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Thursday, February 11

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

Downtown Los Angeles Historic Core

Sixth St. and Spring St., Los Angeles, CA


(FEB. 11) This self-guided tour, which started in 2004 and has flourished as much of Downtown has cleaned up, encompasses more than 40 galleries and museums spread throughout the area's many sub-districts, including Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo and Gallery Row on Main and Spring Streets in the Historic Core. About 10,000 visitors regularly take the tour.

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author Linda O. Johnston: Bite the Biscuit

Crowell Public Library

1890 Huntington Drive, CA, CA 91108

7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Friends of Crowell Public Library’s Meet the Authors series continues with Linda O. Johnston, author of the Barkery and Biscuits Mystery series about veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, known for her healthy dog treats at the clinic where she works. When the owner of the local bakery moves away, Carrie jumps at the chance to buy the business and convert half of it into a “barkery,” a shop where she can make and sell her canine delights. But Myra Ethman, co-owner of another pet product store, hates the competition, insisting she'll find a way to shut the place down. When Myra is found dead with a Barkery biscuit beside her, Carrie must prove she didn't do it before she's collared for murder.

Local writer Linda O. Johnston's first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year. Since then, Linda, a former transactional lawyer, has published more short stories, novellas, romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series and Pet-Sitter mysteries. She currently writes the Superstition Mysteries and the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries, and also writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. Her short story Love on Sunset Boulevard is part of the anthology Murder on Sunset Boulevard. She is a member of the Orange County chapter of the Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter, the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Linda lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Lexie and Mystie.

If mysteries and romance intrigue, come to Crowell Library and learn more about Linda O. Johnston on Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s Barth Community. Thanks to the Friends of the Library, the authors keep coming to Crowell Public Library!

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BRIAN EVENSON reads from his collection of stories A COLLAPSE OF HORSES, in conversation with MAGGIE NELSON

Skylight Books

1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027


A Collapse of Horses (Coffee House Press)

A stuffed bear’s heart beats with the rhythm of a dead baby, Reno keeps receding to the east no matter how far you drive, and in a mine on another planet, the dust won’t stop seeping in. In these stories, Evenson unsettles us with the everyday and the extraordinary–the terror of living with the knowledge of all we cannot know. Minimalist literary horror, Evenson’s stories work a nightmare axis of doubt, paranoia, and everyday life. 

Praise for Brian Evenson:

“Brian Evenson is one of the treaures of American story writing, a true successor both to the generation of Coover, Barthelme, Hawkes and Co., but also to Edgar Allan Poe.”--Jonathan Lethem

“One of the most provocative, inventive, and talented writers we have working today.”--The Believer

“The bloodfests that sometimes ensue are metaphoric as miniature Francis Bacons. . . [Evenson’s] fiction is repulsive but more ‘moral’ that anything than comes from Bret Ellis or A. M. Homes.”--The Stranger

“There is not a more intense, prolific, or apocalyptic writer of fiction in America than Brian Evenson.”--George Saunders

Praised by Peter Straub for going “furthest out on the sheerest, least sheltered narrativeprecipice,” Brian Evenson has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the World Fantasy Award and the winner of the International Horror Guild Award, the American Library Association’s award for Best Horror Novel, and one of Time Out New York’s top books. The recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and three O. Henry Prizes, Evenson lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University’s Literary Arts Program.

Maggie Nelson is the author of The Argonauts, as well as an American poet, art critic, lyric essayist and nonfiction author of books such as The Red Parts: A Memoir, The Art of Cruelty, Bluets, and Jane: A Murder. The Art of Cruelty was a 2011 Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction. Jane: A Murder was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir.

Nelson has taught at the Graduate Writing Program of the New School, Wesleyan University, and the School of Art and Design at Pratt Institute; she currently teaches in the CalArts MFA writing program. She was awarded an Arts Writers grant in 2007 from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation. In 2011, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry.

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Next on the Decks

The Continental Club

116 W 4th St, Los Angeles, 90013

8:30pm to 10:00pm

The Continental Club is pleased to present Next on the Decks, a series featuring “non DJ” DJ nights, where notable people from different fields—fashion designers, artists, publicists, celebrities and others try their hand at guided DJ’ing with a professional DJ as a wingman.

This week's featured DJ is celebrity and entertainment publicist Jane Owen, with Henry Eshelman (DJ hoe) as her wingman.

RSVP: [email protected]

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Friday, February 12