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Sebastian Copeland discusses “Antarctica: The Waking Giant” with special guests

Antarctica's ice sheet is a powerful entity, alive and dynamic. It is up to three million years old; its mass is constantly and imperceptibly moving, finally calving to the sea. Deep in the heart of the continent is a barren desert of snow, while the coast teems with life: the dominion of whales, birds, penguins, and seals, which had previously evolved outside of human contact.

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Regarding Paul R. Williams: Janna Ireland and Cindy Olnick in conversation at Hennessey+Ingalls

On Saturday December 5, 2020, at 3 pm, Hennessey + Ingalls Art and Architecture Bookstore hosts photographer Janna Ireland and preservationist Cindy Olnick as they discuss architect Paul R. Williams. In her just-released book of photographs, Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View (Angel City Press, 2020), fine-art photographer Janna Ireland explores the work of the first AIA-certified Black architect west of the Mississippi River. Ireland captures Williams’ brilliance in a series of intimate black-and-white photographs, giving the reader a vision of his work that is both universal and highly personal. More than a book of architectural photographs, Regarding Paul R. Williams is the result of one artist’s encounter with another, connecting across different generations within the same city.

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Rebecca Walker and Lily Diamond discuss “What’s Your Story: A Journal For Everyday Evolution”

What's Your Story? is an interactive journal for writers, creatives, scientists, psychologists, lawyers, activists, and anyone who longs to bring a new story to life--and leave behind the tired patterns of their past. Through a series of deeply personal writing prompts, you'll excavate the narrative that has shaped your past and be inspired to write a new, fulfilling story for the future.

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The Poetry Stage Redux Part III

Beyond Baroque presents Part III of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings by poets from the LA Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage. Beyond Baroque presents the third installment of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings by nationally acclaimed poets from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage. Featured readers for December 10 include Kazim Ali, Jubi Arrioloa-Headley, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Travis Denton, Katie Ford, Sally Wen Mao, Sandra Meek, Deborah Paredez, Eleni Sikelianos, David St. John, & Chad Sweeney.The full series will take place over four weeks in November and December and will feature over 40 poets. Every year, the Poetry Stage at the Festival of Books forms a major part of Los Angeles’ literary calendar. Poets with new or recent books gather from across the country to read from their work. This year, due to COVID-19, the Festival of Books, and the Poetry Stage, had to be canceled.In the spirit of keeping new poetry visible during COVID-19, Beyond Baroque and the L.A. Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage curator and moderator, Elena Karina Byrne, present a majority of the festival’s originally scheduled lineup along with a selection of additional writers celebrating their Read More ...

Art of Transformation Celebrates Small World Books

A nostalgic reading featuring contributors of short fiction in Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation In the midst of change, Angelenos celebrate those landmarks of the past that persist. Small World Books has a front porch view of Venice Beach and the swirl of characters that saunter by. These reading and discussion features Made in L.A. contributing authors as they look back on a changing city and their inspirations.

IRYBA Presents: Lynell George in Conversation with Rex Weiner

Rex Weiner speaks via Zoom with Lynell George, about her new book on the life and world of acclaimed writer Octavia E. Butler. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler (Angel City Press) offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and “MacArthur Genius” Octavia E.Butler. Written by award-winning author Lynell George, this book was drawn from her time researching the Octavia E.Butler archive at the Huntington Library as the recipient of the library’s Alan Jutzi Fellowship. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky draws the reader into Butler’s world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer. More than a biography, A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky is a collection of ideas about how a writer looks, listens, and breathes—how to be in the world. This book is about the creative process, but not on the page; its canvas is much larger. George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herself—her unique process of self-making. It’s about creating a life with what little you have—hand-me-down books, Read More ...

The Poetry Stage Redux Part IV

Beyond Baroque presents Part IV of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings by poets from the LA Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage. Beyond Baroque presents the forth installment of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings by nationally acclaimed poets from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage. Featured readers for December 17 include Joshua Bennett, Gillian Conoley, Heid E Erdrich, Forrest Gander, Carmen Giménez Smith, Mark Irwin, Didi Jackson, Elizabeth Jacobson, Patricia Smith, Page Starzinger, & Tess Taylor.The full series will take place over four weeks in November and December and will feature over 40 poets. Every year, the Poetry Stage at the Festival of Books forms a major part of Los Angeles’ literary calendar. Poets with new or recent books gather from across the country to read from their work. This year, due to COVID-19, the Festival of Books, and the Poetry Stage, had to be canceled.In the spirit of keeping new poetry visible during COVID-19, Beyond Baroque and the L.A. Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage curator and moderator, Elena Karina Byrne, present a majority of the festival’s originally scheduled lineup along with a selection of additional writers celebrating their new Read More ...

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