L.A.’s Top Literary Events in February

From local authors to YouTube celebs, there’s something for everyone this month

Maile Meloy at Otis College
February 3
Maile Meloy is a rare author in that she can write incredibly flawed characters who still manage to garner sympathy from the reader. Her concise prose and skillful storytelling has won her awards from The Paris Review and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and, in 2009, the New York Times named her collection of short stories, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, one of the Ten Best Books of the year. The L.A. author will be doing a reading at Otis College.
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Rob Roberge at Skylight Books
February 9
Considering he’s spent much of his life playing in bands and drinking in seedy bars, you can expect a memoir from acclaimed L.A. author Rob Roberge to be full of fascinating stories (not to mention written in his trademark cool, crisp style). Liar: A Memoir is Roberge’s latest, a welcome non-fiction addition to three previously published novels. The MFA professor and punk band member will be in conversation with David Ulin for his official book launch event.
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Brian Evenson at Skylight Books
February 11
Evenson just moved to Los Angeles for a new position at CalArts after a 12 year stint teaching Literary Arts at Brown University. His writing, which often falls into the genres of horror or fantasy, has piqued the interest of literary greats like George Saunders and Jonathan Lethem. “Brian Evenson is one of the treasures of American story writing, a true successor both to the generation of Coover, Barthelme, Hawkes and Co., but also to Edgar Allan Poe,” Lethem said. Evenson will be reading from his latest short story collection, A Collapse of Horses.
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Grace Helbig at Barnes & Noble The Grove
February 11
Nearly three million subscribers wait for Grace Helbig to upload her Youtube videos each week. She’s one of many funny, savvy, smart female comedians whose message is often, “It’s ok not to take yourself seriously.” In her first book, Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It, Helbig gives readers irreverent advice from “YouTube’s awkward older sister.” She will be in store doing signings.
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