Hitched at Holy Grounds Celebrates Macondo Writers and Two Book Releases!

by Michael Sedano

From: Labloga


Hitched  is a quarterly reading series, created and engagingly hosted by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. Notable for Bermejo’s pairing of intriguing voices, Hitched might feature seasoned with emerging writers, people working in complementary styles, writers with contrasting approaches. Bermejo always finds a delighting facet in her guests’ poetry and prose.

For December, the event paired two writers bringing debut books to light, Vickie Vertiz’s collection, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut (University of Arizona Press) and Joseph Rios’s collection, Shadowboxing (Omnidawn)! In addition, all the writers were Macondistas, including liz gonzalez, Alex Espinoza, Tisha Reichle, Sarah Rafael García. With Saturday’s reading, Hitched reaches its seventh year. In Los Angeles, that’s an institution. That Macondo writers workshop has been an institution since Day One.

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Beginnings & Endings at Avenue 50 and La Palabra

by Michael Sedano

From: Labloga

La_Palabra_Final_Group1Karineh Mahdessian restrained the tears that refused restraint so the tears flowed as she disclosed news to a supportive crowd that today wraps her service hosting the immensely important and popular reading series, La Palabra at Avenue 50 Studio in Northeast Los Angeles. The December 10 meeting wraps the series for 2017.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 12/11/17 –12/17/17

Father Gregory Boyle at Vroman’s Bookstore (Off-site at All Saints Church)

downloadCome to hear author and founder of Homeboy Industries, Father Gregory Boyle, discuss and sign his new book Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship.

The author of Tatoos on the Heart leads the largest gang intervention program in the world, and his first book was hailed as an astounding literary and spiritual feat. Now, in a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, he offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins in Barking to the Choir. This book is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers.

NOTE: You must RSVP at website link to eventbrite to pay $34 for admission for two and one copy of book.

Where: All Saints Church

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101


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Los Angeles Literature Events 12/04/17 –12/10/17  

These Violent Delights at Book Soup

downloadPlease join us to hear Victoria Namkung discuss and sign her novel, These Violent Delights, set in modern-day Los Angeles at Windemere School for Girls, an elite private school where Dr. Gregory Copeland is the beloved chair of the English Department. A married father with a penchant for romantic poetry—and impressionable teenage girls—he operates in plain sight for years, until one of his former students goes public with allegations of inappropriate conduct. This is a literary exploration of the pressures and vulnerabilities so many women and girls face, and analyzes the ways our institutions and families fail to protect or defend us.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:   http://www.booksoup.com/event/victoria-namkung-discusses-and-signs-these-violent-delights

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Even More Good Publishing News From the Los Angeles Literary Community

From: The Operating System Facebook page

24059035_1208628129239281_6306440403255758708_nThere is more good publication news from the Los Angeles literary community. Two Los Angeles poets, Rocío Carlos and Rachel McLeod Kaminer, are being published by The Operating System. The following was the announcement from the press’ Facebook page:


“More good news from behind our tight-lipped submission vaults! The OS is thrilled to announce that we’ll be publishing “ATTENDANCE,” a collaboration between Rocío Carlos and Rachel McLeod Kaminer, in late 2018!

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Los Angeles Literature Events 11/27/17 –12/03/17

Conchas Y Café Zine Workshop at Baldwin Hills Branch Library, LAPL

oPlease join us every Monday at 1 pm as we make a zine in our Conchas Y Café Workshop for adults, with DSTL Arts. Our zine will be added to our #LAPLZineLibrary at Baldwin Hills Library!

Where: Baldwin Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 27th

Time: 1 pm

Address: 2906 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/guerrilla-tacos-qa-wes-avila-and-richard-parks-iii

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Janet Fitch explains what it took to go back to Russia 100 years ago in ‘The Revolution of Marina M.’

By Janet Fitch

From: The Los Angeles Times

THODAAZUKFCZXDXUELOYIIIZOQMy new novel debuts on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, which is also the historical moment of the book. It didn’t take me quite 100 years to write “The Revolution of Marina M.,” but 11 years was long enough.

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