

The LA Times Festival of Books began in 1996 to celebrate the written word, and each year it brings together over 150,000 people in a gathering of writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians, publishers and booksellers, and lovers of the literary arts in the largest festival in the land.

Admission is FREE to this two-day event. Full schedule of authors, readings and panels is available at website, and ticket information and travel/parking details provided.

Saturday’s highlights include:

At the Poetry Stage:

Erica Jong, Carl Phillips, Jericho Brown, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Terrance Hayes, Carol Muske-Dukes, Morgan Parker, Charles Harper Webb, Blas Falconer, Joseph Rios, Armine Iknadossian.

At Bovard Auditorium:

Laurie Halse Anderson, Valerie Jarrett

At Taper Hall:

Tayari Jones, Tommy Orange, Tod Goldberg, David Treuer, Terry Tempest Williams, Janet Fitch

At the LA Times Stage:

Father Gregory Boyle, Sandra Cisneros, Dave Berry

And SO MUCH MORE!

Where: University of Southern California, Campus Park (various locations)

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Address: USC Campus Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Websitehttp://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks  or  https://www.facebook.com/events/1035813106604852/

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2019 at MOCA Geffen Contemporary (Day 2 of 3)

Join us for Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair, with dozens of publishers, exhibits, signings, book launches, and more than 100 conversations, workshops, performances, and other artist-led programs.

This is a three day event, and hours of operation differ on each day.

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

Where: MOCA Geffen Contemporary

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 11 am – 7 pm

Address:  152 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012,

Website: http://sites.moca.org/program/book-sale-at-printed-matters-la-art-book-fair

2019 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Litfest at the dA Center for the Arts

Join us for the launch of the California Imagist Project! Enjoy a free day of events featuring the best arts and literature of the San Gabriel Valley and the Los Angeles Area.

Doors open at 11 am.

See details and full schedule at website link.

Where: dA Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 11:20 am – 6:50 pm

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

Website;   http://www.facebook.com/events/419749935483850/

We Spoke Reading Event at Women’s Center for Creative Work

We Spoke is a durational reading event organized by Meital Yaniv and featuring 40 women poets and spoken word artists, declaiming their work. This is an opportunity to create community and expand your work.

See details and full schedule at website link.

Where: Women’s Center for Creative Work

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 1 pm – 9 pm

Address: 2425 Grover Place., Frogtown, Los Angeles, CA 91766

Websitehttp://www.womenscenterforcreativework.com//events/we-spoke-a-durational-reading-event

Laura Atkins & Biddy Mason Speaks Up at CAAM

Please join us to hear author Laura Atkins discuss her new release from Heyday Books, Biddy Mason Speaks Up, co-written with Arisa White. This book explores tools for readers to use to speak up in their communities. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, California Bound: Slavery on the New Frontier, 1848-1865.

See details and full schedule at website link.

Where: California African America Museum (CAAM)

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 2425 Grover Place., Frogtown, Los Angeles, CA 91766

Websitehttp://caamuseum.org/programs/talks-and-workshops/biddy-mason-slavery-and-resistance-in-the-building-of-las-african-american-community

Kids Authors & Bullied at Gallery Nucleus – Kids Event

Please join us to hear authors form Shake the Moon books’ new anti-bullying title Bullied, in benefit of the boys and Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley.

See details and full schedule at website link.

Where: Gallery Nucleus

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Address: 210 E. Main St., Alhambra, CA 91801

Websitehttp://gallerynucleus.com/event/741

2019 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival Big Open at Santa Catalina Library

Join Saturday Afternoon Poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month with the 2019 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival, featuring three poetry contests, with an entry deadline of April 9, 2019.

This week, The Big Share invites you to bring poetry to read other than by yourself.

See details and full schedule at website link.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

Website: http://saturdayafternoonpoetry.blogspot.com/

Editor James Deahl & Tamracks Anthology at Beyond Baroque

Join us to hear host RD Armstrong present writers Patrick Connors, Debbie Okun Hill, Michael Mirolla and Karen Shenfeld.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://beyondbaroque.com/calendar

Jonathan Yahalom & Caring for the People of the Clouds at the Last Bookstore

Join us to meet clinical psychologist Jonathan Yahalom, who will present and discuss his book Caring for the People of the Clouds: Aging and Dementia in Oaxaca. In rural Mexico people often say that Alzheimer’s does not exist, but dementia symbolizes how modern families have forgotten the communal values that brought them together.

NOTE: All bookstore events are ticketed, so see website for details. FREE mescal tasting with purchase of this book!

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Poetry Reading at Poetic Research Bureau

Join us to hear poets Francesca Capone, Elaine Kahn, Kristin George Bagdanov and Robyn O’Neil read and discuss their work.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearch.com or   https://www.facebook.com/events/571629553342264/

Embracing the Feral Beauty of Los Angeles at Beyond Baroque

Aleida Rodriguez arrived at Union Station in 1967 and ten years later became the first woman to publish a literary magazine in L.A. Now she’s bequeathing her home (Red Hill House).

See website link for advance tickets. Regular admission, and members are FREE.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 13th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://beyondbaroque.com/calendar

Kila Sugasaphire Ealy Reading & Open Mic at Griot Open Mic-Shades of Afrika

Join us during National Poetry Month for an amazing night with Kila Sugasaphire Ealy and our Open Mic at Shades of Afika-Griot Café.

Where: Shades of Afika: The Mind, Body & Spirit Store

Date: Saturday the 13th                                              

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 1001 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90802

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/637323936720928/

Stephen Brophy & Friends Literary Reading at Book Show LA 

Join us to hear writer and author Stephen Brophy present his featured guests:

Valerie Asta Powers, Laura Gauriello, Tara Jepson, Todd Ludy and Bucky Sinister.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Saturday the 13th                                              

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website:  http://bookshowla.com/event/stephen-brophy-friends-lit-reading/

Spell Cast Open Mic at KRST Unity Church

Bringing the heat are new features every month. Come for the poetry, music, food and wine, but stay for the community. Hosted by Rob “Poetry” Morrow/Queen Tasha Auset.

Featured artists include:

Urbn Vudu, prolific wordsmith and performer.

Neenee, fabulous and beautiful songstress.

NOTE: Admission $5

Where: KRST Unity Center

Date: Every Second Saturday of the Month: Saturday the 13th

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

Address: 7825 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90047

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2590669734340596/

LA Times Festival of Books at USC (Day 2 of 2)

The LA Times Festival of Books began in 1996 to celebrate the written word, and each year it brings together over 150,000 people in a gathering of writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians, publishers and booksellers, and lovers of the literary arts in the largest festival in the land.

Admission is FREE to this two-day event. Full schedule of authors, readings and panels is available at website, and ticket information and travel/parking details provided.

Sunday’s highlights include:

At the Poetry Stage:

Richard Blanco, Kim Dower, Marsha de la O, Sam Sax, Michelle Bitting, David Baker, Helene Cardona, Lynne Thompson, Marilyn Chin, Michael C. Ford.

At Bovard Auditorium:

Joyce Carol Oates, Chelsea Clinton

At Taper Hall:

Authors writing in YA Fiction, Science Fiction, Memoir, Thrillers, Sports

At Town & Gown:

Laila Lalami, Luis Alberto Urrea, Kiese Laymon, John Scalzi, Cory Doctorow

At the LA Times Stage:

Amber Tamblyn, Janet Napolitano, Justine Bateman, Marion Ross

At Ronald Tutor Center:

Walter Mosley, T.C. Boyle

And SO MUCH MORE!

Where: University of Southern California, Campus Park (various locations)

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Address: USC Campus Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Websitehttp://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks  or  https://www.facebook.com/events/1035813106604852/

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2019 at MOCA Geffen Contemporary (Day 3 of 3)

Join us for Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair, with dozens of publishers, exhibits, signings, book launches, and more than 100 conversations, workshops, performances, and other artist-led programs.

This is a three day event, and hours of operation differ on each day.

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

Where: MOCA Geffen Contemporary

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Address:  152 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012,

Website: http://sites.moca.org/program/book-sale-at-printed-matters-la-art-book-fair

Vickie Vertiz & Kenji C. Liu Poetry Reading at Tia’s Tacos Riverside

Join the Inlandia Institute at a beautiful patio location and restaurant for a Literary Poetry Reading featuring Vickie Vertiz and Kenji C. Liu.

Vickie Vertiz is the author of the debut poetry collection, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut.

Kenji C. Liu is the author most recently of the collection, Monsters I Have Been. His previous collection is Map of an Onion.

Where: Tia’s Tacos Riverside

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 12 pm

Address:  3849 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

Website: http://www..facebook.com/events/2346864412229289/b

Soap Box Poets Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for our Soap Box Poets open Reading hosted by Jessica Wilson Cardenas. There’s a five minute limit for readers, and a 1:45 pm start for sign-ups.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 2 pm

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

Website: http://beyondbaroque.com/calendar     

The New Short Fiction Series & Book Launch at the Federal Bar 

Join us to hear Janet Margolis present her new book, Termination Shocks, in cooperation with University of Massachusetts Press. Performance and spoken word artist Sally Shore will host, with guest cast Samira Izadi, Melanie Manooki, and Jill Remez, and musical guest Hunter and the Wick’d.

NOTE: See website for details on this ticketed event.

Where: The Federal Bar

Date: Sunday the 14th                                              

Time: 7 pm

Address: 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

Website: http://newshortfictionseries.net      

Mike Sonksen & Letters to My City at Beyond Baroque

Mike Sonksen will present and celebrate the publication of his newest book, with dramatic readings by Mike and his poet friends. “Mike the Poet is a civic treasure…and he’s taken a multilayered interest in the city. All of it is up for exploration and inquiry,” states Lynell George, author of After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://beyondbaroque.com/calendar

Dystopian Book Club & 84k at the Last Bookstore

Please join our host Peter Clines, to discuss author Claire North’s book:, 84k. This book shows us a capitalistic dystopia where crimes are given a monetary value: your only human rights are the ones you can afford.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Ben Fama Book Launch & DEATHWISH at Poetic Research Bureau

Join us to hear author and writer Ben Fama present and discuss his book, DEATHWISH at the Book Launch for this work.

His co-host will be Sophia Le Fraga, and guest artists include: Ted Dodson, Rachel Rabbit White and Anton Ivanov.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Sunday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearch.bureau or  https://www.facebook.com/events//274481450155098/

 

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