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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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    • 4.7 • 32 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: Where Monsters Lurk & Magic Hides

    SKYLIT: Where Monsters Lurk & Magic Hides

    Join us for the final Skylight episode of 2022! In this MONSTER of a finale, Skylight's Nat Freeman talks to the editors and contributors to Where Monsters Lurk & Magic Hides, an anthology of Latine/x genre fiction from both new and established young adult authors. The stories in this anthology span the genre categories of romance, sci-fi & fantasy, and gothic horror. They take place in this world, other worlds, or maybe somewhere in between. Most importantly, the characters on these pages are not stereotypical Latine characters. Rather, they are fleshed-out characters, embarking on amazing adventures, who are unabashedly Latine.
     
    Joining Nat in readings and conversation is editor Lauren Davila and contributors K. Victoria Hernandez, Jarrard Raju, Ashley Jean Granillo, Taylor Ramage, and Kai Adia.
     
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    Produced by Nat Freeman & Michael Kowaleski.
    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    SKYLIT: Dr. Clarence Lusane, ”TWENTY DOLLARS AND CHANGE” w/ Janell Hobson

    SKYLIT: Dr. Clarence Lusane, ”TWENTY DOLLARS AND CHANGE” w/ Janell Hobson

    In Twenty Dollars and Change, political scientist Clarence Lusane, author of the acclaimed The Black History of the White House, writes from a basic premise: Racist historical narratives and pervasive social inequities are inextricably linked--changing one can transform the other. Taking up the debate over the future of the twenty-dollar bill, Lusane uses the question of Harriet Tubman vs. Andrew Jackson as a lens through which to view the current state of our nation's ongoing reckoning with the legacies of slavery and foundational white supremacy. He places the struggle to confront unjust social conditions in direct connection with the push to transform our public symbols, making it plain that any choice of whose life deserves to be remembered and honored is a direct reflection of whose basic rights are deemed worthy of protection, and whose are not.
    Join us for a conversation on reparations and legacy with Dr. Lusane and Janell Hobson, hosted by Skylight's Tyler Austin.

    • 44 min
    SKYLIT: adrienne maree brown, ”FABLES AND SPELLS”

    SKYLIT: adrienne maree brown, ”FABLES AND SPELLS”

    Fables and Spells is a vibrant selection of visionary works, both previously published and brand new. Included here is adrienne maree brown's most beloved story, "The River," as well as the two sequel tales of her Water Trio. The remaining sixty-seven pieces explore moments of beauty, conflict, and transformation that also weave deep, radical lessons. With narrative "fables" of speculative fiction and "spells" that play with the lines between poetry, instruction, song, and chant, Fables and Spells demonstrates how good writing can engage the present while providing expansive visions of the possible worlds humans can build.

     
    Join us for a wonderful conversation between Brown and Skylight's Nat Freeman.
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    Produced by Nat Freeman & Michael Kowaleski.
    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

    • 41 min
    SKYLIT: Emil DeAndreis, ”TELL US WHEN TO GO” w/ Joseph Bien Kahn

    SKYLIT: Emil DeAndreis, ”TELL US WHEN TO GO” w/ Joseph Bien Kahn

    The post-recession Bay Area is a land fertile for world-changers and dreamers. This is the setting for Emil DeAndreis's Tell Us When To Go, a millennial coming-of-age story, part Silicon Valley satire and part urgent glimpse into the darker sides of privilege, troll culture, and class disparity. It asks the question, what comes of a friendship, or a city, with so much splitting it apart? Can it be saved?
    Cole Gallegos is the ace of his college pitching staff, projected to make millions in the big leagues. But a ruthless case of "yips" leads him to break down and drop out of college.
    Cole's teammate Isaac Moss is a wallflower who lacks direction and independence, so he follows Cole to San Francisco, where they rent a dingy apartment and attempt adult lives.
    Desperate for a job, Cole is hired by Seaside High to work one-on-one with foster youth Dizzy Benson, who is one strike from getting expelled. The two do not vibe, to say the least. Days are turbulent with standoffs and threats. But their disconnect is not without humor, and with time their grudges against the world clumsily unite them.
    Meanwhile Isaac is hired as a temp at a growing startup in Silicon Valley, where he enjoys breakrooms with hammocks, and teambuilding beer-tastings. Through this, he begins to gel with this fast paced and vibrant workforce that's begun to sweep through San Francisco. For once, he feels confident, even cool.
    With such different days and perspectives, Cole and Isaac begin to diverge, much like the city itself. Told across one semester, Tell Us When To Go explores a city amid change, and the people and friendships that are liable to change with it.

     
    Join us for a conversation between DeAndreis and Joseph Bien Kahn, moderated by Skylight's Tyler Austin.
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    Produced by Nat Freeman & Michael Kowaleski.
    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

    • 49 min
    SKYLIT: Anna Moschovakis, ”PARTICIPATION” w/ Amina Cain

    SKYLIT: Anna Moschovakis, ”PARTICIPATION” w/ Amina Cain

    In the latest novel from Anna Moschovakis, two reading groups, unofficially called Love and Anti-Love, falter amidst political friction and signs of environmental collapse. Participation offers a prescient look at communication in a time of rupture: anonymous participants exchange fantasies and ruminations, and relationships develop and unravel. As the groups consider--or neglect--their syllabi, and connections between members deepen, a mentor disappears, a translator questions his role, a colleague known as "the capitalist" becomes a point of fixation, and "the news reports" filter through in fragments. With incisive prose and surprising structural shifts, Participation forms an alluring vision of community, and a love story like no other.
     
    Join us for a conversation between Moschovakis and Amina Cain, moderated by Skylight's Halley Parry.
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    Produced by Nat Freeman & Michael Kowaleski.
    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

    • 50 min
    SKYLIT: Colette Sartor, Gerda Govine Ituarte, Cassandra Lane, & Carla Rachel Sameth

    SKYLIT: Colette Sartor, Gerda Govine Ituarte, Cassandra Lane, & Carla Rachel Sameth

    Join us for a tremendous conversation and group reading with LA-based writers and poets. 
     
    Colette Sartor, Gerda Govine Ituarte, Cassandra Lane and Carla Rachel Sameth convene to read their works and discuss their admirations, fears, and perspectives on writing as women.
     
    Moderated by Skylight's Tyler Austin.
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    Produced by Nat Freeman & Michael Kowaleski.
    Theme: "I Love All My Friends," an unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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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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