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

Continue reading

Joan Didion’s California Captured in Sweeping New Collection

By Lynell George
FROM: Los Angeles Times

UntitledThe sequence is as predictable as the season itself: The calendar reads “fall” but the thermometer registers 90-plus. The Santa Ana winds kick up. Wildfires zipper across the landscape. Once again Joan Didion whispers in the Southland’s collective ear.

Continue reading

Los Angeles Literature Events 11/11/19 – 11/17/19

9781086186703Andreina Perez & Tito, Piece of Heaven at Book Soup

Author Andreina Perez will present and sign her book, Tito, Piece of Heaven.

This is the story of an ordinary girl with no extraordinary abilities, on the contrary, she was quiet and lonely, her outfits were colorful to its maximum that the only thing that would stand out was the misery within the reflection in her eyes; only visible to those brave enough to see through her beyond what the eyes could reach. This ordinary girl without any ability is me: Amy.

Where: Book Soup

Date: Monday the 11th

Time: 7 pm                                   

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

Website: https://www.booksoup.com/event/andreina-perez-discusses-and-signs-tito-peace-heaven

Continue reading

Los Angeles Literature Events 11/04/19 – 11/10/19

KieseLaymonKiese Laymon & “What’s Good: Reckoning with the Horror” at The Athanaeum, Claremont McKenna College

Author and comparative literature scholar Kiese Laymon will discuss “What’s Good: Reckoning with the Horror of One of Our Most Overused Words” and will also discuss and sign his book, Heavy.

The author and his presentation will explore the unspoken traumas and joys embedded in the word “good” in his home, region, and in the nation.

Where: The Athanaeum, Claremont McKenna College

Date: Monday the 4th

Time: 5:30 pm                              

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

Website: https://www.clarmeontmckenna.edu/mmca

Continue reading

Author Interview With Author of Arroyo, Chip Jacobs!

By Denise Alicea
FROM: The Pen & Muse

Arroyo-Hardcover-2DSet against two distinct epochs in the history of Pasadena, California, Arroyo tells the parallel stories of a young man and his dog in 1913 and 1993. In both lives, they are drawn to the landmark Colorado Street Bridge, or “Suicide Bridge,” as the locals call it, which suffered a lethal collapse during construction but still opened to fanfare in the early twentieth century automobile age. When the refurbished structure commemorates its 80th birthday, one of the planet’s best known small towns is virtually unrecognizable from its romanticized, and somewhat invented, past.

Continue reading

Los Angeles Literature Events 9/23/19 – 9/29/19

Lambda LitFefst 2019Lambda LitFest Event: Modern Love, Mental Wellness & Healing in LGBTQ Literature at Cal State LA

This event is part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest, and most events will be free, unless otherwise posted, and offered at various venues throughout Southern California during the next week.

Join us today at CSULA to hear Thea Monyee, therapist with Counseling and Psychological Services at CSULA, moderate a discussion with Frederick Smith and Chaz Lamar Cruz, authors of In Case You Forgot, exploring themes of wellness, and healing in LGTBQ literature.

NOTE: See website link for complete schedule, free tickets, and further details.

Where: University Student Union/San Gabriel Room, 3rd Floor, CSULA

Date: Monday the 23rd

Time: 12 pm                                 

Address: 5154 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Website: https://lambdalitfest.org/event/modern-love-mental-wellness-and-healing-in-lgbtq-literature-2/

Continue reading

Los Angeles Literature Events 9/16/19 – 9/22/19

downloadRachel Cline & The Question Authority at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to hear author Rachel Cline, present and sign her new book, The Question Authority, which was featured in a list of upcoming thriller novels dealing with the topic of the #MeToo movement from Publishers Weekly.

Nora Buchbinder—formerly rich, and now broke—would be the last woman in Brooklyn to claim #MeToo, but when a work assignment reunites her with her childhood best friend, Beth, she finds herself in a hall of mirrors. Was their eighth grade teacher Beth’s lover or her rapist?

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 16th

Time: 7 pm                                   

Address: 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/rachel-cline  

Continue reading