Handprints On Walk of Fame. Jesus Treviño Visits Stanford Raza. Season Season.

by Michael Sedano

From: Labloga.com

Luis J. Rodríguez

Summers from Junior High through the year I left home for college, I laid cement slabs for patios, pool edges, walkways, and the like, under tutelage of my Dad.

We checked the book he got in CCC before the war for the mix. Shovel 3-3-1sand, gravel, cement into the wheelbarrow, eyeball the water and mix to the right consistency. Haul the mezcla to the hole and pour. Work the surface with a two-by-four then trowels. A well-laid slab glistening against a setting sun is about as satisfying a sight as a worker can enjoy.

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by Tanja M. Laden

From: L.A. Weekly

eso-won-tanja-ladenOriginally a planned community built in the 1920s, Leimert Park has since become the epicenter of African-American culture in Los Angeles. It’s also home to a beloved independent bookstore that’s been around since the late 1980s, owned and operated by James Fugate and Thomas Hamilton. Eso Won Bookstore occupied four other locations before landing in Leimert Park in 2006; by all appearances, it’s here to stay. Offering a browsing soundtrack of soothing jazz, the shop specializes in both legendary and up-and-coming African-American writers and poets, with books on everything from the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Panthers to cookbooks, children’s books and graphic novels. Eso Won takes its name from the African spelling of the city of Aswan, Egypt. Roughly translated, it means “water over rocks,” representing the continuous flow of knowledge over a firmly established community — just like the one that’s come to define Leimert Park.


Daniel A. Olivas “Crossing the Border” Book Launch at Avenue 50

By Brian Dunlap


When one attends a reading at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, one can’t help but first be drawn to all the powerful Latinx art that adorn it’s four galleries/rooms. It’s a gallery space for visual arts first and foremost. This past Saturday was no different. However, as much as I liked the art from artists such as Sergio Teran, I was there for Daniel A. Olivas’ book release reading for his debut poetry collection Crossing the Border.

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L.A. Poet Vickie Vértiz in New York Times Magazine

IMG_5607Congratulations goes out to Los Ángeles poet Vickie Vértiz. Her poem “Already My Lips Were Luminous” has been published in the New York Times Magazine. The poem opens her new collection of poems Palm Frond With Its Throat Cut and sets the entire collection in motion. As Vickie Vértiz said in an Instagram post: “Aquí nomas, my poem from Palm Frond in the @tmagazine. Thank you so, so much Terrance Hayes, and to @MatthewZapruder for the encouragement.”

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Los Angeles Literature Events 11/20/17 –11/26/17

Author Event at Edendale Branch Library, LAPL

617tc0a-QdL._SX419_BO1,204,203,200_Please join us for an author Q&A with Guerilla Tacos founder and Chef Wes Avila, along with Richard Parks III, as they discuss his book, Guerilla Tacos. This cook book offers the story of their fame with their taco truck, which stands out in a crowded field because it is so unique and uses only stellar ingredients. With comic illustrations and stories throughout, and the 50 base recipes in this book, this is the final word on the subject.

Where: Edendale Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 20th

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Address: 2011 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

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

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Myriam Gurba’s “Mean” Explores Growing Up A Queer “Molack” In California: BUST Interview

by  Bri Kane

From: Bust

meanWhen you read Mean by Myriam Gurba, you’re going to laugh, and cry, at some really gross and mean things – but that’s kinda the whole point. Mean is a very introspective book, exploring Gurba’s childhood, adolescence, and early adult life. By analyzing her own memory, Gurba forces the reader to do the same. She describes the book as a “novel that is memoiristic,” meaning not exactly a memoir, but not exactly fiction — it blends the two genres through memory, analysis, and retrospection.

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‘Wonder Valley’ is an L.A. Thriller That Refuses to Let Readers Look Away


“Wonder Valley,” the third novel from author Ivy Pochoda, begins with a classic Los Angeles tableau: a chase on the 101, complete with a police helicopter, camera-toting news crews and spectators recording the spectacle on their smartphones.

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