Literary LA–April ’09

OK, it’s the 9th already. I’m working on it. Here’s a few things:

  • Friday, 4/10, 8pm Queen of the Skies & Other Stories from Thaila Ramanujam / New Short Fiction Series / Beverly Hills Public Library
  • Sunday, 4/19, 6pm – Tongue & Groove reading series at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood / featuring, among others, my Tin House friend (and 2008 PEN Emerging Voice Fellow) Libby Flores
  • Skylight Books in Los Feliz has, as usual, a lot going on / Spoken Word Poetry on the 11th with Saul Williams and others; on the 14th, Tom Marble and Norman Klein (author of The History of Forgetting, an amazing look at LA); and on the 18th, the Skylight Literary Salon, this month featuring books on film (which includes the very cool BFI series)
  • Stories, the intrepid new bookstore/cafe in Echo Park, now opens early, at 8am, meeting both your literary and caffeine needs /  April events include Jerry Stahl (of Permanent Midnight fame) reading from his new book Pain Killers on Thurs, 4/23
  • Book Soup on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood presents George McGovern and his book Abraham Lincoln on the 13th; and Nelson George (I haven’t read him for a while, but The Death of Rhythm & Blues is essential reading) with his latest, City Kid, on the 16th
  • ALOUD LA, the reading series at the Los Angeles Public Library, featuring, among other things, a Newer Poets Reading on the 29th that includes my good friend Ro Gunetilleke
  • and finally, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the end of the month, Sat 4/25 & Sun 4/26 / free (but in cases hard-to-get) tix available starting 4/19 at Ticketmaster / from where I sit, the highlights are–Saturday the 25th: ‘In Conversation,’ Marilynne Robinson & Susan Straight (12:30); ‘The Big Picture,’ Ron Carlson, Richard Price & others (1:30); ‘Humor & Race,’ chaired by the inimitable Tod Goldberg (3pm); and ‘Intimate Strangers’ with Janet Fitch and Andrew Sean Greer (also 3pm) /  and Sunday the 26th: ‘Exiles & Outsiders,’ with Aimee Bender, Dylan Landis and Mary Gaitskill (12N); ‘LA Writes the World’ with the always listenable Steve Erickson (2pm); and ‘Fiction: the Post-Modern World,’ which (despite the title) features Jim Ruland and Jerry Stahl
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