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20 JUNE 2012 — wednesday

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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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  • Sarah Terez Rosenblum reading from her debut novel Herself When She's Missing, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660.1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Photographers Mark Arbeit, George Holz, and Just Loomis present Three Boys From Pasadena: A Tribute to Helmut Newton, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.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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21 JUNE 2012 — thursday

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  • Novelist Alix Ohlin reading from Inside, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis present The Complete Filmmaker's Guide to Film Festivals: Your All Access Pass to Launching Your Film on the Festival Circuit, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • "What? No! Shut Up!" live storytelling presented by Henry Mortensen and Geoff Schoenberg, 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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  • Pultizer Prize-winner Paul Starr, Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform, discusses the future of health care, moderated by Ian Masters, The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (310/443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu)
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22 JUNE 2012 — friday

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  • Lectures from Beyond presents "A Number of Naked Selves: Post-Beat Writing in Los Angeles and the New York School(s) of Poets," moderated by poet and scholar Bill Mohr, Hold Outs: The Los Angeles Poetry Renaissance, 1948-1992, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $7/$5 students/seniors/children, members free, 7:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • Poetry in Motion presents a reading on "Sons," Mason Allport, Ben Brandstein, Dan Kwong, Michael Des Barres, and more, host Eve Brandstein, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/members free, 9:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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23 JUNE 2012 — saturday

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  • Barbara Kraft reads from her memoir Anaïs Nin: The Last Days, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $7/$5 students/seniors/children, members free, 7:00 (310/822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org)
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  • A mystery writers reading with Gloria McMillan, The Blue Maroon Murder, Anne Mendel, Etiquette for an Apocalypse, Kathryn Dawn O'Brien, Murder Has a Memory, Stan Schatt, Michael Connelly: A Reader's Guide, Jeff Tucker, The Sixth Key: From the Secret Files of the Magic Castle, Claire Hartman, 221 Baker Street, San Francisco, signing follows, Book Carnival, 348 South Tustin Avenue, Orange, free, 2:00 (714/538-3210, annesbookcarnival.com)
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  • Poetry reading celebrating the publication of Askew #12, with poets Florence Weinberger, John Ridland, Ron Alexander, Paul Willis, Christopher Buckley, and many more, hosted by Friday Lubina, Marsha de la O, and Phil Taggart, Artists Union Gallery, 330 S. California Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (805/643-3012, www.venturaartistsunion.org)
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    SOUTH:
  • John Vorhaus, The Comic Toolbox, teaches a one-day class,"The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You're Not," about how to be reliably funny forever as a screenwriter, novelist, or comedy writer, The Inkspot, 710 13th Street, Suite 210, San Diego, $118/$100 members, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 (register online: sandiegowriters.org)
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24 JUNE 2012 — sunday

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  • La Palabra presents an open mic, a reading by featured poets Jessica Ceballos and Julio Rodriguez follows, hosted by Luivette Resto, Avenue 50 Studio, Inc., 131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park, free, 2:00-4:00 (323/258-1435, www.avenue50studio.com)
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  • Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, known for their celebrity fashion blog GoFugYourself.com, read from Messy, their novel about the inner-workings of Hollywood, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, noon (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Local Author Day with Rebecca Woods, Living Through Charlie, Caroline Gerardo, The Lucky Boy, and Sean Austin, Echo's Revenge: The Ultimate Game, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 4:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Writing Orbit writing group meets, Barnes & Noble, Marina Pacifica Mall, 6326 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, free, 3:00 (562/431-2253, www.barnesandnoble.com)
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25 JUNE 2012 — monday

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  • Journalist Eric Laursen reads from The People's Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • Ernest Cline reads from his "genre-busting" debut novel, Ready Player One, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, 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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  • John G. Ripley and Julianna Delgado read from Pasadena's Bungalow Heaven, on Pasadena's signature landmarks, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Independent Writers of Southern California present a panel discussion, "Young Adult Literature: still thriving," with panelists Jennifer Rofé, Lauren Strasnic, Amy Goldman Koss, Ann Stampler, Jen Jones Donatelli, moderated by Gary Young, Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland, Culver City, $15, IWOSC members free, free parking, with reservations 7:15, doors open to all 7:20, panel 7:30 (reservations by email to info @ iwosc.org with "IWOSC Reservation" in the subject line, reserve by 5:00, June 24; www.IWOSC.org)
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26 JUNE 2012 — tuesday

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  • Robert Crane presents My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey through Hollywood and Robert Crane and Christopher Fryer present their co-authored book Jack Nicholson: The Early Years, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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  • Indelible Ink: a Vanguard Poetry Series presents Dasha Kelley, Hershey Eats Peanuts, Eloise Klein Healy, The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho, Jason Luckett and Danielle Mitchell, more to be announced, Café Bizou, 91 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, $15 advance, $20 door, $10 students, 6:30 (tickets: 626/578-7267, (www.indelibleink.net)
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  • Novelist Joseph Kannon reads from Istanbul Passage, about espionage in Istanbul at the end of World War Two, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Zócalo at the Hammer presents Michael Lind, Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States, discussing how the United States can regain eminence, The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (310/443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu)
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    NORTH:
  • Poetry reading by Friday Lubina, 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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27 JUNE 2012 — wednesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Famed skateboarder Christian Hosoi reads from his memoir Hosoi: My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor, posed photos may be allowed, Barnes & Noble, Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Avenue #110, Huntington Beach, free, 7:00 (714/897-8781, www.barnesandnoble.com)
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  • A reading with Andrew Deener, Venice: A Contested Bohemia in Los Angeles, and Susan Phillips, Operation Fly Trap: L.A. Gangs, Drugs, and the Law, signing follows, Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (323/660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com)
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  • The Fiction Book Group meets to discuss a novel, 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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  • Jeffery Deaver reads from XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel, a special agent trying to stop a stalker, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • New American Writing presents a reading by Wayne Koestenbaum, Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting an Icon, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, and novelist/poet Jim Krusoe, Iceland Girl, selected by the Los Angeles Times as one of the ten best fiction books 2002, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (310/443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu)
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  • Slake, named a Los Angeles Times best-selling journal, brings its "Dirt" Tour to Book Soup, celebrating Issue #4: Dirt, with Andrew Ramirez, Lauren Weedman, Vanesa Carlisle, Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 7:30 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.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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    SOUTH:
  • Book Discussion Group, Scripps Miramar Ranch Branch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego, free, 6:30 (858/538-8158, www.sandiego.gov)
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  • Mystery Book Discussion Group, Missions Hills Branch Library, 925 West Washington Street, San Diego, free, 6:30-7:30 (619/692-4910, www.sandiego.gov)
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  • The UC Book Club welcomes best-selling author Susan Vreeland for a discussion of her novel, Luncheon of the Boating Party, University Community Drive, 4155 Governor Drive, San Diego, free, 21 and over only, 2:00-3:00 (858/552-1655, www.sandiego.gov)
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28 JUNE 2012 — thursday

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  • Emma McLaughin and Nicole Krauss, authors of the New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries, read from Between You and Me: 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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  • The Bank-Heavy Press Variety Show presents Zach Nelson-Lopiccolo and Josue Mendoza, co-authors of a double volume chapbook, Dying Quietly In A Crowded Room/Dancing With Scissors, open reading and signing follow, Gatsby Books, 5535 East Spring Street, Long Beach, free, 7:00 (562/208-5862, conta.cc/KwaAco)
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  • Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan read from Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Anthropologist Tanya Marie Luhrmann discusses her book, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God, D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 7:00 (858/456-1800, www.dgwillsbooks.com)
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  • The Young Adult "What'Cha Been Readin'?" Book Club, share what you're reading with other teens, Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library, 5148 Market Street, San Diego, free, 4:00-5:00 (619/527-3405, www.sandiego.gov)
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29 JUNE 2012 — friday

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  • Writer's Bloc presents Kevin Bleyer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart reading from Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America, with Lawrence O'Donnell, host of The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Guild Theater, Writers Guild Theater, 135 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, $20, 7:30 (rsvp: reservations @ writersblocpresents.com, writersblocpresents.com)
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  • David Brin reads from Existence, his novel about the discovery of an alien artifact, signing follows, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, free, 7:00 (626/449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com)
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  • Tebot Bach presents an open reading and a reading by featured poet Brian Michael Tracy, Opaque Traveler: A Dream Sequence in Verse, Golden West College, Community Room 102, Huntington Beach, free, sign up 7:30, show 8:00 (tebotbach.org)
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  • M. Shawn Crahan, founding member of the Grammy award-winning band Slipknot, reads from The Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey, signing follows, Book Soup, 8818 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, free, 7:00 (310/659-3110, www.booksoup.com)
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30 JUNE 2012 — saturday

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  • Tongue & Groove in collaboration with Grand Performances presents a tribute to poet and fiction writer Charles Bukowski, featuring readings from Bukowski's writings and their own work by poet Gerald Locklin, Charles Bukowski: A Sure Bet, actor Harry Dean Stanton, most recently of The Avengers, poet Chiwan Choi, Abductions, memoirist Dan Fante, Fante: A Family Legacy of Writing, Drinking, and Surviving, poet Joan Jobe Smith, Tales of an Ancient Go-Go Girl, poet Wendy Rainey, Kenneth Sonny Donato, A Poet's Guide to the Bars, poet Jack Grapes, and actress Rebecca De Mornay, the event is outdoors so bring a blanket or cushion, Grand Performances at California Plaza, 350 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, free, 8:00-10:00 (213/687-2159, grandperformances.org)
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  • Sixth annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair, thousands of books lovers, families, and fans, over 150 readings, book signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances, and music, Main Stage, 11:30 a.m.: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson discusses The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Main Stage, 12:30: California Librarians Black Caucus presents a tribute to the Beat Movement with performances by Street Corner Renaissance: Eddie Wakes as Nat King Cole, Suzanne Nichols as Eartha Kitt, and Dante Chambers as Billy Eckstine, Main Stage, 1:30: Panel discussion on "Black Los Angeles 20 Years After the King Verdict," with Rev. Chip Murray, Twice Tested by Fire: A Memoir of Faith and Service, Gil Garcetti, Water is Key: A Better Future for Africa, Connie Rice, Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones, Dr. Bernard Kinsey, The Kinsey Collection, Main Stage, 2:30: Icons of the Black Arts Movement Speak, with poet Amiri Baraka, Dale and Alonzo Davis, Now Dig This! Art & Black LA 1960-1980, and poet Sonia Sanchez, Main Stage 3:15: Poetry Spotlight with Amiri Baraka and Kamau Daa'ood; Poet's Stage: noon: Poetry Writing Workshop with Food4Thot and Socks, 1:00: Jalondra Davis, Isaac Sundiata, Alice the Poet, Spencer Allen, 3:00: Reverdia the River Woman, Donny Jackson, Billy Burgos, and Nikki Blak, Poet's Stage is located at the adjacent World Stage Performance Gallery, 4344 Degnan Blvd.; Book Fair is located at the Fairground at 43rd and Degnan, Los Angeles, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 (323/730-0628, World Stage: 323/293-2451, www.leimertparkbookfair.com)
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  • A reading by Simon Wood, Hot Seat, a thriller about motor racing, and mystery writer Tammy Kaehler, Dead Man's Switch, signing follows, Book Carnival, 348 South Tustin Avenue, Orange, free, 2:00 (714/538-3210, annesbookcarnival.com)
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  • One Book, One San Diego presents Luis Alberto Urrea reading from his new novel Into the Beautiful North, a panel discussion about border issues follows, a pre-event reception includes Mexican cuisine, music, and book signing, The World Beat Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, free, 1:00-4:00 (www.kpbs.org)
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