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826LA Schedules Two Readings:

The teenage authors of Venice’s 826LA’s first book, Rhythm of the Chain: Young Writers Explore Teamwork, will read from the book and sign copies at 7 p.m. at Equator Books on Saturday, July 16 in Venice.

Rhythm of the Chain is a collection of prose and poetry written by the students of Animo Inglewood Charter High School. Its introduction was written by legendary Lakers coach Phil Jackson.

Several garage bands are scheduled to perform at the reading,

All proceeds from the sale of the book benefit free programming at 826LA.

The following Friday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. 826LA will present “TJ to LA: A Night of McSweeney’s Readings” with Salvador Plascencia, Joshuah Bearman, Josh Kun, and Yvonne Venegas.

LA author and graduate student in the USC Writing Program, Plascencia will read from his first book The People of Paper (McSweeney’s, 2005), a mythical father-daughter immigration story, just off the press. Bearman is an LA Weekly editor and frequent contributor to McSweeney’s. Kun, an associate professor of English at UC Riverside, is the author of Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (UC Press), and is currently writing a book on Tijuana. He will be joined by photographer Yvonne Venegas, who was raised in Tijuana and now lives and works in Mexico City.Both 826LA and McSweeney’s were conceived and founded by writer Dave Eggers.

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