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 5/06/19 – 5/12/19

UntitledRachel Howzell Hall & They All Fall Down at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Join us to meet author Rachel Howzell Hall, in conversation with author and critic Steph Cha, who will read and discuss her suspense novel, They All Fall Down. This stand-alone novel brings seven sinners to a private island for a reckoning that will leave you breathless.

Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico with six other strangers. But they have all been brought to the remote island under false pretenses—and they all harbor a secret.  They are trapped in paradise and strange accidents stir suspicions, as one by one… they all fall down.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 6th

Time:  7 pm

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

Website: http://www. chevaliersbooks.com/rachel-howzell-hall

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/29/19 – 5/05/19

Mar VistaCelebrate National Poetry Month with Poets Reading at Mar Vista Library, LAPL

Join L.A. writer and host Brian Dunlap at the Mar Vista Library as he welcomes three powerful local poets of color to Send off National Poetry Month in style.

Bridgette Bianca is a poet and professor from South Central Los Angeles. She has performed her poetry in venues all around Southern California, and is one half of the literary curating team, Making Room for Black Women, with Sanunra Williams of My lit Box. Her first book of poetry will be released by Writ Large Press in 2020.

Nikolai Garcia grew up in South Central Los Angeles; currently works with homeless youth in East Hollywood; and has been sleeping in Compton for the last fifteen years. He is an Associate Editor for Dryland, a literary arts journal based in South Central. His first chapbook, “Nuclear Shadows of Palm Trees,” will be released this summer through DSTL Arts.

Irene Sanchez, Ph.D, Poet, Teacher was born in South East Los Angeles and raised in LA and later the Inland Empire (Jurupa Valley, CA). She is a Xicana and mama, award winning poet, and writer. She is co-founder of the Southwest Political Report and founder of Xicana Ph.D. where you can find some of her writings.

Irene is the co-host of a monthly poetry open mic in Pomona, CA called Poetry y Pan at Cafe con Libros Press. In 2017 she received a fellowship to attend The Pink Door writers retreat. She is a VONA 2018 alum for the poetry workshop with Willie Perdomo. She is the 2018 winner of the Joe Hill Labor Poetry Award. Her work has been featured in/by Zócalo Public Square, KPCC, Remezcla, Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed and more. Irene has spoken/presented at over 50 colleges/universities.

Now based out of the San Gabriel Valley in LA County, Irene teaches high school Latinx Studies and can often be found at a community/cultural event with her family. For more information: www.irenesanchezphd.com

Brian Dunlap is a native Angeleño who still lives in Los Ángeles. He explores and captures the city’s stories that are hidden in plain sight. He is the author of the chapbook Concrete Paradise (2018) from Finishing Line Press. Dunlap is the winner of the 2018 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize from december magazine judged by former Los Ángeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez. His poems and book reviews have been published in Angel City Review, CCM-Entropy, California Quarterly and Dryland, among others. He has an article forthcoming in the June issue of L.A. Parent. He runs the blog site www.losangelesliterature.wordpress.com, a resource to explore L.A.’s vast literary culture.

Where: Mar Vista Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 29th

Time: 6 pm – 7:300 pm           

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

Website: https://www.lapl.org.whats-on/events/poetry-reading

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Los Angeles Literature Events 4/22/19 – 4/28/19

Colin Dayan & In the Belly of Her Ghost at Chevalier’s Bookstore

308b68_17d20a51e1304e0d8b701ec40036fcfa_mv2Join us to hear Colin Dayan, author of In the Belly of Her Ghost. The author has one of the most original minds in America and also one of the fiercest. Here for the first time she turns her rigorous intellect toward her vexed relationship with her mother, and subsequent suffering. Plus, she does so with her usual uncompromising clarity in a book that is not exactly an easy read, but one that’s hard to put down, according Madison Smartt Bell.

Colin (Joan) Dayan is the Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, and the author of: Haiti, History, and the God, The Story of Cruel and Unusual, The Law Is a White Dog, and With Dogs at the Edge of Life. her memoirs of growing up in Georgia have been published in The Yale Review, Southwest Review, and LARB, among others.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 22nd                                                          

Time: 7 am

Address: 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90008

Website: https://www.chevaliersbooks/event/colin-dayan

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Los Angeles Literature Events 8/13/18 –8/19/18

p382Conchas y Café Zine: Adult Creative Writing Workshop at Baldwin Hills Branch Library – Adults & Seniors Event

Please join us for Conchas y Café, a program offered by the nonprofit, DSTL Arts, a 10-week creative writing class, offered in English and Spanish for adults of all ages Participants learn new techniques in poetry, storytelling, and zine-making throughout the 10-week series, and also have the opportunity to publish and present their work in the Conchas y Café Zine, a quarterly anthology of writing produced through this program. A public reading and release party celebrates the culmination of each series

Where: Baldwin Hills Branch Library, LAPL

Date: Monday the 13th

Time: 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Address: 2906 La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Website: http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/conchas-y-café-zine-adult-creative-writing-workshop-classes-de-creativa-para-adultos

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Los Angeles Literature Events 7/02/18 –7/08/18

 

Cara Black & 51qPeqinnSL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ at Vroman’s Bookstore 

Author Cara Black joins us to present, discuss and sign her new book, Murder on the Left Bank.  This mystery concerns a confession by an aging accountant of how he helped dirty cops launder stolen money for over fifty years. But after his murder, his records are stolen, and the investigations lead across the Left Bank to the Cambodian enclave of Khmer Rouge refugees, to the ancient royal tapestries, and to the modern art galleries.

Where: Vroman’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 2nd

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event/cara-black-discusses-and-signs-murder-left-bank

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