LitFest Pasadena 2018 and Schedule

LitFest_Long_Logo_TSThe city and Southland’s free books-and-authors festival returns for its 7th year with two days of panels, discussions, readings, workshops, performances, and literary activities. Over 150 authors and special guest speakers will appear in over 50 events from the afternoon into the late evening. LitFest Pasadena is held throughout the historic Pasadena Playhouse District at Vroman’s Bookstore, the Pasadena Playhouse, and other local establishments.

Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2018
1:00pm to 10:00pm
Pasadena’s Playhouse District
FREE

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Los Angeles Literature Events 2/26/18 –3/04/18

Alt-America-FinalCoverDavid Neiwert and Alt-America at Book Soup

We welcome author David Neiwert to present his new book, Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump, the story of the remarkable resurgence of right-wing extremists in the United States. These extremists have been growing steadily in number and influence since the 1990s, and found fresh life after 9/11. Author and journalist Neiwert provides a deeply researched, authoritative report on the growth of fascism and far-right terrorism in this crucial book.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 26th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/david-neiwert-discusses-and-signs-alt-america-rise-radical-right-age-trump

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LitFest Pasadena Comes to the Pasadena Playhouse District May 19 to 20, 2018

The Two Day Literary Festival Includes Dozens of Readings, Panels, and Literary Performances and Features Over 150 Authors at Venues Across the Pasadena Playhouse District

Pasadena, CA (February 21, 2018)

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Save the date for the 7th annual LitFest Pasadena coming up on May 19 and 20, 2018. LitFest Pasadena treats Southern California audiences to an exciting and thought provoking weekend full of diverse literary readings, panels, performances, and activities for all ages and interests. It’s held at venues and on sidewalks throughout the Pasadena Playhouse District.

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Los Angeles Literature Events 2/19/18 –2/25/18

482706William Glassley and A Wilder Time at the Last Bookstore

Join us as William Glassley presents his new book, A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice, and learn about the mysteries and lessons embedded in wilderness above the Arctic Circle. This book recounts the experiences of the author and two Danish colleagues while conducting research in one of the world’s most extensive wilderness terrains. It gives new perspective on our place in Nature, the value of wilderness, and how climate change is affecting that landscape.

William Glassley is a geologist at UC Davis, and an emeritus researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is the author of over seventy research articles and a textbook on geothermal energy. This is his first book for a general audience.

Where: The Last Bookstore

Date: Monday the 19th

Time: 7:30 pm

Address: 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 (main entrance around the corner on 5th St.)

Website: http://lastbookstorela.com/#events   or https://www.facebook.com/events/143760606278876/

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Los Ángeles Writers Publish in 2017

By Brian Dunlap

41BsE5LdhBL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_As 2017 draws to a close, the news in the Los Ángeles literary community is one of accomplishment. As the months went by, writers published novels, short story collections, and collections of poetry or announced their books had been accepted for publication next year/2019. Congratulations goes out to all these scribes in penning important works. Some of these books, such as Vickie Vértiz’s Palm Frond With Its Throat Cut, which explores and captures often ignored Southeast Los Angeles where she’s from, and Cynthia Guardado’s debut poetry collection Endever, about survival and specifically the survival of women of color and women of color in Los Angeles, tackle themes and ideas of social justice. How the political is personal.

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Janet Fitch explains what it took to go back to Russia 100 years ago in ‘The Revolution of Marina M.’

By Janet Fitch

From: The Los Angeles Times

THODAAZUKFCZXDXUELOYIIIZOQMy new novel debuts on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, which is also the historical moment of the book. It didn’t take me quite 100 years to write “The Revolution of Marina M.,” but 11 years was long enough.

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The Secret to Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Overnight Success

The novelist seemed to go from unknown to MacArthur genius in two years. In truth, it took decades.

by Joe Fassler

From: Electric Literature

1-SyURWoGLK1aTh_I3UVw8uAThis month, the novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen was awarded one of the most prestigious honors a writer can receive: the MacArthur “genius” grant, given to artists, thinkers, and public intellectuals whose ideas have culture-altering potential. This, in itself, should surprise no one. Nguyen writes with arresting moral and intellectual force, often about people scarred and uprooted by conflict. As the MacArthur Foundation put it in its citation, Nguyen’s demonstrated a unique gift for exploring how depictions of the Vietnam War “often fail to capture the full humanity and inhumanity, the sacrifices and savagery, of participants on opposing sides.”

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