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ALOUD Jul 23, 2015 | 7:15 pm

Unspeakable Empathy

Leslie Jamison and Meghan Daum
ALOUD Jul 14, 2015 | 7:15 pm

To Live and Eat in L.A.:
Food Justice in the Age of the Foodie

Panel discussion with Ron Finley, Elizabeth Medrano and Neelam Sharma
ALOUD Jul 9, 2015 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD Jun 30, 2015 | 7:15 pm

Song of Myself:
Walt Whitman in Other Words

Trilingual readings and conversation with Luis Alberto Ambroggio,
Christopher Merrill and Sholeh Wolpé
ALOUD Jun 14, 2015 | 3:00 pm

To Live and Dine in L.A.:
Menus and the Making of the Modern City

Panel discussion with Chefs Joachim Splichal, Cynthia Hawkins,
and Ricardo Diaz
ALOUD Jun 9, 2015 | 7:30 pm

An Evening with Judy Blume

In conversation with Alex Cohen, co-host of KPCC's "Take Two"
ALOUD May 28, 2015 | 7:15 pm

Ordinary Light: A Memoir

Tracy K. Smith
ALOUDHidden May 14, 2015 | 7:15 pm

Prayers for the Stolen

Jennifer Clement
ALOUD Apr 8, 2015 | 7:15 pm

The Light in Her Eyes

Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix
ALOUD Mar 31, 2015 | 7:15 pm

Crow Fair: Stories

Thomas McGuane
ALOUD Mar 23, 2015 | 7:15 pm

Unveiling North Korea with Fact and Fiction

Adam Johnson and Blaine Harden
ALOUD Mar 10, 2015 | 7:15 pm

The War in Ukraine: Propaganda and Reality

Timothy D. Snyder and Masha Gessen
ALOUD Mar 5, 2015 | 7:15 pm

Story/ Time: The Life of An Idea

Performance by Bill T. Jones with Talli Jackson and Erick Montes Chavero
ALOUD Feb 24, 2015 | 7:15 pm

For Want of a Better Word: Two Writers Turn to Visual Art

Bernard Cooper and Benjamin Weissman
ALOUD Feb 19, 2015 | 7:15 pm

Afrofuturism: The Hidden Code

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky
ALOUD Feb 17, 2015 | 7:30 pm

Believer: My Forty Years in Politics

An Evening with David Axelrod
ALOUD Feb 10, 2015 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD Jan 28, 2015 | 7:15 pm

Guantánamo Diary

Larry Siems and Nancy Hollander
ALOUD Jan 21, 2015 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD Jan 15, 2015 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD Jan 13, 2015 | 7:15 pm

Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class

Panel Discussion with Scott Timberg, Barbara Bestor and John McCrea
ALOUD Dec 1, 2014 | 7:00 pm

An Evening with Carlos Santana

The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light
ALOUD Nov 20, 2014 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD Nov 13, 2014 | 7:15 pm

33 Artists in 3 Acts

Sarah Thornton
ALOUD Nov 5, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Lila: A Novel

Marilynne Robinson
ALOUD Oct 27, 2014 | 7:15 pm

The Warrior’s Return: From Surge to Suburbia

David Finkel and Albert "Skip" Rizzo
ALOUD Oct 23, 2014 | 7:15 pm

The Poet as Citizen

Robin Coste Lewis and Claudia Rankine
ALOUD Oct 2, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Homer…the Rewrite

Madeline Miller and Zachary Mason
ALOUD Sep 30, 2014 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD Sep 15, 2014 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD Sep 9, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Perfidia: A Novel

In conversation with author Walter Kirn
ALOUD Jul 26, 2014 | 8:00 pm

Machinations in the Library

Art Interventions with Machine Project Artists
ALOUD Jul 10, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Not Uniquely Human: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health

Laurel Braitman, Kathryn Bowers and Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
ALOUD Jun 28, 2014 | 4:00 pm

Dear ONE: Love & Longing in Mid-Century Queer America

A Dramatic Reading adapted and directed by Zsa Zsa Gershick
ALOUD Jun 23, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Denis Johnson and The Starlight on Idaho

Adapted and directed by Darrell Larson, produced by Cedering Fox. Q&A with Denis Johnson
ALOUD Jun 18, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Love: Three Perspectives

Michelle Huneven and Mona Simpson
ALOUD Jun 10, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Moving, Speaking, Watching: Talk and Dance Performance

Wendy Perron, Simone Forti and Victoria Marks
ALOUD Jun 3, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Lost for Words

Edward St. Aubyn
ALOUD May 29, 2014 | 7:15 pm

No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station

Panel discussion with Debra Gerod, Jenna Hornstock, Eugene Moy and Marlyn Musicant
ALOUD May 22, 2014 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD May 20, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Sentence After Sentence After Sentence

Three Writers on the Not-Exactly-Random
Extraordinary Ordinary Key of Life
ALOUD May 15, 2014 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD Apr 24, 2014 | 7:15 pm

The Voices of Women in American Poetry

Marilyn Chin, Toi Derricotte, and Percival Everett
ALOUD Apr 17, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Writing Our Future

Readings from Graduate Writing Programs of the Southland
ALOUD Apr 9, 2014 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD Apr 1, 2014 | 7:15 pm

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

Miriam Pawel and Luis Valdez
ALOUD Mar 27, 2014 | 7:15 pm

All Our Names

Dinaw Mengestu
ALOUD Mar 25, 2014 | 7:15 pm

A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran

Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd
ALOUD Mar 18, 2014 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD Feb 20, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Writing Los Angeles

Walter Mosley
ALOUD Feb 13, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Edward Frenkel and Chris Carter

Love, Mathematics and The X-Files"
ALOUD Feb 8, 2014 | 3:00 pm

The Odes of Pablo Neruda: A Bilingual Reading

Olga García Echeverría, Francisco Letelier, Marisela Norte, and David Shook
ALOUD Feb 3, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Call Me Burroughs

Barry Miles
ALOUD Jan 30, 2014 | 7:15 pm

The Days of Anna Madrigal

Armistead Maupin
ALOUD Jan 28, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Orfeo: A Novel

Richard Powers
ALOUD Jan 23, 2014 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD Jan 21, 2014 | 7:15 pm

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Jeanne Theoharis and Ericka Huggins
ALOUD Jan 18, 2014 | 5:00 pm

A Tribute to Wanda Coleman

With Terrance Hayes and Douglas Kearney
ALOUD Jan 14, 2014 | 7:15 pm
ALOUD Jan 9, 2014 | 7:15 pm

Queens of Noise

Music, Feminism and Punk: Then and Now

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