Notable Los Angeles: 7/27–8/2


Monday 7/27: Bruce Hoffman discusses and signs Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Shannon Brooke reads from and signs her new book, Girls. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Tuesday 7/28: Don Winslow discusses and signs his new thriller The Cartel. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel.

Erik M. Conway discusses and signs Exploration & Engineering: The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Quest for Mars. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

The WOMEN Group presents their monthly poetry reading. 7 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Rare Bird Books presents an evening with author Erika Krouse. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Wednesday 7/29: Will Chancellor discusses and signs A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall in conversation with Porochista Khakpour. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Jay Johnson makes a rare appearance to share from his lifetime of poetry, and sit in conversation with Alexis Rhone Fancher. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

The Rattling Wall, PEN Center USA, and Narrow Books present The Rattling Wall, Issue 5 reading and release party! Featuring readings by Derrick Brown, Shanna Mahin, Katie Bain, Amelia Gray, Rita Williams, Will Alexander, and Douglas Kearney, and Dr. Ashaki Jackson reading Wanda Coleman. Hosted by Michelle Franke. 7:30 p.m. at Hotel Figueroa.

Michael Hiltzik discusses his new book Big Science. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 7/30: William Finnegan discusses and signs his new surfing memoir Barbarian Days. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel.

Steve Aoki presents and signs his photography book Eat Sleep Cake Repeat, which offers a visual glimpse into his past 10 years on the road. 6 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Jimmy Carter signs A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety. 7:00 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

J. Ryan Stradal reads from his debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest, together with Julia Ingalls. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

From the Existentialist Cookbook. Arizona poet Shawnte Orion joins guests Mandy Kahn and Larry Colker. Curated by Brendan Constantine. 8 p.m. in the Bookstore at Beyond Baroque. Suggested donation $5.

Friday 7/31: Victoria Namkung discusses and signs The Things We Tell Ourselves. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Leah Hayes reads from her newest release from Fantagraphics, Not Funny Ha-Ha. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Layne Mosler reads from her memoir Driving Hungry. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Saturday 8/1: Vroman’s annual Tent Sale has books on sale at ridiculous prices. Starts at 9 a.m.

Vicky Hamilton reads from Appetite For Dysfunction, and Frank Ferrante reads from May I Be Frank. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Sunday 8/2: Vroman’s Tent Sale day 2 begins at 10 a.m.

Sumarr Reading Series presents readings from Rachel McLeod Kaminer, Zoe Ruiz, Margaret Rhee, and Jibade-Khalil Huffman. 3 p.m. at Pop-Hop Books.

First Sunday Open Reading. This month’s feature is  Flor de Te. Hosted by Steve Goldman. Five-minute limit. Please note that this will be a bilingual reading in Spanish/English. Sign ups begin at 4:45 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

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 →