Los Angeles Literature Events 11/18/19 – 11/24/19

Door-Earth-Amy-WaldmanDiane Leslie’s Book Club: A Door in the Earth by Amy Waldman at Diesel Bookstore 

Author Amy Waldman discusses and signs her new novel, A Door in the Earth at Diane Leslie’s Book Club..

This book is a about an idealistic young Afghan-American woman trapped between her ideals and the complicated truth. Galvanized by a book she reads in college by humanitarian Gideon Crane, sensitive student Parveen makes a pilgrimage to a remote village in the land of her birth to make a difference, only to find the many fabrications in the memoir and decide where her loyalties lie. The author reported form Afghanistan for the New York Times after 9/11, and has created a taut, propulsive novel about power, perspective, and idealism to reveal complicated truths in our living history.

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

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 5 pm – 6 pm                       

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

Website: https://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/monday-november-18th-500-pm-diane-leslie-book-club-author-qamy-waldman

James Kynge & “China: Be Water” at Clarmont McKenna College, The Anthenaeum

Prize-winning journalist and Financial Times’ global China editor James Kynge, author of China Shakes the World, posits the confrontation between aspirations for greater democracy in Hong Kong and Beijing’s authoritarian response is generating fundamental questions: Can Beijing permit greater freedoms in Hong Kong or is a crackdown by security forces inevitable? If China toughens its response, what could that mean for Beijing’s relationship with the west and its attempts to woo Taiwan?

It’s as if the two big weather systems that animate global politics have clashed over Hong Kong.

Where: Claremont McKenna College, The Anthenaeum

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 5:30 pm                              

Address: 385 E. 8th St., Claremont, CA 91611

Website: https://www.cmc.edu/anthenaeum/schecules/current-semester-schedule

Allison Moorer & Shelby Lynne & Blood: A Memoir at Book Soup

Author Allison Moorer, in conversation with her sister Shelby Lynne, will present and sign her book, Blood: A Memoir

This is the story of an award-winning singer-songwriter’s haunting, lyrical memoir, sharing the story of the 1986 murder-suicide of their mother and father. Gorgeously written, this book delves into the meaning of inheritance and destiny, shame and trauma—and how to carve a safe place in the world despite it all.

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

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/allison-moorere-conversation-her-sister-shelby-lynne-discusses-and-signs-blood-memoir

Eric C. Wat & Naomi Hirahara & Swim at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author Eric C. Wat, in conversation with author Naomi Hirahara, will discuss and sign his book, Swim. For years, Carson Chow has been able to hide is crystal meth use while meeting the increasing demands form his aging immigrant parents and his grandmother suffering dementia. One night, passed out from a drug binge, he misses 38 phone calls from his father about the collapse and death of his mother. As he plans her funeral and manages others’ grief, will this tragedy plunge him deeper into his abuse, or finally or rouse him from his addiction stupor?

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 18th          

Time: 7 pm -8:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/eric-c-wat-conversation-naomi-hirahara-discusses-and-signs-swim

Monday Night Fiction Workshop at Beyond Baroque

Join us for the Monday Night Fiction Workshop led by Jessica Dolby. This seminar will focus on generating creativity and on exploring various topics related tow writing fiction, including narrative technique, language, and plot.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://beyondbaroque.com/calendar

Julie Andrews & Home Work at the Orpheum Theatre

Join us for an evening with award winning actress Julie Andrews and hear her present and discuss her new memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years.

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

Where: Orpheum Theatre

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

Address: 842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/525405141583146  or https://laorpheum.com/events/

Tristan Blaine, Esq. & The Law Is Not For Lawyers at The Last Bookstore

Author Tristan Blaine, Esq. and friends will read and discuss The Law is Not For Lawyers (It’s for Everyone): Empower Yourself with the Basics of Law and Civics. This is the first book published by Law Soup, a media company which explains the law, simply.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://lastbookstore/#events

Mutant Radio Poetry at Stories Books & Café  

Celebrate the return of Mutant Radio Poetry Night, featuring:

Sophie Weil, Evan Burrows, Alice Wynne.

Where: Stories Books & Café

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm                     

Address: 1716 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029

Website: https://storiesla.com/?q=h.calevents

Lynell George & After/Image at Santa Monica College

Author and journalist Lynell Geoerge will discuss her work and present and sign her latest book of essays and photography, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame.
This book explores the city and specific places and areas where she grew up, and draws parallels between personal and geo-political history at the local level.

Where: Santa Monica College, HSS 165

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 11:15 am                            

Address: 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica CA 90404

Website: https://smc.edu/AboutSMC/Associates/Pages/Events.aspx#Literary-Talks-Readings

Thi Bui Reading & The Best We Could Do at Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Acclaimed author Thi Bui will present a reading of her work. She is the author of the award-winning graphic novel The Best We Could Do, a work portraying a family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam to the United States. Bui’s work grapples with trauma, migration, borders, and Asian-American mental health.

Where: UNH 1000, Ahmanson Auditorium, LMU

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 11:50 am                            

Address: 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website: https://www.cal.lmu.edu/event/the_best_we_could_do_conversations_on_refugee_trauma _and_art

Addie Tsai Reading & Dear Twin at LibroMobile, Santa Ana

Author Addie Tsai will present a reading of her work, and a conversation with local writer Rachel Will. She is the debut author of Dear Twin and audience members will be taken through and emotional and unique experience that explores queer identity, family, and adolescent ennui, paired with prose that’s both deft and inventive in real life and on the page.

Where: LibroMobile

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm                        

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2513909065505649

Adrienne Rubin & Diamonds & Scoundrels at Book Soup

Author Adrienne Rubin will present and sign her book, Diamonds & Scoundrels: My Life in the Jewelry Business.
This book shows how a women in a man’s world, with tenacity and sheer determination, can earn respect and earn a true sense of accomplishment, by following her experiences in the jewelry industry over several decades.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/adrienne-rubin-discusses-and-signs-diamonds-scoundrels-my-like-jewelry-business

Amy Waldman & A Door in the Earth at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Author Amy Waldman will present and discuss her new book, A Door in the Earth

From the author of the national bestseller, The Submission, comes the story of a young Afghan American woman trapped between her ideals and the complicated truth. Parveen is a college senior in search of a calling, and she’s inspired by a book written by a humanitarian to travel to a remote village in the land of her birth. There she uncovers fabrications and mistakes that lead her to question the complicated truths beneath the surface of our living history, and question what she believes and does.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/amy-waldman

Shonda Buchanan & Black Indian at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author and educator Shonda Buchanan will discuss and sign her book, Black Indian:

This memoir is an inspiring story that explores the author’s family legacy of being African Americans with American Indian roots and how they dealt with both society’s ostracism but the consequences of this dual inheritance. Rippling with family dysfunction, secrets, deaths, alcoholism, and old resentments, she sought to understand the displacement and identity crises suffered by family members over the years.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 19th          

Time: 7 pm -8:30 pm

Address:  695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91001

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/shonda-buchanan-discusses-and-signs-black-indian

Some Favorite Writers: Ben Lerner & The Topeka School at Hammer Museum

Author Ben Lerner will discuss and sign his latest novel, The Topeka School, In conversation with author and UCLA professor Mona Simpson, who organizes this series: Some Favorite Writers.

This novel is a tale of family, adolescence, and transgression set in the U.S. Midwest in the late 1990s. It is also a prehistory of our troubled present—a “diagnosis of our ongoing national violence” (Claudia Rankin). Lerner is a Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur fellow, as well as an English professor at Brooklyn College. He is the author of the novels Leaving the Atacha Station and 10:04, and the poetry collections The Lichtenberg Figures, Angel of Yaw, and Mean, Free Path.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 19th          

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/11/some-favorite-writers-ben-lerner

True Crime Tuesdays Book Club & Blonde Rattlesnake at The Last Bookstore

Led by James T. Bartlett, this month we will read and discus the novel, Blonde Rattlesnake: Burman Adams, Tom White, and the 1933 Crime Spree That Terrorized Los Angeles by Julia Bricklin. This book follows the eight-week crime spree of teenage hell-raiser Burmah Adams and her perp hubby, the hail of bullets, and the tawdry aftermath.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://lastbookstore/#events   

Mark Z. Danielewski & The Little Blue Kite at Skylight Bookstore – Kids Event

Author Mark Z. Danielewski will read and discuss his new picture book, The Little Blue Kite.

We have all felt fears, but if we can’t face the small ones how will we face the big ones? Kal is afraid to fly a little blue kite. But he is also very brave, and overcoming this small fear will lead him on a great adventure.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/mark-z-danielewski-reads-his-new-picture-book-little-blue-kite  

Redondo Beach Poets Open Mic & Logan Rose at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Beach Poets to hear feature Logan Rose 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 19th

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 19th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

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

Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer with Alberto Ledesma at Cal State LA

Please join us for an afternoon with graphic novelist Alberto Ledesma and hear him present and discuss his new work, Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer.

In this hybrid memoir, the author wonders at what point does a long-time undocumented immigrant become an American in the making? From undocumented little boy to “hyper documented” university professor, his experiences from immigrant to student to academic are shared with honesty and illustrated with colorful images in this humorous, gritty and multilayered portrait of undocumented immigrant life in urban America.

Where: University Student Union Theatre, CSULA

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Address: 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: http://www.calstatela.edu/event/diary-reluctant-dreamer-afternoon-alberto-ledesma    

Family Papers Launch at Diesel Bookstore

This event is a publication party for author Sarah Abrevaya Stein to present and sign her book, Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century. Fellow author Mark Sarvas will join her in conversation.

An award-winning historian shares the true story of a frayed and diasporic Sephardic Jewish family preserved in thousands of letters. For centuries the port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family. As leading publishers and editors they chronicled the changes across the Ottoman Empire, and family members across hemispheres, and their movements across borders through the time of the Holocaust, which eradicated whole branches of the family tree. The author uses the family’s correspondence to to trace the arc of the century and tell their journey through history.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 6:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/wednesday-november-20th-630-pm-publication-party-sarah-abrevaya-stein-w-mark-sarvas-discusses   

  1. Ryan Stradal & The Lager Queen of Minnesota at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author J. Ryan Stradal will discuss and sign his novel, The Lager Queen of Minnesota, in conversation with Chris L. Terry.

Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when a their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Older sister Edith struggles to make a living, so she can’t help wondering what her life would be like with even a portion of the farm money. Helen uses the funds ot build a successful brewery, and Edith’s granddaughter earns a shot at learning the business from the ground up.

Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, while Helen’s is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day Helen will find she needs some help herself. She could find a savior close to home, if it’s not too late.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 20th                 

Time: 7 pm -8:30 pm

Address:  695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91001

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/j-ryan-stradal-conversation-chris-l-terry-discusses-and-signs-lager-queen-minnesota=

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.

This week author Vida Montez will celebrate and present the launch of her book, C’Est La Vida.

Where: Anansi Writers Workshop

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7 pm– 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.theworldstage

An Evening with Gloria Steinem & Jameela Jamil at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel

Join us for a night of thought and laughter at the launch of Gloria Steinem’s new book, The Truth Will Set You Free But First It Will Piss you Off: Thoughts on Love, Life and Rebellion.

Special performance by the award-winning youth poetry troupe of Get Lit, an organization dedicated to building literacy, love of learning, vocabulary, and confidence in the next generation. All tickets include a copy of the book, but VIP tickets include an exclusive reception with Natalie Portman, Chelsea Handler, and other special guests.

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

Where: The Theatre at the Ace Hotel

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7 pm– 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.axs.com/events/384802/gloria-steinem-x-jameela-jamil-tickets

An Evening with Julie Andrews & Home Work at Barnes and Noble, The Grove

Award-winning actress, singer, author and iconic star of Hollywood and Broadway Julie Andrews will discuss her new memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years.

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

Where: Barnes and Noble, The Grove

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm– 9 pm

Address: 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/621222068366708

Ramona Ausubel at Otis College Visiting Writers Series, Otis College of Art and Design

Author Ramona Ausubel will discuss and present her work as part of the Otis Visiting Writers Series. She is the author of two collections of short stories, Awayland, and A Guide to Being Born, as well as two novels, Sons and Daughter of Ease and Plenty, and No One Is Here Except All of Us. Winner of the Pen Center USA Literary Award for Fiction and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, she has also been a finalist for numerous other awards. She is currently on the faculty at Colorado State University.

Where: The Forum, Goldsmith Campus, Otis College of Art and Design

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm– 9 pm

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

Website: http://www.otis.edu/mfa-writing/visiting-writers-series

Feminist Book Club & Antisocial at The Last Bookstore

The Feminist Book Club led by Julia Callahan of Rare Bird Books will read and discuss author Lydia Kiesling’s debut book, The Golden State. This is a story about new motherhood, an absent husband, and the wilds of eastern California.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://lastbookstore/#events

Jami Attenberg & All This Could Be Yours at Skylight Bookstore

Author Jami Attenberg will read and discuss her novel, All This Could Be Yours, with Alissa Nutting.

This is a story of family secrets set in the heat of a New Orleans summer. Now that Alex Tuchman’s father is on his deathbed, she feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who and what he is and did in his career. As each family member grapples with Victor’s toxic and abusive history, they must find a way to move forward, for their own sake and for the sake of their children.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jami-attenberg-discusses-her-new-novel-all-could-be-yours-alissa-nutting

Christian Lozada & Steven Hendrix Reading at The Ugly Mug

Two Idiots Peddling Poetry presents Christian Lozado and Steven Hendrix to read and discuss their work. The two writers met while working at Borders Books, ran the Pop Up bookstore and reading series Read on Till Morning in San Pedro, and after years of sharing space to write they realized they were writing about similar themes. They recently published a full length collection together, Leave With More Than You Came With. Christian and Steve currently live in the rival cities of San Pedro and San Francisco.

NOTE: $3 cover charge, cash only.

Where: The Ugly Mug

Date: Wednesday the 20th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/444765106164150

Jessica M. Kim & L.A. History at the Huntington Museum

Author Jessica M. Kim, associate professor of history at CSUN, will read and discuss her new book, Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire.

As part of the Huntington – USC Institute on California and the West, the author examines the rise of Los Angeles from a small town to a global city against the backdrop of the U.S. – Mexico borderlands, Gilded Age economics, and American Empire.

Where: Huntington Museum, Ahmanson Classroom, Brody Botanical Center

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm                       

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

Website: https://www.huntington.org/events/hamlet-and-other-ghost-stories      

Sands Hall & Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Author Sands Hall will present and discuss her new book, Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology, with author Michelle Latiolais..

In the secluded canyons of Hollywood, a young woman from a literary family striving to forge her own way finds herself increasingly drawn to the certainty that Scientology appears to offer. In this book she compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion—what she found intriguing and useful—and how she came to confront its darker sides and escape.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/sands-hall

Henry Barajas & La Voz De M.A.Y.O Rambo Vol. 1 at Book Soup

Author Henry Barajas will present and sign his book, La Voz De M.A.Y.O.: TATA RAMBO.
This book is based on the oral history of Ramon Jaurigue, an orphan and World War II veteran who co-founded the Mexican, American, Yaqui, and Others (M.A.Y.O.) organization, which succinctly lobbied the Tucson City Council to improve living and working conditions for members of the Pascua Yaqui tribe. Meanwhile Ramon’s home life suffered as is focus was pulled from family to the wider community.

A resonant, neglected slice of American history is told for the first time with art by J. Gonzo, letter art by Bernardo Brice, edited by Claire Napier, and a script by Henry Barajas, the great-grandson of Ramon Jaurigue, aka Tata Rambo.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/henry-barajas-presents-and-signs-la-voz-de-mayo-rambo-vol-1              

Mark Z. Deanielewski & Little Blue Kite at Vroman’s Bookstore

Mark Z. Danielewski will present and sign his book, The Little Blue Kite.

We all have fears, but if we can’t face the small ones how will we face the big ones? Kal is afraid to fly a little blue kite. But he is also very brave, and overcoming his small fear will lead him on a great adventure. Remember: all great adventures start with one little moment…

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 21st         

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/mark-z-danielewski-discusses-and-signs-little-blue-kite

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 21st

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

Carmen Maria Machado, with Kima Jones, at Dynasty Typewriter

Pen America and Skylight Books present author Carmen Maria Machado to read and discuss her new book, In the Dream House, with author Kima Jones.

In this book the author reinvents the memoir with a gut-wrenching tale of love gone wrong, exploring her personal history of psychological abuse while bearing witness to the history and reality of violence in queer relationships. Prismatic, engrossing, and wildly innovative, this account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse, describes the full arc of a relationship with a charismatic and volatile woman and tries to sense what happened to her to shape the person she became.

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

Where: Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/pen-america-and-skylight-books-present-carmen-maria-machado-conversation-kima-jones-dynasty

Richard Kenney Poetry Reading at the Hammer Museum

Love, science, and politics collide in Richard Kenney’s most recent collection, Terminator: Poems, 2008-2018, organized around the so-called terminator—the line, perpendicular to the equator, that divides night from day. The poet’s division of light verse from darker poems serves to remind us that what makes us laugh is often deadly serious, and what’s most serious might best be understood through word play and an ironic eye.

Kenney is the author of four previous books of poetry, and is an English professor at the University of Washington.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2019/11/poetry-richard-kenney

Border Journalism Discussion at the Zocalo Public Square, Cross Campus DTLA

This discussion titled: What Can Life on the U.S. – Mexico Border Teach America? is moderated by Simon Romero, New York Times National Correspondent, and features: El Paso-based correspondent for the Dallas Morning News Alfredo Corchado, Albuquerque Journal staff writer Angela Kocherga, and cultural anthropologist and journalist Cecilia Balli.

This discussion tries to go beyond the headlines of journalism and examine the realities of everyday life along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Where: Cross Campus DTLA

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 800 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017

Website: http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/event

Website: http://www.otis.edu/mfa-writing/visiting-writers-series

Barry Seigel & Dreamers & Schemers at The Last Bookstore

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Barry Siegel will read and discuss his new book, Dreamers and Schemers: How an Improbable Bid for the 1932 Olympics Transformed Los Angeles from Dusty Outpost to Global Metropolis. This book gives a stranger-than-fiction treatment and look at the city we know.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://lastbookstore/#events

Vagabond Books Press & The Empireid at Beyond Baroque 

Join Vagabond Books for a special theatrical presentation of The Empireid, by Ilvario, an epic journey in verse which challenges war, empire, and religion in this novel-length poem that continues the telling of the Trojan line of Aeneas, form the founding of Rome to the present day.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Thursday the 21st

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Go All The Way Book Release: A Literary Appreciation of Power Pop at Book Show

Go All the Way: A Literary Appreciation of Power Pop is a new essay collection co-edited by Paul Meyers and S.W. Lauden.  We’ll have a lively panel discussion with four contributors, including: John Borack, Kate Sullivan & Dylan Champion.

We’ll have a live performance by The GoAllTheWays featuring: Jeff Whalen, Rex Broome, Tyson Cornell, Marko DeSantis and Steve Coulter (aka S.W. Lauden).

Where: Book Show

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm                       

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/561478301061528

Marcellas Reynolds & Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women at Book Soup

Author Marcellas Reynolds will present and sign his book, Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion.

Marcellas Reynolds pays tribute to black models, past and present, with interviews and pictures of more than 70 women from the last 60 years who have shaken up the fashion industry, spoken out about racial prejudice, and become media sensations.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/marcellas-reynolds-discusses-and-signs-supreme-models-iconic-black-women-who-revolutionized

Patricia Schultz & 1,000 Places to See Before You Die at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author Patricia Schultz will present and discuss her new book, 1,000 Places to See Before yOu Die: The World as You’ve Never Seen It Before . When the author published the original version of this book, she created a new kind of travel book, But now she moves from eloquent word to captivating image, and takes us on a visual journey of the best the world has to offer.

This book itself is a thing of beauty, an oversize feast of more than 1,000 ll-new photographs, plus accompanying texts..

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/patricia-schultz-discusses-and-signs-1000-places-see-you-die-deluxe-edition-world-youve-never

The Definitive Soapbox Open Mic & Anta D at Fox Coffee House

Join us to hear our feature, Anita D, at The Definitive Soapbox Open Mic at Fox Coffee House.

Anita D is fresh from taking third place at this year’s World Poetry Slam, and is a slam poet and spoken word artist out of san Diego, by way of Brockton Massachusetts. Her poetry reflects her own personal experiences, and she uses her platform to heal herself and others. and to advocate for mental health awareness.

Where: Fox Coffee House

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm                   

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

Website: http://facebook.com/events/1604783589660448/

Alvin Orloff & Trebor Healy Readings at Skylight Bookstore

Join us to hear Alvin Orloff & Trebor Healy read from their new work, with Tara Jepson.

Alvin Orloff is the author of Disasterama, a true story about himself, a shy kid from the suburbs of San Francisco who stumbled onto the queer culture of the late 1970s, only to see the gay ghetto ravished by AIDS. He recounts the 80s and the plague years and gives a guided tour of the era’s vibrant cultures. It’s “heartbreaking and hilarious,” says Michelle Tea.

Trebor Healy is the author of most recently of the collection, Falling, where characters lose their way, figuratively and literally, and confront the profound displacement of modern life. These are stories of hard-won redemption and transformation which cover a dizzying breadth of human experiences.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: http://skylightbooks.com/event/alvin-orloff-and-trebor-healey-read-their-new-books-disasterama-and-falling-tara-jepsen

Poetry Reading of David Rattray’s Work, with Robbie Dewhurst & Chris Kraus, at Poetic Research Bureau  

Please join us for a poetry reading featuring the poetry of David Rattray, with Robbie Dewhurst & Chris Kraus.

David Rattray was a poet, translator, and scholar, fluent in most Western languages, Sanskrit, Latin, and Greek. He translated the works of Antonin Artaud, Rene Crevel, Roger Gilbert-Lecomte, among others.

Robbie Dewhurst is a scholar and poet, participated in the Buffalo Poetics Program at SUNY, and co-edited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books, 2015). He is the publisher of Scary Topiary Press, and was editor of Satellite Telephone magazine (2007—10), and co-editor of Wild Orchids journal (2009-11). Since 2005 he has been associate editor at Semiotext(e), where he has been poetry editor of its in-house journal, Animal Shelter.

Chris Kraus is an American writer and filmmaker. Her novels include: I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia, Torpor, and Summer of Hate.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Friday the 22nd             

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Address:  951 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.poeticresearch.com/

Nikolai Garcia, Jenise Mille, Karo Ska & Open Mic at Tia Chucha Centro Cultural & Bookstore 

Tia Chucha Friday Night Readings & Open Mic features three poets debuting new work, hosted by Jessica Wilson Cardenas:

Nikolai Garcia is the author of the debut chapbook, Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees.

Jenise Miller is a poet, first DSTL Arts poet/Artist-on-Residence, and author of the debut chapbook The BLVD, which explores experiences of growing up in Compton that few hear.

Karo Ska is an international poet who uses poetry to build towards an anti-authoritarian world, and recognizes LA as Tongva Territory. Find her in Conchas y Café Zines, Vol. III and Vol. IV.

Where: Tia Chucha Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 8 pm – 10:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2540565062658388/    

What Books Press & 4 Authors at Beyond Baroque 

Join L.A. publisher What Books for a special presentation of authors Cathy Colman, L.I. Henley, Katei ;Silver, and Mariano Zaro, all of whom will read from new books of poetry and fiction.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 22nd

Time: 8 pm

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

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

Writers on the Train: NaNoWriMo Event, Los Angeles to San Diego

This is an all-day write-in event, and we’ll be (word)sprinting our way from Union Station to San Diego on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and back. Our stop in San Diego will include time to wander, eat, and write-in with fellow WriMos in San Diego.

NOTE: RSVP for full details, ticket prices, as this event has limited seating.

Where: Union Station to San Diego – Round Trip

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 9 am – 7 pm

Address: 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1505104046306099

Drew Daywalt & The Crayons’ Christmas! at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Join children’s author Drew Daywalt for a talk about his newest book for kids ages 4-8, The Crayons’ Christmas!

Readers get to see how Duncan, the crayons, and their families celebrate the holidays. This book is perfect for fans of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home.

Where:  Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: http://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/#daywalt

Jordan Gershowitz & Ignore the Trolls at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Author Jordan Gershowitz will present and sign his new book, Ignore the Trolls, a funny fairy tale with a serious contemporary message about the online bullies known as trolls and how to deal with them..

In the majestic kingdom of Holly Hills lives Tim the Timid, a shy boy who has big dreams. He longs to join the jousting team so he can be one of the Knights, the coolest and most valiant kids at Ye Olde Elementary School. Whatever he does, he must ignore the trolls, as the land is overrun with these mocking, nasty creatures, and if you try to fight them they only multiply. Will Tim ignore the trolls and ride to victory?

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: https://wwwvromansbookstore.com/event/jordan-gershowitz-presents-and-signs-ignore-trolls

Saturday Afternoon Poetry at Santa Catalina Branch Library, Pasadena

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry, featuring a Print & Internet Publishing Workshop led by Joseph Nicks and Chris Askew.

Events curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Santa Catalina Branch Library, Pasadena (Back Room)

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Giant Claw Press & First Two Publications at Beyond Baroque

Giant Claw is a new L.A. press, and it will present its first two titles:

A.W. DeAnnuntis’ Terror Island, a novel.

  1. P. Rosenthal’s How the Animals Around You Think/ The Semiotics of Animal Cognition.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  https://www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar/html

Hugh Holland Photography at Arcana Books

Hugh Holland masterfully captures the burgeoning 1970s culture of the skateboarding in his book, Silver, Skate, Seventies.

Where: Arcana Books

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address:  8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Website:  https://www.arcanabooks.com

Sean Coons Book Launch at Sandpiper Books

Join us for author Sean Coons’ Book Launch for his first book, Body, or How Hope Confronts Her Shadow and Calls the Flutter Girl to Flight. He will discuss and sign his book and light refreshments will be served.

Where: Sandpiper Books

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 6:30 pm

Address:  4665 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/419795885374052

Poetry Night with San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival: Poems of Thanks: Poetry Reading & Open Mic at the dA Center for the Arts, Pomona

The San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival and host John Brantingham are having an Open Mic and you are the star! The theme is “gratitude” so bring your poems of friendship and thanksgiving!

Where: dA Center for the Arts

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address:  252 S. Main St., Pomona CA 91766

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/event/2663817103665013

Poetry Reading Event: Rodrigo Bravo & Sean Negus at Poetic Research Bureau  

Please join us for a reading by two poets who will read and discuss their work:

Rodrigo Bravo N/A

Sean Negus is a lecturer in the English Department of San Francisco State University. He is an experimental writer who has published in WebConjunctions, Dusie Magazine, Otoliths, and Poecology. He has reviewed the work of Brazilian poet Donny Correia for publication in the University of Florida’s journal of transnational literature, Delos.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 23rd         

Time: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Address:  951 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.poeticresearch.com/

Shonda Buchanan & I Read Your Book and… at Beyond Baroque

Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan is Rex Weiner’s guest in his live interview series I READ YOUR BOOK AND… She discusses her recently released memoir Black Indian, an inspiring story that explores her family’s legacy of being African American with American Indian roots and how they dealt with society’s ostracism as well as the consequences of this dual inheritance.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 23rd

Time: 8 pm

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

Website:  https://www.beyondbaroque.org/calendar/html

Angela Sanchez & Scruffy the Egg at Chevalier’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Author Angela Sanchez will present a special story time event when she reads and signs Scruffy the Egg: Adventures on the Road. Scruffy and Egg don’t’ have a home, but they have each other. But is that enough when the going gets tough? The friends will need to use their wits and find new friends if they take on new challenges in their quest for a family and a home/

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 9:30 am

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

Website: https://chevaliersbooks.com/angela-sanchez

Fourth Sundays Annual Open Mic Event at Claremont Library

You are invited to share your poems at our annual Poets About Town Open Reading!

Bring 2 poems or 2 pages (whichever comes first) to share.

Sign-ups start at 1:50 pm, so first signed, first heard.

Where: Claremont Library

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

Address: 208 Harvard Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/460540861343639    

Nebraska Girl Open Reading at Beyond Baroque 

Join us for our monthly Nebraska Girl Open Reading, hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Sign-ups begin at 1:45 pm.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 2 pm

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

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

La Palabra Poetry & Open Reading at Avenue 50 Studio

Join us for the La Palabra Poetry & Open Reading event, hosted by Angelina Saenz. Featured readers include:

Vero Alvarez N/A

Nikolai Garcia is the author of the debut poetry collection, Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees.

Andres Sanchez N/A

Karo Ska is an international poet who uses poetry to build towards an anti-authoritarian world,  Find her work in Café y Conchas Zines, Volumes III & IV.

Where: Avenue 50 Studio

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/941590706225791

Local Author Day at Vroman’s Bookstore

Vroman’s Bookstore presents three local authors who will read and sing their work:

Steven Greenbaum will present and sign his book, One Family Indivisible: A Spiritual Memoir.

Marilyn Ladd will present and sign Glad to Be a Ladd.

Michelle Kuei will present and sign Perfectly Normal: An Immigrant’s Story.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 2 pm

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

Website: https://wwwvromansbookstore.com/event/vroman’s-local-author-day-introducing-steven-greenbaum-marilyn-ladd-and-michelle-kuei

Well-Read Blck Girl Book Club & A Southern Gentleman at Café con Libros Press

Author Tracy Reed will present and sign her book, A Southern Gentleman, a romance fiction, at this edition of the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club.

Where: Café con Libros Press

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 2 pm – 3:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/771511373280349

Poet Thomas R. Thomas & Star Chasing & Open Mic at Gatsby’s Bookstore

Poet and author Thomas R. Thomas will present and sign his book, Star Chasing, a collection about family, growing up. love, and reflections on life. There will also be an Open Mic for you to share your work.

Where: Gatsby’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 3 pm

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

Website: http://gatsbybooks.com/event#/star-chasing-poet-thomas-r-thomas-open-mic-sun-nov-24-3pm

Poetry in Tujunga & Village Poets: Cile Borman at Bolton Hall

Poetry in Tujunga and the Village Poets welcome songwriter and poet Cile Borman to present her work in historic Bolton Hall.

NOTE: There is a $3 charge for expenses, and details are available at website.

Where: Bolton Hall

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 4:30 pm

Address: 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga, CA

Website: http://villagepoets.blogspot.com

BUSTED: True Stories About Getting Around L.A. at Stories Book& Cafe

BUSTED! True stories about living in LA., as told by non-motorists, is an event in a comfortable environment featuring new storytellers each session. Today’s features include:

Annette Barrera

Ruby Cooper

Elizabeth “Liz” Haziz

Christopher Korbel

Rebecca O’Brien

Where: Stories Books & Café

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 5 pm – 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/3404955616182945  

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 24th

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2395081847182330

Cyrus Grace Dunham & A Year Without a Name at Skylight Bookstore

For as long as they remember, Cyrus Grace Dunham felt like a visitor in their own body. Beginning as Grace, and ending as Cyrus, Dunham brings us inside the chrysalis of gender transition, asking us to bear witness to an uncertain and exhilarating process that troubles our most basic assumptions about who we are and how we are constituted. This is a potent, thrillingly unresolved meditation on queerness, family, and desire.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/cyrus-grace-dunham-reads-their-new-memoir-year-without-name

The Thing in the Labyrinth & Bad Man at The Last Bookstore

The Thing in the Labyrinth Book Club, led by Kathryn E. McGee, is a horror genre event. This month we will read and discuss Dathan Auerbach’s southern gothic book,  Bad Man: A Novel.

Young Ben’s little brother disappears from a grocery store, so Ben gets a job there to figure out what happened.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 24th

Time: 9:30 pm

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

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

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