SKYLIT: Donna Miscolta, “LIVING COLOR” w/ Alex Espinoza

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, fiction, latinx, skylit by skylightbooks on October 19th, 2020

We first meet Angie Rubio at age five, being scolded by her kindergarten teacher for not knowing how to skip properly.

Set in California in the 1960s and '70s, Living Color takes Angie year by year from kindergarten through high school, offering a portrait of the artist as a shy, awkward Mexican-American girl.

Taking place against the backdrop of the Cold War and civil rights eras--the Cuban missile crisis, the Watts riots, Beatlemania, the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics--Living Color also surveys the milestones of American girlhood. We see Brownies, slumber parties, training bras, cheerleader tryouts, and proms through the eyes of a "brown, skinny, and bespectacled" Latina who soon learns that pageant winners as well as high school cheerleaders are always white.

Donna Miscolta's new book traces Angie's formation as a writer, from the child who loves Scrabble and jots down new words she learns in a notebook to the teenager publishing controversial opinions about success and belonging, a person whose voice is now "loud-enough-to-be-heard."

Miscolta is in conversation with fellow author Alex Espinoza.

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SKYLIT: Kaela Green, “SCOTTIE ON THE SPACE STATION”

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, Children's Fiction, fiction, skylit by skylightbooks on October 16th, 2020

Ellie and her family love living on the space station With a mother who is an intergalactic doctor and a father who studies the stars, Ellie's life on the station is a blast. They can do anything you can do on Earth... except they can do it with alien visitors in zero gravity. Sometimes the aliens don't know how to play or talk with Ellie's little brother, Scottie, because he is a person with disabilities. But this doesn't stop Ellie from introducing them and showing them that Scottie is a great friend Come join Ellie and Scottie as they meet a young alien who has just arrived on the station...

Scottie on the Space Station author Kaela Green is in conversation with Skylight events manager Maddie Gobbo.

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SKYLIT: Kazim Ali, “THE VOICE OF SHEILA CHANDRA” w/ Kiki Petrosino

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, poetry, skylit by skylightbooks on October 14th, 2020

Titled for the influential singer left almost voiceless by a terrible syndrome, The Voice of Sheila Chandra brings sweet melodies and rhythms as the voices blend and become multitudinous. There's an honoring of not only survival, but of persistence, as this part research-based, pensive collection contemplates what it takes to move forward when the unimaginable holds you back.

Author Kazim Ali is in conversation with fellow poet Kiki Petrosino.

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Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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SKYLIT: Xialuo Guo, “A LOVER’S DISCOURSE”

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, fiction, skylit by skylightbooks on October 14th, 2020

A Chinese woman moves from Beijing to London for a doctoral program--and to begin a new life--just as the Brexit campaign reaches a fever pitch. Isolated and lonely in a Britain increasingly hostile to foreigners, she meets a landscape architect and the two begin to build a life together.

A Lover's Discourse by Xialuo Guo is an exploration of romantic love told through fragments of conversations between the two lovers. Playing with language and the cultural differences that her narrator encounters as she settles into life in post-Brexit vote Britain, the lovers must navigate their differences and their romance, whether on their unmoored houseboat or in a cramped and stifling apartment in east London. Suffused with a wonderful sense of humor, this intimate and tender novel asks what it means to make a home and a family in a new land.

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SKYLIT: Lawrence Rosenthal, “EMPIRE OF RESENTMENT” w/ Harry Levine

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, politics, sociology, skylit by skylightbooks on October 14th, 2020

Since Trump's victory and the UK's Brexit vote, much of the commentary on the populist epidemic has focused on the emergence of populism. But, Lawrence Rosenthal argues, what is happening globally is not the emergence but the transformation of right-wing populism.

Rosenthal, the founder of UC Berkeley's Center for Right-Wing Studies, suggests right-wing populism is a protean force whose prime mover is the resentment felt toward perceived cultural elites, and whose abiding feature is its ideological flexibility, which now takes the form of xenophobic nationalism. In 2016, American right-wing populists migrated from the free marketeering Tea Party to Donald Trump's "hard hat," anti-immigrant, America-First nationalism. This was the most important single factor in Trump's electoral victory and it has been at work across the globe. In Italy, for example, the Northern League reinvented itself in 2018 as an all-Italy party, switching its fury from southerners to immigrants, and came to power.

Rosenthal paints a vivid sociological, political, and psychological picture of the transnational quality of this movement, which is now in power in at least a dozen countries, creating a de facto Nationalist International. In America and abroad, the current mobilization of right-wing populism has given life to long marginalized threats like white supremacy. The future of democratic politics in the United States and abroad depends on whether the liberal and left parties have the political capacity to mobilize with a progressive agenda of their own.

Rosenthal discusses his new book, Empire of Resentmentwith sociologist Harry Levine.

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Handsell, Ep. 17: “Dynasty Typewriter”

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, fiction, Film, nonfiction, film/tv, Handsell by skylightbooks on October 11th, 2020

Mick and Maddie have a spook szn reunion to talk about Halloween costumes and Skylight's new Indiegogo campaign with Punk Rock Martha's! Then, Maddie sits down with the folks at Hayworth Theater's Dynasty Typewriter to talk about marketing and events for independent venues. 

Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/la-public-school-virtual-book-fair#/

Dynasty Typewriter: www.dynastytypewriter.com

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Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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SKYLIT: Jacquelyn Stolos, “EDENDALE” w/ Madeline Stevens

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, fiction, skylit by skylightbooks on October 9th, 2020

Edendale is a sly and smart novel that contains multitudes—itʼs strange, funny, dark, violent, frightening, compelling, and mysterious. Jacquelyn Stolos takes many exciting risks on the page, and together these risks accumulate to become a powerful and unique story about young, alienated people trying to find their way in an inhospitable world.”
--Edan Lepucki, New York Times bestselling author of California

 

Stolos is in conversation with novelist Madeline Stevens. 

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SKYLIT: Ken Kwapis, “BUT WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO IS DIRECT” w/ David Ulin

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, Memoir, Film, film/tv, skylit by skylightbooks on October 7th, 2020

He is among the most respected directors in show business, but getting there wasn’t easy. He struggled just like everyone else. With each triumph came the occasional faceplant. Using his background and inside knowledge, But What I Really Want To Do is Direct tackles Hollywood myths through Ken Kwapis’s highly entertaining experiences. It’s a rollercoaster ride fueled by brawls with the top brass, clashes over budgets, and the passion that makes it all worthwhile.

This humorous and refreshingly personal memoir is filled with inspiring instruction, behind-the-scenes hilarity, and unabashed joy. It’s a celebration of the director’s craft, and what it takes to succeed in show business on your own terms.

Kwapis is in conversation with critic David Ulin.

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Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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SKYLIT: David Lazar, “CELESTE HOLM SYNDROME” w/ A.S. Hamrah

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, Film, film/tv, skylit by skylightbooks on October 5th, 2020

In Celeste Holm Syndrome, David Lazar looks to our intimate relationships with characters, both well-known and lesser known, from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Veering through considerations of melancholy and wit, sexuality and gender, and the surrealism of comedies of the self in an uncanny world, mixed with his own autobiographical reflections of cinephilia, Lazar creates an alluring hybrid of essay forms as he moves through the movies in his mind. Character actors from the classical era of the 1930s through the 1950s including Thelma Ritter, Oscar Levant, Martin Balsam, Nina Foch, Elizabeth Wilson, Eric Blore, Edward Everett Horton, and the eponymous Celeste Holm all make appearances in these considerations of how essential character actors were, and remain, to cinema.

Lazar is in conversation with film critic A.S. Hamrah.

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Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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Handsell, Ep. 16: “Kelsey Nolan”

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, Handsell by skylightbooks on October 3rd, 2020

Former events manager Kelsey Nolan is back at Skylight Books, so we had her on the Handsell to celebrate her return! We hear about her journey into Skylight (and out, and in again), and talk about a little piece of news you may have heard about yesterday.

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Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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SKYLIT: Mathieu Cailler, “HEAVEN AND OTHER ZIP CODES” w/ Laura Warrell

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, fiction, novels, skylit by skylightbooks on September 30th, 2020

Heaven and Other Zip Codes follows the complicated relationships between lonely, thirty-something-year-old mother Searcy, her awkward prepubescent son Theo, cheating husband and disingenuous stepfather Hoit, and young, attractive, painter-turned-after-school-tutor Emerson.

Author Mathieu Cailler is in conversation with Los Angeles writer Laura Warrell.

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Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Jacqueline Suskin, “THE EDGE OF THE CONTINENT: THE DESERT”

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books by skylightbooks on September 28th, 2020

The Edge of the Continent: The Desert is about California. Specifically, this third volume is about Joshua Tree—the dry, sparsely populated landscape known for its strange topography and spiritual pull. Jacqueline Suskin spent winters on a ranch at the far edge of the desert for many years, caring for mustangs and goats, walking the long sand roads in solitude. This book explores the richness of her experience in a place many view as barren, exposing its unique offerings through personal narrative. In this collection, Suskin invites readers into the often unseen magic of the desert, a place where silence and open space bring gifts of potent healing and ancient insight to those who are willing to sit still and listen.

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Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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HANDSELL, Ep. 15, “John Evans - Diesel Bookstore”

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, Handsell by skylightbooks on September 27th, 2020

After Maddie and Mick catch up and talk about how nice it is to feel some semblance of the bookstore community, Maddie sits down with John Evans of the Diesel Bookstore to talk about all things bookseller!

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Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Elisa Gabbert, “THE UNREALITY OF MEMORY” w/ Brandon Taylor

Posted in literature, skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, nonfiction, essays, climate change by skylightbooks on September 25th, 2020

We stare at our phones. We keep multiple tabs open. Our chats and conversations are full of the phrase “Did you see?” The feeling that we’re living in the worst of times seems to be intensifying, alongside a desire to know precisely how bad things have gotten—and each new catastrophe distracts us from the last.

The Unreality of Memory collects provocative, searching essays on disaster culture, climate anxiety, and our mounting collective sense of doom. In this new collection, acclaimed poet and essayist Elisa Gabbert explores our obsessions with disasters past and future, from the sinking of the Titanic to Chernobyl, from witch hunts to the plague. These deeply researched, prophetic meditations question how the world will end—if indeed it will—and why we can’t stop fantasizing about it.

Can we avoid repeating history? Can we understand our moment from inside the moment? With The Unreality of Memory, Gabbert offers a hauntingly perceptive analysis of our new ways of being and a means of reconciling ourselves to this unreal new world.

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Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Mike Davis and Jon Winer, “SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE” w/ Erin Aubry Kaplan & Danny Widener

Posted in skylight books, los angeles, book stores, books, nonfiction by skylightbooks on September 23rd, 2020

Los Angeles in the sixties was a hotbed of political and social upheaval. The city was a launchpad for Black Power--where Malcolm X and Angela Davis first came to prominence and the Watts uprising shook the nation. The city was home to the Chicano Blowouts and Chicano Moratorium, as well as being the birthplace of "Asian American" as a political identity. It was a locus of the antiwar movement, gay liberation movement, and women's movement, and, of course, the capital of California counterculture. Mike Davis and Jon Wiener provide the first comprehensive movement history of L.A. in the sixties, drawing on extensive archival research and dozens of interviews with principal figures, as well as the authors' storied personal histories as activists. Following on from Davis's awardwinning L.A. history, City of QuartzSet the Night on Fire is a historical tour de force, delivered in scintillating and fiercely beautiful prose.

Davis and Wiener are in conversation with Erin Aubrey Kaplan and Danny Widener

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Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

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