november, 2021

30nov12:00 pm1:00 pmFeaturedResilience, Hope & Renewal: 12 Must-Read Books From 2021What to Gift and What to Read With Jessica Strand


Event Details

The Kensington Sierra Madre invites you to a virtual literature discussion with Jessica Strand, Director of Public Programs at The Library Foundation of Los Angeles, as she shares 12 of her favorite books, and their power to heal, inform and inspire during this uncertain time.

Leslie Jonath, Strand’s good friend and Founder and Principal of Connected Dots Media, will also be joining the conversation and sharing her expertise from thirty years of experience in book publishing, writing, creative services and media business development.

Get inspired and read with us this holiday season! Check out Jessica Strand’s Top 12 Reads from 2021.


Upper Bohemia by Hayden Herrera

Notes on Silencing by Lacy Crawford

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang


Simply Julie by Julie Turshen

Wine Style by Kate Leahy

Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora (A Cookbook), Bryant Terry


The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki

The Magician by Colm Toibin

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney


Breath: The Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

My Broken Language by Quiara Alegria Hudes



Jessica Strand is the Director of Public Programs at The Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Previously, she has worked in programming for the Alexandria House, The Strand Bookstore, and The New York Public Library before, most recently, founding the cultural initiative, “Dear America.” Strand has contributed to many publications including The LA TimesFood & WineBon Appetit, and more. She is an editor and an author of over a dozen cookbooks and literary anthologies.


(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST


Online Virtual Event



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