Below you’ll find a list of events taking place in and around Los Angeles with a focus on books and reading.


COLA 2019 – A night of Spiritual Jazz, Poetry, and Literature – Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 8 PM

Grand Performances and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) present COLA: A night of spiritual jazz, poetry, and literature. This free event will showcase the works of the COLA fellows Suzanne Lummis, Alesia Rodriguez, and Dwight Trible. Join us on June 1 at 8:00 pm at the California Plaza Spiral Court (300 S. Grand Ave).

Daughters of Whitman – Sunday, June 2, 2019 @ 5 PM

Join diverse women and non-binary artists for an evening of poetry and performance exploring the legacy of Walt Whitman, the father of American poetry. Featuring Cecilia Fairchild, Susannah Rodriguez Drissi, Amber West, and more, this event is part of Whitmania, a west coast celebration of Whitman’s 200th birthday produced by UCLA Writing Programs. Hosted by Amber West. FREE but donations gratefully accepted.

Write Back to You Book Release and Journaling Workshop – Saturday, June 8, 2019 @ 10 AM

Celebrate the release of Camari Carter-Hawkins’ Write Back to You. Entry is free but RSVP is strongly encouraged.

A Conversation with Common and Pastor Toure Roberts – Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 7 PM

COMMON’s latest memoir, Let Love Have The Last Word, touches on God, self-love, partners, children, family, and community. Common explores the core tenets of love to help others understand what it means to receive and, most important, to give love. He knows there’s no quick remedy for all of the hurt in the world, but love— for yourself and for others—is where the healing begins.

Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe and Academy Award winning artist, author, and activist COMMON, sits down for an intimate, thought-provoking and inspired conversation with One Church LA/Denver Pastor Toure Roberts. Hosted by Imagine Justice and Think Common Entertainment, this event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

What’s The Word Wednesdays – Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 7 PM

Daddy & Me Productions In Association with Inner City Cultural Center II, Inc. presents “What’s The Word Wednesdays” hosted by Gia Scott-Heron, the second generation spoken word artist and daughter of the legendary musician, singer, and poet Gil Scott-Heron. Gia stands on her own two feet spitting the powerful intensity of truth opening hearts and minds. Join us on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday Monthly for an evening filled with the Hottest Spoken Word Artists in the Country expressing their politics through poetry. | Admission: $5

Summer Salons: The Good Immigrant – Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 6 PM

“What do we want America to be?” This is the question asked of first- and second-generation immigrant storytellers in the new anthology The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America. Join contributors Nicole Dennis-Benn (whose sophomore novel, Patsy, debuts this June); Jade Chang (The Wangs vs. The World); and Dani Fernandez (Ralph Breaks the Internet, “Nerdificent”) for readings and conversation in honor of Immigrant Heritage Month and to consider how Angelenos fit into the national conversation on American identity. Pack a blanket and picnic on the lawn (no alcohol permitted), or purchase food from locals food trucks! This program is presented in partnership with the Music Center and PEN America.

What Now? After the Hashtag #MoreThanEnough w/ Elaine Welteroth – Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 7PM

Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media, fashion, and storytelling. She was the youngest person ever appointed editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and in 2012 had been the first African American ever to hold the post of beauty and health director at a Condé Nast publication. To celebrate the release of her timely memoir, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), Welteroth discusses her personal experiences as a barrier breaker and advocates for next-gen trailblazers to know they are #morethanenough. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Eso Won Books. Presented in partnership with PEN America.