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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