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WORDS & IDEAS

Book calendar

Author and literary events for the week of Jan. 24.

January 24, 2010

Words & Ideas

Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.

SUNDAY

Journey to Justice: Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. and Terrence Roberts: A conversation with two instrumental figures in the civil rights movement; moderated by journalist Erin Aubry Kaplan. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 2 p.m. $10-$15; free to full-time students. (310) 440-4500.

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.

MONDAY

Graciela Limon and Daniel Olivas: The authors of "The River Flows North" and "Anywhere but L.A.," respectively, will discuss their books and the role of magic realism in contemporary Chicano literature. East Los Angeles Library, 4837 E. 3rd St., L.A. 6:30 p.m. Free. (323) 264-0155.

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.

TUESDAY

T.C. Boyle: Aloud at Central Library presents an evening with the prolific author of "The Women," "Tortilla Curtain" and "Drop City," and, most recently, the collection of stories "Wild Child." Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Full; standby only. (213) 228-7025. www.aloudla.org.

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.

WEDNESDAY

Nick Flynn: The author of "The Ticking Is the Bomb" will read and sign his new memoir. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

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 mpw@college.usc.edu.

THURSDAY

Trinie Dalton and Aimee Bender: The authors of "Sweet Tomb" and "The Third Elevator," respectively, will read and sign their new books. Family, 436 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 782-9221.

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.

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