Words & Ideas

Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.

SUNDAY

826LA Adult Writing Seminar Series: TV Writing: A series of panel discussions featuring industry professionals will cover multiple aspects of writing for television. Panelists include Emily Cutler, David Fury and Jeff Greenstein on March 13; John Enbom, Dan Harmon and Steven Levitan on March 20; Jane Espenson, Drew Z. Greenberg and Damon Lindelof on March 27. Meltdown Comics, 7522 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. Today, next Sun. 7 p.m. $12-$15 per installment; $36 for the full series. (213) 413-3388. http://www.826la.org.

MONDAY

Andre Dubus III: The author will read and sign his new book, "Townie: A Memoir." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Steve Hodel: The author of "Black Dahlia Avenger: The True Story" and "Most Evil: Avenger, Zodiac and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel" will discuss and sign his books. Altadena Public Library, 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 798-0833.

TUESDAY

Thelma Adams: The author of "Playdate" will read and sign her new novel. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

James Gleick: Zocalo presents a discussion and signing with the author of "The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood." Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org.

Susan Meiselas and William T. Vollmann: The documentary photographer, whose most recent book is "Nicaragua," will discuss her work with National Book Award-winning author Vollmann ("Europe Central"). Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

Annie Murphy Paul: Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives" in conversation with Dr. Michael Lu, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.

Robert Rosenstone: The author of "Red Star, Crescent Moon: A Muslim-Jewish Love Story" will read and sign his new novel. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

WEDNESDAY

Maya Angelou: The acclaimed author and poet will read and discuss her work. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. $33-$63 (sold out). (310) 825-2101.

James Brown and Victoria Patterson: The authors of "This River: A Memoir" and "This Vacant Paradise: A Novel" will read and sign their respective new books. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Mark Feldstein: The author of "Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture" will discuss and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Alicia Silverstone: The actress will present and sign her recent book, "The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight and Saving the Planet." Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

THURSDAY