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23 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gatsby's Literary Women Book Club leads a discussion on Celeste Ng's New York Times best-selling novel Little Fires Everywhere, new members welcome, every fourth Thursday, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
  • Adrian Maher, former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and TV producer, discusses and signs his new memoir, Uninvited: Confessions of a Hollywood Party Crasher, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)

24 JANUARY 2020 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Musician Michael Koppy presents and signs his new book of literary criticism, songwriting analysis, and cultural commentary, Words and Music Into the Future: A Songwriting Treatise and Manifesto, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)

25 JANUARY 2020 — saturday

    CENTRAL:
  • Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, discusses and signs her new book, co-authored with Gene Stone, Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion, introduced by actress Kim Basinger, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 3:00 (www.booksoup.com)
  • A release party for Sean McCann's most recent Recital label LP, Towards A Total Poetry, in collaboration with poet Paul Vangelisti, Days Shadows Pass, featuring live multimedia and sound performances by Paul Vangelisti, Nour Mobarak, and Sean McCann, with archival videos of Julien Blaine and Adriano Spatola, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

26 JANUARY 2020 — sunday

    CENTRAL:
  • Kelly Grace Thomas celebrates the release of her debut poetry collection, Boat Burned, Brendan Constantine, Tanya Ko Hong, Arminé Iknadossian, Victoria Lynne McCoy, Jeremy Radin, and other special guests will also read, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, members free, 4:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Chris Dennis reads from and signs his debut collection of short stories, Here Is What You Do: Stories, with Katya Apekina, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 3:00 (www.booksoup.com)
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham, The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1992, reads from her recent collection of poetry, Fast, book signing to follow, hosted by Stephen Yenser, coffee and tea served, co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of English and the UCLA Office of Cultural and Recreational Affairs, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, free tickets available at box office one hour before reading, first come, first served, 2:00 (310/443-7000, www.hammer.ucla.edu)
  • Nebraska Girl Open Reading hosted by Wyatt Underwood, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, free but donations gratefully accepted, sign up 1:30, reading 2:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)

27 JANUARY 2020 — monday

    CENTRAL:
  • Michael Seth Starr discusses and signs his new biography of William Shatner, Shatner, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)

28 JANUARY 2020 — tuesday

    CENTRAL:
  • Gatsby's Writers Group welcomes all writers to come share their works-in-progress in a supportive environment, facilitated by Francisco Uribe, every Tuesday night, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, 7:00 (562/208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com)
  • Howard Storm, stand up comic, director, and actor featured in Take the Money and Run, and Steve Stoliar, Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho's House, discuss and sign their new biography of Howard Storm,The Imperfect Storm: From Henry Street to Hollywood, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, free, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)

29 JANUARY 2020 — wednesday

30 JANUARY 2020 — thursday

    CENTRAL:
  • Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange is the New Black, later adapted into the Emmy Award-winning series, in conversation with Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room, a novel set in a California women's prison; they will discuss prison reform and the experiences of incarcerated women, UCLA campus, Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles, tickets $29-$49, discounts available for UCLA students, faculty, staff, 8:00 (www.cap.ucla.edu)
  • Stephen Tapert, former museum researcher at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, discusses and signs his new coffee table book, Best Actress: The History of Oscar Winning Women, with forward by Roxane Gay, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)
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  • Poetry reading by Cathy Colman, Time Crunch, and Elena Karina Byrne, Squander, open mic to follow, hosted by Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate, EP Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, free, 7:30 (www.vencolibrary.org)

31 JANUARY 2020 — friday

    CENTRAL:
  • Premiere film screening of How I Write a Poem, a documentary featuring Mariano Zaro's interviews with poets for his Poetry.LA series, event also includes live readings by several poets featured in the film, including Tony Barnstone, Marsha de la O, Ramón García, Jack Grapes, Claudia Rodriguez, David St. John, Lynne Thompson, and Gail Wronsky, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, $10/$6 students/seniors, members free, 8:00 (www.beyondbaroque.org)
  • Distinguished playwright Sarah Ruhl, whose work includes In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, Pulitzer Prize-finalist and Tony Award-nominee for best new play, and The Clean House, discusses and signs her new book of letters, poems, and songs co-authored with her close friend and former student, Max Ritvo, Letters from Max: A Poet, a Teacher, a Friendship, a portrait of their friendship through four years of correspondence before Max's death, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 7:00 (www.booksoup.com)

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