Los Angeles Literature Events 2/13/17 –2/19/17

stephen-kinzer-true-flag-200x300 Stephen Kinzer at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us as author Stephen Kinzer discusses and signs The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of the American Empire. The bestselling author of Overthrow and The Brothers brings to life the forgotten political debate that set America’s interventionist course in the world for the twentieth century and beyond. Kinzer examines the period when Americans first found their country able to dominate faraway lands, and the brilliant debates that followed this change. The words of the titans who faced off in this epic confrontation are amazingly current, and every argument in the world grows from this one. It all starts here.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 13th                      

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/stephen-kinzer-discusses-and-signs-true-flag-theodore-roosevelt-mark-twain-and-birth-american

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Chiwan Choi: The Fire This Time

By Jack Grapes

From: Cultural Weekly


When Chiwan Choi first walked into my class over 25 years ago, he was a 17-year old teenager, quiet and introspective. The writers in my Method Writing class were all adults, well into their 30s, and many even older. Some had already written books, novels, poems, plays, screenplays even (what a concept in Hollywood!), and were all excellent writers. Chiwan snuggled into a nondescript spot on the couch, scrunched between a guy who planned to win the Nobel Prize and a gray-haired woman who had already won one. I don’t think either one planned to learn new tricks, despite Method Writing’s array of linguistic tricks and literary constructs. Everyone in the room, I’m sure, were thinking to themselves, should I read my story about incest or abuse or sexual escapades in front of this 17-year old boy who seemed so innocent and naive.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 2/06/17 –2/12/17

Author Talk at Mar Vista Branch Library–Children’s Event

marvistaJoin us as author Gretchen Woelfle discusses her new book Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution. Learn about some lesser known figures of America’s past, and then participate in a craft making silhouette figures after the program.

The event is geared for ages 7 and up, and is part of African American Heritage Month.

Where: Mar Vista Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 6th                        

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 12006 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-talk-qa-answering-cry-freedom

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Los Angeles Literature Events 1/30/17 –2/05/17

Zine-Making Workshops at Central Library–Teen Event

419616612_dea90b44a7_zThe Teen’Scape program invites you back to work on the DIY art of writing poetry, drawing mini-comics, collaged illustration, self-publishing, and making zines.

Where: Central Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 30th                     

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Address: 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/zine-making-workshops-0

Coyote America at ALOUD Reading Series, Central Library

With a brilliant blend of environmental and natural history, Dan FloresCoyote America traces the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the “wolf” in our backyards. Illuminating this legendary creature, Flores will be joined onstage for a conversation with playwright and chronicler of urban wildlife Melissa Cooper, and actor Laura Innes, who will also perform an excerpt from her play, New York City Coyote Existential.

Where: Central Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 30th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 630 West 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website:   http://lfla.org/event/coyote-america/

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Los Angeles Literature Events 1/23/17 –1/29/17

Writers Workshop at Baldwin Hills Library

baldwin-hills-libraryWriting a book and looking for feedback? Need deadlines to help you reach your writing goals? Then this is group for you!

Each meeting you should bring 5-10 pages of double-spaced pages of writing to share with the group. Every person will have time to share their work with the group and receive constructive feedback.

Please call the information desk at the branch with any questions and to RSVP: (323) 733-1196.

Where: Baldwin Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 23rd                     

Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/writers-workshop-0

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Is Hope Alive in the Age of Trump? Poets and Writers Creating a New Vision

by Mike Sonksen


As the American presidency transitions from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, there are countless questions emerging. I have heard many of them first hand over the last two months as an 11th and 12th grade English teacher. Most of my students are from South Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne, and the South Bay and they are very curious to see what Trump is going to be doing about immigration, health care, freedom of speech, and everything else. Though my students and much of the school faculty seemed to be distraught by the election results, I have recently seen signs of hope in both my student’s response to Trump, and in a slew of literary, theatrical, and musical events across Los Angeles promoting resistance and creative expression. The legions of students and creative individuals using this time to protest and dream up an alternative reality they would like to see is a reminder that not only will America survive Trump, but eventually, after his reign is over, better days will arrive because most American people do not support racism, sexism, and other similar policies that Trump has espoused in his rise to power.

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