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.

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. 

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.


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.

Martin Pousson at the Shades and Shadows Reading Series
Jan
21
7:30 pm19:30

Martin Pousson at the Shades and Shadows Reading Series

  • Shades and Shadows

Martin Pousson will read from his latest novel-in-stories Black Sheep Boy. He will be joined in readings and conversation by Travis Sentell, Benzon Ray Barbin, Lilliam Rivera, Lauren Candia and Martin Lastrapes.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE: http://www.shadesandshadows.org/

TRAVIS SENTELL was named one of the top thirty new writers under thirty by Random House in 2006, and was included in their bestselling publication, Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers: Best New Voices of 2006.
He has published work in such diverse places as the Berkeley Fiction Review, the award-winning collection Silent Voices, and the cult-journal Ampersand Review. His first novel, SINergy, was recently optioned for the screen with Mark Ordesky (Lord of the Rings trilogy) set to produce, and Jim Uhls (Fight Club) attached to write. His book, In the Shadow of Freedom (Atria, 2010) received positive reviews in over 200 newspapers nationwide, including the New York Times.

BENZON RAY BARBIN is a writer and photographer from San Diego, California. Ever since he was a kid, he has loved science-fiction and fantasy. Aside from the staples of Star Wars and Star Trek, Japanese anime like Macross and the video game series Final Fantasy inspired him to write. Benn has an interest in intelligent, action-oriented stories. He is currently trying to get his novel, Reflections of Destiny p ublished. When he’s not teaching English online or photographing, he enjoys listening to indie/electronic music on vinyl with his girlfriend Mary and drinking coffee from a French press. He has a love for football and will be disappointed when the season is over. He holds a B.A. in English from National University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UC Riverside. Find him on Twitter (@seiken1), and if you’re interested, samples of his photography can be viewed at: http://500px.com/seiken1

LILLIAM RIVERA is a 2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow and a 2013 Enchanted Land Fellow at A Room of Her Own Foundation. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, The Rumpus.net, Los Angeles Review of Books, Writers Tribe Review Spring 2013, Antioch University's Lunch Ticket, Sucker Literary, and Latina. She's currently working on a contemporary young adult novel titled My Shelf Life, an untitled speculative fiction novel, and various short stories. Lilliam can be found at www.lilliamrivera.com.

LAUREN CANDIA is a library scientist and co-creator of the Shades & Shadows Reading Series. She holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies from UC Riverside, and proudly claims the feminist title. Her entire life revolves around books and she wouldn’t have it any other way. When not planning literary events, she writes creepy stories and is currently working on her first YA novel. She lives in Los Angeles with the love her life and the most adorable puppy anyone has ever seen.

MARTIN LASTRAPES is a novelist and his debut novel, Inside the Outside, won the Grand Prize at the 2012 Paris Book Festival. He grew up in the Inland Empire, studied at Cal State San Bernardino, has a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Master's Degree in Composition. He loves good pizza, watches his favorite movies over and over again, learned many a lesson from professional wrestling, doesn't think there is such a thing as overpaid, wonders if he'll ever be famous enough to be on "Dancing With the Stars," is scared of Vladimir Putin, wonders if it's too late to learn how to play the guitar, gets depressed when he hears the theme song from "M*A*S*H," wishes he knew more history, wonders why Teen Wolf never made it to the NBA, and wants Morgan Freeman to narrate his life.

Kevin Smokler presents Brat Pack America at Tattered Cover Bookstore in Historic LoDo Denver, CO
Jan
19
7:00 pm19:00

Kevin Smokler presents Brat Pack America at Tattered Cover Bookstore in Historic LoDo Denver, CO

  • Tattered Cover Bookstore in Historic LoDo

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 (Rare Bird), Kevin Smokler gives virtual tours of your favorite movies while also picking apart why the locations are so important to the movies.

Tom Teicholz presents Being There
Jan
17
6:00 pm18:00

Tom Teicholz presents Being There

  • Solidarity Restaurant

Journalist and author Tom Teicholz discusses his latest book Being There: Journalism 1978-2000. 

Being There is like the best dinner party you never went to with guests such as Jeff Bridges, Phoebe Cates, Michael Milken, Russ Meyer, Roz Chast, Issac Bashevis-Singer, Jerzy Kosinski, Cynthia Ozick, Tom McGuane, Bill Graham, and Baron Guy De Rothschild, among others; and conversations ranging from literature and film to the lives and careers of S. J. Perelman, John Delorean, and S. I. Newhouse; to discussions of President Reagan’s trip to Bitburg, the first Iraq war and a Nazi War Crimes trial being held in Israel for the first time since the Eichmann trial. With articles that originally appeared in Interview, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town.” As a bonus, several never-before-seen pieces unearthed from the archives add extra spice to this extraordinary nonfiction collection.

Tobias Carroll at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
Jan
14
7:00 pm19:00

Tobias Carroll at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale

  • The Spotty Dog Books & Ale

Tobias Carroll will read from his new novel Reel, as part of the Volume reading series at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale.

Reel follows two lives that collide at a Seattle punk show, and the way that that chance meeting alters the paths of both. Timon serves as the western outpost of his family's business verifying the authenticity of historical objects. Hyperobservant to a fault, he spends his days and nights losing himself in deafening music and isolation. After years spent moving from one city to another, Marianne fears stagnation, and has begun to seek out methods of creative expression and avenues of escape. 

Each embarks on a series of encounters that force them to confront their own fears and anxieties. Timon is drawn into the orbit of an enigmatic client who needs his assistance analyzing a mysterious object found in the walls of a building thousands of miles away. Marianne is haunted by her own restlessness, and pushes herself to make peace with her past, even as her desire to make art threatens the life that she’s established for herself. Throughout, both are drawn towards a fundamental reckoning with the worlds that they’ve created. 

Set against a backdrop of DIY music, road trips, bad tattoos, and strange art, Reel explores questions of family, history, and identity. As both Timon and Marianne are drawn towards decisions that will reshape their worlds, they must confront the consequences of their actions to themselves and those around them.

Los Angeles in the 1970s at Library Girl
Jan
8
7:00 pm19:00

Los Angeles in the 1970s at Library Girl

  • Ruskin Group Theatre

The following contributors to Los Angeles in the 1970s will participate in the Library girl reading series: Deanne Stillman, Bruce Ferber, Howard Gewirtz, Lynne Friedman, Jillian Franklyn, Mitch Schneider, and David Kukoff.

LIBRARY GIRL runs every 2nd Sunday at 7pm. A mixed-genre literary series featuring poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists, monologists, and singer-songwriters. It has something for everyone. Reception before and after every show. Ruskin Group Theatre is located at 3000 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling (310) 397-3244. For more information please visit www.ruskingrouptheatre.com. Free parking is available at the theater.

The 1970s were a heyday for Los Angeles. Hollywood was being revolutionized, the music business was booming, and authors like Joan Didion were producing great novels about the realities of living in the land of eternal sunshine. In Los Angeles in the 1970s great writers muse on the city in its classic decade. Featuring John Densmore on being a rock star, Matthew Specktor's reflections on The Z Channel, Deanne Stillman on the desert, and many, many more.

This is an insider's look at what being an Angeleno was then and is now.

Anyone with interest in the music industry or film industry of the 1970s will love Los Angeles in the 1970s. It will also appeal to anyone who loves the history of Laurel Canyon, reading about the ever-changing culture and landscape of Southern California, and those that just want to read new and established writers.

Debra Wacks—the first all-women installation art piece in LA; Samantha Geimer—Roman Polanski; Dana Johnson—first hand encounter with the SLA house; Jeremy Rosenberg—Anthony Davis, the USC tailback that succeeded OJ Simpson; Jillian Franklyn—teenage promiscuity in the 1970s; Steve Hodel—1970s Hollywood Hills swing house turned kidnapping; Geza X—producing LA punk icons.

Los Angeles in the 1970s at Roar Shack
Jan
8
4:00 pm16:00

Los Angeles in the 1970s at Roar Shack

  • Roar Shack, 826LA Echo Park

The following contributors to Los Angeles in the 1970s will participate in the Roar Shack reading series: David Kukoff, Chip Jacobs, Steve Hodel, Lynell George, Dana Johnson, and Geza X.

The 1970s were a heyday for Los Angeles. Hollywood was being revolutionized, the music business was booming, and authors like Joan Didion were producing great novels about the realities of living in the land of eternal sunshine. In Los Angeles in the 1970s great writers muse on the city in its classic decade. Featuring John Densmore on being a rock star, Matthew Specktor's reflections on The Z Channel, Deanne Stillman on the desert, and many, many more.

This is an insider's look at what being an Angeleno was then and is now.

Anyone with interest in the music industry or film industry of the 1970s will love Los Angeles in the 1970s. It will also appeal to anyone who loves the history of Laurel Canyon, reading about the ever-changing culture and landscape of Southern California, and those that just want to read new and established writers.

Debra Wacks—the first all-women installation art piece in LA; Samantha Geimer—Roman Polanski; Dana Johnson—first hand encounter with the SLA house; Jeremy Rosenberg—Anthony Davis, the USC tailback that succeeded OJ Simpson; Jillian Franklyn—teenage promiscuity in the 1970s; Steve Hodel—1970s Hollywood Hills swing house turned kidnapping; Geza X—producing LA punk icons.

Hollywood's Team Book Launch and Viewing Party
Dec
15
5:30 pm17:30

Hollywood's Team Book Launch and Viewing Party

  • The Morrison

Pick up a copy of Jim Hock's upcoming book Hollywood's Team: Grit, Glamour, and the 1950s Los Angeles Rams, and browse while you watch the Rams play the Seahawks at an away game.

In 2016, after twenty years in St. Louis, the Rams are back in their longtime home. Some call their return to Los Angeles a relocation, but it’s more the restoration of a city landmark.

Hollywood’s Team follows the Rams of the 1950s. They were glamorous, glitzy, and most of all, they were exciting. Like the city itself, the Rams were comprised of both big stars and everyday workhorses like John Hock, father of the author―a quiet, humble, and stout offensive guard.

They were the first major professional sports team west of the Mississippi River, the first to integrate, even before Jackie Robinson, the first team to reach a million fans, and the first team with a TV contract. The Rams of the 1950s were, in so many ways, the first modern sports franchise.

Their roster is a who’s who of the NFL Hall Fame. Names such as quarterback Norm “The Dutchman” Van Brocklin, wide receiver Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Bob Waterfield, Tom Fears, defensive back Dick “Night Train” Lane, and linebacker Les Richter. Other notables from the era include a wunderkind public relations man named Pete Rozelle who would go on to become the boy commissioner of the NFL at age thirty-three. Head coach Sid Gillman was an architect of the modern passing game. Owner Dan Reeves was a genius in business, but troubled by alcohol. Heck, even the iconic comedian Bob Hope was a partial owner of the Rams at the time.

The Rams were Hollywood’s team. This is their story.

Zach Wyner at The Armory Club
Dec
3
6:00 pm18:00

Zach Wyner at The Armory Club

  • The Armory Club

Zach Wyner will discuss his debut novel What We Never Had. He will be joined in conversation by fellow writers Jewelle Gomez, Anne Raeff, Vanessa Hua, and Jason Bayani. This is part of the Babylon Salon series.

About What We Never Had: Meet Josh, a paragon for the modern postcollegiate. He has a job with no upward path, and a dysfunctional relationship with his ex. Through his work with teenagers, he begins to find definition through the haze, gradually discovering purpose and a measure of self-respect. After two shiftless friends take up residence in his apartment, using his couch as a podium to rail against the world, he takes stock of who he is versus who he wants to be. And when his troubled ex finds herself in real danger, Josh can't resist the allure of playing the savior, but now he may have a little wisdom on his side.

Doug Cooper at Makers and Finders
Dec
2
7:00 pm19:00

Doug Cooper at Makers and Finders

  • Makers & Finders

Doug Cooper will sign and present copies of his new novel The Investment Club.

Forty million people visit Vegas every year but most never get past the strip. What about the people who live there? What brought them there? What keeps them there?

Told from the perspective of a seasoned blackjack dealer, The Investment Club tells the stories of a self-destructive, dwarf entrepreneur, a drug-addicted musical performer-turned-stripper, a retired, widowed New Jersey policeman, a bereaved, divorced female sportscaster, and a card-counting, former Catholic priest before and after their fateful meeting at the El Cortez Casino in downtown Vegas.

As the five learn the greatest return comes from investing in one another, their lives stabilize and take on new, positive directions. But their love and support for each other can take them only so far before they must determine the meaning and value of their own lives.

David Kukoff presents Los Angeles in the 1970s
Dec
1
7:00 pm19:00

David Kukoff presents Los Angeles in the 1970s

  • Chevalier's Books

David Kukoff, editor of Los Angeles in the 1970s, is joined in conversation with contributors Joe Donnelly, Susan Hayden and Matthew Specktor.

The 1970s were a heyday for Los Angeles. Hollywood was being revolutionized, the music business was booming, and authors like Joan Didion were producing great novels about the realities of living in the land of eternal sunshine. In Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine great writers muse on the city in its classic decade. Featuring Joe Donnelly on Venice from Abbot Kinney to Z-boy skaters, Matthew Specktor’s reflections on The Z Channel, the Doors’ John Densmore on being a rock star, Susan Hayden’s poem about growing up in Encino in the ’70s, and many, many more.

A graduate of Columbia University and UCLA Film School, David Kukoff has eleven produced film and television credits to his name. He has written for every studio and network in Hollywood and has published two books on film and television writing. His first novel, Children of the Canyon was about a boy growing up in Laurel Canyon in the 1970s as the counterculture is coming to an end. This led to a commission from Children’s  publisher, Rare Bird Lit, to edit the anthologyLos Angeles in the 1970s.  He is at work on a second novel, a follow-up to the anthology, and just sold a script to Film Nation about the battle between Phyllis Schlafly and Gloria Steinem over the ERA.

Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book of film criticism. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, Harper’s, The Believer, and in numerous other periodicals and anthologies. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Joe Donnelly is an award-winning journalist and writer. His short story, “Bonus Baby” was selected for the prestigious 2016 O. Henry Prize Stories collection. He teaches english and journalism at Whittier College.

Susan Hayden is a poet, playwright, novelist & essayist. She is also the creator/producer of the long-running lit series, Library Girl, which runs the 2nd Sunday of every month at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica. Last year she won the Artist In The Community Award for her “significant contributions to the energetic discourse within Santa Monica’s arts community.”

 

 

 

Kevin Smokler presents & signs Brat Pack America at Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI
Nov
28
7:00 pm19:00

Kevin Smokler presents & signs Brat Pack America at Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI

  • Michigan Theater

Kevin will be presenting and signing copies of his new book, Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to '80s Teen Movies.  Kevin will be giving entertaining introductions to classic films that are featured in his '80s tribute novel. Join Kevin for a fun filled '80s time warp!

 

More information to be posted closer to event. 

http://www.michtheater.org/

Norman Klein and Margo Bistis present The Imaginary 20th Century
Nov
18
8:00 pm20:00

Norman Klein and Margo Bistis present The Imaginary 20th Century

  • Stories Book Cafe

The Imaginary 20th Century is a historical comic novel, written by Norman M. Klein and Margo Bistis, and published by the media art museum ZKM.  With a team of artists, the authors have invented a unique narrative engine where facts and fiction split off and return to each other.  The viewer accompanies the characters across three continents.

In 1901, a woman named Carrie, while traveling in Europe, selects four men to seduce her, each with a version of the coming century. At least this is how the legend comes down to us. Inevitably, the future spills off course. We navigate through the suitors’ worlds; follow Carrie on her misadventures; discover what she and her lovers forgot to notice. Gradually we find out that Carrie’s life is implicated in her uncle’s world of business and political espionage. For over forty years, Harry Brown was hired by oligarchs to erase crimes that might prove embarrassing. Thus, as he often explains, espionage is a form of seduction. In 1917, Harry sets up a massive archive of his niece’s world. In 2004, Carrie’s archive is unearthed and assembled in Los Angeles.

Featuring an exploratory interface of 2,200 rare images, the unfolding engine of archive and novel works as a ‘wunder-roman’, with its reveals and contradictions.  The Imaginary 20th Century is at once a comic picaresque and a treatise on the last century.  It is a playful and yet deadly serious meditation on one sentence: “the future can only be told in reverse.”

LA BOOK LAUNCH: Los Angeles in the 1970s
Nov
18
7:00 pm19:00

LA BOOK LAUNCH: Los Angeles in the 1970s

  • The Standard Hotel

Join David Kukoff and fellow contributors to the new collection, Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes from the Goldmine, for a reading and presentation of the book.

Los Angeles in the 1970s is a love letter to the sprawling and complicated fabric of a Los Angeles often forgotten and mostly overlooked. Welcome to the Gold Mine.