WeHo Reads 2015


WeHo Reads 2015


The City of West Hollywood celebrates the literary community with the author series WeHo Reads, featuring new and noteworthy authors at the West Hollywood Library. This year-round author series culminates in a full day of literary events scheduled for September 26, 2015.


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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 26, 12pm-7pm
WeHo Reads: Banned Books

It’s hard to imagine that beloved books like “Huckleberry Finn,” “The Hunger Games,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Perks of a Wallflower,” and “Of Mice and Men” have all been banned or challenged at some point over the years. 

In honor of Banned Books Week, WeHo Reads—the City of West Hollywood’s ongoing author series—has scheduled a full day of literary and artistic events, on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 11am to 7pm in the City Council Chambers and Autocourt (625 N. San Vicente Blvd).

WeHo Reads Banned Books will start at 11am with book readings and activities for children. Throughout the day, performance art, queer sticker-making workshops and other art activities will take place.

In addition, there will be several panel discussions from authors that have been banned and/or deemed controversial for issues related to race, religion, gender, sexuality and/or other ‘hot button’ issues. Bookmark this site and check it frequently for updates on participating authors as they are announced!

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 to celebrate the freedom to read, in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. According to the American Library Association more than 11,300 books have been challenged since then.

WeHo Reads is being produced by The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Library with the support of Red Hen Press, Les Figues Press, PEN Center USA, and Book Soup.

Join our official WeHo Reads Banned Books event page on Facebook!

To see photos of the 2014 WeHo Reads event please click here.

For any questions related to WeHo Reads including inquiries on how you might get involved, please contact Andrew Campbell at acampbell@weho.org or Mike Che at mche@weho.org 

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Past 2015 events:


LAMBDA Literary and WeHo Reads: A Single Man, with special facilitator Chris Freeman

Tuesday, March 31, 7pm
West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room
625. N. San Vicente Blvd.

For this special meeting of the Lambda Literary Book Club, co-presented with WeHo Reads, there will be a guest facilitator Chris Freeman, who is co-editor (with James Berg) of the new book The American Isherwood, a collection of essays celebrating Isherwood’s published works, diaries, and personal archives. This month’s selection is A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood. Admission is free and validated parking will be provided. The book club is a program of the Lambda Literary Foundation, co-sponsored by the West Hollywood Library; the books selected are a heady mix of LGBT classics, unheralded gems, and buzz-worthy new releases. WeHo Reads is an occasional series of author talks with a full day of literary events scheduled for September 26, 2015.

For more information, please call (310) 652-5340, or visit www.lambdaliterary.org/book-clubs/lambda-lit-book-club.


WeHo Reads: Just Kids from the Bronx, Arlene and Alan Alda in Conversation

Tuesday, April 14, 7 pm
West Hollywood City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.


Arlene Alda is a photographer and author of 15 children's books. Her current book, Just Kids from the Bronx (March 2015) is an Oral History of 64 interviews with prominent Bronxites, including Al Pacino, Regis Philbin, Colin Powell, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mary Higgins Clark, Avery Corman, Chazz Palminteri Tats Cru Graffiti Artists, Grandmaster Melle Mal, and the others ranging from age 23 to age 93. On April 14, 2015, she will be joined by her husband Alan Alda in conversation about the new book. To RSVP email info@booksoup.com or call Book Soup at (310) 659-3110.



WeHo Reads: LeVar Burton, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2:00 pm
West Hollywood Park at the Kids Fair
647 N. San Vicente Blvd.

LeVar Burton is well-known for being host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow, a TV series that encouraged reading among children and ran for 23 seasons. In late 2014, LeVar Burton published his first children’s book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. On April 25, Burton will read from the book while the words are projected on the screen behind him so children can read along as well. This WeHo Reads event would take place immediately following the West Hollywood Kids’ Fair.



WEHO Reads presents Ashlee Vance, in conversation with Rachel Crane (CNN), discussing and signing Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Wednesday, May 27, 7 pm
West Hollywood City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.

Elon Musk is the most daring entrepreneur of our time. There are few industrialists in history who could match Elon Musk's relentless drive and ingenious vision. A modern alloy of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs, Musk is the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity, each of which has sent shock waves throughout American business and industry. More than any other executive today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as a science fiction fantasy. In this lively, investigative account, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance offers an unprecedented look into the remarkable life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious businessman. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family, and his friends, the book traces his journey from his difficult upbringing in South Africa to his ascent to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent more than fifty hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to three hundred people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies and to paint a portrait of a complex man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation--all while making plenty of enemies along the way. (Ecco Press)

This reading is additionally sponsored by WeHoX, the City's exciting new innovation and technology program.

WeHo Reads is a collaborative project of the City of West Hollywood, the West Hollywood Library branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library, the Friends of the West Hollywood Library, and Book Soup.

“Tim and Eric's Zone Theory: 7 Easy Steps to Achieve a Perfect Life”

Wednesday, July 8, 7:00 pm
West Hollywood City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Blvd

WeHo Reads & Book Soup present Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim discussing and signing Tim and Eric's Zone Theory: 7 Easy Steps to Achieve a Perfect Life. From Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, two of the 21st century's most vital and creative minds, comes a brand new, inspirational, and game-changing life system that promises to instantly provide wellness, happiness, and total, absolute fulfillment. To RSVP for this event please call Book Soup at (310) 659-3110 or email info@booksoup.com

LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas
A panel moderated by Ron Davidson and featuring David Deis, Michael Jamie Becerra, Luis Rodriguez (LA Poet Laureate), Sylvia Sukop, & Rosten Woo 

August 6, 2015
West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
FREE! (but please RSVP at the email or number below)

From the smoky, spicy kitchens of a family taquero business in El Monte to the cowboy-and spacemen-themed landscapes of the San Fernando Valley to LGBT churches and synagogues in Los Angeles, LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas is a thrilling new book from Heyday Press that presents a literary and cartographic exploration of Los Angeles that reorients our understanding of the city in highly imaginative ways. Illuminated by boldly conceived and artfully rendered maps and infographics, nineteen essays by LA’s most exciting writers reveal complex histories and perspectives of Los Angeles. Sponsored by WeHo Reads and the West Hollywood Library. For more information or to RSVP, contact Corey Roskin at croskin@weho.org or (323) 848-6403