Los Angeles Literature Events 9/23/19 – 9/29/19

Lambda LitFefst 2019Lambda LitFest Event: Modern Love, Mental Wellness & Healing in LGBTQ Literature at Cal State LA

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Join us today at CSULA to hear Thea Monyee, therapist with Counseling and Psychological Services at CSULA, moderate a discussion with Frederick Smith and Chaz Lamar Cruz, authors of In Case You Forgot, exploring themes of wellness, and healing in LGTBQ literature.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: University Student Union/San Gabriel Room, 3rd Floor, CSULA

Date: Monday the 23rd

Time: 12 pm                                 

Address: 5154 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/modern-love-mental-wellness-and-healing-in-lgbtq-literature-2/

Lambda LitFest Event: Queer Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Writing in the Time of AIDS at Pilipino Workers Center

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Join us at the Pilipino Workers Center to hear a panel of writers who were AIDS activists and former staff of the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, who will read their work and discuss how the movement continues to influence their work today. Napoleon Lustre, Irene Suico Soriano, Joel Barraquiel Tan, and Diep Khac Tran will participate and read their work.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Pilipino Workers Center

Date: Monday the 23rd

Time: 3 pm                                   

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

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event//i-get-so-emotional-baby-queer-asian-pacific-islander-api-writing-in-the-time-of-aids-2/

Michelle Penaloza Poetry Reading & Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire at Cellar Door Bookstore

Join us to hear poet and writer Michelle Penaloza present Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, the winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Prize. Ambitious and emotionally complex, this debut collection explores grief and violence, the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and the complications of desire.

NOTE: Please RSVP for this event. Books will be available for purchase in store and online.

Where: Cellar Door Bookstore, Riverside

Date: Monday the 23rd

Time: 6 pm                                   

Address: 5225 Canyon Crest Dr., Riverside, CA 92507

Website: https://www.cellardoorbookstore.com/event/poetry-reading-michelle-penaloza

Lambda LitFest Event: Hybird Bodies/Monstrous Texts Performances at Book Soup

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Join us at Book Soup to hear a group of writers address how our hybrid texts engage the physical body through troubling traditional boundaries of the narrative “I”. We come bearing narrative shape-shifters, the fluid, multiple, and plural “I” and the blurred and boundary-defying and excessive “I” that hovers in the margins. What you long for and what you fear. Olga Garcia Echeverria, Emily Geminder, Wendy Oleson, and Stephen van Dyck will perform.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/hybrid-bodies-monstrous-texts-2/ 

Ginny Hogan & Toxic Femininity in the Workplace at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear talented humorist and writer Ginny Hogan present Toxic Femininity in the Workplace and explore themes of sexism, workplace gender dynamics, and the challenges facing women at work with disarming wit.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/events/ginny-hogan 

Abby Jimenez & The Friend Zone at Vroman’s Bookstore

Hear writer, entrepreneur, and author Abby Jimenez, in conversation with Maureen Lenker (Entertainment Weekly), present The Friend Zone. This story will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass. This is the author’s debut novel and is a USA Today bestseller.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/abby-jimenez-maureen-lenker-entertainment-weekly-discusses-and-signs-friend-zone

Tayo Rockson & Barbara Furlow-Smiles & Use Your Difference to Make a Difference at The Last Bookstore

Join us to hear author and writer Tayo Rockson present his new book on cultural complacency, Use Your Difference to Make a Difference: How to Connect and Communicate in a Cross-Cultural World, with special guest Barbara Furlow-Smiles. Learn more about the three ways to connect effectively across cultures in divisive times. This book provides a skills-based, actionable plan that transforms differences into agents of inclusiveness, connection, and mutual understanding.

NOTE: All bookstore events are ticketed, so see website for further details.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 23rd

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

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

 

Lambda LitFest Event: Hybrid Bodies/Monstrous Texts: A Generative Writing Workshop at Book Soup

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Join us for Hybrid Bodies/Monstrous Texts: A Generative Writing Workshop embracing the queerness of hybrid forms and pairing it with a hyper-attention to sensory detail. Attendees will experiment and play with writing prompts to create hybrid works of their own, and be able to share their work. Wendy Oleson will lead us.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 24th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm                  

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

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/hybrid-bodies-monstrous-texts-a-generative-writing-workshop/ 

Unnamed Press & Journalist to Novelist Readings at Annenberg Beach House

Join us for a talk with three Los Angeles-based journalists who will discuss their roads to writing fiction, paths to publication, and the differences between getting a great story and creating one.

David Ulin is a former journalist and critic for the Los Angeles Times, and is the author most recently of Ear to the Ground

Margaret Wappler writes fiction, science fiction, and nonfiction, has written for The Los Angeles Times, and her debut novel is titled Neon Green (Unnamed Press).

Adam Popescu is a writer and journalist, and has written about nature, wildlife, and world cultures, and his debut novel is NIMA, published in May 2019, from Unnamed Press.

Where: Annenberg Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 24th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 91401

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

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Mycroft & Sherlock at Barnes & Noble  Bookstore, The Grove

Hear acclaimed basketball star and author Kareeem Abdul-Jabbar present the next book in his mystery series, Mycroft & Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage.

NOTE: Check website for details, access and signing rules and restrictions for this wristband event.

Where: Barnes & Noble Bookstore, The Grove

Date: Tuesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm                                   

Address: 189 The Grove Dr., Suite K30, Los Angeles, CA 900036

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/915242418836293

Ben Westhoff & Fentanyl, Inc. at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Author Ben Westhoff, in conversation with Dr. Deb Krakow, will discuss and sign his book, Fentanyl, Inc.

This is the first deep-dive investigation of a hazardous and illicit industry that has created a worldwide epidemic, ravaging communities, and overwhelming and confounding government agencies. These are known as Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and they include replacements for known drugs like heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana. They are analytic, made in a laboratory, and much more potent than traditional drugs—and are often tragically lethal. He also offers emerging strategies that may provide long-term solutions to the drug cirisis/

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: https://www.chevlaiersbooks.com/ben-westhoff/

Howard Ruffner & Moments of Truth at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear and meet author Howard Ruffner when he presents his new book, Moments of Truth: A Photographer’s Experience of Kent State 1970..

In 1970 the author worked as a photographer for the Kent State University student newspaper and yearbook, and this is his photographic memoir of events surrounding the 1970 Kent State shootings. This book includes nearly 150 photographs—many never before published—and a stirring narrative in which he revisits his work and attempts to further examine his own experience, an intensely personal journey he invites us to share. An epilogue details how his images became critical evidence in the civil trials against the National Guard in  1975 and 1978.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/howard-ruffner-discusses-and-signs-moments-truth-photographers-experience-kent-state-1970

Lauren Shippen & The Infinite Noise at Skylight Bookstore/Off-Site at Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth – YA Event

Meet author Lauren Shippen, in conversation with Britta Lundin, when she discusses and signs her book, The Infinite Noise: Bright Sessions Novel #1.

This book is the first novel in the Bright Sessions series of podcasts, and follows the struggles and discoveries of three teens with supernatural abilities who end up on the couch of Dr. Bright, a mysterious therapist who specializes in atypicals.

Where: Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth

Date: Tuesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm                                   

Address: 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-books-presents-lauren-shippen-dynasty-typewriter-britta-lundin

Lambda LitFest Event: Eastside Queer Stories 2019 at Book Show LA

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Join us for a reading of ten-minute plays by participants of 2019 Eastside Queer Stories, which offers workshops and builds community for new and emerging LGBTQ+ playwrights.

This event includes: Ana Bernal, Abe Zapata, Jr., Brandon English, Audrey Kuo, librecht baker, Jess Cen, Noah Lashley, Cori Bratby-Rudd, and MJ Brown.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Tuesday the 24th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm                       

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

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/eastside-queer-stories-2/ 

Lambda LitFest Event: homo-centric: all the feelings at Stories Books LA

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Since 2010, homo-centric has provided a safe and creative space for hundreds of writers, performers, journalists, and musicians form every spectrum of the LGBTQ community. The evening is hosted by curator Hank Henderson, and performers include: JD Cruz, Rebecca Bendhelm, Tai Farnsworth, Roxana Preciado, Malian Radu, and Hank Henderson.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Stories Books LA

Date: Tuesday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm                  

Address: 1717 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/homo-centric-all-the-feelings-2/ 

Saul Austerlitz & Generation Friends at The Last Bookstore

Join us to hear author Saul Austerlitz when he presents his book, Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show that Defined a Television Era, with special guests Todd Stevens and Jeff Strauss.

Learn about the creation, decade-long run, and unprecedented afterlife of the show so successful that a quarter-century after its premiere, Netflix is still paying $100 million for one year of streaming rights.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: http://thelastbookstorela.com/events

Redondo Beach Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Beach Poets to hear and 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 24th

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 24th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

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

Noche de Poesia Readings at the Chicano Resources Center, East Los Angeles Library

Join us for a monthly reading event, Noche de Poesia, curated by Dulce Stein and hosted by Lida Parent-Harris, and featuring:

Joshua Corwin ia an emerging poet published in Spectrum Vol. 20, among others, and his forthcoming full-length collection is titled Becoming Vulnerable.

Josh Duran is a musician and performer skilled in percussion and guitar, and he performs in theatre in Los Angeles.

Angelina Saenz is a poet whose work focuses on memory, mujeres, and motherhood. A public school teacher in LAUSD, and UCLA Project Writing Fellow, she hosts the monthly reading series La Palabra at Avenue 50 Studio.

Cynthia Guardado is the Salvadoran-American author of ENDEAVOR (World Stage Press 2017), and her manuscript Cenizas is currently under review and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series 2019. Her writings have been widely published.

Where: The Chicano Resource Center, East Los Angeles County Library

Date: Wednesday the 25th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 91401

The Other “F” Word: A Celebration of the Fat & Fierce at Flintridge Bookstore

The time has come for fat people to tell their own stories. The (Other) F Word (Abrams Books) combines the voices of Renee Watson, Julie Murphy, Jes Baker, Samantha Irby, Bruce Sturgell, and more in a relatable guide about body image and fat acceptance. This collection of art, poetry, essays, and fashion tips, is meant for people of all sizes and all ages, as a tool for navigating our world with confidence and courage.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 25th                 

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

Address:  1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada-Flintridge, CA 91011

Website: http://www.flintridgebooks.com/instore-events/2019/9/25/the-otherf-word-a-celebration-of-the-fat-amp-fierce  

Ottessa Moshfegh & My Year of Rest and Relaxation at Book Soup 

Come to hear author Ottessa Moshfegh, in conversation with Alex Israel, present and read from her book, My Year of Rest and Relaxation.

Our narrator should be happy. But this book is the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal her from this world. The author shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 25th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.con.event/ottessa-moshfegh-alex-israel-discusses-and-signs-my-year-of-rest-and-relaxation

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2607145606002747/?active_tab=about

Susan Straight & In the Country of Women: A Memoir at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Author Susan Straight will discuss and sign her book, In the Country of Women: A Memoir.

The award-winning author of eight novels, essays, and professor at UC Riverside, Susan Straight will discuss her powerful new memoir, In the Country of Women.

This book is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women These are stories of the ancestors of both Susan Straight and her ex-husband Dwayne Sims, which reflect the hardship and resilience of women, whether escaping violence post-slavery or pushing onward through immigration from elsewhere to California.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 25th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/susan-straight

BJ Miller & Shoshana Berger & A Beginner’s Guide to the End at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear and meet authors BJ Miller & Shoshana Berger, in conversation with Sunita Puri, when they present their book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death.

Authors Miller & Berger offer a clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of an experience that often seems anything but controllable. There are also lessons for survivors, with practical advice and suggestions—up to and past the eulogy. This is one book that everyone needs.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 25th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/bj-miller-and-shoshana-berger-conversation-sunita-puri-discusses-and-signs-beginner’s-guide

Lambda LitFest Event: A Spoken Word Workshop: Tell Your Queer Story Your Way at Village at Ed Gould Plaza

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Join veteran gay storytellers Don Cummings & Pablo Marx for a 90-minute workshop to help you develop your emotionally based story. In a safe and supportive environment, we will offer writing and other prompts to lead you to the necessary Who, What, When, and Where of your narrative. At the end you will have the opportunity to present part of the story you’ve created. This workshop is for adults over 18 years of age.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Village at Ed Gould Plaza

Date: Wednesday the 25th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm                  

Address: 1125 N. McCadden Pl., Room 139, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/tell-your-queer-story-your-way–a-spoken-word-workshop–2/   

Lambda LitFest Event: Poetry’s a Drag: A Workshop at Village at Get Lit Main Offices

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Join facilitator Brian Sonia-Wallace for Poetry’s a Drag: A Workshop for an ongoing exploration of queering poetry through performance. Participants will use the costume rack of 24th Street Theatre, and will write 3 poems using prompts, then choose one to develop, creating a full character “look” and runway presentation to show off their creations.. This event builds on previous workshops at Liminal LA and Brian’s Pop-ups project with City of West Hollywood.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Get Lit Main Offices

Date: Wednesday the 25th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm                       

Address: 672 S. Fayette Park, #10, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/poetrys-a-drag-a-workshop-2/   

Lambda LitFest Event: Hustling Verse Anthology Readings at Skylight Bookstore

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Join us to hear readings by contributors to Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers Poetry. Join the editors, Justin Ducharme & Amber Dawn, and local contributors Milcah Halili and Garuda Love.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/lambdalitfestreading-contribuors-hustling-verse-anthology-sex-workers-poetry

Lambda LitFest Event: Nina Revoyr at Visiting Writers Series at Otis College of Art and Design

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Join the author of six novels, Nina Revoyr, author most recently of A Student of History, as part of the Otis Visiting Writers Series. An out lesbian, her work engages sexual identity and sexual orientation and the ways people create community and family across racial and cultural lines, Mostly rooted in Los Angeles, her work explores those in the city’s margins and reflects a complex, multi-ethnic and ever-evolving L.A., with an eye to the connections and tensions that develop within it.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Otis College of Art and Design, The Forum

Date: Wednesday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm                  

Address: 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/otis-college-of-art-and-designs-visiting-writers-series-presetns-nina-revoyr-2/

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.

Where: Anansi Writers Workshop

Date: Wednesday the 25th

Time: 7:30 pm– 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.theworldstage

JL Martindale Reading at The Ugly Mug

Writer JL Martindale is a nerdy writing mam who was born in Long Beach, but now resides in Whittier. She attended CSULB, where she earned a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing.

NOTE: $5 cover fee, cash only

Where: The Ugly Mug

Date: Wednesday the 25th                 

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/676084949566576/

Michelle Penaloza Reading & Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire at LibroMobile

Join us to hear poet and writer Michelle Penaloza present Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, the winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Prize. Ambitious and emotionally complex, this debut collection explores grief and violence, the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and the complications of desire.

Where: LibroMobile, Santa Ana

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm                      

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/376210186417625/

Lambda Lit Event: Queer Becoming-of-Age Performances at Other Books

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

To come out and to come of age—both are queer rituals that forever alter the ways we move through life Readers will perform work that explores the many ways in which we become queer—which may be humorous and traumatic, silly and profound, and everything in between.

Performers include: Kay Ulanday Barrett, Maya Beck, Zeyn Joukhadar, T.K. Le, Addie Tsai, and Muriel Leung.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Other Books

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 6 pm                                   

Address: 2006 East Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/queer-becoming-of-age-2/

Lambda Litfest Event: Intersectionality: Amplifying Queer Voices of Color at Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

This is a literary event featuring queer writers of color reading their work followed by a discussion focusing on safe and inclusive spaces, identity, and building community. It’s organized by: Cody Sisco, Rachelle Yousuf, Sakae Manning.

Performers include: B.A. Williams, Catherine Chen, Eugene Owens, Evan Kleekamp, Reuben Hayslett, Roxana Preciado, and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 6:30 pm                              

Address: 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/intentional-intersectionality–2/

Community Literature Initiative (CLI) & Poetry Class Informational at USC

The Community Literature Initiative (CLI) is holding a Poetry Class informational session at USC, where we will discuss all the features of the class, including: mastering the art of writing poems; students receive a FREE book of poetry weekly; guest authors will perform their new work every week.

Reserve your spot now.

Where: Kaprelian Hall, USC

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm                  

Address: 3620 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089

Website: https://facebook.com/events/468440434008625/

Lambda LitFest Event: Coloring LGTBQ History at Book Show LA

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Come to Highland Park where Book Show is hosting a coloring party featuring the LGBTQ Illustrated Historical Biography series published by Stacked Deck Press!. Each book features illustrations of real-life LGTBQ historical figures drawn by compelling queer cartoonists and illustrators. Book Show will provide snacks and refreshments to attendees.

Event hosted by: Tara Madison and Jen Hitchcock.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm                       

Address: 5530 N. Figueroa Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/coloring-lgbtq-history-2/

Stephen Kinzer & Poisoner in Chief at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Author Stephen Kinzer will present his book, Poisoner in Chief, the story of visionary chemist Sidney Gottlieb, who was the CIA’s master magician and gentlehearted torturer—the agency’s “poisoner in chief.” .

This book is an in-depth look at Gottlieb’s contributions to the CIA endeavors. He made pills, powders, and potions that could kill or maim without a trace—including some intended for Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders. For yeas he was the chief supplier of spy tools used by CIA officers around the world.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/stephen-kinzer

Jonathan Safran Foer & We Are the Weather at Scripps College

Author Jonathan Safran Foer will present, We Are the Weather, and talk about his interweaving his experience as a new father with investigative journalism on America’s disturbing farm practices..

Where: Scripps College, Garrison Theatre

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 241 E. 10th St., Claremont, CA 91766

Website: http://collegescalendar.org

Lambda Litfest Event: In a Body as Queer as Nature: A Panel & Reading at Book Soup

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

This panel takes up the question of eco-poetics as a queer, indigenous, and female practice. The panelists will discuss their relationships to land-body intimacies, and the overt and covert ways this manifests in their work. How do we access ancestral knowledge with broken lines?

Panelists include: Catalina Ouyang, Alison Rollins, Alison Smith, with Maura Pellettieri moderating.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/body-queer-nature-queerfemmeancestral-ecopoetics-panel-and-reading

Audrey Monke & Happy Campers at Pages Bookstore /South Bay Families Collected

Author, camp owner, and mother of five Audrey Monke will discuss her book Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids who Become Thriving Adults.

This book shines a light on how a few summer camp secrets can be used at home to foster family connection and raise kids who are confident and capable and who become thriving adults.

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

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/pages-and-sput-bay-families-connected-present-audrey-monke

Kobe Bryant (via Skype) & Legacy and The Queen at Vroman’s Bookstore (SOLD OUT)

Basketball legend and author Kobe Bryant presents his book (via Skype), Legacy and The Queen.

The author is now CEO of Granity Studios, a multi-media content creation company, and he is focused on creating stories that inspire the next generation of athletes to be the best versions of themselves..

NOTE: This sold out event is ticketed, and many rules and restrictions apply to this event.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/sold-out-vroman’s-bbokstore-presents-skype-event-kobe-bryant-celebration-release-his-new-book   

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 26th

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

Jacqueline Suskin & Help in the Dark Season at The Last Bookstore

Local poet Jacqueline Suskin will present and discuss her collection of poetry, Help in the Dark Season. This personal collection of narrative work explores the nature of relationships, and the healing that happens as we learn from our traumas.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://lastbookstorela.com/events

Annalee Newitz & The Future of Another Timeline at Skylight Bookstore

Join author Annalee Newitz when she presents and signs her novel, The Future of Another Timeline, in conversation with Sean Carroll.

In a modern-day United States, just a step away from our own, time travel is possible—in fact, it has existed as long as humanity itself has existed. Since jumping into the past is simple, scientists say altering the timeline is almost impossible. But someone has figured out how to try to use time travel to un-do an injustice in the past. Yet no one knows if they can build a different future.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/annalee-newitz-reads-their-new-novel-future-another-timeline-sean-carroll    

Open Door Poetry Reading at Battery Books

The Open Door Poetry Reading welcomes three poets and writers to read and discuss their work:

Carla Sameth is a writer living in Pasadena. Her book One Day on the Gold Line was published in 2019, and her work has appeared in many journals.  She was selected to be a 2019 Pride Poet with the City of West Hollywood, and was a fall 2016 PEN in the Community Teaching Artist, and has taught creative writing through WriteGirl. She now teaches at CSULA and with Southern New Hampshire University.

Vanessa McGrady is a former newspaper and radio journalist, waitress, playwright, etc, etc, and writes about personal finance, feminist parenting, and health. Her work has appearedi n the New York Times, Oprah.com, Jezebel, Forbes, and elsewhere.

Gerda Govine Ituarte, Ed.D. is the author of four poetry collections, and her sixth book is a work-in-progress scheduled to launch in 2020. She established the Pasadena Rose Poets collaboration in 2016, and instituted poetry readings by PRP at Pasadena City Council Meetings. Her work has appeared in many museum/gallery exhibits, and she is former co-founder and co-director with her husband of La Casa del Tunal: art Center in La Colonia Federal, Tijuana.

Where: Battery Books

Date: Thursday the 26th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/1362694867252570/

Lambda LitFest Event: Celebrating the Asian-American LGBTQ+ Experience at Chinese American Museum

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

This event brings together Asian American artists, writers, and creative industry professionals in the LGBTQ community. CAM;s current exhibit, “Lightscapes: Re-envisioning the Shanshuihua,” reimagines the philosophies of Chines landscape paintings with  new media and immersive light-based installations. Since one of the challenges in the LGBTQ community is finding balance and safety to express ourselves, where do we go and how do we find this balance in our lives? Performances will be followed by a panel discussion.

Performers include: Kay Ulanday Barrett, Addie Tsai, Nick Dong, Mureil Leung, CB Lee.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Chinese American Museum

Date: Friday the 27th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 425 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/eventcelebrating-the-american-lgbtq-experience-2/  

Lambda LitFest Event: Writing to Yourself: Intuition and Conversation in Poetics at WCCW

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Queer writers have been writing with their instincts to emote and recreate/react to memories, and have been working through cognitive poetics to understand choices and regrets. There may never be a solution or healing, but there should be artistic and personal engagement with issues in the form of writing—the ability to keep moving forward through deep reflection, keen chronicling, and self-inquiry. This deep reflection and cognitive writing is an extension and digression form Lorca’s deep song, Rothenberg’s deep image, and David Antin’s Talk Poetry, but puts us closer to the truth and myth of Robert Duncan and HD in very personal and political ways.

Performers include: Jacq Greyja, Isobel O’Hare, Annalyse Gelman.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW)

Date: Friday the 27th

Time: 6 pm

Address: 2425 Glover Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90031

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/writing-to-yourself-intuition-and-conversation-in-poetics-2/

Lambda LitFest: The Bitter Laugh: Queer Writers on Comedy at A Love Bizarre

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Laughter feels good. This reading investigate’s laugher’s dim underbelly. Dark comedy. Mean camp. Funny fear. Bellicose absurdity. Sad satire and rude farce,  Comedy also threatens to extract its pound of pain, and this reading explores the use value—aesthetic, political, social, and somatic—of a queerly agnostic approach to fun-making.

Performers include: Megan Milks, Amanda-Faye Jimenez, Charlie Jane Anders, Ryka Aoki.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: A Love Bizarre

Date: Friday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/the-bitter-laugh-queer-writers-on-comedy–2/

Lambda LitFest Event: The Importance of Queer History in YA Lit at Book Soup 

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

The 2011 passage of California’s FAIR Education Act mandated that LGBTQ accomplishments be taught in our history and social studies classrooms to show that gay Americans have been an integral part of our society and continue to shape our current world.

Moderated by YA author Amy Spaulding (The Summer of Jordi Perez), an authors’ panel will discuss how the YA canon is not only important in this effort, it is a necessity. Panelists include: James Brandon (Ziggy Stardust and Me), Abdi Nazeman (Like a Love Story).

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/importance-queer-history-ya-lit  

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz & Kathryn Bowers & Letters from Wildhood at Vroman’s Bookstore

Authors Barbara Naterson-Horowitz & Kathryn Bowers, in conversation with Katherine Gammon, will present and sign Wildhood: the Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals. 

This book presents the same connections between animal and human health explored in their previous book, Zoobiquity, as applied to adolescent young adult life. Their concerns include: how to be safe; how to navigate hierarchy; how to court potential mates; and how to feed oneself. IE: Safety. Status. Sex. Self-reliance.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 27th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/barbara-nattterson-horowitz-and-kathryn-bowers-conversation-katherine-gammon-discuss-and-sign

Poesia y Pan Open Mic at Café con Libros Press

Join host Irene Sanchez for the Poetry y Pan Open Mic at Café con Libros Press!

Where: Café con Libros

Date: Friday the 27th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/463916837726484

TDSB 10th Anniversary Celebration Open Mic & Special Guests at Fox Coffee House

Join The Definitive Soapbox Open Mic to celebrate its 10th year with two special guests:

Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet who writes about family, culture, city and her brown body. She is four time member of Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team and a 2017 & 2018 Slam finalist and the author of Amazon best sellers: Corazon, Tesoro, and Hermosa, published with Not a Cult.

Terisa Slagatonu is an award-winning poet, teaching artist, mental health educator, and community leader from the Bay Area. As a queer Samoan woman she participated in President Obama’s UN Conference on Climate Change and received his Champion of Change Award in 2017. She has won several awards in Slam Poetry and is a co-founder of The Root Slam, based in Oakland CA.

Blck Noise is a force in the indie scene, and the duo is hailed as the future of Soul music.

Where: Fox Coffee House

Date: Friday the 27th

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2113293935443429

Jaqueline Woodson & Red at the Bone at Skylight Bookstore

Bestselling and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, in conversation with Kara Brown, will present and sign his newest novel, Red at the Bone.

In an extraordinary new novel about the influence of history on a contemporary family, two families from different classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child it produces. Moving forward and backward in time, with the power of poetry and the richness of a narrative ten times its length, author uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of this child.

This book opens in 2001, when Melody is sixteen years old, and it unfurls the history of her parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment. It explores many issues through the lens of young people making life-lasting decisions before they have yet figured out who and what they are.

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

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 27th             

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jacqueline-woodson-reads-her-new-novel-red-bone-kara-brown

Nikolai Garcia & Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees Chapbook Launch at Book Show LA

Nikolai Garcia will present and sign his debut chapbook, Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees, with special guests and readings by:

Karina Oliva, Viva Padilla, Ingrid M. Calderon-Collins.

We will have plenty of poetry, snacks and drinks.

Where: Book Show LA

Date: Friday the 27th             

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/421499875415340

Eric Eztli & From My Blood Release at Alivio Open Mic

Join us when the founder and host of Alivio Open Mic, Eric Extli, releases his first book of poetry, From My Blood. He will read and perform, sign 100 books, and participate in a Q&A at Alivo.

Where: Alivio Open Mic

Date: Friday the 27th             

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address:  6320 Orchard Ave., Bell , CA 90201

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/696128324233850l

Marcus Omari & Judith Pacht at Tebot Bach Open Mic, Golden West College

Join us to hear Marcus Omari & Judith Pacht, read and discuss their work.

Marcus Omari is a poet, writer and performer, and has authored several poetry chapbooks and contributed poetic vocals for multi-genre music albums. He teaches at Orange County School of the Arts, and directs the annual Boca de Oro Literary Festival.

Judith Pacht has a new book of poems, Infirmery for a Private Soul, and a chapbook, A Cumulus Fiction, published in March 2019. A three-time Pushcart nominee, her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies, and she has taught poetry at Denver’s annual LitFest and at UCLA Extension.

Where: Tebot Bach & Open Mic, Golden West College, Humanities 101

Date: Friday the 27th             

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address:  GoldenWest College, Huntington Beach, CA

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/398833134168662

Prince Diabate & Linda J. Albertano at Beyond Baroque

Join us for a night of kora and poetry with: Prince Diabate (on kora, the West African harp) and Linda Albertano, a musician and spoken word artist who has studied kora, bolon, and gongoman (calabash instruments), and other ancient  musical traditions.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 27th             

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

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

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

One Hundred Thousand Poets for Change & Open Mic Event at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Join Tia Chucha Press for a Friday night of Open Mic poetry celebrating the 9th year of the global movement, 100,000 Poets for Change! We are acting in unity and solidarity with or brothers and sisters around the world to change the narrative on mass incarceration in the U.S.

100TPC presents From Trauma to Transformation, a reading of family and friends that know and survived the system, with participants including: Kesauc N. Hill and Ramiro Rodriguez.

Open Mic participants will receive 4 minutes per person to read their work.

Hosted by L.A. Poet Society’s Jessica Wilson Cardenas..

Where: Tia Chucha’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 27th             

Time: 8 pm – 11 pm

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

Website: http://tiachucha.org/events/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/525277674894236?acontent=%7B’ref”%3A”3”%2C”action_history”%3A”null”%7D&aref=3

Mina Javaherbin & My Grandma and Me at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to hear children’s author Mina Javaherbin read and sign her new book, My Grandma and Me.

This is a true tale of a young girl in Iran and her grandmother, and a beautiful ode to family, which celebrates small moments of love that become lifelong memories. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, the author’s words make up a love letter that shares its warmth with every reader. Lindsey Yankey’s illustrations feel like a personal invitation into the coziest home.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 28th

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: https://www.vromansbooksotre.com/event/mina-javaherbin-presents-and-signs-my-grandma-and-me

LA Libros Fest: LA Libreria Mercado Bookstore at Central Library, LAPL

LA Libreria, the only Los Angeles-based bookstore specializing in children’s Spanish language literature, will offer a curated bilingual selection of culturally relevant books from Latin America and Spain. The special selection will include titles for children and adults, at his free bilingual book festival for the whole family.

Where: Central Library, Thornton Courtyard

Date: Saturday the 28th

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

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

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/la-libros-fest-la-libreria-mercado-bookstore

MAIN DAY: Lambda LitFest 2019 at Pico Union Project

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

The Schedule for the MAIN DAY is:

12:30 pmTegan and Sara kick off a special day-long celebration with a presentation from their new memoir, High School (FSG) followed by a Q&A with moderator Megan Milks,

2:00 pm:  Performances featuring some of queer literature’s most crucial and innovative voices, including: Phranc, Karen Tongson, Charlie Jane Anders, Myriam Gurba, Dynasty Handbag, Katherine Agyemaa Agard, Tommy Pico, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and Danez Smith, hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez.

4:30 pm:  Karaoke Party hosted by Karen Tongson!

With DJ Por Vida / Free food by L.A. Habana / Bar by donation

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: Pico Union Project

Date: Saturday the 28th

Time: 12 pm – 6 pm

Address: 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/main-day/

Author & Illustrator Sign Batman: Damned at Vroman’s Bookstore – YA Event

Author Brain Azzarello & illustrator Lee Bermejo will present and sign Batman: Damned.

The Joker has been murdered and his killer is a mystery. With no memory of the events of the previous night, Batman is going to need some help. This is a visceral thrill-ride and supernatural horror story, and the event is a signing only.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 28th

Time: 1 pm

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/brian-azzarello-illustrator-lee-bermejo-sign-batman-damned

Stuart Gibbs & Charlie Thorn and the Last Equation at Chevalier’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Join author Stuart Gibbs for the launch of the first novel in a thrilling new series about the world’s youngest and smartest genius who’s forced to use her unbelievable code-breaking skills to outsmart Einstein, in Charlie Thorn and the Last Equation.

Charlie Thorne is a genius. Charlie Thorn is a thief. Charlie Torn isn’t old enough to drive.

And now it’s up to her to save the world….

This is a breakneck adventure that spans the globe, and Charlie must struggle to survive in a world where no one can be trusted, and fight to keep the last equation safe once and for all.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 28th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/stuart=gibbs-9282019

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Please join Saturday Afternoon Poetry, curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell, for a Print & Internet Publishing Workshop led by William P “Bill” Cushing.

Where: Santa Catalina Library, Pasadena

Date: Saturday the 28th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Photography of Ed & Deanna Templeton at Arcana Books

Join us when Ed & Deanna Templeton share the newly published collections of their work.

Where: Arcana Books

Date: Saturday the 28th

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address:  2714 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814

Website: http://arcanabooks.com   

Michelle Penaloza, Jonterri Gadson, & Vickie Vertiz Present Poetry at Book Soup

Come to hear an evening of poetry presented by Michelle Penaloza, Jonterri Gadson & Vickie Vertiz.

Michelle Penaloza’s debut poetry collection, Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, explores grief and violence, the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality, and the complications of desire.

Jonterri Gadson follows a circular path in her book, Poetry, African & African American Studies, and reminds us some questions and hard realities persist.

Vickie Vertiz uses both humor and sensitivity to capture moments in time in her collection, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut. She asks us to see L.A. and cities like it as they have always been: an America of code-switching and reinvention, of lyric and fight.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 28th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  https://www.booksoup.com/event/michelle-penaloza-jonterri-gadson-vickie-vertiz-present-evening-poetry

USC PhD Writers of Color Showcase Readings at Skylight Bookstore

This event is part reading, part panel, and will demystify the multiple paths taken by writers of color at different stages of their careers.

Dexter L. Booth is the author of Scratching the Ghost, and is a contributing editor for Waxwing Journal. His second collection, Abracadabra, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2021.

Marcus Clayton is executive editor for Indicia Literary Journal, and his work has been widely published.

Jonathan Escoffery received his MFA from the University of Minnesota,

Leesa Fenderson is an attorney, a teacher, and a Jamaican immigrant who received her MFA from Columbia University.

Lisa Lee received a Pushcart Prize for her novel excerpt “Paradise Cove,” and has won numerous awards.

Brian Lin is working on a novel and short story collection. He reads and edits for Apogee Journal and co organizes Drunken Masters New Works Series.

Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. She is co-host of the Blood Jet Writing Hour podcast with Rachelle Cruz and MT Vallarta and is poetry co-editor of Apogee Journal.

Douglas Manuel won the 2017 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for poetry with his first full length collection,Testify (Red Hen Press).

Krishna Narayanamurti has a concentration in on-fiction, and her work has appeared in the GroundTruth Project, The Northridge Review, and elsewhere.

Tisha Marie Reichle-Aguilera is a Chicana Feminist and former Rodeo Queen. She completed her teaching credential at CSUDH and earned her MFA from Antioch University

Laura Roque is the daughter of Cuban political exiles, was raised and received her BA and MFA degrees in Florida, and has won numerous awards for her fiction.

Vanessa Angelica Villarreal is the author of Beast Meridian (2017) , has won numerous awards for her work, and is raising her son with the help of a loyal dog.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 28th         

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/usc-phd-writers-color-showcase

Lucia Galloway, Natalie Peterkin, Francesca Terzano, and You at San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival & dA center for the Arts

Come to hear an evening of poetry and an Open Mic presented by The San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival and featuring:

Lucia Galloway’s new collection, Some Words for Meanwhile, has just been released by FutureCycle Press. She lives in Claremont, sings in choral groups, and co-hosts Fourth Sundays at the Claremont Library.

Natalie Peterkin is a poet and professor of English at local community colleges, and her poems often focus on love, lust, and loss.

Francesca Terzano grew up in the Inland Empire, and her first chapbook, Fruit of the Dead, is about Persephone and Hades with a feminist twist. She runs literary alchemy press, and teaches English at Mt. SAC.

Where: dA Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday the 28th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address:  22 S. Main St., Ste. D, Pomona, CA 91766

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/709110156224043

826LA Event: Writing for Plants: A Botany Workshop at Hammer Museum – Kids Event

Join workshop leader, poet, and editor Michael A. Reyes who invites children ages 8 to 14 to be resident botanists for a day! Observe, chart, and write imagined histories of a few bizarre, beautiful and rare plants.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Sunday the 29th

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

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

Website: http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/09/826lahammer-writing-for-plants-a-botany-workshop/

CalArts Sublevel Magazine Launch at Hauser & Wirth

Join us for the launch of Sublevel Issue #3, Stamina, an online magazine from the CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program, and including an afternoon showcase, with comedian Morgan Bassishis, a reading by CA Conrad, a conversation between Ligia Lewis and Samara Davis, and a screening of work by artist Ericka Beckman.

Where: Hauser & Wirth

Date: Sunday the 29th

Time: 3 pm

Address: 901 East 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/387522862144273

Judith Pacht Poetry Launch at Diesel Bookstore

Join us for the launch of Infirmary for a Private Soul by Judith Pacht, an elegant, luminous collection of written meditations on the self and the natural world. Whatever the shards of a mirror we might hold, assets David St John, “her poems remind us, they reflect our necessary and daily courage.”

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 29th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/382613355753092

Edwina Romero & Prairie Madness at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Author Edwina Romero will present and sign her book, Prairie Madness.

This story takes place in April 1881, Fort Union, in New Mexico Territory. In a draught-filled spring there’s talk of Prairie Madness, a condition leading to depression and violence. When the body of a Sergeant is found brutally murdered, the evidence lead sto more murders, fraud, and conspiracy. This book is based on historical events.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 29th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/prairie-madness-meet-author-edwina-romero       

History of Venice Programming at Beyond Baroque 

Beyond Baroque presents a series of special programs held in conjunction with its History of Venice gallery exhibition. Check website for more details.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 29th

Time: 4 pm

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

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

Feedback Sunday Open Mic at Feedback Sunday

Join us for another Feedback Sunday Open Mic in Korea Town (Los Angeles) hosted by Answer Los Angeles that occurs every LAST Sunday of the month.

Featured artists TBA.

NOTE: Check website for details and instructions for Open Mic participation.

Where: Feedback Sunday

Date: Sunday the 29th

Time: 4 pm – 7 pm

Address: 2936 W. 8th St.., Los Angeles, CA 90005

Website: http:/www.facebook.com/event/531610654278134  

Local Author Day at Vromans Bookstore

Local Author Day invites guest authors to read and discuss their work:

Amina Warsuma presents and signs My Stars Are Still Shining: A Memoir.

Carol Gignoux presents and signs Your Innovator Brian: The Truth about ADHD.

Larry Hardin, Jeff Pierce, and Randy Torgerson present and sign Path of the Devil—Camino del Diablo, based on true events of a DEA agent and two private investigators.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 29th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/353520065577980

Brian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo at Skylight Bookstore

Author Brian Azzarello and illustrator Lee Bermejo will present and sign their new comic Batman: Damned.

NOTE: Check website for guidelines for this event.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 29th            

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/brian-azzarello-and-leee-bermejo-sign-their-new-comic-batman-damned

BUSted! True Stories about getting around LA without a car! at Stories Books & Café LA 

This event features guest artists who tell their stories about getting around LA by relying on the bus and public transit.

Featured storytellers include: Katya Duft, Michell Lamar, Jay London, Pam Noles.

Pre-show music by: Lilliana Villines at 4:30 pm.

Music and stories by: Fleece Jones.

Hosted by: Scott Schultz.

Where: Stories Books & Cafe

Date: Sunday the 29th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/396481601007295

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 29t

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another busy week in L.A. Literature. This past Saturday was the kick off of the 3rd Annual Lambda LitFest and it continues at various locations throughout Los Ángeles all week. It’s a celebration of LGBTQ writers and their writing. Venues include Book Soup, Women’s Center For Creative Work, Book Show, Armory Center for the Arts, Chinese American Museum, and more. However, for those not interested in Lambda LitFest, there are still readings and workshops and open mics around the city. There are readings at Book Soup in West Hollywood, Gatsby’s Books in Long Beach, Pages in Manhattan Beach, Diesel Books in Santa Monica, Tía Chucha’s in Sylmar, among others. Open mics such as Da Poetry Lounge, Redondo Poets, Poetry y Pan in Pomona, The Definitive Soapbox 10th anniversary celebration in Long Beach, among others. Local writers that are reading around town this week include: Vickie Vertiz, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Irene Suico Soriano, Lucia Galloway, BA Williams and Myriam Gurba, among others. Get out there Los Ángeles and support your local literary community! There is an event for everyone. #losangelesliterature

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