This Week in Books: March 20 through March 26

The LA Books Examiner is your place for books articles, poetry videos, author interviews and local book events scheduled each week from LA to Hollywood, the Palisades to Pasadena. Check out some of the great local events in this week’s Books Calendar from Frank Mundo, the LA Books Examiner.

Sunday March 20

Meredith Baxter discusses and signs Untied at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 3 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960.

Cara Black discusses and signs Murder in Passy at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 5 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Sammy Hagar signs Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Monday March 21

Lisa Catherine Harper and Cristina Nehring present and sign their respective titles A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood and Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-First Century at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson discuss and sign Hellhole at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Tuesday March 22

Laurel Ann Bogen’s UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Student Poetry Reading at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 7 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960.

Mario Garcia and Sal Castro discuss and sign Blowout! Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Joe Matthews and Mark Paul present and sign California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Open poetry reading plus Jack Bowman at the Cobalt Cafe, 22047 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Opens 8:30 p.m. Sign-up for open reading before 9 p.m. when reading starts. One drink minimum (no alcohol). Event Hosted by LA poet Rick Lupert.

Wednesday March 23

Terri Cheney presents and signs The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Gary Vaynerchuk discusses and signs The Thank You Economy at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Mario Garcia and Sal Castro discuss and sign Blowout! Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Thursday March 24

Frank Mundo (the LA Books Examiner) reads and signs The Brubury Tales, a modern version of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Los Angeles at The Amsterdam Café, 10905 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood at 8:30 pm. Free. (818) 506-1938. Hosted by Angel Uriel Perales and Cindy Weinstein, this Feral Fusion event is followed by an open mic. Feral Fusion encourages experimentation in the spoken word: lyric poetry, prose poetry, free verse, hip hop, slam, storytelling. Sign-up at 8pm.

James Brown and Victoria Patterson discuss and sign This River & This Vacant Paradise at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Mike Bara discusses signs The Choice: Using Conscious Thought and Physics of the Mind to Reshape the World at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733. www.MikeBara.com

Dan Savage and Terry Miller discuss and sign It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living at the Renberg Theatre, 1125 N McCadden Place Hollywood. 8 p.m. More info at Book Soup (310) 659-3110.

Friday March 25

Eleanor Brown discusses and signs The Weird Sisters at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Candace Walsh, Laura Andre and various contributors present and sign Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write About Leaving Men for Women at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Students from the Master of Professional Writing graduate program at USC will read their work, joined by USC faculty member and acclaimed poet Amy Gerstler at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175. This reading’s theme is “Road Trip–Get Me Outta Here!” and the student readers are: Erin La Rosa, Sarah Lowe, Justin McFarr, Breene Murphy, and Russell Nakamura.

Saturday March 26

Village Books in the Palisades presents: Maisie Dobbs Literary Adventure (3:30 pm – 8:30 pm): Climb aboard a comfortable, touring coach bus and take a cruise up the coast and back in time to a vintage English pub in Ventura, where you will enjoy an authentic English dinner with Jacqueline Winspear, bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series, to celebrate the publication of the 8th book in the series, A Lesson in Secrets. For more information and tickets, visit Village Books’website or call (310) 454-4063.

Brett Battles presents and signs The Silenced: A Novel at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

JA Jance discusses and signs Fatal Error at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 5 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

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

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Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See), which is available on Amazon.com in paperback and in eBook. The Brubury Tales is a finalist for Reader View’s 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award for poetry.

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