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

Issue 146

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TUESDAY


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Book Soup at the Skirball presents Linda Holmes, with Sam Sanders, discussing and signing Evvie Drake Starts Over

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019
8:00pm ~ $28 includes the book
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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Abbi Waxman discusses The Bookish Life of Nina Hill with Hilary Liftin

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019
7pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N. Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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J.S. Breukelaar & Ben Loory

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019
8:00pm
Stories Books & Cafe
1716 Sunset Blvd.,
Los Angeles, California 90026

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Frank Strausser discusses his debut novel PLASTIC with Dr. Alexander Rivkin

Join Frank Strausser in conversation with plastic surgeon Dr. Alexander Rivkin to discuss Hollywood’s obsession with beauty and image making, based on Strausser’s debut novel PLASTIC. Dubbed “Hollywood celebrity in the raw, combining celluloid glamour and criminal conspiracy” by Esquire writer Mike Sager, PLASTIC is a novel of psychological suspense that explores the ephemeral and diabolical world inside “the Capital of Good Looks.”
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
6:30 pm – 8 pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore 
  225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402

THURSDAY


McSweeney’s Quarterly 56 Launch Event

Issue 56 delivers new work from Michelle Tea, Emerson Whitney, Jose Antonio Vargas, T. C. Boyle, Dantiel W. Moniz, Genevieve Hudson, Jincy Willett, to name a few, and a section of staggering fiction from emerging Nigerian writers soon to be household names, with an introduction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Thursday, July 11, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Lauren Kate celebrates her adult novel debut Orphan’s Song in conversation with Lydia Fitzpatrick

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Thursday, July 11, 2019
7pm
The Ripped Bodice
Main Street
Culver City, CA


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FRIDAY


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David Marlett launches his new novel American Red

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Friday, July 12, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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SUNDAY


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Words Uncaged reading by Tobias Tubbs, George Sanchez, and Johana Diaz

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Sunday, July 14, 2019
5:00pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Publication Party! Ed Rucker discusses and signs Justice Makes a Killing

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Sunday, July 14, 2019
3:00pm
Diesel Bookstore
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402

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

Issue 145

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Lillian Li, in conversation with Jade Chang, discussing and signing the paperback release of Number One Chinese Restaurant

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

TUESDAY


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Viken Berberian discusses his new graphic novel The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade

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

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Tim Kirk, Rob Zabrecky, & Tim Davis discuss and sign The Feral Boy who lives in Griffith Park

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019
6:30pm to 7:30pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402

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WEDNESDAY


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Karol Ruth Silverstein & Chris Baron discuss and sign Cursed & All of Me

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

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Barbara Bourland, with Abigail Stern, discusses and signs Fake Like Me

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


SUNDAY


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The Last Bookstore presents The Feral Boy Who Lives in Griffith Park

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Sunday, July 7, 2019
7pm
The Last Bookstore
453 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of June 24, 2019

Issue 144

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MONDAY


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Lauren Kate discusses and signs The Orphan’s Song

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

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Rachel DeWoskin discusses and signs Banshee

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Monday, June 24, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

TUESDAY


June is for homo-centrics

Join London Alexander and Melian Radu for one of L.A.’s venerable LGBTQ reading series.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
7:30 pm
Stories BooksandCafe
1716 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90026

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THURSDAY


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Aja Gabel, in conversation with Adele Lim, discusses and signs The Ensemble

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Taffy Brodessar-Akner, in conversation with Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, discusses and signs Fleishman Is in Trouble

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Thursday, June 27, 2019
7:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


FRIDAY


Switchblade Magazine Live Reading

Join the writers of Switchblade Magazine, a quarterly noir fiction digest-sized magazine now going into its 10th issue, for a selection of readings. Readers include: A.B. Patterson, Ashley Erwin, Andrew Miller, Jon Zelazny, Rex Weiner, Renee Asher Pickup, Lisa Douglass, Richard Risemberg, and Scotch Rutherford.
Friday, June 28, 2019
7:30pm
SkylightBooks
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Poets & Writers’ Los Angeles Connecting Cultures Reading

Thursday, June 28, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

SATURDAY


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LGBTQ+ YA LIT PRIDE PANEL

Join young adult authors Britta Lundin (Ship It!), Abdi Nazemian (Like a Love Story), Aminah Mae Safi (Tell Me How You Really Feel), and Amy Spalding (The Summer of Jordi Perez) to celebrate LGBTQ+ YA lit with a discussion about its past, present, and future.
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Saturday, June 29, 2019
3:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

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Rachel Howzell Hall & Sheila Lowe sign their books They All Fall Down and Proof of Life

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Saturday, June 29, 2019
4:30pm
Mystery Ink Bookstore
8907 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA

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SUNDAY


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Vroman’s Local Author Day introducing Aliete Guerrero and Roberto Tostado M.D.

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Sunday, June 30, 2019
4:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of June 17, 2019

Issue 143

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TUESDAY


The Good Immigrant: An Evening of Storytelling

Join contributors Nicole Dennis-Benn (whose sophomore novel, Patsy, debuts this June); Jade Chang (The Wangs vs. The World); and Dani Fernandez (Ralph Breaks the Internet, “Nerdificent”) for readings and conversation in honor of Immigrant Heritage Month and to consider how Angelenos fit into the national conversation on American identity.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
6pm
Grand Park
200 N Grand Avenue,
Performance Lawn (between Grand Avenue and Hill Streets)
Los Angeles, CA

WEDNESDAY


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Ocean Vuong reads from his debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous with Jade Change

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Pedram Navab presents his new novel This Will Destroy You

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
7:30pm
The Last Bookstore
453 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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BA Shapiro discusses and signs The Collector’s Apprentice

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

THURSDAY


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Mona Awad reads from her new novel Bunny with Anna Joy Springer

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


FRIDAY


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Mona Awad reads from her new novel Bunny with Anna Joy Springer

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Friday, June 21, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Skylight Books Presents Raphael Bob-Waksberg With His New Book Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory

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Friday, June 21, 2019
8:00pm ~ $15-$45
Typewriter Dynasty at the Hayworth
2511 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90057

SATURDAY


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Two Book Launches – Two Fantasy Authors

Luke Tarzian & Nicole Mainardi
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Saturday, June 22, 2019
5:00pm
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Boulevard
La Cañada Flintridge, CA

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Author James S. Murray presents The Brink: An Awakened Novel

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Saturday, June 22, 2019
2pm
B&N at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA

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Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of June 10, 2019

Issue 142

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MONDAY


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James Ellroy discusses and signs This Storm

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

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Christopher X. Shade discusses and signs The Good Mother of Marseille

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Monday, June 10, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

TUESDAY


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Ted Chiang discusses his new story collection Exhalation

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Noir Night at The Last Bookstore

Join local authors Doug Cooper, Erik Tarloff, Frank Strausser, Sean Carswell, and Phoeff Sutton for a night of quintessential LA noir mystery.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
7:30pm
The Last Bookstore
453 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Abdi Nazemian, in conversation with Robin Benway, discusses and signs Like a Love Story

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

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James Ellroy discusses and signs This Storm

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
7:00pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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Author Sarah Blake presents The Guest Book

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
7pm
B&N at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA

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Author Diane C. McPhail discusses The Abolitionist’s Daughter with Jane Smiley

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
8pm ~ $28 with book (free without)
William Turner Gallery
Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

THURSDAY


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Sarah Gailey reads from their debut novel Magic for Liars with Mallory O’Meara

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


FRIDAY


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Cara Black discusses and signs Murder in Bel-Air

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June 14, 2019
1pm
Mystery Ink
8907 Warner Ave
Huntington Beach, CA

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Cara Black discusses and signs Murder in Bel-Air

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June 14, 2019
5pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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Alix Ohlin discusses and signs Dual Citizens

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Friday, June 14, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

SATURDAY


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Cara Black discusses and signs Murder in Bel-Air

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
10am-1pm
Southern California Writers’ Association
Luncheon meeting at Claim Jumper Restaurant
Fountain Valley, CA

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Cara Black discusses and signs Murder in Bel-Air

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
4:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101

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James Ellroy discusses and signs This Storm

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
5:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Author Evelyn Lozada presents The Perfect Date

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
1pm
B&N at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA

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SUNDAY


Bloomsday 2019

A dramatic reading of Ulysses featuring veteran actors Sile Bermingham, James Gallo, James Lancaster, John Lee, Johnny O’Callaghan, and Sonya Macari. The celebration continues in the courtyard with Guinness and more live music.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
7:30pm
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of June 3, 2019

Issue 141

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TUESDAY


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Virginia Heffernan & Howard Rodman

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019
7:30pm
Hamer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024


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LA Noir Mystery Event

Join Frank Strausser along with other local authors, Doug Cooper, Erik Tarloff, Sean Carswell, and Phoef Sutton for a night of quintessential LA noir mystery, an event, sponsored by The Last Bookstore in cooperation with Prospect Park Books and Rare Bird Lit. For tickets, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/noir-night-tickets-59022387550
June 11, 2019
7:30pm – 9 pm
The Last Bookstore
453 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


WEDNESDAY


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Maria Hummel reads from her novel Still Lives with Rebecca Morse

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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Allie Larkin discusses Swimming for Sunlight with Julie Buxbaum

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
7pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N. Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


THURSDAY


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Kathryn Scanlan reads from her debut work of fiction AUG 9–FOG

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Thursday, June 6, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


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Howard Rodman, in conversation with Janet Fitch, discusses and signs The Great Eastern

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Thursday, June 6, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


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Sujata Massey discusses The Satapur Moonstone

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Thursday, June 6, 2019
7pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N. Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004



FRIDAY


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Kimberly Robeson discusses and signs The Greek Persuasion

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


The Shrieking Garden – Book Release

Featuring contributions by an array of Los Angeles artists including Actually Huizenga, Kris Kidd, Christopher Zeischegg, LaBanna Babalon, Rhianna Martinez Yates aka Skuzi, and more. Curated by Chad Fjerstad.
Friday, June 7, 2019
8pm
Stories BooksandCafe
1716 W Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, California 90026


SATURDAY


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Kris Waldherr discusses and signs The Lost History of Dreams

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Saturday, June 8, 2019
7pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


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Authors Casey McQuiston and Taylor Jenkins Reid will be in conversation

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Saturday, June 8, 2019
6pm
The Ripped Bodice
3806 Main Street
Culver City, CA

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SUNDAY


Library Girl Presents: I Should Have Kissed Her More

A Tribute to Willie Nelson in Words and Music Featuring Readings by: Chad Holley, Suzanna Regos, Tommy Swerdlow, Aruni Wijesinghe, and Conney Williams
Sunday, June 9, 2019
7 PM ~ $10 includes Dessert
Ruskin Group Theatre
3000 Airport Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405


The New Short Fiction Series presents Mandala and other stories by Sonja Alper

Sunday, June 9, 2019
7 PM ~ $12-15
The Federal
5303 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601


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The Good Mother of Marseille with Author Christopher X. Shade

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Sunday, June 9, 2019
3pm
Gatsby Books
5535 E Spring Street
Long Beach, CA 90808


Authors Annabeth Albert, C.B. Lee and Anna Zabo in a Pride! conversation moderated by Erin Judge

Sunday, June 9, 2019
5pm
The Ripped Bodice
3806 Main Street
Culver City, CA

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of May 27, 2019

Issue 140

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TUESDAY


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Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore present and sign Bttm Fdrs

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


WEDNESDAY


WeHo Reads/One City One Pride: Lambda Lit Award Finalists Reading

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
7pm
West Hollywood City Council Chambers
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


THURSDAY


Dimitris Lyacos and Harold Abramowitz

Dimitris Lyacos visits Los Angeles for the final reading of his US tour on the occasion of the recent Box Set publication of his trilogy Poena Damni.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
8pm
Beyond Baroque
681 North Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291


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Adam Popescu discusses and signs Nima

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



FRIDAY


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Joan Moran discusses and signs An Accidental Cuban

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Friday, May 31, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


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Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos discuss the new anthology Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture

With Ryan Cassata, Emerson Whitney, Texas Isaiah, Alex Blue Davis, and Michelle Tea.
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Friday, May 31, 2019
7:30pm
Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027


SATURDAY


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Dana L. Davis discusses and signs Voice in My Head

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Saturday, June 1, 2019
4:00pm
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695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


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SUNDAY


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Soup of the Month presents author Bryan Washington

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Sunday, June 2, 2019
4:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


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Sarah Kuhn launches her new book I Love You So Mochi with YA Author Maurene Goo

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Sunday, June 2, 2019
3pm
The Ripped Bodice
Main Street
Culver City, CA

Literary Events in Los Angeles for the Week of May 20, 2019

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MONDAY


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Christopher Castellani discusses and signs Leading Men, in conversation with Chip Cheek

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Monday, May 20, 2019
7:00pm
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


WEDNESDAY


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Chip Cheek discusses and signs Cape May

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


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Wendall Thomas discusses Drowned Under with Tim Hallinan

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7pm
Chevalier’s Books
126 N. Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004


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Armando Lucas Correa celebrates his latest novel The Daughter’s Tale

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7pm
Barnes & Nobel at the Grove
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036


THURSDAY


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Authors Sheila Roberts, Meg Tilly and Linda O. Johnston discuss their latest work

Thursday, May 23, 2019
7pm
The Ripped Bodice
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Culver City, CA



FRIDAY


Beverly Jenkins in conversation with Maureen Lee Lenker

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Friday, May 31, 2019
7pm ~ Tickets Required
The Ripped Bodice
Main Street
Culver City, CA


SATURDAY


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Blanc Noir Graphic Novel Launch Party with Phillip C. Barragan and Mason Arrigo

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Saturday, May 25, 2019
3pm
Gatsby Books
5535 E Spring St
Long Beach, CA 90808


Beverly Jenkins in conversation with Rebekah Weatherspoon

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Saturday, June 1, 2019
7pm ~ Tickets Required
The Ripped Bodice
Main Street
Culver City, CA


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SUNDAY


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Vroman’s Local Author Day introducing Kevin Foster, Maria A. Nodarse, and Beverley Clarkson

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Sunday, May 26, 2019
4:00pm
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101


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Book Celebration: Sehba Sarwar and liz gonzález

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Sunday, May 26, 2019
3pm
Gatsby Books
5535 E Spring St
Long Beach, CA 90808

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

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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


Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.org

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