Notable Los Angeles: 1/15–1/21


Tuesday 1/16: Michael Moreci discusses and signs Black Star Renegades. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Colin Winnette reads from his novel The Job of the Wasp, with Amelia Gray. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann discusses and signs Swimming with Elephants: My Unexpected Pilgrimage from Physician to Healer. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Wednesday 1/17: Erica Garza discusses and signs Getting Off: One Woman’s Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Afshin Shahidi discusses and signs Prince: A Private View. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Eli Horowitz, David Ulin, and Aimee Bender discuss Denis Johnson’s The Largesse of the Sea Maiden. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 1/18: Denis Johnson tribute: The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Father Gregory Boyle presents and signs Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, in conversation with Celeste Fremon and hosted by Joe Donnelly. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Ken Davis discusses and signs In Bed with Broadcasting: A Memoir. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Sam Graham-Felsen reads from his debut novel Green. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Writ Large Press presents Drunken Masters. Three writers reading excerpts in front of a three-judge panel for entertaining feedback. Featuring Isabel Quintero, Brandy Colbert, and Amy Spalding. 8 p.m. at The Escondite (Hideout).

Friday 1/19: Billy Vera discusses and signs Billy Vera: Harlem to Hollywood. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Vermin on the Mount. Featuring readings by Susannah Breslin, Paul Lopez, Keith Morris, Joan Wilking, and Colin Winnette. Hosted by Jim Ruland. 7:30 p.m. at Book Show.

Greg Snyder presents his new book, Skateboarding LA. 8 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

What Can I Do? (A Poets’ Debate). Featuring panelists Jerry Quickley and Vlad Popescu, readings by VAGABOND poets and much more. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 1/20: Alec Byrne discusses and signs London Rock: The Unseen Archive. 3 p.m. at Book Soup.

Leni Zumas reads from her novel Red Clocks, with Porochista Khakpour. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Andrew Kenower, Sarah Heston, and Justin Clifford Rhody read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at The Poetic Research Bureau.

Shades & Shadows 23! Winter-ween and Year 5 Kick Off! Featuring SF/F/H/WTF readings by Kate Maruyama, Taylor Grant, Glen Hirshbirg, Dan Vining, Christina Cigala, and Shreyans Zaveri. Hosted by Xach Fromson (hey, that’s me!). 8 p.m. at The Mystic Museum. $10 online or at the door.

An Enchanted Reading: Poetry and Translations. Featuring Martha Rhodes, Hélène Cardona, John FitzGerald, Carolyn Tipton, and Stephen Kessler. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Sunday 1/21: ​Ben MacIntyre, in conversation with Steve Ross, discusses his books about spies who helped in the fight against the Nazis. 1 p.m. at Temple Emanuel. $20 tickets and info here.

Drag Queen Story Hour! Featuring Valora von Tease and hosted by Michelle Tea. 3 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Beyond Words: Tosh Berman. 4:30 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Krista Suh discusses her book DIY Rules For A WTF World. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Debbie Chesebro and Karen Bu Present: Alternative Facts: An Adult Political Coloring Book. 6:30 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Punk Hostage Press presents Michael Marcus reading from his new book, #1 Son and Other Stories. He will be joined by Jack Grisham, reading from An American Demon and Untamed. 7 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.


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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 →