Last Call: “To Live and Dine in L.A.”

Nov 09, 2015

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Over this summer and fall, the Library Foundation and the Los Angeles Public Library collaborated on “To Live and Dine in L.A.,” a special project to examine the role of restaurants and food in the shaping of our great food capital. The programs included an interactive exhibit, which Los Angeles Magazine called “magnificent.” The exhibit at […]



All Things Witches

Oct 29, 2015

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In the height of this spellbinding season—don’t miss the many Halloween festivities at the Los Angeles Public Library—ALOUD will take a fascinating look at a real witch story. On Wednesday, November 4, Stacy Schiff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) and Cleopatra, unpacks the fantastical story of the Salem Witch Trials in […]



On the Move with Sandra Cisneros

Oct 27, 2015

When Sandra Cisneros set out to compile over 30 years worth of nonfiction pieces, she had no idea that a deep underlying theme would take root: home. But after objectively looking at her collected stories, essays, talks, and poems, it was clear that she had created an autobiography through writing about the many places around […]



LGBTQ Pride at the Library

Oct 14, 2015

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Following this summer’s landmark Supreme Court decision supporting gay marriage, ALOUD brings to the stage two of today’s most influential champions for equality. On Monday, October 19, hear from Roberta Kaplan, the renowned litigator who recently won the defining United States v. Windsor case to defeat the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Kaplan will be […]



Celebrating Latino Heritage Month at the Library

Sep 24, 2015

Through its rich collections and diverse programming, the Los Angeles Public Library has always celebrated the vast influence of Latino heritage and culture across our community, and from now through October 15, the Library is expanding the celebration in honor of Latino Heritage Month. From the “Shades of L.A.” oral histories and archives, to the […]



Improvising with Patti Smith and Jonathan Lethem

Sep 18, 2015

Rocker Patti Smith's song "Mercy Is" created for the film, Noah, is in contention for the Oscar for Best Original Song. She is photographed at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York City on November 22nd, 2014.

Before writer Jonathan Lethem wrote nine critically acclaimed novels, he found early inspiration in the “formless” form of Patti Smith’s unhindered lyrics. On Monday, November 16, Smith will visit ALOUD to discuss her new memoir, M Train, which reflects on some of the memorable places that have defined the legendary artist’s remarkable life. ALOUD is […]



Back to School at the Library

Sep 02, 2015

As students across the city return to school this month, the Los Angeles Public Library is especially abuzz with learning. The fresh start of a new school year is a great reminder of the range of ways the Library fosters lifelong learning year-round–and not just for children and teens. Here are a few of the […]



On the Horizon at ALOUD

Aug 14, 2015

Rocker Patti Smith's song "Mercy Is" created for the film, Noah, is in contention for the Oscar for Best Original Song. She is photographed at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York City on November 22nd, 2014.

ALOUD is gearing up for a whirlwind fall season with an incredible slate of authors, artists, thinkers, and activists! Here’s a rundown of what’s on the horizon. Be sure to visit lfla.dev/aloud for more details. Kicking off the season on Thursday, Sept. 10, revered author and 2012 Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award winner Salman Rushdie returns […]



Coming Soon to ALOUD: Meghan Daum and Leslie Jamison

Jul 17, 2015

“Every writer says this, but growing up, the library was my main place,” said critically-acclaimed author and Los Angeles Times opinion columnist Meghan Daum last year when she spoke to us about her love of the Los Angeles Public Library. Next Thursday, July 23, Daum will return to her beloved sanctuary when she shares the […]



Re-thinking the Modern City through Menus of Its Past

Jul 07, 2015

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Following the vibrant collaboration with the Library Foundation and the Los Angeles Public Library in 2013 to rediscover one of the Library’s hidden treasures—its vast sheet music collection—cultural scholar and USC Annenberg Professor Josh Kun eagerly signed on to continue mining the Library’s archives. “Our experience with reanimating these archival documents and bringing them to […]



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