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

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

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 […]



Last Call: “To Live and Dine in L.A.”

Nov 09, 2015

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

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

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

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 […]



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