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!
Tesoro by Yesika Salgado – Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Tesoro is a celebration of family, love, heartache, and growth. Join us for an evening at the Lodge Room to experience and feel the life of Tesoro in a beautifully curated performance with Yesika Salgado. Opening music by Tona. Doors at 7:30pm. Book signing to follow performance. | COST: $20+ and tickets can be purchased here.
CAAM Reads! Parable of the Sower – Sunday, November 4, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
CAAM’s monthly book club continues this fall with titles selected in conjunction with the exhibition “Robert Pruitt: Devotion.” Pruitt’s work investigates how black identity can reside at the intersection of spiritual traditions, fictional narratives, and technology. November’s selection is Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower.” Join us for spirited discourse moderated by CAAM’s research librarian, Denise L. Mc Iver.
Our Space: Reading & Discussion With Adoptees of Color (ep. 3) – Sunday, November 4, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
November is National Adoption Awareness Month (NAAM) which in recent years adoptees have reclaimed to flip the script on the truth about their adoption experiences. The inaugural Our Voices: A Reading and Discussion with Adoptees of Color was hosted by Writ Large Press during #90x90LA at CIELO galleries/studios in September 2017. In December 2017, we launched a monthly writing & expression workshop. Our voices matter yet are often silenced by adoption and/or whiteness and sometimes this occurs within our own adoptive families. Through writing & discussion, we’ve reflected on our journeys as adopted people of color and how we navigate our identities. Please come and listen as we share our writing and engage in a discussion about our adoption journeys. Q & A to follow.
Scripps Presents Well-Read Black Girl: Glory Edim – Wednesday, November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Glory Edim brings together communities of book fans and aficionados to celebrate a deep appreciation for black women’s writing. Through her immensely popular Instagram, a writers’ festival in her hometown of Brooklyn, and her book, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, she’s shaping a literary canon for the 21st century. Novelist Natashia Deón joins her for a conversation. | Cost: FREE
Wayétu Moore Discusses Her Debut Novel She Would Be King, With Allison Noelle Conner @ Skylight Books – Friday, November 9, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
In She Would Be King, Wayétu Moore reimagines the dramatic story of the formation of Liberia through the eyes of three unforgettable characters.
A spectacular blend of history and magical realism, She Would Be King is a novel of profound depth set against a rich, unexpected canvas. Moore illuminates with radiant prose the tumultuous roots of a unique African country-one whose history is inextricably bound to the United States.
Southern California Poetry Festival – Friday, November 14, 2018 – November 16, 2018
Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center hosts this year’s Southern California Poetry Festival in celebration of its 50th anniversary, and in recognition of its long history of nurturing the poets and poetry of Los Angeles. Visit the website for the full schedule and to reserve tickets by clicking here.
Yesika Salgado @ Skylight Books – Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Yesika Salgado reads from her new books of poetry, Tesoro. Tesoro is a story of family, survival, and the formative power of the women in Salgado’s life. It is a telling of the balance between love and perseverance. Tesoro is an unearthing of the sacred connections that make a person whole; the treasure we forever keep with us when we learn from those we love, when we mourn those we’ve lost, and what grows in between.