Los Angeles Literature Events 6/10/19 – 6/16/19

canoga-park-04Summer Author Series & Aditi Khorana at Canoga Park Branch Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Join us for a discussion with author Aditi Khorana as she presents her latest novel, Library of Fates. Aditi’s international upbringing included stays in India, Denmark, and New England. She has been a journalist for ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and is currently serving as a marketing consultant for the entertainment industry. In her spare time she enjoys the architecture of Los Angeles and the great outdoors.

Where: Canoga Park Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 10th

Time:  2 pm – 3 pm

Address: 20939 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-starring-aditi-khorana

Book to Action Event: An Evening with Father Greg Boyle at Edendale Branch Library, LAPL

Join us for an evening with Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A native Angeleno and Jesuit priest, from 1986-1992 he served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights and witnessed and responded to the devastating impact of gang violence on his community. He is the author of Tattos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (2010) and Barking at the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship ( 2017).

This program is part of the Book to Action program series, which expands the basic book club concept to create a dynamic series of events for adults, including putting their newfound knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or engagement activity related to the book. Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room is the chosen book for this year and the topics discussed are incarceration and re-entry.

NOTE: This event may be sold out, so check website and with library branch personnel.

Where: Edendale Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 10th

Time:  6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 2011 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/book-action-evening-father-greg-boyle

Christopher X. Shade & The Good Mother of Marseille at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Christopher X. Shade discuss and sign, The Good Mother of Marseille.

This book gives readers a taste of the summer 2013 designation of Marseille as the European Capital of Culture as they follow the interwoven stories of Americans who have come to wander and sight-see this dangerous, impoverished yet seductive port city of France. To the rhythm of European street life, each character puts a Marseille experience in the context of their personal histories.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/christopher-x-shade-discusses-and-signs-good-mother-marseille

James Ellroy & This Storm at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author James Ellroy discuss and sign his book, This Storm, a massive novel of World War II Los Angeles.

In January 1942, torrential rainstorms hit L.A. and a body is unearthed in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine job, but they’re grievously wrong. It’s a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand new war. Several diverse and conflicted law enforcement pros have signed on for this job, and they have a date with history. They will fight their inner wars within The War with unstoppable fury.

L.A.-born author James Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet novels (The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz) have won numerous awards and are international bestsellers. His most recent novel, Perfidia (2014), is the first book in his Second L.A. Quartet, and the design is unprecedented. He takes characters form the original L.A. Quartet and the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy and places them in Los Angeles during World War II as significantly younger people.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/james-ellroy-discusses-and-signs-storm

Ryan Jacobs & The Truffle Underground at The Last Bookstore

Join us at the Last Bookstore to hear investigative journalist Ryan Jacobs discuss his book, The Truffle Underground; A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World’s Most Expensive Fungus. This is a thrilling journey through the hidden underworld of the world’s most prized luxury ingredient.

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 10th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

Your Author Series & Tao Nyeu at Silver Lake Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Join us for a discussion with author Tao Nyeu as she presents her latest children’s book, Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always. Nyeu is an author and illustrator, and she specializes in silk screens and water-based inks, giving her work a distinctive style. She has been influenced by Shel Silverstein, Richard Scarry, and Beatrix Potter

Where: Silver Lake Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time:  3 pm – 4 pm

Address: 2411 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-starring-tao-nyeu

Poetry Open Mic at Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Come share your masterpiece with us at our monthly Poetry Open Mic, or just come and listen and enjoy. This event is hosted by Wyatt Underwood.

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

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

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

Book to Action Storytelling Workshop at Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Librarian Emily Aaronson will lead a two-part storytelling workshop on the theme of immigration. All are welcome. Participants are invited to tell their stories for the public at our open mic storytelling night on Thursday, June 27 at 6 pm.

About Book to Action:

Book to Action builds on the traditional book club concept by creating a series of dynamic events tailored specifically to connect with adults and multigenerational groups. In addition to providing an opportunity to collectively read and discuss a book, it enables readers to put their knowledge into action by engaging in a community service project related to the book’s topic. This year, the Studio City Branch Library will be exploring the theme of immigration with Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ Fruit of the Drunken Tree. You may pick up a free copy from the branch beginning June 6, while supplies last. For more information about other Book to Action programs and our community service project, please see the calendar listings.

Book to Action is sponsored by the California Center for the Book, which is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Where: Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/book-action-storytelling-workshop

Alan Eisenstock Publication Party & Love Thy Neighbor at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to meet and hear author Alan Eisenstock discuss and sign Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor’s Struggle for Home in Rural America, a book he co-wrote with Ayaz Vrji. This is a powerful true story about a Muslim doctor’s service to small town America and the hope of overcoming our country’s climate of hostility and fear.

In 2013, Ayaz Virji left a comfortable job at an East Coast hospital and moved to a town of 1400 in Minnesota, feeling called to address the shortage of doctors in rural America. But in 2016, this decision was tested when the working class county swung for Donald Trump, and his children were met with bullying remarks and patients began questioning whether he belonged there. Virji wanted out, but in 2017, just as he was lining up a job in Dubai, he accepted an offer to speak a local church about what Muslims practice and believe. That invitation has grown into a lecture series that has changed hearts and minds across the state, while giving him a new unexpected vocation.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 11th          

Time: 6:30 pm

Address:  225 26th St., #33, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-june-4th-630-pm-publication-party-jason-turbow-discusses-and-signs-they-bled-blue   

Abdi Nazemian & Like a Love Story at Book Soup – YA Event

Join us to hear author Abdi Nazemian, in conversation with award-winning YA author Robin Benway, discuss and sign, Like a Love Story

In 1989 New York, the world is changing for three teens. Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his family, and he is terrified someone will guess the truth he can barely acknowledge himself: he knows he is gay, but all he knows about gay life is the news coverage of the AIDS crisis. As he makes friends with Judy and Art, he struggles to find a way out of deception that won’t hurt those he’s come to care about.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/abdi-nazemian-conversation-robin-benwaydiscusses-and-signs-love-story

James Ellroy & This Storm at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author James Ellroy discuss and sign his book, This Storm, a massive novel of World War II Los Angeles.

In January 1942, torrential rainstorms hit L.A. and a body is unearthed in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine job, but they’re grievously wrong. It’s a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand new war. Several diverse and conflicted law enforcement pros have signed on for this job, and they have a date with history. They will fight their inner wars within The War with unstoppable fury.

L.A.-born author James Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet novels (The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz) have won numerous awards and are international bestsellers. His most recent novel, Perfidia (2014), is the first book in his Second L.A. Quartet, and the design is unprecedented. He takes characters form the original L.A. Quartet and the Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy and places them in Los Angeles during World War II as significantly younger people.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/james-ellroy

Noir Night: Doug Cooper, Erik Tarloff, Frank Strausser, Sean Carswell & Phoef Sutton at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear NOIR NIGHT, with five authors presenting a night of quintessential LA noir mystery. Authors will present their own work as well as answer any and all noir questions. This event is sponsored by The Last Bookstore in cooperation with Prospect Park Books and Rare Bird Books.

Doug Cooper is the author of Focus Lost, which whisks readers into a world of temptation, indulgence, and revenge, daring them to take a bite of the forbidden fruit.

Erik Tarloff is the author of The Woman in Black, a narratively inventive story spanning the 1950s in its exploration of film, fame, and how well we ever really know each other.

Frank Strausser is the author of Plastic, which explores the ephemeral world of celebrity and beauty at the intersection of Hollywood and rock ‘n roll.

Sean Carswell is the author of Dead Extra, which explores the seedy side of midcentury Southern California through the dirty movies sector of Hollywood crimes and murders.

Phoef Sutton is the author of Colorado Boulevard, the third installment of the Crush series (both of which were Kirkus Best Mysteries of the Year), and it’s full of action, humor, and mystery.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

Afrofuturism Book Club with Tyree Boyd-Pates & The Haunting of Tram Car 015 at the Last Bookstore

Join us at the Last Bookstore for our Afrofuturism Book Club, hosted by Tyree Boyd-Pates, to discuss the book, The Haunting of Tram Car 015, by P. Dejeli Clark.. This is a story about agents Hamed and Onsi, who are tasked with exorcising a possessed streetcar, but take an unexpected trio to the Cairo underground. This alternate Egyptian future is full of dijinn and authomatons.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

Ted Chiang & Exhalation at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear Ted Chiang discuss his collection, Exhalation, from the acclaimed author of Stories of your Life and Others –the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film Arrival. This is a groundbreaking collection of short fiction: Nine provocative, poignant stories that tackle humanity’s oldest questions, along with some new quandaries, which examine concepts of choice and free will.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 11th          

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/ted-chiang-discusses-his-new-story-collection-exhalation

Redondo Poets & Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Poets to welcome this week’s feature, Kimberly Hill, 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 11th

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 11th

Time: 8 pm – 12 pm

Address: 18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

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

Da Poetry Lounge Open Mic at Greenway Court Theatre

About: All you have to do is put your name on the sign-up list. The first half sign-ups occur before the doors open, and sign-ups for the second half do not guarantee entry, so stay in line! Keep in line that each half has its own sign-up list so check details at website or at event.  Sorry, you can only perform at one half per night, and 12-15 people are typically called up for each half’s open mic, depending on whether there is a feature that night. There is a time limit of three minutes at the mic to do your poem, as we try to accommodate as many people as possible. So please, arrive early!

Where: The Greenway Court Theater

Date: Tuesday the 11th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

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

Skye Jackson, Benjamin Aleshire & Gabriela Herstik at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet three authors who will present, read and sign their books:

Skye Jackson will present her chapbook, A Faster Grave. She is a MFA candidate in poetry at University of New Orleans, where she serves as poetry editor of Bayou Magazine. She is also co-editor The Portable Boog Reader, an instant anthology of New York poetry.

Benjamin Aleshire travels the world as a poet-for-hire, composing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter. He will be presenting his book, Currency.

Gabriela Herstik is an author, fashion alchemist and witch, and she will present her newly released debut, Inner Witch; A Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/skye-jackson-benjamin-aleshire-and-gabriel-herstik-read-and-sign-their-latest

Amanda Montell & Wordslut at Skylight Bookstore 

Join us to hear and meet author Amanda Montell, in conversation with Hillary Kerr, read and discuss her book, Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language. This book is a brash, enlightening, and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us written with the humor and playfulness that challenges words and phrases and how we use them.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/amanda-montell-discusses-her-new-nonfiction-book-wordslut-hillary-kerr

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 12th

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

HanaLena Fennell at the Ugly Mug Café

Join us to hear poet and performer HanaLena Fennell present and discuss Letters to the Leader, a poetic response to the 55 Executive Orders signed by Donald J. Trump in the first year of his presidency. Unflinching in the face of reckless political forces, this collection of intimate poems seek to illuminate the connection between the personal and the political. Her voice weaves the surreal with acute realities about our star political landscape. Engaging and empathetic, this book untangles the reader’s spirit from the turmoil of a nation in conflict with itself.

NOTE: $3 cover fee, cash only.

Where: The Ugly Mug Café

Date: Wednesday the 12th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2298617067070883/

Reading Rangers at Lincoln Heights Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Join us this summer, every Thursday, June 13 – August 8, 2019, to read with our local Park Rangers! Learn more about nature and wildlife, while participating in some hands – on activities!

Where: Lincoln Heights Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Address: 2530 Workman St., Los Angeles, CA 90031

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/reading-rangers  or https://www.facebook.com/events/444142936370587/

Vroman’s Ed – Storytelling Techniques with Laurie Viera Rigler at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us for a six-week writing workshop course led by Laurie Viera Rigler on Storytelling Techniques.

Writing a compelling story is about revealing the world of your protagonist in a way that keeps the reader engaged and eager to know what happens next. In this class we will explore how to “show, don’t tell” and breathe life into a page. There will be writing exercises as well as the opportunity to have the instructor read and comment on your work.

In this six-week course, you will be enrolling in all six weeks. Laurie Viera Rigler is a best-selling novelist and nonfiction author whose work has been translated into six languages. See website for details on class and the author’s bio.

NOTE: See website for costs and details for this writing workshop.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, Meeting Room in the Atrium

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 709 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 120, Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromans-ed-storytelling-techniques-laurie-viera-rigler

Mark Arax & The Dreamt Land at Vroman’s Bookstore

California Sunday Magazine presents journalist and memoirist Mark Arax, in conversation with Kit Rachlis, discussing and signing The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California.

In this book author Mark Arax delves into the history of his native California’s use, overconsumption, and mismanagement of water. Starting from 1769, his book details the transformation of California’s modest farms to leading agricultural businesses. He spotlights the state’s biggest landowners as well as the thousands of Native American laborers who died cultivating the farms.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/california-sunday-magazine-preseents-mark-arax-conversation-kit-rachlis-discussing-and-signing-

Poets Jazz House

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

When: Every Thursday: 7pm – 10pm

Where: Irie Vibes ArtSpace

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

Website: Poets Jazz House

Ron Friedman & I Killed Optimist Prime at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet author Ron Friedman read and discuss his book, I Killed Optimist Prime: How One Man Single-Handedly Destroyed the World’s Most Formidable Transformer…and Lived to Tell the Tale. This book is a sprawling tale recounting how he became the most prolific TV writer in the history of the medium. This is a must-read for anyone working toward a Hollywood writing career, and filled with celebrity information and ribald candor and humor.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/ron-friedman-discusses-and-signs-i-killed-optimist-prime-how-one-man-single-handedly-destroyed

Chris Erskine & Daditude Return to Pages Bookstore

Join us to hear and meet author Chris Erskine read and discuss his book, Daditude This book is a collection of his weekly columns about suburban family life and its ups and downs, published in the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune and elsewhere. This book is the perfect gift for Father’s Day!

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

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesbookstore.com/event/chris-erskine-returns–pages

Sarah Gailey & Aug 9 — Fog at Skylight Bookstore

Join us as we welcome author Sarah Gailey, in conversation with Mallory O’Meara, who will present and sign the debut novel, Magic for Liars.

This book is a coming-of-age tale about two enigmatic sisters, a brilliant terrifying secret, and a perfect lie. It channels a flushed youthful intensity with a private investigator with a slight drinking problem who works to solve a murder at a school for mages. It’s full of suspense and heartbreak.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/sarah-gailey-reads-their-debut-novel-magic-liars-mallory-omeara

Second Thursday Open Mic at the Unurban Coffee House

If  it is the second Thursday of the month…be here! If you’re a poet, aspiring poet, entertainer, lover…of all things….Join the Unurban Coffee House for Velvet Guerrilla Open Mic Poetry Night, one of the longest running poetry and performance open mics in the Los Angeles area. Everyone is advised to leave their egos at the door, praise all newcomers, and continue to support their loyal performers.

Where: Unurban Coffee House

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 8 pm

Address:  3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://www.facebookcom/event/unurbancoffeehouse

Storytelling Class SHOW! at Book Show LA

Join us at our Storytelling Class, hosted by Robin Reiser and Book Show, where the members of the class will present their work and their amazing stories with you.

Participants will include:

Gen Sofia Max

Olivia Montgomery

Jake Hartman

Amanda Sidwell

Kenny Frankly

Marc Boyle

Where: BookShowLA

Date: Thursday the 13th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/371045263534709/

Eric Cocoletzi & Might as Well at Libro Mobile

Join us to meet and hear author Eric Cocoletzi read and discuss his book, Might as Well.

This book is a collection of short stories by local author Eric Cocoletzi. He is a writer, journalist, and the founder of Santanero magazine.

Where: Libro Mobile

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 220 E. 4th St., #107, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2317398498528316/

Women in Graphic Novels: Conversation with Roxane Gay & Nalo Hopkinson at Cellar Bookstore, Riverside

Please join us in welcoming the incredible Nalo Hopkinson, and acclaimed author Roxane Gay, for a special conversation moderated by Rachelle Cruz.

Roxane Gay made her comics debut with The Black Panther: World of Wakanda. Best known for her essay collection, Bad Feminist, Gay beautifully transitions into this fantastic graphic novel to tell a love story that is as tender as it is brutal.

Nalo Hopkinson, an award winning sci-fi and fantasy author, is one of four writers creating new stories for Vertigo Publishing Neal Gaiman’s “Sandman” Universe.

Rachelle Cruz is the author of God’s Will for Monsters.

NOTE: See website to RSVP for this ticketed event and for further details.

Where: Cellar Books, Riverside CA

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 6 pm

Address:  5225 Canyon Crest Dr., #30A, Riverside, CA 92507

Website: http://www.cellardoorbookstore.com/event/women-graphic-novels-conversation-roxane-gay-and-nalo-hopkinson

Alix Ohlin & Dual Citizens at Book Soup 

Join us to meet and hear author Alix Ohlin read and discuss her book, Dual Citizens: A Novel.

This book is about Lark and Robin, half-sisters whose similarities end at being named for birds. While Lark is shy and studious, Robin is wild and artistic. Raised in Montreal by their disinterested single mother, they form a fierce team in childhood regardless of their differences. Later, in New York City, they find themselves tested: Lark struggles against self-doubt and Robin chafes against the demands of Julliard. Under pressure their bond strains and is broken, and their paths abruptly change. But Lark discovers the one person she can rely on is her sister. Insightful and beautifully crafted, this book captures the unique language of sisters and makes visible the bonds that bind us to the ones we love most.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/alix-ohlin-discusses-and-signs-dual-citizens

Cara Black & Murder in Bel Air at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Cara Black discuss and sign her book, Murder in Bel Air.

This riveting 19th installment in the New York Times bestselling Parisian detective series entangles private investigator Aimee Leduc in a dangerous web of international spy-craft, post-colonial Franco-African politics, and neighborhood secrets in Paris’s 12th arrondissement.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/cara-black

Alex Espinoza & Cruising Launch at Skylight Bookstore

Join us as we welcome prize winning author Alex Espinoza, in conversation with David Francis (The Great Inland Sea), who will present and sign his new book, Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime.

Combining historical research and oral history with his own personal experience, the author examines the political and cultural forces behind this radial pastime. From Greek antiquity, and throughout history, cruising remains at once a reclamation of public space and the creation of its own unique locale, one in which men of all races and classes can interact, even in the shadow of repressive governments. In the West, cruising circumvents the inequalities and abuses of power that plague heterosexual encounters. Ultimately he illustrates how cruising functions as a powerful rebuke to the patriarchy and capitalism—unless you are cruising the department store restroom, of course.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/alex-espinoza-discusses-his-new-book-cruising-intimate-history-radical-pastime-david-francis

Manuel Arturo Abreu, Brandon Holmes & Bogosi Skehukhuni at Poetic Research Bureau 

Join us to hear and meet three poets and writers who will read and discuss their work;

Manuel Arturo Abreu is a Dominican artist, poet, critic, and curator from the Bronx, and  has written two books, poems and essays, and participated in and curated group art installations. Incalculable Loss is a finalist for the 2019 Oregon Book Awards., and the poetry collection transgender was a finalist for the 2018 Oregon Book Awards.

Brandon Holmes is the author of Poetry Unbound!?!, a collection of poems written for his English 1 class.

Borgosi Skehukhuni N/A

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearch.com    

Music & Spoken Word Open Mic at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Join us for our community Open Mic for music and spoken word, a welcoming and creative sanctuary where people can share their thoughts, feelings and talents through various styles of expression. Everyone is welcome, and participants sign up upon arrival.

This event is hosted by the Los Angeles Poet Society, and the featured artist for tonight’s event is musician and poet Nelson Alburquerque.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Cenrro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 14th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.tiachucha.org/events   or https://www.facebook.com/events/2237018833235992/?event_time_id=2237018873235988

Vroman’s Ed – Discovering Your Story: Writing Workshop at Vroman’s Bookstore

(NOW FULL)

The Writing Workshop: Discovering Your Story, led by Barbara Abercrombie is a helpful workshop, whether you have a manuscript in progress or simply a vague idea of a story you would like to write. This is an ongoing, three hour workshop to discover the possibilities of your work. Writing exercises will help silence your inner critic and get you writing immediately and you’ll have the opportunity to read your work aloud for feedback.

All genres will be explored. Enrollment is limited. This workshop is NOW FULL, but you may ask to be placed on the waitlist by calling (626) 449-5320.

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

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore Atrium, Suite 120

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 9 am – 12 pm

Address: 709 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. CA 91101

Website: http://www.vromansbookstorecom/event/vromans-ed-discovering-your-story-writing-workshop-now-full-0

Book to Action: Civic Engagement at Edendale Branch Library, LAPL

Join us to assemble Welcome Home Kits for the women of the re-entry program A New Way of Life, and encourage them to use the resources available at the Los Angeles Public Library.

This event is the community service component of Edendale’s Book to Action series. If you attend two Book to Action events and participate in this activity, you will receive a free signed copy of The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner.

About Book to Action:

Book to Action builds on the traditional book club concept by creating a series of dynamic events tailored specifically to connect with adults and multigenerational groups. In addition to providing an opportunity to collectively read and discuss a book, it enables readers to put their knowledge into action by engaging in a community service project related to the book’s topic. This year, the Edendale Branch Library will be exploring the theme of immigration with Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ Fruit of the Drunken Tree.  For more information about other Book to Action programs and our community service project, please see the calendar listings.

Book to Action is sponsored by the California Center for the Book, which is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Where: Edendale Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Address: 2011 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/book-action-civil-engagement

Book to Action: Creative Writing Workshop for Teens with Author Ingrid Rojas Contreras at Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Join us for a Creative Writing Workshop for Teens (14-18) led by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of Fruit if the Drunken Tree.

This event is limited to ten students, and registration begins May 20. Participants in this Book to Action program are also encouraged to read The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner.

About Book to Action:

Book to Action builds on the traditional book club concept by creating a series of dynamic events tailored specifically to connect with adults and multigenerational groups. In addition to providing an opportunity to collectively read and discuss a book, it enables readers to put their knowledge into action by engaging in a community service project related to the book’s topic. This year, the Studio City Branch Library will be exploring the theme of immigration with Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ Fruit of the Drunken Tree.  For more information about other Book to Action programs and our community service project, please see the calendar listings.

Book to Action is sponsored by the California Center for the Book, which is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Where: Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 1 pm – 2:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/book-action-creative-writing-workshop-teens-author-ingrid-rojas-contreras

Your Author Series & Isabel Quintero at Mar Vista Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Join us for a discussion with author Isabel Quintero as she presents her latest book, My Papi Has a Motorcycle. Isabel describes herself as an “avid pizza and taco eater” who writes poetry and fiction for children, young adults, adults, older adults, and ghosts.

Where: Mar Vista Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time:  2 pm – 3:30 pm

Address: 12006 Venice Blvd., Los Ageles, CA 90066

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-starring-isabel-quintero

Saturday Afternoon Poetry & Open Mic at Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry for an Open Mic and to hear our featured poets and writers present their work:

Judy Kronenfeld is the author of a full-length collection and two chapbooks of poetry, including Ghost Nurseries (Finishing Line Press, 2005). She has published criticism and reviews on Renaissance subjects in many scholarly journals, and several books on those subjects. Her poems, stories and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies. She has taught at UC Riverside, UC Irvine, and Purdue University.

Robbi Nester is the author of three books of poetry, a chapbook, Balance (White Violet 2012) and two collection: A Likely Story (Moon Tide 2014) and Other-Wise (Kelsay 2017). She also edited two anthologies of poetry and an ekphrastic e-book. Her poems, essays and reviews have appeared in many journals, anthologies and blogs.

Paul Lobo Portuges is an actor and writer, and the author of: Sorrow and Hope (Finishing Line Press 2016), Breaking Bread (Finishing Line 2013), The Body Electric Journal (Plain View Press 2017), The Flower Vendor (Firebird Press 2005), Paper Song (Ross-Erickson 1984), The Turquoise Mockingbird of Light (Mudborn Press 1979).

Don Kingfisher Campbell is the curator and host of this weekly event.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address:  999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

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

Kim O’Neill &You Are Loved at Gatsby’s Bookstore, Long Beach

Author/ coach Kim O’Neill presents You Are Loved: An Inspired, Meditative Visual Journey, which reminds us that in our ever busy world, time taken for you is always time well spent. This book can be used daily to cultivate more self-love, inner peace and enable you to connect back to your true self.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore, Long Beach

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/event#/you-are-loved-with-author-coach-kim-o-neill-sat-june-15th-3pm

Cara Black & Murder in Bel Air at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to meet author Cara Black, who will discuss her book, Murder in Bel Air.

Parisian PI Aimee Leduc is about to go onstage to deliver a keynote address at a tech conference when she receives an emergency phone call from her daughter’s play group: Aimee’s own mother, who was supposed to pick up Chloe, never showed. Abandoning her hard-won speaking gig, she rushes to get Chloe, annoyed her mother has let her down again. Trying to find out what happened to Sydney Leduc, Aimee tracks down her possessions, which include a huge amount of cash. What did she stumble into? Is she in trouble?

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/cara-black-discusses-and-signs-muder-bel-air

Ed Smith Tribute and Book Launch at Beyond Baroque

Celebrate the publication of Punk Rock Is Cool for the End of the World: Poems and Notebooks of Ed Smith. Ed Smith’s friends return to their gathering place to read from his work, remember him, and introduce this “punk Dorothy Parker’ to a new audience.

Participants include: David Trinidad, Amy Gerstler, Bill Mohr, Sheree Rose, Bruce Hainley, Jack Skelley, Benjamin Weissman, and Jane DeLynn.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 5 pm

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

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

James Ellroy & This Storm at Skylight Bookstore

Join us as we welcome bestselling author James Ellroy, who will present and sign his new book, This Storm: A Novel, which is a massive story of World War II Los Angeles.

In January 1942, torrential rainstorms hit L.A. and a body is unearthed in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine job, but they’re grievously wrong. It’s a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand new war. Several diverse and conflicted law enforcement pros have signed on for this job, and they have a date with history. They will fight their inner wars within The War with unstoppable fury.

L.A.-born author James Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet novels (The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz) have won numerous awards and are international bestsellers. His most recent novel, Perfidia (2014), is the first book in his Second L.A. Quartet, and the design is unprecedented. He takes characters form the original L.A. Quartet and the Underworld U.S.A. Triolgy and places them in Los Angeles during World War II as significantly younger people.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/james-ellroy-reads-his-new-novel-storm

Francesca Bell, Kim Dower, Alexis Rhone Fancher & Open Mic at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for an Open Mic (Bring your best poem!) and to hear three poets read and discuss the theme “An Evening of Darkness and Passion.”

Francesca Bell was raised in Washington and Idaho and holds no degrees. She is a writer and translator, and has been nominated ten times for a Pushcart Prize. Her first collection, Bright Stain, will be published by Red Hen Press in 2019.

Kim Dower is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave. She is currently Poet Laureate of West Hollywood and teaches at Antioch University.

Alexis Rhone Fancher is the author of How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems (2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies (2015), and the erotic Enter Here (2017).

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

CJ Miller Reading at Book Show LA

Join us to hear a literary reading by CJ Miller. More info coming.

Where: BookShowLA

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/cj-miller-reading/

Storytime at Hastings Ranch Location of Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us for our regular Storytime reading event for kids and families on Father’s Day!

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, Hastings Ranch

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 10:30 am

Address: 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/storytime-hastings-ranch-217

Father’s Day Poetry Reading with Rachelle & Romero Cruz at Cellar Door Bookstore, Riverside – Kids & Family Event

Please join local author and poet, Rachelle Cruz, who will be joined by her father Romero Alcala Cruz, for a special storytime to celebrate Father’s Day! Rachelle is the author of God’s Will for Monsters/

NOTE: See website to RSVP for this event and for further details.

Where: Cellar Books, Riverside CA

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 1 pm

Address:  5225 Canyon Crest Dr., #30A, Riverside, CA 92507

Website: http://www.cellardoorbookstore.com/event/storytime-rachelle-and-romero-cruz

Salient Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join your hosts, Radomir Luza & Patricia Murphy for this monthly Open Reading.  Sign-ups begin at 4:45 pm.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 5 pm

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

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

Bloomsday 2019 Reading at the Hammer Museum

James Joyce once said that if Dublin one day disappeared from the earth, it could be reconstructed out of Ulysses. There is no better evidence for this than “the Wandering Rocks” episode, which features Dublin and almost all of the major and minor characters of Ulysses as they crisscross the city.

A dramatic reading features veteran actors Sile Bermingham, James Gallo, James Lancaster, John Lee, Johnny O’Callaghan, and Stanley Brietbard.

The celebration continues in the courtyard with Guinness and live music by Rattle the Knee. This event is organized by Stanley Breitbard, and directed by Darcie Crager.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/06/bloomsday-2019/

Brown & Out Fest V at Casa 0101

Please join us for Brown & Out V, the world premiere of our collection of short plays celebrating the Latinx LGBTQ+ experience. This is strong adult content and features 11 original short plays:

Are You Gay or Latino? by Conrado TerrazasCross – Dir: Claudia Duran

Better than Grindr by César Carmona – Dir: Andrew Cervantes

Black Sheep, Rainbow Sheep by Martín Olvera Carrillo – Dir: Angela Moore

Butch by Patricia Zamorano – Dir: Diana Romo

Colibri by Felipe Valladolid Chavez – Dir: Diana Romo
Play by Matthew Ramos – Dir: Rigo Tejeda

MIJA by Ruben Mendive – Dir: Claudia Duran

Omens by Devan Torres – Dir: Diana Romo

To Rocco, With Love by Giovanni Navarro – Dir: Rigo Tejeda

Romana Y El Cuerpo De Cristo by Felipe E. Agredano. – Dir: Claudia Duran

Zaddy by Daniel Muñoz – Dir: Benjamin Perez

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

Where: Casa 0101

Date: Sunday the 15th

Time: 8 pm – 10:30 pm

Address:  2102 East 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/458113954759150/

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