L.A.’s Top Literary Events in March


Norman Lear and Phil Rosenthal at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
(March 12)

Two titans of television writing come together for one night of shop talk. Lear, the man behind All in the Family, is also celebrated for his work on fan favorites like Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, Maude, and One Day at a Time. Fun fact: he was once listed on President Nixon’s “Enemies List” but received the National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton. He will be joined by Phil Rosenthal, creator, writer, and executive producer of the long-running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.
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1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music at Book Soup
(March 12)
Music historian Andrew Grant Jackson posits that 1965 was the most game-changing year in music. It was the year Bob Dylan released “Like a Rolling Stone” and the year of the Rolling Stones hit “Satisfaction.” The Beatles, the Byrds, the miniskirt, and Acid Tests all came together for one of the most memorable years in rock and roll, and so Jackson wrote a book about it. Celebrate the 50th anniversary with a reading and signing of 1965 at Book Soup (and get in the spirit by listening to Jackson’s playlist of the ‘125 Greatest Songs of 1965.’ )
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Mortified L.A. at King King
(March 18)
Standing on a stage and revealing the most embarrassing moments of your life in front of a room full of strangers might sound like your nightmare. Listening to someone else recount their misery, however, might sound like the perfect Wednesday night. Head to Hollywood’s King King to hear a group of brave souls read out loud from old diaries, lyric books, and more at an event that Newsweek calls a new “cultural phenomenon.”
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Thomas McGuane in conversation with David Ulin at the Mark Taper Auditorium
(March 31)

It has been nine years since Tom McGuane released Gallatin Canyon, his last collection of short stories. Fans of his work will latch onto this new crop, titled Crow Fair: Stories, which is already garnering rave reviews for its beautiful imagery of the Montana landscape and its Mark Twain-like prose. McGuane will hold a reading before diving into conversation with Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin.
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