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12 JANUARY 2017 — thursday

13 JANUARY 2017 — friday

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  • Pacific Coast Poetry Series announces the launch of its first individual winner of the Pacific Coast Poetry Series Prize: Nance Van Winckel, Our Foreigner, joined by poet Jeffrey Schultz, hosted by Suzanne Lummis, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free to members, 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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14 JANUARY 2017 — saturday

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  • Screenplay writer and novelist Michael Goorjian discusses and signs his book, What Lies Beyond the Stars, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 4:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Screenplay and fiction writer Joe Ide discusses and signs his book, IQ, for a signed copy, purchase at least one copy of this author's new book from Vroman's, then three additional copies from home may also be signed, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 4:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Los Angeles immigrants tell bold, untold stories of their journey to America from Bittersweet: The Immigrant Stories, special guest Korean poets Soo Bok Kim and Duk Kyu Park read, hosted by Tanya Ko Hong and Julayne Lee, The Mike Kelley Gallery, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $5 donation suggested, 5:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Gatsby Books Poetry series presents a featured reading by Gerald Locklin, Mohsen Emadi, Lester Graves Lennon, Dr. Natalie J. Graham, and Cynthia Alessandra Briano, open mic follows, Gatsby Books, 5535 E Spring Street, Long Beach, open sign up 6:45, reading 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
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  • "All The Ships Are Sinking…" reading by poets Natasha Saje, Elizabeth Iannaci, and fiction writer Diane Lefer, new and recent work, hosted by Brendan Constantine, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free to members, 4:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Tony nominee Marcia Rodd directs this debut staged reading of a new work by playwright/novelist Richard Setlowe, L.A. Women: The Confession, a middle-aged actress at the end of her rope recounts her life and career, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free to members, 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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15 JANUARY 2017 — sunday

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  • Reading by writers to build solidarity for the growing resistance movement and to raise funds for progressive nonprofits, hosted by acclaimed poet David St. John, co-sponsored by PEN Center USA, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free/donations accepted, 1:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Mr. Yushi Hagimoto and Mimi Hanki present and discuss their renowned spiritual leader Ryuho Okawa's book, The Miracle of Meditation: Opening Your Life to Peace, Joy, and the Power Within!, no book signing, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 2:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Musician and nonfiction writer Franz Nicolay discusses and signs Humorless Ladies of Border Control: Touring the Punk Underground from Belgrade to Ulaanbaatar, a travelogue about exploring the intersection of literature, politics, and punk rock idealism in Eastern Europe, Russia, the Ukraine, and Mongolia, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 4:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Corners of the Mouth poetry series presents a reading by featured poets Marguerite Costigan, past San Luis Obispo County Poet Laureate, and Jeanie Greensfelder, the new San Luis Obispo County Poet Laureate, hosted by Kevin Patrick Sullivan, open reading follows, five-minute limit to read your original work, Linnaea's Café, 1110 Garden Street, San Luis Obispo, free, 7:00 (805/547-1318, www.languageofthesoul.org)
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16 JANUARY 2017 — monday

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  • The Ojai Valley Youth Foundation's MLK Day Committee presents the seventeenth annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., poets who will read as part of the celebration include: Fernando Albert Salinas, Akka B, Aaron Gardner, Zayan Reza, Marcus Van, and Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, Libbey Park, downtown Ojai, 11:00 a.m.-3:00
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17 JANUARY 2017 — tuesday

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  • Fiction writer David Lida discusses and signs One Life, a novel, in conversation with novelist Alex Espinoza, Still Water Saints, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (310/659-3310, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager discusses and signs They're Playing Our Song, for a signed copy, purchase at least one copy of this new book from Vroman's, then three additional copies from home may also be signed, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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18 JANUARY 2017 — wednesday

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  • Roxane Gay, award-winning novelist, essayist, professor, editor, and commentator, reads from her collection of short stories, Difficult Women, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Neurologist and winner of the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize, Suzanne O'Sullivan, discusses and signs her first book, Is It All In Your Head? True Stories of Imaginary Illness, for a signed copy, purchase at least one copy of this book from Vroman's, then three additional copies from home may also be signed, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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19 JANUARY 2017 — thursday

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  • Hammer Museum poetry reading presents poet, scholar, and book artist Amaranth Borsuk, Pomegranate Eater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, arrive early, 7:30 (310/443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu)
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  • Emily McDowell, creator of the viral hit Empathy Cards, discusses and signs There is No Good Care For This: What to Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love, for a signed copy, purchase at least one copy of this book from Vroman's, then three additional copies from home may also be signed, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Fiction writer Ottessa Moshfegh reads from and discusses her new short story collection, Homesick for Another World with Los Angeles-based writer Kristine McKenna, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • The EP Foster Library features a poetry reading by Steve Aguilar 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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20 JANUARY 2017 — friday

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  • Avenue 50 Studio presents "A Day of Expression, an open mic for artists, writers, poets musicians, singer-songwriters to express themselves regarding the presidential inauguration, wine, refreshments, snacks, Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50, Los Angeles, free, 6:00-9:00 (323/258-1435, avenue50studio.org)
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  • Vroman's Bookstore presents nonfiction author Michael Eric Dyson discussing and signing Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, for a signed copy, purchase at least one copy of this book from Vroman's, then three additional copies from home may also be signed, All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, $26.09 (includes a copy of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America), $5 without book, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • King Con: Inauguration Day Open Reading, give voice to your fears, hopes, and dreams about America's future under the new regime, hosted by S.A. Griffin, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, sign-ups 6:00, reading 7:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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21 JANUARY 2017 — saturday

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  • "Method Writing: An Organic Approach to Writing" seminar with Jack Grapes presents an overview of the writer's creative process, focusing on his book. Method Writing, and the technique he's developed and used in his writing workshops over the last thirty-five years, Jack Grapes and son Josh Grapes lead the group in a writing prompt, time permitting, Independent Writers of Southern California, Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, $15 IWOSC members/$35 general, free parking, reserve through IWOSC's online registration system, required reservation deadline: 10:00 a.m. the day before the meeting, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 (iwosc.org/method-writing-2/#register)
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  • Screenwriter and independent curator Jay Murphy, Artaud's Metamorphosis: From Hieroglyphs to Bodies Without Organs, discusses "The Artaud Effect," the influential mid-twentieth century writer's investigation of the virtual body, neurology and the brain, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 student/seniors, free to members, 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Jacob Schwartz and Alexis Sedacca present and sign Finding Thurston, their true story about a boy finding his lost dog with the help of his best friend, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 3:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Ventura County Arts Council honors "Mid-Coast Literary Treasures," the poets Florence Weinberger, Jackson Wheeler, Ellen Reich, Glenna Luschei, and John Ridland, hosted by Phil Taggart, reception to follow, Ventura County Arts Council, The Masonic Center, 482 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura, 3:00 (805/658-2281, www.vcartscouncil.org)
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22 JANUARY 2017 — sunday

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  • Poetry at the Claremont Library presents a reading by Karen Greenbaum-Maya, The Book of Knots and their Untying, and Romaine Washington, Sirens in Her Belly, chosen as one of BET's top ten must-reads for 2016, 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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  • Novelist Joshua Mohr reads from and discusses his new addiction memoir, Sirens, winner of the Northern California Book Award in Fiction for All This Life, with fiction writer Karolina Waclawiak, How To Get Into The Twin Palms and The Invaders, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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23 JANUARY 2017 — monday

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  • Best-selling science writer Gary Taubes discusses and signs The Case Against Sugar, for a signed copy, purchase at least one copy of this new book from Vroman's, then three additional copies from home may also be signed, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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24 JANUARY 2017 — tuesday

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  • Best-selling nonfiction author Tami Holzman discusses and signs From C Student to the C Suite, a business relationship handbook and irreverent guide to being yourself using emotional intelligence, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup)
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  • Historian and nonfiction writer Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz discusses and signs A Taste of Provence, for a signed copy, purchase at least one copy of this book from Vroman's, then three additional copies from home may also be signed, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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25 JANUARY 2017 — wednesday

26 JANUARY 2017 — thursday

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  • Director, novelist, and screenwriter Martyn Burke discusses and signs Music for Love or War, a tragic-comic novel, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Founder-editor of Scratchmagazine Manjula Martin discusses her book, SCRATCH: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, with novelist Julia Fierro, Cutting Teeth; The New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief; and poet Kima Jones, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • The EP Foster Library features a poetry reading by Larry Barber 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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27 JANUARY 2017 — friday

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  • Anthropologist and filmmaker Joanne Nucho discusses and signs her book, Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon: Infrastructures, Public Services, and Power, for a signed copy, purchase at least one copy of this new book from Vroman's, then three additional copies from home may also be signed, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Tupelo Press presents their 30/30 Project, a unique poem-a-day project that boasts the participation of more than 350 poets from around the world, poets Lois Jones, Adele Slaughter, Dan Murphy, Chris Emerson, Claire Acerno, Colleen Harris Keith, Nina Clements, and Catherine Abbey Hodges read and discuss their of their writing experiences, hosted by Kirsten Miles, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, special admission $5, 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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28 JANUARY 2017 — saturday

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  • Poetry reading by Carol V. Davis from her new book, Because I Cannot Leave This Body, an exploration of her family's history as Jews, as outsiders, and as immigrants, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free to members, 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Musician Steve Jones signs his book Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, never-before-told stories about his youth and the formation of the Sex Pistols, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, purchase of book is your event ticket, save receipt to be checked in line, no memorabilia, 2:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • "Her, Infinite," a poetry reading by Sawnie Morris, The Sound a Raven Makes, and poet and visual artist Elena Karina Byrne, Squander, MASQUE, and The Flammable Bird, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 student/seniors, free to members, 4:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • "The Magic of the Poetic Line: A Generative Workshop," led by Sawnie Morris, award-winning poet, prose writer, and environmental activist, new poems will be written and an array of exciting free-verse possibilities will be explored, the workshop session includes a lunch break, Beyond Baroque Literary Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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29 JANUARY 2017 — sunday

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  • Vroman's Local Author Day "Kids and Teen Edition" features fiction authors Dave E. Keliher, Where Does Time Go?, and Thaddeus LaGrone, The Late Duck, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, noon (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • La Palabra reading series presents poet Caits Meissner, Let It Die Hungry The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You, hybrid poetry; poet Tanya Ko Hong, Mother to Myself, a collection of poems in Korean; bilingual fiction and memoir writer Lisbeth Coiman; and poet and spoken word artist Derek D. Brown, hosted by Karineh Mahdessian, Avenue 50 Studio, 131 North Avenue 50, Los Angeles, free, 2:00-4:00 (323/258-1435, avenue50studio.org)
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  • Vroman's Local Author Day introduces fiction writers Sophia Miller, Aussie's Adventures, and Jim Wetton, JED, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 2:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • "Weird Fiction Hour with Delightfully Strange Stories" features fiction authors John Skipp, Laura Lee Bahr, Andrew J. Stone, and others, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 3:00-4:30 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
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  • Vroman's Local Author Day introduces nonfiction writers Corinna Yeager, You Can't Tell Anyone, Dr. Shirley Huang Batman, Female Chinese Immigrant Entrepreneurs, and fiction writer Dr. Joyce A. Kovelman, Crimes Against Humanity: A1H1W2, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 4:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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30 JANUARY 2017 — monday

31 JANUARY 2017 — tuesday

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  • Fiction writers Rachel Kramer Bussel, Fast Girls, Jocelyn Bringas, Heartthrob Fantasy, and Melina Greenport, The House on Orchard read from their contributions to the new anthology, Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylighbooks.com)
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  • Best-selling author of major biographies on Keith Moon, the Smiths, and R.E.M, Tony Fletcher discusses and signs his biography on soul man Wilson Pickett, In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Mystery novelist Jeffrey Siger discusses and signs Santorini Caesars, for a signed copy, purchase at least one copy of this book from Vroman's, then three additional copies from home may also be signed, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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