This Week in Books: February 12 through February 18

The LA Books Examiner has got a hot line-up of books articles, poetry videos and author interviews coming your way. Last week, The LA Books Examiner interviewed Kim Edwards, mega bestselling author of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter about her new book The Lake of Dreams. Read the interview. Also, Be sure to check back in on President’s Day to meet a surprise local bestselling author who shares the first chapter of her new book.

In the meantime, 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.

Saturday February 12

Downtown Blues: A Skid Row Reader: Join USC History and American Studies and Ethnicity Professor Robin D.G. Kelley, UCSB Black Studies Professors Cedric J. Robinson and Clyde Woods, UCLA Law Professor Gary Blasi, founder and co-director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network Pete White, Skid Row organizer General Dogon, president’s postdoctoral fellow Damien Schnyder, and famed East L.A. poet Jonathan Gomez for a roundtable discussion about the historic civil rights struggles being waged along L.A.’s Skid Row at USC: University Park Campus: Seeley G. Mudd Building 101. 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. To RSVP email c.heatherton@gmail.com  For Directions, click here.  

C.B. Shiepe discusses and signs Cliff Falls at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 1 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Anne Byrn discusses and signs The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 2 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Jane Velez-Mitchell discusses and signs Addict Nation: An Intervention for America at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Glen Hirshberg reads and signs The Book of Bunk at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Guggenheim and NEA fellow, poet Stephen Dobyns, reads his work at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Bl. Venice. 7:30 p.m. (310) 822-3006.

Sunday February 13

Charles Rappleye discusses and signs Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Aimee Bender, Janet Fitch, Jonathan Lethem, Susan Straight and Lisa Teasley read from Black Clock 13 with moderator Steve Ericksonat Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Monday February 14

Moonday: A Westside Poetry Reading featuring poets Jessie Lendennie and Judith Pacht at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. (310) 450-4063. Come early to sign up for open mic.

Tuesday February 15

Lisa Napoli discusses and signs Radio Shangri-La at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Ernie Marquez discusses Noir Afloat: Tony Cornero & the Notorious Gambling Ships of Southern CA at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 450-4063.

Stefan Bucher discusses and signs You Deserve a Medal at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Valley Contemporary Poets present Erika Ayon and open reading at the Cobalt Cafe, 22047 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Opens 8:30 p.m. Sign-up for open reading before 9p.m. when reading starts. One drink minimum (no alcohol). Event Hosted by LA poet Rick Lupert.

Wednesday February 16

Matthew Gollub presents and signs Jazz Fly 2 at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 10:30 a.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Mira Bartok discusses and signs The Memory Palace at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Peter Cropsey discusses and signs Dead Man Waking at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Thursday February 17

Joan Moran discusses and signs Sixty, Sex, & Tango: Confessions of a Beatnik Boomer at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Mira Bartok discusses her memoir, The Memory Palace, at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 450-4063.

Mabel Katz discusses and signs The Easiest Way to Live: Let Go of the Past, Live in the Present and Change Your Life Forever at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733.

Friday February 18

Jasmin Darznik discusses and signs The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Arianna Gouveia reads her work at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Bl. Venice. 9 p.m. (310) 822-3006.

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

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. 

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