Los Angeles Literature Events 7/29/19 – 8/04/19

downloadYour Author Series: Rilla Alexander at Arroyo Seco Regional Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join us as Your Author Series welcomes children’s author and illustrator Rilla Alexander, as part of our Summer Author Program and Summer Reading challenge. The author will be reading her books, Swarm of Bees and A Bear Sat on My Porch. She is an internationally acclaimed designer and illustrator, and she has worked with such brands as Puma, Volkswagen, and Nokia.

Where: Arroyo Seco Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 29th

Time:  4 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Empathy & Heroism Book Club at Central Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Please join us for this month’s session of the Empathy & Heroism Book Club, as we will be discussing the memoir, Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School by Adam Fortunate Eagle!

Where: Central Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 29th

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-1

Unheard LA Salon: KPCC In Person at Northridge Branch Library, LAPL

KPPC’s In Person’s community centered storytelling series Unheard LA is an exploration of our region—one story at a time. That means we’re interested in hearing from everyone in Southern California, even thought that might be intimidating.

Members of the KPCC In Person team and past LA storytellers are headed to the Northridge Branch Library to meet with you to share story ideas, answer your questions, and give some feedback. We look forward to meeting you. We’ll even bring snacks!

Where: Northridge Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 29th

Time:  6 pm – 7:30 pm

Address: 9051 Darby Ave., Northridge, CA 91325

Website: http://www.scpr.org/events/2019/07/29/2731/unheard-la-salon-northridge-branch-library/

Pierce Brown & Dark Age at Book Soup

Join us for an evening with author Pierce Brown, in conversation with Eric Christian Olsen, who will discuss and read from his book, Dark Age.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Morning Star returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.  For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place?

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/book-soup-spaceland-present-pierce-brown-conversation-eric-christian-olsen-discussing-and

Susannah Rodriguez Drissi & The Latin Poet’s Guide to the Cosmos at The Last Bookstore

Join us as poet Susannah Rodriguez Drissi presents and reads her new collection, The Latin Poet’s Guide to the Cosmos. Special guests include writer, translator, and actor Magdalena Edwards, who will offer introductory remarks and read from the collection, then lead a Q&A with the poet and musician Justin Lack, who will accompany the reading on guitar and percussion. A reception will follow the Q&A.

NOTE: All store book clubs and events are ticketed, so check website for costs and details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.thelastbookstore/events

Your Author Series: Joe Cepeda at Felipe de Neve Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Join us to welcome illustrator and author Joe Cepeda, who will present his book, Vamanos!=Let’s Go!. Not only has the author illustrated for over thirty children’s books, he continues to create images for various publications, and is a speaker at schools and conferences. He is President of the Society of illustrators in Los Angeles.

Where: Felipe de Neve Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 2820 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whatson/events/your-author-series-starring-joe-cepeda

Your Author Series: Amy Spalding at Woodland Hills Branch Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Join us to welcome YA author Amy Spalding, who will present her YA novel, The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles). She is the author of five YA novels, and she is manager of an indie film advertising agency.

Where: Woodland Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 22200 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whatson/events/your-author-series-starring-amy-spalding

Authors Sarah Cannon, Alex Espinoza, Gary Lemons & Alexis Rhone Fancher at Annenberg Community Beach House

Join us to welcome four authors who will read and discuss their work:

Sarah Cannon is a writer and technical content editor who lives in Redmond, Washington with her family. She is the author of The Shame of Losing, which was written while caring for her family after her spouse survived a workplace accident.

Alex Espinoza is the author of the novels The Five Acts of Diego Leon and Still Water Saints, and most recently released Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime. He is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Arts at Cal State Los Angeles.

Gary Lemons has published five books of poetry, including those in the Snake Quartet, and The Weight of Light. He has worked many jobs, and now teaches yoga from the studio run jointly with his wife, Tenderpaws, in Port Townsend, Washington.

Alexis Rhone Fancher is a poet/photographer, and she has been widely published. A multiple Pushcart Prize, Best Short Fiction, and Best of the Net nominee, she is Poetry Editor of Cultural Weekly.

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

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-hen-sarah-cannon-alex-espinoza-gary-lemons-alexis-rhone-fancher-registration-59976685882

Tori Bilski & Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland at Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood

Please join us to meet and hear author Tori Bilski discuss and sign her book, Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland.

Each June, the author meets up with fellow women travelers in Reykjavik, where they head to northern Iceland, near the Greenland Sea. They escape their ordinary lives to live an extraordinary one at a horse farm perched at the edge of the world, if only for a short while. Over the years their relationships have deepened, growing older together and keeping each other young. This book is filled with adventure and fresh humor, as well as an incredible portrait of Iceland and its remarkable equines.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 30th          

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/tuesday-july-30th-630-pm-tory-bilski-discusses-and-signs-wild-horses-summer-sun

Liz Kerin & Phantom Forest at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet author Liz Kerin, who will read and discuss her book, Phantom Forest.

Every tree in the sacred Forest of Laida houses a soul. Though each of those souls will return to the mortal world for many future lives, not all of them deserve to. Seycia has been chosen for her village’s human sacrifice ritual, and she is transported to the Underworld to join forces with Haben, the demon to whom she was sacrificed. Together they journey to the forest where all souls grow, in a quest to destroy the tree of the man who killed her father.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/liz-kerin-discusses-and-signs-phantom-forest

LA Times Book Club: Laila Lalami & The Other Americans at the Skirball Cultural Center 

Join the LA Times Book Club to hear acclaimed author Laila Lalami, in conversation with television writer Lorraine Ali, as they read and discuss her book, The Other Americans: A Novel.

The author chose a desert town near Joshua Tree, in the Mojave Desert, as her backdrop for an exploration of a mysterious hit-and-run death of a Moroccan immigrant outside his restaurant on Highway 62.The victim’s daughter believes it is no accident, and gradually the truth emerges through the voices of nine characters who narrate the book, including the dead man, Driss, his family, and an immigrant from Mexico who witnessed the crash but is afraid to come forward.

Lalami calls herself “an immigrant by chance,” and wanted to write a novel that explores the “unexpected consequences of immigration.” She is a professor at UC Riverside and is the author of three previous books.

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

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 7:30 pm 9:30 pm

Address: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Website: http://www.latimes.com/bookclub or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/los-angeles-times-book-club-presents-laila-lalami-tickets-64386163749

Gothic Book Club & Interview with the Vampire at The Last Bookstore 

Join us for our monthly Gothic Book Club, hosted by John Palisano, to read a classic book, Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice.

This is the modern classic that revitalized the genre!

NOTE: All bookstore events and clubs are ticketed events, so check website for details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 9:30 pm

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

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

Ruchika Tomar & A Prayer for Travelers at Skylight Bookstore 

Please join us to hear author Ruchika Tomar, in conversation with Xuan Juliana Wang, discuss her debut novel, A Prayer for Travelers.

This book melds artful prose with a haunting narrative to create an electric portrait of the dangers of girlhood in the American desert west and how small towns try—and often fail—to protect their own. The Nevada landscape serves as a harsh let glittery, gritty and stunning backdrop for this coming-of-age saga. Cale is our guide: a young, bookish loner with a voice as determined as it is vulnerable. When her friend Penny vanishes without a trace, she sets off on a dangerous quest to find her.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 30th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/ruchika-tomar-discusses-her-debut-novel-prayer-travelers-xuan-juliana-wang

Life’s a homo-centric Reading at Stories Books LA

Please join us to hear the reading: Life’s a homo-centric, featuring:

Cori Bratby-Rudd is a queer, LA-based writer and co-founder of Influx Collectiv’s Queer Poetry Reading Series. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Cal Arts and has been widely published. She won the Editorial Choice award for her research paper in Audeamus Academic Journal and was nominated as one of Lambda Literary’s 2018 Emerging Writers. Her manuscript Dis/owned: Confessions of a Frankgaybe is a semi-finalist for YesYes Books’ 2019 Pamet River Prize.

Phil Tarley is a fellow of the American Film Institute, a member of the Photographic arts Council, and an artist in the Los Angeles Art Association. He is an important figure in the curation and archiving of LGBTQ art.

Where: Stories Books & Café LA

Date: Tuesday the 30th          

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm

Address:  1716 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http://www.storiesla.com/?q=h.calevents

Redondo Poets with Sarah-V & Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Poets to welcome feature Sarah-V 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 30th

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 30th

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 30th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

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

Your Author Series Starring: Susan Bernardo & Courtney Fletcher at Little Tokyo Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Cat lovers, artists, and francofiles unite! Join Susan Bernardo and Courtney Fletcher as they show us their picture book, The Artist Who Loved Cats. After meeting in a Mommy & Me class for their children, the authors have gone on to write and illustrate four picture books together, including one that was sent into space!

Where: Little Tokyo Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Address: 203 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-starring-susan-bernardo-and-courtney-fletcher

Your Author Series: Jennifer Torres at Vermont Square Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join us to meet and hear children’s author Jennifer Torres share her book, Finding the Music/En pos de la musica. She was first published at age 17, and has been unstoppable ever since. She has written three novels, including one translated into both Spanish and Korean. After college she worked as a reporter, and still loves writing for magazines from time to time.

Where: Vermont Square Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/clone-your-author-series-starring-jennifer-torres

Your Author Series: Joe Cepeda at Jefferson-Vassie D. Wright Memorial Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join us to meet and hear children’s book illustrator Joe Cepeda, as he discusses his book, Vamanos!/Let’s Go!. He has illustrated over thirty children’s books, and continues to create images for various publications. He is a speaker at schools and conferences, and is President of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

Where: Jefferson-Vassie D. Wright Memorial Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 2211 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/clone-your-author-series-starring-joe-cepeda

Your Author Series: Jen Wang at Benjamin Franklin Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join us to meet and hear writer, cartoonist and illustrator Jen Wang, as she discusses her latest novel, The Prince and the Dressmaker. She is also the author of Koko Be Good, and co-author of the graphic novel In Real Life with Cory Doctorow.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 2200 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/clone-your-author-series-starring-jen-wang

Your Author Series: Nilah Magruder at Northridge Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Spot the sneaky fox with writer and artist Nilah Magruder, as she reads her award-winning picture book, How to Find a Fox! She has worked as a writer and storyboard artist for Dreamworks, Disney, and other major studios.

Where: Northridge Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 9051 Darby Ave., Northridge, CA 91325

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/clone-your-author-series-starring-nilah-magruder

Sacred Sites in Hawaii with Linda Ballou at Topanga Library

Join us for Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawaii, with author Linda Ballou, as she shares what she has learned as a travel writer, and written widely on the islands.

Where: Topanga Library

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Address: 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Toopanga, CA 90290

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/354185185245919

Speak Easy Storytelling Event at Dipiazza’s Pizza Place

Join us for the Speak Easy event, a casual night of storytelling and conversation. This is an open call for storytellers, as no topic is off limits. You may check in as early as 6 pm, and the first 10 storytellers to share will receive a free drink ticket.

Stories should be based on a true story from your life. Please limit your story to around five minutes, and be willing to share a moment in time that stood out to you. This is different from an Open Mic!

NOTE: Donations received will be used for support of Long Beach Community Theater.

Where: Dipiazza’s Pizza Place

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 9051 Darby Ave., Northridge, CA 91325

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/489837121819846

Daniel Nieh & Beijing Payback at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Daniel Nieh, in conversation with author Steph Cha, as he discusses his thriller, Beijing Payback, a fresh, smart, fast-paced revenge tale about a college basketball player who discovers shocking truths about his family in the wake of his father’s murder.

When Victor Li travels to Beijing to investigate his father’s secret criminal life, he enlists a growing network of family and friends to finish what his father started, no matter what the costs. The author lives in Portland Oregon and is a Chinese-English translator and professional model.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/daniel-nieh

Liz Astrof & Don’t Wait Up at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet author Liz Astrof, who will read and discuss her book Don’t Wait Up: Confessions of a Stay-at-Work Mom.

In this blunt and side-splittingly funny book of essays, the author embraces the realities of motherhood that no one talks about, and explores whether others also sometimes wonder if the whole parenting thing wasn’t for them. In vivid and relatable prose she discusses love for her career, how she’s managed to overcome some of her own dysfunctional childhood, and the ups and downs of raising children.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/liz-astrof-discusses-and-signs-don’t-wait-confessions-stay-work-mom

Thinh Nguyen & Performative Storytelling at the Mistake Room Art Room

Join us for a storytelling event with Where the Sea Remembers artist Thinh Nguyen. She will activate the installation of Across the American Plains by recounting the life-changing experiences that occurred as they hitchhiked across the U.S., from romantic dramas to encountering racism and homophobia at close range.

Where: The Mistake Room Art Gallery

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 1811 E. 20th St., Los Angeles, CA 90058

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/473081470190619

JL Ruiz & Irreversible Damage at The Last Bookstore

Join us to meet author JL Ruiz, and learn about his new novel, Irreversible Damage. this book went #1 on Amazon on the day of release and is a finalist for three International Latino Book Awards..

Ambassador Julian Nava calls this book “an empowering story of a young woman’s fight for justice.” This is a timely and poignant novel with many historical facts and issues addressed in heartfelt and inspirational ways.

NOTE: All store book clubs and events are ticketed, so check website for costs and details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.thelastbookstore/events

Anansi Writers Workshop 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.

Tonight’s feature is SMOOTH ONE, a multi-faceted poet with roots in South Central L.A., Compton, and Watts. Every performance is a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs, so sit back relax and enjoy!

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 7:30 pm– 10 pm

Address: 4321 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: http://www.theworldstage.org   or http://www.facebook.com/theworldstage/

Juliet Escoria Reading at Stories Books LA

Please join us to hear Juliet Escoria read from her book Juliet the Maniac.

To quote The Washington Post: “To read Juliet the Maniac is to confront our shared faith in the flawed logic of life’s meaning, and by so doing, become worthier of our humanity… a gift to any reader who has lost control, sighted a horizon and begun moving toward it.”

Where: Stories Books & Café LA

Date: Wednesday the 31st                 

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address:  1716 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http://www.storiesla.com/?q=h.calevents

Poetry Telephone: Poetry Reading at the Ugly Mug Café

Join us as Two Idiots Peddling Poetry present Poetry Telephone for the evening:

As far as we know, this is how it works: somebody sends somebody a prompt for a poem. That person sent the prompt to somebody else, who wrote in response to it, or used it as a prompt for another poem. Then they told two friends. Then they told two friends. And…

NOTE: $3 cover fee, cash only.

Where: The Ugly Mug Café

Date: Wednesday the 31st

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website:  https://www.poetryidiots.com or  https://www.facebook.com/events/1279000952277291/?active_tab=about

Your Author Series: Sarah Rafael Garcia at Ascot Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join us to welcome writer, community educator, and activist Sarah Rafael Garcia to present San Tanas Fairy Tales, an oral history project. She has been honored as an Emerging Artist by the Annual Orange County Arts Awards, and founded Barrio Writers, LibroMobile, and Clear Studio in Santa Ana, CA.

Where: Ascot Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 3:30 pm

Address: 120 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90003

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/clone-your-author-series-starring-sarah-rafael-garcia

ART BLOCK Zine Workshop by DSTL Arts at Arroyo Seco Regional Library, LAPL – Adults, Teens & Kids Event

Express yourself in this zine workshop open to teens and families with children. Write, draw, and publish your art with a professional artist. Learn the different formats of making a zine.

Where: Arroyo Seco Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/art-block-zine-workshop-dstl-arts-0

Your Author Series: Brandy Colbert at Atwater Village Branch Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Please join us to welcome author Brandy Colbert who will discuss her YA novel, Finding Yvonne.  The author is a faculty member at Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children.

Where: Atwater Village Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 4 pm5 pm

Address: 3379 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

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

Your Author Series: Andrea Loney at Edendale Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join us to welcome author Andrea Loney who will present her book, Bunnybear.  After joining the Big Apple Circus, Andrea went to Hollywood where she worked for studios such as Disney. She lives in Southern California with her husband, her kitten Sophie Grace, and her betta fish Max Parfish and Betta Shark DireFish of the North.

Where: Edendale Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 25th

Time: 4 pm5 pm

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

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

Your Author Series: Brian Wong at Lincoln Heights Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join us to welcome author and illustrator Brian Wong who will present his book, Hooray for Hat.  A jack-of-all-trades, he previously worked as a shoe salesman, busboy, art director, and library shelver.

Where: Lincoln Heights Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 4 pm5 pm

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

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

Open Mic Night & Feature at Anaheim Central Library

Poets, singers, songwriters, storytellers, musicians, writers, and spectators of all ages are welcome to perform and listen at our Open Mic Night.

Sign-ups begin at 5:45 pm, and a sign-up sheet will be provided, and performers allotted 3-6 minutes to perform. The event will feature a reading by published poet Barbara Eknoian.

Where: Anaheim Central Library

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 6 pm

Address: 500 W. Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92805

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/36010339803223

Literature on the Lawn Event at Riverside Pubic Library

Please join the Inlandia Institute and treat the child of your heart to some soft-serve tender-loving poetry and waves of laugh-provoking wit with the lyrically uplifting Michelle Gonzalez and say-it-like-it-is Brutus Chieftan are sure to leave you satisfied.

Michelle Gonzalez is an educator and writer who teaches at the Riverside Adult School. As an author of four chapbooks of poetry, including Wild Chrysanthemum, she writes about the challenges of life and love, as well as themes of home and family.

Brutus Chieftan is founder of the poetry performance troupe “Poets in Distress” and author of multiple indie poetry collections, including: The Suburban Fool, Nuns in Uniform Get Free Donuts, Brutus in Benderland, and Tales of an American Peasant.

Where: Riverside Public Library

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm8:30 pm

Address: 3581 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/352704058955083

Brian Kiley & Arlene Schindler Present Books at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet two authors present and discuss their work:

Brian Kiley will present and sign Maybe Kevin. John returns from World War II to discover his father and brother have turned their backs on him. Julie hopes to find a father for her beloved Kevin. Plot twists, sacrifices, and raw emotion follow, as the lives of the two protagonists intersect, and they try to preserve what’s left of their family.

Arlene Schindler presents Stand Up & Heartbreak, a narrative non-fiction glimpse into the life of a budding stand-u comic who unknowingly marries a sex addict, and they both stop performing.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/brian-kiley-arlene-schindler-discuss-and-sign-maybe-kevin-and-stand-heartbreak-comic-and-sex

Mark Arax & The Dreamt Land at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author and journalist Mark Arax, who will present and sign The Dreamt Land.

The Dreamt Land weaves reportage, history and memoir to confront the “Golden State” myth in riveting fashion. No other chronicler of the West has so deeply delved into the empires of agriculture that drink so much of the water. This is a tale of politics and hubris in the arid West, of imported workers left behind in the sun and fatigued earth that is made to give more even while it is sinking.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/event/mark-arax

Janet Fitch & Chimes of a Lost Cathedral at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome acclaimed author Janet Fitch to present her sequel to The Revolution of Marina M., her new book, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral.

After the events of the first book, Marina M. finds herself on her own amid the devastation of the Russian Civil War—pregnant and adrift in the Russian countryside, forced onto her own resourcefulness to find a place to wait out the birth of her child. She finds new strength and self-reliance to fortify her in her sojourn, and prepare for what is to come. When she reaches Petrograd, she takes on the challenge of caring for the civil war orphans, until they beome the tool of tragedy from an unexpected direction.

Despite her ordeals, she at last emerges into the poet she was always meant to be. This book of both political and personal revolutions holds true to the direction for the future.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/janet-fitch-discusses-and-signs-chimes-lost-cathedral

William McKeever & Emperors of the Deep at Pages Bookstore

Please join us to welcome filmmaker and author William McKeever to present his film and book, Emperors of the Deep.

At once a deep dive into the misunderstood world of sharks—specifically, great whites, makos, hammerheads, and tigers—and an urgent call to protect them, this is the true story about the ocean’s most mysterious, misunderstood, and important guardias. The author also profiles activists around the world fighting to protect sharks and tries to figure out why fishermen continue to hunt them, despite declining numbers.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.pagesbookstore.com/events/join-author-and-filmmaker-william-mckeever

Poets Jazz House Open Mic at Irie Vibes Art Space

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.

Where: Irie Vibes Art Space

When: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7pm – 10pm

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

Website: Poets Jazz House

Ed Brubaker & Bad Weekend at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear acclaimed comics author Ed Brubaker, in conversation with Paul Scheer, and special guest, discuss his graphic novel, Bad Weekend, the ultimate comic con crime tale.

Comics won’t just break your heart.  Comics will kill you. Hal Carne should know. He’s stuck at an out-of-town convention, waiting to receive a lifetime achievement award, but his weekend takes us on a dark ride through the secret history of a medium that’s always been haunted by crooks, swindlers, and desperate dreamers.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 1st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/ed-brubaker-discusses-his-new-graphic-novel-bad-weekend-paul-scheeer-and-special-guest-nicolas

Jack Call & Psychedelic at Half Off Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Jack Call to present his book, Pschedelic: On the Ultimate Goal of Living Christianity.

Whittier local author Jack Call will sign and read from his latest book, Psychedelic: On the Ultimate Goal of Living Christianity. A professor of philosophy at Citrus College for 19 years, earlier in his life he was a clergyman in a psychedelic church for six years, a period he wrote about in two previous books. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Claremont Graduate School.

Where: Half Off Bookstore

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 141 W. Wilshire Ave., Suite A, Fullerton, CA 92832

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/403396490275580/

Jason Stuart & Shut Up, I’m Talking! at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Jason Stuart, with Alexandra Paul, discuss and sign his book, Shut Up, I’m Talking!: Coming Out in Hollywood and Making It to the Middle.

Jason Stuart presents his funny, poignant story of his life and career and how his life was changed when he saw Funny Girl and knew he was in love with Omar Sharif. ehas appeared in over 200 films and TV shows, and as a comedian has headlined at all the major comedy clubs. He was featured in Comedy Central’s special Out There, and his own stand-up special Making It to the Middle.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/jason-stuart-alexandra-paul-discusses-and-signs-shut-i’m-talking-coming-out-hollywood-and

Tim Murphy & Correspondents at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Tim Murphy present his book, Correspondents.

Epic in scope, and by turns satirical and heartbreaking, this book is a whirlwind story about displacement from one’s own roots, the violence America promotes both at home and abroad, and the resilience that allows families to endure even the most shocking upheavals.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

Address: 126 N Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 0

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/event/tim-murphy

Stick with Us and We’ll Get You There at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear authors Mary Baron & Jeff Baugh present and sign their book, Stick with Us and We’ll Get You There: How to Be Where You Want to Be on the Road and in Life.

This book will help you identify your personal obstacles in life and guide you around them. Jeff Baugh is an airborne traffic reporter and Mary Walker Baron is a licensed social worker, and they offer gentle wisdom to help us face our personal challenges and reach our goals.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/mary-baron-jeff-baugh-presetnand-sign-stick-usand-we’ll-get-you-there-how-be-where-you-want

Felicity McLean & The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet Felicity McLean who will discuss and sign her book, The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone. In the summer of 1992, when the Van Apfel sisters—Ruth, Hannah and the beautiful Cordelia—mysteriously disappeared, dis they just run away from their evangelical parents, or were they taken? While the search for them united their small community, they were never found, and now two grown friends from that time try to unlock that mystery years later.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/felicity-mclean-discusses-and-signs-van-apfel-girls-are-gone

Maverick Writers Conference at Epiphany Space 

Join us to hear and meet James A. Wilson, who will present the Mavericks Writers Conference: From Revelation to Reality. He has taught English and composition is public schools, small groups and conferences, and loves to teach others how to write what they know and love. Learn how to bring what you know to life, the awesome power of refocus, and how disaster is the way to begin a story, among other things, and how to have fun doing it.

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

Where: Epiphany Space

Date: Friday the 2nd & Saturday the 3rd

Time: 7 pm & 4 pm

Address: 1763 N. Gower St., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/22734511866238836

Ryan Stradal & The Lager Queen of Minnesota at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear author J. Ryan Stradal read from his new novel, The Lager Queen of Minnesota.

Edith Magnusson’s rhubarb pies are famous in the Twin Cities, and the local nursing home has become the hottest dinner ticket in town. But she wonders how her life might have been different if her father had not left their family farm to her sister Helen, a decision that split their family in two. With the proceeds from the farm, Helen built her husband Orval’s family soda business into the top selling brewery in Minnesota. But when the IPA revolution begins its decline, a delightful chance to secure the next generation’s future appears from a surprising source.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/j-ryan-stradal-reads-his-new-novel-lager-queen-minnesota

Why Not Choose Love? at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for a night of film, literature, and music centered on legendary actress Mary Pickford. We will feature a film, Why Not Choose Love?, as well as musical and literary performance by Madame Parmita of the Neptunas, Tequila Mockingbird of Appolinaire, John Vaughan, and special surprise guests.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

House Open Mic at Book Show LA

Please join us every First Friday for our House Open Mic which is dedicated to amplifying under-heard voices. Previously known as EAT Art, this Open Mic invites all writers and performers to share their work in a safe space.

Sign-ups start at 8 pm, and the show starts at 8:30 pm.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2170661733224569

Rapp Saloon First Fridays & Open Mic at Rapp Saloon

Please join us for the monthly First Fridays Reading Series & Open Mic at Rapp Saloon, the oldest historical building in Santa Monica, hosted by Cynthia Alessandra Briano, and featuring poetry, literature and music presented by guest artists, plus an Open Mic.

Guests for this month TBA.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 2nd

Time: 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/Rapp-Saloon-Reading-Series/

Write Back to You Book Release & Journaling Workshop at Cielo Galleries/Studios

Join us for a book release and workshop with writer Camari, Write Back to You.

This is a guided journal for writing yourself back into your life, and is crafted with intention in mind, making you excited to wake up and start writing/creating/living.

Each RSVP/ticket includes both a copy of the book and admittance to the workshop.

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

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Address: 3201 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/413423569210523/?active_tab=about

Your Author Series: Carter Higgins at Central Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join us to welcome children’s author Carter Higgins to present her book, Bikes for Sale. The author is an award-winning visual effects and motion graphics artist, and received an Emmy for her work on the film, Big History (2013). Prior to her present career she worked as an elementary school librarian.

Where: Central Library, LAPL, Children’s Literature

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 2 pm3 pm

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

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

The Poetry Salon Series: Writing from Sensations of Summer in Culver City

We invite you to slip outdoors for this combination yoga, aromatherapy, and poetry-writing workshop. In a lovely, private yard you will be gently guided through your sensory perceptions of summer, to trigger a different kind of inward journey.

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

Where: Private Yard in Culver City

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 2 pm5:30 pm

Address: Call or email for information

Website: N/A Email Tesha @ThePoetrySalon.com to register

John Dade & Is Your Networking Net Working? at Vroman’s Bookstore

Please join us to hear author John Dade present his book, Is Your Networking Net Working?: The How to Guide for Professionals and Entrepreneurs to Become Their Own Center of Influence.

This is a step-by-step guide for readers to build their own networking group based on their own center of influence and Go-To-Person. It helps you build relationships and get better results.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/john-dade-discusses-and-signs-your-networking-net-working-how-to-guide-professionals-and

David Ellefson & Thom Hazaert & More Life with Deth at Book Soup

In his follow-up to his 2013 memoir My Life with Deth, Megadeth bassist and co-founder David Ellefson carries on where he left off, charting his mid-2000s departure from Megadeth through his triumphant return in 2010, and offering a continuing look at the saga of one of the world’s biggest heavy metal bands. Thom Hazaert chronicles Megadeth’s recordings and two year world tour, among other achievements.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/729321457524887/?active_tab=about

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

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry at the Santa Catalina Library in Pasadena.

Events curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

ART BLOCK PARTY 2019 at Avenue 50 Studios

Please join DSTL Arts and friends for a celebration of L.A.’s artistic community! Our summer ART BLOCK Party will feature incredible work from our program and participants and their mentors, as well as work from other small publishers and writers. Attendees may browse photography, art prints, and chapbooks for sale, participate in raffles for great prizes, and enjoy tacos, drinks and open mic readings throughout the evening.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, and $20 cost covers meal and drink. Tickets are available in advance and at the door, and proceeds support free, community-based programs for artist of all ages.

Where: Avenue 50 Studios

Date: Saturday the 3rd           

Time: 5pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/450722382145698?

Simon Hanselmann & Bad Getaway at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Simon Hanselmann discuss his new graphic novel, Bad Getaway.

Perpetually drunk and high, lovable degenerates Megg and Mogg have drifted through a life that is full of raucous antics and free of consequences. But their heavy drug use, once a gateway to adventure, has begun to take a grim psychological toll.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 3rd           

Time: 5pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/simon-hanselmann-discusses-his-new-graphic-novel-bad-getaway

Narratives of the Southwest at Beyond Baroque

Conceived and produced by poets and educators Matt Sedillo & Irene Monica Sanchez, Narratives of the Southwest is an ambitious interdisciplinary series that weaves poetry, scholarship, narration, and archival research into explosive presentations that uncover seldom-taught history.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 3rd

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Phyllis Sues & My Trip to a Healthy, Active 96 at Book Soup 

Join us to meet Phyllis Sues hear her present her book, My Trip to a Healthy, Active 96: 22 Tips to Change Your Life.

Phyllis Sues offers 22 tips as to how she maintains a healthy, active lifestyle at the age of 96. She shares her physical fitness routines, and internal thought processes that keep her focused and vibrant, and proves it’s possible to live an interesting life in one’s senior years.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/phyllis-sues-discusses-and-signs-my-trip-healthy-active-96-22-tips-change-your-life

Bill Connolly & Mindspace at Diesel Bookstore

Please join us for author Bill Connolly’s Publication Party for his book, Mindspace: How to Live a More Creative Life in an Age of Distraction.

Technological proliferation has expanded the potential for creators like never before. Although this is a golden age for creativity, as society becomes more connected and dependent on our tools, there is less time available to let our minds wander, which leads to a creative paradox. The author uncovers a set of master techniques for readers to reignite the creative spark so often extinguished as we enter adulthood.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sunday-august-4th-300-pm-publication-party-bill-connolly-discusses-and-signs-mindspace

First Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for the monthly First Sunday Open Reading, hosted by Steve Goldman.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 5 pm

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

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

Duende Nights Open Mic Reading at Beyond Baroque

Please join us for the monthly Duende Nights Open Reading, hosted by Antonieta Villamil.

This is a multicultural experience for poets and artists of today, so bring original poems, short stories, songs, and music.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 5 pm

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

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

Open Words Poetry Reading Event at Ironbark Ciderworks, Claremont

Please join us at Ironbark Ciderworks, and come early to sign up to read your poetry or other creative work—or just come to listen.

All types of poetry or prose are welcome, and there’s delicious cider on tap!

Where: Ironbark Ciderworks, Claremont

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm (sign-ups at 6:30 pm)

Address:  1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 107B, Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/320204505365454/?event_time_id=320204515365453

Andrew Shaffer & Hope Rides Again at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Andrew Shaffer discuss his new book Hope Rides Again.

In the sequel to the New York Times Best-selling novel, Hope Never Dies, Obama and Biden reprise their roles as BFFs-turned-detectives as they chase Obama’s stolen cell phone through the streets of Chicago—and right into a vast conspiracy.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 5:30 pm  

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/events/andrew-shaffer

A Radical Interpretation of Survival in Literature at Why There Are Words

Why There Are Words Los Angeles presents: A Radical Interpretation of Survival in Literature with guests/speakers: Rachel Howzell Hall, David Ulin, Armine Iknodossian, Sehba Sarwar, Carla Sameth, and Aatif Rashid.

Skylight Books will be on hand to sell the readers’ books, so come on out to support your local authors and featured guests:

Rachel Howzell Hall is the author of seven novels, including the Detective Elouise Norton series. Her stand-alone thriller, They All Fall Down, (2019) pays homage to Christie’s And Then There Were None.

David L. Ulin is the author or editor of ten books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles. He is former book editor and critic of the Los Angeles Times, and has written for many other journals.

Armine Iknodossian immigrated from Beirut, Lebanan to the U.S. to escape the civil war in 1972. After teaching English for 20 years, she wrote United States of Love & Other Poems (2015) and most recently, All That Wasted Fruit

Sheba Sarwar writes about displacement, migration, and women’s issues. The second edition of her novel, Black Wings, was released through Veliz Books in 2019. Born and raised in Pakistan, she is currently based in Los Angeles with her family, where she writes, teaches, and creates art.

Carla Sameth is a writer living in Pasadena, and her memoir, One Day on the Gold Line, comes out in July 2019. Her writing about blended/unblended, queer, biracial, single and other underrepresented families appears widely in various literary journals and anthologies.

Aatif Rashid is the author of the novel, Portrait of Sebastian Khan and currently writes regularly for The Kenyon Review blog about fiction and literature, and tweets regularly.

NOTE: Free parking available at Home Depot lot across the street, and a no-host bar is available.

Where: Why There Are Words

Date: Sunday the 4th

Time: 6:30 pm  

Address: 1614 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/921768288171576?

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