A pair of book signings and readings tonight promise to take readers to the edges of the American mind. Skylight Books will feature an appearance by Stephen Elliott, whose new book, The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder, is spun from a sensational Bay Area homicide. Its jacket calls the Diaries a “journey through a neon
landscape of false confessions, self-medication, and torturous sex . . . [s]et against
the backdrop of a nation at war, in the declining years of the Silicon Valley
tech boom and the dawn of Paris Hilton's celebrity.” No less an expert than Jerry Stahl praises Elliott for rendering “the extremes of his own existence with a fearless, through-the-windshield immediacy. By all rights, the author should either be dead or chewing his fingers in a bus station.” 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz, 7:30 p.m. (323) 660-1175.
At almost the same time, David Cullen appears at Book Soup to present Columbine, a nearly decade-long research project into the infamous Colorado high school shootings carried out by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. The book's publisher, Twelve, describes the work as “an astonishing account of two good students with lots of friends, who came to stockpile a basement cache of weapons, to record their raging hatred, and to manipulate every adult who got in their way.” 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7 p.m. 310. 659.3110.