Notable Los Angeles 1/27–2/2

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Monday 1/27: Anna David presents and signs True Tales of Lust and Love. Cindy Chupack, Samantha Dunn, Jillian Lauren, and Rachel Shukert will be reading their essays from the book. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Tuesday 1/28: Abby Chew presents Discontinued Township Roads. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Wednesday 1/29: Launch Event for X-TRA 16.2. Jon Leaver hosts readings and screenings thematically tied to his essay, with contributions from Stephen Berens, Nickolas Calabrese, Fiona Connor, Leslie Dick, Glenn Harcourt, Jon Leaver, Shana Lutker, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Robin Selk and more! 7:30 p.m. at the François Ghebaly Gallery.

Thursday 1/30: Vroman’s Bookstore presents Sue Monk Kidd discussing and signing The Invention of Wings. 7 p.m. at the All Saints Church. $27.95 + tax (includes one copy of The Invention of Wings and one ticket). Tickets are now available from the Vroman’s main store location Will Call Department or Vroman’s Hastings Ranch.

Friday 1/31: Release party for Via‘s second issue. 6 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Saturday 2/1: James Greer reads from Everything Flows. Franki Elliot reads from Kiss as Many Women as You Can. Chris L. Terry reads from Zero Fade. It all begins at 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

PEN Center USA presents L.A. Story II. Featuring readings by Natashia Deón, Amelia Gray, Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Claire Bidwell Smith, and Amber Tamblyn. A book signing will follow the reading. 9 p.m. at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery‘s Masonic Lodge. Tickets are $10 here and $15 at the door.

Sunday 2/2: Got a piece of poetry you’ve been dying to try out in front of an audience? Look no further than the First Sunday Open Reading, where you can have up to five minutes to poetically strut your stuff. This month join featured reader Romus Simpson. Hosted by Billy Burgos. Signups start at 4:45 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.


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 →