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 […]



Literature in Translation

Feb 23, 2017

Bringing together two leading voices in contemporary Mexican literature for the first time in Los Angeles, Valeria Luiselli and Guadalupe Nettel will take the ALOUD stage on February 23 to share from their recent work. Both writers are known for their highly skillful and often playful use of language—conjuring exciting new worlds through metaphor and […]



Last Call for America’s Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West

Feb 16, 2017

Continuing the yearlong celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s extraordinary legacy, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles is exploring the timeless impact of the Bard on California culture and America as a whole through a series of special programs and events, including a new exhibition America’s Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West. Closing out […]



A Year Full of Favorites

Dec 23, 2016

As more Angelenos depend on the resources and services of the Los Angeles Public Library, the support of our beloved Library continues to grow. With record-breaking participation of kids and teens in Summer at the Library, the first graduating class of the Library’s innovative new Career Online High School, and the expansion of crucial technology […]



Snapshots: A Preview of Visualizing Language

Dec 22, 2016

When colleagues from the Library Foundation of Los Angeles visited Oaxaca City, Mexico in 2015 as part of a Getty Foundation research grant for the forthcoming exhibition Visualizing Language: A Zapotec Worldview and saw these striking images on the walls of a historic building from the 1600s, they knew that they’d found the right artists […]



ALOUD Winter Preview: George Saunders

Dec 08, 2016

George Saunders—one of today’s most celebrated and influential writers—is beloved for his wildly imaginative short stories—little gems packed with walloping social criticism, philosophical quagmires, dark humor, and big heart. In his long-awaited first novel forthcoming this February, this short story master delivers his most original, transcendent, and moving work yet. Lincoln in the Bardo places […]



Watch, Listen, and Learn at lfla.org/archive

Nov 08, 2016

Did you catch this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner—Viet Thanh Nguyen—at ALOUD? Did you hear Rosanne Cash serenade Central Library? If you missed out live, now you can experience ALOUD and other Library Foundation programs at home, on the road, anywhere, anytime. This fall, we launched a new and improved online Media Archive so you can […]



Coming Soon to ALOUD: 50 Years of the Black Panther Party

Oct 06, 2016

Fifty years ago this month, one of the most groundbreaking social movements in American history began with the founding of the Black Panther Party. On the occasion of this anniversary, photojournalist Bryan Shih and historian Yohuru Williams have published the powerful new book, Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution. Collecting rarely heard stories of rank and file […]



ALOUD Fall Preview: Colson Whitehead

Sep 09, 2016

What if the “Underground Railroad” was not just a metaphorical mode of transportation? Sixteen years ago prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead was sitting on his couch imagining a fascinating premise for a new book… an actual subway that carried slaves to freedom… but a book entrenched in America’s brutal history seemed too daunting for the […]



A Moral Light: A Celebration of James Baldwin at ALOUD

Jul 26, 2016

“There’s a way we can always go back to Baldwin because through him we can steady ourselves,” said Dr. Melvin L. Rogers on the inspiring words of author and civil rights activist James Baldwin. Earlier this month at ALOUD, Rogers, an associate professor of Political Science and African-American Studies at UCLA, was joined on stage by […]



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