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“What if, for once in history, a woman’s story could be untethered from what we need it to be in order to feel better about ourselves?” writes visionary author Lidia Yuknavitch in her latest work, The Book of Joan. In this provocatively reimagined Joan of Arc story set in the near future, the world is ravaged by war, violence, and greed, and it brings into question art, sex, gender, and what it means to be human. Amber Tamblyn, widely known for her work as a director and actress, including her role as a modern-day Joan of Arc in the television series Joan of Arcadia, has also written several acclaimed collections of poetry. Yuknavitch and Tamblyn, two misfits who have spurned literary, cultural, and societal expectations to explore unlikely creative worlds, share the stage with fellow misfit Ann Friedman, journalist and co-host of the popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend, to discuss the art of nonconformity.

Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the National Bestselling novel The Small Backs of Children (winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and the Reader’s Choice Award), the novel Dora: A Headcase, and three books of short fiction. Her widely acclaimed memoir, The Chronology of Water, was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader’s Choice. Lidia received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon. She lives and teaches in Oregon with her husband Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son, Miles. She is a very good swimmer.


Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film, and is known for her work as Joan on the CBS television program Joan of Arcadia.  Her debut collection of poetry Free Stallion, won the Borders Book Choice Award for Breakout Writing in 2006.  Her work has since been published in New York Quarterly, San Francisco Chronicle, Poets & Writers, Interview and others.  She is the Executive Producer of “The Drums Inside Your Chest”,  an annual poetry concert that showcases outstanding contemporary poets, and co-founder of the nonprofit Write Now Poetry Society which works to build an audience for unique poetry events. Her second book of poetry and prose Bang Ditto, published in 2009, was an Independent Best Seller.  She currently writes for The Poetry Foundation and is a poetry reviewer for Bust Magazine.  She lives in New York City with her betrothed, comedian David Cross.


Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is a freelance journalist who writes about gender, media, technology, and culture. Former executive editor of GOOD Magazine, she is a frequent contributor to The Los Angeles TimesThe GentlewomanThe New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, ELLE, The Guardian, and Los Angeles magazine. Along with Aminatou Sow, she co-hosts the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriendfeaturing engaging dialogues on friendship, pop culture, and politics.


Reservation Policy for Free Programs:
As most ALOUD at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at approximately 7 PM.

Standby Policy:
Standby numbers are distributed in person only one hour before the program, on a first-come, first-served, basis. There is no advance wait list for full programs. Standby patrons will be admitted subject to availability. Most programs will be available via podcast.

Book Signing Policy:
ALOUD is one of many free programs at the Los Angeles Public Library made possible by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Most ALOUD author programs are followed by book signings. At least one copy of the author’s book must be purchased from The Library Store in order to participate in any post-program book signing, and you will be asked to show proof of purchase. Please be prepared to show your proof of purchase when you enter the book signing line. Proceeds support the Los Angeles Public Library.

Main Image: Book cover, The Book of Joan


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the reservation policy for ALOUD?

    As most ALOUD at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.

  • 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, and visit our Media Archive for podcasts and other items from our recent programs.

  • 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 for ALOUD programs?

    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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