Notable Los Angeles: 2/12–2/18

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Monday 2/12: Rachel Lyon, with Julia Fierro, discusses and signs Self-Portrait with Boy. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Scott O’Connor, in conversation with Rachel Harper, discusses and signs A Perfect Universe: Ten Stories. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Love Sick Sad Hour. Hosted by Zoe Zag and Quincy Larsen. It’s an open mic night “for all you tender-hearted people.” 7 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Tuesday 2/13: Steve Coll discusses and signs Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Jen Wang reads from her graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker, with Angie Wang. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Wednesday 2/14: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Steven Seagle discusses and signs Get Naked. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Joanna Angel discusses her book Night Shift. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 2/15: Jon Fitzgerald discusses and signs Filmmaking for Change, 2nd Ed.: Make Films that Transform the World. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Ragnar Jonasson discusses and signs Nightblind. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi reads from her new novel Call Me Zebra. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Writ Large Press presents Drunken Masters: Ghost Story. Featuring Natashia Deón and others TBA. 8 p.m. at The Escondite (Hideout).

Friday 2/16: Go see Black Panther. THEN pick from these options.

Deborah Reed reads from her novel The Days When Birds Come Back. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday Night Poetry: They’re Just Words. Open mic night with featured poets Angel Avila, Timothy J. Morris, Ingrid Calderon, John Collins, and Dean Stintson. Hosted by Ingrid Calderon. 7:30 p.m. at Book Show.

Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin present Human Highlight: An Ode to Dominique Wilkins. They will be joined by Fatimah Asghar, F. Douglas Brown, Dante Mitchell, Monique Mitchell, and host Mike Sonksen. 8 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

An evening with Kevin Young. 8:30 p.m. at REDCAT. $20 tickets available here.

Saturday 2/17: Chris Finan discusses and signs Drunks: An American History. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Tee Franklin reads from her new graphic novel Bingo Love, with Amanda Deibert. 5:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Rowan Blanchard celebrates the release of her book, Still Here. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Micah Tasaka, Angela Peñaredondo, Muriel Leung, Claudia Rodriguez, and Sabrina Im read from their poetry to celebrate the release of Expansions. 7:30 p.m. at Poetic Research Bureau.

Jazz musician (and more) Bobby Bradford and poet Will Alexander join words and music. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Sunday 2/18: Nikki Grimes discusses and signs Between the Lines. 3 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

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

Tavi Gevinson presents Rookie on Love. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Author Tim DeRoche and illustrator Daniel González celebrate the release of their new book, a modern retelling of Huck Finn called The Ballad of Huck and Miguel. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

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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 →