ALOUD’s 2011 schedule selling out fast

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A highlight of this fall’s ALOUD series from the Los Angeles Public Library will be Joan Didion’s appearance, discussing her new memoir, ‘Blue Nights.’ She’ll be at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral in conversation with Times book critic David L. Ulin; tickets are sold out, but there will be some for sale at the door.

Some ALOUD events, such as Didion’s appearance, include a ticket fee; others are free. One free event that’s already completely booked is rapper Common’s appearance Sept. 16 at the Central Library in conversation with television journalist Kevin Frazier. Standby tickets may become available.


However, there are plenty of events for which you can still make reservations. Karl Marlantes, author of ‘Matterhorn,’ will appear in November to discuss his memoir of Vietnam. That month, there will also be a discussion on Philip K. Dick with his daughters Ilsa Dick Hackett, Laura Leslie and Jonathan Lethem, co-editor of the forthcoming ‘The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick.’

September appearances include those by Adam Winkler, discussing his nonfiction book ‘Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America’; memoirist Alexandra Fuller; and author Diana Reiss on her work with dolphins.

In October, Liberian political activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee will discuss her book ‘Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War’; David M. Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, will talk about his book ‘Don’t Shoot’ with LAPD chief Charlie Beck; and Ariel Dorfman will discuss Chile, his friend Salvador Allende and his new memoir, ‘Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile.’

There will also be a dose of fiction in October from Irish novelist Anne Enright and MacArthur ‘genius’ fellow Colson Whitehead, who takes on zombies in his upcoming novel, ‘Zone One.’

See the complete list of ALOUD fall events here.

-- Carolyn Kellogg