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Author and literary events for the week of Jan. 17, 2010.

January 17, 2010

Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.

SUNDAY

Mark Edward Harris: The author of "The Way of the Japanese Bath" will discuss and sign his new photography book. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. (626) 449-2742, Ext. 20.

MONDAY

Brian Kennedy: The author of "Living the Hockey Dream: Personal Stories of NHL Superstars and Ordinary Heroes" will present and sign his new book. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

TUESDAY

A. Scott Berg: The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer ("Lindbergh") 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.

Peter Biskind: The author of "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls" will discuss and sign his new biography of Warren Beatty: "Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America." ICM Screening Room, 10250 Constellation Blvd., Century City. 7:30 p.m. $20. www.writersblocpresents.com.

A Celebration of Gourmet Magazine: Zócalo presents a panel discussion featuring Gourmet editors Ruth Reichl and Laurie Ochoa and former Gourmet writer Jonathan Gold. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Full; standby only. (310) 440-4500. www.zocalopublicsquare.org.

Conversations on Experimental Film in a Museum Context: The first in a three-part series of panel discussions will feature a curator, an art historian and an artist. Brown Auditorium at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. (323) 857-6528.

Melissa de la Cruz: The author of "The Van Alen Legacy" will read and sign the fourth installment of her Blue Bloods series. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 6 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Joe Sacco: The author of "Footnotes in Gaza" will present and sign his new graphic novel. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

WEDNESDAY

Chris Farrell: The author of "The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better" will present and sign his new book. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Michael Govan and Martin Scorsese: A conversation with the LACMA director and acclaimed film director on the subject of film preservation and the role of film in museums and other cultural institutions. Bing Theater at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Sold out. (323) 857-6010.

Tom Gunning and Thomas Demand: A conversation with the film theorist and author of " D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film" and the photographer. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

Lisa Jarnot: The poet ("Night Scenes," "Black Dog Songs") will read and discuss her work. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

Raj Patel: Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System" in conversation with Times columnist David Lazarus on the subject of Patel's new book, "The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy." Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025. www.aloudla.org.

THURSDAY

Lois Carlson: The author of "Shadows of the Past" will read and sign her new novel. Village Book Shop, 125 N. Glendora Ave., Glendora. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 335-5720.

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie: The author of "Bending Toward the Sun: A Mother and Daughter Memoir" will read and sign her new book. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Bruce Eric Kaplan: The New Yorker cartoonist will present and sign his new book, "I Love You, I Hate You, I'm Hungry." Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., Suite 33, Brentwood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 576-9960.

Gary Panter: The graphic artist best known for his "ratty line" drawings and Emmy Award-winning production design for "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" will discuss his work. A book signing of Panter's recent two-volume monograph will follow the lecture. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

John Radanovich: The author of "Wildman of Rhythm: The Life and Music of Benny Moré" will present and sign his new book at an event that will also feature hand-rolled Benny Moré cigars, rum and the strains of Moré's music. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

FRIDAY

Dana Goodyear presents the USC MPW Reading Series: Students in the USC masters of professional writing program will read their work: Christiana Cheon, Danielle Lenglet, Paul Fisher, Jennifer Anne Mitchell and Lynn Maleh. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

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