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Authors this week in L.A.: A Walt Whitman reading and more

April 1, 2012 |  9:01 am

Walt-whitmanApril Fools' Day may seem a strange day to start National Poetry Month, but serendipity isn’t always pretty. To mark the month, several Los Angeles-area poets including James Cushing, Pam Ward, S.A. Griffin, Holly Prado Northup, Harry Northup, Phoebe MacAdams Ozuna, Fernando Castro, Eloise Klein Healy and S.A. Griffin will be reading Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” today (details below).

National Poetry Month began in 1996 and has been held in April each year since its inception. Why April? According to the website of the Academy of American Poets, April was selected based on the success of February as Black History Month and March as Women’s History Month.

The goal, the site says, is to “highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets” and “introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry.” There are other goals as well. For more information on the month, check out Poets.org.

Also this week, Don Winslow discusses and signs his latest book “Satori,” now out in paperback, at Book Soup on Tuesday. And Heidi Julavits and Noah Hawley read from their latest novels at Skylight Books on Thursday. As always with our roundup of weekly events, we suggest you contact venues to confirm details and to be sure there are no late cancellations. Meanwhile, go enjoy a poem.


4/1  4 p.m.-6 p.m. Poets James Cushing, Pam Ward, S.A. Griffin, Holly Prado Northup, Pam Ward and others kick off National Poetry Month with a reading of  Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass." Skylight Books.

4/3 7 p.m. Don Winslow discusses and signs his latest novel “Satori” at Book Soup.

4/4 7 p.m. Pat Thomas discusses and signs “Listen, Whitey!: The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975”  Book Soup.

4/4 7 p.m. Natasha Solomons discusses and signs "The House at Tyneford." Vroman’s.

4/4 7 p.m. John Carlos discusses his book "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World." Eso Won

 4/5  7:30 p.m. Thomas Frank discusses and signs his book “Pity the Billionaire." Skylight Books.

4/5  7:30 p.m. Barry Lyga discusses and signs his book “I Hunt Killers." Mysterious Galaxy, Redondo Beach.

4/6. 7:30 p.m.  Heidi Julavits and Noah Hawley read and sign their novels "The Vanishers" and "The Good Father" (respectively). Skylight Books.

4/7 4 p.m. Jon Winokur presents and signs “The Garner Files: A Memoir,” which he co-wrote with actor James Garner. Book Soup.

-- Jon Thurber

Photo: An undated photograph of Walt Whitman.  Credit: Associated Press