South Central L.A. Poet, Nikolai Garcia, Releases His Debut Chapbook

By Brian Dunlap

FB_IMG_1569901531792The crowd filled in late. Half way through his reading Nikolai Garcia paused to give shout-outs to friends he just noticed had arrived. To friends that he’d known for years. It was his release party for his debut chapbook “Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees,” from L.A. literary nonprofit DSTL Arts. A collection that captures L.A. away from all the common tropes and streotypes the city is famous for. It’s his L.A.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 8/05/19 – 8/11/19

ATA070119vromans_img04Beer Tasting & Book Signing with J. Ryan Stradal at Pages Bookstore/Off-site Location

Please join us for a beer tasting and book signing as author J. Ryan Stradal discusses his new novel, The Lager Queen of Minnesota.

Two sisters. One farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make a living, and wonders what her life would be like if she had a share of that money. Helen buys a successful brewery with the proceeds, and is rigid as a steel keg, while Edith has a heart as big as the state. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take decades, but it is surprising and moving when it comes.

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

Where: Los Angeles Ale Works (hosted by Pages Bookstore)

Date: Monday the 5th

Time:  7 pm

Address: 2918 Cerise Ave., Hawthorne, CA 90250

Website: http://www.pagesbookstore.com/event/beer-tasting-and-book-signing-j-ryan-stradal

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Los Angeles Literature Events 6/10/19 – 6/16/19

canoga-park-04Summer Author Series & Aditi Khorana at Canoga Park Branch Library, LAPL – Teens Event

Join us for a discussion with author Aditi Khorana as she presents her latest novel, Library of Fates. Aditi’s international upbringing included stays in India, Denmark, and New England. She has been a journalist for ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and is currently serving as a marketing consultant for the entertainment industry. In her spare time she enjoys the architecture of Los Angeles and the great outdoors.

Where: Canoga Park Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 10th

Time:  2 pm – 3 pm

Address: 20939 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/your-author-series-starring-aditi-khorana

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/16/19 – 4/21/19

downloadRed Hen Press 25th Anniversary Poetry Reading at the Annenberg Beach House

Please join us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Red Hen Press with a poetry reading event featuring four Red Hen Press poets:

Katherine Coles is a poet and educator who served from 2006-2012 as Utah’s third poet laureate, and currently serves as inaugural director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute and the co-director of the Utah Symposium in Science and Literature.

Matty Layne Glasgow is the author of the poetry collection, deciduous queen, selected by Richard Blanco as the winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award and forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2019.

Kim Dower is the author of four poetry collections, all from Red Hen Press: Air Kissing on Mars (2010), Slice of Moon (2013), Last Train to the Missing Planet (2016), and her new book, Sunbathing on Tyrone Powers’ Grave (2019).

Jessy Randall is the author of the poetry collections: Suicide Hotline Hold (2016), There Was an Old Woman (2015), Injecting Dreams into Cows (2012), A Day in Boyland (2007).

The readings will be accompanied by jeweler Nicole Foos’ talk on “Stories from Stones.”

Where: Annenberg Beach House

Date: Tuesday the 16th

Time:  6:30 pm – 8 pm

Address: 415 Pacific Coast Highway, at Beach House Way, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-hen-press-katherine=coles-matty-layne-glasgow-jessy-randall-kim-dower-registration-56671131881

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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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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 11/26/18 –12/02/18

BV1Opera Talk at Buena Vista Branch, Burbank Public Library

Please join us for an Opera Talk with members of LA Opera’s Community Engagement Program, and featuring Larry Verdugo discussing the opera Hansel & Gretel.

Where: Buena Vista Branch, Burbank Public Library

Date: Monday the 26th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Address: 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505

Website: http://www.burbank.lib.ca.us/events/opera-talk-2

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Los Angeles Literature Events 11/19/18 –11/25/18

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAuthor Program: Cleo & Cornelius at Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL – Kids Event

Meet Cleo, Cornelius and two of their creators, Elizabeth Nicholson and Janine Pibal. Children and their families will follow along with courageous Cleo and “couch slouch” Cornelius from the children’s book, Cleo and Cornelius: A Tale of Two Cities and Two Kitties. The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition, Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World at the Getty Center.

Where: Eagle Rock Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 19th

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm

Address: 5027 Caspar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90041

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/cleo-and-cornelius-library

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Los Angeles Literature Events 6/11/18 –6/17/18

downloadSummer Author Series, with Anthony Sacre, at Mar Vista Library–Kids Event

Please join us for our Summer Author Series, and to hear Anthony Sacre discuss and read A Mango in the Hand. He uses stories, folktales and myths from his Cuban-American upbringing, as well as his many visits to Mexico, to encourage all listeners to find their own stories through the magic of books!

Cool off this summer by meeting and connecting with authors at your local library. Check LAPL website for events at various branch libraries and locations. Refreshments are provided, and lucky winners will receive a free copy of the author’s book.

Where: Mar Vista Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

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

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/summer-author-meet-antonio-sacre

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