This Week in Books: April 3 – April 9

The LA Books Examiner is your place for books articles, poetry videos, and author interviews. This week we shared with you the first chapter of The Omega Theory by international bestselling author Mark Alpert. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out now because we have more surprise bestselling authors sharing excerpts from their new books all throughout April. Later this week we also have a special Five Favorite Books article from Golden State author David Prybil, Barnes and Noble Rising Star Award Winner so be sure to check back in often this week.

In the mean time, check out some of the great local events scheduled this week from LA to Hollywood, the Palisades to Pasadena in this week’s Books Calendar from Frank Mundo, the LA Books Examiner.

Sunday April 3

Ellen Ruderman discusses and signs Chasing the Red Car at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 3 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960.

University of California, Riverside Master of Fine Arts students read from their work. The student readers are: Eric Shonkwiler(fiction), Leonid Leonov(ficiton), Kamala Puligandla(fiction), Samantha Lamph(fiction), Rachelle Cruz(poetry), Angel Garcia(poetry). Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

John Vorhaus discusses and signs The Albuquerque Turkey at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 5 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Darrell Rooney and Mark Vieira read and sign Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital, 1928-1937 at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Monday April 4

Jacqueline Winspear discusses and signs A Lesson in Secrets at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Matthew Alexander discusses and signs Kill or Capture: How a Special Operations Task Force Took Down a Notorious al Qaeda Terrorist at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Michelle Latiolais reads and signs her story collection Widow at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Tuesday April 5

Open poetry reading plus Hollywood Institute of Poetics presents: Kevin Lee 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.

Village Books High School Playwrighting Contest: A staged reading of 3 One Acts whose actions take place in a bookstore. In alphabetical order, the playwrights  are: Capucine Berneyfor “The Day Your Father is Not Your Father,” Laura Morafffor “In My Head,” and Kurtz Meldridgefor “Pages & Sages.” Honorable mention went to middle-schooler Kacey Baefor “The Devil’s Hour.” Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 6 pm. $10. Refreshments will be provided.

My Bloody Valentine: Young Adult Group Eventwith authors Melissa de la Cruz (Bloody Valentine), Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Darkness (Beautiful Creatures)), Melissa Marr (Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely)), Kelley Armstrong (The Gathering, The Reckoning), Carrie Ryan (The Dark and Hollow Places), and Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon’s Covenant (Demon’s Lexicon)) at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Daniel A. Olivas discusses and signs The Book of Want at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Jim Krusoe reads and signs Toward You at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Wednesday April 6

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses and signs The Dressmaker of Khair Khana at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Sarah Maizes discusses and signs Got Milf?: The Modern Mom’s Guide to Feeling Fabulous, Looking Great, and Rocking A Minivan with author Dani Klein Modisett, presenting and signing Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Thursday April 7

Feral Fusion Open Mike: Hosted by Angel Uriel Perales and Cindy Weinstein, Feral Fusion encourages experimentation in the spoken word: lyric poetry, prose poetry, free verse, hip hop, slam and storytelling at The Amsterdam Café, 10905 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood. Free. Sign-up at 8 pm. Show starts at 8:30 pm. Email: feralfusion [AT] cindynw.com

Book Soup and The Bootleg Theatre present T.C. Boyle reading and signing from his latest book, When the Killing’s Done at the Bootleg Theatre (2220 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles). 7 p.m. More info at Book Soup.

Read Frank Mundo‘s, the LA Books Examiner’s, interview with T.C. Boyle.

M.L. Malcolm and guests discuss and sign Heart of Deception: A Novel at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Lauren Willig discusses and signs The Orchid Affair at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Nancy Rommelmann reads and signs The Bad Mother at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Linda and David Freud discuss and sign The Healing Gift: Exploring the Remarkable World of a Medical Intuitive at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733.  http://www.thehealinggift.com/

Friday April 8

Andrea Buchanan and guests discuss and sign Live and Let Love: Notes from Extraordinary Women on the Layers, the Laughter, and the Letter of Love at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Diane Ackerman discusses and signs One Hundred Names for Love at Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave, Pasadena. 7 pm. See Vroman’s for more info.

Meg Wolitzer discusses and signs The Uncoupling at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Bill Cloke, PhD, discusses Happy Together at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Amber Benson and Patrick Rothfuss read and sign their respective novels Serpent’s Storm and The Wise Man’s Fear at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Three Points North: Three major poets – lifelong Alaskans Anne Coray, Steve Kahn, and Alaska’s State Writer Laureate Peggy Shumaker read their work and discuss their writing at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 7:30 p.m. (310) 822-3006. See Beyond Baroque website for event pricing and more info.

Saturday April 9

Charlie Churchward discusses and signs Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour: A Photographer’s Life and His World at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Lisa Lutz and David Heyward discuss and sign Heads You Lose at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 5 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Smart Gals’ 6th Annual Dead Poets Slam: Monarchs vs. Minions: Hosted by Christine Louise Berry (Smart Gals), and featuring Noël Alumit, Daniel Bess, Jerrod Cardwell, T.K. Carr, Kathleen Coyne, Juli Crockett, Imani Tolliver, Steve Tom, and Lori Yeghiayan. Judges will include writer and poetry professor Chris Davidson, playwright Katy Hickman, and Clifford Johnson. The behind-the-scenes team includes poetry seekers Tori Patterson and Laura Louden. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

*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 and Barnes & Noble in paperback and in eBook. The Brubury Tales won Reader View’s 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award for Poetry Book of the Year and the 2011 Bookhitch Award for Innovative Poetry Book of the Year.

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2 responses to “This Week in Books: April 3 – April 9

  1. Thank you for mentioning my upcoming book reading at Vroman’s. If you’d like a review copy, please let me know.

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