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Nobody on the planet knows L.A. nightlife better than Lina Lecaro. For the L.A. Weekly columnist, nocturnal partying is more than a lifestyle: It's a vocation. So it's no surprise that her new book, Los Angeles's Best Dive Bars, is so comprehensive. But it's also fun, written in a style that pops and snaps and pulls you in. Pick it up, and you won't be able to put it down. Lecaro has that unique ability to make you feel like you are there, sitting on a bar stool right in the middle of the watering holes she describes with such detail and affection. The book takes you places you never knew existed, so it's more than a guide for people looking for new places to hoist a few; it's essential reading for the incurably curious, for Angelenos (and tourists) itching to discover all they can about the character and complexion of this intriguing ol' town. Whether you're drunk or sober, come meet Lecaro and have her sign your copy. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd., Sun., Aug. 15, 7 p.m.; free (book is $12.95). (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com.

Sun., Aug. 15, 7 p.m., 2010