Literary LA July ’11

  • In a relatively light month, too much going on at Los Feliz’s Skylight Books to capture fully but here goes: Wed 7/6 7:30pm, LA Times columnist Meghan Daum moderates a panel of local luminaries (among them Seth Green, Leslie Schwartz and Diana Wagman) on the intersections and differences between fiction and narrative non-fiction; Thurs 7/7 7:30pm, El Monte’s own Toni Margarita Plummer and her debut story collection The Bolero of Andi Rowe; Fri 7/8 7pm, a launch party for the second issue of Afterzine, described by the Skylight folks as “uber-hip” which is usually a bad sign but can you go wrong with the likes of Miranda July, Maud Newton and (gulp) Zooey Deschanel?; Sat 7/9 5pm, a meet ‘n greet for the PEN Emerging Voices Program, featuring a short reading and panel discussion, followed by a cocktail reception (also catch the PEN reading at the Hammer, Wed 7/20); Thurs 7/21 7:30pm, local litmag Slake presents readings from their third issue (you can also catch them at Vroman’s on the 25th); Wed 7/27 7:30, Emma Straub arrives with her new story collection Other People We Married; and finally, Thurs 7/28 7:30pm, a writer I don’t know but several local bloggers think highly of, Dana Spiotta, reading from her Los Angeles-set novel Stone Arabia
  • The New Short Fiction Series delivers a one-two punch this month: Tues 7/5 6:30pm-7:30pm, a special evening of writings on the theme of independence (also at a special location, the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 PCH in Santa Monica); and Sun 7/10 7pm, the regularly scheduled July show (at their new venue, The Writers Junction, 1001 Colorado Blvd in Santa Monica), ‘The Wild Grass & Other Stories’ by David Malasarn
  • A couple of good events at UCLA’s Hammer Museum, one of the best places in town to catch a reading: Wed 7/13 7pm, readings from Jesse Ball (most recently The Curfew) and Daniel Orozco (whose stories have appeared in both the Pushcart and Best American anthologies); and Wed 7/20 7pm, readings from this year’s PEN Emerging Voices Fellows
  • And finally, you can close out the month with the always spirited proceedings of Vermin on the Mount: Sun 7/31 8pm, a 7th anniversary party featuring Andrew Foster Altschul, James Freed, Charles Yu and others; at Chinatown’s Mountain Bar
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