Notable Los Angeles: 8/27–9/2

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Monday 8/27: Brendan Constantine presents A Gathering of Tribes. Featuring poetry performances by Derek D. Brown, Mike Sonksen, and Ra Avis. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Elgin Charles discusses and signs By the Way. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Kim Brooks, in conversation with Doree Shafrir, discusses and signs Small Animals. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

A live diary reading with Ally Beardsley from their book What’s Wrong With Me? 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Mark Leidner discusses his new book, Under the Sea. In conversation with Ben Loory. 8 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Tuesday 8/28: Peter Rader discusses and signs Playing to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry That Changed Acting Forever. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Claire Naden discusses and signs Cache Under the Stacks: A Cate Wagner Mystery. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Wednesday 8/29: Marc Ambinder discusses and signs The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Laura van den Berg launches her new novel The Third Hotel, with Aja Gabel. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 8/30: Heidi Mastrogiovanni signs Lala Pettibone: Standing Room Only, and August McLaughlin signs Girl Boner: The Good Girl’s Guide to Sexual Empowerment. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Adam Cayton-Holland discusses his memoir Tragedy Plus Time. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Saturday 9/1: Thomas Page McBee discusses his memoir Amateur, with Ann Friedman. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Sunday 9/2: First Sunday open reading. Hosted by Steve Goldman. Sign-ups begin at 4:45 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

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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 →