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Saturday, August 23

Love Songs of the Revolution

Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium

630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, 90071

2:00pm

Los Angeles author Bronwyn Mauldin reads from her latest novel, Love Songs of the Revolution – a literary thriller based in the last days of Soviet Lithuania. In Mauldin’s novel, Martynas Kudirka, an official painter for the Lithuanian Communist Party, enjoys a pleasant, unremarkable life with a beautiful wife and all the privileges that come with being a party member. Yet in the summer 1989, his ordinary world suddenly turns upside down. Political revolt is breaking out across Eastern Europe, and Martynas comes home to find his wife dead on the kitchen floor with a knife in her back. Realizing the police will not investigate, he sets out to find his wife’s
killer. Instead, he stumbles upon her secret life. Copies of Ms Mauldin's book will be available for purchase.

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Tuesday, August 26

Ben Kamin: Dangerous Friendship: Stanley Levison, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Kennedy Brothers

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

The product of long-concealed FBI surveillance documents, "Dangerous Friendship "chronicles a history of Martin Luther King Jr. that the government kept secret from the public for years. The book reveals the story of Stanley Levison, a well-known figure in the Communist Party-USA, who became one of King's closest friends and, effectively, his most trusted adviser. Levison, a Jewish attorney and businessman, became King's pro bono ghostwriter, accountant, fundraiser, and legal adviser. This friendship, however, created many complications for both men. Because of Levison's former ties to the Communist Party, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover launched an obsessive campaign, wiretapping, tracking, and photographing Levison relentlessly. By association, King was labeled as "a Communist and subversive," prompting then-attorney general Robert F. Kennedy to authorize secret surveillance of the civil rights leader. It was this effort that revealed King's sexual philandering and furthered a breakdown of trust between King, Robert F. Kennedy, and eventually President John F. Kennedy. With stunning revelations, this book exposes both the general attitude of the U.S. government toward the privacy rights of American citizens during those difficult years as well as the extent to which King, Levison, and many other freedom workers were hounded by people at the very top of the U.S. security establishment. (Michigan State University Press)

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Tuesday, September 9

Aloud @ Central Library: Perfidia: A Novel

ALOUD @ Central Library

Mark Taper Auditorium 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles CA, CA 90071

7:15pm to 9:00pm

James Ellroy
In conversation with author Walter Kirn
Ellroy, one of America’s greatest living crime writers, draws on the history of Los Angeles in his newest novel, "Perfidia." Together with Kirn, author of a recent riveting take on a Los Angeles cold case, Ellroy uncovers a corrupt city under the shadow of Pearl Harbor, where the investigation of a hellish murder of a Japanese family throws together and rips apart four driven souls.

FREE/ RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED. Standby tickets distributed 1 hour before program, first-come/ first-served, admitted based on availability.

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