Notable Los Angeles: 4/22–4/28

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Monday 4/22: Colin Dayan signs her new book, In the Belly of Her Ghost. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Rachel Howard discusses and signs The Risk of Us, in conversation with Medaya Ocher. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Jennifer Dakan discusses and signs All Mimsy Were the Borogroves: A Family’s Struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Graham Hancock discusses and signs America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization. 7 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Tuesday 4/23: Jo Giese discusses and signs her memoir Never Sit if You Can Dance: Lessons from My Mother. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Bookstore.

Lydia Fitzpatrick discusses and sighs Lights All Night Long, in conversation with Julia Claiborne Johnson. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

A night of Unhealthy Poetry Hosted by Sarah Nivala and Molly Ash. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Danielle Paige discusses and signs Mera: Tidebreaker, in conversation with Amerie. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

The Los Angeles Review of Books presents an evening of drinks and revelry to celebrate their new publishing project, LARB Books! Join them in celebrating their first five titles, as well as the latest release from Les Figues Press, an imprint of LARB Books. 7 p.m. at Duncan Miller Gallery.

An evening of readings to celebrate Saskia Vogel. Also featuring Leah Dietrich, Nada Alic, and Natasha Young. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Wednesday 4/24: Victoria Shorr discusses and signs Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

MG Wheaton discusses and signs Emily Eternal, in conversation with David Poland. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Antonio Gonzalez discusses and signs his new book Architects Who Built Southern California. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Nathaniel Rich discusses his new science book Losing Earth: A Recent History, with Jane Smiley. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 4/25: Donna Sprujit-Metz reads from her new collection of poetry, Slippery Surfaces. She will be joined by poets Brendan Constantine, Joseph Rios, and DaMaris B. Hill. Hosted by Nan Cohen. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Gwendolyn Womack discusses and signs The Time Collector. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Marc Weingarten discusses and signs Thirsty: William Mulholland, California Water, and the Real Chinatown, in conversation with Wendy Riss. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Not A Cult Presents: EPIC. With readings by Henri Maddocks, Sheila Sadr, Rhiannon McGavin, and more. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Samuel Stein presents his new book, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Laila Lalami discusses her new novel The Other Americans, with Charles Finch. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Gillian Osborne and Michelle Detorie read from their poetry. Part of the RAD residency. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Laura Shepard Townsend reads from Destiny’s Consent: Angel’s Flight, and Jim Smith reads from Gentrifying Paradise: Resistance and Removal in 21st Century Venice California. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Friday 4/26: Ramin Setoodeh signs his new book about The View, Ladies Who Punch. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Saskia Vogel discusses and signs Permission, in conversation with Janet Fitch. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Daniel Suarez discusses and signs Delta-v. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Sehba Sarwar reads from her novel Black Wings. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Gillian Osborne and lichen wildness. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Los Angeles Press celebrates National Poetry Month with Jacqueline Suskind and Suzanne Lummis. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 4/27: It’s Independent Bookstore Day! Free stuff! Special one-off printings of books! Check here to see what bookstores are involved! Exclamation points!

Rex Weiner continues his live-in-person interview series, I Read Your Book, And… with David Kipen. 4 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Grace Talusan reads from her debut memoir The Body Papers, with Noel Alumit. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

PEN America presents the 2019 Emerging Voices Fellows Judy Choi, Anthony Hoang, Fajer Alexander Khansa, T.K. Lê, and Dare Williams. 7:30 p.m. at The Virgil.

Mark Johnson and Tom Trudgeon read from their poetry. 7:30 p.m. at the Poetic Research Bureau.

Sunday 4/28: UC Riverside MFA students read from their work. Featuring Isabela Agosa, Katy Gurin, Ayize Jama-Everett, Marcos Damián León, Alicia Mosley, Joe Satran, Jasmin Elizabeth Smith, Kate Weinberg, and faculty readers Allison Benis White and Tom Lutz. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

The 2019 graduating MFA Writing class from Otis College of Art and Design reads from their works. Featuring Sarine Balian, Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick, Sibylla Nash, DC Palter, Mitra Rajabi, and Edward Wells. 6 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_. More from this author →