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September 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Jose Antonio Vargas, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen”

September 25 @ 7:30 pm
$8

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of Define American, a provocative memoir, at once both personal and universal, about immigration in America. Genre: Memoir

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Live Talks L.A. Discussion: an evening with Soraya Chemaly

September 26 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. She is the Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and an advocate for women’s freedom of expression and expanded civic and political engagement. A prolific writer and speaker, her articles appear in Time, the Verge, The Guardian, The Nation, HuffPost, and The Atlantic. Venue: Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre New Roads School Herb Alpert Educational Village…

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Discussion and Book Signing: An Evening with Sally Field in conversation with Patt Morrison

September 27 @ 7:00 pm
$40

One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget's sweet-faced "girl next door" to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity.…

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WeHo Reads: Patt Morrison and Larry Mantle

September 28 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Friends of the West Hollywood Library and the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division will present Los Angeles Times journalist Patt Morrison in conversation with KPCC radio host Larry Mantle, discussing Morrison’s new book Don’t Stop the Presses! Truth, Justice, and the American Newspaper, on Friday, September 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the West Hollywood Park Public Meeting Room/City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069. The evening will include a book signing and a…

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Judy Juanita: A Live Reading of “Life is a Carousel”

September 28 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

Novelist, essayist, and playwright Judy Juanita joins Beyond Baroque for a live reading and discussion of her play Life is a Carousel. Judy Juanita’s debut novel Virgin Soul, (Viking, 2013), in paperback is based on her own experiences in the Black Panther Party in the 60s. Born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, 16-year-old Judie Hart enrolled at Oakland City College where she first met fellow students Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. As a junior at San Francisco State, she…

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Discussion: Geekdom in the Fiefdom

September 29 @ 11:00 am
Free

No matter what genre you write words for — fantasy, science fiction, romance, horror — queer people are a part of the fandom. But, queer genre geeks often have to wait patiently for their favorite genres to diversify and make room for explicit queer stories. In this session, writers who work within different genres and in different media will have a cross-genre discussion about how they carved a space for queerness in their respective fields and what it means to…

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Discussion and Activity: A Big Queer Reading Round Robin

September 29 @ 11:00 am
Free

Part reading, part mini writing workshop! Come ready with an open ear and a steady pen! A sexy swath of LA-based poets & writers will read short pieces in a round robin style and offer up some of their favorite writing prompts for the audience to take with them (or write on the spot!). We’ll make some time to write (at the mid-point of the event) and the audience will get to hear a flash of great storytelling. Venue: JACCC…

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Discussion, Activity: But Make It Funny

September 29 @ 11:00 am
Free

Whether you’re working on a stand-up set, trying to inject some humor into your latest manuscript, or just have a funny story you want to get down on paper, you’ve probably discovered that writing comedy isn’t pretty. This workshop will offer some tips and tricks to make it a little easier, while exploring the age-old questions What makes something funny? and What makes people laugh? Venue: JACCC Garden Room "C" Featuring: Dennis Hensley Genre: Comedy

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Discussion: Everything You Wanted to Know About Being a Queer TV Writer But Were Afraid to Ask (Sponsored by UCLA Extension Writers’ Program)

September 29 @ 12:45 pm
Free

Four experienced TV writers talk about navigating their queerness among mixed identities in a writers’ room, and how they adapt their queer experiences for use in TV shows that run the gamut from fantasy-horror to crime procedurals to high concept musicals to campy comedy to slick romance-adventure. Venue: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Featuring: Charles Jensen, Zac Hug, Danny Tolli, Greta Heinemann, and Moisés Zamora Genre: LGBTQ+

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Activity: Your Voice is a Hammer: A How-To for Manifestos, Rants, and Tweetstorms

September 29 @ 12:45 pm
Free

We all have something to say, but how do our opinions and beliefs become a useful and productive document? How does “clapping back” become literature? More than ever it is has become easier to declare, claim, and create space through the act of speaking-up. This workshop will show you how to pull all your political, social, personal, Utopian, Distopian, how-tos, life lessons, self-care, best practices, and angry screeds into powerful writing that leaves an impact. Led by Lambda finalist author,…

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Activity: Taking the Tragedy Out of LGBT Young Adult Fiction: Writing Fun, Fluffy, Romantic Queer Teen Stories

September 29 @ 12:45 pm
Free

For so long, stories about queer teen characters were mired in tragedy: bullying, ostracism, and death often prevailed. Happy queer young adult stories are finally getting their chance to break out into the mainstream. This workshop will help you get started in generating ideas, and begin writing your own happily-ever-after young adult novel. Venue: JACCC Garden Room "C" Featuring: Amy Spalding Genre: Young Adult, LGBTQ+

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Activity: How to Give Great Read!

September 29 @ 2:15 pm
Free

Writers reading their work in public is one of the best ways to help raise their profile and get their work known. However, public speaking for many of us – even when reading from a page – can sometimes be nerve-wracking, uncomfortable, and for some, just plain scary. In this simple, effective workshop we’ll use tricks, tips, and hands on activities to learn skills for giving confident, entertaining public readings. Venue: JACCC Garden Room "C" Featuring: Hank Henderson Genre: Healing…

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Discussion: Queer/Sex/Work

September 29 @ 2:15 pm
Free

From Stormy Daniels to Cardi B, it has been a watershed year for sex workers in the media. Yet, queer sex workers remain on the margins of LGBTQ advances despite having always been at the center of our history, their stories too often told by others or not told at all. This panel affords queer sex workers a space to tell their own funny, tender, heart-warming, harrowing, and complicated stories in their own words. Venue: Japanese American Cultural & Community…

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Discussion: Getting Started in New Media

September 29 @ 2:15 pm
Free

The way art and literature is created, consumed and shared with others is constantly evolving and changing. What are the most effective tools of today to create and share your work in different mediums, and what kind of stories can be told? This workshop will cover different forms of creating content and sharing them on different platforms, from visual artwork to podcasts and will show you how to plan, manage and optimize your strategies for sharing your work. Venue: JACCC…

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Discussion: It’s Very That: The Every-Evolving Queer Label

September 29 @ 3:45 pm
Free

The LGBTQ community is a vibrant, diverse collection of human experiences. Our stories reflect a limitless richness across a landscape of genre and media. But in all our fantastic range is there something essential that ties our stories together? Queer aesthetics remain a matter of fierce debate. In this plenary, literary and entertainment luminaries gather on the main stage to explore questions of form, representation, and what is gained—or lost—by embracing an ever-evolving queer label. Venue: Japanese American Cultural &…

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“I Read Your Book And…”

September 29 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

Journalist Rex Weiner continues his author interview series with Jeanne McCulloch, former managing editor of the Paris Review and an editor at Tin House, in a conversation about her memoir All Happy Families (Harper Wave), an unforgettable look at a world where all that glitters on the surface is not gold, and each unhappy family is ultimately unhappy in its own unique way. Regular admission. Members FREE Venue: Beyond Baroque 681 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 Genre: Memoir

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Discussion and Reading: Still We Rise: 50+ Queer Women Writers Speak

September 30 @ 1:00 pm
Free

What do older queer women have to say? Lesbian and bisexual women writers who are 50+ years old invoke personal, political, and sexual triumphs and turmoils in a Sunday afternoon reading of poetry and prose. Venue: Community Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library Featuring: Ronna Magy, Bonnilee Kaufman, Louise Moore, and Jen O’Connor Genre: LGBTQ+, Poetry

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Activity: Queer Youth Voices Workshop

September 30 @ 2:00 pm
Free

LGBTQIA-young adult author M.G. Hennessey will lead students, ages 12-18, on a writing workshop exploring queerness and building community. The workshop will begin with introductions and a generative prompt for the group, allowing participants 30 minutes to respond to the prompt. The group will then listen and provide positive feedback for each reader. Possible prompts include “My coming out story,” “LGBTQ superhero,” and “When I grow up.” There will also be a book signing by Hennessey concluding the event. Venue:…

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Reading: Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos

September 30 @ 2:00 pm
Free

This reading at Lambda Litfest will celebrate Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos (http://www.itascabooks.com/reading-queer.html) edited by Neil de la Flor and Maureen Seaton, a collection of the most subversive, gritty, moving, and courageous writing to come out of the U.S. queer community in recent political times. Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos brings the LGBTQI community together in the spirit and solidarity of poetry at its finest and fiercest. “It is our gift to all conscious…

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Discussion: What is the future of literature?

September 30 @ 3:00 pm
Free

Come hear queer authors of Los Angeles discuss what the future of literature holds, what readers have to look forward to, and what publishers can do to make space. Venue: Community Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library Featuring: Tre’vell Anderson, Tobi Harper, Martha K. Davis, Verónica Reyes, Josh Gershick, and Ryka Aoki Genre: LGBTQ+

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Discussion: Queer Joy Spoken: Queer Poets of Color Revel

September 30 @ 3:30 pm
Free

For queer people of color, the past two years have not revealed anything new. Once again, we are reminded that those in power are not there to protect us. We are asked to put our suffering on display but only for gazing, or worse still, to further marginalize others. As socially-conscious queer poets of color, we rebel and reject narratives that limit us. We recognize that wellness is integral to resistance, and we choose to celebrate with expressions of bliss,…

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Reading and Discussion: Are We Still Writing Endings?

September 30 @ 4:00 pm
Free

How has the representation of HIV/AIDS in the poetic imagination changed over time? Through point/counter-point, a diverse panel of poets—Michael Broder, Robert Carr, Ramón García, and Madelyn Garner—will offer readings and engage in a discussion of writing through the lens of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, past and present. Venue: Beyond Baroque Featuring: Karen Kevorkian, Michael Broder, Robert Carr, Ramón García, and Madelyn Garner Genre: Poetry

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Discussion: Dust & Lust: Writing in and About Lesbian Archives

September 30 @ 5:00 pm
Free

Bonnie J. Morris is a lecturer in women’s history at UC Berkeley, Professor Emerita at George Washington University and the author of 17 award-nominated books: including three Lambda Literary award finalists (Eden built By Eves, Girl Reel, Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor.) Now an archivist for Olivia Records, she recently published The Disappearing L (SUNY Press), The Feminist Revolution (Smithsonian Press), and Sappho’s Bar and Grill (Bywater.) www.bonniejmorris.com Venue: June Mazer Lesbian Archives Featuring: Bonnie J. Morris Genre: LGBTQ+

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Reading and Discussion: An Evening with Feminist Press

September 30 @ 7:30 pm
Free

An evening of reading and conversation featuring queer authors from The Feminist Press. Venue: The Virgil Genre: LGBTQ+

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October 2018

Lambda LitFest Discussion: Crowdfunding Queer Lit

October 1 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Curious about crowdfunding? From teen novels to graphic novellas to poetry, our diverse Queer stories are being published and promoted using crowdfunding. Learn how these authors and publishers harnessed the power of their communities, hear excerpts of their crowd-funded creations, and get inspired about crowdfunding your next project. Venue: N/A Featuring: Lee Wind, Tobi Harper, and Tee Franklin Genre: LGBTQ+

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Lambda LitFest Performance: Closet Drama, or The Dick Pic of a Twink

October 1 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Iggy is barely getting by on his looks when a chance encounter makes him wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. What he does next confounds everyone around him. An impossible play about an impossible character, CLOSET DRAMA hilariously examines the choices we make in life and on the stage. Venue: Akbar Featuring: William Nedved, Jeremy O’Keefe, and Adam Silver Genre: Fiction

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Lambda LitFest Discussion: Burning Time

October 2 @ 6:30 pm
Free

This presentation focuses on Burning Time, a graphic book collaboration between writer Jonathan Alexander and artist Antoinette LaFarge that explores the intimacies of imagined memory and sexuality. The book consists of cycle of 8 poems and 8 associated panoramic paintings to tell the story of a young gay man arriving in New Orleans in the late 1950s to start a new life. Text and image interweave to evoke a particular time and place while also summoning the timelessness of self-exploration…

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Lambda LitFest Discussion: Remembering James Carroll Pickett & Artists Confronting AIDS

October 2 @ 8:00 pm
Free

Artist-activist James Carroll Pickett was one of the first voices to address the cultural importance of the plague. Colleagues and comrades share intimate stories about the man, his mission, and his legacy while his artistic partner and muse, Michael Kearns, recreates moments from his plays: Bathhouse Benediction, Dream Man, and Queen of Angels. Venue: Skylight Theatre Featuring: Michael Kearns, Kerry Slattery, Robin Podolsky, Noel Alumit, Philip Littell, Alison Arngrim, and Dale Raoul Genre: Nonfiction

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Discussion: An Evening with Kate Atkinson

October 2 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

Kate Atkinson’s first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Award. She has been a critically acclaimed, bestselling author ever since, with over one million copies of her books in print in the United States. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the novels Life After Life, A God in Ruins, Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories, One Good Turn,…

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Lambda LitFest Reading: Queer Lit Dreams

October 2 @ 8:30 pm
Free

This Moth-style storytelling event will showcase the voices of queer Angelenos. With the theme “First Times”, this event will offer the opportunity for participants to share their experiences, transformations, and explorations of gender, love, loss, sexuality, and Los Angeles. Venue: Alfred Coffee Featuring: Hannah Einbinder, Jana Fisher, Mitch Monroy, Riley Silverman, Camirin Farmer, Gracia Hortum, Lizann Dennis, and David Crabb Genre: LGBTQ+

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Lambda LitFest Discussion: The Mariposa Hour: Stories of Queer Love, Blood, and Memory

October 3 @ 4:00 pm
Free

Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish, but it is also a common name for queers, especially queers of color. Like the radio program, The Moth Radio Hour, The Mariposa Hour aims to “connect us as humans and foster mutual understanding” through storytelling. Five queer Chicanx authors stand up and share their true stories of Queer Love, Blood, and Memory in front of a live audience. Refreshments will be served. Hosted by the UCLA LGBTQ Studies Program and the UCLA LGBT Resource…

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Lambda LitFest Discussion: Fertile Ground: Stories Rooted in Our Trauma

October 3 @ 6:30 pm
Free

LGBT people have a disproportionate likelihood of experiencing personal traumas—everything from surviving assaults, becoming HIV-positive, or dealing with trauma associated with facing racism, immigrating without documentation, living in poverty, or simply being gender atypical. At this event queer, and particularly trans or gender nonconforming authors will talk about surviving trauma, why we write about it, and how it impacts our lives and informs our work. There will be an open mic portion of the program. Venue: TransLatina Coalition Offices Featuring:…

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An evening with Hank Green presenting “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing”

October 3 @ 7:00 pm
Purchase Required

In his much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green--cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow--spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined. The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work that three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship --like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor --April and her friend…

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Lambda LitFest Discussion and Performance: Get Haunted: Ghosts, Queerness (In)visibility, and a Poetics of Possessions: Six Writers Read, Perform, Discuss, and/or Raise Ghosts

October 3 @ 7:00 pm
Free

What are ghosts, how do we write about them, what does it mean to wrestle with them? Do we inherit ghosts from our ancestors or do we come across them later? When ghosts pass through walls, such as borders, genders, life/death, can we follow? Writers of poetry, prose, plays, and hybrid forms investigate ghosts as haunting, cultural trauma, queerness, white space, erasures, absence, or sometimes just as spooky apparitions, asking: what is a ghost, how do we write about them,…

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Lambda LitFest Panel Discussion: Rewriting the Future: Science Fiction and LGB/Trans Peoples

October 3 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Adapting The Handmaid’s Tale to the small screen; science fiction’s historic contribution to the LGBTQ rights movement; challenging gender expectations through comic books; The Joy of Gay Sex meets rebel cybernetic servants; gay teens with superpowers. Join us for a provocative and stimulating panel discussing about the ways LGBTQ peoples are impacting science fiction, and how science fiction has impacted LGBTQ peoples. Venue: ONE Archives at the USC Libraries Featuring: Steven Bereznai, Joseph Hawkins, Tara Madison Avery, Felice Picano, and…

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Skylight Books presents Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally for their new book “The Greatest Love Story Eve Rold” at the Aratani Theatre

October 3 @ 7:30 pm
Purchase Required

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have been a couple for nearly twenty years and married for fifteen, which in the world of Hollywood is closer to 102 years. As actors and humorists in todays frenzied media cycle, where celebrity hookups and breakups often make headlines alongside changes in world policy, they are self-acknowledged outliers. Now they are ready to share the who, what, where, why, and how of their relationship in full for the first time. Genre: Memoir

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Discussion: Otis College of Art and Design’s Visiting Writers Series

October 3 @ 7:30 pm
Free

A reading and Q & A with author Venita Blackburn Venue: Otis College of Art and Design 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, 90045 Genre: Fiction

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Lambda LitFest Reading: The Ovary Office

October 3 @ 8:00 pm
Free

The Ovary Office was founded by V.Kali, the poetry director at The World Stage. The Ovary Office features black female poets who read strong, activist-based, shameless poetry that places the pussy, front and center (so to speak.) We read in a “court-like” setting bringing up “witnesses” or demanding “order in the court.” The group’s first performance was last year’s LitCrawl. The Ovary Office was featured at this year’s Pasadena Lit Festival in June. Features include founder, V Kali, project director…

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Live Talks L.A. Discussion: An Evening with America Ferrera

October 3 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

America Ferrera is an award-winning actress, producer, director and activist. Ferrera is best known for her breakthrough role as “Betty Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy, Ugly Betty, for which she won Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, ALMA, and Imagen Awards. She produces and stars in the acclaimed NBC workplace comedy, Superstore, currently in its fourth season. In 2016 Ferrera cofounded HARNESS, an organization connecting storytellers and activists to amplify the cultural narrative around social justice. She speaks throughout the…

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Lambda LitFest Reading: Written on the Body: Contemporary Writers Read Writers Who Died of AIDS

October 4 @ 6:00 pm
Free

This event will feature a contemporary writers and poets celebrating the voices and work of writers who died of AIDS. Venue: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries Genre: LGBTQ+

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Lambda LitFest Discussion: Celebrating the Asian American LGBTQ+ Experience

October 4 @ 6:00 pm
Free

CELEBRATING THE ASIAN AMERICAN LGBTQ+ EXPERIENCE brings together queer identified artists, musicians, and writers in historic downtown Los Angeles at the Chinese American Museum for the Lambda Literary LitFest 2018. CAM’s current exhibit “Don’t Believe The Hype: LA Asian Americans In Hip Hop” challenges and redefines what hip hop represents, specifically within the Asian American community. While hip hop has many hypermasculine and heteronormative roots with lyrics that have often been misogynistic, homophobic and violent towards women, it is now…

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Lambda LitFest Discussion: Queer, Sweet Home

October 4 @ 7:00 pm
Free

How do queer writers negotiate their feelings of home when their nation has ceased being a place of comfort? Has it changed the content of their work, the style, and/or the writing process, overall? Foglifter Press invites a handful of writers to explore how they claim their homestead, and what they claim it as in these times Venue: Akbar Silverlake Featuring: Cheryl Klein, Linda Ravenswood, Yuska Lutfi Tuanakotta, Claudia Rodríguez, and Terry Wolverton Genre: LGBTQ+

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Lambda LitFest Performance: Hear Me Out

October 4 @ 7:30 pm
Free

“Hear Me Out” is the LA LGBT Center’s exciting new live storytelling competition, kicking off on four successive Thursday nights at the Village and culminating with the final competition on October 11, National Coming Out Day. Contestants from the Center’s vibrant Senior Services program will tell original five-minute stories before a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges. Finalists will compete for cash prizes. The competition will be featured on KPFK Radio. Our topic during Litfest will be FAMILY.…

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Lambda LitFest Reading: Drunken Masters

October 4 @ 8:00 pm
Free

Drunken Masters is: 3 writers read/perform short excerpts from a work-in-progress in front of a panel of 3 established writers in the field who provide on-the-spot feedback. The only catch is that these master writers have been plied with drink or PG indulgence of their choosing. A laid-back, entertaining (and sometimes riotous) reading! Featuring: Wendy C. Ortiz, Steven Reigns and a third master TBA. Venue: Civic Center Studios Featuring: Steven Reigns and Wendy C. Ortiz Genre: Nonfiction

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Lambda LitFest Reading and Discussion: Queer Spirit, Neo-shamanism, Wizardry, and New Frame Stories for LGBTQ

October 4 @ 8:00 pm
Free

This is a theatrical reading and discussion about the importance of how we share our stories and new mythologies. Venue: Art Share L.A. Genre: LGBTQ+

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Lambda LitFest Open Mic: Queer Open Mic

October 4 @ 8:00 pm
Free

EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO JUST COME AND HANG OUT (even if you don’t sign up to perform)! This Queer Open Mic hosted by D’Lo w/support from OUTFEST. FOR QUEER LGBTQIA-XYZ comics, storytellers, musicians and poets 3 – 4 minutes depending on how many open mic’ers we have. Venue: Echo's on Pico Featuring: D’Lo Genre: LGBTQ+

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Live Talks L.A. Discussion: An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin

October 4 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s interest in leadership began more than half a century ago as a professor at Harvard. Her experiences working for LBJ in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to her bestselling Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize–winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She earned the Lincoln Prize for the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals, the basis for…

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Lambda LitFest Performance: The Hollywood Adriana, A Cautionary Tale of Damaged Good

October 5 @ 1:30 pm
Free

THE HOLLYWOOD ADRIANA, A Cautionary Tale of Damaged Good is a poetic novella/solo performance piece. A contemporary tragic-comedy, it is an eroticized love child of Reader’s Theatre and Medieval Morality Play inspired by the tragic death of Silent Movie icon Ramon Novarro. The fever-pitch pace of THE HOLLYWOOD ADRIANA is driven by a kaleidoscope of forms in collision: prose, screenplay, poetry, opera libretto, song, and meditative Interchapters. The protagonist Rupert’s increasingly bizarre erotic encounters telescope time and place into a…

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Lambda LitFest Reading: Awakenings: Weaving Our Stories Through the Threads of Time

October 5 @ 6:00 pm
Free

“Awakenings” weaves together and integrates stories of various people’s lives and events which have contributed to LGBTQ social and spiritual awakenings, featuring a special performance by the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles. Venue: Founders MCC Church Featuring: James Brandon, Lynn “Faerie Argyle Rainbow” Segerblom, and Trans Chorus of Los Angeles Genre: LGBTQ+

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Lambda LitFest Reading: Roar Shack Presents: Say It!

October 5 @ 6:00 pm
Free

“Just Say It:” readings in the experience of writing /speaking love into the world, and the political/personal price paid for that. Venue: 826 LA Echo Park Featuring: David Rocklin, Jamie L. Moore, and Imani Tolliver Genre: Nonfiction

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Lambda LitFest Reading: Trans-Latinas Filling the Literary Void

October 5 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Trans-Latinas from Los Angeles will share the literary work they created during their participation in the “Our Bodies, Our Souls (hereinafter referred to as OBOS),” . OBOS was a literary project which consisted of 8 (2 hours each) guided creative writing workshops where participants engaged in writing exercises and discussions to unpack their pasts and examine the ways in which they’ve been defined and identified by their reactions to powerful structures (racism, sexism, transphobia etc.). By unlocking their past and…

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Lambda LitFest Open Mic: PEN Presents yayy it’s jayy: Open Mic Night with Jayy Dodd & Friends

October 5 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Queer open mic night hosted by the extraordinary Lamba Literary award winner jayy dodd at The Black Cat. Venue: The Black Cat Featuring: Jayy Dodd, Edwin Bodney, Jos Charles, and Karina Vahitova Genre: LGBTQ+

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Lambda LitFest Reading: Eloise Klein Healy & City Poet Laureate Kim Dower

October 5 @ 7:00 pm
Free

This WeHo Reads event is co-presented by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD series. For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads series, please visit www.weho.org/wehoreads Venue: West Hollywood City Council Chambers Featuring: Eloise Klein Healy and Kim Dower Genre: Poetry

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Lambda LitFest Performance: A Femme Salon

October 5 @ 9:00 pm
Free

Femme salon is a monthly performance art venue that seeks to provide a space for femmes of color to explore their craft and share their art in a safe and nurturing space that isn’t commonly offered in many literary, comedy, and poetry circles for queer and trans femmes. Venue: Nous Tous Gallery in Chinatown Featuring: Jade Phoenix and Jade Renegade Genre: Art

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Lambda LitFest Discussion: Live With Patrisse Cullors

October 6 @ 6:00 pm
Free

Patrisse Cullors, cofounder of Black Lives Matter, joins Eric Newman from the LARB Radio Hour for a live podcast taping. Topics covered will include Patrisse’s memoir, LGBT issues, and Black Lives Matter. The conversation will last approximately 35 minutes to be followed by an audience Q&A. Venue: Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park Featuring: Eric Newman and Patrisse Cullors Genre: Memoir

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Live Talks L.A. Discussion: An Evening with Scott Harrison

October 8 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

Scott Harrison is the founder and CEO of charity: water, a non-profit that has mobilized over one million donors around the world to fund over 28,000 water projects in 26 countries that will serve more than 8.2 million people. Harrison has been recognized on Fortune’s 40 under 40 list, Forbes’ Impact 30 list, and was ranked #10 in Fast Company‘s 100 Most Creative People in Business. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Venue: Ann and Jerry…

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Skylight Books presents Anita Sarkeesian and Ebony Adams to discuss “Women vs History” with Janina Gavankar at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

October 10 @ 7:30 pm
Purchase Required

Rebels, rulers, scientists, artists, warriors and villains. Women are, and have always been, all these things and more. Looking through the ages and across the globe, Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, along with Ebony Adams PhD, have reclaimed the stories of twenty-five remarkable women who dared to defy history and change the world around them. From Mongolian wrestlers to Chinese pirates, Native American ballerinas to Egyptian scientists, Japanese novelists to British prime ministers, History vs Women will reframe the…

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Discussion: Éduardo Louis, “History of Violence: A Novel”

October 10 @ 7:30 pm
Free

“Édouard Louis uses literature as a weapon,” says a recent New York Times profile of the internationally bestselling French author. Louis, whose highly acclaimed first autobiographical novel, The End of Eddy, confronts both the institution of discrimination as he experienced it first-hand, growing up in a small town in Northern France where he was bullied and forced to conceal his homosexuality and as well, the violence perpetrated on his hardscrabble community by an indifferent state. Now in his second book,…

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Live Talks L.A. Discussion: An Evening with Lisa Brennan-Jobs

October 10 @ 8:00 pm
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Lisa Brennan-Jobs was born on a farm and named in a field by her parents―artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs. Her childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical…

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Teen Read Week Author Panel: Debut Novelists

October 11 @ 4:00 pm
Free

Join us for a special Teen Read Week author panel, featuring young adult authors who all published their first novels in 2018. Panelists include: Bree Barton (Heart of Thorns), Dana L. Davis (Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now), Maura Milan (Ignite the Stars), Aminah Mae Safi (Not the Girls You're Looking For), Constantine Singer (Strange Days), and Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (Always Never Yours). All are welcome. Panelists subject to change. Studio City Branch Library. 12511 Moorpark Street, Studio City,…

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Live Talks L.A. Discussion: An Evening with Eric Idle

October 11 @ 8:00 pm
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Eric Idle is a comedian, actor, author, and singer-songwriter who found immediate fame on television with the sketch-comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Following its success, they began making films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). Eric wrote, directed, and created The Rutles, the world’s first-ever mockumentary, as well as the Tony Award-winning musical, Spamalot (2005). Venue: Frost Auditorium Culver City High School 4401 Elenda St, Culver…

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Discussion: The Library Book

October 16 @ 7:30 pm
Free

Join us for a special program on the 25th anniversary of the reopening of the Los Angeles Central Library that brings home the inspiring story of how Central Library rose from the ashes after the catastrophic fire of April 29, 1986. In a new book by New Yorker staff writer and author of seven books, including Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean offers a profoundly moving cultural history of the Los Angeles Public Library and its critical…

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Discussion: An Evening with Beth Comstock

October 16 @ 8:00 pm
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Beth Comstock is the former Vice Chair of GE, where for twenty-five years she led GE’s efforts to accelerate new growth. She built GE’s Business Innovations and GE Ventures, which develops new businesses, and oversaw the reinvention of GE Lighting. She was named GE’s Chief Marketing Officer in 2003. She served as President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, from 2006-08, overseeing the company’s digital efforts, including the early formation of Hulu. She is a corporate director of Nike. Written…

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Discussion: An Evening with René Redzepi and David Zilver

October 17 @ 8:00 pm
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René Redzepi, chef and co-owner of Noma, and David Zilber, the chef who runs the restaurant’s acclaimed fermentation lab, share never-before-revealed techniques to creating Noma’s extensive pantry of ferments. And they do so with a book conceived specifically to share their knowledge and techniques with home cooks. With more than 500 step-by-step photographs and illustrations, and with every recipe approachably written and meticulously tested, The Noma Guide to Fermentation takes readers far beyond the typical kimchi and sauerkraut to include…

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