Thursday, March 28, 2013

Upcoming Literary Events

Panoramic Bookshelves at Skylight Books by intellichick
Panoramic Bookshelves at Skylight Books by intellichick
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books recently announced their schedule of events for April 20-21 at USC.  While we're super excited for the event, it is a WHOLE MONTH away!  So while you're planning your Festival of Books excursion, here's some great events to quench your literary thirst in the mean time!  Literary events can be found throughout Los Angeles at literary venues, universities, theaters, museums, libraries, and more!

Mama's Lessons - Stories by Barbara H. Clark 
March 29th, 2013; 6:30-8:00PM
YWCA Santa Monica/Westside
Professional storyteller/spoken word artist Barbara Clark performs original life stories.  In Mama's Lessons, Clark thinks about on lessons she learned from her mother - some she didn't quite understand/realize until she was a mother herself.

March 29th, 2013; 8:00-10:00PM
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center - Santa Monica
Award-winning poets Elana Bells and Sholeh Wolpé will be featured in this event at Beyond Baroque.  Ball's first collection of poetry (Eyes, Stones) was selected for the 2011 Walt Whitman Award and published by Lousiana State University Press in 2012.  Award-winng poet, literary translator, and writer Wolpé's works include Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths, Rooftops of Tehran, and The Scar Saloon.

Other Events at Beyond Baroque: Katherine Hastings & Toni Mirosevich (April 5th); Punk Hostage Press Event (April 6th); Eve Brandstein's Poetry in Motion - Claiming Ginsberg (April 6th);  

March 30th, 2013; 2:00PM
Japanese American National Museum - Downtown LA
Naomi Hirhara authors the Edgar-winning Mas Arai mystery series.  This event features the fifth book in the series and includes a Q/A session following the event. Read more about the author on Discover Nikkei.

Every Second Monday of Every Month
This Month: April 8th, 2013; 7:00-8:30PM
Bootleg Theater - Downtown LA
This monthly event features 3 bouts of 2 opposing writers and 2 opposing ideas - each bout is 7 minutes.  Audience picks a winner and proceeds go to the charities of the winner's choosing.

April 10th, 2013; 7:00PM
USC University Club - Downtown LA
Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English at USC and former poet laureate of California, reads her latest book of poetry, Twin Cities, and discusses her recent anthology Crossing State Lines: An American Renga

April 11th, 2013; 8:30PM
REDCAT - Downtown LA
San Francisco's Sister Spit brings their queer literary performance to Los Angeles. Hosted by Michelle Tea, the event includes singer/songwriter/performance artist DavEnd, writers Danny LVesque and Ali Liebegott, artist TextaQueen and graphic memoirist Cristy C. Road.

Mattilda Berstein Sycamore at Skylight Books
April 12th, 2013; 7:30-9:00PM
Skylight Books - Downtown LA
Mattilda Berstein Sycamore reads from her new memoir, The End of San Francisco.

April 12th and 26th, 2013; 3:00-5:00PM
1450 Ocean - Camera Obscura - Santa Monica
Using literary and art world models, this class looks at ways journals and diaries can help us focus our observations and lead to longer, more developed writing.

April 17th, 2013; 7:00-8:00PM
Malibu Civic Theatre - Malibu
Author of Chasing Justice, Kerry Max Cook served 20 years on death row in Texas for crimes he idd not commit.  Self-educated and acting as his own attorney, Cook was exonerated with the help of the Dallas Morning News.  

April 18th, 2013; 7:30-9:30PM
Hammer Museum - Westside 
Award-winning poet Alice Fulton is author of poetry collections including Cascade Experiment, Felt, and The Nightingales of Troy. 

Ongoing Until April 18th; Museum Hours 
Bowers Museum - Orange County - Santa Ana
As part of the 50th anniversary of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, the Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition at the Bowers Museum features a retrospective of his works including quotes from those who knew and was inspired by the author.

-Charity Tran, ExperienceLA Editor

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