Notable Los Angeles: 11/12–11/18

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Monday 11/12: Margo Sorenson discusses and signs Secrets in Translation. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Karina Longworth discusses her film book Seduction, with Mark Olsen. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Live Talks LA presents Michael Connelly discussing his new book, Dark Sacred Night, in conversation with Paul Levine. 8 p.m. at the Moss Theater. Tickets start at $20 here.

Tuesday 11/13: It’s Michelle Obama Day at Eso Won Books. No, she won’t be there. But you should go there to get her new memoir, Becoming. 7 a.m.–7 p.m.

Eavan Boland reads from and discusses his poetry. 7 p.m. in Dabney Lounge at CalTech.

Ron Koertge reads from and signs Yellow Moving Van, and Charles Harper Webb reads from and signs Sidebend World. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Wayne Barton celebrates the launch of his new book, Peach. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Jackie MacMullan and Rafe Bartholomew discuss their book Basketball: A Love Story, with Bill Plaschke. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Book launch for K-Punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher. Simon Reynolds, Geeta Dayal, and Meagan Day will present the posthumous work. 8 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Wednesday 11/14: Jennifer Caloyeras reads from her new book, Unruly Creatures, and discusses publishing and more. 6 p.m. at the Student Union’s Montebello Room at Cal State LA.

John Wray discusses and signs Godsend. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Dan O’Connor and Jeff Katzman present and sign Life Unscripted. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Editor Stephen Jay Schwartz and contributing authors discuss their experiences and their work for the new book Hollywood vs. the Author. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Dani Fine reads from her new book of poetry Separate No More, with special guests. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Live Talks LA presents Tom Hanks discussing his bestselling collection of stories, Uncommon Type, in conversation with Tim Long. 8 p.m. at the Aratani Theater. This event is sold out, so if you got tickets WELL AIN’T YOU FANCY?

Thursday 11/15: Kat Gardiner reads from her new book of microfiction, Little Wonder, with Amy Fleisher Madden. 7 p.m. at the Love Song Bar.

Yvette J. Saavedra discusses and signs Pasadena Before the Roses. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Mary Ruefle reads from and discusses her poetry. 7:30 p.m. at the Hammer Museum.

Barry Glassner discusses his nonfiction book The Culture of Fear. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 11/16: Opening ceremony for the Southern California Poetry Festival! 7 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Lane Moore, in conversation with Mara Wilson, discusses and signs How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don’t. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Comic artist Victoria Lomasko, memoirist Julia Alekseyevna, and illustrator Vladimir Zimakov sit in conversation for Illustrating Russia: Comic Art, Graphic Narratives & Book Illustration. 7 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Kayla Olson discusses and signs This Splintered Silence, with Sarah Enni. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Cary McClelland celebrates the launch of Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley, in conversation with Kiran Deol. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Yesika Salgado reads from her new book of poetry Tesoro. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Paloma Parfrey presents After LA. 8 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Saturday 11/17: The Southern California Poetry Festival! Starts at 10 a.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Anne Waldman and Will Alexander read from and discuss their poetry. Presented by the Center for Contemporary Poetry. 2 p.m. at Cal State LA’s DTLA campus (room 624).

Shaun Barger discusses and signs Mage Against the Machine. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Randy Shaw discusses his nonfiction book Generation Priced Out. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Daniel Owen, Kim Calder, and Corina Copp read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Live Talks LA presents Pharrell Williams discussing his book, A Fish Doesn’t Know It’s Wet. 8 p.m. at The Novo at LA Live. Tickets start at $25 (includes the book) here.

Sunday 11/18: The Southern California Poetry Festival! Starts at 10 a.m. at Beyond Baroque.

Natasha Solomons discusses and signs House of Gold. 1 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Paul Kleiman discusses and signs Smoking in Bed. 3 p.m. at Book Soup.

Jason Williams and Derek McCaw sign I Was Flesh Gordon. 4 p.m. at Dark Delicacies. (Jason will sign other items for $15.)

Divya Srinivasan reads from her new children’s book Little Owl’s Snow. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Nikki Darling celebrates the launch of her debut novel Fade into You. She will be joined by Raquel Gutierrez and Luis J. Rodriguez. 7 p.m. at Human Resources.

Justine Wentzell presents her debut book, Pocket Full of Dreams. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

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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 →