Los Angeles Literature Events 1/13/19 – 1/19/20

oWaraqah—Holistic Arabic Learning Playgroup at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Caregivers and children immerse their senses in the beauty of the Arabic language through dynamic and rhythmic activities delivered through stories, songs, creative movement and props. This event is led by Dina Halwani and is for children ages 1-6.

Where:  Children’s Book World

Date: Monday the 13th

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: http://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/waraqah-holistic-arabic-learning-playgroup-dina-hawani

Tara Sim & Scavenge the Stars at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author Tara Sim, in conversation with Nani Varela, will present and discuss her book, Scavenge the Stars.

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Christo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 13th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/tara-sim-conversation-nani-varela-discusses-and-signs-scavenge-stars

Monday Night Open Mic 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 13th

Time: 7 pm – 9:30 pm                  

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

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

Poetry Night Open Mic at the Library Coffee House

Join us on the second Tuesday of every month for Poetry Night at The Library.

This free event is scheduled for sign-ups at 6:45pm, and poetry beginning at 7pm. Each participant is allowed to read 3 to 5 poems or prose per performer.

Where: Library Coffee House

Date: Monday the 13th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm                       

Address: 3418 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2508637942708336/

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 13th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://beyondbaroque.com/calendar

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

Led in Spanish and English by Dan Lopez, this month’s participants will read and discuss la uruguaya, by Pedro Mairal. This is the story of a writer on an illicit trip from Argentina to Uruguay—ostensibly to smuggle his own money—but there is that other woman..

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://lastbookstore/#events

Steve Inskeep & Imperfect Union at New Roads School

Writers Bloc Presents the host of NPR’s Morning Edition, historian and author Steve Inskeep, who will read and discuss Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Freemont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War. The author believes the Freemonts were the first modern American celebrities who exploited their fame for political influence, taking them from western expansion, through abolitionism, gold speculation, to the White House.

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

Where: New Roads School

Date: Monday the 13th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

Address: 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/436973463627585/

Green Poets Workshop with Greg Bell at Beyond Baroque

Bring a poem and 12 (+) copies and come, strike a spark. While we like to ‘learn the rules,’ we also like to break them. Workshop led by Greg Bell.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 10:30 am

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

Website: https://beyondbaroque.org/workshops.html

Poetry Open Mic at Westwood Library, LAPL

Join us at the monthly Open Mic at Westwood Library, just one month before Valentine’s Day. Bring your work, and consider what will you be up to this year? See if you can speak to that in your poetry. Event is led by Wyatt Underwood.

Where: Westwood Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/447475249495581/

Alice C. Hill & Building a Resilient Tomorrow at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Author Alice C. Hill is joined in conversation by Rand Senior Scientist Robert Lempert to discuss her book, Building a Resilient Tomorrow.

This book offers better ways to manage the risks in a warming planet, even as we work to limit global temperature rise. It does not dwell on overhyped climate scenarios, but starts with central facts: climate change will continue to occur, and we can make change now to mitigate its effects.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website:  https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/alice-hill

Paul Hirsch & A Long Time Ago at Book Soup

Author Paul Hirsch will present and sign his book, A Long Time ago, In a Cutting Room Far, Far Away…

This book provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most influential films of the last fifty years as seen through the eyes of the Oscar-winning film editor who worked on such classics as Star Wars and Mission Impossible and Footloose and Ray.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/paul-hirsch-discusses-and-signs-long-time-ago-cutting-room-far-far-away

Kwei Quartey & The Missing American at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author Kwei Quartey will present and sign his new novel, The Missing American.

When her dreams of rising through the Accra police ranks like her late father crash around her, 26-year-old Emma Djan is unsure what will become of her career. We she gets a job as a PI on cases of missing persons, it’s her best option. But soon her path will cross that of Derek Tilson, who follows his father to Ghana to help the investigation of his father’s disappearance.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/kwei-quartey-discusses-and-signs-missing-american

Readings: Glenn O’Brien’s Intelligence for Dummies at the Hammer Museum

Please join an all-star line-up to hear them read from the recently-released Intelligence for Dummies: Essays and Other Collected Writings by Glenn O’Brien, a widely influential writer, editor, and poets, who provided commentary for more than four decades, until his death in 2017.

Readings and conversation and Q&A will be offered by writer Ernest Hardy, author Jonathan Lethem, designer Andy Spade, and art journalist Linda Yablonsky, as well as Michael Zilkha, publisher of the book.

Where: Hammer Museum

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: https://https://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2020/glenn-obrien-intelligence-dummies       

Amy Spaulding & We Used to Be Friends at Skylight Bookstore – YA Event

Join author Amy Spaulding to hear her read and sign her new YA novel, We Used to Be Friends.

At the start of their senior year, James and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends.  The author delicately explores the breakup of childhood best friends, and tells the tale in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time, and half moving backward. This novel is funny, honest, and full of heart.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

Website:  https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/amy-spalding-reads-her-new-ya-novel-we-used-be-friends

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 14th

Time: 8:30 pm – 10 pm                

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

Website: https://www.faceboo.com/events/432347013823672     

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 14th

Time: 9 pm – 12 pm

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

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

Viva Poets! Workshop with Estella Ramirez at Beyond Baroque

This is a supportive poetry critique circle. We favor meaningful discussion over directives. Bring 10 copies of you prom to workshop. Led by rotating facilitators.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Tuesday the 14th

Time: 11 am

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

Website: https://beyondbaroque.org/workshops.html

Alice Hoffman & The World That We Knew at Museum of Tolerance

Join us to hear acclaimed author Alice Hoffman discuss her new book, The World That We Knew.

Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter Lea away from Berlin in order to save her from the Nazi regime. In this story remarkable characters take us on a stunning journey in a world where evil can be found at every turn, where all roads lead past the Angel of Death, and where love forever endures.

NOTE: This free event requires an RSVP at the website link.

Where: Museum of Tolerance

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm

Address: 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90035

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

Kiley Reid & Such a Fun Age at Book Soup

Join us at Book Soup to hear Kiley Reid present and sign her book Such a Fun Age.

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showin other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while walking the aisles of their local supermarket. The store’s security guard accuses the young black woman of kidnapping Alix’s two-year-old Briar, and she resolves to make it right. Emira herself is wary of Alix’s help. This book explores the stickiness of transactional relationships with empathy and social commentary.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm – 10 pm                     

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/kiley-reid-discusses-and-signs-such-fun-age

Lance Rubin & Crying, Laughing at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Author Lance Rubin, in conversation with Julie Buxbaum, will discuss and sign Crying, Laughing.

This book is a tragicomic story of bad dates, bad news, bad performances, and one girl’s determination to find the funny in high school, from the author of Denton Little’s Deathdate.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.chevaliers.com/event/lance-rubin

Anansi Writers Workshop: Brandon Allen Release Event 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.

Brandon Allen will the first event of the release of his book, This Little Boy. This story takes you on a journey from victim to victor through the eyes of a boy growing up in a harsh world, and is one to inspire you.

Where: World Stage Press

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm– 10 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2494961580717411

Cycle V Alum Showcase with G Yamazawa at Art Share – LA

Join the Cycle V students to hear them present their amazing poems to share with you.

This event will celebrate recent alums who showcase their bes work created during the program, and features a special performance form International Touring artist and National Poetry Slam Champion G Yamazawa.

Where: Art Share – LA

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm                       

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

https://www.facebook.com/event/586082405296100

Claire Rudy Foster & Shine of the Ever at Skylight Bookstore

Join author Claire Rudy Foster to hear the new collection, Shine of the Ever.

By turns tender and pun-tough, this collection is a literary mixtape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland, and explores what binds a community of queer and trans people as they negotiate love, screw up, and learn to forgive themselves for being young and foolish.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/claire-rudy-foster-reads-their-new-collection-shine-ever

Samuel Woolley & The Reality Game at The Last Bookstore

Samuel Woolley will present his book, The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth. A digital propaganda expert that has been sounding the alarm on fake news and deep fakes since 2013, the author will demonstrate what will be the next frontier of fake news—which will aim to disrupt the political process.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Feminist Book Club & The Witches Are Coming at The Last Bookstore

Julia Callahan will lead the Feminist Book Club in a reading and discussion of The Witches Are Coming, by Lindy West. This book is a collection of essays on our times, form the epoch-making to the minute.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Wednesday the 15th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

American History of the Book Event at UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

The Richard & Mary Rouse Annual History of the Book Lecture will welcome Professor Joshua Calhoun of the University of Wisconsin, Madison to discuss “Hydrophilic Archives” and the inconvenient truth that there is an inverse correction between book preservation strategies and environmental stewardship. In his forthcoming book, The Nature of the Page, he explores the eco-poetic interplay between literary ideas and their physical forms.

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

Where: UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Address: 302 Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1363874007105218

Queer Poetry Night at Exposition Park Regional Library, LAPL

The Exposition Park Regional Library invites you to Queer Poetry Night for readings by:

Gina Ali N/A

Kata Garcia is the author of several books, including My Family and 100 Questions Filipino Kids Ask Volume 2.

Martin Lopez N/A

Dare Williams is a 2019 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, and a queer HIV-positive poet, artist, activist, and native Southern Californian. His poetry has been featured in Cultural Weekly, Bending Genres, and THRUSH. He is currently working on his first poetry collection.

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

Where: Exposition Park Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/513459736045988/ or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queer-poetry-reading-tickets-87034770341

Sue & Patrick Cunningham & Spirit of the Amazon at Diesel Bookstore 

Authors Sue & Patrick Cunningham will discuss and sign their book, Spirit of the Amazon: The Indigenous Tribes of the Xingut.

Photojournalist Sue Cunningham and writer Patrick Cunningham celebrate cultural difference and call for better stewardship of the world as they demonstrate the spiritual and material value of the Xingu tribes—how they keep the forest alive and protect the climate of South America and the rest of the world. They have established Tribes Alive as a public information vehicle and charity for indigenous communities in Brazil

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm             

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

Website: https://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/bwd-thursday-january-16th-630-pm-sue-and-patrick-cunningham-discuss-and-sign-spirit-amazon

Nick Petrie & Gregg Hurwitz at Studio City Branch, LAPL 

Authors Nick Petrie & Gregg Hurwitz will discuss and sign their books, The Wild One and Into the Fire, respectively.

Author Nick Petrie will launch his new Peter Ash novel, The Wild One and Gregg Hurwitz will discuss his 21 thrillers, including Into the Fire, as well as screenplays and TV scripts.

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

Where: Studio City Library, LAPL

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm             

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/639699349901430

Chip Jacobs & Arroyo at Pasadena Central Library

Author Chip Jacobs will present and sign his book Arroyo as part of the Authors & Their Journeys series. In this book set against two distinct epochs in the history of Pasadena, the author tells parallel stories of a young inventor and his clairvoyant dog in 1913 and 1993. In both lives, the characters are drawn to the landmark Colorado Street Bridge, or “Suicide Bridge” which suffered a lethal collapse during construction but still opened to fanfare in the automobile age.

 Where: Pasadena Central Library, DRW Auditorium

Date: Thursday the 16th         

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm                       

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/2418098555171416

Translator Katie Shireen Assef Presents Valerie Mrejen’s Black Forest at Book Soup

Translator Katie Shireen Assef will present and sign Valerie Mrejen’s Black Forest. In this book of mourning that isn’t morbid or sentimental, but rather an elegant and wryly humorous brace against the void, the author follows death’s twisted path through the lives it touches. She guides us through the Black Forest of ghosts that populate her subconscious.

 Where: Book Soup

Date: Thursday the 16th         

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/translator-katie-shireen-assef-presents-and-signs-valérie-mréjen’s-black-forest

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 is week 2 of an 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 16th

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 16th

Time: 7pm – 10pm

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

Website: Poets Jazz House

Alison Rose Jefferson & Living the California Dream at Chevalier’s Bookstore   

Join us to hear author Alison Rose Jefferson discuss and sign her book, Living the California Dream, which examines how African Americans pioneered America’s “frontier of leisure” by creating communities, leisure, beach and business projects in Southern California.

By occupying recreational sites and public spaces, they challenged racial hierarchies and marked a space of black identity on the regional landscape and social space. The author is now working on public history projects, including Santa Monica’s Belmar History + Art Project, and guidebook texts for Central Avenue heritage trail with Angles Walk L.A.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:  https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/alison-rose-jefferson

Sally Gordon & Kevin Waite & The Trials of Biddy Mason at Huntington Museum 

Join us to hear Sally Gordon  (The Mormon Question, Spirit of the Law) and Steven Waite (Jefferson Davis and Proslavery Visions of Empire in the Far West: Writing History with Lightening) discuss The Trials of Biddy Mason: Slavery, Mormonism, and the Making of Black Los Angeles.

Sally Gordon (University of Pennsylvania) and Kevin Waite (Durham University) explore the role of the Mormon Church and the spread of slavery across the continent in the mid-19th century through the life of Bridget “Biddy” Mason. Born into slavery in Georgia, Mason was forcibly transported to Mississippi, then to Utah, and finally to the Mormon colony of San Bernardino in 1851. Five years later in a Los Angeles courtroom, Mason won freedom for herself and thirteen others, defeating the largest slaveholder in the West. She became one of the first prominent citizens and landowners in Los Angeles in 1850-60, laying the foundation for the city’s first black community.

Where: Rothenberg Hall, Huntington Museum

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website:  https://www.huntington.org/events/trials-biddy-mason-slavery-mormonism-and-making-black-los-angeles

We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart & Humor at The Last Bookstore

Readers from We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart & Humor include contributors Lennlee Keep, Kathleen Laccinole, Evie Peck & Mika Yamamoto, who will read funny and poignant essays. Snacks, beverages, and music will accompany the celebration.

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

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

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

Tom Lutz & Born Slippy at Skylight Bookstore

Join author Tom Lutz, in conversation with author Steph Cha, to hear them present and discuss his debut novel, Born Slippy.

The first novel by the founder and editor-in-chief of Los Angeles Review to Books Tom Lutz, this is the story of Frank Baltimore, a carpenter and handyman in rural New England who gets his big break building a mansion in the executive suburbs of Hartford. One of his workers is a charming sociopath, who develops a fascination with his autodidact philosopher boss. Dmitry heads to Asia and makes a neo-imperialist fortune, with a trail of corpses in his wake. This is a darkly comic and honest meditation on modern life under global capitalism.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 7:30 pm                              

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

https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/tom-lutz-reads-his-debut-novel-born-slippy-steph-cha  

F. Brown Workshop at the Poetry Lab, Pomona

Join author, poet, DJ, and educator F. Douglas Brown for a special Visiting Author writing workshop.

Douglas Brown is the author of two poetry collections, ICON (2018) and Zero to Three (2014), winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He also co-authored Begotten (2016), and has been a secondary school teacher for over 20 years. He is also co-founder and curator of un::fade::able-The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism.

Where: The Poetry Lab, Pomona

Date: Thursday the 16th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm                     

Address: 266 W. 2nd St., Pomona, CA 91766

https://www.facebook.com/events/827010501059316   

Miranda Popkey & Topics of Conversation  at Book Soup 

Author Miranda Popkey, in conversation with Rufi Thorpe, will discuss and sign her debut novel, Topics of Conversation.

Author Miranda Popkey’s first novel is about desire, disgust, motherhood, loneliness, art, pain, feminism, anger, envy, guilt-ridden in language that sizzles with intelligence and eroticism. It’s composed almost exclusively of conversations between women, and careens through twenty years in the life of an unnamed narrator hungry for experience and bent on upending her life. It’s an edgy, wry read, shot through with rage and despair.

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

Where: Book Soup

Date: Friday the 17th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/miranda-popkey-conversation-rufi-thorpe-discusses-and-signs-topics-cpnversation

Dr. Ramani Durvasula & Don’t You Know Who I Am? at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author Dr. Ramani Durvasula will present and sign her book, Don’t You Know Who I Am?: How to Stay Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility.

Health and wellness campaigns preach avoidance of unhealthy foods and lifestyles, yet rarely preach avoidance of unhealthy, difficult or toxic people. But we need to be better gatekeepers for our minds, bodies and souls.

Narcissism, entitlement, and incivility have become the new world order, and we are all in trouble. They are not only normalized but also increasingly incentivized. They are manifestations of pathological insecurity—at both the personal and societal level. The illusion of hope and the fantasy of redemption can result in years of second chances, and despondency when change never comes. It’s time for a wake-up call, and time to take our lives back.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Friday the 17th             

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/dr-ramani-durvasula-discusses-and-signs-don’t-you-know-who-i-am-how-to-stay-sane-era-narcissism

Nate Sloan & Charlie Harding & Switched on Pop at Skylight Bookstore 

Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding will discuss and sign their book, Switched on Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why It Matters.

Pop music surrounds us in our daily lives—but how often do we really want to hear what’s playing?

Musicologist Sloan and songwriter Harding shift pop form the background to the foreground, illuminating the essential musical concepts behind decades of chart-topping songs. Readers will find themselves listening to all music in new ways.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Friday the 17th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/nate-sloan-and-charlie-harding-discuss-their-new-nonfiction-book-switched-pop   

Matthew Zapruder & Amy Gerstler Event at Beyond Baroque 

Join us to celebrate two great poets and their work. Nationally acclaimed poet and former New York Times Magazine Poetry Column editor Matthew Zapruder reads from his latest book, Father’s Day. He is joined by legendary Los Angeles poet Amy Gerstler..

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

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Friday the 17th

Time: 8 pm

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

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/events/688409874896816

Third Friday Poetry Readings and Open Mic at Rapp Saloon 

Elena Secota curates and hosts the Third Friday Rapp Saloon Poetry Reading & Open Mic, featuring:

Mona Jean Cedar was born in a small rural town in upstate New York, but her love for dance and facility for languages blossomed after moving to Los Angeles. She blended dance and sign language into a new communicative art genre, took it into rock and punk music scenes, participated in national poetry slams, and toured across the country. She now interprets for the L.A. Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl. She has taught dance and multi-lingual choreography, and is now experimenting with electronica music with sensors in her performances.

Where: Rapp Saloon

Date: Friday the 17th

Time: 8:30 pm – 11 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/144100781816

Martin Luther King Jr. Storytime at Children’s Book World – Kids Event

Master storyteller Michael D. McCarty will present a program of stories form African American history and culture that will inform, educate and entertain all ages, from 4 and up.

Where:  Children’s Book World

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 10:30 am – 11 am

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/739830379854943

Shari Swanson & Honey Book Launch at Once Upon a Time Bookstore – Kids Event

Dog Friendship to the rescue! Author Shari Swanson will read and discuss her debut picture book, Honey: The Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln. Based on a little known tale from Abraham Lincoln’s childhood, this is a classic story of a boy, his dog, and a daring rescue by a dog named Honey.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 11 am – 12 pm                   

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

Website: https://www./facebook.com/events/516774475715449

Saturday Morning Prose & Poetry at Beyond Baroque 

Join us for Saturday Morning Prose & Poetry, with Annette Robinson, to participate in a writing workshop for publication. Bring 5 copies of a poem to share.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 11 am

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

Website:  http://beyondbaroque.org/calendar

Second Annual LibroMobile Literary Arts Fest in the Alley, Santa Ana

The 2nd Annual LibroMobile Literary Arts Fest, featuring live readings, workshops, and theatre and literary arts will be held in Santa Ana.at LibroMobile in the Alley. It will culminate with the presentation of the Modesta Avila award, this year presented to luri M. Lara, a MeXicana-Indigena poet, high school English Language Arts teacher, and a mother from Santanan, CA. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of California Riverside. Her second chapbook Xicanx Affirmations (2018) was published by Libromobile.

Featured Poets Include:

Megan Dorame a Tongva poet, whose poetry centers around the Tongva people indigenous to L.A. She is a 2020 Pen American Emerging Voices Fellow. Her work as appeared in Dryland, The Offing and Notes From Native California, among others.

Marcus Omari is a dedicated poet, writer and performer. He has authored several chapbooks and teaches in the Creative Writing Conservatory at Orange Country School of the Arts. HE co-directs the annual Boca de Oro Literary Festival.

Anatalia Vallez is a writer, performer, artivist, proud daughter of migrants and UC Berkeley graduate. She is currently working on her debut poetry collection set to be published by Flower Song Books.

Francisco Aviles Pino is an undocumented queer writer and producer in Los Ángeles. They have written for Vogue, The Intercept, and the late OC Weekly among others.

Abigail Pidazo was born in Baguio City, Philippines and now resides in Tustin. Catch her spoken word poetry at an open mic near you. She is the outreach Assistant with Sunday Jump, an open mic operating in Historic Filipinotown operating as a safe space for marginalized voices.

Where: LibroMobile, Santa Ana

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 12 pm – 8 pm

Address: 220 E. 4th St., #107, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Website: https://fullertonobserver.com/evenst/libromobile-literary-arts-festival-220-e-fourth-street-ste-107-santa-ana-12-pm/

Social Justice Book Club & Always Running at Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Luis J. Rodriguez’s iconic book, Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. will be the selection for reading and discussion at Tia Chucha’s Social Justice Book Club this month.

Join us!

Where:  Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 12 pm – 1:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/455649228476772

Noah Baumbach & Marriage Story at Book Soup

Academy award nominated director Noah Baumbach will discuss and sign the companion book to his latest acclaimed film Marriage Story.

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

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 12 pm

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

Website:  https://www.booksoup.com/event/academy-award-nominated-filmmaker-noah-baumbach-discussing-and-signing

Loose Lips Poetry Reading at Topanga Library

Join the quarterly Loose Lips Poetry Reading which features the mother/daughter duo Gloria Vando & Anika Paris, on the theme of Woven Voices.

Where:  Topanga Library

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/loose-lips-poetry-tickets-86982953355  

Kate Milford & The Thief Knot – A Greenglass House Story at Vroman’s Bookstore – Kids Event

Please join us to hear author Kate Milford present her new book, The Thief Knot: A Greenglass House Story.

In The Thief Knot, Marzana and her friend are bored. When her parents are recruited to solve an odd crime she assembles a group of kid detectives with special skills to unravel the puzzle of the identity of the kidnappers are and where they’re hiding. But will they beat the ransom deadline?

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/490974101625313   

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

Please join us for Saturday Afternoon Poetry & Open Mic when our features include:

October Blu, Nikolai Garcia, Jenise Miller & Antonieta Vilalmil,

plus an Open Reading.

Events curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

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

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

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

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

When Where You’re From Has a Bad Reputation: IE Writing Event at Beyond Baroque 

Five women poets and writers from the Inland Empire share and discuss their work and represent different marginalized voices in different parts of the IE.

liz Gonzales is the author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected. She is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers Program and has taught in numerous venues and institutions.

Juanita E. Mantz is a writer, performer, and deputy public defender in Riverside CA, specializing in mental health law. Her forthcoming memoir is titled My Inland Empire: Hometown Stories.

Ruth Nolan is a widely published poet and prose writer , and is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at College of the Desert near Palm Springs. She is editor of the new anthology, No Place for a Puritan: the literature of California’s deserts. She is co-editor Phantom Seed, a bi-annual literary magazine, and her writing and photography has been widely published.

Isabel Quintero is a Mexican-American writer of YA literature, poetry and fiction. Her books include: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, My Papi Has a Motorcycle, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide, and Ugly Cat & Pablo.

Tisha Marie Reichle-Aguilera is a Chicana feminist and former rodeo queen. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and is now pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at USC.

NOTE: Members FREE.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 4 pm

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

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

Unhealthy Poetry Event Returns at Book Soup

Unhealthy poetry is a fun event, filled with junk food and cheap wine. Join us for an unusual night of poetry hosted by Sarah Nivala.

Special guest readers include: Becca Pecaut, Jessamyn Violet, Gina Jelinski &Agusta Gail.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 4 pm

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

Website:  https://www.booksoup.com/event/unhealthy-poetry-returns

Susan A. Phillips & The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti at Hennessey + Ingalls Bookstore

Author Susan A. Phillips will discuss and sign her book The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti.

The earliest documented graffiti bubble letters appear not in 1970s New York, but in 1920s Los Angeles. Negative letter forms first carved at the turn of the century are still spray painted on walls today. This lavishly illustrated book tells stories of small moments that collectively build into broad statements about power, memory, landscape, and history itself.

Where: Hennessey + Ingalls

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 4 pm

Address:  300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Suite M, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Website:  https://www.hennesseyingalls.com/event/susan-phillips-discussion-and-book-signing-city-beneath-century-los-angeles-graffiti

Andre Naffis-Sahely & Fred D’Aguiar & The Heart of a Stranger at Skylight Bookstore

Andre Naffis-Sahely & Fred D’Aguiar will present and sign their anthology, The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature.

Exile lies at the root of our earliest stories. This is an anthology of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction that journeys through six continents, with over a hundred contributors drawn from 24 languages. It offers a uniquely varied look at a theme both ancient and urgently contemporary.

Where: Skylight Bookstore

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

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

Website:  https://www.sklightbooks.com/event/andre-naffis-sahely-and-fred-aguiar-read-theri-new-anthology-hear-stranger-anthology-exile

Poetry Reading Event at Poetic Research Bureau

Two poets will join us to read, discuss and sign their work:

Nik De Dominic is a poet and essayist and is the author of Your Daily Horoscope. He is a founding editor of The Offending Adam: A Journal of Politics and a poetry editor of New Orleans Review. He lives in L.A. and teaches at The Writing Program at USC.

MC Hyland is a poet, publisher, scholar, teacher, and public artist. She is the author of two books of poetry—The End (2019) and NEVERAGAINLAND—and a dozen poetry chapbooks and artist books. She ran the Poetry Lab reading series form 2009-2012, and she is the founding editor of DoubleCross Press.

Where: Poetic Research Bureau

Date: Saturday the 18th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.poeticresearchbureau.com

Paul Cummins & Jeffrey Graham at Beyond Baroque

Join lawyer Jeffrey Graham and renowned educator and activist Paul Cummins as they read from their respective books, each of which compiles decades of dedication to the art of poetry.

NOTE: Members FREE.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Saturday the 18th                                                                                               

Time: 8 pm

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

Website: http://beyondbaroque.org.calendar

Pasadena Comic Con at Pasadena Convention Center

The Pasadena Comic Exposition is held at the Pasadena Convention Center. See website for schedule and details.

Where:  Pasadena Convention Center

Date:  Sunday the 19th

Time: 9 am – 5 pm

Address:  300 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101

Website: http://www.facebook.com/event/490119355250933

Writers Resist IV Event at Beyond Baroque 

This year it’s not Writers Resist, but Writers Attack! The finest literary voices in Southern California will feature together to inspire political action and social change. Readers include:

Douglas Brown is the author of two poetry collections, ICON (2018) and Zero to Three (2014), winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He also co-authored Begotten (2016), and has been a secondary school teacher for over 20 years. He is also co-founder and curator of un::fade::able-The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism.

Shonda Buchanan is an Award-winning poet and educator born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a daughter of Mixed Bloods, tri-racial and tri-ethnic African American, American Indian and European-descendant families who migrated from North Carolina and Virginia in the mid-1700 to 1800s to Southwestern Michigan. Black Indian, her memoir, begins the saga of these migration stories of Free People of Color communities exploring identity, ethnicity, landscape and loss.

Kate Gale is an American author, poet, librettist, and independent publisher of Pasadena’s Red Hen Press.

Brian Ingram N/A

Dana Johnson is a Professor of English at USC and an L.Á. native. She is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark (2016). She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California.

Cassandra Lane writes memoir, journalism, flash fiction and essays. She is from Louisiana.

Suzanne Lummis is a poet, influential teacher, arts organizer and impresario in Los Angeles. She is associated with the poem noir, Beyond Baroque, and had been a part of the L.Á. poetry scene for decades.

Sarah Maclay’s most recent release is a braided collaboration with Holaday Mason: The “She” Series: A Venice Correspondence (What Books Press). Music for the Black Room (2011) and The White Bride (2008, both U of Tampa Press) followed her debut full-length, Whore, which won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. She teaches creative writing and literature at Loyola Marymount University, and mini-master classes at Beyond Baroque.

Doug Manuel was born in Anderson, Indiana. He received a BA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and a MFA from Butler University. He is currently a Middleton and Dornsife Fellow at the University of Southern California where he is pursuing a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. Testify is his first full length collection.

Marsha de la O was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her MFA from Vermont College. Every Ravening Thing (2019) is her most recent collection of poems.

Judith Pacht’s new book of poems, Infirmary for a Private Soul (Tebot Bach) and her chapbook, A Cumulus Fiction were published in March 2019. She has taught at political poetry at Denver’s annual LitFest at the Lighthouse, and at UCLA Extension. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner, Kenneth Fisher.

Alicia Portnoy is a human rights activist, poet, college professor, and translator. She is better known for The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival, which was evidence in the trials against the genocide perpetrators that terrorized Argentina in the 70’s. She is a professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Phil Taggart has published three collections of poetry, his newest being: Rick Sings (Brandenburg Press). He grew up in South Whittier and now lives in Ventura, California with his wife Marsha de la O.

Amy Uyematsu was raised in southern California by parents who had been interned in American camps during World War II. She earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her most recent collection is Basic Vocabulary.

Davd Ulin is a writer, teacher and Human who lives in Los Angeles, CA. His is the author or editor of Sidewalking, The Lost Art of Reading, and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology.

Gail Wronsky is the author of ten books of poetry, prose, and translations, including So Quick Bright Things. She is a Professor of English and Director of Graduate Program in English at Loyola Marymount University.

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

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm

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

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

The After School with Ryka Aoki at Beyond Baroque

Join us every third Sunday for The After School, a monthly work space and platform for writers who are self-identified queers and people of color, facilitated by Ryka Aoki

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 3 pm

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

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

Blair Imani & Making Our Way Home at Vroman’s Bookstore

Author Blair Imani will present and sign her book, Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream.

Over the course of six decades an unprecedented wave of Black Americans left the South and spread across the nation in search of a better life. This migration sparked stunning demographical and cultural changes, and in this book the author centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 4 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/blair-imani-discusses-and-signs-making-our-way-home-great=migration-and-black-american-dream

Moonday Poetry: An Eastside Reading Event at Flintridge Bookstore

Join us for the last Moonday Poetry Reading at this location, as the bookstore will soon be relocating to smaller quarters.

Readers for this event include:

Teddy Macker writes poems, short stories, essays and translations, and has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications. His first book of poetry, This World, was published in 2018. He is a lecturer at UCSB.

Alexandra Umlas is the author of the collection, At The Table of the Unknown (Moontide Press). She teaches middle school and high school English.

Where: Flintridge Bookstore

Date: Sunday the 19th            

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/2402105276770207

Salient Sunday Open Reading at Beyond Baroque

Join us for the Salient Sunday Open Reading, hosted by Radomir Luza & Patricia Murphy.

Where: Beyond Baroque

Date: Sunday the 19th

Time: 5 pm

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

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

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