Daniel Tiffany: The poet will read and sign his new collection, "The Dandelion Clock." Skylight Books 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.
Rhys Bowen: The author of "Royal Blood" will read and sign the latest book in her Royal Spyness series. Vroman's Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Jonathan Franzen: Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "The Corrections" in conversation with author and Times columnist Meghan Daum on the subject of Franzen's eagerly anticipated new novel, "Freedom." Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., L.A. 8 p.m. $25. (213) 680-3700. http://www.aloudla.org.
Del Howison and Elizabeth Barrial: The authors will present and sign their new books, the coauthored "Vampires Don't Sleep Alone" and Howison's "When Werewolves Attack." Skylight Books 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.
Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor: The mother-daughter coauthors of "Traveling With Pomegranates" will read and sign their new dual-voice memoir. Monk Kidd is the author of " The Secret Life of Bees." All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320. http://www.vromansbookstore.com.
Maile Meloy: Host Michael Silverblatt will interview the author of "Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It." Bookworm, 89.9 KCRW-FM, 2:30 p.m. http://www.kcrw.com.
Tony Millionaire and Johnny Ryan: The comics artists will present and sign their new books, "Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird" and "Prison Pit, Book Two," both published by Fantagraphics Books. Family 436 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (323) 782-9221.
Simon Reynolds: The author of "Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Dead Author Readings: 826LA presents a panel featuring authors so dead only time travel could bring them back. "H.G. Wells" (Paul F. Tompkins) will moderate a discussion with " Lord Byron" (Dana Gould) and " Norman Mailer" (Frank Conniff). Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. 7 p.m. $5. (323) 908-8702. http://www.826la.org.
Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber: The authors of "Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius" will present and sign their new book. Skylight Books 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.
Kristen Schaal: The actress/comedian ("The Daily Show with John Stewart") will present and sign her new book, "The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex." Book Soup 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Gordon Edgar: The author of "Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge" will present and sign his new book. Skylight Books 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.
Cornelia Funke: This theatrical storytelling event will feature the author of the Inkworld Trilogy performing sections from her forthcoming middle-grade novel "Reckless" with actor Elliot Hill. A Q&A with Funke and "Reckless" co-producer Lionel Wigram (executive producer of the Harry Potter movies), author book-signing and musical performance by Adam Watts round out the evening. Brentwood Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood. 6:30 p.m. Two free tickets with purchase of "Reckless"; $20 without. (310) 576-9960. http://www.dieselbookstore.com.
Black Clock Issue 12 Launch: Contributors to the latest, sports-oriented issue of the Los Angeles-based literary magazine will read their work. Participants include authors Richard Rayner, Nina Revoyr, Samantha Dunn, Tod Goldberg, Paul Cullum and Monica Carter. Skylight Books 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.
Tom McCarthy: The author of the new novel "C" (which was recently shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize) will read and discuss his work with author Chris Kraus. Art Catalogues Bookstore, Ahmanson Building at LACMA. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 4 p.m. Free. (323) 857-6000.