Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Kim Fay and Julie Fay Ashborn: The authors of "Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam" will present and sign their new book. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.
Andrew Winer: The author of "The Marriage Artist" will read and sign his new novel. Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., L.A. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 576-9960.
Peter Balakian: Aloud at Central Library presents the author and poet ("Ziggurat," "The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response") in conversation with Hovig Tchalian. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.
Red Hen Press Reading Series: Authors Richard Lange, Rebecca O'Connor and Summer Brenner will read their work. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. (310) 208-5454. http://www.redhen.org.
Robert Scheer: The Truthdig Editor-in-Chief and author will present and sign his new book, "The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.
David L. Ulin: The Times book critic will discuss and sign his new book, "The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time," with novelist Mona Simpson. USC Doheny Memorial Library, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, L.A. 7 p.m. Free; RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breyten Breytenbach: Host Michael Silverblatt will interview the author of "Voice Over," "Intimate Stranger" and "Notes From the Middle World." Bookworm, 89.9 KCRW-FM, 2:30 p.m. http://www.kcrw.com.