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January 2019

The Skylight Theater presents Tony Abatemarco for his collection of plays “Action/Items” with Dale Raoul and Karen Austin

January 21 @ 8:00 pm
Free

Please note: This event will be held at the Skylight Theater, next door to our main store. A collection of four produced plays by playwright, Tony Abatemarco, including his award-winning monologue Four Fathers, a monologue/adaptation of his short story Cologne or The Ways Evil Enters the World, and his two multi-character plays, Beautified, and Forever House. Los Angeles-based Abatemarco is the Co-Artistic Director of Skylight Theatre Company. His decades long career as an actor/director/writer/producer/teacher includes work seen nationally from coast…

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Discussion: LALA Society Conversation with Nina Sadowsky and Sandra Ann Miller

January 23 @ 6:30 pm
Purchase Required

Nina Sadowsky is a storyteller. Having worked as an entertainment lawyer, film executive and producer, currently teaching production and screenwriting at USC, she and L.A.L.A. Society founding member Sandra Ann Miller will talk about how cinema has influenced her fiction, development (from character to book series to television), and enjoy a reading from the next book in her The Burial Society series. Free event. Reserve your seat at Eventbrite. Venue: Westwood Branch, LAPL Genre: Fiction

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Live Talks L.A. Discussion: Marc Freedman in conversation with Michael Eisner

January 24 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

The secret to happiness, longevity, and living on is through mentoring the next generation. Marc Freedman is CEO and president of Encore.org, an organization he founded in 1998. Freedman is a member of the Wall Street Journal‘s “Experts” group, a frequent commentator in the national media, and the author of four previous books. Originator of the encore career idea linking second acts to the greater good, Freedman cofounded Experience Corps to mobilize people over fifty to improve the school performance…

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Johanna Hedva discusses their novel “On Hell” with Asher Hartman

January 26 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

On Hell transcribes a body broken by American empire, that of ex-con Rafael Luis Estrada Requena, hacking itself away from contemporary society. Johanna Hedva, author of Sick Woman Theory, takes the ferocious compulsion to escape (from capitalism, from the limits of the body-machine, from Earth) and channels it into an evisceration of oppression and authority. Equal parts tender and brutal, romantic and furious, On Hell is a novel about myths that trick and resist totalitarianism. Genre: Fiction

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Robert Inman discusses his new book “An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles”

January 27 @ 5:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

The map may not be the territory, and the word may not be the thing, but An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles is as close as it gets. Originally authored over fifty years ago by renowned architectural historians Robert Winter—described by Los Angeles Magazine as both the “spiritual godfather” and “father” of L.A. architecture—and the late, great David Gebhard, this seminal vade mecum of Los Angeles architecture explores every rich potency of the often relentless, but sometimes—as captured here—relenting L.A.…

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Discussion: “Treasures” by Bootsy Holler

January 29 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

My mother has always been very particular about how she likes her things - every item has its place, every task has its way of being done. Inevitably, these things and this way have become part of my life as well.” Holler is a contemporary photographer strongly influenced by stories of family, history and place. Holler’s collection is a portrait not only of her mother, but also of their relationship. “It’s not that these things are her ‘Treasures’ per se,…

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Audrey Harris and Matthew Gleeson discuss their translation of Amparo Davila’s “The Houseguest”

January 29 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Like those of Kafka, Poe, Leonora Carrington, or Shirley Jackson, Amparo Dávila’s stories are terrifying, mesmerizing, and expertly crafted—you’ll finish reading each one gasping for air. With acute psychological insight, Dávila follows her characters to the limits of desire, paranoia, insomnia, loneliness, and fear. She is a writer obsessed with obsession who makes nightmares come to life through the everyday: loneliness sinks in easily like a razor-sharp knife, some sort of evil lurks in every shadow, delusion takes the form…

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Discussion: “Tough Case” by Judge Ahnn & Judge Wesiberg

January 31 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

In Tough Cases, judges from different kinds of courts in different parts of the country write about the cases that proved most difficult for them to decide. Some of these cases received international attention: the Elián González case in which Judge Jennifer Bailey had to decide whether to return a seven-year-old boy to his father in Cuba after his mother drowned trying to bring the child to the United States, or the Terri Schiavo case in which Judge George Greer…

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Live Talks L.A. Discussion: Jason Rezaian in conversation with Maz Jobrani

January 31 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America. The charges were absurd. Rezaian’s reporting was a mix of human interest stories and political analysis. He had even served as a guide for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Initially, Rezaian thought the whole thing was a terrible misunderstanding, but soon realized that it was much more dire as it became an eighteen-month prison stint with impossibly high diplomatic stakes. Genre:…

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