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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!


(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.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (06/13/2017)

In case you’re still searching for that perfect mid-June read, check out this various literary events we’re excited for in the next week here in Los Angeles!

(1) June 13th, 2017 at 7:00 PM, DTLA, CA $16.99 – Rachel Ballinger Reading and Signing at The Last Bookstore

Join The Last Bookstore in welcoming YouTube sensation, Rachel Ballinger, for a reading and signing of her newest book 101 Things That Piss Me Off, based off her sit YouTube series You Know What Pisses Me Off? Tickets for the event include the cost of the book, so all ticket holders will receive a copy of the book upon arrival.

Find out more on their event page.

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(2) June 14th, 2017 at 7:30 PM, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Daniel Riley & Rosecrans Baldwin Reading at Skylight Books

Enjoy a free reading at Skylight Books in Los Feliz, LA featuring Daniel Riley and Rosecrans Baldwin! Riley will be reading from his new book, Fly Me, while Baldwin will be reading from his newest offering, The Last Kid Left.

Find out more on their event page.

(3) June 16th, 2017 at 7:30 PM, DTLA, CA FREE – SO MUCH I WANT TO TELL YOU by Anna Akana Reading at The Last Bookstore

Join The Last Bookstore in launching Anna Akana‘s newest book, So Much I Want to Tell You, a collection of letters to Akana’s younger sister.

Find out more on their event page.

(4) June 17th, 2017 at 6:00 PM, DTLA, CA FREE – Sisters in Crime Los Angeles Presents LAst Resort at The Last Bookstore

The Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime, celebrating 30 years supporting women authors, proudly presents the latest anthology from our members: LAst Resort, a convergence of the schemes and misdeeds of characters drawn to the cultural panoply that is Los Angeles. Join them at The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA for the launch!

Find out more on their event page.

(5) June 19th, 2017 at 7:30 PM, DTLA, CA FREE – The Ghost Daughter: The Shaker of Truth – Reading and Music at The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is please to present Venice-based musicians and artists k-blamo and Sacramento author Maureen O’Leary in their performance The Ghost Daughter: The Shaker of Truth. Join us for music, sweets, and a reading of The Ghost Daughter, inspired by the Loma Prieta earthquake the author and artists survived in 1989 downtown Santa Cruz.

Find out more on their event page.


5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (6/6/17)

June is a great time to pick up a new book, so with that in mind here are five literary events Red Hen Press would like to suggest in this upcoming week! Make sure to stop by and enjoy readings and signings by authors and get inspired to start a new book.

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(1) June 8th, 2017, 7:30 PM, Brooklyn, NY FREE – Red Hen Press Reading at Greenlight Bookstore

Enjoy an evening with three Red Hen authors, Ellen Meeropol, Siel Ju, and Amy Hassinger!

Ellen Meeropol presents her latest book Kinship of Clover, the story of a young man caught between political activism and extremism. Siel Ju presents her novel-in-stories Cake Time, about a young woman exploring the dark and complex undertones of her sexual encounters. Amy Hassinger presents After the Dam, a lyrical novel set in the wilds of the Wisconsin north woods about the transformative power of motherhood.

Meeropol, Ju, and Hassinger read from their work, followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Find out more on our Facebook event.

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(2) June 13th, 2017, 6:30 PM, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Red Hen Press Reading at Annenberg Community Beach House

Join Red Hen Press author Cynthia Hogue and local poet David St. John for a reading in our Annenberg series at the Annenberg Community Beach House off the Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. Also enjoy a musical performance by Justin Jackson. This event is being hosted in collaboration with the Poetry Society of America.

Read more about the authors on our website or find out more on our Facebook event.

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(3) June 11, 2017, 5:00 PM, Venice, CA $10 – Voice in the Well cultural programming at Beyond Baroque

Join Beyond Baroque, a literary arts center in Venice, for an evening of cultural arts programming hosted by Eric Vollmer. Enjoy the talents of authors, poets, musicians, and comics as they explore literary and cultural themes in a thought provoking and entertaining way.

Find out more on their event page.

(4) June 15, 2017, 7.30pm, DTLA, CA FREE – The Last Bookstore hosts Mark As Spam: An Email Game Show

Join five comedians as they “leak” their emails onstage to the Last Bookstore. If you can guess whether the emails are real ones they’ve sent, or just made up, you could win big! Prizes include a You’ve Got Mail Tote Bag, an autographed copy of Best American Emails, or even a list of thousands of email addresses bought off ebay. The event features Danielle Radford (Screen Junkies), Jamie Loftus (Cracked), Brodie Reed (@midnight), and Allegra Ringo (Vice), and is hosted by Joey Clift from Cartoon Network, with Special Guest Laura Silverman from Bob’s Burgers. It’s an event not to be missed!

For more information, or to RSVP check out the Last Bookstore’s event page here

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(5) June 10th, 2017, 5:00 PM, Los Feliz, CA FREE – Nicholas Bredie & Andrew Wessels Reading and Discussion at Skylight Books

Join author Nicholas Bredie as he discusses his forthcoming novel Not Constantinople with poet Andrew Wessels at favorite Northeast Los Angeles bookstore, Skylight Books.

Find out more on their event page.

5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week (5/30/17)

As we near the end of May and start feeling the summer heat, we at Red Hen Press would like to suggest a few literary events! Go enjoy readings and signing by these brilliant authors while you escape from the sun a while.

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(1) June 1, 2017, 2 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – PEN In The Community: POPP Anthology Reading at The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore presents students from the Police Orientation & Preparation Program (POPP), who will read from their anthology of poetry and creative non-fiction titled Stories Out of the Blue. Stories Out of the Blue is the result of a ten-week Pen In The Community residency taught by writer and teaching artist Carlos Castellanos. Please join The Last Bookstore as students share original work which reflects their communities, memories, origins, and more.

Find out more on their Facebook event.

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(2) June 1, 2017, 6:30 pm, Santa Monica, CA FREE – Publication Party! Nadine Jolie Courtney discusses and signs Romancing the Throne at DIESEL, A Bookstore

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood will host Nadine Jolie Courtney to the store to discuss her Young Adult novel, Romancing the Throne, on Thursday, June 1st at 6:30 pm. This will be her publication party and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Find out more on their event page.

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(3) June 2, 2017, 12 pm, Pasadena, CA FREE – PMCA 1234: First Free Friday & 15th Birthday!

On Thursday Red Hen Press will join PMCA in celebration of the museum’s fifteenth anniversary. This free, all-ages event will welcome the community to explore the museum, participate in arts and crafts, and enjoy complimentary refreshments. The evening will conclude with a reading by Red Hen authors William Archila, Douglas Manuel and Lisa C. Krueger, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Find out more on the Facebook event.

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(4) June 4, 2017, 4 pm, West Hollywood, CA FREE – Renate Stendhal discusses and signs Kiss Me Again, Paris at Book Soup

Book Soup will have Renate Stendhal in for a discussion and signing of her book Kiss Me Again, Paris this Sunday. We encourage you to go and enjoy these incredible stories and recollections of her life in Paris.

Find out more on their Facebook event.

(5) June 2, 2017, 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Tommy Pico reads from his new book of poetry Nature Poem, together with Melissa Broder at Skylight Books

Join Skylight Books as they host a reading by Tommy Pico and Melissa Broder from Pico’s book of poetry Nature Poem. Nature Poem follows Teebs―a young, queer, American Indian (or NDN) poet―who can’t bring himself to write a nature poem. For the reservation-born, urban-dwelling hipster, the exercise feels stereotypical, reductive, and boring. He hates nature. He prefers city lights to the night sky. He’d slap a tree across the face. He’d rather write a mountain of hashtag punchlines about death and give head in a pizza-parlor bathroom; he’d rather write odes to Aretha Franklin and Hole. But Teebs gradually learns how to interpret constellations through his own lens, along with human nature, sexuality, language, music, and Twitter. Even while he reckons with manifest destiny and genocide and centuries of disenfranchisement, he learns how to have faith in his own voice.

Find out more on their event page.