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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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 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 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 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.
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Peter Rubin to discuss his book Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life , on Tuesday, June 12th at 7pm.
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Maya Dusenbery to discuss her book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick, on Thursday, June 6th at 7pm.
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.
EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome back our friends from Poetry Flash on Sunday, June 24th at 3pm. The month's feature poets are Kim Addonizio, Donna Masini, and Brittany Perham.
A fast, funny, deeply hilarious debut, The Glitch is the story of a high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two who has it all under control until a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself appears, causing a major glitch in her over-scheduled, over-staffed, over-worked life.
The Ruined House is the first novel by Ruby Namdar, a work that marks the arrival of an important writer and sets a new standard in Jewish-American literature. A tale of the collision between tradition and contemporary life, it tells the story of Andrew Cohen, a professor at NYU whose happy, meticulously-arranged world begins to mysteriously unravel, disrupted by visions of an ancient religious ritual. Beautiful, mesmerizing, and unsettling, The Ruined House unfolds over the course of one year as Andrew's world unravels and he is forced to question all of his beliefs.
The site of a thriving literary tradition, Washington, DC, has been the home to many of our nation’s most acclaimed writers, including Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Henry Adams, Langston Hughes, Sinclair Lewis, and Zora Neale Hurston. DC poet and author Kim Roberts will discuss her new book, A Literary Guide to Washington, DC, which offers a guide to the city’s rich literary history.
Local youth writing nonprofit 826DC is thrilled to unveil its latest student publication by young authors from the SEED School of Washington. Reading excerpts from this new collection of poetry will be the writing mentors who supported students through the course of their year-long book project, from first draft to professionally bound publication. All proceeds from the book support 826DC's free writing programs for DC students.
As she embarked on her forties, Druckerman, author of Bringing Up Bébé, threw herself a party, then almost stayed away. She didn’t know what to expect—or what others would expect of her, now that she was no longer young but not really middle-aged. Expanding on her popular New York Times column, “What You Learn in Your Forties,” Druckerman set out to map this terra incognita, doing for the transitional decade what Lena Dunham did for the twenties and Nora Ephron for the sixties.