Notable Los Angeles: 4/23–4/29


Monday 4/23: Meagan Cass reads from her first full-length collection, ActivAmerica. 5 p.m. at the University of La Verne Chapel.

Tayari Jones discusses and signs An American Marriage. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Christina Lynch discusses and signs The Italian Party. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Zoe Corwin and William G. Tierney discuss their new book, Diversifying Digital Learning, in conversation with Peter Taylor. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Live Talks LA presents Richard Powers in conversation with Scott Timberg discussing Richard’s new novel The Overstory. 8 p.m. at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre. Tickets start at $20 here.

Tuesday 4/24: Chelsey Clammer, Sarah Manguso, Sebastian Matthews, and Ellen Rachlin read from their works. 6:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Beach House. Free, but parking isn’t.

Maurya Simon discusses and signs her new poetry collection The Wilderness. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Wendy Mogel reads from and signs Voice Lessons for Parents. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Julia Whelan discusses and signs My Oxford Year. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Chris Erskine discusses and signs Daditude: The Joys & Absurdities of Modern Fatherhood. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Wednesday 4/25: A Night of Unhealthy Poetry. Hosted by Sarah Nivala and Molly Ash. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Charmaine Craig reads from and discusses her work. 7:30 p.m. at The Forum at Otis.

Iain S. Thomas reads from and discusses his new book, I Wrote This For You: 2007–2017. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Critical Resistance Los Angeles presents Alex S. Vitale as he discusses his nonfiction book The End of Policing. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 4/26: Elgin Baylor and Alan Eisenstock sign Hang Time: My Life in Basketball. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Allegra Huston discusses and signs Say My Name. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Joe Donnelly reads from and signs L.A. Man. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

An evening of experiential poetry, music, and more with Mandy Kahn and Jodie Landau. 7:30 p.m. at the University of Philosophical Research.

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the essay collection The Displaced, with contributor Meron Hadero and co-editor Jamison Stoltz. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 4/27: Jennifer Natalya Fink discusses and signs Bhopal Dance, in conversation with Sikivu Hutchinson. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Phil Goldberg discusses and signs The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Robert Gordon discusses his collection of essays Memphis Rent Party. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

John Freeman and Amy Gerstler read from their poetry. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 4/28: It’s Independent Bookstore Day! There’s a boatload of things to do!

  • Drag Queen Story Hour at 2 p.m. at Book Soup!
  • All kinds of stuff all day long at Vroman’s!
  • Literary trivia at 2 p.m. and Exposition Review‘s third issue release party at 5 p.m. at Skylight Books!


Elgin Baylor signs Hang Time: My Life in Basketball. 1 p.m. at Eso Won Bookstore.

John Shepphird signs Bottom Feeders. 4 p.m. at Dark Delicacies.

UCI’s MFA Fellows read from their work. Featuring Justine Yan, Dillon Sefic, Kailey Dorfman, and Rebecca Sacks. 5:30 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Johnnie Jungleguts, Asal Shahindoust, and Patrick Staff read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

The Bushwick Book Club celebrates Jonathan Ames and his new book, You Were Never Really Here. Ames will read from this book and other works, and there will be music inspired by his writing as well. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Rich Ferguson presents performance poetry. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Sunday 4/29: A.J. Finn reads from and signs his debut novel, The Woman in the Window. 5 p.m. at Chevalier’s 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_. More from this author →