WeHo Reads - 2021

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division (www.weho.org/arts) presents WeHo Reads, a celebrated literary series featuring noteworthy authors.  Follow us at @WeHoReads and @WeHoArts.

The Spring 2021 season is being presented online and is produced by Amanda Fletcher and Dare Williams.

 For information on previous seasons please visitWeHo Reads 2019WeHo Reads 2018WeHo Reads 2017.

All events are taking place online and admission is free.

All videos will be visible on our WeHo Arts YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/wehoarts

Please support your local West Hollywood bookseller by buying books from our WeHo Reads authors from Book Soup.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 6PM (PST) The Modern Hiker's Guide to Griffith Park

Join Casey Schreiner, founder of ModernHiker.com and author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller Discovering Griffith Park: A Local's Guide, for an in-depth slideshow presentation on everything this legendary urban park has to offer, as it celebrates its 125th anniversary. Learn where to hike, bike, and ride on horseback. Learn where your favorite movies were shot, and even learn a bit about the park's surprising place in LGBTQ history. 

To view, RSVP to get a reminder: https://wehoreadscasey.eventbrite.com

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6PM (PST) In Your Face - Womxn Writing Truth

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Myriam Gurba, author of Mean (which was named by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of the "Best LGBTQ Books of All Time"), talks to 2020 Creative Capital Awardee Randa Jarrar about her new memoir, Love is an Ex-Country. With musical guest Kelly Caballero.

To view, RSVP to get a reminder: https://wehoreadswomxn.eventbrite.com

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 6PM (PST) Exploring the Landscape of the Gay Rights Movement

Poets read and discuss representation in relation to the history of the local LGBTQ rights movement. With Gustavo Hernandez, a poet with an upcoming poetry collection Flower Grand First, and Rocío Carlos, author of the (other) house whose work was  included in LACMA’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition, Those of This America. Featuring musical guests Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles. 

To view, watch below. RSVP to get a reminder: https://wehoreadsrociogustavo.eventbrite.com

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 6PM (PST) "It is Time to Cross the Threshold on Your Hands" 

In celebration of National Poetry Month, West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace, brings together poets near and far for an exploration of thresholds in language, gender, generation, and geography. Featured poets include Terry Wolverton, Alyesha Wise-Hernandez, féi hernandez, Alan Pelaez Lopez and Harry Giles. The event will culminate in writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing and a virtual afterparty for participants to share their work. (Title line from poet Kayleigh Zaloga).

To view, watch below. RSVP to get a reminder: https://wehoreadspoetrymonth21.eventbrite.com

Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 6PM (PST) Creating Hollywood Chinese

In celebration of Asian American History Month, join us for a conversation between Arthur Dong, author of Hollywood Chinese, and Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown (Winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction).

To view, watch below. RSVP to get a reminder: https://wehoreadscharlesyuarthurdong.eventbrite.com

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 6PM (PST) Alternative Futures: The Importance of Seeing Yourself in Young Adult Literature

A reading and conversation between James Sie, author of All Kinds of Other and Skylar Kergil, author of Before I Had the Words. With musical guest Jiaqing Wilson-Yang, whose first novel Small Beauty won the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction.

To view, watch below. RSVP to get a reminder: https://wehoreadsjamessieskylarkergil.eventbrite.com

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 6PM (PST) Legacy and Lineage and the Lost Generation

In celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and as part of the City’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival – Poets read and discuss works by mentors they’ve never met alongside their own work. With Rajiv Mohabir, author of The Cowherd’s SonDare Williams, and Jubi Arriola-Headley, author of Original Kink. With musical guest Jayson Joseph of Elephants With Guns.         

To view, watch below. RSVP to get a reminder: https://wehoreadsrajivjubidare2021.eventbrite.com


Discovering Griffith Park: A Local's Guide By Casey Schreiner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680512663
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mountaineers Books - May 7th, 2020

Mean By Myriam Gurba Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566894913
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Coffee House Press - November 7th, 2017

Love Is an Ex-Country: A Memoir By Randa Jarrar Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948226585
Availability: Special Order - Please Call the Store to Verify
Published: Catapult - February 2nd, 2021