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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 […]



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

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

“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 […]



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