This Week in Books: April 16 – April 23

The LA Books Examiner is your place for books articles, poetry videos, and author interviews. Last week bestselling author Peter Hedges (who wrote both the novel and the screenplay What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?) shared with you the first chapter of his powerful and authentic new book, The Heights, named after the beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood in which the novel is set. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out now. This week we have another surprise author stopping by for an interview, so check back in often to find out who it is.

In the meantime, check out some of the great local book 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.

Saturday April 16

POETRY.LA Presents: Lights, Camera, Poets: live performances by Michelle Bitting, Laurel Ann Bogen, Wanda Coleman, BH Fairchild, Sherman Pearl, Mike The Poet Sonksen, Pam Ward and more at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 7:30 p.m. (310) 822-3006. (See website for pricing and more info). Hosted by poet Hilda Weiss and videographer Wayne Lindberg, co-founders of Poetry.LA, the online video showcase of poets and poetry venues in Southern California. 

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.

Sunday April 17

Jim Krusoe discusses and signs Toward You at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 3 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960. 

Leo Braudy discusses and signs The Hollywood Sign at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175. 

Monday April 18

Denis Wood presents and signs Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free.  (310) 659-3110. 

Aryn Kyle and David Goodwillie read from their respective works, Boys and Girl Like You and Me and American Submersive at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Tuesday April 19

Jason Goodwin discusses and signs An Evil Eye at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Wednesday April 20

Lauren Goldstein Crowe discusses and signs Isabella Blow: A Life In Fashion at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

DJ MacHale presents and signs The Black at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Marianne Williamson discusses and signs A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733.  http://www.hayhouse.com/  http://www.marianne.com/

Thursday April 21

*Feral Fusion Presents Poet Scott C. Kaestner and 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

Douglass Daniel discusses and signs Tough As Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Matt Logelin discusses and signs Two Kisses for Maddy at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Dan Millman discusses and signs The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733. http://www.newworldlibrary.com/  http://www.peacefulwarrior.com/

Friday April 22

Maria Menounos discusses and signs Every Girl’s Guide to Life at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Noah Levine discusses and signs The Heart of the Revolution at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Saturday April 23

Peter Lunenfeld discusses and signs The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading: Tales of the Computer as Culture Machine at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

*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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