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14 APRIL 2018 — saturday

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  • Journalist and critic Michelle Dean discusses her new nonfiction book Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, featuring essayist and critic Carina Chocano, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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  • Visual artist Gronk joins poet Gail Wronsky for a reading, visual presentation, and discussion of their collaborations on his gorgeous book covers for What Press, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, $10, $6 students/seniors, members free, 8:00 (www. beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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  • Beyond Baroque presents "Moon, Lover, Mother, Dog: 4 poets and 4 themes in 4 minutes sets," featuring poets Daniel McGinn, Danielle Mitchell, Mahsa Hosseini, and Antonio Appling, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, $10, $6 students/seniors, members free, 4:00 (www. beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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    NORTH:
  • The Jackson Wheeler Series 2018 presents a reading by poets Patty Seyburn and Dian Sousa, Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard, $4/members free/$2 seniors/$3 students and children, 6:00 (www.carnegieam.org)
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15 APRIL 2018 — sunday

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  • Poet, novelist, essayist, and UCLA Creative Writing Program Director Fred D'Aguiar is joined by writer Sholeh Wolpé for a reading and discussion, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, $10 admission, $6 students/seniors, members free, 7:30(www. beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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  • Novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison reads from her new memoir The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath with poet and prose writer Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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  • Santa Monica Review editor Andrew Tonkovich presents three recent contributors to the West Coast literary magazine, short story writers Grace Singh Smith, Alex R. Jons, and Andrew Nicholls, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, $10, $6 students/seniors, members free, 4:30 (www. beyondbaroque.org/calendar.html)
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16 APRIL 2018 — monday

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  • Sloane Crosley reads from her new collection of personal essays Look Alive Out There, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, purchase of book for signing, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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  • Monday Night Fiction Workshop with screenwriter, playwright, and short story author Barra Grant meets each week, drop in, bring two–three pages of your own writing for reading and discussion, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, donation suggested, 7:30 (www.beyondbaroque.org/workshops.html)
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17 APRIL 2018 — tuesday

18 APRIL 2018 — wednesday

19 APRIL 2018 — thursday

    SOUTH:
  • New Alchemy Poetry Series presents a reading with Shadab Hashmi, Ghazal Cosmopolitan: Ghazals and Essays on the Culture and Craft of the Ghazal, Joseph Milosch, Landscape of a Woman and a Hummingbird, John Peterson, Tomas Gayton, and Brandon Cesmat, Lestat's Coffee Shop, 3343 Adams Avenue, San Diego, free, 7:00-9:00 (www.lestats.com)
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20 APRIL 2018 — friday

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  • Reading in advance of the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, featuring essay and novel writer Mary Gaitskill, Somebody With a Little Hammer, and Geoff Dyer, The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10 admission, members free, 8:00-11:00 (www.eventbrite.com/e/mary-gaitskill-geoff-dyer-tickets-44561383297)
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  • The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes present the nominees and announce the winners for this year's book prizes: ART SEIDENBAUM AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION: Elif Batuman, The Idiot; Rachel Khong, Goodbye, Vitamin; Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties; Gabriel Tallent, My Absolute Darling; Jenny Zhang, Sour Heart; BIOGRAPHY: Ron Chernow, Grant; Jonathan Eig, Ali: A Life; John A. Farrell, Richard Nixon: The Life; Adam Federman, Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray; Laura Dassow Walls, Henry David Thoreau: A Life; CURRENT INTEREST: Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy; James Forman Jr., Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America; Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America; Lauren Markham, The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life; Rick Wartzman, The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America; FICTION: Mohsin Hamid, Exit West; Victor LaValle, The Changeling; Claire Messud, The Burning Girl; Vivek Shanbhang, Srinath Perur (translator), Ghachar Ghochar; Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied; GRAPHIC NOVEL/COMICS: Gabrielle Bell, Everything is Flammable; Manuele Fior, Jaime Richards (translator), The Interview; Leslie Stein, Present; Connor Willumsen, Anti-Gone; Yuichi Yokoyama, Iceland; HISTORY: Stephen Alford, London's Triumph: Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare's City; Mark Bowden, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam; Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes; Frances Fitzgerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America; Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America; MYSTERY/THRILLER: Michael Connelly, The Late Show; Paul La Farge, The Night Ocean; Attica Locke, Bluebird, Bluebird; Joyce Carol Oates, A Book of American Martyrs; Ivy Pochoda, Wonder Valley; POETRY: Alessandra Lynch, Daylily Called it A Dangerous Moment; Shane McCrae, In the Language of my Captor; Evie Shockley, semiautomatic; Patricia Smith, Incendiary Art: Poems; David Wojahn, For the Scribe; SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: Cornelia Dean, Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin; Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg, A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution; Robert M. Sapolsky, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst; Max Tegmark, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence; Matthew Walker, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams; YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE: E. Lockhart, Genuine Fraud; Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down; Dashka Slater, The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives; Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give; Renée Watson, Piecing Me Together; the winner of the ROBERT KIRSCH AWARD, John Rechy, will be honored, along with the INNOVATOR'S AWARD recipient Glory Edim, Well-Read Black Girl; and the CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD PRIZE FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PROSE recipient Benjamin Taylor, The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered, Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California campus, Los Angeles, free admission, get tickets in advance from the website, 7:00 (events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/book-prizes)
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21 APRIL 2018 — saturday

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  • The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books features a weekend of books, music, film, comedy, food, famous authors and celebrities, entertainment, and more; authors and speakers; Hoy Stage features readings in Spanish; Cooking Stage features demonstrations; Poetry Stage features an exciting line up: 10:00 a.m.: Juan Felipe Herrera, Jabberwalking; 10:20 a.m.: Carine Topal, In Order of Disappearance; 10:40 a.m.: David Baker, Scavenger Loop; 11:00 a.m.: Carol Muske-Dukes, Blue Rose; 11:20 a.m.: Shane McCrae, In the Language of my Captor; 11:40 a.m.: Alessandra Lynch, Daylily Called it a Dangerous Moment; Noon: Patricia Smith, Incendiary Art; 12:30: Wendy Willis, A Long Late Pledge, and Brittany Perham, Double Portrait; 1:00: Kim Addonizio, Mortal Trash; 1:20: David St. John, The Last Troubadour; 1:40: Mary Jo Bang, A Doll For Throwing; 2:00: Ron Koertge, Olympusville; 2:20: Dana Levin, Banana Palace; 2:40: Evie Shockley, semiautomatic; 3:00: Cyrus Cassells, The Gospel According to Wild Indigo; 3:20: Christopher Merrill, reading from selected works; 3:40: Tarfia Faizullah, Registers of Illuminated Villages; 4:00: David Mason, The Sound; 4:20: Margo Berdeshevsky, Before the Drought; 4:40: Ari Banias, Anybody; 5:00: Peggy Shumaker, Cairn; 5:20: Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus; 5:40: musical performance by L.A. River Bend; visit Poetry Flash and Red Hen Press at Booth 182, see Poetry Flash broadsides and exciting new books from Red Hen; University of Southern California, University Park Campus, Los Angeles, panels and indoor conversations are free but require tickets available on site or online, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 (events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks)
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22 APRIL 2018 — sunday

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  • The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books features a weekend of books, music, film, comedy, food, famous authors and celebrities, entertainment, and more; authors and speakers; Hoy Stage features readings in Spanish; Cooking Stage features demonstrations; Poetry Stage features an exciting line up: 10:00 a.m.: Shauna Barbosa, Cape Verdean Blues; 10:20 a.m.: Gary Soto, The Elements of San Joaquin; 10:40 a.m.: Hieu Minh Nguyen, Not Here; 11:00 a.m.: Kaveh Akbar, Calling a Wolf a Wolf; 11:20 a.m.: Maurya Simon, The Wilderness; 11:40 a.m.: Carol Moldaw, Beauty Refracted; Noon: Susan Terris, Take Two; 12:30: Imani Tolliver, Runaway, and Steffi Drewes, Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow; 1:00: Kathy Fagan, Sycamore; 1:20: Sebastian Matthews, Beginner's Guide to a Head-On Collision; 1:40: Allison Joseph, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman; 2:00: Victoria Chang, Barbie Chang; 2:20: Dorothy Barresi, What We Did While We Made More Guns; 2:40: Allison Benis White, Please Bury Me in This; 3:00: Diana Arterian, Playing Monster::Seiche; 3:20: Gail Wronsky , Imperfect Pastorals; 3:40: Michael Waters, The Dean of Discipline; 4:00: Nan Cohen, Unfinished City; 4:20: Edoardo Ponti, Letters From a Young Father; visit Poetry Flash and Red Hen Press at Booth 182, see Poetry Flash broadsides and exciting new books from Red Hen; University of Southern California, University Park Campus, Los Angeles, panels and indoor conversations are free but require tickets available on site or online, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 (events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks)
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23 APRIL 2018 — monday

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  • Monday Night Fiction Workshop with screenwriter, playwright, and short story author Barra Grant meets each week, drop in, bring two–three pages of your own writing for reading and discussion, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, donation suggested, 7:30 (www.beyondbaroque.org/workshops.html)
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24 APRIL 2018 — tuesday

25 APRIL 2018 — wednesday

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  • Critical Resistance presents Alex Vitale discussing his nonfiction book The End of Policing, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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26 APRIL 2018 — thursday

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  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen reads from his new essay collection The Displace: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, along with contributor Meron Hadero, and co-editor Jamison Stoltz, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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27 APRIL 2018 — friday

28 APRIL 2018 — saturday

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  • Winners of the 8th Annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest will read from their work, winners are as follows: First Place, "Immigration Algorithm" by Mark Svenfold; Second Place, "Algae" by Nikki Ochoa; Third Place, "Plenty: County Galway" by Lauren Conklin; runners up were "When the War Comes" by Kelly Grace Thomas, "Seeing the Big Dog" by Katherine Ogle, "sympathy cards" by Althea Irby, "The Blvd.s of Los Angeles" by Phillip West, "Surrender, She Said" by Steve McDonald, "Grass Eaters" by John Blair, and "The Famous Poet Asks Me For Naked Photos" by Alexis Rhone Fancher, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, 4:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Skylight Books celebrates Independent Bookstore Day, featuring editors of Exposition Review in celebration of their third issue "Orbit," 2:00: literary trivia, prizes, you can come solo or with a team of up to four players; starting at 5:00, Exposition Review launch party and reading, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 10:00 a.m. to closing (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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29 APRIL 2018 — sunday

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  • Skylight Books and Poets At Work present a celebration of National Poetry Month with a reading of new poems and a discussion of their formal structure, and craft, featuring poets Yvonne M. Estrada, Dylan Cameron Gailey, Anthony Giambra, Eric Howard, Brett Hofer, Ann Pibel, Paula Rudnick, Terry Wolverton, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (www.skylightbooks.com/event)
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30 APRIL 2018 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Monday Night Fiction Workshop with screenwriter, playwright, and short story author Barra Grant meets each week, drop in, bring two–three pages of your own writing for reading and discussion, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, donation suggested, 7:30 (www.beyondbaroque.org/workshops.html)
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