This Week in Books: April 10 – April 16

The LA Books Examiner is your place for books articles, poetry videos, and author interviews. Last week we shared with you a special article by Golden State author David Prybil, Barnes and Noble Rising Star Award Winner, who shared his Five Favorite Books Set in California. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out now. This week we have another surprise bestselling author stopping by to share with you the first chapter of his new book. Who is it? Here’s a hint: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

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 10

*First Free Sunday Open Reading will feature Lee Anne McIlroy Langton and Clint Margrave plus open reading. Hosted by Carly Archibeque at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 4:45 p.m. (310) 822-3006.

Sonya Sones discusses and signs The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 3 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960.

Christopher McDougall discusses and signs Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

*Nolanda Love, A’Salma Vtait, Julie Sophia Paegle, and Paul Kareem Tayyar read and sign their collections: Joy for the Journey, Let it Flo, torch song tango choir, and Follow the Sun, respectively at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 4 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320. 

Monday April 11

*Moonday: A Monthly Westside Poetry Reading at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. (310) 450-4063. Come early to sign up for open mic! Lois P. Jones, and Alice Pero, this months Featured poets are Diane K. Martin and Carol V. Davis. For more information, go to moondaypoetry.com.

Diane Leslie’s Book Group with Author discusses Anchee Min‘s Pearl of China at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 5 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960.

Alexi Zentner discusses and signs Touch: A Novel at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Lisa Lillien presents and signs Hungry Girl 300 Under 300 at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Collier Nogues reads and signs On the Other Side, Blue at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Tuesday April 12

*Open poetry reading plus Valley Contemporary Poets present: Abel Salas 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.

Nat Segaloff discusses and signs Arthur Penn: American Director at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Thaisa Frank discusses and signs Heidegger’s Glasses at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Deborah Vankin and Jen Wang discuss and sign their respective graphic novels Posseurs and Koko Be Good, (joined by writer Amy Klein) at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Wednesday April 13

Susie Bright discusses and signs Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

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

William Powers discusses and signs Twelve by Twelve at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Thursday April 14

*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

Sonya Sones discusses and signs The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem at Book Soup, 8818 W.Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Philip Connors discusses and signs Fire Season at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Friday April 15

Janet Jackson signs True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Kim Stagliano discusses and signs All I Can Handle at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Blake Butler and Justin Taylor read and sign their respective novels There is No Year and The Gospel of Anarchy at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Jimmy Williams and Susan Heeger present From Seed to Skillet at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 450-4063.

Saturday April 16

Mary McDonough discusses and signs Lessons From the Mountain at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Philip Kerr discusses and signs Field Gray at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 6 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, Barnes & Noble and Borders 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 Most Innovative Poetry Book of the Year.

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