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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Los Angeles Literature Events 5/21/18 –5/27/18

owen-toddTony Abbott & Mordicai Gerstein at Children’s Book World–Children’s Event  

Please join us to meet and hear from two authors receiving the Horace Mann Upstander Awards, given yearly to celebrate authors who publish fictional stories that encourage activism on the part of the protagonist. The authors will discuss their work, receive their awards from Antioch University Los Angeles, and the presentation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. For ages: 10-adult.

The Summer of Owen Todd, by Tony Abbott is the winner of the Annual Book Award.  Mordicai Gerstein is the Lifetime Achievement Award winner for his commitment to activism, and particularly for his latest book, The Boy and the Whale.

Where: Children’s Book World

Date: Monday the 21st

Time: 6 pm

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

Website: http://www.booksoup.com/event/dan-sheehan-and-daniel-abbott-discuss-and-sign-restless-souls-and-concrete

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Los Angeles Literature Events 5/07/18 –5/13/18

downloadThe House of Broken Angels at Evening Book Club Discussion at Pages Bookstore 

This month we are discussing Luis Alberto Urrea’s new book, The House of Broken Angels, at our Evening Book Club event. From this Pulitzer Prize finalist we discover a powerful and unforgettable portrait of one Mexican American Family and the American Dream. In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de la Cruz has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But just before the date, his 100-year old mother dies herself, leading a farewell double-header in a single weekend. Among the guests is Big Angel’s half-brother, known as Little Angel, half gringo, who has not actually shared their life, although they have shared a father. This complex family reminds us of what it means to be first generation and live two lives across one border.

Where: Pages Bookstore

Date: Monday the 7th

Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

Address: 9904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Website: http://www.pagesabookstore.com/event/evening-book-club-discussion

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/30/18 –5/06/18

CBW2018-LogoDates_hi-resChildren’s Book Week at Once Upon a Time Bookstore–Children’s Event

We are proud to be a 99th Anniversary Children’s Book Week Event Host! America’s Oldest Children’s Bookstore is partnering with Every Child a Reader for a week of events between the dates of April 30 – May 6, from coast to coast in all 50 states, including:

Twice daily storytimes, at 11 am and 2 pm.

Booksignings, special sales and giveaways, every day.

Voting, for the 11th annual Children’s and Teens Choice Book Awards.

Newberry Award winner Katherine Applegate signing of her new book, Endling: The Last, co-sponsored with Glendale Library.

Check website for details and updates.

Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore

Date: Monday the 30th

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Address: 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

Website: http://w.shoponceuponatime.com/event/childrens-book-week-2018

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/23/18 –4/29/18

The Italian Party & Christina Lynch at Vroman’s Bookstore 

lynchPlease join us as Christina Lynch presents and signs The Italian Party. One of the Wall Street Journal’s “Six Books to Read This Winter,” this is a delicious and sharply funny page-turner about “innocent” Americans abroad in 1950s Siena. This novel is half-glamorous fun, half an examination of America’s role in the world, and a smart pleasure.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 23rd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/christina-lynch-discusses-and-signs-italian-party

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/2/18 –4/8/18

LiveTalksLA presents: Sean Penn, with Jane Smiley, at New Roads School – Santa Monica

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LiveTalksLA presents a series of literary events (and podcasts) to meet and hear cultural and business leaders present and discuss their work. Tonight, actor and debut author Sean Penn discusses his novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. He has been nominated five times for an Academy Award as Best Actor, and won the 2003 award for Mystic River and the 2009 award for Milk. He has also garnered awards for his directing and writing, and has written about political issues for various journals.  This book is a darkly humorous novel, a revised and expanded work based on an audiobook he released in 2016.

Jane Smiley is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Thousand Acres, and the author of The Last Hundred Years Trilogy, five works of nonfiction, and a series of YA books.

NOTE: LiveTalksLA readings are ticketed events. Tickets may be purchased at various prices, with or without a book purchase, and details are available at website link.

Where: New Roads School – Santa Monica, Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre

Date: Monday the 2nd

Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm

Address: 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Websitehttp://livetalksla.org/events/sean-penn/

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Los Angeles Literature Events 3/26/18 –4/01/18

Poets Reading on Oscar “Zeta” Acosta at Redwood Bar & Grill

downloadPlease join us for, Hunting the Brown Buffalo: Poets Read and Reflect on Oscar “Zeta” Acosta. Chicano Movement icon Oscar “Zeta” Acosta’s novels, Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo and Revolt of the Cockroach People, are testaments to the movement’s focus on criminal justice, civil rights, cultural identity and affirmation, and discrimination.

Six writers read new work that reflects on his legacy and ask what his life and writing can teach us today. The reading will be followed by a screening of Phillip Rodriguez’s documentary, The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, at Civic Center Studio, 207 S. Broadway, Suite One, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Featured readers include:

Adrian Arancibia is a co-founder of Taco Shop Poets, authored the collections, Atacama Poems and The Keeper/El guardador, and will release Poems of Exhaustion in 2018. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Miramar Community College.

Darren J. de Leon, is an award-winning poet, playwright, performance artist, radio journalist, taquero, DJ, teacher, and community activist. In 1995 he founded Los Delicados: Poetas del Sol, San Francisco’s avant garde leaders of the Latino Spoken Word scene.  

Carribean Fragoza has published fiction and poetry, as well as arts/culture reviews and essays. Her chapbook, K-12 was published by Eohippus Labs, and she is co-director of the South El Monte art Posse (SEMAP).

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez is a poet and journalist. In 1994 he co-founded Taco Shop Poets. He’s been a reporter at NPR-affiliate KPCC 89.3FM in  Los Angeles since 2000.

Joseph Rios is the author of Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn). He is a VONA alumnus and a Macondo Fellow, and was named one of the notable Debut Poets by Poets & Writers Magazine for 2017.

Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, culture, and brown body. She is co-founder of the Latina feminist collective Chingona Fire and is an internationally recognized body positivity activist. Her first book, Corazon, was published with Not a Cult in fall of 2017.

FREE event! Register at Eventbrite link.

Where: Redwood Bar & Grill

Date: Monday the 26th

Time: 6:30 pm: Meet for sidewalk performance on sidewalk on east side of Hill St, between 2nd and 3rd at 252 Hill St.

7 pm: Poetry Reading at Redwood Bar & Grill.

8:15 pm: Screening of documentary at Civic Center Studio.

Address: 316 West 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hunting-for-the-brown-buffalo-poets-read-reflect-on-oscar-zeta-acosta-tickets-43869941175?aff=efbneb

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