Words & Ideas

Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.

SUNDAY

Sikivu Hutchinson: The author of "Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics and Value Wars" will discuss and sign her new book. Revolution Books/Libros Revolución, 5726 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 2 p.m. $5-$10. (323) 463-3500.

Darrell Rooney & Mark Veira: The authors of "Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital, 1928-1937" will present and sign their new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

John Vorhaus: The author will read and sign his new novel, "The Albuquerque Turkey." Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 5 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

MONDAY

Matthew Alexander: The author of "Kill or Capture: How a Special Operations Task Force Took Down a Notorious Al Qaeda Terrorist" will discuss and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Michelle Latiolais: The author of "A Proper Knowledge" will read and sign her new collection of stories, "Widow." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Jacqueline Winspear: The author of "A Lesson in Secrets: A Maisie Dobbs Novel" will read and sign her new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

TUESDAY

Michael Connelly and John Romano: Writers Bloc presents author Connelly ("The Fifth Witness") and screenwriter Romano ("Intolerable Cruelty," "L.A. Law") in conversation. Writer's Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. 7:30 p.m. $20. http://www.writersblocpresents.com.

Erri De Luca: The Italian author will discuss and sign his latest book, "E disse." Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. 6:30 p.m. RSVP to rsvp.iicla@esteri.it. (310) 443-3250.

Marjorie Garber: The author of "The Use and Abuse of Literature" will discuss and sign her new book. Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. 7:30 p.m. (626) 405-2100.

Jane Hirshfield and Sean Carroll: Aloud at Central Library presents a conversation with the poet Hirschfield, whose collections include "Given Sugar, Given Salt," "The Lives of the Heart" and "The October Palace," and theoretical physicist Carroll, and who is the author of "From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time." Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.

Jim Krusoe: The author will read and sign his new novel, "Toward You." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Daniel A. Olivas: The author of "The Book of Want" will read and sign his new novel. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Young Adult Group Reading: Authors Melissa de la Cruz, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Carrie Ryan and Sarah Rees Brennan will read and sign their recent YA books. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

WEDNESDAY