Notable Los Angeles: 3/23–3/29

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Monday 3/23: When’s the last time you volunteered at 826LA? It’s probably been a while. You should fix that.

Tuesday 3/24: A Night with Robert Crane & Christopher Fryer. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Wednesday 3/25: &Now Festival of New Writing — Blast Radius: Writing and the Other Arts. This event runs March 25-28 and explores the integration of other art forms with writing to create new artistic endeavors. All events are held at CalArts. Tickets cost $35/day or $100/run, or less if you’re a student.

Ian Caldwell with Dustin Thomason discusses and signs The Fifth Gospel. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Kirk Honecutt discusses and signs his new book, Hughes: A Life in Film. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Dennis Lehane reads from his new novel World Gone By. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 2/26: Meili Cady discusses and signs Smoke: How a Small-Town Girl Accidentally Wound Up Smuggling 7,000 Pounds of Marijuana with the Pot Princess of Beverly Hills. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Jacqueline Winspear discusses and signs A Dangerous Place. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

The Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Unnamed Press, and Phoneme Media present Sci-Fiesta! Featuring a conversation and reading with Bangladeshi SF writer Saad Hossain, and the premiere of Phoneme Media’s new documentary short film about Yoss, Cuba’s leading science fiction writer. Hosted by Kennedy. 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock.

Christine Blackburn reads from her debut memoir PIT to LAX: My Story Worthy Life. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 3/27: Barney Frank discusses and signs Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage. 12 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Elmaz Abinader reads from her newest collection of poetry This House, My Bones. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

The Last Book Review will feature readings by Aisling Bea, Nikki Pierce, Lindsay Adams, Corey Rittmaster, and Emily Maya Mills. 8:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Saturday 3/28: Downtown Bookfest features a coalition of Los Angeles-based authors and publishers, featuring the Music Center’s Artizan Lab, Writ Large Press, and a full day of activities for adults and children alike. 12 p.m. at Grand Park.

Tolkien Reading Day celebration. Yup. Totally a thing (yes, official date is 3/25; this event is 3/28). 1:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Marjorie Sandor and Aimee Bender present The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Border Crossings features readings by Nylsa Martinez, Bill Mohn, David Shook, and Roberto Castillo. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Sunday 3/29: Hot Dish Reading Series is having its third annual brunch party. Featuring Dorothy Fortenberry , James Hannaham, Ana Kasparian, JJ Keith, Samantha Powell, and Lilliam Rivera, plus a full brunch spread and beverages. 12 p.m. at 826LA Echo Park. $10.

Joseph Nicks, Maral Boyadjian, Hadley Fitzgerald, and Judith Harte sign their works at Local Author Day. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Buck Angel and Bawdy Storytelling present Trantastic, an evening of transgender storytelling. Doors at 6 p.m. at Busby’s East. $15 here.

MWA presents: Hardboiled. Featuring readings and discussion by Noiristas Christa Faust, Stephen Jay Schwartz, and Craig Faustus Buck, moderated by Gary Phillips. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.


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 →