This week in books: August 8 to August 14

This Week in Books, Books Calendar from 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. Last week I interviewed Black Expressions bestselling author Shelia Goss about her books and her inspiring story of becoming a writer. Tomorrow check back in for a new Five Favorite Books article from Shelly Rachanow, author of What Would You Do If You Ran the World? and If Women Ran the World Sh*t Would Get Done. Shelly also writes a blog called Celebrating the Wonderful Things Women Do

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 Frank Mundo, the LA Books Examiner. Poetry lovers, be sure to check out the great poetry events and open mic events scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday this week.

*Books photo by Nancy Mundo

Sunday August 8

Robin Benway Book Launch Party for The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 576-9960.

Emily Hilton discusses and signs Cancer Healed Me at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733.

Francesca Lia Block and cast (including Chelsea Staub, Brant Daugherty, Shannon Sturges, Kurt Collins, EG Daily, Aaron Ashmore, Crystal Mantecon, Jason Seitz) present a staged reading of Weetzie Bat at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 6 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Gregory Orfalea discusses and signs The Man Who Guarded the Bomb: Stories at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 6 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Father Greg Boyle reads and signs Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion at St. Monica’s Church, 725 California Ave, Santa Monica. 7 p.m. (310) 566-1500.

Monday August 9

*Moonday Poetry open reading featuring Kath Abela Wilson and Lynne Harbaugh at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. (310) 450-4063. Come early to sign up for open reading portion of the event. http://www.moondaypoetry.com/ 

Kat Richardson discusses and signs Labyrinth at The Mystery Bookstore, 1036-C Broxton Ave., Los Angeles (Westwood). Noon. Free. (310) 209-0415.

Gary Shteyngart discusses and signs Super Sad True Love Story at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320. 

Christopher Long presents and signs A Shot of Poison at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Tuesday August 10

*Open mic poetry reading plus Hollywood Institute of Poetics presents Judi Smolker at The Cobalt Café, 22047 Sherman Way, west of Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. Sign up 8:30-8:45 p.m. Reading 9:00 p.m. (818) 348-3789.

Greg Wolfe discusses and signs How To Make Love to a Plastic Cup at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Jill Zarin presents and signs Secrets of a Jewish Mother: Real Advice, Real Stories, Real Love at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

*The Third Annual PHILOMENIAN, a celebration of the late and great Venice Poet Laureate, Philomene Long on her birthday. Poems of Philomene read by L.A. Poets. Films by Philomene Long, Pegarty Long. Hosted by Jim Smith at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 822-3006.

Alejandro Junger, M.D. discusses and signs Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733. www.TheCleanProgram.com  

Wednesday August 11 

Mary Roach discusses and signs Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Taylor Plimpton presents and signs Notes From the Night: A Life After Dark at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Thursday August 12 

Donna Santisi presents and signs Ask the Angels at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Danica McKellar discusses and signs Hot X: Algebra Exposed! at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Friday August 13

Group Event for Slake: Los Angeles, a new quarterly literary magazine. Contributors schedule to appear and discuss their work: Jervey Tervalon, Michelle Huneven, John Powers, Jonathan Gold, and Erica Zora Wrightson at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Melora Walters presents and signs Sonnets and Failures at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. 

Saturday August 14

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.

Karen Benke discusses and signs Rip the Page at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 3 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Dr. Norman Leaf presents and signs Are Those Real?: True Tales of Plastic Surgery from Beverly Hills at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

*A Birthday Tribute to LA Poet Charles Bukowski at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 8 p.m. to Midnight. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Watch a video reading of Bukoswki’s The Man With The Beautiful Eyes from the LA Books Examiner’s Pause for Poetry video series. 

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

If you’d like to announce your Los Angeles area book events on LA Books Examiner, or the release of an upcoming book, send info at least 10 days prior to the email address under my bio. While you’re there, sign up for my emails and follow me on Twitter @LABooksExaminer

Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See). 

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