Harsh, corporate-style dismissals have no place at ALOUD or the L.A. Library Foundation

by Louise Steinman and Maureen Moore and others
FROM: Los Angeles Times

la-1543262861-c199algqs8-snap-imageTo the editor: Library Foundation President Kenneth Brecher claims the ALOUD series was “stagnating”; we believe the 25-year record — to the present — of cultural and literary programming at the Los Angeles Public Library speaks for itself.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 11/26/18 –12/02/18

BV1Opera Talk at Buena Vista Branch, Burbank Public Library

Please join us for an Opera Talk with members of LA Opera’s Community Engagement Program, and featuring Larry Verdugo discussing the opera Hansel & Gretel.

Where: Buena Vista Branch, Burbank Public Library

Date: Monday the 26th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Address: 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505

Website: http://www.burbank.lib.ca.us/events/opera-talk-2

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CEMENTING HER REPUTATION

Naomi Hirahara joins an exclusive club — Vroman’s Walk of Fame.
By J.K. Yamamoto
From: Rafu Shimpo

naomi-handsPASADENA — The atmosphere in front of Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena last Saturday afternoon was reminiscent of a Hollywood paparazzi fest.

With dozens of well-wishers taking photos and videos, local mystery author Naomi Hirahara placed her hands in cement and signed her name to become a part of Vroman’s Walk of Fame.

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Literary History: Los Ángeles’ Nisei Literary Community Before WWII

By Brian Dunlap

download (1)On the night of October 7, 1934, in Los Ángeles, “11 Nisei writers and poets, seven women and four men,” gathered to discuss the creation of a literary organization for second generation Japanese Americans. Prolific columnist and poet Mary Oyama said, “for the first time ever, creative Nesei writers sat down together at one table.”

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Los Angeles Literature Events 11/19/18 –11/25/18

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAuthor Program: Cleo & Cornelius at Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Meet Cleo, Cornelius and two of their creators, Elizabeth Nicholson and Janine Pibal. Children and their families will follow along with courageous Cleo and “couch slouch” Cornelius from the children’s book, Cleo and Cornelius: A Tale of Two Cities and Two Kitties. The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition, Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World at the Getty Center.

Where: Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 19th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 5027 Caspar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/cleo-and-cornelius-library

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An Open Letter to Ken Brecher and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles

By Jen Hofer and Antena
FROM: L.A. Review of Books Blog

untitledTo Ken Brecher and the Staff and Board Members of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles:

The two collectives I co-founded, Antena and Antena Los Ángeles, recently received an invitation to participate in the upcoming Mobile Museum Fair that the Library Foundation of Los Angeles is organizing at the Los Angeles Public Library in January 2019. In the wake of the unjust and as yet unexplained firings of Maureen Moore and Louise Steinman from their positions as Associate Director and Director of the ALOUD series respectively, and the unanswered calls for accountability on the part of Ken Brecher and the LFLA Board, I am writing to inform you unequivocally that neither Antena nor Antena Los Ángeles will work with LFLA until this matter is resolved in an ethical, respectful and transparent way — as not just Maureen and Louise but also the many communities who love both the ALOUD series and the amazing beloved Los Angeles Public Library deserve.

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