Los Angeles Literature Events 8/21/17 –8/27/17

solar-eclipseSolar Eclipse Viewing Parties at Various LAPL Libraries–Family Event

Join us to watch the 2017 Solar eclipse with a number of Solar Systems Ambassadors at your local Los Angeles public libraries. Free solar viewing glasses provided. Children, teens and families are welcome.

Check LAPL website for all locations.

Where: Various LAPL Branch and Regional Library Locations; for example, Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library

Date: Monday the 14th

Time: 10 am

Address: 7771 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga, CA 91042

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/solar-eclipse-2017-0

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Los Angeles Poet Matt Sedillo Wins Poetry Award

by Brian Dunlap

downloadLos Angeles poet Matt Sedillo has won the 2017 Joe Hill Poetry Award.

As stated on the Labor Heritage website the ” Joe Hill Award honors leaders and artists who have contributed to the successful integration of arts and culture in the labor movement, given every year at the Great Labor Arts Exchange is awarded to persons based on their dedication, participation, and promotion of labor, labor arts, culture, organizing, and/or history.”

The Labor Heritage Foundation has presented this annual lifetime achievement award for work in the field of labor culture since 1989.

Past L.A. winners are Mark Lipman (2015).

Los Angeles Literature Events 8/14/17 –8/20/17

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Facilitating Spaces 101: not ‘what’, but ‘where’ are we doing[?]

first comes the space
then comes facilitating
first comes facilitating
then comes the space

What draws us to particular spaces? What do we know about the space before and after we choose it? Who was here before us? Who is us? Where is us? What are we doing here?

Either way, the spaces we choose to hold our events in are determined by a number of factors, but are those factors aligned with equitable intentions? This workshop/discussion hopes to convince you, to persuade you, to con you, into thinking deeply about the space your program occupies.

We’ll run through the many components/factors/variables of operating in a space. Whether it’s a workshop, a classroom, a reading, an art exhibit, or a musical experience – we need spaces! Incorporating thoughtfulness and mindfulness will not only help to make your event more meaningful and engaging, but it also fosters inclusive practices that in the long run can build equity in art/communities.

This workshop/discussion is part one in the [equity in community building series] and facilitated by Jessica Ceballos y Campbell

Where: Cielo Galleries/Studios

Date: Monday the 14th

Time: 7 pm

Address: 3201 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Website:   http://90x90la.com/facilitating-spaces-101-equity-in-community-building-814-7pm/

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Los Angeles Literature Events 8/07/17 –8/13/17

Fitzgerald’s I’d Die for You at Book Soup

51xKXolxgIL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Join us to hear editor Anne Margaret Daniel discuss and sign F. Scott Fitzgerald’s I’d Die for You, a collection of the last remaining unpublished and uncollected short stories by Fitzgerald, most of which were originally submitted to major magazines in the 1930s and accepted during his lifetime but never published. Some could not be sold because they departed from what editors expected of him. These stories provide a new look into his creative process and a new insight  into the arc of his career.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 7th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website:   http://www.booksoup.com/event/editor-anne-margaret-daniel-discusses-and-signs-f-scott-fitzgerald%E2%80%99s-i%E2%80%99d-die-you

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More Los Angeles Literary News

by Brian Dunlap

41CpYKt5dSL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Los Ángeles/Bell Garden’s Native Vickie Vertiz will be releasing her second book of poems Palm Frond With Its Throat Cut, next month (September). The Amazon jacket copy describes Vertiz’s book as a collection that “uses both humor and sincerity to capture moments in time with a sense of compassion for the hard choices we must make to survive. Vértiz’s poetry shows how history, oppression, and resistance don’t just refer to big events or movements; they play out in our everyday lives, in the intimate spaces of family, sex, and neighborhood. Vértiz’s poems ask us to see Los Angeles—and all cities like it—as they have always been: an America of code-switching and reinvention, of lyric and fight.”

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Los Angeles Literature Events 7/31/17 –8/06/17

downloadTeen Summer Reading Challenge at Exposition Park Regional Library–Teen Event

As part of “Reading by Design” Summer Reading Challenge: Teen Read, Rant & Rave, join us for a book discussion of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, by Marianne Goo.

Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Information Desk. Recommended for readers in grades 7-12.

Where: Exposition Park- Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 31st

Time: 2 pm – 3 pm

Address: 3900 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062

Website:   http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/reading-design-summer-reading-challenge-teen-read-rant-rave-1

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