In L.A. this week: R.A. Salvatore, Sandi Tan, Jeanne Cooper, more

With several authors in town this week promoting their newly released fantasy titles, it almost seems fitting to declare it Fantasy Week in L.A. Bookland.

It may not have the bite of Shark Week, but Angelenos will have their pick of sword battles, assassins and apparitions from R.A. Salvatore, (“Charon’s Claw”), Sarah Maas (“Throne of Glass”) and Sandi Tan, who will be signing copies of her supernatural ghost story, “The Black Isle,” at 4 p.m. Saturday at Vroman’s in Pasadena.

Filmmaker-writer Tan initially envisioned the sweeping period story as a screenplay but decided it was too unwieldy and expensive. “It’s an ambitious, supernatural coming-of-age story set on a fictional island in Southeast Asia and spanning more than 60 politically charged years. It’s a classic story of identity -- albeit one set against an ethereal tapestry of apparitions, voodoo rites and superstition,” wrote Deborah Vankin in Sunday’s Book section.

Another fantasy tale with a strong female lead is “The Young and the Restless”: Actress Jeanne Cooper portrays Katherine Chancellor, matriarch of the fictional town of Genoa City, Wis. She writes of her 41 years of backstabbing, bouts with alcoholism, countless marriages and corporate shenanigans on the long-running CBS daytime soap opera in her book “Not Young, Still Restless: A Memoir.” The Emmy award-winning actress will be appearing at Book Soup at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

As always, we recommend that you check with the bookstores and venues listed below for any event changes/cancellations.


Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m.: Launch party for R.A. Salvatore’s “Charon’s Claw: Neverwinter Saga, Book III” at Mysterious Galaxy

Aug. 7, 6 p.m.: Sarah Maas signs her YA debut, “Throne of Glass” at Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop

Aug. 7, 7 p.m.: Actress Jeanne Cooper discusses and signs “Not Young, Still Restless: A Memoir” at Book Soup

Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.: Neal Stephenson discusses and signs “Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writings” at Skylight Books

Aug. 8, 7 p.m.: Emily Giffin discusses and signs “Where We Belong” at Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market

Aug. 9, 2:30 p.m.: Sheila Heti discusses “How Should a Person Be?” at “Bookworm” on KCRW

Aug. 10, 7 p.m.: Ampersand Review reading featuring Garrett Soco, Jim Ruland, Joy Allen, Travis Sentell, & Jordan Wingate at Book Soup

Aug. 11, 4 p.m.: Sandi Tan discusses and signs “The Black Isle” at Vroman’s

Aug. 11, 3 p.m.: Tere Tereba reads from her book, “Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster” at The Last Bookstore