Notable Los Angeles: 4/16–4/22

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Monday 4/16: Meredith Goldstein, in conversation with Sarah Rodman, discusses and signs Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Leslie Jamison discusses and signs The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Sloane Crosley discusses her new collection of essays Look Alive Out There. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Tuesday 4/17: James Dorsey discusses and signs his travel essays Baboons for Lunch: And Other Sordid Adventures. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Samantha Irby discusses and signs Meaty: Essays. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Meg Wolitzer discusses and signs The Female Persuasion. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Author and former porn performer Christopher Zeischegg (aka Danny Wylde) reads from his new book, Body to Job. 7 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Wednesday 4/18: Henri Cole discusses and signs Orphic Paris. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Thursday 4/19: ENTER>text: DOCENT. Featuring Ryka Aoki, Chiwan Choi, Veronique d’Entremont, Henry Giardina, Saehee Cho, Allison Noelle Conner, Kate Durbin, Jen Hutton, and Analisa Raya-Flores. 6 p.m. at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Hilary Zaid, with Josh Gershick, discusses and signs Paper Is White. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Claremont Graduate University’s 2018 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award winners, Patricia Smith and Donika Kelly, read from their poetry. 7 p.m. at Haaga Hall at The Huntington.

K.J. Howe, in conversation with Lissa Price, discusses and signs Skyjack: A Kidnap-And-Ransom Thriller. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Dr. Jim Bell discusses and signs The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide: A Futuristic Journey Through the Cosmos. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Literary Death Match host Adrian Todd Zuniga celebrates the release of his debut novel Collision Theory with a special LATFOB event! Featuring readers Morgan Parker, Dana Schwartz, Jimmy O. Yang, and Rico Gagliano. 7:30 p.m. at Dynasty Typewriter. Tickets are $15 here or $20 at the door.

Friday 4/20: Donika Kelly, Vanessa Villarreal, and Eloisa Amezcua. 7 p.m. at Segovia Hall at Ace Hotel.

Richard Blanco will read from his book, For All of Us, One Today. Q&A to follow, conducted by Kaveh Akbar. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Mary Gaitskill and Geoff Dyer read from their works. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 4/21: LATFOB! IT’S LATFOB TIME! COME TO USC AND CELEBRATE BOOK-CHELLA! It starts at 10 a.m.

Emily Skillings, Morgan Parker, and Kate Durbin read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Shades & Shadows presents Truth to Power: Genre Fiction in Post-Fact America. Featuring panelists Cory Doctorow, Gretchen McNeil, Kate Maruyama, CB Lee, Michael Paul Gonzalez, Samuel Sattin, Jennifer Brody, Christina Cigala, and Bobby Goldstein. Moderated by Xach Fromson. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Matt Mauldin, Kerry Tepperman, and Don Kingfisher Campbell read from their works. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Sunday 4/22: LATFOB! IT’S LATFOB TIME! COME TO USC AND CELEBRATE BOOK-CHELLA! It starts at 10 a.m.

The Nebraska Girl Open Ready. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. 2 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Live Talks LA presents An Afternoon with Questlove, discussing his new book Creative Quest. 4 p.m. at the Aratani Theatre. Tickets start at $25 here.

Red Hen Press Open House, featuring Peggy Shumaker and Maurya Simon, including Allison Joseph, Kim Dower, Ron Koertge, Nicelle Davis, and Sebastian Matthews. 5 p.m. at Red Hen Press.

Sasha Grey reads from and signs her new novel The Mismade Girl. 8 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

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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 →