Los Angeles Literature Events 12/04/17 –12/10/17  

These Violent Delights at Book Soup

downloadPlease join us to hear Victoria Namkung discuss and sign her novel, These Violent Delights, set in modern-day Los Angeles at Windemere School for Girls, an elite private school where Dr. Gregory Copeland is the beloved chair of the English Department. A married father with a penchant for romantic poetry—and impressionable teenage girls—he operates in plain sight for years, until one of his former students goes public with allegations of inappropriate conduct. This is a literary exploration of the pressures and vulnerabilities so many women and girls face, and analyzes the ways our institutions and families fail to protect or defend us.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 4th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website:   http://www.booksoup.com/event/victoria-namkung-discusses-and-signs-these-violent-delights

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Even More Good Publishing News From the Los Angeles Literary Community

From: The Operating System Facebook page

24059035_1208628129239281_6306440403255758708_nThere is more good publication news from the Los Angeles literary community. Two Los Angeles poets, Rocío Carlos and Rachel McLeod Kaminer, are being published by The Operating System. The following was the announcement from the press’ Facebook page:


“More good news from behind our tight-lipped submission vaults! The OS is thrilled to announce that we’ll be publishing “ATTENDANCE,” a collaboration between Rocío Carlos and Rachel McLeod Kaminer, in late 2018!

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Los Angeles Literature Events 11/27/17 –12/03/17

Conchas Y Café Zine Workshop at Baldwin Hills Branch Library, LAPL

oPlease join us every Monday at 1 pm as we make a zine in our Conchas Y Café Workshop for adults, with DSTL Arts. Our zine will be added to our #LAPLZineLibrary at Baldwin Hills Library!

Where: Baldwin Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 27th

Time: 1 pm

Address: 2906 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016

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

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Janet Fitch explains what it took to go back to Russia 100 years ago in ‘The Revolution of Marina M.’

By Janet Fitch

From: The Los Angeles Times

THODAAZUKFCZXDXUELOYIIIZOQMy new novel debuts on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, which is also the historical moment of the book. It didn’t take me quite 100 years to write “The Revolution of Marina M.,” but 11 years was long enough.

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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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