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An Occasional Compendium of Information and Events
for Writers in the Los Angeles Area
Lit Crawl - October 23

LA Lit Crawl  

 

Save the Date! Poets & Writers is pleased to be a sponsor of LA's first official Lit Crawl. The nationwide phenomenon known as the Lit Crawl comes to the North Hollywood (NoHo) Arts District on Wednesday, October 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Salton Sea Workshop - November 2

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The Salton Sea, at the east end of Coachella Valley, is an apocalyptic landscape -- once a tourist utopia, now dark and abandoned.   

 

The Salton Sea Workshop & Reading on November 2 offers poetry and prose workshops in this awe-inspiring environment. Following the workshop there will be a reading by the faculty, which includes Ruth Nolan, Brandon Cesmat, Sandra Alcosser, and Maureen Alsop. Campgrounds are available to anyone who wishes to stay overnight. Numbers permitting, there may be an open mic 'round the campfire.

 

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In everyhting there is a trace
Susan Silton, 2013, gallery installation
Image courtesy of Brian Forrest
 

As part of an installation at USC's Fisher Museum, titled In everything there is the trace, artist Susan Silton seeks participants for a public retyping of John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

 

Volunteers will sit at a circular table constructed specifically for this collective action, and each will type a different portion of Steinbeck's novel using manual typewriters with no ribbons.

 

Silton says, "The genesis for this installation is a piece I completed in 2007 titled Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Responding to the Iraq War, I was compelled to reread the classic novel through the active engagement of retyping it on a manual typewriter in what is called 'stencil mode,' which means that keys strike only paper, not ink on paper. I was drawn to how typing without ink leaves only the trace of the activity, so that the act of rereading could be further foregrounded."

 

It is all part of the Fisher Museum's exhibition Drawn to Language, which is on view now through December 7.

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Upcoming Local Literary Events

Writers thrive in solitude. Then, they crave company. Search Poet & Writers'  Literary Events Calendar to find upcoming readings, book signings, workshops, and other events near you. Here are some highlights:

 

September 8 at 2 p.m. - The Bluebird Reading Series. Host Jessica Ceballos presents Audrey Kuo, Cara Van Le, Mariano Zaro, and Melinda Palacio. There will be an open mic after the featured readers; sign up begins at 1:45 p.m. At Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50, Los Angeles.

 

September 8 at 5 p.m. - The Rattle Reading Series. Hear Carol Denson and Janet Nippell plus special guest Teresa Mei Chuc. At Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd, La Caņada-Flintridge, CA

 

September 11 at 7 p.m. - Brad Warner at Book Soup. The author of Hardcore Zen discusses and signs his new book, There is No God and He Is Always with You: A Search for God in Odd Places (New World Library). At Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood.

 

Browse the Literary Events Calendar

 

Would you like to see your event listed here? Post it to the Literary Events Calendar. It's free! And we may feature your event in the next L.A. Update! 
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