Notable Los Angeles: 5/12–5/18

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Monday 5/12: Maggie Shipstead presents and signs Astonish Me. 7:00 p.m. at Book Soup.

Michelle Huneven reads from Off Course, in conversation with Mona Simpson. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Tuesday 5/13: Stacey D’Erasmo presents and signs Wonderland, joined in conversation by singer-songwriter Beth Orton. 7:00 p.m. at Book Soup.

Mario T. Garcia discusses and signs Latino Generation: Voices of the New America. 7:00 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Wednesday 5/14: The Moth presents: Awkward. 7:00 p.m. doors, show at 7:30 p.m. at Busby’s East. $8 at the door or $16 online early. 21+ event.

Skylight Books presents Adam Resnick signing his new book, Will Not Attend. He will be in conversation with Jeff Garlin as part of Garlin’s “By The Way” series, and the event will feature guest Bob Odenkirk reading from the book. 7:00 p.m. at Largo (NOT AT SKYLIGHT). Tickets are $30 here, and do not include the book, which will be available for purchase as well.

Thursday 5/15: 826LA brings 826 co-founder Dave Eggers in to sign copies of his latest novel, The Circle. 5:00 p.m. at the Echo Park Time Travel Mart.

Skylight Books and The Echoplex present Chuck Palahniuk, Chelsea Cain, and Willy Vlautin. 8:00 p.m. at The Echoplex. Tickets are available here.

Friday 5/16: Krista Bremer discusses and signs My Accidental Jihad. 7:00 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Phoenix Rising with John Landau. A multi-media rendition in iambic pentameter of the original Star Wars movie. 8:00 p.m. at Beyond Baroque, $10.

Saturday 5/17: Book Soup introduces Black Hill Press. Featuring authors Veronica Bane, Brett Arnold, Kate St. Clair, and William M. Brandon III. 4:00 p.m. at Book Soup.

PEN Center USA presents DIRTY LAUNDRY LIT: BONDAGE. Featuring Wayman Ming, Jr., Maggie Downs, Emile Barrios, Kathy West, Jesper Andreasson, Asha Anchrum, and Charles Yu. Hosted by Jeff Eyres. 7:30 p.m. at The Virgil, $5.

Shades & Shadows 5. Featuring readings by Mike Buckley, Mike Robinson, Michael Paul Gonzalez, Adam Cushman, Sherri Smith, and Carl Crew. Hosted by Lauren Candia and Xach Fromson (me!). Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 8:30 at the California Institute of AbnormalArts. $10 at the door.

Sunday 5/18: Literature for Life Issue 2 Launch Party and unveiling of their new website. Featuring readings by Lainnie Capouya, Cheryl Klein, Miranda Morgan, Andrew Nicholls, Andrew Ramirez, Jervey Tervalon, and others. The fun begins at 3:00 p.m. See the Facebook event page for more information, including how to RSVP.

Porochista Khakpour presents and signs The Last Illusion. 4:00 p.m. at Book Soup.

Tongue and Groove features readings by Daniel Romo, Juliet Escoria, Susan Wyler, and Lynn Ferguson. Hosted by Conrad Romo. 6:00 p.m. at The Hotel Cafe, $6.


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 →