Notable Los Angeles: 7/6–7/12

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Monday 7/6: Terry Masear discusses and signs Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for the Speakeasy/Open Mic Night! All those times in June when you said “I can’t, I’m writing” instead of doing that thing? Now’s your friends’ chance to tell you to show them what you’ve been working on. Sign-ups start at 7:45 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Tuesday 7/7: Edan Lepucki discusses and signs California in conversation with Angela Wallace. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Philip Hoffman discusses and signs Why Did Europe Conquer the World? 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Bud Smith reads and signs his latest novel F250. With special guests Ben Loory, Mira Gonzalez, Brad Listi, and xTx. 7 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Wesley Chu celebrates the launch of his latest book, Time Salvager. He’ll be joined in conversation with Stephen Blackmoore, talking all things science fiction, time travel, and more. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Wednesday 7/8: Bettina Washington discusses and signs The Cliff Dancer: My Love Affair with Ivan Dixon. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Karen Joy Fowler discusses and signs Black Glass: Short Fiction. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Thursday 7/9: Mary Anna King discusses and signs Bastards: A Memoir. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Marc Bell launches his debut graphic novella Stroppy, and Anders Nilsen launches Poetry is Useless. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 7/10: Mary Doria Russell discusses and signs Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Dr. Nina Ansary, Cyrus M. Copeland, and Sussan Deyhim discuss Ansary’s book Jewels of Allah, The Untold Story of Iran. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Linda Rosenkrantz discusses her book Talk. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Forbidden Pleasures: Poetry in Translation. Featuring Stephen Kessler and Suzanne Jill Levine, with Jorge Luis Castillo. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 7/11: Liam Callanan discusses and signs Listen & Other Stories. 1 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Aqueous Books, Prick of the Spindle, and Ampersand Books present Garrett Socol, Nathan Deuel, Jim Ruland, James Claffey, and Ron Parsons. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Rae Armantrout reads from her new work, Itself. With special guest Jeanette Clough. 4 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Dani Klein Modisett discusses her new book Take My Spouse, Please. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Lidia Yuknavitch, Roxane Gay, Wendy Ortiz, and xTx come together for a reading and discussion panel. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Sunday 7/12: E. Van Lowe discusses and signs Secrets of Love & Death. 3 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Cathy Curtis discusses and signs Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Roar Shack presents This World. Featuring Mandy Campbell Moore, Robin Dunn, Nina Rota, Melissa Clark, Dawn Dorland, Rachel Kann, and Doug Kearney. 4 p.m. at 826LA‘s Echo Park location.

Bluebird Reading Series presents a Homage to Bukowski. Featuring readings by Tomas Benitez, Felicia Gomez Verdin, John Martinez, Kym Ghee, and Jim Marquez. Plus an open mic. 5 p.m. at Avenue 50 Studio.

Jeff Polman reads from his new novel Mystery Ball ’58, in conversation with Dan Epstein. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Join the Feminist Library On Wheels (F.L.O.W.) for their one-year anniversary party. Featuring a potluck dinner, raffle, and curated selections from co-founders Jenn Witte and Dawn Finley on display, as well as a small celebration and floating flower offering at the Los Angeles river. 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center for Creative Work.

Rip Rense and Veronica Golos read from their works of poetry. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.


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 →