Come out to Vroman’s for an evening with Charles Phoenix and “Holiday Jubilee: Classic & Kitschy Festivities & Fun Party Recipes.” You’re invited to celebrate America’s favorite seasonal traditions like never before. Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix mixes and mingles spectacular vintage Kodachrome slides of New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with his eye-popping, original recipes for epic edible centerpieces and party pleasers from his colorful test kitchen–including his legendary Cherpumple creation! Be prepared for your imagination to be inspired and your holiday spirit to soar!
Transgender activist and journalist Lewis Raven Wallace was fired from his job as a public radio reporter for speaking out against “objectivity” in coverage of Trump and white supremacy. He will read from and sign copies of his new book The View From Somewhere, which questions the concept of journalistic objectivity and how it has been used historically to silence marginalized writers.
He will be joined in conversation by Sam Greenspan, creator and host of Bellweather, a podcast of speculative journalism.
Location: The Hangout, 2122 E 4th St., Long Beach, CA
Get ready for a hot topic: a discussion of gentrification comes to Stories Books & Café in Echo Park with this visit by Matthew Schuerman to promote his new book “Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents.” Matthew will be in conversation with Liam Dillon.
The legendary founder of The Charles Schwab Corporation recounts the ups and downs as he made stock investing, once the expensive and clubby reserve for the few, accessible to ordinary Americans. His memoir “Invested: Changing Forever the Way Americans Invest” describes Schwab’s passion to open up Wall Street to Main Street. Former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson says “Invested” “… serves as a textbook case on entrepreneurship and principled leadership.”
Location: Gensler Theater, 500 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Who gets recorded in the history books and in official archives? Who leaves their mark on the city, and by what means? What does the future hold for signatures in an age when credit card companies no longer require them and many schools have stopped teaching cursive?
The Autograph Book of L.A. brings to life the Los Angeles Public Library’s unique and historic Autograph Collection. Now you too can be a part of it!
The Autograph Book of L.A. program will be conducted in 2 sessions with diversity in the community being the main objective. Patrons will be introduced to expressing themselves using Chinese characters.
Lessons will be given for simple phrases and words, such as their own name.
Location: Exposition Park Regional Library – Los Angeles Public Library
3900 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, California 90062
If you enjoy tech, check out Ramesh Srinivasan and “Beyond the Valley: How Innovators Around the World Are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow” at Skylight Books. This book describes the internet as both an enabler of frictionless efficiency and a dirty tangle of politics, economics, and other inefficient, inharmonious human activities. Srinivasan focuses on the disconnection he sees between designers and users, producers and consumers, and tech elites and the rest of us.
Come out to Barnsdall Gallery Theatre for an evening with Lindy West and “The Witches Are Coming.” In this wickedly funny cultural critique, the author of the critically acclaimed memoir and Hulu series Shrill exposes misogyny in the #MeToo era.
Location: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4814 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Come out to Dynasty Typewriter for an evening with Shelby Lorman and “Awards for Good Boys: Tales of Dating, Double Standards and Doom.” Michelle Rial will join Lorman in conversation. This book explores why so-called and self-proclaimed good boys are actually not so great, breaking down our obsession with celebrating male mediocrity and rewarding those who clear the very low bar of not being outwardly awful.
Location: Dynasty Typewriter, 2511 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Join us at Skylight Books with Andrea Long Chu as she discusses her nonfiction book “Females” with Alana Hope Levinson. This book is Andrea Long Chu’s genre-defying investigation into sex and lies, desperate artists and reckless politics, the smothering embrace of gender and the punishing force of desire.
Join Senator Sherrod Brown in conversation with Miriam Pawel at All Saints Church for a discussion of progressive Senators who changed history, as told in Brown’s new book, “Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America.”