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February 2019

True Crime Book Club

February 19 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

True Crime puts us at the extreme of human experience. For better or for worse. We’re revisiting Natchez, Mississippi’s scandalous murder-event with Goat Castle from Karen L. Cox. The alleged muderer of Jennie Merrill was killed by police before he could face trial, and an innocent woman was convicted as an accomplice. Meanwhile, the actual masterminds of the crime profited on publicity from the incident. It’s the all too familiar racial injustice wrapped in a tawdry Southern Gothic package. HOW…

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Lily Bartle & J. Gordon Faylor hosted by Poetic Research Bureau

February 19 @ 7:30 pm
Free

The Poetic Research Bureau presents LILY BARTLE & J. GORDON FAYLOR Tuesday, February 19 Doors 7:30pm Reading 8pm ~ Lily Bartle is a poet and editor from New York City. She is the founder of Hole, Earth, Catalog and has a forthcoming publication from Gauss PDF. Her phone number is 646 264 8339 J. Gordon Faylor is the author of Registration Caspar (Ugly Duckling Presse), Plummet (TROLL THREAD), and four volumes of Christmas poems in collaboration with Brandon Brown. He…

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Discussion and Book Signing: “Mel’s Love Land” with Melanie Lutz

February 19 @ 8:00 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

Join us for a revolutionary, love-filled evening with writer Melanie Lutz as The Last Bookstore hosts Mel’s Love Land: An Evening of All Systems Love Activism w/ readings + original docu-series preview based on the book. Known as a love activist, Melanie Lutz will discuss the power of love activism, offer a love activation, and introduce her original docu-series based on her thought-shifting work. Bring your spirit, bring your heart, and together we’ll imagine a world of peace where we…

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Roger McNamee in conversation with Willow Bay

February 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Purchase Required

If you had told Roger McNamee even three years ago that he would soon be devoting himself to stopping Facebook from destroying our democracy, he would have howled with laughter. He had mentored many tech leaders in his illustrious career as an investor, but few things had made him prouder, or been better for his fund’s bottom line, than his early service to Mark Zuckerberg. Still a large shareholder in Facebook, he had every good reason to stay on the…

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Poets & Writers’ Santa Monica Literary Roundtable Meeting, featuring Wally Rudolph

February 20 @ 10:30 am
Free

This free, informal meeting is a great way to connect with fellow presenters, presses, teachers, and writers. Roundtable Meetings bring together people from all areas of the literary community to exchange ideas, news, and resources. It's also a chance to learn about P&W and our Readings & Workshops program for literary events. We are pleased to welcome Annenberg Community Beach House Writer-in-Residence Wally Rudolph as our special guest. Rudolph, a multidisciplinary artist and diversity advocate, is the author of two…

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Melissa Scrivner Love, in conversation with Jade Chang, discusses and signs “American Heroin”

February 20 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

It took sacrifice, pain, and more than a few dead bodies, but Lola has clawed her way to the top of her South Central Los Angeles neighborhood. Her gang has grown beyond a few trusted soldiers into a full-fledged empire, and the influx of cash has opened up a world that she has never known--one where her daughter can attend a good school, where her mother can live in safety, and where Lola can finally dream of a better life.…

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Charlie Jane Anders reads from her new novel “The City in the Middle of the Night”

February 20 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

From Hugo and Nebula-Award winning author of the critically-acclaimed All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders, comes an all-new work of thought-provoking and entertaining speculative fiction set on a distant planet, divided into permanent day and night. The City in the Middle of the Night will satisfy Anders’ many fans as well as expand her audience as she crafts a wondrous new world in a hauntingly strange future. January is a dying planet—divided between a permanently frozen darkness…

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Historia Storytelling Show

February 20 @ 7:30 pm
Book Show, 5503 N Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042 United States
Free

Monthly storytelling show here at Book Show! Hosted by Robin Reiser and Liz Glazer. More info and line up soon This month’s theme will be announced soon!

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Feminist Book Club with Julia Callahan

February 20 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

This club reads an intersectional variety of feminist lit – fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, etc. – led by publisher Julia Callahan of Rare Bird Books. Join us for fresh insights, perspectives and challenges, and – most importantly – fellowship. (Since we’re still waiting for Tara Westover’s Educated , we’re switching our Feb/March picks . . . ) When Romy receives two life sentences for killing a man who was stalking her, she loses her son and whatever slim chance she had…

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Ari Seth Cohen presents and signs “Advanced Love”

February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

From the creator of the popular blog Advanced Style, photographer Ari Seth Cohen's Advanced Love collects affectionate portraits of subjects who prove that love is bound by neither the constraints of age or time. The book includes 40 profiles of inspiring couples from around the world, and more than 200 photos. The profiles explore themes of love and companionship through firsthand insight from the subjects; they share their stories of falling in love, what they have learned after decades of…

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Percival Everett discusses and signs “The Book of Training”

February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

This is poetry within the harsh confines of a mock historical document―a guidebook for the American slave owner. The collection features lists of instructions for buying, training, and punishing, equations for calculating present and future profits, and handwritten annotations affirming the brutal contents. The Book of Traininglays bare the mechanics of the peculiar institution of slavery and challenges readers to place themselves in the uncomfortable vantage point of those who have bought and enslaved human beings. A good long whip,…

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DJ Williams throws a pre-release party for The Auctioneer

February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Free

THE AUCTIONEER IS A FOLLOW UP TO HIS PREVIOUS NOVELS, WAKING LAZARUS AND THE DISILLUSIONED Chase Hardeman, a former special ops veteran, is left questioning whether his past covert missions in the Middle East are the cause of the chaos that’s erupted in his life. Dreams of leaving a clandestine war behind and becoming a legend like his father in the auction arena teeter on the brink once he implements a contingency plan amidst an FBI investigation. Captivated by an…

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Elizabeth McCracken reads from her new novel “Bowlaway” with Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

February 21 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley. From the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century—nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person—Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts. She has no past to speak of,…

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Alain de Botton presents The School of Life Press

February 21 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Fre

Join writer Alain de Botton for an evening introducing The School of Life and their book series The School of Life Press. The School of Life Press brings together the thinking and ideas of The School of Life creative team under the direction of series editor, Alain de Botton. Their books share a coherent, curated message that speaks with one voice: calm, reassuring, and sane. Headquartered in London, The School of Life operates around the globe, delivering services down a…

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Susan Wheeler at Hammer Museum

February 21 @ 7:30 pm
Free

Susan Wheeler is the author of a novel, Record Palace, and six books of poetry: Bag ’o’ Diamonds, Smokes, Source Codes, Ledger, Assorted Poems, and Meme, the last of which was shortlisted for the 2012 National Book Award in poetry. Her work has appeared in ten editions of Best American Poetry as well as the Paris Review and the New Yorker, and she has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.…

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Live Talks L.A. Discussion: An Evening with Howard Schultz

February 21 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

Howard Schultz is former Chairman and CEO of Starbucks, where he has been recognized for his leadership, business ethics, and efforts to strengthen communities. He and his wife, Sheri, have pledged extensive support to help veterans make successful transitions to civilian life through the Schultz Family Foundation’s Onward Veterans initiative. Schultz is the bestselling author of Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul and Pour Your Heart Into It. For updates from Howard Schultz, sign up…

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Breakfast and Book Discussion with Bernard-Henri Lévy

February 22 @ 8:15 am
Purchase Required

One of the West’s leading intellectuals offers a provocative look at America’s withdrawal from world leadership and the rising powers who seek to fill the vacuum left behind. In is new book, The Empire and the Five Kings, Bernard-Henri Lévy says that the United States was once the hope of the world, a beacon of freedom and the defender of liberal democracy. Nations and peoples on all continents looked to America to stand up for the values that created the…

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Alan Brennert discusses and signs “Daughter of Moloka’i”

February 22 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

Alan Brennert's beloved novel Moloka'i, currently has over 600,000 copies in print. This companion tale tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama--quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa--was forced to give up at birth. The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi'olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and…

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Crystal Fleming discusses and signs “How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide”

February 22 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

How to Be Less Stupid About Race is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are kinda-sorta-maybe waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. But in the midst of this reckoning, widespread denial and misunderstandings about race persist, even as…

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Literature Reading Group

February 22 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

This month the Literature Reading Group will read Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry. Genre: Fiction

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Crystal Fleming, in conversation with Angela Nissel, discusses and signs “How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide”

February 22 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

How to Be Less Stupid About Race is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are kinda-sorta-maybe waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. But in the midst of this reckoning, widespread denial and misunderstandings about race persist, even as…

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Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer sign “To Nightowl from Dogfish”

February 22 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

A moving, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told in emails & letters. Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads. When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are…

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Marlon James reads from his new novel “Black Leopard, Red Wolf”

February 22 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

The epic novel, an African Game of Thrones, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings In the stunning first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child. Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: "He has a nose," people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three…

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Open Mic Poetry Night

February 22 @ 7:30 pm
Barnes & Noble – Burbank, 731 N San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502 United States
Free

Join in or come to enjoy the wonderful poets reading their original work on Open Mic Poetry Night. This long-standing group welcomes new poets and guests in our cookbook section's meeting space. Sign-ups at 7:30PM, performance at 8:00PM. Genre: Poetry

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Ceremony: Ntozaka Shange Tribute

February 22 @ 8:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Purchase Required

Shonda Buchanan hosts a special tribute to the great Ntozake Shange, who passed away in 2018. Regular admission. Members FREE Genre: Poetry

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