The Calendar

Diana Peterson-More, in conversation with Julie Winkle Giulioni, discusses “Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times: A Practical Guide to Leadership”

In an age of great volatility-fake news, diverse audiences, technology at our fingertips, and change at the speed of light-clear, concise, and intentional communication is vital to successful human interaction. Workplace miscommunications, be they well-meaning or not, result in lost productivity, discontent, and even violence. This book answers the age-old leadership question: how do we get the best out of ourselves and others on the job?

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Melissa De La Cruz, with Soman Chainani & Sarah Mlynowski, presents “Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy”

Nothing ever happens in Filomena Jefferson-Cho's sleepy little suburban town of North Pasadena. The sun shines every day, the grass is always a perfect green, and while her progressive school swears there's no such thing as bullying, she still feels bummed out. But one day, when Filomena is walking home on her own, something strange happens. Filomena is being followed by Jack Stalker, one of the heroes in the Thirteenth Fairy, a series of books she loves about a brave girl and her ragtag group of friends who save their world from an evil enchantress.

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Julie Buxbaum reads from “Admission” with E. Lockhart

From the New York Times bestselling author comes Admission an of-the-moment novel that peeks inside the private lives of the hypercompetitive and the hyperprivileged and takes on the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the country.

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Philip Gefter, in conversation with Charlotte Cotton, discusses “What Becomes A Legend Most: A Biography Of Richard Avedon”

The first definitive biography of Richard Avedon, a monumental photographer of the twentieth century, from award-winning photography critic Philip Gefter. In his acclaimed portraits, Richard Avedon captured the iconic figures of the twentieth century in his starkly bold, intimately minimal, and forensic visual style. Concurrently, his work for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue transformed the ideals of women's fashion, femininity, and culture to become the defining look of an era. Yet despite his driving ambition to gain respect in the art world, during his lifetime he was condescendingly dismissed as a celebrity photographer.

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Felicia Luna Lemus and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore in conversation about their new books

Particulate Matter is the story of a year in Felicia Luna Lemus’s marriage when the world turned upside down. It’s set in Los Angeles, and it’s about love and crisis, loss and grief, the city and the ocean, ancestral ghosts and history haunting. Nature herself seemed to howl. The Freezer Door records the ebb and flow of desire in daily life. Crossing through loneliness in search of communal pleasure in Seattle, Sycamore exposes the failure and persistence of queer dreams, the hypocritical allure of gay male sexual culture, and the stranglehold of the suburban imagination over city life.

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Year by Year Poems: a Reading by Lynne Sachs

Acclaimed filmmaker and poet Lynne Sachs reads from her debut collection, Year by Year Poems, and shares some of her recent short films. When filmmaker Lynne Sachs turned fifty, she dedicated herself to writing a poem for every year of her life, so far. Each of the fifty poems investigates the relationship between a singular event in Sachs’ life and the swirl of events beyond her domestic universe. Published by Tender Buttons Press, Year by Year Poems juxtaposes Sachs’ finished poems, which move from her birth in 1961 to her half-century marker in 2011, with her original handwritten first drafts. In this way, she reveals her process of navigating within and alongside historical events such as the Moon Landing, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., streaking, the Anita Hill hearings, the Columbine shootings, and controversies around universal health care. In Year by Year Poems, Lynne Sachs realizes the long anticipated leap from her extraordinary career in filmmaking to this, her first book of poems. With an introduction by Paolo Javier, former Queens Poet Laureate and author of Court of the Dragon, and book design by Abby Goldstein.Praise for Year by Year Poems:“The whole arc of a life is sketched Read More ...

In celebration of the release of “Badass Habits: Cultivate The Awareness, Boundaries, And Daily Upgrades You Need To Make Them Stick,” author Jen Sincero leads a workshop and Q&A!

Badass Habits is a eureka-sparking, easy-to-digest look at how our habits make us who we are, from the measly moments that happen in private to the resolutions we loudly broadcast (and, erm, often don't keep) on social media. Habit busting and building goes way beyond becoming a dedicated flosser or never showing up late again--our habits reveal our unmet desires, the gaps in our boundaries, our level of self-awareness, and our unconscious beliefs and fears.

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Sabaa Tahir in conversation with Nicola Yoon and Megan McCluskey

Prepare for the jaw-dropping finale of Sabaa Tahir's beloved New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, and discover: Who will survive the storm? Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off... The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning. At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.

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The Poetry Stage Redux Part II

Beyond Baroque presents Part II of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings by poets from the LA Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage. Beyond Baroque presents the second installment of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings by nationally acclaimed poets from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage. Featured readers for December 3 include Francisco Aragón, Sarah Arvio, Shonda Buchanan, Maxine Chernoff, Tiana Clark, Timothy Donnelly, Karen Kevorkian, Judith Pacht, Arthur Sze, Imani Tolliver, & Mariano Zaro.The full series takes place over four weeks in November and December and will feature over 40 poets. Every year, the Poetry Stage at the Festival of Books forms a major part of Los Angeles’ literary calendar. Poets with new or recent books gather from across the country to read from their work. This year, due to COVID-19, the Festival of Books, and the Poetry Stage, had to be canceled.In the spirit of keeping new poetry visible during COVID-19, Beyond Baroque and the L.A. Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage curator and moderator, Elena Karina Byrne, present a majority of the festival’s originally scheduled lineup along with a selection of additional writers celebrating their new books. Click here Read More ...

Jane Smiley, in conversation with Elaine Szewczyk, discusses “Perestroika in Paris”

Paras, short for Perestroika, is a spirited racehorse at a racetrack west of Paris. One afternoon at dusk, she finds the door of her stall open and--she's a curious filly--wanders all the way to the City of Light. She's dazzled and often mystified by the sights, sounds, and smells around her, but she isn't afraid. Soon she meets an elegant dog, a German shorthaired pointer named Frida, who knows how to get by without attracting the attention of suspicious Parisians.

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Sebastian Copeland discusses “Antarctica: The Waking Giant” with special guests

Antarctica's ice sheet is a powerful entity, alive and dynamic. It is up to three million years old; its mass is constantly and imperceptibly moving, finally calving to the sea. Deep in the heart of the continent is a barren desert of snow, while the coast teems with life: the dominion of whales, birds, penguins, and seals, which had previously evolved outside of human contact.

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Rebecca Walker and Lily Diamond discuss “What’s Your Story: A Journal For Everyday Evolution”

What's Your Story? is an interactive journal for writers, creatives, scientists, psychologists, lawyers, activists, and anyone who longs to bring a new story to life--and leave behind the tired patterns of their past. Through a series of deeply personal writing prompts, you'll excavate the narrative that has shaped your past and be inspired to write a new, fulfilling story for the future.

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The Poetry Stage Redux Part III

Beyond Baroque presents Part III of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings by poets from the LA Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage. Beyond Baroque presents the third installment of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings by nationally acclaimed poets from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage. Featured readers for December 10 include Kazim Ali, Jubi Arrioloa-Headley, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Travis Denton, Katie Ford, Sally Wen Mao, Sandra Meek, Deborah Paredez, Eleni Sikelianos, David St. John, & Chad Sweeney.The full series will take place over four weeks in November and December and will feature over 40 poets. Every year, the Poetry Stage at the Festival of Books forms a major part of Los Angeles’ literary calendar. Poets with new or recent books gather from across the country to read from their work. This year, due to COVID-19, the Festival of Books, and the Poetry Stage, had to be canceled.In the spirit of keeping new poetry visible during COVID-19, Beyond Baroque and the L.A. Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage curator and moderator, Elena Karina Byrne, present a majority of the festival’s originally scheduled lineup along with a selection of additional writers celebrating their Read More ...

Art of Transformation Celebrates Small World Books

A nostalgic reading featuring contributors of short fiction in Made in L.A. Vol. 3: Art of Transformation In the midst of change, Angelenos celebrate those landmarks of the past that persist. Small World Books has a front porch view of Venice Beach and the swirl of characters that saunter by. These reading and discussion features Made in L.A. contributing authors as they look back on a changing city and their inspirations.

IRYBA Presents: Lynell George in Conversation with Rex Weiner

Rex Weiner speaks via Zoom with Lynell George, about her new book on the life and world of acclaimed writer Octavia E. Butler. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler (Angel City Press) offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and “MacArthur Genius” Octavia E.Butler. Written by award-winning author Lynell George, this book was drawn from her time researching the Octavia E.Butler archive at the Huntington Library as the recipient of the library’s Alan Jutzi Fellowship. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky draws the reader into Butler’s world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer. More than a biography, A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky is a collection of ideas about how a writer looks, listens, and breathes—how to be in the world. This book is about the creative process, but not on the page; its canvas is much larger. George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herself—her unique process of self-making. It’s about creating a life with what little you have—hand-me-down books, Read More ...

The Poetry Stage Redux Part IV

Beyond Baroque presents Part IV of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings by poets from the LA Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage. Beyond Baroque presents the forth installment of The Poetry Stage Redux, a series of readings by nationally acclaimed poets from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage. Featured readers for December 17 include Joshua Bennett, Gillian Conoley, Heid E Erdrich, Forrest Gander, Carmen Giménez Smith, Mark Irwin, Didi Jackson, Elizabeth Jacobson, Patricia Smith, Page Starzinger, & Tess Taylor.The full series will take place over four weeks in November and December and will feature over 40 poets. Every year, the Poetry Stage at the Festival of Books forms a major part of Los Angeles’ literary calendar. Poets with new or recent books gather from across the country to read from their work. This year, due to COVID-19, the Festival of Books, and the Poetry Stage, had to be canceled.In the spirit of keeping new poetry visible during COVID-19, Beyond Baroque and the L.A. Times Festival of Books Poetry Stage curator and moderator, Elena Karina Byrne, present a majority of the festival’s originally scheduled lineup along with a selection of additional writers celebrating their new Read More ...