Notable Los Angeles: 4/30–5/6

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Monday 4/30: Live Talks LA presents Mike Epps, in conversation with John Salley, discussing his upcoming memoir Unsuccessful Thug: One Comedian’s Journey from Naptown to Tinseltown. 8 p.m. at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre. Tickets start at $20 here.

Tuesday 5/1: Francesca Lia Block discusses and signs The Thorn Necklace, in conversation with Sara Benincasa. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Cheryl Du Bois and Debra Ann Pawlak discuss and sign Soldier, Spy, Heroine: A Novel Based on a True Story of the Civil War. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Alexa Donne discusses and signs Brightly Burning. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Melissa Broder reads from her novel The Pisces, with Mish Way. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Live Talks LA presents An Evening with Chris Hughes (co-founder of Facebook) discussing his book Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn. 8 p.m. at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre. Tickets start at $20 here.

Wednesday 5/2: Jennifer Romolini discusses and signs Weird in a World That’s Not: A Career Guide for Misfits. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Lucy Cooke discusses and signs The Truth about Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Jamel Brinkley reads from his debut short story collection A Lucky Man, with Justin Torres. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Writers Workshop LA reading. 8 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Live Talks LA presents Sally Kohn in conversation with Reza Aslan discussing her upcoming book, The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity. 8 p.m. at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre. Tickets start at $20 here.

Thursday 5/3: Neil Strauss discusses and signs The Truth: An Eye-Opening Odyssey Through Love Addiction, Sex Addiction, and Extraordinary Relationships. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Christopher Moore discusses and signs Noir. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Marinaomi discusses her young adult comic Losing the Girl. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 5/4: Lauren Marks and Elizabeth Silver celebrate the paperback release of their books A Stitch of Time and The Tincture of Time. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Dr. Lucy Jones discusses and signs The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do about Them). 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Next Words, the CalArts MFA Reading. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Awesome Women! Featuring Michelle Tea, Puma Perl, Iris Berry, and Nikola Kravitt. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 5/5: Van Gordon Sauter, Robert Landau, and Frans Evenhuis discuss and sign Tales from The Strip: A Century in the Fast Lane. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Steve Israel with Adam Schiff discusses and signs Big Guns. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Reception and reading with Major Jackson and Natalie Graham. Moderated by Kima Jones. Begins at 4 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $20 for the reception and reading, $10 just for the reading.

Jacqueline Suskin reads from her book of poetry The Edge of the Continent. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Paul Hoover and Emily Liebowitz read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Sunday 5/6: Roger Johns presents and signs River of Secrets: A Wallace Hartman Mystery. 12 p.m. at Book Soup.

Chuck Palahniuk signs Adjustment Day. 12 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore. Tickets are $33.40 here.

Dr. Nina Shapiro discusses and signs Hype: A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice – How to Tell What’s Real and What’s Not. 3 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Hallie Bateman and Suzy Hopkins discuss their graphic novel What to do When I’m Gone. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

First Sunday Open Reading. Hosted by Steve Goldman. 5 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner discusses and signs Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World. 6 p.m. at The Last Bookstore. Pre-purchase the book here.

Live Talks LA presents Shepard Fairey, in conversation with Henry Rollins, discussing his book OBEY: Supply and Demand. 7:30 p.m. at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre. Tickets start at $20 here.

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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 →