Stories Books and Cafe Echo Park

Thursday, April 27th; 7:30pm

Laura Sook Duncombe


Pirate Women
Pirate Women is the most comprehensive book of female pirate legends ever published. It explores the stories of thirty-five of the known women pirates. Beyond just the lives and legends of these women, however, the book also examines the storytellers—what they might have left out, how their biases motivated them, and why history changes based on who is telling the story. Fans of history, feminism, and of course pirates will all find something to enjoy in this book. Jason Porath, author of Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics says, "Thoroughly researched and enthrallingly written, Duncombe shows love and mastery of the subject in equal measure."

Friday, April 28th ; 7:00pm

Friends + Family Night

with performances by:

The Little Miss

Dr. Jones

Emily Shaw

Michael Stahler


Saturday, April 29th ; 8PM

Good Heroin Comedy Show

A live stand-up comedy show in Echo Park. We live in Echo Park. We love Echo Park. And we love stand-up comedy. We also love art, coffee, books, community, and being dumb. We’ve combined all our loves into one show.

Brent Weinbach
Julian McCullough
Charla Lauriston
Whitmer Alexander Thomas
The Puterbaugh Sisters
Chinedu Unaka
Doug Mellard


Sunday, April 30th ; 5PM

BUSted, true stories by non-motorists

The award winning live storytelling show, returns to its Home Terminal in Echo Park at Stories LA Books & Cafe! BUSted is proud to be in its third year of providing a voice for the Green Commuters of Los Angeles with real people telling their true stories about getting around LA by bus, subway, bicycle, by walking, horseback, hot air balloon .... every way except for driving!

Typically absurd. Occassionally hilllarious. Often horrifying. Always riveting.

LA Weekly says Busted is
"perfectly tailored for a city where public transportation is so underutilized. BUSted is as much a celebration of ditching a car as comiseration of its frustrations

This month's featured storytellers include
Audrey Bellis
Katya Duft
Nathan Hurd
Christopher Korbel
Kate Romero
Jesse Vallejo

Special Guests: The improv group, Mixed Company will be improvising sketches based on the features stories!

More surprises TBA!
Audience participation is always encouraged, but it's never required.


Monday, May 1st; 7:30pm

Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum


True Style is Whats Underneath

About This Book:

A new kind of style book with the inspiring and empowering message that “true style is self-acceptance,” profiling stylish influencers and celebrities who defy the cookie-cutter looks of today’s fashion magazines.
The mother-daughter team behind the enormously popular websites StyleLikeU and What’s Underneath profile trendsetting artists and creatives of all ages, body types, races, and genders to embrace how self-expression and self-acceptance are the most important means of achieving personal style.
Featuring people with original and creative style such as actress Lea DeLaria, who embraces her butch style with whimsy and humor; model and Miley Cyrus–muse Melanie Gaydos, who lives with a genetic disorder and who sees beauty as a state of being that she has achieved; designer Betsey Johnson, who continues to exert creative genius into her 70s; or Tallulah Willis, who has learned to keep a positive self-image in today’s negative tabloid culture. A wealth of photographs reflects each person’s unique look, while interviews reveal how their journey affects and informs their style. Throughout the book, the authors include inspiring manifestos such as: “Disentangle Style from Fashion”; “Dress to Express Your Inner Spirit”; “Beauty Is a State of Mind”; and “Turn Your Struggles Into Strengths”.
By illustrating that personal style emanates from one’s comfort with oneself, this volume powerfully demonstrates that true style is what’s underneath.

About the Authors:

Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum are a mother-daughter team and the founders of the website StyleLikeU and the viral video series What’s Underneath.


Wednesday, May 3rd; 8:30pm

Storywriter Songteller


with performances by:

St. Ranger

Johnzo West

Veronica Bianqui 


Sunday , May 7th; 11 AM

Peter Andreas 


Rebel Mother


Carol Andreas was a traditional 1950s housewife from a small Mennonite town in central Kansas who became a radical feminist and Marxist revolutionary. From the late sixties to the early eighties, she went through multiple husbands and countless lovers while living in three states and five countries. She took her youngest son, Peter, with her wherever she went, even kidnapping him and running off to South America after his straitlaced father won a long and bitter custody fight.
They were chasing the revolution together, though the more they chased it the more distant it became. They battled the bad “isms” (sexism, imperialism, capitalism, fascism, consumerism), and fought for the good “isms” (feminism, socialism, communism, egalitarianism). They were constantly running, moving, hiding. Between the ages of five and eleven, Peter attended more than a dozen schools and lived in more than a dozen homes, moving from the comfortably bland suburbs of Detroit to a hippie commune in Berkeley to a socialist collective farm in pre-military coup Chile to highland villages and coastal shantytowns in Peru. When they secretly returned to America they settled down clandestinely in Denver, where his mother changed her name to hide from his father.

This is an extraordinary account of a deep mother-son bond and the joy and toll of growing up with a radical mother in a radical age.
Peter Andreas is the John Hay Professor of International Studies at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of ten books, including Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America, selected by Amazon and Foreign Affairs as one of the best books of 2013.



Wednesday, May 19rd; 8:30pm

Found Sound Presents:

with performances by:

Diana Meyer 

Ray Goren


Friday, June 16th; 8:30pm

Live Music

with performances by:

Pete Molinary

Reverend Jeff

+ Special Guest Artists

The art on our walls is a continuing exhibition of work by
Senon Williams

Written by Stories LA — June 28, 2015


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Thursday, April 27th; 7:30pm Laura Sook Duncombe presents Pirate Women Pirate Women is the most comprehensive book of female pirate legends ever published. It explores the stories of thirty-five of...