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April 2019

Open Mic: Soap Box Poets

April 14 @ 2:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Free

Soap Box Poets is a poetry open mic event that will take place at Beyond Baroque. Jessica Wilson Cardenas will host. Sign ups begin at 1:45 PM. There is a five minute limit. Genre: Poetry

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Valerie Jarrett presents “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward”

April 14 @ 3:00 pm
Purchase Required

ALOUD presents author Valerie Jarrett to read from "Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward." The longest-serving senior advisor in the Obama White House shares her personal story as a daughter, mother, lawyer, business leader, public servant, and leader in government at a historic moment in American history. She will be in conversation with Angela Rye, CNN political commentator. Location: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 9390 N Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills…

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Book Club Meeting: Dystopian Book Club

April 14 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

This book club explores dystopia and the post-apocalypse in their bewildering array of forms with our host, NY Times bestselling author Peter Clines. At this meeting, the Dystopian Book Club will discuss Claire North’s "84k." Genre: Speculative Fiction

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Mike Sonksen presents “Letters to My City”

April 14 @ 7:30 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Purchase Required

Beyond Baroque presents Mike Sonksen to read from "Letters to My City," a collection of poems from an Los Angeles native. Hosted by Eric Vollmer. Genre: Poetry

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Danny Goldberg discusses and signs “Serving the Servants: Remembering Kurt Cobain”

April 15 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Join Danny Goldberg at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Serving the Servants: Remembering Kurt Cobain." His book is an exploration of Kurt Cobain's brilliance in every aspect of rock and roll, his compassion, his ambition, and the legacy he wrought--one that has lasted decades longer than his career did. Danny Goldberg explores what it is about Kurt Cobain that still resonates today, even with a generation who wasn't alive until after Kurt's death. Ben Lee will join…

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Erica Jong and Kim Dower read from and sign their latest poetry collections

April 15 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

If you love poetry collections, check out Erica Jong and Kim Dower at Vroman's. "The World Began With Yes" by Jong stresses the importance of the lives of women, women’s creativity, and self-confidence. "Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave" by Dower soothes, terrifies and always surprises, revealing the extraordinary within the ordinary--death flipped inside out. Genre: Poetry

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Rabbi Tirzah Firestone signs “Wounds into Wisdom”

April 15 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Come out for an evening with Rabbi Tirzah Firestone and "Wounds into Wisdom" at Chevalier's Books. This book awakens us to the impact of collective trauma in the world today, as entire populations are being dislocated by war, poverty, and climatic changes. Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

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The Graphic Novel Book Club discusses “Kid Gloves” by Lucy Knisley

April 15 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

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. At this meeting, the Graphic Novel Book Club will discuss "Kid Gloves" by Lucy Knisley. Genre: Graphic Novel

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Monica L. Smith discusses and signs “Cities: The first 6,000 Years”

April 16 @ 6:30 pm
DIESEL Bookstore Brentwood, 225 26th St., Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
Free

DIESEL presents author Monica L. Smith to launch "Cities: The first 6,000 Years." Her book is a sweeping history of cities through the millennia--from Mesopotamia to Manhattan--and how they have propelled Homo sapiens to dominance. Genre: Nonfiction

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Red Hen Press presents Katharine Coles, Matty L. Glasgow, Jessy Randall & Kim Dower

April 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

In celebration of Red Hen Press’ 25th Anniversary, join Red Hen poets Katharine Coles, Matty Layne Glasgow, Kim Dower, and Jessy Randall for an evening of readings, accompanied by jeweler Nicole Foos' talk on "Stories from Stones."

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Jesse Valencia discusses and signs “Keep Music Evil: The Brian Jonestown Massacre Story”

April 16 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Join Jesse Valencia at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Keep Music Evil: The Brian Jonestown Massacre Story." It is the definitive work on The Brian Jonestown Massacre and their enigmatic leader, Anton Newcombe. Genre: Biography

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Dena Moes discusses and signs “Buddha Sat Right Here”

April 16 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

If you love travel memoirs, check out Dena Moes and "Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal" at Vroman's. In this book, a family shouldered backpacks, walked away from their California life of all-night births, carpool schedules, and Cal Skate, and criss-crossed India and Nepal for eight months--a journey that led them to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the tree where the Buddha sat, and the arms of Amma the Divine Mother. Genre: Memoir

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Sonia Purnell signs “A Woman of No Importance”

April 16 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Come out for an evening with writer Sonia Purnell and "A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II" at Chevalier's Books. The never-before-told story of one woman's heroism that changed the course of the Second World War. Genre: History

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Colin Dayan discusses “In the Belly of Her Ghost”

April 16 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Colin Dayan shares insights from her vexatious relationship with her mother as she discusses her memoir, "In the Belly of Her Ghost."

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Naomi Claire Wallace discusses and signs “Shakespeare’s Ripper”

April 16 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

Come out for an evening with author Naomi Claire Wallace as she presents "Shakespeare’s Ripper" at Last Bookstore. In her book, the brutal murder of a Shakespearean actress from The Globe theatre in London kicks off a new search for Jack the Ripper. Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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The True Crime Tuesdays Book Club discusses William Mann’s “Tinseltown”

April 16 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

As the great Tori Telfer says, being into True Crime is like having a taste for cilantro. Some folks don’t get it, but some do: you know who you are. At this meeting, the True Crime Tuesdays Book Club will discuss William Mann's "Tinseltown." Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Maria Zizka discusses and signs “The Newlywed Table: A Cookbook to Start Your Life Together”

April 17 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Join Maria Zizka at Vroman's for a discussion and signing of "The Newlywed Table: A Cookbook to Start Your Life Together." Her cookbook offers 100 recipes for classic and modern recipes to build a young couple's cooking repertoire. Genre: Cooking

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Historia Storytelling Show: “Taxed”

April 17 @ 7:00 pm
Book Show, 5503 N Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042 United States
Free

Stop in for the monthly storytelling show at Book Show, Historia! Hosted by Robin Reiser and Liz Glazer. Genre: All Genres

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Alison Arngrim discusses “Murder-a-Go-Go’s”

April 17 @ 7:00 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

Last Bookstore presents Alison Arngrim to discuss "Murder-a-Go-Go’s." Murder-a-Go-Go’s is an all-star crime fiction anthology inspired by one of the most iconic bands of the eighties. Holly West and several contributing authors will join Arngrim in conversation. Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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The Feminist Book Club discusses “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

April 17 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

Tara Westover’s memoir "Educated" is the story of her unlikely escape from a radical survivalist Mormon upbringing through higher education.

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LAVA presents a night of poetry and feminism

April 18 @ 7:00 pm
Stories Books and Cafe, 1716 Le Moyne Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026 United States
Free

The second issue of "All Female Menu" is now available. Join the contributors to celebrate the zine's publication at this reading where poetry and feminism intersect.

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Lorraine Devon Wilke discusses and signs “The Alchemy of Noise”

April 18 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

If you love novels with real world meaning, check out Lorraine Devon Wilke and "The Alchemy of Noise" at Book Soup. In this timely and provocative drama, an interracial couple's new and evolving relationship transcends culture clashes, police encounters, and resistance from select family and friends, only to have a violent arrest leave them questioning everything--including each other. Genre: Fiction

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Mark Bowden discusses and signs “The Last Stone”

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

Come out for an evening with writer Mark Bowden as he presents "The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation" at Vroman’s. This book recounts the resolution of a cold case in a masterpiece of criminal interrogation and delivers a chilling and unprecedented look inside a disturbing criminal mind. Bowden will be in conversation with Christopher Goffard. Genre: Nonfiction

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David Burtka discusses “Life is a Party”

April 18 @ 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
Purchase Required

Join David Burtka as he shares recipes and the inside dish on how Hollywood dines at home.

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Daria Tessler discusses “Cult of the Ibis”

April 18 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Join Daria Tessler at Skylight Books for a discussion and signing of "Cult of the Ibis." Her graphic novel tells the story of an occultist getaway driver who, after escaping with the loot from a bank robbery gone wrong, orders a build-your-own homunculus kit and goes on the lam. Genre: Graphic Novel

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