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Book calendar events for the week of April 10, 2011

April 10, 2011

Words & Ideas

Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.

SUNDAY

Kristin Hersh: The Throwing Muses frontwoman will discuss and sign her new memoir, "Rat Girl." Stories, 1716 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 2 p.m. Free. (213) 413-3733.

Christopher McDougall: The author of "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

The New Short Fiction Series: A dramatic reading of Stacey Levine's new story collection "The Girl With Brown Fur." Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 7 p.m. $10. (866) 811-4111. http://www.newshortfictionseries.com.

Sonya Sones: The author will read and sign her new novel, "The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus." Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., L.A. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 576-9960.

Writing Seminar Series for Adults: 826LA presents a series of panel discussions featuring Jen Kirkman, Bob Odenkirk, Dan Harmon, Brian Stack, David Schulner, David Eick, Aaron Ginsburg, Wade McIntyre and others discussing different aspects of writing for television and film. Meltdown Comics, 7522 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. Today, next Sun. 7 p.m. $12 per session. (213) 413-3388. http://www.826la.org.

MONDAY

Collier Nogues: The poet will read and sign her new collection, "On the Other Side, Blue." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Jacqueline Winspear and Cara Black: Writers Bloc presents the authors of "A Lesson in Secrets: A Maisie Dobbs Novel" and "Murder in Passy: An Aimee Leduc Investigation Set in Paris," respectively, in conversation with David Kipen. MGM Screening Room, 10250 Constellation Blvd., Century City. 7:30 p.m. $20. http://www.writersblocpresents.com.

Alexi Zentner: The author of "Touch" will read and sign his new novel. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

TUESDAY

Thaisa Frank: The author of "Heidegger's Glasses" will read and sign her recent novel. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Joseph Lelyveld: Zócalo presents a discussion and signing with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India." Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org.

Nat Segaloff: The author of "Arthur Penn: American Director" will present and sign his new biography. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Rebecca Skloot: Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" in conversation with Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. Full; standby only. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.

Deborah Vankin and Jen Wang: The Times staff writer will present and sign her new graphic novel "Poseurs"; Wang will present and sign her graphic novel "Koko Be Good." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

WEDNESDAY

Phillipe Beck and Guy Bennett: The poets will read and discuss their work. Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 665-6892.

Susie Bright: The author of "Big Sex Little Death" will discuss and sign her new memoir. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Wayne Pacelle: The author of "The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them" will discuss and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

William Powers: The author of "Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream" will discuss and sign his new book. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Amy Wilentz: The author of "Rainy Season: Haiti — Then and Now" will discuss and sign her book. Doheny Memorial Library at USC, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, L.A. 7 p.m. Free; RSVP to mpw@college.usc.edu.

THURSDAY

Philip Connors: The author of "Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout" will discuss and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Rebecca Hamilton: The author of "Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide" will discuss and sign her new book. Musick Law Building at USC, University Park Campus, Figueroa and Hoover Streets, L.A. 12:15 p.m. Free. (213) 740-9690.

David Lipsky and Rick Moody: Host Michael Silverblatt will interview the two authors on the subject of David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel, "The Pale King." Bookworm, 89.9 KCRW-FM, 2:30 p.m. http://www.kcrw.com.

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