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Below you’ll find a list of events taking place in and around Los Angeles with a focus on books and reading. If you or your organization is hosting an event that you wish to share with our community, fill out this form and if it meets our guidelines, we’ll share it here, free of charge!


APRIL

Tayari Jones Reading & Book Signing – Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Tayari Jones discusses and signs An American Marriage at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

A Night With Patrice Khan-Cullors, Black Lives Matter Activist and Author – Tuesday, April 23, 2018 @ 7:30PM
Join Patrisse Khan-Cullors, artist, freedom fighter, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter for a conversation about the deep roots of systemic racism, survival, strength, and the role we as a society can take as “agents for social change.” This talk is in honor of the work that Khan-Cullors amongst others have contributed to the racial paradigm shift happening in this country. We will also discuss important lessons from Cullors’ latest book “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.” | Admission: FREE, RSVP here.

Black Writers that Changed the World-USC Lecture – Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 4:30PM
Please join Prof. Hiram Sims and the members of the Community Literature Initiative at USC for a lecture on the impact African American writers have had all over the world.

Tongue & Groove Presents the 2018 Emerging Voices Fellows – Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 5:30PM
PEN America and Tongue and Groove present a reading by the 2018 Emerging Voices Fellows at The Hotel Cafe. Join us for a night of readings and drinks with musical guest Elephants with Guns. Featuring: Jubi Arriola-Headley, Ron Dowell, Natalie Mislang Mann, Angela M. Sanchez, AND Francisco Uribe. | Admission: $6 and you must be 21 or older.

2018 Classic Slam – Saturday, April 28, 2017 @ 7:00PM
Join the revolution at the largest youth classic poetry festival in the world, where high school students from all over Southern California face off to “slam” iconic poems and their original responses. Every April (National Poetry Month), students complete Get Lit’s In-School Program with this festival, judged by artistic thought leaders, for school spirit and cash scholarships. Judges include Robin Coste Lewis, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Buddy Wakefield, Mary Lambert, and Danez Smith. Hosted by Shihan Van Clief + Aman Batra. | Admission: $15 – $35. Tickets can be purchased here.


MAY

My Lit Box Book Club – The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – Saturday, May 5, 2018 @ 12:00PM
Please join us as we discuss poet Elizabeth Acevedo’s New York Times bestselling novel, The Poet X. This is a familiar story many young women can relate to, a balancing act of shrinking yourself to deflect unwanted attention all the while searching for that spark that helps you find your voice so you can be heard. If you have yet to get your hands on a copy, you may purchase one here. Admission and parking are FREE and light refreshments will be served. See you there!

Major Jackson & Natalie Graham – Saturday, May 5, 2018 @3:00PM
Beyond Baroque and Jack Jones Literary Arts present an afternoon of wine, poetry, and conversation featuring two of the country’s most dynamic poets: Major Jackson and Natalie Graham. Following a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, Jackson and Graham will read before sitting down for a wide-ranging disucssion moderated by Kima Jones.

CAAM Reads! The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin – Sunday, May 6, 2018 @ 3:00PM
Our monthly book club continues this spring with titles selected in conjunction with the exhibition “How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles.” May’s selection is “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin, along with his essay “Letter from a Region in My Mind.” Join us for lively afternoons of spirited discourse moderated by CAAM’s research librarian, Denise L. McIver. Admission is free but you can RSVP here.

LitFest Pasadena – Saturday, May 19, 2018 & Sunday, May 20, 2018
The city and Southland’s free books-and-authors festival, returns for its 7th year with two-days of panels, discussions, readings, and literary activities with local authors. LitFest Pasadena is held in the historic Playhouse District at the Pasadena Playhouse, Vroman’s Bookstore, Zona Rosa Cafe, and many other local establishments. | Admission: FREE