Elif Batuman As part of the Central Library's Aloud literary series, the author of "The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them" will discuss her favorite writers and share stories with David L. Ulin, book editor of the Los Angeles Times. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. Reservations required. (213) 228-7025. www.lfla .org.
Christopher Hitchens The rabble-rousing Vanity Fair columnist and commentator on contemporary thought, politics and culture will present the 2010 Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture. "Varieties of Anti-Semitism" will explore how ancient prejudice and outright hostility have reemerged since the Nuremberg trials. UCLA Anderson School of Management, Korn Convocation Hall, "C" Building, Westwood. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sold out; stand-by line only.
Fred Hall's Long Beach Show This annual fishing and tackle show offers seminars, boats, raffles, archery demonstrations and even free trout fishing for kids. Hundreds of exhibitors will show off fishing and sportsman products. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Adults, $15; children, free. 2 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. (805) 389-3339. www .fredhall.com.