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30 JUNE 2012 — saturday

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  • Tongue & Groove in collaboration with Grand Performances presents a tribute to poet and fiction writer Charles Bukowski, featuring readings from Bukowski's writings and their own work by poet Gerald Locklin, Charles Bukowski: A Sure Bet, actor Harry Dean Stanton, most recently of The Avengers, poet Chiwan Choi, Abductions, memoirist Dan Fante, Fante: A Family Legacy of Writing, Drinking, and Surviving, poet Joan Jobe Smith, Tales of an Ancient Go-Go Girl, poet Wendy Rainey, Kenneth Sonny Donato, A Poet's Guide to the Bars, poet Jack Grapes, and actress Rebecca De Mornay, the event is outdoors so bring a blanket or cushion, Grand Performances at California Plaza, 350 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-10:00 (213/687-2159, grandperformances.org)
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  • Sixth annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair, thousands of books lovers, families, and fans, over 150 readings, book signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances, and music, Main Stage, 11:30 a.m.: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson discusses The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Main Stage, 12:30: California Librarians Black Caucus presents a tribute to the Beat Movement with performances by Street Corner Renaissance: Eddie Wakes as Nat King Cole, Suzanne Nichols as Eartha Kitt, and Dante Chambers as Billy Eckstine, Main Stage, 1:30: Panel discussion on "Black Los Angeles 20 Years After the King Verdict," with Rev. Chip Murray, Twice Tested by Fire: A Memoir of Faith and Service, Gil Garcetti, Water is Key: A Better Future for Africa, Connie Rice, Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones, Dr. Bernard Kinsey, The Kinsey Collection, Main Stage, 2:30: Icons of the Black Arts Movement Speak, with poet Amiri Baraka, Dale and Alonzo Davis, Now Dig This! Art & Black LA 1960-1980, and poet Sonia Sanchez, Main Stage 3:15: Poetry Spotlight with Amiri Baraka and Kamau Daa'ood; Poet's Stage: noon: Poetry Writing Workshop with Food4Thot and Socks, 1:00: Jalondra Davis, Isaac Sundiata, Alice the Poet, Spencer Allen, 3:00: Reverdia the River Woman, Donny Jackson, Billy Burgos, and Nikki Blak, Poet's Stage is located at the adjacent World Stage Performance Gallery, 4344 Degnan Blvd.; Book Fair is located at the Fairground at 43rd and Degnan, Los Angeles, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 (323/730-0628, World Stage: 323/293-2451, www.leimertparkbookfair.com)
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  • A reading by Simon Wood, Hot Seat, a thriller about motor racing, and mystery writer Tammy Kaehler, Dead Man's Switch, signing follows, Book Carnival, 348 South Tustin Avenue, Orange, free, 2:00 (714/538-3210, annesbookcarnival.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • One Book, One San Diego presents Luis Alberto Urrea reading from his new novel Into the Beautiful North, a panel discussion about border issues follows, a pre-event reception includes Mexican cuisine, music, and book signing, The World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, free, 1:00-4:00 (www.kpbs.org)
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