Notable Los Angeles: 3/5–3/11

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Monday 3/5: Jonathan Kauffman discusses his new book Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Live Talks LA presents An Evening with Patton Oswalt discussing his late wife Michelle McNamara’s book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. 8 p.m. at the Writers Guild Theater. Tickets start at $20 and are available here (if there are any left).

Tuesday 3/6: Linor Goralik discusses and signs Found Life: Poems, Stories, Comics, a Play, and an Interview. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Thisbe Nissen, with Jay Baron Nicorvo, discusses and signs Our Lady of the Prairie. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Mary Gaitskill reads from and discusses her works. 7:30 p.m. at The Hammer.

Joy Press discusses her nonfiction book Stealing the Show, with Ann Friedman. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Clifford Johnson and Aimee Bender in conversation, followed by a signing of Johnson’s new book The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe. 8 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Wednesday 3/7: Brian Fitzpatrick discusses and signs Mechcraft. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Nova Jacobs discusses and signs The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Chevalier’s Books presents Dr. Michio Kaku as he reads from his latest book, The Future of Humanity. 7 p.m. at Pilgrim School—First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Tickets are $38 and include the book.

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o discusses his memoir Wrestling with the Devil. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 3/8: Eddie Hart signs Disqualified: Eddie Hart, Munich 1972, and the Voices of the Most Tragic Olympics. 6 p.m. at Eso Won Bookstore.

Naomi Hirahara discusses and signs Hiroshima Boy. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Mr. Fish discusses his comic And Then the World Blew Up, with Robert Scheer. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Live Talks LA presents An Evening with Amy Tan, as she discusses her new memoir Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir. 8 p.m. at The Writers Guild Theater. Tickets start at $20 and are available here.

Friday 3/9: Epic Reads Meet-Up. Featuring Brittany Cavallaro, Rebecca Ross, and Alexandra Monir. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Beyond Beat: Featuring Bomb by Gregory Corso. Then, Neeli Cherkovsky reads from his new collection Elegy for my Beat Generation, with Paul Vangelisti. Followed by the Neo-Beats and a midnight group reading of Howl. Starting at 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $15.

Saturday 3/10: Beyond Beat: Punk, Venice West, and more. Featuring panels, discussions, readings, and other events with Brian Chidester, Bill Mohr, Paul Vangelisti, Frank T. Rios, Gayle Davis, Joseph Patton, Linda Albertano, Iris Berry, Jack Brewer, M. Lane Brunner, Doug Knott, A. Razor, V. Vale in conversation with DEVO co-founder Jerry Casale and S.A. Griffin, Livette Resto presents The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a tribute to Bob Kaufman with Will Alexander, Tate Swindell, and Neeli Cherkovski. And a screening of Billy Woodberry’s Kaufman documentary And When I Die I Won’t Stay Dead. Starts at 10 a.m. at Beyond Baroque. $20.

Tiegen Kosiak and Bill Taub join other panelists to discuss breaking into screenwriting. 2 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Thommy Hutson signs Jinxed. 4 p.m. at Dark Delicacies.

Mallory Ortberg reads from their story collection The Merry Spinster, with Michelle Dean. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Eileen G’Sell, JoAnna Novak, and Elizabeth Hall read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

The Queer American Black Girl Tour with Jasmine Mans. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Sunday 3/11: Beyond Beat all-day programming. Marc Olmstead talks about Allen Ginsberg’s Buddhist Poetics, followed by a Buddhism and the Beats panel with Julie Adler, Bob Branaman, Marc Olmsted and Richard Modiano. The day will also feature Steve Silberman, Don Rothenberg’s film on William Margolis, a gay culture/beat culture panel with WeHo’s former poet laureat Steven Reigns and others, and 8 p.m. film screenings. The day kicks off at 10 a.m. at Beyond Baroque. $20 covers your whole day.

Ashley Poston reads from and discusses Heart of Iron, in conversation with C.B. Lee. 5 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

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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 →