Notable Los Angeles: 5/13–5/19


Monday 5/13: Chia-Chia Lin reads from her debut novel The Unpassing, with Jamel Brinkley. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

PEN America presents Women’s Work. Join authors Scholastique Mukasonga and Randa Jarrar in conversation on writing womanhood. Moderated by Edwin Hill. 7 p.m. at LAXART. Free with an RSVP here.

Karen Havelin, in conversation with author Lauren Wilkinson, discusses and signs Please Read This Leaflet Carefully: Keep This Leaflet. You May Need to Read It Again. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Chip Cheek reads from and signs Cape May. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

David Randall discusses and signs Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Anna Newton discusses her new book An Edited Life. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Tuesday 5/14: Antioch University’s Literary Uprising reading series. Featuring Faculty Reader, poet Kim Dower, along with Claire Lin, B.C. Lopez, and Tracey Simmons. 6 p.m. in Room A1000 at Antioch University Los Angeles.

Pico Iyer discusses and signs Autumn Light. 6:30 p.m. at Diesel Bookstore.

Irwin Winkler reads from his autobiography, A Life in Movies. In conversation with Adam Winkler, with Howard Weitzman. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Shawn Levy discusses and signs The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Matthew McGough, in conversation with Michael Connelly and Miles Corwin, discusses and signs The Lazarus Files: A Cold Case Investigation. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

PEN America presents Seeing Beyond Satire and Stereotypes, with authors Mohammed Hanif and Neel Patel in conversation on the opportunities for revealing and withholding in South Asian literature. 7 p.m. at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Free with RSVP here.

Sean Carswell reads from his new novel Dead Extra, with Steph Cha. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Author Ryann Donnelly presents Justify My Love, in conversation with Joshua Conkel. 8 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Wednesday 5/15: Dean Kuipers reads from and signs The Deer Camp, in conversation with Joe Donnelly. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Dylan Struzan discusses and signs A Bloody Business, with her husband and illustrator Drew Struzan. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Mary Lea Carroll discusses and signs Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Chris Kattan discusses and signs his new memoir, Baby, Don’t Hurt Me. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Live Talks LA presents An Evening with Jon Meacham discussing his book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels. 8 p.m. at the Moss Theater. Tickets, if there are any available, start at $20 here.

Thursday 5/16: Chiwan Choi reads from The Yellow House, and Rocio Carlos reads from (the other house). Moderated by Bridgette Bianca. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Deborah Burns, in conversation with Denise Restauri, discusses and signs Saturday’s Child: A Daughter’s Memoir. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Julie Orringer reads from her new novel The Flight Portfolio, with Sarah Manguso. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Live Talks LA presents An Evening with Jared Diamond discussing his book, Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. 8 p.m. at the Aratani Theater. Tickets start at $20 here.

Friday 5/17: Elizabeth Acevedo reads from and signs With the Fire on High. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Karen Tongson, in conversation with Guy Branum, discusses and signs Why Karen Carpenter Matters. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Dean Kuipers discusses and signs The Deer Camp: A Memoir of a Father, a Family, and the Land That Healed Them. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Dr. Gregory Cumming presents his new book The Symbionese Liberation Army and Patricia Hearst, Queen of the Revolution. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Xuan Juliana Wang reads from her debut short story collection Home Remedies, with Justin Torres. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Arpine Grenier reads from The Silent G and Willed Capital, and Alex Frankel reads from If There Is No God, We Then Submit to Oriana Grand? and other recent work. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 5/18: Pasadena Lit Fest Day One! Check out events by Noir at the Bar, The Roswell Awards, Shades & Shadows, and more starting at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse and surrounding venues. Check the website for a full schedule!

Chris Kattan discusses and signs Baby Don’t Hurt Me: Stories and Scars from Saturday Night Live. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Thaisa Frank and Brian Evenson read from their recent works. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Sunday 5/19: Pasadena Lit Fest Day Two! With events by PEN America, Red Hen Press, and many more! See you there!

Matthew McGough discusses and signs The Lazarus Files. 3 p.m. at Diesel Bookstore.

Sarah Pinsker discusses her new story collection Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea, with Rebecca Roanhorse. 3 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Eric Haseltine discusses and signs The Spy in Moscow Station: A Counterspy’s Hunt for a Deadly Cold War Threat. 3 p.m. at Book Soup.

Salient Sunday Open Reading. Hosted by Radomir Luza and Patricia Murphy. 5 p.m. at Beyond Baroque.


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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 →