Los Angeles Literature Events 6/24/19 – 6/30/19

downloadEmpathy & Heroism Book Club at Central Library, LAPL – Teen’Scape Event

The Empathy &Heroism Book Club for teens will meet to discuss the book, All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

Where: Central Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 24th

Time:  4 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/empathy-heroism-book-club-15

Rachel DeWoskin & Banshee at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Rachel DeWoskin discuss and sign her novel, Banshee.

In this book, Samantha Baxter—wife, mother, poetry professor—learns she has breast cancer and then ruins her own life. Tumbling through a catastrophic midlife crisis, she gives herself permission to partake in behaviors she’s observed in her male colleagues, including having an affair with a student her daughter’s age, ranting at board meetings, and telling her students what she really thinks of their work. Part comedy and part tragedy, Banshee dramatizes the emotions that lie beneath our inhibitions—and the consequences of unleashing them.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/rache-dewoskin-discusses-and-signd-banshee

Lauren Kate & The Orphan’s Song at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Lauren Kate discuss and sign her book, The Orphan’s Song.

In Venice, in 1736, fate brings Violetta and Mino together on the roof of the Hospital of the Incurables, and they form a connection that will change their lives forever. Both are orphans at the Incurables, dreaming of escape. But when the resident Maestro notices Violetta’s voice, she is selected for the world famous coro, and must sign an oath never to sing beyond its church doors. After a declaration of love ends in heartbreak, Mino flees in search of his family and his long-lost mother. Without him, Violetta begins a dangerous and forbidden night life, but neither finds what they are looking for. In the end, this is a celebration of the enduring nature and transformative power of love.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 24th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/lauren-kate–discusses-and-signs-orphan’s -song

Spiritual Classics Book Club & The Interior Castle at the Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore presents its Spiritual Classics Book Club with senior writer at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Nick Shindo Street, who will discuss the 16th century classic, The Interior Castle, by Teresa of Avila, a vision-inspired read from the Christian mystic tradition.

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 24th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

Herve Tullet’s Ideal Exhibition Educator’s Workshop at ICA-LA

Join the wildly popular children’s book author and illustrator Herve Tullet for the Ideal Exhibition Educator’s Workshop. It’s FREE! This event is for educators who work with grades K-12.

Where: Institute of Contemporary art-Los Angeles

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time:  3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 1717 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/empathy-heroism-book-club-15

Red Hen Press Reading Event at Annenberg Beach House

Join us to hear Red Hen Press present four poets and writers for an evening of poetry. Plus, Red Hen lead designer Caitlin Sacks, who has designed the majority of Red Hen’s book covers this season, will give a short talk about the work and what artistic skills are involved in cover design, and display her work at various stages of the process.

Tina Schumann is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Praising the Paradox (Red Hen Press, 2019). She curated the IPPY award-winning anthology Two Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents. Flash Memoir, Personal Essays and Poetry, from seventy authors across the country. She is poetry editor with Wandering Aengus and Director of Artsmith.org.

Dolores Hayden is a poet and writer about American places, and her most recent collections are American Yard (2004) and Nymph, Dun, and Spinner (2010). Her books on the history of American urban landscapes include: Building Suburbia (2003), A Field Guide to Sprawl (2004), and The Power of Place (1995). She is a professor of architecture, urbanism, and American Studies at Yale University.

Helene Cardona is a poet, linguist, literary translator, and actor. She is the author of seven books, including Dreaming My Animal Selves (2013) and The Astonished Universe 2006).

Marcelo H. Castillo is an award-winning poet and activist and lives in Northern California. He is the author of Cenzontle (2018) and Dulce (2018). He was a founder, with poets Javier Zamora and Christopher Soto, of the Undocupoets campaign, which eliminated citizenship requirements from major first poetry book prizes in the U.S.

Where: Annenberg Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com/activities/calendar.aspx

Elliot Sharp & IrRational Music at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Elliot Sharp discuss and sign his book, IrRational Music.

This book is about the author’s quest to take the music he hears in his inner ear and bring it to life in the real world. In this vivid memoir and manifesto, Sharp takes us along on that quest, through some of the most fertile cultural terrain of our time. A mix of tales from the road with thoughts on music, art, politics, technology, and the process of thinking itself, this book is a glimpse inside the mind of one of our most creative artists.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/elliot-sharp-discusses-and-signs-irrational-music

Shalini Shankar & Beeline at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear anthropologist and author Shalini Shankar discuss and sign, Beeline.

In this book the author argues that far from being simply overstressed and overscheduled, Gen Z spelling bee competitors are learning crucial twenty-first-century skills from their high-powered lives, displaying a sophisticated understanding of self-promotion, self-direction, and social mobility.  

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/shalini-shankar

Tanja Hester & Work Optional at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Tanja Hester discuss and sign her book, Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way.

This book is a practical action guide for financial independence and early retirement from the popular “Our Next Life” blogger. In today’s work culture we’re expected to hustle around the clock. What if you could get away from that traditional path and wake up every day without an alarm clock and do the things you love most? The author will help you map out a customized plan for retiring early from high-stress careers and live the life you envision and desire.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/tanja-hester-discusses-and signs-work-optional-retire-early-non-penny-pinching-way

Gothic Book Club & The Turn of the Screw at the Last Bookstore

Please join our Gothic Book Club and host John Palisano to discuss the book, The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James. You can’t go gothic without a governess, and this one is contending with more than was listed on the job description.

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 25th

Time:  7:30 pm

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

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

L.A. Times Book Club &The Library Book at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

Please join host Donna Wares for the first meeting and community read of the Los Angeles Times Book Club, to meet and hear bestselling author Susan Orlean discuss The Library Book, which is the story of the disastrous and mysterious fire which devastated the landmark Los Angeles Central Library in 1986.

Building on the success of America’s largest literary event, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the Times started a community book club to keep the storytelling and conversation going year-round. Every month we’ll share a new book club selection, read stories on the topic, and then meet to discuss the books and authors relevant to Southern California and the West, which illuminate and explain our unique landscape, culture, identity and history.

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

Where: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Barnsdall Art Park

Date: Tuesday the 25th          

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address:  4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Website: http://www.latimes.com/bookclub-htmlstory.html

Redondo Poets & Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Poets to welcome this week’s feature, James Hale, 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 25th

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 25th

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 25th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

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

Your Author Series: Jose Pimienta (Joe Pi) & Suncatcher at Vernon-Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library – Teen Event

Join us to hear graphic artist Jose Pimienta (Joe Pi) discuss his upcoming graphic novel, Suncatcher.

A lifelong artist, also known as Joe Pi draws his inspiration from animation, music, and short stories, and currently draws comics, storyboards, and sketches for visual development. Joe Pi has been living in L.A. since 2009, where he has been making music and smiling as often as possible.

Where: Vernon-Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

Address: 4504 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website: http://lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-starring-joe-pimienta-joe-pi

Speak Easy Casual Storytelling Event at Dipiazza’s Pizza

Join us for the Speak Easy Casual Storytelling Event, an open call for storytellers to share a story that is on your heart or mind. This is NOT an open Mic! No topic is off-limits. A basket will be passed to support the Long Beach Community Theatre.

Where: Dipiazza’s Pizza

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 5205 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90804

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2147036575385014/

Elizabeth Pomeroy & Glen Dawson: Mountaineer and Bookman at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear authors Elizabeth Pomeroy discuss and sign her new book, Glen Dawson: Mountaineer and Bookman.

Glen Dawson was born seven years after his father opened Ernest Dawson’s Antique Book Shop in downtown L.A. in 1905. Mentored by his father and fueled by his own determination, the young Dawson rose to prominence in two very different spheres. As a partner in Dawson’s Book Shop for 60 years, he was influential in rare book circles. And as an avid climber and lifelong world traveler, he achieved dozens of mountaineering first ascents. This volume explores the many facets of his incredible life/

This collectible volume was produced honoring the Dawson style of classic, elegant bookmaking, and is  a must-have for students of California history and bibliophiles.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/elizabeth-pomeroy-discusses-and-signs-glen-dawson-mountaeineer-and-bookman

Gia Scott-Heron & What’s the Word Wednesdays at Irie Vibes Art Space (2nd & 4th Wednesdays)

Daddy & Me productions presents “What’s the Word Wednesdays,” hosted by spoken word artist and poet Gia Scott Heron, daughter of the late Gil Scott Heron. Join us on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays Monthly for an evening filled with the Hottest Spoken Word Artists in the Country expressing their politics through poetry.

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

Where: Irie Vibes Art Space

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://losangeles.eventful.com/events/whats-word-wednesdays-/E0-001-119818800-9@2019062619

Darrel McLeod & Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Darrel McLeod present and discuss his debut memoir, Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age.

As a small boy in remote Alberta, the author is immersed in his Cree family’s history, passed down in the stories of his mother, Bertha. He is surrounded by her tales of joy and horror—of the strong men in their family, of her love for Darrel, and of the cruelty endured in residential school—as well as his siblings and cousins, and the smells of their life. He becomes fiercely proud of his heritage, and to listen to the birds that will guide him throughout his life. Then, when things change, he witnesses domestic abuse, and begins to grapple with his sexual identity. Unflinchingly honest, this story shows how he overcame enormous obstacles  in pursuit of self-fulfillment.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 26th     

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/darrel-mcleod-reads-his-debut-memoir-mamaskatch-cree-coming-age

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 26th

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/

Daniel Romo at the Ugly Mug Café

Join us to hear Daneil Romo is author of the books Apologies in Reverse,(2019), When Kerosene’s Involved (2014), and Romancing Gravity (2013). He is an Associate Poetry Editor at Backbone Press. He lives, bench presses, and rides his folding bike in Long Beach, CA.

NOTE: $3 cover fee, cash only.

Where: The Ugly Mug CaféBoo

Date: Wednesday the 26th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/409507439700570/

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 27th

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/

Your Author Series: Lilliam Rivera at Junipero Serra Branch Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Join us to meet and hear author Lilliam Rivera to hear her present her recently published YA novel, Dealing in Dreams. The author has spoken across the country at numerous schools and regularly hosts creative writing workshops.

Where: Junipero Serra Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 4607 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90037

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

Your Author Series: Elana K. Arnold at Palisades Branch Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Join us to meet and hear author Elana K. Arnold as she delves into her novel, The Question of Miracles. Her YA novel, What Girls Are Made Of, was a finalist for a National Book Award. She has taught creative writing at UC Davis, and spoken at many schools, libraries and conferences.

Where: Palisades Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 861 Alma Real Dr., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-starring-elana-k-arnold

Your Author Series: Zara Lisbon at Studio City Branch Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Join us to meet and hear author Zara Lisbon as she discusses her debut YA novel, Fake Plastic Girl. Her fiction writing has been widely published, and she has been a guest on many podcasts, such as Kasey’s FREEk Show and Holy Swift.

Where: Studio City Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Book to Action Open Mic Storytelling Night at Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Join us to tell your 5-6 minute story focusing on the theme of immigration. All are welcome.

We will accept sign-ups beginning June 18. More details about the ground rules for the evening coming soon.

Where: Studio City Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

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

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

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 27th

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

Poets Jazz House

About: A Spoken Word and Music Lounge where spilling your heart is art and searching your soul is mandatory to get in the door. They are a beatnik Tea House where there’s snapping instead of clapping. The atmosphere is lax but it Sssizzles. They invite you to come touch, be touched, hear the answer and heed the call. They’re just a cozy little house where everyone feels at home.  (Every Thursday: 7pm – 10pm)

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Irie Vibes ArtSpace
Address: 6563 Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044
Website: Poets Jazz House

Aja Gabel & The Ensemble at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Aja Gabel, in conversation with Adele Lim, discuss and sign her debut novel, The Ensemble, now in paperback.  

This book is about Jane, Brit, Daniel and Henry. They never would have been friends if they hadn’t needed each other, and never would have found each other except for the art that drew them together. They would never have become family without their love for the music, and for each other. Following these four unforgettable characters gives us a look into the high-stakes, cutthroat world of musicians, of lives made in concert, and of the tenderness of youth.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/aja-gabel-conversation-adele-lim-discussesand-signs-ensemble

Taffy Brodesser-Akner & Fleishman Is in Trouble at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Taffy Brodesser-Akner, in conversation with author Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeeney, discuss and sign her new book Fleishman Is in Trouble.

Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and his wife of fifteen years separated: weekends and every-other holiday with the kids. He could not have predicted that one day, in the middle of his summer of sexual exploration, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. This is a searing, unvarnished debut.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/taffy-brodesser-akner-conversation-cynthia-d’aprix-sweeney-discussers-and-signs-fleishman

Prompt Party at Golden West Diner, Westminster

The Real Poets of Orange County present Prompt Party: Another Community Rendezvous, to celebrate summer by trying to pinpoint the inspiration and write.

Entry and parking are free, but come hungry for dinner to support those who offer us space. RSVP via Facebook to help us prepare and accommodate guests.

Where: Golden West Diner

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 13030 Goldenwest St., Westminster, CA 92683

Website: http://www..facebook.com/events/379028832795557/

Luis Javier Rodriguez & Peter J. Harris at Open Door Poetry at Battery Books

Please join us for a very special evening of poetry and word, to hear two deeply accomplished and decorated writers read and discuss their work:

Luis J. Rodriguez is a poet, novelist, journalist, critic, and columnist. He was L.A. Poet Laureate from 2016-018, and is also a major figure in contemporary Chicago literature, and has received numerous awards for his work. His 15 books in numerous genres include: Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing, and The Republic of East L.A., among many others. He is founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, now in its 30th year, co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Cultural Center & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley, and his latest collection is Borrowed Bones.

Peter J. Harris has published poetry, essays and fiction, and has worked as publisher, journalist, editor, and broadcaster. He is 2018 Los Angeles COLA Fellow in literary arts, founding director of Black Man of Happiness project, and founder and artistic director of Inspiration House. He is the author of Bless the Ashes and Unalienable Rights, and appears in Voices from Leimert Park. His 2018 TEDx Pasadena Talk with Adenike A. Harris, “Healing vs. Retaliation: Surviving Trauma and Sexual Abuse,” described and celebrated 15 years of working with his daughter after convicting and jailing her predator ex-stepfather.

Where: Battery Books

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 26 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena CA 91101

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/442127563003752/

The Los Angeles Press: Gen X Summer at Beyond Baroque

Come for air guitar, stay for the clover cigarettes. L.A. Poets Linda Ravenswood, Chelsea Rector, and Peggy Dobreer read from all new work!

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Thursday the 27th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

“The Poet Is In” Interactive Exchange at Union Station 

Metro Art Los Angeles is pleased to present the return of “The poet Is In,” n interactive poetry exchange at Union Station inspired by a program originally conceived by poet Marie Howe and produced by MTA Arts and Design (New York).

Our 12 participating poets are:

3:00 pm:

Callie Siskel

William Archila

Douglas Manuel

Lynne Thompson

4:00 pm:

Vickie Vertiz

Xochitl-Julissa Bemejo

Kenji Liu

Lory Bedikian

5:00 pm

Kim Dower

Harmony Holiday

Elena Karina Byrne

Leah Clancy

Music to accompany the poetry exchange is provided by Alfredo Rolando Ortiz.

Where: Union Station North Patio

Date: Friday the 28th

Time: 3 pm – 6 pm

Address: 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/807662316287647/

Arts Jam Reading & Open Mic at Studio 526 Community Arts Platform/Skid Row

Join us on the last Friday of every month to hear an Open Mic in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood. The People’s Concern’s Studio 526 is a community arts platform in L.A.  rooted in the conviction that equitable access to arts, cultural and social spaces is a fundamental human right, essential for all people and communities. Last Friday Every Month, since 2014!

Where: The People’s Concern’s Studio 526

Date: Friday the 28th

Time: 5:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 526 S. San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: N/A;  Questions? Cantact Haykat hmakhmuryan@thepeopleconcern.org

Joseph McQuillan & My Search for Christopher at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Joseph McQuillan read and discuss his book, My Search for Christopher on the Other Side. In this book the author takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride, discovering messages from his son Chris who died too young, or according to Chris, at just the right time. This is a beautiful and touching story filled with grief and heartache, with just a touch of humor in all the right places. His story will illuminate your path to healing after a tragic loss and allow you a glimpse of the other side.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 28th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/joseph-mcquillan-discusses-and-signs-my-search-christopher-other-side

TDSB Open Mic with Marcus Omari & Robert Santis at Fox Coffee House 

Join us at The Definitive Soap Box Open Mic to hear our features:

Marcus Omari is an Orange County legend and student of poetic literature (and activism) and emerged from the Southern California slam poetry scene as a founding member of the San Diego Slam Poetry Team. He has performed on stages from Chicago to San Francisco.

Robert Santis is a Long Beach/Los Angeles activist and songwriter who has recently released Seasons: EP, Live at Cape Vineyard, and most currently Bloom. He currently serves as a Housing Navigator for low income/homeless individuals at St. Joseph Center and is a bartender on the side.

Where: Fox Coffee House

Date: Friday the 28th

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 437 Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90806

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2038695819773360/

Poets & Writers’ Angeles Connecting Cultures Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us to hear the 9th annual Los Angeles Connecting Cultures Reading featuring readers from a few of our partnering organizations:

Hillsides School

Nisei Writers Workshop-Little Tokyo

QueerWise-Spoken Interludes

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural

World Stage Press

Readers TBA!

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2255411264772360/

Switchblade Magazine Live Reading at Skylight Bookstore

Join the writers of Switchblade Magazine, a quarterly noir fiction, digest-sized magazine now going into its tenth issue, for a selection of readings. Readers include:

A.B. Patterson is a Sydney author with a career of investigating crime and corruption and sleaze, and is a regular contributor to Switchblade. He is the author of two  Aussie P.I. novels: Harry’s World and Harry’s Quest.

Ashley Erwin produced the book Ballard Concerning Black Betty a couple of years ago. Two more are in the works, and a ton of word grenades are available at Ashley-Irwin.com.

Andrew Miller is a crime novelist, screenwriter and essayist. He lives in Los Angeles.

Jon Zelazny is your typical stay-at-home writer-dad. He began his Hollywood career working with Joe Silver, then spent a decade in support of Uli Edel. His short stories have appeared widely, and he’s currently writing a novel about the British ballet.

Rex Weiner is the author of The (Original) Adventures of Ford Fairlane, now available from Rare Bird Books. He is a journalist and one of the founding editors of High Times Magazine and a former editor of Swank,

Renee Asher Pickup is a mellowed punk rocker whose fiction has appeared widely. She is co-writer of the novel, Black Sails, and Disco Inferno, now available from Open Books. She is acquisitions editor for both Shotgun Honey and Bronzeville Books.

Lisa Douglass is the creator of The Grudge Club, an underground club focusing on vigilante style justice, and has an album she put out with Mike Chapman of Blondie fame. Her photography has been featured in Vice and she is long-time contributor for indie magazines such as Nylon, Flaunt, and Vice.

Richard Risemberg has worked in a number of occupations while writing poetry, articles, essays, and fiction, editing online zines, and sneaking around with a camera. He is now either a respected elder or a tedious old fart, depending on your point of view, and is still at it.

Scotch Rutherford writes aobut dark corners between the bright lights. An independent screenwriter and author, his work has appeared widely, and he is a contributor to the new clown noir anthology, Greasepaint & 45s from Down & Out Books. He is the creator and managing editor of Switchblade.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/switchblade-magazine-live-reading

Daniel Romo & Open Mic at Tebot Bach

Come and see poet Daniel Romo read his new collection Apologies in Reverse. He is also the author of When Kerosene’s Involved (2014), and Romancing Gravity (2013).

Open Mic sign-ups begin at 7:30 pm.

Where: Golden West College, Humanities 101

Date: Friday the 28th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2415727088662522/

Book to Action: Your Justice Story at Edendale Branch Library, LAPL

In a day-long writing and participatory story exchange, participants will be invited to discuss topics of the criminalization of poverty, the prison industrial complex, and specific experiences with mass incarceration and the process of re-entry. They will develop a five-minute script, and share and record it at the end of the day. This event is an extension of the Book to Action programs with a focus on finding powerful stories that inspire positive change locally and globally.

NOTE: This is an event with limited space, so sign up at reference desk or call (213) 207-3000 to reserve a spot.

Where: Edendale Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/book-to-action-your-story-justice-your-justice-stor-association-storycenter

Loose Lips: The Book Launch of Briana Munoz at Avenue 50 Studios

Please join Avenue 50 and Prickly Pear Publishing for Loose Lips: The Book Launch when author Briana Munoz presents her book, Loose Lips. She will be reading with her guests: Iris De Anda and Matt Sedillo.

Where: Avenue 50 Studios

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/888161691529155/

Karol Ruth Silverstein & Cursed at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Please join us to meet children’s author Karol Ruth Silverstein to celebrate her first novel for ages 13 and up, Cursed. This is a riveting read that thoughtfully and humorously depicts teen Ricky Bloom’s struggles with a recent chronic illness diagnosis. As if her parents’ divorce and sister’s departure for college weren’t bad enough, Ricky’s recent diagnosis has her cursing everyone out, skipping school, and trying to keep her parents from realizing how bad things are. Lured out of her funk by a quirky classmate, Oliver, her porcupine exterior begins to shed some spines. Maybe asking for help isn’t the worst thing in the world. Maybe accepting circumstances doesn’t mean giving up.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 2:30 pm

Address: 10580 ½ W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. CA 90064

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

Spectrum 19 Book Event at Pasadena Public Library, Main Branch

Please join us as SPECTRUM Publishing welcomes the public to join 49 poets and artists in Celebratory Reading of the new issue themed Soul Clean, taking place at “The Studio on 4” at the Main Branch of the Pasadena Public Library. Books will be available for $10 cash.

Hosted by James Berkowitz and Don Kingfisher Campbell

Hosted and created by Don Kingfisher Campbell. Managing Editor: Gregory Foster. Cover Art: Jack G. Bowman.

Where: Pasadena Public Library. Fourth Floor

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address:  285 Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2383533368638910/

Poet Kevin Killian Tribute at Poetic Research Bureau

Please join us to celebrate the life of poet, novelist, editor, playwright, and true cult icon, Kevin Killian, who died June 15. There will be an informal reading in his honor and books by the celebrated figure of San Francisco’s New Narrative Movement will be available, including: Shy, Bedrooms Have Windows, and Impossible Princess, for which he won the Lambda Literary Foundation award for best gay men’s erotica. Mourners are invited to share their memories and read from his work.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearchbureau.com  

Sexton to Sexton at Beyond Baroque

Sexton to Sexton is an evening devoted to the poignant, confessional, eternally striking poetry of the late Anne Sexton (1928-1974). Curated by poet Brendan Constantine and musician/writer Azalia Snail, and featuring: Jane Cantillon, Kim Dower, Christian Elder, Lisa Finnie, John S. Hall, Susan Hayden, Mandy Kahn, Sarah Kramer, Milo Martin, Ben Trigg, Dan West and more!

NOTE: See website for costs and further details.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

LGBTQ+ YA Lit Pride Panel of Authors at Vroman’s Bookstore 

It’s Pride Month, and no better time to celebrate LGBTQ+ YA! Young Adult Literature gets a lot of attention in the book world for being an expansive world for and about teens dealing with romance, adventure, vampires, and dystopian futures. But, what about the queer teens of YA Lit? What kind of stories do they get to be part of? What so readers want from them?

Join young adult authors Britta Lundin (Ship It!), Abdi Nazemian (Like a Love Story), Aminah Mae Safi (Tell Me How You Really Feel), and Amy Spalding (The Summer of Jordi Perez) to celebrate LGBTQ+ YA Lit with a discussion about its past, present, and future.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/lgtbq-ya-lit-pride-panel

Massoud Hayoun & When We Were Arabs at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear Massoud Hayoun discuss his debut memoir, When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History.

Massoud’s stunning debut is a vivid account of his grandparents’ lives in Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine, and Los Angeles reclaims his family’s Jewish Arab identity. There was a time when being an Arab didn’t mean you were necessarily Muslim. It was a time when Oscar Hayoun, a Jewish Arab, typically strode along the Nile in a fashionable suit, long before he and his father arrived at Haifa to join the Zionist state only to find themselves hosed down with DDT and then left unemployed on the margins of society. In that time, Arab-ness was a mark of cosmopolitanism, of intellectualism. Today, Oscar’s son, the Jewish Arab journalist he raised in L.A., finds his voice by telling his family’s story. He recalls a time before ethnic identity was mangled for political ends, a more innocent time, and an age that is now nearly lost.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/massoud-hayoun-discusses-his-memoir-when-we-were-arabs

Sexton to Sexton at Beyond Baroque

Sexton to Sexton is an evening devoted to the poignant, confessional, eternally striking poetry of the late Anne Sexton (1928-1974). Curated by poet Brendan Constantine and musician/writer Azalia Snail, and featuring: Jane Cantillon, Kim Dower, Christian Elder, Lisa Finnie, John S. Hall, Susan Hayden, Mandy Kahn, Sarah Kramer, Milo Martin, Ben Trigg, Dan West and more!

NOTE: See website for costs and further details.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

LGBT Author Felice Picano: Coming to Hollywood at Central Library, LAPL

As part of our LA-Made Series, we will present LGBT author Felice Picano for a discussion of his life and work. For decades hopeful LGBT actors, writers, and stage directors came west to make it big. Openly gay author Felice Picano did too, and was befriended by many. He presents their anecdotes, vintage photos, and excerpts from his own Hollywood novel to show how some found success against the odds and why they became icons of the film world.

NOTE: This is a free, but ticketed event, so go to eventbrite link at website to obtain tickets.

Where: Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, LAPL

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/events/lgbt-author-felice-picano-coming-hollywood-1935-2000

La Palabra Reading & Open Mic at Avenue 50 Studios

Please join the monthly La Palabra Poetry Reading & Open Mic, hosted by Angelica Saenz, and featuring:

Liz Gonzalez is a poet and educator, curator of Uptown Word literary events, and the author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds.

Donna Metz is a poet, translator, and professor of Psychology and Preventative Medicine at USC. Her chapbook Slippery Surfaces, published by Finishing Line Press, is available through FLP or Amazon.

Marcus Omari is founder of Poetic Reform Party, and facilitates on demand poetry workshops for Orange County, including schools and other community groups. He has authored several chapbooks, and is working on his third and final chapbook in his pre-manuscript series, while teaching at Orange County School of the Arts.

Mike Sonksen is a poet, educator, essayist and spoken word artist. He is the author most recently of Letters to My City, and is also the author of Poetics of Location.

Where: Avenue 50 Studios

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 2 pm

Address:  131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angele, CA 90042

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/577371932670722/

Poets Barbara Eknoian & Brian Harmon & Open Mic at Gatsby’s Bookstore, Long Beach

Picture Show Press presents poets Barbara Eknoian and Brian Harmon, who will read and present their work as our featured artists for East Coast vs West Coast (Barbara vs. Brian). There will also be an Open Mic for others to participate and read their work.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore, Long Beach

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/event#/poets-barbars-eknoian-and-brian-harmon-open-mic-poetry-sun-june-30th-3pm

Local Author Day at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to welcome two local authors to present and sign their work:

Aliete Guerrero is the author of Blue Nestiro, the story of Sofia de Menezes, an opera singer from Rio who had her career cut short with the death of her beloved fiancé. Years later she gets another chance, but the convicted killer escapes from prison and poses a threat to her life.

Roberto Tostado, M.D. is the author of WTF Is Wrong with Our Health, a feisty, funny, and deeply caring book by a rebel physician who explores a new look at how we look at nutrition and medicine.

Austin Wells is the author of Soul Conversations, and his event has been rescheduled to August 25th.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vromans-local-author-day

Rachel Ignotofsky & Women in Sports at Flintridge Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Rachel Ignotofsky to present and sign her book,  Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win.

Richly illustrated, this book highlights the stories of fifty notable women athletes form the 1800s to today, including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers, as well as lesser known champions. Also included are infographics on many topics, including a timeline of events.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 5 pm – 7:30 pm

Address:  110 Foothill Blvd., La Canada-Flintridge, CA 91011

Website: http:///www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2019/6/30/rachel-ignotofsky-women-in-sports  

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere Event at the Mandrake Bar

Please join us to welcome an amazing array of poets and authors for an afternoon of exquisite readings, hosted by Julia Ingalls. Books for sale by Skylight Books,

Lynne Thompson is a poet and writer and the author of Start with a Small Guitar (2013), Beg No Pardon (2007) and most recently, Fretwork (2019).

Susan Banyas is a multimedia artist and poet, and the author of an original collection of spoken word monologues, “Ohi-yo, the Outtakes.”

Mike the Poet Sonksen is a poet and writer, educator, essayist, and the author most recently of Letters to My City. He has mentored and taught many Los Angeles writers, and is the author of Poetics of Location.

Davis Rocklin is the author of The Luminist, and most recently, The Night Language. He is also founder of the Roar Shack Reading Series in Los Angeles.

Lisa Locascio writes creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, and her debut novel, Open Me, was published in 2018. She is co-editor if the anthology Golden State 2017: The Best New Writing from California (Outpost 19).

Where: Mandrake Bar

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address:  2692 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034

Website: http://m..facebook.com/events/mandrake-bar/its-five-oclock-somewhere/173852373510283/

Kick Out the Jams at Beyond Baroque

Please join us to welcome back Detroit poet M.L. Liebler (poet/editor of Heaven Was Detroit, Respect: An Anthology of Poems on Detroit Music and I Want to Be Once) to Kick Out the Jams with Words and Music by Ruben Funkahauti Guevara, a pioneer of Chicano rock and author of Confessions of a Radical, Chicano Doo-Wop Singer..

We also welcome: Cindy Lee Berryhill, Omnivore recording artist and singer/songwriter and folksinger; fiction writer Lolita Hernandez, author of Autopsy of an Engine and other Tales; LA poet Mona Jean Cedar and techno artist Jeff Boyneton.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 30th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

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