Notable Los Angeles: 5/28–6/3

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Tuesday 5/29: Caeli Wolfson Widger discusses and signs Mother of Invention, in conversation with Julia Fierro. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Poet Mary Szybist reads from and discusses her works. 7 p.m. at Dabney Lounge at CalTech.

Jilly Gagnon, with Yalun Tu, discusses and signs Choose Your Own Misery: Dating (Choose Your Own Misery #3). 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Boldly Bookish YA. A. C. Gaughen presents Reign the Earth, Brigid Kemmerer presents More Than We Can Tell, and Carolyn Mackler presents The Universe is Expanding and So Am I. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Homo-Centric returns with Jim Arnold, Jen O’Connor, and Kyle Thermal Wilson. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Emma Koenig discusses her nonfiction book Moan. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Live Talks LA presents Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in conversation with Frank Buckley discussing his book, Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court. 8 p.m. at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre. Tickets start at $25 here.

Wednesday 5/30: Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss present and sign Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Curiosity & Cosmology: a conversation and signing with Emily Lakdawalla and Brian Keating. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Fine Print presents readings by Dylan Krieger, Jessica Abughattas, Elizabeth Hall, and Andres Parada. 7 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Janet M. Neal discusses and signs her new book, The Superb Woman: It’s All About the BE. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Brian Leung reads from his novel Ivy vs. Dogg: With a Cast of Thousands!. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 5/31: Sebastian Edwards discusses and signs American Default. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Jason Morphew reads from and signs Dead Boy, and Joe Wenderoth reads from and signs If I Don’t Breathe How Do I Sleep. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Vroman’s presents An Evening with Michael Ondaatje. He will be interviewed by Hrishikesh Hirway. Tickets start at just $10 here. 7 p.m. at Zipper Hall at Colburn Schools.

Franchesca Ramsey discusses her memoir Well That Escalated Quickly, with Marie Forleo. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 6/1: Franchesca Ramsey, in conversation with Shameless Maya, discusses and signs Well That Escalated Quickly. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Jocelyn Saidenberg reads from kith and kin, and Johanna Drucker reads from The General Theory of Social Relativity. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 6/2: Celebrate the release of the 2018 Ouchi High School AP Literature Anthology Publication. 11 a.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Richard Allen, with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, discusses and signs RFK: His Words for Our Times. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Maw Shein Win presents Invisible Gifts. 4 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Sesshu Foster, Xochitl Julisa Bermejo, and Kenji Liu read from their works. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Tongue & Groove and Eklektik Kenetic present The Definition of Woke & Other Words that Matter. Featuring Jubi Arriola-Headley, F. Douglas Brown, Tananarive Due, Andrea Drummer, A.M. Frison, and Morgan Parker. Hosted by Kenneth D. Capers. 8 p.m. at Art Share Los Angeles. $15 tickets available here.

Sunday 6/3: Bethany C. Morrow discusses and signs MEM. 3 p.m. at Book Soup.

Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright discuss and sign Now Say This. 3 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Christine Pelisek discusses and signs The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women of South Central. 3 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Elizabeth Gorcey and Olivia Gorcey discuss the newest book in their series Read, Read and Read. 3 p.m. at Skylight Books.

La Poesia Festival. A Spanish language and bilingual poetry salon. Hosted by Antoniet Villamil. 5 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $5 suggested donation.

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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 →