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Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.

SUNDAY

Maile Meloy: The author of "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" will discuss and sign her recent collection of short stories as part of the Autry Book Club. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. 2 p.m. Free for book club members; $15 for non-members. (323) 667-2000, Ext. 391.

Poetry Behind the Fence: Poets Prison Panel: Luivette Resto will host an evening of readings by Robert Juarez, Rolando Ortiz, Hugo Machuca, Melinda Palacio and Luis J. Rodriguez. The Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park. 3 p.m. Free. (323) 258-1435.

MONDAY

Larry-bob Roberts: The author of "The International Homosexual Conspiracy" will read and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

TUESDAY

Stefhen Bryan: The author of "Black Passenger, Yellow Cabs: A Memoir of Exile and Excess in Japan" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Maxine Hong Kingston: Aloud at Central Library presents the author in conversation with Andrew Lam on the subject of Kingston's new memoir, "I Love a Broad Margin to My Life." Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. Full; standby only. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.

Jennifer L. Knox & Sarah Manguso: Knox, author of the poetry collections "The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway," "A Gringo Like Me" and "Drunk by Noon" and Manguso, author of the memoir "The Two Kinds of Decay," will read and discuss their work. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

Steve Lopez: The Times columnist will read and sign his new book, "Dreams and Schemes: My Decade of Fun in the Sun." Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Charles Rappleye: Zocalo presents a discussion and signing with the author of "Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution." Goethe-Institut German Cultural Center, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org.

WEDNESDAY

Olga Grushin: The author of the novels "The Dream Life of Sukhanov" and "The Line" will read and discuss her work. Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 665-6892.

Maxine Hong Kingston: The author of "The Woman Warrior" and "China Men" will discuss and sign her new memoir, "I Love a Broad Margin to My Life." Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

John Kralik: The author of "365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life" will present and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

THURSDAY

Afghanistan: America's Longest War: A panel discussion, moderated by Ian Masters, will feature Afghan broadcaster Spozhmai Maiwandi and anthropologist Thomas Barfield. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

T.C. Boyle: Host Michael Silverblatt will interview the author of numerous novels and story collections, among them "The Women," "Drop City," "Wild Child" and "Talk Talk." Bookworm, 89.9 KCRW-FM, 2:30 p.m. http://www.kcrw.com.

Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum: The author of "Ms. Hempel Chronicles" and "Madeline Is Sleeping" will read and discuss her work. USC Doheny Memorial Library, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, L.A. 7 p.m. Free; RSVP to mpw@college.usc.edu.

Carlos Fuentes: Aloud at Central Library presents the acclaimed author in conversation with Sergio Muñoz-Bata on the subject of Fuentes' new novel, "Destiny and Desire." Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. Full; standby only. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.

Steve Lopez: The Times columnist will discuss and sign his new book, "Dreams and Schemes: My Decade of Fun in the Sun." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Helen Simonson: The author of "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" will read and sign her debut novel. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

SATURDAY

Aaron Philip Clark: The author of "The Science of Paul: A Novel of Crime" will read and sign his new book. The Mystery Bookstore, 1036-C Broxton Ave. , Westwood. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 209-0415.

Siobhan Fallon: The author of "You Know When the Men Are Gone" will present and sign her new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 4 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Patton Oswalt: The comedian will present and sign his new book, "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

NEXT SUNDAY

Patton Oswalt: The comedian will present and sign his new book, "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland." Dark Delicacies, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank. 2 p.m. Free. (818) 556-6660.

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