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February 2019

Author Event: Jayne K. Ratcliffe, “Bewitched”

February 16 @ 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – Burbank, 731 N San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502 United States
Free

Kenya's tourism minister is politically well-known and respected for his efficiency in everything he does and for his knack in finding solutions to the most complicated situations. In the end, Tatiana accepts her fate and even falls in love. But Jason, a playboy in France, insists he has no intention of reciprocating her love. What might have become a true love story will now reveal true dangers. Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

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Angie Thomas discusses and signs her new novel, “On the Come Up”

February 16 @ 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
Purchase Required

Join the New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, for a discussion & signing of her highly-anticipated novel, On the Come Up. Ticket holders will receive one copy of the B&N exclusive edition of On the Come Up, the opportunity to attend a lively discussion between Angie Thomas & Entertainment Weekly's David Canfield & participate in an audience Q&A, as well as meet Angie. Special Instructions This is a ticketed event. Details available at www.eventbrite.com/e/angie-thomas-on-the-come-up-los-angeles-ca-tickets

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“Mercy Not Sacrifice” with Author Dan Parks

February 16 @ 3:00 pm
Free

Mercy not Sacrifice is a literary work written with the working class essence of John Steinbeck and the tension reminiscent of the work of Gillian Flynn. Set in a small mid-western riverside town, a man battles with addiction, depression, and self-harm--it's at the brink of suicide, when the answer that he's needed all along becomes known to him. What will he choose? Mercy or Sacrifice? Dan Parks is an American writer. He was born in San Jose, California, raised in…

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Megan Griswold discusses and signs “The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies”

February 16 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The Book of Help traces one woman's life-long quest for love, connection, and peace of mind. A heartbreakingly vulnerable and tragically funny memoir-in-remedies, Megan Griswold's narrative spans four decades and six continents -- from the glaciers of Patagonia and the psycho-tropics of Brazil, to academia, the Ivy League, and the study of Eastern medicine. Megan was born into a family who enthusiastically embraced the offerings of New Age California culture -- at seven she asked Santa for her first mantra…

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The Ripped Bodice hosts Darynda Jones for a book signing

February 16 @ 4:00 pm
The Ripped Bodice, 3806 Main St.
Culver City, CA 90232 United States
Free

The Ripped Bodice is thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling author Darynda Jones! Darynda will speak about her latest Charley Davidson novel and take questions from the audience before signing books. We will NOT have all 13 titles available for purchase the day of the signing. We strongly recommend you order your books in advance. Genre: Fiction

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Sophia Shalmiyev discusses her memoir “Mother Winter” with Sara Benincasa

February 16 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

From Laurels Award Fellowship recipient Sophia Shalmiyev comes the exquisite Mother Winter, a haunting and deeply personal story of fleeing the Soviet Union, where Shalmiyev was forced to abandon her mother, and her subsequent years of searching for surrogate mothers—whether in books, art, lovers, or other lost souls. Mother Winter is the story of Sophia’s emotional journeys as an immigrant, an artist, and a motherless woman now raising children of her own. Born to a Russian mother and an Azerbaijani…

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Ayesha H. Attah reads at the 42nd Annual Writers Week Conference 2019 hosted by UC Riverside

February 16 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Writers Week, California’s longest-running free literary event, will return to the University of California, Riverside, for its 42nd installment Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 11-16, 2019, featuring 23 writers across the two-week span. Ayesha H. Attah is the author of three novels: “Harmattan Rain” (nominated for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize), “Saturday's Shadows” (shortlisted for the Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013) and “The Hundred Wells of Salaga” (2018). Educated at Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University, and New York University, she was…

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Influx Collectiv’s Queer Poetry Reading Series presents Kelsey Jones, Bekah Fly, Sari Rachel, and Alex Grey

February 16 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Come celebrate queer poetry and meet some LA queer poets! This event is a part of Influx Collectiv's Queer Poetry Reading Series and will take place on February 16th at 7 p.m. at Avenue 50! Presenting Poets: Kelsey Jones, Bekah Fly, Sari Rachel, and Alex Grey. Location: Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, California 90042 Genre: Poetry

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Reading: Lin Benedek, Alexis Rhone Fancher & Susan Hayden

February 16 @ 8:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Purchase Required

Lin Nelson Benedek’s poems have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies. Her book I Was Going To Be A Cowgirl was published in 2016. Susan Hayden is a poet, playwright, and novelist. Her poetry has appeared in Hollywood Review, Sparring w/Beatnik Poets, Arete, Atlanta Journal, and more. Alexis Rhone Fancher’s poem, “when I turned fourteen, my mother’s sister took me to lunch and said:” was chosen by Edward Hirsch for inclusion in The Best American Poetry of…

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Vroman’s Bookstore introduces the Open Discussion Project

February 17 @ 3:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Open Discussion Project promotes civil conversation at a time Americans are deeply divided. We hold different values and beliefs, and have different faiths, needs, and priorities. And yet we must continue to engage with one another on intentionally political subjects. Our democracy depends on it. Books are essential to creating the marketplace of ideas on which our democracy depends. The Open Discussion Project, in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association, creates reading groups that offer an informal setting for facilitated…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Herbie J. Pilato presents and signs “Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story”

February 17 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

With MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, Herbie J Pilato offers the first full-scale, objective, and detailed biography of the actress best known from The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. MARY explores in-depth her entire life and career before, during, and beyond those two benchmark series, as it examines with a reflective and microscopic lens Moore’s endeavors in front of and behind the camera of countless TV, film, stage, and live-event appearances. Herbie J Pilato…

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Dani Shapiro discusses and signs “Inheritance”

February 17 @ 3:00 pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore, 225 26th St., Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
Free

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Dani Shapiro back to the store to discuss and sign her new memoir Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love on Sunday, February 17th at 3:00 pm. Joining Dani in conversation will be actress/author Jamie Lee Curtis. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store. The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets--a…

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Open Reading

February 17 @ 4:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Free

Hosted by Radomir Luza. FREE Genre: Poetry

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Moonday Poetry Series

February 17 @ 4:00 pm
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Boulevard
La Cañada, CA 91011 United States
Free

Featured poets: Brendan Constantine and CE Jordan Genre: Poetry

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Tribe of Endless Reading Group

February 17 @ 4:30 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

This month the Tribe of Endless Reading Group will read "Belly Up" by Stuart Gibbs.

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Cocktails and Ghost Stories at The Wolves DTLA

February 17 @ 6:00 pm
Free

On Sunday, February 17, author Craig Owens (of Bizarre Los Angeles) will bring his HAUNTED BY HISTORY presentation to The Wolves DTLA located on the ground floor of the Alexandria Hotel. The presentation is called “Tales from the Alexandria” an evening of cocktails, weird tales, film history and GHOST STORIES centered around the Alexandria itself. He'll even share a few stories that aren't included in his book, including a couple of ghostly incidents that have recently happened inside The Wolves!…

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Amnesty International Reading Group

February 17 @ 6:30 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

This month the Amnesty International Reading Group will read "Radio Free Vermont" by Bill McKibben. Genre: Fiction

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Queer Slam

February 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Queer Slam is an open mic, storytelling and poetry night hosted by Silverlake Icon Tony Soto. Have a cocktail and spill your guts. This month we will feature pieces by headliners Hank Henderson and Ramy El-Etreby. Open Mic sign up starts at 7 PM.

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Adam Higginbotham discusses and signs “Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster”

February 18 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history's worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story…

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Graphic Novel Book Club

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

From the caves at Lascaux to the VR booths at Comic Con, we have always told stories with pictures. Graphic novels continue that human tradition in a surprising variety of styles and in every genre imaginable. This book club will read the latest books, though maybe not too many featuring crime fighters or mutants. We’re led by Jake Mumm, one of the founders of Comic Arts Los Angeles. First up, in February, we’re reading On a Sunbeam from Tillie Walden.…

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Sara Holland and Laura Sebastian discuss and sign “Everless” and “Ash Princess”

February 19 @ 6:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

This dazzling debut novel Everless--a thrilling, high-stakes new fantasy duology--stars a fierce heroine and rife with adventure, engrossing mysteries, star-crossed romance, and captivating magic all set in a richly built world. (Harperteen) In Ash Princess, Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new…

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Adrian Harte discusses and signs “Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More”

February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

When I first heard about this Faith No More biography, I didn't know what to think. But I have to give credit where it is due, it's a quality piece. The man has done his research and it shows. It provided me with more than a few revelations ... and I'm in the band.' -- Bill Gould, Faith No More Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More is the definitive biography of one of the most intriguing bands…

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Ted Fox signs and discusses “Showtime at the Apollo”

February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Writer Ted Fox and artist James Otis Smith bring to life Harlem’s legendary theater in this graphic novel adaptation of Fox’s definitive, critically acclaimed history of the Apollo. Since its inception as an African-American theater in 1934, the Apollo, and the thousands of entertainers who performed there, have led the way in the presentation of swing, bebop, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, soul, funk and hip-hop—along with the latest in dance and comedy. The Apollo has nurtured and featured thousands…

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Courtney Peppernell and “Pillow Thoughts II”

February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
Purchase Required

Bestselling author & poetess, Courtney Peppernell joins us to celebrate The B&N Exclusive Edition of Pillow Thoughts II. This Barnes & Noble hardcover edition features a beautifully redesigned cover & an additional new exclusive chapter. Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry & prose about heartbreak, love, & raw emotions. It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most. Special Instructions This is a wristbanded event. For more information and event guidelines please visit our…

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Chloe Aridjis reads from her new novel “Sea Monster”

February 19 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Pulsing to the soundtrack of Joy Division, Nick Cave, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sea Monsters offers an intoxicating portrait of Mexico in the late 1980s. One autumn afternoon in Mexico City, seventeen-year-old Luisa does not return home from school. Instead, she boards a bus to the Pacific coast with Tomás, a boy she barely knows. He seems to represent everything her life is lacking--recklessness, impulse, independence. Tomás may also help Luisa fulfill an unusual obsession: she wants to track…

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