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4 JANUARY 2020 — saturday

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  • Eve Brandstein presents Poetry in Motion, featuring a diverse array of writers from the Hollywood and literary communities in special events and solo performances, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $15 online admission, $20 at the door, $10 students/seniors, $8 members, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

5 JANUARY 2020 — sunday

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  • Duende Nights Open Mic is a multicultural poetry reading and performance experience, poems, short stories, songs, and music are all welcome, organized by América's Poet Society founder Antonieta Villamil, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, 5:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • An open reading hosted by Steve Goldman, five-minute limit, Wannberg Bookstore Poetry Lounge, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, sign up at 4:45, reading 5:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

6 JANUARY 2020 — monday

7 JANUARY 2020 — tuesday

8 JANUARY 2020 — wednesday

9 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

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  • Gatsby's Mystery Book Club leads a discussion of Agatha Christie's Death Comes at the End, copies of the mystery novel available for sale, every second Thursday, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 6:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)

10 JANUARY 2020 — friday

11 JANUARY 2020 — saturday

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  • Heather Box and Julian Mocine McQueen discuss their new motivational book How Your Story Sets You Free, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 5:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
  • Andrea Marcellus, health and fitness expert, discusses her new book The Way In: 5 Winning Strategies to Lose Weight, Get Strong, and Lift Your Life, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 3:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
  • Holaday Mason celebrates the release of her new book of poetry, The Weaver's Body, acclaimed poets David St. John and Mariano Zaro also read, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free for members, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • A Celebration of The Temple of Man's 60th Anniversary, founded by Robert Alexander in 1960, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, 1:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

12 JANUARY 2020 — sunday

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  • The New Short Fiction Series, the longest running spoken word series in Los Angeles, presents From The Windowsill and other stories by Rachel Duboff, featuring fiction writer Rachel Duboff with guest cast Jesse Holcomb and Final Lakeland, The Federal, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, $12 admission with dinner reservation, $15 general admission, 7:00 (www.newshortfictionseries.net)
  • Public Works Improvisational Theatre presents New Beginnings, a literary salon celebrating talented writers, storytellers, poets, musicians, and comics, hosted by Eric Vollmer, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free for members, 7:30 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Soap Box Poets open mic, hosted by Jessica Wilson Cardenas, five-minute limit, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, sign up 1:45, reading 2:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

13 JANUARY 2020 — monday

14 JANUARY 2020 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gatsby's Writers Group welcomes all writers to come share their works-in-progress in a supportive environment, facilitated by Francisco Uribe, every Tuesday night, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)

15 JANUARY 2020 — wednesday

16 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

17 JANUARY 2020 — friday

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  • Matthew Zapruder, former editor of the New York Times Magazine Poetry Column, reads from his new poetry book, Fathers Day, with Amy Gerstler, Scattered At Sea, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

18 JANUARY 2020 — saturday

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  • Acclaimed educator, activist, and poet Paul Cummins reads from his new book, Paul Cummins: The Collected Poems, and lawyer Jeffrey Graham reads from his new book, Elegy to a Surveyor, hosted by Michael C. Ford, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free for members, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • "Where You're From Has a Bad Reputation: Writing About the Inland Empire," a reading by Liz González, Juanita E. Mantz, Ruth Nolan, Isabel Quintero, and Tisha Marie Reichle-Aguilera, five women writers from different towns in the Inland Empire, share and discuss their work and experiences, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, free for members, 4:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

19 JANUARY 2020 — sunday

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  • In the final Writers Resist event before the 2020 spring primaries and the November presidential election, Writers Resist becomes Writers Attack, David St. John, Jim Natal, and Jan Wesley present notable literary voices from Southern California coming together to motivate political action and social change, readers include Doug Brown, Shonda Buchanan, Kate Gale, Brian Ingram, Dana Johnson, Casandra Lane, Suzanne Lummis, Sarah Maclay, Doug Manuel, Marsha de la O, Judith Pacht, Alicia Partnoy, Phil Taggart, Amy Uyematsu, David Ulin and Gail Wronsky, supported by The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, 1:00-4:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Salient Sunday Open Reading hosted by Radomir Luza and Patricia Murphy, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, 5:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

20 JANUARY 2020 — monday

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  • Rick Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of Everything Trump Touches Dies, discusses and signs his new book Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump—and Democrats from Themselves, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, purchase of Running Against the Devil from Book Soup is required to join the signing line, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)

21 JANUARY 2020 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gatsby's Writers Group welcomes all writers to come share their works-in-progress in a supportive environment, facilitated by Francisco Uribe, every Tuesday night, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
  • Editor André Naffis-Sahely, The Promised Land: Poems from Itinerant Life, discusses and signs his new anthology, The Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from six continents, twenty-four languages, and over a hundred contributors, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
  • Some Favorite Writers reading series presents Tobias Wolff, In Pharaoh's Army, a memoir, and The Barracks Thief, a novel, among other works, honors include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award, in a reading from his new memoir, This Boy's Life, discussion to follow, hosted by Mona Simpson, sponsored in part by the UCLA Department of English and Friends of English, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free tickets available at box office one hour before reading, first come, first served, 7:30 (310/443-7000, www.hammer.ucla.edu)

22 JANUARY 2020 — wednesday

23 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gatsby's Literary Women Book Club leads a discussion on Celeste Ng's New York Times best-selling novel Little Fires Everywhere, new members welcome, every fourth Thursday, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
  • Adrian Maher, former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and TV producer, discusses and signs his new memoir, Uninvited: Confessions of a Hollywood Party Crasher, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)

24 JANUARY 2020 — friday

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  • Musician Michael Koppy presents and signs his new book of literary criticism, songwriting analysis, and cultural commentary, Words and Music Into the Future: A Songwriting Treatise and Manifesto, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)

25 JANUARY 2020 — saturday

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  • Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, discusses and signs her new book, co-authored with Gene Stone, Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion, introduced by actress Kim Basinger, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 3:00 (www.booksoup.com)
  • A release party for Sean McCann's most recent Recital label LP, Towards A Total Poetry, in collaboration with poet Paul Vangelisti, Days Shadows Pass, featuring live multimedia and sound performances by Paul Vangelisti, Nour Mobarak, and Sean McCann, with archival videos of Julien Blaine and Adriano Spatola, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

26 JANUARY 2020 — sunday

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  • Kelly Grace Thomas celebrates the release of her debut poetry collection, Boat Burned, Brendan Constantine, Tanya Ko Hong, Arminé Iknadossian, Victoria Lynne McCoy, Jeremy Radin, and other special guests will also read, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, members free, 4:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Chris Dennis reads from and signs his debut collection of short stories, Here Is What You Do: Stories, with Katya Apekina, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 3:00 (www.booksoup.com)
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham, The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1992, reads from her recent collection of poetry, Fast, book signing to follow, hosted by Stephen Yenser, coffee and tea served, co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of English and the UCLA Office of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free tickets available at box office one hour before reading, first come, first served, 2:00 (310/443-7000, www.hammer.ucla.edu)
  • Nebraska Girl Open Reading hosted by Wyatt Underwood, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, sign up 1:30, reading 2:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

27 JANUARY 2020 — monday

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  • Michael Seth Starr discusses and signs his new biography of William Shatner, Shatner, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)

28 JANUARY 2020 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gatsby's Writers Group welcomes all writers to come share their works-in-progress in a supportive environment, facilitated by Francisco Uribe, every Tuesday night, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
  • Howard Storm, stand up comic, director, and actor featured in Take the Money and Run, and Steve Stoliar, Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House, discuss and sign their new biography of Howard Storm,The Imperfect Storm: From Henry Street to Hollywood, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)

29 JANUARY 2020 — wednesday

30 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

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  • Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange is the New Black, later adapted into the Emmy Award-winning series, in conversation with Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room, a novel set in a California women's prison; they will discuss prison reform and the experiences of incarcerated women, UCLA campus, Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles, tickets $29-$49, discounts available for UCLA students, faculty, staff, 8:00 (www.cap.ucla.edu)
  • Stephen Tapert, former museum researcher at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, discusses and signs his new coffee table book, Best Actress: The History of Oscar Winning Women, with forward by Roxane Gay, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
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  • Poetry reading by Cathy Colman, Time Crunch, and Elena Karina Byrne, Squander, open mic to follow, hosted by Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, EP Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (www.vencolibrary.org)

31 JANUARY 2020 — friday

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  • Premiere film screening of How I Write a Poem, a documentary featuring Mariano Zaro's interviews with poets for his Poetry.LA series, event also includes live readings by several poets featured in the film, including Tony Barnstone, Marsha de la O, Ramón García, Jack Grapes, Claudia Rodriguez, David St. John, Lynne Thompson, and Gail Wronsky, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Distinguished playwright Sarah Ruhl, whose work includes In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, Pulitzer Prize-finalist and Tony Award-nominee for best new play, and The Clean House, discusses and signs her new book of letters, poems, and songs co-authored with her close friend and former student, Max Ritvo, Letters from Max: A Poet, a Teacher, a Friendship, a portrait of their friendship through four years of correspondence before Max's death, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)

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