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December 2019

Ken Simmons discusses “The Prodigal Diaries” and “Jeane Rose”

December 7 @ 12:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – Burbank, 731 N San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502 United States
Free

Ken Simmons visits the Barnes & Noble in Burbank to discuss his books, "The Prodigal Diaries" and "Jeane Rose."

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Author Geanna Culbertson Booksigning

December 7 @ 2:00 pm
Sandpiper Books, 4665 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503 United States
Free

Author Geanna Culbertson will visit Sandpiper Books to discuss and sign her newest book "Crisanta Knight: The Lost King." The Crisanta Knight series creates a fresh empowering take on female-led, action-packed, fantasy fiction to enjoy reading whether you're 8 or 80! It gives life to a firmly plot and character driven story that emphasizes the topic of strength, fate, and quest for identity.

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A Tribute to Holly Prado

December 7 @ 2:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Free

Holly Prado (1938-2019) was a beloved teacher & luminous poet. Join us in paying tribute to her life and work, with readings by Harry Northup, Carol Muske-Dukes, Bill Mohr, Lynne Littman, Phoebe MacAdams, Paul Vangelisti, James Cushing, Cecilia Woloch, Barbara Crane, & others.

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Book launch with Lewis Raven Wallace, author of “The View From Somewhere”

December 7 @ 4:30 pm
Free

Transgender activist and journalist Lewis Raven Wallace was fired from his job as a public radio reporter for speaking out against “objectivity” in coverage of Trump and white supremacy. He will read from and sign copies of his new book The View From Somewhere, which questions the concept of journalistic objectivity and how it has been used historically to silence marginalized writers. He will be joined in conversation by Sam Greenspan, creator and host of Bellweather, a podcast of speculative…

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The Sprawwl: Readings from Coast to Canyon

December 7 @ 8:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Purchase Required

An exciting program of readings with Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Peg Alford Pursell, Rick Bursky, Marc Morgenstern and Andrés Reconco.

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Library Girl + Roar Shack Present: Dark Days Are Over

December 8 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Library Girl + Roar Shack Present: Dark Days Are Over. Last-Show-of-the-Year Collaboration Between Susan Hayden + David Rocklin. (3rd Annual!) Featuring Writers: Zachary Asher, Angela Bullock, Kuahmel, Gwenyth Mapes, Peg Alford Pursell, Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, and Jim Turner. Music by musician-in-residence Mason Summit, and singer-songwriter Stephen Feldman, accompanied by Robert Romanos. Location: Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Ave, Santa Monica 90405

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The Dystopian Book Club reads “The Electric State” by Simon Stålenhag

December 8 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

This month the Dystopian Book Club, hosted by Peter Clines, reads Simon Stalenhag’s "The Electric State," which is as much art book as novel. This quirky and atmospheric story follows a young lady and her younger robot pal as they shamble through a technological wasteland.

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Louie Kemp discusses and signs “Dylan & Me: 50 Years Of Adventures”

December 9 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Fans of Bob Dylan will appreciate this visit to Book Soup by Louie Kemp to discuss his memoir about fifty years of friendship.

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Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, and Danny Pellegrino discuss “Fancy AF Cocktails”

December 9 @ 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
Purchase Required

Meet Vanderpump Rules stars Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix when they celebrate their cocktail book, "Fancy AF Cocktails."

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Book launch for “From Rufio to Zuko” by Dante Basco

December 9 @ 7:00 pm
Stories Books and Cafe, 1716 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026 United States
Free

"From Rufio to Zuko" is a memoir detailing the life and work of Dante Basco. Basco takes us behind the scenes of his earliest projects, sharing personal examinations of his life on the set of Hook, through his second rise as a cultural icon as Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Throughout his career as a ‘working class’ actor of Filipino heritage, Basco outlines how his family and culture play a crucial role in the foundation of his work and…

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The Ficción en Español Book Club reads “Las Cosas Que Perdimos en el Fuego” by Mariana Enriquez

December 9 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

Practice your translation skills in this bilingual book club facilitated by Dan Lopez. This month, the club reads a collection of dark, twisted stories from Argentine writer Mariana Enriquez.

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An Evening with Flea

December 9 @ 8:00 pm
Aratani Theatre, 244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021 United States
Purchase Required

The iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tells his fascinating origin story in the memoir "Acid for the Children," complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd want from an LA street rat turned world famous rock star.

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Charles Phoenix discusses and signs “Holiday Jubilee”

December 10 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Come out to Vroman's for an evening with Charles Phoenix and "Holiday Jubilee: Classic & Kitschy Festivities & Fun Party Recipes." You're invited to celebrate America's favorite seasonal traditions like never before. Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix mixes and mingles spectacular vintage Kodachrome slides of New Year's, Valentine's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with his eye-popping, original recipes for epic edible centerpieces and party pleasers from his colorful test kitchen--including his legendary Cherpumple creation! Be prepared…

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Samantha Paige discusses and signs “Last Cut”

December 10 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Samantha Paige visits Book Soup to talk about her memoir, "Last Cut." Diagnosed with cancer at age 21, she has lived through much on her journey to health and recovery and she has some tips for anyone facing a difficult moment in their life.

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Discussion of “Go All the Way” with contributors and editor S.W. Lauden

December 10 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Fun, bright, and playful, Power Pop is a sometimes adored, sometimes maligned, often misunderstood genre of music. From its heyday in the 70s and 80s to its resurgence in the 90s and 00s, Power Pop has meant many things to many people. In Go All The Way, today's best and brightest writers go deep on what certain Power Pop bands and songs mean and have meant to them.

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The AfroFuturism Book Club reads “Kindred” by Octavia Butler

December 10 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

This month the AfroFuturism Book Club, facilitated by Tyree Boyd-Pates, will read "Kindred" by Octavia Butler. This book is a classic within the genre and one of the greatest novels by a local legend who left us too soon. Don't miss this opportunity to re-discover "Kindred" and discuss its meaning and impact.

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John Fluevog discusses and signs “Fluevog”

December 11 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Come see John Fluevog discuss and sign "Fluevog: 50 Years of Unique Soles for Unique Souls" at Vroman's. Colorful and quirky, Fluevog shoes have graced the feet of celebrities such as Madonna, Jack White, and Lady Gaga, as well as legions of lifelong fans who consider themselves more a community than mere customers. Known for cheeky slogans such as "no, you're weird" and the message engraved on the soles of their iconic Angel shoes: "Resists alkali, water, acid, fatigue and…

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Trivia Night for Mystery Lovers with guest authors

December 12 @ 6:00 pm
Free

Join us for the Third Annual Trivia Night for Mystery Lovers! No need to be a mystery expert. Just come and have a good time. There will be prizes, surprises, and food, courtesy of the Friends of the Studio City Library. You can sign up as an individual and be placed on a team or in teams of up to five. We hope to have a guest author on every team! Authors currently scheduled to attend include Aime Austin (No…

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Poet-scholars Néstor Días de Villegas and Enrico Mario Santí are joined by translator Jorge Biroso to read and discuss “A Poetic Order of Excess” by José Lezama Lima

December 12 @ 8:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Purchase Required

Poet-scholars Néstor Díaz de Villegas and Enrico Mario Santí are joined by translator Jorge Brioso for a reading and discussion focused on the internationally acclaimed Cuban writer José Lezama Lima’s latest work A Poetic Order of Excess. Co-presented by Green Integer Press.

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Jacqueline King and Abbie Cornish present and sign “Pescan: A Feel Good Cookbook”

December 13 @ 6:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

If you're looking to diversify your cooking plans or you want to eat healthier meals at home, Abbie Cornish and Jacqueline King will share their love of food with you.

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Poets Out Loud with Douglas Manuel and Michelle Brittan Rosado

December 13 @ 6:00 pm
Free

Award-winning poets Manuel & Rosado will read from and sign copies of their books, "Testify" and "Why Can’t It Be Tenderness," which wrestle with the complexities of racial inheritance, family dynamics, and the writer’s place in the world. The poets will also discuss what it means to be a working writer, navigating the post-graduate world of publication, awards and employment options.

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Beyond Baroque presents a reading with Lee Rossi and Alexandra Umlas

December 13 @ 8:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Purchase Required

Poet and critic Lee Rossi is the author of "In Darwin’s Garden" and three previous books of poetry. Alexandra Umlas is the author of "At the Table of the Unknown," published by Moon Tide Press.

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Shari Alyse discusses and signs “Love Yourself Happy”

December 14 @ 1:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – Burbank, 731 N San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502 United States
Free

If you've been through some hard times and are looking for help navigating troubled waters, you might want to hear what Shari Alyse has to say about it. She'll be at Barnes & Noble in Burbank to offer clear-eyed advice on dealing with life's messy moments.

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Andy Weinberger discusses and signs “An Old Man’s Game”

December 14 @ 3:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Andy Weinberger will discuss "An Old Man’s Game: An Amos Parisman Mystery" at Vroman's. When a controversial celebrity rabbi drops dead over his matzoh ball soup at the famed Canter's Deli in Los Angeles, retired private eye Amos Parisman--a sixtyish, no-nonsense Jewish detective who lives with his addled wife in Park La Brea--is hired by the temple's board to make sure everything is kosher. As he looks into what seems to be a simple, tragic accident, the ante is raised…

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Book Soup hosts an LA Indie Small Press Day

December 14 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Book Soup has decided to throw a holiday party in appreciation of the vibrant publishing culture in LA. Celebrate the creative spirit with local authors and publishers in one of the most engaging bookstores in Southern California. Refreshments will be served.

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Pacific Coast Poetry Series launches “Local and Lost” by Carol Ellis

December 14 @ 8:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Purchase Required

Join Beyond Baroque for the launch of the fourth title in its Pacific Coast Poetry Series imprint: Carol Ellis’ Local and Lost, a full-length book of rich, dense poems of wild and unfettered imaginings. Featuring Ellis reading from Local and Lost, as well as readings by Cece Peri, Mehnaz Sahibzada, and Rex Wilder.

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The Thing in the Labyrinth Horror Book Club reads “The Institute” by Stephen King

December 15 @ 9:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

Having superpowers would be great, unless you were a kid in Stephen King’s latest, The Institute. Expect to be kidnapped and locked away until they’ve drained you of your gifts, and then you disappear. What fun.

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John Rosove discusses “Why Israel (and its Future) Matters”

December 17 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Presented in the form of letters from a rabbi to his sons, "Why Israel (and its Future) Matters" makes the case to Jewish millennials that they need Israel as a source of pride, connection, and Jewish renewal, and Israel needs them for the liberal values that they can bring to the Zionist enterprise.

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The True Crime Book Club reads “Say Nothing”

December 17 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

The True Crime Book Club broadens their scope in December with a sad tale from the Irish “troubles.” Patrick Radden Keefe exposes the details of the IRA kidnap and murder of Jean McConville, a widow and mother of ten, in "Say Nothing."

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The Gothic Book Club reads “The Woman in Black” by Susan Hill

December 17 @ 9:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

Tragic events in Eel Marsh House in the small town of Crythin Gifford and poor, unsuspecting Arthur Kipps doesn’t know anything about that or what those shadows and noises are – he’s just here to get the estate in order. Classic. Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black.

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The Feminist Book Club reads “In the Dream House” by Carmen Maria Machado

December 18 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

This month the Feminist Book Club, led by Julia Callahan, is reading Carmen Maria Machado’s new memoir "In the Dream House," which focuses on her experience of domestic abuse.

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