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GO ¡ASK A MEXICAN!OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano reads from his hilarious column, “¡Ask a Mexican!” — now a book, coming to a store near you. BORDERS, 8852 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera; Mon., May 7, 7 p.m. (562) 942-9919. GO AUDREY NIFFENEGGER The author of The Time Traveler’s Wife signs and discusses her work. SANTA MONICA COLLEGE, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; Sat., May 5, 3 p.m. www.smc.edu.BOB ARMSTRONGThe freelance journalist (a.k.a. Vanilla Slim) who did time for pimping signs his new book, Vanilla Slim: An Improbable Pimp in the Empire of Lust. BOOK SOUP, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Fri., May 4, 7 p.m. (800) 764-BOOK. GO CHUCK PALAHNIUK Another dark masterpiece from the author of Fight Club. He signs and discusses Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey, in which the serial killer is mourned by family and friends. CALTECH BECKMAN AUDITORIUM, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena; Mon., May 7, 8 p.m. (626) 395-4652.CITY TV LIVE CALL-IN DISCUSSION Turn to Channel 16 for a live moderated discussion of Audrey Niffenegger’s book The Time Traveler’s Wife. SANTA MONICA PUBLIC LIBRARY, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; Wed., May 9, 7 p.m. (310) 458-8600.DAVID SUNDSTRAND The author signs Shadow of the Raven. VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Sun., May 6, 4 p.m. (626) 449-5320.FANCY NANCY & THE POSH PUPPY Fancy Nancy spent a year on The New York Times best-seller list. A year! Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser comes to town to sign the book. VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Sat., May 5, 11:30 a.m. (626) 449-5320. GO GRAND FINALE OF MALIBU’S ONE BOOK ONE CITY Celebrate at a no-host lunch, where the winners of the writing contest will be announced. TAVERNA TONY’S, 23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu; Sat., May 5, 1 p.m. (310) 456-9961. GO GRANTA’S BEST OF YOUNG AMERICAN NOVELISTS IIYou know Jonathan Franzen, Jeffrey Eugenides, Martin Amis and Ian McEwan? Yes, they were once knighted by Granta as well. Current authors Anthony Doerr, Maile Meloy and ZZ Packer read from their latest works. ARMAND HAMMER MUSEUM OF ART AND CULTURAL CENTER, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Sun., May 6, 6 p.m. (310) 443-7000.HOLLYWOOD ESCAPES Harry Medved discusses and signs Hollywood Escapes: The Moviegoers Guide to Exploring Southern California’s Great Outdoors, which points you to movie-set locations around town, including the wine country shown in Sideways, the Desert Chapel in Kill Bill and others. VILLAGE BOOKS, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades; Thurs., May 10, 7:30 p.m. (310) 454-4063.INSIDE MARILYN MONROE, A MEMOIR Author John Gilmore will read and sign his new book, and one of her gowns will be on display for the evening. CIRCUS OF BOOKS GALLERY, 8230 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Sat., May 5, 7-9 p.m. (323) 656-6533.JOSH GOLDFADEN The author signs his new book of short stories, Human Resources. BOOK SOUP, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Sat., May 5, 5 p.m. (800) 764-BOOK. GO LIZA MUNDY & PEGGY ORENSTEIN As part of the ALOUD at Central Library series, Mundy and Orenstein discuss “Everything Conceivable: From the Stork to the Petri Dish,” moderated by novelist/journalist Anne Taylor Fleming. LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., dwntwn.; Thurs., May 10, 7 p.m. (213) 228-7025. GO THE LOUDEST VOICEAimee Bender presents this fourth installment of the USC Creative Writing Program’s reading series. There will be poems read, stories told, drinks imbibed. Joining her: Andrew Allport, Jennifer Kwon-Dobbs, Nicky Schildkraut and Jeff Solomon. THE MOUNTAIN BAR, 473 Gin Ling Way, Chinatown; Tues., May 8, 8-10 p.m.www.vermin.blogs.com.MALIBU BOOK GROUP Talk about Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. DIESEL, A BOOKSTORE, 3890 Cross Creek Road, Malibu; Wed., May 9, 7 p.m. (310) 456-9961.MARY OTIS The author signs her book Yes, Yes, Cherries. BOOK SOUP, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Sat., May 5, 5 p.m. (800) 764-BOOK. GO MELISSA DE LA CRUZ The author reads from Masquerade, part of the continuing saga of East Coast teens who are also vampires. BARNES & NOBLE, 1201 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica; Tues., May 8, 7 p.m. (310) 260-9110. GO MICHAEL CHABON Film critic Kenneth Turan interviews Michael Chabon on the subject of Chabon’s new hard-boiled detective novel, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, set in a Jewish refugee shelter in Alaska. LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY, 630 W. Fifth St., dwntwn.; Wed., May 9, 7 p.m. (213) 228-7025. The Pulitzer Prize–winning author also signs at BOOK SOUP, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Thurs., May 10, 7 p.m. (800) 764-BOOK.MONDO LUCHA A GO-GO Dan Madigan discusses and signs Mondo Lucha a Go-Go: The Bizarre & Honorable World of Wild Mexican Wrestling.He will be joined by Keith J. Rainville, Rafael Navarro and Christa Faust. VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Fri., May 4, 7 p.m. (626) 449-5320.MONEY MAMMALS PUPPET SHOW The money mammals sing and teach you how to save. Join this interactive workshop at the bookstore and learn how to make your own bank. CHILDREN’S BOOK WORLD, 10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd., W.L.A.; Sat., May 5, 10:30 a.m. (310) 559-2665.PLEASANT GEHMAN, IRIS BERRY & S.A. GRIFFIN Rafael F.J. Alvarado and Carlye Archibeque host this event in which the authors will receive Certificates of Recognition from the city of Los Angeles. SKYLIGHT BOOKS, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Sun., May 6, 7 p.m. (323) 660-1175.PRODUCING YOUR OWN PLAY Playwright and producer Art Shulman shares his expertise at this meeting of the California Writers Club. CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks; Sat., May 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (818) 762-3227.RICK REILLY signs his book, Sports Illustrated: Hate Mail From Cheerleaders & Other Adventures From the Life of Reilly, which collects his rants and raves at the end of each week’s Sports Illustrated. VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Wed., May 9, 7 p.m. (626) 449-5320.RICK RIORDAN The author signs Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 3: The Titan’s Curse. CHILDREN’S BOOK WORLD, 10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd., W.L.A.; Mon., May 7, 10:30 a.m. (310) 559-2665.RITA WILLIAMS The author signs her new book, If the Creek Don’t Rise, set in the Rockies. BARNES & NOBLE, 1201 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica; Thurs., May 10, 7:30 p.m. (310) 260-9110.RUTGER HAUER The actor signs his book All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners. DIESEL, A BOOKSTORE, 3890 Cross Creek Road, Malibu; Tues., May 8, 7 p.m. (310) 456-9961.SUSAN HUBBARD The author signs her new book, The Society of S, about gentle, wise, vegetarian vampires. The undead were once people too. VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Thurs., May 10, 7 p.m. (626) 449-5320.TISH COHEN & REX PICKETT The authors sign Town House. BOOK SOUP, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Tues., May 8, 7 p.m. (800) 764-BOOK.TRAIN WRECKDonna Hogan signs Train Wreck: The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith, about America’s favorite dysfunctional, pill-popping, weight-gaining, octogenarian-marrying blonde. BOOK SOUP, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Mon., May 7, 7 p.m. (800) 764-BOOK.VICTORIA REDEL The author signs The Border of Truth, about first-generation Holocaust refugees. BOOK SOUP, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Wed., May 9, 7 p.m. (800) 764-BOOK. GO W.H. AUDEN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Presented by the Poetry Society of America. Rae Armantrout, Sandra Gilbert, Dana Goodyear, Nicholas Jenkins, Michael Ryan and Stephen Yenser read from the beloved poet’s oeuvre. David Ulin introduces them. ARMAND HAMMER MUSEUM OF ART AND CULTURAL CENTER, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Wed., May 9, 7 p.m. (310) 443-7000. GO WILL SHORTZ He’s The New York Times crossword editor, puzzle master for NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” and the subject of the documentary Wordplay. Shortz will speak about his work. Presented by UCLA Live. ROYCE HALL, UCLA, Wstwd.; Wed., May 9, 8 p.m.; $15-$35. (310) 825-2101. GO WIZARD OF OZ COSTUME PARTY & READ-A-THON Dress up like Dorothy or Scarecrow or Toto for the costume party celebrating L. Frank Baum’s classic. Then, sign up to read a section of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the next day at the library. They’ll be reading the whole thing. MEMORIAL PARK, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre; Fri., May 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (626) 355-7186.WRITE ON! WRITING GROUP A monthly group led by Debra Eckerling, open to writers of all genres. Give and receive insight and unrelenting support. BARNES & NOBLE, 1201 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica; Wed., May 9, 7 p.m. (310) 260-9110.—Gendy Alimurung
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