Notable Los Angeles: 1/26–2/1


Monday 1/26: Chad Sweeney and Jennifer K. Sweeney read from their new respective works. 4:30 p.m. at the Ide Room at USC.

The Altar Collective release party for Volume VII. Featuring readings by Katelin Wagner, Kris Kidd, Franki Elliot, Christina Schmidt, Jackson Burgess, August Luhrs, Ruth Madievsky, and more. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Tuesday 1/27: The Women Group present their monthly reading event. 6:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Robert Repino presents and signs Mort(e). 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Joshua Davis in conversation with Rick Jacobs to discuss and sign Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Wednesday 1/28: Stewart O’Nan discusses and signs West of Sunset. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Book Soup presents Reza Aslan in conversation with Aasif Mandvi for Mandvi’s book, No Land’s Man. 7:30 p.m. at the Skirball Center. RSVP HERE.

Thursday 1/29: Karen Bender presents and signs Refund: Stories. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Out of Pocket Films presents Ten X Ten Readings, featuring tall tales told by Tom Bauer, Bob Beuth, Candace Brown, Phoebe Carter, Doug Cox, Andrew Flack, Mary Kincaid, Tracy Newman, Joe Rassulo, Winnie Stack, and Jim Wise. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Friday 1/30: LA Art Book Fair is an event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Runs all weekend at the Geffen at MOCA. Free.

Joelle Charbonneau discusses and signs The Testing. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

University of Southern California’s MPW Student/Faculty Reading Series. Featuring readings by Tim Kirkman, a screenwriter, director and lecturer in the program. Student reader line-up, TBA. 7:30 p.m. at Book Soup.

David Starkey will read from his latest collection, Like a Soprano, an episode-by-episode re-visioning of The Sopranos TV series. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 1/31: LA Art Book Fair, Day Two.

Kathryn Reed Altman & Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan present and sign Altman. Moderated by Shannon Kelly of the UCLA Film and TV Archive. 5 p.m. at Book Soup.

UC Irvine MFA Writing Program presents readings by poets Bryce Lillmars and Hillary Eaton and fiction writers Shane Crosby and Kris Dougherty. 5 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

California Prose Directory Fiction Night. Featuring readings by Carribean Fragoza, Jim Gavin, Dana Johnson, Lou Mathews, and Rob Roberge. Doors at 5:30 p.m., show at 6 p.m. at 826LA Mar Vista. $10 at the door, or $18.50 for a copy of the anthology, which gets you free admission. You can also buy tickets online HERE.

Chiwan Choi begins a year-long project of composition, destruction, and collective reproduction of a new work. Each month, he’ll read a chapter of a new work, which will then be destroyed and recreated by the audience. It all begins at 8 p.m. at Katz’s Deli.

Sunday 2/1: LA Art Book Fair, Day Three.

Frank Caruso presents and signs Outlaw Pete. 1 p.m. at Book Soup.

Karen Bender discusses and signs Refund. 3 p.m. at Diesel.

Rebecca Scherm discusses and signs Unbecoming. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Gail Wronsky and Shelly Savren will read from their respective new poetry collections. 7:30 p.m. 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_. More from this author →