Notable Los Angeles: 5/15–5/21

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Monday 5/15: Bianca Bosker discusses and signs Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Tuesday 5/16: Brown Paper Press and Peter Gajdics celebrates the release of his new memoir, The Inheritance of Shame. 7 p.m. at Fingerprints.

Rob Bell presents his newest book, What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Rachel Nagelberg reads from her debut novel The Fifth Wall with Stephen Beachy. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Wednesday 5/17: Jennifer Finney Boylan discusses and signs Long Black Veil. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Graeme Simsion discusses and signs The Best of Adam Sharp. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Henry Hoke reads from Genevieves with Brian Evenson. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Adrienne Herr, Kayla Ephros, Alix Vollum, and Dayton Castleman read from their works. 7:30 p.m. at Poetic Research Bureau.

Thursday 5/18: Rakesh Satyal discusses and signs No One Can Pronounce My Name. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Michel Stone, in conversation with Ibarionex Perello, discusses and signs Border Child. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

WCCW Reading Series: Coalition. Featuring Janice Lee, Rachel Kann, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, and Julia Ingalls. Hosted by Nina Rota and Sara Finnerty. 7:30 p.m. at the Women’s Center for Creative Work.

Janet Sarbanes discusses her short story collection The Protester Has Been Released, with Maggie Nelson. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Jeff VanderMeer discusses his new novel, Borne, in conversation with Brian Evenson. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Friday 5/19: Pete Gajdics, with Dan Lopez, The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Gian Sardar discusses and signs You Were Here. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Group signing for The Complete Wimmen’s Comix with cartoonists Sharon Rudahl, Terre Richards, and others. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Guy Delisle discusses his nonfiction graphic novel Hostage, with David Ulin. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Aisha Sasha John and Kim Calder read from their works. 7:30 p.m. at Poetic Research Bureau.

Ellen Sander: New York. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 5/20: Lit Fest Pasadena, Day 1! Panels and readings all around the Playhouse District featuring some of LA’s biggest and brightest names!

The Dirty Half-Dozen. Crime writers Duane Swierczynski, Eric Beetner, Thomas Pluck, SW Lauden, Nolan Knight, and Josh Stallings their books and their genre. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Mat Callahan discusses his book The Explosion of Deferred Dreams with Pat Thomas. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Alan Felsenthal and Jane Gregory read from their works. 7:30 p.m. at Poetic Research Bureau.

Barbara Blatt, Hari Bhajan Khalsa, and Hilda Weiss come together to read from their poetry. With special guest Sarah Maclay. Hosted by Mariano Zaro. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Sunday 5/21: Lit Fest Pasadena, Day 2!

Roar Shack presents The Way Up. Featuring Kate Maruyama, Kit Reed, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Amanda Choo Quan, and April Live Write winner Nick Kaminsky. Hosted by David Rocklin. 4 p.m. at 826LA Echo Park.

Jim Pons discusses and signs Hard Core Love: Sex, Football, and Rock and Roll in the Kingdom of God. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Beyond Words: Beauty and Resistance. Hosted by Jon Hess. 4:30 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Jake Gerhardt reads from his new book My Future Ex-Girlfriend. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

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