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Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
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April 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Iain Thomas, “I Wrote This For You”

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

One of the most popular contemporary poets in the world, Iain S. Thomas is the creator of I Wrote This For You, a blog turned bestselling collection of books. Started in 2007, Iain, in South Africa, together with a friend he’d never met in Japan, started writing anonymous letters to the internet paired with mysterious photographs on a blog called I Wrote This For You. Over time, the blog became incredibly popular and lead to a book deal and in…

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Performance: A Musical Celebration Inspired by Jonathan Ames, “You Were Never Really Here”

April 28 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
$11

The Bushwick Book Club is excited to present a musical response to You Were Never Really Here featuring a brief reading by the author and performances by Brooklyn artists Susan Hwang (BBC Founder, Lusterlit), Jessie Kilguss, Charlie Nieland (Lusterlit) and Don Rauf (Life in A Blender), plus local songwriters Stacy Rock (BBC LA founder), Deenah Vollmer (Pizza Underground), Danydany and film from NYC filmmaker Lisa Barnstone. Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Book Club: The Thing in the Labryrinth – A Horror Book Club

April 29 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
$37

We have ghosts. Shadows flitting between aisles, books that fly off shelves, figures that whisk past a doorway only to disappear – all true, but undocumented and unpredictable. No science, just stories. The shrug-your-shoulders kind. But not to worry! We are quite confident that the premises are safe for our new Horror book club: THE THING IN THE LABYRINTH, with author Kathryn E. McGee (Cemetery Riot, Horror Library) as our guide Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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May 2018

Book Club: True Crime Tuesdays with James T. Bartlett

May 1 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

For the second episode of our true crime book club, James T. Bartlett leads us through the terrifying crowd of female psychopaths in Tori Telfer’s Lady Killers. (If you missed our event with Telfer last Fall, here’s a short interview from our blog.) This is a bewildering collection of real life murderesses of the old school variety, from Mary Ann Cotton, pre-figuring Jack the Ripper, to upper class monsters like Erzsébet Báthory and Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova, who brutalized their servants,…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Guy Joseph Ale, “Buddha and Einstein Walk into a Bar”

May 2 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
$16

Buddha and Einstein Walk Into a Bar presents the revolutionary idea that sensing how long we can live is a latent capacity in us, currently unknown, just like the introduction of fire, the invention of flying, and the discovery of radio waves were before we “discovered” them. Understand how the knowledge of transcendence, consciousness, and self healing are integral to your well-being. You could drive a car without a fuel gauge, but knowing how much gas you have clearly gives…

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Discussion: Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, “Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World”

May 6 @ 6:00 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore is proud to present Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner and Keep Marching. Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World is a thorough, well-researched guide, comprised of straightforward How To’s, lists of policy recommendations, and strategies in how we can foster an intersectional movement for women’s equality and equity. With candor and an unflinching passion, Kristin narrates the struggles and successes of every day women. Each chapter is supported by numerous data, anecdotal pieces of evidence,…

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Book Club: AfroFuturism

May 8 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

AfroFuturism is a genre and a movement. It is science fiction and it is reality. It is past and it is future. It is our time. This book club series, guided by Tyree Boyd-Pates (CAAM, TedxCrenshaw, Black Book LA), will explore AfroFuturism, focusing on newer titles. These are discussions, not lectures, so come prepared with your insights and questions. Genre: Speculative Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Amy Dresner, “My Fair Junkie” | Erica Garza, “Getting Off” | Timothy Gager, “Everyday There is Something About Elephants”

May 9 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore presents three authors, in recovery, and all with remarkable stories, on how they lived. Dresner, My Fair Junkie – A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean, and Garza, Getting Off, are well known for their memoirs, while in Gager’s Every Day There is Something About Elephants, he uses his tools of recovery in the craft and subjects matter of hi flash fiction writing. Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational, Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: Alison Rosen, “Tropical Attire Encouraged”

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

Alison Rosen, host of the immensely popular podcast “Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend,” is ready to conquer the world of books in this collection of hilarious and unpredictable columns. Alison wants to be living a fabulous life filled with myriad social engagements. She just also wants to not shower, put on a bra or leave the house. Plus, she dislikes dancing, the Fourth of July and costume parties that involve skimpy attire. Basically, if it’s fun, count her…

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Discussion and Book Signing: David N. Schwartz, “The Last Man Who Knew Everything”

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

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present author David N. Schwartz, who will speak about his new biography of Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, father of the nuclear age. Join us to hear more about the dramatic, fascinating life of this giant of 20th century physics, whose impact continues to influence not only all of physics but also our daily lives. Genre: Biography

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Reading: Ouchi High School Young Authors Anthology

May 12 @ 11:00 am
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore is excited to host the public reading of the 2018 Ouchi High School AP Literature Anthology Publication! Please join us as we preview the work of these talented scholars and congratulate them on their first-ever publication as young authors. Copies of the anthology will be available, and students are looking forward to hearing from their community as they delve deeply into concepts of oppression and identity formation through beautifully written prose and poetry pieces. Genre: Literary Fiction,…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Carolyn Cohagan, “Time Next”

May 12 @ 7:00 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore presents Carolyn Cohagan and her new novel Time Next, the second book in the harrowing Time Zero trilogy. The series puts a spin on YA dystopia as it explores what would happen if fundamentalists took over New York City. Join us to learn what happens when hero Mina escapes the island of Manhattan only to fall into the hands of the Unbound. Genre: Speculative Fiction, Young Adult

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Discussion and Book Signing: Tessa Fontaine, “The Electric Woman”

May 13 @ 7:00 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Tessa Fontaine andher ​​debut memoir about death-defying acts of all kinds,​ ​The Electric Woman. Join us to learn more about her time spent travelling with the World of Wonders, the last American traveling​ ​circus sideshow, where she was transformed into a bona fide sideshow performer; learning​ ​how to breathe fire, swallow swords, charm snakes, escape from handcuffs, and even spark​ ​electricity through her bare hands. Genre: Memoir

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Book Club: LA Lit Fic with Siel Ju

May 15 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

We try to choose new releases for this club, but we’re big fans of Dana Johnson, so we’re reaching back a few years to her novel Elsewhere, California: an African-American woman’s experience of some classic L.A. dichotomies: past/future, city/suburban, rich/poor, violence/gentrification, art/commerce. Moderated by L.A. author Siel Ju, we offer snacks/bevs, and a new copy of Elsewhere, California, meeting in our club nook in the heart of our labyrinth – all for the price of your ticket. Genre: Literary Fiction

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Book Launch: Ece Temelkuran, “The Time of Mute Swans”

May 16 @ 8:00 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Ece Temelkuran and her recent novel The Time of Mute Swans. Join us to book launch and discussion with Ece Temelkuran. Moderated by Asli Ü. Bâli, Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, Faculty Director of the UCLA Law Promise Institute for Human Rights, and Director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. Ankara, the capital city in the heart of Turkey at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, East…

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Discussion: Molly Crabapple, “Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War”

May 17 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

Molly Crabapple (Drawing Blood) returns to The Last Bookstore to present and discuss Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, which she illustrated and co-authored with Marwan Hisham. A bracingly immediate memoir by a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, Brothers of the Gun is an intimate lens on the century’s bloodiest conflict and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom. Genre: Memoir

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Discussion: Patrisse Khan-Cullors, “When They Call You a Terrorist”

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

The Last Bookstore is proud to host a moderated conversation with Patrisse Khan-Cullors, reading from her memoir When They Call You a Terrorist. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, Patrisse Cullors’ first book cowritten by ashe bandele, is a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse’s story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Genre: Memoir

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Book Club: Poetry in the Labyrinth

May 21 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
$44

For the second installment of our poetry book club, we are reading U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s Wade in the Water. Join us as LA poet Arminé Iknadossian leads us through the latest from this Pulitzer-winner. Genre: Poetry

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Discussion and Book Signing: Amber Rae, “Choose Wonder Over Worry”

May 22 @ 8:00 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

Why do we hold back from pursuing what matters most? Why do we listen to the voice inside our head that tells us we’re not good enough, smart enough, or talented enough? How can we move beyond the fear and doubt that prevents us from creating a life that reflects who we truly are? Choose Wonder Over Worry is your official invitation to face your fears, navigate your discomfort, and rewrite the “worry myths” in your mind that keep you…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Brian Fitzpatrick, “Mechcraft”

May 23 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
$14

The Last Bookstore presents Brian Fitzpatrick discussing and signing his science fiction YA novel, Mechcraft. Join him as he talks writing process, the idea behind Mechcraft, screenwriting, the film industry, and general geeking out. Los Angeles — Jake London’s ideal teenage life is thrown into chaos when he discovers the ability to control a swarm of shape-shifting nanotechnology that has, until recently, lain dormant in his DNA. Genre: Speculative Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Kristen Martin, “Be Your Own #Goals”

May 24 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Kristen Martin and her new book, Be Your Own #Goals. Join us to learn more about the woman behind That Smart Hustle and Black Falcon Press. We’ve all played the comparison game at one point or another. But instead of striving to be like everyone else, why not try to be your own #goals? In this refreshing, yet straightforward guide, bestselling author, writing coach, and personal development junkie, Kristen Martin, puts her personal…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Helen Benedict, “Wolf Season”

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

Helen Benedict presents her newest novel Wolf Season, about women and the Iraq War. She will be joined in conversation by Meredith Maran, author of The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention. After a hurricane devastates a small town in upstate New York, the lives of three women and their young children are irrevocably changed. Rin, an Iraq War veteran, tries to protect her blind daughter and the three wolves under her care. Naema, a widowed doctor who fled Iraq…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Paperback L.A.

May 26 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

Join a host of Angelenos (former and current) as they discuss the casual new anthology, Paperback LA, that captures the pure magic, rich history and charisma that makes Los Angeles a haven for writers and creatives. Victoria Dailey, Robert Landau, Victor Valle, Justin Andrew Marks, Cecil Castelucci, Hector Tobar, and editor Susan La Tempa will all be present. Genre: Literary Fiction

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Book Club: The Thing in the Labyrinth

May 27 @ 8:45 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

Grab your diving suit, Ishmael – we’re going deep. The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea is an anthology from Ellen Datlow, editor/anthologist extraordinaire, with 15 brand new stories by everyone from house fave Stephen Graham Jones to Alyssa Wong. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found terrifying this vast, mindless, heartless, monster-hiding expanse in which I cannot breathe. The sea. Shudder. Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Discussion and Book Signing: Janet M. Neal, “The Superb Woman”

May 30 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
$10

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Janet M. Neal and her new book, The Superb Woman: It’s All About the BE. Join us to learn more about hanging up your Superwoman/Superman cape and move instead into Being SUPERB. (It’s all about the BE). The Superb Woman is a parable about a single working mother, Bea, who goes on a quest to find out how a media icon ‘does it all’. Bea’s answers come from the lessons learned from women…

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June 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Joanna Novak, “I Must Have You” and Joseph Scapellato, “Big Lonesome”

June 3 @ 7:00 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Joanna Novak, the author of the novel I Must Have You, and Joseph Scapellato, the author of the story collection Big Lonesome. Join us for a reading and a Q&A. Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Joseph Scapellato uses these twenty-five stories to conjure worlds, themes, and characters who are at once unquestionably familiar and undeniably strange. Big Lonesome navigates through the American West—from the Old West to the…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Cory Taylor, “How Hitler Was Made”

June 5 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Cory Taylor and his new book How Hitler Was Made. Focusing on German society immediately following the First World War, this vivid historical narrative explains how Hitler rose from obscurity and used fake news to gain legitimacy in the political mainstream. Genre: History

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Discussion and Book Signing: Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon, “Healthy Meal Prep”

June 8 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon of Fit Couple Cooks and their new cookbook, Healthy Meal Prep. Stephanie and Adam will answer attendees’ questions about why they should meal prep and how to get started, while also sharing their personal story of creating such a successful YouTube channel. They look forward to meeting members of the Fit Fam as well as signing and personalizing books. Genre: Cooking

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April 3018

Book Club: Victorian Literary Parlour with Walter Nelson – A Book Club

April 24, 3018 @ 7:00 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
$32

You of refined taste and adventuresome spirit are hereby invited to the Victorian Literary Parlour. Even the most voracious of readers has read only a small fraction of the 60,000 novels published during the Victorian era. It’s a solid fact that there are some real gems unjustly neglected or even tottering on the brink of obscurity. This then is our enterprise: to reopen forgotten paths in search of literary gold. Or at least polished silver. Genre: Historical Fiction

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