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Cool off this summer by meeting and connecting with authors at your library! Refreshments will be provided and lucky winners will also be receiving a free copy of the author’s book. Come out and enjoy the fun!

Funding provided by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund and other generous donors.

 

¡Refréscate este verano conociendo y conectándote con autores en tu biblioteca! Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de recibir un libro gratuito. También se proporcionarán refrigerios.


Upcoming Summer Author Events


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June 5, 2019 3:00PM to 4:00PM

Please join us at the Chinatown Branch Library for a discussion with Eren Unten, an illustrator and animator. She will be reading presenting I am Kind and I am Helpful, which are part of her Positive Power series.

In addition to illustrating picture books, Eren has also provided illustrations for Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Penguin Random House, Disney, and many more. During her spare time, Eren enjoys watching films, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

 

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June 10, 2019 2:00PM to 3:00PM

Join us for a discussion with Aditi Khorana as she presents on her latest novel, Library of Fates. Aditi’s international upbringing included stays in India, Denmark, and New England. She has been a journalist for ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and is currently serving as a marketing consultant for the entertainment industry. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the architecture of Los Angeles and the great outdoors.


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June 11, 2019 3:00PM to 4:00PM

Get a glimpse into the life of two funny friends during a reading of Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always with author and illustrator, Tao Nyeu, at the J.C. Fremont and Silverlake Branch Libraries. Tao has received numerous awards for her children’s books, including the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the Original Art Show Founder’s Award, and the Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor. She specializes in silk screens and water based inks, giving her illustrations their distinctive style. Tao’s work has been influenced by Shel Silverstein, Richard Scarry, and Beatrix Potter. 


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June 15, 2019 2:00PM to 3:00PM

Please join us at the Mar Vista, Echo Park, and Wilshire Branch Libraries as Isabel Quintero discusses her book, My Papi Has a Motorcycle. Isabel has won the William C. Morris Award for Y.A. Debut Novel, and is a Gold Medal Winner of the California Book Award for Young Adults.

She describes herself as an “avid pizza and taco eater” who writes poetry and fiction for children, young adults, adults, older adults, and ghosts.


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June 17, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Please join Molly Ostertag at the Central Library as she discusses her graphic novel, The Hidden Witch, the sequel to The Witch Boy. Molly is an award-winning graphic novelist and a writer for the children’s animated series, Thundercats Roar, and The Owl House. She is also the illustrator of the successful webcomic, Strong Female Protagonist, which is distributed by Top Shelf. She loves cats, cooking steak, and Dungeons and Dragons.


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June 18, 2019 3:00PM to 4:00PM

From writing children’s picture books to drawing television cartoons to filmmaking, Ashlyn Anstee has done it all. Join the talented animator, author and illustrator at the Cahuenga and Porter Ranch branch libraries as she presents her latest book, Are We There, Yeti? Anstee lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three cats.


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June 26, 2019 2:00PM to 3:00PM

Join artist Jose Pimienta, also known as Joe Pi, at the Vernon Branch Library, as he discusses his upcoming graphic novel, Suncatcher. A lifelong artist, Joe Pi draws his inspiration from animation, music, and short stories, and currently draws comics, storyboards, and sketches for visual development. Joe Pi has been living in Los Angeles since 2009, where he has been making music and smiling as often as possible.


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June 27, 2019 3:15PM

Join us for an afternoon of dialogue around the timely topic of gentrification in North East Los Angeles. Jan Lin, author and professor of Sociology at Occidental College, will discuss his latest book Taking Back the Boulevard: Art, Activism, and Gentrification in Los Angeles.

Refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be given away in an opportunity drawing.

 

 


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June 27, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Join author Lilliam Rivera at Junipero Serra and Pacoima Branch Libraries as she presents her recently published young adult novel, Dealing in Dreams.

Lilliam has garnered multiple awards, including a Pushcart Prize, and is a Clarion alumnus. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Cosmo for Latinas, Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other notable publications. Lilliam has spoken across the country at numerous schools and regularly hosts creative writing workshops.


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June 27, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Please join us in welcoming author Elana K. Arnold to the Pacific Palisades Branch Library as she delves into her novel, The Question of Miracles. Her Young Adult novel, What Girls are Made Of, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her middle grade novel, A Boy Called Bat, was recognized as a Junior Library Guild selection. She has taught creative writing at UC Davis, and has spoken at numerous schools, writer’s conferences, and libraries. She resides in Huntington Beach with her family, including three pets.


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June 27, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

oin writer Zara Lisbon at the Studio City Branch Library as she discusses her debut Young Adult novel, Fake Plastic Girl. Zara’s fiction writing has been published in FOURTH Magazine, Able Muse, Attic Salt, and many other publications. She has also been a guest on podcasts such as Kasey’s FREEk Show and Holy Swift. A native New Yorker, Zara loves air conditioning, artificial winter wonderlands, and Lana Del Rey. 


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July 9, 2019 11:00AM to 12:00PM

Author Antonio Sacre uses stories, folktales, and myths from his Cuban and Irish-American upbringing to encourage all listeners to find their own cultural stories through the magic of books. Join Antonio at the Venice Branch Library as he presents his bilingual picture book, A Mango in the Hand: A Story Told Through Proverbs. In addition to being a children’s book author, he is also a keynote speaker, providing professional development to educators across all grade levels. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his family, including two cats.


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July 11, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Come hear a story about the unlikeliest of friendships as illustrator Rodolfo Montalvo presents his book, Dear Dragon, at the Wilmington and Pico Union Branch Libraries! A lifelong artist, Rodolfo is most inspired by children’s books, comic books, animations, and films. He lives near the ocean with his two drawing companions: his wife, Rene, and his dog, Wooky.


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July 11, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Find out what home really means as author Marie Miranda Cruz presents her debut novel, Everlasting Nora at the Mark Twain and Mid-Valley Regional Branch Libraries. A military brat, Marie moved between the U.S. and the Cavite City in the Philippines during her childhood, eventually completing her formal education in the Philippines. She and her family, including a tank of fighting fish, reside in Los Angeles.


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July 16, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Help a mischievous mollusc find its way home at the Harbor Gateway, Baldwin Hills, and Westchester Branch Libraries as artist and author Larissa Marantz shows us her book, Charlie and the Octopus!

Larissa has written numerous books for Nickelodeon, and worked as a Character Designer for the legendary Rugrats series.

She is a teacher at Laguna College of Art + Design, and a member of SCBWI. In her spare time she loves to drink green tea and host paint nights for her friends.


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July 18, 2019 2:00PM to 3:00PM

Come hear a story about the unlikeliest of friendships as illustrator Rodolfo Montalvo presents his book, Dear Dragon, at the Wilmington and Pico Union Branch Libraries! A lifelong artist, Rodolfo is most inspired by children’s books, comic books, animations, and films. He lives near the ocean with his two drawing companions: his wife, Rene, and his dog, Wooky.


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July 18, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Meet Young Adult author M.G Hennessey at the Robertson Branch Library as she discusses her novel, The Echo Park Castaways. Her novels have been included on the HRC’s Welcoming Schools Booklist, the Rainbow Project Book List, and have garnered numerous awards. In addition to being an author, M.G. is an advocate for the LGBTQ community, supporting the L.A. LGBT Center, the Transgender Law Center, Gender Spectrum, and numerous other Los Angeles-based organizations. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her family. 


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July 18, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Help a mischievous mollusc find its way home at the Harbor Gateway, Baldwin Hills, and Westchester Branch Libraries as artist and author Larissa Marantz shows us her book, Charlie and the Octopus! Larissa has written numerous books for Nickelodeon, and worked as a Character Designer for the legendary Rugrats series. She is a teacher at Laguna College of Art + Design, and a member of SCBWI. In her spare time she loves to drink green tea and host paint nights for her friends.


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July 25, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Find out what home really means as author Marie Miranda Cruz presents her debut novel, Everlasting Nora at the Mark Twain and Mid-Valley Regional Branch Libraries. A military brat, Marie moved between the U.S. and the Cavite City in the Philippines during her childhood, eventually completing her formal education in the Philippines. She and her family, including a tank of fighting fish, reside in Los Angeles.


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July 31, 2019 10:30AM to 11:30AM

Cat lovers, artists, and francophiles unite!

Join Susan Bernardo and Courtney Fletcher at the Little Tokyo Library as they show us their picture book, The Artist who Loved Cats. After meeting in a Mommy and Me class for their children, the duo have gone on to write and illustrate four picture books together, including one that was sent to space!

Susan is a former Art Director in advertising and in her spare time enjoys road trips, museums, and jazz. Courtney holds credentials from UCLA, Yale and Pepperdine; she also raises chickens and hangs out with her rescue terrier when she’s not writing.

 

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July 31, 2019 3:30PM to 4:30PM

Join us as illustrator Joe Cepeda presents his book, ¡Vámonos! = Let’s Go! at the Felipe de Neve, Jefferson and R.L. Stevenson Branch Libraries.

Not only has Joe illustrated for over thirty children’s books, he also continues to create images for various publications. Joe is a speaker at schools and conferences and is happy to discuss his experience and advocate for the arts.

He is a proud Angeleno and the President of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

 

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August 6, 2019 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Help a mischievous mollusc find its way home at the Harbor Gateway, Baldwin Hills, and Westchester Branch Libraries as artist and author Larissa Marantz shows us her book, Charlie and the Octopus!

Larissa has written numerous books for Nickelodeon, and worked as a Character Designer for the legendary Rugrats series.

She is a teacher at Laguna College of Art + Design, and a member of SCBWI. In her spare time she loves to drink green tea and host paint nights for her friends.


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