A regularly-updated listing of events of interest to Air/Light readers. All times are PDT unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, Aug. 17
- Air/Light contributor Mark Haskell Smith discusses his new book, Rude Talk in Athens with Air/Light editor David L. Ulin, a virtual event hosted by Skylight Books.
Thursday, Aug. 19
- Alta Journal’s California Book Club presents Air/Light Editor-at-Large Dana Johnson in conversation with John Freeman about Johnson’s new book, Elsewhere, California.
Tuesday, Sept. 7, 6:00pm
- Air/Light editor-at-large Karen Tongson talks with musician and author Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast on the heels of publishing her critically acclaimed memoir, Crying in H Mart, and releasing her latest album, Jubilee. The event is sponsored by USC’s Visions and Voices series. Register for this zoom event here.
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 7:00pm
- The Hammer Museum presents a free online event to celebrate the release of author Maggie Nelson’s On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint, a boundary-pushing, provocative work that explores the notion of freedom through four lenses: art, sex, drugs, and the climate. For this first online appearance on her national book tour, Nelson is joined in conversation by celebrated novelist and journalist Hari Kunzru. Register for the event here (and watch their first conversation on Air/Light here!).
Thursday, Sept. 9, 7:00pm
- Maggie Nelson‘s virtual book tour for On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint continues with a conversation with Jack Halberstam hosted by Point Reyes Books. Follow this link for to register.
Friday, Sept. 10, 6:00pm
- Our BFF mag ZYZZYVA teams up with the Friday Forty—a long-running comedy show based in Los Angeles—for their annual fundraiser. Co-hosted by Dave Holmes (Esquire Editor-at-Large and author of Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs) and Scott M. Gimple (executive producer of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead and co-creator of The Walking Dead: The World Beyond), the Friday Forty is a current events game show in which contestants are asked forty questions about events from the past seven days. This special edition of The Friday Forty will feature ZYZZYVA contributors Vanessa Hua and Michael Jaime-Becerra matching their news knowledge against each other. And adding to the fun will be a musical performance by the always wonderful Wesley Stace. Tickets start at only $25! All ticket sales will go to support ZYZZYVA.
Monday, Sept. 13, 7:30pm
- Jason Moran performs a solo recital for the inaugural event at 2220 Arts + Archives. Tickets are $20 and available here.
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 6:00pm
- Maggie Nelson‘s virtual book tour for On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint continues with a conversation with Danzy Senna hosted by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Follow this link for to register.
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 7:30pm
- Casting Blossoms to the Sky, directed by N. Obayashi, screens as the first feature film screening at 2220 Arts + Archives, care of Acropolis Cinema. Advance Tickets available here.
Friday, Sept. 17, 8:00pm
- Lionmilk Quartet performs at at 2220 Arts + Archives (2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles), $15 at the door.
Saturday, Sept. 18, 5:00pm
- The Poetic Research Bureau presents a poetry reading featuring LA greats Will Alexander, Feliz Lucia Molina, and Brian Kim Stefans held outdoors at 2220 Arts + Archives (2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles).
Tues., Sept. 21, 7:00 to 9:00pm Eastern Time
- Lincoln Michel launches his debut novel, The Body Scout, live at PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY alongside Isaac Fitzgerald. Find more info about this in-person event here.
Tues., Sept. 21, 7:30 PM
- Diane Lefer launches her new book, Out of Place on the International Day of Peace. She will be joined in conversation and readings by Dana Johnson, Hector Tobar, and Andrew Tonkovich. Learn more about this in-person event here.
Wed., Sept. 22, 6:30pm
- David L. Ulin talks with Percival Everett about Everett’s new book, The Trees (Graywolf Press) at Skylight Books. Register for this virtual event here.
Sat., Sept. 25, 7:00pm
- Anita Felicelli reads alongside Bisi, Devon Devine, Ada Genavia, Miah Jeffra, and Morgan Wilson for Red Light Lit live and in-person at the Make Out Room in San Francisco. More info on Felicelli’s twitter here.
Mon., Sept. 27, 5:00pm
- Wendy C. Ortiz and Myriam Gurba read virtually at the Poetry Project. Learn more and register for the event here.
Tues., Sept. 28, 11:00am to 12:30pm
- David L. Ulin and Emily Anderson moderate the latest installment of the Levan Institute’s series “On Writing” titled “The Art of the Book Review: Academic and Beyond,” featuring panelists Colin Burrow, Anita Felicelli, Boris Kachka, Danzy Senna, James Yeh. To find more information about or to register for this virtual event, click here.
Wed., Sept. 29
- Maggie Nelson‘s virtual book tour for On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint continues with a conversation with Cathy Park Hong hosted by PEN Presents / Brooklyn Book Festival. Follow this link for to register.
Thur., Sept. 30, 4:00 to 5:30 pm Eastern Time
- Mara Mills moderates a conversation between La Marr Jurelle Bruce and Fred Moten about Bruce’s new book How to Go Mad Without Losing Your Mind: Madness and Black Radical Creativity (Duke, 2021). Hosted by the NYU Center for Disability Studies. For more information or to register for this virtual event, click here.
Tues., Oct. 5, 5:00pm
- Maggie Nelson‘s virtual book tour for On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint continues with a conversation with Grace Lavery hosted by Politics & Prose. Follow this link for to register.
Sun., Oct. 10, 5:00 to 6:30pm
- Diane Lefer reads as part of the Santa Monica Review‘s celebration of their Fall 2021 issue. The reading also features Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, Quentin Ring, Mary Taugher, Lisa Teasley, Tom Whalen, and host, Andrew Tonkovich. Donation requested. The event will be held virtually on YouTube. More details here.
Thur., Oct. 14, 8:00pm ET
- Rachel Mannheimer reads as part of the launch of American Chordata Issue 11. Register for this virtual event here.
Fri., Oct. 15, 7:00pm
- Ricardo Wilson presents An Apparent Horizon and Other Stories in a conversation with Jenn Dees and Aimee Bender. This in-person event takes place at Skylight Books.
Wed., Oct. 20, 5:00pm
- Skylight Books presents Susan Nguyen and Victoria Chang in conversation. Register and find more info about this virtual livecast event here.
Wed., Oct. 27
- Maggie Nelson‘s virtual book tour for On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint continues at the Texas Book Festival with Louis Menand. Follow this link for to register.
Wed., Oct 27, 2:00pm
- Diane Lefer and playwright/actor Lisa Liang will talk about their work and the artists who’ve influenced them, with hosts Ginger Eager and Jody Forrester as part of the Who Writers Read webinar series. Go here to register.
Wed., Nov. 3, 6:00pm
- Treehouse and the LA Public Library present Lilliam Rivera, author of We Light Up the Sky. Register for this virtual event here.
Thur., Nov. 4, 7:30pm
- Natashia Deón launches her novel The Perishing with Minda Harts at Skylight Books. Find more info about this in-person event here.
Tues., Nov. 9, 7:00pm
- Maggie Nelson‘s virtual book tour for On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint continues with a conversation with Masha Gessen. Follow this link for to register.
Tues., Nov. 16, noon – 1:30pm
- David L. Ulin and Emily Anderson moderate “The Literary Essay,” the latest installment of the Levan Institute’s series “On Writing,” featuring panelists Geoff Dyer, Lynell George, and José Vadi.
Sat., Nov. 27, 2:00 – 4:00pm