Earlene Fowler The Agatha Award-winning author brings back her beloved quilter/sleuth character, Benni Harper, for another home-baked mystery, this time set at the San Celina State Fair. Fowler will discuss and sign. Vroman's Bookstore, 6959 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 pm. Free. (626) 449-5320. vromansbookstore.com
Richard Russo The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Empire Falls" returns with his latest novel, "That Old Cape Magic," about a creative writing professor pondering the state of his marital and familial relationships. L.A. Times Jacket Copy blogger Carolyn Kellogg will lead a conversation with the writer about his current, upcoming and previous works. ALOUD L.A. at the Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. 7 p.m. (213) 228-7025.
Rich Fulcher Live A quirky staple on the British comedies "The Mighty Boosh" and "Snuff Box," Fulcher will perform "An Evening With Eleanor," a new one-man (or, perhaps, one-woman) show in which he portrays a shameless rock groupie. The show kicks off the Cinefamily's second Comedy Festival. Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $15. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org
School of Seven Bells The darlings of experimental dream-pop are back with a follow-up to 2008's breakthrough "Alpinisms." Due out in July, "Disconnect From Desire" promises to offer up more of the Bells' signature cosmic jams. Catch a preview of some of the new songs as the winsome trio enchants the Echo with VOICEsVOICEs and Sister Crayon. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. 8:30 p.m. $16. (213) 413-8200. http://www.attheecho.com