Rebel Wilson in conversation with Jess Cagle (Virtual)

Rebel Wilson, the scene-stealing star of Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids talks with Jess Cagle about her candid and hilarious memoir REBEL RISING, which chronicles her unconventional journey to Hollywood success. Wilson, a multi-talented hyphenate lays bare her incredible journey of “making it” in which she faced fertility issues, weight gain and loss, sexuality and other emotional and physical lessons. Cagle is SiriusXM’s Chief Entertainment anchor and host of “The Jess Cagle Show.”
Ticket includes signed book. Viewing starts 4/12/24, 6pmPT and is available VOD for five days after.

London Hughes in Conversation with Jameela Jamil – Living My Best Life, Hun

September 3, 2023 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

From stand-up comedian, actress, and host of The Netflix Afterparty, London Hughes, comes an uplifting and raucously funny memoir to show you how to ditch the self-loathing, start the self-loving, and engage with your inner winner.

London Hughes has come a long way from secretly writing Frasier fan fiction alone in her bedroom. Between her breakout Netflix comedy special, To Catch a D*ck, her dating podcast “London, Actually,” and her award-winning TV performances, London the South Londoner has taken the entertainment world by storm. And now, in this sassy, brash, fearless, and funny memoir, London is ready to inspire women of all ages and races with her story—because London is absolutely the best person in the whole wide world to take you on a wild journey of self-discovery. As she herself puts it: “I’ve always been funny. I’ve always been cute. I’ve always been confident. I was born to do this shit.”

All her life, London longed to be a badass—an awesome bullet-proof woman who nobody could mess with. At a young age, she made sure she was ready to become a star, developing her own living-room popstar training regimen to prepare for her future life. But London also had her fair share of disastrous experiences in terms of friendships, relationships, and career choices. Each of the fiascos in London’s life has, with hindsight, proved to be a formative life lesson, and helped her grow into the fearless person she is today. You’ll definitely be grateful these setbacks happened to her and not you, but you’ll also learn that however bad things get, you can always build your self-worth, think long-term, and emerge triumphant, no matter what the world throws at you.

From starring in a school sex education video called “Swings and Roundabouts” to being gushed over by a fan while standing next to the Renee Zellweger, London leaves no stone unturned in Living My Best Life, Hun. It took London some time to find her voice and her people, but now that she has, she’s mentally high-fiving her 14-year-old self every day.

$20 General Admission
2511 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90057 United States
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Discussion and Signing of Sally Stevens’ Memoir, “I Sang That”

July 27, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Singer Sally Stevens, who has worked with artists like Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé and Sturgill Simpson, will give a book talk and sign copies of her memoir “I Sang That.”
Called “elegant, honest and full of music and history” by Tony and Grammy award-winning composer Marc Shaiman, “I Sang That” (Atmosphere Press) recounts
Stevens’ personal journey into the world of music-makers who create the film scores, television music, sound recordings, commercials and concert evenings the public has enjoyed during her lengthy career. In that six-decade span, her role varied from concert tours with Ray Conniff, Nat King Cole and later, Burt Bacharach to television variety shows like Danny Kaye, Carol Burnett and the Smothers Brothers to recording session work with Dean Martin, Neil Diamond, and Sonny and Cher. Her work eventually expanded into singing and contracting choirs for over a thousand film and television scores for renowned composers such as John Williams, Alan Silvestri, James Horner, Marc Shaiman, James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman, Dave Grusin, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard, Randy Newman and Terence Blanchard, and many others. Some of the more recent film scores she worked on were “Bridge of Spies,” directed by Steven Spielberg and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” directed by Rian Johnson.


July 27, 2023
7:00 pm
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2511 Wilshire Blvd.
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WeHo Reads Returns for an Inspiring Fall 2022 Season

We’re back! After a summer hiatus, BookSwell returns with three events on the ROAD TO JOY!

9/20 WeHo Reads: Expansive Vistas and Hidden Corners

The next WeHo Reads event is Expansive Vistas and Hidden Corners on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 6 p.m. Artists and writers explore concepts of places, how they’re made, and how we understand, remember, and memorialize them.

Lynell George is a journalist and essayist based in Los Angeles, who tells the city’s story one sentence at a time. Her book, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame (Angel City Press 2018), is an exploration of the city in text and photography, and she explores the extraordinary creative life of Octavia E. Butler in A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky, published by Angel City Press in 2020. She will be in discussion with Marisela Norte, an American writer, poet, and artist living in Los Angeles and known for poetry that explores the unseen city, including her poetry collection Peeping Tom Tom Girl (Sunbelt Publications 2008). Together, they will explore hidden corners of Los Angeles and the poetry of the city in images and text.

10/5 WeHo Reads: Poets Laureate Across America

There will also be a special October 2022 event featuring a selection of poets from the Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship Program. These poets laureate were all chosen by the Academy to receive a $50,000 award to help support creative work and community engagement projects, and several of them will gather to share about the projects they created.

WeHo Reads: Poets Laureate Across America takes place on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 6 p.m.  In 2020, the Academy of American Poets awarded more than $1 million to 23 poets laureate as part of a year-long Fellowship to support their creative and organizing work. One of these awards went to City of West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace who also serves as this event’s host. This reading brings together a group of these Fellows from across the country in the aftermath of their Fellowships to share what they did, read their writing, and reflect on the state of poetry across the United States.

11/15 WeHo Reads: Light in Our Hearts

Light in Our Hearts concludes the 2022 WeHo Reads season on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 6 p.m. 

The culminating event in the series will bring together poets, writers, and artists who live and create at the intersection of joy and hope and reckoning with pain. bridgette bianca is a poet and educator from South Central Los Angeles. Her debut book of poetry, be/trouble, is a powerful love letter to oft-overlooked Los Angeles, one that offers as much danger as it does glamour and as much grit as beauty. traci kato-kiriyama is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer/author, actor, arts educator & community organizer. Her recently published book from Writ Large Press, Navigating With(out) Instruments, is a collection of poetics, micro essays, and notes to self (and other)—a journey of several years, navigating through death moments, past/present tensions of war and violence, trauma and ideation, excavation, and memory. Cassandra Lane is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. Her first book, WE ARE BRIDGES: A Memoir, weaves personal and historical geographies, lineages, upbringings, and upheavals into a complete tapestry, validating her glorious existence as a Black mother. There will also be closing remarks from series opener Shonda Buchanan.