Los Angeles Literature Events: 10/04/21 – 10/10/21

Many/Most Events Are Online/Virtual DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

Author Talk with Hilma Wolitzer, & Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket via Central Library, LAPL – Online FB & YouTube Event

Join us to hear author Hilma Wolitzer present and discuss her latest novel, Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket.

Hilma Woiltzer has the gift of depicting ordinary life in extraordinary ways, and in this book she illustrates the relationship between the narrator and her husband through funny and insightful stories. Her stories and novels have been praised for illuminating the dark interiors of the American home.

NOTE: See Site for details.

Where: Central Library, LAPL – Online FB & YouTube Event

Date: Monday the 4th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: Online (see site)

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/conversation-author-hilma-wolitzer

Kelly Yang Meet & Greet & Room to Dream via Children’s Book World – In-Person Signing Event

Join us to hear children’s author Kelly Yang (Front Desk Series)present and sign her new children’s book, Room to Dream, (a Front Desk Novel), the third book in the series about an immigrant family trying to find a better life in 1990s California and based on the author’s own experiences.

Room to Dream is about a long delayed family vacation to China, where Mia Tang can see her cousins and grandparents again. The trip gives her enough time to reflect on the many changes in their lives, and gives her renewed determination to get through the turbulence now that she has room to breathe.

NOTE: See Site for details and registration.

Where: Children’s Book World – In-Person Event

Date: Monday the 4th

Time: 5 pm

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

Website: https://www.childrensbookworld.com/event/exclusive-kelly-yang-store-meet-greet-room-dream-book-signing-event

Kate Bowler, with Lori Gottlieb, & No Cure for Being Human via Vroman’s – Online Event

Join us to hear Kate Bowler, in conversation with Lori Gottlieb, discuss her book, No Cure for Being Human: (And Other Truths I Need to Hear).

The author believed her life was a series of unlimited choices, until she discovered at age 35, that her body was wracked with cancer. In this book she searches for a way forward as she mines the wisdom and absurdity of today’s “best life now” advice industry of exhausting positivity, which ignores our fragility.

NOTE: See site for event details and to purchase book.         

Where: Vroman’s – Online Event

Date: Monday the 4th  

Time: 6 pm

Address: See Site

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/vromans-live-kate-bowler-no-cure-for-being-human

Yiyun Li, with Amitava Kumar, & Tolstoy Together via Skylight Bookstore – Online Event

Yiyun Li, in conversation with Amitava Kumanr (A Time Outside This Time),will discuss Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace, in which the author invites readers to travel with her through an epic journey during a pandemic year.

Tolstoy Together expands the epic novel of War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy, into a rich conversation about literature and ways of reading, with contributions from numerous readers and contributors. This schedule and framework can provide a template, a daily motivating practice for Tolstoy’s novel, as well as for future books.

NOTE: See site for book purchase & event details.         

Where: Skylight Bookstore – Online Event

Date: Monday the 4th

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online (see site)

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-yiyun-li-discusses-tolstoy-together-amitava-kumar

Monday Night Fiction Workshop at Beyond Baroque – Zoom Online   

The free Monday Night Fiction Workshop led by Raquel Baker is a community writing workshop in which participants are asked to bring copies of 2-3 pages of fiction to read, and for critique and discussion. Registration is required.

Raquel Baker earned a PhD in English Literary Studies from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing form Mills College. She is currently Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Studies and Transnational Literatures at CSU Channel Islands. She also has published poetry and non-fiction, and done readings with the Ventura Poetry Project.

Where: Beyond Baroque – Online event (tickets at Eventbrite)

Date: Monday the 4th

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Address: Zoom Online

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

Book Talk: Mark Oppenheimer & Squirrel Hill via American Jewish University – Online Event

Join us for a Book Talk with author Mark Oppenheimer, who will present his book, Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul, and a conversation about this portrait of the struggles and triumphs of a singular community in the wake of unspeakable tragedy that highlights the hopes, fears and tensions all Americans must confront on the road to healing.    

Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh is one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in the country, known for its tightknit community and profusion of multigenerational families. This book is less about the 2018 shooting of eleven Jews worshipping at the synagogue —the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history — than about the historic, spirited, and resilient community at the center of this heartbreak.

NOTE: See site for event details and to purchase book.         

Where: American Jewish University – Online Event

Date: Tuesday the 5th  

Time: 12 pm – 12:45 pm

Address: See Site

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1192276461277997   

Terresa Zimmerman & Oh Lords! via Pages Bookstore – In-Person Event

Pages Bookstore is happy to welcome Terresa Zimmerman, co-author with Jes Averhart, of Oh Lords!: Who We Date, Why We Date Them, and What We’ve Learned.

This book is about two women sharing their dating stories, dating glories, and the lessons they learned along the way. It discusses these subjects in the context of archetypes, “Lords,” through the eyes and experiences of the authors, with humor and insight.

Terresa Zimmerman is an entrepreneur, author, advisor and mentor for business owners, and became the only female founder of a male underwear brand, Wood Underwear. She is the creator of 28 Days of Reinvention, host of the Reinvention Road Trip and Podcast, among other endeavors.

NOTE: See site for tickets, event details and to purchase book.         

Where: Pages Bookstore (see site)

Date: Tuesday the 5th

Time: 12 pm

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

Website: https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/terresa-zimmerman-oh-lords

Kirsten W. Larson, with Katy Wu, & A True Wonder via Once Upon a Time Bookstore – Online Zoom Event

Join us to hear author Kirsten W. Larson, in conversation with illustrator Katy Wu,discuss their book. A True Wonder: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything.

Calling all Wonder Woman fans! This book is a behind the scenes look at Wonder Woman, and a perfect book for fans of all ages, 5 and up, who want to learn more about her story.

NOTE: See site for event details and to purchase book.         

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore – Online Event

Date: Tuesday the 5th

Time: 5 pm

Address: See Site

Website: https://www.shoponceuponatime.com/event/true-wonder

Ian Brennan, with Dr. Maureen Mahon, & Muse-Sick via Book Soup – Online Event

Author Ian Brennan, in conversation with Dr. Maureen Mahon, will present and discuss his book, Muse-Sick: A Music Manifesto in Fifty-Nine Notes.

Muse-Sick is the seventh book by Grammy-winning music producer Ian Brennan, and it acts as a primer on how mass production and commercialization have corrupted the arts. Broken down into a series of core points and action plans, this book follows up on his two previous missives: How Music Dies (or Lives): Field Recording and the Battle for Democracy in the Arts and Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth.

Here Brennan reveals how corporate media has constricted local culture and individual creativity, leading to a lack of diversity within “diversity.” Narrative portions are made corporeal via his ongoing field recording chronicles with widely disparate groups, and Marilena Umuhoza Delli’s striking photos bring to life each tale.

NOTE: See site for event details and to purchase book.         

Where: Book Soup – Online Event

Date: Tuesday the 5th

Time: 6 pm

Address: See Site

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/ian-brennan-muse-sick-music-manifesto-fifty-nine-notes

Melody Gottfred & Self-Love Poetry via Diesel Bookstore – In-Person Event

Join us to hear author Melody Gottfred present and discuss her new book, Self-Love Poetry: For Thinkers & Feelers.

This debut poetry book is a collection of 200 thought-provoking and heart-opening self-love poems. Gottfred explores concepts of authenticity, surrender, resilience, gratitude, believing in oneself, and love through 100 pairs of poems. This is an empowering book to electrify body, mind, and soul and to inspire us to embrace all parts of ourselves.

NOTE: See Site for details and guidelines.

Where: Diesel Bookstore – In-Person Event

Date: Tuesday the 5th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: 225 26th St., Unit 33, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: https://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/brentwood-tuesday-october-5th-630-pm-melody-godfred-discusses-self-love-poetry

At Skylight: Claire Vaye Watkins, with Edan Lepucki, & I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness via Skylight Bookstore – In-Person Event

Claire Vaye Watkins, in conversation with Edan Lepucki, will present and discuss her darkly funny, soul-rending novel, I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness.

This book of love in a time of epoch collapse is one woman’s furious revisiting of family, marriage, work, sex and motherhood.  It is bold, tender, and often hilarious.

Leaving behind her husband and their baby daughter, a writer gets on a flight for a speaking engagement in Reno, not carrying much besides a breast pump and a spiraling case of postpartum depression. Her temporary escape from domestic duties and an opportunity to reconnect with old friends mutates into an extended romp away from the confines of marriage and motherhood, and a seemingly bottomless descent into the past. Deep in the Mojave Desert where she grew up, she meets her ghosts at every turn: the first love whose self-destruction still haunts her; her father, a member of the most famous cult in American history; her mother, whose native spark gutters with every passing year. She can’t go back in time to make any of it right, but what exactly is her way forward? Alone in the wilderness, at last she begins to make herself at home in the world.

Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of the novel Gold Fame Citrus and the short story collection Battleborn, winner of the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other prizes. A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, Watkins is a professor at the University of California Irvine and lives in Twenty-Nine Palms, CA.

Edan Lepucki is the bestselling author of the novels California and Woman No. 17, as well as the editor of Mothers Before: Stories and Portraits of Our Mothers as We Never Saw Them

NOTE: See site for tickets & event details.         

Where: Skylight Bookstore – In-Person Event

Date: Tuesday the 5th

Time: 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/skylight-claire-vaye-watkins-presents-i-love-you-ive-chosen-darkness-edan-lepucki  

Tuesdays at the Virtual Cobalt: Poets Series Presents: Open Reading & Eileen Carole – Virtual Zoom Event  

The Virtual Cobalt Poets Series, presented by Rick Lupert via Zoom, will feature an Open Reading and guest poet Eileen Carole.

Eileen Carole is a poet, author, and founder of the Writer’s Corner. She is the author of two books of poems: On a Musical Note and If You Have Loved: Then You Know the Joy of Love/ The Pain of Love. She’s also conceived a number of themed concepts for anthologies, notably Peace Pages, a poetic response to the September 11th attacks.

NOTE: Details and Zoom link at event link.

Where: Cobalt Poets – Online Zoom Event 

Date: Tuesday the 5th

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: Online event (see site)       

Website: http://poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/calendar.html

Da Poetry Lounge Open Mic at Greenway Court Theatre Is Now Virtual – IG Online

DPL events at the Greenway Court Theatre are postponed until further notice.

DPL has an open mic every Tuesday night. There is a sign-up procedure and a three-minute time limit per performer.

Where: Online IG event

Date: Tuesday the 5th

Time: 8 pm

Address: Online event (Check to verify)

Website: https://www.instagram.com/da_poetry_lounge/ (Check to verify)

Good Trouble Reading Group: Edwidge Danticat’s Claire of the Sea Light via Edendale Branch Library, LAPL – Online Event

Join Dr. Andrea Liss via Zoom for a discussion of Claire of the Sea Light, by acclaimed Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat.

The author sets this interconnected series of stories in the Haitian island town of Ville Rose, and begins and ends with seven-year-old Claire, whose mother died in childbirth. Her father Nozias is seeking a surrogate mother for her so he can travel to make his living, and as change looms for Claire we meet other characters from various walks of life whose passion and violence weave through the author’s gorgeous telling.

NOTE: See site for event details. Email ede@lapl.org for the Zoom link to join.       

Where: Edendale Branch Library, LAPL – Online Zoom Event

Date: Wednesday the 6th

Time: 4 pm

Address: Online – See Site

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/good-trouble-reading-group-edwidge-danticat-claire-sea-light

Yusef Salaam: Better not Bitter, Living in Pursuit of Racial Justice via ALOUD Reading Series, LAPL – Online Event

Join writer and activist Yusef Salaam, a member of the Exonerated Five, who will present and discuss his memoir, Better, Not Bitter, whose story of resilience and strength is an inspiring call to action.

In conversation with legal writer and commentator Ekow N. Yankah, the author tells his narrative of growing up Black in central Harlem in the ‘80s, being raised by a strong, fierce mother and grandmother, his years of incarceration, his reentry, and exoneration. He connects these stories to the lessons and principles that gave him the power to survive and inspires us to channel fury into action, and turn anger and trauma into a constructive force that mobilizes change. 

NOTE: See site for event details. Email eden@lapl.org for the Zoom link to join.       

Where: ALOUD Reading Series, LAPL – Online Zoom Event

Date: Wednesday the 6th

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online – See Site

Website: https://lfla.org/event/better-not-bitter-living-in-pursuit-of-racial-justice/   

Steven Pinker, with Niall Ferguson, & Rationality via Live Talks LA – Online Zoom Event

Join us to hear author and experimental psychologist Steven Pinker (How the Mind Works, Enlightenment Now), in conversation with author Niall Ferguson (Civilizations), present and discuss his new book, Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters.

Today humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding–and also appears to be losing its mind. How can a species that developed vaccines for Covid-19 in less than a year produce so much fake news, medical quackery, and conspiracy theorizing?

Rationality is a primer in logical thinking and an entertaining expedition through all the trapdoors we can tumble through when we try to parse reality or bend it to our will.

Rationality also explores its opposite: how the rational pursuit of self-interest, sectarian solidarity, and uplifting mythology can add up to crippling irrationality in a society. Collective rationality depends on norms that are explicitly designed to promote objectivity and truth.

NOTE: See site for event details and to purchase book.         

Where: LiveTalks LA – Online Event

Date: Wednesday the 6th 

Time: 6 pm

Address: See Site

Website: https://livetalksla.org/events/stevenpinker/

Writing Workshop with Matt Sedillo via Re/Arte Centro Literario – In-Person Event

Join us for a writing workshop, hosted by Chicano Political Poet, Matt Sedillo.

Matt Sedillo is an El Sereno native, a political activist, speaker, and writer, and author of the poetry collection, Mowing Leaves of Grass (Flowersong Press, 2019).

NOTE: See site for details. 

Where: Re/Arte centro literario – In-Person event

Date: Wednesday the 6th

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

Address: 2014 ½ E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 900333

Website: https://reartela.com/events%2Feventos  

Brandy Colbert, with Carole Boston Weatherford, & Blackbirds in the Sky via Skylight Bookstore – Online Crowdcast Event

Award-winning author Brandy Colbert, in conversation with author Carole Boston Weatherford (Freedom in Congo Square), will present and discuss her latest book, Blackbirds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, a searing work of nonfiction about the history and legacy of one of the most deadly and destructive acts of racial violence in American history.

This book is the author’s attempt to answer the questions surrounding the 1921 Tulsa massacre, and examines the racial tensions, resentment of Black economic and political advancement, and resurgence of white supremacist groups that boiled around and preceded this violent day and its aftermath. In turn, it also shows us who we are, and points us to a new way forward.

NOTE: See site for event details.         

Where: Skylight Bookstore – Online Crowdcast Event

Date: Wednesday the 6th

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: Online – See Site

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-brandy-colbert-discusses-black-birds-sky-carole-boston-weatherford

Open Mic: Grito de Boyle Heights with Sammy Quetzalli via Re/Arte Centro Literario – In-Person Event

Join us every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month for an OPEN MIC: Grito de Boyle Heights, hosted by Sammy Quetzalli.

Donations accepted at the door to help keep the doors open.

NOTE: See site for details. Sign-ups from 6:45 – 7pm.

Where: Re/Arte centro literario – In-Person event

Date: Wednesday the 6th

Time: 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Address: 2014 ½ E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 900333

Website: https://reartela.com/events%2Feventos  

 Anansi Virtual Writers Workshop via The World Stage – In-Person Event

Join this weekly community workshop founded in 1990, and following a three-part format, by joining in via Zoom every Wednesday night at 7:30 pm.

We return to the building after a 15-month, Covid-19 imposed exile, where the faithful met weekly via Zoom online. We are currently working on the process to continue to include our online community each session. WELCOME HOME!

In its 30th year, the Anansi Writers Workshop is a workshop and open mic performance featuring L.A.’s freshest, most inspiring voices speaking their truth in poetry and prose.

Suggested: $5.00 Donation via PayPal: The World Stage Gallery.

NOTE: See site for further details, and any change in the schedule. Contact kaliflowers@gmial.com or call (323) 293-2451 

Where: The World Stage (Eventbrite)    

Date: Wednesday the 6th  

Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm

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

Website: https://www.theworldstage.org/events.html or  https://www.facebook.com/events/2956323621294480/

Wednesday Night Poetry Workshop via Beyond Baroque – Zoom Online         

Join Beyond Baroque’s longest running free poetry workshop via Zoom online as we welcome new and seasoned poets to share their work and provide feedback. Facilitators are rotated quarterly, and the current facilitator is Joseph Rios.

Joseph Rios is the author of Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn), winner of the American Book Award, and was named one of the notable debut poets by Poets & Writers Magazine for 2017. He is currently attending the low residency MFA program at Bennington College.

NOTE: See site for further details, tickets and information.       

Where: Online event (Eventbrite)     

Date: Wednesday the 4th

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm

Address: Online event

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

Amor Towles, with John Grisham, & The Lincoln Highway via Diesel Bookstore – Online Event

Join us for a virtual event in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company, Auntie’s Books, Rakestraw Books, and hosted by Warwick’s, to hear author Amor Towles (A Gentleman in Moscow), in conversation with bestselling author John Grisham (author of thirty books, including The Reckoning), present and discuss his third and latest book, The Lincoln Highway: A Novel.

In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett’s intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden’s car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett’s future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction — to the City of New York.

Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles’ third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes.

NOTE: See site for event details and to purchase book.         

Where: Diesel Bookstore & others – Online Event

Date: Thursday the 7th  

Time: 6 pm

Address: See Site

Website: https://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/virtual-event-thursday-october-7-600-pm-amor-towles-conversation-john-grisham-discusses-and

Kimberly Harrington, with Laura Benanti, & But You Seemed So Happy via Book Soup – Online Event

Author Kimberly Harrington, in conversation with actress Laura Benanti, will present and discuss her book, But You Seemed So Happy: A Marriage, in Pieces and Bits.

This book is an honest, intimate biography of a marriage, from its heady, easy beginnings to its slowly coming apart and final evolution into something unexpected. Ultimately, this funny memoir in essays is a vulnerable and irreverent act of forgiveness— of ourselves, our partners, and the relationships which run their course but will always have meaning in our lives.

NOTE: See site for event details, tickets, and to purchase book.         

Where: Book Soup – Online Event

Date: Thursday the 7th

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online Event (see site) 

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/kimberly-harrington-you-seemed-so-happy-marriage-pieces-and-bits

Emily Prado & Funeral For Flaca via LibroMobile – Online IG Event

Author Emily Prado will present, read and discuss her book of essays, Funeral for Flaca.

Funeral for Flaca is an exploration of things lost and found—love, identity, family — and the trauma that transcends bodies, borders, cultures, and generations. The author is an educator and writer based in Portland, Oregon. She moonlights as DJ Mami Marni with Noche Libre, the Latin DJ collective she co-founded in 2017. This book was selected as #YosiBookClub summer reading pick and called “utterly vulnerable, bold, and unique,” by MS Magazine.

NOTE: See site for event details and to purchase book.         

Where: LibroMobile – Online IG Event

Date: Thursday the 7th

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

Address: Online IG Event (see site) 

Website: https://www.libromobile.com/event-details/funeral-for-flaca-by-emilly-prado

Alexandra Leigh Young, with Lauren Gibaldi & Eric Smith, & Idol Gossip via Vroman’s – Online YA Event

Author Alexandra Leigh Young, in conversation with Lauren Gibaldi & Eric Smith (Battle of the Bands), will present and discuss her book, Idol Gossip.

This debut novel is about seventeen-year-old Alice Choy and her little sister Olivia, who head to Myeondong to sing karaoke, after moving to Seoul form San Francisco for the needs of her diplomat mom. A scout for Top 10 Entertainment, one of the biggest K-pop companies, hears her and offers her a spot at their Star Academy. Can Alice navigate culture clashes, egos and extreme training practices to find success? Not if a certain influential blogger and the anti-fans get in their way.

NOTE: See site for event details, tickets, and to purchase book.         

Where: Vroman’s – Online Event

Date: Thursday the 7th

Time: 6 pm

Address: Online Event (see site) 

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vromans-live-alexandra-leigh-young-idol-gossip 

Kathryn H. Ross Signing & Black Was Not a Label via Skylight Bookstore – In-Person Event

Kathryn H. Ross will be in-store to sign her new book, Black Was Not a Label, a collection of essays that explores the intersection of faith and racial trauma, and the attempt to come to terms with instances of otherness, isolation, racism, erasure, anger, and lost love.

From the moment where ones’ race is realized to the first heartbreak because of something more than unrequited feelings, this book explains what life is like within the “veil,” a concept coined by W.E.B DuBois, and the “double consciousness” for author Ross. She shifts through memories, of everything from hair trauma to drama, instances of racism and forced stereotypes in school, family, and friendships, to slavery and heritage, to her own faith in God, while she faces an uncertain future.

NOTE: See site for event details and guidelines.         

Where: Skylight Bookstore – In-Person Event

Date: Thursday the 7th  

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/store-signing-kathryn-h-ross-author-black-was-not-label

Dash Shaw, with Aidan Koch, & Discipline via Skylight Bookstore – Online Event

Dash Shaw, in conversation with Aidan Koch, will discuss his new book, Discipline, from New York Comics.

During the civil War, many Quakers were caught between their fervent support of abolition, a desire to preserve the Union, and their long-standing commitment to pacifism. When Charles Cox, a young Quaker from Indiana, slips out early one morning to enlist in the Union Army, he scandalizes his family and his community.

Leaving behind the strict ways of Quaker life, Cox is soon confronted with the savagery of battle, the cruelty of the enemy (as well as of his fellow soldiers), and the overwhelming strangeness of the world beyond his home. He clings to his faith and family through letters with his sister, Fanny, who faces her own trials at home: betrayal, death, and a church that seems ready to fracture under the stress of the war.

Discipline is told largely through the letters exchanged between the Cox siblings—incorporating material from actual Quaker and soldier journals of the era—and drawn in a style that combines modern graphic storytelling with the Civil War–era battlefield illustrations of the likes of Thomas Nast and Winslow Homer. The result is a powerful consideration of faith, justice, and violence, and an American comics’ masterpiece.

NOTE: See site for event details and guidelines.         

Where: Skylight Bookstore – Online Event

Date: Thursday the 7th  

Time: 6:30 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-dash-shaw-presents-discipline-aidan-koch

FUTURE NOW: DrylandLA Reading & Open Mic Series via Re/Arte Centro Literario – In-Person & Online Event

Join us for this month’s hybrid meeting of the FUTURE NOW: Readings & Open Mic Series, held every first Thursday of the month, and hosted by assistant editor Nikolai Garcia, and the Dryland team.

This event features three contributors from Issue #10 of Dryland LA:

Christian Hanz Lozada co-authored the poetry book Leave with More Than You Came With, and his short works have appeared in Hawaii Pacific Review (Pushcart Nominee) among others. He lives in San Pedro, CA, and uses his MFA to teach his neighbors’ kids at L.A. Harbor College.

Juliana Chang is a Taiwanese American poet. She is the 2019 recipient of the Urmy/Hardy Poetry Prize, the 2017 recipient of the Wiley Birkhofer Poetry Prize, and a 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Medalist in Poetry. She received a BA in Linguistics and a MA in Sociology from Stanford University in 2019. Her debut chapbook Inheritance was the winner of the 2020 Vella Contest and published with Paper Nautilus Press in 2021.

E.M. Franceschini was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Tampa, Florida.Heis a former day laborer, US Army veteran, and community college grad who now holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and is Assistant Professor of English and Latin American Studies at the University of Georgia.  He is the author of Autopsy of a Fall, winner of the 2020 Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, and The Epic of Cuba Libre: the mambí, mythopoetics, and liberation, forthcoming at University of Virginia Press in 2022.  His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared at Dryland, Witness, Kweli, Acentos ReviewNewfound, Global South Studies, Boston Review, and elsewhere.   

This will be a hybrid open mic event as it’s happening both in-person at Re/Arte Literario located in Boyle Heights, as well as virtually via Zoom. Please sign-up for the Open Mic at the site link on the google form.

NOTE: See site for details and guidelines for Open Mic. 

Where: Dryland LA at Re/Arte – In-Person event & Online event (Zoom ID: 878 8950 0444)

Date: Thursday the 7th                       

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: 2014 ½ E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 900333

Website: https://reartela.com/events%2Feventos or https://drylandla.org/2021/09/28/oct-7th-future-now-reading-christian-hanz-lozada-juliana-chang-e-m-franceschini/

Tonalli Open Mic via Los Angeles Poetry Society – Online Zoom Event 

Please join us for the Tonalli Thursdays Open Mic, offered every 1st Thursday of the month. All artists are welcome.     

NOTE: See LAPS facebook events listings for updates.

Where: Online Zoom event (see site)

Date: Thursday the 7th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.lapoetsociety.org/events (Confirm at site)

Sabor y Cultura: fos_thursdays Open Mic – Instagram Event 

Please enjoy the Sabor y Cultura Open Mic on Instagram Live on Thursdays at 8pm PST.

This is an Instagram online event.      

NOTE: Sign-ups open on Wednesday at 3 pm.

Where: Online event (see site)

Date: Thursday the 7th

Time: 8 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.instagram.com/fos_thursdays/ (Confirm at site)

2021 LEALA Outdoor Festival of Spanish Language, Literature & Ideas at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes – In-Person Event

Join us for Day 1 of the 2021 LEALA Outdoor Festival of Spanish Language, Literature & Ideas, a free three-day celebration of culture, language and literature.

11:15 am – 11:30 am: Lectura para ninos: Naibr Reynoso

5 pm – 6 pm: Conferencia inaugural: Vida y literatural Los umbrales de la memoria: Guillermo Arriaga y Julian Herbert

NOTE: See Site for details and registration.

Where: LEALA Outdoor Festival of Language Literature & Ideas – In-Person Event

Date: Friday the 8th

Time: 10 pm – 6 pm

Address: 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 (LA Plaza)

Website: https://lapca.org/event/special-event-leala-outdoor-festival-of-spanish-language-literature-and-ideas-free/ or https://lea-la.com/programa/

Current Events Nonfiction Book Club & The Sum of Us via Studio City Branch Library, LAPL – Online Event

Join us via Zoom for the Studio City Branch Library’s Current Events Nonfiction Book Club to discuss The Sum of Us: What Racism in the United States Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together (2021), by activist and author Heather McGhee.

The author perceptively explores how to develop a multi-faceted alternative to the zero-sum thinking in our contemporary American winner-take-all economy in the United States. Her specialty is the American economy—and why it often fails the public. She shows why racism is the common root problem for people of color and for white people too, and finds proof of the Solidarity Dividend: gains that come when people come together across race to tackle the toughest problems.

Email Emily at eaaronson@lapl.org for information on how to join.

NOTE: See Site for details and Zoom link.

Where: Studio City Branch Library, LAPL – Online

Date: Friday the 8th

Time: 12 pm – 1 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/current-events-nonfiction-book-club-online

Your Author Series: Duncan Tonatiuh & Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns via LAPL – Online Kids Event

Join us as Your Author Series welcomes author Duncan Tonatiuh, who will present and discuss his children’s  book, Feathered Serpant and the Five Suns, which is inspired by Modec art and aims to honor the past while remaining relevant to current and future generations.

This event honors Latinx Heritage Month & Native American Heritage Month.

Email Emily at eaaronson@lapl.org for information on how to join.

NOTE: See Site for details and FB & YouTube link.

Where: Central Library, LAPL – Online

Date: Friday the 8th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: Online event (see site)

Website: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-duncan-tonatiuh 

Joshua Ferris, with Frank Rich, & A Calling for Charlie Barnes via Skylight Bookstore – Online Event

Author Joshua Ferris, in conversation with author Frank Rich (Ghost Light), will present and discuss his new novel, A Calling for Charlie Barnes. 

This is a story about a modern American family man on a secret mission to uncover the world’s hidden truths, whose desperate need to be loved is his downfall, and a funny account of how that love is ultimately earned.

Joshua Ferris is the author of three previous novels, Then We Came to the End, The Unnamed, and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, and a collection of stories, The Dinner Party. He was a finalist for the National Book Award, among others, and his short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Best American Short Stories.

Frank Rich is Writer at Large at New York Magazine, writing on politics and culture. His books include the memoir Ghost Light. He is an executive producer for the HBO drama Succession, and was executive producer for the HBO comedy Veep.

NOTE: See website for online link, book purchase, and further details.

Where: Skylight Books – Online event (see details at website link)

Date: Friday the 8th

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

Address: Online (see site)

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-joshua-ferris-reads-calling-charlie-barnes

Ryan Hampton, with Gerald Posner, & Unsettled via Vroman’s – Online Event

Author Ryan Hampton, in conversation with journalist Gerald Posner, will present and discuss his new book, Unsettled: How the Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy Failed the Victims of the American Overdose Crisis. 

This is the inside story of Purdue’s excruciating Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, the company’s eventual restructuring, and the Sackler family’s evasion of any true accountability. It’s also the untold story of how a group of determined ordinary people tried to see justice done against all the odds—in the face of brutal opposition from powerful institutions and even government representatives.

NOTE: See website for online link, book purchase, and further details.

Where: Vroman’s – Online event (see details at website link)

Date: Friday the 8th

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

Address: Online (see site)

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/vromans-live-ryan-hampton-unsettled%C2%A0

Writers Bloc Presents: Robert Costa & Peril via Skirball Cultural Center – In-Person Outdoor Event

Author Washington Post political reporter and NBC political analyst Robert Costa, co-author with Bob Woodward of the new book Peril, will be in conversation with Kevin Merida, executive editor of the Los Angeles Times. 

This is the inside story of the presidential transition from Trump to Biden, and why the resulting turmoil serves as an urgent call-to-action for the protection of American democracy. The authors interviewed more than 200 hundred people at the center of the action, and distilled more than 6,000 pages of transcripts into one fast-paced volume to provide a spellbinding and definitive portrait of a nation on the brink.

NOTE: See website for online link, book purchase, and further details. Book Soup will provide books for purchase.

Where: Skirball Cultural Center – In-Person Outdoor event (see details at website link)

Date: Friday the 8th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 2710 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Website: https://www.skirball.org/programs/words-and-ideas/evening-robert-costa

2021 LEALA Outdoor Festival of Spanish Language, Literature & Ideas at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes – In-Person Event

Join us for Day 2 of the 2021 LEALA Outdoor Festival of Spanish Language, Literature & Ideas, a free three-day celebration of culture, language and literature.

11:30 am 12:20 pm: Libros para crecer. Ninos, lectura y confinamiento: Sergio Andricain, Antonio Orlando Rodriguez y David Unger. Modera: Marisol Schultz

12:30 pm – 2 pm: Pertenencia y destino: migration y territorios literarios: Yarell  Arizmendi, Cristina Rivera Garza, Antonio Orlando Rodriguez, Michael Schuessler y Pedro A. Palou

3 pm – 3:50 pm: Yo es otro. De la autoficcion a la ficcion: Emiliano Monge, Julian Herbert y Eduardo Antonio Parra

4 pm – 4:50 pm: Jovenes y literatua: el viaje interior: Raquel Casto, Alberto Chimal y Joselo Rangel

5 pm – 5:50 pm: Creacion y libertad. Noticias desde el encierro: Guillermo Arriaga, Eduardo Antonio Parra y Joselo Rangel

Central de Poesia: actividades coordinadas por Gaspar Orozco:

Mesa 1: Encrucijada LA:

3 pm – 4:15 pm: Lectura de poetas y conversacion con el publico: Roman Lujan, Ramon Garcia, Angelina Saenz, Carlos Lara

Mesa 2: Frontera y Transfrontera:

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Lectura y conversacion con el publico: Anthony Sedman. Roberto Castillo, Virginia Hernandez, (representa la obra de la poeta Gloria Ortiz)

Rafagas: 5:30 pm – 6 pm

NOTE: See Site for details and registration.

Where: LEALA Outdoor Festival of Language Literature & Ideas – In-Person Event

Date: Saturday the 9th

Time: 10 pm – 6 pm

Address: 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 (LA Plaza)

Website: https://lapca.org/event/special-event-leala-outdoor-festival-of-spanish-language-literature-and-ideas-free/ or https://lea-la.com/programa/

Creative Writing Workshop via LAwritersgroup.com – Online Event

Get words on the page and meet other writers in this online creative writing workshop.

NOTE: See website for online link and further details. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Where: Online event (see details at website link)

Date: Saturday the 9th

Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm

Address: Online event (see website) 

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1256929584682481/   

Ann Whitford Paul & Jay Fleck & Who Loves Little Lemur? via Children’s Book World – Online Kids Event

Join us to hear children’s author Ann Whitford Paul and illustrator Jay Fleck introduce their new picture book collaboration, Who Loves Little Lemur? 

This book talk led by the beloved author of the If Animals Kissed Good Night series and by the acclaimed illustrator of the Tiny T Rex series.

NOTE: See Site for details and registration.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore – Online Zoom Event

Date: Saturday the 2nd

Time: 10:30 am – 11 am

Address: Online (see site)

Website: https://www.childrensbookworld.com/event/virtual-storytime-book-talk-who-loves-little-lemur-ann-whitford-paul-and-jay-fleck

Writer’s Workshop with Viva Padilla via Re/Arte – In-Person Event 

Join us for an introduction to submitting your writing to journals and magazines. Incudes career advice, and writing feedback. Bring your work and a notebook.

NOTE: See website for registration, donation, and further details.

Where: Re/Arte– In-Person Event

Date: Saturday the 9th                 

Time: 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Address: 2014 ½ E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: https://reartela.com/events%2Feventos

Book Launch: The Carverians II,  by SondriaWrites at Re/Arte centro literario – In-Person Event 

Join us for a Book Launch of The Carverians II, by SondraWrites, which is the fourth collection of stories by the author. She will read from and discuss this world she created over wine and hors d’oeuvres.

NOTE: See website for RSVP, link, and further details.

Where: Re/Arte – In-Person Event

Date: Saturday the 9th                   

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Address: 2014 ½ E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Website: https://reartela.com/events%2Feventos or https://www.facebook.com/inktillitstink/posts/3264139247015651

Indigenous Peoples Day Poetry Reading at Sims Library of Poetry – In-Person Event

In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, the Sims Library of poetry is proud to feature the poetic talents of four poets reading their work:

Luis J. Rodriguez is a prolific author, community and urban peace activist, publisher, and former Poet Laureate of Los Angeles (2014-2016). He is a multi-talented novelist/memoirist/short story writer/children’s book writer/essayist, and his 16 books in all genres include his iconic memoir Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA and, most recently, From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, Journeys & Imaginings form a Native Xicanx Writer. He is dedicated to his indigenous roots and Native American spirituality, and he has a podcast with his wife Trini called “The Hummingbird Cricket Hour” at https://hchpodcast.libsyn.com/

Ramiro Rodriguez, son of Luis J. Rodriguez, is also a poet, and has written about his incarceration, and feelings of loss and abandonment. He also teaches and mentors others at writing workshops led for inmates at various locations.

Ivan Salinas is a poet based in the San Fernando Valley who experiments with words, images and sound. His work has been published in a variety of journals and magazines, including Curious Publishing, Dryland, Drifter Zine, Backlash Lit, and more. He is a Poetry Coalition Fellow at Beyond Baroque Literary Center.

Briana Munoz is a poet and writer who has been writing since age 10, and published her first collection, Loose Lips (Prickly Pear Publishing) in 2019, followed by Everything Returns to the Soil in 2020. Her poetry and short stories have been published in four editions of Bravura Literary Journal, where she was awarded the second place fiction prize in 2016.

NOTE: See site for RSVP, guidelines, and further details.

Where: Sims Library of Poetry

Date: Saturday the 9th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: 2702 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043

Website: https://www.simslibraryofpoetry.org/event-details/indigenous-peoples-day-poetry-reading

Saturday Afternoon Poetry: Poetry Writing Workshop – via Zoom Online

Join Saturday Afternoon Poetry for a Deep Critique Workshop led by G.T. Foster. (Submit up to 3 poems totaling no more than 150 lines for Spectrum29: The Dead and the Divine by emailing donkingfishercampbell@gmail.com by 11:59pm October 9th).

All events are curated by Don Kingfisher Campbell.

Where: Online Zoom Event

Date: Saturday the 9th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Address: Online Zoom Event

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

White Pine Press Poets Reading via Beyond Baroque – Online Event

Join Beyond Baroque and White Pine Press for a reading by these featured poets:

Gail Wronsky is a poet and writer whose latest poetry collection, Under the Capsized Boat We Fly, New & Selected Poems, published earlier this year, too, collects over forty years of the author’s work which explores environmentalism, and mortality in language that is both multi-layered and musical. She is the author, coauthor, or translator of 16 books of poetry and prose, and she teaches creative writing and women’s literature at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she was awarded the Harry M. Daum Professorship. She is currently working on an art/poetry project with Los Angeles artist Gronk.

Yun Wang is a poet whose forthcoming poetry collection, The Book of Mirrors, takes the reader on a journey of enlightenment through unexpected discoveries and heartbreaks. Her manuscript was the winner of the twenty-sixth White Pine Press Poetry Prize–judged by Jennifer Kwon Dobbs. The collection is set to release on September, 28, 2021. Wang also is the author of poetry books The Book of Totality (Salmon Poetry Press, 2015), and The Book of Jade (Winner of the 15th Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, Story Line Press, 2002), as well as the book of translation, Dreaming of Fallen Blossoms: Tune Poems of Su Dong-Po (White Pine Press, 2019). Wang is a cosmologist at California Institute of Technology, currently focusing on developing NASA space missions to explore the Universe. 

Christopher Merrill is a poet whose latest book, Flares, is a cross-genre text praised for its richly imagined fables, vignettes, and prose poems that reveal the elementary strangeness of this world. The book was published in Spring of 2021. Hehas published seven collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and translations; and six books of nonfiction, among them, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, and Self-Portrait with Dogwood. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa since 2000, he has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries, served on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO from 2011-2018, and in April 2012 President Barack Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities.

Dennis Maloney is a poet and translator. A number of volumes of his own poetry have been published including The Map Is Not the Territory, Just Enough, and Listening to Tao Yuan Ming. A bilingual German/English volume, Empty Cup was published in Germany in 2017. Recent collections include The Things I Notice Now and The Faces of Guan Yin.He is also the editor and publisher of the widely respected White Pine Press in Buffalo, NY.  

Where:  Beyond BaroqueOnline Event

Date: Saturday the 9th

Time: 4 pm

Address: Online Event (see site)

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/white-pine-press-a-poetry-reading-tickets-177593375567 or https://www.facebook.com/events/379302493903352

Nikki Barthelmess, with Laura Taylor Namey, & EVERYTHING WITHIN AND IN-BETWEEEN via Skylight Bookstore – Online YA Event

Author Nikki Barthelmess, in conversation with Laura Taylor Namey, will present and discuss her new YA book, Everything Within and In-Between.

This book is a deeply honest coming-of-age story about reclaiming a heritage buried under assimilation, the bonds within families, and defining who you are for yourself.

For Ri Fernandez’s entire life, she has been raised by her strict Mexican grandmother and never been allowed to learn Spanish, because “we live in America and we speak English.” She’s always believed her mother, who disappeared when she was young, would accept her exactly as who she is. So when she finds a letter from her mom, she decides to reclaim her heritage and her mom. But nothing goes as planned, and her mom isn’t who she expected her to be.

NOTE: See website for online link and further details.

Where: Skylight Bookstore (see site)

Date: Saturday the 9th

Time: 5 pm – 6 pm

Address: Online Event (see site)  

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/live-crowdcast-nikki-barthelmess-conversation-laura-taylor-namey

2021 LEALA Outdoor Festival of Spanish Language, Literature & Ideas at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes – In-Person Event

Join us for Day 3 of the 2021 LEALA Outdoor Festival of Spanish Language, Literature & Ideas, a free three-day celebration of culture, language and literature.

10:30 am – 11:20 am: Performance: The boundary line between the two republics shall commence in , three leagues from, opposite the mouth of: Saul Hernandez

11:30 am – 12:20 pm: Leer para dudar: Ashley Frangle y Lety Sahagun

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Nosotras. Mujeres, escritura y feminismos: Cristina Rivera Garza, Elissa Diaz Castelo, Ilana Luna, Rocio Ceron, Sylvia Georgina Estrada y Yareli Arizmiento

3 pm – 4 pm: Lease en caso de emergencia. Libros y pandemia: Pedro A. Palou, Emiliano Monge, Micael Schuessler y Sara Poot Herrera. Modero: Marisol Schultz

4 pm – 4:50 pm: Nativos digitales, literatura y nuevos medios. Raquel Castro y Alberto Chimal. Modera: Marina Gonzalez

5 pm – 6 pm: Documental “Aguilas” de Maite Zubiaurre y Kristy Guevara-Flanagan. Presenta: Sara Poot Herrera

Central de Poesia: actividades coordinadas por Gaspar Orozco:

Mesa 3: De Varia Voz:

3 pm – 4:15 pm: Lectura de poetas y conversacion con el publico: Rocio Ceron, Jacobo Sefami, Eduardo Hurtado, Elisa Diaz Castelo 

Mesa 4: La Voz y la Traduccion:

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Lectura de poetas y conversacion con el publico: Giancarlo Huapaya, Ilana Luna, Gaspar Orozco

Rafagas: 5:30 pm – 6 pm

NOTE: See Site for details and registration.

Where: LEALA Outdoor Festival of Language Literature & Ideas – In-Person Event

Date: Sunday the 10th

Time: 10 pm – 6 pm

Address: 501 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 (LA Plaza)

Website: https://lapca.org/event/special-event-leala-outdoor-festival-of-spanish-language-literature-and-ideas-free/?event_date=2021-10-08

Treehouse & LAPL Present: Janay Brown-Wood & Amara’s Farm via Skylight Books – Online Kids Event

Join us for an interactive event celebrating the release of Amara’s Farm, by children’s author Janay Brown-Wood.

This is event is presented in partnership with Punk Rock Marthas!

Amara’s Farm is a book about a young girl who searches for pumpkins on her farm, from the new Where Is the Garden series. The author uses simple playful text to guide young readers through the farm, the seasons, and she explores the unique characteristics of the many things that grow there. Artist Samara Hardy brings the story to life with her hand painted ink and watercolor drawings.

NOTE: See website for online link, further details and to purchase book.

Where: Skylight Bookstore – Online event (see details at site)

Date: Sunday the 10th

Time: 10 am

Address: Online Event (see site)

Website: https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/treehouse-and-la-public-library-present-janay-brown-wood-author-amaras-farm

David Grossman in Conversation with David Ulin & More than I Love My LIfe via Skirball Cultural Center – Online Event

Writers Bloc and the Skirball invite you to hear from Man Booker Prize winning author David Grossman, who will join us from Israel for this virtual talk with USC professor and author David L. Ulin, to discuss his book More Than I Love My Life.

This book is the story of three strong women: Vera, age ninety; her daughter, Nina; and her granddaughter, Gili. Together they travel to Goli Otok, a barren island off the coast of Croatia where Vera was imprisoned for three years after she refused to denounce her husband as an enemy of the people. This unlikely journey lays bare the intertwining of fear, love, and mercy, and the complex overlapping demands of romantic and parental passion.

This event is free, but reservations are required.

NOTE: See website for RSVP, book purchase, and further details. Chevalier’s will provide signed bookplates for book purchase.

Where: Skirball Cultural Center – Online event (see details at website link)

Date: Sunday the 10th

Time: 12 pm

Address: Skirball – Online (see site)

Websitehttps://www.skirball.org/programs/words-and-ideas/david-grossman-conversation-david-ulin   

Book Talk: Writing Romance with Maan Gabriel & Tif Marcelo via Bel Canto Books – Online IG Event

Join us for a book talk on Writing Romance, with authors Maan Gabriel & Tif Marcelo via IG Live.

Maan Gabriel is the author of After Perfect, the story of a marriage and a divorce and the complexities of both. What at first seems like a tragedy, when Gabrielle’s husband asks for a divorce, actually opens the door for her to create a new life that might give her a real happily ever after this time.

Tif Marcelo is the author of The Holiday Switch, about two rival co-workers with two very big secrets. Perfect holiday plans fall apart when Lila’s boss hires her cute nephew Teddy, and an unexpected snowstorm  throws them together.

NOTE: See website for further details.

Where: Bel Canto Books – Online Event

Date: Sunday the 10th

Time: 3 pm

Address: Online event (see site)  

Website: https://belcantobooks.net/events

Library Girl Presents: A Tribute to Stephen John Kalinich & 12 Year Anniversary Celebrationvia Ruskin Theater – In-Person Event

Join us for a 12 Year Anniversary Celebration of Library Girl and readings in honor of Stephen John Kalinich, “Be Still and Know Who You Are,” hosted by Susan Hayward and joined by special guest readers:

Willie Aron is a poet, children’s music producer, musician and performer. He co-founded the folk-rock group The Balancing Act, was a studio and touring musician for others, developed curriculum and composed and won a Grammy in 2007. He continues to produce records for others.

Alex Bloom is a poet and writer, and founder of a screenplay consultancy called Script Reader Pro.

John Densmore is a musician, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the drummer of the rock band The Doors and as such is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is the author most recently of his third book, The Seekers: Meetings with Remarkable Musicians and Other Artists.

Michael C. Ford is a legendary voice on the LA Poetry scene and has produced a steady stream of print and recorded product since 1970.His debut spoken word vinyl,Language Commando, earned a Grammy nomination in 1986, and his book of Selected Poems entitled Emergency Exits, was honored by a 1998 Pulitzer Prize nomination. His new record, Look Each Other in the Ears, features The Doors members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore.

S.A. Griffin is a poet, actor, performance artist, and publisher of Rose of Sharon Press. He co-edited The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, has been published in numerous anthologies, and collaborated with many artists. He is the author of many publications, including a chapbook, Duckwalking Through the Apocalypse (2003), and been lauded by many, including: as Best Performance Artist by LA Weekly; received the Beyond Baroque Arts Distinguished Service Award; and his archive is held at UCLA (2015).

Steve Hochman is a poet and writer, essayist, rock critic, and columnist/contributor for the LA Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and other publications, including KQED-FM Public Radio.

The Prickley Pair (Mason Summit & Irene Green) are Los Angeles-based musicians and performers.

Mike ‘the Poet” Sonksen is acclaimed for his poetry performances, published articles and essays at KCET and other venues, and mentoring and teaching of young writers and students. His work celebrates literary Los Angeles, and his work I Am Alive in Los Angeles! has been added to the curriculum of several universities and high schools. His most recent book is Letters to My City, and he currently teaches at Woodbury University.

Lisa Thayer is the creator of “The Juice Bar” poetry website and produces the series “The Jazz Poets Social Club” with Michael Camacho at Elderberries in Hollywood. She is an actor, photographer and poet

Paul Zollo is a Bard of Los Angeles widely known for his benchmark books on the art of songwriting, and as one of the best music journalists. His work is comprised of dense, richly textured narratives which take listeners into strange worlds.

NOTE: See website for guidelines, further details, costs & tickets.

Where: Library Girl Readings at the Ruskin Group Theater – In-Person Event (see details & guidelines at website link)

Date: Sunday the 10th

Time: 7 pm start (Taco truck in front at 6pm)

Address: 3000 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: https://www.ruskingrouptheatre.com/library-girl/

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