Below you’ll find a list of events taking place in and around Los Angeles with a focus on books and reading.
WCCW Reading Series: Critical Intuition – Thursday, May 9, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
The WCCW Reading Series is a quarterly literary reading series organized by Nina Rota and Bridgette Bianca. The readings are thematically linked with WCCW programming which, for summer 2019, is the idea of CRITICAL INTUITION as presented in the work of Audre Lorde. Featuring Jessica Gallion, Chenel King, Tamala Whittley, Sarah Wheeler.re in | Cost: FREE & more info here.
Chia-Chia Lin Reads From Her Debut Novel The Unpassing With Jamel Brinkley – Monday, May 13, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Author Chia-Chia Lin read from and discuss her debut novel, The Unpassing, with author Jamel Brinkley at Skylight Books. Chin’s debut is described as “searing debut novel that explores community, identity, and the myth of the American dream through an immigrant family in Alaska.”
Women’s Work, a PEN America World Voices Festival event in L.A. – Monday, May 13, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Join authors Scholastique Mukasonga (The Barefoot Woman, Cockroaches) and Randa Jarrar (A Map of Home; Him, Me, Muhammad Ali) in conversation on writing womanhood—the work of mothers and daughters across time and place facing genocide, tradition, and memory. Moderated by Edwin Hill, Associate Professor of French and Italian and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. A book signing will follow with Eso Won Books. | Cost: FREE RSVP here.
Chiwan Choi’s ‘Yellow House’ & Rocío Carlos’ ‘(the other house)’ – Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Spend a magical evening with two of our favorite poets, Chiwan Choi and Rocío Carlos. The night will be moderated by bridgette bianca.
“The first time I heard Chiwan Choi read, I had no idea what to expect. By the time he was done a few minutes later, I was shaken, almost vibrating with the energy of his voice, his line.”
— Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe
(the other house) is a book, a poem, a book of poems, that is also ghost document and prenatal correspondence. It was written as the author read through the draft of a manuscript for The Yellow House, by her friend, the poet Chiwan Choi. | Cost: FREE
Elizabeth Acevedo at Chevalier’s Books – Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH BY ELIZABETH ACEVEDO | From the New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X comes a dazzling novel about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.
Xuan Juliana Wang Reads From Her Debut Short Story Collection Home Remedies With Justin Torres – Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
With evocative writing and impressive range, Wang captures the heartbeat of this generation: the Chinese millennial. Creative, ambitious, messy and often reckless, Wang’s unforgettable characters are on a quest for every kind of freedom—artistic, familial, individual, sexual, psychological.
My Lit Box Book discusses The Sun Is Also a Star – Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ 3:00 PM
Join us at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen as we discuss The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicole Yoon as it heads to the big screen. A few hours from being deported along with her family, Natasha has to choose between facts and fate. Grab a copy for yourself and join in on the discussion, see you there! | RSVP here.
LitFest Pasadena – Saturday, May 18, 2019 – Sunday, May 19, 2019
Now in its seventh year, LitFest Pasadena connects the Pasadena and greater Los Angeles communities with literature and local authors through a full weekend of literary programs hosted in venues across Pasadena’s historic Playhouse District. The programs include readings, author guest talks, panel discussions, workshops, and literary performances
Release Series: Origins – Sara Borjas – Saturday, May 25, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!! The RELEASE SERIES is Hollywood’s newest reading series which celebrates and focuses on the Book Release of one artist while celebrating the entire writing community in L.A. It combines the mentorship skills of The Table Reading Series and the fire of Dirty Laundry Lit.
Our first featured writer is poet SARA BORJAS for her new book release of HEART LIKE A WINDOW, MOUTH LIKE A CLIFF. Accompanied by a slate of superstars: Angela Aguirre, Jeff Eyres, Reggie Juarez, Jessica “Yellawoman” Gallion, Charles Jensen, Yennie Cheung, Marcus Omari, Rocío Carlos, Lady Narrator, Amanda Fletcher | Cost: FREE & more details here.
Queer Poetry Night – Saturday, May 25, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Join us for our May queer poetry night with Muriel Leung, Jos Charles, Ryka Aoki, Yosimar Reyes and Tommy Pico.