Come hang (free event!) with What The Sound and friends on Thursday, July 26th at Stories in Echo Park! We're presenting a night of some of our favorite local music stripped down. Live tunes will begin at 8PM. Here's a bit on who is playing:
Sofia Wolfson is a singer/songwriter born and raised in LA. Her folk/alternative tendencies mirror a childhood filled with Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, Wilco, and more.
T. Sean Steele presents Tacky Goblin
Friday July 27 | 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Come join us for an unpredicatble evening with author T. Sean Steele and celebrate the release of his latest novel from Unnamed Press"Tacky Goblin"
Tacky Goblin is the fictional diary of T. Sean Steele, a former bookseller. Fleeing a talking mold stain in the ceiling of his bedroom in Chicago, he moves to Los Angeles, where he rents an apartment with his sister, Kim. Despite the new city, new friends, and new love interests, something haunts him. Perhaps Kim can help him out of his funk. Or maybe she’ll just lead him to hell.
"A sublimely contemporary study of a universal truth: Growing up is weird to do. Inventive, funny, grotesque, and ribald—a book with something for everyone as long as no one demands that it makes sense." —Kirkus Reviews
“Steele’s deliciously bizarre debut is a dream, a nightmare, and a carnival ride— a wacky, heartfelt trip through a young man’s struggle to digest early adulthood.” —Publishers Weekly
Here is what booksellers are saying:
“T. Sean Steele’s Tacky Goblin is strange but somehow comforting too, like a nightmare that you don’t want to leave, or a wistful calamity. You’ll love the book forits humor and absurdity, and you’ll thrill at finding a new irreverent voice in fiction. Read this book. You’ve earned it.”
—Tim Moore, Unabridged Books
“This is a deeply strange book. It’s also by turns whimsical, clever, and absolutely hysterical. Tacky Goblin is the first book by an incredibly talented writer. Hop in on the ground floor.”
David Charles Sloane presents Is the Cemetery Dead?
Monday July 30 | 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Join us for a reading and presentation by USC professor David Charles Sloane and celebrate the release of "Is the Cemetery Dead?"
About the book:
In modern society, we have professionalized our care for the dying and deceased in hospitals and hospices, churches and funeral homes, cemeteries and mausoleums to aid dazed and disoriented mourners. But these formal institutions can be alienating and cold, leaving people craving a more humane mourning and burial process. The burial treatment itself has come to be seen as wasteful and harmful—marked by chemicals, plush caskets, and manicured greens. Today’s bereaved are therefore increasingly turning away from the old ways of death and searching for a more personalized, environmentally responsible, and ethical means of grief.
Is the Cemetery Dead? gets to the heart of the tragedy of death, chronicling how Americans are inventing new or adapting old traditions, burial places, and memorials. In illustrative prose, David Charles Sloane shows how people are taking control of their grief by bringing their relatives home to die, interring them in natural burial grounds, mourning them online, or memorializing them streetside with a shrine, ghost bike, or RIP mural. Today’s mourners are increasingly breaking free of conventions to better embrace the person they want to remember. As Sloane shows, these changes threaten the future of the cemetery, causing cemeteries to seek to become more responsive institutions.
A trained historian, Sloane is also descendent from multiple generations of cemetery managers and he grew up in Syracuse’s Oakwood Cemetery. Enriched by these experiences, as well as his personal struggles with overwhelming grief, Sloane presents a remarkable and accessible tour of our new American way of death.
homo-centric - Summer Fresh!
Tuesday July 31 | 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Smack dab in the middle of summer & we need some cooling down. That's not going to happen. homo-centric is welcoming R Daniel Foster, Jack Kaulfus (who is visiting the Southland from Texas for their first book tour), and CB Lee. Come & hang out on the patio at Stories Books & Cafe Tuesday July 31st. We'll start at 7:30 - or close to depending on traffic and when everyone has drinks & food. Check out the bios of the fab 3 that are reading:
R. Daniel Foster writes and shoots photography for the Los Angeles Times among other outlets: Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Smithsonian’s Air & Space, Harvard Business Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Hartford Courant, and The Baltimore Sun. He has also written and announced features for National Public Radio and Marketplace Radio. His visual-based work (art video, documentary, theatrical projection design) has been featured by PBS, the LA Opera, Walker Art Center and the Hammer Museum. A skilled storyteller who often combines word and image, Foster is known for conveying meaning and message in unforgettable ways.
Jack Kaulfus is the author of the short story collection Tomorrow or Forever (Transgress Press, 2018). Their work has been published in A Cappella Zoo, Heavy Feather Review, and Off the Rocks, among other journals. Jack teaches high school English in Austin, Texas, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University in San Marcos. When all the grading is finished, Jack plays in the queer Americana band Brand New Key and tries to avoid injury on the hiking trails around central Texas.
CB Lee is a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese American writer whose novels include the Sidekick Squad series, and also the fantasy Seven Tears At High Tide. Lee’s first novel in the Sidekick Squad series, Not Your Sidekick was a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in YA/Children’s Fiction and a 2017 Bisexual Book Awards Finalist in Speculative Fiction. Seven Tears at High Tidewas the recipient of a Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Fantasy Romance and also a finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in the YA and Speculative Fiction categories.
Garin Pirnia presents "Rebels and Underdogs: The Story of Ohio Rock and Roll"
Wednesday August 01 | 7:30PM - 9:00PM
From Cleveland to Cincinnati and everywhere in between, Ohio rocks. Rebels and Underdogs: The Story of Ohio Rock and Rolltakes readers behind the scenes to witness the birth and rise of musical legends like the Black Keys, Nine Inch Nails, Devo, the Breeders, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, and many others who got their start in garages and bars across Ohio. Through candid, first-hand interviews, Garin Pirnia captures new stories from national legends like the Black Keys and slow-burn local bands like Wussy from Cincinnati. Discover why Greenhornes' members Patrick Keeler and Brian Olive almost killed each other on stage one night, what happened to the pink guitar Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails gave to band member Richard Patrick, why Devo loved the dissonance when they were booed by 400,000 music lovers in England, and so much more! Entertaining, inspiring, and revolutionary, Rebels and Underdogs is the untold story of the bands, the state, and rock itself.
#MeToo" book event and signing of "Sex and the Cyborg Goddess" by author Alexis Rafael
Sunday August 05 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Marza Panther w/ Surprise Guests
Tuesday August 14 | 8:00PM - 10:00PM
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