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28 JUNE 2012 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • 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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    SOUTH:
  • 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

    CENTRAL:
  • 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

    CENTRAL:
  • 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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    SOUTH:
  • 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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