Notable Los Angeles: 5/14–5/20

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Monday 5/14: Dan Sheehan and Daniel Abbott discuss and sign Restless Souls and The Concrete. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Sebastian Abbot signs The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer’s Next Superstars. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Live Talks LA presents Marcia Gay Harden in conversation with Lisa Napoli, discussing her memoir, The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers. 8 p.m. at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre. Tickets start at $20 here.

Tuesday 5/15: Victoria Aveyard discusses and signs the final installment in the Red Queen series War Storm, joined by Marie Lu. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Leslie Jamison reads from and discusses her newest book, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath. 7 p.m. at the Dabney Lounge at CalTech. Free tickets here.

Tao Lin discusses and signs Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Carrie Arcos, in conversation with Sherri Smith, discusses and signs We Are All That’s Left. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Michelle Tea discusses her memoir Against Memoir, with Maggie Nelson. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

The Story Collider is back with more “true, personal stories about science.” Featuring stories by Brian Bradley, Seth Cottrell, Emily Sikking, Riley Silverman, and Ve Magni. Hosted by Joseph Scrimshaw. 8 p.m. at The Lyric Hyperion. Tickets are $10 here.

Wednesday 5/16: Book Soup and Spaceland present Mark and Jay Duplass, in conversation with Mark Olsen, discussing and signing Like Brothers. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Aja Gabel reads from her debut novel The Ensemble, with Maggie Shipstead. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Ece Temelkuran celebrates the release of her recent novel, The Time of Mute Swans. 8 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Thursday 5/17: Red Hen Press and the PMCA 1234 present Building Homes, Transcending Borders. This bilingual reading will feature Ramón García, Ricardo Means-Ybarra, and Viva Padilla. PMCA 1234 starts at 5 p.m., the readings start at 6 p.m. at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Julie Clark discusses and signs The Ones We Choose. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Even More Poetry hosted by Brendan Constantine. Featuring F. Douglas Brown, Kai Carlson-Wee, Elizabeth Metzger, and Catherine Pond. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Open Book presents an evening with Danzy Senna in conversation with Chris L. Terry. 7 p.m. at Jones Coffee Roasters. Tickets are $65 or $35 for students/educators here.

Robert Hilburn discusses and signs Paul Simon: The Life. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Lorin Lindner discusses and signs Birds of a Feather. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Molly Crabapple presents and discusses the new work she co-authored, Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Jennifer Moxley reads from and discusses her new book of poetry, Druthers. 7:30 p.m. at The Hammer Museum.

Joshua Wheeler discusses his essay collection Acid West, with Brian Phillips. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Live Talks LA presents Ehud Barak discussing his memoir, My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace. 8 p.m. at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Tickets start at $20 here.

Friday 5/18: Joshua Mensch, with Natashia Deón, discusses and signs Because: A Lyric Memoir. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Ellen Forney, in conversation with Maria Bamford, discusses and signs Rock Steady. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Jennifer Firestone and Andrew Maxwell read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Todd Robert Petersen discusses his collection of stories It Needs to Look Like We Tried, with Brian Evenson. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

The Music Behind the Poetry. Featuring Sam Roxas-Chua, Michelle Bitting, Lynne Thompson, Lin Nelson Benedek, Cory “Besskepp” Cofer, and Jeanne Morel. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 5/19: LitFest Pasadena 2018! Featuring two full days of panels, readings, events, and more! All free and open to the public, with books for sale from various authors at Vroman’s Bookstore. 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at various locations around the Pasadena Playhouse and Vroman’s.

Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara discusses and signs Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer. 3 p.m. at Book Soup.

Maurya Simon and B.H. Fairchild read from their poetry. 4 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

UC Irvine students Julie Schulte, Inez Tan , Anna Hogeland, and Daniel Levin read from their works. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Which Witch L.A. celebrates the release of Rockhaven: A History of Interiors. Featuring contributing authors Allison Conner, Orenda Fink, Emma Kemp, Adriana Widdoes, and more. 7 p.m. at Junior High. $5 suggested donation.

Patrisse Khan-Cullors reads from and discusses her memoir When They Call You a Terrorist. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Hillary Gravendyk celebrates the release of her new book, The Soluble Hour, with Cindy Arrieu-King. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Sunday 5/20: LitFest Pasadena 2018! Featuring two full days of panels, readings, events, and more! All free and open to the public, with books for sale from various authors at Vroman’s Bookstore. 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at various locations around the Pasadena Playhouse and Vroman’s.

Glendale Community College student reading to celebrate the release of their zine. 2 p.m. at Avenue 50 Studio.

Dum Dum Zine’s party to kick of LA Zine Week features readings by Rose Quezada, Angie Guerrero, Endless Meghan Warner, and Alice Bag. They’ll have prizes to give away and music playing. 3 p.m. at The Hi Hat. $5 gets you in.

Melissa Broder discusses and signs The Pisces. 3 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Cyrus Farivar discusses his book Habeas Data. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

The 8th Annual Beyond Baroque Awards. Honoring Kamau Daáood and Jack Grapes. 6 p.m. at the Church in Ocean Park. Special admission.

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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 →