Notable Los Angeles: 5/27–6/2


Monday 5/27: Happy Memorial Day!

Dr. Kwan Kew Lai discusses her book debut, Lest We Forget: A Doctor’s Experience with Life and Death During the Ebola Outbreak. 7:30 p.m. at The Last Bookstore.

Tuesday 5/28: Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore present and sign BTTM FDRS. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Homo-Centric presents Come What May. Featuring Lituo Huang, Michael Narkunski, and Molly Thornton. 7:30 p.m. at Stories Books and Cafe.

Wednesday 5/29: Pico Iyer discusses and signs Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Rebellious Creatures Large and Small reading and launch party by the students of Glendale Community College. Featuring Arevik Torosyan, Lynn Bender, Julian Magallanes, Ani Babayan, James Kelly, Heliazar Ramirez Rivera, Rhiannon Ramirez, Christian Flores, Alfredo Loza, Jennifer Gil, Madeline Molina, Heather Robertson, Manifa Baghomian, and Ren Madlangsakay. 7:30 p.m. at Avenue 50 Studio.

Josh Levin discusses his new biography The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth, with Julia Turner. 7:30 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Thursday 5/30: Annie Jacobsen discusses and signs her new book, Surprise, Kill, Vanish. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Adam Popescu discusses and signs Nima, in conversation with Lori Kozlowski. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Dimitris Lyacos and Harold Abramowitz read from their poetry. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

PEN America celebrates their Prison & Justice Writing program in Los Angeles by offering a preview of the 2019 winners of the Edward Bunker Prize in Fiction, which recognizes excellence in writing by incarcerated writers. Winning works will be read by activists, educators, performers, and writers, including bridgette bianca, Dorothy Randall Gray, Darrel Larson, Laurie O’Brien, Laurie Okin, Christopher Soto, and Carl Weintraub. 8 p.m. at The Road Theatre. You must RSVP here if you want to attend.

Friday 5/31: Joan Moran discusses and signs An Accidental Cuban. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Walt Whitman bicentennial celebration. Featuring a reading of Leaves of Grass by James Cushing, Robert Forster, Phoebe MacAdams, Harry E. Northup, Holly Prado Northup, and Aleida Rodriguez. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. $10/members free.

Saturday 6/1: Dana L. Davis discusses and signs The Voice in My Head. 4 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Mason Funk discusses his new nonfiction book The Book of Pride: LGTBQ Heroes Who Changed the World. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Poetry in Motion, featuring David Zasloff performing his one-man show, The Reluctant Jew. Hosted by Eve Brandstein. 8 p.m. at Beyond Baroque. Tickets are $15 here, or at the door for $20/$10 students/$8 members.

Sunday 6/2: Ben Rhodes discusses and signs The World as It Is, with Ambassador Derek Shearer. 3 p.m. at Diesel Bookstore.

Bryan Washington reads from and signs his new book Lot: Stories, in conversation with Justin Torres. 4 p.m. at Book Soup.

Beth Caldwell discusses and signs Deported Americans: Life After Deportation to Mexico. 5 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore.

Jacqueline Suskin reads from the second book in her poetry trilogy, The Edge of the Continent: The City. 5 p.m. at Skylight Books.

Daughters of Whitman. Featuring Cecilia Fairchild, Susannah Rodriguez Drissi, Amber West, and more. 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 →