Notable Los Angeles: 5/11–5/17
Monday 5/11: Michael Buckley discusses and signs Undertow. 6:30 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.
Write Club Los Angeles presents Chapter 37: The Animal Inside. Featuring Marian Gonzalez, Kim Moreno, Nayeli Adorador-Knudsen, Bobby Gordon, Clara York, and Kirk Wilson. Hosted by Justin Welborn and Paula Killen. 7 p.m. at the Bootleg Theater. $10-20, pay what you can.
Jerry Stahl discusses his new book OG Dad, a collection of his Rumpus column along with new, previously unpublished installments, and Jonathan Shaw reads from his novel Narcissa. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.
Next Words MFA Showcase presents readings by the graduation class of MFA Creative Writing students. 8:30 p.m. at Redcat. Free, but RSVPs encouraged.
Tuesday 5/12: Zachary Leader presents and signs The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.
Janice Nimura discusses and signs Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.
Emily Schultz reads from The Blondes, in conversation with Tamar Halpern. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.
Wilde Words returns for more readings in the style of Oscar Wilde. Featuring Vesta Vaingloria, Caity Wallace, AJ Strout, SK Wilder, and Abigaile Kaye. 8 p.m. at The Wilde Thistle.
Wednesday 5/13: The Fierce Reads tour featuring Marie Rutkoski, Lindsay Smith, Katie Finn, and Lynne Matson. 6 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.
John A. Connell presents and signs Ruins Of War. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.
The Silent Reading Social Club is where reading silently can still be a public event. Read whatever you want, magazines, newspapers, fiction, non-fiction, that script you’ve been meaning to read, or a letter from your sweetheart. The only request is that it must be a physical publication (no tablets or e-readers). 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.
Amelia Gray reads from her new story collection, Gutshot. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.
Thursday 5/14: The Poetry Society of America (PSA) and Red Hen Press present poets William Archila, Kim Dower, Amy Uyematsu, and Fady Joudah, with moderator Charif Shanahan. 7 p.m. at RoseGallery.
Kevin McEnroe presents and signs Our Town. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.
Patricia Park discusses and signs Re: Jane. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.
Kit Reed discusses her new novel WHERE, together with Scott O’Connor. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.
PEN Center USA presents Oh! You Pretty Things. Featuring Shanna Mahin, Matthew Specktor, Allison Burnett, David Francis, and Samantha Dunn. 7:30 p.m. at The Standard, Hollywood. 21+.
Friday 5/15: Celeste Ng discusses and signs Everything I Never Told You. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.
Laurie Horowitz hosts writers from Beyond Baroque’s Monday Night Fiction Workshop reading from their works in progress. With special guest Elyce Wakerman. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.
Saturday 5/16: The 10th annual Lummis Day Festival and Avenue 50 Studio’s Bluebird Reading present VIVA POETRY! a Lummis Day library series event. Featuring readings by F. Douglas Brown, James Cushing, Jen Hofer, and Peter J. Harris. 3 p.m. at the Eagle Rock Branch Library.
Robert Grant presents and signs What Many Men Desire. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.
John Waters reads from and discusses Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.
Join Gallagher Lawson for the launch of his debut book, The Paper Man. He will be in conversation with Zoe Ruiz. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.
Wendy C. Ortiz and Writ Large Press host the release party for Hollywood Notebook. 8 p.m. at Malo Restaurant.
Crossing Dark Borders: The Poetry of Shadow, Shade and Long Night. Featuring Lisa Cheby, Georgia Jones-Davis, and Maja Trochimczyk. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.
Shades & Shadows 10 presents fantastical readings by Kit Reed, Leslie Parry, Ian Welke, S.P. Miskowski, Lauren Candia, and Amber Benson. Hosted by Xach Fromson and Lauren Candia. Doors at 7:30 at the MiMoDa Studio. $10 online or at the door.
Sunday 5/17: She Writes Press is bringing its first-ever national book tour to Los Angeles. The authors appearing at this stop include Paolina Milana, Laura Nicole Diamond, Donna Stoneham, Constance Hanstedt, and She Writes founder, Kamy Wicoff. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.
Jan Ellison discusses and signs A Small Indiscretion. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.
Diana Wagman reads from her newest novel Life #6. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.
Noir at the Bar presents Naomi Hirahara, Craig Faustus Buck, Gary Phillips, Attica Locke, and Eric Beetner. 8 p.m. at the Mandrake.