L.A.’s Top Literary Events in June


Literary Trivia Night at Vroman’s Hastings Ranch
(June 4)
Challenge yourself and friends to see who knows more about authors, books, and literary quotes. This literary trivia night is free to play, open to all ages, and refreshments and prizes are provided.
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Robert Guffey at Book Soup
(June 5)

Robert Guffey will be at Book Soup discussing and signing his newest book, Chameleo. When his friend, a heroin addict, sheltered a U.S. Marine who claimed to have stolen top secret files from the military and was subsequently arrested, Guffey began investigating. His interviews led him to information about experimental technologies being used by the U.S. Department of Defense, which he shares in this book.
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Judy Blume at Aratani Theatre
(June 9)
Judy Blume has been helping preteens navigate the choppy waters of adolescence for decades with classics like Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Now she’s back to help us navigate adulthood with her newest book, In the Unlikely Event. Blume will be in conversation with KPCC host Alex Cohen to chat up her newest book, her classic works, and her advocacy projects.
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Matthieu Ricard at Gensler
(June 10)
Not many scientists leave their career in cellular genetics to study Buddhism in the Himalayas. In fact, Matthieu Ricard may be the only one. The monk and best selling author will be in conversation with John Kobara for this L!ve Talks event discussing his latest book, Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World.

Lawrence Levy at Vroman’s
(June 17)

Lawrence Levy will be discussing and signing his newest novel, Second Street Station. This historical drama is set in New York in the early 1800s, during which a daring woman becomes the first female policewoman hired by the Brooklyn PD. A feuding Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla even make a cameo in the book as protagonist Mary Handley searches for a murderer.
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Reading By the Sea at Main Library in Long Beach
(June 20)
The third installment of this annual event will feature 13 different Southern California authors in free author panels, giveaways, book signings, and drawings. Authors include Darlene Cannon, Christine Fonseca, Lorenz Font, and TJ West.
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Song of Myself: Walt Whitman in Other Words at Mark Taper Auditorium
(June 30)
Christopher Merrill, the director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, launched a project two years ago to translate Walt Whitman’s epic verse Song of Myself into 15 languages. The results will be enjoyed at this evening of poetry and music put on as part of the Library Foundation’s ALOUD series.
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