Can women be funny? That's the question being posed by Zocalo Public Square this Wednesday at The Actors Gang Theater. Sure, Lena Dunham might have scored a big-money book deal, but female comedy writers are still in the minority in the entertainment business. This struggle to compete in a male-dominated industry will be explored with a panel discussion that includes Lisa Zeidner, author of the satirical novel "Love Bomb"; Jeanne Darst, author of the memoir "Fiction Ruined My Family"; and cultural critic Heather Havrilesky ("Disaster Preparedness"). They will be joined by Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum as moderator.
Can't wait until Wednesday? Author A.M. Homes takes a darkly comic look at 21st-century domestic life in her new novel "May We Be Forgiven"; she's at the Hammer Museum on Tuesday night (and at Skylight on Wednesday, too).
As always, we recommend that you check with bookstores and venues listed below for any event changes/cancellations.
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Ned Vizzini discusses and signs “The Other Normals.” Book Soup
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Susan Sachs Lipman discusses "Fed Up With Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World." Barnes &; Noble 3rd Street Promenade.
Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.: Authors Attica Locke ("The Cutting Season") and Erica Edwards ("Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership") in conversation on the future of African American literature. ALOUD at L.A. Central Library
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Hammer Readings presents "Some Favorite Writers" with author A.M. Homes discussing her new novel, "May We Be Forgiven."
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Children's book author and illustrator Jon Klassen ("I Want My Hat Back") signs his latest, "This Is Not My Hat" at Skylight Books. Read our interview.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Zócalo Public Square presents "Can Women Be Funny?" A panel discussion with Lisa Zeidner, Jeanne Darst and Heather Havrilesky. Moderated by Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum. The Actors’ Gang
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.: Writers Bloc presents Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of “The Shadow of the Wind,” at Goethe-Institute Los Angeles.
Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Lauren Oliver will be discussing and signing copies of her new middle-grade novel, "The Spindlers." Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: James Meek discusses and signs his novel “The Heart Broke In,” with Evgenia Citkowitz. Skylight Books
Sunday, 3 p.m: Gerald Derloshon discusess and sign his new book, "Little Man on Wheels: Surfing Legend Dewey Weber" Diesel, A Bookstore Malibu
Sunday, 4 p.m. Robert Landau discusses and signs "Rock ’n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip." Book Soup
Sunday, 7:30 p.m.: Rhapsodomancy's Reading Series celebrates its eighth anniversary with readings by Amy Gerstler, Myriam Gurba, Frank Montesonti and Wendy C. Ortiz. The Good Luck Bar