‘Kreplach Western’ screening a new frontier for Boyle Heights lending library – Jewish Journal

Tiempo de Morir, a Kreplach Western?  - Jewish Journal

‘Kreplach Western’ screening a new frontier for Boyle Heights lending library –by Eitan Arom, Jewish Journal

Libros Schmibros is, according to David Kipen, its founder, “the Yiddish-Spanish joke that got out of hand.” By his telling, the Boyle Heights lending library has become more than just a place for community members to grab something to read.

“Very gratifyingly, and in a hurry, it became a place not just for people to come get books, which would have been enough — you know, Dayenu,” he said during a recent interview. “But it also became this kind of crossroads for friends of mine from the Westside and folks from the neighborhood to get together.”

The hole-in-the-wall bookshop recalls the Jewish history of Boyle Heights while catering to what is now a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood; visitors are encouraged to take home books, even to keep them, free of charge.

Now the lending library is looking to move from the bookshelf to the silver screen. On Aug. 5, Libros Schmibros will host a 50th anniversary screening of “Tiempo de Morir” (“Time to Die”), a Spanish-language western written by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez and directed by Mexican-Jewish director Arturo Ripstein, at the newly restored John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in the Cahuenga Pass.  Continue reading

Director’s Letter – Newsletter – July 2016

Dear Libros Schmibros Nation (or at least County),

We have some good news. You can probably guess that the novels of Gabriel García Márquez have consistently numbered among the most ­circulated here at our lending library on Mariachi Plaza. There’s even a street named after the author of “Cien años de soledad” in Boyle Heights a few blocks away.

Well, the Ford Amphitheatre has accepted our proposal for a 50th ­anniversary screening, on August 5, of the classic, too ­little­ remembered Mexican western “Tiempo de Morir” ­­ written by Gabriel García Márquez (with an assist from the great Mexican man of letters Carlos Fuentes).

Tiempo de Morir trailer

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Tiempo de Morir presented by Libros Schmibros – 7:30PM August 5, 2016 at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a classic, the Boyle Heights-based lending library Libros Schmibros presents a screening of the film Tiempo de Morir, adapted by Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes from an original story by Gabriel García Márquez and directed by the great Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein, in his directorial debut. Led by Libros Schmibros co-founder David Kipen, the night begins with a discussion of the film by Director Rodrigo García (Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, Albert Nobbs) – García Márquez’s son – and other special guests.

Tiempo de Morir tells the story of a lone righteous vaquero who returns to his Michoacán pueblo after years in prison to reclaim his ranch and his fiancée, but cannot escape the cycle of violence that forced him to commit murder so long ago. In a scenario that anticipates García Márquez’s immortal novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold two decades later, Juan must decide whether it’s time to get out of town or…time to die.

In Spanish with English subtitles.

100% of the net proceeds benefit Libros Schmibros!

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Tiempo de Morir presented by Libros Schmibros 7:30 August 5, 2016 at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood

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Celebrando el 50 aniversario de una película clásica, la biblioteca Libros Schmibros basada en Boyle Heights presenta una proyección de Tiempo de Morir, adaptada por Gabriel García Márquez y Carlos Fuentes de un cuento original de García Márquez y dirigida por el gran cineasta mexicano Arturo Ripstein en su debut como director.  Conducida por David Kipen, un cofundador de Libros Schmibros, la noche empieza con una discusión de la pelicula por el director Rodrigo García (Con sólo mirarte, Albert Nobbs), el hijo de García Márquez, y otros invitados especiales.

Tiempo de Morir es la historia de un vaquero honrado y solitario que regresa a su pueblo michoacano después de pasar años en la cárcel para recuperar a su rancho y su prometida.  Desafortunadamente, no puede escapar el ciclo de violencia que lo obligó a asesinar hace tantos años atrás.  En un argumento que anticipa la novela inmortal de García Márquez Crónica de una muerte anunciada, Juan tiene que decidir si es tiempo de huir o…tiempo de morir.

In Spanish with English subtitles.

100% of the net proceeds benefit Libros Schmibros!

Tiempo de Morir, 1965

Tiempo de Morir, 1965

Buy tickets now:  http://bit.ly/TiempoTix
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Time and location:

7:30 PM August 5, 2016
John Anson Ford Theatre
2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East
Hollywood, CA 90068

Box office: 323-461-3673

Buy tickets now:  http://bit.ly/TiempoTix

 

Images courtesy of Alameda Films.

— excerpted from FordTheatres.org

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Reading by Moonlight – January 2016

All about L A - Reading by Moonlight - January 2016

This month, Reading by Moonlight is all about L A

This month, it’s all about L. A.  In the January 2016 episode of Reading by Moonlight, David Kipen discusses new non-fiction, either about Los Angeles or by writers with roots in Los Angeles.

This months literary picks:

  • Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles by John Mack Faragher
  • I Heart Obama by Erin Aubry Kaplan
  • Breakthrough: The Making of the America’s First Woman President by Nancy L. Cohen
David Kipen - Founder of Libros Schmibros Lending Library in Boyle Heights

David Kipen, founder of Libros Schmibros Lending Library in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles

Upcoming literary events:

There are some great events for aspiring writers at UC Riverside later this week.  Including a talk by Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrara, February 2nd at 7 PM.  Details here.

Want more?

Read the full article on the SCPR website or listen to an excerpt from the original Take Two segment, which aired on KPCC.

Reading By Moonlight – August 2015 edition

Mycroft Holmes - image courtesy of KPCC / Titan Publishing Group

Reading by Moonlight: David Kipen’s literary picks (image courtesy of KPCC / Titan Publishing Group)

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David Kipen, founder of Libros Schmibros lending library in Boyle Heights, returns to offer his roundup of the best literary happenings this month.

  • Ilan Stavas – “Quixote: The Novel and the World”
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – “Mycroft Holmes”
  • Haruki Murakami – “Novelist as a Vocation”
  • Remi Nadeau – “The Water Seekers”

This content originally appeared on SCPR.org August 28, 2015. You can also read it, listen and order the discussed books there.