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TODAY

Black Clock: Year Five A reading and reception with contributors to the L.A.-based literary magazine, featuring Aimee Bender, Samuel R. Delany, Greil Marcus, Joanna Scott and editor Steve Erickson. REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 237-2800.

Brendan Constantine The poet will read and sign his new book, “Letters to Guns.” Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Lisa Yee The author will read and sign her new YA novel, “Absolutely Maybe.” Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 4 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

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MONDAY

N. Frank Daniels and Jerry Stahl Authors Daniels (“Futureproof”) and Stahl (“Pain Killers”) will read and sign their new books. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Adam Leith Gollner The author of “The Fruit Hunters” will read and sign his new book. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Gayle Greene Aloud at Central Library presents the author of “Insomniac” in conversation with Alice Wexler. www.aloudla.org. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025.

Tavis Smiley The talk-show host and author will present and sign his new book, “Accountable.” Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (323) 525-0270.

TUESDAY

Daniel Depp The author of “Loser’s Town” will read and sign his debut novel. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Zoë Heller The author will read and sign her new novel, “The Believers.” Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

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Ed Humes Aloud at Central Library presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning author in conversation with Times columnist Patt Morrison on the subject of his new book, “The Eco-Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet.” www.aloudla.org. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025.

WEDNESDAY

Alan Aldridge The self-styled “design guru” for the Beatles will present and sign his new book, “The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes.” Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Can Food Really Be Authentic? Zócalo presents a panel discussion moderated by LA Weekly restaurant critic Jonathan Gold and featuring Nancy Silverton of Mozza, Roy Choi of KoGi and Sarintip “Jazz” Singsanong of Jitlada. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. (310) 440-4500.

Green to the Street: The Future of Pershing Square Aloud at Central Library, in association with REDCAT, presents a panel discussion mulling the downtown landmark. Panelists include Daniel Biederman, Kathleen Bullard, Lewis MacAdams, Barry Sanders and Doug Suisman. Moderated by Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. www.aloudla.org. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025.

Zoë Heller The author of “The Believers” will read and sign her new novel. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Jerry Stahl The author will read and sign his latest, “Pain Killers.” diesel.booksense.com. Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 576-9960.

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John West The author of “The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents With Their Suicides” will read and sign his new book. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

THURSDAY

Fieldy The bassist from the band Korn will present and sign his memoir, “Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery and Korn.” Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

John Haskell The author will read and sign his new novel, “Out of My Skin.” Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

Edward Humes The author of “Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet” will present and sign his new book. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

FRIDAY

Barry Eisler The author of “Fault Line” will read and sign his new thriller. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

The New Short Fiction Series The “live literary magazine” presents a dramatic reading of “American Gas” by Vincent Precht. www.newshortfictionseries.com. Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. 8 p.m. $10. (310) 288-2220.

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SATURDAY

Asian American Artists in California These two panel discussions, held in conjunction with the publication of “Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970,” will feature Sharon Spain, Mark Johnson, Karin Higa, Gordon Chang, Valerie J. Matsumoto, Reanne Estrada, Yong Soon Min, Viet Lê and Aimee Chang. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 9 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

Linda Olsson The author will read and sign her latest novel, “Sonata for Miriam.” Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 4 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Patricia Weitz The author of “College Girl” will read and sign her new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Group Signing Eight authors will present and sign their books: Robert Masello (“Blood and Ice”), Mark Henry (“Road Trip of the Living Dead”), Mario Acevedo (“Jailbait Zombie”), Cherie Priest (“Dreadful Skin”), Caitlin Kittredge (“Second Skin”), Justine Musk (“Blood Angel”), Jonathan Thomas (“Midnight Call”) and Christopher Andrews (“Of Wolf and Man”). Dark Delicacies, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank. 2 p.m. Free. (818) 556-6660.

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