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1 JULY 2012 — sunday

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  • Open reading also features a reading by poet and fiction writer Margaret Elysia Garcia, poet, educator and Cave Canem fellow F. Douglas Brown, and poet Venela Flagg, hosted by Billy Burgos, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, sign up 4:45, show 5:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • IWOSC Reads Its Own, fourteen members of the Independent Writers of Southern California read from poems, monologues, and more, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 2:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Romance Readers' Book Club meets to discuss Julie Kagawa's The Iron King, the first book in the 'Iron Fey' series, Barnes & Noble, Marina Pacifica Mall, 6326 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, free, 10:00 a.m. (562/431-2253, www.barnesandnoble.com)
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  • Selected readings from the 2011-2012 expanded bilingual edition of San Diego Poetry Annual, an anthology featuring work by contributors Marge Piercy, Diane Wakoski, Steve Kowit, and Ilya Kaminsky and many others, readers to be announced, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $7/$5 students/seniors/children, members free, 1:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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2 JULY 2012 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Speak Easy Open Mic, with music, poetry, comedy, and more, arrive early to sign up, The Last Bookstore, 453 South Spring Street, Ground Floor, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-11:00 (213/488-0599, lastbookstorela.com)
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3 JULY 2012 — tuesday

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  • Pamela Ribon, best-selling author of Why Girls Are Weird, reads from her new novel You Take It From Here, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Group meets to discuss Robert Charles Wilson's Spin, his tale about the implosion of the sun, Barnes & Noble, Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Avenue #110, Huntington Beach, free, 7:00 (714/897-8781, www.barnesandnoble.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Benjamin Book Club, Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library, 5188 Zion Avenue, San Diego, free, 1:00-2:00 (619/533-3970, www.sandiego.gov)
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  • Charlie California's Open Mic, Rebecca's Coffeehouse, 3015 Juniper Street, San Diego, free, sign ups 6:30, show 7:00 (619/284-3663, www.rebeccascoffeehouse.com)
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4 JULY 2012 — wednesday

    SOUTH:
  • The Child-Parent Book Club, for students grades 4-6 and their parents, Carmel Valley Branch Library, 3919 Townsgate Avenue, San Diego, free, 6:45 (858/522-1668, www.sandiego.gov)
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5 JULY 2012 — thursday

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  • SAMO Reading Series presents Dave Schilling, editor of SAMO Magazine, reading from his novella-in-progress, A Talking Rabbit Asks for Change, The Last Bookstore, 453 South Spring Street, Ground Floor, Los Angeles, free, 8:00 (213/488-0599, lastbookstorela.com)
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  • The Second Annual Lit Show Film Festival screens rare literature films, with Gerry Fialka, 7 Dudley Cinema, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, 7:00-10:00 (310/306-7330, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • The Writer's Critique Group meets, Barnes & Noble, Marina Pacifica Mall, 6326 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, free, 6:30 (562/431-2253, www.barnesandnoble.com)
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  • Bohemian Beat Spoken Word presents an open mic, followed by a featured poet, hosted by Tree Bernstein, Bohemia Coffee House, 214 West Ojai Avenue, Ojai, free, sign up 7:15, show 7:30 (805/640-7210)
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  • Mission Hills Book Group, Mission Hills Branch Library, 925 West Washington Street, San Diego, free, 10:00 a.m. (619/692-4910, www.sandiego.gov)
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6 JULY 2012 — friday

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  • Hollywood Institute of Poetics presents a poetry reading, "The Out of Towners", featuring Christian Alvarez, Book 2, Danny Baker, Fractured, Mende Smith, and poet-mortician Alicia Young, Hell on Heels, hosted by Rafael F.J. Alvarado, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $7/$5 students/seniors/children, members free, 7:30 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Historian Peter Dreier reads from The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century, about radicals and reformers, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Dime Stories presents open mic, hosted by Kelli Wescott; read three-minute stories, Lestats on Park, 4496 Park Blvd., San Diego, $5 suggested donation, 7:00 (dimestories.org)
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7 JULY 2012 — saturday

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  • Down N Sound Lit Fest II, featuring memoirist Dan Fante, Fante: A Family's Legacy of Writing, Drinking, and Surviving, poet RD Armstrong, Justin Maurer, Don't Take Your Life, Kenneth Sonny Donato, A Poet's Guide to the Bars, and Marianne Stewart, Gatsby Books, 5535 East Spring Street, Long Beach, free, 7:00 (562/208-5862, conta.cc/KwaAco)
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  • Gatsby's Book Club meets to discuss T.C. Boyle's The Women, his account of the life and loves of Frank Lloyd Wright; bring "home" themed food, coffee and tea provided, Gatsby Books, 5535 East Spring Street, Long Beach, free, 3:00 (562/208-5862, conta.cc/KwaAco)
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  • La Poesía Festival ¡En Español!: share original poetry, short stories, and music in Spanish, bring food or drink for the potluck, organized by Antonieta Villamil, Beyond Baroque Library, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, 8:00 (310/822-3006, antonietavillamil @ gmail.com, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • A poetry reading with the editors of The Offending Adam, an online literary journal, with Cody Todd, To Frankenstein, My Father, Andrew Wessels, Nik de Domnic, and Omnidawn Poetry Prize-winner Kelli Anne Nofttle, I Was There For Your Somniloquy, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $7/$5 students/seniors/children, members free, 7:30 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Pen Center USA presents the Emerging Voices Fellowship Meet and Greet, an information panel for interested applicants, drinks to follow; the Fellowship includes a professional mentorship, Master classes, $1,000 stipend, and more, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Rich Roll reads from his book Finding Ultra, how he went from overweight to "one of the world's twenty-five fittest men", signing follows, Diesel, A Bookstore, Malibu Country Mart, 23410 Civic Center Way, Suite A-3, Malibu, free, 4:00 (310/456-9961, www.dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Denise Sullivan reads from Keep On Pushing: Black Power Music from Blues to Hip-Hop, with musical accompaniment from Buddy Zapata, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 2:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • William J. Havlicek reads from Van Gogh's Untold Journey: Revelations of Faith, Family, & Artistic Inspiration, letters by the famed artist, signing follows, Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, $8, free with paid admission, members free, 1:30-3:00 (714/567-3600, www.bowers.org)
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  • San Diego Writers, Ink presents Dominic Carrillo reading from his debut novel To Be Frank Diego, The Inkspot, 710 13th Street, Suite 210, San Diego, free, 7:00 (www.sandiegowriters.org)
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  • Poetry reading by Joseph Ross, Meeting Bone Man, D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 7:00 (858/456-1800, www.dgwillsbooks.com)
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8 JULY 2012 — sunday

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  • Aminta Arrington reads from her memior Home Is a Roof Over a Pig: An American Family's Journey in China, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 4:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Beyond the Script, a cookout-fundraiser with scripts by emerging screenwriters read by actors, Poetry Garden, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $7/$5 students/seniors/children, members free, actors come at 3:00 and get cast on the spot, event 4:00-6:30 (submit your script by June 2, 5:00: lisa @ beyondbaroque.org, 310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Lee Phillip Bell and Michael Maloney read from The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful", with special guests Laurelee Bell and cast members from The Young and the Restless" and The Bold and the Beautiful", signing follows, Barnes & Noble, 901 B South Coast Drive, Suite 150, Costa Mesa, free, 2:00 (714/444-0226, www.barnesandnoble.com)
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  • Hollywood Institute of Poetics presents The Bluebird Reading, featuring Jericho Brown, PLEASE, Margaret Elysia Garcia, Luivette Resto, Unfinished Portrait, Conney Williams, and poet-mortician Alicia Young, Hell on Heels, open mic follows, hosted by Jessica Ceballos, Avenue 50, 131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park, free, sign up 1:30, show 2:00-5:00 (jessicaceballos @ me.com)
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  • Actress Molly Erdman discusses Catalog Living at Its Most Absurd: Decorating Takes (Wicker) Balls, a send-up of home décor catalogs, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 4:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Poetry Grove Poets outdoor open reading, Poetry Bench, Balboa Park, Balboa Drive and Quince Drive, San Diego, free, 1:00-2:00 (poetrygrove @ att.net, poetrygrove.weebly.com)
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  • Steve's Poetry and Prose Open Mic, Rebecca's Coffeehouse, 3015 Juniper Street, San Diego, free, sign ups 4:45, show 5:00 (619/284-3663, www.rebeccascoffeehouse.com)
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9 JULY 2012 — monday

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  • Joe Pachinko reads from Geek City Apocalypso, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Long Beach Writers' Meetup Group, Barnes & Noble, Marina Pacifica Mall, 6326 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, free, 7:00 (562/431-2253, www.barnesandnoble.com)
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  • Matt Quirk reads from The 500, a thriller about the shadowy elite who run Washington, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Moonday Poetry West presents a featured poetry reading by Fernando Castro, Redeemable Air Mileage, open reading follows, hosted by Alice Pero and Lois P. Jones, Aldersgate Retreat Center & Buerge Chapel, 925 Haverford Avenue, Pacific Palisades, sign up 7:00, reading 7:30 (310/454-6699, www.moondaypoetry.com)
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  • Speak Easy Open Mic, with music, poetry, comedy, and more, arrive early to sign up, The Last Bookstore, 453 South Spring Street, Ground Floor, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-11:00 (213/488-0599, lastbookstorela.com)
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10 JULY 2012 — tuesday

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  • Magician Alex Stone reads from Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Archeologist and historian Brian Fagan reads from Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Justin Halpern, New York Times best-selling author of Sh*t My Dad Says, reads from his new memoir I Suck at Girls, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • A night of storytelling, poetry, and music hosted by theater veteran Lee Boek and the Public Works Improvisational Theater Company, The Last Bookstore, 453 South Spring Street, Ground Floor, Los Angeles, free, 8:00 (213/488-0599, lastbookstorela.com)
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  • Dark Days of Summer presents a reading from teen novels with Aprilynne Pike, Destined (book four of the 'Laurel' series), Veronica Roth, Insurgent (Book 2 of the 'Divergent' series), Dan Wells, Partials, and S.J. Kincaid, Insignia, signing follows, Barnes & Noble, Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Avenue #110, Huntington Beach, free, 7:00 (714/897-8781, www.barnesandnoble.com)
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  • Poetry Night book group meets, Barnes & Noble, Marina Pacifica Mall, 6326 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, free, 7:00 (562/431-2253, www.barnesandnoble.com)
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  • Valley Contemporary Poets presents an open reading, featured poet Yago S. Cura, one drink minimum, all ages, hosted by Rick Lupert, The Cobalt Café, 22407 Sherman Way, west of Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, sign up 8:30-8:45, reading 9:00 (818/348-3789, www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt)
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  • Memorial for the late poet Dottie Grossman, with readings from her poetry, trombonist Michael Vlatkovich and friends, hosted by Phil Taggart, Artists' Union Gallery, 330 S. California Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (805/643-3012, www.venturaartistsunion.org)
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11 JULY 2012 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Banned Book Group discusses Carson McCullers's The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Barnes & Noble, Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Avenue #110, Huntington Beach, free, 7:00 (714/897-8781, www.barnesandnoble.com)
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  • Carissa Phelps reads from her memoir Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Claire McMillan reads from her debut novel The Gilden Age, a woman's struggle for independence and love in the twenty-first century, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • The Harry Potter Book Club, for kids ages 7-11, with Harry Potter-inspired crafts, music, and snacks, Gatsby Books, 5535 East Spring Street, Long Beach, free, 4:00-5:00 (562/208-5862, conta.cc/KwaAco)
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  • Jim Krusoe reads from his novel Parsifal, a wise fool's journey to his childhood home, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Literary Death Match presents a reading and performance with American Idol style judging, featuring author/playwright Rex Pickett, Sideways, performer/fictionist Jean Darst Fiction Ruined My Family, fiction writer Karl Taro Greenfield, Triburbia, Tupelo Hassman, Girlchild; judges to be announced, hosted by Todd Zuniga, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, parking $3 under the museum, doors open 7:00, show 7:30 (310/443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu)
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  • Santa Maria Rhythm & Rhyme presents an open mic hosted by poet BJ Riley, Café Noir, 1555 S. Broadway, Santa Maria, free, 5:30 (805/361-0402)
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    SOUTH:
  • Book Discussion Group, Balboa Branch Library, 4255 Mt. Abernathy Avenue, San Diego, free, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 (858/537-1390, www.sandiego.gov)
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12 JULY 2012 — thursday

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  • Graphic novelist and memoirist G. Willow Wilson reads from her debut prose novel, Alif the Unseen, about a young Arab-Indian hacker, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • A publication party with novelist and playwright Jesse Kellerman for his novel Potboiler, Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood, 225 26th Street, Suite 33, Santa Monica, free, 7:00 (310/576-9960, www.dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Gigi Levangie Grazer, the best-selling author of The Starter Wife, reads from The After Wife, about a widow in Los Angeles, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Scott Lasser reads from Say Nice Things About Detroit: A Novel, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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13 JULY 2012 — friday

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  • A reading of scary stories in honor of Friday the 13th by Joseph Mattson, Chris Byars, Paul Gachot, and Ben Ehrenreich, from the most recent Slake: Los Angeles Issue #4: Dirt, The Last Bookstore, 453 South Spring Street, Ground Floor, Los Angeles, free, 8:00 (213/488-0599, lastbookstorela.com)
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  • John Vorhaus celebrates the release Lucy in the Sky, his "hippie lit" novel, with a presentation of "Forward into the Past," a slide show/performance art/trivia quiz, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Comedian Rick Shapiro reads from Unfiltered, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • "Lost In Joshua Tree": Mixed Media and Poetry, with Ed Rosenthal and Cindy Bousquet Harris, a reading of poems inspired by Rosenthal's near-death experience in the Joshua Tree desert, with a mixed-media recounting, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $7/$5 students/seniors/children, members free, 7:30, (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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14 JULY 2012 — saturday

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  • Deanne Stillman, author of the best-selling true crime book Twentynine Palms, reads from Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Garrison Keillor signs Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny, his novel about the "Prairie Home Companion" private eye, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 1:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Jill Smolinski reads from Objects of My Affection, her novel about a down-and-out woman and an eccentric painter, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 4:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • The Lit Show, Suzy Williams and Brad Kay perform songs based on the literature of Kurt Vonnegut, J.D. Salinger, Vladimir Nabokov, and others, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $15, 7:30 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • A reading by Joe Meno, Office Girl, Nathan Larson, The Nervous System, and specials guests Sean Carswell and Margaret Wappler, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 4:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Book Discussion Group, College-Rolando Branch Library, 6600 Montezuma Road, San Diego, free, 10:00 a.m. (619/533-3902, www.sandiego.gov)
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15 JULY 2012 — sunday

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  • LAnguage features a collection of eclectic poets, hosted by Mike the Poet, The Last Bookstore, 453 South Spring Street, Ground Floor, Los Angeles, free, 3:00 (213/488-0599, lastbookstorela.com)
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  • Second Annual Beyond Baroque Awards Dinner, honoring poet and writer Wanda Coleman and poet Amélie Frank, with Master of Ceremonies, poet Brendan Constantine, and presenters George Drury Smith and S.A. Griffin, entertainment by David Zasloff, catering by Wild Thai Restaurant, proceeds benefit Beyond Baroque's literary programs, The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica, $65, 5:30 (tickets: bbawardsdinner2.eventbrite.com/, or e-mail your mailing address to specialevents @ beyondbaroque.org; 310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • The Great Beyond Open Reading, featuring fiction writer Joseph Mattson, Empty the Sun: A Novel with Soundtrack by Six Organs of Admittance, hosted by Jessica Ceballos, for poets and writers of all ages, five minute limit for the open, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free, sign up 1:45, show 2:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Moonday Poetry East presents a poetry reading by Timothy Green, American Fractal, and Alan Fox, Red Thread, open reading follows, come early to sign up, hosted by Alice Pero and Lois P. Jones, Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, 2:00 (818/790-0717, www.moondaypoetry.com)
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  • Syrian musician Malek Jandall, and his cousin, award-winning novelist Mona Simpson, My Hollywooddiscuss how the Syrian uprising and their heritage inform their creative work, The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 3:00 (310/443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu)
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  • Jennifer Weiner reads from The Next Best Thing, her novel about a young screenwriter trying to make it in Hollywood, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 4:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Nora Zelevansky reads from her debut novel, Semi-Charmed Life, about the ghost writer for a socialite, Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood, 225 26th Street, Suite 33, Santa Monica, free, 7:00 (310/576-9960, www.dieselbookstore.com)
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  • Special guests Bruce Vilance, Jeffrey Schwarz, Michael Kerns, and Mark Thompson reads from Out Spoken: A Vito Russo Reader, a new anthology of the writings of film historian and gay activist Vito Russo, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 5:00 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Sunday Story Salon presents poets Brendan Constantine, Calamity Joe and Jack Grapes, A Time to Sing, A Time to Dance, students from Horace Mann School, and musical guest Ivor "Jerry" Moor, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 3:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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16 JULY 2012 — monday

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  • The Banned Book Group discusses Jeff Talarigo's The Pearl Diver, about a pearl diver exiled to a leper colony, Barnes & Noble, Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Avenue #110, Huntington Beach, free, 7:00 (714/897-8781, www.barnesandnoble.com)
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  • Daniel Smith reads from Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Novelist Joshua Henkin reads from The World Without You, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Karen Thompson Walker reads from Age of Miracles, a novel about earth's slowing rotation, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • The R&R Book Group, Barnes & Noble, Marina Pacifica Mall, 6326 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, free, 5:30 (562/431-2253, www.barnesandnoble.com)
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  • Speak Easy Open Mic, with music, poetry, comedy, and more, arrive early to sign up, The Last Bookstore, 453 South Spring Street, Ground Floor, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-11:00 (213/488-0599, lastbookstorela.com)
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  • Favorite Poem Reading meets every third Monday monthly, all are invited to bring a favorite poem or two by another poet and read them to an audience, hosted by Lois Klein, The Blue Agave, 20 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, 5:15-6:30 (805/899-4694)
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17 JULY 2012 — tuesday

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  • Cobalt Poets presents an open reading and featured poet Crystal Salas, one drink minimum, all ages, hosted by Rick Lupert, The Cobalt Café, 22407 Sherman Way, west of Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, sign up 8:30-8:45, reading 9:00 (818/348-3789, www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt)
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  • Karolina Waclawiak reads from her debut novel How to Get Into the Twin Palms, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Poetry reading by Brigit Truex, Strong as Silk, open mic follows, hosted by Phil Taggart, Artists' Union Gallery, 330 S. California Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (805/643-3012)
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18 JULY 2012 — wednesday

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  • Anansi Writers' Workshop, followed by featured poet WM2, Next Stop Nirvana, and open mic, The World Stage, 4344 Degnan Avenue, Los Angeles, $5, formal workshop, 7:30; featured reader, 8:30; open mic, 9:05 (323/293-2451, sites.google.com/site/theworldstage/programs-workshops/lierary-series)
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  • New York Times-best-selling author Carlos Ruiz Zafon reads from The Prisoners of Heaven, his sequel to The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game, All Saints Church, 132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • The Hump Day Reading Series presents a featured poet and open mic, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
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  • Santa Maria Rhythm & Rhyme presents an open mic hosted by poet BJ Riley, Café Noir, 1555 S. Broadway, Santa Maria, free, 5:30 (805/361-0402)
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19 JULY 2012 — thursday

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  • Aris Janigian reads from This Angelic Land, his novel about the Los Angeles Riots, signing follows, Tia Chucha's Café Cultural, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, free, 7:00-8:00 (www.tiachucha.com)
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20 JULY 2012 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Memoirist Paula Priamos, The Shyster's Daughter, and novelist Dana Johnson, Elsewhere, California, read from their new books, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Night of Music and Spoken Word open mic, read poems, stories, songs, jokes, freestyles, or just express yourself, Tia Chucha's Café Cultural, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, free, 8:00-10:00 (www.tiachucha.com)
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  • In the Words of Womyn, a space for women to write and share their writing, Tia Chucha's Café Cultural, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, free, 6:00-7:30 (www.tiachucha.com)
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21 JULY 2012 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Natalia Aguilar reads from The Other World, a short novel about a family's bi-cultural challenges, with a special musical appearance by Glasshouse Construction Co., Alejandra Leyva, Jaime Carcamo, and Bisonte and The Delirians, signing follows, Tia Chucha's Café Cultural, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, free, 5:00-8:00 (www.tiachucha.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Red Hen Press reading by poet Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, signing follows, Bank of Books, 748 East Main Street, Ventura, free, 6:30 (626/356-4760, redhen.org)
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22 JULY 2012 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Red Hen Press reading by poet Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, signing follows, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffee House, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, free, 6:30 (626/356-4760, redhen.org)
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23 JULY 2012 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Spoken Interludes presents best-selling writer Merril Markoe, Cool, Calm, & Contentious, personal essays; thriller novelist Gregg Hurwitz, You're Next; actress and writer Jamie Rose, Shut Up and Dance! The Joy of Letting Go of the Lead, On the Dance Floor and Off; and Obie award-winner Chris Wells, books on sale by Book Soup, signing and supper buffet, Il Cielo, 9018 Burton Way, between Doheny and San Vicente, Beverly Hills, valet and street parking, $35 at the door, supper buffet 6:00-7:30, reading 7:30-8:30, signing 8:30-9:00 (directions: 310/276-9990, www.ilcielo.com)
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24 JULY 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Cobalt Poets presents an open reading and featured poet Monty Milhado, one drink minimum, all ages, hosted by Rick Lupert, The Cobalt Café, 22407 Sherman Way, west of Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, sign up 8:30-8:45, reading 9:00 (818/348-3789, www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt)
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  • Red Hen Press presents a poetry reading by Brendan Constantine, Calamity Joe, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Nicelle Davis, Becoming Judas, and Lynnell Edwards, Covet, The Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, 6:30 (626/356-4760, redhen.org)
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25 JULY 2012 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Charles Yu reads from his short story collection Sorry Please Thank You, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Hump Day Reading Series presents poet Daniel McGinn, 1000 Black Umbrellas, Gatsby Books, 5535 East Spring Street, Long Beach, free, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
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  • Anansi Writers' Workshop, followed by featured poet Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, and open mic, The World Stage, 4344 Degnan Avenue, Los Angeles, $5, formal workshop, 7:30; featured reader, 8:30; open mic, 9:05 (323/293-2451, sites.google.com/site/theworldstage/programs-workshops/lierary-series)
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  • Men's Creative Writing Circle 101, optional writing prompts, read your work aloud, Tia Chucha's Café Cultural, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, free, 6:30-7:30 (www.tiachucha.com)
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  • Two Idiots Peddling Poetry presents a reading by G. Murray Thomas, Daniel McGinn, Ed Jamieson, and more, with readings from News Clips & Ego Trips, a collection of the best of Next… Magazine, Ugly Mug, 216 North Glassell Street, Orange, free, 8:00 (www.poetryidiots.com)
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    NORTH:
  • Santa Maria Rhythm & Rhyme presents an open mic hosted by poet BJ Riley, Café Noir, 1555 S. Broadway, Santa Maria, free, 5:30 (805/361-0402)
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26 JULY 2012 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • The Bank Heavy Variety Show presents a reading by poets G. Murray Thomas, My Kidney Just Arrived, and Sarah Miller, open mic follows, Gatsby Books, 5535 East Spring Street, Long Beach, free, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Fourth Thursday Open Mic presents featured reading by poet Brandon Cesmot, open mic for spoken word, poetry, song, comedy and dance with host Jim Moreno, The Space Bar Internet Café, 7454 University Avenue, La Mesa, 7:30-10:00 (619/461-7100)
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27 JULY 2012 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Night of Music and Spoken Word open mic, read poems, stories, songs, jokes, freestyles, or just express yourself, Tia Chucha's Café Cultural, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, free, 8:00-10:00 (www.tiachucha.com)
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  • In the Words of Womyn, a space for women to write and share their writing, Tia Chucha's Café Cultural, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, free, 6:00-7:30 (www.tiachucha.com)
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28 JULY 2012 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • A reading of young adult fiction featuring Nina Berry, Otherkin, first novel in the Otherkin series, Brigid Kemmerer, Storm, first novel in the Elemental Series, and Marni Bates, Awkward, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • A reading of young adult fiction featuring Nina Berry, Otherkin, first novel in the Otherkin series, Brigid Kemmerer, Storm, first novel in the Elemental Series, and Marni Bates, Awkward, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Students from Birmingham Community Charter High School read from Branches on the Tollway, a collection of their fiction and poetry, Tia Chucha's Café Cultural, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, free, 5:00-6:30 (www.tiachucha.com)
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    SOUTH:
  • Poet Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, teaches "Find Your Voice: A Poetry Workshop"; participants should have workshop experience, The Inkspot, 710 13th Street, Suite 210, San Diego, $72/ $60 members, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 (626/356-4760, www.sandiegowriters.org)
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29 JULY 2012 — sunday

30 JULY 2012 — monday

31 JULY 2012 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Cobalt Poets presents an open reading and featured poet Tamara Madison, Sistuh's Sermon on the Mount, one drink minimum, all ages, hosted by Rick Lupert, The Cobalt Café, 22407 Sherman Way, west of Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, sign up 8:30-8:45, reading 9:00 (818/348-3789, www.poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt)
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