Macabre Movies: Recs from Author, Mortician, and YouTube Star Caitlin Doughty

Oct 12, 2017

As Angelenos gear up for festivities surrounding Día de los Muertos later this month, what better way to honor the dead than with an eye-opening look at how other cultures around the world care for their dead. On November 1 at ALOUD, Caitlin Doughty, a mortician, New York Times best-selling author, blogger, and director of […]



Opening Soon: Visualizing Language Oaxaca in L.A.

Sep 14, 2017

This Saturday, September 16, the Los Angeles Public Library in a partnership with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles kicks-off a special project to take a closer look at the rich social fabric of our own city by focusing on the vibrant Oaxacan community in L.A. through the lens of indigenous Zapotec cultures. Visualizing Language: […]



Mastering the Art of Summer at the Library

Aug 17, 2017

Books, baseball, and ice cream–what more could you want from summer? With a bustling slate of ALOUD programs, a renewed partnership with the Dodgers, and an entire month dedicated to celebrating our Members, the Library Foundation has officially mastered the art of summer. Before we head into fall, here’s a look back at some of […]



Think You Know Roxane Gay?

Jun 22, 2017

Are you one of Roxane Gay’s 220,000 plus Twitter followers? If not, you’re missing out on one of the most candid, insightful, and fierce voices writing today. Ranging from commentary on Black Lives Matter to body shaming to pop-culture, Gay is a prolific essayist and cultural critic who uses Twitter as just one of her […]



Coming Soon to ALOUD: Alan Alda

Jun 08, 2017

In 1993, Alan Alda, the award-winning actor and bestselling author, began hosting the PBS series Scientific American Frontiers. Although he was deeply fascinated by science, he initially struggled to interview the scientists and translate their complicated work to the masses. Digging into his arsenal of tools that he had honed as an actor and improviser […]



Dennis Lehane, Master of All Genres, Coming Soon to ALOUD

May 04, 2017

International bestselling author and screenwriter Dennis Lehane grew up in Boston and is known for his edgy, morally complex, and effortlessly masterful stories that often take place in his hometown. Now a resident of Los Angeles, many of his novels have been adapted into award-winning films, including Mystic River, Shutter Island, Gone, Baby, Gone, and […]



Members and Authors Bash It Up

Apr 20, 2017

The Library Foundation’s biggest Members-only party of the year is around the corner–this Saturday, April 22, the Book Drop Bash will bring together authors from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books with our Members for an after-hours party at the historic Central Library. Some of the participating authors and honorary hosts of this special […]



Poetry and Podcasts

Apr 13, 2017

April is National Poetry Month, and what better way to take in some inspiring verses than by listening to podcasts from the ALOUD archives. Over the years, ALOUD has welcomed to the stage some of today’s most captivating poets to read and discuss their work. From Pulitzer-prize winners with career-spanning collected works to young poets […]



ALOUD Spring Preview: Cheech Marin

Mar 17, 2017

You immediately associate Cheech Marin as half of the comedy duo Cheech & Chong, and you know him for his memorable roles in Up in Smoke, Born in East L.A., Desperado, The Lion King, and Jane the Virgin, to name a few. But did you know that Marin is also the owner of the most […]



Spring into Action with ALOUD

Mar 02, 2017

Exchanging ideas, fostering dialogue, and bringing together our community is more important than ever. Spring into action with our upcoming season of ALOUD as a new slate of award-winning authors, trailblazing scientists, renowned historians, and more will explore some of today’s most timely issues. Discussing race and poverty, the current presidency, water wars, and also […]



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