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January 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Dan Harris, “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book”

January 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$27

In Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, ABC News anchor Dan Harris and his friend Jeff Warren, a masterful teacher and "Meditation MacGyver," embark on a cross-country quest to tackle the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that stop people from meditating. They rent a rock-star tour bus (whose previous occupants were Parliament Funkadelic) and travel across eighteen states, talking to scores of would-be meditators--including parents, military cadets, police officers, and even a few celebrities. They create a taxonomy of the most common issues…

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Discussion: Joe Biden, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose”

January 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$60

Join Vice President Joe Biden for a night of conversation that will go beyond 280-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Vice President Biden will reveal the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges. PLEASE NOTE: This event is at the Orpheum Theatre located at 842 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014. Genre: Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: Thomas Perry, “The Bomb Maker” and Jo Perry, “Dead Is Good”

January 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Free

Thomas Perry will sign his latest thriller, The Bomb Maker, described by Nelson DeMille as "…the ultimate-cat-and-mouse game, a story so tense and riveting that you'll find yourself holding your breath as the timer ticks off the seconds." Jo Perry will sign the third book in her Charlie and Rose series, Dead Is Good, which Gary Phillips described as ""…wickedly entertaining hardboiled supernatural deftness," as "Like 'The Wire' Meets 'The Tibetan Book of The Dead.' Highly Recommended," by British mystery…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Thomas Perry, “The Bomb Maker” and Jo Perry, “Dead Is Good”

January 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Free

Thomas Perry will sign his latest thriller, The Bomb Maker, described by Nelson DeMille as "…the ultimate-cat-and-mouse game, a story so tense and riveting that you'll find yourself holding your breath as the timer ticks off the seconds." Jo Perry will sign the third book in her Charlie and Rose series, Dead Is Good, which Gary Phillips described as ""…wickedly entertaining hardboiled supernatural deftness," as "Like 'The Wire' Meets 'The Tibetan Book of The Dead.' Highly Recommended," by British mystery…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Nick Nolte, “Rebel”

January 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
$29

Legendary actor Nick Nolte delivers his most revealing performance yet. This intimate memoir is a tale of art, passion, commitment, addiction, and the quest for personal enlightenment as intense and hypnotic as the man himself. In a career spanning five decades and hundreds of roles, Nick Nolte has become a true Hollywood icon. Rising from a difficult childhood in the rural Midwest to leading roles and a trio of Oscar nominations in the golden West, he has been both celebrated…

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February 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Deepak Chopra, “The Healing Self”

February 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$36

Vroman’s Bookstore presents Deepak Chopra presenting and signing The Healing Self There is a new revolution occurring in health today. That revolution is you. In the face of environmental toxins, potential epidemics, superbugs, and the accelerated aging process, the significance of achieving optimum health has never been more crucial—and the burden to achieve it now rests on individuals making the right lifestyle choices every day. That means you. You—not doctors, not pharmaceutical companies—are ultimately responsible for your own health. Genre:…

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Performance: Mamrie Hart, “I’ve Got This Round”

February 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$26

Mamrie Hart returns to the written word with her second essay collection with I've Got This Round: More Tales of Debauchery, a wild, unforgettable, hilarious and honest journey through something most Millennials would prefer to avoid: adulting. PLEASE NOTE: This event will take place at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at the Barnsdall Art Park located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90027 Genre: Memoir

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Activity: “A Life in Letters” with Maxine Hong Kingston

February 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
$250

Please join Los Angeles Review of Books for an intimate evening with acclaimed author and activist Maxine Hong Kingston, whose work has earned her the National Medal of Arts, two National Endowment for the Arts Writers Awards, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Genre: Identity, Literary Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Andre Aciman, “Call Me by Your Name”

February 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Andre Aciman's Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never…

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March 2018

Book Launch: Mia Hopkins, “Thirsty”

March 10, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Join romance author Mia Hopkins at Holy Grounds Coffee & Tea in Los Angeles to celebrate the release of steamy romance THIRSTY, book one in her EASTSIDE BREWERY series. Festivities to include a brief author talk and reading Books plus delicious food and beverages will be available for purchase. The first 25 guests to RSVP on Facebook will receive a gift bag full of romance goodies and treats. All guests will be treated to special giveaways and surprises. This event…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Lynne Tillman, “Men and Apparitions”

March 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
$75

Los Angeles Review of Books invites you to cocktails and conversation with Lynne Tillman in celebration of her new novel Men and Apparitions. Genre: Literary Fiction

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Book Launch: LA Review of Books Quarterly Journal; Comedy Issue; featuring Jonathan Ames

March 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

LOVE A LAUNCH PARTY? We do too! More good news: You're invited. Come celebrate our new QUARTERLY JOURNAL COMEDY ISSUE THURSDAY, MARCH 22 Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive 5PM: Doors open & cocktails 6PM: Readings 7PM: More cocktails With readings by contributors, including Jonathan Ames + more Genre: Literary Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Chelsey Johnson, “Stray City”

March 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$27

Twenty-four-year-old artist Andrea Morales escaped her Midwestern Catholic childhood--and the closet--to create a home and life for herself within the thriving but insular lesbian underground of Portland, Oregon. But one drunken night, reeling from a bad breakup and a friend's betrayal, she recklessly crosses enemy lines and hooks up with a man. To her utter shock, Andrea soon discovers she's pregnant--and despite the concerns of her astonished circle of gay friends, she decides to have the baby. Event address: West…

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WCCW Readings Series on Health/Care with Karen Palmer, Traci Kato-kiriyama, Cara Lopez Lee, Umi Hsu

March 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

The WCCW Reading Series is a quarterly literary reading series organized by Sara Finnerty Turgeon and Nina Rota. Each event’s readings are thematically linked with the current WCCW quarterly programming. This event is FREE and open to the public. We will provide drinks and snacks. Location: Women's Center for Creative Work 2425 Glover Pl, Los Angeles, California 90031 Genre: Women, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Ethnomusicology

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Discussion: PEN America, “Forbidden Feeds: Government Controls on Social Media in China”

March 27, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free

Join USC’s U.S.-China Institute (USCI) and PEN America for the West Coast launch of Forbidden Feeds, PEN America's new report on social media censorship in China. The report demonstrates how the Chinese government has tightened its online control to restrict civic discussion, prevent dissent, and protect the reputations of its highest members. James Tager, PEN America Senior Manager of Free Expression Programs, will present the report. A panel discussion moderated by USCI’s Clayton Dube will follow, featuring Tager, Chinese translator…

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April 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Michael Imperioli, “The Perfume Burned His Eyes”

April 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$28

Matthew is a sixteen-year-old living in Jackson Heights, Queens, in 1976. After he loses his two most important male role models, his father and grandfather, his mother uses her inheritance to uproot Matthew and herself to a posh apartment building in Manhattan. Genre: Literary Fiction

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Book Launch: Julayne Lee, “Not My White Savior”

April 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Julayne Lee will be reading from her debut collection of poems NOT MY WHITE SAVIOR (available March 13, 2018). Book signing and light refreshments to follow the reading. Adopted Korean artists will also be featured at the Los Angeles launch party. Not My White Savior is a memoir in poems, exploring what it is to be a transracial and inter-country adoptee, and what it means to grow up being constantly told how better your life is because you were rescued…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Cecile Richards, “Make Trouble”

April 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$28

From Cecile Richards--president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, and a "heroine of the resistance" ( Vogue)--comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women's rights and social justice. Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal's office in seventh…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, “My American Dream”

April 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$30

From the best-selling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur--a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto. Genre: Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: Christine Lahti, “True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness”

April 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$27

A fiercely intelligent, hilarious, and deeply feminist collection of interrelated personal stories from Academy, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and director Christine Lahti. For decades, actress and director Christine Lahti has captivated the hearts and minds of her audience through iconic roles in Chicago Hope, Running on Empty, Housekeeping, And Justice for All, Swing Shift, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, God of Carnage, and The Blacklist. Now, in True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness, this acclaimed performer channels…

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Reading: Colson Whitehead, “The Underground Railroad”

April 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
$29

Colson Whitehead is a New York Times bestselling writer, a MacArthur Fellow and the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Underground Railroad, a tour de force chronicling a young slave’s desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South, which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2016 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2017. In the novel, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern…

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Discussion: Erwin Chemerinsky in conversation with Don Franzen

April 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$250

Erwin Chemerinsky, widely regarded as one of our leading constitutional scholars, he is the Dean of University of California, Berkeley School of Law, author of 10 books and more than 200 law review articles, and formerly the Founding Dean of University of California, Irvine School of Law, will be in conversation with Don Franzen, legal affairs editor at the LA Review of Books. Genre: Nonfiction

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Reading: “Sinister Wisdom” from the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian Speakers Series

April 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The City of West Hollywood's Lesbian Speakers Series presents SINISTER WISDOM. Join us to hear a group of women who have contributed to Sinister Wisdom, A Lesbian Literary & Art Journal that began in 1976 and has been publishing the words/art/images of Lesbians since that time as a non-profit and all volunteer organization. Event features readings by Tai Farnsworth, Olga Garcia, Bonnilee Kaufman, Ronna Magy, Louise Moore and Kitty Tsui. Co-sponsored by the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Audre Lorde Health…

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Performance: Haiku Duel: Los Angeles

April 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Purchase Required

The Haiku Duel is an NCAA-style haiku tournament where 16 performers battle each other in 17 syllables until a winner emerges. Conceptualized and produced by The Haiku Guys + Gals, the event has been a sell-out hit five times in a row in NYC, and will now expand to a nationwide tour during April 2018, which just so happens to be National Poetry Month. Genre: Poetry

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May 2018

Panel Discussion: Grace Bonney, “Good Company: The Community Issue”

May 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$22

Inspired by the success of her latest book, In the Company of Women, Grace Bonney's Good Company will provide motivation, inspiration, practical advice, and a vital sense of connection and community for women and nonbinary creatives at every stage of life. Each issue of Good Company focuses on one overarching theme, including Change, Fear, Community, Mentors, and much more. The panel includes: Jasika Nicole, Tueday Bassen, Mimi Pond, and Justina Blakeney. Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

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Discussion and Book Signing: Mark & Jay Duplass, “Like Brothers”

May 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$32

The multitalented writers, directors, producers, and actors (as seen on The League, Transparent, and The Mindy Project) share the secrets of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir. Whether producing, writing, directing, or acting, the Duplass Brothers have made their mark in the world of independent film and television on the strength of their quirky and empathetic approach to storytelling. Now, for the first time, Mark and Jay take readers on a tour of their lifelong partnership in this unique…

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Literary Festival: LitFest Pasadena

May 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Free

More info to come.... Genre: Literary Fiction

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Reading: Writing a Way | A Table Lit reading

May 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Are you a writer searching for artistic or professional guidance? A reader curious about the journeys of poets and writers? Join us for an afternoon of readings and cocktails with Shauna Barbosa, Chiwan Choi, Joshua Mensch, and Chris L. Terry. Each author will tell the origin story of their innovative writing. They will share their own work and the work of writers who have paved the way for them. Jubi Arriola-Headley, a 2018 PEN Emerging Voices fellow, will host and…

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Reading: 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalists Reading Series

May 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Join finalists of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards for readings of their nominated works. All readings are free and open to the public. Genre: LGBTQ+

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Discussion and Book Signing: Michael Pollan, “How to Change Your Mind”

May 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$30

Vroman’s Bookstore presents Michael Pollan, in conversation with author Mark Haskell Smith, discussing and signing How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Michael Ondaatje, “Warlight”

May 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$34

Vroman’s Bookstore presents An Evening with Michael Ondaatje discussing and signing Warlight From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. Genre: Historical Fiction

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June 2018

Reading: Noir at the Bar L.A. with Jo Perry, Nikki Dolson, Thomas Perry, Lisa Brackmann, Phoef Sutton, Rex Weiner, Joan Renner, and Lida Sideris

June 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Free

An occasional gathering of writers, readers and crime fiction enthusiasts in the city of Angels. We drink, we mingle, and great writers read crime and mystery fiction. Books will be on sale courtesy of Mysterious Galaxy bookstore. Mandrake Bar, 2692 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Discussion and Book Signing: David Graeber, “Bullshit Jobs”

June 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$32

From bestselling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and their consequences. Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs.” It went viral. After a million online views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer. PLEASE NOTE: This event will be at the…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Michael Chabon, “Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces”

June 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
$20

For the September 2016 issue of GQ, Michael Chabon wrote a piece about accompanying his son Abraham Chabon, then thirteen, to Paris Men's Fashion Week. Possessed with a precocious sense of style, Abe was in his element chatting with designers he idolized and turning a critical eye to the freshest runway looks of the season; Chabon Sr., whose interest in clothing stops at "thrift-shopping for vintage western shirts or Hermès neckties," sat idly by, staving off yawns and fighting the…

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Panel Discussion: An Evening with Red Hen Press and Authors John Barr, Catherine Woodard, Lory Bedikian, and Bruce Bauman

June 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Reading with John Barr, Catherine Woodard, Lory Bedikian and Bruce Bauman Genre: Literary Fiction

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SOLD OUT – Discussion and Book Signing: An Evening with David Lynch

June 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$36

This event is sold out. In celebration of his new memoir, Room to Dream, Book Soup will be presenting a screening of David Lynch’s original animated series Dumbland in its entirety, followed by David Lynch in conversation with co-author Kristine McKenna. David Lynch’s memoir, Room to Dream provides an unprecedented look into the personal and creative life of the visionary auteur David Lynch, through his own words and those of his closest colleagues, friends, and family. Genre: Memoir, Film

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Discussion and Book Signing: Voices of LGBTQIA Narratives: In Conversation

June 23, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Author/screenwriter Martin Aguilera talks to authors about LGBTQIA writing today. Authors currently scheduled to attend are C.B. Lee (Sidekick Squad series), Abdi Nazemian (The Walk-In Closet), Mark B. Perry (City of Whores), Amy Spalding (The Summer of Jordi Perez), Rebekah Weatherspoon (Soul to Keep), and graphic novelist Jen Wang (The Prince and the Dressmaker). Location: Studio City Branch Library, 12511 Moorpark Street, Studio City, CA 91604 Genre: LGBTQ+, Underrepresented Voices

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Panel Discussion: An Evening with Writ Large Press and Authors Sara Borjas, Denis Carlos, and Ana Chaidez

June 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Free

For this second event of the Icons series, Writ Large presents poet Sara Borjas, visual art by Ana Chaidez and music by Denise Carlos. "Icons & Influences" is the title of this new three-event discussion series from Writ Large Press. At each event three artists are invited to read, show, or perform a work that profoundly influenced them, then present one of their own works. Over the course of these readings and discussions, the touchpoints and inspirations of contemporary artists…

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Summer Author: Meet Eren Unten

June 27, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Cool off this summer by meeting and connecting with authors at your library! Refreshments will be provided and lucky winners will receive a free copy of the author’s book. Eren Unten is a children’s book illustrator who also designs characters for animation. What a cool job! Come meet this multi-talented artist through the Summer Author program. Location: Studio City Public Library 12511 Moorpark Street Genre: Art

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Performance: homo-centric gets Queer!

June 28, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

As part of the multi-venue event for the first ever Glendale Pride, homo-centric presents an evening of spoken word & performance June 28th at 7:30pm. Eight people from one tribe will share different stories that answer one question: What Makes You Queer? Please join us at the ACE/121 Gallery to hear Asher Yap, CB Lee, Cody Sisco, Corey Saucier, David LeBarron, Hank Henderson, Jason Jenn, and Tai Farnsworth share their work in a gallery filled with queer art that answers…

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Activity: Linda Ravenswood and Melrose Poetry Bureau present Becoming LA at The NHM

June 30, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$15

Poetry in unexpected places brought to you by MPB ! Come and have a poem crafted on the spot for you on one of our vintage typewriters. Enjoy a summer festival in the NHM and gardens. Featuring: Linda Ravenswood, Nayeli Knudsen and Brian Sonia Wallace Venue: The Natural History Museum Genre: Poetry

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Discussion and Book Signing: An Afternoon with Author Aja Gabel and the Kadima String Quartet

June 30, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Join us at the Studio City Branch Library for this very special author event and musical performance. Debut novelist Aja Gabel will discuss and read from her highly anticipated book The Ensemble. Of the book, which centers around a string quartet, Marie Claire magazine says, “A riveting look inside the world of classical musicians and an intimate study of friendships.” At the event, Gabel will be joined by the Kadima String Quartet, who will play selections from the book. All…

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Reading: Lyrical Flames

June 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

We are getting close to our next Lyrical Flames event! Join us as poet features include Alice Pero, Conney Williams, and Cody Sisco!! Music by the talented and awesome Alan Ishii, along with Mike Yarsky!! Open-Mic guests past and present are always welcome. You can read a 3-5 minute poem, play a song, share some stories, Improv, or comedy! Co-host Andretakeapic Andrétakeapic Mulligan returns to encourage us all to enjoy, and have a great time! Won't you join us? See…

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Performance: Linda Ravenswood at the Out and Loud Festival

June 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$20

"Loud & Queer: A queer artist movement" Created by Monique Gonzalez, presents its first annual event held at the Ventura Majestic Theatre June 30th, 2018. Join us as various leaders in the non-profit sector collaborate to organize a collection of arts based performances of Ventura County and Los Angeles LGBTQ+ & gender expansive talent. Guest features: DJ Patty Clover, Box of Beats, Comedian Narcizo Gonzalez, Edwin Bodney, Amanda-Faye Jimenez and Linda Ravenswood. Proceeds will be donated to the LGBTQ+ youth…

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July 2018

Luncheon: Robert Hilburn, “Paul Simon”

July 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
$75

For more than fifty years, Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy in ways that have established him as one of the most beloved artists in American pop music history. Songs like The Sound of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years, and Graceland have moved beyond the sales charts and into our cultural consciousness, but Simon is a deeply private person who has resisted speaking to us outside…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Seymour Stein, “Siren Song: My Life in Music”

July 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$29

Seymour Stein is America's greatest living record man. Not only has he signed and nurtured more important artists than anyone alive, now sixty years in the game, he's still the hippest label head, travelling the globe in search of the next big thing. Since the late fifties, he's been wherever it's happening: Billboard, Tin Pan Alley, The British Invasion, CBGB, Studio 54, Danceteria, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the CD crash. Along that winding path, he discovered and…

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August 2018

Performance: Women’s Center for Creative Work Reading Series: CONTROL, featuring Bridgette Bianca, Shacole Hamlett, Melissa Ximena, and B. A. Williams

August 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free

The WCCW Reading Series is a quarterly literary reading series organized by Sara Finnerty and Nina Rota. The readings are thematically linked with WCCW programming which, for summer 2018, is the idea of Control. Featured Authors: Bridgette Bianca, Shacole Hamlett, Melissa Ximena, and B. A. Williams Venue: Womens Center for Creative Work Genre: Poetry, Fiction

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Author Luncheon with Fiona Davis, “The Masterpiece”

August 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
$75

Our DIESEL Author Literary Luncheon Series resumes in Santa Monica with Fiona Davis for her new novel, The Masterpiece, on Friday, August 10th at 12:00 pm. The luncheon will be held at the wonderful Amici Brentwood, conveniently located a half a block from the bookstore at 2538 San Vicente Blvd. The cost for the luncheon with Fiona Davis is $75, which includes one copy of the book. Please contact the store at 310-576-9960 to purchase tickets. In her latest captivating…

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September 2018

Performance: Multi Cult 5

September 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
$9 – $12

The fifth in the multicult series, a literary and performative visual experience. Where logic and magic meet. ASL dedicated interpreters on site. ADA accessible. Venue: The Lyric Hyperion Theatre, 2106 Hyperion Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027 Featuring: Rhiannon McGavin, Siana-äiti Moirae, Onyi Jason Ogawa, Linda Ravenswood, Jax Ridd, Henry Seargeant, Tyson Thurston and more special guests hosted and curated by MASTER OF CEREMONIES Lyra Hill. Genre: Poetry, Music

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Luncheon: Leonard Maltin, “Hooked on Hollywood”

September 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
$65

The luncheon will be held at the wonderful Amici Brentwood, conveniently located a half a block from the bookstore at 2538 San Vicente Blvd. There is ticketed parking available at the restaurant or unlimited free parking along most of San Vicente Blvd. past 26th St. (please read the street signs). The cost for the luncheon with Leonard Maltin is $65, which includes one copy of the book. Please contact the store at 310-576-9960 to purchase tickets. Leonard Maltin is America's…

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The Los Angeles Press Reading Series: Volume Zero

September 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Free

Linda Ravenswood, The Los Angeles Press, Patrick Paeper and Alias Books East present the first in a reading series, The LAPress Volume Zero. Join us for community gathering, book sharing, broadsides, visual art prints, live author reading, and a limited open mic to follow. Gorgeous refreshments served. Come out and get to know your newest, homegrown, Los Angeles publishing house. Information about our upcoming call for submissions also provided. Venue: Alias Books East, 3163 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Gary Shteyngart, “Lake Success”

September 11, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
$30

Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son's diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema--a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth--has her own demons to…

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Discussion and Reading: Sisters at The Table

September 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Free

The ladies of Making Room for Black Women are back again with another installment of The Table Lit Reading Series! This September, join bridgette bianca and Sanura Williams of My Lit Box as they host Sisters at The Table- a reading and conversation featuring Women of Color! Venue: Hollywood Hotel - The Hotel Hollywood Featuring: Natashia Deón, Bridgette Bianca, and Sanura Williams Genre: Nonfiction

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Discussion: The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation

September 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Free

Miriam Pawel, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of the definitive biography, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez, continues to chronicle the fascinating history of California and the exceptional people who have shaped our state. In Pawel’s newest work, she demystifies transformative moments of California history—from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley—as she considers the significant impact of one family dynasty. Beginning with Pat Brown, the beloved father who presided over California during an era of unmatched expansion, to Jerry Brown,…

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Discussion: Tommy Orange, “There There: A Novel”

September 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Free

Tommy Orange’s There There is an extraordinary portrait of America like we’ve never seen before. Orange, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma who grew up in Oakland, brings an exhilaratingly fresh, urgent, and poetic voice to the disorienting experiences of urban Indians who struggle with the paradoxes of inhabiting traditions in the absence of a homeland, living both inside and outside of history. In his debut bestselling novel, a cast of 12 Native American characters…

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WeHo Reads: Lorna Luft

September 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Purchase Required

Book Soup and the City of West Hollywood's Arts Division present Lorna Luft, New York Times bestselling author and daughter of Judy Garland, discussing her new book A Star Is Born: Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away which tells the story of the film that was both the crowning achievement and greatest disappointment of her mother's legendary career. The film's story, which depicts the dark side of fame, addiction, loss, and suicide, paralleled Garland's own tumultuous life in…

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Panel Discussion: The Spirit of the Arts

September 21, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

A panel discussion with sober creators. Writers, photographers, painters, directors, and musicians discuss their relationship to creativity before, during, and after becoming sober. In early sobriety, the fears and self doubt associated with creation are amplified. But, when we push through that, we often create the best work of our lives, far more coherent and polished than anything that came when we were drinking and using. This panel is not associated with any 12-step program, rehab, facility, or ideology. Regular…

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Author Julia Bricklin discusses “Polly Pry”

September 22, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Free

Historian and author Julia Bricklin will discuss her new book "Polly Pry: The Woman Who Wrote the West" at the Studio City Branch Library on Saturday, September 22 at 3:30 p.m. Come hear about the first female reporter for the Denver Post, who was notorious for helping to free a convicted cannibal and for protecting her bosses from an assassination attempt. Genre: Nonfiction

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Reading: Brittany Perham & Peter Kline

September 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

Brittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait which was selected by Claudia Rankine for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Peter Kline teaches writing at the University of San Francisco and Stanford University. His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Five Points, Poetry, Tin House, and many other journals, as well as the Best New Poets series. Regular admission. Members FREE Venue: Beyond Baroque 681 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291…

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The Nebraska Girls Open Reading

September 23, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Purchase Required

Sign ups at 1:45. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Regular admission. Members FREE Venue: Beyond Baroque 681 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 Genre: Poetry

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Discussion: An Evening with Karl Ove Knausgaard

September 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Free

Zadie Smith calls his work crack. Jeffrey Eugenides says it broke the sound barrier of the autobiographical novel. Readers around the world have flocked to Karl Ove Knausgaard’s nearly 3,500-page epic hypnotic journey through life as an artist as he’s lived it. Highly confessional and irresistibly beautiful, Knausgaard mines the large and small moments of his own narrative from grappling with death, love, art, and fear to going all-in on the mundane, intimate details of everyday existence. With its fierce…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Kevin Kwan, “Rich People Problems” with Kheng Hua and Rebecca Sun

September 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Free

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside--but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park -- a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore -- Nicholas's childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage. As her relatives…

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Live Talks L.A. Discussion: an evening with Daniel Siegel

September 24, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

We welcome Dan Siegel back to our stage for his new book, Aware, his groundbreaking new book introducing readers to his pioneering, science-based meditation practice. He has appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles four previous times: in conversation with Paul Zak for his book, Mind; and interviewing Gretchen Rubin and Jack Kornfield and also with Diane Ackerman celebrating the work of Jack O’Donahue. Venue: Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre New Roads School Herb Alpert Educational Village 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa…

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

September 25, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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SOLD OUT | Discussion and Book Signing: An Evening with Sally Field in conversation with Patt Morrison

September 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$40

This event has sold out of tickets. 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…

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Discussion, Activity: But Make It Funny

September 29, 2018 @ 11:00 am
$15

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: Geekdom in the Fiefdom

September 29, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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: Everything You Wanted to Know About Being a Queer TV Writer But Were Afraid to Ask (Sponsored by UCLA Extension Writers’ Program)

September 29, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 12:45 pm
$15

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, 2018 @ 12:45 pm
$15

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, 2018 @ 2:15 pm
$15

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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 2:15 pm
$15

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, 2018 @ 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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Discussion and Reading: Still We Rise: 50+ Queer Women Writers Speak

September 30, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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Discussion: Dust & Lust: Writing in and About Lesbian Archives

September 30, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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Discussion: DeRay Mckesson, “On the Other Side of Freedom”

October 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
$40

Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange presents DeRay Mckesson – the internationally recognized civil rights leader and host of the podcast Pod Save the People – for a timely conversation on culture, social justice, and politics. Drawing from his own experiences as an organizer, educator, and public official, DeRay will explore the issues of the day and discuss the subtle structures and inherent biases that impact our communities in a conversation moderated by the Los Angeles Times. The conversation will also…

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Lambda LitFest Discussion: Burning Time

October 2, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
$35.50

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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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 Ever Told” at the Aratani Theatre, with Lena Dunham

October 3, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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