There's Going To Be A Ton Of Cool Literary Events In Town This Week
A giant writing conference (and it’s 12,000 attendees) will be coming to L.A. later this week to rub elbows, hold esoteric panels and make book deals—but what does that mean for you, non-attendee? A veritable cornucopia of cool literary events, and a strong chance of free booze to boot.
So as the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference and Bookfair swarms the Convention Center, here are some of our favorite picks from the constellation of off-site, open-to-the public events that will be held across the city. A full list can be found here.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30
Hello Los Angeles AWP Kickoff Party
For those who get off work early, Litfolks (Melissa Chadburn, Antonia Crane, Anna March, Ashley Perez, Laura Warrell) will be hosting an AWP Kickoff Party to benefit 826LA over at Barcito. Other notable featured guests include Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo and Luis Alberto Urrea. Cash bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free, but $10 suggested donation to benefit 826LA.
Coiled Serpent Publication Reading Hosted by Luis Rodriguez
Beyond Baroque Books and Tia Chucha Press present a publication party and reading for “Coiled Serpent: Poets arising from the cultural quakes and shifts of Los Angeles,” hosted by our very own Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Luis Rodriguez, at the Ace Hotel. Doors at 6 p.m., music and mingling from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., and a poetry reading from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Free, but registration required.
Poetry by the Pool
The Iowa Review will be hosting a poolside, rooftop reading featuring a strong roster of writers including John Freeman (former editor of Granta), Mark Levine, Kiki Petrosino, Amber Tamblyn, and Elizabeth Willis on the roof of the Ace Hotel. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free.
Saturnalia Books Celebration Reading featuring Amy Gerstler
The Pennsylvania-based press will be hosting a celebration and reading at Malo in Silverlake in honor of their new books. Poet-legend Amy Gerstler will be joined by a number of Saturnalia authors for Mexican food, drinks, and (what else?) poetry. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free.
Say Their Names
Cihuatl Ce, founder of Ovarian Psyco-Cycles, LA’s own bad-ass feminist bicycle brigade, will be joined by other artist-activists at Boyle Height’s La Concha community center to call attention to the role of poetry in the struggle for social justice, and the losses suffered in our communities. In keeping with the name of the event, a hat will be passed to raise money for L.A. Black Lives Matter activists currently on trial. 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31
Les Femmes D'un Certain Age
Big attitudes and brief readings of poetry and prose by female authors at downtown’s Last Bookstore. Wine and “other delectables” will be provided. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free.
Don Chente DTLA Rooftop Pachanga Huizache
Celebrate the fifth issue of Huizache Magazine at Don Chente Bar Grill & Lounge for a downtown LA rooftop party for with readings by novelist Héctor Tobar and journalist/poet Rubén Martínez, among others, along with music by East LA indie-alt-rocker Lysa Flores. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m Free but RSVPs requested.
An Evening with Phillip Lopate and Gregory Pardio
Chevalier's Books in Hancock Park will host Phillip Lopate, a celebrated essayist, poet, novelist, film critic and anthologist, in conversation with Gregory Pardlo, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Poetry. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free.
Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine are hosting a “Prufrock Party” at downtown’s Regent Theater. Special guests include Eileen Myles and Melissa Broder (of @sosadtoday Twitter fame), with music by Bouquet and Tülips. 8 p.m. Free.
Publishing: A Conversation
Desiree Cooper will moderate a discussion on the subject and state of literary publishing with Laila Lalami and Angela Flournoy, among others, at Leimert Park’s Eso Won Books. 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free.
FRIDAY, APRIL 1
Is Editors Necessary? A London Review of Books Panel
Panelists will discuss the constantly transforming but age-old art of editing at Casey’s Irish Pub downtown. Moderated by LRB editor at large Christian Lorentzen with Uzoamaka Maduka (American Reader) Michael Miller (Bookforum) Joanna Yas (Open City), and James Yeh (Vice). Food and drinks to be served. 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free.
The Lost Poems of Pablo Neruda: A Copper Canyon Press Book Launch
The first-ever public reading of Pablo Neruda's lost poems in translation will be held at the Ace Hotel. Copper Canyon Press authors and friends will celebrate the legacy of Pablo Neruda and the publication of “Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda” translated by Forrest Gander. An all-star lineup up poets will read from the book in both English and Spanish. 7 p.m. Free.
The Rumpus and Rare Bird Present "Pick Your Poison"
L.A.'s Rare Bird press will be hosting a reading with The Rumpus at Lethal Amounts, emceed by Antonia Crane. Doors open at 7 p.m., reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.
The Beautiful and the Damned
PEN Center USA, Literary Hub, and the National Book Critics Circle will be hosting a major shindig at The Palm Court Ballroom at the Alexandria Hotel downtown. Think Champagne toasts, a photobooth, burlesque, and National Book Critics Circle finalists and award winners including Paul Beatty, Maggie Nelson, and Sam Quinones. Free, but RSVP on Facebook.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2
Radio Novela: A Night of Stories y Sonidos
A multilingual listening and reading experience with poets, fiction writers, and radio producers hosted by by the MFA Program of the University of Miami, Sinking City and Carolina Wren Press, with support from KCRW Santa Monica and Poesía Para La Gente at 826 LA Echo Park. Food from Homegirl Cafe will be served. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free.
N+1 AWP Party
N+1, The hippest of hip New York City literary journals, is putting on a party upstairs at the Ace Hotel. Think discounted subscriptions, music by Celia Rae Hollander, and a short reading or two. 8 p.m. Free.