Words & Ideas
TODAYRalph H. Blum The author of "Ralph H. Blum's Little Book of Runic Wisdom" will present and sign his new book. Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 659-1733, Ext. 2.
Celebration of Jewish Books The four-day event will include a Family Festival with performers Ralph's World and Steve's Songs, as well as author discussions, conversations and book signings with Arianna Huffington, Vincent Bugliosi, Nathan Englander, Evan Handler, Christopher Hitchens, Jonathan Safran Foer, Joel Stein and many more. Visit www.ajula.edu/cob for more information. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel-Air. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 7:30 p.m. $10-$15 for adults; children free. (310) 440-1246.
Martha Stewart A book-signing event for the media powerhouse's new book, "Martha Stewart's Cooking School." Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 4 p.m. Tickets available with purchase of "Cooking School." (626) 449-5320.
Sharon Waxman The author of "Loot" will present and sign her new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
MONDAYJonathan Hennessey The author of "The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation" will discuss his new graphic novel and give an animated multimedia slide show incorporating coauthor Aaron McConnell's artwork. Robertson Library, 1719 S. Robertson Blvd., L.A. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 840-2147.
On Seeing and Being: Seeing the Divine Dr. Michael A. Arbib and Dr. Lisa Bitel will discuss the interplay between cultural, spiritual and neurological explanations for extraordinary sights, religious visions and mystical experiences as part of Aloud at Central Library's Science Series, hosted by Margaret Wertheim. www.aloudla.org. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025.
Martha Stewart The culinary and craft maven will sign her new book, "Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook." Wristbands will be distributed at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. Barnes & Noble, Glendale Americana, 210 Americana Way, Glendale. 11 a.m. Free. (818) 545-9146.
Frank Wilderson The author of "Incognegro" will read and sign his new book. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Alan Zweibel The former "Saturday Night Live" writer will read and sign his new book, "Clothing Optional." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
TUESDAYTC Boyle The author of 20 books of fiction will read and discuss his latest, "The Women," as part of the Hammer Readings series. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.
Jeffrey Goldfarb The political sociologist and author of "Politics of Small Things: The Power of the Powerless in Dark Times" will discuss the outcome of the 2008 presidential election with CalArts professor Martín Plot. REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $10. (213) 237-2800.
Todd Hasak-Lowy The author of "Captives" will read and sign his new book. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
WEDNESDAYAlison Bechdel The author of "Essential Dykes to Watch Out For" will present and sign her new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Amitav Ghosh Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "Sea of Poppies" in conversation with the host of KCRW's "Bookworm," Michael Silverblatt. www.aloudla.org. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025.
Corrie Greathouse, Doug Martin and Nick Macedo Lee Mallory will host an evening of performance poetry and live music. Alta Coffee Co., 506 31st St., Newport Beach. 8 p.m. Free. (949) 675-0233.
Norman Hathaway The editor will present his new book at launch event for "Overspray: Riding High With the Kings of California Airbrush Art." Family, 436 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (323) 782-9221.
Naomi Hirahara The author will read and sign her latest, "1001 Cranes." Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.