Notable Los Angeles: 11/3–11/9

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Monday 11/3: Book Soup & KPFK presents jazz legend Herbie Hancock in conversation with LA Times jazz critic Don Heckman, in support of Herbie Hancock: Possibilities. 7 p.m. at Book Soup. $34 tickets available here.

Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo discuss and sign their book This is a Book For Parents of Gay Kids, and Vivek Shraya reads from his book God Loves Hair. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Speakeasy/Open Mic Night for you to practice that piece you’ve been working on in front of your pets actual human beings. Signups start at 7:45 p.m., readings begin at 8 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Tuesday 11/4: When’s the last time you volunteered at 826LA or the LAPL? You should do that today. After you VOTE.

Wednesday 11/5:  Will Boast presents and signs Epilogue: A Memoir. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Grace Helbig reads from her book Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 11/6: Scott Ian presents and signs I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Friday 11/7: Naomi Hirahara, Michelle Huneven, Mark Salzman, Jervey Tervalon, Denise Hamilton, and Luis Rodriguez each read an original short story. 6:30 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Dan O’Shannon discusses and signs his book The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Saturday 11/8: Returning Soldiers Speak. Veterans from the Korean War up through today read their own poetry. 6:30 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $5 suggested donation.

Cirque Salon presents readings by Toni Ann Johnson, Colette Sartor, and Desirée Zamorano. 7:30 p.m. at Book Show.

Sunday 11/9: Avenue 50 Studio and Hollywood Institute of Poetics present The Bluebird Reading Series. Featuring readings by Jen Marshall Lagedrost, J.R. Phillips, David Shook, and Jervey Tervalon. Plus an Open Mic. Hosted by Jessica Ceballos. Sign up begins at 1:45 p.m. Readings begin at 2 p.m. at Avenue 50 Studio.

Mira Jacob presents and signs The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.


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 →