This Week in Books June 13 to June 19

This Week in Books at Frank Mundo'd LA Books Examiner/photo by Nancy MundoIt’s been a great week at the LA Books Examiner. We shared a new Five Favorite Books article from critically-acclaimed writer Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me. We also introduced you to new author Gregory Mose, who was born and raised in Calabasas, and was awarded a gold medal in the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards for his debut novel Stunt Road. Also last week, Frank Mundo, the LA Books Examiner, was a guest on the Chris Treece Blog Talk Radio show. This week Frank’s new book The Brubury Tales will be available for purchase.  

Look for more great author interviews coming soon and new Five Favorite Books articles every Monday in June. In the meantime, check out some local book events scheduled for this week from LA to Hollywood, the Palisades to Pasadena in this week’s Books Calendar from the LA Books Examiner. 

*Books photo by Nancy Mundo 

Sunday June 13

Lisa Brackmann presents and signs Rock Paper Tiger at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. 

Dora Wang discusses and signs The Kitchen Shrink at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 4 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320. 

Monday June 14 

Kathleen McGowan discusses and signs The Poet Prince at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320. 

Abby Dees presents and signs Queer Questions Straight Talk: 108 Frank & Provocative Questions It’s Ok to Ask Your Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual Loved One at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. 

Tuesday June 15 

Craig Johnson discusses and signs Junkyard Dogs at The Mystery Bookstore, 1036-C Broxton Ave., Los Angeles (Westwood). 7 p.m. Free. (310) 209-0415. 

Mary McNamara presents and signs The Starlet: A Novel at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. 

Brando Skyhorse discusses and signs Madonnas of Echo Park at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.  

Cat Cora discusses, signs, and shares food from Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 7 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960. 

Janelle Brown reads and signs This is Where We Live at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175. 

Wednesday June 16 

Author Laurel Ann Bogen/photo courtesy of BogenLaurel Ann Bogen’s UCLA Extension Writers share their work at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 6 – 8 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960. The students who will be reading are: Sean Coolican, David Eldridge, Fred Kuperberg, Shivani Mehta, and Kristin Runnels.

Laurel Ann Bogen is the author of 10 books of poetry and short fiction, most recently, Washing a Language  (Red Hen Press). Ms. Bogen served as literary curator at LACMA, director of the Arundel Poetry Series, is a founding member and performer of the poetry ensemble Nearly Fatal Women, and received two awards from the Academy of American Poets. She received the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing, 2008.

Michael Koryta signs So Cold the River at The Mystery Bookstore, 1036-C Broxton Ave., Los Angeles (Westwood). 12:30 p.m. Free. (310) 209-0415.

Michael Koryta discusses and signs So Cold the River at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.  

Molly Ringwald signs Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.  

LIT THING BOOK BASH: the second in a series of rant/rave nights featuring local authors talking about books that they love or love to hate! Ranters and ravers are Mark Haskell Smith (Moist), Erika Schickel (You’re Not the Boss of Me), Amy Goldman Koss (The Girls), Justine Musk (Uninvited) and host Cecil Castellucci (Beige) at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m.  Free. (323) 660-1175.  

Thursday June 17  

Dominique Browning discusses and signs Slow Love at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.  

Chitra Kallay reads Flat on Mirabar Hill at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 450-4063.  

Michael Bodine discusses signs Growing Up Psychic: From Skeptic to Believer at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733. www.Llewellyn.com  www.MichaelBodine.com.  

Friday June 18  

Sloane Crosley presents and signs How Did You Get This Number: Essays at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.  

Cammie McGovern discusses and signs Neighborhood Watch at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.  

Saturday June 19  

Meher McArthur & Esther Pearl present and sign An ABC of What Art Can Be at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 10:30 a.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.  

Peggy Dark signs Fabulous Parties: Food and Flowers for Elegant Entertaining at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 1 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.  

Jodi Compton discusses and signs Hailey’s War at The Mystery Bookstore, 1036-C Broxton Ave., Los Angeles (Westwood). 1:30 p.m. Free. (310) 209-0415.  

Sophie Littlefield discusses and signs A Bad Day for Pretty at The Mystery Bookstore, 1036-C Broxton Ave., Los Angeles (Westwood). 3 p.m. Free. (310) 209-0415.  

Juliet Blackwell discusses and signs A Cast-Off Oven at The Mystery Bookstore, 1036-C Broxton Ave., Los Angeles (Westwood). 3 p.m. Free. (310) 209-0415.  

Jennifer Egan discusses and signs A Visit From the Goon Squad at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 7 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960.  

Cybele Pascal presents and signs The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook: How to Bake Without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, and Sesame at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. 

Rachel Rosenthal presents and signs The DbD Experience: Chance Knows What it’s Doing! at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. 

*All events and speakers are subject to change without notice. Confirm with the bookstore before attending. 

 
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