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!
Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar discusses and signs The Map of Salt and Stars – Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 7:00PM
This rich, moving, and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart — a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker — places today’s headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.
Michael Eric Dyson in Conversation with Tavis Smiley – Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 4:00PM
Michael will sign and discuss What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America
Author Discussion—Life After Manzanar by Naomi Hirahara and Heat – Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 2:00PM
What happened to Japanese Americans when they were released from America’s concentration camps like Manzanar after World War II ended? Life after Manzanar seeks to answer this question by shedding light on the “Resettlement”—the relatively unexamined postwar period when ordinary people of Japanese ancestry were finally released from custody. | Museum admission grants you access to the discussion for free. RSVP here.
La Palabra presents Wakanda Without Question – Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 2:00PM
Poets will read poems that respond to the Black Panther movie.
Roxane Gay joins us to celebrate “Not That Bad” & “Hunger” – Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Meet The New York Times bestselling & deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, Roxane Gay when she joins us to discuss & sign “Not That Bad”. This anthology of first-person essays tackles rape, assault, & harassment head-on and what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, & aggression they face, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied” for speaking out.
Reading by Moonrise: Yansi Pérez & Raquel Gutiérrez – Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Join us at the Bowtie Project for an evening around the fire as Yansi Pérez and Raquel Gutiérrez read new and favorite works while the full moon rises over the LA River. | Admission: $5 and tickets can be purchased here.
An Afternoon with Author Aja Gabel and the Kadima String Quartet – Saturday, June 30, 2018 @ 3:30PM
Join us at the Studio City Branch Library for this very special author event and musical performance. Debut novelist Aja Gabel will discuss and read from The Ensemble, published in May 2018 by Riverhead Books. At the event, Gabel will be joined by the Kadima String Quartet of the Kadima Conservatory of Music, who will play selections from the book. | Admission: FREE
First Nations Now: Rhymes and Storytelling for Families – Sunday, July 1, 2018 @ 3:00PM
As part of Grand Performances First Peoples, New Voices series, MC RedCloud, Jessa Calderon, Saginaw Grant (hereditary chief of the Sac and Fox Nation) and Pat Vega will draw upon Indigenous elder and parental wisdom and traditions to share rhymes, words of wisdom, animal tales and origin stories from across Turtle Island.
Mixed Korean: Our Stories – Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 2:00PM
An introduction to Mixed Korean: Our Stories, including some author readings and discussion on the mixed Korean experience and racial ambiguity.
Poet Jessica M. Wilson features at La Palabra – Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 2:00PM
Jessica M. Wilson Cárdenas is a Chicana Poet born in East Los Angeles, CA, USA. A true mix of the many lands, Jessica, came of age in the Inland Empire; surrounded by multiple races that couldn’t make heads or tails of her…brown skin with an Irish surname was a tough hand to be dealt to a girl growing up alone. Jessica embraces her indigenous roots, which has been a constant presence in her life. Listening to the spells of the holy Mother Earth, Pachamamma’s Santa Ana winds raised her.
African American Book Expo-Cali Edition – Saturday, August 18, 2018 @ 2:00PM
Meet authors of different genres of African American lit while enjoying, music, food, and beverages. Authors will have books available for purchase. There will also be door prizes.