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Authors in L.A. this week: U.S. poet laureate Philip Levine and more

February 20, 2012 |  2:15 pm

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“I bless your laughter/thrown in the wind’s face,” exults U.S. poet laureate Philip Levine in the poem “My Fathers, the Baltic,” “your gall, your rages,/your abiding love…” His work has long been renowned for its clarity and for possessing such elemental force.

Levine comes to Los Angeles this week as part of the Aloud Series to discuss the lyric power of his verse: His visit is just one of the highlights of this week’s listings of author and book events in the L.A. area. Our listings are by no means complete but offer booklovers a place to start as they plan their week. As always, remember to check with the venue about time changes, late additions or cancellations:

Mon. Feb. 20: 7 p.m. Steven Rea discusses and signs "Hollywood Rides a Bike: Cycling With the Stars” at Vroman’s.

Tues. Feb. 21: 7 p.m. Lysley Tenorio discusses and signs his story collection “Monstress” at Vroman’s.

Tues. Feb. 21: 7 p.m. Sara Benincasa (with Kevin Avery, Rob Delany and Sarah Thyre) present and sign Benincasa’s “Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom” at Book Soup.

Tues. Feb. 21: 7 p.m. Lawrence Weschler in conversation with Times Book Critic David Ulin on “From Exile to Home: Los Angeles Literary Life 1945-1980” as part of the Aloud Series at the L.A. Central Library.

Wed. Feb. 22: 7:30 p.m. Steve Erickson reads from and signs his novel “These Dreams of You” at Skylight Books.

Wed. Feb. 22: 7:30 p.m. Zocalo Public Square presents “Does Foodie Culture Do Anyone Any Good?” –- a conversation between Adam Gopnik (author of “The Table Comes First”) and L.A. Weekly’s Jonathan Gold.

Thurs. Feb. 23: 7 p.m. Kevin Fox discusses and signs “Until the Next Time” at Book Soup.

Thurs. Feb. 23: 7 p.m. U.S. poet laureate Philip Levine discusses his career and work with Robert Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress, as part of the Aloud Series at the L.A. Central Library.

Thurs. Feb. 23: 7 p.m. Claire Bidwell Smith discusses her debut memoir “Rules of Inheritance” at Barnes and Noble Third Street Promenade.

Fri. Feb. 24: 5 p.m. Young adult author Marissa Meyer discusses and signs her futuristic retelling of a classic fairy tale, “Cinder,” at Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop.

Sat. Feb. 25: 5 p.m. Martha Grover reads from and signs “One More for the People” at Skylight Books.

For more events, check the following recommended sites to see what's on their schedules:

Chevalier’s Books

Dark delicacies

Hammer Museum

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Skirball Cultural Center

Writers Bloc Los Angeles

 

-- Nick Owchar

Photo: U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine in 1996. Credit: Russell Frank / For The Times

 

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