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4 JANUARY 2019 — friday

5 JANUARY 2019 — saturday

6 JANUARY 2019 — sunday

    SOUTH:
  • Erica Spiegelman presents The Rewired Life: Creating a Better Life Through Self-Care and Emotional Awareness, Diesel, A Bookstore, Brentwood, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica, 3:00 (www.dieselbookstore.com)
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7 JANUARY 2019 — monday

8 JANUARY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Gary Dickson celebrates his new novel An Improbable Pairing, Jimmy Choo, 240 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, free, 6:00 (gatsbybooks.com)
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  • Gatsby's Writers Group meets every Tuesday, for novelists, short story writers, poets, essayists, screenwriters, and playwrights, share work in progress with others in an encouraging environment, facilitated by Francisco Uribe, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, free, 7:00 (562/208-5862, gatsbybooks.com)
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9 JANUARY 2019 — wednesday

10 JANUARY 2019 — thursday

11 JANUARY 2019 — friday

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  • Matt Coyle reads from and signs his thriller novel Wrong Light, those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author's book from Vroman's, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed, save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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12 JANUARY 2019 — saturday

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  • Penelope Moffet and Mary Torregrossa read their poems and celebrate their unlikely friendship, both have published in a number of literary magazines, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 N. Venice Blvd, Venice, $10/$6 students and seniors, members free, 4:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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13 JANUARY 2019 — sunday

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  • The Soap Box Poets Open Reading, bring your own words, the mic is yours, five minute limit, hosted by Jessica Wilson Cardenas, Mike Kelley Gallery, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 N. Venice Blvd, Venice, free but donations are welcome, sign up 1:45, 2:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Writers Resist event, this year's list of participating readers includes Doug Brown, Shonda Buchanan, Elena Karina Byrne, Los Angeles Poet Laureate Robin Coste Lewis, Eilean Cronin, Marsha de la O, Geoff Dyer, Janet Fitch, Lynell George, Liz Gonzalez, Brian Ingram, Mark Irwin, Dana Johnson, Doug Manuel, Alicia Partnoy, Sherman Pearl, Steven Reigns, Joseph Rios, Mona Simpson, Hiram Sims, Phil Taggart, Amy Uyematsu, Vanessa Angelica Villareal, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 N. Venice Blvd, Venice, free, 1:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Avenue 50 Studio, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin Press, presents a book launch and reading for Felix Pollak Poetry Prize-winner Michelle Brittan Rosado, Why Can't It Be Tenderness, Corinna McClanahuan Schroeder also reads, Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, free, 4:00 (avenue50studio.org)
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  • Public Works Improvisional Theatre presents Voice In The Well: Looking Forward, an evening of lively variety arts programming celebrating talented writers, storytellers, poets, musicians, and comics, every month, hosted by Eric Vollmer, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 N. Venice Blvd, Venice, $10/$6 students and seniors, members free, 7:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • Susan Jaques reads from The Caesar of Paris, discussion and book signing to follow, lower outdoor courtyard, DIESEL, A Bookstore, Brentwood, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica, free, 3:00 (www.dieselbookstore.com)
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14 JANUARY 2019 — monday

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  • Miriam "Mickey" Flacks and Richard "Dick" Flacks present their new book, Making History Making Blintzes: How Two Red Diaper Babies Found Each Other and Discovered America, to get books signed purchase at least one copy of the book from Vroman's, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed, save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line, Vroman's Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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15 JANUARY 2019 — tuesday

16 JANUARY 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Award-winning author and editor Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore reads from Sketchasy, an urgent, glittering, devastating novel about queer world-making in the mid-1990s, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Corky Hale presents and signs Corky Hale-Uncorked!: A Life of Music, Marriage, and Making a Difference, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
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  • A. G. Howard reads from her novel Stain, signing follows, Vroman's Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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17 JANUARY 2019 — thursday

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  • Blair Imani presents Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History, to get a book signed purchase at least one copy from Vroman's, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed, save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line Vroman's Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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18 JANUARY 2019 — friday

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  • Brittany Ackerman reads from and discusses her memoir in essays, The Perpetual Motion Machine, with fellow author Davy Rothbart, Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 7:30 (www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Patrick Kilpatrick reads from his memoir, Dying for Living: Sins and Confessions of a Hollywood Villain and Libertine Patriot, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
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19 JANUARY 2019 — saturday

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  • "The Adoption Diaries" is an honest look at the unique experience of being an adoptee by comedian Martin Fidelman, suitable for all ages, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 N. Venice Blvd, Venice, $10/$6 students and seniors, members free, 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Wendy Heard reads from her latest, Hunting Annabelle, a suspenseful thriller set in the 1980s, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
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  • Men's Poetry Nite features poets Gerald Locklin and Curt Last, plus an open mic for poems about men/masculinity, everyone welcome, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, free, 5:00 (562/208-5862, gatsbybooks.com)
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  • Stephen W. Martin signs and presents his children's book, Stewart's Best Pen, on the magical relationship between a boy and his pen, to get a book signed purchase at least one copy of the book from Vroman's, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed, save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line, Vroman's Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 10:30 a.m. (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Tommy Pico reads from Junk, his new collection of poetry, with scientist and writer Joseph Osmundson, Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 5:00 (www.skylightbooks.com)
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20 JANUARY 2019 — sunday

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  • Ben Bolch presents and signs 100 Things UCLA Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die, to get a book signed purchase at least one copy of the author's most recent title from Vroman's, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed, save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line, Vroman's Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 3:00 (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Christine S. O'Brien reads from Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing, discussion and book signing follows, lower outdoor courtyard, DIESEL, A Bookstore, Brentwood, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica, 3:00 (www.dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Ingrid Rojas Contreras reads from and discusses her latest novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, with dystopian novelist Lilliam Rivera, Dealing in Dreams, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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21 JANUARY 2019 — monday

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  • Skylight Theater presents Action/Item: The Collection Plays of Tony Abatemarco, Vol. 1, with creator Tony Abatemarco and actresses Dale Raoul and Karen Austin, Skylight Theater is next door to Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 8:00 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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22 JANUARY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Ysanne Spevack presents and signs her latest book, Vegetable Cakes: The Most Fun Way to Five a Day! Scrumptious Sweets Where the Veggie is the Star, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
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23 JANUARY 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Sarah Tarkoff reads from and signing her latest in her Eye of the Beholder fantasy series, Fearless, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
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24 JANUARY 2019 — thursday

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  • Tosh Berman reads from and discusses his memoir about growing up as the son of a famous Beat artist, Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World, with an appearance by screenwriter and actor Jason Schwartzman, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Ian S. Port reads from and discusses The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll, the history behind the guitar that changed the music world, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
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25 JANUARY 2019 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Michael Conant reads from and signs his suspenseful novel Mother's Child, to get a book signed purchase at least one copy from Vroman's, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed, save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line, Vroman's Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Filmmaker, actress, and writer Rabeah Ghaffari reads from her debut novel, To Keep The Sun Alive, a compelling story of Iran on the brink of revolution, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Leslie Jamison reads from and discusses her new memoir The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, a new perspective on addiction filled with reflection and cultural history, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
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26 JANUARY 2019 — saturday

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  • Barbara Abercrombie leads an all levels writing workshop, "Discovering Your Story," meets once a month for three hours, using Barbara's book Kicking in the Wall, limited enrollment, Vroman's Books Meeting Room, next to the main store, 709 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 120, Pasadena, $70 per session, 9 a.m.-noon (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Johanna Hedva reads from and discusses On Hell, a novel, with artist and writer Asher Hartman, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • A reading and discussion by Charles Jensen, Nanopedia; Stephen S. Mills, Not Everything Thrown Starts A Revolution; and Robert Siek, We Go Seasonal, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
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  • Award-winning animator and author J. R. Krause discusses and signs Dragon Night, a story that teaches kids to how to express their feelings, to get a book signed purchase at least one copy from Vroman's, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed, save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line, Vroman's Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 2:00 (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Jeff Raz reads from and signs The Snow Clown: Cartwheels on Borders From Alaska to Nebraska, a thought-provoking adventure story, to get a book signed purchase at least one copy from Vroman's, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed, save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line, Vroman's Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 11:30 a.m. (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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27 JANUARY 2019 — sunday

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  • Vroman's Local Author Day: Kids Edition presents Dennis Brown reading from and signing Know Where You Are Set 1: Books 1, 2, 3, the rest of the series will be there for purchase, Vroman's Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, noon (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Vroman's Local Author Day presents Judy Choi, The Cloud that Fell From the Sky; John T. L. Lu, The Unlikely Yank; Colyna Winbush, It's Not Your Fault: Coco Girl to the Rescue, Vroman's Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 4:00 (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • La Palabra Poetry presents a reading by Olga García Echeverría, Conney D. Williams, Fernando Albert Salinas, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, an open mic follows, Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, free, 2:00-4:00 (avenue50studio.org)
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  • Award-winning urban walker Robert Inman discusses his new book, An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Thomas Perry reads from his new thriller, The Burglar, Book Carnival, 348 South Tustin Street, Orange, 3:00 (www.annesbookcarnival.com)
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28 JANUARY 2019 — monday

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  • Celebrity psychic Michael D. Bodine reads from and discusses A Psychic's Life: What It's Really Like, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
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29 JANUARY 2019 — tuesday

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  • Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy present their children's book, This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality, about racial integration in schools in 1956, to get a book signed purchase at least one copy from Vroman's, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed, save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line, Vroman's Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Audrey Harris and Matthew Gleeson discuss their translation of Mexican writer Amparo Dávila's The Houseguest and Other Stories, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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30 JANUARY 2019 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Tom Perry reads from and sign from his thriller, The Burglar, to get a book signed purchase at least one copy from Vroman's, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed, save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line, Vroman's Books, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 7:00 (www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Madhuri Vijay reads from her debut novel, The Far Field, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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31 JANUARY 2019 — thursday

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  • "Chavela: Think of Me," a "docu-cabaret" written and performed by Stephanie Trudeau combines stories about the iconic Mexican singer Chavela Vargas with performances of key songs of her career, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 N. Venice Blvd, Venice, $20/$10 students and seniors, members $8, 8:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • John Kim, "The Angry Therapist," discusses and signs I Used to be a Miserable Fuck: An Every Man's Guide to a Meaningful Life, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
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  • Sam Lipsyte reads from his new novel, Hark, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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