Los Angeles Literature Events 7/01/19 – 7/07/19  

51hEdFjUgNL._AC_SY400_A is for ACTION: A Social Justice Book Club for Kids at Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Literature can transform the way we look at the world, deepening our understanding of even the most complex issues of today.

Check out the book of the month from the library, read it, then come join us for the conversation and crafts! Children ages 5+ and their families are welcome.

Our book for July is: Last Stop On Market Street, by Matt de la Pena, which received the 2016 Newberry Medal and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Library copies are available to borrow at the Information Desk.

Where: Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 1st

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 5027 Caspar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/action-social-justice-book-club-kids

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Storytime at Arroyo Seco Regional Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King book awards with a storytime and craft based on CSK-award-winning music and dance titles, including Firebird by Misty Copeland, Jazz on a Saturday Night by Leo and Diane Dillon, and Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews.

Our book for July is: Last Stop On Market Street, by Matt de la Pena, which received the 2016 Newberry Medal and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Library copies are available to borrow at the Information Desk.

Where: Arroyo Seco Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 1st

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 6145 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/coretta-scott-king-book-awards-storytime

Banned Books Club: The Hate U Give at Cellar Door Bookstore, Riverside CA

Please join us at our Banned Books Club meeting to discuss the book, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. This YA novel is the story of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter, who moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives, and the fancy suburban prep school she attends.  This balance is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed, and his death is soon a national headline. What Starr says–or does not say—could destroy her community, and possible endanger her life.

Where: Cellar Door Bookstore, Riverside

Date: Monday the 1st

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.cellardoorbookstore.com/event/banned-books-club-hate-u-give

A Rose in a Prose: Revival! at Stories Books & Café  LA  

Join us for A Rose in a Prose, your favorite literary salon/slapdash variety show/bisexual eyeliner festival, hosted by DM Colllins.

We’ll be celebrating with fully recharged poetic powers on July 1 at Stories Books, where we’ll hear work from a slew of great poets, storytellers, writers, comedians, and activists, including some classic A Rose in a Prose favorites from way back in the Obama administration:

Corey Saucier

Hymnal

Giselle Gonzalez (XRLA)

Josh Fadem

Art Currim (live via satellite!)

MYSTERY GUEST OF GREAT SKILLS SAND GREATNESSES

and more TBA!

With musical group ASTROPHORIA.

Where: Stories Books & Cafe

Date: Monday the 1st

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90026

Website: http://www.storiesla.com/?q=h.calevents or https://www.facebook.com/events/444314646146581/

Lillian Li & Number One Chinese Restaurant at Book Soup

Join us to hear author Lillian Li, in conversation with author Jade Chang, discuss and sign her novel, Number One Chinese Restaurant.

Owner Jimmy Han hopes to leave his late father’s homespun establishment for a fancier one, His older brother, Johnny, and Johnny’s daughter Annie, ache to return to a time before a father’s absence and a teen’s silence pushed them apart. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Dutch House employees, are tempted to turn their 30-year friendship into something else. And their families must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to help their children. This multi-voiced, poignant, darkly funny tale looks at youth and aging, parents and children, and all the ways families destroy us while also keeping us grounded and alive.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  https://www.booksoup.com/event/lillian-li-conversation-jade-chang-discussing-and-signing-paperback-release-number-one-chinese

Max Booth III & A Night of Werewolves at the Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore presents author Max Booth III who will read and discuss his new novel from Fangoria, a werewolf comedy called Carnivorous Lunar Activities. Join us as we learn about the history of werewolves and listen to a very depressed wolfman scream very bad werewolf-themed poetry. Things are going to get weird.

Ted and Justin were once best friends, but over the years they’ve seen less and less of each other. Ted can’t sleep, keeps waking up covered in blood, and Ted might be the only person who can save him—assuming he can shoot his childhood BFF with a silver bullet.

e best friends, but over the years they’ve seen less and less of each other. Ted can’t sleep, keeps waking up covered in blood, and Ted might be the only person who can save him—assuming he can shoot his childhood BFF with a silver bullet.

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 1st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Crossover Event: Queer Book Club & State of the Union Book Club at the Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore presents a Special Edition Book Club! We are combining the forces of Queer Book Club with CB Lee and State of the Union Book Club with Jaweed Kaleem for this unique night, reading: Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen. This is a journalist’s personal road trip through parts of the country where you might not expect to find vibrant LGBT communities.

Please join us, with author CB Lee and journalist Jaweed Kaleem as your moderators.

NOTE: All of the bookstore’s book clubs and programs are ticketed event90013y

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Poets & Allies for Resistance Reading & Open Mic

Join us for Poets & Allies for Resistance with guest host and reader Camari Carter-Hawkins, and feature William Hawkins for an extended Open Mic, reading, and book give-away.

This is a monthly poetry event created by Khadija Anderson and focused on social justice issues. Bring 1-2 lastbookstvt social justice for the open mic or just come to listen.

Where: My Place Cafe

Date: Monday the 1st

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 2057 N. Los Robles Ave. (at Woodbury), Pasadena, CA 91104

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/506913750053908/

Viva La Frida (Khalo) at Café con Libros Press

Save the date for the start of Viva La Frida (Khalo) month!

July is Frida Khalo’s birthday month and we plan to celebrate her all month long, with events every Tuesday, among other plans. We love Frida and have loved her and honored her fiery spirit for decades, long before she was cool!

Stay tuned and check back for our calendar of events!

Where: Café con Libros Press

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 11 am – 7 pm

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

Website: http://www. facebook.com/events/2443229039239105/

Your Author Series: Lilliam Rivera at Pacoima Branch Library – Teen Event

Join YA author Lilliam Rivera at Junipero Serra and Pacoima Branch Libraries as she presents her recently published young adult novel, Dealing in Dreams. The author has garnered multiple awards, including a Pushcart Prize, and is a Clarion alumnus. Her work has appeared widely and she has spoken across the country at numerous schools, and regularly hosts creative writing workshops.

Where: Pacoima Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Address: 13605 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-starring-lilliam-rivera-0  

Authors & The Feral Boy Who Lives in Griffith Park at Diesel Bookstore

Please join authors Tim Kirk, Robb Zabrecky, and Time Davis to discuss their book, The Feral Boy Who Lives in Griffith Park. You can’t go gothic without a governess, and this one is contending with more than was listed on the job description.

Tim Kirk writes and edits a collection of stories set in a world where this book exists. The largest urban park in the nation, dwarfing New York’s Central Park by five to one, is the fertile ground where new myths and legends grow.

This anthology, featuring stories by David Carpenter, Patrick Cooper, Rob Zabrecky, Steve Newman, Tim Davis, and Josh Lawson, will have you believing in The Feral Boy who lives in Griffith Park.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood (lower outdoor courtyard)

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-july-2nd-630-pm-tim-kirk-rob-zabrecky-tim-davis-discuss-and-sign-feral-boy-who-lives

Short Story Master Class: Arnold Weiss Performs Jewish Stories at Robertson Branch Library

Join local actor Arnold Weiss at Robertson Branch Library as he presents a dramatic performance of famous Jewish stories. Arnold will perform: A Yom Kippur Scandal by Sholem Aleichem, Bontsha the Silent by Isaac Leib Peretz, and The Calf by Sholem Jacob Abramovitsh. Join us for an evening of literary delights!

Where: Robertson Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 1719 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/robertson/

Katharyn Blair & The Beckoning Shadow at Once Upon a Time Bookstore-Kids Events

Join us to hear author Katharyn Blair discuss and sign her book, The Beckoning Shadow at her book launch.

This is the story of a dangerous tournament with an impossible prize. A kick ass heroine with magic powers can bring about your worst fears, and a get-rich tournament of Oddities promises more than just an ordinary death.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

Website: http://www.shoponceuponatime.com/category/event-categories/book-signing   

Ralph Cissne & Prudence in Hollywood at Book Soup  

Join us to hear author Ralph Cissne discuss and sign his book, Prudence in Hollywood: And Other Stories.

“I went to the gynecologist last week, which isn’t all that unusual except I’m a man. Prudence insisted I go.” So begins the title story of this collection exploring the matrix of modern American relationships. We follow a quirk cast of unconventional characters pursuing love with surprising and often humorous consequences.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/ralph-cissne-discusses-and-signs-prudence-hollywood-and-other-stories

Illustrator Leland Myrick & Hawking at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author, illustrator, and school psychologist Leland Myrick discuss and sign his graphic novel, Hawking. Following their new York Times-bestselling graphic novel, Feynman, Jim Ottaviana and Leland Myrick deliver a gripping biography of Stephan Hawking, one of the most important scientists of our time.

From his early days Stephen Hawking’s brilliance and good humor were obvious to everyone he met. At age 21 he was diagnosed with ALS, and thought the disease weakened his muscles and limited his ability to move and speak, it did nothing to limit his mind. He went on to do groundbreaking work in cosmology and theoretical physics for decades after being told he had only a few years to live. His 1988 bestseller, A Brief History of Time, was complemented by adding pop-culture icon to his accomplishments, by playing himself on TV shows and  becoming an outspoken advocate for disability rights.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vroamsbookstore.com/illustrator-leland-myrick-discusses-and-signs-hawkings

Viken Berberian & The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear author Viken Berberian discuss and sign his graphic novel, The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade. This work is illustrated by Yann Kebbi.

A young man’s arrogance and ambition collide with revolutionary politics in a visually groundbreaking graphic novel. Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is a city in ruins, and aspiring architect Frunz and his father, Mr. Cement, plan to level Yerevan’s historic landmarks and flood the city with Trumpian high-rises. But this plan outrages the citizens, who rise up in Revolution. In the ensuing chaos, Frunz must brave the streets swarming with rebels in search of the Golden Mean. This work is, by turns, prescient, punchy, cautionary, and fearless.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/events/viken-berberian-discusses-his-new-graphic-novel-structure-rotten-comrade

Tuesday Night Café at & Open Mic at Aratani Courtyard Little Tokyo

Please join host Johnetic Concordia for the Tuesday Night Café, offered every first and third Tuesday, from April to November, and founded by poet and performance artist Traci Kato-Kiriyama. This is our Kickoff event, Keep TN Growing!

This is a passionate, positive space with a focus on bridging art and community through original work from Asian American/pacific Islander communities, and the greater Los Angeles area, and it is also available as a podcast.

Featuring:

Manley

Joy Yamaguchi

D’Lo

Shin Kawasaki

“Union” a shot film by Form Follows Function

and the Open Mic

Where: Aratani Courtyard, Union Center for the arts

Date: Tuesday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: 210 Judge John Aliso St., Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2020772891564705/

Redondo Poets & Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Poets to welcome this week’s feature, Gary Jacoby, 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 2nd

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 2nd

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

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 2nd

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

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

Let’s Talk About Books: Reading Challenge at Valley Branch Library – Kids Event

Join our book discussion group for kids and teens to share your favorites and have the librarian share some new great books..

This program is recommended for children in grades 3rd  through 5th.

Where: Sun Valley Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 7935 Vineland Ave., Sun Valley, CA 91352

Website: http://www.lapl.org/lets-talk-about-books

Barbara Borland & Fake Like Me at Book Soup

Join us to hear mystery author Barbara Bourland, in conversation with Abigail Stern, discuss and sign her book, Fake Like Me.

This book is a satire of the absurdly glamorous New York High art scene, in which a young artist crumbles under unimaginable pressure while at an upstate artists’ retreat.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1818 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/barbara-bourland-abigail-stern-discusses-and-signs-fake-me

Karol Ruth Silverstein & Chris Baron & Cursed & All of Me at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear authors Karol Ruth Silverstein & Chris Baron discuss and sign their new books.

Karol Ruth Silverstein is the author of the debut novel, Cursed, which thoughtfully and humorously depicts teen Ricky Bloom’s struggles with a recent chronic illness diagnosis. this book is for fans of The Fault in our Stars. The author is a writer and screenwriter in L.A.

Chris Baron is the author of All of Me, in which a boy named Ari struggles with body image and weight. This is a novel in verse about accepting the imperfect in oneself and in life. The author is a o of English at San Diego City College, has published poems and articles, and this is his middle grade debut.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/karol-ruth-v-chris-baron-discuss-and-sign-cursed-all-me

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 3rd

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/

Have a HAPPY Fourth of July! (No events for July 4, 2019)

Current Events Nonfiction Book Club at Studio City Branch Library

Join our Current Events Nonfiction Book Club every first Friday of the month. All are welcome, and we vote on titles every four months.

Our book for discussion on July 5th is The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein.

Where: Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/current-events-nonfiction-book-club-0

LAPD Read Along at Vermont Square Branch Library – Kids Event

Go on a Read Along with LAPD & LAPL, every Friday at 2 pm during the summer.

Join us for exciting story time adventures read by LAPD officers!

Where: Vermont Square Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 2 pm

Address: 1201W. 48th St., Los Angeles, CA 90037

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/lapd-read-along-4

Neverspeak Poets at First Fridays Open Mic at Arts Expo Center

Come and enjoy a night of spoken word with Neverspeak Poets at First Fridays Open Mic, featuring poet Derek Brown, author of the collection Articulate Scars.

Neverspeak poets:

Shy but flyy

Dr. V

Philosophy

Nerd

Tommy Domino

Jragonfly Jon

Where: Arts Expo Center (Back Room)

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/331388634443324/

Mason’s Noise Parlour at Beyond Baroque

Join us for the quarterly presentation of L.A.’s best young talent curated by local singer-songwriter Mason Summit.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

House Open Mic at BookShowLA

A safe space for people who need a safe space, the HOUSE Open Mic is a *FREE* monthly open mic dedicated to amplifying under-heard voices. Previously known as “EAT Art”, the HOUSE open mic invites writers and performers to share their work in an intimate gathering.

Where: BookshowLA

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website: http://bookshowla.com/events

Noches Bohemia at Tia Chucha’s Bookstore

Join us for Noches Bohemia, our Open Mic event offered the first and third Fridays of every month, focusing on Spanish speaking artists and works.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave., Unit A., Los Angeles, CA 91342

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/358096494889690/

First Fridays Rapp Saloon Reading Series & Open Mic at Rapp Salooon

Join us for the Frist Fridays Reading Series & open Mic at Rapp Saloon, featuring a night of poetry, prose, music and performance hosted by Cynthia Alessandra Briano.

Open Mic sign-ups begin at 8 pm.

Features and details TBA.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 5th

Time: 8:30 pm

Address: 1436 2nd St., Santa Monica CA 90401

Website: http://www.facebook.com/rapp-saloon-reading-series-122145672327/

Western Edge Writers at Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL

Join us on the first Saturday of the month at 10 am for the Western Edge Writers Workshop, for a group that supports writing endeavors of all genres: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and memoir.

Write in this safe space and develop your craft and voice. Receive constructive critiques on your work.

Where: Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 10 am

Address: 5027 Caspar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/western-edge-writers

Developing Your Story for the Screen or Stage at Silver Lake Branch Library, LAPL

As part of our LA Made Events at LAPL, join us for a workshop titled Developing Your Story for the Screen or Stage, led by Felice Picano, who has written for both screen and stage. This hands-on practical talk and presentation will show you what you need to get your work professionally read and considered, how to protect your work, and how to format your script.

Where: Silver Lake Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 10 am

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/developing-your-story-screen-or-stage

Illustrator Rilla Alexander & A Swarm of Bees at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

From the bestselling author of The Dark comes another brilliantly illustrated picture book that takes on an intense childhood emotion—this time anger—in a rollicking, kid-friendly way.

Whether you’re a kid or a bee, sometimes you feel so mad, you buzz around looking for people to sing and trouble to make. See how one boy, a swarm of bees, and a whole town can get riled up and then find a way to feel better through the comfort of unconditional love and community.

Printed in a beautiful palette of primary colors, brimming with beautiful dots and stripes, Rilla Alexander’s art sings. She is author of the picture books Her Idea and The Best Book in the World, and has illustrated stories by Jane Yolen and Lemony Snicket.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/illustrator-rilla-alexander-presents-and-signs-swarm-bees

Gatsby’s Book Club & Red Clocks at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Gatsby’s Book Club meets every first Saturday of the month, and our book for July is Red Clocks, by Leni Zumas, which is about five women with one question: What is a woman for?

In this fiercely imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the personhood Amendment grants rights of life to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

NOTE: This is a potluck event, so bring a dish or drink inspired by Red Clocks.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 1 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/events/#/gatsbys-book-club-meets-every-1st-sat-1pm

The Free Black Women’s Library Event at Reparations Club

The wait is over! We are thrilled to invite you to participate in a day of love, literacy and liberation!. Meet us at @reparationclub ( a dope, brand new Black women owned retail and community space) to engage wit and trade Black women books in our collection.

Bring the little ones for a mini-doll making workshop, and more. All ages, gender-identities, and backgrounds are welcome! Light refreshments, Black girl anthems, and vibes will be served.

See website for “Book Swapping Guidelines.”

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

Where: Reparations Club

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Address: 4636 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/384602982171080/

Wild L.A. Author Program at Central Library, LAPL

Did you know that L.A. is a biodiversity hotspot? Come to a book talk with Lila M. Higggins, who is the author of Wild L.A.: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around Los Angeles, and learn more about the plants, animals, and fungi that are your neighbors.

Lila M. Higgins is the Community Science Senior Manager of the Urban Nature Research Center at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum and was a lead educator on the Museum’s Nature Lab and Nature Gardens.

Where: Central Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 630 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/wild-la-author-program

Expressions LA Poetry Reading Series at Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Please join us for our Expressions LA Poetry Reading Series, held on the first and third Saturdays of the month. You can sign up for a four-to-six minute reading, and there is at least one featured poet reading every session.

Where: Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/expressions-la-poetry-reading-series-0

Wide Open Reading Series at Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, LAPL

Please join us for our Wide Open Poetry Reading Series, held on the first Saturday of the month. Bring poems, narratives, art, performance and music to share. New members are welcome.

Where: Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga. CA 91042

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/wide-open-reading-5

Saturday Afternoon Poetry Event at Santa Catalina Public Library, Pasadena

Please join us for a Writing Workshop led by poet and writer Alexandra Umlas.

Hosted and curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell

Where: Santa Catalina Public Library

Date: Saturday the 29th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Beatrice the Biologist & Everyday Amazing at Vroman’s Bookstore  – Kids Event

Beatrice the Biologist is an easily amused former high school biology teacher with a soft spot for the mind-blowing science we encounter daily that we often take for granted. In Everday Amazing: Fascinating Facts About the Science That Surrounds Us, she shines the spotlight on ten different types of amazing everyday scientific facts in chapters full of un and fascinating tidbits bound to both entertain you and expand your horizons.

Learn the basics of atomic science, sound waves, bioscience, microbiology, and more in accessible chapters offering a fresh perspective on concepts you aren’t clear on. Quirky illustrations throughout add to the fun!

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/beatrice-biologist-discusses-and-signs-everyday-amazing-fascinating-facts-about-science

Workshop Celebrating Joy Harjo, New U.S. Poet Laureate at Abril Bookstore  

Armine Iknadossian and Nancy Lynee Woo host, and Armine leads the First Saturdays Poetry Workshop at Abril Books: Writing form the Spirit of Service: Celebrating Joy Harjo.

This generative poetry workshop will celebrate the work of Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, recently elected to this position. Harjo is a poet whose work serves the community and the wider world. How are we as poets working in service to our communities? What is an issue you would like to write about, but are afraid of or intimidated to approach? Together we will read and write in honor of Joy Harjo.

NOTE: The workshop fee is $30, so check site for details and to RSVP.

Where: Abril Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 4 pm

Address: 415 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/367649540607329

Wu Tang Verses L.A. Workshop at Stokelys Café & Social House

What is Wu Tang Verses L.A.?

A tribute dj night — a generative free verse writing session inspired by the music of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. The Street Life Sound system will supply originals, remixes, mash-ups and OG sample sources from the 9-man Staten Island crew. Selected work created on-site will be published on Entropy and/or the upcoming Writ Large Press chapbook release of the same name.

Where: Stokelys Café & Social House

Date: Saturday the 6th

Time: 7 pm – 12 pm

Address: 3500 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/825841991117432/

DPL 21st Annual Kickball & BBQ Event at Pan Pacific Park

Da Poetry Lounge turned 21 this month, so it’s time for our BBQ picnic, and KICKBALL, plus friendship, laughter and relaxation.

All are invited, and this is a good time to meet people outside our venue, have, fun and enjoy. You may invite your family, and let’s keep it alcohol and tobacco free. The picnic is potluck, so there is a list and an email link to sign up to bring items.

Where: Pan Pacific Park (next to the Grove) – Covered Picnic Area

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 12 pm – 7 pm

Address: 7600 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/340412626653038/?active_tab=about

Bethany Barton & I’m Trying to Love Math at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Do multiplication tables give you the hives? Do you break out in a sweat when you see more than a few numbers hanging out together? Then I’m Trying to Love Math is for you! In her signature hilarious style, Bethany Barton introduces readers to the things (and people) that use math in amazing ways—like music and spacecraft, and even baking cookies! This is a way to think differently about math as a necessary and cool part of our lives.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 1 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/bethany-barton-presents-and-signs-im-trying-love-math

Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest, Prize Winners Reading at Beyond Baroque

Winners of the 9th annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest will read from their work to celebrate this year’s event.

NOTE: This event is FREE but advance tickets are available at website link.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 2 pm

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

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

CAAM Reads Divided Soul at California African American Museum

Please join us to discuss CAAM’s monthly book club selection, Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye, by David Ritz, which will be moderated by CAAM’s research librarian, Denise L. McIver.

This title is related to our current exhibit, Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective, and the artist’s frequent depictions of musicians and athletes.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, so RSVP at website link

Where: California African American Museum (CAAM)

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.caamuseum.org/programs/talks-and-workshops/caam-reads-divided-soul-july

Duende Nights Open Mic at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for a poetry performance experience for the multicultural, underground poets and artists of today. Bring original poems, short stories, songs, and music. This event is organized by American Poetry Society Founder Antonieta Villamil.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 5 pm

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

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

Sunday Jump: Liberdad + Decolonial Equinox Open Mic at Sunday Jump

In decolonizing “independence” this Open Mic aims to address generational systems of oppression and explores ways to answer the question, Are we really free?”

Please join hosts Eddy M. Gana Jr. and Janelle Paule, with resident DJ Wong, to welcome:

Stone the Rich, Rock Band

Sabrina Im, poet

F. Douglas Brown, Author & Teacher (Icon and Zero to Three)

Rice & Shine, Food Pop-Up

and more!.

Where: Sunday Jump

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/353640395334233/

The Feral Boy Who Lives in Griffith Park with Tim Kirk at the Last Bookstore

Please join us as we present a new collection of short stories set in a Los Angeles where The Feral Boy Who Lives in Griffith Park exists. A murderous Western Swing guitarist, a golf caddie turned tabloid writer, a pair of tweakers at their first parent support group, a suicidal father taking his last hike, and other stories span decades of life in Los Angeles. Author Tim Kirk (producer of Room 237) and other contributors read their work.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/events

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