Notable Los Angeles: 7/28–8/3


Monday 7/28: DTLAB presented by Writ Large Press presents A reading curated and hosted by Will Wright. 7 p.m. at Traxx.

Will Chancellor presents and signs A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall, with live music from Noah Lit. 7 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Deborah Harkness discusses and signs The Book of Life. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Tuesday 7/29: Red Hen Press presents readings by Garrett Hongo, David Mason, and Andrea Scarpino. Moderated by Alice Quinn. 6:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Beach House. The event is free, but parking is $3/hour or $12/day.

Jón Gnarr reads from and signs Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Storytelling Tuesday presents The Past. Featuring readings by Amber D. Garza, Aurora Pringle, Brenna Cheyney, Brodie Foster Hubbard, Eryca M. Sender, Jen Venegas, Kelli J. Williams, Tori Holder, Rhea Tepp, and Jesse Marie Dicarlo Wagner. This event is also an open mic reading event—so long as your piece is either from the past or written about the past, you can read whatever you want. Sign-ups start at 7:45 p.m., readings begin at 8 p.m. at the Echo Chamber Creative Headquarters.

Wednesday 7/30: PEN Center USA presents the 2014 Emerging Voices Final Reading. Featuring Brandon Jordan Brown, Marci Carrillo, Andrés Reconco, Margaret Spilman, Hanne Steen, and Victor Vazquez. Hosted by Ron Carlson. 7 p.m. at the Hammer Museum.

Desiree Zamorano discusses and signs The Amado Women. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

DTLAB presented by Writ Large Press presents Drunken Masters. The judges this time around are Jason Grote and Rachel Reilich, and they will be the “first responders” to…you! You can read 7-9 minutes of your work in front of them, and they’ll respond to it. As the name suggests, they may or may not have been given adult beverages beforehand. 8 p.m. at Traxx.

Thursday 7/31: Morley reads from and signs his new book, If You’re Reading This, There’s Still Time, followed by a Q&A with Ian Brennan. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Jim Ruland reads from Forest of Fortune. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

DTLAB presented by Writ Large Press presents Ramadan Poetry Night, a poetry celebration of Ramadan hosted and curated by Tanzila Ahmed. 8 p.m. at Traxx.

Friday 8/1: Ralph Nader presents and signs Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. 2 p.m. at Book Soup.

Mason’s Noise Parlour presents teen performances by Francesco V.X. Desantis (17), Grace Fellows (16), Danielle Shorr, and hosted by Mason Summit (17). 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Saturday 8/2: Poets Birthday Celebration: Charles Bukowski and Ogden Nash. Featuring Larry Colker, Doug Knott, and David McIntire. Hosted by Carlye Archibeque. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Sunday 8/3: Steve Lowenthal presents Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey. 3 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Billy Burgos hosts the monthly Open Reading. 5 p.m. at Beyond Baroque, signups start at 4:45. $5 suggested donation.

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 →