Los Angeles Literature Events 1/14/19 –1/20/19

downloadMain Library Book Group & Snow Flower and the Secret Fan at Santa Monica Library, SMPL

Join our long-running book discussion group, which is always welcoming new members, and alternates between fiction and nonfiction on a month-to-month basis. Our January selection is Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See.

Where: Community Meeting Room, 2nd Floor, Santa Monica Main Library, SMPL

Date: Monday the 14th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address:  601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=28509

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Los Angeles Literature Events 12/17/18 –12/23/18

downloadSanta Monica Public Library

Join us at our Main Library Book Group to discuss the book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt. This event is for adults and seniors.

Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In this book, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding.

Where: Santa Monica Main Library, 2nd Floor

Date: Monday the 17th

Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Address: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Website: http://calendar.smgov.net/library/eventsignup.asp?ID=26229

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Los Angeles Literature Events 8/27/18 –9/02/18

40131372_781253112044894_5709637525102919680_nA Gathering of Tribes Poetry Reading at Chevalier’s Bookstore

Please join us for A Gathering of Tribes, presented by Brendan Constantine, the author most recently of Dementia My Darling, and featuring:

Derek D. Brown is an author, poet and venture expressionist, and a graduate of CLI’s author training program at USC. He is author of the collection, Articulate Scars.

Mike Sonksen, aka Mike the Poet, is a scholar, author and performance artist, acclaimed for his articles, essays and poems, and for mentoring teen writers. He is the author of Poetics of Location.

Ra Avis is sometimes-poet, a once-upon-a-time inmate, a reluctantly optimistic widow, and an exponential storyteller. She blogs regularly at Rarasaur.com, and is the author of Sack Nasty: Prison Poetry and Dinosaur-Hearted.

Where: Chevalier’s Bookstore

Date: Monday the 27th

Time: 7 pm

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

Website: http://www.chevaliersbooks.com/gathering-of-tribes

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The World Stage and Literary Black Los Ángeles

by Brian Dunlap

25532286_728380960698600_6061884366904609104_oIt begins every Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Early arrivals step to the mic, sharing a poem in progress to receive much needed feedback. Then they provide feedback to others. V. Kali, author of Hymn (World Stage Press), sits next to the donation box and front entrance and welcomes attendees as they arrive. As host, V. has been a warm presence each week for years, her long beautiful natural hair a thing of legend. As the crowd grows, the list of open mic readers expands before the feature grabs everyone’s attention. Murmurs of “mmm hmm” and “that’s right” arise from the crowd. After, it’s the community-the open mic readers’-turn at the mic. It’s their chance to bring down the house.

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