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February 2019

Aimee Bender, Arthur Sze, Yxta Maya Murray, and Quincy Troupe read at the 42nd Annual Writers Week Conference 2019 hosted by UC Riverside

February 11 @ 11:00 am
Free

Writers Week, California’s longest-running free literary event, will return to the University of California, Riverside, for its 42nd installment Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 11-16, 2019, featuring 23 writers across the two-week span. FEB 11 Monday 11:00 am Aimee Bender 1:00 pm Arthur Sze 2:30 pm Yxta Maya Murray 4:00 pm Quincy Troupe - Stephen Minot Lecturer Each presentation will last one hour and consist of an introduction, reading, and Q&A session. All on-campus author presentations will be held in Screening…

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SOLD OUT | Dr. John Gottman, in conversation with Doug Abrams, discusses and signs “Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love”

February 11 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

"Happily ever after" is not by chance, it's by choice- the choice each person in a relationship makes to remain open, remain curious, and, most of all, to keep talking to one another. From award-winning marriage researcher and bestselling author Dr. John Gottman and fellow researcher Julie Gottman, Eight Dates offers an ingenious and simple-to-implement approach to effective relationship communication. Here are the subjects that every serious couple should discuss: Trust. Family. Sex and intimacy. Dealing with conflict. Work and…

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Joan Rosenberg discusses and signs “90 Seconds to a Life You Love”

February 11 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Sadness, shame, helplessness, anger, embarrassment, disappointment, frustration, and vulnerability. In 30 years as a practicing psychologist, Dr. Joan Rosenberg has found that what most often blocks people from success and feeling capable in life is the inability to experience, move through, and handle these 8 unpleasant feelings. Knowing how to deal with intense, overwhelming, or uncomfortable feelings is essential to building confidence, emotional strength, and resilience. Yet when we distract or disconnect from these feelings, we move away from confidence,…

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Fiction Book Club

February 11 @ 7:15 pm
Barnes & Noble – Studio City, 12136 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604 United States
Free

All are welcome! Join this book club on the 2nd Monday of every month at 7:15PM for a lively discussion of the current fiction selection. Genre: Fiction

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Ficción en Español Book Club with Dan Lopez

February 11 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

This book club reads fiction in Spanish. Here’s your chance to read great contemporary writers in their native language. Whether you read in Spanish all the time or you’re looking to get your español in peak form, this club is for you. The price for this discussion group includes a new copy of the book, a dedicated moderator, snacks & bevs, and meets right here in The Last Bookstore the second Monday of every month. Discussion will be in both…

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Live Talks L.A. Discussion: An Evening with Robert Greene

February 11 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

Robert Greene is an author and speaker known for his books on strategy, power and seduction. He has written five international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law and Mastery. He is an indispensable guide for millions of readers, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, influence and mastery. His seminal book The 48 Laws of Power continues to inspire business leaders, political figures…

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Trisha Thomas, Siel Ju, Anthonia Kalu, and Chris Kraus read at the 42nd Annual Writers Week Conference 2019 hosted by UC Riverside

February 12 @ 1:00 pm
Free

Writers Week, California’s longest-running free literary event, will return to the University of California, Riverside, for its 42nd installment Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 11-16, 2019, featuring 23 writers across the two-week span. FEB 12 Tuesday 1:00 pm Trisha Thomas 2:30 pm Siel Ju 4:00 pm Anthonia Kalu 7:00 pm Chris Kraus Each presentation will last one hour and consist of an introduction, reading, and Q&A session. All on-campus author presentations will be held in Screening Room 1128 of Interdisciplinary Building…

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Elizabeth Letts discusses and signs “Finding Dorothy”

February 12 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband's masterpiece for the screen, seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank's passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book--because she's the only one left who knows its secrets. But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of "Over the Rainbow," Maud…

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Abby Ellin discusses “Duped” in conversation with Sarah Rodman

February 12 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In Duped, Abby Ellin plunges headlong into the world of double lives. Studying the art and science of lying, talking to women who've had their worlds upended by men who weren't who they professed to be, and writing with great openness about her own mistakes, she lays the phenomenon bare.

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Discussion: “To Speak is a Revolution” Tour

February 12 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

It is time. It is time to free our voice. To speak is a revolution. For too long, through the most intimate acts of erasure, women have been silenced. Now, women everywhere are breaking through the limits placed on us by family, society, and tradition. To find our voices. To make space for ourselves in this world. Now is the moment to reclaim what was once lost, stolen, forsaken, or abandoned. I Am Yours is about my fight to protect…

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The AfroFuturism Book Club with Tyree Boyd-Pates

February 12 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

AfroFuturism is a vast, forward-looking movement with solid roots in the past. Though it spans art, music, theory – everything – we read new fiction. We are reading The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark. In this alternate history, ambitious young “Creeper” navigates the Civil War, orisha magic, and airborn pirates in her quest to save New Orleans from a Haitian secret weapon: the Black God’s Drums. HOW IT WORKS: All book clubs require a ticket, and include the…

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Katie Ford, Evolve Benton, and Michael Nava read at the 42nd Annual Writers Week Conference 2019 hosted by UC Riverside

February 13 @ 11:30 am
Free

Writers Week, California’s longest-running free literary event, will return to the University of California, Riverside, for its 42nd installment Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 11-16, 2019, featuring 23 writers across the two-week span. FEB 13 Wednesday 11:30 am Katie Ford 1:00 pm Evolve Benton 4:00 pm Michael Nava Each presentation will last one hour and consist of an introduction, reading, and Q&A session. All on-campus author presentations will be held in Screening Room 1128 of Interdisciplinary Building South. One satellite event…

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Tosh Berman, in conversation with Lisa See, discusses and signs “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World”

February 13 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

TOSH is a memoir of growing up as the son of an enigmatic, much-admired, hermetic, and ruthlessly bohemian artist during the waning years of the Beat Generation and the heyday of hippie counterculture. A critical figure in the history of postwar American culture, Tosh Berman's father, Wallace Berman, was known as the "father of assemblage art," and was the creator of the legendary mail-art publication Semina. Wallace Berman and his wife, famed beauty and artist's muse Shirley Berman, raised Tosh…

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Sally Wen Mao reads from her new collection of poetry “Oculus” with Muriel Leung

February 13 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Sally Wen Mao’s Oculus explores exile not just as a matter of distance and displacement, but as a migration through time and a reckoning with technology. The title poem follows a girl in Shanghai who uploaded her suicide onto Instagram. Other poems cross into animated worlds, examine robot culture, and haunt a necropolis for electronic waste. A fascinating sequence speaks in the voice of international icon and first Chinese American movie star Anna May Wong, who travels through the history…

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Visiting Writers Series: Melissa Broder

February 13 @ 7:30 pm
Free

Fiction writer, essayist, and poet Melissa Broder is the author of the novel, The Pisces, the essay collection, So Sad Today, and several poetry collections including, Last Sext, Scarecrone, and When you Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother. Broder writes the So Sad Today column for VICE, the horoscopes for Lenny Letter, and the Beauty and Death column at Elle.com. Her poems have appeared in POETRY, The Iowa Review, Tin House, Guernica, Fence, The Missouri Review, Denver Quarterly, and…

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Sara Borjas, Ángel Garcia, Alex Espinoza, and Isabel Quintero read at the 42nd Annual Writers Week Conference 2019 hosted by UC Riverside

February 14 @ 11:00 am
Free

Writers Week, California’s longest-running free literary event, will return to the University of California, Riverside, for its 42nd installment Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 11-16, 2019, featuring 23 writers across the two-week span. FEB 14 Thursday 11:00 am Sara Borjas 12:30 pm Ángel Garcia 2:00 pm Alex Espinoza 3:30 pm Isabel Quintero Each presentation will last one hour and consist of an introduction, reading, and Q&A session. All on-campus author presentations will be held in Screening Room 1128 of Interdisciplinary Building…

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A Night with Sappho: Valentine’s Day Poetry at Book Show

February 14 @ 8:00 pm
Book Show, 5503 N Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042 United States
Free

Project Nongenue is coming to Book Show to queer and reclaim ur favorite commercialized holiday! Come relax as some of our favorite queer company and community members do dramatic and passionate readings of Sappho's poetry! Featuring: Marie Osterman, Susan Holmstrom, MJ Brown, Sara Ann Buccolo, Lucia Towers, Joshua Rivas, Al Washburn, and Liz Eldridge

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Casandra López, Desirée Zamorano, Lucille Lang Day & Ruth Nolan, and Elise Paschen read at the 42nd Annual Writers Week Conference 2019 hosted by UC Riverside

February 15 @ 11:00 am
Free

Writers Week, California’s longest-running free literary event, will return to the University of California, Riverside, for its 42nd installment Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 11-16, 2019, featuring 23 writers across the two-week span. FEB 15 Friday 11:00 am Casandra López 12:30 pm Desirée Zamorano 2:00 pm Lucille Lang Day & Ruth Nolan 3:30 pm Elise Paschen Each presentation will last one hour and consist of an introduction, reading, and Q&A session. All on-campus author presentations will be held in Screening Room…

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Jill Santopolo, in conversation with Taylor Jenkins Reid, discusses and signs “More Than Words”

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

Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter. Raised by her father, owner of New York City's glamorous Gregory Hotels, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And Tim--her devoted boyfriend and best friend since childhood--feels the same. But when Nina's father dies, he leaves behind a secret that shocks Nina to her core. As her world falls apart, Nina begins to see the men in her life--her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her boss,…

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Judges Frederick Weisberg & Michelle Ahnn present and sign “Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made”

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

A rare and illuminating view of how judges decide dramatic legal cases--Law and Order from behind the bench--including the Elián González, Terri Schiavo, and Scooter Libby cases. Prosecutors and defense attorneys have it easy--all they have to do is to present the evidence and make arguments. It's the judges who have the heavy lift: they are the ones who have to make the ultimate decisions, many of which have profound consequences on the lives of the people standing in front…

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Keith Scribner reads from his new novel “Old Newgate Road” with Ivy Pochoda

February 15 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

From the author of The Oregon Experiment, the story of a father's return to his childhood home, the site of unspeakable tragedy, and of the complex and often warring obligations--not least forgiveness--we have to our family, our friends, and our past. Old Newgate Road runs through the tobacco fields of northern Connecticut that once drove the local economy. It's where Cole Callahan spent his youth, in a historic white colonial that his family was devoted to restoring--painstakingly, relentlessly, pointlessly. But…

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Kristen Nelson and Samantha Bounkeua read from their poetry

February 15 @ 7:30 pm
Free

Kristen is taking her new collection of poetry, the length of this gap, on the road. In Los Angeles, she will be joined by the following badass performers: Samantha Bounkeua, Sam Cohen, Bernadette McComish, and Wendy C. Ortiz. Kristen E. Nelson is a queer writer, performer, activist, and community builder. She is the author of the length of this gap (Damaged Goods, August 2018) and two chapbooks: sometimes I gets lost and is grateful for noises in the dark (Dancing Girl, 2017)…

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Friday Night Poetry: They’re Just Words

February 15 @ 8:00 pm
Book Show, 5503 N Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042 United States
Free

Poetry night hosted by Ingrid M. Calderon-Collins !!! 8pm – 9pm – Open Mic 9pm – Featured poets Genre: Poetry

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Discussion: Grateful Conversation

February 15 @ 8:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Purchase Required

Grateful Conversations is a portrait of a group of female poets from California, who come together each month to hone their craft and share their verse. Known as Westside Women Writers and active as a group since 2008, they include Millicent Borges Accardi, Madeleine S. Butcher, Georgia Jones Davis, Lois P. Jones, Susan Rogers, Kathi Stafford, Sonya Sabanac, Ambika Talwar and Maja Trochimczyk. Regular admission. Members FREE Genre: Poetry

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Janet Fitch and Sophia Shalmiyev in conversation w/ Lisa Mecham

February 15 @ 8:00 pm
Stories Books and Cafe, 1716 Le Moyne Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026 United States
Free

Come out for a very special evening with bestselling author/ LA lit icon Janet Fitch and newly arrived powerhouse Sophia Shalmiyev as they discuss Russia, womanhood, and craft. Host Lisa Mecham will be on hand to moderate the conversation. About Janet Finch: Janet Fitch is an American author and teacher of fiction writing. She is the author of the #1 national bestseller White Oleander, a novel translated into 24 languages, an Oprah Book Club book and the basis of a…

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