Literary LA Sept ’09

  • Skylight Books in Los Feliz has a busy month, including: 9/7 7:30 – Candacy Taylor, Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress; 9/10 7:30 – poet Kim Addonizio, Lucifer at the Starlite; 9/11 7:30 – Peter Gadol with his locally set novel Silver Lake; Sat 9/19 4pm – Skylight Literary Salon (wine & cheese & booktalk), this month looking at indie Graphic Novels; 9/20 5pm – Eileen Myles and her essay collection The Importance of Being Iceland; 9/24 7:30 – Stephen Elliott with his latest, The Adderall Diaries; plus two events featuring new titles from Chronicle Books, who regularly put out beautiful books; check the website and sign up for their newsletter
  • If you haven’t yet visited Stories Bookstore/Cafe in Echo Park, this month presents a couple of good opportunities: an Open House Sat 9/12 6pm; or stop in Mon 9/14 7pm during the Taste of Echo Park; more events TBA; visit the website and sign up for their newsletter
  • On Fri 9/11 8pm, the New Short Fiction Series features stories by Bibi Brock Davis, a long-time Contributing Editor at California Homes who has recently turned her hand to fiction, and with considerable success: winning the Southwest Writers Competition, and appearing in two University of California/ Irvine anthologies; become a fan on Facebook and help spread the word about this lively performance series; Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Drive
  • At Book Soup in West Hollywood: 9/3 9:30 – founding father of Black American cinema Melvin Van Peebles with Confessions of a Ex-Doofus Itchyfooted Mutha; 9/17 9:30 – David Cross, I Drink for a Reason; 9/27 4pm – Tao Lin, Shoplifting from American Apparel
  • At Pasadena’s Vroman’s Bookstore: 9/3 7pm – Michelle Huneven with Blame; 9/15 7pm – California historian Kevin Starr with his latest, Golden Dreams
  • I haven’t written too much here about Diesel Bookstore and their new store in the Brentwood Country Mart at 26th and San Vicente–in part because they’re just down the street from the old Dutton’s, and that’s still a fresh wound. But on Tues 9/22 7pm, they’re hosting an event that’s at the top of my September calendar: Dylan Landis reading from her new short story collection Normal People Don’t Live Like This. Her stories have been published in places like Tin House and Bomb; Vanity Fair recently hailed her characters as “blessedly extraordinary”; and 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout declares the book a “wonderful, intriguing, and original debut.”
  • Last but not least, on Sun 9/27 6pm at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, Tongue & Groove closes out the month in style with a line-up that includes my teacher and mentor Lou Mathews
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