Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Stephen Maitland-Lewis: The author of "Hero on Three Continents" will discuss and sign his new novel. Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 2 p.m. Free. (310) 470-3888.
Gretchen Rubin: The author of "The Happiness Project" will present and sign her new book. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Dick Van Patten: The actor will present and sign his new memoir, "Eighty Is Not Enough." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Steve Farber & Harlan Abrahams: The authors of "On the List: Fixing America's Failing Organ Transplant System" will present and sign their new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Davida Wills Hurwin, Matthew Boger and Tim Zaal: Hurwin, author of "Freaks and Revelations," will be joined by Boger and Zaal, who were the inspiration for her novel, for a discussion and signing. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Mark A.R. Kleiman: Writers Bloc presents the author of "When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment" in conversation with former Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis. Temple Emanuel, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. 7:30 p.m. $20. www.writersblocpresents.com.
Rick Lowe: Otis' artist in residence for spring 2010, whose work includes Project Row Houses in Houston, will give a lecture. Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., L.A. 11 a.m. Free. (310) 665-6827.
Charles Phoenix: The author of "Americana the Beautiful: Mid-century Culture in Kodachrome" and "Southern California in the 50s: Sun, Fun and Fantasy" will discuss and sign his books. William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, L.A. 5:30 p.m. Free. (310) 338-2792.
Melanie Lutz: The author of "The Bare Melcessities: Walking Out. Waking Up. Getting Bare" will present and sign her new book. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. noon. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Matmos/Drew Daniel & M.C. Schmidt: The San Francisco-based experimental music duo will give a lecture on "Queer Assemblages." SCI-Arc, 960 E. 3rd St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 613-2200.
Writing for Stage and Screen: Hollywood Script Readers Reveal Tips of the Trade: A panel discussion featuring Jamie Lai (Teddy Zee Productions), Christopher Morrison (GMI), Elizabeth Passarelli (Red Om Films) and Noah Pohl (Paramount Vantage); moderated by USC playwriting lecturer Prince Gomolvilas. Doheny Memorial Library at USC, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Kostova: Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "The Historian" in a reading and signing of her new novel, "The Swan Thieves." Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025. www.aloudla.org.
Jaron Lanier: Zócalo presents the author of "You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto" in a discussion and signing of his new book. The Actors' Gang at the Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. 7:30 p.m. Free. www.zocalopublicsquare.org.
Jonathan Lethem: Host Michael Silverblatt will have as his guest the author of "Motherless Brooklyn," "The Fortress of Solitude" and the new novel "Chronic City." Bookworm, 89.9 KCRW-FM, 2:30 p.m. www.kcrw.com.
Maaza Mengiste: The author of "Beneath the Lion's Gaze" will read and sign her new novel. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.