Words & Ideas

Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.

SUNDAY

Bill Adler & Cey Adams: The author and designer will present and sign their new book, "Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Ken Gonzales-Day: The artist and author of "Lynching in the West: 1850-1935" will present a lecture, "Profiled: Race and Whiteness in Sculpture from Frederick the Great to Edward Kienholz." Brown Auditorium at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 2 p.m. Free. (323) 857-6000.

Jeff Hirsch, Cecil Castellucci and Maggie Stiefvater: The authors of "The Eleventh Plague," "First Day on Earth" and "The Scorpio Races" will read and sign their respective new Young Adult novels. Mysterious Galaxy, 2810 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 542-6000.

Les Klinger: The editor of "In the Shadow of Dracula" will discuss and sign the new anthology. Diesel Bookstore, 3890 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 456-9961.

Say, Pay or Play: Defining the Modern Book Review: KPCC's John Rabe will moderate a panel discussion featuring Los Angeles Review of Books founder Tom Lutz, ForeWord Reviews editor Julie Eakin and Goodreads.com community manager Patrick Brown. Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. 6 p.m. Free. (626) 583-5100.

MONDAY

Joshua Baldwin: The author of "The Wilshire Sun" will read and sign his new novella. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Steve Inskeep: Live Talks Los Angeles presents the co-host of NPR's Morning Edition and author of "Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi" in conversation with his co-host Renee Montagne. Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. $20-$95. http://www.livetalksla.org.

Laini Taylor: The author of "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" will read and sign her new YA novel. Mysterious Galaxy, 2810 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 542-6000.

TUESDAY

Cecil Castellucci: The author will read and sign her new YA novel, "First Day on Earth." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Ioan Grillo: The author of "El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency" will discuss and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Nicholas D. Kristof: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist will discuss his book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," co-authored with his wife, journalist Sheryl WuDunn. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $5-$12. (877) 722-4849.

Kathy Reichs: The author will read and sign "Seizure," the second novel in her Virals trilogy for YA readers. Mysterious Galaxy, 2810 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 542-6000.

Norman Rush: The author of story collection "Whites" and National Book Award-winning novel "Mating" will discuss his work with novelist Mona Simpson. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

Laini Taylor: The author of "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" will read and sign her new YA novel. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.