Los Angeles Literature Events 1/06/19 – 1/12/20

download #2Docent Tour of Central Library at Downtown LA Central Library

Visit Los Angeles Public Library’s historic Central Library. Enjoy the art and architecture of the 1926 Bertram Goodhue Building with its distinctive sphinxes and rooftop pyramid. Wander through the 1993 Tom Bradley Wing, designed by architect Norman Pfeiffer, and gaze at the 8–story atrium with its whimsical chandeliers. Learn about the library’s comprehensive collections. All tours are FREE. Start the year by getting to know your LAPL central library!

Where: Central Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 12:30 pm                            

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

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/docent-tours-central-library

Banned Books Book Club & The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian at Cellar Door Bookstore, Riverside

Join the next meeting of our Banned Books Book Club for a discussion of The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time India, by Sherman Alexie.

There are no official sign-ups or fees for our offered book clubs, but we do ask that you purchase the book form us in order to participate. See website for more information.

Where: Cellar Door Bookstore

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 5 pm                                   

Address: 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 30-A, Riverside, CA 92506

Website:  https://www.cellardoorbookstore.com/event/banned-books-club-absolutely-true-diary-part-time-indian

Barry Levine & All the President’s Women at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author and investigative reporter Barry Levine will present and discuss his book, All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator.

Based on groundbreaking original reporting, an extensive new look at Trump’s relationships with women reveals new accusations of sexual misconduct, explores the roots of his predatory behavior, and illustrates how Trump’s presidency has helped catalyze the #MeToo movement and revitalize women’s activism.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/barry-levine-discusses-and-signs-all-president’s-women

Monday Open Night with Shy But Flyy at Roxnnne’s

Join us for the Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Shy But Flyy. This Open Mic welcomes people who share their unique perspective artistically, through comedy, dram, music, poetry, comedy and more: Fun!

This free event sets the stage for and precedes the Rox Jam that begins at 9:30 pm You are welcome to stay for this event as well. More information is available at website link.

Where: Roxanne’s

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm                  

Address: 1115 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/792736037725636/

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 6th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://beyondbaroque.com/calendar

Queer Book Club with CB Lee at The Last Bookstore

Led by Lambda finalist CB Lee, this month’s participants will read and discuss Crier’s War, by Nina Varela. There’s more than revolution at stake when robot Crier falls in love with her human handmaiden.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 6th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://lastbookstore/#events

Isabel Quintero IRL YA Author Talk at Exposition Park Library, LAPL

Join us to hear author Isabel Quintero discuss her diverse books, including Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide and My Papi Has a Motorcycle.

Lucky winners will receive a free copy of the author’s book. Refreshments will be provided.

Where: Exposition Park Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Address: 3900 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, Ca 90062

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/463713364274272

Crissy Van Meter with Aja Gabel & Creatures at Diesel Bookstore

Author Crissy Van Meter is joined in conversation by author Aja Gabel (The Ensemble) to discuss her novel, Creatures.

On the eve of Evie’s wedding, a dead whale is trapped in the harbor of Winter Island, the groom is lost at sea, and Evie’s absent mother has shown up out of the blue. Unique in structure, and written to mimic the tidal charts that Evie studies as well as the natural ebbs and flows of life, this story takes readers on a provocative and mesmerizing journey as Evie is forced to reckon with her complicated upbringing in this lush, feral land. The author based her book on her own coming-of-age in Newport Beach.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Tuesday the 6th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm             

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

Website: https://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/bwd-tuesday-january-7th-630-pm-crissy-van-meter-conversation-aja-gabel-discuss-and-sign

Justin Murphy & Let Me Tell You How It Isn’t at Book Soup

Author Justin Murphy will present and sign his book, Let Me Tell You How It Isn’t.

This book follows the life of twenty-two-year-old Justin Murphy as he searches for his estranged Lebanese father through London, across Europe, and into the depths of his relationships. It’s a story of culture clash, identity, and love. all of which can tear a family apart and bring them back together.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/justin-murphy-discusses-and-signs-let-me-tell-you-how-it-isn’t

Matt Coyle & Carl Vonerau & Lost Tomorrows & Murderabilia at Vroman’s Bookstore

Authors Matt Coyle & Carl Vonerau will present and sign their new novels, Lost Tomorrows and Muderabilia, respectively.

In Lost Tomorrows, a phone call thrusts Rick Cahill’s past and all its tragic consequences into his present. His former partner in the Santa Barbara police department, Krista Landingham, is dead, and it might be a murder. His investigation leads him to the truth about Krista’s death, and about the tragedy that ruined his own life—his wife’s murder.

In Murderabilia, William MacNary is charged with a grisly murder, 31 years after his father was imprisoned for 13 similar crimes. Although he was only eight years old then, and hasn’t spoken to his father since, he believes only his monster father can understand and help detect the identity of the copycat killer.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/matt-coye-and-carl-vondereau-discuss-and-sign-lost-tomorrows-and-murderabilia-0

We Can Do It! Open Mic at the Elinor Bar, Long Beach

Please join host Melissa Lussier for the kickoff of the We Can Do It! curated Open Mic with featured guests that is about empowerment, and is a woman-focused, feminist, LGBTQ+ friendly space. This event will be held every first Tuesday of the month at a hyper-local, woman-owned establishment. See website for guidelines to participate as a feature.

This event features performers Shy but Flyy, Tiffany Dawn Hasse, as well as live painting by visionary artist nadia f. alamah. .

Where: Elinor Bar

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 250 N. Tribune Ct., Long Beach CA 90802

Website: https://www.facebook.com/event/767895817058439        

Afrofuturism Book Club & Children of Virtue and Vengeance at The Last Bookstore

Join host Tyree Boyd-Pates for the Afrofuturism Book Club, which reads new fiction and tonight will discuss the book, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, by Tomi Adeyemi, which continues Zelies’s epic adventures in Orisha.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://thelastbookstore.com/events  

Second Draft Writing Workshop at Art Share LA

Join us for the Second Draft Writing Workshop, which is FREE. Bring your writing, your acting, and your pacing to this new cold reading series at Art Share LA.

Mingle is at 7:30 pm

Casting is at 8 pm

Readings are at 8:30 pm

Where: Art Share LA

Date: Tuesday the 7th

Time: 8:30 pm – 10 pm                

Address: 801 E. 4th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Website: https://www.faceboo.com/events/533276334157246

Redondo Beach Poets Open Mic at Coffee Cartel

Please join the Redondo Beach Poets to participate in the weekly Open Mic. Redondo Poets is recommended by Mike “The Poet” Sonksen, and has been a mainstay of the Los Angeles Poetry scene for 20+ years.

Where: Coffee Cartel

Date: Tuesday the 7th

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 7th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

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

Anne Morgan Author Talk at Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Join us to hear freelance editor, independent museum professional, and author Anne Morgan discuss her work. Aerial photographer Harry Casey introduced her to the geoglyphs of the southwestern U.S., and asked her to edit a manuscript he worked on for years to get it published. Geoglyphs of the Desert Southwest is the result of that collaboration.

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

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

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-talk

Chris Hauty & Deep State: A Thriller at Book Soup

Join us at Book Soup to hear Chris Hauty present and sign his debut book Deep State: A Thriller.

Chris Hauty presents a white-knuckled and whip-smart debut thriller, in which a deadly plot against the president’s life emerges from the shadows of the Deep State. Allies are enemies, and no one seems to be who they really say they are. The unthinkable is real.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm                     

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/chris-hauty-discusses-and-signs-deep-state-thriller

The Man in the High Castle: Special Event at Barnes & Nobel, The Grove

Join us when we celebrate “The Man in the High Castle: Creating the Alt World” with a panel of guests: author and producer Mike Avila, author and producer Jason O’Mara, star “Wyatt Price” Isa Dick Hackett, co-showrunner David Scarpa, and production designer Drew Boughton. The Amazon series was inspired by the Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and offers a dystopian version into an alternative timeline where Hitler was victorious in World War II.

NOTE: Check website for wristband guidelines for this ticketed event.

Where: Barnes & Noble, The Grove

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm                       

Address: 189 The Grove Dr., Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA  90036

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/291897801724498

Abigail Hing Wen, with David & Nicola Yoon, & Loveboat, Taipei at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author Abigail Hing Wen, in conversation with authors David & Nicola Yoon, will discuss and sign Loveboat, Taipei.

In Loveboat, Taipei, Ever Wong’s summer takes an unexpected turn. gone is Chen Tan, the strict educational program in Taiwan the Ever was expecting. In its lace she finds Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all where hook-ups abound, adults turn a blind eye, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, and the nightlife runs nonstop. But not every student is what they seem.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/abigail-hing-wen-david-nicola-yoon-discusses-and-signs-loveboat-taipei

In Conversation: Ibram X. Zendi & How to Be an Anti-Racist at the Hammer Museum

Join the In Conversation Series to hear Ibram X. Zendi discuss and sign his book How to Be an Anti-Racist.

Ibram X. Zendi is a Guggenheim Fellow and National Book Award winner who energizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice. In this memoir he weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science—bringing it all together as a confessional self-examination—including his own awakening to antiracism.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm                  

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

Website: https://www.hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2020/how-be-an-antiracist-ibram-x-kendi

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 8th

Time: 7:30 pm– 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.theworldstage

Terri Niccum Reading at the Ugly Mug

Two Idiots Peddling Poetry & Moon tide Press feature poet and author Terri Niccum, who will read and discuss her work.

Terri Niccum is a former journalist and special education teacher. Her first chapbook, Looking Snow in the Eye, was released by Finishing Line Press. A second chapbook, Dead Letter Box, was published this fall by Moon Tide Press. She is married to singer-songwriter Bob Niccum, and regularly jams with The Others, an electric musical ensemble.

Where: The Ugly Mug

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2198816390422401

Creatin’ After Hours Writing Night Cap at the World Stage

The Cratin’ After Hours Writing Night Cap presents the theme: Jump Right In!

Please bring something you are currently working on and also be prepared to give a writing prompt when you walk in. This event is FREE, but we are accepting donations. Yellawoman leads this workshop.

NOTE: Please see website for details and other guidelines.

Where: The World Stage Performance Gallery

Date: Wednesday the 8th

Time: 11 pm– 1 am

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

Website: http://www.theworldstage  or

http://www.facebook.com/events/49785542111312

Juan Felipe Herrera Event at Flintridge Preparatory School

Please join us for an evening of poetry with author and 21st Poet Laureate of the U.S. (2015-2016) Juan Felipe Herrera, reading from his work and addressing the topic: Sharing Diverse Stories: Becoming a Poet of the 21st Century. the Washington Post has noted “…he has spent his life crossing borders, erasing boundaries and expanding thee American chorus.”

Where: Chandramohan Library, Flintridge Preparatory School

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

Address: 4543 Crown Ave., La Cnaada-Flintridge, CA 91011

Website: https://www.flintridgebooks.com/offsite-events/2020/1/9/juan-felipe-herrera-former-poet-laureate-of-the-united-states    or

https://www.facebook.com/events/748076359022600/

Jennifer Freed & Use Your Planets Wisely Publication Party at Diesel Bookstore 

Author Jennifer Freed will discuss and sign her book, Use Your Planets Wisely: Master Your Ultimate Cosmic Potential with Psychological Astrology, at her publication party.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm             

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

Website: https://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/bwd/thursday-january-9th-630-pm-publication-party-jennifer-freed-discusses-and-signs-use-your

In Conversation: Melvin Edwards with Jill Moniz at CAAM

Please join us for an evening of conversation with pioneering contemporary artist Melvin Edwards and LA Blacksmith curator jill moniz, as they discuss the artist’s work.Edwards employs metalwork and abstraction to invoke social injustice and the African American experience, as evidenced in his work My Turn to Burn—a response to the 1965 Watts Rebellion—which is currently on display at CAAM.

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

Where: California African American Museum (CAAM)

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: https://caamuseum.org.org/programs/talks-andworkshops/in-conversation-melvin-edwards-with-jill-mpniz

Katya de Becerra & Oasis Launch at Once Upon a Time Bookstore – YA Event

YA author Katya de Becerra (What the Woods Keep), in conversation with Adalyn Grace (All the Stars and Teeth), will read and discuss her new book, Oasis, which blends together science, mystery, and fantasy. In this thriller, a group of teens are saved from a sandstorm when they come across a mysterious oasis after getting lost while at an archeological dig-site in the desert. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what is real and what is not. Who will save them from the oasis?

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm                                   

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

Website: https://www./shopeonceuponatime.com/events

Seth Lower with Professor Graham Harman & Units at Book Soup

Author Seth Lower, in conversation with Professor Graham Harman, will present and sign his book of photography, Units. In this book the artist/author, presents a thoughtful, often playful, look at our relationship to the objects around us. A sign swallowed by tree bark, a small collection of funnels, a stove for sale in the sunshine. Where does one unit end and another begin?

Seth Lower’s previous books include Man with Buoy and Other Tales (2010) and The Sun Shone Glaringly (2014). Graham Harman is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SCI-Arc in L.A.

 Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 9th           

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/seth-lower-conversation-professor-graham-harman-presents-and-signs-units

Cecil Castellucci, with Dan Santat, & The Plain Janes at Vroman’s Bookstore – YA Event

Author Cecil Castellucci, in conversation with author Dan Santat, will discuss and sign her new book, The Plain Janes.

In The Plain Janes, two girls are united by only two things—a shared name and frustration with adults around them—so they form a secret club dedicated to fighting suburban apathy with guerilla works of art scattered around their small town. But the group is more than just a rebellion, It’s an act of survival and a mission of resistance.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/cecil-castellucci-conversation-dan-santat-discusses-and-signs-plain-janes

Surprise the Line Writing Workshop & Nancy Lynee Woo at Whittier First Friends Church

Author Nancy Lynee Woo will lead a new Surprise the Line Writing Workshop on Poetic Forms. This 8-week generative workshop is open to all experience levels, and tickets are available at Eventbrite.com.

Each week, participants will explore a different type of poetic form, or structure, to aid in paying attention to word choices, auditory rhythms, pacing on the page, and the strength of our images.

NOTE: See website for details, costs and schedule for this ticketed event.

Where: Whittier First Friends Church

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm                  

Address: 13205 Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA 90601

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2612470208975158/

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 9th

Time: 7pm – 10pm

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

Website: Poets Jazz House

Winter Solstice: Rocky Carillo at Tonalli Thursdays Readings & Open Mic at Tonalli Studios

Join the Los Angeles Poet Society for the first reading of the year 2020, to hear Rocky Carillo and the poets and artists of the Open Mic at Tonalli Studios. Participants are allowed 5 minutes each, and the show is free to all!

Where: Tonalli Studios

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 4539A E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90022

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/486999438596898

Music Is Power & Brad Schreiber, with Dr. Robert M. Bilder, at Chevalier’s Bookstore   

Join us to hear author Brad Schreiber and Dr. Robert M. Bilder discuss and sign the book, Music Is Power

Popular music has long been a powerful force for social change. Protest songs have served as anthems regarding war, racism, sexism, ecological destruction and so many other crucial issues. This book is a guided tour through the past 100 years of politically conscious music, and through a variety of genres and musicians and eras.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 9th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/brad-schreiber

Chuck Palahniuk & Consider This at Book Soup 

Author Chuck Palahniuk will discuss and sign his new book, Consider This.

In author Chuck Palahniuk’s spellbinding blend of memoir and insight, he shares stories and generous advice on what makes writing powerful and what makes powerful writing. Consider This is his love letter to stories and storytellers, book sellers and books themselves. It’s a classic in the making.

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

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 12 pm – 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/chuck-palahniuk-signs-consider-moments-my-writing-life-after-which-everything-was-different        

Marra B. Gad, with Ayser Salman, & The Color of Love at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author Marra B. Gad, in conversation with Ayser Salman, will present and sign her book, The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl.

In 1970, three-day old Marra B. Gad was adopted by a white Jewish family in Chicago. For her parents, it was love at first sight—but they quickly realized the world wasn’t ready for a family like theirs. Even in her won extended family racism bubbled to the surface, and estranged her from her Great-Aunt Nette. After 15 years she learned that Nette has Alzheimer’s, and Marra chose love over revenge, and watches as the disease erases her aunt’s racism, making space for a relationship that was never possible before. This book explores the idea of “yerusha” which means “inheritance” in Yiddish, and concludes love is always our greatest inheritance.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 10th             

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/marra-b-gad-conversation-ayser-salman-discussesand-signs-color-love-story-mixed-race-jewish

How Your Story Sets You Free Event at Book Monster Bookstore 

Heather Box and Julian Mocine-McQueen believe that everyone has a story to tell and that story has the power to influence others. In How Your Story Sets You Free, they explain why storytelling is the most powerful way there is to inspire others and build lasting connections, and they guide readers step-by-step through the process of uncovering and sharing their own authentic stories.

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

Where: Book Monster Bookstore

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 212 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: http://www.bookmonster.com/events/  

Howl & Other Poems Open Reading Event at Tia Chucha’s Bookstore 

Tia Chucha’s 1st HOWL of 2020 Open Mic will be held on the first full moon of 2020. This is a Ginsberg & Friends event, presenting Alan Ginsberg’s HOWL, so bring you copy of HOWL, share at our mic, or just listen.

Where: Tia Chucha’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 10th

Time: 8 pm -10:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/588391368613652

Long Beach Comic Expo at Long Beach Convention Center – Two Day Event (Day 1 0f 2)

The Long Beach Comic Exposition is a two-day event at the Long Beach Convention Center. See website for schedule and details.

Where: Long Beach Convention Center

Date: Saturday the 11th & Sunday the 12th

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Address:  300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/486632012285547

Andrew & Polly Mini-Concert at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Join children’s composers Andrew and Polly for a celebration of their engaging music and harmonies for children.

Ear Snacks is their wonderful podcast for kids, and it received a 2019 Parents’ Choice Gold Award!

Where:  Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 10:30 am

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

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

Stephen W. Martin & The Trouble with Time Travel at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Children’s author Stephen W. Martin will present and sign The Trouble with Time Travel.

Max and her dog, Boomer, are in trouble. Max accidentally smashed an heirloom vase—and she can come clean, or build a time machine! Joyful and uproarious, this is a one-of-a-kind circular tale that plays on the perils of time travel.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: https://wwwvromansbookstore.com/event/stephen-w-martin-presents-and-signs-trouble-time-travel

Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye at The Colony Theatre, Burbank

Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye Live in Los Angeles is presented by Project VOICE. These two world-renowned spoken word poets have collectively performed in thirty countries on stages from TED Talks to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and their most recent books have been Amazon best sellers: All Our Wild Wonder by Sarah Kaye and Date and Time by Phil Kaye. They are co-directors of Project VOICE, which partners with school sand uses spoken word poetry to entertain, educate and inspire.

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

Where:  The Colony Theatre, Burbank

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 2 pm

Address:  555 N. Third St., Burbank, CA 91502

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/286651322238170/

Jenise Miller Book Release Party & The Blvd. at Patria Coffee House

Poet Jenise Miller invites everyone to celebrate with her the publication of her first chapbook The Blvd.  The author was selected the first poet in residence of the DSTL Arts publishing project.

There will also be readings by poets JayBee, Megan Dorame, & Nikolai Garcia.

Where:  Patria Coffee House

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 2 pm

Address:  108 Alameda St., Compton, CA 90220

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

Sharon Langly & A Ride to Remember at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Join children’s author Sharon Langley for a debut book launch celebration of A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story.

This important picture book tells how a community came together—both black and white—to make change, and how author Sharon Langley became the first African –American child to ride the carousel in her town.

Where:  Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 2:30 am

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

Website: http://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/sharon-langleybook-launch-signing

Lee Goldberg Book Party & Lost Hills at Mystery Ink Bookstore

Please join us for a Book Party in celebration of the launch of New York Times best-selling author Lee Goldberg’s new book, Lost Hills. Enjoy a reception, discussion and book signing, while refreshments are served.

In Lost Hills, a video of Deputy Eve Ronin’s off-duty arrest of an abusive movie star goes viral, turning her into a popular hero at a time of scandal plaguing the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. When she is promoted to homicide detective she acquires a multiple-murder case and must capture the vicious killer, an ordeal that will either prove her skills or destroy her.

Where: Mystery Ink Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 3 pm – 6 pm

Address:  8907 Warner Ave., Ste. 135, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Website: event/http://www.facebook.com/958488654524352 

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

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry & Open Mic when G.T. Foster will lead a Deep Poetry Critique Workshop.

Events curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

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

Date: Saturday the11th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

Wendy Heard & The Kill Club at Book Soup

Hear author Wendy Heard, in conversation with Layne Fargo, present her book The Kill Club.

Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother. Their foster mother Carol has always been fanatical, but when thirteen-year-old Joaquin is threatened she forms an underground network of “helpers” who agree to eliminate the abuser..

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  https://www.booksoup.com/event/wendy-heard-conversation-layne-fargo-discusses-and-signs-kill-club

Reading by Moonrise: Dana Johnson & Ana Cecilia Alvarez at The Bowtie Project

Come to the Bowtie Project for an evening around the fire, as we present a reading dedicated to the memory of Delilah Beasley, an unsung American trailblazer. Delilah Lentium Beasley first documented the history of California’s black pioneers with her landmark book, The Negro Trial Blazers of California, self-published 100 years ago. She also was the first African American woman to write a newspaper column, in the Oakland Tribune.

For this Reading by Moonrise, held every quarter on the eve of the full moon, writers Dana Johnson and Ana Cecelia Alvarez will read from their contributions to the book Trailblazer: Delilah Beasley’s California, a new book published by Clockshop, which is part of the exhibition at The Huntington Museum, “Beside the Edge of the World.”

Ana Cecelia Alvarez teaches at Cal Arts and is Development and Communications Manager at Clockshop. Dana Johnson teaches at USC and is the author of the story collection In the Not Quite Dark, and the novel Elsewhere, California.

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

Where: The Bowtie Project

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Address:  2800 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/event/857841634633622

Array #4 Photo Journal Launch Party at Array Photo Journal

Join in celebrating the launch of the 4th issue of Array Photo Journal. Come view the exhibition of over a dozen different artists’ work. Prints and copies will be available for purchase, as well as past volumes. There will be free food and wine and the event is free and open to all.

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

Where: Array Photo Journal

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 6 pm – 11 pm

Address:  443 Jung Jing Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website:  http://www. facebook.com/event/1026709017662441

Robert Williams & The Father of Exponential Imagination at The Last Bookstore

Hear author Robert Williams present his book The Father of Exponential Imagination: Drawings, Paintings & Sculptures

This 484 volume is a comprehensive, career-spanning collection of iconic painter’s fine art, including over 300 oil paintings as well as drawings, sculptures, and more.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Holaday Mason, David St. John & Mariano Zaro Event at Beyond Baroque 

Join us to celebrate three great poets and their work. Holaday Mason is the author of five full-length collections. In celebration of her most recent release, The Weaver’s Body, she reads with acclaimed poets David St. John and Mariano Zaro.

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

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 8 pm

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

Webshttp://beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html

Kelly Grace Thomas & Boat Burned Release Party at Get Lit – Words Ignite 

Join the author to celebrate the book release party of her debut collection, Boat Burned by Kelly Grace Thomas.

When you “burn your boats” there is no going back. Moving forward is the only choice. This book examines the metaphor of femininity as a boat, and addresses the lies women are fed and feed themselves. It is also about blazing the beliefs that limit you.

Featured readers include:

Austin Antoine

Hannah Harris

Raul Herrera

Khamal Iwuanyanu

Marcus James

Brian Sonia Wallace

and more!

NOTE: This event is FREE but RSVP at Eventbrite link so there can be an accurate head count. Parking can be tough.

Where: Get Lit – Words Ignite

Date: Saturday the 11th

Time: 8 pm

Address: 672 La Fayette Park Pl., Ste. 10, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/541763806655496    

Long Beach Comic Expo at Long Beach Convention Center – Day 2 of 2

The Long Beach Comic Exposition is a two-day event at the Long Beach Convention Center. See website for schedule and details.

Where:  Long Beach Convention Center

Date:  Sunday the 12th (DAY 2 of 2)

Time: 12 am – 5 pm

Address:  300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/486632012285547

Art & Poetry Day at Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale

The Brand Library & Art Center hosts a day of movement, poetry and art to start the year of 2020 off right. Highlights include a writing workshop on Ekphrastic Poetry & Performance, from 1 pm – 2 pm and a lecture on the poetry of Wallace Stevens from 3 pm – 4 pm. See website link for schedule and details.

Where:  Brand Library & Art Center, Glendale

Date:  Sunday the 12th

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Address:  1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/584320195472347

Soap Box Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for the first monthly Soap Box Open Reading event of 2020, hosted by Jessica Wilson Cardenas. Sign-ups start at 1:45 pm and there is a five minute limit per poet/reader.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 2 pm

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

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

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

Author Angela Sanchez will present and sign her book, Scruffy and the Egg.

Although Scruffy and the Egg don’t have a home, they have each other. But is that enough when the going gets tough?

The author/illustrator found herself and her family homeless at the onset of the Recession, during her last two years of high school. Since then she has held a deep regard for students who struggle for their educational rights while combatting homelessness. She attended UCLA and was inspired to outreach to such students and continues such activities across L.A. She is on the board of School on Wheels, Inc.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 3 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/angela-sancehz-presents-and-signs-scruffy-and-egg-adventures-road

Jennifer Dornbush & Secret Remains Publication Party at Diesel Bookstore 

Author Jennifer Dornbush will discuss and sign her book, Secret Remains: A Coroner’s Daughter Mystery, at her publication party.

Dr. Emily Hartford, the daughter of Freeport’s medical examiner, is brought in to investigate a cold case about missing teen Sandi Parkman, 12 years after her disappearance. Nick Larson, her boyfriend at the time becomes a prime suspect, but soon there are many other suspects and pressure to solve the case before her own personal interest in Nick grows.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm             

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

Website: https://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/bwd/sunday-january-12th–300-pm-publication-party-jennifer-dornbush-discusses-and-signs-secret

Brad Schrieber & Music Is Power at Book Soup

Hear author Brad Schreiber present his book Music Is Power: Popular Songs, Social Justice, and the Will to Change.

This book is a guided tour through the past 100 years of politically-conscious music, covering a wide array of genres and musicians. It tells the origins of and impact of dozens of songs, while revealing political context and the personal challenges of the many artists.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1696456997153768

Roar Shack Reading Event at 826LA Echo Park Time Travel Mart

Join host David Rocklin for the first Roar Shack event of 2020, And We Begin.

Readers for this event include:

Milo Martin

Stephen Langlois

Ed Canavan

Julia Ingalls

Liska Jacobs

Where: 826LA Echo Park Time Travel Mart

Date: Sunday the 12th            

Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Address:  1714 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

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

Public Works Improv Variety Arts Event at Beyond Baroque

Join us for the first monthly Public Works Improv Theatre and Variety Arts event of 2020, hosted by Eric Vollmer.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 12th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Dystopian Book Club with Peter Clines at The Last Bookstore

Join host Peter Clines for the “We’re All Gonna Die” Dystopian Book Club, when we read and discuss The Warehouse, by Rob Hart. This book posits an “Amazon Fulfillment Center”-style dystopia, complete with corporate espionage, addiction, and cavernous income inequality.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 12th            

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/events

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