Los Angeles Literature Events 6/18/19 – 6/23/19

cahuenga-01Your Author Series & Ashlyn Anstee at Cahuenga Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Join us for a discussion with author Ashlyn Anstee as she presents her latest children’s book, Are We There Yet? Ashlyn has done it all: animator, author and illustrator. .She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three cats.

Where: Cahuenga Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time:  3 pm – 4 pm

Address: 4591 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

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

Summer Salons: The Good Immigrant Reading at Grand Avenue Park

PEN America & Scripps Presents invite you to Summer Salons at Grand Avenue Park and “The Good Immigrant.” Three wonderful authors and storytellers address the question: What do we want America to Be? This question is addressed in the anthology 26 Writers Reflect on America, and we will hear from three of those writers:

Jade Chang is the author of The Wangs vs. the World, her debut novel.

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Patsy, which is forthcoming this June.

Dani Fernandez is the author of Ralph Breaks the Internet and Nerdificent.

Pack a blanket and a picnic or purchase food from local food trucks. Books are available courtesy of Vroman’s Bookstore.

Where: Grand Avenue Park

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.discverlosangeles.com/event/2019/06/18/summer-salons-the-good-immigrant-

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 18th

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

Tracy Strauss & I Just Haven’t Met You Yet at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us to meet and hear author Tracy Strauss discuss and sign I Just Haven’t Met You Yet: Finding Empowerment in Dating, Love and Life, in conversation with Carmen Rios. This is a modern-day Bridget Jones Diary meets Eat, Pray, Love.

This book is written as an open love letter to the author’s future partner and is her journey to dismantle the effects and stigmas of an abusive past and conquer her fears.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 18th          

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-june-18th-630-pm-tracy-strauss-wcarmen-rios-discussesand-signs-i-just-havent-met-you

Fanny Krasner & Memories, Miracles & Meaning at Book Soup

Join us to hear author Fanny Krasner discuss and sign, Memories, Miracles, & Meaning: Insights of a Holocaust Survivor.

In this memoir, written at age ninety-five, the author recounts her inspirational and emotional story, its historical context, and her observations on the human condition. Her mission is to ensure the Holocaust is never forgotten and never repeated.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/fanny-krasner-lebovits-disusses-and-signs-memories-miracles-meaning-insights-holocaust

Susan Marcus & Drama of Celebrity at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Susan Marcus discuss and sign her book, Drama of Celebrity, in conversation with Jonathan Grossman. The author is a founding editor of Public Books and is a professor at Columbia University.

Marcus challenges everything you thought you knew about our obsessions with fame. Icons are not merely famous for being famous. Instead, journalists, the public, and celebrities themselves all compete to shape the stories we tell about celebrities and fans in a high-stakes drama as endless as it is unpredictable. She traces celebrity culture back to its nineteenth century roots and to Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), the first global superstar.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/susan-marcus

Charles Fishman & One Giant Leap at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to meet and hear author Charles Fishman discuss and sign his book, One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon. The author is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious prize in business journalism.

In this book the author introduces readers to the men and women tasked in 1961 with putting a man on the moon by 1970.  This is the compelling story of those who were charged with changing the world as we know it—all of which led to arguably the greatest success story of the twentieth century.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 18th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/charles-fishman-discusses-and-signs-one-giant-leap-impossible-mission-flew-us-moon

Karen Stefano Launch & What a Body Remembers at the Last Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Karen Stefano launch her memoir, What a Body Remembers, with special guest Rick Ferguson (New Jersey Me) and readers Jennnifer Crofte (Homesick) and Jim Ruland (My Damage).

In summer 1984 UC Berkeley sophomore and patrol job employee Karen Thomas was assaulted at knife point and managed to escape. Though traumatized by the assault and trial, over the next thirty years she became a criminal defense attorney and created a family. In 2014 she became fascinated by her own anxiety and PTSD as her life appeared to crumble. Why does the body remember what the mind forgets? This led to a determination to track her assailant down, and what she discovers is life altering.

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 18th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

True Crime Book Club with James T. Bartlett & The Man From the Train at the Last Bookstore

Join us at the Last Bookstore for our True Crime Tuesdays Book Club, hosted by James T. Bartlett, to discuss the book, The Man From the Train, by Rachel McCarthy James & Bill James.. Can a baseball statistician and his daughter discover the identity of an early 20th centry, 100-victim axe murderer? Co-author Bill James is the inventor of Sabermetrics, for you sports nerds!

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 18th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

Tuesday Night Project & Open Mic at Tuesday Night Café

Please join us to hear the longest running open mic and our LGBTQ+ show at the Tuesday Night Project/Café, co-founded by traci kato-kiriyama.

Sean Miura will host, and beats by DJ LOMO on the Radio.

Featuring:

Set Hernandez Rongkilyo

wastewoman ft. Tobi Adebajo x Kyoko – Jinjabrew, Grace Umali, Henny SanAngel

“Speak Easy B” (A Short Film by Becca Park)

Ami Patel

Rey Fukuda Salinas & Chrissy Blevins

and The OpenMic!

Where: Aratani Courtyard/Union Center for the Arts

Date: Tuesday the 18th          

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.tuesdaynightproject.org/tnc-schedule/2019/6/18/tuesday-night-cafe-june-18-2019    or    https://www.facebook.com/events/2322426134693858/

Redondo Poets & Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Poets to welcome this week’s feature, Sophia Apodaca, 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 18th

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 18th

Time: 8 pm – 12 pm

Address: 18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356

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

Da Poetry Lounge SLAM at Greenway Court Theatre

A Poetry SLAM is a competition at which poets perform their original work, and are then judged by five judges. Before competition begins, the host often brings up a sacrificial poet, i.e. one who is not competing in the slam, but is scored by the judges in order to calibrate their judging. After each competing poet performs, judges award a score to that poem. Scores generally range between zero and ten, and the highest and lowest scores are then dropped, giving each performance a rating between zero and thirty points. A single round consists of performances by all eligible poets, but most slams last multiple rounds and many involve eliminating lower scoring poets in successive rounds. There is 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 18th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

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

Art Babes Story Hour with Michelle Tea & ASTRO BABY at ICA – LA – Kids/Family Event

Art Babes Story Hour invites children to enjoy stories with artists in the art museum. Our story time features artists who have authored children’s books, as well as artists who will read a selection of favorite stories.

ASTRO BABY, by Michelle Tea, is for newborns who like to gaze at bright colors, toddlers who are fascinated by images of babies and animals, older children able to comprehend the concepts put forth by astrology. and grown-ups who are obsessed with their star signs.

.NOTE: Please RSVP at website for this FREE event.

Where: Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 11 am – 12 pm

Address: 1717 East 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Website: http://www.theicala.org/en/events/144-art-babes-story-hour-with-michelle-tea

B.A. Shapiro & The Collector’s Apprentice at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to meet and hear author B.A. Shapiro discuss and sign her book, The Collector’s Apprentice. The author has written seven other books, four screenplays, and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze.

In this surprising nourish page-turner, the author once again takes readers into the world of art, glamour, and mystery. Accused of helping her fiancé steal her family’s fortune and her father’s art collection, Paulien Mertens flees to France and creates a new identity, then sets out to recover her father’s art collection, prove her innocence, and exact revenge on her ex-fiance. This is a tale about what we see—and what we refuse to see.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm  

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/ba-shapiro-discusses-and-signs-collector’s-apprentice

Pedram Navab & This Will Destroy You at The Last Bookstore

Join us at the Last Bookstore to hear author Pedram Navab discuss his new novel, This Will Destroy You, a provocative, psychological thriller that will confound and shatter your expectations.

In 1885 Paris, France, “hysterics” patient Bernadette Soubirous commits suicide with other women by drowning themselves in the Seine. In 1975, paranoiac with a heart condition Christopher Laurent sees the assistance of Dr. Anna Freud since he fears a group of informants is following him. In 1985, renowned plastic surgeon Marc Bernard harbors a dark secret that will make him question his identity. After a car accident he is facially disfigured, and the unanticipated collision between these disparate characters propels a compellingly original and gripping psychological thriller, revealing a destructive force that lies within each of us.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

Feminist Book Club & The Incendiaries at The Last Bookstore

Join us at the Last Bookstore for our Feminist Book Club, with Julia Callahan to discuss The Incendiaries, by R.O. Kwan, a hit debut in which a university romance turns grim when Will struggles to escape Christian fundamentalism, as Phoebe is drawn to a violent North Korean cult.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

Ocean Vuong & On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous at Skylight Bookstore 

Join us to hear and meet acclaimed author Ocean Vuong, in conversation with Jade Chang, read and discuss his debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.

This book is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that begins before he was born—a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam—and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. IT is a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity, asking questions central to our American moment. It is about the power of telling one’s own story as much as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

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

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/ocean-vuong-reads-his-debut-novel-earth-were-briefly-gorgeous-jade-chang

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.

An Evening with Fathers: A Conversation and Reception, with Peter J. Harris, Conney Williams, Hiram Sims, and Darryl Lewis. Curated by Jessica “Yellawoman” Gallion.

NOTE: $10 (reception included)

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 19th

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/

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 20th

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 20th

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

Mona Awad & Bunny at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Mona Awad discuss and sign her book, Bunny, in conversation with Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum. Awad is also author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.

The Vegetarian meets Heathers in this darkly funny, seductively strange novel. “We were just these innocent girls in the night trying to make something beautiful. We nearly died. We very nearly did, didn’t we?”

This is a spellbinding, down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, creativity and agency, and friendship and desire, and a dazzlingly original second novel from an author whose work has been described as “honest, searing and necessary” (Elle).

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/mona-awad

Elaine Welteroth & More Than Enough at CAAM

Join us to hear author Elaine Welteroth discuss and sign her book, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), presented in partnership with PEN America.

The author discusses her personal experiences as a barrier breaker and advocates of next-gen trailblazers to know they are #morethanenough. She has climbed the ranks of media, fashion, and storytelling, and was the youngest person ever appointed editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, and the first African American ever to hold the post of beauty and health director at a Conde Nast publication. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Eso Won Books.

NOTE: Please RSVP at website and check for further details.

Where: California African American Museum (CAAM)

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 600 State Dr., Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Website: http://caamuseum.org/programs/current/morethanenough-with-elaine-welteroth

Joshua A. Douglas & Vote for Us at the Last Bookstore

Join us at the Last Bookstore to meet and hear author Joshua A. Douglas discuss Vote for Us: How to take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting.

In this book the author highlights amazing individuals who are working to improve our election system. In contrast to the anxiety surrounding our voting system, with stories about voter suppression and manipulation, there are quite a few positive initiatives toward voting rights reform. Here he examines these encouraging developments, and how regular Americans are working to take back their democracy, one community at a time.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

Ariana Reines & A Sand Book at Skylight Bookstore

Join us as we welcome poet and author Ariana Reines, who will read from and sign her poetry collection, A Sand Book.

This collection is deadpan, epic, and charismatic, at once relatable and out-of-this-world. In poems tracking climate change, bystander-ism, state murder, sexual trauma, shopping, ghosting, love, and the transcendent shock of prophecy, we see new dimensions of consciousness for our strange and desperate times. This is the author’s long-anticipated follow-up to Mercury, and is her most ambitious, visceral, and satisfying work to date.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/ariana-reines-reads-her-new-poetry-collection-sand-book

Cross-Cultural LGBTQ Storytelling at Art Share LA

Join us as Q Story Stream (2.0) and Moon Theater Company present Cross Cultural LGBTQ Storytelling: Mumbai & Los Angeles to hear live, true, first-person stories form our storytellers. This is part of an ongoing story-sharing project connecting LGBTQ communities, and dedicated to the belief that true stories of love, struggle and liberation told on one continent can educate and empower people across the globe.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event so check website for further details. Tickets are also sold at the venue starting at 7:15 pm.

Where: Art Share LA

Date: Thursday the 20th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address:  801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Website: http://www.facebookcom/event/593795474465713/   or  https://www.facebook.com/events/449649419101244/

Meri Cherry & Play, Make, Create: Process Art Handbook at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Meri Cherry will present and sign her book, Play, Make, Create: A Process-Art Handbook, with over 40 Art Invitations for Kids, packed with fun, edifying, and joyful art experiences that are focused on the making and doing, not just the final projects. Merry will be leading kids in a free activity found in her book, “Artist Trading Cards.”

The author is the mother of two girls, has over 20 years of teaching experience and has an eight-year-old blog www.mericherry.com.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 21st

Time: 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstorecom/event/meri-cherry-presents-and-signs-play-make-create-process-art-handbook-over-40-art-invitations

Mona Awad & Bunny at Skylight Bookstore

Join us as we welcome author Mona Awad, in conversation with cross-genre writer Anna Joy Springer, to read from and sign her book, Bunny.

This is a spellbinding, down-the-rabbit-hoe tale of loneliness and belonging, creativity and agency, and friendship and desire. This is a dazzlingly original second book from the author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/mona-awad-reads-her-new-novel-bunny-anna-joy-springer

Lisa Locasio & Others at Poetic Research Bureau 

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

Lisa Locasio is a creative nonfiction writer, fiction writer, and poet, whose debut novel, Open Me, was published in 2018.She is the editor of the anthology Golden State s2017: The Best New Writing form California (Outpost 19), co-publisher of the regional fiction magazine Joyland, and editor of the ekphrastic collaboration magazine 7×7.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Friday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearch.com    

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

Join us for Friday Night Poetry: They’re Just Words, hosted by Ingrid M. Calderon-Collins. The event starts with an Open Mic, and featured poets TBA perform at 9 pm.

Where: BookShowLA

Date: Friday the 21st

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/event/friday-night-poetry-theyre-just-words-10/  

Third Friday Rapp Saloon Poetry Reading & Open Mic at Rapp Saloon 

Join us every third Friday of the month for a spoken word and music lounge where spilling your heart and searching your soul is mandatory. Sign-ups for Open Mic begin at 8pm. Featuring:

Vickie Juditz performs her original stories at theatres and festivals nationwide, and has won Moth Story SLAMS. Her story Swing Dancing aired on Moth Radio Hour.

Theida Salazar is both a performance artist and entertainment lawyer.

Bonnie La Vallo is owner/ teacher of the Breath of Life Studios.

Zachary Provost is a singer/songwriter.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 21st

Time: 8:30 pm – 11 pm

Address: 1436 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://www.facebook.com/rapp-saloon-reading-series

Book to Art Club at Brand Library, Glendale 

Join us for our Book to Art Club, which combines reading, discussion, and art-making. Create a project based on the book, Great Short Poems.

Where: Brand Library, Glendale CA

Date:  Saturday the 22nd

Time: 10:30 am – 12 pm

Address: 1601 W. Mountain.St., Glendale, CA 91201

Website: http://www.brandlibrary.org/  or   https://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/46146/125?curm=6&cury=2019

Michael Portis & Pinky Got Out at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Michael Portis will present and sign his book, Pinky Got Out, the story of an unusual flamingo who is a real escape artist. When he sees a young girl named Penny during her class tour of the zoo, he makes a break for it, and she discovers him hiding in plain sight.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstorecom/event/michael-portis-presents-and-signs-pinky-got-out

Method & Mystery: A Masquerade, Book Launch & Musical Cabaret at Art Share LA

Method and Mystery is a signpost for writers about how our creative mechanism works and how to harness it to write more original, astonishing work. Complete with a generous stack of ready-to-use lessons, both fledgling writing instructors and serious poetry writers will find resources to move deeper into their creative bliss.

Led by Tresha Faye Haefner, The Poetry Salon brings fun and professionalism to the art of writing poetry. Two books will be launched: a book of prompts and an anthology of the best poetry from Poetry Salon workshops over the years. This event features a masquerade party and cabaret, an opera performance, interactive writing games, food, drinks, and of course poetry.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind book launch where The Poetry Salon presents a roster of local poetry celebrities and new writers, and lots of fun and surprises. Hear from noted scribes Michelle Bitting, Ernesto Cepeda, Alicia Elkhort, and Douglas Manuel. We will also reveal the winners of our first ever poetry contest—who will receive $100 each and read their winning entries.

NOTE: See websites for tickets and further details. All proceeds go to providing scholarships for talented students in need of tuition assistance, as well as operating costs of Poetry Salon programs.

Where: Art Share LA

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Address:  801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Website:https://www.artsharela.org/event/method-and-mystery-a-masquerade-book-launch-and-musical-cabaret/ or https://methodandmystery.eventbrite.com   or https://theepoetrysalon.com/

Vroman’s Ed – Publish Your Book with Ann Hamer at Vroman’s Bookstore

Ann Hamer will present a workshop on how you can self-publish your book. You will learn how to edit and prepare your manuscript, design the jacket and interior, and market the final product, among other things. The author is an experienced workshop instructor and has written books on memoir writing and self-publishing.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, and to register or find further details, they are available at the store website.

Where: Vroman’s Meeting Room, Suite 120, The Atrium

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 1:30 am – 4:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstorecom/event/vromans-ed-publish-your-book-ann-hamer

Theresa Thorn & It Feels Good to Be Yourself at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Theresa Thorn will present and sign her debut children’s book, It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity. This important picture book introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader. This book provides young readers and parent alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity. The Kirkus starred review called this book “exceptional.”

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 2:30 pm

Address: 10580 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. CA 90064

Website: http://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/#thorn

Octavia E. Butler Birthday Party at Central Library, LAPL

Come celebrate MacArthur Genius Grant winning author Octavia E. Butler’s (1947-2006) birthday at the Central Library, her second home. Listen to speakers talk about Butler’s revolutionary genre-bending science fiction writing and her legacy, including:

Steve Barnes (NYT bestselling author), Lynell George (award-winning LA-based journalist and essayist), Ayana Jameson, PhD (author, educator, organizer, and the founder of the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network), and Julia Meltzer (artist and filmmaker, and the founding director of Clockshop).

Visit our mini-tech fair and see our newly opened Digital Media Lab starting at 3 pm. A family fun event!

NOTE: Please RSVP at website and for further details.

Where: Central Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 15th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/octavia-e-butler-birthday-party

Nicole Walker & Sustainablity: A Love Story at Book Soup

Join us to hear author Nicole Walker discuss and sign her book, Sustainability: A Love Story.

In this book the author questions what it means to live sustainably while still being able to have internet and eat bacon. After all, who wants to listen to a short, blond woman who is mostly a hypocrite anyway, who eats cows and owns no solar panels, tsk-tsking them? Armed with research and a bright irony, she delves into scarcity and abundance, with stark humor and laughter. This book is for everyone.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 22th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/nicoel-walker-discusses-and-signs-sustainablity-love-story

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

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry for a Print & Internet Publishing Workshop led by acclaimed L.A. poet Mike Sonksen. He is the author most recently of Letters to my City.

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

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 22th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Dina Gilio-Whitaker & As Long as Grass Grows at Skylight Bookstore

Join us as we welcome author and activist Dina Gilio-Whitaker to read from and sign her new nonfiction book, As Long as Grass Grows.

In this book the author argues that colonization was not just an invasion of and domination over Indigenous populations by European settlers, but that a central harm of colonization was the environmental injustices it imposed. She traces systemic dispossession of sacred land from Indigenous peoples from early colonization through today, arguing it represents the greatest form of environmental injustice in the United Sates. She traces how the new Red Power movement of the ‘70s and ‘80s and other women-led movements led to communities working together to build a better future, and how these issues are exacerbated by Climate Change.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/dina-gilio-whitaker-discusses-her-new-nonfiction-book-long-grass-grows

Rights Night: 14th Amendment at ALOUD Reading Series, LAPL

What does it mean to be a U.S. citizen? Following the Civil War, the 14th amendment was adopted to provide all citizens rights and equal protection under the Constitution. Over 150 years later, it is one of the most litigated parts of the Constitution. Join us for a close look at the ongoing battle for equality, with Nina Shaw, an esteemed government lawyer and one of the founders of Time’s Up, formed to fight systemic sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. She is joined by Melissa Goodman, Director of Advocacy at the ACLU of Southern California.

This celebration of inclusion will also feature a performance by spoken word poet Alyesha Wise.

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

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 22th

Time:  5:30 pm

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

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

Influx Collective: Queer Reading at Poetic Research Bureau 

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

Diane Heaven N/A

Lilly Safarian N/A

Carla Sameth is a poet and writer whose work has appeared innumerous anthologies and publications. She teaches at the Los Angeles Writing Project (LAWP) at CSULA and is a member of the Pasadena Rose Poet, who present “poetry within reach and in unexpected places.”

Andres Sanchez is an educator and poet from Chicago Illinois.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearch.com  or  https://m/facebook.com/events/poetic-research-bureau/queer-poetrynight/3338482975126449/    

Thomas Antonic & Michael Fischer at Beyond Baroque

Thomas Antonic recites spontaneously selected poetry and fragments, short cuts, and cut-ups, simultaneously supported, interpreted and counterpointed with soundscapes by experimental music master Michael Fischer. Richly allusive, morphologic, filmic, cross-linking, floating, forming a coup of poetic escalation. These two artists, from Vienna, Austria, have performed together since 2015.

NOTE: See website for advance tickets and further information.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 22nd

Time: 8 pm

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

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

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

Join us for our regular Storytime reading event for kids and families!

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore, Hastings Ranch

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/storytime-hastings-ranch-218

Well Read Black Girl Book Club at Café con Libros

Please join us for our second Well Read Black Girl book club meeting, when we will discuss Elizabeth Acevedo’s book, With the Fire on High.

Where: Café con Libros Press

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 2 pm – 3:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1265363263644631/

Fourth Sundays Poetry Reading at the Claremont Library

Cati Porter is the author of eight books and chapbooks, including The Body at a Loss (CavanKerry 2019). Her poems have won numerous prizes and she is executive director of the Inlandia Institute, and founder and editor of Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry.

Daniel Romo is the author of Apologies in Reverse (FutureCycle Press 2019), When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press 2013), and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press 2013). He is an associate editor at Backbone Press, and lives and teaches in Long Beach.

NOTE: This event is free, and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available to purchase.

Where: Claremont Library

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Address:  208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.claremontlibrary.org/poetry-readings.html

Poetry by The Sea Reading Series & Open Mic at Malibu United Methodist Church

Join us for the “Poetry by the Sea” reading event, which will feature readings by: Ruby Simkins, Caron Perkal, and Paul Willis, as well as an Open Mic. Call 310-457-2385 for details.

Where: Malibu United Methodist Church

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 3 pm

Address:  30128 Morning View Dr., Malibu CA

Website: N/A

Drag Queen Story Hour at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us for Drag Queen Story Hour at our main store, a story time event for all ages. L.A.’s most glittering, magical drag queens read quirky and progressive children’s books, followed by a simple craft. Featuring Drag Queen Valora Von Tease.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/

Village Poets of Sunland & Tujunga & Open Mic at Bolton Hall Museum

Please join us for the Village Poets Monthly Reading in June, when our featured poet will be Melissa Stoddard, and we will also feature an open mic. Our feature will read for 25-30 minutes, and there will be two open mic segments.

NOTE: Refreshments are served and a $3 donation will be collected.

Where: Bolton Hall Museum

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 4:30 pm

Address: 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga, CA 91042

Website: http://www.villagepoets.blogspot.com/p/calendar-of-readings.htnl?m=1

PEN Emerging Voices Meet & Greet at Skylight Bookstore

PEN America presents the 2019 Emerging Voices Fellows, alumni and mentors in conversation on the 2020 application cycle. Featuring: Judy Choi, Anthony Hoang, Fajer Alexander Khansa, T.K. Le, Dare Williams.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skykightbooks.com/event/pen-emerging-voices-meet-and-greet

Beatnik Café Night & Open Mic at Hey Hey Drinks

Beatnik Café presents another night of hearing truth from lesser heard perspectives:

6:50pm – 7pm:  Open Mic Sign-Up

7pm – 7:10pm: Introduction

7:10pm -7:30pm: Nancy Carrol reading;

7:30pm – 7:50 pm: Sophia Petkovic reading;

7:50pm – 8:50pm: Poetry Open Mic (3 min. per poet) & Close at 9 pm.

Where: Hey Hey Drinks

Date: Sunday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.heyheydrinks.com/events/2019/5/19/poetry-wapgt

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