Notable Los Angeles: 5/1–5/7


Monday 5/1: Reyna Biddy presents and signs I Love My Love. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Tuesday 5/2: Gina Sorrell launches her new novel, Mothers & Other Strangers. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Scott Westerfeld discusses and signs Spill Zone. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Brian McGreevy reads from his novel The Lights, with Grace Parra. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Wednesday 5/3: Abbi Waxman launches her debut novel, The Garden of Small Beginnings. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Kim Turrisi with Marlene King discusses and signs Just a Normal Tuesday. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Zachary Mason reads from his newest book, Void Star. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 5/4: All Lit Up: Poet Judy Kronenfeld launches Bird Flying through the Banquet, joined by poet Michelle Bitting and author Nina Savelle-Rocklin. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Red Hen Press Night featuring Lisa C. Krueger with her new book of poetry Run Away to the Yard, and William Trowbridge with his new book, Vanishing Point. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Doree Shafrir reads from her novel Startup, with Jade Chang. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 5/5: Kathy Shorr discusses and signs Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Stephen Tobolowsky discusses and signs My Adventures with God. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Skylight Books presents W. Kamau Bell discussing his new book The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a  6’4”, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. In conversation with Roxane Gay. Doors at 7 p.m., event begins at 8:30 p.m. at The Largo. Tickets are $40 (includes the book) and available here.

Truth to Power. Blas Falconer, William Luvass, Kim Nicolini, Teresa Mei Chuc, William Pitt Root, Abel Salas, and Pamela Uschuk read from a collection of poetry that, as the name suggests, speaks truth to power on all sorts of issues. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 5/6: Rayne Parvis signs Ultimate Guide to Style From Drab to Fab!, Rick Tuber signs I Should of Saw It Coming, Erin Tillman signs The Dating Guidebook, and August McLaughlin signs Embraceable. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Eileen Ireland gives a rare reading of her works. 4 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Graduating students from the Otis College of Art and Design MFA Writing Class of 2017 read their work. Featuring George Fekaris, Regis Peeples, Krystle May Statler, Kevin Thomas, and Justin Wilson. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Exposition Review Vol. II: “Surface” launch party, featuring readings by contributors Maryann Aita, Alessandra R. Castellanos, Christina Craigo, David Crist, Vivian Enriquez, Lena Ford, Gwen Goodkin, Melanie Kachadoorian, Arthur Keng, Robert Kerbeck, Konstantin Kulakov, Jack Liskin, and MK Punky. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Sunday 5/7: Peter Andreas presents Rebel Mother. 11 a.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Dani Shapiro discusses and signs her new memoir Hourglass. 3 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Nancy Boyarsky discusses and signs The Swap. 3 p.m. at Book Soup.

La Poesia Festival open mic. Hosted by Antonieta Villamil. Potluck as well, so bring stuff. 5 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. Free, but donations accepted.


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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 →