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Skylight Books

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

September 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Jeanne McCulloch, “All Happy Families”

September 26 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

On a mid-August weekend in 1983, at a rambling family mansion on the beach in East Hampton, family and friends gather for a wedding. These are the area’s final days of refined country splendor--before traffic jams, high-end stores, hedge fund managers and celebrities morphed the area into "The Hamptons." Preparations for a picturesque wedding are well underway--the weather is perfect, the tent is on the lawn, the guests are en route when tragedy strikes. The father of the bride, and…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jessica Hopper, “Night Moves”

September 27 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Written in taut, mesmerizing, often hilarious scenes drawn from 2004 through 2009, Night Moves captures the fierce friendships and small moments that form us all. Drawing on her personal journals from the aughts, Jessica Hopper chronicles her time as a DJ, living in decrepit punk houses, biking to bad loft parties with her friends, exploring Chicago deep into the night. And, along the way, she creates an homage to vibrant corners of the city that have been muted by sleek…

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October 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Diana Arterian, “Playing Monster :: Seiche” and Allie Rowbottom, “Jell-O Girls”

October 2 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Playing Monster :: Seiche is a book-length poem that incessantly dodges between two narratives: the speaker's childhood experiences with an abusive father and, as an adult, increasingly aggressive acts made toward her mother by strange men. In 1899, Allie Rowbottom's great-great-great-uncle bought the patent to Jell-O from its inventor for $450. The sale would turn out to be one of the most profitable business deals in American history, and the generations that followed enjoyed immense privilege - but they were…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Brian Phillips, “Impossible Owls”

October 3 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Brian Phillips’s Impossible Owls is a globe-spanning, ambitious book of essays from one of the most enthralling storytellers in narrative nonfiction. In his highly anticipated debut collection, Phillips demonstrates why he’s one of the most iconoclastic journalists of the digital age, beloved for his off-kilter, meticulously reported essays that read like novels. Genre: Nonfiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Juan Gabriel Vasquez, “The Shape of the Ruins”

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

The Shape of the Ruins is Vásquez’s highly anticipated, deeply personal masterpiece that is being heralded as the most ambitious novel of his career. For the first time Vásquez puts himself at the center of the story—the narrator is a novelist also named Juan Gabriel Vásquez—one that unspools a tangled mystery of political conspiracy, brutal assassinations, and dangerous secrets lost to memory. Genre: Literary Fiction

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Lambda LitFest Discussion: Trumpocalypse: Can Writing Books Help Save A Seriously F*cked World?

October 5 @ 6:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Three writers and an editor discuss the role of books and those who write them in desperate times. Featuring: Meredith Maran, Melissa Chadburn, Dan Smetanka, Michelle Tea, and Alex Espinoza Genre: Nonfiction

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Lambda LitFest Panel Discussion: The Werkroom: Lambda LitFest presents Queer Writing Teachers from UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program

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

Young queer writers yearn for queer teachers for a variety of reasons: to be seen and acknowledged, to find role models, to work in spaces that include their voices. On this panel, queer writing teachers from UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program will read excerpts from their recent work, and then discuss how queerness factors into their teaching of both straight and queer students. Featuring: Charles Jensen, Antonia Crane, Mathew Rodriguez, Noel Alumit, and Seth Fischer Genre: LGBTQ+

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Justine Bateman discusses her memoir “Fame” with Rainn Wilson

October 6 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Entertainment shows, magazines, websites, and other channels continuously report the latest sightings, heartbreaks, and triumphs of the famous to a seemingly insatiable public. Millions of people go to enormous lengths to achieve Fame. Fame is woven into our lives in ways that may have been unimaginable in years past. Genre: Memoir

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Anne-Marie Kinney reads from her new novel “Coldwater Canyon” with Anthony Miller

October 7 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Shep has been dealt a bad hand in life. Halfheartedly raised by a cold grandmother and chronically ill following his deployment in Desert Storm, he self-medicates with alcohol and daydreams of salvation at the hands of women—ultimately landing on one woman in particular: Lila, the young actress he believes is his daughter despite all evidence to the contrary. As Shep navigates the mystically rendered streets and strip malls of the San Fernando Valley with his only companion, his dog Lionel,…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Heather Havrilesky, “What If This Were Enough?”

October 8 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

From New York Magazine’s “Ask Polly” advice columnist Heather Havrilesky, the New York Times-bestselling author of How to Be a Person in the World, comes the highly anticipated What if this Were Enough? — a bitingly funny and inspiring essay collection tackling our modern cultural fixation on endless self-improvement and a manifesto for embracing the flawed imperfections of the everyday. Genre: Nonfiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Peter Gadol, “The Stranger Game”

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

The word ‘follow’ seems to have lost its meaning in the digital age. Now, when someone is following you on Instagram or Twitter, it’s hardly cause for alarm. But Peter Gadol begs an eerie question in his sixth novel, The Stranger Game: What if those ‘following’ you on social media brought back the literal meaning of the word… What if they started following you in real life? Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Shabnam Samuel discusses her memoir “A Fractured Life”

October 13 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Abandoned by her parents as a three-year-old, and ultimately leaving her home country India for a new life in America as a young mother of a three-year-old son, this is not only an immigrant's story, but a poignant and powerful memoir that is at first, one of sadness and continuing adversity, but ultimately one of strength, purpose, and the universal triumph of hope. It is a story of dislocation, disruption, and despair, and brings focus to the silencing of girlhood…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Lydia Kiesling, “The Golden State”

October 14 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

In Lydia Kiesling's razor-sharp debut novel, The Golden State, we accompany Daphne, a young mother on the edge of a breakdown, as she flees her sensible but strained life in San Francisco for the high desert of Altavista with her toddler, Honey. Bucking under the weight of being a single parent--her Turkish husband is unable to return to the United States because of a "processing error"--Daphne takes refuge in a mobile home left to her by her grandparents in hopes…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Walter Mosley, “John Woman”

October 15 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

John Woman recounts the transformation of an unassuming boy named Cornelius Jones into John Woman, an unconventional history professor—while the legacy of a hideous crime lurks in the shadows. Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Discussion and Book Signing: Kim Sagwa, “Mina”

October 17 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Crystal toils day and night to earn top grades at her cram school. She’s also endlessly texting, shopping, drinking, vexing her boyfriends, cranking up her mp3s, and fantasizing about her next slice of cheesecake. Her non-stop frenzy never quite manages the one thing that might calm her down: opening up about the pressures that are driving her to the edge. She certainly hasn’t talked with her best friend, Mina, nor Mina’s brother, whom she’s developing a serious crush on. And…

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