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Thu, Apr 17, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Writing Our Future
Readings from Graduate Writing Programs of the Southland

With Nicole Adlman, KT Browne, Marie Horrigan, Blake Kimzey, Eugenie Montague, Angela Peñaredondo, Amanda Ruud, Rachel Schramm, Emerson Whitney and Victor Yates

Sat, Apr 12, 8:00 PM
Third Annual Book Drop Bash!
Exclusively for Library Foundation Members


Thu, Apr 10, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade
Walter Kirn 

In conversation with author Richard Rayner

Wed, Apr 09, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
The Agony and Fun of Fiction
Lorrie Moore

In conversation with playwright Brighde Mullins

Tue, Apr 01, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
The Crusades of Cesar Chavez
Miriam Pawel and Luis Valdez

Moderated by Laura Pulido, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, USC

Sat, Mar 29, 12:00 PM
The Library Store On Wheels
at Grand Park Bookfest on March 29 noon - 5pm


Thu, Mar 27, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
All Our Names
Dinaw Mengestu

In conversation with novelist Laila Lalami

Tue, Mar 25, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran
Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd

In conversation with Arun Rath, host of NPR’s “Weekend All Things Considered”

Sat, Mar 22, 8:00 PM
Become a Patron for the Sixth Annual Toast
Party with Young Literati.  Support LAPL's city-wide summer enrichment program. Celebrate the Los Angeles Public Library.


Thu, Mar 20, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
The Great Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
George Packer

In conversation with journalist and author Héctor Tobar

Tue, Mar 18, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

In conversation with Alex Cohen, co-host of KPCC's “Take Two”

Thu, Mar 13, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture
Hisham Aidi

In conversation with Safa Samiezade'-Yazd, Cultura and Music Editor, Aslan Media Arts

Wed, Mar 12, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot
Masha Gessen

In conversation with Suzi Weissman, Professor of Politics, St. Mary’s College

Fri, Feb 28, 7:30 PM
Lost & Found at the Movies: Love is a Many Splendored Thing
with John Nein and Stacie Passon


Mon, Feb 24, 7:30 PM [ALOUD]
Co-presented with The Broad museum
The Un-Private Collection: Jeff Koons and John Waters


Sat, Feb 22, 10:00 AM
Writing From California
Tales From Two Cities: Los Angeles


Fri, Feb 21, 10:00 AM
Writing From California
Tales From Two Cities: Los Angeles


Thu, Feb 20, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Co-presented with Tales from Two Cities: Writing from California
Writing Los Angeles
Walter Mosley

In conversation with author Attica Locke

Sun, Feb 16, 10:00 AM
The Library Store On Wheels
at L.A. Zine Fest on February 16th 10am - 5pm.


Thu, Feb 13, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Edward Frenkel and Chris Carter
Love, Mathematics and The X-Files

In conversation

Tue, Feb 11, 6:00 PM
Little Friends of Printmaking and Scout Books
Launch their new collaboration at The Library Store


Sat, Feb 08, 3:00 PM [ALOUD]
The Odes of Pablo Neruda: A Bilingual Reading
Olga García Echeverría, Francisco Letelier, Marisela Norte, and David Shook

Music by Gerardo Morales, classical guitarist

Mon, Feb 03, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Call Me Burroughs
Barry Miles 

In conversation with David. L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic

Thu, Jan 30, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
The Days of Anna Madrigal
Armistead Maupin

In conversation with Chris Freeman, USC professor of English and Gender Studies

Tue, Jan 28, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Orfeo: A Novel
Richard Powers

In conversation with Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW’s “Bookworm”

Sun, Jan 26, 10:00 AM
The Library Store On Wheels
at Downtown Flea on Sunday, January 26 from 10am - 4pm.


Thu, Jan 23, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music
Angélique Kidjo

In conversation with Lorraine Ali, Music Editor, Los Angeles Times

Tue, Jan 21, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
Jeanne Theoharis and Ericka Huggins

In conversation with Robin D. G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History, University of California at Los Angeles

Sun, Jan 19, 9:00 AM
The Library Store On Wheels
at Melrose Trading Post on Sunday, January 19 from 9am -5pm.


Sat, Jan 18, 5:00 PM [ALOUD]
Co-presented with Red Hen Press and Poetry Society of America
A Tribute to Wanda Coleman
With Terrance Hayes and Douglas Kearney

And featuring Stephen Kessler, Ron Koertge, Laurel Ann Bogen, Charles Harper Webb, Michael Datcher, Suzanne Lummis, Sesshu Foster, Jack and Adelle Foley, Brendan Constantine, Cecilia Woloch, Robin Coste Lewis, and Austin Straus.

Tue, Jan 14, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography
Richard Rodriguez

In conversation with Rubén Martínez, Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature & Writing, Loyola Marymount University

Thu, Jan 09, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Queens of Noise
Music, Feminism and Punk: Then and Now

Exene Cervenka, Evelyn McDonnell, and Allison Wolfe

Mon, Jan 06, 11:45 PM
Be a sponsor for the Stay Home and Read a Book Ball!


Sun, Dec 22, 10:00 PM
The Library Store On Wheels
at Downtown Flea from 10am - 4pm. 


Sat, Dec 14, 10:00 AM
The Library Store On Wheels
at Renegade from 10am - 5pm on December 14th and 15th


Thu, Dec 12, 8:15 PM
Young Literati Road Trip: Literary Death Match


Wed, Dec 11, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Co-presented with The Broad museum
The Un-Private Collection: Artist as Activist
Shirin Neshat

In conversation with Christy MacLear, Executive Director, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Mon, Dec 09, 7:30 PM [ALOUD]
An Evening with Anjelica Huston
In conversation with author Colm Tóibín

Performance by The Americans

Sun, Dec 08, 10:00 AM
The Library Store On Wheels
at a German Christmas Market from 10am - 6pm