Notable Los Angeles: 2/2–2/8


Monday 2/2: Black Hill Press presents Nate Ragnolia, Peppur Chambers, Veronica Bane, and our own Corrie Greathouse. With host Arianna Basco. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Alexandra Fuller discusses and signs Leaving Before the Rains Come. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for the Speakeasy! Open mic readings give you a chance to test your new material out on a supportive audience. Signups start at 7:45 p.m., readings begin at 8 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Tuesday 2/3: Kenny Porpora presents and signs The Autumn Balloon. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Amelia Morris discusses her book Bon Appetempt: A Coming of Age Story (with recipes!). 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

An evening of poetry with the authors from Sibling Rivalry Press. Matthew Hittinger, Stephen S. Mills, and Brent Calderwood. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Wednesday 2/4: Rob Thomas presents and signs Veronica Mars: Mr. Kiss and Tell. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

David Treuer reads from his novel Prudence. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 2/5: Hello LA: A cocktail party to celebrate the literary community. Hosted by Anna March and Antonia Crane, with co-hosts J. Ryan Stradal, Jillian Lauren, Claire Bidwell Smith, Wendy C. Ortiz, Rob Roberge, Jen Pastiloff Taleghany, Jennifer Banash, Ashley Perez, Matthew Specktor, and Melissa Chadburn. No readings, no agenda, just a party. 7 p.m. at the Ace Hotel.

Dale Herd presents and signs Empty Pockets: New and Selected Stories. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Gayle Forman discusses and signs I Was Here. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Christopher Noxon discusses his novel Plus One, together with Joel Stein. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 2/6: Black Queer Lit: Then and Now. Frederick L. Smith, Sheree L. Greer, Rebekah Weatherspoon, and Fiona Zedde discuss their current novels—courtesy of Bold Stroke Books—as well as the past, present, and future of Black LGBTQ literature. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Mason’s Noise Parlour. Featuring Sofia Wolfson, The Highflying Fishnets, Sarah Sanders-Messman, and William Yates. Hosted by Mason Summit. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 2/7: Yamma Brown presents and signs Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me. 12 p.m. at Book Soup.

Release party for DUM DUM Zine’s 5th issue, POST & PRESENT. Featuring readings from the issue and live music. The event is also the kick-off of LA Zine Week. 4 p.m. at The Echo. $5.

Tara Ison reads from her memoir Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

PEN Center USA and Dirty Laundry Lit present OPEN. Featuring readings by Daniel Barron, Yennie Cheung, Julia Ingalls, Food4Thot, Cecil Castellucci, Joshua Weiner, and Ian Harvie. Hosted by Jeff Eyres, curated by Natashia Deón. 7:30 p.m. at The Virgil. $7 at the door.

Sunday 2/8: Dete Meserve reads from and signs her new novel, Good Sam. 2 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Jennifer Banash discusses and signs Silent Alarm. 3 p.m. at Diesel.

Roar Shack presents Ghost on the Shore. Featuring readings by Lisa Morton, Kate Jonez, Maria Alexander, Nicole Sconiers, plus musical guest Ramona Pilar and last month’s Live Write winner Jackie Lam! Also featuring a Live Write competition, two of the featured readers square off against two audience members by writing a response to a prompt given in the moment. The winner gets to read the polished piece at the next Roar Shack. Hosted by Kate Maruyama and David Rocklin. 4 p.m. at 826LA Echo Park.

Brent Armedinger reads from his new book of poetry, The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying. Joined by Claudia Rankine. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Cecilia Woloch celebrates the publication of her new chapbook, Earth. She will be joined by Peter J. Harris, Holly Prado, and Carine Topal. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $5 suggested donation.

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 →