Notable Los Angeles: 4/2–4/8


Monday 4/2: Jason Porath discusses and signs Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History’s Mightiest Matriarchs. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Live Talks LA presents Sean Penn as he discusses his debut novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. He will be joined in conversation with Jane Smiley. 8 p.m. at the Ann and Jerry Moss theater. Tickets start at $45 (includes a copy of the book) here.

Tuesday 4/3: Carol Muske-Dukes discusses and signs her new poetry collection Blue Rose. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Taso G. Lagos discusses and signs American Zeus: The Life of Alexander Pantages, Theater Mogul. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Lauren Grodstein discusses and signs Our Short History. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Amy Spalding reads from her new young adult novel The Summer of Jordi Perez. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Wednesday 4/4: Leah Stewart discusses and signs What You Don’t Know about Charlie Outlaw. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

The Difficult to Name Reading Series comes to LA! Featuring Samantha Culp, Brittani Nichols, Dana Schwartz, Wendy C. Ortiz, Edward Voccola, and KK Wootton. Hosted by Ryan Sartor. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Live Talks LA presents Louie Anderson, in conversation with Lori Greiner, discussing his upcoming book Hey Mom: Stories for My Mother, But You Can Read Them Too. 8 p.m. at the Ann and Jerry Moss theater. Tickets start at $20 here.

Thursday 4/5: Diana Saltoon-Briggs discusses and signs Wife, Just Let Go: Zen, Alzheimer’s, and Love. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Duncan Hannah discusses and signs Twentieth-Century Boy: Notebooks of the Seventies. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Carol Muske-Dukes discusses and signs Blue Rose. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Franki Elliot celebrates the release of her third book, stories for people who hate love… 7 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Amanda Ackerman and Maya Weeks read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at The Poetic Research Bureau.

Friday 4/6: Tabitha Blankenbiller discusses and signs Eats of Eden. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Anthony Ray Hinton discusses and signs The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

James Meetze and Katy Bohinc read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at The Poetic Research Bureau.

Olivia Gatwood presents and discusses her bestselling collection New American Best Friend. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Celebration party for PEN Center USA’s union with Pen America! There will be drinks, appetizers, and surprises! 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

C. Bain and Brandi M. Spaethe read from their poetry. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 4/7: Poetry Day in the Garden! Featuring Teresa Mei Chuc, Brendan Constantine, John Brantingham, Andrea Carter Brown, Lynne Thompson, and more! Stroll the gardens and discover their poetry starting at 10 a.m. at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Jason Morphew reads from Dead Boy, and Joe Wenderoth reads from If I Don’t Breathe How Do I Sleep. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Sarah Andersen discusses her new collection of comics Herding Cats. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Angels Flight – Literary West presents a National Poetry Month salon. Featuring Erica Blumfield, Shonda Buchanan, Jessica Ceballos y Campbell, Arminé Iknadossian, Luivette Resto, Nikki San Pedro, Mary Soneia, and Aruni Wijesinghe. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

The Mingus School, with Harmony Holiday. 7:30 p.m. at The Poetic Research Bureau.

Sunday 4/8: Soap Box Poets open reading. Hosted by Jessica Wilson. Sign-ups begin at 1:45 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Genevieve Kaplan and Kevin Riel read from and discuss their poetry. 2 p.m. at the Claremont Church of Christ.

Jennifer Pryor discusses and signs Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences. 3 p.m. at Book Soup.

Otis College MFA students Nicole Bradford, John Fogarty, Newton Garner, Chenel King, Angelina Sáenz, Halley Sutton, Brittany Ambree Williams, and Olivia Batker Pritzker read from their work. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Beyond Baroque presents Library Girl’s Raw with Love with a tribute to Charles Bukowski. Featuring Iris Berry, Annette Cruz, Dennis Cruz, Michael C Ford, S.A. Griffin, Jack Grisham, Susan Hayden, Doug Knott, Richard Modiano, Chris Morris, Keith Morris, Henry Mortensen, Lorraine Perrotta, Joan Jobe Smith, Mason Summit, and Fred Voss. 7 p.m. at the Ruskin Group Theater. $10, includes snacks and dessert.


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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 →