“Escape whatever clouds we may be living under with great literature and conviviality,” essayist Julia Ingalls invites in a Facebook post about one of the “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” group readings she hosted recently. In December, Subtext Design Publishing released The Best of Five O’Clock Somewhere, with 13 works Ingalls edited by writers who have performed at the series, which is in its fourth year. In this month’s edition, Ingalls presents young-adult novelist Lilliam Rivera (The Education of Margot Sanchez), Paul Mandlebaum (Garrett in Wedlock: A Novel in Stories), memoirist Joe Loya (The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of a Bank Robber), poet Aruni Wijesinghe and writer Anthony Miller. Mandrake Bar, 2692 S. La Cienega Blvd., Mid-City; Sun., Feb. 16, 5 p.m.; free. (310) 837-3297, facebook.com/events/817574215423624.


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