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February 2020

Alexandra Monir discusses and signs “The Life Below”

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

Meet Iranian-American author and recording artist, Alexandra Monir when she returns to Barnes & Noble in The Grove to celebrate heart-racing sequel to "The Final Six" in "The Life Below." It was hard enough for Naomi to leave Leo, a fellow Final Six contestant, behind on a dying Earth. Now she doesn't know who to trust.

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Kyle Chayka discusses “The Longing for Less” with Geoff Manaugh

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

Everywhere we hear the mantra: Less is more. Marie Kondo and other decluttering gurus promise that shedding our stuff will solve our problems, while tech-industry lifehackers preach a ruthless time-management gospel. We commit to cleanse diets and strive for inbox zero. Amid the frantic pace and distraction of everyday life, we covet silence--and airy, Instagrammable spaces in which to enjoy it. All the while, the enduring values of minimalism become harder to discern through its branding as yet another luxury…

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The True Crime Book Club reads “The Last Stone” by Mark Bowden

February 18 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

From the great Mark Bowden (Black Hawk Down, Killing Pablo) comes "The Last Stone," a decades-old cold case about two abducted Maryland girls and the case-breaking tipster who may turn out to be the perp.

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Graham Moore discusses and signs “The Holdout”

February 19 @ 6:30 pm
DIESEL Bookstore Brentwood, 225 26th St., Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
Free

When fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar real estate fortune, vanished on her way home from school, her teacher Bobby Nock became the prime suspect. The most sensational trial of the decade ensued, tapping straight into America's most pressing preoccupations: race, class, sex, law enforcement, and the lurid sins of the rich and famous. It was an open-and-shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seemed all but guaranteed. That is, until Maya Seale, a young woman on…

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Tara Schuster discusses and signs “Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies”

February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

By the time she was in her late twenties, Tara Schuster was a rising TV executive who had worked for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and helped launch Key & Peele to viral superstardom. By all appearances, she had mastered being a grown-up. But beneath that veneer of success, she was a chronically anxious, self-medicating mess. No one knew that her road to adulthood had been paved with depression, anxiety, and shame, owing in large part to her minimally…

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Sherri Smith discusses and signs “The Blossom and The Firefly”

February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Japan 1945. Taro is a talented violinist and a kamikaze pilot in the days before his first and only mission. He believes he is ready to die for his country . . . until he meets Hana. Hana hasn't been the same since the day she was buried alive in a collapsed trench during a bomb raid. She wonders if it would have been better to have died that day . . . until she meets Taro. A song will…

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Arthur Phillips discusses and signs “The King at the Edge of the World”

February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The year is 1601. Queen Elizabeth I is dying, childless. Her nervous kingdom has no heir. It is a capital crime even to think that Elizabeth will ever die. Potential successors secretly maneuver to be in position when the inevitable occurs. The leading candidate is King James VI of Scotland, but there is a problem. The queen's spymasters--hardened veterans of a long war on terror and religious extremism--fear that James is not what he appears. He has every reason to…

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World Stage Press presents: “Grandmothers With Voices” by Sabreen Adeeba

February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Purchase Required

Join us for the highly-anticipated book release event for "Grandmothers With Voices" by Sabreen Adeeba. About the book: "Grandmothers with Voices" reveals the struggles of grandmothers on the front lines of social warfare. Inspired by true-life stories, Grandmothers with Voices was written with passionate truth and spiritual elements, in hopes of placing the tragic ills of society under a telescope. Sabreen Adeeba, a pseudonym for Deborah Farris, is a native of Los Angeles California, spoken word artist, literary poet, dramatist…

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Jenny Offill discusses “Weather” with Nate Dimeo

February 19 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She's become famous…

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The Feminist Book Club reads “Those Who Knew” by Idra Novey

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

In Idra Novey’s "Those Who Knew," a woman suspects a sky-rocketing, progressive politician of murder, because of her own history of violence at his hands.

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Gish Jen discusses “The Resisters” with Viet Thanh Nguyen

February 19 @ 7:30 pm
Mark Taper Auditorium | LA Central Library, 630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Free

This extraordinary story imagines a not-so-distant future of America—which she calls “AutoAmerica” and is half underwater and populated by two groups of people: the “Netted” of the higher ground and the “Surplus,” who live on swampland. A “Surplus” family’s home life is upended when their teen daughter with amazing baseball talents is allowed to play ball with the “Netted” in the hopes that their Olympic team will beat ChinRussia.

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Contemporary Chinese Diasporic Fiction: Exploring and Exploding Identity

February 20 @ 5:00 pm
Free

Join us for a reading and conversation with four outstanding Chinese writers whose works upend the notion of a monolithic Chinese identity and uncover a much more complicated story about the diversity of Chinese diasporic experiences in America: 2017 National Book Award finalist Lisa Ko (The Leavers), crime-writer-turned-YA-author Ed Lin (David Tung Can’t Have a Girlfriend Until He Gets into an Ivy League College), Smithsonian Ingenuity Award–recipient Mimi Lok (Last of Her Name), and Max Yeh (Stolen Oranges), whom E.L.…

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Blair Imani / Tre’vell Anderson: Black History/Queer History

February 20 @ 6:00 pm
Free

Blair Imani, activist and author of "Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History" and "Making OurWay Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream" in conversation with Tre'vell Anderson, director of culture and entertainment at Out Magazine and president of the National Association of Black Journalists of Los Angeles, will discuss the intersection of Black and LGBTQ identity. Location: Exposition Park Regional Library - Los Angeles Public Library, 3900 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, California 90062

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“Voices from the Ancestors” reading

February 20 @ 6:30 pm
Free

Join us for a book reading event for "Voices From the Ancestors: Xicana & Latinx Spiritual Expressions & Healing Practices" with guest speakers Lara Medina, Martha Gonzales, Trini Rodriguez, Marta Lopez Garza, & Sybil Venegas. This anthology brings together the reflective writings and spiritual practices of Xicanx, Latinx, and Afro-Latinx womxn and male allies who seek to heal from the historical traumas of colonization by returning to ancestral traditions and knowledge. Reflective essays, poetry, prayers, specific guidelines for healing practices,…

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Billy Mernit discusses and signs “Writing the Romantic Comedy”

February 20 @ 6:30 pm
DIESEL Bookstore Brentwood, 225 26th St., Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
Free

Revised, expanded, and updated to celebrate a new generation of romantic comedies, Billy Mernit’s insightful look into the mechanics of writing Hollywood’s most enduring genre features case studies that reveal the screenwriting secrets behind classics new and old. Whether you’re a first-time screenwriter, an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, or a professional wanting to explore the latest genre trends, this thoroughly charming and insightful guide to the basics of crafting a winning and innovative script will take you step…

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Arianna Margulis discusses and signs “But Like Maybe Don’t?”

February 20 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Arianna Margulis's pen was set aflame when a boyfriend took her for a walk in Central Park. She was sneak-attack dumped because she "interfered with his meditation schedule." After a few sobs, she found her way to a Sharpie, doodled the hilarity and the heartbreak, and "But Like Mayb"e was born. As her cartoons became an Instagram cult hit, Arianna chronicled her misadventures through modern love via a crop-topped doppelganger, equal parts optimistic and anxious, who holds tight to the…

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Jon Wilkman discusses and signs “Screening Reality: How Documentary Filmmakers Reimagined America”

February 20 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

"Screening Reality" is a widescreen view of how American "truth" has been discovered, defined, projected, televised, and streamed during more than one hundred years of dramatic change, through World Wars I and II, the dawn of mass media, the social and political turmoil of the sixties and seventies, and the communications revolution that led to a twenty-first century of empowered yet divided Americans. In the telling, professional filmmaker Jon Wilkman draws on his own experience, as well as the stories…

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Morgan Harper Nichols discusses and signs “All Along You Were Blooming”

February 20 @ 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
Purchase Required

Meet popular Instagram poet Morgan Harper Nichols when she joins us to celebrate "All Along You Were Blooming." A celebration of hope. An encounter with grace. A restoration of the heart. A healing of wounds. An anthem of freedom. "All Along You Were Blooming" is the ultimate love letter from the pen of Morgan Harper Nichols to your mind, to your heart, to your soul, and to your body.

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Emily Nemens reads from “The Cactus League” with J. Ryan Stradal

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

Jason Goodyear is the star outfielder for the Los Angeles Lions, stationed with the rest of his team in the punishingly hot Arizona desert for their annual spring training. Handsome, famous, and talented, Goodyear is nonetheless coming apart at the seams. And the coaches, writers, wives, girlfriends, petty criminals, and diehard fans following his every move are eager to find out why—as they hide secrets of their own.

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James Quinn discusses and signs “Nightshades of New Orleans”

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

"Nightshades of New Orleans" is a fast-paced novel portraying dynastic Southern families, driven by apocalyptic events involving vampires, genetic experimentation, and a serial killer investigation during Mardi Gras. New Orleans’ colorful history is vividly recounted and interwoven in the plot, including notorious hauntings and mayhem for which the city is famous.

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Amy Shira Teitel discusses and signs “Fighting for Space” at Chevalier’s

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

When the space age dawned in the late 1950s, Jackie Cochran held more propeller and jet flying records than any pilot of the twentieth century-man or woman. She had led the Women's Auxiliary Service Pilots during the Second World War, was the first woman to break the sound barrier, ran her own luxury cosmetics company, and counted multiple presidents among her personal friends. She was more qualified than any woman in the world to make the leap from atmosphere to…

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Editor Steffie Nelson and panel discuss and sign “Slouching Towards Los Angeles: Living and Writing by Joan Didion’s Light”

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

In "The White Album," Joan Didion famously wrote that "a place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively...loves it so radically that he remakes it in his image." Cruising in her Daytona yellow Corvette Stingray, taking it all in behind dark glasses, Joan Didion claimed California for all time. "Slouching Towards Los Angeles" is a multi-faceted portrait of the literary icon who, in turn, belongs to us. This collection of original essays covers the turf that…

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Jenn Shapland discusses “My Autobiography of Carson McCullers” with Andy Campbell

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

While working as an intern in the archives at the Harry Ransom Center, Jenn Shapland encounters the love letters of Carson McCullers and a woman named Annemarie—letters that are tender, intimate, and unabashed in their feelings. Shapland recognizes herself in the letters’ language—but does not see McCullers as history has portrayed her.

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Poets Feed The People

February 21 @ 8:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Purchase Required

The World Stage Press and Beyond Baroque presents a poetry showcase and fundraiser for the Los Angeles Food Bank. Each dollar donated equals 7 meals, so the $20 admission ticket pay for 140 meals for L.A. residents who are in danger of going hungry. We hope to raise enough for 5,000 meals. Featured readers include: V. Kali, Lady Basco, Hiram Sims, Jasmine Williams, Antonio Appling, Jaynese Poole.

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The Difficult to Name reading series returns for February

February 21 @ 8:00 pm
Stories Books and Cafe, 1716 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026 United States
Free

The Difficult to Name Reading Series Hosted by Ryan Sartor Featuring readings and performances by Selene Betancourt, Katrina Davis, Laura Merli, Crissy Milazzo, Christina Mondy, Cricri Ters, and Jeremy Tramer.

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Ebony Flowers discusses “Hot Comb” with Taneka Stotts

February 22 @ 1:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

"Hot Comb" by Ebony Flowers is one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of 2019, receiving nominations from the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens and Alex Awards, as well as the NAACP Image Awards. The book offers a poignant glimpse into Black women’s anxieties, support networks, and coming of age stories. "Hot Comb" is insightful and empathetic about the imperfections of identity, a propitious display of talent from a vital new voice. Flowers will be joined in conversation by…

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Liza Barbouri discusses and signs “Stand Up to Slim Down”

February 22 @ 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – Burbank, 731 N San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502 United States
Free

This self help workbook is an in-depth guide to helping you identify, accept, and act to becoming a thinner and healthier You. We provide you step by step tools and lesson plan so that through self reflection and discovery, affirmations and guided visualizations, you become thinner and healthier.

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Amy Shira Teitel discusses and signs “Fighting for Space: Two Pilots and Their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight” at Vroman’s

February 22 @ 4:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

When the space age dawned in the late 1950s, Jackie Cochran held more propeller and jet flying records than any pilot of the twentieth century-man or woman. She had led the Women's Auxiliary Service Pilots during the Second World War, was the first woman to break the sound barrier, ran her own luxury cosmetics company, and counted multiple presidents among her personal friends. She was more qualified than any woman in the world to make the leap from atmosphere to…

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Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White present and sign “The Story Pirates Present: Quest for the Crystal Crown”

February 23 @ 11:00 am
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

An enchanted arrow pierces the wall of Hillview--the city is under attack! Years ago, a powerful crystal crown was stolen from a group of magic wielders called Lysors. Lacking the crown's protection, the Lysors hid themselves behind the city walls, shut off from the rest of the world. But with danger upon them once more, can Laura, a spunky girl with a knack for adventure, journey outside Hillview . . . and reclaim the crystal crown?

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Avenue 50 Studio presents La Palabra Marathon Love Poem Reading

February 23 @ 2:00 pm
Free

Join us for an afternoon of love poems in many languages. Open mic to follow. We will end the affair with bubbly and chocolate.

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Jon Wilkman discusses and signs “Screening Reality”

February 23 @ 3:00 pm
DIESEL Bookstore Brentwood, 225 26th St., Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
Free

Amidst claims of a new “post-truth” era, documentary filmmaking has experienced a golden age in the 21st-century. Today, more documentaries are made and widely viewed than ever before, illuminating our increasingly fraught relationship with what’s true in politics and culture. For most of our history, Americans have depended on motion pictures to bring the realities of the world into view. And yet the richly complex, ever-evolving relationship between nonfiction movies and American history is virtually unexplored.

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Group reading featuring Valyntina Grenier, Elena Karina Byrne, and Karen Kevorkian

February 23 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Valyntina Grenier's FEVER DREAM / TAKE HEART marks a poetic "double debut" with a tête-bêche chapbook, two titles bound upside-down with two front covers (featuring paintings by Grenier), which can be read from either side. The poems shape their sense from sound, but do not hesitate to critique/navigate/decipher reality with a feminist protest. Associative and dreamy, the poems also prove to be starkly political. They explore how we are miraculously alive in the midst of degrading political and weather systems.…

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Vroman’s Local Author Day featuring Rev. Jesus Garcia, D.S.S., Renee Morgan-Hampton, and Tatyana Hughes presenting on behalf of Tatiana N. Mickushina

February 23 @ 4:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Rev. Jesus Garcia, D.S.S. presents and signs "The Dreams of a Master." Still grieving after the physical loss of his beloved spiritual Master, Dr. John-Roger, the author finds renewed purpose connecting with fellow disciples in Satsang around the world. Renee Morgan-Hampton presents and signs "Guilty By Default." As Detectives Sanders and Grimes investigate the murder of a boy on a boarding school construction site, a series of disappearances occur at the school, leading them down a dark path of psychological…

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Katharine Coldiron discusses and signs “Ceremonials”

February 23 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

"Ceremonials" is a twelve-part lyric novella inspired by Florence + the Machine’s 2011 album of the same name. It’s the story of two girls, Amelia and Corisande, who fall in love at a boarding school. Corisande dies suddenly on the eve of graduation, but Amelia cannot shake her ghost. A narrative about obsession, the Minotaur, and the veil between life and death, Ceremonials is a poem in prose, a keening in words, and a song etched in ink.

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BUSted storytelling: February

February 23 @ 5:00 pm
Stories Books and Cafe, 1716 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026 United States
Free

Join us for our monthly story telling series about getting around los angeles without a car.

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A Celebration of Toni Morrison

February 23 @ 5:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Purchase Required

Beyond Baroque celebrates the profound and powerful legacy of one of the greatest of all American novelists: Toni Morrison. Featured readers include: Rhonda Mitchell, Bridgette Bianca, Asha Grant, Sanura Williams, S. Pearl Sharp, Melanie Luja and other special guests. Hosted by Shonda Buchanan.

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The Thing in the Labyrinth Book Club reads “Kill Creek” by Scott Thomas

February 23 @ 9:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

Everyone is afraid of "Kill Creek," from Scott Thomas – a story about an evil house with a long tether.

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Wit and Sisterhood: Two Acclaimed Novels About Resilient Women

February 24 @ 6:30 pm
Studio City Branch Library, 12511 Moorpark Street
Studio City, CA 91604 United States
Free

Two acclaimed writers discuss how camaraderie between women became a focus in their most recent novels, and what role humor plays in sustaining a resilient sense of self. Idra Novey's most recent work is "Those Who Knew," and Cathleen Schine released "The Grammarians" in 2019. This event is free and all are welcome. For ADA accommodations, please call (213) 228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to the event.

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Diane Leslie’s Book Group with Author Laila Lalami

February 25 @ 5:00 pm
DIESEL Bookstore Brentwood, 225 26th St., Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
Purchase Required

Diane Leslie's Book Group meets to discuss Laila Lalami's novel, "The Other Americans" on Tuesday, February 25th at 5:00 pm. The best part? Laila Lalami will be joining in the discussion! * Seating is limited and reservations are required for this event. There is a $20 fee, and you must purchase your copy of the book from DIESEL. Please contact Diane Leslie to reserve a spot. Late one spring night, Driss Guerraoui, a Moroccan immigrant in California, is walking across…

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Michele Asselin discusses and signs “Clubhouse Turn: The Twilight of Hollywood Park Race Track”

February 25 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Photographer Michele Asselin spent every day at Hollywood Park in the last two weeks before it closed, photographing the buildings, the employees, and the patrons of the track. "Clubhouse Turn: The Twilight of Hollywood Park Race Track" is the product of her efforts, and the story of two cultures colliding in the middle of a rapidly evolving city.

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Kristina Kuzmic discusses “Hold On, But Don’t Hold Still”

February 25 @ 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
Purchase Required

Meet world-renowned speaker and viral video sensation Kristina Kuzmic when she joins us to celebrate her book "Hold On, But Don't Hold Still: Hope and Humor from My Seriously Flawed Life." Delivering inspiration and parenting comedy at its finest, here is one woman's story of ditching her fairy tale dreams and falling in love with her unpredictable, chaotic, imperfect life.

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Brandon Taylor reads from “Real Life,” his debut novel

February 25 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Come to Skylight Books to hear Brandon Taylor read from his debut novel, "Real Life." This book takes place over one summer weekend and follows a young black biochemistry grad student as he grapples with relationships and social pressures.

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Karen Sherman discusses and signs “Brick by Brick: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere”

February 25 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

"Brick by Brick" is powerful memoir that weaves the stories of valiant women who survived the Rwandan genocide with the struggle of their champion, author Karen Sherman, to recover from her own history of abuse. The strength of these women helped Karen find her own way–through conflict zones and confrontations with corrupt officials to a renewed commitment to her family and a stronger sense of herself.

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HOMOcentric: February

February 25 @ 7:30 pm
Stories Books and Cafe, 1716 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026 United States
Free

It's the time of year where everyone is trying to wish spring into being. We only have a few more weeks until it's official. In the meantime, come join us Tuesday the 25th while we get the lead out - or lead out of winter into spring. See how I did that? This month we are excited to have Sigurd Olin Christian, Albie Serna Jr, and Cody Sisco warm up the last homo-centric reading of winter with their words. We'll…

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The Gothic Book Club reads “The Phantom of the Opera” by Gaston Leroux

February 25 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

We read fiction in Gothic Book Club, but Gaston Leroux said this was a true story. We’re reading "The Phantom of the Opera."

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Marcellas Reynolds Author of Supreme Models In Conversation with Nick Verreos

February 26 @ 5:00 pm
Free

Marcellas Reynolds, author of "Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion" in conversation with Nick Verreos. Look for surprise guests from the pages of the book! Location: FIDM Museum, 919 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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April Dávila celebrates the book launch for “142 Ostriches” with Mark Sarvas

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

"142 Ostriches" follows 22-year-old Tallulah Jones, who wants nothing more than to escape her life working on the family’s ostrich ranch in the Mojave Desert. But when her grandmother dies under questionable circumstances, Tallulah finds herself the sole heir of the business just days before the birds mysteriously stop laying eggs.

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Elizabeth Little discusses and signs “Pretty as a Picture”

February 26 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Marissa Dahl, a shy but successful film editor, travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary–and legendarily demanding–director Tony Rees on a feature film with a familiar logline. Some girl dies. It’s not much to go on, but the specifics don’t concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She’ll spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best: turning pictures into stories.

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Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn discuss “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope”

February 26 @ 7:30 pm
Aratani Theatre, 244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021 United States
Purchase Required

When New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof returned to his hometown of Yamhill, Oregon, the portrait of life in rural America was grim. In a new book, written alongside Sheryl WuDunn, the team of the bestselling "Half the Sky" tells a story of how a once prospering blue-collar town was devastated by the loss of well-paying union jobs. Moving beyond this one part of the country, and showing a similar trend representative of places ranging from the Dakotas and…

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Otis College MFA Writing Visiting Writers Series: Idra Novey

February 26 @ 7:30 pm
Free

Idra Novey is the author of the novel Those Who Knew, which was a Best Book of 2018 with NPR, Esquire, BBC, Kirkus Review, O Magazine, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her first novel Ways to Disappear, received the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her poetry collections include Exit Civilian, selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series and a Best Book of 2012 by Cold Front Magazine and The Volta, and The Next Country, which was a…

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