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Literature pimp David Kipen and his libros volunteer crew are making their way west, as the newest artist in recedency at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. From now till October 9, the lending library will be posted up at the lobby gallery pretty much doing the same thing it does at the eastside store front, sharing the gift of literature with folks across town. According to the museum, “Westwood has also seen the closure of several bookstores recently, as well as a reduction in some hours at nearby libraries. Libros Schmibros at the Hammer will increase Westwood’s access to books, while serving as a public square where visitors can check out, acquire, or donate books, and interact with Kipen, his team of volunteers, and other visitors.”
There’s a lot of things going on with the schmibros crew that is of course, taking away from them keeping to their regular hours. I can only imagine how David and everyone else is able to keep up, but they’re making it work. Folks who wanna visit are still encouraged to donate books about Los Angeles or by L.A. authors, high school or college syllabus paperbacks, Spanish-language or Farsi-language books, and first editions or advance reading copies of all sorts. All visitors are welcome to borrow books for free or to keep one. Same rules applies of a suggested donation of half the cover price, except for Westwood and Boyle Heights residents, who can donate a buck. Anyone who donates books will receive free museum admission.
As of right now, the book stores hours on both sides of town are Wed through Sat 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. I haven’t checked out the new westside spot, but folks say that a 23-foot map of literary Los Angeles by J. Michael Walker is something to behold, and also one of the featured discussions in the events line up. With that being said, the line up of what they have coming up is at the bottom for folks to check out the eclectic mix of authors, poets and artist from both sides of town.
*September 1, 2011 Boyle Heights Poetry featuring Kristy Lovich, Luis Rodriguez, and Abel Salas.
*September 3, 2011 Progressive Labor Day Pub Quiz. Hammer and Boyle Heights.
*September‚ 8, 2011 Ruben Martinez y RUEBEN Martinez. Boyle Heights.
*September 10, 2011 Car Schmar–Nondriving L.A. Writers Richard Rayner, Marisela Norte, D.J. Waldie. Hammer.
*September 15, 2011 L.A. Cartography: J. Michael Walker, Glen Creason. Hammer.
*September 22, 2011Marathon Reading of On The Road. Hammer.
*September 24, 2011 Young Writers of Westwood: Mona Simpson and UCLA’sWestwind Journal. Boyle Heights.
*September 29, 2011 Pynchon’s L.A.: Mark Z. Danielewski and guests. Boyle Heights.
*October 1, 2011 Boyle Heights History Event: George J. Sanchez Ph.D. Boyle Heights
*October 2, 2011 Pacific Standard Time Opening. Hammer open 12-5.
*October 6, 2011 LA Oracles: Mike the Poet Sonksen, Susana Chavez-Silverman, Sharon Sekhon (the Studio for Southern California History). Hammer.
*October 8, 2011 Havdalah with Jonathan Gold. Boyle Heights.
*October 9, 2011 Closing with CicLAvia. Boyle Heights and HAMMER.