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Skylight Books

1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
+13236601175 http://www.skylightbooks.com/

January 2020

Andre Perry reads from “Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now” with Roxane Gay

January 29 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Andre Perry's debut collection of personal essays, "Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now," travels from Washington DC to Iowa City to Hong Kong in search of both individual and national identity. While displaying tenderness and a disarming honesty, Perry catalogs racial degradations committed on the campuses of elite universities and liberal bastions like San Francisco while coming of age in America.

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Michael Lee discusses “The Only Worlds We Know” in conversation with Morgan Parker

January 30 @ 7:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

"The Only Worlds We Know" is a nuanced and tactile look at both sobriety, and what comes after. Patient meditations on loss and the land where the people we love live and are also buried.

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Chana Porter reads from “The Seep” with Agnes Borinsky

January 31 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Trina Goldberg-Oneka is a fifty-year-old trans woman whose life is irreversibly altered in the wake of a gentle—but nonetheless world-changing—invasion by an alien entity called The Seep. Through The Seep, everything is connected. Capitalism falls, hierarchies and barriers are broken down; if something can be imagined, it is possible.

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February 2020

Ejeris Dixon and Lea Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha read from their new anthology, “Beyond Survival”

February 1 @ 6:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

"Beyond Survival" collects tools, strategies and personal stories of the struggle to create safety, justice and accountability beyond the criminal justice system.

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Andrew Choate and Katie Herzog discuss and sign “Exegesis Eisegesis Encaustic”

February 1 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

"Exegesis Eisegesis Encaustic" is a collaborative series of encaustic diptychs depicting signs in and around Los Angeles. The painter Katie Herzog teamed up with the poet Andrew Choate to paint representations of the original signs, and refracted versions of the signs with all-new text written by Choate.

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A tribute to Holly Prado and her final poetry book, “Weather,” with readings by Harry E. Northrup, Phoebe MacAdams, and James Cushing

February 2 @ 3:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Join Skylight Books to celebrate the work of this important local poet, with readings by Harry E. Northup, Phoebe MacAdam and James Cushing.

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Elaine Kahn reads from her new book of poetry “Romance or the End” in conversation with Justin Torres

February 4 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

"Romance or The End" takes up the tools of romantic narrative in order to perform the rupture between self and story that occurs at the onset of trauma. Using known and pathologized literary arcs, Elaine Kahn unspools the fundamental instability of truth, love, and language to create an experiential portrait of narrative’s power to both disfigure and restore.

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Garth Greenwell reads from his new novel “Cleanness”

February 5 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Sofia, Bulgaria, a landlocked city in southern Europe, stirs with hope and impending upheaval. Soviet buildings crumble, wind scatters sand from the far south, and political protesters flood the streets with song. In this atmosphere of disquiet, an American teacher navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love. As he prepares to leave the place he's come to call home, he grapples with the intimate encounters that have marked his years abroad, each bearing uncanny reminders of…

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Chani Nicholas discusses “You Were Born for This” with Jen Richards

February 6 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Chani Nicholas visits Skylight Books to talk about her astrology book, "You Were Born for This," with Jen Richards. Advocating for radical self-acceptance, Nicholas will imagine how the stars' alignment affect a person's personality, and their ability to lead the life they were meant to.

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E. Patrick Johnson discusses and signs “Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women”

February 7 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

E. Patrick Johnson's "Honeypot" opens with the fictional trickster character Miss B. barging into the home of Dr. EPJ, informing him that he has been chosen to collect and share the stories of her people. With little explanation, she whisks the reluctant Dr. EPJ away to the women-only world of Hymen, where she serves as his tour guide as he bears witness to the real-life stories of queer Black women throughout the American South. The women he meets come from…

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A WriteGirl group reading

February 8 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

WriteGirl is an innovative nonprofit organization that empowers teen girls through creative writing. Join us for this special chance to hear WriteGirl teens speak their minds and read their original poetry and prose. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be surprised—you won’t want to miss it!

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Lidia Yuknavitch reads from “Verge”

February 9 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

A fiercely empathetic group portrait of the marginalized and outcast in moments of crisis, from one of the most galvanizing voices in American fiction.

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Crissy Van Meter reads from her debut novel, “Creatures,” with Edan Lepucki

February 11 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Unique in its structure and written to mimic the tidal charts that Evie studies as well as the natural ebbs and flows of life, "Creatures" takes readers on a provocative and mesmerizing journey as Evie is forced to reckon with her complicated upbringing in this lush, feral land off the coast of Southern California. On the eve of Evie’s wedding, a dead whale is trapped in the harbor of Winter Island, the groom may be lost at sea, and Evie’s…

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Emma Copley Eisenberg reads her debut nonfiction book, “Third Rainbow Girl,” with Steph Cha

February 12 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, were murdered in an isolated clearing. They were hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering but never arrived; they traveled with a third woman however, who lived. For thirteen years, no one was prosecuted for the "Rainbow Murders," though deep suspicion was cast on a succession of local residents in the community, depicted as…

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Amina Cain reads her new novel “Indelicacy,” with Adam Novy

February 13 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

A cleaning woman at a museum of art nurtures aspirations to do more than simply dust the paintings around her. She dreams of having the liberty to explore them in writing, and so must find a way to win herself the time and security to use her mind. She escapes her lot by marrying a rich man, but having gained a husband, a house, high society, and a maid, she finds that her new life of privilege is no less…

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Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Vol. 5

February 14 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

In "Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 5," award-winning editor Rachel Kramer Bussel takes readers on an outrageous journey into the world of female fantasy and desire. These sexy stories offer up wild, hot, and steamy tales from today’s top authors. You’ll be swept away by the sexiest business deal ever, break the rules in a future world where skin-on-skin contact is forbidden, and discover the art of getting off by phone sex. From threesomes to mermaid sex, fetishes,…

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Sands Hall discusses her memoir, “Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology, with Maggie Rowe

February 16 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

In the secluded canyons of Hollywood, Sands Hall—a young woman from a literary family striving to forge her own way as an artist—finds herself increasingly drawn toward the certainty that Scientology appears to offer. Her time in the Church, the 1980s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. In "Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology," Hall compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion—what she found intriguing and useful—and…

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Brandon Taylor reads from “Real Life,” his debut novel

February 25 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Come to Skylight Books to hear Brandon Taylor read from his debut novel, "Real Life." This book takes place over one summer weekend and follows a young black biochemistry grad student as he grapples with relationships and social pressures.

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March 2020

Porsha Olayiwola reads and performs poetry from “I Shimmer Sometimes, Too”

March 1 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Porsha Olayiwola is from the future! Black, poet, queer-dyke, hip-hop feminist, womanist: Porsha is a native of Chicago who now resides in Boston. Olayiwola is a writer, performer, educator and curator who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas. She is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and the artistic director at MassLEAP, a literary youth organization. Olayiwola is an MFA Candidate at Emerson College and is the current poet…

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MariNaomi reads from “Distant Stars,” a new graphic novel in her Life on Earth series

March 8 @ 3:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

MariNaomi completes the Life on Earth trilogy with "Distant Stars." In this volume, her characters will find their fates are linked.

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Tom Haviv reads from “A Flag of No Nation”

March 22 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

The histories of Sephardic Jews are just beginning to be written and A Flag of No Nation is a monumental contribution to these essential stories. A meditation on world invention and collapse, A Flag of No Nation traces the stories of Turkish Jews in the 20 th century, blind colonists in a white ocean, and performers enacting new rituals around a nationless flag.

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