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

David Leavitt discusses “Shelter in Place”

A comic portrait of the months immediately following the 2016 election, Shelter in Place is also a meditation on the unreliable appetites--for love, for power, for freedom--by which both our public and private lives are shaped.

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Jacquelyn Stolos, in conversation with Catie Disabato, discusses “Edendale”

In northeast Los Angeles, wildfires rage and coyotes stalk the neighborhood streets. The wind blows heavy with smoke and, inside a rented bungalow on hilly Lemoyne Street, the air grows heavy with something else.Ropey closes his checking account and transfers his net worth to his sock drawer. Megan sharpens pencils and chops produce to obsession. Lyle tightens his grip on his girlfriend Egypt, whose growing dependence makes her question everything, especially Lyle. And Captain America, the cat of the house, finds his orange coat giving way to a nest of bleeding sores. As the fires burn ever closer, will the four friends wake up to their false paradise?

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L.A. Times Festival of Books presents The Honorable Jerry Brown and Jim Newton, Author of “Man of Tomorrow,” in Conversation with Gustavo Arellano

Jerry Brown, the iconoclastic former governor of California, presidential candidate and mayor of Oakland, will join biographer Jim Newton, a former editor at large of the L.A. Times and author of Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown in a conversation about his storied life in politics. The L.A. Times’ California Columnist Gustavo Arellano will guide their discussion.

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Matthew McConaughey in conversation with John Grisham

Matthew McConaughey in conversation with John Grisham discussing his memoir, “Greenlights” Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST Matthew McConaughey in conversation with John Grishamdiscussing his memoir, “Greenlights”This event premieres on October21 at 6pm PST/9pm EST$37 includes a book with signed book plate (shipping included and books ship week of October 26)From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfactionAcademy Award–winning actor Matthew McConaughey is a married man, a father of three children, and a loyal son and brother. He considers himself a storyteller by occupation, believes it’s okay to have a beer on the way to the temple, feels better with a day’s sweat on him, and is an aspiring orchestral conductor. In 2009, Matthew and his wife, Camila, founded the just keep livin Foundation, which helps at-risk high school students make healthier mind, body, and spirit choices. In 2019, McConaughey became a professor of practice at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as Minister of Culture/M.O.C. for the University of Texas and the City of Austin. McConaughey is also brand Read More ...

Book release party for “Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe” by Alison Saar

The Armory and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College invite you to celebrate the release of Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe. This virtual publication lauch program will feature conversations with special guests, poetry readings, and a festive toast as we unveil the most comprehensive publication on Saar to date. Participants include Alison Saar and scholar Christina Sharpe with key representatives from both institutions who will read poems included in the catalogue. Saar will conclude the event with a libation created live, followed by a ceremonial blessing. The libation recipe will be provided to guests who RSVP for the event.

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Kamala Puligandla reads from “Zigzags”

When Aneesha returns to Chicago for the summer, all she wants to do is write and carouse with friends. Maybe rekindle things with her old flame, Whitney, who has a serious new job and relationship. Aneesha weaves through dance parties, dive bars, and all-night Mexican joints on her bike, but keeping old friends is complicated in this charming debut novel from Kamala Puligandla.

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Leigh Bardugo presents the paperback release of “Ninth House”

Galaxy "Alex" Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale's freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she's thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world's most prestigious universities on a full ride. What's the catch, and why her?

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Red Hen Press – 26th Benefit Champagne Luncheon

Red Hen’s first-ever virtual gala!The event will run from 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m.PT on October 25, 2020, via the Zoom platform. We are providing an immersive digital experience, using breakout rooms to give guests time with our featured authors. The regular programming will showcase Red Hen’s place in the literary community with performances from local students, a silent auction, and readings by presenting authors Allison Joseph, Aimee Liu, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin. Tickets start at $50 via https://one.bidpal.net/redhen26/welcome

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An Afternoon with Bill Nye

An afternoon with Bill Nye & Gregory Mone discussing their book,  "Bill Nye's Great Big World of Science" Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: Sunday, October 25, 2020, 3:00pm PST/ 6pm EST  An afternoon with Bill Nye & Gregory Mone discussing their book,  "Bill Nye's Great Big World of Science" The event is free to register to watch, and you can purchase a signed book when you RSVP. $38 includes a book with signed book plate (shipping included and books ship week of November 2.) The must-have, everything-you-need-to-know science book from every kid’s favorite science educator, Bill Nye Bill Nye is a New York Times–bestselling author, mechanical engineer, and television host best known for his television show Bill Nye the Science Guy. He splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. Gregory Mone is a New York Times–bestselling author and science journalist who has written several books for children, including the Jack and the Geniuses series, coauthored with Bill Nye. He lives in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Science educator, TV host, and New York Times–bestselling author Bill Nye is on a mission to help kids understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Featuring a range Read More ...

Alyssa Cole, in conversation with Glory Edim, discusses “When No One Is Watching”

Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she's known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community's past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block--her neighbor Theo.

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HH@Home: Marie Tozier, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Mia Heavener, Peggy Shumaker

We're so excited to host a reading and chat with Marie Tozier, author of OPEN THE DARK, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, author of EVERY ATOM, Mia Heavener, author of UNDER NUSHAGAK BLUFF, and moderated by Peggy Shumaker! Viewable on Facebook.com/redhenpress, redhen.org, redhenpress.org, youtube.com/redhenpressbeats, or linkedin.com/company/red-hen-pressDon't forget to pick up copies of these books and all books in our Fall season for 30% off using the code "HenHouseAtHome" here: https://shop.aer.io/red.../cl/HHHome_Fall_Book_Tour/217865

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Elin Hilderbrand, in conversation with Amanda Eyre Ward, discusses “Troubles in Paradise”

After uprooting her life in the States, Irene Steele has just settled in at the villa on St. John where her husband Russ had been living a double life. But a visit from the FBI shakes her foundations, and Irene once again learns just how little she knew about the man she loved. With help from their friends, Irene and her sons set up their lives while evidence mounts that the helicopter crash that killed Russ may not have been an accident. Meanwhile, the island watches this drama unfold -- including the driver of a Jeep with tinted windows who seems to be shadowing the Steele family.

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Ryan Holiday with Rich Roll discussing his book, “Lives of the Stoics”

Ryan Holiday with Rich Roll discussing his book, "Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius" Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST Ryan Holiday in conversation with Rich Roll discussing his book,  "Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius"This event premieres on October 27 at 6pm PST/9pm EST on the Live Talks Los Angeles YouTube channel and also on our Facebook page The event is free to register to watch, and you can purchase a signed book when you RSVP.$35 includes a book with signed book plate (shipping included and books ship week of October 19.)An inspiring guide to the lives of the Stoics, and what the ancients can teach us about happiness, success, resilience and virtue.RYAN HOLIDAY is one of the world’s foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He is a sought-after speaker, strategist, and the author of many bestselling books including The Obstacle Is the Way; Ego Is the Enemy; The Daily Stoic; and the #1 New York Times bestseller Stillness Is the Key. His latest, Lives of the Stoics, co-authored with Stephen Hanselman, will be published September 29, 2020. Read More ...

Gretchen Sorin: Driving While Black: African American Travel & Civil Rights

Gretchen Sorin discusses her book, Driving While Black, African American Travel & the Road to Civil Rights & answer questions. KPFA Radio 94.1 FM & Marcus Books present: GRETCHEN SORIN – a webinar Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights With Sabrina Jacobs Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7 pm ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Driving While Black explains clearly how the automobile fundamentally changed African American Life. “Gretchen Sorin has spent decades exploring this deeply researched, acutely felt, penetrating study of race, space, and mobility in America—and a lifetime thinking about the issues and experiences that underlie it. “No one who reads Driving While Black can fail to be moved and wonderstruck by how far American society has come in the last century and a half in forwarding the dream of equal mobility for all, and by how far we still have to go.”—Ric Burns, documentary filmmaker and writer The ultimate symbol of independence and possibility, the automobile has always held distinct importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the many dangers presented by our racist society, and to enjoy – in some measure – the freedom of the open road. Gretchen Sorin recovers the forgotten history Read More ...

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RHP x Institute for Latino Studies: Francisco Aragón

Red Hen Press, the Institute for Latino Studies and the Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame present a Notre Dame book launch. Special guests include: Misael Osorio-Conde, Brenda Cárdenas, Urayoán Noel, Maria Melendez Kelson,and Michael Nava.After Rubén unfolds as a decades-long journey in poems and prose, braiding the personal, the political & the historical, interspersing along the way English-language versions & riffs of a Spanish-language master: Rubén Darío. Whether it’s biting portraits of public figures, or nuanced sketches of his father, Francisco Aragón has assembled his most expansive collection to date, evoking his native San Francisco, but also imagining ancestral spaces in Nicaragua. Readers will encounter pieces that splice lines from literary forebearers, a moving elegy to a sibling, a surprising epistle from the grave. In short: a book that is both trajectory & mosaic, complicating the conversation surrounding poetry in the Americas—above all as it relates to Latinx and queer poetics.

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Rachel Kauder Nalebuff and Agnes Borinsky host a reading and writing workshop

Join Rachel and Agnes as they read from their recent works, Stages (Thick Press, 2020) + "The Seeing Place" (2020), and facilitate several short writing and dialogue-based exercises—designed to clarify the present and usher in subtle change. Can we notice new worlds into the here and now? Can we speak a care-centric world into being, by shifting the gaze, by shifting language?

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Jason Horton, in conversation with Rebecca Leib, presents “Abandoned & Historic Los Angeles: Neon and Beyond”

Somewhere between the Hollywood sign and the Pacific Ocean, underneath the palm trees and above the crowded highways, there they are. You may have seen one in your favorite movie, or walked by one a thousand times. They're the landmarks, buildings, storefronts, and vintage signs that are part of what make LA and its surroundings so iconic. Not only can you see the history of Los Angeles, you can see history. Every historic location, abandoned storefront, and vintage sign is a lesson in LA's past.

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Lynell George, in conversation with Dana Johnson, discusses “A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler”

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and "MacArthur Genius" Octavia E. Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathe--how to be in the world. This book is about the creative process, but not on the page; its canvas is much larger. Author Lynell George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herself--her unique process of self-making. It's about creating a life with what little you have--hand-me-down books, repurposed diaries, journals, stealing time to write in the middle of the night, making a small check stretch--bit by bit by bit. Highly visual and packed with photographs of Butler's ephemera, A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky draws the reader into Butler's world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer.

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Pamela Sneed, with editor Amy Scholder, presents “Funeral Diva”

In this collection of personal essays and poetry, acclaimed poet and performer Pamela Sneed details her coming of age in New York City during the late 1980s. Funeral Diva captures the impact of AIDS on Black Queer life, and highlights the enduring bonds between the living, the dying, and the dead. Sneed's poems not only converse with lovers past and present, but also with her literary forebears--like James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde--whose aesthetic and thematic investments she renews for a contemporary American landscape.

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Megan Rosenbloom reads from “Dark Archives” with Caitlin Doughty

On bookshelves around the world, surrounded by ordinary books bound in paper and leather, rest other volumes of a distinctly strange and grisly sort: those bound in human skin. Would you know one if you held it in your hand? In Dark Archives, Megan Rosenbloom seeks out the historic and scientific truths behind anthropodermic bibliopegy—the practice of binding books in this most intimate covering.

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Claire Cronin discusses “Blue Light of the Screen” with Colin Dickey

Blue Light of the Screen is about what it means to be afraid — about immersion, superstition, delusion, and the things that keep us up at night. A creative-critical memoir of the author’s obsession with the horror genre, Blue Light of the Screen embeds its criticism of horror within a larger personal story of growing up in a devoutly Catholic family, overcoming suicidal depression, uncovering intergenerational trauma, and encountering real and imagined ghosts.

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Jon Wiener discusses “Conspiracy in the Streets” in conversation with John Powers

Opening at the end of 1969--a politically charged year at the beginning of Nixon's presidency and at the height of the anti-war movement--the Trial of the Chicago Seven (which started out as the Chicago Eight) brought together Yippies, antiwar activists, and Black Panthers to face conspiracy charges following massive protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, protests which continue to have remarkable contemporary resonance.

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Made in L.A. Art of Transformation Launch Party

A book launch party for Made in L.A. Art of Transformation, stories about a city that invites, or forces, its inhabitants to change. The stories and dreams we share with each other are ever-evolving. The ground shifts beneath our feet. We return to familiar corners and find ourselves out of place and time. Art of Transformation explores interior states of emotional drift and the evolving place we call home.Celebrate the launch of this new volume of short stories with our contributing authors and editors. We'll talk about how we turn the stories of our lives into the stories we share with readers and what it takes to transform reality into art.Made in L.A. Writers came into being because local readers expressed their desire, en masse, for stories about Los Angeles. As a collaborative of Los Angeles-based writers who are dedicated to nurturing and promoting indie fiction, our work is both influenced and illuminated by our hometown and underpinned by the extraordinary, multifaceted, and often surreal culture and life in L.A.Pay-what-you-will donation tickets will go toward recouping the costs of publication and promotion for the Made in L.A. Fiction Anthology Series.

Made in L.A. Writers Halloween Party

Celebrate the art of transformation known as Halloween with contributing writers to Made in L.A. third volume of fiction about Los Angeles. Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation is a love letter to one of the greatest cities in the world, one that invites, or forces, its inhabitants to transform with it. However, there's a dark side to our city. A creeping suspicion that not all is right and forces beyond our control will upend our lives. Death itself is a type of transformation and many of the stories in this third volume of fiction from Made in L.A. explore unexpected tragedies and desperate situations. All is not glittering in the Hollywood shadows and on the streets of downtown nor in the suburban backyards where nature creeps slowly then in sudden conflagrations. Join us for a creepy celebration of transformation. We'll be holding a costume ball with prizes for our "Most Transformed" panelist and guest. We'll also be "madlibbing" our stories, stipping out details and filling in words and phrases from other contributors' stories. Does it sound like chaos? Good, we love it. Wild times are here and we're coasting on the wave, hoping not to get sucked Read More ...

Cooking demo & conversation with Christopher Kimball

Throw together fast, flavorful meals in no time with just a handful of ingredients with 200 highly cookable, delicious, and incredibly simple recipes from the James Beard Award-winning team at Milk Street.

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David Byrne and Maira Kalman discuss “American Utopia”

From former Talking Heads frontman and multimedia visionary David Byrne and revered bestselling author, illustrator, and artist Maira Kalman–an inspiring celebration in words and art of the connections between us all. The Spike Lee film adaptation of the Broadway hit American Utopia airs on HBO in Fall 2020.

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Scott O’Connor, in conversation with Maria Hummel, discusses “Zero Zone”

Los Angeles, the late 1970s: Jess Shepard is an installation artist who creates environments that focus on light and space, often leading to intense sensory experiences for visitors to her work. A run of critically lauded projects peaks with Zero Zone, an installation at the once upon a time site of nuclear bomb testing in the New Mexico desert. But when a small group of travelers experience what they perceive as a religious awakening inside Zero Zone, they barricade themselves in the installation until authorities are forced to intervene.

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Merrill Markoe, in conversation with Susan Orlean, discusses “We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe”

In her first-ever graphic memoir, four-time Emmy-winning comedy writer Merrill Markoe unearths her treasured diaries, long kept under lock and key, to illustrate the hilarious story of her preteen and teen years and how she came to realize that her secret power was her humor. Wielding her layered and comically absurd style, Markoe takes readers back through her time as a Girl Scout, where she learned that "scouting" was really more about learning housewifery skills, to her earliest crushes on uniquely awful boys and her growing obsession with television.

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Lynell George discusses “A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky” with Louise Steinman

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and “MacArthur Genius” Octavia E. Butler. It is a collection of ideas about how to look, listen, breathe—how to be in the world. This book is about the creative process, but not on the page; its canvas is much larger. Author Lynell George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herself—her unique process of self-making.

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Dr. Paul Koudounaris, in conversation with Caitlin Doughty, discusses “A Cat’s Tale: A Journey Through Feline History”

Since the dawn of civilization, felines have prowled alongside mankind as they expanded their territory and spread the myth of human greatness. And today, cats are peddled on social media as silly creatures here to amuse humans with their antics. But this is an absurd, self-centered fantasy. The true history of felines is one of heroism, love, tragedy, sacrifice, and gravitas. Not entirely convinced? Well, get ready, because Baba the Cat is here to set the record straight.

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Fred Guttenberg, in conversation with Bradley Whitford, discusses “Find the Helpers: What 9/11 and Parkland Taught Me about Recovery, Purpose, and Hope”

Life changed forever on Valentine's Day 2018. What was to be a family day celebrating love turned into a nightmare. Thirty-four people were shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Jaime Guttenberg, a fourteen-year-old with a huge heart, was the second to last victim. That she and so many of her fellow students were struck down in cold blood galvanized many to action, including Jaime's father Fred who has become an activist dedicated to passing common sense gun safety legislation. Fred was already struggling with deep personal loss. Four months earlier his brother Michael died of 9/11 induced pancreatic cancer. He had been exposed to too much dust and chemicals at Ground Zero. Michael battled heroically for nearly five years and then died at age fifty.

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Chris Stedman discusses “IRL” with Joel Kim Booster

It’s easy and reflexive to view our online presence as fake, to see the internet as a space we enter when we aren’t living our real, offline lives. Yet so much of who we are and what we do now happens online, making it hard to know which parts of our lives are real.

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Michael Grecco discusses “Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978–1991”

In the late 70s, punk rock music began to evolve into the post-punk and new wave movements that dominated until the early 90s. During this time, prolific photographer and filmmaker Michael Grecco was in the thick of things, documenting the club scene in places like Boston and New York, and getting shots on- and backstage with bands such as The Cramps, Dead Kennedys, Talking Heads, Human Sexual Response, Elvis Costello, Joan Jett, the Ramones, and many others. Grecco captured in black and white and color the raw energy, sweat, and antics that characterized the alternative music of the time.

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Photographer Magnus Hastings and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Alaska discuss “Rainbow Revolution”

Rainbow Revolution is a collection of vibrant portraits that celebrate the expanding spectrum of queer identity and visibility. Starting with an empty white box, renowned photographer Magnus Hastings invites members of the LGBTQIA+ community to creatively envision the space. Funny, political, personal, racy, magical, and matter-of-fact—each individual presents themselves as they would like to be seen.

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Kiese Laymon, in conversation with Minda Honey, discusses “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays”

Brilliant and uncompromising, piercing and funny, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is essential reading. This new edition of award-winning author Kiese Laymon's first work of nonfiction looks inward, drawing heavily on the author and his family's experiences, while simultaneously examining the world--Mississippi, the South, the United States--that has shaped their lives.

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Marlee Grace discusses “Getting to Center” with Erica Chidi

Picking up where How to Not Always Be Working left off, Getting to Center is an empathetic offering to those who are looking for a roadmap for finding their way back to equilibrium. This book meditates on endings, grief and joy, ease, hope, addiction, and beginnings, pairing Marlee's own experiences and wisdom with practical exercises and tools for creating balance and understanding within the natural changes of life.

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Susanna Moore discusses “Miss Aluminum” in conversation with Eva Vives

In 1963 after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Susanna Moore leaves her home in Hawai'i with no money, no belongings, and no prospects to live with her Irish grandmother in Philadelphia. She soon receives four trunks of expensive clothes from a concerned family friend, allowing her to assume the first of many disguises she will need to find her sometimes perilous, always valorous way.

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Riva Lehrer, in conversation with Joey Soloway, discusses “Golem Girl: A Memoir”

The vividly told, gloriously illustrated memoir of an artist born with disabilities who searches for freedom and connection in a society afraid of strange bodies. What do we sacrifice in the pursuit of normalcy? And what becomes possible when we embrace monstrosity? Can we envision a world that sees impossible creatures?

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ZYZZYVA: The L.A. Issue

Join us for a group reading to celebrate the launch of ZYZZYVA's LA Issue. ZYZZYVA was founded in 1985 in San Francisco with the goal of publishing a superb literary journal shining a spotlight on West Coast poets, writers, and artists from a wide range of backgrounds, many of whom were otherwise overlooked by established publications, and providing them with a much needed platform.

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