Notable Los Angeles: 5/21–5/27

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Monday 5/21: Piper Weiss, author of the new memoir You All Grow Up and Leave Me, in conversation with Jennifer Romolini. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Tuesday 5/22: Cyrus Farivar discusses and signs Habeas Data. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

The Favorite Poem Project features members of the Los Angeles community reading their favorite poems. Hosted by Robert Pinksy. 7 p.m. at Kerckhoff Hall, Charles E. Young Grand Salon at UCLA.

North Morgan discusses and signs Into?. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Wednesday 5/23: PEN America presents its monthly book club with Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties. 6 p.m. at The Edison. 21+. Because it’s a bar.

One City One Pride & WeHo Reads: Lambda Literary Awards Finalists Reading. 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers.

Michael Imperioli discusses and signs his debut novel, The Perfume Burned His Eyes. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Bella Mahaya Carter, with Claire Bidwell Smith, discusses and signs Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Un::fade::able seeks to keep the name and legacy of Sandra Bland alive through poetry. Curated by F. Douglas Brown. 7:30 p.m. at Art Share LA.

Rachel Kushner reads from her new novel The Mars Room. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 5/24: Janna King discusses and signs The Seasonaires. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

LGBTQ Pride Month Reading, featuring Martha K. Davis, Josh Gershick, and Brandi Spaethe. Moderated by Tobi Harper. 7 p.m. at Flintridge Books.

Dave Itzkoff discusses and signs Robin. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Jeffrey C. Stewart, in conversation with Michele Zack, discusses and signs The New Negro. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Vroman’s presents Michael Pollan, in conversation with Mark Haskell Smith, discussing and signing How to Change Your Mind. 7 p.m. at All Saints Church. Tickets are $30+fees here.

“Emotionally (Un)Available” a showcase of women in music and poetry. 7 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Rita Bullwinkel reads from her debut collection of stories Belly Up, with Amina Cain and Elizabeth Ziemska. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 5/25: Janelle Hanchett discusses and signs I’m Just Happy to Be Here. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Stella Corso, Zack Haber, and Giulia Bencivenga read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Chuck Klosterman discusses his newest collection of essays Chuck Klosterman X. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Helen Benedict presents her newest novel Wolf Season, in conversation with Meredith Maran. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Saturday 5/26: Edoardo Ponti, with David St. John, discusses and signs Letters from a Young Father. 3 p.m. at Book Soup.

Poe Ballantine reads from his novel Whirlaway, with Mimi Pond. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Matt Sedillo, Genevieve Kaplan, and Sean Bernard read from their works, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at dA Center for the Arts.

Stacey Tran, Amanda Choo Quan, and Jian Huang read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Contributing writers Victoria Dailey, Robert Landau, Victor Valle, Justin Andrew Marks, Cecil Castelucci, Hector Tobar, and editor Susan La Tempa discuss the casual new anthology, Paperback L.A.. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Rex Weiner in conversation with Tom Lawson and Harry Gamboa, two authors included in the Some Place Chronicles. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Sunday 5/27: Fourth Sundays poetry reading. Featuring Lauren Henley and James Mauch. 2 p.m. at the Claremont Public Library.

Fran Hawthorne discusses and signs The Heirs. 3 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Dr. Lori Baudino presents and signs Super Flyers: A Parent Guidebook for Airplane Travel with Children. Edward J. Lopez presents and signs Flight of a Hell Hawk. And Dr. Zenobia Bereal presents and signs 7 Reasons Why You Should Go to Church. All part of Local Author Day. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

BUSted! Featuring stories by non-motorists including Brandon Burkhart, Robert Calix (Senior Manager, Transportation Planning – L.A. Metro), Sam Cutter, Katya Duft, Christopher Korbel, Alex Pages, and See Susanita Sì. 6 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_. Want your event listed here? Send an email with the information to [email protected]. More from this author →