Tag Archives: West Hollywood Book Fair

GuerrillaReads No. 56: Constance Dunn

Constance Dunn wants to democratize glamour. It’s not just for the rich and famous. What’s more, she says, it’s not just about appearance:

Wearing the most exquisite ensemble will fail to grant glamour if it’s the wrong style, fit or color for you. Nor will the most gussied-up beauty ever be considered quite so if she snarls at everyone in her path.

In her guerrilla reading at the West Hollywood Book Fair, Dunn gave a few hints about how it’s done.

Find out more on her website.

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GuerrillaReads No. 55: Lindsay Halladay

Poet, spoken word artist and actress Lindsay Halladay has a heart that is so zen, it needs to beat only every now and then. Just watch this guerrilla reading of her poem, Zen, and you’ll understand.

Halladay, aka The Lindz, has performed sold-out shows for the LA Women’s Theater Festival, and she  partnered with Declare Yourself, a non-partisan voting initiative founded by Norman Lear. She’s also been nominated for the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant (FAAR) through The Ford Foundation and The Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

Read more about The Lindz on her website.

GuerrillaReads No. 54: Amber Howard

Amber Howard is a SoCal poet. Her book, Fallen, was written during a difficult year in her life. Howard describes it as “personal and observational takes on love, lust, self-discovery, dreams and musings on life.”

Howard did a guerrilla reading at the 10th annual West Hollywood Book Fair.

More on her website.

GuerrillaReads No. 53: Abu Zubair

In 1971, the region then called “East Pakistan” fought a bloody liberation war with “West Pakistan” that led to creation of the independent nation of Bangladesh. Abu Zubair lived through that civil war, and he writes about it in his new novel, The Silent and the Lost. Zubair was recently awarded the  US-Asia Business Forum’s Community Support Award for support of the community through historic writing.

Zubair read from his book at the 10th annual West Hollywood Book Fair.

It’s a first here on GR: a guerrilla reading about guerrillas.

More about Zubair and his work on his website.

GuerrillaReads No. 52: Jeanne Córdova

Jeanne Córdova is a proud troublemaker with a storied history. She’s been an activist nun, human rights editor for the L.A. Free Press, and political organizer. Her newest book, When We Were Outlaws: a Memoir of Love & Revolution, tells her personal story in the context of the struggle for gay rights and women’s liberation in the 1970s.

Learn more about Córdova – writer, activist, publisher and Latina – on her website.

GuerrillaReads No. 50: Steven Paul Leiva

Live from the West Hollywood Book Fair, it’s Steven Paul Leiva with a guerrilla reading from his first contact novel, Traveling in Space (Blüroof Press). Leiva is a writer and producer who knows more than just a little about Hollywood and Ray Bradbury.

Writing about writing in a recent blog post, Leiva said,

Good writers do not channel in from some higher plain, they are simply human creatures who have a talent for expression and a talent, as Noel Coward would have said, to amuse. Brilliant writers combine those talents with a talent to reveal truths—or, at least, very interesting questions—about the human condition.

More about Leiva on his blog and Facebook.

GuerrillaReads No. 46: Stephanie Hubbard

Stephanie Hubbard is an award-winning poet, screenwriter, memoirist and documentary filmmaker. Here she is doing a guerrilla reading from her newest book, Bluff Island Rescue Service.

Here’s a brief intro to the book:

The year before she was born, Stephanie Hubbard’s father – a Madison Avenue magazine writer – bought Bluff Island, an uninhabited forty acre island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Stephanie grew up on this island, a true believer in her father’s idealized version of splendid isolation. But what began as a family adventure became a daughter’s lifelong struggle….

Read more at the book’s website or connect with it on Facebook.