REVIEW: LITTLE MILLION DOORS: AN ELEGY BY CHAD SWEENEY

by James Benton
FROM: Los Angeles Review

MillionLike a hurricane of images, or a tsunami of grief, Sweeny’s lines strain against a background of stability and coherence that barely holds together. The book is an elegy not only because the title tells us so, but because it performs its elegiac ritual without the filter of conventional form or syntactical coherence. If grief is inchoate, the poet asks, what language is sufficient to the duty it is called upon to perform? The answer is a language suddenly released from its duties to inform or to persuade—functions of containment, framing, and interpretation—a non-syntax left to its singular capacity to conjure the ineffable, to bring it into being.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 5/13/19 – 5/19/19

downloadChip Cheek & Cape May at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear Chip Cheek, author of Cape May: A Novl, present and discuss his debut. In this mesmerizing story the author explores the social and sexual mores of 1950s America through the eyes of a newly married couple from the genteel south, corrupted by sophisticated New England urbanites.

In late September, 1957, Henry and Effie, very young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey for their honeymoon only to find the town is deserted. Then they meet a glamorous set of people who sweep them up into their drama. The empty beach town becomes their playground, and the couple slips from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences. Erotic and moving, this novel is about marriage, love and sexuality, and the lifelong repercussions they reap.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 13th                                                          

Time: 7 am

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

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks/event/chip-cheek

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L.A. Is Lit: The Best Spoken-Word, Readings and Poetry in Town

By Falling James
FROM: L.A. Weekly

beyond_baroque_exterior“It is the distillation of articulate animals calling to each other across a great gulf.”

—Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “Poetry as Insurgent Art”

Spoken word is more popular than ever these days, with a seemingly endless array of live performances that pop up in a wide variety of formats and settings in the Los Angeles area. But what used to be a mainly underground pursuit — in which obsessive wordsmiths parsed and divined the arcane properties, hidden meanings and cryptic allusions buried in each loaded syllable of oblique poetry before a small crowd of like-minded true believers — has long since turned into a fairly mainstream spectator sport.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 3/25/19 –3/31/19

81w1QXlwIWLMatt de la Pena & Superman: Dawnbreaker at Vroman’s Bookstore – YA Event

Join us to welcome author Matt de la Pena to present and sign his new DC Icons book for young readers, Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons Series).

When the dawn breaks, a hero rises. Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger, better than everyone around him. But he wasn’t raised to show off, and drawing attention to himself can be dangerous. Plus, it’s not like he’s earned his powers… yet. Lately it’s been difficult to keep his heroics in the shadows, and before he can save the world, he must find a way to save Smallville.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 25th                                            

Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm

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

Website: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/matt-de-la-peña-discusses-and-signs-superman-dawnbreaker

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Los Angeles Literature Events 1/21/19 –1/27/19

downloadMartin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at CAAM

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. Enjoy an array of vibrant programs and activities for all ages. See the schedule for complete details, including a marathon reading of King’s lesser-known speeches and sermons, as well as his 1968 Los Angeles speech introduced by James Baldwin, and much more!

NOTE: Tickets and details available at Eventbrite link.

Where: California African American Museum (CAAM)

Date: Monday the 21st

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Address:  600 State Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

Website: http://caamuseum.org/programs/special-events/martin-luther-king-jr-day-celebration-2019    or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/martin-luther-king-jr-day-celebration-tickets-53894614242

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Los Angeles Literature Events 12/10/18 –12/16/18  

WORKSHOP-Writing-From-Experience (1)Workshop: Writing From Experience at 1888 Center for the Arts

Please join us for the Creative Writing Workshop: Writing From Experience, which will give participants tips on how to write novels loosely based on their own experience, and turn real life events into compelling fictional narratives.

Helene is an Orange County novelist and the author of Diary of a 99%-er, and its sequel Back in OC: Almost Homeless.

NOTE: This workshop costs $30, and tickets can be purchased at website.

Where: 1888 Center for the Arts

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

Address: 115 N. Orange St., Orange, CA 92866

Website: http://1888.center/calendar/workshop-writing-from-experience/

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