This is Your Library...
Join us for the inauguration of a new series of late-night talk show-like events occurring after-hours at the historic Central Library downtown, featuring well-known and not so well-known Angelenos talking about what they do, how they do it and what it means to be doing it in Los Angeles, with dj’s, live music, food trucks and full bar. Hosted by Justin Veach. Guests appearing as part of This is Your Library will autograph copies of their books, cd's or other merchandise made available for purchase courtesy of the Library Store.
$15 General Admission / $12 Young Literati & Library Associates
7:30pm Doors Open / 8:00pm Conversation / 9:30pm Music
Ceci Bastida is a Latin Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and musician who was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. At the age of 15, she joined Tijuana NO as a lead vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter and became one of the first women to rise in the ranks of Latin rock. One of Mexico's most important ska-punk bands of the 1990s, Tijuana NO performed together for 12 years and recorded three albums for BMG: NO, Transgresores de la Ley, and Contra-Revolucion Avenue. Their song "Pobre de Ti" and their cover of The Clash's "Spanish Bombs" are considered rock en español classics. In 2000, Ceci joined the band of top-selling Sony/BMG recording artist Julieta Venegas and sang back-up vocals and played keyboards with her for seven years. Now a solo artist, Ceci has just released her debut album Veo La Marea, which includes guest appearances from Rye Rye, Mexican rapper Niña Dioz, and Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Transplants). Her song "Cuando Vuelvas a Caer" was nominated for a 2010 Latin Grammy in the category of "Best Alternative Song."
Jonathan Gold is the LA Weekly's restaurant critic and the author of Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles. He has been restaurant critic for California, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine and Gourmet, where he was the first food writer ever to be nominated for a general national award in criticism, and he has won James Beard Awards for both magazine and newspaper restaurant reviews. Gold also contributes to the radio shows “Good Food” and “This American Life.” In 2007 he became the first food writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
Martín Gómez is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, which serves over four million people—the largest population of any library in the United States. He oversees the Central Library, its 72 branches and 800 employees. Martin has championed expanded access to library resources in urban communities. He has served as President of the Urban Libraries Council, which supports research, continuing education and programs that strengthen the public library as an essential part of urban life. As director of the Oakland Public Library, Gómez lead a successful effort to merge the African American History and Museum Society into the city’s public library system. He also spearheaded a digital revolution at the Brooklyn Public Library, the country’s fourth largest library system. Gómez is current chairman of the board of the Poets House in New York City. He also serves on the board of the non-profit Sesame Workshop based in NYC.
Christian Lander is the creator of the popular blog StuffWhitePeopleLike.com and the author of the New York Times bestselling book Stuff White People Like. A one-time Ph.D. candidate and acclaimed public-speaking instructor, he has traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, living among white people and studying their native customs. He presently resides in Los Angeles, where he enjoys such local pleasures as Ray Ban Wayfarers, skinny jeans, yoga, interior design, and crippling debt. Christian will be signing copies of his new book, Whiter Shades of Pale.
Keith Morris has been a seminal figure in the American punk movement since the late '70s, having been a founding member and vocalist for the infamous L.A. band, Black Flag. After the group issued their groundbreaking 1979 debut, Nervous Breakdown EP, Morris left to form the Circle Jerks. Together the band issued six studio albums, including their seminal first album, Group Sex, in 1980, and 1983's standout Golden Shower of Hits. Keith is currently performing in the new super group OFF!.
Unless otherwise indicated, ALOUD programs take place at the Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.