Panel Discussion: Los Angeles in the 1970s
Mar
30
7:29 pm19:29

Panel Discussion: Los Angeles in the 1970s

  • Wardman Library, Whittier College

David Kukoff, editor of Los Angeles in the 1970s, moderates a discussion between contributors Joe Donnelly, Lynell George, and Del Zamora in the Poet's Corner at Whittier College Library.

Martin Pousson at Dirty Laundry Lit
Apr
8
7:30 pm19:30

Martin Pousson at Dirty Laundry Lit

  • The Virgil

Martin Pousson, author of Black Sheep Boy, will participate in an event with Dirty Laundry Lit. The event will be hosted by Jeff Eyres and features the following authors:

Meredith Maran

Lilliam Rivera

Marnie Goodfriend

Wendy Labinger

Gina Sorell

Mike Scalise

Chiwan Choi

$10 at the door

Brian McGreevy presents The Lights
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

Brian McGreevy presents The Lights

  • WORD Brooklyn

Brian McGreevy presents his latest novel The Lights.

"I was taken most seriously when listening to men listen to themselves.”

When Leda Galvan, a gifted writer who can also occasionally be given to self-destruction, gets in to the school of her dreams and sets out to make a new life in Austin, she soon discovers that the heaviest baggage cannot always be left behind.

Funny, smart, and self-aware, The Lights is also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of how we connect in our most intimate bonds, sure to please fans of both Emma Straub and Eric Rohmer. As Leda and the men in her orbit grapple with sex, betrayal, honesty, and each other, their own closely-held ideas of who they are in matters of love and art give way to transformative decisions and the revelation of what comes next.

Tobias Carroll presents REEL
Apr
12
7:00 pm19:00

Tobias Carroll presents REEL

  • Quimby's Bookstore

Tobias Carroll presents his debut novel REEL at the new Quimby's Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY. He will be joined by author Annie DeWitt, who will be presenting her new novel White Nights in Split Town City.

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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Apr
22
Apr 23

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

  • USC

Come join Rare Bird at the 2017 LA Times Festival of Books!

We will be located at Booth 125, along with our good friends at ZYZZYVA. Some of our authors will be stopping by to sign copies of their books, including David Kukoff, Kevin Smokler, Oriana Small, Antonia Crane, Harold Bronson, and Sharon Weil—and others will be attending and signing at booths throughout the weekend. In addition, certain Rare Bird authors will also be participating in official LATFB panels throughout the weekend, including:

Saturday, 3 pm, Taper Hall 201: Martin Pousson, author of Black Sheep Boy, will participate in a discussion entitled "Writing Gay Literature in Los Angeles." He will be joined by Alex Espinoza and David Francis.

Sunday, 10:30 am, Seeley G. Mudd 123: Kevin Smokler, author of Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to '80s Teen Movies, will participate in a discussion entitled "Pop Goes the World." He will be joined by Jason Diamond and Simon Roy.

Sunday, 3 pm, Salvatori Computer Science Room 101: Brian McGreevy, author of The Lights, and Pamela Ribon, author of Notes to Boys, will participate in a discussion entitled "From Page to Screen to Page." They will be joined by Tod Goldberg and Lara Parker.

Hope to see you there! 

Jo Haldeman at the Richard Nixon Library
Apr
22
11:00 am11:00

Jo Haldeman at the Richard Nixon Library

  • Richard Nixon Presidential Library

Jo Haldeman, wife of President Nixon's chief of staff H. R. Haldeman, presents her memoir In the Shadow of the White House: A Memoir of the Washington and Watergate Years, 1968-1978.

Jim McDermott presents Bitter Is the Wind
May
6
2:00 pm14:00

Jim McDermott presents Bitter Is the Wind

  • Barnes & Noble

Jim McDermott, author of Bitter Is the Wind, will participate in a panel with local authors about fiction writing. He will be joined by Tanya J. Peterson and William L. Sullivan.


Emil DeAndreis presents Hard to Grip
Mar
27
7:00 pm19:00

Emil DeAndreis presents Hard to Grip

  • Changing Hands Bookstore

Emil DeAndreis presents his memoir Hard to Grip, which tells the story of how as a promising baseball player DeAndreis was struck with rheumatoid arthritis. 

Martin Pousson at the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival
Mar
25
11:30 am11:30

Martin Pousson at the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival

  • Hotel Monteleone

Martin Pousson, author of Black Sheep Boy, will read from his latest work and participate in a panel discussion entitled "Home is Where the Art Is: Or Is It?"

11:30 AM - Martin will read in the Cabildo Room at the Monteleone Hotel.

1:00 PM - Martin will join a panel discussion in Royal Salon C at the Monteleone Hotel.

Tobias Carroll presents Reel
Mar
22
7:00 pm19:00

Tobias Carroll presents Reel

  • Moon Palace Books

Tobias Carroll will present and read from his debut novel Reel. He will be joined by fellow writers Duncan B. Barlow and Dylan Hicks.

Tobias Carroll presents Reel
Mar
18
7:00 pm19:00

Tobias Carroll presents Reel

  • Leon Gallery

Tobias Carroll will read from and present his debut novel Reel. He will be joined by fellow writers Duncan B. Barlow and Miriam Suzanne.

Los Angeles in the 1970s: LA Then and Now
Mar
18
3:00 pm15:00

Los Angeles in the 1970s: LA Then and Now

  • Los Angeles Public Library

Contributors Lynell George, Deanne Stillman, Chip Jacobs, and 2014 LA Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez will participate in a panel discussion moderated by David Kukoff, editor of Los Angeles in the 1970s.

Tobias Carroll presents Reel
Mar
17
8:00 pm20:00

Tobias Carroll presents Reel

  • Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe

Tobias Carroll will sign and read from his debut novel Reel. He will be joined by the writer Duncan B. Barlow.

Joseph Di Prisco presents The Pope of Brooklyn
Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

Joseph Di Prisco presents The Pope of Brooklyn

  • A Great Good Place for Books

Joseph Di Prisco presents his latest memoir The Pope of Brooklyn at A Great Good Place for Books. The Pope of Brooklyn continues the events of Di Prisco's highly successful memoir Subway to California.

Martin Pousson at LAMBDA Litfest
Mar
12
5:00 pm17:00

Martin Pousson at LAMBDA Litfest

  • Skylight Books

Martin Pousson will join fellow Los Angeles-based authors Alex Espinoza, Dan Lopez, and Wendy C. Ortiz, for a discussion about the ways they found homes for their unique voices and the independent literary communities that champion them, from publishers to bookstores and publications, in LA and beyond.

Martin Pousson, Erin Judge, and Christopher Zeischegg
Mar
6
7:30 pm19:30

Martin Pousson, Erin Judge, and Christopher Zeischegg

  • Stories Books and Cafe

In conjunction with Lambda Lit Fest, you're invited to Queer Bird Lit, a night celebrating some of Los Angeles' best contemporary queer authors, as they read from their work and pay homage to their favorite queer writers.

Writers include Christopher Zeischegg aka Danny Wylde, author of The Wolves that Live in Skin and Space; Erin Judge, author of Vow of Celibacy, Catie Disabato, author of The Ghost Network, and Martin Pousson, author of Black Sheep Boy.

Jamie Mayer presents Painless
Feb
22
7:30 pm19:30

Jamie Mayer presents Painless

  • The Last Bookstore

Jamie Mayer will present her debut novel Painless at the Last Bookstore.

Event will include live music, dramatic readings, and wine!

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Quinn can't feel physical pain.

Born with a rare neurological condition, he's faced accidents and emergency room visits. It's a surprise he's still alive—a fact that has left him to his own devices for most of his life. No school, no friends, no rules. At the mercy of his older sister Caitlin, who has spent the past few years caring for their dying father, he spends his days drinking at a nearby bar, testing his limits, and working on a graphic novel about a mysterious vigilante called Shadow Man. Lately, though, even his art has taken a turn for the worse.

On the same day his father dies, Quinn accidentally gets hit by a car and Caitlin decides that this is the last straw. Left with the choice to either find a job and grow up, or be committed to a rehabilitation center, Quinn takes a gig at a local butcher shop owned by the father of a sensitive but troubled girl who often changes her appearance with the flick of a wrist. But the closer he gets to finding stability, the further he spins out of control, as the lines between art and reality continue to dissipate.

In this debut novel, Jamie Mayer offers an unflinching and poignant look at loss, empathy, and how to grow up without feeling pain.

 

John Kiriakou's cover artist John Dingler discusses Doing Time Like A Spy
Feb
19
3:00 pm15:00

John Kiriakou's cover artist John Dingler discusses Doing Time Like A Spy

  • South Bay Contemporary at The Loft

South Bay Contemporary at the Loft will display John Dingler's Whistleblower John Kiriakou art piece as part of the Dear President art exhibit.

Materials from Kiriakou's memoir Doing Time Like a Spy (May 16, 2017) will be on-hand and John Dingler will discuss Kiriakou's story with attendees.

 

Kevin Smokler presents Brat Pack America at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, CA
Feb
1
7:30 pm19:30

Kevin Smokler presents Brat Pack America at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, CA

  • Kepler's Books

From the fictional towns of Hill Valley, CA, and Shermer, IL, to the beautiful landscapes of the Goondocks in Astoria, ’80s teen movies left their mark not just on movie screens and in the hearts of fans, but on the landscape of America itself. In Brat Pack America, Kevin Smokler gives virtual tours of your favorite movies while also picking apart why the locations are so important to the movies.

Kevin Smokler at The Strand
Jan
26
7:00 pm19:00

Kevin Smokler at The Strand

  • The Strand

Kevin Smokler will present his latest book Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to '80s Teen Movies, along with Jason Diamond, the author of Searching for John Hughes. This event includes screening of clips from various '80s movies.

Heidi Barnes and J. A. Davis at Brazos Bookstore
Jan
26
7:00 pm19:00

Heidi Barnes and J. A. Davis at Brazos Bookstore

  • Brazos Bookstore

Heidi Barnes and J. A. Davis will present their debut novels The Bellman and Crisis: Blue.

The Bellman

All young men want to run away and join the circus. For Stanley Douglas, a naïve but determined young man, the closest he could find is The Maycliff.

When Stanley takes the first real job in his life as a bellman at an historic mansion turned luxury inn on the majestic coast of Maine, he has no idea what he’s in for. The Maycliff attracts eccentric guests of all types, from brash Texan lotharios to African dictators with suitcases full of cash. But the guests can’t compare to the staff. The Cook is a prima donna, the manager is a prissy militant, the maids are brassy pranksters, the bartender’s a drunk, and someone’s got their fingers in the till. The only bright spot may be Mindy, the pretty waitress who misses Stanley’s attempts at impressing her but always seems to find a way to bear witness to his bumbling gaffs.

Trying his best to keep order in chaos, Stanley finds that joy and loss, humor and tragedy, friendship and betrayal are all part of the job—and life. Most important, though, is the discovery that everything is going to be all right even if everything is going very, very wrong.

With wit, humor and a sense of nostalgia, The Bellman brings readers back to a day of classic American storytelling, with colorful characters, a picturesque backdrop, and a story that inspires and delights.

Crisis: Blue

North Korea continues to taunt the United States by detonating nuclear weapons and launching long-range missiles across the Pacific. This threat is suddenly overshadowed by the destruction of the US fleet as it sails through the Straits of Hormuz and into the Persian Gulf. As the crisis escalates, little attention is paid to several blue, bloated, and grossly disfigured Asian sailors who wash ashore in Galveston, Texas. Meanwhile, the North Korean cargo ship, Il-sung, is able to slip into Whiskey Bay, Louisiana, unnoticed, where she offloads her cargo: highly radioactive weapons of mass destruction.

As more Asian sailors become deathly ill from the many weeks spent at sea in close proximity to their lethal cargo, they are transferred to a small hospital in Carencrow, Louisiana, for treatment. Dr. Rex Bent, an emergency room physician, immediately becomes suspicious and notifies the proper authorities. With their coup de grâce in jeopardy the extremists realize that Dr. Bent—and his wife and confidante, Trissy—must be eliminated without raising suspicion. Pursued and hounded like traitors who had betrayed their country, the Bents are in a race against time, determined to discover the significance of Crisis: Blue.