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We are a general bookstore serving historic Los Angeles neighborhoods as Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and Echo Park. Our eclectic clientele, including many local artists, musicians, writers, and scholars, challenges us to provide the cutting edge of culture including the best in literary fiction, books on music, art, film and theater, Los Angeles regional culture and history, graphic literature, children’s books, political theory and more.

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We are a general bookstore serving historic Los Angeles neighborhoods as Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and Echo Park. Our eclectic clientele, including many local artists, musicians, writers, and scholars, challenges us to provide the cutting edge of culture including the best in literary fiction, books on music, art, film and theater, Los Angeles regional culture and history, graphic literature, children’s books, political theory and more.

    SKYLIT: Sumbul Ali-Karamali, "DEMYSTIFYING SHARIAH"

    SKYLIT: Sumbul Ali-Karamali, "DEMYSTIFYING SHARIAH"

    Through scare tactics and deliberate misinformation campaigns, anti-Muslim propagandists insist wrongly that shariah is a draconian and oppressive Islamic law that all Muslims must abide by. They circulate horror stories, encouraging Americans to fear the “takeover of shariah” law in America and even mounting “anti-shariah protests” . . . . with zero evidence that shariah has taken over any part of our country. (That’s because it hasn’t.) It would be almost funny if it weren’t so terrifyingly wrong—as puzzling as if Americans suddenly began protesting the Martian occupation of Earth.Demystifying Shariah explains that shariah is not one set of punitive rules or even law the way we think of law—rigid and enforceable—but religious rules and recommendations that provide Muslims with guidance in various aspects of life. Sumbul Ali-Karamali draws on scholarship and her degree in Islamic law to explain shariah in an accessible, engaging narrative style—its various meanings, how it developed, and how the shariah-based legal system operated for over a thousand years. She explains what shariah means not only in the abstract but in the daily lives of Muslims. She discusses modern calls for shariah, what they mean, and whether shariah is the law of the land anywhere in the world. She also describes the key lies and misunderstandings about shariah circulating in our public discourse, and why so many of them are nonsensical.
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    Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski
    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.
    Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

    • 42 мин.
    LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Fariha Róisín, "LIKE A BIRD" w/ Tanaïs

    LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Fariha Róisín, "LIKE A BIRD" w/ Tanaïs

    Taylia Chatterjee has never known love, and certainly has never felt it for herself. Growing up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, with her older sister Alyssa, their parents were both overbearing and emotionally distant, and despite idyllic summers in the Catskills, and gatherings with glamorous family friends, there is a sadness that emanates from the Chatterjee residence, a deep well of sorrow stemming from the racism of American society.After a violent sexual assault, Taylia is disowned by her parents and suddenly forced to move out. As Taylia looks to the city, the ghost of her Indian grandmother dadi-ma is always one step ahead, while another more troubling ghost chases after her. Determined to have the courage to confront the pain that her family can’t face, Taylia finds work at a neighborhood café owned by single mother and spiritualist, Kat. Taylia quickly builds a constellation of friends and lovers on her own, daring herself to be open to new experiences, even as they call into question what she thought she knew about the past.Taylia's story is about survival, coming to terms with her past and looking forward to a future she never felt she was allowed to claim. Writing this for eighteen years, poet and activist Fariha Róisín’s debut novel Like a Bird is an intense, provocative, and emotionally profound portrait of an inner life in turmoil and the redemptive power of community and love.
    Róisín is in conversation with New York author Tanaïs. 
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    Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski
    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.
    Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

    • 56 мин.
    SKYLIT: Daniel Mendelsohn, "THREE RINGS"

    SKYLIT: Daniel Mendelsohn, "THREE RINGS"

    In this genre-defying book, best-selling memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn explores the mysterious links between the randomness of the lives we lead and the artfulness of the stories we tell.
    Combining memoir, biography, history, and literary criticism, Three Rings weaves together the stories of three exiled writers who turned to the classics of the past to create masterpieces of their own--works that pondered the nature of narrative itself. Erich Auerbach, the Jewish philologist who fled Hitler's Germany and wrote his classic study of Western literature, Mimesis, in Istanbul... Fran ois F nelon, the seventeenth-century French archbishop whose ingenious sequel to the Odyssey, The Adventures of Telemachus--a veiled critique of the Sun King and the best-selling book in Europe for one hundred years--resulted in his banishment... and the German novelist W. G. Sebald, self-exiled to England, whose distinctively meandering narratives explore Odyssean themes of displacement, nostalgia, and separation from home.
    Intertwined with these tales of exile and artistic crisis is an account of Mendelsohn's struggles to write two of his own books--a family saga of the Holocaust and a memoir about reading the Odyssey with his elderly father--that are haunted by tales of oppression and wandering. As Three Rings moves to its startling conclusion, a climactic revelation about the way in which the lives of its three heroes were linked across borders, languages, and centuries forces the reader to reconsider the relationship between narrative and history, art and life.
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    Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski
    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.
    Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

    • 41 мин.
    SKYLIT: Rory Waterman, "SWEET NOTHINGS" w/ Andre Naffis-Sahely

    SKYLIT: Rory Waterman, "SWEET NOTHINGS" w/ Andre Naffis-Sahely

    Sweet Nothings is about absences, how they tempt us, and sometimes what they make us do. An absence is a conjuration, not palpably present in longing, imagination or dream. We are lured on by absences, and how they call to us, in Thomas Hardy's memorable phrase.Rory Waterman's poems sometimes come in sequences; always they are in dialogue with one another, responding, echoing - within and between the book's two sections. At times, the leitmotifs are apparently personal, exploring divisions and painful losses. But we also encounter the largely invented academic Dr Bob Pintle, promoted at work since his cameo in Waterman's previous book, an anti-hero of the modern university system. In this book we also find the zero football score, the zero scores in life's more significant conflicts, and an obverse: the desire to settle at nothing, or for nothing less than what life might offer. Sweet Nothings is in fact a book of hopes and passions - quiet and lyrical at times, but also fiercely witty and bold.
     
    Waterman is in conversation with fellow poet Andre Naffis-Sahely.

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    Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski
    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.
    Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

    • 52 мин.
    SKYLIT: Bett Williams, "THE WILD KINDNESS" w/ Michelle Tea

    SKYLIT: Bett Williams, "THE WILD KINDNESS" w/ Michelle Tea

    The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Odyssey is the lyrical, unforgettable memoir of Bett Williams's relationship with psilocybin mushrooms, otherwise known as magic mushrooms. In pursuit of self-healing, she begins experimenting with mushrooms in solitary ceremonies by the fire. Word soon gets out about her New Mexican desert mushroom farm, though, and people arrive in droves. Not long after, the police read her her Miranda Rights, her relationships fall out of whack, and her dog Rosie just might be CIA.
    On a quest to find help through the psychedelic community, Bett is led to Cleveland to meet Kai Wingo, an African American leader within a high-dose psilocybin community, and to Huautla de Jim nez, home of well-known, well-respected curandera Mar a Sabina. Back home, Bett begins a solid ritual practice with the help of her partner and friends, bearing in mind the medicine's indigenous roots and power to transform one's life.
    Amidst the mainstream flood of New Age practices and products, The Wild Kindness: A Psilocybin Odyssey is a dreamlike reminder that psilocybin mushrooms are a medicine of the people, not to be neatly packaged, marketed, or appropriated.


    Williams is in conversation with author, poet, and arts organizer Michelle Tea
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    Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski
    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.
    Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

    • 44 мин.
    SKYLIT: Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager, "THE WRITER'S LIBRARY"

    SKYLIT: Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager, "THE WRITER'S LIBRARY"

    In their ebullient new book, The Writer’s Library, America’s favorite librarian Nancy Pearl and noted playwright Jeff Schwager interview a diverse range of America's most notable and influential writers about the books that shaped them and inspired them to leave their own literary mark. The Writer’s Library is a revelatory exploration of the studies, libraries, and bookstores of today’s favorite authors (including Donna Tartt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Laila Lalami, and Michael Chabon) — the creative artists whose imagination and sublime talent make America's literary scene the wonderful, dynamic world it is.

    • 45 мин.

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