This Week in Books: April 23 – April 29

The LA Books Examiner is your place for books articles, poetry videos, and author interviews. Last week we interviewed master sculptor and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sanábria, author of The Last Californio, a new thriller that takes on illegal immigration, murder, love, and revenge. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out now. This week and all throughout May, be sure to check back in often for more author interviews.

In the meantime, here are some 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 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.

Sunday April 24

Mike Sonksen (AKA Mike The Poet) and twelve teen poets from View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School will be performing their poems from the fourth volume of View Park Poetry at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 7:30 p.m. (310) 822-3006. Visit website for more info and event pricing.
 
Monday April 25
 
Dr. David R. Fett presents and signs White Sleeper at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
 
Meghan O’Rourke reads and signs The Long Goodbye at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.
 
Tuesday April 26
 
Open poetry reading plus featured guest Paul Suntup 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.
 
Jim Krusoe discusses and signs Toward You at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
 
Nic Sheff discusses and signs We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
 
Family Matters – Writing About Family with Jennifer Lauck, Dinah Lenney and Hope Edelman at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 7 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960.
 
Wednesday April 27
 
Nathan Larson (The Dewey Decimal System), Nina Revoyr (Wingshooters), and Joseph Mattson (Empty The Sun) read from their respective works at Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
 
John Flanagan discusses and signs The Emperor of Nihon-Ja at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
 
Melanie Lutz discusses and signs Love Land at Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733. www.MelanieLutz.com wholelottaloveland.wordpress.com/
Thursday April 28
 
Feral Fusion Presents Poetry Reading 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
YA panel discussion with Gayle Forman, Ally Condie, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl at Diesel Books (Brentwood), Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica. 7 p.m. Free. 310-576-9960.
 
Barbara Abercrombie and contributors present and sign Cherished at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Friday April 29
 
Mystery Writers of American SoCal Chapter presents Festival of Books Party and Author Signing featuring Stuart Woods (signs Bel-Air Dead: A Stone Barrington Mystery at 6 pm); Brett Battles (signs The Silenced: A Jonathan Quinn Thriller at 7 pm); and Marcia Clark (signs Guilt by Association, her debut legal thriller introducing D.A. Rachel Knight at 8 pm) at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles. Free. (323) 660-1175.
 
Alan Eisenstock discusses In Stitches at Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 450-4063.
 

*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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