Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of May 13, 2019

Issue 138

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MONDAY


Chia-Chia Lin reads from her debut novel The Unpassing with Jamel Brinkley

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Monday, May 13, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Women’s Work

Join authors Scholastique Mukasonga and Randa Jarrar in conversation on writing womanhood. Moderated by Edwin Hill and presented in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles.
Monday, May 13, 2019
7-9PM ~ FREE with RSVP
LAXART
7000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, 90038


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

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Monday, May 13, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Chip Cheek discusses and signs Cape May

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Monday, May 13, 2019
7pm
Chevailer’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


The Sun Is Also a Star Movie Tie-in Event

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Monday May 13, 2019
4:30 PM
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036


Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings celebrate the finale of The Androma Saga in Nexus

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Monday May 13, 2019
7pm
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036


TUESDAY


Sean Carswell reads from his new novel Dead Extra with Steph Cha

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Seeing Beyond Satire and Stereotypes

Join authors Mohammed Hanif and Sehba Sarwar in conversation on the opportunities for revealing and withholding in South Asian literature. Presented in partnership with the USC Pacific Asian Museum Pakistani Arts Council and the South Asian Network.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
7-9PM ~ FREE with RSVP
USC Pacific Asia Museum
46 N. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, 91101


WEDNESDAY


Dylan Struzan discusses and signs A Bloody Business

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


CSULB Prof. Mike Whitlow Student Showcase

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
7pm
Gatsby Books
5535 E Spring Street
Long Beach, CA 90808


THURSDAY


Scripps Presents: Cheryl Strayed in Conversation with Heather Havrilesky

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Garrison Theater, Scripps College
241 E. 10th Street
Claremont, CA 91711


Julie Orringer reads from her new novel The Flight Portfolio with Sarah Moanguso

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


FRIDAY


Xuan Juliana Wang Reads from her debut short story collection Home Remedies with Justin Torres

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Friday, May 17, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Elizabeth Acevedo discusses and signs With The Fire On High

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Friday, May 17, 2019
7pm
Chevailer’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


SATURDAY


The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America presents: Nebula Mass Autographing

The event will feature over 100 fantastic sci-fi and fantasy authors who’ll be signing books.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
1:30PM — 3:30PM
Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills – Grand Ballroom
21850 W Oxnard St,
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Full details, including a list of authors, are here:


LitFest Pasadena

The city and Southland’s writer driven literary festival features two days of panels, discussions, readings, workshops, performances, and literary activities. Over 200 authors and special guest speakers appeared in over 60 events in LitFest Pasadena 2018. LitFest Pasadena is held throughout the historic Pasadena Playhouse District at Vroman’s Bookstore, the Pasadena Playhouse, and other local establishments.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
12-10pm
Pasadena Playhouse District
39 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101


The Roswell Award Reading

Celebrity guests deliver dramatic readings of seven original short science fiction stories written by writers from around the globe. These stories are selected during The Roswell Award writing competition, a nonprofit program of Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest LA. The reading is presented at LitFest Pasadena.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
7pm
Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101


Novelist Thaisa Frank reads from her work

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
8pm
Beyond Baroque
681 North Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291


UCI MFA Creative Writing Showcase

Saturday, May 18, 2019
5pm
Gatsby Books
5535 E Spring Street
Long Beach, CA 90808


SUNDAY


LitFest Pasadena

The city and Southland’s writer driven literary festival features two days of panels, discussions, readings, workshops, performances, and literary activities. Over 200 authors and special guest speakers appeared in over 60 events in LitFest Pasadena 2018. LitFest Pasadena is held throughout the historic Pasadena Playhouse District at Vroman’s Bookstore, the Pasadena Playhouse, and other local establishments.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
12-10pm
Pasadena Playhouse District
39 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101


Sarah Pinsker discusses her new story collection Sooner of Later Everything Falls Into The Sea with Rebecca Roanhorse

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
3:00pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


The Tomorrow Prize Reading

Celebrity guests deliver dramatic readings of six original short science fiction stories written by Los Angeles County high school students. These stories are selected during The Tomorrow Prize writing competition, a nonprofit program of Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest LA. The reading is presented at LitFest Pasadena.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
5:00pm
Pasadena Playhouse District
39 S. El Molino Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101


Library Girl Presents: I’m The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)

Featuring Readings by Writers: Donny Jackson, Jim Turner, Armine Iknadossian, Chris Bailey, Steve Hochman, Shirley Loeb, Annette Zilinskas, Lisa Thayer + Iris Berry.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
7:00pm ~ $10
Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405


The New Short Fiction Series presents: 16th Annual Emerging Voices Group Show

Featuring new fiction by Elena Felix, Tatiana MacGillivray, Terence McVicker and Dyanne Stempel.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
7:00PM ~ $12-15
The Federal
5303 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601


LBCC Prof. Jeff Epley Student Showcase

Sunday, May 19, 2019
5pm
Gatsby Books
5535 E Spring Street
Long Beach, CA 90808


Meet Mystery Author Mike Befeler

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
3pm
Gatsby Books
5535 E Spring Street
Long Beach, CA 90808


Open Secrets: A Workshop

A pop-up workshop instructed by Emerging Voices alumna Rocío Carlos focused on the oral history of storytelling in communities of color and the writer’s navigation of private and public spaces. Presented in partnership with LitFest Pasadena.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
1-3PM ~ FREE with RSVP
New School of Cooking
525 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, 91101

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of May 6, 2019

Issue 137

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MONDAY


Henry Thomas discusses and signs The Window and The Mirror: Book One: Oesteria and the War of Goblinkind

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Monday, May 6, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


Rachel Howzell Hall discusses They All Fall Down with Steph Cha

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Monday, May 6, 2019
7pm
Chevailer’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


Maurene Goo discusses Somewhere Only We Know

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Monday, May 6, 2019
7:30pm
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013


TUESDAY


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Julie Buxbaum reads from her new novel Hope and Other Punchlines with Kayla Cagan

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Aatif Rashid discusses and signs Portrait of Sebastian Khan

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Polly Rosenwaike discusses Look How Happy I’m Making You with Steph Cha

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
7pm
Chevailer’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


Publication Party! Janna King discusses and signs Malibu Bluff: A Seasonaires Novel

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
6:30pm
Diesel Books
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402


THURSDAY


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An Evening with Jacqueline Winspear, bestselling author of Maisie Dobbs Series

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Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00pm
Hosted by the Pasadena Literary Alliance
Pasadena American Legion Post 13
131 N. Marengo Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101


WCCW Reading Series: Critical Intuition

Please join this group of amazing writers and performers on a lovely spring evening in Frogtown (Elysian Valley), including Jessica Gallion, Chenel King, Sarah Wheeler, and Tamala Whittley.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:30pm ~ Free
Women’s Center for Creative Work – WCCW
2425 Glover Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90031


Maria Kuznetsova discusses and signs Oksana, Behave!

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Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Nell Freudenberger discusses Lost and Wanted with Dana Goodyear

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Thursday, May 9 2019
7pm
Chevailer’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004



FRIDAY


Judith Teitelman reads from her debut novel Guesthouse for Ganesha

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Friday, May 10, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Rachel Hawkins in conversation with Farrah Penn

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Friday, May 10, 2019
7pm
The Ripped Bodice
3806 Main Street
Culver City, CA



SATURDAY


Jeri Westerson discusses and signs Traitor’s Codex

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Saturday, May 11, 2019
4:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of April 29, 2019

Issue 136

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MONDAY


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Wendall Thomas discusses Drowned Under

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April 29, 2019
7:30
The Last Bookstore
453 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


TUESDAY


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Susan Holmes McKagan discusses and signs The Velvet Rose

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Homo-centric: Just My Type

Come be a part of L.A.’s venerable LGBTQ reading series with John Balma, Michael Narkunski, and Roxana Preciado, all of whom will be sharing their unique and wondrous words.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Stories BooksandCafe
1716 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90026


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Jo Giese presents her upcoming memoir, Never Sit If You Can Dance: Lessons from My Mother

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This Mother’s Day, Giese’s book invites us to remember the lessons we learned from our mothers. With lessons ranging from “flowers never go out of style’ to ‘don’t be drab’ and ‘we all need someone waiting for us in the parking lot’” Never Sit If You Can Dance is a light-filled and universal tribute to love that will ring true with mothers, daughters, and their families in a time when we all need some old-fashioned civility in our lives.
Events:
Monday, May 6 at 11:30am at The Ebell of Los Angeles.
Tickets for this event are $30-$40 and can be purchased at Ebell website
AND
Thursday, May 9 at 7pm with LA Times Columnist Chris Erskine at
Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
Please RSVP to Emanuela@WildboundPR.com


WEDNESDAY


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Jamie Hernandez discusses his new graphic novel Is This How You See Me? with Nina Gregory

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


THURSDAY


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Seth discusses his new graphic novel Clyde Fans, with Scott Timberg

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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Ian Doescher discusses and signs William Shakespeare’s Much ADO about Mean Girls

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


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Viet Thanh Nguyen w/Lisa See discusses The Displaced

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
6:30pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402



FRIDAY


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Ann Beattie discusses and signs Wonderful Stroke of Luck

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Friday, May 3, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Exposition Review VOL IV Wonder launch party and reading

Friday, May 3, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


SATURDAY


From Murders and Psychic Frauds to ‘Dirty John’

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse presents a panel discussion moderated by CNN investigative reporter Melanie Hicken with Christopher Goffard, Barbara Schroeder & Clark Fogg
Saturday, May 4, 2019
5pm
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Boulevard
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011


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Game Town: A Skylar Drake Mystery with Authors Janet Lynn & Will Zeilingero

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Saturday, May 4, 2019
3pm
Gatsby Books
5535 E Spring St.
Long Beach, CA


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Jenn LeBlanc Book Signing

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Saturday, May 4, 2019
3pm
The Ripped Bodice
Main Street
Culver City, CA


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SUNDAY


Why There Are Words – A May 5th Non-Cultural Appropriation Event

Join curator and hosts Patrick O’Neil and Ashley Perez for an unforgettable evening with Samantha Dunn, Amanda Fletcher, Gina Frangello, Tod Goldberg, Bucky Sinister, and Lisa Teasley.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
6:30pm
KaffeBaren
1000 South Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015 (at Olympic Blvd.)


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E.L. James celebrates her passionate new romance novel The Mister

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
2pm
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036


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Jessica Yellin discusses and signs Savage News

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
3:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of April 22, 2019

Issue 135

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MONDAY


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Rachel Howard discusses and signs The Risk of Us

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Monday, April 22, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


TUESDAY


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Danielle Paige, in conversation with Amerie, discusses and signs Mera: Tidebreaker

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6:30pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


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Lydia Fitzpatrick discusses Lights All Night Long with Julia Claiborne Johnson

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
7pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


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Austin Siegmund-Broka and Emily Wibberley’s discuss their latest novel If I’m Being Honest with author Bree Barton

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
7pm
The Ripped Bodice
Main Street
Culver City, CA


LARB Books Launch Party!

Please join the Los Angeles Review of Books for an evening of drinks and revelry in honor of our new publishing project, LARB Books! We’ll be celebrating our first five titles, as well as the latest release Les Figues Press, an imprint of LARB Books.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
7pm
Duncan Miller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Suite A7
Santa Monica, CA 90404


WEDNESDAY


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MG Wheaton discusses and signs Emily Eternal

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


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Some Favorite Writers: Richard Powers

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
7:30pm
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024


THURSDAY


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Gwendolyn Womack discusses and signs The Time Collector

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
7pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


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Laila Lalami discusses her new novel The Other Americans with Charles Finch

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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Old and New, Both Ends of Venice: Jim Smith & Laura Shepherd Townsend

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
8pm
Beyond Baroque
681 North Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291



FRIDAY


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Daniel Suarez discusses and signs Delta-v

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Friday, April 26, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


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Sehba Sarwar reads from her novel Black Wings

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Friday, April 26, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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Saskia Vogel discusses and signs Permission, in conversation with Janet Fitch

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Friday, April 26, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


SATURDAY


Independent Bookstore Day

The following local bookstores are hosting events:

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Author appearances, special storytimes, guest artists, a poetry reading in conjunction with National Poetry Month, a presentation by a Jet Propulsion Laboratory planetary scientist, contests, giveaways and more.
10:30am – 5:00pm
Flintridge Bookstore
1010 Foothill Blvd
La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Book Soup
We’re planning a full day of activities, author events, and special treats, not to mention, limited edition Indie Bookstore Day schwag!
11AM – Indie Bookstore Day Seuss-a-bration!
3PM – Bill McKibbin discusses and signs Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Skylight Books
All over the United States independent bookstores big and small will celebrate what makes us unique by offering limited edition items from incredible artists and authors! We’ll have snacks and beverages all day long.
Starting at 2pm, we will have literary trivia!
Starting at 5pm, we will be celebrating the launch of The Body Papers by Grace Talusan!
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Vroman’s Bookstore
Join Vroman’s for a day packed with fun in-store activities, events and exclusive books and merch in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day!
10:30am – Antoinette Portis presents and signs Hey Water!
2pm – Cooking experts Marge Perry and David Bonom present and sign Hero Dinners: Complete One-Pan Meals That Save the Day
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

Chevalier’s Books
Celebrating with 40+ authors in store. Click below for more information.
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Diesel Bookstore
Come out and enjoy a day of browsing, reading, and reveling in all things book-related.
11 am and 2 pm — Storytime! Kids, come gather around to hear one of our staff read a story or two.
All Day — Literary Scavenger Hunt for Kids – This customer favorite is back again. Scout the bookstore to answer the questions then submit your entry into a drawing for a prize!
DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402


The 2019 Emerging Voices at The Virgil

PEN America and The Virgil present a reading by the 2019 Emerging Voices Fellows Judy Choi, Anthony Hoang, Fajer Alexander Khansa, T.K. Lê, and Dare Williams. Join us for an evening full of readings, music, and drinks! Featuring musical guest Adámas.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
7:30-10:30 ~ Please note the venue is 21+
The Virgil
4519 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029


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SUNDAY


UC Riverside MFA Reading

Sunday, April 28, 2019
5pm
Skylight Books
1818 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Otis College MFA Reading

Sunday, April 28, 2019
5pm
The Last Bookstore
453 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of April 15, 2019

Issue 134

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MONDAY


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Jessica Shattuck will discuss her New York Times bestselling novel The Women in the Castle

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Monday, April 15, 2019
7pm
Caltech
1200 California Blvd.
Dabney Lounge (building #40)
Pasadena, CA 91125


TUESDAY


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Naomi Claire Wallace presents her new novel Shakespeare’s Ripper

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
7:30pm
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013


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Jo Giese presents her upcoming memoir, Never Sit If You Can Dance: Lessons from My Mother

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This Mother’s Day, Giese’s book invites us to remember the lessons we learned from our mothers. With lessons ranging from “flowers never go out of style’ to ‘don’t be drab’ and ‘we all need someone waiting for us in the parking lot’” Never Sit If You Can Dance is a light-filled and universal tribute to love that will ring true with mothers, daughters, and their families in a time when we all need some old-fashioned civility in our lives.
Join us:
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Diesel Bookstore
Public launch event, book reading, complimentary cocktails and appetizers will be served.
225 26th St #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402;
RSVP to Emanuela@WildboundPR.com or 323.644.2111


THURSDAY


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Lorraine Devon Wilke discusses and signs The Alchemy of Noise

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


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Sarah Skilton returns to Romantic Comedy with her new book Fame Adjacent

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
8:00 pm
The Ripped Bodice
Main Street
Culver City, CA


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Daria Tessler discusses her new graphic novel The Cult of the Ibis

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


FRIDAY


The Difficult to Name Reading Series

Hosted by Ryan Sartor. Featuring readings and performances by, Chloe Bristol, Carmen Christopher, Michelle Marie, Christina Catherine Martinez, Edward Voccola, Ellington Wells, Caitlin White, A Skate Video by Jeremy Scharf, And Jonathan Handel Discusses The WGA, Agencies & Labor
Friday, April 19, 2019
8:00pm
Stories Books & Cafe
1716 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026



SATURDAY


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Sally Rooney reads from her new novel Normal People with Karolina Waclawiak

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Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 5:00pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


University of California, Irvine’s Annual MFA Program Reading Series

Saturday, April 20, 2019
5:30pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


Writers Resist! Poetry and Prose from The Resistance

Saturday, April 20, 2019
5pm
Gatsby Books
5535 E Spring Street
Long Beach, CA 90808


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SUNDAY


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Ashlie Gibbs and her new mystery spy thriller #iRemember

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Sunday, April 21, 2019
7:00pm
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of April 8, 2019

Issue 133

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MONDAY


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Jacqueline Winspear discusses and signs The American Agent

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Monday, April 8, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


TUESDAY


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Rachel Cusk in conversation with Ann Friedman, Podcast Co-host of Call Your Girlfriend

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7:30pm
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 West Fifth Street
Central Library
Los Angeles, CA 90071


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Brett Paesel discusses and signs Everything is Just Fine

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


WEDNESDAY


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Jeff Siger discusses and signs The Mykonos Mob

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


THURSDAY


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Tim Johnston, in conversation with Ivy Pochoda, discusses and signs The Current

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Thursday, April 11, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069



FRIDAY


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Ladies, Lunch & Literacy with Debut Author Dana Czapnik

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April 12, 2019
11:30am to 1:30pm
Jackson’s Food + Drink
2041 Rosecrans Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90245


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Susan Choi discusses her novel Trust Exercise with Maggie Shipstead

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Friday, April 12, 2019
7pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


SATURDAY


Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Since 1996, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has become a world renowned experience gathering writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers like no other. Today over 150,000 people attend, making it the largest festival of its kind in the United States.
Saturday, April 13th | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 14th | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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Author Anna Todd celebrates the movie tie-in edition of After with a special guest from the cast

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Saturday April 13, 2019
2:00 PM
The Grove at Farmers Market
Los Angeles, CA 90036


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SUNDAY


Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Since 1996, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has become a world renowned experience gathering writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers like no other. Today over 150,000 people attend, making it the largest festival of its kind in the United States.
Saturday, April 13th | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 14th | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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Book launch for Janice Margolis’s 2018 Juniper Prize For Fiction debut collection Termination Shocks

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April 14, 2019
6:00pm to 8:30pm
The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601


Library Girl Presents: Kiss Me, You Criminal!

Sunday, April 14, 2019
7:00pm ~ $10
Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of April 1, 2019

Issue 132

Dear readers,

The month of April is an exciting one for the Los Angeles literary community. We have the LA Festival of Books, the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors, and Independent Bookstore Day. All the book lovers come out to play. It’s an awesome month because of you.

And so it seems the perfect time to ask for your support. The LitWeekLA update is free and always will be, but it does take time and money to compile it week after week.

Please consider becoming a patron of LitWeekLA. By giving just $1 a month (that’s just 25 cents an issue) you can support writers, readers and independent book stores across Los Angeles. Visit https://www.patreon.com/litweekla to sign up today. And thank you!

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MONDAY


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Jacqueline Winspear discusses and signs The American Agent

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Monday, April 8, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


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Ari Rosenschein discusses and signs Coasting

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Monday, April 1, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


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G. Willow Wilson discusses her new novel The Bird King

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Monday, April 1, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


TUESDAY


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Lydia Fitzpatrick reads from her debut novel Lights All Night Long with Aja Gabel

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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Evan James discusses and signs Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


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Steven Rowley, in conversation with Taylor Jenkins Reid, discuss The Editor

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
7pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


WEDNESDAY


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Nathan Englander signs and discusses his latest novel kaddish.com, in conversation with David Ulin

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
7:30pm ~ $27.32
Chevalier’s Books
Pines Auditorium at Wilshire Blvd Temple
3663 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010


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Sally Thorne, author of The Hating Game and 99% Mine in conversation with authors Christina Lauren and Alisha Rai, moderated by Maureen Lenker from Entertainment Weekly

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
6pm
The Ripped Bodice
3806 Main St.
Culver City, California 90026


THURSDAY


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Pedram Navab discusses and signs This Will Destroy You

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Thursday, April 4, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


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Readings from new books by Rheea Mukherjee and Adam Nemett

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Thursday, April 4, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027



FRIDAY


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Jeffrey Fleishman and LA Times columnist Carolina A. Miranda, discuss My Detective

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Friday, April 5, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


SATURDAY


Lights, Camera, WriteGirl

WriteGirl’s annual red carpet fundraiser features celebrities performing scenes and monologues written by WriteGirl teen mentees, with guidance from renowned female screenwriters. Join us for an unforgettable event with host Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and actors Seth Rogen (Superbad), Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls), and more! The evening will include commentary by notable screenwriters, food and drinks, and a silent auction! All proceeds benefit WriteGirl, a local non-profit empowering LA’s underserved teen girls through creative writing mentorship.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
6:30-9:45 PM ~ $50-250
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood CA 90028


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Michael DeForge discusses his new graphic novel Leaving Richard’s Valley

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Saturday, April 6, 2019
5:00pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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Bouquet of Rue Book Launch Party with Mystery Writer Wendy Hornsby

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Saturday, April 6, 2019
3pm
Gatsby Books
5535 E. Spring St.,
Long Beach, California 90026

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Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of March 25, 2019

Issue 131

For just 25 cents a week you can help me keep the LitWeekLA running and support the literary community in Los Angeles as a whole. Thanks!

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MONDAY


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Matt de la Peña discusses and signs Superman: Dawnbreaker

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Monday, March 25, 2019
6:30pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


TUESDAY


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Samira Ahmed reads from her new novel Internment with Brandy Colbert

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Homo-centric: Spring-loaded! with Rebecca Bendheim, Anthony Moses Sanchez, and Kyle T. Wilson

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7:30 PM
Stories BooksandCafe
1716 W Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, California 90026


WEDNESDAY


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William E. Jones reads from his debut novel I’m Open To Anything

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Carol Anne Perini shares her new book of short stories, Inexplicably Irrational, with authors Penelope Lowder, Jaha Zainabu, and Wendy Rainey

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
7:30pm ~ $20
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013


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Alfred Gough & Miles Millar, in conversation with Gregg Hurwitz, discuss Double Exposure

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
7pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


THURSDAY


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James Rollins discusses and signs Crucible: A Thriller

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101



FRIDAY


Matthew Spradlin discusses and signs The Devils

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Friday, March 29, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069


SUNDAY


Santa Monica Review Presents…

Welcome by reviewer, editor and literary arts booster David Kipen
Erik Kongshaug introduced by Peggy Reavey
Kareem Tayyar introduced by Donna Hilbert
Marilyn Manolakas introduced by Katya Apekina
Suzanne Greenberg introduced by Stephen Cooper
Sunday, March 31, 2019
5pm
The Edye, SMC Performing Arts Center
1310 11th Street,
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the week of March 18, 2019

Issue 130

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MONDAY


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Maura Roosevelt, in conversation with Katya Apekina, discusses and signs Baby of the Family

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Monday, March 18, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


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Cory Doctorow celebrate his latest book Radicalized

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Monday March 18, 2019
7:00 PM
The Grove at Farmers Market
Los Angeles, CA 90036


TUESDAY


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John Lanchester, in conversation with David Ulin, discusses and signs The Wall

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


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Andrea Bartz, in conversation with Heather Wood Rudúlph, discusses and signs The Lost Night

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


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Tom Rosenstiel discusses The Good Lie

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
7:00pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


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Eleanor Seigler reads from too much beauty with Matt Malloy and Meredith Westgate Russo

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
7:30pm
The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013


WEDNESDAY


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Jonathan Evison discusses and signs Lawn Boy

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


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Mark Doten reads from his new novel Trump Sky Alpha

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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Book signing with Leigh Bardugo!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7:00pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


THURSDAY


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Gary Grossman & Ed Fuller discuss and sign Red Hotel

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101



FRIDAY


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Christopher Cantwell Discusses his new graphic novel She Could Fly with Nick Dazé

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Friday, March 22, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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John McMahon discusses and signs The Good Detective

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Friday, March 22, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


SATURDAY


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Aatif Rashid reads from his debut novel Portrait of Sebastian Khan

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Saturday, March 23, 2019
5:00pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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Publication Party! Laila Lalami discusses and signs The Other Americans

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Saturday, March 23, 2019
4:00pm to 5:00pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402


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Cindy Pon celebrates the release of her new novel

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Saturday, March 23, 2019
4:00pm
The Ripped Bodice
Main Street
Culver City, CA


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Literary Events in Los Angeles for the week of March 11, 2019

Issue 129

For just 25 cents a week you can help me keep the LitWeekLA running and support the literary community in Los Angeles as a whole. Thanks!

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MONDAY


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April Wahlin reads from her second novel Pandora Syndrome

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Monday, March 11, 2019
7:30pm
The Last Bookstore
453 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


TUESDAY


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Ottessa Moshfegh discusses McGlue with Amanda Stern

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
7:30pm
Central Library
630 West 5th Street
Mark Taper Auditorium
Los Angeles, CA 90071


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Deanna Raybourn celebrates her new novel A Dangerous Collaboration in conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s Maurene Lenker

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
7:00pm
The Ripped Bodice
Main Street
Culver City, CA


WEDNESDAY


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Don Winslow reads from the final book in his Cartel trilogy The Border

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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Otis College of Art and Design presents Daniel A. Olivas

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
7:30pm
The Forum
9045 Lincoln Boulevard
Goldsmith Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90045


THURSDAY


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Don Winslow reads from The Border

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


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Richard Chiem reads from King of Joy

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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Erik Tarloff discusses and signs The Woman in Black

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069



FRIDAY


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Mesha Maren, in conversation with essayist Randal O’Wain, discusses and signs Sugar Run

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Friday, March 15, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069