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5 MAY 2017 — friday

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  • Flypoet presents an All-Star Spoken Word & Music Showcase featuring Grammy-nominated artist Anthony David and spoken word poet Rodzilla the Blackademic; with two new voices: spoken word artist and poet Candice Liger and spoken word poet and Joyce Lee; also comedian BT Kingsley and painter Norton Wisdom, arrive early for great seats, call or visit website for reserved seating/tables, $1 tacos all night, you must be 21 and over, Savoy Entertainment Center, 218 S. La Brea, Inglewood, $20 cover, doors open at 7:00 (310/734-0005, www.flypoet.com)
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  • Freelance photographer Kathy Shorr discusses and signs her latest book, Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America, exploring gun violence and portraying survivors, ages 8 to 80, from all races and many ethnicities, introduction by Max Kozloff; also featuring a panel discussion with Homeboy Industries, Omar Perez & Women Against Gun Violence; survivors in attendance: Gus Mojica, Maryls Nunneri, Josh Stepakoff, Brian Ludmer, Moni Gravelly, and Lorraine Morland, Book Soup Bookstore, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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6 MAY 2017 — saturday

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  • Style Coach, TV co-host, media personality, and author Rayne Parvis presents her latest guidebook, Ultimate Guide to Style From Drab to Fab!; novelist Rick Tuber presents his latest book, Should Have Seen It Coming; dating expert, social life consultant, author, and speaker Erin Tillman, The Dating Guidebook: Tips for Living a Happy and Healthy Single Life Without Losing Yourself in the Dating Process; and novelist August McLaughlin, In Her Shadow, Book Soup Bookstore, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 4:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • "Poems of Resistance, Poems of Light," a poetry reading with Amy Uyematsu, Basic Vocabulary, and Teresa Mei, Red Thread, with special guest musician Taiji Miyagawa, Far East Lounge, 353 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, free, 3:00-5:00 (626/356-4760, redhen.org/events/?uuid=093A29C4-0C6B-9730-1BDD-3ACB6295E31F)
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7 MAY 2017 — sunday

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  • Fiction writer Nancy Boyarsky discusses her debut novel and the first of her Nicole Graves Mystery series, The Swap, Book Soup Bookstore, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 3:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Book Soup Bookstore's Y.A. Book Club welcomes author Jamie Mayer to discuss her new novel, Painless, on loss, empathy, and how to grow up without feeling pain, Book Soup Bookstore, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 1:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Poetry at the Steynberg reading series features Los Angeles poet Jerry Garcia, Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, 3:00 (www.languageofthesoul.org)
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8 MAY 2017 — monday

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  • Stephen Sylvester, Mary Mallory, and Donovan Brandt present and sign their book, Hollywood at Play: The Lives of the Stars Between Takes, a photo collection that captures classic-era Hollywood (1925-1960) and its larger-than-life stars, Book Soup Bookstore, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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9 MAY 2017 — tuesday

10 MAY 2017 — wednesday

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  • CSULA Department of Pan-African Studies presents its Tenth Annual Pan-African Studies Forum featuring world-renowned poet, writer, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni, Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid, Love Poems, Black Feeling, Black Talk/Black Judgment, more, California State University Los Angeles, Luckman Theatre, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, free to the public but reservations are required, tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office, 7:30-9:30 (Luckman Box Office: 323/343-6600; for information: 323/343-2290, or email: pas@calstatela.edu, www.calstatela.edu)
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  • Novelist, young adult, and children's book author Jill Santopolo signs and discusses her upcoming book, The Light We Lost, with novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and film producer Amy Ephron, One Sunday Morning, Book Soup Bookstore, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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11 MAY 2017 — thursday

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  • The EP Foster Library features a poetry reading by Joy Manesiotis at its weekly series hosted by Phil Taggart, Poet Laureate of Ventura County, open mic follows, share your own work, EP Foster Library in the Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free and open to the public, 7:30-9:00 (805/648-2716, www.vencolibrary.org)
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  • Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents "A Memorial Tribute to David Meltzer," featuring artists, poets, musicians, and friends, the celebration includes artist George Herms; poet Julie Rogers, Street Warp; poet S.A. Griffin, They Swear We Don't Exist; poet and memoirist Frank T. Rios, Memoirs of a Street Poet; poet Tosh Berman, The Plum in Mr. Blum's Pudding; artist Bob Branaman; poet, essayist, and memoirist Mary Kerr, Sinners Welcome; Jim McAuley; poet and executive director of the Beyond Baroque Foundation Richard Modiano; jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Theo Saunders; singer Bonnie Tamblyn; more, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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12 MAY 2017 — friday

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  • Poet Christian Elder reads from and signs his new poetry collection, Sexting, a revelatory book exploring sex, love, race, and disconnection in the digital age, Book Soup Bookstore, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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13 MAY 2017 — saturday

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  • New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy discusses and reads from her memoir, Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir, chronicling the adventure and heartbreak of a woman who is free to do what she chooses, Book Soup Bookstore, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 4:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • The Arcade Poetry Series presents a poetry reading by Jean Colonomos, Art Farm, and poet and short story writer Shelba Cole Robison, hosted by Jackson Wheeler and organized by Phil Taggart, Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard, $5/CAM members free, 6:00 (805/385-8158, www.carnegieam.org)
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14 MAY 2017 — sunday

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17 MAY 2017 — wednesday

18 MAY 2017 — thursday

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  • Whiskey distiller Troy Ball in conversation with Coldplay's Chris Martin, discussing her memoir, Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey, co-authored by Bret Witter, book signing will follow; also available this evening is Marshall Stewart Ball's Kiss of God: The Wisdom of a Silent Child, a collection of inspirational and remarkable poetry by a handicapped, nonverbal, child prodigy writer and thinker, with preface by Troy Ball, Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, tickets for this event now available online, one ticket will include a copy of the book which will be handed out at the event, $31 (includes tax), 7:30 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com; tickets: www.eventbrite.com)
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  • The EP Foster Library features a poetry reading by Ron Koertge and Kim Dower at its weekly series hosted by Phil Taggart, Poet Laureate of Ventura County, open mic follows, share your own work, EP Foster Library in the Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free and open to the public, 7:30-9:00 (805/648-2716, www.vencolibrary.org)
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19 MAY 2017 — friday

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25 MAY 2017 — thursday

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  • EP Foster Library presents a poetry reading by Paul Willis at its weekly series hosted by Phil Taggart, Poet Laureate of Ventura County, open mic follows, share your own work, EP Foster Library in the Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free and open to the public, 7:30-9:00 (805/648-2716, www.vencolibrary.org)
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26 MAY 2017 — friday

27 MAY 2017 — saturday

28 MAY 2017 — sunday

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  • Poetry at the Claremont Library presents a reading by Kevin Riel and Mari Werner, the series takes place every fourth Sunday, The Claremont Library, 208 N. Harvard Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 2:00 (909/621-4902, www.colapublib.org/libs/claremont)
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31 MAY 2017 — wednesday


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