Los Angeles Literature Events 4/22/19 – 4/28/19

Colin Dayan & In the Belly of Her Ghost at Chevalier’s Bookstore

308b68_17d20a51e1304e0d8b701ec40036fcfa_mv2Join us to hear Colin Dayan, author of In the Belly of Her Ghost. The author has one of the most original minds in America and also one of the fiercest. Here for the first time she turns her rigorous intellect toward her vexed relationship with her mother, and subsequent suffering. Plus, she does so with her usual uncompromising clarity in a book that is not exactly an easy read, but one that’s hard to put down, according Madison Smartt Bell.

Colin (Joan) Dayan is the Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, and the author of: Haiti, History, and the God, The Story of Cruel and Unusual, The Law Is a White Dog, and With Dogs at the Edge of Life. her memoirs of growing up in Georgia have been published in The Yale Review, Southwest Review, and LARB, among others.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 22nd                                                          

Time: 7 am

Address: 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90008

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks/event/colin-dayan

Jennifer Dakan & All Mimsy Were the Borogroves at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to welcome authors Jennifer Dakan to present and sign her new book, All Mimsy Were the Borogroves: a family’s struggle with Lewy body dementia.

This is an intimate photographic memoir that reveals the shifting foundations of family when mom, the fulcrum of hearth and home, is diagnosed with a terminal illness and tendrils of daily life begin to unravel. This book is an invaluable guide for anyone whose life has been touched by Lewy Body Dementia and for everyone else it illuminates what remains when words detach from meaning and dying becomes an intrinsic part of living.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 22nd                                                                                

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/eventjennifer-dakan-discusses-and-signs-all-mimsy-were-borogroves-family’s-struggle-lewy-body

Rachel Howard & The Risk of Us at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Rachel Howard discuss and sign, The Risk of Us.

What is the cost of motherhood? When this story opens, we meet a forty-something woman who deeply wants to become a mother. The path that opens to her and her husband takes them through the foster care system, with the goal of adoption. When the child they welcome begins to exhibit rages that crack open their marriage, they must decide if they can be the parents she needs. This book explores the uncertainties of family life, and the way true empathy obliterates our defenses.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/rachel-howard-discusses-and-signs-risk-us

Graham Hancock & America Before at the Last Bookstore

Join us to meet author Graham Hancock, who will read and discuss his book, America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization. This is the author’s life’s work, to find out if there was an advanced civilization lost to history in the global cataclysm that ended the last Ice Age. Have archeologists focused for too long on only on the “Old World” in their search for the origins of civilization, without considering the revolutionary possibility that those origins might in fact be found in the “New World?”

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 22nd

Time:  7 pm

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

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

Miriam Pawel & The Browns of California, at Pages Bookstore

Please join us to meet author Miriam Pawel, to discuss her book, The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation.

The author weaves a story that spans four generations, from August Schuckman, the Prussian immigrant who crossed the plains in 1852 and settled on a Northern California ranch, to his great-grandson Jerry Brown, who reclaimed the homestead one hundred forty years later. Through the prism of their lives we gain an essential understanding of California and an appreciation of its importance. This magisterial story is enhanced by many striking photos.

NOTE: This is a FREE but ticketed event. See Website for details,

Where: Manhattan Beach Public Library

Date: Tuesday the 23rd          

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/miriam-pawel-author-browns-california

Celebrating National Poetry Month Event at Rosemead Library

Please celebrate National Poetry Month with our host, Don Kingfisher Campbell, as he features four poets in a workshop and reading event:

Jackie Chou, CLS Ferguson, Gregory Foster, and Nancy Lynee Woo.

Event format will be as follows:

5:30 – 6:30: Write with the Poets:  Sit down one-on-one with published poets to get ideas and input on your work.

6:30 – 7:30:  Reading: Read a poem you have written or read one by your favorite author.

This event is for those aged 15 to adult. Refreshments will be served.

Where: Rosemead Public Library

Date: Tuesday the 23rd          

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Address:  8800 Valley Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770

Website: http://lacountylibrary.org/events/celebrating-national-poetry-month/

Jo Giese & Never Sit if You Can Dance at Diesel Bookstore 

Join us to hear author Jo Giese discuss and sign her memoir, Never Sit if You Can Dance.

This is a tribute to Jo’s mother Babe, who liked to drink, dance, stay up late, and always told her daughter, “Never sit if you can dance.” Although Jo grew up thinking the last thing she wanted was to be like her mother, her own happiness was derived from lessons Babe had taught her. This memoir offers uplifting lessons in old fashioned civility that will ring true with mothers and daughters, and families, told with good humor.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-april-23rd-630-pm-jo-giese-discusses-and-signs-never-sit-if-you-can-dance

Danielle Page & MERA: Tidebreaker at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Danielle Page, in conversation with writer/musician Amerie, discuss and sign her book, MERA: Tidebreaker.

When the Xebellian military plots to overthrow Atlantis and break free of its oppressive regime, Mera seizes the opportunity to take control over her own destiny by assassinating Arthur Curry–the long-lost prince and heir to the kingdom of Atlantis. But her mission gets sidetracked when Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love. Will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side, or will he die under her blade as she attempts to free her people from persecution?  An astonishing graphic novel that explores duty, love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers’ favorite undersea royalty.

From New York Times best-selling author Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die) and artist Stephen Byrne comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land, and her first steps as a hero or villain, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill. (DC Ink)

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/danielle-paige-conversation-amerie-discusses-and-signs-mera-tidebreaker

Lydia Fitzpatrick & Lights All Night Long at Chevalier’s Bookstore  

Join us to hear author Lydia Fitzpatrick, in conversation with Julia Claiborne Johnson, present her novel, Lights All Night Long: A Novel, a gripping and deftly plotted narrative of family and belonging..

This is a dazzling debut, a tale of two homes both native and adopted, and a spellbinding story of the fierce bond between two brothers determined to find a way back to each other. Fifteen-year-old Ilya arrives in Louisiana from his native Russia for what should be the adventure of his life as an exchange student. Sadie, the beautiful and enigmatic daughter of his host parents seems to have taken an interest in him, bu the carries a lot of baggage from his former world concerning his older brother Vladimir, a magnetic rebel in their Russian home town. With Sadie’s help, he embarks on a mission to prove his brother’s innocence.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 23rd                                                

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/lydia-fitzpatrick

A Night of Unhealthy Poetry with Sarah Nivala & Molly Ash at Book Soup 

A group of Book Soup employees are hosting an evening of poetry readings and discussion on a fun new platform for some of L.A.’s most promising up and coming poets to share their work. See you there!

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/book-soup-presents-night-unhealthy-poetry-hosted-sarah-nivala-molly-ash-1

Redondo Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Poets to welcome this week’s feature, Hilda Weiss, 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 23rd

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 23rd

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 23rd

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

Website: http://dapoetrylounge.com/visiting-dpl/open-mic/

Four LA Women of Color Poets Reunite at Cal State Los Angeles

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics brings you Cantaluz – Sing Light!

In the 1990s, five LA-based women poets of color organized Cantaluz (“Sing Light”):

Gloria Alverez

Jiseh James

Nancy Padron

Amy Uyematsu was raised in southern California by parents who had been interned in American camps during World War II. She earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. Uyematsu’s poems consider the intersection of politics, mathematics, spirituality, and the natural world.

Pam Ward is a poet and novelist from Los Ángeles.

They felt the need for writers of color to work together. After doing some readings as Cantaluz in the ‘90s, the group was inactive until 2017 when they reunited and read as part of the 90×90 Writ Large Series. They are excited about reuniting once more, and this event will feature four: Gloria, Pam, Jiseh, and Amy.

NOTE: This is a FREE event. See Website for details,

Where: Music Hall, CSULA

Date: Wednesday the 24th     

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

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

Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/academic/al/cantaluz-4-la-women-color-poets-reunite-cal-state-la

PEN Los Angeles Book Club & The Poet X at Blu Elefant Cafe – YA & Adult Event

Join us to read and discuss together the award-winning book, The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo. Our host Danyeli is a Bronx-raised, Afro-Dominican poet and spoken word performer, who uses her voice to raise awareness around issues of race, gender, and migration.

Side Show books offers a 20% discount on book club titles. This event is FREE and open to all.

Where: Blu Elefant Cafe

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

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

Website: http://pen.org/event/los-angeles-book-club-poet-x/

MG Wheaton & Emily Eternal at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author MG Wheaton discuss and sign his book, Emily Eternal.

Meet Emily, “the best AI character since HAL 9000” (Blake Crouch). She can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind’s deepest secrets, but unfortunately, even she can’t restart the sun.

Emily is an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years before scientists agreed it was supposed to.  Her beloved human race is screwed, and so is Emily. That is, until she finds a potential answer buried deep in the human genome that may save them all. But not everyone is convinced Emily has the best solution–or the best intentions. Before her theory can be tested, the lab is brutally attacked, and Emily’s servers are taken hostage.  Narrowly escaping, Emily is forced to go on the run with two human companions–college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra. As the sun’s death draws near, Emily and her friends must race against time to save humanity. Soon it becomes clear not just the species is at stake, but also that which makes us most human. (Grand Central Publishing)

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/mg-wheaton-discusses-and-signs-emily-eternal

Victoria Shorr & Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Victoria Shorr read and discuss her book, Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning. This book is a study in the courage of three women—Jane Austin, Mary Shelley, and Joan of Arc. It is the story of Joan’s final days, between her terrified recantation and her heroic return to the stake.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/victoria-shorr-discusses-and-signs-midnight-three-women-hour-reckoning

Architects Who Built Southern California at the Last Bookstore

Please join author Antonio Gonzalez to discuss his book, Architects Who Built Southern California. The author tells the stories of the people behind some of our most iconic buildings.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Richard Powers: Some Favorite Writers at the Hammer Museum

Please join us for our reading event hosted by author and UCLA professor Mona Simpson, Some Favorite Writers, to hear her in conversation with acclaimed author Richard Powers, author of 12 novels, most recently The Overstory, a monumental novel about humans and trees.

Coffee, tea, and book signing with the author to follow the event..

Where: The Hammer Museum

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/04/some-favorite-writers-richard-powers/       

State of the Union Book Club & Heartland at the Last Bookstore

Please join host Jaweed Kaleem to discuss the book, Heartland A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, by Sarah Smarsh. The author tells the story of systemic, socio-economic inequality through the lens of her own Kansas family in Heartland.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Nathaniel Rich & Losing Earth at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Nathaniel Rich present and discuss his new science book, Losing Earth, in conversation with acclaimed author Jane Smiley.

By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change—including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes, risked their careers in a desperate, escalating campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late. Losing Earth is their story, and ours.

New York Times magazine devoted an entire issue to this groundbreaking chronicle, which has now been expanded into book form. This dramatic history offers a moral framework for understanding how we got here, and how we must go forward.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 24th  

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/nathaniel-rich-discusses-his-new-science-book-losing-earth-jane-smiley    

Otis Visiting Writers Series & Sasha Pimental at Otis College of Art and Design

Please join us for the Otis Visiting Writers series to hear Filipina poet and writer Sasha Pimental discuss her work, including For Want of Water (2016) and Insides She Swallowed (2011). She is an associate professor in the Bilingual (Spanish-English) MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas, El Paso, and serves as affiliated faculty in the Chican@ Studies Program.

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

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Anansi Writers Workshop & 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.

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm –10 pm; Reading at 8:30– 9:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.theworldstage.org/anansi-writers or

Lady Narrator Reading at the Ugly Mug

Join Two Idiots Peddling Poetry to welcome poet Lady Narrator, who will present and discuss her work.

Dania Ayah Alkhouli, a.k.a. Lady Narrator, is a Syrian America author, poet and writer, born and raised in Southern California. She published her debut book at 19, titled 91 at 19, and in 2017 she released her second poetry book Oceans & Flames, a collection shedding light on her experience with, and survival of, domestic violence. She and her mother founded the nonprofit, A Country Called Syria in 2012, a traveling exhibition that showcases the history and culture of Syria.

Where: The Ugly Mug

Date: Wednesday the 24th  

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/772658619783038/

Uptown Café & liz gonzalez at Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, Long Beach

Join us for PopUPTown Social: Uptown Café, with Poetry, Jazz, Libations, featuring poet liz gonzalez, author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds, to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Where: Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, Long Beach

Date: Thursday the 25th  

Time: 5:30 pm – 8 pm

Address:  5870 Atlantic Ave.., Long Beach, CA 90805

Website:  http://www..facebook.com/events/267154270829366/

Nare Garibyan & When Ruins Speak at Flintridge Bookstore

Nare Garibyan is a poet, and When Ruins Speak: A Journey of Poems is her inaugural collection of poetry. She also has an extensive publishing resume as an editor and arts writer at Yerevan Magazine.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 25th  

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Address:  1010 Foothill Blvd.., La Canada Flintridge, CA 9

Website:  http://www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2019/4/25/nare-garibyan-when-ruins-speak-a-journey-of-poems  

Poetry with: Donna Sruijt-Metz, DaMaris Hill, Joseph Rios and Brandan Constantine at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us for a poetry reading featuring four wonderful poets:

Donna Spruijt-Metz launches her new chapbook, Slippery Surfaces.

DaMaris Hill reads from her new book, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing.

Joseph Rios reads from his acclaimed book, Shadowboxing, as well as some new work.

Brendan Constantine reads from his new chapbook Bouncy Bounce, and other work.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 25th  

Time:  7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/donna-sprujit-metz  .

Marc Weingarten & Thirsty at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Marc Weingarten, in conversation with Wendy Riss, present and discuss Thirsty: William Mulholland California Water, and the Real Chinatown.

Thirsty is the history of Los Angeles and its fraught relationship with water. As a cityon the make since the early 20th century, L.A’s resources fought hard to keep up with its unchecked growth. The city’s water chief, William Mulholland, bought an aqueduct to grab water over 200 miles away in Owens Valley, but it wasn’t enough. This is the gripping tale of our epic battles for water, the characters that shaped the city’s destiny, and a man-made tragedy that killed 400 and changed the way water would be harnessed and allocated.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 25th  

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/events/marc-weingarten-conversation-wendy-riss-discusses-and-signs-thirsty-william-mulholland

Documenting Los Angeles Event at Art + Practice

Please join us for Documenting Los Angeles: A Conversation with muti-disciplinary artists Alima Lee and Kya Lou, who will discuss their individual practices as well as their process and experiences documenting Black life in Los Angeles.

Where: Art + Practice

Date: Thursday the 25th  

Time: 7 pm

Address:  4334 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2043659819258009/

Gwendolyn Womack & The Time Collector at Book Soup

Please join us to welcome author Gwendolyn Womack and hear her present and discuss her book, The Time Collector: A Novel.

Travel through time with the touch of a hand. Roan West was born with an extraordinary gift: he can perceive the past of any object he touches. He uses his talents to find and sell antiques, but his quiet life in New Orleans is about to change. This a romantic thriller from the author of The Memory Painter and The Fortune Teller.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 25th  

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/gwendolyn-womack-discusses-and-signs-time-collector

Samuel Stein & Capital City at the Last Bookstore

We are pleased to present author Samuel Stein and his new book Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. Come hear about the pernicious ways in which city planning and real estate have merged, and join a discussion about what we can do about it. With special guest panelists: Maya Abood (MIT) and K-Sue Park (UCLA School of Law).

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

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

Live Podcast with Armine Iknodossian & HanaLena Fennel at 1888 Center for the Arts

Join us for a live podcast by Writers Block featuring poets Armine Iknodossian & HanaLena Fennel, and more with Mike Gravagno.

Armine Iknodossian is the author of All That Wasted Fruit, a collection of poems about the sacred feminine. She is also a founding fellow of the Anaphora Writing Residency at Otis College of Art and Design.

HanaLena Fennel has been published in various anthologies and collections, and is now publishing her first full book of poetry. She is currently an associate editor of the online literary journal FreezeRay.

Where: 1888 Center for the Arts

Date: Thursday the 25th  

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/846505605696130/  

Laila Lalami & The Other Americans at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Laila Lalami, in conversation with Charles Finch, present and discuss her new novel, The Other Americans. From the author of The Moor’s Account, comes a timely and powerful new novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant—at once family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 25th  

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/laila-lalami-discusses-her-new-novel-other-americans-charles-finch  

Both Ends of Venice at Beyond Baroque

Join us for a reading and discussion of two important new books about different eras in Venice, a city of canals created by Abbot Kinney to encourage the very best in mankind. Laura Shepherd Townsend reads from Angel’s Flight, and Jim Smith reads from Gentrifying Paradise, which argues for Venice’s continuing evolution in the 21st century..

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Thursday the 25th  

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

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

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

Saskia Vogel &Permission at Book Soup

Please join us to welcome author Saskia Vogel, in conversation with acclaimed author Janet Fitch, and hear her present and discuss her book, Permission.

When Echo’s father gets swept away by a freak current off the Los Angeles coast, she enters a state of paralysis. The failed young actress seeks solace in the best way she knows: by losing herself in the lives of others. This time it’s with her new neighbor, a dominatrix named Orly who works out of her suburban home, and who introduces Echo to a whole new world of desire. But Orly’s fifty-something houseboy won’t quite let Echo slip into sweet oblivion…  Set among the bright colors of L.A., Permission is a kind of love story about three people sick with dreams and expectations who turn to the erotic for comfort and cure. As they stumble through the landscape of desire, they ask themselves: how do I want to be loved? (Coach House Books)

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 26th  

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/saskia-vogel-discusses-and-signs-permission-conversation-janet-fitch

Daniel Suarez & Delta-v at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Daniel Suarez, bestselling author of Daemon, present and discuss Delta-v, a near future technological thriller, in which a charismatic billionaire recruits a team of adventurers to launch the first deep space mining operation—a mission that could alter the trajectory of human civilization..

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 26th  

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/events/daniel-suarez-discusses-and-signs-delta-v

Sehba Sarwar & Black Wings at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Sehba Sarwar present and discuss her novel, Black Wings

Spanning two continents, Black Wings is the story of Laila and Yasmeen, a mother and daughter, struggling to meet across the generations, cultures, and secrets that separate them. Their shared grief, as well as the common bond of unhappiness in their marriages, allows them to reconnect after seventeen years of frustration, anger and misunderstandings..

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 26th  

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/sehba-sarwar-reads-her-novel-black-wings  

Los Angeles Press National Poetry Month Reading & Open Mic at Beyond Baroque

The Los Angeles Press celebrates National Poetry Month with featured writers Jacqueline Suskind and Suzanne Lummis, and a spirited, joyful salon and reading event with Open Mic to follow.

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

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 26th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Tebot Bach Poetry Reading & Open Mic at Golden West College

Please join us for the Tebot Bach poetry reading, featuring:

Robbi Nester is the author of four books of poetry, a chapbook Balance, and three collections: A Likely Story (2014), Other-Wise (2017), and Narrow Bridge (2019). She has also edited two anthologies.

Betsy Mars is a poet and educator, a mother, traveler, and animal lover. Her first chapbook, Alinea, is available on Amazon.

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

Where: Golden West College, Humanities 101

Date: Friday the 26th

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

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

Website: http://m.facebook.com/events/golden-west-college/robbi-nester-and-betsy-mars-at-tebot-bach-/6-18430551953169/   or  http://www.evensi.s/amp/robbi-nester-betsy-mars-tebot-bach/303056254

Independent Bookstore Day at Chevalier’s Bookstore  

Join us to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, when we will host 50+ authors throughout the day, visiting and signing their works.

Please check detailed schedule at our website, for names and times of these special guests!

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 10 pm – 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/indie-bookstore-day-2019

Independent Bookstore Day at Diesel Bookstore 

Join us to celebrate Indie Bookstore Day! Check our website for specials and details.

Where:  Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/saturday-april-27th-5th-anniversary-independent-bookstore-day

Independent Bookstore at Flintridge Bookstore

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day as we offer special events in art, children’s literature, guest authors and presenters, including:

10:30 am: Dan Santaat presenting Drawn Together & After the Fall (ages 4-8).

12 pm: Benson Shum presenting Holly’s Day at the Pool & Go to Sheep? (ages 2-4).

11 am: Susan Latempa presents Paperback L.A.: A Casual Anthology.

11 am: Dario CiVon presents A Millennial Field Guide + GenZ.

1 pm: Marissa Kennerson presents Tarot (YA Fiction) & Tarot readings by INNAMOON.

1 pm: James Ashley, JPL Planetary Scientist, presents Exploring Caves on the Moon & Mars.

3 pm: Marc Yablonika presents Vietnam Bao Chi: Warriors of Word and Film (Military History).

3 pm: Joseph Puglia presents Girl with the Purple Ribbon.

3 pm: Poetry Reading with: Charles Jenson, presenting Nanopedia, and Sheila McMullin presenting daughterarrium. Come early to sign up for Open Mic.

See website for further details.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 27th  

Time: 10:30 am – 5 pm

Address:  1010 Foothill Blvd.., La Canada Flintridge, CA 91001

Website:  http://www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events//2019/4/27/independent-bookstore-day-1

Independent Bookstore Day at Once Upon a Time Bookstore – Kid’s Event

Join us to celebrate children’s literature on Independent Bookstore Day, when we will have specials. treats, and events all day, including:

11 am: Special Storytime and Book Signing with Rachel MacFarlane and Spencer Laudrieo.

3 pm: Special Storytime and Book Signing with Vincent X. Kirsch.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 10 am – 8 pm

Address:  2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

Website: http://www.shoponceuponatime.com/event/independent-bookstore-day-2019

Independent Bookstore Day at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to celebrate Indie Bookstore Day and meet many authors, who will be presenting and signing their work, including:

10:30 am: Antoinette Portis will present and sign Hey Water!

2 pm: Marge Perry & David Bonom will present and sign Hero Dinners: Complete One-Pan Meals That Save the Day.

Check website for details.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbooks.com/events/indie-bookstore-day   

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 THE BIG WINNERS of the Big Slam, winners of the 2019 SGVPF contests will be featured.

See details and full schedule at website link.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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

Indie Bookstore Day & Bill McKibben at Book Soup

Join us to celebrate five years of Independent Bookstore Day!

Bill McKibben will present and sign his book, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? This is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time:  3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/celebrate-indie-bookstore-day-book-soup-and-reading-bill-mckibben

David Kipen & I Read Your Book and… at Beyond Baroque

Join us as Rex Weiner continues his live, in-person interview with David Kipen, editor of Dear Los Angeles, founder of Libros Schmibros, and book critic.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 4 pm

Address:  681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 9029

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

Grace Talusan & The Body Papers at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Grace Talusan present and discuss her book, The Body Papers

Winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, this memoir explores the fraught contours of her life as a Filipino immigrant and survivor of cancer and sexual abuse.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 27th  

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/grace-talusan   

The Free Black Women’s Library – L.A. Launch and Highlight Night at Hilltop Coffee & Kitchen

It’s National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than a night grooving to your fave Black girls jams (we’re thinking a little Jamila Woods, a little Anita, Solange, maybe a quick Megan Thee Stallion bop here and there) and listening to and communing with some of Los Angeles’s dopest Black women poets?!

We agree–there’s just no better way.

The Free Black Women’s Library–which orginated in Brooklyn, NY by OlaRonke Akinmowo–officially has a sister site in Los Angeles and we want to celebrate! We’ll be selling exclusive merch, amazing poetry works by local, Black women authors, and giving away some surprise goodies!

We’re currently in the collection phase of the project with the goal of collecting #300blackwomenbooks by June. We think we can do it! We’re asking all guests please bring a gently used or new book written by a Black woman to gift our growing collection.

6:00 p.m. – Social / Boogie Hour
7:00 p.m. Readings
8:00 p.m. Integrative Q&A on storytelling, authenticity, and Black womanhood.

Can’t wait to see you there!

In love, liberation, and literacy,
The Free Black Women’s Library – Los Angeles

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

Where: Hilltop Coffee & Kitchen

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Address:  4427 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/348790839317428/ 

Rights Night Reading at ALOUD, Central Library, LAPL

Join us for a Rights Night Reading, featuring author Dave Cullen, in conversation with Ryan Pascal, and an inspiring look at the 2nd Amendment in action. In the wake of the first anniversary of the events at Parkland, Dave Cullen, author of Columbine, offers an intimate new account of the teenage survivors who became activists and inspired millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement, which has galvanized a nation.

NOTE: See website for ticketing and attendance information.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 6 pm

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

Website: http://lfla.org/event/rights-night-2nd-amendment/

A Red Night – Poetry Reading at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Join us for A Red Night Poetry Reading, featuring:

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda

Alexis Rhone Fancher

Joan Jobe Smith

Aruni Wueeighe

Sexy and scandalous poetry for the literary-minded!

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events-3#/red-night-poetry-night-april-27th-7p   

2019 PEN Emerging Voices Reading at The Virgil

Join us for a reading by the 2019 PEN Emerging Voices Fellows, featuring:

Judy Choi has a master’s degree in social work and recently was case manager for InsideOUT Writers, Los Angeles. She is at work on a short story collection based on her Texas childhood.

Anthony Hoang is a commercial insurance underwriter living in Los Angeles. He is working on a novel telling the story of two generations of a Chinese-Vietnamese family set in 1970s Vietnam and in present -America.

Fajer Alexander Kahnsa was born and raised in Lattakia, Syria, and Tokyo, Japan. In 2005 he moved to the U.S. where he completed his studies at USC. He is working on a short story collection.

T.K. Le is from Westminster, California, and is an alum of the VONA Voice summer writing workshop. Her essay “Part of Memory Is Forgetting” appears in the W.W. Norton anthology Inheriting the War. Her current collection of poems is inspired by the Lambretta her father threw into the ocean in the hours before he left Vietnam in 1975.

Dare Williams is an HIV-positive poet, artist, and activist native to Southern California. He is an alum of Home School Claremont, and is currently working on a poetry collection confronting the erasure of queer culture.

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

Where: The Virgil

Date: Saturday the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Address:  4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Website: http://pen.org/event/2019-emerging-voices-the-virgil/

Mark Francis Johnson, Kate Robinson & Tom Trudgeon at Poetic Research Bureau

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

Mark Francis Johnson is the author of How to Flit (2018) and Can of Human Heat (2017).

Kate Robinson is an intermedia book artist and writer, living in Oakland, where she is 1/3 of Dogpark Publishing Collective. Her book This Women’s Work is forthcoming.

Tom Trudgeon is a poet and artist from Northridge who is starting a press, Earth Book, later this year with the publication of works by Cosmo Spinosa.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 27th  

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/325930991400585/

826 LA: Writing for Plants: a Botany Workshop at Hammer Museum – Kids Event

Join us for the next 826LA Writing Workshop for kids ages 8-14, Writing for Plants: A Botany Workshop led by poet, children’s picture book writer, and author Michael A. Reyes.  You can observe, chart, and write imagined histories of a few bizarre, beautiful, and rare plants.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/04/826lahammer-writing-for-plants-a-botany-workshop/     

Sallie Rodman & Life Lessons from the Dog at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Sallie Rodman present and sign her book, Life Lessons from the Dog. You can’t help but be changed when you have a dog. They teach us about devotion, loyalty, and the value of living in the moment. We learn about ourselves as well, becoming better humans.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 1 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events-3#/red-night-poetry-night-april-27th-7p  

Poetry & Cookies: Altadena Poetry Review Anthology 2019 Release at Altadena Public Library

Come join us as we celebrate the release of the Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2019 with readings by poets and writers featured in the anthology and a potluckWhere: Altadena Public Library

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Address:  600 E. Miraposa., Altadena, CA 91001

Website: http://www..facebook.com/events/588529104964754/

Surprise the Line: Exploring Memory at Grounds Bakery & Café

You are invited to a one-day generative poetry workshop on the last Sunday of the month led by Nancy Lynee Woo. We are a small group workshop that is curiosity-driven and process-oriented. This month our theme is: Exploring Memory.

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

Where: Grounds Bakery & Café

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 1:30 pm – 4 pm

Address:  6277 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2354244991518153/

La Palabra Reading Series & Open Mic at Avenue 50 Studios

Join us to hear our quarterly Poetry Reading Series hosted by Angelina Saenz, who will present six featured poets to read and discuss their work about a year ago at Willie Perdomo in New York to study poetry at VONA. One of the group of six has published a book, which will be available for purchase and signing: Karla Codero will present How to Pull Apart the Earth.

The other features include: Sergio Enrique Lima, Leonora Simonovis, Elle Bosque, Irene Monica Sanchez, Katei Cordero, and Angelina Saenz.

NOTE: See website for details.

Where: Avenue 50 Studios

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address:  131 Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/652561218549971/   

Carolyn S. Estrada & Intimations of Mortality at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Join us to hear poet Carolyn S. Estrada present and sign her collection, Intimations of Mortality. The author is a retired Episcopal priest and this is her chapbook.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events-3#/intimations-of-mortality-with-poet-carolyn-s-estrada-sunday-april-28th-3pm

My Lit Box & Yesika Salgado at Hilltop Coffee & Kitchen

Join us as My Lit Box presents a Reading and Conversation with poet Yesika Salgado, as we discuss her book, Corazon.

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

Where: Hilltop Coffee & Kitchen

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address:  427 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles. CA 90043

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/390855801697338/     

Earth Day Cabaret at Beyond Baroque

Join us for a Climate Reality presentation of music, poetry and positive action inhonor of Earth Day. Check website for details.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 4:30 pm

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

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

Poetry in Tujunga at Bolton Hall Museum

Join us for a Village Poets of Tujunga monthly reading with poet Mary Fitzpatrick. Her poetry has been published in journals, including Agenda (UK), The Dos Passos Review, ASKEW, The Georgetown Review, and in anthologies such as Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles & Beyond and Cancer Poetry Project 2.

#3 donation.

Where: Bolton Hall Museum

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 4:30 pm

Address:  10110 Commerce Ave.., Tujunga, CA

Website: http://villagepoets.blogspot.com

UC Riverside MFA Students at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear program director Tom Lutz present the new class of UC Riverside MFA Students read and discuss their work, including:

Isabella Agosa

Katy Gurin

Alize Jama-Everett

Marcos Damian Leon

Alicia Mosley

Joe Satran

Jasmine Elizabeth Smith

Kate Weinberg

Allison BenisWhite

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 28th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/uc-riverside-mfa-students-read-their-work-6

Otis College MFA Students Reading at the Last Bookstore

We are pleased to welcome the Otis College of Art and Design MFA Students for their readings of their work, featuring:

Sarine Balian

Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick

Sibylla Nash

DC Palter

Mitra Rajabi

Edward Wells

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 21st

Time: 6 pm

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

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

    

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