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November 14, 2011

Words & Ideas

Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.


Demons Group Reading: Editor John Skipp will be joined by contributors to the new anthology, "Demons: Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels and the Possessed": Laura Bahr, Cody Goodfellow, R.C. Matheson, Zak Jarvis and Mercedes M. Tardley. Dark Delicacies, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank. 2 p.m. Free. (818) 556-6660.

Five Points Reading Series: Authors Travis Diehl, Alex Kitnick and Rachel Kushner will read their work. Workspace, 2601 Pasadena Ave., L.A. 6:30 p.m. Free. (323) 223-8086.

Christopher B. Krebs: The author of "A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus' Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich" will discuss and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

The New Short Fiction Series: A dramatic reading of Ron Burch's "How It Is" featuring performers Kevin Brief, Elena Fasan and Shaun Shimoda. The Writers Junction, 1001 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. 7 p.m. $10-$15. (866) 811-4111.

Red Hen Press at the Ruskin: Authors and poets William Archila, Lory Bedikian, Mary Estrada, Douglas Kearney, Jackie Tchakalian, Charles Harper Webb and Rolf Yngve will read their work. Ruskin Art Club, 800 S. Plymouth Blvd., L.A. 2 p.m. $5-$10. (323) 755-3530.

Jerry Shirley: A launch party for the drummer's new memoir, "Best Seat in the House: Drumming in the '70s with Marriott, Frampton and Humble Pie." The Echo, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. 6 p.m. Free. (213) 413-8200.

Adam Winkler: The author of "Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America" will discuss and sign his new book. Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., L.A. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 576-9960.


The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick: Aloud at Central Library presents a panel discussion with Jonathan Lethem, Pamela Jackson, Isa Dick Hackett and Laura Leslie on the subject of the author's final work, which Lethem and Jackson edited. Times book critic David L. Ulin will moderate. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025.

Martin Fletcher: The longtime NBC news Middle East correspondent will discuss and sign his new book, "The List." American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. 7:30 p.m. $20. (310) 440-1246.

Judith Halberstam: The author of "The Queer Art of Failure" will discuss and sign her new book. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Karen Karbo: The author of "How Georgia Became O'Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living" will discuss and sign her new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Telling Stories: Woman's Building Writers Workshop: Jesse Holcomb, Barbara Keegan and Sally Shore will perform works by Bia Lowe, Deena Metzger and Terry Wolverton. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica. 6:30 p.m. Free.


Amiri Baraka: The author, playwright and poet, also known as LeRoi Jones, will discuss his work. Eso Won Books, 4331 Degnan Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (323) 290-1048.

Harlan Ellison: The wildly prolific science fiction novelist and short story writer will discuss his work writing for television ("The Outer Limits," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Star Trek"). Screening will follow. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. $10; members, free. (323) 655-2520.

Anthony Horowitz: The author of "The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel" will read and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Jonathan Lethem: The author will discuss and sign his new book of essays, "The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc." Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

John Jeremiah Sullivan and Mark Richard: The authors of "Pulphead" and " House of Prayer No. 2" will discuss and sign their respective new books. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.


Amiri Baraka: An evening of poetry, performance and conversation with the author and poet. Ronald Tutor Campus Center at USC, 3800 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP required.

Joan Didion: Aloud at Central Library presents the author, most recently of the memoir "Blue Nights," in conversation with Times book critic David Ulin. Part of the citywide Pacific Standard Time initiative. Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., Los Angeles. 8 p.m. Sold out (a limited number of tickets available at door). (213) 228-7025.

Katerine Karlin: The author of "Send Me Work: Stories" will read and sign her new collection. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

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