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Jerry Stahl discusses his new book OG Dad, a collection of his Rumpus column along with new, previously unpublished installments, and Jonathan Shaw reads from his novel Narcissa. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.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.

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 →