Book calendar: Author events for the week of November 21, 2010

Words & Ideas

Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.


Kim Fay and Julie Fay Ashborn: The authors of "Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam" will present and sign their new book. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Andrew Winer: The author of "The Marriage Artist" will read and sign his new novel. Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., L.A. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 576-9960.


Peter Balakian: Aloud at Central Library presents the author and poet ("Ziggurat," "The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response") in conversation with Hovig Tchalian. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025.

Red Hen Press Reading Series: Authors Richard Lange, Rebecca O'Connor and Summer Brenner will read their work. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. (310) 208-5454.

Robert Scheer: The Truthdig Editor-in-Chief and author will present and sign his new book, "The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

David L. Ulin: The Times book critic will discuss and sign his new book, "The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time," with novelist Mona Simpson. USC Doheny Memorial Library, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, L.A. 7 p.m. Free; RSVP to


Breyten Breytenbach: Host Michael Silverblatt will interview the author of "Voice Over," "Intimate Stranger" and "Notes From the Middle World." Bookworm, 89.9 KCRW-FM, 2:30 p.m.

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