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Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.

SUNDAY

Black Clock Issue 12 Launch: Contributors to Issue 12 of the Los Angeles-based literary magazine — "The Sports Issue" — will read their work. Participants include authors Richard Rayner, Nina Revoyr, Samantha Dunn, Tod Goldberg, Paul Cullum and Monica Carter. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Tom McCarthy: The author of the new novel "C" (which was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize) will read and discuss his work with author Chris Kraus. Art Catalogues Bookstore, Ahmanson Building at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 4 p.m. Free. (323) 857-6000.

MONDAY

Evgenia Citkowitz: The author of "Ether: Seven Stories and a Novella" will read and discuss her new book with actress Annette Bening. Art Catalogues Bookstore, Ahmanson Building at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 857-6000.

Smart Chicks Kick It!: A group of authors embarking on a national tour together — Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Melissa de la Cruz, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Rachel Vincent and Mary Pearson — will discuss and sign their books. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 6 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Monique Truong: The author of "Bitter in the Mouth" will read and sign her new novel. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Charles Yu: The author of "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe" will read and sign his debut novel. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

TUESDAY

Angie Chau: The author of "Quiet as They Come" will read and sign her new collection of stories. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Barry C. Lynn: Zocalo presents a discussion and signing with the author of "Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction." The Actors' Gang at the Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 838-4264. http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org.

Mona Simpson: Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "My Hollywood" in conversation with novelist Michelle Huneven. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.

Isabel Wilkerson: The author of "The Warmth of Other Suns" will read and sign her new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

WEDNESDAY

Rae Armantrout and Joshua Clover: The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet ("Versed") and the author of "1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About" will read and discuss their new books. Ahmanson Hall Forum, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 665-6892.

Garin Hovannisian: The author of "Family of Shadows: A Century of Murder, Memory and the Armenian American Dream" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Antonio Skármeta and Daniel Catán: A conversation held in conjunction with the world premiere of "Il Postino" at the Los Angeles Opera will feature Chilean novelist Skármeta and Mexican composer Catán. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

Dave Tompkins: The author of "How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocodor From World War II to Hip Hop, the Machine Speaks" will present and sign his new book. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Lauren Weisberger: The author of "The Devil Wears Prada" will read and sign her new novel, "Last Night at Chateau Marmont." Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Isabel Wilkerson: Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" in conversation with Times columnist Gregory Rodriguez. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.

THURSDAY

Jeff Deck & Benjamin Herson: The authors of "The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time" will present and sign their new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Will Fellows: The author of "Gay Bar: The Fabulous, True Story of a Daring Woman and Her Boys in the 1950's" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Lewis Hyde: Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "Common as Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership" in conversation with theater director Peter Sellers. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.

Nicholas Sparks: The author will discuss and sign his latest novel, "Safe Haven." All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. $26, includes copy of the book; $6 without. (626) 449-5320. http://www.vromansbookstore.com.

Deborah Eden Tull: The author of "The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution" will present and sign her new book. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

FRIDAY

James Ellroy: The author will read and sign his new memoir, "The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Yunte Huang: The author of "Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous With American History" will present and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger: The authors of "Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century" will present and sign their new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Julie Sheehan and Douglas Kearney: The Whiting Award-winning poets will read and discuss their work. Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. 7:30 p.m. (310) 822-3006.

SATURDAY

Lisa Birnbach: The author of "True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World" will read and sign her new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Danbert Nobacon and Alex Cox: The musician (Chumbawamba) and filmmaker (Repo Man) will present and sign their new fairy tale book for grown-ups, "3 Dead Princes: An Anarchist Fairy Tale." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

NEXT SUNDAY

Ninth annual West Hollywood Book Fair: A full day of author panels, discussions, booksignings, workshops, performances and exhibitor booths. West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. (323) 848-6515. http://www.westhollywoodbookfair.org.

Vermin on the Mount: The latest installment of the Chinatown reading series hosted by Jim Ruland will feature authors Grace Krilanovich ("The Orange Eats Creeps"), Joshua Mohr ("Termite Parade"), Matt Stewart ("The French Revolution") and writer-director Steve de Jarnatt. Mountain Bar, 473 Gin Ling Way, L.A. 8 p.m. Free. http://www.vermin.blogs.com.

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