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Red Hen Press Events Across the Country This Week

Red Hen is hard at work with a ton of events across the country, from L.A. to New York, for you to check out! We kicked off this exciting week on Sunday with our grand groundbreaking ceremony for our new nest right here in Pasadena, but the fun doesn’t stop there! With a slew of new and upcoming publications to celebrate, we have RHP events running almost every day this week from coast to coast, and we hope all of you can come along, hang out with some of our authors, listen to some fantastic readings, and have an amazing time. We have something for everyone, at some of the best locations in Southern California and New York.

Here’s a run-down of everything we’ve got going on:

 

Sunday, September 10, 2017 – Pasadena, CA

THE RED HEN PRESS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

Red Hen was proud to welcome authors, fans, and esteemed guests to celebrate our new nest on Lincoln Avenue in Pasadena, California. Refreshments were served, live music was played, readings were given, and a fantastic good time was had by all! We’d like to thank everyone that came out to celebrate with us, and we hope to see you at more of our events held in our new space!

 

 

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Santa Monica, CA – TONIGHT!

BEACH=CULTURE RED HEN PRESS READING

Join us at the Annenberg Community Beach House TONIGHT for the last Red Hen Press Beach=Culture reading of the year! Join Amy Hassinger, Ellen Meeropol, Peggy Shumaker, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, with a dance by Sheetal Gandhi, as we explore the power of words to change the world, with big stories about family, the environmental story of the planet, and the lives of women. Imagine a world of dams bursting, bears in the Alaskan dawn, plants taking over the room, and refugees searching for peace.

This is a free event, but reservations are REQUIRED for entry, so don’t forget to RSVP!

Note: No need to print out your ticket; just mention your last name when checking in.

Time: 5:30-6:30pm: Docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the history of the Beach House site.

6:30-7:30pm: Reading with Amy Hassinger, Ellen Meeropol, Peggy Shumaker and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, with dance by Sheetal Gandhi

Location: Annenberg Community Beach House
Address:415 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Santa Monica , CA 90402

Learn more about the event here.

 

 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – New York, NY

RED HEN PRESS AT THE CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ

Join our Red Hen Press in New York City series at the Cornelia Street Cafe for a reading with Red Hen authors Chelsey Clammer, Kathline Carr and Sebastian Matthews! Come on down for a great time with fantastic authors and quintessential New York culture.

Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Cornelia Street Café
Address: 29 Cornelia St
New York, NY 10014

Entry is $10, which includes a FREE drink.

To reserve seating, call Cornelia Street Cafe at (212) 989-9319.

Learn more about the event here and check out the rest of our series in New York here!

 

 

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Thursday, September 14th, 2017 – New York, NY

RED HEN PRESS AT BGSQD

Join Judy Grahn, Jason Schneiderman, t’ai freedom ford, Heather Aimee O’Neill, Dean Kostos, and Celeste Gainey for the Bureau of General Services – Queer Division – Poetry Reading in celebration of HANGING ON OUR OWN BONES, the new poetry collection from LGBTQ and feminist icon/activist Judy Grahn. Through seven narrative poems, Grahn weaves real-life conditions with goddess mythology to construct modern interpretations of lamentation in nine parts, directing attention to critiquing white supremacy, honoring battered women, exalting the powers of menstruation, conflating all labor with birth imagery, and revealing lateral hostilities among potential allies, all in order to arouse a meaningful social critique.

Admission is free and the reading is set to begin at 7:00 PM!

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Bureau of General Services-Queer Division
208 W 13th St, Rm 210
New York, NY 10011

Learn more about the event here!

 

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Friday, September 15th, 2017 – New York, NY

RED HEN PRESENTS: ELISE PASCHEN, ELLEN RACHLIN, AND EDWARD HIRSCH AT POETS HOUSE

Join Red Hen author Elise Paschen, with Ellen Rachlin, and Edward Hirsch as they read from their new collections and join you all for a light reception at the Elizabeth Kray Hall and Margo Viscusi Reading Room!

General admission is $10, $7 for students, and $5 for Poets House members.

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Poets House
Elizabeth Kray Hall and Margo Viscusi Reading Room
10 River Terrace
New York , NY 10282

Learn more about the event here!

 

 

 

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Saturday, September 16th, 2017 – New York, NY

FLORENCIA RAMIREZ, KGB BAR ELW BOOK READING with author POPE BROCK

Come join Florencia Ramirez, Pope Brock, and Catherine Woodard for an illustrious reading at the famed KGB Bar off 4th street! Florencia Ramirez’s latest release, EAT LESS WATER, discusses water conservation as it relates to the food and drink industry, and provides guidance and recipes on how we can all conserve water through eating less of it. Pope Brock’s ANOTHER FINE MESS discusses the possibility of colonizing outer space, a satirical look in to what life might be like living on the moon.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: KGB Bar
Address:85 E 4th St.
New York , NY 10003

Learn more about the event here!

 

 

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Sunday, September 17th, 2017 — San Francisco, CA

RED HEN PRESS AT CITY LIGHTS

Red Hen authors Pope Brock, Florencia Ramirez, and Karen Shoemaker will be at the famed City Lights bookstore for a fantastic afternoon of reading! Pope Brock’s latest release, ANOTHER FINE MESS: LIFE ON TOMORROW’S MOON takes the reader on a vivid satirical journey to learn just what life might look like living on tomorrow’s moon and what could happen if we started to colonize outer space. Florencia Ramirez’s EAT LESS WATER tells the story of water served on our plates: an eye-opening account of the under-appreciated environmental threat of water scarcity, and how we all can eat less water. Karen Shoemaker’s THE MEANING OF NAMES, a consuming tale of one family’s confrontation with the violence and hatred that swept across America during the First Great War for Peace, is the winner of the 2016 One Book One Nebraska Selection as well as the 2014 Omaha Reads Selection.

This is a FREE event and all are welcome!

Time: 5:00pm
Location: City Lights Bookstore
Address: 261 Columbus Ave,
San Francisco, CA 94133

Learn more about the event here!

Red Hen Acquires THE LIKELY WORLD

Red Hen Press is excited to announce the acceptance of a new book, The Likely World, from Agent Bill Clegg, of The Clegg Agency. Melanie Conroy-Goldman’s debut novel is a gritty tale of addiction, loss, and recovery, and is set to release in the fall of 2020.

Book Synopsis

A mother struggling to stay clean and care for her toddler Juni has her life and sobriety upended by the sudden arrival and disappearance of a man she thought was gone forever. In search of this man, the father of her child, Mellie is drawn back into a netherworld she once inhabited, a world plagued by the drug “cloud” and the long term damage that it inflicts upon the mind. She must retrace the winding, bloody path the drug has scrawled across her life, from her first encounter as a teenager lost in the sweat and fog of the nascent Boston punk scene, to her descent from bohemian student to desperate addict in early 90s New York, and finally to the antiseptic glare of a porn set and the harsh California sun. As the pursuit continues and the specter of Mellie’s past acquires a terrifying solidity, she will have to fight for Juni and the fraction of a family that she has tried so hard to build.

The Reviews Are In

Author Melanie Conroy Goldman and her debut novel have already received early praise. Mary Gaitskill writes:

The Likely World is bizarre and beautiful, equal parts brainy lit and gut-bucket pulp. Its heroine is unlike any female character I’ve ever encountered and I love her.”

Peter Ho Davies writes:

“Conroy-Goldman’s gritty, street postmodernism will rewire your brain in ways that recall David Foster Wallace or Philip K. Dick. But it’s the depth of feeling here, about love, about motherhood, reminiscent of Rachel Kushner or Claire Vaye Watkins, that will break your heart.”

We can’t wait to share this fantastic new title with you!


Meet the Author

Melanie Conroy-Goldman teaches fiction writing as an associate professor of English at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review and McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies. She lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband, daughter, and two step-daughters. In addition to teaching and writing, she runs the Trias Residency for Writers and teaches for the Cornell Prison Education Program. The Likely World will be her first published novel.

Melanie Conroy-Goldman is represented by Bill Clegg. The Clegg Agency is based in New York and publishes autobiography/memoir, literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry. Clients include Emma Cline, Nick Flynn, Rivka Galchen, Lauren Groff, Christopher Hebert, Tao Lin, Ottessa Moshfegh, Rob Spillman, Matthew Thomas, and Kao Kalia Yang.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (08/22/17)

The total solar eclipse was yesterday morning.  From the concrete in front of our doors around 10 am, while squinting through some $10 cardboard eclipse glasses, two of us interns saw that the moon was indeed in the process of slicing our light from the sun.  Today, our sun is whole and what could follow such a splendid event as a total solar eclipse? Definitely literary events.  We hope that you got to see the little crescent shadows cast by leaves on the ground, if not the sun’s corona yesterday.  Today, we hope that you will consider attending some of these events that make up the continual parade of literary consciousness and expression that we think nothing short of splendid.

(1) Tuesday, August 22nd @ 7:30 pm, Wellfleet Public Library in Wellfleet, MA.  Ellen Meeropol & Jacqueline Sheehan Book Talk & Signing.

Join authors Ellen Meeropol & Jacqueline Sheehan as they read from and discuss their most recent books.  The event is free and sure to be engaging.

 

(2) Thursday, August 24th @ 7:30 pm, Pegasus Books in Berkeley, CA.  Brynn Saito Reading with Charif Shanahan, Emily Jungmin Yoon, and Javier Zamora.

We published Brynn’s poetry collections The Palace of Contemplating Desire in 2013 and Power Made Us Swoon in 2016.  Join Brynn at this event and help us as we continue to celebrate her poetry.

 

(3) Sunday, August 27th @ 2 pm, The Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library, Claremont, CA.  Douglas Manuel & Angela Peñaredondo present their work.

Douglas Manuel reads from his poetry collection, Testify, recently published by Red Hen Press.  Genevieve Kaplan and Friends of the Claremont Library will host.  This event is your opportunity to acquaint yourself with Douglas Manuel’s poignant work.  Try not to miss it!

(4) Saturday, August 26th @ 4 pm, So Many Olympic Exertions Book Launch at Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, CA.

Anelise Chen and Jarett Kobek will read from their latest releases, So Many Olympic Exertions (Kaya Press) and The Future Won’t Be Long (Viking).  Check out this event for an introduction to the debut books of two striking and inventive writers.

(5) Friday, August 25th @ 8 pm, The Last Book Store, Los Angeles, CA.  The Last Book Review with Ever Mainard.

Mainard invites creative folks to tell humorous, honest stories and to share one book review.  If you haven’t attended one of these events yet, we highly recommend that you find some time to drop by this Friday.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (08/08/17)

It’s always good to get out and try something new. If you haven’t been to one of these cool literary events, why not try now? (And if you have, why not go again!) You’re certain to find something new to read and may even meet some cool people too!

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(1) August 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm, Santa Monica, CA FREE – Red Hen Press Reading at Annenberg Community Beach House

Join authors Gabriel Jesiolowski, Lisa C. Krueger, Eric Morago and Ricardo Means Ybarra read some of their poetry, plus an art display of works by Jesiolowski and artist Sally Krueger-Wyman. Find a different way of seeing with four readers, including a prison educator, a surfer & Malibu Poet Laureate, a clinical psychologist, and the winner of the 2015 Benjamin Saltman Award.

Learn more about the page on our Facebook event.

(1) August 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Carolyn Murnick in Conversation With Christine Pelisek at The Last Bookstore

New York Magazine editor Carolyn Murnick presents her debut memoir, The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder at The Last Bookstore. It’s the story of two childhood friends whose paths diverge as young adults, and one of whom who ends up dead, leaving the other to determined to uncover the truth. Christine Pelisek will also be there, asking and answering questions.

Get more information on the Last Bookstore website.

 

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(3) August 10, 2017 at 65:30 pm, Lenox, Massachusetts FREE – The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar Present: Ellen Meeropol

Come meet Red Hen author Ellen Meeropol at The Bookstore & Get Lit Win Bar as she reads from her novel Kinship of Clover, which is published by us! How do you make change? A college student obsessed with plant extinctions, a teenager with spina bifida, an aging activist facing dementia, and a man just learning the truth of his father’s race try to figure that out.

Get more information on our website.

(1) August 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Mimi Pond Discusses Her Graphic Novel The Customer is Always Wrong With Wayne White at Skylight Books

Acclaimed Los Angeles illustrator, Mimi Pond, will discuss her new graphic novel, The Customer is Always Wrong, which tells the story of a young artist, Madge, who works in a cafe in Oakland in the late seventies. The Imperial Cafe is home to drunks, junkies, thieves, and creeps, which makes things interesting for Madge.

Get more information here.

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(1) August 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Roar Shack Presents “Shine On” Sunday in Echo Park

Roar Shack Reading Series presents “Shine On” Sunday, feature an amazing line up of authors—including a Red Hen author! Hear readings from Siel Ju, Martina Blumenthal, Lisa Cheby, Brad Griffith, Patrick O’Neil and last month’s Live Write winner Jane Starr.

Learn more on the Facebook event page.

 

Intern Spotlight

Ever wanted to know more about the interns that help to power Red Hen Press? Intern Spotlight is our new monthly series that will introduce you to a member of the intern team. Let’s kick it off by learning more about Nicole, one of our Editorial Interns.

Name: Nicole

Hometown: Wall, South Dakota

 

What department do you intern for?

I’m in Editorial. I copy-edit. The first step is the blue sheet, which is going line by line and looking for grammar, spelling, and formatting mistakes, the green sheet is proof reading the layout after it’s come back from design, and then the gold sheet is making sure it’s perfect.

 

Why Red Hen?

Last fall I decided I really wanted to make sure I had a publishing internship for the summer, so I looked around and chose five publishing houses. Red Hen has a good reputation—people in my English department in Nebraska knew about them and said it was a good one to strive for. I applied, I got a copy-editing test and an interview. When they accepted me and I cried at the Daily Nebraskan (where I work).

 

What are your career goals?

I want to move to New York and work in Young Adult publishing for one of the big five. I would love to work for Penguin Teen. That’s the dream.

 

Where did you or do you go to university?

I go to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

 

Let’s get literary . . . What’s your favorite book?

That’s hard . . . Currently my favorite series is the Lunar Chronicles, which is a re-telling of fairy tales. The first one is a retelling of Cinderella where Cinderella is a cyborg.

 

What’s your favorite RHP book?

I really like Cake Time by Siel Ju. Next, I’m going to read Sex World by Ron Koertge and I’m really excited about that.

 

What’s your best RHP memory?

After my first event Red Hen’s Managing Editor Kate Gale took some other interns, staff, and me out, and it was a really great way to get to know people. We had a good old time!

 

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I come from a town of 800 people. I graduated with 26 kids in my class. People think that’s weird.

 

 

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (08/01/17)

Can you believe it’s August? And with its entrance, the heat continues. Why not shelter from the California sun at one of these literary events we’re looking forward to this week?

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(1) August 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm, Redondo Beach, CA FREE – Derek D. Brown  at Coffee Cartel Open Mic

Spoken word artist and poet, Derek D. Brown, will take to the stage in an evening of oratory gymnastics. He will be reading from Articulate Scars, his first published poetry collection. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Make sure you get there early to grab a spot! Learn more on the event Facebook Page.

(2) August 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Christa Faust and Gary Phillips Read From Their Comic Peepland at Skylight Books

Christa Faust and Gary Phillips will read from their comic, Peepland. It tells the story of a Peepbooth worker in Times Square, and a chance encounter that ends in murder. Learn more about Peepland and the event here.

 

August 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Saul Ramirez at the Steynberg Gallery at the Last Bookstore

Interested in chess? Saul Ramirez will be speaking about his new book, The Champions’ Game. Learn more about the rules of chessand life. Get your book signed and even play a game of chess with Saul Ramirez, or coaches David Alvarado and Adrian Herrera. Learn more here.

August 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Very Small Rooms: A Reading at The Pop-Hop

Very Small Rooms is a reading presented by Potluck Mag and hosted by Pop-Hop Books & Print. Featuring Bill Lessard, Caroline Hayes, Amanda Choo Quan, jordan hoxie, and more. Leah Clancy will be MCing. This is an event not to be missed! Learn more and RSVP on the Facebook page

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(5) August 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm, San Louis Obispo, CA FREE – Holaday Mason Reading at the Steynberg Gallery

Red Hen author Holaday Mason will be reading from the anthology Angle of Reflection at the Steynberg Gallery. Get more information here.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (07/25/17)

It’s almost the end of July—2017 seems to be going by in a flash! Why not make some memories at one—or more—of the events we’re looking forward to this week.

(1) July 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm, San Francisco, CA FREE – A Bunch of Bad Hombres: Immigrant Writers Respond to Trump at SF Public Library Main Branch

Join Red Hen Press author Andrew Lam, and other writers, in a moderated discussion about the impact the current regime has on immigrant authors. They’ll be discussing how it affects their lives and creativity, and even how immigrant voices can advance cultural curiosity. Presented by Litquake and moderated by Nyuol Lueth Tong, editor of The Bare Life Review. Reserve your tickets here.

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(2) July 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – PEN Center USA’s Book Club at The Edison in DTLA

PEN Center USA’s book club meets every month at The Edison. The event is open to the public—and free! It features monthly cocktails inspired by the book being discussed, plenty of conversation, and often a guest author. This month they’ll be discussing All Grown Up by Jamie Attenberg. Learn more here.

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(3) July 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm, Ventura, CA FREE – A Bunch of Bad Hombres: Immigrant Writers Respond to Trump at E.P. Foster Library

Join Holaday Mason as she reads from the anthology Angle of Reflection. This collections features work from poets Marjorie Becker, Jeanette Clough, Dina Hardy, Paul Lieber, Sarah Maclay, Holaday Mason, Jim Natal, Jan Wesley, Brenda Yates, and Mariano Zaro, with an Introduction by David St. John. Find out more here.

(4) July 27-29, 2017 at 11:00 am-9:00 pm, Washington, DC FREE – Asian American Literary Festival

This three day event celebrates Asian American Literature. With hundreds of panels and speakers, there’s plenty to interest  you! Get the schedule and more information here. Check out Andrew Lam on Friday at Vietnamese Diasporic Literature Today.

(5) July 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – The Last Book Review at The Last Bookstore

Ever Mainard invites authors, comedians, and musicians to tell true—and funny—stories and one book review. The event is a Time Out Critic’s Pick and recommended by LAist, LA Weekly, Divulge Magazine, and Yay!LA Magazine. It’s not to be missed! RSVP here.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (07/18/17)

Looking to get literary this summer? Here are some events we at Red Hen press are looking forward to this week!

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(1) July 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Nicole J. Georges discusses her graphic novel memoir Fetch at Skylight Books

Dog lovers rejoice! Nicole J. Georges is doing a reading from her new graphic novel Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home. The memoir-in-pictures chronicles the story of her relationship with Beija, a shar-pei/corgi mix with a troublesome temper she adopted when she was sixteen. For the next fifteen years Bejia is the one constant in Georges’ life. Through rocky relationships, depression and the Portland punk scene, Bejia was present with her “Don’t Pet Me” bandana.

Read more about the event here.

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(2) July 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm, Chicago, IL FREE – Forms & Features at Chicago Public Library: Rhyme

Join the Chicago Public Library in a discussion about and creative workshop about rhyme in poetry, moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney.

All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop .

Learn more about it on the event page.

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(3) July 22, 2017 at 11:00 am, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Poetry Postcards III at Beyond Baroque

Love poetry and unhappy with our current administration? Do something about it! Join the Beyond Baroque community in writing and mailing protest poems to political representatives. All supplies are provided, including a list of local and national representatives. Donations are accepted but not required.

Get more information on the Beyond Baroque website calendar.

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(4) July 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm, Berkeley, CA FREE – Reading from The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty at the Berkeley Public Library

Richard Schwartz will discuss and read from his new book The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. It is the story of actor M.B. Curtis who funded the lighting of the Statue of Liberty. Curtis reached the pinnacle of celebrity fame, as well as the depths of failure in his long career as an actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and even murder suspect.

Learn more about the event here.

(5) July 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – The Late Show: An Evening with Michael Connelly at the Last Bookstore

Join the Last Bookstore as they host Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of 29 books, including The Wrong Side of Goodbye and The Crossing. Connelly will discuss his newest novel, and introduce his brand new character, LAPD Detective Renée Ballard. The story follows her as she investigates the murder of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting.

It’s sure to be an interesting evening. Make sure you arrive early to get a spot. Learn more about the evening and the book itself here.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week

We at Red Hen Press have a few suggestions for things to do in an attempt to escape the heat this week. We hope to see you at some of these events!

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(1) June 21, 2017 at 7:15 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Accidental Activism at the Los Angeles Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium

From growing up as a devout woman from a modest family in Saudia Arabia to becoming an unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women’s right to drive, Manal al-Sharif recounts her life’s journey in her ferociously intimate new memoir Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening. When working in the male-dominated field of computer security engineering in her twenties, al-Sharif was labeled a slut for chatting with male colleagues. Her teenage brother chaperoned her on business trips, and while she kept a car in her garage, she was forbidden from driving down city streets behind the wheel. No longer able to tolerate the Saudi kingdom’s contradictions, al-Sharif stood up to a kingdom of men—and won. Discussing her powerful story of resilience with Kelly McEvers, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered, al-Sharif explores the difficulties, absurdities, and joys of making your voice heard.

Find out more on their event page.

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(2) June 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women of South Central by Christine Pelisek at The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is hosting award-winning investigative reporter Christine Pelisek and her new book, The Grim Sleeper. Join them to learn more about the hunt to find the most ruthless serial killer in Los Angeles’s history. Christine will be interviewed by Associated Press reporter Sandy Cohen.

Find out more on their event page.

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(3) June 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm, Venice, CA PAID ADMISSION – Christopher Merrill Reads with David St. John at Beyond Baroque

Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water, and Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; translations of Aleš Debeljak’s Anxious Moments and The City and the Child; and has edited several volumes. David St. John is the author of twelve collections of poetry including Study for the World’s Body, nominated for The National Book Award in Poetry. Join them for a reading and discussion at Beyond Baroque.

Find out more on their calendar page.

(4) June 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Sitting in Bars with Cake – Audrey Shulman – Recipe Tasting at The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore will host Audrey Shulman for a complimentary cake tasting of recipes from her memoir, Sitting in Bars with Cake: Lessons & Recipes from One Year of Trying to Bake My Way to a Boyfriend this Saturday. Audrey will be handing out free cake (and maybe even free stories) based on her year long adventure barhopping around town with dessert.

Find out more on their event page.

(5) June 25, 207 at 4:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Cari Lynn with Saul Sarabia, Antoinette Carter, and Tiffany Jonhson Discuss BECOMING MS. BURTON at Skylight Books

Joing Skylight Books for a discussion of this story of one woman’s remarkable odyssey from tragedy to prison to recovery-and recognition as a leading figure in the national justice reform movement.

Find out more on their event page.

 

Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

This Saturday is Father’s Day, and just like for Mother’s Day, Red Hen has got your last-minute gift needs covered! Whether your father is a fan of literature or you are just hoping to share a good read with him, we have some amazing books for your dad to sit back and relax with. Here are a few of our titles that are perfect for all the fantastic fathers out there!

For the comic-book lover:
Oldguy Superhero by William Trowbridge and Suicide Hotline Hold Music by Jessy Randall
Both Oldguy and Suicide Hotline are books of poetry accompanied by illustrations. These poems will have your dad laughing and crying at the same time. Filled with fun poems about aging and introspective poems that leave the reader asking tough questions, Trowbridge and Randall are definitely collections to add to your father’s library!
For the boyscout at heart:
Lessons from Summer Camp by Jim Tilley
How many times have you sat with your father and discussed his boyscout days, or his youth during which he ran wild with his friends climbing trees and scraping knees? In Lessons from Summer Camp, Jim Tilley takes a fifty-year retrospective look at a ten-year period during his childhood and adolescence to discover what summer camp was really about. If your dad has even a drop of adventurous spirit in him, he will love this book!
For the too-busy-to-finish-a-novel:
Birds of Paradise Lost by Andrew Lam and The Mighty Currawongs by Brian Doyle
Lam and Doyle’s collections of stories touch on subjects ranging from the trials of war, questioning faith to what it might be like to sing in a ska band. These collections of short stories are perfect for the fathers who enjoy short but impactful stories. Gift your dad with one of these titles and he’ll thank you before he’s finished the first chapter.
For the philosopher:
Song of Two Worlds by Alan Lightman
If you ever find yourself getting into long debates with your father over the larger questions in life, Lightman’s collection is a must read that your dad will thank you for every day! Following a mysterious personal tragedy, the narrator awakens one morning revitalized and begins a Dante-like journey to find something to believe in, turning to the worlds of science, philosophy, religion, and human life. Song of Two Worlds‘ message reached across the world to Bangalore, India where Derek Domnic D’souza was so enraptured by Lightman’s work, he began illustrating each chapter. This reprinting features D’souza’s brilliant work!
For the devoted husband
The Love Project by Wanda Coleman and  Austin Straus and Sex World by Ron Koertge
The Love Project and Sex World are perfect for the father that wants to stay up to date and learn about the numerous view-points that exist on love. While Coleman and Straus’s work covers the strain politics puts on their relationship, Koertge’s collection covers a wide array of stories that discuss heartbreak, a secret in Lois Lane’s diary and how mother and father met. These collections will keep your father turning pages long into the night.