Friday, September 28th
The Little Fakers fondly presents a sneak preview of
The Manual Archives

SUNSET CHRONICLES is a serial drama set on the eastern edge of Sunset Boulevard, with a cast consisting entirely of handmade marionettes. In each episode a band of hardy souls navigates an otherworldly Los Angeles, an uncanny cityscape of abandoned buildings, forgotten histories and real and surreal possibilities. Any resemblance between the puppets and actual Los Angeles residents is purely intentional. All episodes are self-contained -- tune in today!

EPISODE 5: There's a drought on and our friends down on Sunset Boulevard are feeling more than a bit parched in this new climate of heat and thirst. Can Los Angeles and its puppet inhabitants live without water? What kinds of delirium, mirages and cosmic wanderings ensue when the cityscape becomes a desert? In our own heat-inflected late-summer delirium, the Little Fakers have decided this would be a good time for a Rock Opera, so that's what you'll get when you visit "Sunset Chronicles" at the Manual Archives. Live Music. Singing Puppets.

THE LITTLE FAKERS is a collective of experimental puppet theater artists, sound artists, and writers working in the LA area. For the past three years they have performed their marionette serial at The Noah Purifoy Art Environment, Betalevel, Il Corral and the Velaslavasay Panorama.

Episode 5 in its rock operatic entirety will be presented at The Velaslavasay Panorama in February — but in the meantime this sneak preview will pique your fancy for the adventures to come!

Live music by Gemmelica & Marshweed to follow each show!

Gemmelica & Marshweed will play old songs and make up new ones on the viola, contrabass, banjo, and accordion.

8PM, 9PM, and 10PM

Admission: Suggested Donation $5
Seating is first come first served.
No reservations required.

The Manual Archives
3320 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
For more information go to www.manualarchives.org
Instructions for joining Les Figues Press this Sunday, September 30 at the West Hollywood Bookfair.

1. Go to the West Hollywood Park, at 647 N. San Vincente Blvd, Los Angeles. The Fair opens at 10:00a.m.

2. Find Les Figues at Booth 15C. Say hello!

3. At 11:00 a.m., take a seat at the Pavilion: Queer, Hot and Avant Garde for a Panel Discussion on "LA Avant-Garde and Underground Literature." The panel is moderated by Stephanie Rioux & Matt Timmons of LA Lit, and includes panelists Harold Abramowitz, Teresa Carmody, Darin Klein, Ara Shirinyan, and Jane Sprague

4. Wander by Booth 15C again. Bring a friend. Buy a book.

5. At 3:00 p.m., be at the Robertson Coffee House Stage for WAP (Women's Avant Poetics): The Current Revolution in Women's Innovative Literature. Readers will include Christine Wertheim (literal poetics), Danielle Adair (prose), Sawako Nakayasu (poet), and Vanessa Place (prose). Hosted by Teresa Carmody.

6. Stop by Booth 15C one more time to say good-bye.

Fair ends at 6:00 p.m.

“Fictional Sex: The Good, the Bad and the Never to be Done Again.” The panel will take place from 3:30 – 4:30

Hosted by Daedalus Managing Director, C.L. Berry...a provocative panel discussion entitled, “Fictional Sex: The Good, the Bad and the Never to be Done Again.” The panel will take place from 3:30 – 4:30, and will also include erotica literati Jenoyne Adams, Rob Roberge, and Eros Zine editor Thomas Roche.

Signing to follow at:

Stockroom.com & Daedalus Publishing
West Hollywood Book Fair, Booth 41F
West Hollywood Park
647 N. San Vicente
September 30, 2007
10:00am – 6:00pm
Free Admission, All Ages Welcome
Just a reminder that the next Smell Reading is this Sunday, September 30th.

Readers will be:

Diane Ward

Joseph Thomas

Allison Carter

As always, the doors open at 6:30, with the reading starting a bit afterward.

The Smell is located at

247 South Main Street,

Between 2nd and 3rd streets, Downtown Los Angeles, Entrance is through the alley.

Diane Ward was born in 1956 in Washington, DC and currently lives in Santa Monica, California. She has published ten books of poetry including, most recently, Flim-Yoked Scrim (Factory School, 2006); When You Awake (New York: Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs); Portrait As If Through My Own Voice (Los Angeles: Margin to Margin, 2001); and with Michael C. McMillen Portraits and Maps (Italy: ML & NLF Editions, 2000). She has been included in numerous anthologies, among them: MOVING BORDERS: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, edited by Mary Margaret Sloan (New Jersey: Talisman House, Publishers, 1998) and OUT OF EVERYWHERE: linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America & the UK, edited by Maggie O'Sullivan (London: Reality Street Editions, 1996). Her work has appeared in dozens of small press publications, including: The New Review, Tripwire, Crayon, Conjunctions, How(ever) Reality Studios, The Paris Review, Sulfur, The World, and Raddle Moon, among others. She is currently working on a text for avant-garde sound performer and musician, Emily Hay.

A recent Los Angeles emigre, Joseph Thomas is now a professor of English at San Diego State University, where he teaches children's literature, contemporary poetry, & poetry writing. Reared on comic books, dirty playground rhymes, & stolen smut, Joseph is a fan of all things queer & carnivalesque. Having written the first book-length study on U.S. children's poetry, Poetry's Playground: The Culture of Contemporary American Children's Poetry (Wayne State UP, 2007), Joseph is now preparing a book concerning Shel Silverstein's life and work, tentatively titled, “The Devil's Favorite Pet”: Shel Silverstein, an American Iconoclast. He will be reading from his book of Oulipo-inspired poetry, Strong Measures, recently published by Make Now Press (2007). Ian Barnard and Katie E. Strode will be assisting him in his reading.

Allison Carter lives in LA where she writes, designs websites, and teaches a workshop in hybrid forms and gender studies at the California Institute of the Arts. She is also editor for the Particle Series, a forthcoming series of tiny books. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Fence, 5_Trope, P-Queue, and others.


Women & Words is producing our fourth annual literary event on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Some of today's finest writers and speakers will join together in an extraordinary celebration of women, their words and their wisdom.

After countless hours of reading and listening to authors from all parts of the country, we have come up with a fantastic lineup that includes: Anita Amirrezvani, Merrill Markoe, Nicole Mones, Gabrielle Pina, Erika Schickel and Gail Tsukiyama.

In addition to being an inspirational event celebrating women and the written word, Women and Words will also be a fundraiser for Westside Children’s Center (WCC). Since it’s founding in 1987, Westside Children’s Center has been providing foster care and reunification services to children aged birth to eight who experience child abuse and/or neglect. Over time the agency’s services have expanded to include childcare and adoption, as well as child development and family support services that strengthen families and support children.

We hope you’ll join us for another fabulous conference. If you have attended Women & Words you know how moving it can be. Tickets are selling for $75 per person for a chance to hear six authors, participate in a Q&A panel, enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch, purchase books and have them signed by your favorite authors. visit www.womenandwords.com for registration information and the agenda. I do hope you will join us for an incredible day, and help support a great cause!
ridiculously easy to make your yard an official wildlife habitat

Why Bureaucracies Can't Understand Libraries: from the New York Times

"Initially, the bureau set out to take an inventory of every book and item in its chapel libraries. When the list grew to the tens of thousands, the bureau decided instead to generate lists of acceptable books and materials — about 150 items for each of 20 religions or religious categories. It calls that plan the Standardized Chapel Library Project."

What's wrong with a catalog?