Poe Ballantine: Whirlaway

05/26/2018 - 5:00pm
Fiction
Reading

Eddie Plum, who insists he’s been unjustifiably committed to a California psychiatric hospital, manages to finally escape after fourteen years of incarceration to start his life anew. On the run, he holes up in a sheltered barrio on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean owned by his wealthy but unsympathetic father. Here he meets Sweets, the telepathic dog, laments the loss of Sofia, his madhouse lover, and plays the horses at the Del Mar Racetrack.

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Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Rita Bullwinkel: Belly Up

05/24/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

The stories of Belly Up occupy the space between the familiar and the surreal. Through fiercely intelligent prose and quotidian moments, a receptionist becomes fascinated with harp music, two high school girls debate taking gym class and a bored beauty corresponds with an inmate. Fantastical stories filled with ghosts, mediums and carnivorous churches find humanity and warmth in the grotesque.

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Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Chuck Klosterman

05/25/2018 - 7:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

New York Times-bestselling author and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman sorts through the past decade and how we got to now.

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Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Brian Leung: Ivy vs. Dogg

05/30/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

Teenage Ivy Simmons shocks her small town by daring to challenge hometown boy-hero, Jimmy Doggins, in a showdown election for the title of Junior Mr. Mayor. Does anyone win?

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Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Janelle Hanchett: I’m Just Happy to Be Here

05/25/2018 - 7:00pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading

From the creator of the blog "Renegade Mothering," Janelle Hanchett's forthright, darkly funny, and ultimately empowering memoir chronicling her tumultuous journey from young motherhood to abysmal addiction and a recovery she never imagined possible.

Pregnant at 21 by a man she'd known three months, Janelle Hanchett embraced motherhood with the determined optimism of the recklessly self-confident. After giving birth, she found herself bored, directionless, and seeking relief in wine, which she justified as sophisticated and going well with chicken.

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Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Kathleen Winter and Dexter L. Booth

06/30/2018 - 8:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Kathleen Winter is the author of two poetry collections, I will not kick my friends, which won the Elixir Poetry Prize, and Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, winner of the 2013 Texas Institute of Letters Bob Bush Memorial Award. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, The New Statesman, Agni, New Republic, Cincinnati Review, Poetry London, Yale Reviewand several anthologies. Her awards include fellowships at the University of Texas’s Dobie Paisano Ranch, the Dora Maar House, James Merrill House, Cill Rialaig Project and Vermont Studio Center.

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Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

Maw Shein Win

06/02/2018 - 4:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Themes of vulnerability and power emerge through reflections on family, art, and loss from an award-winning poet. In her full-length collection of poems, Maw Shein Win depicts a colorful world imbued with unexpected paradoxes: nature is both comforting and savagely unnerving; love is permanent and fleeting; and the accuracy and flaws of memory abound

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Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

Borderlands // an Open Mic with Featured Poet Kim Shuck

05/31/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Poetry
Reading/Performance

"... every step forward is a travesía, a crossing. I am again an alien in a new territory. And again, and again."
--Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera

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Join us for a poetry open mic the last Thursday of May.
We want to hear about your new growth, your crossings, what territory you've uncovered with the shifting of the seasons. Poets of any level welcome: share with us your undone and your in-process! 15 available open slots, one poem per poet, sign-up upon arrival. 

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Alley Cat Books
3036 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Contact Information

Maya Sisneros
415-826-1300

Joceyln Saidenberg and Johanna Drucker

06/01/2018 - 8:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Joceyln Saidenberg reads from Kith and Kin, a serial poem composed over a one-year period, and Johanna Drucker from The General Theory of Social Relativity, a text on quantum processes in cultural life. Both titles published by The Elephants Press.

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Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

Orphaned Words

06/30/2018 - 4:00pm
Poetry
Reading

RD Armstrong’s new book of poems carries the sub-title Forgotten Poems from a Haphazard Life. Come hear what he’s talking about. Brendan Constantine will be on hand to fill you in if you don’t get it. 

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Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

Connecting Cultures

06/28/2018 - 8:00pm
Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
Reading

POETS & WRITERS presents CONNECTING CULTURES, our 8th annual cross-cultural reading in Los Angeles. Since 1989, P&W's Readings & Workshops program has sponsored thousands of literary events in California, connecting diverse writers with diverse audiences. To celebrate this ongoing initiative, we ask R&W partner organizations to present some of their favorite local poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Join us! FREE

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Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

Caeli Wolfson Widger

05/29/2018 - 6:30pm
Fiction
Reading

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Caeli Wolfson Widger to the store to discuss and sign her new novel, Mother of Invention on Tuesday, May 29th at 6:30 pm. Joining her in conversation will be author Julia Fierro. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store. 

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DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402

Fran Hawthorne

05/27/2018 - 3:00pm
Fiction
Reading

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Fran Hawthorne to the store to discuss and sign her debut novel The Heirs on Sunday, May 27th at 3:00 pm. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store.

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DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402

Joanna Novak and Joseph Scapellato

06/03/2018 - 7:00pm
Fiction
Reading

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Joanna Novak, the author of the novel I Must Have You, and Joseph Scapellato, the author of the story collection Big Lonesome.  Join us for a reading and a Q&A.

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The Last Bookstore
453 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Bloomsday 2018

06/16/2018 - 7:30pm
Fiction
Reading

James Joyce’s eyebrow-raising poetic language paints a vivid picture of a varied cast of characters on one summer day in Dublin. This year’s Bloomsday celebration features dramatic readings from Ulysses by veteran actors Sile Bermingham, James Lancaster, John Lee, Sonya Macari, and Johnny O’Callaghan and Irish songs performed by musicians Jared Jones, Kathryn Lillich, and Neal Stulberg. The celebration continues in the courtyard with Guinness and live Irish music by Rattle the Knee. Organized by Stanley Breitbard and directed by Darcie Crager.

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Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Nicole Cooley, Donna Masini and Lee Briccetti @ Shakespeare and Company

06/05/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Poetry
Reading

Join poets Donna Masini, Nicole Cooley & Lee Briccetti for the publication of their new books!

Donna Masini is the author of two previous collections of poetry and a novel. Her new book is titled 4:30 Movie!. Lee Briccetti is the long-time Executive Director of Poets House. She recently published Blue Guide. Nicole Cooley has published five collections of poetry. Her just published book is titled Of Marriage.

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Shakespeare & Co.
939 Lexington Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets
New York, NY 10065

Summer Writing Workshops

06/05/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Poetry
Workshop

Our writing workshops are for creative writers of any experience level, from those just starting out, to seasoned writers. 

Our weeknight workshops are:

Experiments in Writing 

Instructor: Laurel Foglia 

 

Introduction to Poetry Writing

Instructor: Natasha Mijares 

 

Poetry from Page to Stage: Writing + Performance 

Instructor: Timothy David Rey 

 

Weekend Workshops include:

The Yes Within: Writing the Body

Instructor: Daniel Woody

 

Dreaming in Real Time

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Literacenter
651 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661

826DC Releases SPIT FIRE

05/30/2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Poetry
Reading

826DC is thrilled to unveil our latest book project written by DC students. Introducing “Spit Fire,” a powerful and timely collection of social justice poetry by students from the SEED Public Charter School of Washington, DC. Join us May 30 at the new Wharf location of Politics & Prose to hear exclusive student readings from the new book and mingle with recently published young authors. Proceeds from "Spit Fire" and all other 826DC publications directly support free writing programs and help amplify the voices of DC youth.

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Politics & Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Contact Information

Caroline Odom
2025251074

BINDERY: Jared A. Brock / The Road to Dawn

06/17/2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Creative Nonfiction
Reading/Talk

The Bindery hosts Jared Brock, in town to present his new book The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story That Sparked the Civil War and the corresponding 39-minute documentary film Josiah, narrated by Danny Glover, which we will screen before a Q&A and signing. Join us!

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The Bindery
1727 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

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The Bindery

BINDERY: Turk & Divis / Quiet Lightning album release party

06/12/2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
Performance

Turk & Divis (Evan and Miles Karp) launch the Quiet Lightning album, featuring 11 tracks of original music scored to excerpts of 50 Bay Area writers performing live in last year's QL shows. 

Come celebrate! Activities include:

> A listening/screening party

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The Bindery
1727 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Bookswap at the Bindery: Pride! edition

06/13/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Poetry/Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
Talk

June is for Pride! So this month, we're asking you to bring, like, the queerest book you love. Maybe you love a lesbian road trip mystery, or a peachy bisexual love story set somewhere in Northern Italy, or a memoir from your favorite trans rockstar: bring on all the gay books! All of them.

And if that isn't your cup of tea, bring any book you love and want other people to love. Mostly, Bookswap is a social event, so bring a book and a friend, enjoy a premium cocktail, and relax in our cozy space.

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The Bindery
1727 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

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The Bindery

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