Notable Los Angeles: 3/6–3/12

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Lambda Literary Festival kicks off a week-long series of events celebrating contemporary, diverse voices in SoCal! All of them are free and open to the public. We’ve included some highlights here, but for the full list go to their website.

Monday 3/6: Erika Lewis discusses and signs Game of Shadows. 6:30 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Yes Femmes features readings and performances by Amanda-Faye Jimenez, Pauline Gloss, Ciriza, Jennifer Moon + Laub, JD Scott, Elizabeth Hall, Myriam Gurba, Anna Joy Springer, Edgar Fabian, Frias, Martabel Wasserman, and Saehee Cho. It also launches the Yes Femmes journal. Part of LitFest LA. 7 p.m. at Pieter.

Ginger McKnight Chavers discusses and signs In the Heart of Texas. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Queer Bird Lit. Featuring Erin Judge, Martin Pousson, Christopher Zeischegg aka Danny Wylde, and Catie Disabato. Part of LitFest LA. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Tuesday 3/7: Nicolas Obregon discusses and signs Blue Light Yokohama. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Joe Lansdale discusses and signs Rusty Puppy. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Wednesday 3/8: An Evening with Bryan Fuller. Moderated by Dave White and Alonso Duralde. Part of LitFest LA. 7:30 pm at the West Hollywood Library.

Wesley Eisold presents Deathbeds, Thieves of Youth, and Max G. Morton presents The Devil’s Music. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Thursday 3/9: Contributors to the parenting mag MUTHA tell stories of modern queer parenthood. Featuring Elizabeth Earley, Jillian Lauren, Carla Sameth, Wendy C. Ortiz, and Tyler Cohen. Part of LitFest LA. 7 p.m. at Poetic Research Bureau.

Margaret Dunlap discusses and signs Bookburners. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Gish Jen reads from and signs The Girl at the Baggage Claim. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Dan Chaon reads from his novel Ill Will. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 3/10: Paul T. Scheuring discusses and signs The Far Shore. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Michael Nava presents and reads from Lay Your Sleeping Head, in conversation with Alicia Gaspar de Alba. Part of LitFest LA. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Anna Journey reads from her collection of essays An Arrangement of Skin, in conversation with David Ulin. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Philip Fracassi presents his new book Behold the Void. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Inside the Writer’s Studio. Featuring Patricia Nell Warren and Felice Picano, with moderator Eric Andrews-Katz, discussing their works and their place within LGBTQ+ literature. Part of LitFest LA. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Saturday 3/11: LitFest presents a full day of readings, presentations, and other content! 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.

Sunday 3/12: Femmes vs. U.S. Heteropatriarchy. Featuring Amanda-Faye Jimenez, Missy Fuego/Meliza Bañales-Van, Annah Anti-Palindrome, Vanessa Rochelle Lewis, Jade Phoenix Martinez, and Ifasina/ThaHood AlKemist. Part of LitFest LA. 12 p.m. at Book Show.

Soap Box Poets Open Reading. Hosted by Jessica Wilson Cardenas. Sign-ups start at 1:45 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Julian Tyler discusses and signs his sci-fi novel Pharaoh. 3 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

No Cure for Madness: Queer Male Poets on Death, God and Desire. Featuring Kazim Ali, Blas Falconer, and Miguel Murphy. Part of LitFest LA. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

S.A. Stolinsky presents and signs Hot Shot. Hal Ackerman presents and signs The Boy Who Had a Peach Tree Growing Out of His Head, and David M. Hamlin presents and signs Winter in Chicago. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Roar Shack Presents: Wake Up. Featuring Ann Reinhart, Melanie Thorne, Seamus Morrison, Jerry Garcia, Erica Blumfield, and Lilliam Rivera. Plus, Live Write! 4 p.m. at 826LA Echo Park.

Indie Voices from Indie Presses. Featuring Dan Lopez, Wendy C. Ortiz, Alex Espinoza, and Martin Pousson. Part of LitFest LA. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Lambda LitFest Closing Party. You’ve earned it. 7 p.m. at Akbar.

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Logo art by Max Winter.


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_. Want your event listed here? Send an email with the information to [email protected]. More from this author →