New York Times-bestselling author and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman sorts through the past decade and how we got to now.
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.
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.
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
"... 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Angel's Flight * literary west, a Los Angeles based magazine, is presenting their East Coast Salon celebrating intersectionality and the best of indie literature. Featuring Jennifer Baker, Tobias Carroll, Ysabel Y. Gonzalez, Marnie Goodfriend, Alison Kinney, Michael J Seidlinger. Curated by Lillian Ann Slugocki and Michele Raphael
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Charlie LeDuff to the store to discuss his new book, Sh*tshow!: The Country's Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great, on Wednesday, June 6th at 7pm.
A daring, firsthand, and utterly-unscripted account of crisis in America, from Ferguson to Flint to Cliven Bundy’s ranch to Donald Trump’s unstoppable campaign for President–at every turn, Pulitzer-prize winner and bestselling author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff was there.
The Writer's Hotel at The Cornelia Street Café! Come hear bold new poetry. This is a free reading, hosted by The Writer's Hotel.
TWH poets, reading on Saturday, June 9, 6-7:30 PM: Martha Kalin, Heidi Seaborn, Cindy Huyser, James E. Trask, Linda Belans, C.W. Emerson, Sarah T. Jewell and Scott Branks del Llano. Emcees are Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega.
The Writer's Hotel fiction and nonfiction writers at Bowery Poetry! Come hear bold new fiction and nonfiction. This is a free reading, hosted by The Writer's Hotel.
This is the first of two TWH 2018 readings at Bowery Poetry! TWH fiction and nonfiction writers, reading on June 10, 7-9 PM: Mimi Drop, Caren Siegel, Mary Lou Northern, Stephen Bryant, Debra L. Winegarten, Virginia Watts, Beth Grossman, Claire Solomon, Vicki Cohen, Mike Murphey and Erica Vega.
The Writer's Hotel poets at Bowery Poetry! Come hear bold new poetry. This is a free reading, hosted by The Writer's Hotel.
TWH poets, reading on June 11, 5:30-7:30: Doris Ferleger, Tanner Stening, Bosch Jones, Amy M. Alvarez, Lee Woodman, Barbara Tramonte, Zoe Stoller, Tania De Rozario, Scott McDaniel, Marcia B. Loughran and Adeeba Afshan Rana.
The Writer's Hotel at The Cornelia Street Café! Come hear bold new fiction and nonfiction. This is a free reading, hosted by The Writer's Hotel.
TWH fiction and nonfiction writers, reading on Friday, June 8th: Gary Seigel, Jamie Hare, Jean Waterman, Laura Goodman, Jodi Reneé Lang, Emily Sater, Gwen Mullins and KD Doucouré. Emcees are Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega.
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is very excited to welcome Tommy Orange to discuss his jaw-droppingly good debut novel,There There on Friday, June 15th at 7pm. Tommy will be in conversation with R. O. Kwon.