Literary History: Why L.A. Is The Perpetual Dark Heart of Crime Writing

By Jeffery Fleishman
FROM: Los Angeles Times

downloadLos Angeles is a madman’s prayer wrapped inside a murderous dream.

It’s homeless on sidewalks and hustlers in the hills. It’s laborers and housekeepers, and billboards of lust, dystopia, apes, robots, Chewbaccas, Kim and Kanye, and Lady Gaga’s newest thing. It’s clear skies, no mosquitoes and laser-sculpted people with money, hedgerows and sins. A crime writer can make of it what he or she wants, like “Westworld” or a lover who gives you a kiss and a key, and one day changes the locks.

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Literary History: Kate Braverman, Whose Poetry and Prose Captured a Dark Los Angeles, Dies in Santa Fe, N.M.

By Dorany Pineda
From: Los Angeles Times

download.jpeg-2Kate Braverman a poet, novelist and short-story writer whose work was fueled by a sprawling Los Angeles, has died. She was 70.

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Literary History: OBITUARY: Hisaye Yamamoto

By Nichi Bei
From: Nichi Bei

Los Angeles Literature Note: This obituary of Los Ángeles writer Hisaye Yamamoto was published February 23, 2011 in Nichi Bei. Yamamoto was an important writer and Nisei writer, one of the first to get national recognition by publishing short stories in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar. Yamamoto was one of many little known Asian/Japanese writers and Asian women of color to emerge from Los Ángeles in the aftermath of WW II. Her short stories are set mostly in and around Los Ángeles.

YamamotoLOS ANGELES — Hisaye Yamamoto, a pioneer in Asian American literature, passed away on Jan. 30, 2011 in Los Angeles at the age of 89.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 10/07/19 – 10/13/19

downloadSamantha Power & The Education of an Idealist at USC’s Bovard Auditorium

In collaboration with Visions and Voices and other campus organizations, USC’s Speakers Committee presents acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning author, former US Ambassador to the UN and Obama cabinet member, Samantha Power, who will discuss her new memoir, The Education of an Idealist, which chronicles her transition from outside activist to government insider and explores the impact one person can have on the world.

NOTE: This ticketed event is free to USC students and faculty and their guests, so check website for details.

Where: Bovard Auditorium, USC

Date: Tuesday the 8th

Time: 6:30 pm – 10 pm                 

Address: 3551 Trousdale Pkwy., Los Angeles, CA 90089

Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/241957690065378

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Los Angeles Literature Events 9/16/19 – 9/22/19

downloadRachel Cline & The Question Authority at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Rachel Cline, present and sign her new book, The Question Authority, which was featured in a list of upcoming thriller novels dealing with the topic of the #MeToo movement from Publishers Weekly.

Nora Buchbinder—formerly rich, and now broke—would be the last woman in Brooklyn to claim #MeToo, but when a work assignment reunites her with her childhood best friend, Beth, she finds herself in a hall of mirrors. Was their eighth grade teacher Beth’s lover or her rapist?

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 16th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/rachel-cline  

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Facundo Bernal’s Poems Spotlight Early Chicano Life in L.A. Long Before Border Walls

By Alex Espinoza
FROM: L.A. Times

la-1553218495-skqvu0dmdl-snap-image.jpegAs the president issues the first veto of his tenure after Congress rejected his declaration of a national emergency to fund his wall, it’s hard to imagine that the dynamics along the U.S.-Mexico border were once different, when people shuttled back and forth between the two nations. Facundo Bernal marks such a moment in “Palos de Ciego,” his manuscript of poetry translated to English for the first time by Anthony Seidman as “A Stab in the Dark” for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Watts Poetic

In 1967, the Watts Prophets arose from the ashes of the Riots to offer a voice for the voiceless. Over a half-century later, Amde Hamilton is still creating change.

By Sam Ribakoff
FROM: TheLAnd

WattsThere used to be a lot more trees on this stretch of 103rd Street, but most of them were cut down so police helicopters could watch Watts’ residents from the sky. Amde Hamilton, 78 years old, still moves down these streets that he grew up on with a glide you can imagine him having in the late ‘60s, when he formed the Watts Prophets with Otis O’Solomon and Richard Dedeaux.

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