Notable Los Angeles: 9/18–9/24

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Monday 9/18: Kelly Grey Carlisle discusses and signs We Are All Shipwrecks: A Memoir. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Adam O’Riordan discusses and signs The Burning Ground: Stories. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Eboni K. Williams signs Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success. 7 p.m. at Eso Won Books.

Max Gladstone reads from and discusses his latest Craft Sequence novel, The Ruin of Angels, in conversation with Matt Wallace. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Carlos Allende reads from Coffee, Shopping, Murder, Love. Specifically, from the chapter “Gage Weston’s Ballsack.” 7:45 at Wolf & Crane.

90x90LA presents: Drunken Masters. Details TBA. 8 p.m. at Wolf & Crane.

Tuesday 9/19: LARB presents An Evening With Wioletta Greg, in conversation with Piotr Florczyk, about her debut novel Swallowing Mercury. They will be joined by Martha Batalha, celebrating her debut novel The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao. 7 p.m. at The Study.

Pat Thomas discusses and signs Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Ryan Gattis discusses and signs Safe. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Deborah Blum in conversation with Michael Wolfe, discuss her new book Coming of Age: The Sexual Awakening of Margaret Mead. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Scott Stabile reads from and discusses Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Eleanor Henderson reads from her new novel The Twelve-Mile Straight, with Edan Lepucki. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Soapbox Sessions Open Mic. Read what you got. Or sing it, if that’s your jam. Sign-ups start at 8 p.m. at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon. 21+

90x90LA presents: Frantz Fanon Reading Circle Night 2. Continue the discussion of Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. 8 p.m. at Cielo galleries/studio.

Wednesday 9/20: PEN USA Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. 6 p.m. at The Edison. 21+.

Read to Me! Open mic night. Hosted by Jenny Funkmeyer. Sign-ups start at 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Luis J. Rodriguez reads from his work. 7:30 p.m. at The Forum at OTIS.

Augustus Rose discusses his debut novel The Readymade Thief, with Tom Bissell. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

90x90LA presents: Wellness Writing Wednesday. Hosted by traci kato-kiriyama, featuring Jessica Ceballos y Campbell. 7:45 p.m. at Aratani Theatre stage at JACCC.

Thursday 9/21: Reshma Saujani discusses and signs Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Zachary Schomburg reads from Mammother, with Vikesh Kapoor. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Robin Sloan reads from his new novel Sourdough. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Jonathan Shaw discusses his newest book, SCAB VENDOR: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist, in conversation with Rex Weiner. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

90x90LA presents: Through a Glass Darkly: Speculative, Horror, and Science Fiction as Resistance. Hosted by Kate Maruyama, and featuring Tananarive Due, Michael Gonzales, and Gina Ruiz. This event will feature a panel discussion and a writing exercise. 8 p.m., location TBA (but watch for it!).

Friday 9/22: Marie Lu discusses and signs Warcross. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Jenn de la Vega talks, shows, and explains her new cookbook, Showdown. There might be snacks. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

90x90LA presents: Skid Row Book Drive. Bring books to donate. 7 p.m. at CIELO galleries/studio.

Clara Parkes discusses her book A Stash of One’s Own. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Bruce Willard reads from Violent Blues. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 9/23: Greg Foley and Andrew Luecke present and sign Cool: Style, Sound, and Subversion. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

90x90LA presents: LA Homegirls / Cantaluz Healing Cantos. Featuring Gloria Enedina Alvarez, Tchise James, Amy Uyematsu, and Pam Ward. 4:30 p.m. at CIELO galleries/studio.

Karl Geary reads from his new novel Montpelier Parade. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Sunday 9/24: Nicole Krauss discusses her new novel Forest Dark, in conversation with Rabbi David Wolpe. 2 p.m. at The Skirball Center.

Red Hen Press presents the premier of Pope Brock’s Another Fine Mess. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Brian Peyton Joyner discusses and signs The Wisdom of Stones, Cass Grafton and Ada Bright discuss and sign The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, and Roger J. Couture discusses and signs Surfing with Snakes & Dragons, and Other Tales of Suburbia. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

90x90LA presents: A Reading at the Bronson Caves, part of The Griffith Park Storytelling Series. Featuring Allison Conner, Lynell George, Siel Ju, Daniel Jose Ruiz, and Oscar Sagastume. 5 p.m. at The Bat Cave.

Beyond Baroque’s annual George Drury Smith Awards dinner. This years honorees are Paul Vangelisiti, Hilda Weiss, and Wayne Linder, and Jim Fleck. Tickets available here. 6 p.m. at the Church in Ocean Park.

Noir at the Bar. Featuring Rachel Howzell Hall, Ryan Gattis, Matt Goldman, Attica Locke, Nadine Nettman, and Earl Javorsky. 7 p.m. at The Mandrake Bar. 21+.

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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 →