William E. Jones reads from “I’m Open to Anything”

Come out for an evening with author William E. Jones as he reads from “I’m Open to Anything” at Skylight Books. A perverse and explicit new take on the coming of age novel, William E. Jones’s “I’m Open to Anything” explores bohemian Southern California of the late 1980s and early 90s, before gentrification ruined everything.
Genre: Fiction

Samira Ahmed reads and discusses “Internment”

Join Samira Ahmed at Skylight Books for a discussion and signing of “Internment.” From New York Times bestseller Samira Ahmed, this novel forces us to take a long, hard look at how history can repeat itself and how we must not let it. Entertainment Weekly predicts it will be “one of 2019’s most politically urgent reads,” a novel that paints a bleak picture but manages to stay inspiring and hopeful.
Genre: Fiction

Aatif Rashid reads from his debut novel “Portrait of Sebastian Khan”

Come out for an evening with writer Aatif Rashid as he reads from “Portrait of Sebastian Khan” at Skylight Books. Part satire of college life circa 2011 and part serious exploration of art’s fundamental unreality, “Portrait of Sebastian Khan” is a humorous coming-of-age novel about a charismatic but emotionally stunted Muslim American Don Draper, who wins as many hearts as he breaks.
Genre: Fiction

Laila Lalami discusses and signs “The Other Americans”

Come out to DIESEL to celebrate Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami and the launch of her newest book, “The Other Americans.” Her novel is a timely and powerful new novel about the suspicious death of a Moroccan immigrant–at once a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story, informed by the treacherous fault lines of American culture. This event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to the store. All are welcome to join in the publication party. This is an event you don’t want to miss!
More about the book:
Late one spring night, as Driss Guerraoui is walking across a darkened intersection in California, he’s killed by a speeding car. The repercussions of his death bring together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui’s daughter Nora, a jazz composer who returns to the small town in the Mojave she thought she’d left for good; his widow, Maryam, who still pines after her life in the old country; Efraín, an undocumented witness whose fear of deportation prevents him from coming forward; Jeremy, an old friend of Nora’s and an Iraqi War veteran; Coleman, a detective who is slowly discovering her son’s secrets; Anderson, a neighbor trying to reconnect with his family; and the murdered man himself.

As the characters–deeply divided by race, religion, and class–tell their stories, connections among them emerge, even as Driss’s family confronts its secrets, a town faces its hypocrisies, and love–messy and unpredictable–is born.

More about the author/writer/speaker:
Laila Lalami is the author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits; Secret Son; and The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The Moor’s Account was also on the Man Booker Prize longlist and on several best books of the year lists, including The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and NPR. Her essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Harper’s, The Guardian, and The New York Times. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles.

Genre: Fiction

Cindy Pon Book Signing

The Ripped Bodice presents author Cindy Pon to sign “Ruse.” Cindy will be in conversation with local author Sarah Kuhn followed by a book signing.
Genre: Fiction

Valerie Wallace and Bruce Willard read from their work

Come out for an evening with Valerie Wallace and Bruce Willard as they read from their work at Beyond Baroque. Valerie Wallace will present “House of McQueen” and Bruce Willard will present “Violent Blues.”
Genre: Fiction

Women of World Stage Press reading at Other Books LA

A night of poetry and fiction brings together talented women associated with World Stage Press. Don’t miss readings by Cynthia Guardado, Shakirah Peterson, Alyssa Matuchniak, Heather Parker, Carol Anne Perini, Nadia Hunter Bey, Vida Montez, Camari Carter Hawkins and more.

Location: Location: Other Books LA, 2006 E Cesar E Chavez Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90033

Jonathan Evison discusses and signs “Lawn Boy”

Come out for an evening with writer Jonathan Evison as he discusses and signs “Lawn Boy.” His book is an important, entertaining, and completely winning novel about social class distinctions, about overcoming cultural discrimination, and about standing up for oneself.
Genre: Fiction