Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD Series Update

By Brian Dunlap

downloadI received this email last week from the Library Foundation. It’s about the revamped ALOUD Reading Series. I know everybody in the Los Angeles literary community was upset last fall when the Library Foundation abruptly announced sudden changes to its staff–the firings of ALOUD Director Louise Steinman and Associate Director Maureen Moore–and to its central program, ALOUD, a program no one thought needed any retooling. However, major retooling has befallen ALOUD, and according to this email, very little, if any, literary programming is actually featured in any of its announced programming.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 2/25/19 – 3/03/19

cc7f7a9845992e30f8172fcc80a9fb96c895f2f9An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates at Claremont McKenna College

Join us for Readings and Reflections: An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates, when the award-winning writer, essayist, poet, and novelist will read from her works, including Hazards of Time Travel (2018), and share personal reflections.

Joyce Carol Oates is a writer of more than 40 novels, a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry and nonfiction. She won the National Book Award for her novel them (1969), and two novels and two short story collections were each finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She has taught at Princeton University since 1978 and is currently Professor Emerita in the Program in Creative Writing.

Where: Marian Miner Cook Anthenaeum, Claremont McKenna College

Date: Monday the 25th

Time: 5:30 pm

Address: 385 East 8th St., Claremont, CA 91711

Website: http://events.cmc.edu/event/readings

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Los Angeles Literature Events 2/18/19 –2/24/19

PictureEboo Patel: Author of the 2018 LMU Common Book at LMU

Join LMU students, faculty and staff as we welcome author, educator, and interfaith leader Eboo Patel to talk about his book Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America. This event is free and open to everyone in the LMU community.

Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of: Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, Interfaith Leadership, and Out of Many Faiths. Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is an expert on the topic of religious pluralism. For over fifteen years he has worked on and with many organizations to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.

Where: Life Sciences Building Auditorium, Loyola Marymount University

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Address: 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Website: http://cal.lmu.edu/event/eboo_patel_author_of_the_2018_lmu_common_book#.XGC7YFxKiUk

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Louise Steinman: In Her Own Words

by Adam Leipzig
From: Cultural Weekly

Louise-Steinman-1020x500Since her abrupt firing on August 27, former ALOUD director Louise Steinman has mostly been quiet. She declined to comment for the media, and did not seek press attention. Meantime, the Library Foundation issued a series of statements and hired a new director of public programs.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 12/10/18 –12/16/18  

WORKSHOP-Writing-From-Experience (1)Workshop: Writing From Experience at 1888 Center for the Arts

Please join us for the Creative Writing Workshop: Writing From Experience, which will give participants tips on how to write novels loosely based on their own experience, and turn real life events into compelling fictional narratives.

Helene is an Orange County novelist and the author of Diary of a 99%-er, and its sequel Back in OC: Almost Homeless.

NOTE: This workshop costs $30, and tickets can be purchased at website.

Where: 1888 Center for the Arts

Date: Monday the 10th

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

Address: 115 N. Orange St., Orange, CA 92866

Website: http://1888.center/calendar/workshop-writing-from-experience/

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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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