Notable Los Angeles: 8/20–8/26

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Monday 8/20: Anya Yurchyshyn, in conversation with Glen David Gold, discusses and signs My Dead Parents: A Memoir. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Tuesday 8/21: Red Hen Press reading. Featuring Maurya Simon, Eloise Klein Healy, Debbie Clarke Moderow, and Amber Flora Thomas. Plus a dance performance! 6:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Beach House. Free, but RSVP here.

David McGlynn discusses and signs One Day You’ll Thank Me: Lessons from an Unexpected Fatherhood. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

John Larison discusses and signs Whiskey When We’re Dry. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Genevieve Hudson reads from her debut collection of stories Pretend We Live Here, with Henry Hoke and Myriam Gurba. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Words and Guitars West. Featuring Zan Romanoff, Fidel Martinez, Yusef Roach, Rebecca Haithcoat, and Martin Rickman. 8 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Wednesday 8/22: Charles Rivers presents and signs his new book Karma Shifts. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

JM Holmes discusses his debut collection of stories How Are You Going to Save Yourself, with Natashia Deon. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 8/23: Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. discusses and signs Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence—The Groundbreaking Meditation Practice. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Juliet McDaniel discusses and signs Mr. & Mrs. American Pie. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Pablo Cartaya, with Lilliam Rivera, discusses and signs Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Vince Beiser presents and discusses The World in a Grain. Moderated by Joe Donnelly. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Lisa Hanawalt discusses her new graphic novel Coyote Doggirl, with Molly Lambert. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 8/24: Jo Piazza discusses and signs Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Difficult to Name Reading Series. Featuring Hallie Cantor, Helen Donahue, Seth Fischer, Jean Chen Ho, Ben Loory, Nathaniel Stein, and Yezmin Villarreal. Hosted by Ryan Sartor. 8 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Saturday 8/25: Rick Wilson signs Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real about the Worst President Ever. 3 p.m. at Book Soup.

Katie Ford reads from her new collection of poetry If You Have to Go, with David St. John. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Bill Ward presents his poetry book and accompanying vinyl album, Absence of Corners. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Lynn Xu, Joshua Edwards, and Vi Khi Nao read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Sunday 8/26: Black Writers at The Table—a reading. Featuring Jessica Gallion (aka Yellawoman), Alyesha Wise-Hernandez, B.A. Williams, Imani Tolliver, Jaha Zainabu, Asia Bryant-Wilkerson, and Aleah Bradshaw (aka Nyfe). Hosted by Bridgette Bianca and Sandra Williams. 3 p.m. at The Hollywood Hotel. Free, but donations accepted.

Joshua Cohen, in conversation with Sam Nicholson, discusses and signs Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction. 3 p.m. at Book Soup.

Debbie E. Mills presents and signs When the Rainbow Sneezed. Jess Ponce III presents and signs Everyday Celebrity. Glen W. Granholm presents and signs Cowphoon. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Mara Altman discusses her nonfiction book Gross Anatomy, with Chandra Lee Schwartz. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Kate Gavino presents and signs Sanpaku, in conversation with Sarah Kuhn. 5 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

California Poets for Resistance. Greg Palast joins the collective for an evening of poetry, politics, and more. 6 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. Free.

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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 →