Los Angeles Literature Events 5/06/19 – 5/12/19

UntitledRachel Howzell Hall & They All Fall Down at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to meet author Rachel Howzell Hall, in conversation with author and critic Steph Cha, who will read and discuss her suspense novel, They All Fall Down. This stand-alone novel brings seven sinners to a private island for a reckoning that will leave you breathless.

Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico with six other strangers. But they have all been brought to the remote island under false pretenses—and they all harbor a secret.  They are trapped in paradise and strange accidents stir suspicions, as one by one… they all fall down.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 6th

Time:  7 pm

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

Website: http://www. chevaliersbooks.com/rachel-howzell-hall

Henry Thomas & The Window and the Mirror at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us for a presentation by author Henry Thomas of his new book, The Window and the Mirror: Book One: Oesteria and the War of Goblinkind..

A captured soldier must escort a mysterious girl to a distant city to broker peace between two peoples posed on the brink of war. left to die in a cavern, his commander stumbles on to a deep and powerful secret: how to harness the energy of mens’ souls and bend them to his will. Is this the secret that Goblinkind has been hiding from the race of men?

Henry Thomas is a professional actor, most known for his role in E.T. as a young child, and most recently in The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. This is his first novel.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 6th            

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/henry-thomas-discusses-and-signs-window-and-mirror-book-one-oesteria-and-war-goblinkind

Richard Wolf & In Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness at Book Soup 

Please join us to hear author Richard Wolf present and sign his book, In Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness.

In our noisy world, music is the key to inner silence. This book charts twelve “bridges”—skills and sensibilities refined in musical practice that carry over into mindfulness and meditation.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/richard-wolf-discusses-and-signs-tune-music-bridge-mindfulness

Maureen Goo & Somewhere Only We Know at the Last Bookstore – YA Event

Please join us to hear author Maureen Goo discuss her book, Somewhere Only We Know.

Sparks fly between a K pop starlet and a tabloid reporter in this heartwarming rom-com, inspired by Roman Holiday. Join us for a conversation event between the Maureen Goo and Kate Spencer, host of the Forever 35 podcast and author of the adult memoir, The Dead Moms Club.

A Cosmopolitan Best Young Adult Book of 2019.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Janna King & Malibu Bluff Event at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Janna King present and sign her book at her publication party: Malibu Bluff: A Seasonaires Novel. This event will also raise funds for the California Fire Foundation, and there will be a silent auction as well. Summer snacks and beverages will be served.

Every summer is designed is a dream for six twenty-something seasonaires chosen by Lyndon Wyld, the founder of her namesake clothing line. This summer the chosen ambassadors will be taken by Mia, who has been roped into the event, to take her flock to Malibu. But when detractors from Mia’s past come back to haunt her, the line between what’s real and what’s staged gets blurred, and the results could be deadly.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 7th            

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-may-7th-630-pm-publication-party–janna-king-discusses-and-signs-malibu-bluff

Polly Rosenwaike & Look How Happy I’m Making You at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to meet author Polly Rosenwaike, in conversation with author and critic Steph Cha, who will read and discuss her book of stories, Look How Happy I’m Making You. This is a candid, buoyant debut story collection about the realities of  “the baby years.”

The women in this collection want to be mothers, or aren’t sure they want to be mothers, or—having given birth—are overwhelmed by what they’ve wrought. Sharp and unsettling, wry and moving, these stories expand the conversation about what having a baby looks like. They are witty, empathetic, and precisely observed.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time:  7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/polly-rosenwaike  

Kenton Nelson & Water: California Idealism at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us for a presentation by celebrated painter and author Kenton Nelson of his new book, Water: California Idealism. In this book the author explores the idealistic California of his childhood dreams in this collection of works involving water. Saturated with color and longing, and balancing shadow and light, water explores California with a powerful, unusual mix of sunny optimism and noir mystery. (Prospect Park Books)

Fun fact: Kenton is the artist responsible for the film themed mosaic on the wall of the Andalucia Apartments, visible when walking down the stairs from the Vroman’s parking lot! His objective in his paintings is to idealize the ordinary with the intention of engagement, using the iconic symbols and styles of his lifetime in a theatrical style to make leading suggestions.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 7th            

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore/events/kenton-nelson-discusses-and-signs-water-california-idealism

Aatif Rashid &Portrait of Sebastian Kahn at Book Soup 

Please join us to hear author Aatif Rashid present and sing his book, Portrait of Sebastian Kahn.

Part satire of college life circa 2011 and part serious exploration of art’s fundamental unreality, this book is a humorous coming-of-age novel about a charismatic but emotionally stunted Muslim American Don Draper, who wins as many hearts as he breaks.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/aatif-rashid-discusses-and-signs-portrait-sebastian-khan

Julie Buxbaum & Hope and Other Punchlines at Skylight Bookstore  – YA Event

Join us to hear author Julie Buxbaum, in conversation with Kayla Cagan, discuss and sign her YA novel, Hope and Other Punchlines.

This book, from the author of Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next, delivers a poignant and hopeful novel about resilience and reinvention, first love and lifelong friendship, the legacies of loss, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbookstore.com/event/julie-buxbaum-reads-her-new-novel-hope-and-other-punchlines-kayla-cagan

Tuesday Night Café & Open Mic – The Breaking + Building Show at Tuesday Night Project

It’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and we’re exploring breaking and building. What does it mean for us to break down oppressive systems and what do we want to build in their place? Join us as we ask our artists to explore what a more intentional future can look like for our communities.

Event hosted by: Sean Mura, with Mya Worrell & Linda Reyes. Beats by: DJ ShaNinaross.

Featuring:

Ariel Tan

Kathy Masaoka

Caroline Calderone

Kruti Parekh

CIRRRCLE

and The Open Mic.

NOTE: See website for guidelines and details.

Where: Tuesday Night Project

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 120 Judge John Aliso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2922595054425274/

Andrea Wulf & at Huntington Museum                

Please join us to hear New York Times bestselling author and historian Andrea Wulf discuss her newly illustrated book, The Adventures of Alexander Humboldt.

Where: Huntington Library

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.huntington.org

Redondo Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel                 

Please join the Redondo Poets to welcome this week’s feature, Kevin Patrick Sullivan, 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 7th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: https://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 7th

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 sheet. The first half signup happens outside before doors open (around 8-ish). Signing up for the first half does not guarantee entry, so stay in line! For the second half signup, line up nest 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 sign up 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.

Cost: $5

Where: The Greenway Court Theater

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm (every Tuesday)

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

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

Kim Dower & Sunbathing on Tyrone Powers’ Grave at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to meet poet and author Kim Dower, in conversation with authors Ron Koertge and Charles Harper Webb, who will read and discuss her book of poems, Sunbathing on Tyrone Powers’ Grave. This is her fourth collection, and death has never felt so alive!

These poems soothe, terrify, and always surprise, revealing the extraordinary within the ordinary. Wise and soaring, these poems bravely imagine another life beyond the one we all know.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time:  7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/kim-dower   

Tembi Locke & From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us for a presentation by author Tembi Locke, in conversation with Claire Bidwell Smith, of her memoir, From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home. In this book the author chronicles three summers she spends in Sicily with her daughter, Zoela, as she begins to piece together a life without her husband, professional chef Saro, in his tiny hometown hamlet of farmers.

The author is an accomplished actor and also a TEDx speaker. Her talk traces her journey as a cancer caregiver. She is the voice behind The Kitchen Widow, a Web series and grief support community.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 8th       

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore/events/tembi-locke-conversation-claire-bidwell-smith-discusses-and-signs-scratch-memoir-love-sicily

Ira Resnick &The Seventies at Book Soup 

Please join us to hear author Ira Resnick present and sing his book, The Seventies: A Photographic Journey.

The seventies in America were a time of social and cultural ferment, and the author was there with his camera to capture it all. Now he is opening his archives to reveal hundreds of rare celebrity photos—many never seen since their original publication in magazines like Rolling Stone, People, and Us. His dynamic shots are accompanied by personal anecdotes about his legendary subjects.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/ira-resnick-presents-and-signs-seventies-photographic-journey

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 8th

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

Judy Kronenfeld & Robbi Nester Reading at the Ugly Mug

Join Two Idiots Peddling Poetry to welcome poets Judy Kronenfeld & Robbi Nester, who will present and discuss their work.

Judy Kronenfeld is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: Bird Flying through the Banquet (2017), Shimmer (2012), Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths (2nd Ed. 2012), and Shadow of Wings (1991).She has also published two chapbooks. Now Lecturer Emerita at UC Riverside, she also serves as Associate Editor of the online journal, Poemeleon.

Robbi Nester is a poet, writer, and teacher of writing, and is the author of a chapbook of yoga poems, Balance (2012), and has published many other poems. She is editor of an anthology of NPR and PBS poetry, The Liberal Media Made Me Do It!, and is author of a book of poems, A Likely Story.

Where: The Ugly Mug

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/442282376314734/

Nell Freudenberger & Lost and Wanted at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to meet author Nell Freuedenberger, in conversation with authors Dana Goodyear, who will read and discuss her novel, Lost and Wanted. This is an emotionally engaging, suspenseful told in the voice of a renowned physicist: an exploration of female friendship, romantic love, and parenthood.

Helen Clapp’s breakthrough work on five-dimensional space-time landed her a tenured professorship at MIT, and all is going well. Then she learns that her friend Charlotte Boyce, her roommate at Harvard, just died. As Helen is drawn back into the orbit of that time, she is drawn back to Charlie’s orbit, the man they both once had feelings for. This is the story of friends and lovers, lost and found, at the most defining moments of their lives.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time:  7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/nell-freudenberg

Chip Cheek & Cape May at Pages Bookstore

Please join us to hear debut author Chip Cheek present and sign his novel, Cape May.

This mesmerizing debut explores the social and sexual mores of the 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites. Erotic and moving, this is a novel abou marriage, .ove and sexuality, and the lifelong repercussions that t a group of debauched cosmopolitans has on a new marriage.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th           

Time: 7 pm

Address:  904 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/meet-debut-author-chip-cheek

Jo Giese & Never Sit If You Can Dance at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us for a presentation by author Jo Giese, in conversation with Chris Erskine, of her memoir, Never Sit If You Can Dance: Lessons from My Mother.

This is a memoir of Jo’s mother Babe, who liked to drink, dance, and stay up late in an earlier, more old-fashioned time in America. It offers uplifting lessons in old-fashioned civility that will ring true with mothers, daughters and families.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th           

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore/events/jo-giese-conversation-chris-erskine-discusses-and-signs-never-sit-if-you-can-dance-lessons-my

Maria Kuznetsova &Oksana, Behave! at Book Soup 

Please join us to hear author Maria Kuznetsova present and sign her book, Oksana, Behave!: A Novel.

When Oksana’s family begins their new American life in Florida after emigrating form Ukraine, her physicist father delivers pizza, her depressed mother sits at home depressed and worrying, and her flamboyant grandmother relishes the attention she gets when she walks Oksana to school, not realizing they are walking down Prostitute Street. After their fortunes improve, and her grandmother moves back to Yalta, Oksana visits her and learns about Baba’s wartime past and her lost loves, and begins to see how much alike they are. She comes to a new understanding of how to embrace life and love without causing harm who are dearest to her.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/maria-kuznetsova-discusses-and-signs-oksana-behave

An Evening with Jacqueline Winspear & Maisie Dobbs at Pasadena American Legion Post 13

Join us for our open Book evnet, with an evening with author Jacqueline Winspear, creator of the Maisie Dobbs series, in conversation with Barbara Abercrombie. This bestselling mystery series has earned legion sof fans and numerous awards. Maisie investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in this new page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival.

Where: Pasadena American Legion Post 13

Date: Thursday the 9th           

Time: 7 pm 9 pm

Address:  131 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

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

Poets Jazz House Open Mic at Irie Vibes Art Space

About: 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. They’re just a cozy little house where everyone feels at home.

Where: Irie Vibes Art Space

When: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7pm – 10pm

Address: 6563 Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044

Website: Poets Jazz House

SHOUT! The Open Mic Poetry Night at Half Off Books

Come and share your poetic voice and talents in a great locale in Fullerton. SHOUT! is a recurring poetry open mic that takes place on the 2nd Thursday of every month, and is hosted by Eric Moraga. This is a free event, so get there early to ensure you read.

Where: Half Off Books

When: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7pm – 10pm

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/HOBRE/ 

David Lehman Poetry Reading at the Hammer Museum

David Lehman is a poet, literary critic, editor of the Oxford Book of American Poetry, and creator of the Best American Poetry series. Lee Upton praises Lehman’s new volume, Playlist, in these terms: “What a gorgeous and ambitious poem. an elegy, a calendar, an enactment of beauty, a tribute to singers and musicians and those who love them, a musical compilation, a mediation on friendship and art.”

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

Readings are organized and hosted by poet, critic, and UCLA distinguished research professor of English Stephen Yenser.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 9th         

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/05/poetry-david-lehman/

WCCW Reading Series: Critical Intuition at Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW)

Please join us for the Womens’s Center for Creative Work Quarterly Reading Series presented by Nina Rota & Bridgette Bianca. The readings are thematically linked to the summer 2019 idea of Critical Intuition as presented in the work of Audra Lorde. Our features are:

Jessica Gallion aka YELLAWOMAN is a writer, poet, mother, friend, from Natchitoches, Louisiana, rained in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of Can’t No Woman Woman Like Me, the creator of Creatin’ After Hours at the World Stage, and has appeared at many venues around L.A.

Chenel King was raised in a family led by Black women and her father. She has dedicated her writing to exploring, expanding, complicating and acknowledging their everyday lives. She is currently finishing her novel and performing her poetry in and around L.A.

Tamala Whittley is a writer and educator born and raised in Los Angeles. She is currently shopping her first novel, The Ghosts of Central Avenue, and is hard at work on her next novel. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, or trying to draw and paint.

Sarah Wheeler is a poet, playwright, and performer form North Carolina who currently resides in L.A. She wrote and developed her one woman show,/Once Again to Z/, which later ran in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. She is currently writing her first book and is enrolled in CLI’s program through USC. She is also creator of erasure poetry, which can be found on her Instagram *@littlegoldenblackoutpoems.*

Where: WCCW

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address:  2425 Glover Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90031

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2506047669622853/ or https://www.blackculturalevents.com/event/wccw-reading-series-critical-intuition/

Mira Costa Poetry Club at Hermosa Beach Historical Society

Join us to see the Mira Costa Poetry Club re-enact Beatnik poetry nights with live readings as part of our lecture series.

Where: Hermosa Beach Historical Society

Date: Thursday the 9th           

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address:  710 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Website: http://www.hermosabeachhistoricalsociety.org

Graphite Launch party at the Hammer Museum

The launch for the 10th annual edition of the Hammer’s student-run interdisciplinary arts journal, Graphite, features readings, lectures, and performances by contributing artists, all centered around the theme of transit.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Friday the 10th           

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/05/graphite-launch-party/

Lorene Cary & Lady at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Lorene Cary present and sign Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century..

From cherished memories of weekends she spent as a child with her indulgent Nana to the reality of the year she spent “ladysitting” her now frail grandmother, the author journeys through stories of their time together and five generations of their African American family. Brilliantly weaving a narrative of their complicated yet transformative relationship—she looks at Nana’s impulse to control people and fate, and the reckonings to come. Nana was a fierce, stubborn, independent woman, who managed a business until she was 100. But she could also be devoted—to family and to black causes. When Nana doubts Cary’s dedication, she must go deeper into understanding this complicated woman.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 10th    

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/events/lorene-cary-discusses-and-signs-ladysitting-my-year-nana-end-her-century

Two Authors & Two Memoirs at Book Soup

Please join us for a reading and discussion with authors Don Cummings, who will present his book, Bent But Not Broken, and Vanessa McGrady, who will present and discuss her book, Rock Needs a River: A Memoir of a Very Open Adoption.

Both books are now offered in paperback.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 10th  

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/memoir-tmi-brutal-honesty-embarrassing-transgressions-and-why-we-do

Judith Teitelman & Guesthouse for Ganesha at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Judith Teitelman to present and discuss her debut novel, Guesthouse for Ganesha.

In 1923, seventeen-year-old “Esther Grunspan arrives in Koln with a hardened heart as her sole luggage.” Thus, she begins a 22 year journey, woven against the backdrops of the European Holocaust and the Hindu Kali Yoga, in search of a place of sanctuary. Throughout her travails, she relies on her masterful tailoring skills to help mask her Jewish heritage, navigate war-torn Europe, and emigrate to India.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 10th    

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/judith-teitelman-reads-her-debut-novel-guesthouse-ganesha  

Zhu Zhu & The Wild Great Wall at Poetic Research Bureau

Join us to hear Chinese poet and writer Zhu Zhu present and discuss an evening of modernist poetry, drawn from his latest book, The Wild Great Wall. This will introduce American readers to a singular poetic consciousness.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearchbureau.com   or https://www.facebook.com/events/2036609009976745/

Phoebe Macadams & Mark Edwards Rhodes at Beyond Baroque

Mark Edwards Rhodes is a poet and playwright, and has written thirteen plays and two volumes of poetry. Phoebe Macadams is the author of Economy of the Beautiful, her seventh book of poetry, and the recent Beyond Baroque-published chapbook, Every Bird Helps.

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

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Poetry Workshop at Woodland Hills Branch Library, LAPL 

Please join us for a Poetry Workshop led by poets David del Bourgo and Jacqueline Tchakalian, which gives writers a chance to share their poem-in-progress and to hear constructive critique and suggestions.

Bring ten copies of your poem so others will be able to read along.

Where: Woodland Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 12 pm – 2 pm

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

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

Brendan Constantine Workshop: Writing with Distractions at Camera Obscura

Writing with Distractions is a Writing Workshop led by poet and author Brendan Constantine, author most recently of Dementia, My Darling, and acclaimed teacher, writer and author.

Participants will examine the cognitive velocities of the day and explore ways to stay on the page. No experience necessary!

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

Where: Camera Obscura Art Lab

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Address: 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/410506356180255/

Sandra de la Loza & Sesshu Foster at Armory Center for the Arts

Join us for a conversation between Sandra de la Loza and poet, teacher, and community activist Sesshu Foster in conjunction with de la Loza’s exhibition “Mi Casa Es Su Casa.” Foster and de la Loza will be discussing the themes of the exhibition, their respective practices, and Los Angeles’ past, present, and future. This event is free and open to everyone.

Where:  Armory Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address: 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/446615916098979/ or http://www.armoryarts.org/schedule/2-019-events/delaloza-foster/

Lil’ Libros at Super Mamas Event – Pop Up at Armory Center for the Arts

Join us for the 3rd annual event that connects and empowers women through their mama-hood journey, with a live podcast, celebrity panelists, games, vendors, etc.

Where:  La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 1 pm – 6 pm

Address: 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/435913323634791/

Deep Poetry Critique Writing Workshop at Santa Catalina Library

Join Saturday Afternoon Poetry to participate in a Deep Poetry Critique Writing Workshop led by G.T. Foster. (Bring 15 copies of your poem-in-progress.)

Curated by: Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 4th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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

Mom’s Turn by Jennika Ingram at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Join us for a free reading and discussion by author Jennika Ingram of Mom’s Turn: A journal for the first year of motherhood and stories to stay empowered.

Author and reporter Jennika Ingram interviewed moms across North America about what they wish they knew in that first year and shares their insights to make that important year easier and help ward off postpartum.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 9

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/event#/moms-turn-with-author-jennika-ingram-sat-may-11th-3pm

Jeri Westerson & Traitor’s Codex at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Jeri Westerson to present and sign the tenth Crispin Guest Medieval Noir novel, Traitor’s Codex.

Crispin Guest, tracker of London, is enjoying his ale in the Boar’s Tusk tavern—until a stranger leaves a mysterious wrapped bundle on is table, saying, You’ll know what to do.” Inside is an ancient leather-bound book written in unrecognizable language. A rabbi he consults informs him its contents challenge the doctrine of Christianity itself. And there are powerful men who will stop at nothing to see it destroyed.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 4pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbooks.com/event/jeri-westerson-discusses-and-signs-traitor’s-codex   

Spell Cast Open Mic Expressions at KRST Unity Center of AfRaKan Spiritual Science

Please join us to hear poets and writers, our features, Ms. Ieshya Parker & Yawo Watts, present their work. Queen Tasha Auset is your hostess, and music is by S.OU.L.-O.

NOTE: See website for Open Mic guidelines.

Where: KRST Unity Center

Date: Saturday the 11th    

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm (Doors open at 7:30 pm and Open Mic begins at 8 pm)

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2269059206504069/

Adrian Ernesto Cepeda & Between the Spine at BookShow LA

Please join us to hear author Adrian Ernesto Cepeda present the release of his new book,  Between the Spine. This book is by the author of Flashes and Verses: Becoming Attractions, his book of poetry published in 2018.

Where: BookShow LA

Date: Saturday the 11th    

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/adrian-ernesto-cepeda-book-release-between-the-spine/

Narratives of the Southwest – L.A. Times Bomb at Beyond Baroque

Narratives of the Southwest is a four-part series that examines U.S. history as a whole from the perspective of the Southwest. L.A. Times Bomb and is the second in the series and tells the story of the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building in 1910 as well as the story of Ricardo Flores Magon. It functions as both local history and L.A. s place in world history through Magon’s involvement in the Mexican Revolution. This narrative will be intersected with “Working LA,” a curated poetry reading of contemporary poets writing about their experiences as workers in the city of Los Angeles.

Hosted by: Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo.

Regular Admission. Tickets available at website link.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Saturday Night Special (Spoken Word) at the World Stage

Join us for a Saturday Night Special Event with five great spoken word artists and poets:

Nikki Black is a comedian and writer living Los Angeles. Her writing has been featured in Reductress and Athena Talks, and she has served as a panelist on Al Jeazeera’s The Stream.

Michael Datcher is a poet and critically acclaimed journalist, and the author of the novel Americus, Raising fences, and Animating Black and Brown Liberation: A Theory of American Literatures.

AK Toney is a poet, writer, and performance artist, and one of the 8 Literary Lions of Leimert Park, as noted by Mike “the poet” Sonksen on KCET’s website.

Pam Ward is a poet, writer, performance artist, and one of the 8 Literary Lions of Leimert Par, as noted by Mike “the poet” Sonksen, and has performed as part of The Ovary Office..

Conney Williams is a poet, writer, author, performance artist, and leader at the Anansi Writer’s Workshop at  the World Stage.

Where: The World Stage

Date: Saturday the 11th       

Time: 9 pm – 12 am

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

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/2081302062170457/

826LA Kids Program: Once Upon a Video Game at the Hammer Museum – Kids Event

This workshop is for kids ages 8-14. Learn about interactive storytelling, see how characters and storylines in video games draw us in, and leave with your very own video game idea!

This workshop is led by Ashlyn Anstee, a storyboard artist and children’s book author and illustrator who has worked for Netflix and Nickelodeon.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 12th          

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Website:  http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/05/826lahammer-once-upon-a-video-game/

Tembi Locke Literary Luncheon with Diesel Bookstore at Amici Brentwood

Join us for a literary luncheon with author Tembi Locke to discuss her book, From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home.

It was love at first sight wen Tembi met profession chef Saro on a street in Florence. The only problem was traditional Sicilian family did not approve of hem marrying a black American woman, and an actress no less. However, they forged ahead, adopted a baby girl, and reconciled with his family. However Saro would face a three year long battle with cancer, with Tembi by his side, and this book covers their three years in his hometown hamlet of farmers.

If it is said every story begins with a marriage or a death, then this one is both.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event to attend at a restaurant one half block form the bookstore. See website for details.

Where: Amici Brentwood

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 12 pm – 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/friday-may-17th-1200-pm-literary-luncheon-tembi-locke-discusses-and-dsigns-scratch    

Soapbox Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for the monthly open reading hosted by Jessica Wilson Cardenas. This is your home. Bring your words. The mic is yours. Sign-ups begin at 1:45 pm, and there is a five-minute limit..

Sign-ups begin at 4:45 pm. There is a five minute limit.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 2 pm

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

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

Mothers’ Day Poetry Reading at Gatsby’s Bookstore

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

Donna Hilbert is the author of ten books of poetry and appears in many anthologies and journals.

Armine Iknadossian is the author of the collection All that Wasted Fruit.

Tamara Madison is a writer and spoken word artist, runs the blog TamTalk!!! and is the author of Kentucky Curdled.

Kathryn McMurray is the author of If Your Body Is a Broken Landscape.

Joan Jobe Smith is an editor and poet, and founding editor of Pearl and the Bukowski Review.

Arunji Wijesinghe works for social innovation firm Affinis Labs, and is a talented poet.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 12th  

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/event#/mothers-day-poetry-reading-sun-may-12th-3pm

Rattle Poetry Series at Flintridge Boosktore

Join us for the Rattle Poetry Series presented the second Sunday of every month, and hosted by editor Timothy Green.

Quincy R. Lehr is an American poet raised in Norman, Oklahoma, and living in L.A. His book-length poem Heimat is available from Barefoot Muse Press, and he is editor of The Raintown Fountain. His poem “War Song” appeared in Issue #53 of Rattle.

Timothy Green has worked as editor of Rattle since 2004 and his poems have appeared in many journals. He is a contributing columnist for the (Riverside) Press Enterprise and is co-founder of the Wrightwood Literary Festival.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Address:  1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada-Flintridge, CA 91104

Website: http://www..flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2019/5/12/rattle-poetry-series

Voice in the Well Reading: Mayday Mayday! at Beyond Baroque

Join us for the monthly variety arts reading hosted by Eric Vollmer. Today the features include:

Fred Rubin, Laurie Buckley, Lauren Delisle, Vinnie Caggiano, Christian Dufner, and Margot Rose.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

 

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