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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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    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 26 Ratings

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: Mariam Rahmani, ”IN CASE OF EMERGENCY” w/ Justin Torres

    SKYLIT: Mariam Rahmani, ”IN CASE OF EMERGENCY” w/ Justin Torres

    Disillusioned, wealthy, and addicted to opium, Shadi wakes up one day to apocalyptic earthquakes and a dangerously low stash. Outside, Tehran is crumbling: yuppies flee in bumper-to-bumper traffic as skaters and pretty boys rise up to claim the city as theirs. Cross-dressed to evade hijab laws, Shadi flits between her dysfunctional family and depressed friends--all in search of her next fix.


    Mahsa Mohebali's groundbreaking novel about Iranian counterculture is a satirical portrait of the disaster that is contemporary life. Weaving together gritty vernacular and cinematic prose, In Case of Emergency takes a darkly humorous, scathing look at the authoritarian state, global capitalism, and the gender binary.


    Translator Mariam Rahmani discusses her work on the novel with Justin Torres.



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    Produced by Maddie Gobbo, Lance Morgan, Natalie Freeman, & Michael Kowaleski.


    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.


    Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

    • 35 min
    SKYLIT: Robin J. Hayes, ”LOVE FOR LIBERATION”

    SKYLIT: Robin J. Hayes, ”LOVE FOR LIBERATION”

    During the height of the Cold War, passionate idealists across the US and Africa came together to fight for Black self-determination and the antiracist remaking of society. Beginning with the 1957 Ghanaian independence celebration, the optimism and challenges of African independence leaders were publicized to African Americans through community-based newspapers and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Inspired by African independence--and frustrated with the slow pace of civil rights reforms in the US--a new generation of Black Power activists embarked on nonviolent direct action campaigns and built alternative institutions designed as spaces of freedom from racial subjugation.


    In Love for Liberation, Robin Hayes reveals how Black Power and African independence activists created a diaspora underground, characterized by collaboration and reciprocal empowerment. Together, they redefined racial discrimination as an international human rights issue requiring education, sustained collective action, and global solidarity--laying the groundwork for future transnational racial justice movements, such as Black Lives Matter.



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    Produced by Maddie Gobbo, Lance Morgan, Natalie Freeman, & Michael Kowaleski.


    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.


    Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    SKYLIT: SUMMERTIME: ODES TO LA w/ Carlos López Estrada

    SKYLIT: SUMMERTIME: ODES TO LA w/ Carlos López Estrada

    Summertime Odes to LA is an anthology of creative work, brought to you by the minds behind the feature film Summertime (2021). The book showcases an array of work that uncovers the often unseen corners of Los Angeles: poems from the movie, behind the scenes photographs, and deleted scenes. Along with new musings, such as essays, paintings, and collaborations with over 40 visual artists. An artful ode to the city we call home, SOTLA invites readers to dive into the stories of everyday people from a city with mythic grandeur. This anthology takes you on a journey through the valley of angels, illuminating the glamour, risk, heartache, and love that live in all of us—not just on Hollywood Blvd. SOTLA is your portal to & portrait of Los Angeles.
     
    Director Carlos López Estrada is joined by the following SOTLA contributors who give readings in this episode:
     

    Gordon Ip
    Paolina Acuna-Gonzalez
    Marcus James
    Hanna Harris
    Zachary Perlmuter
    Bene’t Benton
    Marquesha Barber

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    Produced by Maddie Gobbo, Lance Morgan, Natalie Freeman, & Michael Kowaleski.


    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.


    Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    SKYLIT: Jon McGregor, ”LEAN FALL STAND” w/ Julia Phillips

    SKYLIT: Jon McGregor, ”LEAN FALL STAND” w/ Julia Phillips

    Robert 'Doc' Wright, a veteran of Antarctic surveying, was there on the ice when the worst happened. He holds within him the complete story of that night—but depleted by the disaster, Wright is no longer able to communicate the truth. Instead, in the wake of the catastrophic expedition, he faces the most daunting adventure of his life: learning a whole new way to be in the world. Meanwhile Anna, his wife, must suddenly scramble to navigate the sharp and unexpected contours of life as a caregiver.

    From the Booker Prize-longlisted, American Academy of Arts & Letters Award-winning Jon McGregor, this is a novel every bit as mesmerizing as its setting. Tenderly unraveling different notions of heroism through the rippling effects of one extraordinary expedition on an ordinary family, Lean Fall Stand explores the indomitable human impulse to turn our experiences into stories—even when the words may fail us.


    In this episode, McGregor discusses his work with Julia Phillips.


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    Produced by Maddie Gobbo, Lance Morgan, Natalie Freeman, & Michael Kowaleski.


    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.


    Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

    • 50 min
    SKYLIT: West Moss, ”FLESH & BLOOD” w/ David Ebenbach

    SKYLIT: West Moss, ”FLESH & BLOOD” w/ David Ebenbach

    “I drive and say to myself, if I am dying, if this is how I die, then this is how I die.” When N. West Moss finds herself bleeding uncontrollably in the middle of a writing class, she manages to drive herself to the nearest hospital. Doctors are baffled, but eventually a diagnosis—uterine hemangioma—is rendered and a hysterectomy is scheduled. In prose both lyrical and unsparing, Moss takes us along through illness, relapse, and recovery. And as her thoughts turn to her previous struggles with infertility, she reflects on kin and kinship and on what it means to leave a legacy.

    Moss’s wise, droll voice and limitless curiosity lift this narrative beyond any narrow focus. Among her interests: yellow fever, good cocktails, the history of New Orleans, and, always, the natural world, including the praying mantis in her sunroom whom she names Claude. And we learn about the inspiring women in Moss’s family—her mother, her grandmother, and her great-grandmother—as she sorts out her feelings that this line will end with her. But Moss discovers that there are ways besides having children to make a mark, and that grief is not a stopping place but a companion that travels along with us through everything, even happiness.

    A remarkably honest memoir about heartache and healing, Flesh & Blood opens up a conversation with the millions of women who live with infertility and loss.
     
    West is in conversation with David Ebenbach during this episode.
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    Produced by Maddie Gobbo, Lance Morgan, Natalie Freeman, & Michael Kowaleski.


    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.


    Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

    • 48 min
    SKYLIT: Teresa K. Miller, ”BORDERLINE FORTUNE,” and Amanda Moore, ”REQUEENING”

    SKYLIT: Teresa K. Miller, ”BORDERLINE FORTUNE,” and Amanda Moore, ”REQUEENING”

    Borderline Fortune is a meditation on intangible family inheritance—of unresolved intergenerational conflicts and traumas in particular—set against the backdrop of our planetary inheritance as humans. As species go extinct and glaciers melt, Teresa K. Miller asks what we owe one another and what it means to echo one’s ancestors’ grief and fear. Drawing on her family history, from her great-grandfather’s experience as a schoolteacher on an island in the Bering Strait to her father’s untimely death, as well as her pursuit of regenerative horticulture, Miller seeks through these beautifully crafted poems to awaken from the intergenerational trance and bear witness to our current moment with clarity and attention.
     
    Amanda Moore's debut collection of poetry, Requeening (Ecco, Oct. 26, 2021), was selected for the 2020 National Poetry Series by Ocean Vuong. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, ZYZZYVA, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, and her essays have appeared in The Baltimore Review and Hippocampus Magazine as well as on the University of Arizona Poetry Center's blog. Serving as poetry editor at Women's Voices for Change and a reader at VIDA Review and Bull City Press, Moore is a high school English teacher and lives by the beach in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco.
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    Produced by Maddie Gobbo, Lance Morgan, Natalie Freeman, & Michael Kowaleski.


    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.


    Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

mox-fulder ,

Great interviews!

Lance is a great host!

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Not surprised it’s top notch!

Just like the store…. I lived in LA for years and I miss the store. These podcasts remind me of nights under the tree at Skylight. Keep it going.

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Insightful

Really great conversations that highlight exciting work.

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