Space Cowboy Books & Martin Atkins (Public Image Ltd, Killing Joke)
Thursday September 27 | 7:30PM - 10:00PM
A Reading with Amy Dresner & Jerry Stahl
Friday September 28 | 8:00PM - 10:00PM
We're thrilled to host the illustrious Jerry Stahl and Amy Dresner! We will celebrate the paperback release of Amy's chilling and hilarious memoir "My Fair Junkie". Its a torid read, sure to please all who appreciate lives lived hard.
In the tradition of Blackout and Permanent Midnight, a darkly funny and revealing debut memoir of one woman’s twenty-year battle with sex, drugs, and alcohol addiction, and what happens when she finally emerges on the other side.
Growing up in Beverly Hills, Amy Dresner had it all: a top-notch private school education, the most expensive summer camps and even a weekly clothing allowance. But at 24, she started dabbling in meth in San Francisco and unleashed a fiending addiction monster. Soon, if you could snort it, smoke it, or have sex with, she did. Smart and charming, with daddy’s money to fall back on, she sort of managed to keep it all together. But on Christmas Eve of 2011, all of that changed when, high on Oxycontin, she stupidly “brandished” a bread knife on her husband and was promptly arrested for “felony domestic violence with a deadly weapon.” Within months, she found herself in the psych ward–and then penniless, divorced and looking out on a court-ordered 240 hours of community service. For the next two years, assigned to a Hollywood Boulevard “chain gang,” she would sweep up syringes (and worse) on Hollywood Boulevard as she bounced from rehabs to halfway houses, all while struggling with sobriety, sex addiction, and starting over in her 40s.
About Jerry Stahl:
Author, journalist, and screenwriter Jerry Stahl has written eight books, including the memoir "Permanent Midnight", and the novels "Pain Killers" , "I, Fatty", "Bad Sex on Speed" and "Happy Baby Mutant Pills"
BUSted! True stories about getting around L.A, by non-motorists
Sunday September 30 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM
BUSted! Los Angeles returns to it home terminal in Echo Park for more true stories about getting around L.A., told by people who don't drive!
Acclaimed bisexual authors read their works. YA fiction writer CB Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick, is a Rainbow Award winner, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a two-time Bisexual Book Award finalist. Poet Ann Tweedy, author of The Body’s Alphabet, is a Bisexual Book Award and Human Relations Indie Book Award winner, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and Golden Crown Book Award finalist. Poet and visual artist Cathleen Chambless, author of Nec (Romantic), is a Bisexual Book Award finalist. Non-fiction writer Elizabeth Hall, author of I Have Devoted my Life to the Clitoris, is a Lambda Literary Award finalist. YA fiction writer Amy Spalding, author of The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), has had her work recognized by Hollywood Reporter and Publishers Lunch Buzz Books.
Radical Reading Group
Sunday October 07 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Book Launch: Static Flux by Natasha Young
Tuesday October 09 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
“Static Flux is a vivid portrait of what it means to make art in the face of uncertainty, melancholy, imposter syndrome, and the desire to drive off a cliff. Natasha Young maneuvers through her narrator’s ennui with precision and grace.”
- CHELSEA HODSON, author of Tonight I'm Someone Else
"Static Flux is a satire that glows as much as it burns—a trancelike meditation on comfort and anxiety, gender, and class, where twenty first century cities are playgrounds and traps. It’s elegant and fast, ranges from coast to coast, made me feel like Southern California deserves to be its own country, New York is still a dark empire, that the laws of physics might be responsible for my emotional state."
- MAXWELL NEELY-COHEN, author of Echo of the Boom
*ABOUT THE BOOK*
"Gravity’s ripples had reached us. They were found to carry a message of collapse-as-unity, death-as-becoming: two black holes became one, and we heard the echo like a chirp from the moment of climax, a bashful orgasmic peep. The irreverence of the truth of all things. The cosmic joke, and I was in on it."
Calla, a self-aware millennial with a vexing personality disorder, is struggling to make a living as a writer in post-Great Recession New York. Seeking the paradoxical equilibrium between freedom and security, she impulsively leaves for Los Angeles—and finds herself in a swirling array of distractions, pleasures, connections, and breakdowns. Natasha Young’s quick-witted, kaleidoscopic debut novel will take you to the heart of despair in Brooklyn and leave you blissfully disassociated in the mythical hills of Los Angeles.
*ABOUT THE AUTHOR*
Natasha Young is a roving writer and editor. Born in Portland, Maine, she was raised in the woods by working-class bohemian parents and has since called Montreal, New York, and now Los Angeles home. Her fiction has appeared in Adult Magazine, Somesuch Stories, and Cosmonauts Avenue, and her nonfiction (art and cultural criticism/essays/journalism) appears in magazines including Artforum, Real Life, Garage, and The New Inquiry.
Songwriters in the Round
Friday October 19 | 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Four select songwriters on stage at once, trading tunes and tall tales.
Local resident, Wendy Wilkins will be pre-launching her book signing tour with a reading from her memoir, Â "Sex,Love & cops"Â
following her true story of joining the police force, a naive twenty-year-old cop in Melbourne, Australia, and discovering many firsts, her first arrest, murder, dead body, love, cop culture and a #metoo moment... The good, the bad and the ugly of life as a cop in Melbourne Australia, in the late 80's and early 90's.
Book launch for K-Punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (Repeater Books)
Tuesday November 13 | 8:00PM - 10:00PM
When Mark Fisher committed suicide in 2017 at the age of 48, we lost one of the 21st century’s great cultural theorists. An icon for today’s insurgent “alt-left”, from 2003 to 2016 Fisher wrote dazzling analyses of our strange and terrifying world—neo-liberalism, the loneliness and distracted boredom of digital life, and how these realities are reflected in music, film, TV, and literature. He also developed a vision of a different future – based on community, democratic control of the economy, creative freedom for all, and harnessing technology for the good of humanity.
K-Punk collects Fisher’s most incendiary and influential posts from his seminal blog “k-punk”, as well as a selection of his brilliantly insightful film, television and music reviews, together with his extraordinary writings on politics, activism, mental health, and popular modernism for numerous websites and magazines. Also included are two previously unpublished essays, the unfinished introduction to his planned book on “Acid Communism”, and an analysis of the 2016 US Presidential election, written shortly after Donald Trump’s victory.
Join us for an evening of celebration and discussion of Fisher’s work with Simon Reynolds (journalist and author of Shock and Awe, Energy Flash, and Retromania), Geeta Dayal (journalist and author of Brian Eno's Another Green World), and Meagan Day (staff writer, Jacobin).
PRAISE FOR MARK FISHER:
“The best cultural studies writer of his generation.”
Los Angeles Review of Books
"[K-Punk] was lucid and revelatory, taking literature, music and cinema we're familiar with and effortlessly disclosing its inner secrets."
“Mark Fisher’s K-Punk blogs were required reading for a generation.”
Paloma Parfrey presents "After LA"
Friday November 16 | 8:00PM - 9:00PM
‘After L.A.’ is a lifetime as a moment. Not just a collection, but a consideration of what it means for an artist to have grown up, lashed out, and re-nested all within the extremely wide borders of Los Angeles. Paloma Parfrey’s ethos is immersed in LA history, both of the book smarts sort and the personally experienced. To some she is known as a chef. Others a punk diva. The majority of strangers in LA probably know her as the person always checking out 15 books simultaneously at the library. ‘After L.A.’ pulls together all these things in the form of both a book and an album equal parts intertwined and standing on their own; much like the strange way the diversities of LA life and history work together.
Paloma Parfrey has been writing and performing poetry around LA since she was 13. Her band, The Sharp Ease, was an integral part of The Smell DIY punk scene throughout the 00s. Her bandmate for the CD portion of this release is Brian Miller who performed in the drum and voice quartet Foot Village and now records music for film and tv. Together they are Scrolls.
Stories Books & Cafe
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