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WORDS & IDEAS

Book calendar

Author and literary events for the week of Dec. 13, 2009.

December 13, 2009

Words & Ideas

Compiled by Grace Krilanovich

SUNDAY

Barbara Carrasco: The artist and activist will discuss her work with the United Farm Workers Union from 1976 to 1991, and the larger scope of the role of the arts in the history of the UFW. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 3 p.m. Free; RSVP to rsvp@cafam.org. (323) 937-4230.

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.

Rhapsodomancy Reading Series: The latest installment will feature authors Susan Taylor Chehak ("The Truth About Annie D."), Steve Abee ("Great Balls of Flowers"), Diane J. Wright ("Birthday Girl") and Meehan Rasch. Good Luck Bar, 1514 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz. 7:30 p.m. $3. www.rhapsodomancy.org.

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.

MONDAY

Richard Montoya: Aloud at Central Library presents the co-founder of the Culture Clash performance group in conversation with Mike Sablone on the subject of the group's latest play, "Palestine, New Mexico." Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025. www.aloudla.org.

Julie Powell: The author of "Julie & Julia" will present and sign her new book, "Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession." Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

TUESDAY

Marc Cooper: The journalist, author and contributing editor to The Nation will discuss current issues and cultural crises with CalArts professors Norman M. Klein and Martín Plot. REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $5-$10. (213) 237-2800.

WEDNESDAY

Mary Yukari Waters: The author of the novel "The Favorites" and short-story collection "The Laws of Evenings" will read and discuss her work as part of the museum's New American Writing series. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

FRIDAY

William Archila and Lynne Thompson: The poets, authors of "The Art of Exile" and "Beg No Pardon," respectively, will read and discuss their work. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 7:30 p.m. (310) 822-3006.

SATURDAY

An Evening with Dylan Thomas: The Welsh poet will be conjured in spirit at a special holiday celebration presented by the Celtic Arts Center, which will feature a dramatic reading of "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by actor Joe Praml. Raven Playhouse, 5233 N. Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. 8 p.m. $8-$10. (818) 392-8102. www.celticartscenter.com.

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