Los Angeles Literature Events 5/13/19 – 5/19/19

downloadChip Cheek & Cape May at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Chip Cheek, author of Cape May: A Novl, present and discuss his debut. In this mesmerizing story the author explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south, corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites.

In late September, 1957, Henry and Effie, very young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey for their honeymoon only to find the town is deserted. Then they meet a glamorous set of people who sweep them up into their drama. The empty beach town becomes their playground, and the couple slips from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences. Erotic and moving, this novel is about marriage, love and sexuality, and the lifelong repercussions they reap.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 13th                                                          

Time: 7 am

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

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks/event/chip-cheek

David Randall & Black Death at the Golden Gate at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to welcome author David Randall to present and his new book, Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague.

For Chinese immigrant Wong Chut King, surviving in San Francisco meant a life in the shadows. His passing on March 6, 1900, would have been unremarkable if a city health officer hadn’t noticed a swollen black lymph node on his groin–a sign of bubonic plague. Empowered by racist pseudoscience, officials rushed to quarantine Chinatown while doctors examined Wong’s tissue for telltale bacteria. If the devastating disease was not contained, San Francisco would become the American epicenter of an outbreak that had already claimed ten million lives worldwide.  To local press, railroad barons, and elected officials, such a possibility was inconceivable–or inconvenient. As they mounted a cover-up to obscure the threat, ending the career of one of the most brilliant scientists in the nation in the process, it fell to federal health officer Rupert Blue to save a city that refused to be rescued.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 13th                                                                                                                      

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/david-randall-discusses-and-signs-black-death-golden-gate-race-save-america-bubonic-plague

Karen Havelin & Please Read This Leaflet Carefully at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Karen Havelin discuss and sign her book, Please Read This Leaflet Carefully: Keep This Leaflet. You May Need to Read It Again..

This novel tracks backward, from 2016 until 1995, etching details of daily life into a gripping and darkly humorous bildungsroman, from the intricacies of love and life in a fragile body. Here we meet Laura Fjellstad first as she works and cares for her young daughter, while struggling with debilitating pain and endometriosis, an invisible chronic disease. As the reder moves in reverse to meet Laura’s younger and somewhat healthier selves, we uncover her tireless work to gain control of her identity, her illness, and the conflicting demands made by doctors, friends, lovers and family. This is a jarringly funny and perceptive book, and a burning triumph.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/karen-havelin-conversation-author-lauren-wilkinson-discusses-and-signs-please-read-leaflet

Women’s Work: PEN America World Voices Event at LAXART

Please join the PEN America World Voices Festival to hear authors Scholastique Mukasonga (The Barefoot Woman, Cockroaches) and Randa Jarrar (A Map of Home; Him, Me & Mohammed Ali) in conversation on writing womanhood—the work of mothers and daughters across time and place facing genocide, tradition, and memory. This event is moderated by Edwin Hill, Associate Professor of French and Italian and American Studies and Ethnicity at USC.

A book signing will follow the event with Eso Won Books. This event will be held in both French and English.

Where: LAXART

Date: Monday the 13th                                                 

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address:  7000 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90038

Website: http://worldvoices.pen.org/session/womens-work/

Anna Newton & An Edited Life at the Last Bookstore

Join us to meet author Anna Newton, who will read and discuss her book, An Edited Life: Simple Steps to Streamlining Your Life, at Work and at Home. After eight years of running “The Anna Edit” blog and corresponding YouTube channel, the author has grown a loyal, global following who tune in for her videos. She has learned there’s no one prescription for an organized life. Instead, it’s all about editing to be able to use more of your time doing what makes you happy.

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 13th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

Chia-Chia Lin & The Unpassing at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to meet author Chia-Chia Lin, in discussion with Jamel Brinkley, to discuss her book, The Unpassing.

In her searing debut, the author explores community, identity, and the myth of the American dream through an immigrant family in Alaska. As a Taiwanese immigrant family of six struggles to make ends meet near Anchorage, Alaska, ten-year-old Gavin contract meningitis at school, and when he awakens from a coma he finds his little sister Ruby was also infected, but did not survive. Routine seems to take over the grieving family, but the father, increasingly guilt ridden, is sued for his plumbing work. In the ensuing chaos, what really happened to Ruby finally emerges.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Monday the 13th          

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/chia-chia-lin-reads-her-debut-novel-unpassing-jamel-brinkley

Literary Uprising Event at Antioch University LA 

Join us to hear five creative writers as they share their latest literary works at this free public reading:

Tracey Simmons, BA student reader

B.C. Lopez, SMC reader (from Jim Krusoe’s Fiction Class)

Claire Lin, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program reader

Devin Galaudet, BA/MFA Alum reader, author of 10,000 Miles with My Dead Father’s Ashes.

Kim Dower, Faculty Reader, author of Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave.

Where: Room A1000, Antioch University LA

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City,, CA 90230

Website: http://www.antioch.edu/los-angeles/event/literary-uprising-6/

Poetry Open Mic at Westwood Library, LAPL 

Come share your masterpiece at our monthly Poetry Open Mic hosted by Wyatt Underwood.

Or, please join us to listen and enjoy.

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles CA 90024

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/poetry-open-mic-2

Pico Iyer & Autumn Light at Diesel Bookstore 

Join us to hear author Pico Iyer discuss and sign his new book, Autumn Light.

From one of our most astute observers of human nature, this book is a far-reaching exploration of Japanese history and culture and a moving meditation on impermanence, mortality, and grief. For years the author and his wife have divided their time between California and Nara, Japan, but when his father-in-law suddenly dies, he begins to grapple with the issue of how to hold on to the things we love, even though we know that they, and we, are dying. He reminds us to take nothing for granted.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-may-14th-630-pm-pico-iyer-discusses-and-signs-autumn-light

Open Secrets: PEN America World Voices Event at USC Pacific Asian Museum

Please join the PEN America World Voices Festival to hear authors Mohammed Hanif (Red Birds, A Case of Exploding Mangoes) and Sehba Sarwar (Black Wings) in conversation on the opportunities for revealing and withholding in South Asian literature. A Q&A with the audience, plus light refreshments in a prayer room, will follow.

A book signing will follow the event with Vroman’s Bookstore.

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

Where: USC Pacific Asia Museum

Date: Tuesday the 14th                                                 

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10410442

Matthew McGough & The Lazarus Files at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Matthew McGough, in conversation with author Michael Connelly & Miles Corwin, discuss and sign his book, MERA: The Lazarus Files: a Cold Case Investigation.

In 1986 when 29-year-old newlywed Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in the home she shared with her husband, John, the crime scene suggested a ferocious struggle, and police assumed a burglary had gone awry. But before her death Sherri confided to her parents that an ex-girlfriend of John’s had threatened her. DNA analysis did not yet exist, but decades later a swab led to the arrest and conviction of LAPD detective Stephanie Lazarus, the ex-girlfriend.

What did LAPD know and when did they know it? Are there other such cases with a police connection that remain unsolved?

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/matthew-mcgough-conversation-michael-connelly-miles-corwin-discusses-and-signs-lazarus-files

Irwin Winkler & A Life in Movies at Chevalier’s Bookstore  

Join us to hear author Irwin Winkler, in conversation with Adam Winkler, present his book, A Life in Movies: Stories from 50 Years in Hollywood, a rollicking autobiography.

This is an engrossing and candid memoir, and takes readers behind the scenes and into the history of Hollywood.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/irwin-winkler

Shawn Levy & The Castle on Sunset at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Shawn Levy present his book, The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont.

For ninety years, Hollywood’s brightest stars have favored this apartment house turned hotel, and its singular appearance houses a singular history. With wit and insight the author recounts the wild revelries and scandalous liasons, births and deaths, etc. that has contributed to its reputation.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/shawn-levy-discusses-and-signs-castle-sunset-life-death-love-art-and-scandal-hollywoods

Michael Pollan & How to Change Your Mind at ALOUD Reading Series, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

Join us to hear author Michael Pollan, in conversation with Lera Boroditsky, present his book, How to Change Your Mind, a mind-bending investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs. Blending science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, this book is a look at how these substances are improving the lives of both the mentally ill and the healthy, and exploring an unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world.

This is an engrossing and candid memoir, and takes readers behind the scenes and into the history of Hollywood.

Where: Aratani Theatre of JACCC

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.lfla.org/event/michael-pollan/

Shawn Levy & The Castle on Sunset at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Shawn Levy present his book, The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont.

For ninety years, Hollywood’s brightest stars have favored this apartment house turned hotel, and its singular appearance houses a singular history. With wit and insight the author recounts the wild revelries and scandalous liasons, births and deaths, etc. that has contributed to its reputation.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/shawn-levy-discusses-and-signs-castle-sunset-life-death-love-art-and-scandal

In Conversation: ljeoma lloptaife & Philana Payton at Art + Practice 

Join us to hear filmmaker, poet, and author ljepma lloptaife and film scholar Philana Payton in conversation to discuss their practices and the common themes between them.

Central to both artists’ work is understanding and representing the role of Black women in the face of institutionalized racism, black-on-black violence, colonialism, and norrnalized misogyny in many forms.

Where: Art + Practice

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/421729505268756/

Sean Carswell & Dead Extra at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to meet author Sean Carswell, in discussion with Steph Cha, to discuss his book, Dead Extra.

A war-scarred veteran investigates the death of his wife with the help of her fiery twin sister—who’s convinced it was murder—on the seedy side of 1940s Hollywood. This story follows the parallel storylines of sisters Wilma and Gertie from 1943-46 and deles into the seedy side of those times.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 14th          

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/sean-carswell-reads-his-new-novel-dead-extra-steph-cha

Redondo Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Poets to welcome this week’s feature, Abby Paez, 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 14th

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 14th

Time: 8 pm – 12 pm

Address: 18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

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

Da Poetry Lounge-Slam!

About: A poetry slam is a competition at which poets perform their own original work, and are then judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience. In a standard slam, there are five judges. Before the competition begins, the host will often bring up a sacrificial poet. A sacrificial poet is not competing in the slam, but is scored by the judges in order for them to calibrate their judging. After each competing poet performs, judges award a score to that poem. Scores generally range between zero and ten. The highest and lowest score are dropped, giving each performance a rating between zero and thirty points. A single round at a slam consists of performances by all eligible poets. Most slams last multiple rounds, and many involve the elimination of lower-scoring poets in successive rounds. A standard elimination rubric might run 8-4-2, with eight poets in the first round, four in the second, and two in the last. Some slams do not eliminate poets at all. Additionally, most slams enforce a time limit of three minutes (and a grace period of ten seconds), after which a poet’s score will be docked according to how long the poem exceeded the time limit.

Where: The Greenway Court Theater

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

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

Dean Kuipers & The Deer Camp at Chevalier’s Bookstore  

Join us to hear author Dean Kuipers, in conversation with Joe Donnelly, present his book, The Deer Camp.

This is a beautifully written and emotionally rewarding memoir about a father, his three sons, and a scrappy too-acre piece of land in rural Michigan.

Some families have to dig hard to find the love that holds them together. Some have to grow it out of the ground. The author weaves a surprising story about the restorative power of land and his own family in the natural world.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/dean-kuipers

CSULB Student Showcase Night at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Join us as we welcome Professor Mike Whitlow and students form the CSULB MFA program in Creative Writing to read and discuss their work.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/event#/csulb-prof-mike-whitlow-student-showcase-weds-may-15th-7pm

Mary Lea Carroll & Saint Everywhere at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Mary Lea Carroll discuss and sign her book, Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints.

Traveling with–and learning from–the women saints. While visiting Siena, Italy, Mary Lea Carroll grew fascinated with the remarkable story of St. Catherine of Siena and made a resolution: Whenever she was lucky enough to travel, if a shrine dedicated to a female saint was nearby, she’d visit it and learn about her. What started as a hobby grew into a journey she never expected, and she takes readers with her as she seeks to learn from great women of history, while looking for ways to be a better citizen of the world.

The author is a lifelong resident of Pasadena, California and contributor to the book Hometown Pasadena.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/mary-lea-carroll-discusses-and-signs-saint-everywhere-travels-search-lady-saints

Dylan Struzan & A Bloody Business at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet author Dylan Struzan, and her husband, illustrator Drew Struzan, read and discuss her book, A Bloody Business. This book is about one of the most significant organized crime figures in the U.S. during Prohibiiton: Vincent “Jimmy Blue Eyes” Alo.  Introduced to the 91-year-old Alo when he was living in retirement in Florida, he was just fifteen years old when Prohibition became law. He worked side by side with Lansky and Luciano, and his later career included the ultimate mob tribute: being immortalized as “Johnny Ola” in The Godfather, Part II.

The author based this book on more than 50 hours of recorded testimony—stories he had never shared, and that he forbade her to publish until “after I’m gone.” Alo died peacefully shortly before his 97th birthday, and now these stories can be told.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/dylan-struzan-discusses-and-signs-bloody-business

Publishers Representative Night at Pages Bookstore

Join us as we welcome representatives form Penguin, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Norton and Harper Collins who will be discussing (and raffling off) some of their favorite reads of the season.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesbookstore.coom/event/publishers/representative-night

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

Join us for a Deconstructing Scenes Writing Workshop, where you may join us for one workshop or more, and attend only those topics that interest you.

In this session learn the common mistakes in manuscripts and how to deconstruct a scene from your favorite book. All sessions are led by Nicole Criona.

Where: L.A. Writers Group

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm10 pm

Address: 1728 Laurel Canyon Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046

Website: http://www.lawritersgroup.com/workshops/biggest-mistakes-deconstruction-051519/

Collage and Cry Event at Book Show LA

Join us for our Collage and Cry event on a different day this month.  Hosted by Rachel Curry, this is a community event and all are welcome. Plenty of materials will be provided.

BYOB if that is your thing,

NOTE: $5 admission or bring a snack.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm9:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/366624470728773/

Baby, Don’t Hurt Me & Chris Kattan  at the Last Bookstore

Please join actor, comedian, and author Chris Kattan to discuss his memoir, Baby, Don’t Hurt Me. Provocative and personal, goofy and heartfelt, this book is a window into the world of millennium-era Saturday Night Live, from the rehearsals to the after-after parties, as narrated by your funniest friend—who just happened to be there for all of it!

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Anansi Writers Workshop & Open Mic on Decision to Live 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.

This week’s event will be on “The Decision to Live: A Reading and Open Mic on Suicide and Mental Health, featuring:

Jaha Zainabu is a poet, painter, muralist, voice over artist, and author of the book, The Corners of My Shaping.

Shakirah Peterson is a poet and writer, and author of the book, The Letting of a Little Water: Poems and Polaroids.

Noro Otitigbe is a writer and poet whose work explores the topics of individual identity, culture and suicide. She is the author of the book, Suicide Notes: A Compilation of Thoughts About Life.

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

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 15th

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   https://www.facebook.com/events/443387593154278/

ESMoA Book Club & Why You Eat What You Eat at ESMoA

Please join us for the ESMoA Book Club to read and discuss Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food, by Rachel Herz. The discussion will be co-facilitated by Eugenia Torre and Holly M. Crawford.

Light refreshments will be served.

Where: ESMoA, an art laboratory beyond museum

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address:  208 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245

Website: http://esmoa.org/event/esmoa-book-club-why-you-eat-what-you-eat-by-rachel-herz/

Cultural Arts Funders’ Round Table at William Grant Still ArtsCenter

Please join us for a Cultural Funders’ Round Table on: Ritual + Improvisation in Los Angeles. Learn how to access arts funding with confidence, from a panel of local and statewide California funders offering grants and funding opportunities for organizations and individual artists.

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

Where: William Grant Still ArtsCenter

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Address:  2520 S. West View St., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/327867934563817/

Chiwan Choi & Rocio Carlos, with Bridgette Bianca at Chevalier’s Bookstore  

Join us to hear authors Chiwan Choi and Rocio Carlos, in conversation with Bridgette Bianca, present and discuss their books, The Yellow House and (the other house), respectively.

(the other house) is a book, a poem, a book of poems, that is also ghost document and prenatal correspondence. It was written as the author read through the draft of a manuscript for The Yellow House, by her friend, the poet Chiwan Choi. Ghost because it is a letter of the dead to the dead, but prenatal because the manuscript it addresses hadn’t been published yet. Her notes and questions eventually became a conversation with the text itself, with the speaker of the poems, with no one in particular, with the dead, with old lovers, with her own work, and with the author herself. This book is a response, a map, a thread of hauntings, a reconstructed memory of loss and the body, language and desire.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/chiwanchoi-rociocarlos

An Evening with Ani DeFranco at Vroman’s Bookstore – Off-Site Location

Join us to hear celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist and author Ani DeFranco, in conversation with Valerie Kaur, in support of No Walls and the Recurring Dream.

In her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, Ani DeFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, feminism, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and much more, into an inspiring whole. In these pages, as in life, she never hesitates to question established rules and expectations, maintaining a level of artistic integrity that has inspired and challenged more than a few. Ani continues to be a major touring and recording artist as well as a celebrated activist and feminist, standing as living proof that you can overcome all personal and societal obstacles to be who you are and to follow your dreams.

NOTE: This event is a discussion only. There will be no musical performances. See website for further details.

Where: Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Date: Thursday the 16th  

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address:  585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/events/vroman’s-bookstore-presents-evening-ani-difranco

Deborah Burns & Saturday’s Child at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet author Deborah Burns read and discuss her book, Saturday’s Child: A Daughter’s Memoir.

This book is about a daughter who revered her charismatic mother, who was a woman full of secrets, with a troubled past—a mistress of illusion whose love seemed just out of her daughter’s grasp. In vivid, lyrical prose, she tells the story of her own eccentric upbringing and her quest in midlife, long after her parents’ deaths, to uncover the truth about her mother and their complex relationship.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/deborah-burns-conversation-denise-restauri-discusses-and-signs-saturday’s-child-daughters

Steven Rowley & The Editor at Pages Bookstore

Join us as we welcome back author Steven Rowley and hear him present and discuss his novel, The Editor, about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help form the most famous woman in America.

After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally sells his novel to an editor at a major publishing house: none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie or Mrs. Onassis, as she’s known in the office has fallen in love with James’s candidly autobiographical novel, one that exposes his own dysfunctional family. But when the books forthcoming publication threatens to unravel already fragile relationships, both within his family and with his partner, James finds that he can’t bring himself to finish the manuscript.

Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, and she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to head home to confront the truth about his relationship with his mother. Then a long-held family secret is revealed, and he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page.

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

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesbookstore.coom/event/meet-author-steven-rowley

66 on 66 & Terrence Moore at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear photographer and author Terrence Moore present and discuss his book, 66 on 66: A Photographer’s Journey.

This book consists of several dozen images that he’s taken along the “Mother Road” for over 40 years, featuring newly-digitized images, many originals of which are no longer in existence, and providing a look at Route 66 and its evolution from the 1970s to the present.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Nick Laird Poetry Reading at the Hammer Museum

Poet and writer Nick Laird “has the rare ability to mate tragedy and comedy in a single line without making either side feel cheap for it,” stated acclaimed author Michael Chabon in Interview.

Laird has written screenplays and three novels, as well as four books of poems. His most recent volume of poetry, Feel Free, was short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2018.

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

Where: The Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/05/poetry-nick-laird/      

Cheryl Strayed, with Heather Havrilesky, at Scripps College

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 bestselling memoir and contemporary adventurer’s bible, Wild, as well as the genius, perceptive collection of advice columns, Tiny, Beautiful Things, published under the moniker, “Dear Sugar.” Fellow advice maven Heather Havrilesky, the voice of New York Magazine’s “Ask Polly,” joins her for a conversation.

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

Where: Garrison Theatre, Scripps College

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Address:  241 E. 10th St., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.scrippscollege.edu/events/calendar/scripps-presents-cheryl-strayed-in-conversation       

Julie Orringer & The Flight Portfolio at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Julie Orringer present and discuss her new novel, The Flight Portfolio, in conversation with author Sarah Manguso.

The long-awaited new work from the best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge takes us back to occupied Europe in this gripping historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry’s extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust.

In 1940, Varian Fry–a Harvard educated American journalist–traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for thirteen months, working under the veil of a legitimate relief organization to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and set up an underground railroad that led over the Pyrenees, into Spain, and finally to Lisbon, where the refugees embarked for safer ports. Among his many clients were Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel, André Breton, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 16th  

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/julie-orringer-reads-her-new-novel-flight-portfolio-sarah-manguso     

Open Mic Night at Art Life Gallery

Please join us for an Open Mic Night at Art Life Gallery, hosted by KBmathcapades and Artlife South Bay.

Story Teller? Poet? Musician?

Who is a star? You are!!

Come Show Us What You’ve Got!!!

Perform up to three poems or three songs, and bring a short piece for a lightening round. For more informaiton on this short series of events, call or text 310-938-2511 or 310-753-6892 to contact co-hosts Vanesa Andrade and Betsy Kenoff.

Where: Art Life Gallery

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address:  720 S.Allied Way, El Segundo, CA 90245

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/637944193323789/

Kooki’s Back Room Poetry at The Brownstone LA

Please join us for the grand premiere of Kooki’s Back Room Poetry, a monthly event held every third Thursday of each month, hosted by the beautiful and sultry poet, Kooki.

Each month she will showcase three opening poets and one featured poet. This month’s opening show will feature the one and only Paul Mabon.

Opening artists will be poets:

Micah Bournes – a creative man of faith. In addition to performing poetry and music, he often speaks and teaches on creative writing, pursuing justice, and the way of Jesus.

LaLa DeVille – a self- proclaimed artist, writer and author of her debut book “The Last Yesterday, A Poetic Memoir,” and now her latest body of work “31 Days of Mood.” LaLa is CEO of Everybody Publishing where she was able to self publish her own works and Co-creator of the internet radio station, Everybody Radio Poetry, where she co-hosts radio show “The Exquisite Spit Open Mic Hour.”

Derek Brown – is an author, poet, and venture expressionist based in Los Angeles and a graduate from Community Literature Initiative’s author training program at the University of Southern California. His premiere collection of poems, entitled Articulate Scars, was met with wide acclaim from poetry virgins and seasoned wordsmiths alike.

NOTE: Admission is $5 and a one drink minimum. *This is not an open mic.*

Where: The Brownstone LA

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address:  5047 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/423612475036562/

Author Luncheon Event & Tembi Locke at Diesel Bookstore 

Join us for an author literary luncheon with Tembi Locke, for her memoir From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home.

This memoir is a poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where the author discovered the healing power of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour. It was love at first sight when she met her husband, professional chef Saro, but his Sicilian family did not approve, and so they built a happy life in Los Angeles. When she must rebuild after her husband’s tragic death, she returns to Sicily and finds a way to begin again.

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

Where:  Amici, Brentwood

Date: Friday the 17th

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-signs-scratch

Elizabeth Acevedo & With the Fire on High at Chevalier’s Bookstore – YA Event

Please join us for a presentation from YA author Elizabeth Acevedo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X, a dazzling novel about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright. With the Fire on High tells the story of Emoni Santiago, a girl who dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, even though she got pregnant freshman year and since then has had to deal with making the tough decisions—for her daughter and for her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, when she adds something magical to everything she cooks. She learns that her only choice is to let her talent break free.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 17th  

Time:  7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/elizabeth-acevedo   .

Dean Kuipers & The Deer Camp at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Dean Kuipers present and discuss his memoir, The Deer Camp: A Memoir of a Father, a Family, and the Land That Healed Them.

Some families have to dig hard to find the love that holds them together. Some have to grow it out of the ground. Bruce Kuipers was good at hunting, fishing, and working, but not at much else that makes a real father or husband. Conflicted, angry, and a serial cheater, he destroyed his relationship with his wife, Nancy, and alienated his three sons. He distrusted people and clung to rural America as a place to hide.  So when Bruce purchased a 100-acre hunting property as a way to reconnect with his sons, they resisted. The land was the perfect bait, but none of them knew how to be together as a family. After a decade-long conflict, Bruce acquiesced to his sons’ proposed restoration plan. What happened next was a miracle of nature.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 17th  

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/events/dean-kuipers-discusses-and-signs-deer-camp-memoir-father-family-and-land-healed-them

Karen Tongson & Why Karen Carpenter Matters at Book Soup

Please join us to welcome author Karen Tongson and hear her present and discuss her book, Why Karen Carpenter Matters.

In this book the author weaves the story of the singer’s rise to fame with her own Filipino family’s trans-Pacific journey between Manila and Southern California. This hybrid of memoir and biography excavates the destructive perfectionism at the root of Carpenter’s sound, while finding beauty in the singer’s flawed, brief life.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 17th  

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/karen-tongson-conversation-guy-branum-discusses-and-signs-why-karen-carpenter-matters

Gregory Cumming & The Symbionese Liberation Army and Patricia Hearst at the Last Bookstore

We are pleased to present author Dr. Gregory Cumming and his book The Symbionese Liberation Army and Patricia Hearst, Queen of the Revolution. This event takes place on the 45th anniversary of the notorious shootout between the LAPD and FBI with the SLA in South Central Los Angeles on May 17, 1974, which ended in a fiery inferno that left six people dead while Patty Hearst watched it on TV from a hotel near Disneyland with millions of other Americans.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Friday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Xuan Juliana Wang & Home Remedies at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Xuan Juliana Wang, in conversation with Justin Torres, present and discuss her new book of stories, Home Remedies: Stories.

With evocative writing and impressive range, Wang captures the heartbeat of this generation: the Chinese millennial. Creative, ambitious, messy, and often reckless, they are on a quest for every kind of freedom.

These are stories of lives on the cusp of change: people who are testing the limits of who they are, who they wish they were, and who they will be one day; in a world as vast as their ambitions.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 17th  

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/xuan-juliana-wang-reads-her-debut-short-story-collection-home-remedies-justin-torres       

Friday Night Poetry: They’re Just Words at Book Show LA

Join us for Poetry Night: They’re Just Words, hosted by Ingrid M. Calderon-Collins.

Featured poets: TBA.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 17th

Time:  8 pm – 9 pm: Open Mic; 9 pm – 10 pm: Featured Poets

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

Websitehttp://bookshowla.com/event/friday-night-poetry-theyre-just-words-9/

Arpine Grenier & Alex Frankel at Beyond Baroque 

Please join us for a poetry reading featuring Arpine Grenier and Alex Frankel. Arpine presents Willed Capital and the Silent G. Alex reads from If There Is No God, We Then Submit to Oriana Grand?, and recent work that uses chance operations to portray a world of private struggle, obsession with fame, and disconnectedness.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 17th  

Time: 8 pm

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

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

8th Annual LitFest Pasadena Event at Vroman’s Bookstore (Day 1 of 2)

Join us for a weekend celebration of literary fun at LitFest Pasadena, taking place at Vroman’s Bookstore and locations throughout the Playhouse District.

There will be two days of 50 panels, workshops, performances, and podcasts, over 200 diverse authors, and book lovers of all ages participating in this FREE event.

Saturday the 18th options include panels/workshops on:

Haiku Street Poetry, a Journaling Workshop, Bookstores We Love, Book to TV Stories, Mysteries, Leadership, Writers of Color, Hollywood’s Influence, Audio Books, Performance & Spoken Word Artists, Open Mic at Zona Rosa at 3pm, Resistance Writing, Collaboration in Publishing, Writing Strong Female YA Characters, Southland Poets Laureate, YA Literature & Teens, Memoirs of Black LA, Crime Writers, Social Justice, NoHo Writing, Poets in Distress, Alternative News Sources, Sex Work Movement, Creating the Creator, The Queer Memoir, Inheritance of Trauma, Pelekinesis Authors, and Noir at the Bar.

NOTE: See website for complete schedule and further details.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore & Playhouse District locations

Date: Saturday the 18th  

Time: 9 am – 5:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/events/litfest-pasadena-2  or  http://litfestpasadena.org/?uuid=a79fde79-b9d1-4cff-bc5e-3a1c1ca33daa

Food, Identity & Culture Event at JANM 

How much can we learn about people different from ourselves from interactions in their restaurants, bakeries, and markets? Are we changed by our dining out experiences? Does LA have its own food culture, and how is it changing?

Panelists include Gustavo Arellano, features write for the Los Angeles Times and author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America; cookbook author and cooking instructor Sonoko Sakai, and Guy Gabriele, a restauranteur in the LA area since the 1970s.

Richard Foss will moderate this lively discussion.

Where: Japanese American National Museum

Date: Saturday the 18th  

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.janm.org/events/collab/   

Tia Chucha’s 14th Annual Celebrating Words Festival at Pacoima City Hall

Tia Chucha Bookstore presents the 14th Annual Celebrating Words Festival, to honor, encourage, and promote literacy and the arts. Tons of writers, panels, poetry, live music, local foods, art, community resources, and a book fair will be available.

Yesika Salgado, acclaimed poet and spoken word artist, will be this year’s featured performer.

NOTE: See website for further details and schedule.

Where: Pacoima City Hall (with Tia Chucha)

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 2 pm – 8 pm

Address:  13520 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA

Website: http://lapca.org

Kimberly Gee & Up, Up, Up, Down Launch at Once Upon a Time Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us for children’s literature book launch for Up, Up, Up, Down by Kimberly Gee. Toddlers are full of opposites! The author’s expressive illustrations emphasize a boy’s loving connection with his father and describe everyday highs and lows in a way sure to entertain the whole family.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 3 pm

Address:  2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020

Website: http://www.shoponceuponatime.com/event/storytime-and-book-launch-kimberly-gee   

An Antioch Afternoon of Poetry & Open Reading at Santa Catalina Library

Join Saturday Afternoon Poetry to celebrate an Afternoon of Antioch Poetry with: Adrian Ernesto Cepeda, Jenny Factor, Terry Wolverton, and an Open Reading.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 999 Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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

Chris Kattan & Baby, Don’t Hurt Me at Book Soup

Join us to hear actor, comedian, and author Chris Kattan present and sign his book, Baby, Don’t Hurt Me: Stories and Scars from Saturday Night Live. This book offers an unprecedented look at into the author’s life and a candid window into the world of millennium-era SNL, from the rehearsals to the after-after parties.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time:  4 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/chris-kattan-discusses-and-signs-baby-dont-hurt-me-stories-and-scars-saturday-night-live

Lush Agave: Songs for a Moon at Beyond Baroque

Join us for a gathering under Mays’ Flower Moon to celebrate the debut release from Alisha Erao, Songs for a Moon. This book synthesizes her formal training as an operatic vocalist with her passion for minimal electronic music.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 4 pm

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

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

UC Irvine Writing Showcase Event at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Join us as we welcome students form the UC Irvine MFA program in Creative Writing to read and discuss their work.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/event#/uci-mfa-creative-writing-showcase-sat-may-18th-5pm

Poetry Karaoke Event & Open Mic & Bridgette Bianca at Private Space

Join us as host Micah Bournes welcomes Poetry Karaoke. Come with a favorite poem or two written by someone else. There will be an Open Mic and a feature by Bridgette Bianca.

Where: Private Space

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 967 N. Park Cir., Long Beach, CA 90813

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/435143403905354/

Four Poets Reading at Poetic Research Bureau

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

Adam Tedesco conducts interviews and analyzes dreams for the online literary journal Drunk in a Midnight Choir. His recent work has appeared in Funhouse, Souvenir, Cosmonauts Avenue, Hobart, The Nervous Breakdown, and elsewhere..

Amie Zimmerman is the author of two chapbooks: Oyster and Compliance. She is events coordinator for Yes Yes Books and runs the reading series “family portrait.”

Librecht Baker is a poet and the author of Vetiver. “Code switching and dismantling picket fences are her forte,” says Mike “the Poet” Sonksen.

Natalie J. Graham is a poet, educator, hip hop scholar, and author of the book, Begin with a Failed Body...

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 18th  

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearch.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/2268125396733334/

Thaisa Frank Reading at Beyond Baroque

Highly acclaimed short story writer and novelist Thaisa Frank reads from her work, which is sometimes characterized as “domestic magical realism” and draws on her bi-cultural upbringing in suburban Illinois and immigrant New York.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

8th Annual LitFest Pasadena Event at Vroman’s Bookstore (Day 2 of 2)

Join us for a weekend celebration of literary fun at LitFest Pasadena, taking place at Vroman’s Bookstore and locations throughout the playhouse District.

There will be two days of 50 panels, workshops, performances, and podcasts, over 200 diverse authors, and book lovers of all ages participating in this FREE event.

Sunday the 19th options include panels/workshops on:

Haiku Street Poetry, Nature Writing Workshop, Kids Book Club, Storytelling Workshop, Sunday Open Mic, Middle Grade Literature, Altadena Poetry Review Anthology, Empathy in YA, The Illustrated Story, Truth through Travel, Red Hen Presents: Poems in Conversation, Literature Podcasts, Walt Whitman, Lisa See & Nina Revoyr in conversation with Janet Fitch, The Anthologist’s Challenge, Community Storyteller, Citizen Poets, e Crime as Entertainment, L.A. Media, East Pasadena Poets, SoCal Lit Journals, Eco-poetry of California, Race & the Literary Life, Publishing, Weird Fiction, African American Sci-Fi Creators, Queer Families Writing their Truth, Writing for theatre,

NOTE: See website for complete schedule and further details.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore & the Playhouse District

Date: Sunday the 19th  

Time: 9 am – 5:30 pm

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

Website:  http://www.vromansbookstore.com/events/litfest-pasadena-2  or  http://litfestpasadena.org/?uuid=a79fde79-b9d1-4cff-bc5e-3a1c1ca33daa

Personal Storytelling Class (#2 of 4) at Book Show LA

Join us for a Personal Storytelling Class with Robin Reiser. In four weeks you will craft a killer personal story and tell it to a live audience.

NOTE: Space is limited and you may get tickets at website link.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

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

Website: http://www..facebook.com/events/1081291491995028/

PEN America & Lit Fest Pasadena present Rocio Carlos’ “Open Secrets” Workshop at New School of Cooking, Pasadena

Join us for a PEN America World Voices Festival Event at Lit Fest Pasadena, to participate in a Pop Up Workshop on “Open Secrets” led by author Rocio Carlos, who recently released her book, (The Other House). This workshop will focus on the oral history of storytelling in communities of color, story preservation across diasporas, and the writer’s navigation of private and public spaces.

NOTE: Space is limited and you may get tickets at website link.

Where: New School of Cooking, Pasadena

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address:  525 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://worldvoices.pen.org/session/open-secrets-a-workshop/

Well-Read Black Girl Book Club at Café con Libros Press

Join us for a Well-Red Black Girl Book Club Meet Up. We kick off with Jesmyn Ward’s National Book Award winner, Sing, Unburied, Sing.

Where: Café con Libros Press

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

Address:  280 2nd St., Pomona, CA 91766

Website: http://www..facebook.com/events/2384664608484247/

My Lit Box Book Club at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

Join us for the My Lit Box Book Club. We will discuss Nicole Yoon’s book, The Sun Is Also a Star, as it heads to the big screen. A few hours form being deported along with her family, Natasha has to choose between facts and fate.

See you there!

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

Where: Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://www..facebook.com/events/384473795472601/

Matthew McGough & The Lazarus Files at Diesel Bookstore 

Join us to hear author Matthew McGough discuss and sign The Lazarus Files: A Cold Case Investigation

This is a deeply reported, riveting account of a cold case murder in LA, unsolved until DNA evidence implicated a shocking suspect – a female detective within the LAPD’s own ranks. It implies the questions about possible bias and/or assumptions of investigators which hampered their work, in a time before DNA analysis existed.

Where:  Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sunday-may-19th-300-pm-matthew-mcgough-discusses-and-signs-lazarus-files

Mike Befeler & Paradise Court at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Join us to hear mystery author Mike Befeler present and sign his book, Paradise Court. While Mark Yeager is vacationing with his wife, Sophie, on Maui, he discovers a pickleball court and a dead body. But local police consider him to be a suspect in the murder. Mark works to clear his name but only gets into more trouble with police. When Sophie is kidnapped, he has two days to rescue her, and crosses a local crime boss as well.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website:  http://gatsbybooks.com/event#/paradise-court-meet-mystery-author-mike-befeler-sun-may-19th-3pm

Eric Haseltine & The Spy in Moscow Station at Book Soup

Join us to hear author Eric Haseltine present and sign his book, The Spy in Moscow Station: A Counterspy’s Hunt for a Deadly Cold War Threat. This book is the true story of unorthodox, underdog intelligence officers who fought an uphill battle against their own government to prove that the KGB had pulled off the most devastating penetration of U.S. national security in history.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time:  3 pm

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

Websitehttp://www.booksoup.com/event/eric-haseltine-discusses-and-signs-spy-moscow-station-counterspys-hunt-deadly-cold-war-threat

Sarah Pinsker & Sooner or Later at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Sarah Pinsker, in conversation with Rebecca Roanhorse, present and discuss her new book of stories, Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea: Stories.

The baker’s dozen of stories gathered here (including a new, previously unpublished story) turns readers into travelers to the past, the future, and explorers of the weirder points of the present. The journey is the thing as she weaves music, memory, technology, history, mystery, love, loss, and multiple selves on generation ships and cruise ships, on highways and high seas, in murder houses and treehouses. They are weird, hopeful haunting and deeply human.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 19th  

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/sarah-pinsker-discusses-her-new-story-collection-sooner-or-later-everything-falls-sea-rebecca

Moon Day Poetry Series at Flintridge Bookstore

Join us for our Moonday Poetry Reading series, which will feature:

Lois P. Jones hosts KPFK’s Poets Café in Los Angeles, is poetry editor of Kyoto Journal and co-hosts the long-running Moonday Poetry Series at Flintridge Bookstore. She is the author of Reflections on La Scapigliata, one of 30 featured film-poem collaborations for the 2019 Visible Poetry Project.

Joseph Fasano is the author of four books of poetry: The Crossing (2018), Vincent (2015), Inheritance (2014), Fugue for Other Hands (2013). His novel, The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing, will be released by Platypus Press in 2020.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 4 pm

Address:  1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada-Flintridge, CA 90291

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

Jericho Brown Reading & Signing at Cellar Bookstore, Riverside

Please join us in welcoming author and poet Jericho Brown for a reading and signing of his latest collection, The Tradition, which details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and personal. From mass shootings, to police murders, the author interrupts our complacency by locating each emergency in the garden of the body, where living things grow and wither.

NOTE: RSVPs and book bundle tickets are available, so check website for details.

Where: Cellar Bookstore, Riverside, CA

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 4:30 pm

Address:  5225 Canyon Crest Dr., Riverside, CA 92507

Website:   http://www.cellardoorbookstore.com/event/reading-signing-jericho-brown

Salient Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for our new Salient Sunday Open Reading, hosted by Radomir Luza and Patricia Murphy.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 5 pm

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

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

The Tomorrow Prize Reading at Lit Fest Pasadena Playhouse District

Join us for The Tomorrow Prize Reading of original short sci-fi by writers worldwide. Celebrity guests deliver dramatic readings of six original short science fiction stories written by Los Angeles County high school students. These stories are selected during The Tomorrow Prize writing competition, a nonprofit program of Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fi Fest LA.

Where: Pasadena Playhouse District

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address:  39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.lightbringerproject.org/science-fiction-contests  

Redefine Success Workshop at Sunday Jump

Join us to explore a holistic career navigation and break the mental health stigma. This workshop will incorporate topics to de-stigmatize mental health issues in the community while exploring self-awareness.

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

Where: Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Pabelonia Sisters Community Room

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address:  153 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/629856404148866/   

KPCC’s Unheard LA Stories in Little Tokyo at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

Join us for Unheard LA, a celebration of the stories and experiences that give shape to Los Angeles. We continue our third season in the historic downtown neighborhood of Little Tokyo.

Despite being forced out during World War II, the Japanese American community returned to build a place that is now home to many Asian American cultural, film, theatre and arts institutions, including the Aratani Theatre.

Join host Bruce A. Lemon Jr. for the live show and stick around afterward for a mixer with the participants and your fellow attendees.

NOTE: This event requires that you RSVP, so see website for details.

Where: Aratani Theatre, JACCC

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Address:  224 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://scpr.org

Beatnik Café: Poetry Night Reading & Open Mic at Hey Hey

Beatnik Café present another night of hearing truth from lesser heard perspectives!

Cindy Rinne and Alexandra Umias feature!

NOTE: See website for details and guidelines.

Where: Hey Hey

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm (Open Mic sign-up at 6:50 pm)

Address:  1555 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/321064731919515/

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