Notable Los Angeles: 8/11–8/17

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Monday 8/11: Euny Hong presents and signs The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Elizabeth Little discusses and signs Dear Daughter. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

DTLAB by Writ Large Press presents An Evening with Douglas Kearney and Chiwan Choi. 8 p.m. at Traxx.

Midnight release party for Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Hang out until midnight and you have a chance to get one of the SIGNED COPIES of this book. Book ordering begins at 10 p.m. Sales begin at midnight, at Skylight Books.

Tuesday 8/12: Red Hen Press presents readings by Cynthia Hogue, Jodi Ann Johnson, William Trowbridge, and Dana Levin. Moderated by Dr. Kate Gale. 6:30 p.m. at The Annenberg Community Beach House. The event is free, parking is $3/hour or $12/day.

Rick Ross presents and signs Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Rebecca Rasmussen discusses and signs Evergreen. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

DTLAB by Writ Large Press presents Super Fan Night: TV!!! Poetry and Prose Responds to TV Screens. Hosted by Catie Disabato & Claire Cronin. 8 p.m. at Traxx.

Wednesday 8/13: Michael D. Dennis presents and signs A Native’s Tongue. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Lev Grossman discusses and signs The Magician’s Land. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Sarah Cornwell reads from and signs her new novel, What I Had Before You. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Thursday 8/14: Sci-Fi Loves Prog, an evening of music and literature featuring performances by perfect_beings and Mark Nichols, as well as a panel with Suhail Rafidi, David Gill, Erik Davis, Mark Weingarten, and Tyson Cornell. Presented in partnership with Los Angeles Artwalk. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Book signing and launch party for Steph Cha’s new book, Beware Beware. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 8/15: Suzanne Lazear discusses and signs Fragile Destiny. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

*LOUD* story telling party hosted by Scott Schultz, part of Echo Park Rising. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Roxane Gay‘s Bad Feminist(s) tour will feature the author appearing with Nina Bargiel, Antonia Crane, Kima Jones, Mallory Ortberg, Pamela Ribon, Kate Spencer, and Karolina Waclawiak. Emceed by the incomparable Zoe Ruiz. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

DTLAB by Writ Large Press presents Rally in the Valley! Featuring readings by CSUN writers Mona Houghton, Sean Pessin, Jon Beadle, and Gina Srmabekian. Hosted by Loretta McCormick. 8 p.m. at Traxx.

Saturday 8/16: Rip Rense signs his new book, Strange Places of the Heart. 2 p.m. at the bookstore at Beyond Baroque.

Live poetry event as part of Echo Park Rising. 3 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Bukowski Birthday Party featuring readings of Bukowski’s works by Jerry Stahl, Richard Lange, and Dan Fante. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Jim Ruland reads from and signs his novel Forest of Fortune. 7 p.m. at Avenue 50 Studio.

DTLAB by Writ Large Press presents Hello/Farewell. Chiwan Choi’s 44th Birthday Party and Judeth Oden Choi’s farewell party as she departs for Pittsburgh. 7 p.m. at Traxx.

Sunday 8/17: Bruce Duff reads and signs The Smell of Death. Part of Echo Park Rising. 5:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Mende Smith hosts Eric Trules, Conney Williams, George Korolog, and Christian Alvarez in a round table discussion, where they will answer questions from the audience as well. 7 p.m. in the Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque. $10. Members free.


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 →