This Week in Books July 18 to July 24

This Week in Books at Frank Mundo's LA Books Examiner/Photo by Nancy MundoThe LA Books Examiner has got a hot line-up of books articles, poetry videos and author interviews coming your way all summer long. This week I interviewed bestselling author Maile Meloy about her new book Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It. Also, Carlton Davis, author of the award-winning memoir Bipolar Bare, stopped by to share his Five Favorite Books and some original artwork inspired by one of the books he discussed. Check out my interview with Davis from last year. Look for more Five Favorite Books articles every Monday in July and some great new author interviews throughout the summer. 

In the meantime, here are some local book events scheduled for this week from LA to Hollywood, the Palisades to Pasadena in this week’s Books Calendar from Frank Mundo, the LA Books Examiner.

*Books photo by Nancy Mundo

Sunday July 18

Prison & Poets Panel moderated by S.A. Griffin, includes panelists Rafael F J Alvarado, Hugo Machuca, Luis Rodriguez, Hannah Wehr, and A. Razor at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 3 p.m. (310) 822-3006.

Joseph Mattson presents and signs Empty the Sun: A Novel with Soundtrack by Six Organs of Admittance (with James Greer, author of The Failure and live music from Horse Thieves and Belt Vs. Knife) at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 6 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Monday July 19

Ernessa Carter discusses and signs 32 Candles at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Frances Noble discusses Blanket of Stars: Homeless Women in Santa Monica at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 450-4063.

Matt Kindt discusses and signs Revolver: a Graphic Novel at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Tuesday July 20

Bonnie Kaplan, Featured Poet this week at The Cobalt Cafe open mic/LA Books ExaminerValley Contemporary Poets presents an open mic reading with featured poet Bonnie Kaplan at The Cobalt Café, 22047 Sherman Way, west of Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. One drink minimum. Sign up 8:30-8:45 pm, Reading 9:00pm (818) 348-3789. 
Bonnie Kaplan captures moments in a jar and releases them through stories, performances and prose poetry. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley and began doing performance art at the California State University Northridge where she earned her BA in 1985. She went on to receive an MFA in Performance/Video from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1991 and a California Arts Council Grant in 1996. Since moving back to the San Fernando Valley in 2000 her work has been published in the anthology Mentsh (2004) and she has given readings at Santa Monica Playhouse, Tasty Words, Melt In Your Mouth, Spark Off Rose, and Theater/Theatre. For the past decade she has worked as a teacher in the California Corrections system, helping prepare parolees to re-enter the community. 

Hal Ackerman discusses and signs Stein, Stoned at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Don Winslow discusses and signs Savages at The Mystery Bookstore, 1036-C Broxton Ave., Los Angeles (Westwood). 7 p.m. Free. (310) 209-0415.

Kalee Thompson discusses and signs Deadliest Sea at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Wednesday July 21

Ally Carter & Melissa de la Cruz present and sign Only the Good Spy Young & Blue Bloods: Key to the Repository at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 4 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Lisa Gardner  discusses and signs Live to Tell at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Richard Walter presents and signs Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Brian and Wendy Froud discuss and sign The Heart of Faerie Oracle: How the Wisdom of Faerie Transforms Life & Relationships at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733. www.AbramsBooks.com  www.WorldOfFroud.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhlHdgh-v6 

Thursday July 22 

Stefanie Syman discusses and signs The Subtle Body at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Joshua Braff presents and signs Peep Show at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Gina Cloud discusses Woman: A New Definition at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 450-4063.

Aram Saroyan in conversation with David Godine regarding Saroyan’s book Door to the River at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Friday July 23

K. Bellows & C. Pearson present and sign Blue Darter & Hours of Unfolding at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Marina Anderson presents and signs David Carradine: The Eye of My Tornado at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

W. Bruce Cameron reads A Dog’s Purpose at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 450-4063.

David Mitchell reads and signs The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Saturday July 24

Sheila R. Lowe discusses and signs Last Writes at The Mystery Bookstore, 1036-C Broxton Ave., Los Angeles (Westwood). 3 p.m. Free. (310) 209-0415.

Cecil Castellucci reads and signs Rose Sees Red and Grandma’s Gloves at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

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

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Frank Mundo, the LA Books Examiner is the author of The Brubury Tales, a modern version of The Canterbury Tales in Los Angeles. Check it out. 

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