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Photos: Librarians With Libations As Young Literati Toast The LAPL

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Los Angeles’ bookish types came together on Saturday night at Sony Pictures Studios for a great party—the Young Literati’s Sixth Annual Toast—to benefit the Los Angeles Public Library and its summer reading clubs.

The event was curated by some recognizable names: Amanda Fairey, Young Literati chair, and her husband Shepard Fairey (who also DJed through the night); actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt; musician Moby; and actress Busy Philipps. It was a great night of people-watching, too, as they brought their friends along to perform, read or just sip some great libations like Seven Grand’s old-fashioneds (our fav).

During the program, which focused on L.A. literature, special guests read some recognizable and some more obscure passages. Comedian Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, The League) read from Joe Loya’s "How to Choose a Soundtrack for a Bank Robbery Getaway"; actor Aaron D. Spears (The Bold and the Beautiful) read from Wanda Coleman’s, "L.A. Love Cry"; actress Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) read an excerpt from John Fante’s Ask the Dust; and director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Labor Day) read from Raymond Chandler's Red Wind.

Comedian Tig Notaro took a different approach and did a hilarious read through of Goodreads reviews of the aforementioned works. And to bookend the readings, opening and closing songs were performed by Moby and Jenny and Johnny (Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice), respectively.

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