Literary LA August ’09

  • Stories Bookstore/Cafe in Echo Park kicks off the month in fine fashion, Sat 8/01 8pm, hosting Richard Lange (whose story collection Dead Boys won much praise) with his new LA noir, This Wicked World–poet John Tottenham (Inertia Variations) also reads; Sun 8/09, internet radio station DUBLAB broadcasts live from the store all day (I’m listening now, and it’s all over the place, in a good way); that’s an indication of the wildly eclectic programming at Stories, which includes: Storytime for kids most Wednesday mornings (next session Aug 5 10:30am); tarot card readings Thursday nights; and on Fridays, live music in the morning, and knitting at night; sign up for their newsletter, and check out their expanding cafe offerings (open 8am weekdays)
  • at Book Soup in West Hollywood: on Sat 8/01, early hits of culture musical (Patti Smith at noon) and filmic (Werner Herzog at 5pm); Mon 8/10 7pm, what promises to be a terrific reading from the self-proclaimed pulpy litmag Hobart, featuring Tod Goldberg (whose second Burn Notice book is out, and whose new story collection Other Resort Cities is due out soon on Other Voices), and Alicia Gifford (Night Train fiction editor, and a fine writer herself)
  • at Los Feliz’ Skylight Books: Tues 8/11 7:30pm, the scarily prolific William Vollmann with Imperial, his look at the tangled border between California and Mexico; Sat 8/22 5pm, Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens, the Frank Oppenheimer story, as told by K.C. Cole (a terrific popular science writer, whose Hole in the Universe introduced me to cosmology and quantum physics); and throughout the summer, Skylight offers ‘Hot Summer Nights,’ staying open till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Fri 8/14 8pm, the New Short Fiction Series, LA’s live literary magazine, presents its annual Emerging Writers Showcase–this year featuring six writers, including two from my writers group, Susan Lindheim and J. Ryan Stradal
  • on Sun 8/16 7pm, Cedering Fox’s WordTheatre presents “Thrill or Peril,” tales of adventure read by their author, or by notable actors like Sarah Clarke and Xander Berkeley; at the M Bar
  • the following Sunday, 8/23, the Chinatown reading series Vermin on the Mount (so many worthy authors have read there I can’t begin to name them) celebrates their 5-year anniversary
  • finally, the Deborah Geffner-directed production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Beggars in the House of Plenty” at Theatre 68 continues until Aug 16–I thought it was terrific; and it just got a stellar review from StageSceneLA

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