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2020 LA Times Festival of Books: Week 2 Preview

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020 Marlon James, Author of “Black Leopard Red Wolf”, Winner of the Inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, in Conversation with Tananarive Due 6:00pm “Marlon James, winner of the inaugural 2019 L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize … Continue reading

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2020 LA Times Festival of Books: Week 1 Review

Happy Monday Beat Fam. We hope you had a great time last week participating in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Let us know your thoughts on your event(s) in the comments below! Keep an eye out later today … Continue reading

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2020 LA Times Festival of Books: Week 1 Preview

Happy Sunday, L.A.! This morning the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California will push forward with the LA Times Festival of Books. In honor of the festival’s 25th anniversary, organizers have arranged twenty-five virtual events featuring an … Continue reading

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Mona Awad’s “13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl” Challenges Fatphobia

From the moment I began reading the novel, “13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl” (2016) by Mona Awad, I couldn’t stop; I read it all the way through until the last chapter, which I didn’t want to read … Continue reading

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The Rundown: The Week in Brief 9/18/2020

The Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest Continues to Rage The Bobcat Fire, which began on September 6th, has now  burned over 50,000 acres and is at 3% containment, continuing to affect the skies and air quality, as far away … Continue reading

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The Rundown: This Week in Brief: 9/11/2020

Halloween is Cancelled — Kinda Sorta LA County has put some measures in place to keep everyone safe and sane this Halloween season. Carnivals, Community Haunted Houses and Parties are banned for 2020. Even if they are held outdoors. Trick-or-treating … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins’ prequel to her critically acclaimed trilogy, “The Hunger Games,” is first and foremost the backstory of the trilogy’s antagonist, President Coriolanus (Coryo) Snow. Collins does a wonderful job of weaving the influences of family, upbringing, and the state … Continue reading

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Book Review: Growing Wild by K.P. Rennie

Ever since the beginning of rock ‘n’ Roll, parents and teens have been at odds, whether the kid’s hair was too long, too short, or too purple. Add in undiagnosed learning or mood disorders, possibly an unreported trauma, and for … Continue reading

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Valley Relics Museum Hosts Weekly Open Air Experience

The Valley Relics Museum, which has been preserving the pop culture history of the San Fernando Valley since 2013, has announced a weekly open air experience for guests beginning this Friday, August 21, 2020. The museum, which is located in … Continue reading

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Dreamland Alert: John Waters and Jim Jarmusch 8/4 and More

Global pandemic be damned: John Waters has a new book to promote, and the beloved cult filmmaker, raconteur, and once and future Pope of Trash will appear – virtually, at least – at three upcoming online events, including one for … Continue reading

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