January 22, 2012
Compiled by Liesl Bradner SUNDAY Kurt Kamm: The author celebrates the release of his new thriller, "Code Blood. " Diesel, A Bookstore 23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu. 3 p.m. (310) 456-9961. Robin Mellom: The author celebrates the publication of her debut YA novel, "Ditched. " Diesel A Bookstore 225 26th St, Santa Monica. 3 p.m. Noir at the Bar: Stephen Blackmoore discusses his new novel, "City of the Lost" Mandrake Bar 2692 South La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles.
January 15, 2012
Compiled by Liesl Bradner. SUNDAY Dennis Palumbo: The author leads the workshop "Taking the Mystery Out of Writing Mysteries" and signs "Fever Dream," Vromans Bookstore 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. 4 p.m. (626) 449-5320. Heather Donahue: The actress and author signs her memoir, "Grow Girl: How My Life After The Blair Witch Project Went to Pot. " Dark Delicacies 3512 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 2 p.m. (818) 556-6660. Tribute to Christopher Hitchens: A morning of remembrance along with reading selections from the late author's collection of writings.
December 7, 2011
BOOKS This Is Not a David Sedaris Event! The sardonic NPR humorist and bestselling author will not be in attendance at this holiday soiree (his next live Southland appearance isn't scheduled until May), but his impish spirit will be alive and well. Celebrate the season with appetizers á la sister Amy Sedaris, drinks and readings from Sedaris' Christmas classic, "Holidays on Ice. " Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320. http://www.vromansbookstore.com.
September 7, 2011
BOOKS George Pelecanos The mystery novelist and TV writer known for his work on "The Wire" will sign and discuss his latest book, "The Cut. " The novel tells the story of an Iraq war veteran turned private investigator hired by a crime boss to find out who has been stealing from his operation. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. (626) 449-5320. http://www.vromansbookstore.com. MUSIC Quincy Jones The Grammy-winning multi-hyphenate will make a rare live performance at the Hollywood Bowl as part of a celebratory evening featuring the Global Gumbo All-Stars and Friends.
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.
August 15, 2011
MUSIC Adele "I'll Be Waiting" is a neo-soul sashay, and it inspires the singer to push her vocal expressions into sweet howls reminiscent of those by Dusty Springfield, another Brit deeply influenced by American country and soul. Overall, her album "21" shows that Adele, now 23, is towering in the same landscape where some of her contemporaries, beehived or not, have lost all their bearings. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $32.50-$65. Greektheatrela.com.