Reading by Moonlight with David Kipen – November 2014

Just in time for the full beaver moon, it’s the third monthly installment of Reading by Moonlight, David Kipen’s roundup of bibliocentric events.

In this month’s installment, David discusses LA writer John Fante and his novel ‘Ask the Dust’, ‘Moby Dick’ in Venice Beach synchronized with the annual whale migration, the 50th anniversary of Henry Miller’s obscenity trial for ‘Tropic of Cancer’, and more.

Reading by Moonlight with David Kipen - November 2014

Read the full article here  |  Listen here:  Reading by Moonlight – Take Two – November 6, 2014

 View David Kipen‘s full archive on the KPCC website or view the Take Two webpage.

If Michael Connelly thinks we’re cool, we’re cool with that . . .

Best-selling crime novelist Michael Connelly on Los Angeles - The Guardian 10-27-2014, photograph by AlamyIf the fine LA mystery writer Michael Connelly thinks our Libros Schmibros Lending Library on Mariachi Plaza is cool (and he said so in the Guardian the other day!), who are we to argue? Also co-producer of the great new California-centric jazz documentary Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story, Connelly knows from cool.

Reading By Moonlight: The latest in literature – David Kipen

Reading by Moonlight with David Kipen

 

From the KPCC website:

 

Look up in the sky – do you see that full moon? – that means it’s time to check in with David Kipen.

He’s KPCC’s literary contributor and the founder of the lending library Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights.

He joins Take Two not once in a blue moon but every full moon for his regular segment, Reading by Moonlight.

You can see the author from today’s reading, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o read from his own work during a recent ‘Humanities in Circulation’ panel:

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o reads from his work

 

Read the full article here  |  Listen here:  Reading by Moonlight – Take Two – KPCC – October 8, 2014

View David Kipen‘s full archive on the KPCC website.

Reading by Moonlight with David Kipen – August 8, 2014

Reading by Moonlight with David Kipen - August-4-2014

If you missed the first installment of Reading by Moonlight with David Kipen when it originally aired on August 8th, we’ve got you covered.

From the KPCC website:

“Our regular book critic and literary contributor David Kipen joins us once in a full moon for his roundup of bibliocentric events: Reading by Moonlight.

He’s the founder of the lending library, Libros Schmibros, in Boyle Heights, which celebrates its fourth birthday Aug. 10.

This lunar cycle Kipen recommends:

  • Midnight release party for Haruki Murakami’s new novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” at Skylight Books in Los Feliz
  • Leonard Maltin’s 2014 Movie Guide, releases September 3
  • August 26 centennial birthday for Argentine writer Julio Cortázar”

 

Read the full article here  |  Listen here:  Reading by Moonlight – Take Two – KPCC – August 8, 2014

View David Kipen‘s full archive on the KPCC website.

Who Says Latinos Don’t Read? – Libros Schmibros and #BicycleLibraries featured on cover of La Opinion

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By: Araceli Martínez Ortega / Araceli.martinez@laopinion.com
POSTED: Sep 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. ET

 

In four years, Schmibros Books has released 14,000 copies in Boyle Heights and has plans to develop a fleet bicycle-libraries

Latinos do read in Boyle Heights.

René Ruvalcaba was about to be dad for the third time, but instead of being in the delivery room with his wife, ran to get a book.

“I never liked to be present, instead I come here to look for literature. Better read than being in the hospital, “says Ruvalcaba.

Libros Schmibros opened in Boyle Heights Mariachi Plaza, a short walk from White Memorial Medical Center.

“It’s great. We have to make sure these libraries do not close because the Internet does not leave open a book, “he says.

In 2010, David Kipen, book critic and former director of reading initiatives of National Endowment for the Arts opened a bookstore in the least expected place: Mariachi Plaza in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights.

“I was in the position that people send me books without even asking for them,” he recalls.

Added to that, the Franklin library would close on Mondays. “Then I thought about what I can do to make a difference in a neighborhood that does not have much access to books.”

So while Franklin closed its doors, Libros Schmibros opened its doors in July 2010.   Continue reading

¿Quién Dice que los Latinos No Leen?

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PUBLICADO: Sep, 14, 2014 9:00 am EST

 

En cuatro años, Libros Schmibros ha puesto en circulación 14 mil ejemplares en Boyle Heights y planea desarrollar un proyecto de bicicletas-bibliotecas
Latinos sí leen en Boyle Heights

René Ruvalcaba tenía las horas contadas para ser papá, por tercera ocasión, pero en vez de estar en la sala de partos junto a su esposa, corrió a buscar un libro.

“Nunca me ha gustado estar presente, en lugar de eso me vengo para acá a buscar literatura. Mejor leer que estar en el hospital”, dice Ruvalcaba.

El hispano entró a Libros Schmibros en la plaza Mariachi de Boyle Heights, a unos pasos del White Memorial Medical Center.

“Es excelente. Tenemos que dejar que estas librerías no cierren porque el Internet no deja abrir un libro”, comenta.

En 2010, David Kipen, crítico de libros y ex director de iniciativas de lectura de National Endowment para las Artes abrió una librería en el lugar menos esperado: la plaza Mariachi del barrio hispano de Boyle Heights.

“Estaba en la posición de que la gente me mandaba libros sin ni siquiera pedirlos”, recuerda.

Aunado a eso, la librería Franklin iba a cerrar los lunes. “Entonces pensé qué puedo hacer para hacer una diferencia en un barrio que no tiene mucho acceso a los libros”.

Así que al mismo tiempo que la Franklin cerraba, Libros Schmibros abría sus puertas en julio de 2010.    Continue reading