On the last Sunday of each month , LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather in downtown Los Angeles (noon-2pm), for a loosely structured conversational Salon featuring short presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another.
At the April 2014 Salon, in celebration of National Poetry Month, Suzanne Lummis, Cece Peri and Dale Raoul presented a series of readings in the vein of Poetry Noir. The readings explore the themes of this genre: crime, decay, anonymity, hauntings from the past and a palpable sense of place and feel unique to Los Angeles. At the end of their reading, author Kim Cooper spoke briefly about her novel The Kept Girl, which stars the young Raymond Chandler and the real Los Angeles cop who is a likely model for Philip Marlowe. If you can’t see the video below, click here.