Los Angeles Literature Events 8/12/19 – 8/18/19

iuPaul Smedley & Huntington Tracks at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Paul Smedley discuss and read from his book, Huntington Trades.

This book tells the story of how Collis and Henry Huntington built their railroading empire into Southern California between the 1870s and the Great Merger of 1911. It is a capitalist’s history, and includes the railroad companies and individuals who tried to stop the Huntington’s progress to forward their own plans and schemes. The birth of the Pacific Electric Railway grew into the most successful electric railway in the world; with 1.100 miles of track in four counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. The book is enhanced with photos, news clippings, and maps to tell the story the best way possible.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/paul-smedley-discusses-and-signs-huntington-tracks

JL Ruiz & Irreversible Damage at Book Soup – YA Event

Join us to hear and meet author JL Ruiz, who will read and discuss his book, Irreversible Damage: The Katie Suarez Social Justice Series.

In this first book in a series on contemporary social justice activism, Katie, the youngest daughter of two Mexican-American lawyers, has lived a sheltered upbringing in a wealthy Paradise Valley neighborhood of Phoenix. Life there never prepared her for the upheaval and tragedy that was to surround her and many of her loved ones. When Katie learns the changes affecting her life were instigated by others’ greed for political and financial gain, she becomes a social activist to try to change the lives and futures of hundreds of thousands of people.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/jl-ruiz-discusses-and-signs-irreversible-damage-katie-suarez-social-justice-series

Ficcion en Espanol Book Club with Dan Lopez at The Last Bookstore

Led by Dan Lopez, the Ficcion en Espanol Book club reads and discusses great contemporary writers in their native language, and the discussion is held in both English and Spanish. This month we will read and discuss Carlos Ruuiz Zafon’s book, La Sombra del Viento, an international bestseller which is a dangerous and fantastical story of a young man obsessed with a book whose contents seem to be mirrored by real life—including the murderous villain.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.thelastbookstore/events

Poetry Open Mic at Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Come share your masterpiece! Or just listen and enjoy. This performance event is hosted by poet Wyatt Underwood, and is open to adults and seniors.

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 6 pm

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

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

Chris L. Terry & Black Card Book Release at Eso Won Books

Please join us for the Book Release of Black Card, by author Chris L. Terry, for a reading, Q&A and book signing event.

This book is an uncompromising examination of American identity. In an effort to be “black enough” a mixed-race punk rock musician indulges his own stereotypical views of African American life by doing what his white bandmates call “black stuff.” After remaining silent during a racist incident, the unnamed narrator has his black card revoked by Lucius, his guide through Richmond Virginia, where Confederate flags and memorials are a part of everyday life. Determined to win back his Black Card, the narrator soon faces real consequences and dangers of being black in America and must choose who he is before the world decides for him.

Where: Eso Won Books

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/453313051892923/

Red Hen Press Reading Event at Annenberg Beach House

Join us to welcome Red Hen Press authors Francesca Bell and Ilya Kaminsky for an evening of readings.

Francesca Bell’s poems and translations appear in many journals, and she is the former poetry editor of River Styx, the translator of a collection of poems by Palestinian poet Shatha Abu Hnaish (Dar Fadaat, 2017), and the author of the collection Bright Stain (Red Hen Press, 2019).

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union, and arrived in the U.S. when his family was granted asylum in 1993. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press) which won the Whiting Writers Award, among several other awards. Poems from his new manuscript, Deaf Republic, received Poetry Magazine’s Levinson Prize, and the Pushcart Prize.

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.santamonica.gov/arts/beach-culture-#calendar

Bella Thorne & The Life of a Wannabe Mogul at Barnes & Nobel, The Grove 

Join Rare Bird Lit and Barnes & Nobel to hear and meet actress, singer, and music video director Bella Thorne, who will present and discuss her poetry collection, The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray.

These illuminating and inspiring poems chronicle her personal struggles, relationships, and wild-child lifestyle, all with her trademark wit and wisdom.

NOTE: See website for attendance guidelines.

Where: Barnes & Nobel at The Grove

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2853758601516435/        

Karmen Karma & Overcome at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet author Karmen Karma, who will read and discuss her book, Overcome: A Memoir of Abuse, Addiction, Sex Work, and Recovery.

From an early age, Amber van de Bunt knew she wasn’t like other girls in town. From childhood struggles with depression and eating disorders, her years as a topless dancer in Florida, and an eventual abortion and suicide attempt, to her rebirth in Los Angeles as a porn star named Karmen Karma, and all she had to overcome,  her life has been a wild rollercoaster.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/karmen-karma-discusses-and-signs-overcome-memoir-abuse-addiction-sex-work-and-recovery

Leah Rachel & Love Street at The Last Bookstore

Join us to hear TV writer and author Leah Rachel, in conversation with Alisha Rai, who has gathered her imaginative musings into one volume, Love Street. This unique, eye-popping work of pulp art is both aspirational and cringingly relatable. It’s for any woman who isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, no matter how many times it’s been through the washer.

NOTE: All Last Bookstore events are ticketed, so check website link for details..

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

The Afrofuturism Book Club & The Lesson at the Last Bookstore

Join us for the Afrofuturism Book Club, hosted by Tyree Boyd-Pates, when we will discuss Cadwell Turner’s book, The Lesson. With powerful allusions to colonialism, this is the story of an alien outpost in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and their precarious relationship with their human neighbors.

NOTE: All Last Bookstore events are ticketed, so check website link for details..

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Billy Jensen & Chase Darkness with Me at Skylight Bookstore 

Please join us to hear debut author, Billy Jensen, in conversation with Karen Kilgariff, discuss his true crime book, Chase Darkness with Me.

Journalist Billy Jensen spent fifteen years investigating unsolved murders, and fighting for the families of victims, but never having a story with an ending. After the sudden death of his friend, crime writer and author of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara, he became fed up. He came up with a plan to investigate past the point where the cops had given up: a plan to solve the murders himself.

This book presents intimate details of the pursuit of two terrifying serial killers, and examines the evil forces that walk among us. This is a unique true crime narrative.

NOTE: Check website link for attendance and signing  guidelines.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/billy-jensen-launches-his-debut-true-crime-book-chase-darkness-me-karen-kilgariff

Redondo Poets with Feature & Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Poets to welcome our feature, Jess Rizkallah, 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 13th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: 1820 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Website: https://www.facebook.com/RedondoPoets/

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 13th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

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

Susannah Rodriguez Dissi & The Latin Poet’s Guide to the Cosmos at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet author Susannah Rodriguez Dissi, who will read and discuss her book The Latin Poet’s Guide to the Cosmos.

This trilingual poetry book is written in Romance language, Spanish, and Italian. A delightfully choreographed and ultimately scintillating hoodwink, this collection is a cross-linguistic poetic event in which the correspondence between Romance languages is as close as to approach the condition of a new vernacular. It ultimately proposes that the Latinity is always first and foremost expressed through the language. And, sometimes, also humor.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/susannah-rodriguez-drissi-discusses-and-signs-latin-poet’s-guide-cosmos

In Conversation: The Art of Sarah Lucas at the Hammer Museum 

Join us for our In Conversation series to hear panelists discuss the work of artist Sarah Lucas from the perspectives of gender theory and queer theory.

Jack Halberstam, Columbia University professor and author of The Queer Art of Failure, is a leading queer and gender theorist.

Jenni Sorkin, UC Santa Barbara associate professor, specializes on the intersections between gender, material culture, and contemporary art.

Candice Lin is an artist, co-founder and co-director of Monte Vista Projects, and assistant professor at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

Hammer senior curator Anne Ellegood will moderate the panel.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/08/anne-ellegood-jack-halberstam-candice-lin-jenni-sorkin/

Unheard LA Storytelling: “Off My Head Storytelling” Special Edition at the Crawford Family Forum

We are inviting some of our past Unheard LA storytellers to bring their own shows to our home base in Pasadena: the Crawford Family Forum. Next up is Ty France and a special edition of “Off My Head Storytelling.”

Ty France is the author of a book of autobiographical short stories, Off My Head and Over the Fence.

Bryan Kett has had his work featured on KCRW’s “Unfictional,” TED.com, and “The Moth Podcast.”

Michael Lambert has performed his tales of music and theatre appreciation at numerous venues, including the Story Salon.

Beverly Mickins is founder and producer of Story Salon. She is also an actor and singer and has reprised her live show “Party Pack” featuring music, comedy, and storytelling.

Stan Sellers is an actor and comedian who has appeared on many TV shows. He is a regular at Story Salon in North Hollywood and will be appearing on an upcoming web series, “The Break Room.”

Where: The Crawford Family Forum

Date: Wednesday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm -9 pm

Address: 474 S. Raynond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105

Website: http://www.scpr.org/events/2019/08/14/2736/off-my-head-storytelling-special-edition/

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: Da Boogie Man. This National Poetry Slam Individual Champion, Apollo Legend, author, playwright, doctoral candidate, has shared the stage with The Last Poets, Amiri Baraka, Savion Glover, Erykah Badu, and recorded a duet with Lionel Richie…

Where: Anansi Writers Workshop

Date: Wednesday the 14th

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/

Karen Olsson &The Weil Conjectures at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us to welcome author Karen Olsson, in conversation with Emily Bell, as she discusses her book, The Weil Conjectures, an eloquent blend of memoir and biography exploring the Weil siblings, math, and creative inspiration.

In the author’s stirring and unusual third book, she tells the story of the brilliant Weil siblings—Simone, a philosopher, mystic, and social activist, and Andre, an influential mathematician—while also recalling the years Olsson spent studying math. As she delves into these lives, she grapples with their intellectual obsessions and rekindles one of her own. For the author, it is the odd detours that lead to discovery, to moments of insight. Thus, this book is an elegant blend of biography and memoir and meditation on the creative life.

Personal, revealing, and approachable, this book eloquently explores math as it relates to intellectual history, and shows how sometimes the most inexplicable pursuits turn out to be the most rewarding.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/karen-olsson

Nick Fowler & My Virtuous Sister at Book Soup 

Join us to hear and meet author Nick Fowler, who will read and discuss his book My Virtuous Sister.

This book is a story of abuse, revenge, and redemption that debuts missing 20-year-old Welsh émigré Peddie Smout, famous as a rock star at the end of the last millennium. Among the post-9/11 rubble, her younger brother and soulmate Nate arrives in holiday-season Manhattan in search of his sister. By piecing together a makeshift diary he recovers from the Grand Central locker where Peddie had secreted it, Nate unfolds the story of the previous 1999 New Year’s Eve events and his sister’s subsequent fall from fame into a heroin habit, and eventual salvation. This is a tale of redemptive love and the sibling bond.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/nick-fowler-discusses-and-signs-my-virtuous-sister

Lisa Lutz & The Swallows at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Lisa Lutz, author of ten novels including the Spellman series, present her latest book, The Swallows: A Novel.

In her latest book, a new teacher at a New England rep school ignites a gender war—with deadly consequences. It starts with a simple writing prompt from new creative writing teacher Alex Witt, who soon learns about The Ten—the students at the top of the school’s social hierarchy—as well as their connection to something called The Darkroom. The few girls who question the “boys will be boys” attitude incite a resistance that quickly becomes a movement and gains momentum. This timely tale shows what can happen when silence wins out over decency for too long, and why the scariest threat of all might be that sooner or later, girls will be girls.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/lisa-lutz-discusses-and-signs-swallows

Platico: Decoding Linda Vallejo’s Brown Belongings at Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents a panel of  the writers of the exhibition’s companion catalog as they share insights on Linda Vallejo’s art work: Brown Belongings.

Karen Mary Davalos is Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Michelle L. Lopez is lecturer in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at Cal State LA.

William Moreno is an art advisor, dealer, curator, and writer.

The panel is moderated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Director of the Vincent Price Art Museum.

Where: Plaza de Cultura de Artes

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/416625202419644/?active_tab=about

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 15th

Time: 7pm – 10pm

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

Website: Poets Jazz House

Writers Underground Open Mic

The Writers Underground is an Open Mic every Third Thursday of the month. There are no features because the feature is you.

Where: Other Books

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 2006 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Boyle Heights, Los Angeles 90033

Website: https://www.facebook.com/thewritersunderground/

Jia Tolentino & Trick Mirror at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear New Yorker writer and author Jia Tolentino discuss her debut book of essays, Trick Mirror.

Jia Tolentino is a peerless voice of her generation, tackling the conflicts, contradictions, and sea changes that define us and our time. In this dazzling collection of nine essays, she delves into the forces that warp our vision, demonstrating an unparalleled stylistic potency and critical dexterity. This book tackles the river of self-delusion that surges beneath the surface of our lives, in a culture that revolves around the self.

In each essay she writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; and the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die.

NOTE: See website link for attendance details.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jia-tolentino-discusses-her-debut-book-essays-trick-mirror

Novelty Comedy Show #5 at Sideshow Books

Novelty Comedy is a FREE stand-up comedy show in a bookstore! This hidden show takes place on the patio of Sideshow Books, a quirky bookstore, with hosts Kellen Schneider & Rick Cisario.

This month’s features include: Mary Elaine Ramsey, Jared Goldstein, Kyle Rehl, Pallavi Gunalan, and Ian Vanleer.

Where: Sideshow Books

When: Thursday the 15th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 1639 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

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

Greater L.A. Writers Conference at the Doubletree Hotel (Day 1 of 3)

AGLAWC uniquely presents individual tracks for Aspiring, Active, and Accomplished –writers (what we call the 3As). Each features a progression of educational lectures, panels and interactive workshops for each level of expertise, so you may immerse yourself in an environment suitable to your skills and interests.

NOTE: See website link for details, costs, and full schedule of events.

Where: Doubletree Hotel, Culver City

Date: Friday the 16th – Sunday the 18th         (SAT= 7:30am – 9pm)     (SUN= 9:30 – 1pm)

Time: 12 pm – 9 pm on the 16th ; 7:30am-9pm on SAT the 17th; 9:30am-1pm on SUN the 17th)

Address: 6161 W. Centinela Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

Website: http://www.wcwriters.com/aglawc/index.html

Rachel Louise Snyder & No Visible Bruises at Book Soup 

Join us to hear author Rachel Louise Snyder discuss and sign her book, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us.

Whatever we call it, we generally do not believe that domestic violence has anything at all to do with us, despite the World Health Organization deeming it a “global epidemic.” In America, domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crimes and yet it remains locked in silence, even as its tendrils reach unseen into so many of our most pressing national issues, from our economy to our education system, from mass shootings to mass incarceration to #MeToo. We still have not taken the true measure of this problem.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/rachel-louise-snyder-discusses-and-signs-no-visible-bruises-what-we-dont-know-about-domestic

Young Warriors Reading & Open Mic at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Please join us for our Young Warriors Open Mic every 3rd Friday, for a night of music, poetry, and spoken word. A night dedicated for youth to express themselves while connecting to their community! Vegan and vegetarian food or snacks for sale during the night.

NOTE: For more information email youngwarriors@tiachucha.org.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 16th             

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.tiachucha.org/programming

Poetry y Pan & Open Mic at Café con Libros

Please join us for our Poesia y Pan Open Mic event, a community Open Mic led by writer and educator Irene Sanchez.

Where: Café con Libros

Date: Friday the 16th             

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address:  280 W. Second St., Pomona, CA 91766

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/cafeconlibrospress or  http://wwwfacebook.com/events/463916837726484/

A Tribute to Author Toni Morrison at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us as we celebrate the life and work of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.

Toni Morrison is the author of eleven novels, from The Bluest Eye (1970) to God Help the Child (2015). She received the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Pulitzer Prize, and in 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

Readers for the evening include: Jervey Tervalon, Michael Datcher, Lisa Teaseley, Natasha Deon, and more to be announced!

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 16th             

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-books-and-friends-present-tribute-toni-morrison

Difficult to Name Reading Series at Book Show LA

Join us for the Difficult to Name Reading series, hosted by Ryan Satori, and featuring:

Aubrey Bell

Frank Elliot

Henry Gammill

Christina Catherine Martinez

Edgar Momplaisir

Sara Scully

KK Wootton

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://facebook.com/event/671067060078676

RAWI Writing Workshop Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for RAWI (Radius of Arab Women Writers) for a reading culminating WET HOT ARAB AMERICAN SUMMER, a workshop for Arab American artists.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Third Friday Reading & Open Mic Event at Rapp Saloon

Please join our host Elena on the third Friday of every month for the Rapp Saloon Reading Series & Open Mic, to hear three featured speakers and a night of poetry,, prose, music, etc., in the oldest historical building in Santa Monica.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 16th

Time: 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

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

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

Greater L.A. Writers Conference at the Doubletree Hotel (Day 2 of 3)

AGLAWC uniquely presents individual tracks for Aspiring, Active, and Accomplished –writers (what we call the 3As). Each features a progression of educational lectures, panels and interactive workshops for each level of expertise, so you may immerse yourself in an environment suitable to your skills and interests.

NOTE: See website link for details, costs, and full schedule of events.

Where: Doubletree Hotel, Culver City

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 7:30 am- 9 pm on Saturday the 18th

Address: 6161 W. Centinela Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

Website: http://www.wcwriters.com/aglawc/index.html

A Writing Workshop with Will Alexander at Beyond Baroque

Join us for The Coming Mental Range: A Writing Workshop with Will Alexander. We will gain insight into language as poetic renewal and discuss techniques for creating poetic texture from one’s daily experience.

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

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 11 am – 3pm

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

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

A Special Storytelling Time & TerriAnn Ferrin at Pages Bookstore – Kids Event

Please join us for a very special story time with author TerriAnn Ferrin and friends as she reads from her adorable children’s chapter book, Lucy. As Ron Kovic, author of Born on the Fourth of July, reminds us: “Every once in a while a little book comes along just when it’s needed…Lucky appears, reminding us that miracles are still possible, and that we must never underestimate the power of a simple act of kindness.”

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 11 am

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

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/very-special-story-time-terriann-ferrin

Meet the Author: Del Howison at West Valley Regional Library, LAPL

Join us as we welcome award-winning editor, journalist, author and actor, Del Howison. who will discuss his first novel, The Survival of Margaret Thomas, which follows “Peggy” Thomas as she journeys to confront one of the men that killed her husband James. Is she seeking justice or revenge?

Where: West Valley Regional Library, LAPL, Meeting Room A

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Address: 19036 Vanowen St., Reseda, CA 91335

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/meet-author-book-talk-signing-del-howison

L.A. Crime: Shadow and Light with Denise Hamilton & David Kendrick at James C. Fremont Branch Library, LAPL

Join us as we welcome author Denise Hamilton and noir aficionado David Kendrick, who will have a lively chat about the many places fictive crime can and does happen! This will be a trek through settings of authors you know and some you will want to learn about. Light refreshments will be served.

Where: West Valley Regional Library, LAPL, Meeting Room A

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Address: 6121 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/shadow-and-light-denise-hamilton-and-david-kendrick

UnHeard LA Salon YA Event at Central Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Join us as we host KPCC’s Unheard Storytellers, and learn how you can share your own story.

Where: Central Library, LAPL, Meeting Room B

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 2 pm – 3:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/unheard-la-salon

Civil Rights & Author Jeffrey Stewart at Malik Books, Crenshaw Plaza  

Meet Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner Jeffrey Stewart as he showcases his award-winning biography, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke.

NOTE: Please RSVP for this event.

Where: Malik Books, Crenshaw Plaza

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Address:  4005 Crenshaw Blvd., Leimert Park, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: http://www.baldwinhillscrenshawplaza.com

Expressions Poetry Reading at Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Join us for the Expressions Poetry Reading series, which meets the first and third Saturdays of the month. You can sign up for 4-6 minute readings at this Open Mic event, and there is at least one featured poet at each meeting.

Where: Studio City Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whatson/event/expressions-la-poetry-reading-series-0

Saturday Afternoon Poetry & Open Mic at Lamanda Park Branch Library, Pasadena

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry at the Castle Green Library in Pasadena, to hear readings from Maria Elena Fernandez, Jerry Garcia, Tanya Ko Hong, and Alice Pero, plus an Open Reading.

Events curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Lamanda Park Branch Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address:  140 S. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91104

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

Tupelo Hassman & gods with a little G at Skylight Bookstore

Please join us to hear author Tupelo Hassman, in conversation with author Jim Krusoe, discuss her book, gods with a little G: A Novel.

This is a powerful, vibrant story about a teen trapped in a politically bright red and extremely religious town, Rosary, California, with a widower father who is a true believer. When she tries to escape her father’s new and burgeoning romance and her own confused feelings, she begins her first true friendship and starts to see a future outside the tea leaves her aunt reads. This book is about how being a teenager is an apocalypse all its own: there must be destruction for there to be hope.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/tupelo-hassman-reads-her-new-book-gods-little-g-jim-krusoe

The Sparring Artists Salon at Kamstra Archive, NoHo Arts District

Mystic Boxing Commission presents The Sparring Artists Salon, with host S.A. Griffin. This “free expression” forum will consist of poetry, music, flash fiction, humor, dance, and all art forms.

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

Where: Kamstra Sparring Archive, No Ho Arts District

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 6:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: Mystery Location (see site), North Hollywood, CA 91601

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/623995224762717/

Kick Ass Women in the Arts:  60th Birthday Celebration for liz gonzalez at Avenue 50

Please join us for kick Ass Women in the Arts for a music, art, and poetry pachanga celebrating liz gonzalez and her 60th dance around the sun.

Liz will be reading her collection, Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected, published by Los Nietos Press. Joining her will be:

Consuelo G. Flores has been recognized for her cultural work by Self -Help Graphics, and is a member of Fierce Backbone Theatre Company. She’s written and directed five one-act plays and done poetry readings throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

Cynthia Kay Duran is an advertising professional, Esty shop owner, and craft and sewing expert, with over 20 years of teaching experience.

Frankie Hernandez is a writer, spoken word artist, and film and TV producer, most recently the vignettes, East LA Stories.

Jessica Ceballos y Campbell is a writer, editor, designer, community advocate, activist, instigator, parent and partner. She is now working on a collection of material inspired by a trip to Disneyland with her mother while she was in foster care, currently titled Happiest Place on Earth.

Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley is a creative non-fiction writer, filmmaker, and mother of two. Her film, The Big Deal, won the Imagen Award, and she is currently writing a memoir.

Elisia Duran is a 17 year old with a passion for the arts, which informs her work and her ability to be who she wants to be without needing a reason or explanation.

Luna is a singer/songwriter who recently graduated from Malibu High School. Her passion is music of all types, especially 60s rock and contemporary artists.

Where: Avenue 50 Studios

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://avenue50studio.org/event/lizgonzalezpachanga

Lit240! Reading Series & Open Mic at Long Beach Literary Arts Center

Please join us as the Long Beach Literary arts Center presents the second show in the premier reading series, Lit240! Featuring:

Desiree Zamorano is an award-winning short story writer and the author of the novel, The Amado Women. She is a frequent contributor to LA Review of Books, and is at work on a collection of short stories. She is also director of Occidental College’s Community Literacy Center and a lecturer at CSULB’s College of Education.

Ravina Wadhwani is a Long Beach based poet, write, and mental health therapist. She was born in the Virgin Islands to a family of Indian immigrants, which is part of her identity and world view.

Jenise Miller is an urban planner, inaugural DSTL Arts Artist- in-Residence in Compton. She was a 2018 Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) workshop fellow in poetry, and is working on her first chapbook, The Blvd.

Megan Dorame is of Tongva descent, and lives in Santa Ana. She is active in the revitalization of the Tongva language, and her work has appeared in The Ear, Dryland, and The Offing.

Where: Café Bene – in the Target shopping center

Date: Saturday the 17th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 5751 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90803

Website: http://www.lbliteraryarts.com/events-1/lit240 .

Greater L.A. Writers Conference at the Doubletree Hotel (Day 3 of 3)

AGLAWC uniquely presents individual tracks for Aspiring, Active, and Accomplished –writers (what we call the 3As). Each features a progression of educational lectures, panels and interactive workshops for each level of expertise, so you may immerse yourself in an environment suitable to your skills and interests.

NOTE: See website link for details, costs, and full schedule of events.

Where: Doubletree Hotel, Culver City

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 9:30 am- 1 pm on Sunday the 18th

Address: 6161 W. Centinela Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

Website: http://www.wcwriters.com/aglawc/index.html

826LAPresents a Picture Book Workshop at the Hammer Museum – Kids Event

This 826LA Workshop is for kids ages 7-14, and is titled, Little Chicken Explorers: A Picture Book Workshop. Why did the chicken cross the road? You’ll find the answer in this workshop as we provide you with a tiny baby chicken toy model, and you’ll create an illustrated story about a freshly hatched baby chick’s grand adventure. Kim Adelman is a nonfiction author who wrote a book about chick flicks, and will lead this workshop.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 11 am- 1 pm

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/08/826lahammer-little-chicken-explores-a-picture-book-workshop

Whittier Poetry Group Meeting at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Whittier

The Writer’s Club of Whittier (WCW) meets monthly to exchange news of poetry events and share and provide feedback on one another’s poems. We’re a diverse, experienced and kind group so the feedback is useful and rich. Come join us to see if what we do fits your needs.

Where: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address:  7201 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/382012792499379

Annual Pat Pincus Poetry Festival at Brentwood Branch Library, LAPL

Join us for the branch’s 32nd Annual Poetry Fest which features live readings from local poets.

Where: Donald Bruce Kauffman-Brentwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 2 pm – 4pm

Address:  11820 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/annual-pat-pincus-poetry-fest

IWOSC Reads Its Own at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Please join the Independent Writers of Southern California for a spellbinding afternoon of eccentric, eclectic, and exemplary works—from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues and beyond, read by 15 of IWOSC’s talented member writers.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 2 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/iwosc-reads-its-own-6

The After School Writing Workshop at Beyond Baroque

Join us for The After School, a free writing workshop held every third Sunday afternoon, and led by Ryka Aoki & Catherine Chen. This is a work space and test platform for writers who are self-identified queers and people of color.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 3 pm

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

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

Michael Gregg Michaud & Mae West at Book Soup 

Please join us to hear author Michael Gregg Michaud discuss and sign his book, Mae West: Broadcast Muse.

This is the first comprehensive look at the career of Mae West focusing on her TV and radio appearances with other stars of the day, through the ‘30s and the ‘40s, including the Armed Services radio show, Mail Call.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/michael-gregg-michaud-discusses-and-signs-mae-west-broadcast-muse

Keven Bellows & Late Harvest at Diesel Bookstore

Join author Keven Bellows as she discusses her book, Late Harvest, the follow up to The Blue Darter, an honest and forthright look at the challenges of her marriage to legendary journalist, Jim Bellows, when he was suffering from Alzheimer’s.

This book is a “…beautiful and powerful collection of poems [that] strikes at the heart with power and tenderness…she is a wonder,” declares author Anne Lamott.

Keven Bellows is a writer, teacher, and student of poetry who teaches at UCLA Extension.

Where: Diesel Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/sunday-august-18th-300-pm-keven-bellows-discusses-and-signs-late-harvest

Stephen Van Dyck & People I’ve Met from the Internet at Skylight Bookstore

Join author Stephen Van Dyck as he discusses his memoir, People I’ve Met from the Internet, with Matias Viegener.

This book is a queer reimagining of the coming-of-age narrative set at the dawn of the internet era. Spanning twelve years, it takes the form of a very long, annotated list tracking Stephen’s journey and the men he meets from adolescence in New Mexico to post-recession adulthood in Los Angeles, creating a multi-dimensional panorama of gay men’s lives.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/stephen-van-dyck-discusses-his-memoir-people-ive-met-internet-matias-viegener

Salient Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for the monthly Salient Sunday Open Reading, led by Radomir Luza & Patricia Murphy. FREE, but donations are gratefully appreciated.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 5 pm

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

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

Performance Art Workshop at Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)

Join a performance art workshop hosted by Joe Limer on: Finding Confidence and Identity through Performance Art. Speaking to truth and expressing that truth through your work is an important objective for all artists, so learn how to embrace the challenges of opening yourself up and expressing your identity in spoken word. This event welcomes poets of all levels.

Where: Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)

Date: Sunday the 18th

Time: 5 pm – 6:45 pm

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

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

 

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