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Live Talks Los Angeles: Literary conversations with popular authors

Live Talks Los Angeles: Literary conversations with popular authors

Ever wonder how novelists are treated at the Oscars? At a Live Talks Los Angeles event on Monday, Colm Tóibín dished on his experience attending an Academy Award after his novel Brooklyn was made into a film. “If you’re a star up for an Oscar, you go in one door, and if you’re a just a novelist … you go in another door. And it’s not just the red carpet. There’s no carpet!” Colm Tóibín was paired with arts and cultures writer Scott Timberg for a wide-ranging conversation that covered everything from Brexit to Miro to Irish history to Elizabeth Bishop to Colm’s own latest novel, House of Names. It was a pretty inspiring time — and my first time at a Live Talks Los Angeles event, a speaker series that’s been bringing authors and other thought leaders to L.A. for seven years. And conveniently for me, most of the events happen on the westside; Colm’s event was at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre at New Roads School. Sadly I learned of the series only recently — or I would have gone to the conversation between Jami Attenberg and Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney earlier this year! Founded and produced by […]

Thank you -- plus two more Cake Time readings this week!

Thank you — plus two more Cake Time readings this week!

Thank you to Rio Hondo College for having me at the Writes of Spring festival! It was an amazing time — A special thanks to Tom Callinan, who organized this annual two-day event. And thank you also to Why There Are Words — Los Angeles for letting me read from Cake Time over the weekend too. And last but not least — Thank you to Kaya Press for hosting the Pre-Smokin’ Hot Lit Lounge Reading at Other Books! I have two more readings to celebrate the launch of my own novel-in-stories Cake Time this month! First, I’m reading at Santa Monica College. Cake Time: A Reading at SMC Spring Literary Series Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm Santa Monica College, HSS 165, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica Yes, the audience will be mostly students, but the event is free and open to the public! I’m planning to read a story that I wrote back when I was an undergrad. Then this weekend, I’ll be at The Window @A.G. Geiger‘s “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” reading. The afternoon will also feature readings from Adam Leipzig, Jessie Jacobson, and Nathan Birnbaum plus musical guests: Ain’t Too Proud To Beg event […]

The Window @A.G. Geiger: A new literary series at a Chinatown art bookstore

The Window @A.G. Geiger: A new literary series at a Chinatown art bookstore

Why host just one literary reading series when you can host two? Susan Hayden, the woman behind the Library Girl reading series in Santa Monica, has teamed up with Alexis Rhone Fancher and started a brand new series across town: The Window @A.G. Geiger. Held at A.G.Geiger Fine Art Books in Chinatown one Sunday afternoon a month, The Window has a similar format as Library Girl — a handful of readers, musical performance, wine. The first event happened in February, featuring playwright/essayist Guy Zimmerman, poets Pam Ward and Kelly Grace Thomas, and monologist Jim Turner — plus music by Susan’s son Mason Summit and Sofia Wolfson. A good crowd filled the cozy space — which is a great place to browse through pretty art books post-reading — I hope you’ll come to the next event because I’ll be one of the readers, reading from Cake Time! Titled “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” the afternoon will also feature readings from Adam Leipzig, Tina Yang, and Nathan Birnbaum plus musical guests. It all happens Sunday, April 30 at 4 pm. Admission is $10, and includes wine and other beverages. Hope to see you there! __ The Window @A.G. Geiger. A.G.Geiger Fine Art […]

Thank you west coast! And more Cake Time in LA

Thank you west coast! And more Cake Time in LA

Thank you to everyone who came to my readings in Oakland, San Francisco, Portland, Bellingham, and Seattle last week! Thanks especially to Brad Johnson at Diesel Oakland, Charlie Jane Anders of Writers With Drinks, Kevin Sampsell at Powell’s Books, Kelly Magee at  Western Washington University, the good people at Village Books, and Christine Texeira at Hugo House — as well as Book Soup and Stories in Los Angeles, where I read over the weekend — And more thanks to everyone who read with me: Angela Palm, Brynn Saito, Andrew Lam, Corinne Manning (above right), Tara Atkinson (above left), Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, Elizabeth Powell, Meredith Alling, Miranda Tsang. Couldn’t make it to any of those readings? Then I really hope I’ll see you at one of the events coming up this week in the LA area! If you’re a morning person, come to the Writes of Spring Festival in Whittier: Writes of Spring Festival Thursday, April 20, 2017, 8 am Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, Calif. — or come by that night to also hear Antonia Crane, Paula Priamos, Peg Alford Pursell, and Rob Roberge: Why There Are Words Los Angeles (Facebook event page) Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7pm 1614 […]

Thank you LA! Now Cake Time in Oakland (4/7) and San Francisco (4/8)

Thank you LA! Now Cake Time in Oakland (4/7) and San Francisco (4/8)

First, thank you to everyone who came to Skylight Books in Los Angeles last night to celebrate the launch of Cake Time! And thank you to the amazing people at Skylight Books! Your being there meant so much to me — And a special thanks to the amazing writers who read with me: Janice Lee, Victoria Patterson, and Jim Ruland! And if you live in the Bay Area, I hope to see you this weekend! I’ll be reading twice, first in Oakland — Siel Ju reads from CAKE TIME with Andrew Lam and Brynn Saito (Facebook event page) Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7 pm DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland, 5433 College Avenue, Oakland — then in San Francisco, where I’ll be reading with Hari Kunzru, Kate Erickson, Shelley Wong, Eileen Gunn and Ilana C. Myer — Writers With Drinks (Facebook event page) Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco Thank you to Charlie Jane Anders for organizing this series. See you soon NoCalians! Next week I’ll be at Powell’s in Portland and Hugo House in Seattle. I hope to see you there Pacific Northwesterners!

Young Literati: Party with book lovers, support libraries

Young Literati: Party with book lovers, support libraries

Shepard Fairey DJs, Andrew Bird whistles and sings and plays the violin, Chelsea Handler mocks Trump by reading a damning excerpt of his book. Before and after those performances, you get to mingle with fellow book lovers over gourmet hors d’oeuvres next to an open bar. If that sounds like a fun night to you, make sure you go to the next Young Literati event! The Young Literati Ninth Annual Toast happened on Saturday at NeueHouse Hollywood — and along with the celebrities mentioned above, featured a handful of short comic readers: Retta (Parks and Recreation) read hilarious questions people have asked librarians, Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat) a bloody story about a girl delivering a calf. Kumail Nanjiani’s (Silicon Valley) reading was my favorite; he took us through a Choose Your Own Adventure book — a philosophical one with thought-provoking and super abrupt multiple endings — Young Literati is basically a membership program for people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, benefiting the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. If you join, you get to benefit the Foundation — and to go to cool exclusive literary events like the Toast. The Tenth Annual Toast won’t be happening until next […]