This week in books: October 30 to November 5

The LA Books Examiner has got a hot line-up of books articles, poetry videos and author interviews coming your way. Last week’s Pause for Poetry video focused on Australian poet David J. Delaney and his poem “Night Mistress” read by renowned Australian documentary film maker Don Featherstone.

I’m also excited to announce that seven writers are currently working on the LA Books Examiner’s special feature called Five Favorite Books, in which my favorite writers share their five favorite books within a category. Check out the first 14 contributors to Five Favorite Books

Also, be sure to check out these 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

Saturday October 30

Judd Apatow signs I Found This Funny at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 12 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Miles Corwin discusses and signs Kind of Blue at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 6 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Sunday October 31

Dear Bela Publication reading – Poets Amelie Frank, Nelson Gary, Rick Lupert, Peter Marti, Richard Modiano, Marc Olmsted and Suzi Kaplan Olmsted will read poems made especially for the event at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 7:30 p.m. (310) 822-3006. http://www.beyondbaroque.org/  

Monday November 1

Richard Reeves discusses and signs Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Susan Straight discusses and signs Take One Candle Light a Room at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Rob Magnuson Smith reads and signs his novel The Gravedigger at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Tuesday November 2

*Open mic poetry reading plus Hollywood Institute of Poetics presents Mende Smith 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.

Wednesday November 3

Robert Swartwood and guests present and sign Hint Fiction, a collection of short short stories, each no more than 25 words long at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320. Guests include: Jenn Alandy, Jeremy D. Brooks, Daniel Olivas, Gay Degani, Robin Rozanski, and A. J. Slye.

Sam Irvin discusses and signs Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Thursday November 4

Dana Gluckstein presents and signs Dignity: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Gene Stone discusses and signs Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Amy Lee Coy discusses From Death Do I Part: How I Freed Myself From Addiction at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 450-4063.

Miles Corwin reads and signs his novel Kind of Blue at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Friday November 5

Breast Cancer Update with author Dr. Susan Love at the Riviera Country Club, 1250 Capri Drive Pacific Palisades. 6 p.m. Learn about the latest in treatment and research from Susan Love, M.D. Sponsored by Palisades Cares; RSVP by November 3rd to www.palisadescares.org

Jeff Greenwald presents and signs Snake Lake at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Karen Joy Fowler discusses and signs What I Didn’t See at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Jeff Sherratt reads & signs Detour to Murder at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 450-4063.

Poets Diane K. Martin, Rick Bursky and Millicent Borges Accardi read from their respective works at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 7:30 p.m. (310) 822-3006. http://www.beyondbaroque.org/  

Gary Phillips and Michael Harris read and sign their new crime fiction novels at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

*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), which is available on Amazon.com in paperback and in eBook. Check out Frank Mundo’s videos on Youtube

LA Books Examiner’s Author Interview Series

LA Books Examiner’s Five Favorite Books Feature

LA Books Examiner’s Pause for Poetry Profiles

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