Notable Los Angeles: 3/19–3/25

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Monday 3/19: Lynell George discusses and signs After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame. 6 p.m. at Eso Won Bookstore.

Karen Karbo discusses and signs In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Tuesday 3/20: Junot Díaz presents his new children’s book Islandborn. 6 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Dean Sluyter discusses and signs Fear Less. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Kate Rorick, with Lindy Booth, discusses and signs The Baby Plan. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Celebrate the release of Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s How to Love The Empty Air and Derrick C. Brown’s Hello. It Doesn’t Matter. With Jessica Abughattas and Jackson Burgess. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Release party for Taylor Carnes Bennett’s Field of Letters. 7 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Editor Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and contributor Mia Alvar in conversation about Go Home!. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Wednesday 3/21: David Correia and Tyler Wall discuss their nonfiction book Police: A Field Guide. 6:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Jonathan Ames discusses and signs You Were Never Really Here. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Live Talks LA presents An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discussing his new memoir, Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court. 8 p.m. at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater. Tickets start at $20 and are available here.

Thursday 3/22: The 2018 Magill Poetry Reading featuring Arthur Sze. 4:30 p.m. at Taper Hall 431 at USC.

Nina Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl discuss and sign The Wonder Down Under. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Write Bloody Publishing Presents: A night of poetry. Featuring Derrick C. Brown, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, and Bethany Toews. 7 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Ryan Holiday discusses and signs Conspiracy. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Lynell George discusses and signs After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Book Soup and WeHo Reads present Chelsey Johnson discussing and signing her debut novel, Stray City, in conversation with Carrie Brownstein. 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood Public Library City Council Chambers. Tickets are $27 and include a copy of the book.

A.G. Lombardo reads from his novel Graffiti Palace, with David Ulin. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Karen Palmer, Traci Akemi Kato-kiriyama, Cara Lopez Lee, and W F Umi Hsu will read from their work as part of the WCCW Reading Series: Health/Care, 7:30pm at the Women’s Center for Creative Work.

ALOUD presents Chris Kraus, Douglas Kearney, and Rigoberto Gonzalez reading from their own works, and responding to the works of a chosen writer. Part of Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth. 7:30 p.m. at Oculus Hall at The Broad. Tickets start at $15 and are available online or by calling The Broad at (213) 232-6250.

Friday 3/23: Jimmy Yang discusses and signs How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Lamont “U-God” Hawkins, in conversation with Jensen Karp (Drop the Mic), discusses and signs Raw: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Jaap Blonk, Pauline Gloss, and Tom Comitta read from their works. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Aminatta Forna reads from her new novel Happiness, with Laila Lalami. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Novelists Bruce Ferber, David Kukoff, and David Rocklin and poet Jim Natal read from new work. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 3/24: Karen Karbo discusses her nonfiction book In Praise of Difficult Women, with Dinah Lenney. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Diana Arterian, Manuel Paul López, Joseph Rios, and Vanessa Villarreal read from their works. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Sarah Kay presents her poem All Our Wild Wonder. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Shades & Shadows Reading Series. Featuring Mishell Baker, PJ Manney, JD Horn, Sean Patrick Traver, Christina Enquist, and Roh Morgan. Hosted by Xach Fromson (that’s me!). Tickets are $10 here. Doors at 8 p.m. at the Mystic Museum.

Beyond Spanish: Poetry in Basque, Catalan, Galician, and Spanish. Hosted and curated by Mariano Zaro. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Sunday 3/25: Matthew Dickman, with Emily Strelow, discusses and signs Wonderland: Poems. 3 p.m. at Book Soup.

Deborah Phipps and Delleon Weins present and sign Enlightenment of Hanna Krusher, and Whiskey Emerson presents and signs West of Hell. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

BUSted Storytelling. Tales of LA without a car. 5 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Luis Alberto Urrea discusses and signs The House of the Broken Angels. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Venice Black History. Featuring Laddie Williams, Venice elders, Mike Bravo, Margaret Molly. 7 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

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Xach Fromson is a native Angeleno and the co-host/co-founder of Shades & Shadows, a sci-fi/fantasy/horror/etc. reading series here in LA. He studied creative writing at California State University Northridge, where he worked on The Northridge Review. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside Palm Desert Low Residency program, and is finishing his first novel. He appeared at Dirty Laundry Lit's "Love Sucks" event in February 2013, and has stories published in "Halloween Tales" and "Winter Horror Days" from Omnium Gatherum press. And once, he slew a dragon. Follow him on Twitter @_mythogenesis_. Want your event listed here? Send an email with the information to [email protected]. More from this author →