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Book calendar events for the week of August 21

August 21, 2011

Words & Ideas

Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.

SUNDAY

Deanna and Ed Templeton: The authors of "Scratch My Name on Your Arm" and "Teenage Kissers" will present and sign their respective new photography books. Family, 436 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 782-9221.

MONDAY

Alice LaPlante: The author of "Turn of Mind" will read and sign her new novel. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

TUESDAY

Lev Grossman: The author will read and sign "The Magician King," the sequel to his previous novel "The Magicians." Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Sheila McClear: The author of "The Last of the Live Nude Girls" will read and sign her new memoir. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

WEDNESDAY

Geoffrey Gray: The author of "Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper" will discuss and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

THURSDAY

Jon-Jon Goulian: Host Michael Silverblatt will interview the author of "The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt." Bookworm, 89.9 KCRW-FM, 2:30 p.m. http://www.kcrw.com.

How Do Americans Imagine Cuba? Zocalo presents a panel discussion featuring Cuban music expert Ned Sublette, photographer Virginia Beahan and professor of Cuban history Lillian Guerra; moderated by Olga Garay. Held in conjunction with the exhibition "A Revolutionary Project: Cuba From Walker Evans to Now." Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 440-7300.

Mark Scherzer & Keith Fenimore: The authors of "Hire Me, Hollywood!" will discuss and sign their new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Al Worden: The astronaut and author of "Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon" will discuss and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

FRIDAY

We Wanted to Be Writers Group Reading: Contributors to "We Wanted to Be Writers: Life, Love and Literature at the Iowa Writers' Workshop" — Michelle Huneven, Douglas Borsom, Glenn Schaeffer and Eric Olsen — will discuss and sign the new anthology. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

SATURDAY

Francisco Balderrama: The author of "Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles" will discuss and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 4 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

David Hernandez: The poet will read and sign his new collection, "Hoodwinked." Apostrophe Books, 4712 E. 2nd St., Long Beach. 2 p.m. Free. (526) 438-7950.

Libros Schmibros Grand Opening & Book Drive: The Boyle Heights bookstore and lending library is setting up shop (temporarily) in the Hammer Museum. Throughout the residency, events including poetry readings, panel discussions and a marathon reading of Kerouac's "On the Road" will be held. In addition, local authors will serve as guest booksellers. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (310) 443-7000.

Katy Towell: The author of "Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow" will read and sign her new YA book. Metropolis Books, 440 S. Main. St., Los Angeles. 5 p.m. Free. (213) 612-0174.

NEXT SUNDAY

UCLA Extension Writers' Faire: The annual event returns with a selection of 24 free mini-classes and panel discussions, exhibitor booths and the chance to register for most fall courses at a 10% discount. Young Hall Courtyard at UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. (310) 825-9415.

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