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15 FEBRUARY 2018 — thursday

    NORTH:
  • EP Foster Library presents a reading by writer Amber Bassett 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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16 FEBRUARY 2018 — friday

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  • Beyond Baroque presents Nasty Women and Bad Hombres, edited by Deena November and Nina Padolf (Lascaux Editions, 2017), featuring 92 poets from across the U.S. responding to the first year of Trumpiness, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, general admission $10, students/seniors $6, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Deborah Reed reads from her novel The Days When Birds Come Back, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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17 FEBRUARY 2018 — saturday

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  • Legendary jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader, and composer Bobby Bradford and American Book Award winning poet Will Alexander, Across the Vapour Gulf, join words with music in this unique appearance, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, general admission $10, students/seniors $6, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Tee Franklin reads from her new graphic novel Bingo Love, with award winning television and comic book writer Amanda Deibert, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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18 FEBRUARY 2018 — sunday

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  • Tavi Gevinson presents Rookie on Love, Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen essays, poems, comics, and interviews from contributors like Jenny Zhang, Emma Straub, Hilton Als, and many more, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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19 FEBRUARY 2018 — monday

20 FEBRUARY 2018 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Morgan Jerkins discusses her new book of essays This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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  • Victoria Price discusses and signs The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com/event)
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21 FEBRUARY 2018 — wednesday

22 FEBRUARY 2018 — thursday

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  • Literary Women's Book Club will discuss Paulette Jiles' book, News of the World, meets every fourth thursday of the month, Gatsby Books, 5535 East Spring Street, Long Beach, free, 7:00 (gatsbybooks.com/artists)
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  • Editor Shane Hinton with contributors Nathan Deuel & Kevin Moffet discuss and sign We Can't Help It If We're From Florida: New Stories from a Sinking Peninsula, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com/event)
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    NORTH:
  • EP Foster Library presents a poetry reading by Eric Howard, Taliban Beach Party, 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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23 FEBRUARY 2018 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Book Soup, WeHo Reads, & The West Hollywood Public Library Present Andre Aciman discussing and signing Call Me By Your Name, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com/event)
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  • Poet Jacqueline Berger, author of The Gift That Arrives Broken, reads new work, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, general admission $10, students/seniors $6, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Poetry & Art Series 2018 presents freelance writer Edwin Decker with poets Al Howard, Anna Zappoli Jenkins, Somewhere Else, and Viet Mai, followed by the People's Choice Poem Performance Awards, which is open to all writers/performers who show interest (email mkklam@gmail.com to save a spot) and is judged by the audience, the winners receive $50, San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, members free, nonmembers $6 at the door, bring a snack or beverage to share and get in free, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com/event)
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24 FEBRUARY 2018 — saturday

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  • Alec Bryne discusses his new book of photography London Rock, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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  • Harvey G. Cohen discusses and signs Who's in the Money?: the Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood's New Deal, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, free, 4:00 (www.booksoup.com/event)
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  • A reading fromNasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, with Alexis Rhone Fancher, Ronna, Helene Cardona, Lynn Thompson, and Melinda Palacio, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, 4:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • American Book Award winner Peter J. Harris's The Black Man of Happiness Project crystallizes some 40 years as poet, essayist, journalist, editor, publisher, broadcaster, educator, and workshop leader exploring the lives of Black men, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, general admission $10, students/seniors $6, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • The Inborn Word: Move, Write, & Read, an experimental writer's workshop including movement, attention to breath and range of motion as well as three writing prompts and time for careful reading and feedback, welcome to writers of all backgrounds, Red Hen Press, 1540 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, full 6 week series: $300, single class: $50, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 (redhen.org/workshops)
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  • A poetry reading and book launch party for Jane Rosenberg's Daphne and Her Discontents, with Chella Courington, Ashley Pérez, Out of Darkness, and Robbi Nester, Gatsby Books, 5535 East Spring Street, Long Beach, free, 3:00 (gatsbybooks.com/artists)
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25 FEBRUARY 2018 — sunday

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  • 10,000 Waves of Women's Voices: Poetry and Prose Celebration, Gatsby Books, 5535 East Spring Street, Long Beach, free, 3:00 (gatsbybooks.com/artists)
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  • Jim Florentine discusses and signs his memoir Everybody is Awful (Except You!), Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 4:00 (www.booksoup.com/event)
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  • The Nebraska Girl Open Reading, hosted by Wyatt Underwood, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free/donations welcome, sign-ups at 1:30, reading begins at 2:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Kim Purcell reads from her new YA novel This Is Not a Love Letter, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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  • 15th Annual Venice Film Fest; colorful history of films made in Venice California, and celebration of the otherwordly happenings at the legendary Venice West Gallery (birthplace of the Beats), aka Sponto Gallery with live performances, hosted by Gerry Fialka, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free/donations welcome, 7:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
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26 FEBRUARY 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • David Neiwert discusses and signs Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com/event)
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27 FEBRUARY 2018 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Michael Andreasen discusses and signs The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com/event)
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28 FEBRUARY 2018 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gary Phillips, Richard Brewer, Brett Battles, and more discuss their thriller fiction anthology Culprits: The Heist Was Only the Beginning, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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  • Historian Jeffrey Stewart, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, and writer and musician Carl Hancock Rux discuss black genius, cultural pluralism, and the legacy of Locke and his pioneering ideas, book signing follows, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/01/endless-poetry-screening-and-qa)
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