Notable Los Angeles: 9/17–9/23

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Monday 9/17: Courtenay Hameister discusses and signs Okay Fine Whatever. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Glen David Gold discusses and signs I Will Be Complete. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Erica Ormsby presents her new book, I Am Happy. Healthy. Free. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Tuesday 9/18: Manny Carter presents his new book How to Date in your 50s and 60s. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Rebecca Serle discusses her new novel The Dinner List with Gabrielle Zevin. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Wednesday 9/19: Gavin Scott discusses and signs The Age of Exodus. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Rachel Ignotofsky discusses and signs The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Katya Apekina reads from her debut novel The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish, with Michelle Huneven. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Readings from They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing. Featuring Molly Bendall, Martin Ott, Sarah Suzor, Maggie Woodward, and Gail Wronsky. 8 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Thursday 9/20: Jeff Pearlman discusses and signs Football for a Buck. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Robert Rorke discusses and signs Car Trouble, in conversation with Amy E. Wallen. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Miriam Pawel discusses and signs The Browns of California, in conversation with David Ulin. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Sara Gran reads from her new novel The Infinite Blacktop. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 9/21: James Frey discusses and signs Katerina. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Luis Reyes, in conversation with Jorge Rivero, discusses and signs Made in Mexico. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Alex Beard presents his timely new book, The Lying King. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Aminder Dhaliwal discusses her new graphic novel Woman World, with Megan Nicole Dong. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Saturday 9/22: James Campion, with Jordan Zevon, discusses and signs Accidentally Like a Martyr. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Amber Benson signs Star vs. The Forces of Evil: The Magic Book of Spells, and Josh Hickman signs his short story collection, Five Slices of Fear. 4 p.m. at Dark Delicacies.

Red Hen Press authors William Archila and Douglas Manuel, and jazz musician Dr. Ray Briggs from the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, come together for an evening of jazz and poetry. 4 p.m. at The Hen House.

Karl Ove Knausgaard discusses the sixth installment in his My Struggle series with Mark Z. Danielewski. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Julissa Arce presents her new book, Someone Like Me. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Emmalea Russo and Pascalle Burton read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau

Brittany Perham and Peter Kline read from their poetry. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free..

Shades & Shadows 5-year anniversary event! Featuring Bree Barton, Maura Milan, Maria Alexander, Jeff Sweat, and Steven Barnes. Hosted by Xach Fromson (hey, that’s me!). Plus, anniversary cake! Doors open at 8 p.m. at The Mystic Museum. $10 tickets here or at the door.

Sunday 9/23: Join BACKSTORY, a bi-montly spoken word series, for an evening of true stories, poetry, and flights of fancy told live around a theatrical theme. This month’s theme is “A delicate balance,” with readings from Don Kingfisher Campbell, Kevin Herrmann, Lisa Poggi, Maureen Kellen-Taylor, Christine No, and Bill Posley. Hosted by Laurie O’Brien. 7:30 p.m. at The Victory Theatre Center.

The Nebraska Girls Open Reading. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Sign-ups start at 1:45 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Athena Perrakis discusses and signs The Ultimate Guide to Chakras. 3 p.m. at Diesel Brentwood.

Grady Hendrix presents We Sold Our Souls. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Yumi Sakugawa discusses her book Fashion Forecasts. 5 p.m. at Skylight 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_. Want your event listed here? Send an email with the information to [email protected]. More from this author →