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Author Event: ‘City of Immortals: Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris’

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — WeHo Reads is celebrating the launch of a hauntingly unforgettable new book, City of Immortals: Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris by writer, photographer and longtime West Hollywood resident, Carolyn Campbell, released just in time for Halloween.

City of Immortals: Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris is a first-person account of the most famous cemetery in the world. Featuring new unpublished material, the volume contains over 100 original color photographs, and an illustrated pull-out map of the legendary necropolis — the result of Campbell’s three decades of research, study, and photography.

Established in 1804 by Napoleonic decree, Père-Lachaise is a 107-acre labyrinth boasting the final resting places of more celebrated artists, architects, writers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and actors than any other location in the world — Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Frédéric Chopin, Isadora Duncan, Amedeo Modigliani, Sarah Bernhardt, and Colette to name a few.

It is also a magnificent open-air museum of sculpture and architecture, representing the first revolutionary design in memorial parks and the fourth most popular destination for the 65 million tourists who visit Paris each year (behind the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe).

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The event will include an author’s talk and slide show about the most famous cemetery in the world. There will also be a Q&A and a raffle of a free book and giveaway souvenir photos to people who show up in costume dressed as someone buried at the cemetery. A book-signing will follow, with books available for sale by Book Soup.

Admission is free and open to the public; RSVP is requested at https://wehoreads-immortals.eventbrite.com.

The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads series will offer additional programming throughout fall 2019 including:

  • On Wednesday, November 13, 2019: Ryan O’Callaghan will present his new memoir My Life on the Line: How the NFL D*mn Near Killed Me, and Ended Up Saving My Life in conversation with Syd Ziegler of outsports.com; and
  • On Wednesday, December 11, 2019: Felice Picano will present Coming to Hollywood: 1935-2000 in Words and Pictures.

For additional information about these events, visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.

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WHAP! Lecture Series: Michael Nylan, ‘Pleasure as Practical (Not as Goal)’ – Mar 13

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Master of Arts (MA) program in Aesthetics and Politics present the West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics lecture series (WHAP!).

This series features events that range from political debates to film screenings and performances, as well as conversations about art, architecture, and philosophy.

This month, WHAP! will host Michael Nylan, Ph.D. She began her teaching career at Bryn Mawr College where she founded and led the major in East Asian Studies. While there she also began to learn political philosophy from Steven Salkever, an Aristotle expert.

Now she writes in three main academic disciplines: the history of early China (roughly 300BC-AD300), early Chinese philosophy, and the art and archaeology of China.

This event is open to the public and no RSVP is required. For more information, please contact Joy Tribble at (323) 848-6360 or jtribble@weho.org.

Friday, March 13, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

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WeHo Women’s Book Club: Camille Di Maio’s ‘The Way of Beauty’ – Mar 3

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — On Tuesday, March 3 at the West Hollywood Park Sky Room, the WeHo Women’s Book Club will discuss The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio. In celebration of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, the discussion will focus on women’s suffrage in the context of the book. Book Description:

“Vera Keller, the daughter of German immigrants in turn-of-the-century New York City, finds her life upended when the man she loves becomes engaged to another woman. But Angelo Bellavia has also inadvertently opened up Vera’s life to unexpected possibilities. Angelo’s new wife, Pearl, the wealthy daughter of a clothing manufacturer, has defied her family’s expectations by devoting herself to the suffrage movement.

In Pearl, Vera finds an unexpected dear friend…and a stirring new cause of her own. But when Pearl’s selfless work pulls her farther from Angelo and their son, the life Vera craved is suddenly within her reach—if her conscience will allow her to take it.

Her choice will define not only her future but also that of her daughter, Alice.

Vera and Alice—a generation and a world apart—are bound by the same passionate drive to fulfill their dreams. As first mother and then daughter come of age in a city that is changing as rapidly as its skyline, they’ll each discover that love is the only constant.”

Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  West Hollywood Park Sky Room, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard Admission is free, but space is limited- RSVPs are encouraged via meetup.com. Free parking will be available at the adjacent five-story structure with validation at the event. Co-sponsored by the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board. 
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WHAP! Lecture Series: Nan Da, ‘On King Lear & Contemporary China’ – Feb 21

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Master of Arts (MA) program in Aesthetics and Politics present the West Hollywood Aesthetics and Politics lecture series (WHAP!) at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room.

This series features events that range from political debates to film screenings and performances, as well as conversations about art, architecture, and philosophy.

This month WHAP! will host Nan Z. Da, an assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame where she teaches comparative literature and literary theory. She is the author of Intransitive Encounter, a prehistory of Sino-US literary relations that theorizes non-verifiable, self-contained encounters.

This talk is drawn from her work-in-progress, That No Harm Will Come to Harmless Things.

This event is free to the public and no RSVP is required.

Friday, February 21, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

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