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 we may post it here!
Black Resistance in the Time of Trump – Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Celebrate Black History Month at The Last Bookstore with an incredible group of Black Los Angeles-based writers, including Shonda Buchanan, Rachel Harper, Dana Johnson, Lia Langworthy, Michelle Maltais, Jonathan Tipton Meyers, Chris Terry, Rebecca Walker and more, as they rise up against injustice through their words, leaving an indelible record of resistance.
La Palabra Poetry – Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 2:00PM
Please join La Palabra Poetry in welcoming B.A. Williams, Chenel King, Regis Peeples and a special guest High School poet to share their work, with an open mic, following the reading! On the Fourth Sunday of every month from 2- 4pm, La Palabra invites the community to come out and read their poetry through an open mic series, followed by a featured poet and closing with a Q & A.
Literary Women The Long Beach Festival of Authors – Saturday, March 10, 2018
Don’t miss the The Long Beach Festival of Authors hosted by Literary Women. This year’s writers this year include Pamela Paul, editor of the NY Times Book Review; Leslie Nneka Arimah, winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize; Emily Fridlund, finalist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize; as well as Elsa Hart, Nathalia Holt, Eowyn Ivey, and Tilar Mazzeo.
Making Room for Black Women (a Table Lit reading) – Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 3:00PM
On March 11th, bridgette bianca and Sanura Williams of My Lit Box will host “Making Room for Black Women,” a reading featuring an incredible group of black women writers — Darlene Kriesel, Ashaki Jackson, Jessica “Yellawoman” Gallion, Saliha DeVoe, Chenel King, and bridgette bianca. Admission is FREE but we ask for a $5 cash donation at the door to go toward a gift for the featured readers!
Natalia Sylvester and Jade Chang in Conversation – Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Join Natalia Sylvester as she brings her highly-anticipated second novel EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME to Los Angeles. Joined by Jade Chang (THE WANGS VS THE WORLD), we’ll enjoy an evening of book readings and conversation. Admission is free.
Mohsin Hamid in conversation with author Viet Thanh Nguyen – Monday, April 2, 2018 @ 7:30PM
New York Times bestselling author Mohsin Hamid returns to ALOUD to discuss his latest novel Exit West, a visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands. A profound exploration of immigration and the universal human need to search for a better world, Pakistan-based author Hamid discusses this timely story with Viet Thanh Nguyen, a MacArthur Award-winning novelist who has also written eloquently about the refugee experience. More info here.
Unfolding Language: Hanif Abdurraqib + Brendan Constantine + Amy Gerstler – Thursday, April 12, 2018
Contemporary authors present texts from Jasper Johns’ literary muses and read from their own work. Featuring Hanif Abdurraqib, Brendan Constantine and Amy Gerstler. | Cost: $15
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – Saturday, April 21, 2018 & Sunday, April 22, 2018
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest book festival in the country. The festival will be held April 21 -22, 2018 at USC and feature celebrities, famous authors, music, film, comic books, cooking demos and more.
The Big Read: Citizen by Claudia Rankine – Sunday, April 22, 2018
Please join Ashaki M. Jackson and Natalie J Graham as we read and be read from Citizen by Claudia Rankine at Exposition Park Regional Branch – Los Angeles Public Library.
Tayari Jones Reading & Book Signing – Monday, April 23, 2018
Book Soup 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069