Notable Los Angeles: 4/8–4/14


Monday 4/8: MORIA Literary Magazine presents The First Press Reading Series. Featuring readings by poets Heidi Seaborn and Reuben Ellis, and an open mic night. 4 p.m. at the Ahmanson Main Space at Woodbury University. Ask the guard to direct you.

Jacqueline Winspear discusses and signs The American Agent. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Tuesday 4/9: Brett Paesel discusses and signs Everything Is Just Fine. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Austin Kleon, in conversation with Heather Havrilesky, discusses and signs Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Patton Oswalt discusses Michelle McNamara’s book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Live Talks LA presents Dave Barry discussing his book, Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog, in conversation with Alan Zweibel. 8 p.m. at The Moss Theater. 6:30 if you want to go to the separate reception beforehand. Tickets start at $20 here.

Launch party for Michelle Tea’s first children’s book, Astro Baby. 8 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Wednesday 4/10: WeHo Reads celebrates National Poetry Month with former West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Kim Dower reading from Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave, and Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet for Barack Obama, reading from How to Love a Country. 7 p.m. at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers.

Anders Carlson-Wee presents and signs The Low Passions, with Natalie J. Graham, Donna Sprujit-Metz, and F. Douglas Brown. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Humble the Poet discusses and signs Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Jeff Siger discusses and signs The Mykonos Mob. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Maya Weeks and Sophie Reiff read from their poetry. 8 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Thursday 4/11: The winners of Claremont Graduate University’s 2019 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards, Dawn Lundy Martin and Diana Khoi Nguyen, read from their works. 7 p.m. at The Huntington Library and Gardens. Free, but grab your ticket here.

Tim Johnston, in conversation with Steph Cha, discusses and signs The Current. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Ridley Pearson discusses and signs Super Sons: The Polarshield Project. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

S. A. Bradley signs Screaming for Pleasure: How Horror Makes You Happy and Healthy. 7 p.m. at Dark Delicacies.

Writ Large Press presents Drunken Masters: Poetry. Featuring judges Rocío Carlos, Mike Sonksen, and F. Douglas Brown. Come see writers read/perform short works and receive drunken criticism/feedback! 8 p.m. at The Mighty Company.

Noah Blaustein, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Dorothy Barresi, and Kevin Prufer read from their poetry. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Friday 4/12: Susan Choi reads from and signs Trust Exercise, in conversation with Maggie Shipstead. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Marala Scott reads from and signs her new book, With Gratitude. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Benjamin Lord reads from his poetry. 8 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Saturday 4/13: It’s Book-chella! The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is back at USC! It starts at 10 a.m. Go Metro if you can.

Tamaracks anthology reading, featuring Patrick Connors, Debbie Okun Hill, Michael Mirolla, and Karen Shenfeld and hosted by RD Armstrong. 4 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Ron Riekki, Betsy Baker, Vincent Williams, and Jeff Sartain discuss and sign the new essay collection The Many Lives of the Evil Dead. 4 p.m. at Dark Delicacies.

Jonathan Yahalom presents his new book, Caring for the People of the Clouds: Aging and Dementia in Oaxaca. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Francesca Capone, Elaine Kahn, Kristin Bagdanov, and Robyn O’Neil read from their poetry. 8 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Sunday 4/14: Didn’t get enough LATFOB yesterday? Couldn’t get there yesterday? GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE! Day two of LATFOB is here! Starts at 10 a.m. at USC.

Mike Sonksen celebrates the publication of his new book, Letters to My City, with dramatic readings by himself and others. Hosted by Eric Vollmer. 7:30 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Ben Fama, Ted Dodson, Rachel Rabbit White, and Antonio Cuccu read from their poetry. 8 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.


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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_. More from this author →