Literary LA June ’10

This month’s calendar is unapologetically biased toward a handful of writers who have been important to me:  at Skylight Books, Aimee Bender & Steve Almond (I studied with both at Tin House–exquisite writers and generous teachers both of them); and at my other teaching touchstone, the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program,  Lou Mathews and a number of others:

  • Skylight Books:  Tues 6/1 7:30pm, Aimee Bender with her new novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake; Mon 6/7 7:30pm, Steve Almond with his latest, a collection of essays entitled Rock ‘n’ Roll Will Save Your Life (and it will); he’ll also have his self-published collection of 30 mini-stories and 30 short writing-essays, This Won’t Take But A Minute, Honey); and Fri 6/23 7:30pm, the always challenging David Mitchell with his new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
  • Book Soup: if you miss Aimee Bender at Skylight, catch her here, Sun 6/9 7pm
  • UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Publication Party:  Wed 7/9 7pm at the Skirball Cultural Centershowcasing recent publications from instructors of one of the nation’s top writing programs
  • Word Theatre: at the M Bar on Sun 7/6 7pm, a terrific trio of actors (Carla Cugino, Gary Cole, Adrian Pasdar) perform stories by James Salter, T.C. Boyle, and Tod Goldberg
  • The New Short Fiction Series:  Sun 7/13 7:30, presents their annual “Emerging Voices Show,” a great chance to be introduced to a number of up-and-coming writers (with a swinging after-party–you gotta show up to find out…)
  • Central Library ALOUD:  Wed 7/2 7pm, Richard Russo, in conversation with Carolyn Kellogg, about his new novel, That Old Cape Magic
  • Book Party: Check out this every-other-month, very cool gathering at the Mandrake Bar (2692 South La Cienega); this month, Sun 7/6 7pm, Michelle Huneven with her new novel Blame; also, Patrick O’Neil
  • Vermin on the Mount: another cool bar reading series, at the Mountain Bar in Chinatown; this month, Sun 7/13 8pm, Marisa Silver, Patrick Somerville, Maria Semple & James Greer
  • Finally, at UCLA’s Hammer Museum, Thurs 6/17, Colson Whitehead
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