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ALOUD is the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ celebrated literary series of conversations, readings and performances at the downtown Central Library.

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ALOUD July 26 @ 7:30 pm

An Evening with Sally Mann

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
ALOUD July 14 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD July 12 @ 7:15 pm

Why We Write

Eileen Myles and Maggie Nelson
ALOUD July 7 @ 7:15 pm

PEN Emerging Voices:
A Reading

20th Anniversary Celebration
ALOUD June 20 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD June 9 @ 7:15 pm

Homegoing: A Novel

Yaa Gyasi
ALOUD June 7 @ 7:15 pm

The Latter Days:
A Memoir

Judith Freeman
ALOUD June 2 @ 7:30 pm

An Evening with Eddie Huang

Double Cup Love:
On the Trail of Family, Food and Broken Hearts in China
ALOUD May 26 @ 7:15 pm

Two Walkers, Two Writers, Two Cities

Vivian Gornick and David L. Ulin
ALOUD May 24 @ 7:15 pm

Two Writers Reflect on War and Peace

Maxine Hong Kingston and Viet Thanh Nguyen
ALOUD May 19 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD May 2 @ 7:15 pm

Writing Our Future

Readings from Graduate Writing Programs of the Southland
ALOUD April 20 @ 7:15 pm

The Further Adventures
of Mr. Cilantro Man

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
ALOUD April 11 @ 7:15 pm

Dictionaries and the Bending of Language

John McWhorter and Mark Z. Danielewski
ALOUD April 4 @ 7:15 pm

H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald
ALOUDHidden April 1 @ 7:15 pm

In a Western Light: Poetry at the Edge of America

Featuring Victoria Chang, Brynn Saito, Brendan Constantine, Percival Everett, Piotr Florczyk, William Archila, and Jenny Factor
ALOUD March 10 @ 7:15 pm

Radio Imagination:
Octavia E. Butler’s Los Angeles

Panel Discussion with Ben Caldwell, Ayana A. H. Jamieson,
Douglas Kearney, and Nisi Shawl
ALOUD February 29 @ 7:30 pm

An Evening with Sebastião Salgado

In conversation with writer Pico Iyer
ALOUD February 25 @ 7:15 pm

The Salt of the Earth

A documentary about Sebastião Salgado
ALOUD February 23 @ 7:15 pm

A Little Life: A Novel

Hanya Yanagihara
ALOUD February 17 @ 7:15 pm

Deep Time: Ancient Lives and Modern Eyes

Rachel Sussman and Ursula K. Heise
ALOUD February 9 @ 7:15 pm

The Blue Line: A Novel

Ingrid Betancourt
ALOUD February 4 @ 7:15 pm

Kinds of Blue: Two Poets

Elizabeth Alexander and Kevin Young
ALOUD January 20 @ 7:15 pm

Burning Voices: Stories that Fuel Us

Luis J. Rodriguez, Michael Meade, and John Densmore
ALOUD January 14 @ 7:15 pm

What the Eye Hears:
A History of Tap Dancing

Brian Seibert
With performer Sarah Reich and saxophonist Danny Janklow,
Tap Music Project
ALOUD December 2, 2015 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD November 16, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
ALOUD November 4, 2015 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD October 28, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

A House of My Own

Sandra Cisneros
ALOUD October 26, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates
ALOUD October 19, 2015 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD October 1, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

Impossible Idealism:
Inventing a Moral Life

Jessica Jackley and Larissa MacFarquhar
ALOUD September 30, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

Fates and Furies

Lauren Groff
ALOUD September 24, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

The Art of Memoir

Mary Karr
ALOUD September 21, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities
ALOUD September 10, 2015 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD July 23, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

Unspeakable Empathy

Leslie Jamison and Meghan Daum
ALOUD July 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 July 9, 2015 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD June 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 June 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 June 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 April 8, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

The Light in Her Eyes

Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix
ALOUD March 31, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

Crow Fair: Stories

Thomas McGuane
ALOUD March 23, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

Unveiling North Korea with Fact and Fiction

Adam Johnson and Blaine Harden
ALOUD March 10, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

The War in Ukraine: Propaganda and Reality

Timothy D. Snyder and Masha Gessen
ALOUD March 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 February 24, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

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

Bernard Cooper and Benjamin Weissman
ALOUD February 19, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

Afrofuturism: The Hidden Code

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky
ALOUD February 17, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Believer: My Forty Years in Politics

An Evening with David Axelrod
ALOUD February 10, 2015 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD January 28, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

Guantánamo Diary

Larry Siems and Nancy Hollander
ALOUD January 21, 2015 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD January 15, 2015 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD January 13, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class

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

An Evening with Carlos Santana

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

33 Artists in 3 Acts

Sarah Thornton
ALOUD November 12, 2014 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD November 5, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

Lila: A Novel

Marilynne Robinson
ALOUD October 27, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

The Warrior’s Return: From Surge to Suburbia

David Finkel and Albert "Skip" Rizzo
ALOUD October 23, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

The Poet as Citizen

Robin Coste Lewis and Claudia Rankine
ALOUD October 21, 2014 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD October 2, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

Homer…the Rewrite

Madeline Miller and Zachary Mason
ALOUD September 30, 2014 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD September 15, 2014 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD September 9, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

Perfidia: A Novel

In conversation with author Walter Kirn
ALOUD July 26, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Machinations in the Library

Art Interventions with Machine Project Artists
ALOUD July 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 June 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 June 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 June 18, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

Love: Three Perspectives

Michelle Huneven and Mona Simpson
ALOUD June 10, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

Moving, Speaking, Watching: Talk and Dance Performance

Wendy Perron, Simone Forti and Victoria Marks
ALOUD June 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 April 24, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

The Voices of Women in American Poetry

Marilyn Chin, Toi Derricotte, and Percival Everett
ALOUD April 17, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

Writing Our Future

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

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

Miriam Pawel and Luis Valdez
ALOUD March 27, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

All Our Names

Dinaw Mengestu
ALOUD March 25, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran

Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd
ALOUD March 18, 2014 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD February 20, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

Writing Los Angeles

Walter Mosley
ALOUD February 13, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

Edward Frenkel and Chris Carter

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

The Odes of Pablo Neruda: A Bilingual Reading

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

Call Me Burroughs

Barry Miles
ALOUD January 30, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

The Days of Anna Madrigal

Armistead Maupin
ALOUD January 28, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

Orfeo: A Novel

Richard Powers
ALOUD January 23, 2014 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD January 21, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Jeanne Theoharis and Ericka Huggins
ALOUD January 18, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

A Tribute to Wanda Coleman

With Terrance Hayes and Douglas Kearney
ALOUD January 14, 2014 @ 7:15 pm
ALOUD January 9, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

Queens of Noise

Music, Feminism and Punk: Then and Now

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do programs fill so quickly?

    ALOUD provides a unique experience for the public to engage with scholars, authors, and artists in the intimate 235-seat Mark Taper Auditorium. Library Foundation Members have the benefit of reserving for programs in advance of the public. Consider joining as a Member to receive this benefit, and check the website on an on-going basis for program availability. Be sure to subscribe to our email alerts.

  • Where does ALOUD take place?

    Unless otherwise noted, ALOUD programs are held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.

  • Where should I park?

    We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. For more information, visit the Library’s website.

  • Should I purchase the author’s book in advance?

    We encourage you to purchase books from The Library Store. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Books are made available for purchase when you reserve for a program online, and are also on sale at programs. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book from The Library Store. Members receive discounts on purchases.

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