Notable Los Angeles: 8/24-8/30

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Saturday 8/24: Join HOT DISH at the home of host Summer Block Kumar for a backyard BBQ with readers: Rumpus Letters for Kids editor Cecil Castellucci, Andrew Choate, Heather Havrilesky, Summer Block Kumar, Michal Lemberger, and Ruth McKee. 6:30 p.m. at a private residence in Burbank. Check the link for the address.

theNewerYork Literary Carnival III is an evening of live absurdist and experimental short fiction that brings the audience into the show through everything from introducing the pieces to performing them. There will be literary games, poets for hire, and so much more. 7:45 p.m. at The Lyric-Hyperion Theater and Cafe. Tickets are $15-$32 and available here.

Sunday 8/25: Sumarr Reading Series presents Sumarr VI, the final reading of the season. Readings from Marci Vogel, Fox Henry Frazier, Samantha Cohen, Lisa Locascio, and Jessica Piazza. Music from Nowcloud. 3 p.m. at The Concord Space.

Tongue and Groove celebrates TEN YEARS of monthly fiction with readings by Jack Grapes, Ivy Pochoda, Eddie Pepitone, Emily Ansara Barnes, and Adam B. Nimoy. Music by Kathleen Wilhoite. Celebrate with them. 6 p.m. at The Hotel Cafe. $6 at the door.

Monday 8/26: Give your own words some air at Speak Easy: Open Mic Mondays. This weekly open mic is an opportunity for you to stand in front of a supportive crowd and try out that new piece. Sign-ups start at 7:45. Show starts at 8 p.m. at The Last Bookstore. 

Tuesday 8/27: Pablo Baler presents and signs The Next Thing: Art in the Twenty-First Century. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Wednesday 8/28: Alex Dimitrov and Kate Durbin read from their works. 7 p.m. at The Pop-Hop.

Sasha Grey presents and signs The Juliette Society. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

A Release party for The Red Bicycle, a novella by Kai Flanders. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Thursday 8/29: Alex Dimitrov presents and signs Begging For It. 7:30 p.m. at Book Soup.

Friday 8/30: A group reading with Ken Baumann, Gabe Durham, Amelia Gray, Jeremy Radin, and Ashley Farmer. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.


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_. More from this author →