All events listed below take place online. Please visit the organizers’ websites for details.

Walter Mosely in conversation with Joe Ide

Los Angeles noir comes alive as celebrated author Walter Mosley returns with "Blood Grove," the newest title in his Easy Rawlins saga. It is 1969 and this legendary detective is hired by a Vietnam vet to solve a disappearance and possible murder in a nearby citrus grove. Easy embarks on a crackling, moody and thrilling race though a California teeming with hippies, tycoons, radicals,sociopaths, cops and grifters. Interviewing Mosley is Joe Ide, a critically-acclaimed author of Japanese American descent. His debut novel "IQ" was inspired by his early experiences growing up in South Central Los Angeles, and by his love of Sherlock Holmes.The fifth title in the IQ series, "Smoke," will publish on February 23.

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Ziggy Marley in conversation with Malcolm Gladwell

Happy birthday Bob Marley! In honor of his 75th birthday, Bob's son Ziggy, an acclaimed artist in his own right, discusses the glorious oversize book "Bob Marley: Portrait of the Legend," which celebrates the life and influence of the forefather of reggae and one of the greatest musical and sociopolitical figures of 20th century pop culture. Curated by Ziggy, the 150 photos in the book are from the Marley family archives and mixes images of the late Marley as a performer with moments from family life in Jamaica. Best selling author and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell will interview Marley. "The Tipping Point," "Blink," and "Outliers" are among his popular titles. He is also the co-creator of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces two podcasts hosted by Gladwell -- "Revisionist History" and "Broken Record."

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas in conversation with Glennon Doyle

Multi-award winning actor and producer, and a former Miss World, Priyanka Chopra Jonas shares her remarkable life story which is rooted in different worlds. Her memoir "Unfinished" offers insight into Chopra Jonas' childhood in India, teenage years in America, and her triumphant return in India. There, as a newcomer to the pageant world and against all odds, she won the national and international beauty competitions that launched her global acting career. Talking to Chopra Jonas is Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers "Carry On, Warrior" and "Love Warrior" (which was also an Oprah's Book Club pick). In addition, Doyle is an activist, thought leader, and founder of Together Rising, a nonprofit organization which has raised over $20 million, mostly through micro-donations for women, families and children in crisis.

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Adam Grant in conversation with Ashton Kutcher

Bestselling author Adam Grant shares the critical art of rethinking in "Think Again." Learn to question your opinions and open other's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life. An organizational psychologist at Wharton, Grant is one of TED's most popular speakers and his books have sold millions of copies. Recognized as one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers, Grant's pioneering research has inspired people to rethink fundamental assumptions about motivation, generosity and creativity. Ashton Kutcher is an actor, investor, entrepreneur, producer and philanthropist. Named by TIME magazine as one of "100 Most Influential People in the World," he has been investing in technology for over a decade, both as an angel investor and a founding partner of A-Grade Investments and Sound Ventures. As an actor, he has starred in "Two and Half Men," "That 70's Show," "What Happens in Vegas Dude" and many more.

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Lift Every Voice: Poetry and Survival in African American Los Angeles

Join the Studio City Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library as we host poet James Jones, who will explore how poetry has helped knit together the African American community of Los Angeles during the most difficult times. Jones and collaborators will read and discuss poetry from the Watts Riots to the present, and then the audience will have the chance to write and share their own poetry about the present moment. This program is part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, a national public humanities initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective.

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The History and Future of Black Literature: A Black History Month Event

Featuring Khalisa Rae, Dexter L. Booth, Nordette Adams, Karisma Price, and Tée V. Smith, with conversation moderated by Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Red Hen Press is excited to bring this reading and conversation to your viewing screens! Join us for a reading and conversation on the history and future of Black literature, especially in the context of the effect Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman is having on poetry and visibility in this country. Highlighting our partnership with the Peauxdunque Writer’s Alliance and our new Ann Petry Award, which awards book publication, a $3000 award, and a four-week residency at The Community Library’s Ernest and Mary Hemingway House in Ketchum, Idaho for a Black prose writer, we also bring in Khalisa Rae and Dexter L. Booth, two Black poets with forthcoming books from Red Hen Press, due out this spring. We’re so excited for this collaboration and look forward to you joining us! Streamed live on redhen.org, facebook.com/redhenpress, and youtube.com/redhenpressbeats.

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Lift Every Voice: When Poems Call and Poems Respond with Douglas Kearney

Poets often compose poems that respond to other poems. Sometimes, these new poems make glancing allusions to their sources. Sometimes they may be ironic parodies, frustrated retorts, or extensions of the source's concerns and themes. In this reading/talk, poet Douglas Kearney will share writing from the Lift Every Voice anthology that has inspired poetic response over time and distance. This program is part of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, a national public humanities initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective. About Douglas Kearney: Douglas Kearney has published six collections, including Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award, the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry, and California Book Award silver medalist (Poetry). M. NourbeSe Philip calls Kearney’s collection of libretti, Someone Took They Tongues. (Subito, 2016), “a seismic, polyphonic mash-up.” Kearney’s Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015), was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publisher’s Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” His newest collection, Sho (Wave, 2021) is forthcoming. His operas include Sucktion, Mordake, Read More ...

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An Evening with Senator Tammy Duckworth

An Evening with Senator Tammy Duckworth discussing her memoir, "Every Day Is a Gift."Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Tuesday, April 5, 2021, 6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST  An Evening with Senator Tammy Duckworthdiscussing her memoir,  "Every Day Is a Gift." TICKETS:$39 includes a a copy of the book with a signed bookplate* (* we only ship to US addresses) The incredible story of U.S. senator and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth.Senator Tammy Duckworth is a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who has served as the junior United States Senator for Illinois since 2017. A proud Iraq War veteran and helicopter pilot, she represented Illinois's 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017. Before election to office, she served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2009-11) and Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (2006-09).In EVERY DAY IS A GIFT, Tammy Duckworth takes readers through the amazing—and amazingly true—stories from her incomparable life. In November of 2004, an Iraqi RPG blew through the cockpit of Tammy Duckworth's U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter. The explosion, which destroyed her legs and mangled her right arm, was a turning point Read More ...

NEH Reading and Conversation Series: Brynn Saito and David Mason

Continuing our poetry lecture and conversation series are Brynn Saito and David Mason, with conversation moderated by Jason Schneiderman, on narrative forms and the ballad in poetry. With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Red Hen Press is proud to bring a unique lecture and conversation series to the public, focusing on the history and future of formalism in poetry. The unifying thread of this conversation series is exploring formalist poetry and the role it plays in our culture as poetry continues to evolve. Why do we as readers and listeners to poetry continue to love the sound and rhythm of formal poetry? Why does it create a kind of heartbeat for us? Our series is organized with a movement from the traditional to the contemporary, bringing in diverse experiences and voices. Speakers will discuss poetry’s formal foundation and how teaching these building blocks allows for growth. In order for young people to do experimental poetry, they have to know what rules to break; to play with form, they have to know what form is. In poetry, traditional forms are the way we learn technique. If poetry were dance, form is ballet. Streamed live on redhen.org, facebook.com/redhenpress, Read More ...

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WeHo Reads Presents LGBTQIA+ Landscape: Rocío Carlos & Gustavo Hernandez

Exploring The Landscape of the Gay Rights MovementPoets read and discuss representation in relation to the history of the local LGBTQIA+ rights movement. With Rocío Carlos, author of "the (other) house," and Gustavo Hernandez, author of "Flower Grand First," and musical guests Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles. Program can be viewed on the WeHo Arts Youtube ChannelWeHo Reads is partnering with Book Soup for book sales and we highly encourage you to buy author books and to support your local brick & mortar bookshops. To purchase books please visit hereThis event is part of the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Reads literary series. To see details on the entire series visit www.weho.org/wehoreads

Diane von Furstenberg in conversation with Bozoma Saint John

Diane von Furstenberg with Bozoma Saint John discussing her book, "Own It: The Secret to Life"Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Monday, April 12, 2021, 6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST Diane von Furstenberg in conversation with Bozoma Saint Johndiscussing her book, "Own It: The Secret to Life"  TICKETS:$34 includes a signed copy of the book(* we only ship to US addresses)The entrepreneur and philanthropist presents her A-Z guide and manifesto for personal growth and for turning problems into assets.Diane von Furstenberg began her fashion career in 1970. In a 1976 cover story, Newsweek declared her 'the most remarkable woman since Coco Chanel.' Her global brand is now available in more than 70 countries worldwide. An active philanthropist, she was president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 2006-2019. She has written several books, including Diane: A Signature Life and The Woman I Wanted to Be.She’s been a champion of women her entire life, supporting and empowering emerging women leaders across the globe. In 2010, with the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Diane established the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to women who have displayed leadership, strength and courage in their commitment to their causes. She served as Read More ...

The Committed

One of America’s most highly regarded contemporary writers returns with an exhilarating sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning spy thriller...Monday, April 12th, 2021, 6:30 PM PSTThe CommittedViet Thanh NguyenIn conversation with Laila Lalami In a highly anticipated sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen returns with an exhilarating spy thriller that takes on the global aftermath of the Vietnam War. The Committed follows the Sympathizer, the conflicted double agent, as he seeks refuge in Paris in the 1980s. Both charmed and disturbed by the gritty Paris underworld, the Sympathizer struggles to assimilate into a dominant culture. Nguyen, who was born in Vietnam and raised in America, has long been devoted to exploring Vietnamese American history in his acclaimed work. He is the author of the short story collection The Refugees, the nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies, and is the editor of an anthology of refugee writing, The Displaced. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations, Nguyen is a professor of English, American studies, and comparative literature at the University of Southern California. The Library Foundation welcomes Nguyen for a discussion of his fierce, funny, and visionary new novel.FAQsAbout the Library Foundation of Los AngelesThe Read More ...

Skylit: Taking Charge of Change by Paul Shoemaker, with Andy Lipkis

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Taking Charge of Change: How Rebuilders Solve Hard Problems (HarperCollins Leadership) When social impact thought leader Paul Shoemaker was researching effective civic change, he discovered something surprising: What matters most today in driving real change is less about a certain set of programs and more about a different kind of leadership. It is leadership poised to meet the radically different challenges of this decade ahead, including historic levels of inequity, silos, division, and resource scarcity. While innovation is always good, more than invention and innovation what is needed most now is re-invention and renovation. Using the metaphor of America’s deteriorating bridges, Shoemaker shows us in Taking Charge of Change that the structures and foundations of American communities and companies are in deep need of rethinking and rebuilding. Writing for socially conscious and civically active leaders who seek greater impact—in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors—Shoemaker profiles thirty-eight rock star change agents who he dubs Rebuilders. He distills what makes them so effective. Featured leaders include Peter Drucker Award winner Rosanne Haggerty, whose goal is to end chronic homelessness; Trish Millines, who has changed lives for kids of color in high tech; and David Risher, whose cross-sector approach is helping solve global illiteracy. Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners Read More ...

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An Evening with Admiral William H. McCraven

An Evening with Admiral William H. McCraven discussing his new book,  "The Hero Code:Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived" Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST  An Evening with Admiral William H. McCraven*  "The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived" *interviewer to be announced TICKETS: $32 includes a signed copy of the book(*we only ship to US addresses) Admiral William H. McRaven is the New York Times bestselling author of Make Your Bed and the New York Times bestseller Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations. In his thirty-seven years as a Navy SEAL, he commanded at every level. As a Four-Star Admiral, his final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. After retiring from the Navy, he served as the Chancellor of the University of Texas System from 2015 to 2018. The Hero Code is Admiral McRaven's ringing tribute to the real, everyday heroes he's met over the years, from battlefields to hospitals to college campuses, who are doing their part to save the world. When Bill McRaven was a young boy growing up in Texas, he dreamed of being a superhero. He longed to put on a cape and use Read More ...

WeHo Reads Presents: ”It is time to cross the threshold on your hands.”

WeHo Reads Presents: ”It is time to cross the threshold on your hands.” In celebration of National Poetry Month, West Hollywood’s new City Poet Laureate, Brian Sonia-Wallace, brings together poets near and far for an exploration of thresholds in language, gender, and geography. Featured poets include Fei Hernandez, Aleysha Wise Hernandez, Alan Pelaez Lopez, and Harry Josephine Giles. The event will culminate in writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing and a virtual afterparty for participants to share their work. Program can be viewed on the WeHo Arts Youtube Channel WeHo Reads is partnering with Book Soup for book sales and we highly encourage you to buy author books and to support your local brick & mortar bookshops. To purchase books please visit here This event is part of the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Reads literary series. To see details on the entire series visit www.weho.org/wehoreads

ArtNight Pasadena with Red Hen Press

Red Hen Press is back for another virtual ArtNight Pasadena on April 16! Get your chance to win some free books, watch author readings, and learn about book publishing with Media Manager Monica Fernandez and Marketing Director Tobi Harper!

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Lisa Napoli with Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg & Linda Wertheimer

Lisa Napoli with Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg & Linda WertheimerJoin us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST  Lisa Napoli with Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg & Linda Wertheimerdiscussing her book,  "Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR" TICKETS:$38 includes a a copy of the book with a signed bookplate* (* we only ship to US addresses)Complimentary to viewA group biography of four beloved women who fought sexism, covered decades of American news, and whose voices defined NPR. Timed to the 50th Anniversary of NPR’s first transmission and the debut of All Things Considered.Lisa Napoli has had a long career in journalism, including staff reporting jobs at public radio’s Marketplace, the pioneering New York Times CyberTimes, and as a columnist/correspondent at MSNBC. She is the author, most recently, ofUp All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News. Her previous books include a biography of NPR benefactor, the McDonald’s heiress, Joan Kroc, Ray & Joan, and a memoir about media’s impact on the tiny kingdom of Bhutan, Radio Shangri-La. She lives in Los Angeles.In the years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women in the workplace still found themselves relegated to Read More ...

Hen House at Home ft. Khalisa Rae, Nikki Moustaki, and Allison Joseph

Red Hen Press is excited to bring our virtual event series, the Hen House at Home, back to your screens this spring! Mark your calendars for Wednesdays at 4:00 P.M. PT We kick off the series with a poetry special featuring Khalisa Rae, Nikki Moustaki, and Allison Joseph. These female women warriors write poetry that pulls punches as they identify with grief, society, injustice, rage, race, and womanhood. Purchase GHOST IN A BLACK GIRL’S THROAT, EXTREMELY LIGHTWEIGHT GUNS, and LEXICON now! https://shop.aer.io/Red_Hen_Press/cl/Spring_/218726 You don’t want to miss this reading and conversation. Tune in on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/redhenpress, our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/redhenpressbeats, or our website at www.redhen.org/virtual. We hope to see you there!

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In Conversation with Josh Tickell of Kiss the Ground

Please join us for a very special conversation with Josh Tickell, environmental thought leader and award winning director and author of Kiss the Ground. The event will explore ways Californians can come together and make both individual and collective change for a more sustainable future.

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