Los Angeles Literature Events 8/26/19 – 9/01/19

66077978_2881784205184675_6814975529419014144_nConchas y Cafe Zine Workshop at Vernon – Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library, LAPL

Join us to participate in DSTL Arts’ 10-week creative writing class, Conchas y Café, offered in English and Spanish for adults of all ages.

Participants learn new techniques in poetry, storytelling, and zine-making and also have the opportunity to publish and present their work in a quarterly anthology of writing produced through the program. A public reading and party celebrate the culmination of each series.

Where: Vernon – Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library

Date: Monday the 26th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/events/whats-on/events/conchas-y-café-bilingual-community-writing-workshops

Monday Night Fiction Workshop at Beyond Baroque

This free weekly fiction workshop focuses on generating creativity and on exploring various topics related to writing fiction, including narrative technique, language, and plot. Bring copies of 2-3 pages of fiction for critique and discussion.

This workshop is led by Jessica Dolby.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Monday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

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

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

Spiritual Classics Book Club with The Fire Next Time at The Last Bookstore

Led by Nick Shindo Street, the Spiritual Classics Book Club reads and discusses a variety of faith traditions to find the best wisdom available. This month we are reading James Baldwin’s essential book, The Fire Next Time. This book includes his essay on the experience of African Americans with both Christianity and Islam and the famous letter to his nephew about how to be a black man in America.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.thelastbookstore/events

After the War Reading at The David Henry Hwang 

Join us to hear a free reading of After the War, by Philip Kan Gotanda, performed by the East West Players, and directed by Andy Lowe. The story is set in post-World War II San Francisco’s Western Addition District where the neighborhood is not the same and boarders must find a new harmony amidst uncertain times.

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

Where: The David Henry Hwang

Date: Monday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/467907837358145

 Queer Slam & Open Mic at AKBAR 

The Queer Slam & Open Mic event is a storytelling and poetry night hosted by Silverlake icon, Tony Soto. Have a cocktail and spill your guts.

This month’s event features headliners Michael Narkunski and Shane Kal(minski)!

NOTE: Open Mic sign-ups start at 7:30 pm. Queer Slam is also a podcast. Do your best to keep pieces to 4 minutes or less. See website for further details.

Where: AKBAR on Sunset

Date: Monday the 26th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address:  4356 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/743039242795550

Tuesday Morning Green Poets at Beyond Baroque

This free weekly “green poets” workshop focuses on the fact that while we like to ‘learn the rules’ we also like to break them. Bring 12 copies of a poem you are working on, and come to strike a spark.

This workshop is led by Greg Bell.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 10:30 am

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

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

Alpha Girls Event at Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica

Meet author Julia Guthrie, author of Alpha Girls: The Women Who Took On Silicon Valley’s Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime. She is joined by Cathy Schulman, who is adapting this story for a TV series.

NOTE: You must RSVP to attend this free event so check website for details.

Where: Bloomingdale’s, Santa Monica

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Address:  315 Colorado Blvd., Santa Monica Place Mall, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/1605398456261157

New Short Fiction Series: This Is California at Annenberg Community Beach House

Local authors’ literary works will be read by local actors, on the theme: This Is California.

“It’s a spoken word series and L.A.’s only live literary magazine… it’s a literary performance,” states Variety.

Writers:

elena felix likes how her name looks in writing with no caps, and also likes to write short, short stories. She is finishing a screenplay about the complexities of dualities.

Sandra Giedeman is a poet and short story writer. Her collection, This Hour, was published by Green Tara Press.

Odie Hawkins is an alumnus of the Watts Writers Workshop, and is the author of 29 novels, many short stories, a dozen screenplays, and fifty radio scripts. His latest is Ancestral Meridians.

Marc Morgenstern is a lapsed journalist, music marketer, and graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. He has performed at The Moth’s Los Angeles stage.

Cast:

Stevie Johnson is a faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts and an award-winning writer, actor and professor. He incorporates Integrative Body Psychotherapy practice to help his students reinforce the body-mind connection behind the podium, in front of the camera, and on stage.

Judy Theodora Marcelline was born in Trinidad & Tobago,, and moved to L.A. via Toronto. She won acclaim at The Link Theatre Foundation, and wrote and directed the short film, Grey Matters.

Alison Minami is a writer and performer, and member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and of Playground LA, where her play This Is a Banana was showcased in 2016. She wrote and directed Shizzie’s Story, a one-woman play commissioned by Enrichment Works that toured over 80 LAUSD schools.

Sally Shore, co-founder and Executive Director of Lit Crawl LA, was a winner for her New Short Fiction Series, and has performed widely and frequently as a spoken word artist. She produces this monthly live program, performing with a rotating guest cast of some of LA’s most talented working actors.

NOTE: RSVPs are recommended for this free event, so check website link.

Where: Annenberg Community Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 6:30 am – 8 pm

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

Website: http://facebook.com/events/405165580342125/

Carol Schlanger & Hippie Woman Wild at Book Soup 

Hear and meet author Carol Schlanger, who will read and discuss her book, Hippie Woman Wild: A Memoir of Life and Love on an Oregon Commune.

This memoir is the story of a not-so-nice Jewish girl, expelled from Yale Drama during the Vietnam protests, who abandons her acting dream to follow the man she loves to an off-the-grid commune in Oregon. Many challenges and set-backs follow before she heads to LA to reclaim her life as a mother, her power as an artist, and her responsibility as an adult. This is a love story for an explosive, mind-altering era.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/carol-schlanger-discusses-and-signs-hippie-woman-wild-memoir-life-love-oregon-commune

Jorjeana Marie & Improv for Writers at Vroman’s Bookstore

Hear and meet author Jorjeana Marie present her book, Improv for Writers: 10 Secrets to Help Novelists and Screenwriters Bypass Writer’s Block and Generate Infinite Ideas.

This book addresses each major element of storytelling by applying writer’s block-busting games and inner critic-quieting exercises to ensure you will soon be an idea machine.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/jorjeana-marie-discusses-and-signs-improv-writers-10-secrets-help-novelists-and-screenwriters

David Damian Figueroa & A Reminder to My Twenty-Three-Year-Old Self at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Join us for an inspirational platica and book signing with David Damian Figueroa author of the book, A Reminder to My Twenty-Three-Year Old Self.

In this volume of quotes, thoughts on life, and personal wisdom, he pays tribute to his mother’s memory and passes on his own dose of guidance.

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

Where: La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 7 pm                                   

Address: 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://lapca.org/programs

Homo-Centric Reading: Summer Gaze at Stories Books & Café  

This is the tenth year of homo-centric’s monthly reading series, and the theme is Summer Gaze. Please join us to welcome features Reg Clarkinia & Christina Quintana to the mic.

Where: Stories Books & Café

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/495246721253150

Karen Tongson & Why Karen Carpenter Matters at The Last Bookstore

Join us when author Karen Tongson, co-host of Maximum Fun’s Pop rocket, and Virtel, co-host of Crooked Media’s Keep It! sit down together to chat about Tongson’s book, Why Karen Carpenter Matters.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

State of the Union Book Club & Internment at The Last Bookstore

Join the State of the union Book Club led by Jaweed Kaleem, to read and discuss Samira Ahmed’s book, Internment.

This book projects a quite believable near-future when white American nationalism (Islamophobia, specifically) have taken hold, and American Muslims are placed in camps.

[Note that the meeting is on a Tues, not a Wed., in August.]

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Gothic Book Club & A Good Man Is Hard to Find at the Last Bookstore

The Gothic Book Club led by John Palisano, reads and discusses Southern Gothic in Flannery O’Connor’s book A Good Man Is Hard to Find.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Kimberly King Parsons & Black Light at Skylight Bookstore 

Come to hear author Kimberly King Parsons, in conversation with Leah Dieterich, discuss her debut short story collection, Black Light.

With raw poetic ferocity, the author exposes the darkest hollows of desire —those hidden places where most of us are afraid to look. She illuminates the ache of first love, the banality of self-loathing, the scourge of addiction, the myth of marriage, and the magic and inevitable disillusionment of childhood.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/kimberly-king-parsons-reads-her-debut-short-story-collection-black-light-leah-dieterich

PS Poetry Open Mic Night at Gravlax, Culver City

Philosopher’s Stone Poetry is hosting a last event before the end of summer, and invites you to arrive early to sign up on site at 8 pm, and the show will follow at 9 pm. Grab a drink and a snack before the action. New performers are highly encouraged to sign up!

Where: Gravlax

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

Address:  4177 S. Centinela Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/929590214067892

Redondo Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Poets to 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 27th

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 27th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

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

Gothic Book Club & A Good Man Is Hard to Find at The Last Bookstore

The Gothic Book Club led by John Palisano, reads and discusses Southern Gothic in Flannery O’Connor’s book A Good Man Is Hard to Find.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 27th

Time: 9:30 pm

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

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

Book Party: All the Water in the World at Topanga Library –Kids Event

Children, ages 3-8, will be reading and discussing All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon, and learning about the water cycle through fun activities.

Where: Topanga Library

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2153209078123057

Poets & Writers Literary Roundtable at The World Stage

Join the Poets & Writers Literary Roundtable Meeting hosted by The Word Stage, a free informal meeting to connect with fellow presenters, presses, teachers, and writers. Poet Hiram Sims will be a special guest to talk about his work with the Community Literature Initiative. It’s also a chance to learn about P&W and its Readings and Workshops, and mini-grants.

NOTE: RSVP to jfitzgerald@pw.org to reserve your seat.

Where: The World Stage

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address: 4321 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: http://www.pw.org/literary_events/poets_writers_literary_roundtable_meeting

Phi-Sci Book Club & Algorithms of Oppression at Cellar Door Books, Riverside

Join the Phi-Sci Book Club at Cellar Door Books to read and discuss author Safiya Umoja Noble’s book, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.

Where: Cellar Door Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.cellardoorbookstore.com/event/phi-sci-book-club-algorithms-oppression

Jennifer Torres & The Fresh New Face of Griselda at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids & Teens Event

Join us to hear author Jennifer Torres read and discuss her book, The Fresh New Face of Griselda, a coming-of-age novel about one girl’s struggles after her parents lose their home, and her journey to find hope in family and friendship. She learns that beauty isn’t just lost or found, but made and re-made.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/events/jennifer-torres-discusse-and-signs-fresh-new-face-giselda

Fiction Book Club & Friday Black at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us the Fiction Book Club at Chevalier’s Bookstore to read and discuss author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenya’s collection of stories, Friday Black.

NOTE: Check website for further details.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com

Adventures in Writing at Allomi, Redondo Beach

Join the Adventures in Writing Workshops led by writer, coach, teacher, and guide Carolyn Ziel. The series will be followed by a community reading with the date TBD.

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

Where: Allomi

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 1612 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/348611736014698

Manny Hernandez & CANDIDS Miami at Book Soup 

Manny Hernandez will present his book of photographs, CANDIDS Miami.

This is a collection of images the author had taken throughout Miami and the Beaches of the 90s celebrity scene. These 80+ images include those of Madonna, Versace, Prince, The Bee Gees, David Bowie and many more.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/manny-hernandez-discusses-and-signs-candids-miami

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 event features a book release and signing of L.E.A.P. (Life’s Evolution, A Process), by Angela Rena, a lovely collection of poems, prose, and short stories, dedicated to the journey of life. Still Waters Publishing hosts this event, and there will be complimentary tea and refreshments.

Where: Anansi Writers Workshop

Date: Wednesday the 28th

Time: 7:30 pm– 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.theworldstage.org   or http://www.facebook.com/events/2304970763048041/

Kate Leddy and Bri G Reading at the Ugly Mug

Two Idiots Peddling Poetry hosts Portland artists Kate Leddy and Bri G, who will present and discuss their work.

Kate Leddy is a writer and mental health activist from Portland, Oregon, and represented Portland at the 2018 Poetry Slam and 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam. Her debut chapbook, Homesick Season, explores nostalgia for people, places, and states of mind.

Bri G is a Portland poet who started in Slam and facilitates two local Slam Poetry scenes, as well as shows and community events in her home. Her recent debut chapbook, There’s Room for You Here, touches on love, relationships, and god stuff.

NOTE: $3 Cover Fee, Cash Only

Where: The Ugly Mug

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/497551471071360/

Alex Espinoza & Cruising at Libro Mobile, Santa Ana

LibroMobile presents: Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime, by Alex Espinoza.

The reading will open with a poetry reading by local author Francisco Aviles Pino.

Alex Espinoza is the author of two novels, Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego Leon, both by Random House. His new book, Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime, was published in 2019 by Unnamed Press. Cruising combines historical research and oral history with the author’s own personal experiences.

Francisco Aviles Pino Jr. is an undocumented writer, producer, and cultural organizer from Acapulco Guerrero Francisco holds degress and research training form UCLA, CSUF, and UCI,A and holds a column for the OC Weekly.

Where: Libro Mobile

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 220 E. Fourth St, Ste. 107, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/359037694772629

An Evening with Amanda Haas at Pages Bookstore

Chef Amanda Haas will discuss her new book, The Vibrant Life. Combining form and function, this book offers both a resource, and an inspiration, with drinks and recipes for all occasions, including those targeting health needs and more.

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

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: https://www.pagesabokstore.com/event/join-us-evening-amanda-haas

Speak Easy Storytelling Event at Dipiazza’s Pizza, Long Beach

Please join us for a monthly, casual night of storytelling and community conversation. This is an open call for storytellers to share a story about whatever is on your heart or in your mind. With an open format, no topic is off-limits, and stories should be based on a true story from your life.

NOTE: This is not an Open Mic, and sign-ups begin at 6 pm.

Where: Dipiazza’s Pizza

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/event/432347013823672

Kind Roots Open Mic Event at Club Kindness, Chino

Please join us for another inspired evening, filled with  poetry, music, and storytelling on the theme: The Middle Path. The Kind Casa is an intimate venue located in Pomona, so bring your own poems, Buds, and blanket and LOW lawn chairs.

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

Where: Club Kindness, Chino

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: P.O. Box 1439., Chino, CA 91708

Website: https://www.facebook.com/event/1336369439853645

Steven Macramella & Unleash the Dragon Within at Book Soup 

Psychology professor and respected kung-fu instructor Steven Macramella will introduce the six Animals of Ch’ien-Lung, an eighteenth century kung-fu practice based on the Animal archetypes of three great cats and three great snakes—each of which represents a martial style, personality type, brain region, system of the body, and aspect of consciousness. And each has its favorite moods, media, and hobbies associated with it.

This book further explains how to bring each animal into perfect balance with its “opposite” to form a combination of cat and snake, resulting in the “dragon” and helping to bring balance and effectiveness into your life.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/steven-macramella-discusses-and-signs-unleash-dragon-within-transform-your-life-kung-fu

Los Angeles: State of the Black Press at CAAM 

CAAM present a panel of experts to discuss Los Angeles: State of the Black Press and its significant role in galvanizing African American communities around important issues:

Tre’vell Anderson is president of the LA chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and Director of Culture and Entertainment, Out Magazine.

Brandon I. Brooks is managing editor at the Los Angeles Sentinel and L.A. Watts Times.

Lilly Workneh is editor-in-chief of Blavity News.

Tony Cox, associate chair and professor of journalism at Cal State LA is moderator of the discussion.

NOTE: RSVP for this event at website link.

Where: California African American Museum (CAAM)

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.caamuseum.org/programs/current/los-angeles-state-of-the-black-press

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 29th

Time: 7pm – 10pm

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

Website: Poets Jazz House

Carla Sameth & One Day on the Gold Line at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Through meditations on race, culture, and family, One Day on the Gold Line: A Memoir in Essays, by Carla Sameth, tells the story of a lesbian Jewish single mother raising a black son in Los Angeles. She will be in conversation with Kevin Uhrich (Pasadena Weekly editor) for this event.

While escaping from a burning boat, the author realizes that if she dies, her one regret in life would be not having children. She overcomes miscarriages to give birth to a son, and is then challenged by struggles with identity, community, and creating a blended family, followed ultimately by her son’s struggle with drug addiction.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/carla-sameth-conversation-kevin-uhrich-pasadena-weelly-editor-discusses-and-signs-one-day-gold

John L. Geiger & Howard Suber & Creativity & Copyright at The Last Bookstore

John L. Geiger & Howard Suber will present and discuss their book, Creativity & Copyright: Legal Essentials for Screenwriters & Creative Artists, their new guide for screenwriters and creatives looking to succeed as industry professionals. They use real-life case studies to cover a variety of topics, which can help beginners and experts alike.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Madeline Stevens & Devotion at Skylight Bookstore

In author Madeline Stevens’ debut novel, Devotion, envy escalates into obsession in a tense and suspenseful story that expertly dissects class privilege and the dangers inherent in easy intimacy. Ella, a young New York City nanny, seeks to discover the secret behind her employer’s perfect life, but her jealousy quickly becomes infatuation. This is a riveting and startling debut that incinerates our perceptions of feminism, lust, and privilege.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/madeline-stevens-reads-her-debut-novel-devotion

Excavations: Readings with Wendy C. Ortiz, Melissa Chadburn & Melissa Febos at Stories Books & Café

“Excavations” is a reading event featuring three queer excavator-artists, whose works traverse genre, subject, and many facets of selfhood in search of insight:

Melissa Febos is the author of Whip Smart, Abandon Me, and Girlhood, forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2021. Her work has recently appeared in Tin House, The Believer, Sewanee Review, and the New York Times.

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: a Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. She is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.

Melisssa Chadburn is the author of the debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, which is forthcoming with Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her work has appeared widely, and her essay on food insecurity was selected for Best American Food Writing 2019.

Where: Stories Books & Café

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebok.com/events/14452682276655

Open Door Poetry Reading at Battery Books, Pasadena

The Open Door Poetry Reading is pleased to present its features:

Mike Sonksen is equally a scholar and performer, and a 3rd generation LA native acclaimed for poetry performances, published articles, and mentoring teen writers. His KCET column LA Letters celebrates literary Los Angeles. His most recent collection of essays is titled Letters to My City.

Terry Robinson is a multidisciplinary writer and member of the alt-rap collective Darkleaf, representing the vanguard of experimentation and consciousness in poetics. he uses his interests in psychology and meditation in his work, to stimulate the image making structures of the mind.

Allan G. Aquino is a poet and professor of Asian American Studies at Cal State Northridge. He has been writing prolifically since 1992, echoing the vintage lyricism of his Filipino American forebears. His poems represent an emotional substance defying a culture that emasculates and dehumanizes Asian/Pacific men.

Where: Battery Books

Date: Thursday the 29th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://facebook.com/events/420985691875837/?active_tab=about

Poetry & Picnic with Village Poets & Bolton Hall Museum at Little Landers Park

LLHS and the Village Poets of Sunland-Tujunga invite you to join a wrap-up summer event and picnic at Little Landers Park.

Pack up a picnic dinner, blanket, lawn chairs, family and friends, for a fun summer send-off, with poetry readings and an old-fashioned sing-along on the lawn outside the museum.

Where: Little Landers Park, Bolton Hall Museum

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga, CA 91041

Website: http://www.boltonhall.org

Bobbie Brown & Cherry on Top at Book Soup 

Sunset Strip video vixen Bobbie Brown will present and discuss Cherry on Top: Flirty, Forty-Something, and Funny as F**k,

This book documents the author’s transformation from 1990s sex symbol to comedy queen, and her fresh search for love.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/bobbie-brown-discusses-and-signs-cherry-on-top-flirty-forty-something-and-funny-fk

TDSB Open Mic with Kate Leddy, Bri G and Rocky Kuner at Fox Coffee House 

The Definitive Soapbox open Mic hosts two poets and one musician who will perform:

Kate Leddy is a writer and mental health activist from Portland, Oregon, and represented Portland at the 2018 Poetry Slam and 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam. Her debut chapbook, Homesick Season, explores nostalgia for people, places, and states of mind.

Bri G is a Portland poet who started in Slam and facilitates two local Slam Poetry scenes, as well as shows and community events in her home. Her recent debut chapbook, There’s Room for You Here, touches on love, relationships, and god stuff.

Rocky Kuner is a singer-songwriter from Orange County, and has been touring with a rush tribute band, YYNOT for about three years, as well as performing in her own band named Rocklin. She is a voice and piano teacher at Orange County Music Academy in Anaheim.

NOTE: Sign-ups for the Open Mic start at 6:30 pm.

Where: The Definitive Soapbox at Fox Coffee House

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/663179474161543/

SPELLCAST Event: Secrets at Neon Altar

SPELLCAST is an author reading that takes place on A Love Bizarre’s patio, a shop and gallery in Atwater Village. The evening’s theme is SECRETS, a topic we ask each writer to craft their pieces around. Your event producers are host Sarah Furgatch, and Suzy Mae of Neon Altar.

The features for this event are: Stephanie Wain, Ifalade Tashia. Suzy Mae, and Sarah Furgatch.

Where: Neon Altar

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 3042 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2115087511952594

Dora Malech & STET at Skylight Bookstore

Author Dora Malech will present her collection, STET in conversation with poet Michelle Brittan Rosado (Why Can’t It Be Tenderness).

In this collection, the author takes restraint as her catalyst and subject, exploring what it means to make or break a vow, to create art out of a life in flux, to reckon with the body’s bounds, and to arrive at a place where one might bear and care for another life. STET is a work of serious play that brings home the connections and intimacies of language.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 30th             

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/dora-malech-reds-her-new-poetry-collection-stet-michelle-brittan-rosado

Armine Iknadossian & Holaday Mason Reading & Open Mic at Tebot Bach

Please join Tebot Bach for a poetry reading by poets and authors Armine Iknadossian and Holaday Mason, plus an Open Reading at Golden West College in Huntington Beach.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Armine Iknadossian’s family sought political asylum in California when she was four years old to escape the civil war. She is the author of the chapbook, United States of Love & Other Poems (2015) and the recent full-length collection All That Wasted Fruit (Main Street Rag). She facilitates poetry workshops for The Poetry Salon and lives in Long Beach, California.

Holaday Mason is the author of two chapbooks and five full-length collections: Towards the Forest, Dissolve, The Red Bowl: A Fable in Poems, the “She” Series: A Venice Correspondence” with Sarah Maclay, and The Weaver’s Body. She is also a portrait and fine art photographer, and has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 1986.

NOTE: Open Reading sign-ups begin at 7:30 pm. See website for free parking information and details.

Where: Golden West College, Humanities 101

Date: Friday the 30th             

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address:  Golden West College, Student Services Annex Room 154, Huntington Beach, CA (Gothard Street Entrance)

Website: http://www.tebotbach.org

ALIVIO Features & Open Mic at Private Residence/Garage in Bell, CA

Join host Eric for the monthly Friday night ALIVIO Open Mic, featuring:

Nico Avina. He was born and raised in Boyle Heights, and is an artist, poet and entrepreneur. @espacio 1839  # nicoavina # poet # spokenword # alivioopenmic # poetry.

Ivan Ortega started his musical journey in the town of Coachella. He now makes music in South Gate and doesn’t want to be tied to genres.

Where: Alivio Open Mic Garage

Date: Friday the 30th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address:  6328 Orchard Ave., Bell, CA 90201

Website: http://facebook.com/alivio.openmic/   or http://www.facebook.com/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARA8Zqt1pvtS3YG-mtGlLEdoLCP5Blk1ekevVP2Vn5q_zZfF7u50IKoFPc2_Y3Y3AZEbbJTNiRZBez7y

Long Beach Comic Con 2019 at Long Beach Convention Center

Please mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Long Beach Comic Con, with special guests, vendors, and cosplay. This event is great for the whole family!

NOTE: Event cost ranges from FREE to $120, so check website link for details and full schedule.

Where: Long Beach Convention Center

Date: Saturday the 31st – Sunday the 1st

Time: 10 am – 7 pm

Address: Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA 90802

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/334231394132585

Cassandra Federman & This Is A Sea Cow at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

In the delightful book This Is A Sea Cow, by Cassandra Federman, an imaginative second grader writes a school report about sea cows only to find the subject is not happy with her portrayal. Sea Cow — or Manatee, as she prefers to be called—comes to life to set the record straight.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 31st

Time: 10:30 am

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

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

Writer’s Workshop at Buena Vista Library, Burbank

In this Writer’s Workshop led by the Quill & Pint Writers Group, enjoy two fun hours of writing games, discussions, and brainstorming. We focus on writing fundamentals, not critiques, and the rhythm of a writing circle seething with new ideas.

Where: Buena Vista Library

Date: Saturday the 31st

Time: 11 am

Address:  300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505

Website: http://facebook.com/events/693263864471201

Botany at the Bar Book Talk with Rachel Meyer at Edendale Branch Library, LAPL

Meet author Rachel Meyer, author of Botany at the Bar, joined by recipe contributors to the book, Jim Merson, owner of Hot Dog Sodas, and Christian Schaal, bar manager of Zebulon. There will be hands-on botanical exploration and delicious soda samples to try

Where: Edendale Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Saturday the 31st

Time: 12 pm – 2 pm

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

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/botany-bar-book-talk

Silent Book Club Pasadena at the Huntington Library & Gardens

Meet at the Red Car coffee shop at the entrance of the Huntington, as there’s no entrance fee at this part of the library! This is a book club for people who don’t love book clubs.

Come and meet fellow book lovers for silent reading, socializing, drinks and a bite to eat, and get recommendations for your TBR list. There’s no assigned book, just bring what you’re currently reading.

Where: Huntington Library & Gardens

Date: Saturday the 31st

Time: 12 pm – 2 pm

Address:  1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/498948680911537

Surprise the Line Poetry Workshop at Grounds Bakery & Café, Long Beach

Surprise the Line is a generative poetry workshop led by Nancy Lynee Woo, which is curiosity-driven and process-oriented, and is great for all skills levels. The title/theme this month is Wrestling with the Sestina, and the emphasis is word choice and how repetition creates different effects in your work.

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

Where: Grounds Bakery & Café, Long Beach

Date: Saturday the 31st

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

Address:  6277 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2316645228453696

Santa Monica Rep Play Reading at Fairview Branch Library, Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Rep performs a reading of Lauren Gunderson’s caustic feminine farce, The Revolutionists, which imagines a meeting between Queen Marie Antoinette, assassin Charlotte Corday, Playwright Olympe de Gouges, and Haitian spy Marianne Angelle during France’s Reign of Terror (1793-1794).

Where: Fairview Branch Library, SMPL

Date: Saturday the 24th

Time: 2 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website:  http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=30693

High Voltage Women at West Hollywood Library

High Voltage Women: Breaking Barriers at Seattle City Light, by Ellie Bellew, is an inspiring new book on the 1970s affirmative action pioneers who broke gender and race barriers in the electrical trades, forged links of solidarity, and moved their union to better represent the entire workforce. The presentation and discussion of this book will feature a multi-media presentation and commentary by local labor and women’s rights activists, followed by a discussion.

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

Where: West Hollywood Library

Date: Saturday the 31st  

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: http://facebook.com/eveuts/368406907201528

Sylvia Day Book Signing at Ripped Bodice Bookstore, Culver City

Author Sylvia Day is the #1 international bestselling romance author of over twenty award-winning novels translated into 41 languages. Your ticket purchase includes a copy of her latest book, Butterfly in Frost.

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

Where: Ripped Bodice Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 31st  

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 3806 Main St., Culver City, CA 90232

Website: http://facebook.com/events/349510249056359/?active_tab=about  

Spectrum 20 Book Launch at Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena

Please join Spectrum Publishing and 66 poets and artists in a Celebratory Reading of the new issue of Spectrum 20 themed “Who’s Your Honey?” All are welcome, and seating is on a first come basis.

NOTE: Books will be available for $10 each payable via cash.

Where: Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 31st

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address:  285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/505872046831025/

The Poetry Brothel at El Cid on Sunset

Come celebrate The Summer of Love with your favorite poets because the revolution didn’t end in 1967—we brought it home with us. Madam Tallula presents a rotating cast of poets to impart their work as purveyors of private poetry readings in secret, hidden, well-appointed chambers.

NOTE: Book now online and check website for further details.

Where: El Cid on Sunset

Date: Saturday the 31st

Time: 6 pm

Address:  4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/939135903123099  

Kevin Ridgeway Reading & Open Mic & at Gatsby’s Books 

Please join us to hear poet Kevin Ridgeway discuss and sign his book, Too Young to Know, and to participate in an Open Mic.

Kevin Ridgeway has written nine chapbooks of poetry, and is a two-time Pushcart Prize and two-time Best of the Net nominee. He lives and writes in Long Beach, CA.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 31st

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  http://gatsbybooks.com/event#/tooyoungtoknow

Jozanne Marie & Beautiful at Los Globos 

Please join us to hear author Jozanne Marie discuss and sign her book, Beautiful: Unafraid. Growing up in Jamaica, the author longed for her absent father who had left for America when she was an infant. But when he returned he became her greatest adversary. This book is the story of one woman’s courageous spiritual journey to self-love and healing after a childhood of sexual and physical abuse.

Where: Los Globos

Date: Saturday the 31st

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Address: 3040 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/2207663739361232

Lyrical Nourishment Open Mic at Zawiya Perspective 

Please join host Abdullah “ABD” for Lyrical Nourishment Open Mic, which has been building community through arts and spirituality for three years. This is a platform for poets, song writers, and artists who wish to express themselves in a meaningful way—to reflect, express, and communicate globally.

NOTE: RSVP by texting lyrical @949-347-5034 with full name and email.

Where: Zawiya Perspective

Date: Saturday the 31st

Time: 7 pm

Address: 1800 E. Garry Ave., Ste. 101, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Website: http://www.facebookcom/event/2308757249438259

Afrofuturist Block Party in Leimert Park

Join us for an event inspired by the work of Leimert Park-based artist Timothy Washington, whose work is the focus of a solo exhibition at CAAM beginning September 25th. Celebrate the limitless innovation of Afrofuturism with hands-on art workshops at the 11th Annual Leimert Park Village Heritage Festival.

Where: Leimert Park Village

Date: Sunday the 1st

Time: 12 pm – 5 pm

Address: Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/408424093103890/?active_tab=about 

Frank Gogol Signing at Hi De Ho Comics, Santa Monica

Join us for an in-store signing event with Frank Gogol, who is the creator of the series, Dead End Kids. Copies of his now sold out first edition books will be available at the store for signing.

Where: Hi De Ho Comics, Santa Monica

Date: Sunday the 1st

Time: 12 pm – 4 pm

Address: 412 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/480824276038996  

Lois Chapin & Bambaz Press Poetry Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for a Poetry and Flash Fiction reading sponsored by Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective, with Lois Chapin and Paddle Paddle.

NOTE: $5 admission.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 1st

Time: 12:30 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/655177881618125  

Soulful Sundays Open Mic at Comfort LA

The best Open Mic + Jam Session in the city is still going strong. This event is Southern Hospitality with West Coast weather. The place will fill up fast so come early.

NOTE: See website for detailed Open Mic rules, and related clothing drive for skid row.

Where: Comfort LA

Date: Sunday the 1st

Time: 2 pm – 6 pm

Address: 1110 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2088555041450392   

An Afternoon with Louise Penny at the Ace Hotel

Please join us to hear Louise Penny, author of the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels, and presents her latest novel, A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event presented by Vroman’s Bookstore, and doors will open at 2pm, when signed pre-ordered books will be handed out to ticket holders. There will not be a signing at the event. Check website for costs and details.

Where: Theatre at the Ace Hotel

Date: Sunday the 1st

Time: 3 pm

Address: 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Website: .https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vroman%E2%80%99s-bookstore-presents-afternoon-louise-penny

Open Reading at Ironbark Ciderworks, Claremont

Please join us at Ironbark Ciderworks to read your poetry or other creative work or just come and listen. Admission is free and everyone is welcome! There is also delicious cider on tap!

Where: Ironbark Ciderworks

Date: Sunday the 1st

Time: 5 pm- 7 pm

Address: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/320204525365452

Write con Nosotros at Café con Libros Press, Pomona

Start writing that book you’ve been putting off… Come write in community! La Luchas con Letras begins!

Where: Café con Libros Press

Date: Sunday the 1st

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2362106677146514

 

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