Monday, September 18, 2017

A Reading in the Bat Caves of Griffith Park

                                              Sunday, September 24th, 2017 at 5pm
                                          Join us for an afternoon of readings with

                                              Allison Conner
                                                  Chiwan Choi
                                                       Siel Ju
                                             Daniel Jose Ruiz
                                             Oscar Sagastume


To Get to the Batcaves/Bronson Caves:

GPS closest address: 3200 Canyon Drive.

From Franklin Ave., head towards the Hollywood Sign on either Bronson Ave. or Canyon Dr.
Bronson eventually merges into Canyon, so it doesn't matter which street you take as long as you keep heading up the hill. Canyon Drive runs right into Griffith Park. There will be a parking lot on your right. Park here or along the road.
The trail is actually right above the parking lot. You will see the tops of people's heads. To find the proper trail head, walk to the far north side of the parking lot (the opposite direction from which you drove.) You will walk along the road for a minute or two. Ahead will be another small parking lot to your left-- straight ahead is the trail to the Hollywood Sign-- although this is an awesome hike, it is not the way to the caves. To get to the reading, follow the pink curb to the right. This will lead to the entrance to the wide, heavily trafficked and easy to find trail to the caves. The caves are a five-seven minute walk from the parking lot up a gentle grade. Pictures of the trailhead and trails are below.

You will find us inside the caves, most likely along the back entrance. We will have some chairs set up, and will try to put up signs to point you in the right direction.

Pictures to help you find the caves:

follow the pink curb to the right

proceed through trail head

a gentle uphill walk for about five minutes

the trail curves to the left, and the caves will be hard to miss

walk through the caves!

we will likely be set up inside the caves

view of hollywood sign

see you there!

Friday, April 28, 2017

                                Sunday, May 7th at 5pm

Join us to hear five fabulous writers share stories:
Patty Yumi Cottrell, Debbie Graber, Meg Howrey, Ashley Perez and Margaret Wappler

Dogs and kids are welcome! (Although readings will probably contain adult themes and language)

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The closest GPS/WAZE address is the Ranger Station
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(instead of turning towards the ranger station, turn towards the MERRY GO ROUND and follow directions below)


If you are familiar with the park, make your way to Merry-Go-Round Lot #2. Walk through the trailhead towards the picnic areas and turn left. Take any trail, making your way toward the stairs or ramp. Go up the stairs or ramp, and you will see the Old Zoo across the open field to your left. We will be inside one of the enclosures-- probably the second or third. We will have signs up pointing the way, and chairs and a refreshment table set up inside the enclosure.

Detailed directions: 

Make your way to Los Feliz Blvd. and turn onto Crystal Springs Drive into the park. We will have signs along Crystal Springs to assure you that you are headed in the right direction.
Continue straight through the first stop sign, which is the turn-off for the 5. 
Soon, you will reach another stop sign. We will have a sign up here, and there will likely be many other signs up as well. The Ranger station is to your right, but you will turn LEFT, following signs for the MERRY-GO-ROUND.
At the top of the hill, turn right into the parking lot. This is Merry-Go-Round Lot #1. Drive through this lot to the next parking lot, Merry-Go-Round Lot #2. Park here. The Old Zoo is a short (5-7 minute) walk from the parking lot.

                      Walk straight along the road, but do not turn right down the hill. 

Continue walking straight through the trailheads towards the picnic areas. We will have a sign up at the trailhead.

                    Turn left, staying on the trails, which look like pavement covered in sand. 
                                                     Do not walk towards the cars ahead.

The trails around here all lead in sort of the same direction, so don't worry too much about staying on a particular trail. Soon, you will see a purple fire hydrant. Turn left up the hill and keep an eye out for staircases or a ramp. Either one will lead you to the Old Zoo.

Walk up the stairs/ramp and there will be a wide open field before you. Head left towards the ruins.


We will be in one of the enclosures. We will have chairs set up, a refreshments table, and a sign at the entrance.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Patty Yumi Cottrell is the author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (McSweeney's). Her work has appeared in Buzzfeed, Bomb, and Guernica, among other places. She lives in Los Angeles.

Debbie Graber's debut story collection, Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday, was published in 2016 by the Unnamed Press. Her fiction has appeared in Harper's, Zyzzyva, Electric Literature and The Nervous Breakdown, among other places. She received an MFA from the University of California, Riverside, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

Meg Howrey is the author of the novels Blind Sight, The Cranes Dance, and, most recently, The Wanderers. Her non-fiction has appeared in Vogue, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Ashley Perez

Margaret Wappler has written about the arts and pop culture for the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Elle, Cosmo, New York Times, and several other publications. Her debut novel, Neon Green, published by Unnamed Press in July 2016, has been praised as "witty and entertaining" by the Los Angeles Times and a depiction of "life in the nineties as it was actually lived " by Electric Literature. She lives in Los Angeles and can be heard weekly on the pop culture podcast, Pop Rocket.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Reading in a Train Car at Travel Town

                                                Sunday, October 30th at 3pm

Join us in a (haunted? Let's call it haunted) train car at Griffith Park's famous Travel Town for a pre-Halloween reading with some of our favorite writers sharing stories both spooky and strange...The reading will take place in a train car in Griffith Park's Travel Town

Lauren Candia
Natashia Deon
Sara Gran
Emma Kemp
Michelle Tea

Hosted by Anne-Marie Kinney and Sara Finnerty 

The address is 5200 Zoo Drive.
Admission to the museum is FREE. Park in the parking lot and walk right in. Once you are down the staircase, directly in front of you you will see old train cars. Walk straight ahead towards the cars and we will be in the largest one. We will have a sign at the entrance of the train car. 

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Lauren Candia is the co-creator and curator of Shades & Shadows. The Los Angeles-based literary nonprofit features six authors of speculative fiction every other month at a live reading series which is recorded for the podcast. By day, she is a not-so-very-scary-at-all library professional. Her passions are figuring out ways to make library services and programs more inclusive. She is currently developing programs for youth that foster creativity and self-confidence. She writes weird stories with a tiny dog on her desk. Her writing can be found in the East Jasmine Review, the Los Angeles Times, xoJane, and the Winter Horror Days anthology.
You can find her on most social media platforms @Paranormalauren.

Natashia Deón is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, GRACE, and is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellowship. Recently named one of L.A.'s "Most Fascinating People" in L.A. Weekly's People Issue, Deón is a lawyer, law professor, and the creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, The Rattling Wall, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, and other places.

Sara Gran is the author of five novels, including the CLAIRE DeWITT series.

Emma Kemp is an artist and writer based in Los Angeles. She is one half of collaborative duo Earl Gravy, whose videos and installations have been exhibited in motels, hotels, and the Tate Modern, London. She is working on her first book, a parafunctional biography of musical artist Conor Oberst, to be published by Penguin Random House in 2018. Emma currently teaches at Otis College of Art and Design.

Michelle Tea's latest book is the speculative memoir Black Wave.