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June 2019

Elizabeth Pomeroy discusses and signs “Glen Dawson: Mountaineer and Bookman”

June 26 @ 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 Elizabeth Pomeroy and "Glen Dawson: Mountaineer and Bookman." This explores the many facets of Dawson's incredible life, including his family, business, publications, and support of organizations and institutions.

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A workshop/salon focused on the legacy of Nora Ephron

June 26 @ 7:00 pm
Purchase Required

Spend a few hours learning how to apply the Nora Ephron way of life to work, writing, cooking, and home life — with smart readings, lively discussions, and practical tips. Location: Downtown LA, visit the event page for more details.

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Darrel J. McLeod discusses and signs “Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age”

June 26 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Skylight Books presents Darrel J. McLeod to discuss and sign "Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age." This book is a heartbreaking account of how traumas are passed down from one generation to the next, and an uplifting story of one individual who overcame enormous obstacles in pursuit of a fulfilling and adventurous life.

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Aja Gabel discusses and signs “The Ensemble”

June 27 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Come out to Book Soup for an evening with Aja Gabel and "The Ensemble." Gabel will be in conversation with Adele Lim. This book gives a riveting look into the high-stakes, cutthroat world of musicians, and of lives made in concert. The story of Brit and Henry and Daniel and Jana, The Ensemble is a heart-skipping portrait of ambition, friendship, and the tenderness of youth.

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Taffy Brodesser-Akner discusses and signs “Fleishman Is in Trouble”

June 27 @ 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 Taffy Brodesser-Akner and "Fleishman Is in Trouble." A searing, utterly unvarnished debut, Fleishman Is in Trouble is an insightful, unsettling, often hilarious exploration of a culture trying to navigate the fault lines of an institution that has proven to be worthy of our great wariness and our great hope.

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The Los Angeles Press presents “Gen X Summer”

June 27 @ 8:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Purchase Required

The Los Angeles Press will launch Vol. 3 of their print and online journal. Celebrations include readings by Chelsea Rector, Andrew Wetmore, Linda Ravenswood, Katja Grober, Liz Stephens, and Peggy Dobreer, as well as visual art by Emily Joyce, Michelle Chong, and Monika Jurczyck with a community open mic to follow.

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Joseph McQuillen discusses and signs “My Search for Christopher On the Other Side”

June 28 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Come see Joseph McQuillen discuss and sign "My Search for Christopher On the Other Side" at Book Soup. This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride discovering messages from his son, Chris who died too young or according to Chris, at just the right time. Beautiful and touching story filled with grief and heartache, with just a touch of humor in all the right places. His story will illuminate your path to healing after a tragic loss and…

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Switchblade Magazine reading

June 28 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Skylight Books hosts a live reading of Switchblade Magazine, a quarterly noir fiction digest-sized magazine now going into its 10th issue.

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Poets & Writers’ Los Angeles Connecting Cultures Reading

June 28 @ 7:30 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Free

Join us for the ninth annual Los Angeles Connecting Cultures Reading! Since 1989, Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops program has sponsored thousands of literary events in California, connecting diverse writers with diverse audiences. We will celebrate on June 28 at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center with a few of our partner organizations: Hillsides School, Nisei Writers Workshop-Little Tokyo Library, QueerWise-Spoken Interludes, Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, and World Stage Press.

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LGBTQ+ YA Lit Panel

June 29 @ 3:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

It's Pride Month, and no better time to celebrate LGBTQ+ YA! Young Adult Literature gets a lot of attention in the book world for being an expansive world for and about teens dealing with romance, adventure, vampires, and dystopian futures. But what about the queer teens of YA Lit? What kind of stories do they get to be a part of? What do readers want from them? Join young adult authors Britta Lundin (Ship It!), Abdi Nazemian (Like a Love…

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Joy-Ann Reid presents “The Man Who Sold America”

June 29 @ 4:00 pm
Purchase Required

Is Donald Trump running the “longest con” in U.S. history? What will be left of America when he leaves office? How did we get here? Joy-Ann Reid examines why he succeeded, and whether America can undo the damage he has done.

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Massoud Hayoun discusses and signs “When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History”

June 29 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Massoud Hayoun discusses "When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family's Forgotten History" at Skylight Books. This memoir is the stunning debut of a brilliant nonfiction writer whose vivid account of his grandparents’ lives in Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine, and Los Angeles reclaims his family’s Jewish Arab identity.

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Obi Kaufmann discusses and signs “The State of Water”

June 30 @ 3:00 pm
DIESEL Bookstore Brentwood, 225 26th St., Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
Free

If you interested in learning more about California and the water crisis, check out Obi Kaufmann and his book "The State of Water: Understanding California's Most Precious Resource" at DIESEL bookstore. He will be in discussion with Marc Weingarten, author of "Thirsty: William Mulholland, California Water, and the Real Chinatown." Kaufmann's book includes full-color maps that unravel the braided knot of California's water infrastructure and ecosystems, exposing a history of unlimited growth in spite of finite natural resources--a history that…

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Vroman’s Local Author Day

June 30 @ 4:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Vroman’s Local Author Day hosts Aliete Guerrero and Roberto Tostado M.D. to discuss their work.

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It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere Reading

June 30 @ 5:00 pm
Free

Join authors Lynne Thompson, Susan Banyas, Mike the Poet Sonksen, David Rocklin and Lisa Locascio for an afternoon of exquisite readings. Hosted by Julia Ingalls; book sales by Skylight Books. Location: Mandrake Bar, 2692 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034

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July 2019

Max Booth III discusses and signs “Carnivorous Lunar Activities”

July 1 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

Come see Max Booth III discuss werewolves and present "Carnivorous Lunar Activities" at the Last Bookstore. This book is about what happens when one of your good friends becomes a werewolf.

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Queer Book Club and State of the Union Book Club read “Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States”

July 1 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

Special Edition Book Club! We are combining the forces of Queer Book Club and State of the Union Book Club for this unique night, reading Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen. This is a journalist’s personal road trip through parts of the country where you might not expect to find vibrant LGBT communities. Please join us, with author CB Lee and journalist Jaweed Kaleem as your moderators! At this meeting, this combined club will read…

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Tim Kirk, Rob Zabrecky, and Tim Davis discuss and sign “The Feral Boy who Lives in Griffith Park”

July 2 @ 6:30 pm
DIESEL Bookstore Brentwood, 225 26th St., Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
Free

Tim Kirk, Rob Zabrecky, and Tim Davis will discuss and sign "The Feral Boy who lives in Griffith Park" at DIESEL bookstore. The largest urban park in the nation, dwarfing New York's Central Park by five to one, is the fertile ground where new myths and legends grow. A murderous Western Swing guitarist, a golf caddie turned tabloid writer, a pair of tweakers at their first parent support group, a suicidal father taking his last hike, and other stories span…

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Ralph Cissne discusses and signs “Prudence in Hollywood: And Other Stories”

July 2 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Ralph Cissne will discuss "Prudence in Hollywood: And Other Stories" at Book Soup. This book presents a quirky cast of unconventional characters pursuing love with surprising and often humorous consequences.

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Leland Myrick discusses and signs “Hawking”

July 2 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

If you're interested in graphic novel biographies, check out Leland Myrick and "Hawking" at Vroman's. In this book, writer Jim Ottaviani and artist Leland Myrick have crafted an intricate portrait of the great thinker, the public figure, and the man behind both identities.

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Viken Berberian discusses and signs “The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade”

July 2 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Join Viken Berberian at Skylight Books for a discussion and signing of "The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade." A young man’s arrogance and ambition collide with revolutionary politics in a visually groundbreaking graphic novel. More about the book: Enter Yerevan, the capital of Armenia — a city in ruins. Wrecking balls swing wildly and cement trucks race through congested streets. Aspiring architect Frunz and his father, the renowned builder known as Mr. Cement, plan to level Yerevan’s historic landmarks and flood…

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Barbara Bourland discusses and signs “Fake Like Me”

July 3 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Book Soup presents Barbara Bourland to discuss and sign "Fake Like Me." Abigail Stern will join Bourland in conversation. This book is a satire of the absurdly glamorous New York high art scene, in which a young artist crumbles under unimaginable pressure while at an upstate artists' retreat.

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Karol Ruth Silverstein and Chris Baron discuss and sign their work

July 3 @ 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 Karol Ruth Silverstein and Chris Baron and their new books "Cursed" and "All of Me." "Cursed" thoughtfully and humorously depicts teen Ricky Bloom's struggles with a recent chronic illness diagnosis. In "All of Me," a boy named Ari struggles with body image and weight in this novel in verse about accepting the imperfect in oneself and in life.

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Beatrice the Biologist discusses and signs “Everyday Amazing: Fascinating Facts about the Science that Surrounds Us”

July 6 @ 3:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Come see Beatrice the Biologist discuss "Everyday Amazing: Fascinating Facts about the Science That Surrounds Us" at the Vroman's Bookstore. This book shines the spotlight on ten different types of amazing everyday scientific facts in short chapters full of fun and fascinating tidbits bound to both entertain you and expand your horizons!

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Tim Kirk, Rob Zabrecky, and Tim Davis discuss and sign “The Feral Boy who Lives in Griffith Park”

July 7 @ 7:00 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

Tim Kirk, Rob Zabrecky, and Tim Davis will discuss and sign "The Feral Boy who lives in Griffith Park" at the Last Bookstore. The largest urban park in the nation, dwarfing New York's Central Park by five to one, is the fertile ground where new myths and legends grow. A murderous Western Swing guitarist, a golf caddie turned tabloid writer, a pair of tweakers at their first parent support group, a suicidal father taking his last hike, and other stories…

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