Notable Los Angeles: 9/22–9/28

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It’s Banned Books Week! Stand up for the freedom to read, write, and publish without censorship.

Monday 9/22: June Melby presents and signs My Family and Other Hazards. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

DTLAB by Writ Large Press presents the hosts of Long Beach Poetry Festival reading their own poetry. 8 p.m. at Traxx.

Tuesday 9/23: No Sudden Movements, a comedy benefit for Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. Featuring performances by Matt Braunger, Ricky Carmona, Emily Maya Mills, Beth Stelling, and special guest Nate Craig. Curated by Kyle Kinane, and produced by Lisa Dusenbery and Zoë Ruiz. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. at The Virgil. $7 at the door. 21+ only.

Book Soup presents An Evening with David Mitchell, in celebration of his latest title, The Bone Clocks. In conversation with author Pierce Brown. 8 p.m. at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. $35 + tax, includes one copy of the book. Tickets available here.

Wednesday 9/24: Andrew Mayne discusses and signs Angel Killer. 7 p.m. at Diesel Books.

Courtney Moreno reads her novel In Case of Emergency. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 9/25: James Ellroy discusses and signs Perfidia. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

DTLAB by Writ Large Press presents Women Who Submit: It’s A Book! Panelists Antonia Crane, Iris de Anda, Toni Ann Johnson, and Kate Maruyama will discuss the process of bringing their books to publication. 8 p.m. at Traxx.

Friday 9/26: DTLAB by Writ Large Press presents PUBLISH! Event #1. And with it, 90 for 90 sounds the trumpet of victory! 7 p.m. at Traxx.

The New England Review has its first reading in California, featuring writers Steve De Jarnatt, Sands Hall, and Lou Mathews, and poet and essayist Charles Hood. They will read from their work published in the current and past issues of the magazine. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Marinaomi reads from her graphic memoir Dragon’s Breath: And Other True Tales. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Saturday 9/27: Timothy Steele, Catherine Chandler, and Kevin Durkin read from their poetry. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Sunday 9/28: Milk + Bookies Fundraiser with Hannah Fitterman. Milk + Bookies is a national non-profit organization with a two-fold mission: to inspire a generation of philanthropists through exposing them to the joys of giving back, and to provide increased access to books for underprivileged children, many of whom have never had a bedtime story of their own. The funds and books collected will be donated through Milk + Bookies to Koreh L.A. and Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. 3 p.m. at Diesel Books.

Michael Fallon presents and signs Creating the Future. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Red Hen Press presents Kate Gale, with her new collection of poetry, Echo Light. She is joined by Brendan Constantine & Nicelle Davis. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Tongue & Groove presents its very first Orange County show! Featuring readings by Ron Carlson, Samantha Dunn, Lisa Alvarez, Shanna Mahin, Doug Woods, and Shawnacy Kiker, and music by Jimmy Camp. Produced by Conrad Romo and Cynthia Romanowski. 7 p.m. at The Continental Room.


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 →