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Book calendar for the week of March 15, 2009

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TODAYLinda Olsson The Swedish author of "Astrid & Veronika" and "Sonata for Miriam" will discuss her life and work. Samuelson Chapel, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 2 p.m. Free. (805) 482-6327.

Scott Sigler The author of "Contagious" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

The Women WordTheatre presents an evening of dramatic readings, including Christina Pickles ("I Love Saks" by Amy Ephron), Sean Young ("Creep" by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum) and Kate Burton ("Pretend We're French" by Judith Freeman). Dinner precedes the show at 5:30 p.m. www.wordtheatre.com. M Bar and Restaurant, 1253 N. Vine St., Hollywood. 6:30 p.m. $20-$25. (310) 915-5150.

MONDAYAbraham Verghese Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "Cutting for Stone" in conversation with actor Hector Elizondo. www.aloudla.org. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025.

TUESDAYDavid Eagleman The author of "Sum: Forty Tales From the Afterlives" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Is Human Psychology Driving the Recession? Zócalo presents a discussion with Nobel laureate George Akerlof and Yale economics professor Robert Shiller. www.zocalopublicsquare.org. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAYLee Mallory and Gabriela Anaya Valdepeña The two poets will read their work as part of the reading series. www.poetryidiots.com. Ugly Mug Cafe, 261 N. Glassell St., Orange. 8 p.m. $2. (714) 997-5610.

Stephen Mitchell Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "Tao Te Ching: An Illustrated Journey" in conversation with Jack Miles. www.aloudla.org. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025.

THURSDAYJoel Berg The author of "All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?" will present and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. noon. Free. (626) 449-5320; and Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Lennard Davis Zócalo presents a discussion with the author of "Obsession: A History." www.zocalopublicsquare.org. Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Tom Davis Writers Bloc presents the author of "39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL From Someone Who Was There" with original SNL cast member Laraine Newman. www.writersblocpresents.com. Writer's Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. 7:30 p.m. $20.

Vanessa Place, Janet Sarbanes and Veronica Gonzalez Aloud at Central Library presents a panel discussion with the three Los Angeles-based writers, moderated by Brighde Mullins. www.aloudla.org. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025.

FRIDAYDavid Ewing Duncan The author of "Experimental Man" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

EasySpeak The bookstore's twice monthly poetry reading series kicks off with readings by Gail Wronsky and Amaranth Borsuk; hosted by Doug Knot. Stories, 1716 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Free. (213) 413-3733.

Scout Tufankjian The author of "Yes We Can: Barack Obama's History Making Presidential Campaign" will present and sign his new photography book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

SATURDAYJon Ginoli The founding member of the band Pansy Division and author of "Deflowered" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Craig L. Nessan The theologian and author of "Many Members, Yet One Body" and "Give Us This Day" will give a lecture, "Hearing the Word: Lutheran Perspectives on Biblical Interpretation." Samuelson Chapel, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 1 p.m. Free. (805) 493-3936.

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