La Palabra, A Great Way to End the Year

By Brian Dunlap

IMG_6619Avenue 50 Studio was packed with poets, folding chairs and powerful and difficult-but necessary-words. It was the third Sunday in December and Santa Ana winds sent a chill through Highland Park. But the front room inside the gallery dedicated to local Latinx art, with an emphasis on Chicanx artists, was a safe space filled with familiar faces. It was the final La Palabra open mic of the year.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 11/18/19 – 11/24/19

Door-Earth-Amy-WaldmanDiane Leslie’s Book Club: A Door in the Earth by Amy Waldman at Diesel Bookstore 

Author Amy Waldman discusses and signs her new novel, A Door in the Earth at Diane Leslie’s Book Club..

This book is a about an idealistic young Afghan-American woman trapped between her ideals and the complicated truth. Galvanized by a book she reads in college by humanitarian Gideon Crane, sensitive student Parveen makes a pilgrimage to a remote village in the land of her birth to make a difference, only to find the many fabrications in the memoir and decide where her loyalties lie. The author reported form Afghanistan for the New York Times after 9/11, and has created a taut, propulsive novel about power, perspective, and idealism to reveal complicated truths in our living history.

NOTE: This is a ticketed event so check website for details.

Where: Diesel Bookstore, lower outdoor courtyard

Date: Monday the 18th

Time: 5 pm – 6 pm                       

Address: 225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: https://www.dieselbookstore.com/event/monday-november-18th-500-pm-diane-leslie-book-club-author-qamy-waldman

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Los Angeles Literature Events 10/14/19 – 10/20/19

downloadDeepak Chopra & Meta-Human at El Segundo Performing Arts Center (with Pages Bookstore)

Join us for an evening with bestselling author Deepak Chopra, who will present and sign his new book, Meta-Human: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential, which addresses how to venture beyond daily living and experience heightened states of awareness. He unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. To do this, we must become “metahuman.”

NOTE: This is a ticketed event so check website for details.

Where: El Segundo Performing Arts Center (with Pages bookstore)

Date: Monday the 14th

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm                       

Address: 640 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245

Website:  https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/evening-deepak-chopra

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Los Angeles Literature Events 8/12/19 – 8/18/19

iuPaul Smedley & Huntington Tracks at Vroman’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Paul Smedley discuss and read from his book, Huntington Trades.

This book tells the story of how Collis and Henry Huntington built their railroading empire into Southern California between the 1870s and the Great Merger of 1911. It is a capitalist’s history, and includes the railroad companies and individuals who tried to stop the Huntington’s progress to forward their own plans and schemes. The birth of the Pacific Electric Railway grew into the most successful electric railway in the world; with 1.100 miles of track in four counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. The book is enhanced with photos, news clippings, and maps to tell the story the best way possible.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 12th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/paul-smedley-discusses-and-signs-huntington-tracks

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Los Angeles Literature Events 6/24/19 – 6/30/19

downloadEmpathy & Heroism Book Club at Central Library, LAPL – Teen’Scape Event

The Empathy &Heroism Book Club for teens will meet to discuss the book, All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

Where: Central Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 24th

Time:  4 pm – 5 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/empathy-heroism-book-club-15

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Los Angeles Literature Events 5/20/19 – 5/26/19

RiverlandFran Wilde & Rachel Hartman at Children’s Book World – Kids & Teen Event

Meet the authors! Full of adventure and heart, Fran Wilde’s book, Riverland (ages 10-14), is a story about the bond between two sisters and how they must make their own magic to protect each other and save the ones they love. In Tess of the Road (ages 13+) Rachel Hartman returns to the spellbinding world of the Southlands she created in her bestselling Seraphina and explores self-reliance and redemption in this wholly original fantasy.

In late September, 1957, Henry and Effie, very young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey for their honeymoon only to find the town is deserted. Then they meet a glamorous set of people who sweep them up into their drama. The empty beach town becomes their playground, and the couple slips from innocence into betrayal, with irrevocable consequences. Erotic and moving, this novel is about marriage, love and sexuality, and the lifelong repercussions they reap.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Monday the 20th                                                          

Time: 7 pm

Address: 10580 ½ W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90064

Website: https://www.childrensbookworld.com/author-events/

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/08/19 – 4/14/19

_DSC7461Maria Ure & Story Time in Spanish at Pages Bookstore – Kids Event

Join us to hear Maria Ure, founder and director of Spanish in Action, for a Story Time in Spanish. Her approach is radically different from teaching methods commonly seen in school settings, as she personally sits down with the kids and delivers her lessons through song. It’s her innate gift for teaching and ability to create beautiful songs for each lesson that set her apart as a teacher and as a school.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Monday the 8th                                                

Time: 10:30 am

Address: 904 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, California 90266

Website: https://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/story-time-spanish-april-8th

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