May 2, 2015
Admission includes tacos on the house; drinks available for purchase.
A sort of speed-dating-with-writers, Uncovering LA in an opportunity for readers and fans to sit down with some of their favorite LA based writers. Guests will spend 5-10 minutes with each writer, rotating from table to table at the sound of a bell. This afternoon of literary love is organized in celebration of the release of LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas edited by Patricia Wakida. Participating authors include four LAtitudes contributors: Josh Kun, Lynell George, Wendy Gilmartin, and Michael Jaime-Becerra. Patricia will join us as well. DJ set by Lynell George and Josh Kun to follow the conversations. Ticket includes on the house tacos plates (vegetarian optinos) by María Amezquita. Special drinks based on LAtitudes by mixologist Forrest Hudis will also be available for purchase.
LAtitudes: “An Angeleno’s Atlas offers fresh insights into a city that brims with complexity and surprise, revealing its multiple histories, the nuances of its lived experiences, and the possibilities inherent in an ever-shifting world.
Illuminated by boldly conceived maps and infographics, nineteen thought-provoking essays explore “the hitherto terra incognita of LA,” covering terrain from the cowboys-and-spacemen-themed landscapes of the San Fernando Valley to the kitchen of a family taquero business in El Monte, and topics as varied as urban forests, catacombs, LGBT places of sanctuary and worship, and the enduring communities of the indigenous Tongva people. What has often been ignored, such as social and environmental injustice, comes to the forefront, and what has been maligned is reexamined with a sense of pride: the city’s freeways, for example, take the shape of a dove when viewed from midair and pulsate with wailing blues, surf rock, and brassy banda.
Highly imaginative while deeply rooted in one extraordinary place, LAtitudes dares you to rethink Los Angeles.”