Thursday, September 01, 2011

September Literary Picks

Culver Reads The Call

I was just talking to someone the other day about how great it is to disconnect from technology every once in awhile.  That kind of mindset always takes me back to books.  I wonder what I should buy on my Amazon Kindle app for my iPad - sigh - okay, how about some great events this month that feature literary stuff instead? 

  • Libros Schmibros at the Hammer Museum: The David Kipens Boyle Heights Lending Library/Used Bookshop Libros Schmibros is in residency with the Hammer Museum featuring a number of events, including:
    • Poetry from the Heart of Boyle Heights (9/1 - 5:30p-8:30p) featuring a poetry reading with writers hailing from the heart of Boyle Heights: Abel Salas, Kristy Lovich, and special guests.
    • Car Schmar (9/10 - 5:30p-7:30p) is a conversation among essayist DJ Waldie (Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir), poet Marisela Norte (Peeping Tom Tom Girl) and journalist/screenwriter Richard Rayner (Los Angeles Without a Map and A Bright and Guilty Place) about the advantages and disadvantages of getting around L.A. without wheels. (Editorial Note: i.e. talking about the story of my life!)
    • Lower Left Blue: L.A. Cartography (9/15 - 5:30p-7:30p) is a conversation about L.A. maps with author/LAPL librarian Glen Creason (Maps of Los Angeles) and artist J. Michael Walker (All the Saints in the City of Angels), whose painted map of the city graces the western wall of Libros Schmibros at the Hammer.
    • For more events in this residency series and other Hammer Museum Events, visit the Hammer Museum Destination profile on ExperienceLA.
  • Lionslike Mindstate Open Mic Poetry (Series - September Dates: 9/7, 9/21) fosters community and arts through poetry.  Events generally include poets from across the nation as featured performers.
  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice is all about the literary arts!  Here are some events to stop by this month!
  • Stacy Schiff - Cleopatra: A Life at the Skirball Cultural Center (9/13 - 8:00p) features a conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff, author of the bestseller Cleopatra: A Life, and Madeline Brand, host of The Madeline Brand Show on 89.3 KPCC.  
  • Dual Author Night with Matt Ritter & Laura Cunningham (9/15 - 7:00p): Laura Cunningham is the author of A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California and Mark Ritter is the author of the just-released A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us.
  • Japanese American National Museum features a number of literary events this month including

Check out all our literary events on ExperienceLA!

-Charity Tran

Image: Culver Reads the Call by Mark Luethi from the ExperienceLA Flickr Pool

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