Monday 1/12: Write Club LA presents Chapter 33: New Years Drop (kick to the balls). Featuring competitive readings by Allison Bryant, Janelle Wilson, Yasamin Safarzadeh, Jessica Payo, Justin Zsebe, and Abraham Benrubi. Hosted by Justin Welborn, Paula Killen, and Jeffrey Yosephus Dorchen. 7 p.m. at the Bootleg Theater. $8-$20; pay what you can.
Cecilia Corrigan, Felix Bernstein, Catie Disabato, and Claire Cronin read from their new works. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.
Thomas Perry and Jo Perry discuss and sign A String of Beads and Dead is Better. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.
Tuesday 1/13: Melissa Carroll & guests discuss and sign Going Om: Real-Life Stories on and Off the Yoga Mat. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.
Justin Chapman discusses and signs Saturnalia: Traveling from Cape Town to Kampala in Search of an African Utopia. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.
Wilde Words debuts as a new reading event to present original works in the tradition of Oscar Wilde. The event will open and close with dramatic readings of work by the man himself. Hosted by Vesta Vaingloria. 8 p.m. at The Wilde Thistle. Free.
Wednesday 1/14: Tara Ison presents and signs Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love and Die at the Movies. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.
Thursday 1/15: Skylight Books presents Miranda July reading from her novel, The First Bad Man. Doors at 6:30 p.m., reading at 7:30 p.m. at Mack Sennett Studios. $30 tickets includes a copy of the book. $27 for members.
Friday 1/16: Daniel Pyne presents and signs Fifty Mice. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.
Sue Ann Jaffarian discusses and signs Ghost in the Guacamole. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.
Nancy Agabian reads with members of her current online creative nonfiction/autobiographical fiction writing workshop, Jump Start Your Writing. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.
Lance Scott Walker is here for a lecture and book signing for the West Coast launch of Houston Rap Tapes, the second of his collaborative books with photographer Peter Beste. 8 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.
Saturday 1/17: Shades & Shadows is back! Featuring fantastical and macabre readings by Tim Chizmar, Gretchen McNeil, Justin Robinson, Katarina Leigh Waters, Tom Voorhies, and Jenna Pitman. Hosted by Lauren Candia and Xach Fromson (Hey, that’s me!). Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. at Lyric Hyperion Theatre and Cafe. $10 at the door or online here.
Sunday 1/18: Gordy Grundy & friends read from and sign Gen F: An Anthology of Short Stories for the Comic Tragedies of Our Times. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.