Notable Los Angeles 1/12-1/18

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Saturday 1/12: WriteGirl celebrates the book launch of No Character Limit Truth & Fiction! Meet the authors, and if you arrive an hour early, Rumpus Children’s Correspondence Editor Cecil Castellucci will lead an inspirational writing session. Los Angeles Central Library — Mark Taper Auditorium. Free. 2:30 p.m.

Writ Large Press and Tongue & Groove present the long awaited debut of Eulogy to an Unknown Tree, poems by Billy Burgos. Special guests Rebecca Gonzales, Conney Williams, Venela Flagg, Melissa Alvarado, and Jessica Ceballos will participate in this event. There will be poetry. There will be music. There will be wine and snacks. Free. Beyond Baroque. 5 p.m.

Sunday 1/13: David Rocklin’s Roar Shack reading series includes: Rumpus Contributors Jami Attenberg and Natashia Deón, as well as Belo Cipriani and Daniel Safarik.  Your January Saturday Editor Zoë Ruiz will live-interview Literary Death Match’s Adrian Todd Zuniga. The reading series includes a thrilling feat of writerly improvisation by Sofia Gil and Rumpus Contributor Antonia Crane.  Music from the Phonetic Disasters. The Last Bookstore. Free. 5 p.m.

Monday 1/14: Speak Easy Open Mic takes place every Monday Night! If you’re  looking for a supportive and fun place to present your writing, this is it! The Last Bookstore. 8 p.m.

Tuesday 1/15: Aloud presents Amy Wilentz (Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A letter from Haiti) in conversation with Jon Wiener, author and professor of history, U.C. Irvine. Free. Los Angeles Central Library — Mark Taper Auditorium. 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday 1/16: Get ready for the debut of  +1 (Plus One) Reading Series, wherein each writer asked to read invites a friend to join the reading. The series kicks off with Rumpus Contributor Jami Attenberg +Antoine Wilson, and Jim Ruland +Chiwan Choi. Free. The Pop-Hop. 7 p.m.

Thursday 1/17:  Rumpus Contributor Jerry Stahl discusses and signs Bad Sex on Speed: A Novel and The Heroin Chronicles. He will also be joined by Rumpus Contributor Antonia Crane, Michael Albo, Gary Phillips, and Ava Stander, all reading from The Heroin Chronicles. Free. Book Soup. 7:30 p.m.

Hank Henderson curates Homo-centric, a monthly LGBTQI reading series. This month, Homo-centric presents Larry Buhl, Albert Sern, and Carolyn Marie Weiss. Free. Stories. 7:30 p.m.

Friday 1/18: Steve Abee will read from his work new and old. Special guest, poet and novelist Daniel Weizmann will join him. Stories. 7:30 p.m.

Ongoing: 2013 marks the second year of L.A. Zine Fest  (LAZF), and they are seeking volunteers. Planning LAZF is similar to planning a huge party. If you’re interested in helping, please email Volunteer Coordinator Rhea: rhea AT lazinefest.com


Zoe Ruiz is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. Her work has appeared in The Weeklings, Salon, Two Serious Ladies, and Ohio Edit. She studied creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and now lives in Los Angeles. More from this author →