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Book calendar events for the week of May 15, 2011

May 15, 2011

Words & Ideas

SUNDAY

April Dammann: The author of "Exhibitionist: Earl Stendahl, Art Dealer as Impresario" will discuss and sign her new book. Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., L.A. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 576-9960.

Betty White: The Emmy-winning actress will present and sign her new book, "If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 2 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

MONDAY

DeVon Franklin: The author of "Produced by Faith: Enjoy Real Success without Losing Your True Self" will discuss and sign his new book. Eso Won Books, 4331 Degnan Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (323) 290-1048.

Tom Sturges: The author of "Grow the Tree You Got: And 99 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Adolescents and Teenagers" will discuss and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

TUESDAY

Armed and Insecure: A conversation with Stephen Higgins, a former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Colin Goddard, a survivor of the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

Francisco Goldman: Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "Say Her Name" in conversation with novelist Rachel Kushner. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.

Edward Humes: The author of "Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution" will discuss and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Scott O'Connor: The author of "Untouchable" will read and sign his new novel. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Paul Theroux: The author will discuss and sign his latest, "The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments From Lives on the Road." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

WEDNESDAY

Big City Forum: Writers Edition: Grace Krilanovich ("The Orange Eats Creeps"), Lauren Strasnick ("Her and Me and You") and Times staff writer Margaret Wappler will read and discuss their work; Harold Abramowitz will moderate. Gallery 825/LAAA, 825 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 652-8272. bigcityforum.blogspot.com.

Chaz Bono: The author of "Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man" will discuss and sign his new book. L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Renberg Theatre, 1125 N. McCadden Place, L.A. 7 p.m. $30 (includes copy of book). (310) 659-3110. http://www.booksoup.com.

Carla Malden: The author of "AfterImage: A Brokenhearted Memoir of a Charmed Life" will read and sign her new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

David K. Shipler: The author of "The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties" will discuss and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

THURSDAY

Roy Blount Jr.: The humorist and author will discuss and sign his new book, "Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text." The Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. 7:30 p.m. Free with RSVP.

Bret Easton Ellis: The author will read and sign his latest novel, "Imperial Bedrooms." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Earlene Fowler: The author of "Spider Web (A Benni Harper Mystery)" will read and sign her new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Matthew Gallaway: The author of "The Metropolis Case" will read and sign his debut novel. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Joyce Carol Oates: Host Michael Silverblatt will interview the prolific author of, most recently, "A Widow's Story." Bookworm, 89.9 KCRW-FM, 2:30 p.m. http://www.kcrw.com.

John Sayles: Aloud at Central Library presents the filmmaker and author of "A Moment in the Sun" in conversation with USC cinema professor Howard Rodman. A cocktail reception with Sayles follows Aloud program at 8:15 p.m. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free (full; standby only). Cocktail reception $25. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.

Written in California Reading Series: Authors Doug Nufer ("By Kelman Out of Pessoa"), Stephanie Taylor ("Chop Shop") and Matias Viegener ("2500 Random Things About Me Too") will read and discuss their books — each published or forthcoming from the Los Angeles-based Les Figues Press. Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free with museum admission. (626) 568-3665.

FRIDAY

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

Julie Orringer: The author of "The Invisible Bridge" will read and sign her novel. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

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