Notable Los Angeles: 4/27–5/3


Monday 4/27: Elizabeth Alexander discusses and signs her new memoir, The Light of the World. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Bookstore.

April Dammann discusses and signs Corita Kent. Art & Soul. The Biography. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Sarah Tomlinson reads from her new memoir Good Girl. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Tuesday 4/28: Red Hen Press presents readings by Gary Dop, Steve Langan, Ramón García, Elena Karina Byrne, and Hélène Cardona. 6:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Beach House. The event is free, but parking will cost you.

Wednesday 4/29: Dr. Paul Koudounaris discusses his newest work, Memento Mori. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Jacqueline Suskin discusses her book Go Ahead and Like It, together with Mandy Kahn. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 4/30: Andrew Roe discusses and signs The Miracle Girl. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

ALOUD presents Writing Our Future. Featuring readings from MFA students Sydney Barile, Justin Evans, Melissa Gutierrez, Michael Mitchell, Nicole Olweean, Niela Orr, Sean Pessin, Paula Tang, Amanda Foushee, and Julian Smith-Newman, representing CalArts, Otis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and USC. 7:15 p.m. at the Downtown Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.

Friday 5/1: Claire Bidwell Smith discusses and signs After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go? 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

CalArts MFA students Sarah Leslie, Paul Christian, Stephanie Taglianetti, and Lauren Artiles read from their works. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Mason’s Noise Parlour presents Charlie Hickey, Maya Hernandez, and Julian Corbett. Hosted by Mason Summit. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 5/2: It’s California Independent Bookstore Day! Hundreds of bookstores, over 90 in CA alone, will be participating. Including Skylight Books, Vroman’s Bookstore, Book Soup, Diesel Bookstore, and more!

Sunday 5/3: Black Clock no. 20 release party. Featuring readings by Steve Erickson, Tom Carson, Lynell George, Grace Krilanovich, Jonathan Lethem, Matthew Specktor, and David L. Ulin. Hosted by Bruce Bauman. 4 p.m. at the Mandrake.

Peter Shankman discusses and signs Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

First Sunday Open Reading. This month’s featured guest is Tom Greening. Hosted by Steve Goldman. Signups begin at 4:45 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $5 suggested donation.

Heyday Books presents Latitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Jonathan Shaw reads from and discusses his latest work, Narcisa. Moderated by Jerry Stahl. 5 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 →