Two Local Literary Journals Have A Summer Release

By Brian Dunlap

3This summer two local literary journals—Pomona Valley Review and Dryland: A Literary Journal Based in South Central L.A.—released their latest issues.

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Queer Poetry Night

By Brian Dunlap 

20190814_195120As a part of the Influx Colletiv’s free monthly queer poetry reading series, their August 22nd event will be held at Rabbit Hole Bar (24 W. Main St., Alhambra, CA 91801) and will feature LA based queer poets: Angie Guerrero, Rocío Carlos, librecht baker, and Ramy El-Etreby. The event begins at 8pm and they will start with an open mic. There will be happy hour during the entire evening. 

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Review: Susan Straight’s New Memoir Amplifies Stories of Strong Women Who Survive and Thrive

By Janet Kinosian
FROM: L.A. Times

downloadCertain books give off the sense that you won’t want them to end, so splendid the writing, so lyrical the stories. Such is the case with Southern California novelist Susan Straight’s new memoir, “In the Country of Women.”

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Los Angeles Literature Events 8/12/19 – 8/18/19

iuPaul Smedley & Huntington Tracks at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Paul Smedley discuss and read from his book, Huntington Trades.

This book tells the story of how Collis and Henry Huntington built their railroading empire into Southern California between the 1870s and the Great Merger of 1911. It is a capitalist’s history, and includes the railroad companies and individuals who tried to stop the Huntington’s progress to forward their own plans and schemes. The birth of the Pacific Electric Railway grew into the most successful electric railway in the world; with 1.100 miles of track in four counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. The book is enhanced with photos, news clippings, and maps to tell the story the best way possible.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/paul-smedley-discusses-and-signs-huntington-tracks

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Los Angeles Literature Events 8/05/19 – 8/11/19

ATA070119vromans_img04Beer Tasting & Book Signing with J. Ryan Stradal at Pages Bookstore/Off-site Location

Please join us for a beer tasting and book signing as author J. Ryan Stradal discusses his new novel, The Lager Queen of Minnesota.

Two sisters. One farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make a living, and wonders what her life would be like if she had a share of that money. Helen buys a successful brewery with the proceeds, and is rigid as a steel keg, while Edith has a heart as big as the state. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take decades, but it is surprising and moving when it comes.

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

Where: Los Angeles Ale Works (hosted by Pages Bookstore)

Date: Monday the 5th

Time:  7 pm

Address: 2918 Cerise Ave., Hawthorne, CA 90250

Website: http://www.pagesbookstore.com/event/beer-tasting-and-book-signing-j-ryan-stradal

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Literary Long Beach

By Brian Dunlap

FB_IMG_1564902173645A lot goes on in literary Long Beach. Open mics, readings and even a new book store, Page Against the Machine, opened on East 3rd Street earlier this year. One of the biggest movers and shakers in the community is poet/arts organizer/promoter Nancy Lynée Woo. She’s always devising and running new literary events. The following is her latest event, in collaboration with Elmast Kozloyan, in her own words, taken from her Facebook post:

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Los Angeles Literature Events 7/29/19 – 8/04/19

downloadYour Author Series: Rilla Alexander at Arroyo Seco Regional Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Please join us as Your Author Series welcomes children’s author and illustrator Rilla Alexander, as part of our Summer Author Program and Summer Reading challenge. The author will be reading her books, Swarm of Bees and A Bear Sat on My Porch. She is an internationally acclaimed designer and illustrator, and she has worked with such brands as Puma, Volkswagen, and Nokia.

Where: Arroyo Seco Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 29th

Time:  4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 6145 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-starring-rilla-alexander

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