Notable Los Angeles: 4/15–4/21

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Monday 4/15: Jessica Shattuck discusses her new novel, The Women in the Castle. 7 p.m. at CalTech‘s Dabney Hall.

Danny Goldberg, in conversation with Ben Lee, discusses and signs Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Erica Jong reads from and sign The World Began with Yes, and Kim Dower reads from and signs Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone reads from and discusses Wounds into Wisdom. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Tuesday 4/16: Red Hen Press celebrates their twenty-fifth anniversary with readings by poets Katharine Coles, Matty Layne Glasgow, Kim Dower, and Jessy Randall. 6:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Beach House. Free, but RSVP here.

Monica L. Smith discusses and signs Cities: The First 6,000 Years. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Bookstore.

Jesse Valencia discusses and signs Keep Music Evil: The Brian Jonestown Massacre Story. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Dena Moes discusses and signs The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal, in conversation with Bella Mahaya Carter. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Sonia Purnell discusses and signs A Woman of No Importance. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Josh Malerman signs Inspection, and Tim Lebbon signs The Silence. 7 p.m. at Dark Delicacies.

Naomi Claire Wallace reads from and discusses her new novel, Shakespeare’s Ripper. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Ink Tank Editions presents poetry readings by Linda Ravenswood, S. Pearl Sharp, and Brian Sonia-Wallace. Plus a limited open reading. Readings begin at 8 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Wednesday 4/17: Alison Arngrim in conversation with Holly West, editor of Murder-a-Go-Go’s: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of the Go-Go’s, along with several of the contributing authors. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Nora Krug reads from and discusses her new book, Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home, in conversation with Louise Steinman. 8 p.m. at the Skirball Museum. $10 tickets here/members free.

Thursday 4/18: Laura Eve Engel celebrates the release of Things That Go, also featuring readings by Shauna Barbosa and Henry Hoke. 7 p.m. at Other Books.

Lorraine Devon Wilke discusses and signs The Alchemy of Noise. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Mark Bowden discusses and signs The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation, in conversation with Christopher Goffard. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

LAVA presents a night poetry, acoustic music, and feminism. Featuring Tori Gesualdo, Libby Hsieh, Sean Draper, Paolo Yumol, Brittany Brown, Siena Riley, Rebecca Gross, and Cameron Simon. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Daria Tessler discusses her new graphic novel Cult of the Ibis. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Friday 4/19: Get Lit presents Reading by Moonrise. The Get Lit Players will read new and favorite works under the rising full moon. Featuring Hanna Harris, Marcus James, Yoko April Tamada, and Rodrigo Jose Sigala. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. at Bowtie Project. $5 tickets available here.

Jordy Rosenberg, in conversation with Ali Liebegott, discusses and signs Confessions of the Fox. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Kenji C. Liu and Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes read from their new poetry collections. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

The Difficult to Name Reading Series: April Edition. Featuring Chloe Bristol, Carmen Christopher, Michelle Marie, Christina Catherine Martinez, Edward Voccola, Ellington Wells, and Caitlin White. Plus, Jeremy Scharf and Jonathan Handle. 8 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Saturday 4/20: Momentum: Poetry workshop with Brendan Constantine. 1 p.m. at Camera Obscura Art Lab. $30 tickets available here.

Damon Krukowski discusses and signs Ways of Hearing. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Diana Peterson-More presents and signs Consequential Communication in Turbulent Times. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Judith Pacht and B.H. Fairchild read from their poetry. 4 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Writers Resist and open mic reading. 5 p.m. at Gatsby Books.

Sally Rooney reads from her new novel, Normal People, with Karolina Waclawiak. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

UC Irvine’s MFA Night. Featuring readings by Hanna Dow, Jenna Abrams, Sam Richardson, and Anna Hogeland. 5:30 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Sunday 4/21: Ashlie Gibbs reads from and signs her new mystery spy thriller #iRemember. 7 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 →