Two GRAMMY Award-Winning Artists Intersect at ALOUD

Jun 16, 2016

On Monday, June 20, songwriters and authors Rosanne Cash and Joe Henry will share the ALOUD stage for Composed: The Intersection of Poetry and Song. The GRAMMY Award-winning artists will muse on the transcendent power of language and music and treat the audience to a special live performance. Before the duo serenade Central Library’s Mark […]



ALOUD Summer Preview: Eddie Huang

May 20, 2016

Over the last few years, Eddie Huang has catapulted to international fame as a young, hip chef, a bestselling author, and T.V. personality. Beneath the limelight, Huang’s something more akin to a cultural anthropologist fearlessly exploring many offbeat paths to make sense of his place in the world. First, he brought old school Taiwanese street […]



Surf’s Up With Pulitzer Prize Winner William Finnegan

May 17, 2016

On Thursday, May 19, ALOUD welcomes back to the Pacific coast William Finnegan, the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for biography and New Yorker staff writer. Finnegan’s award-winning new memoir, Barbarian Days, follows his lifelong adventures of chasing waves all over the world. From Guam, Samoa, Fiji to Africa, Finnegan vividly describes how his […]



Spend the Summer with ALOUD

Apr 29, 2016

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This summer, our critically-acclaimed ALOUD series welcomes memoirists, musicians, poets, novelists, journalists and others to the historic downtown Central Library and beyond for an exciting season of conversations, readings, and performances. Starting the season off with a bang, on Thursday, Jun. 2, ALOUD presents Eddie Huang – chef, food personality, bestselling Fresh Off the Boat […]



Navigating Dual Worlds with Pulitzer Prize Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen

Apr 19, 2016

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“I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also a man of two minds. I am not some misunderstood mutant from a comic book or a horror movie, although some have treated me as such. I am simply able to see any issue from both […]



Well-Versed for National Poetry Month

Apr 06, 2016

For fans of free and blank verse who will be celebrating all things poetry this April for National Poetry Month, the Library Foundation and ALOUD can help you get your poetry fix. This weekend Members of the Library Foundation will gather with participating authors of the Los Angeles Times Book Festival at the 5th Annual […]



A Life in Photography: Sebastião Salgado at ALOUD

Feb 24, 2016

“I am not a social photographer. I am not an economic photographer. I’m not a photojournalist. Photography is much more than that. Photography is my life. It’s my way of life, and my language,” explained Sebastião Salgado when he spoke to The New York Times last spring. For over 40 years, Salgado has been communicating […]



12 Months of the Los Angeles Public Library

Dec 21, 2015

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Angelenos have always been very active in their love and support of the Los Angeles Public Library, but 2015 stood out as a banner year. Many of last year’s programs rose to unprecedented levels of success with record numbers of participants taking part in the educational and cultural programs, resources, and services of the Los […]



2015’s Timely Topics and Voices of ALOUD

Dec 17, 2015

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Throughout 2015, ALOUD welcomed some of today’s most distinguished voices to engage with Angelenos on timely topics from politics, books, art, music, science, history, and beyond. With 45 riveting programs, we hope you were able to join us for a spectacular year of storytelling, performance, discourse, and fun. Here’s a look at a few of […]



Kick Off Another Award-Winning Year at ALOUD

Nov 20, 2015

On Wednesday night, the winners of this year’s National Book Awards were announced. Celebrating a diversity of voices in American literature, we noticed one thing many winners shared in common: they had recently visited ALOUD. The National Book Award for Nonfiction went to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. Watch below as Coates spoke about […]



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