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Author and literary events for the week of Dec. 6.

December 06, 2009

Compiled by Grace Krilanovich


Black Clock Issue 11 Launch: Contributors to the LA literary magazine Rob Roberge, Chris Abani, Veronica Gonzalez and Michaele Simmering will read their work from the latest issue. Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 4 p.m. Free. (213) 621-1745.

Robert Fate and Bruce Cook: The authors of crime noir novels "Baby Shark" and "Philippine Fever," respectively, will read and sign their books. Stories, 1716 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 413-3733.

Madison Stingray: The author signs her book "Winifred's Christmas Surprise." Every Picture Tells A Story, 1311 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 11 a.m. (310) 451-2700.


An Evening with Twyla Tharp: Aloud at Central Library presents an audience-collaborative talk with the choreographer. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 7:30 p.m. $25-$50. (310) 434-3200.

Bill Boyarsky: The 30-year veteran journalist with the Los Angeles Times will present and sign "Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times," his companion book to the documentary film of the same name. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.


Rabih Alameddine: The author of novels "Koolaids," "I, the Divine" and "The Hakawati" and story collection "The Perv" will read and discuss his work as part of the museum's Some Favorite Writers series. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

Robbie Conal: The guerilla artist will present and sign his new book, "Not Your Typical Political Animal." Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building G1, Santa Monica. 6 p.m. Free. (310) 586-6488.

Terry Teachout: Aloud at Central Library presents a musical lecture with the author of "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong." Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025.

Victor Valle: The author of " City of Industry: Genealogies of Power in Southern California" will present and sign his new book. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.


Tom Matlock & Matt Gannon: Contributors to "The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood" will present and sign the new anthology. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.


Albert Goldbarth: The poet ("The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007," "To Be Read in 500 Years") will read and discuss his work. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

Tim Johnston: The author of "Irish Girl" will read and sign his new collection of stories. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.


Stephen Elliott: The author of "The Adderall Diaries" will discuss his new memoir -- and memoir writing in general -- as part of the center's Adult Writing Seminar Series. 826LA, 1714 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $25; includes copy of book. (213) 413-3388.

Dita Von Teese: The burlesque maven will present and sign her new book, "Dita: Stripteese." Samuel French Theatre & Film Bookshops, 11963 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. 7 p.m. Free. (818) 762-0535.


Carlos Fuentes: The author of the novels "The Old Gringo," "Terra Nostra" and "The Death of Artemio Cruz" will read and discuss his work. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. $24-$38. (310) 825-2101.

Linda Gordon: The historian and author (" Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits") will present a lecture on women and "The Art of Hard Times" as part of the Nadine Carson Forum series. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. (323) 667-2000, Ext. 250.


Spencer Moody & Anthony Anzalone: Moody and Anzalone will read from their new collection of poems, "Dear JD Salinger, I Forgive You. Signed, Yoko." Poet Deanna Uribe will also read her work. Family, 436 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (323) 782-9221.

You've Probably Read This Before: A launch party for the new anthology of writing by graduates of the CalArts MFA Writing program. Readers include Harold Abramowitz, Amanda Ackerman, Danielle Adair, Andrew Choate, David Earle, Daiana Feuer, Andrea Lambert, Janice Lee, Eric Lindley, Robin Myrick, Mathew Timmons and Amanda Yates. REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 2 p.m. Free. (213) 237-2809.

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