Literary Events in Los Angeles for the week of April 23, 2018

LitWeekLA April 23 2018
Issue 86: The big news this week is Indie Bookstore Day on Saturday. Six different bookstores in the area are hosting events with readings, music, book launches, food and more. Be sure to check the list below to see what’s on the calendar for your local store.


MONDAY


Tayari Jones discusses and signs An American Marriage

Buy the book
Monday, April 23, 2018
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Christina Lynch discusses and signs The Italian Party

Buy the book
Monday, April 23, 2018
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101


TUESDAY


Julia Whelan discusses and signs My Oxford Year

Buy the book
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Some Favorite Writers: Alice McDermott

Buy the book
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7:30pm
HAMMER MUSEUM
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024


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Fiction, Nonfiction & Screenwriting Classes
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WEDNESDAY


Otis College of Art and Design presents Charmaine Craig

Buy the book
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:30pm
The Forum
Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA. 90045


THURSDAY


Allegra Huston discusses and signs Say My Name

Buy the book
Thursday, April 26, 2018
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Lisa See discusses The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Buy the book
Thursday, April 26, 2018
7:00pm
B&N at the Grove
189 The Grove Drive, Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036



FRIDAY


Johm Freeman & Amy Gerstler

Friday, April 27, 2018
8pm
Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291


SATURDAY


Indie Bookstore Day

Events at Book Soup
Events at Skylight Books
As part of their festivities, at 5pm, Skylight will be celebrating the launch of “Orbit,” the latest edition of the Exposition Review. After party TBD.
Events at Vroman’s Bookstore
Events at Diesel Bookstore
Events at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Events at Gatsby Books


Lights, Camera, WriteGirl!

WriteGirl’s annual red carpet fundraiser features celebrities performing scenes and monologues written by WriteGirl teen mentees, with guidance from renowned female screenwriters. The evening will include commentary by notable screenwriters, food and drinks, and a silent auction! All proceeds benefit WriteGirl, a local non-profit empowering LA’s underserved teen girls through creative writing mentorship.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
6:30 p.m.–9:45 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028


University of California, Irvine’s MFA Fellows

Chevalier’s is proud to present the University of California, Irvine’s Annual MFA Program Reading Series.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
5:30pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


A musical celebration of You Were Never Really Here with Jonathan Ames

Buy the book
Saturday, April 28, 2018
7:30pm
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St – Ground Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013


SUNDAY


A.J. Finn discusses The Woman in the Window

Buy the book
Sunday, April 29, 2018
5:00pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the week of April 16, 2018

litweekla April 16, 2018
Issue 85: This week is kind of all about the LA Festival of Books. It’s like Coachella for book lovers, am I right? That said, there are plenty of events happening in the days leading up to the festival… enjoy.


TUESDAY


Meg Wolitzer discusses and signs The Female Persuasion

Buy the book
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101


SPONSOR


Pen & Paper Writing Workshops

Fiction, Nonfiction & Screenwriting Classes
We offer writing workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting. For both beginning and more advanced writers. Classes are conducted in an online workshop environment. $20 discount off your first class when you sign up for our newsletter!
More information: https://www.penandpaperwritingworkshops.com/


THURSDAY


KJ Howe, in conversation with Lissa Price, discusses and signs Skyjack: A Kidnap-And-Ransom Thriller

Buy the book
Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Bvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Hilary Zaid discusses and signs Paper is White

Buy the book
Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:30pm to 7:30pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402


Between Thought and Expression: Stories About Stories with Laurie Anderson and author Maggie Nelson

Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:30pm
Presented by ALOUD
Mark Taper Auditorium
Central Library
630 W 5th St,
Los Angeles 90071


Colson Whitehead

Buy the book
Thursday, April 19, 2018
8:00pm
Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA
Royce Hall
10745 Dickson Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90095


FRIDAY


Join Mary Gaitskil and Geoff Dyer

Friday, April 20, 2018
8:00pm
Regular admission. Members FREE.
Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291


All the Things I Lost in the Flood Laurie Anderson in performance

Buy the book
Friday, April 20, 2018
7:30pm
Presented by ALOUD
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills 90210


SATURDAY


LA Times Festival of Books

Don’t miss it. It’s a big deal.
Here’s the website with all the details you need
USC Campus
Los Angeles, CA


Slick Deal: Mystery Authors Lynn & Zeilinger

Saturday, April 21, 2018
3pm
Gatsby Books
5535 E Spring Street
Long Beach, CA 90808


SUNDAY


LA Times Festival of Books

Don’t miss it. It’s a big deal.
Here’s the website with all the details you need
USC Campus
Los Angeles, CA


The Nebraska Girl Open Reading

Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. FREE.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
2:00pm
Regular admission. Members FREE.
Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291


Reading and Signing with Sasha Grey, author of Mismade Girl

Buy the book
Sunday, April 22, 2018
8:00-10:00pm
Stories and Books Cafe
1716 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90026

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the week of April 9, 2018


Issue 84: I am so excited for the reading happening Wednesday night at Skylight. I’m an east-side girl (fo life) and couldn’t get to the launch of the new Mark Sarvas novel that happened last month at Diesel, but my patience/aversion to traffic has paid off because he will be joined this time by another of my favorites – Janet Fitch. And that’s just one of seventeen (seventeen!) events and readings happening this week. Take your pick people. It’s a good week.


MONDAY


Farrah Penn discusses 12 Steps to Normal with Sarah Nicole Smetana & Angelo Surmelis

Buy the book
Monday, April 9, 2018
7:00pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


TUESDAY


Book Soup and the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads program present Michael Imperioli discussing and signing his debut novel, The Perfume Burned His Eyes

Buy the book
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
7:00pm
Presented by Book Soup
Tickets: $28.00 (+ tax) (includes one copy of The Perfume Burned His Eyes) – now available at Eventbrite.
West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Anne Raeff & Lori Ostlund discuss and sign their respective novels, Winter Kept Us Warm & After the Parade

Buy Winter Kept Us Warm | Buy After the Parade
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Bvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Refugees Past and Present: Like Water on Stone with Dana Walrath

Buy the book
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
7:30pm
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St – Ground Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013


SPONSOR


Pen & Paper Writing Workshops

Fiction, Nonfiction & Screenwriting Classes
We offer writing workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting. For both beginning and more advanced writers. Classes are conducted in an online workshop environment. $20 discount off your first class when you sign up for our newsletter!
More information: https://www.penandpaperwritingworkshops.com/


WEDNESDAY


Mark Sarvas discusses his new novel Memento Park with Janet Fitch

Buy the book
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Liam Callanan discusses and signs Paris By the Book

Buy the book
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101


THURSDAY


Courtney Peppernell discusses and signs

Pillow Thoughts

Buy the book
Thursday, April 12, 2018
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Bvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Jasper Johns | Unfolding Language Literary Series with Hanif Abdurraqib, Brendan Constantine and Amy Gerstler

Thursday, April 12, 2018
7:30pm, $15-30
Presented by ALOUD
Oculus Hall at The Broad
221 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012


FRIDAY


Jonathan Ames reads from his novel You Were Never Really Here

Buy the book
Friday, April 13, 2018
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Cal Arts MFA Program Reading

Graduates of the Cal Arts MFA Program in writing hold their graduation reading with scintillating original work! FREE.
Friday, April 13, 2018
8:00pm
Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291


SATURDAY


The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors

This awesome event is sold out. It sells out every year, in like, a day.
But I’m listing it here, with a link, so that if it seems like something you’d be into, you can sign up to be on their mailing list and get alerts when tickets go on sale for next year.
In the meantime, I’ll be live-tweeting with the hashtag #PFWA18 so book-loving folks can follow along.


Adrian Todd Zuniga discusses and signs Collision Theory

Buy the book
Saturday, April 14, 2018
4:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Bvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Mystery & Thriller Writers Hartwell & Hoag

Saturday, April 14, 2018
3pm
Gatsby Books
5535 E Spring Street
Long Beach, CA 90808


SUNDAY


Pen & Paper Writing Workshops ~ Readings in the Park

Open Mic – All Genres
Sunday, April 15, 2018
2 pm to 4 pm
Brand Park
1601 W Mountain St.
Glendale, CA 91201


Vroman’s Bookstore Local Author Day featuring Thomas A. Levitt, James Curran, and Michael Smith Ph.D

Buy The Wire Recorder
Sunday, April 15, 2018
4:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101


The Santa Monica Review at Beyond Baroque

Join editor Andrew Tonkovich as he introduces three recent contributors to the West Coast literary magazine. Widely published short story writers Grace Singh Smith, Alex R. Jones and Andrew Nicholls share their work. Free copy of the spring 2018 issue for all attending. Regular admission. Members FREE.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
4:30pm
Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291


Join Fred D’Aguiar and Sholeh Wolpe for a reading and discussion

Sunday, April 15, 2018
7:30pm
Regular admission. Members FREE.
Beyond Baroque
681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the week of April 2, 2018


Issue 83: Welcome to the newly redesigned LitWeekLA. Wait. Lit-WEEK, you ask? Yep. As of today, the name of our weekly broadcast is the LitWeekLA. We also have an updated look and our own url. As much as I loved having this baby under the umbrella of my own website at AprilDavila.com, it was time to give it its own home on the web. I hope you like it.

As for this week, we’ve got a pretty well-rounded line up. There’s a little something most nights, and this weekend has some interesting events. On Friday there’s a PEN celebration at Skylight Books followed by some student readings on Sunday. Also on Sunday, Beyond Baroque is hosting a tribute to Charles Bukowski. All us LA lit lovers gotta respect the Bukowski.


MONDAY


Mohsin Hamid discusses his latest novel Exit West with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Buy the book
Monday, April 2, 2018
7:30pm (sold out, but there is often standing room)
Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Mark-Taper Auditorium
LA Central Library
630 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071


TUESDAY


Lauren Grodstein discusses and signs Our Short History

Buy the book
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101


Book launch for Abbi Waxman’s Other People’s Houses

Buy the book
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
7:00pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


Amy Spalding reads from her new Young Adult novel The Summer of Jordi Perez

Buy the book
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


WEDNESDAY


Leah Stewart discusses and signs What You Don’t Know about Charlie Outlaw

Buy the book
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069


The Difficult to Name Reading Series in LA

Samantha Culp (writer for T: The New York Times Style Magazine), Brittani Nichols (creator of Words With Girls), Wendy C. Ortiz (author of Hollywood Notebook), Dana Schwartz (author of And We’re Off), Edward Voccola (writer for The Last Man on Earth) and KK Wootton (wrote essays and fiction for the books Personals and They’re At It Again)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
7:30pm
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St – Ground Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013


THURSDAY


Henry Turner discusses Hiding

Buy the book
Thursday April 05, 2018
7:00 PM – a “wrist-banded event”
Barnes & Nobel, The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036


FRIDAY


Celebrate PEN American’s Unification

PEN America has joined forces with the former PEN Center USA in California as one nationwide organization united under the PEN America banner.

Join us for an evening of drinks, appetizers, toasts, and surprises!

Friday, April 6, 2018
7:30pm RSVP requested
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


SUNDAY


Otis College MFA Writing Students read from their work

Nicole Bradford, Heather John Fogarty, Newton Garner, Chenel King, Angelina Sáenz, Halley Sutton, Brittany Ambree Williams, and Olivia Batker Pritzker.

Sunday, April 8, 2018
5:00pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Library Girl Presents: Raw With Love / A Tribute To Charles Bukowski

Co-Curated with S.A. Griffin + Honoring Beyond Baroque’s 50th Anniversary
at the Ruskin

Sunday, April 8, 2018
7:00pm
Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405


The New Short Fiction Series

Sunday, April 8, 2018
7:00pm
The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood CA 91601