Notable Los Angeles: 2/23–3/1

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Monday 2/23: The Moth hosts their Los Angeles Grand Slam Championship! Doors at 6:30 p.m. at The Echoplex. $25 tickets here.

Lisa Unger discusses and signs Crazy Love You. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Tuesday 2/24: Red Hen Press presents readings by Amy Uyematsu, Peter Kline, Victoria Chang, and Sholeh Wolpé. Moderated by Hélène Cardona. 6:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Beach House. Free, but parking will cost you.

The Women Group monthly reading. 6:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Pam Ward discusses and signs Want Some. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Michael Connelly introduces Sara Blaedel and her American debut, The Forgotten Girls. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Wednesday 2/25: Michael Gazzaniga discusses and signs Tales from Both Sides of the Brain. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Katie Gilmartin reads from her novel Blackmail, My Love. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 2/26: S. Chris Shirley presents and signs Playing By the Book. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Jonathan Lethem reads from his new collection Lucky Alan: and Other Stories. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 2/27: Gabriella Coleman presents and signs Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Randy Henderson reads from his new book, Finn Fancy Necromancy. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

UC Riverside MFA students Ricardo Herrera Bandrich, Kate Bolton Bonnici, Sean Dennison, Nate Hochstetler, Javier Luis Hurtado, John Dixon Mirisola, Nicole Olweean, Lindsey Steffes, Paula Tang and Vickie Vertiz read from their works. They will be joined by faculty member Michael Jaime-Becerra. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Karen Chase reads from Polio Boulevard. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 2/28: Debora Elder Brown and Christopher Filkins host Campfire Songs, a campfire style storytelling event. 4 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Cirque Salon Fiction Readings presents readings by Philip Barragan, Melissa Chadburn, and Michael X. Ferraro. 7 p.m. at Book Show.

Cecil Castellucci reads from Stone in the Sky, and Ben Loory reads from The Baseball Player and the Walrus. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Sunday 3/1: The Griffith Park Storytelling Series is back! Featuring readings by Iris De Anda, Leonard Hyman, Guy J Jackson, Lisa Mecham, and Dante Zúñiga-West. 3 p.m. at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.

Shannon Galpin discusses her memoir, Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

First Sunday Open Reading, featuring Jeff Rogers. Hosted by Steve Goldman. Signups begin at 4:45 p.m., readings begin at 5 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 →