These 8 Local Literary Events Will Give You Something Smart to Talk About at Your Next Dinner Party

A smorgasbord of best-selling authors are descending on Los Angeles in June
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Sebastian Junger at Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
June 7
The journalist and bestselling author of The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea will be discussing his upcoming book, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, a nonfiction examination of the strong instinct of humans to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding.
Cover: $20-$95

The Moth at Avalon Hollywood
June 7
Nationwide storytelling nonprofit The Moth is headed to L.A. for an evening of “true stories told live.” The event will be hosted by comedian and frequent Upright Citizens Brigade performer Brian Finkelstein. A handful of authors, including infamous writer Jonah Lehrer—yes, that Jonah Lehrer, who has a new book coming out in July, will be sharing their five minute long stories.
Cover: $39-$79 

Freddie Prinze Jr. at Vroman’s
June 11
’90s heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr. is back, and he’s written a New Mexican-style cook book with personal anecdotes and family photos sprinkled throughout. Freddie will be in store presenting and signing Back to the Kitchen: 75 Delicious, Real Recipes (and True Stories) from a Food-Obsessed Actor.
Cover: Free

Walter Mosley at Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
June 19
Prolific mystery writer Walter Mosley has written over 50 books during his impressive career, but he is most famous for the creation of his hard-boiled detective Easy Rawlins. Mosley’s upcoming book, Charcoal Joe, marks the 25th anniversary of the Easy Rawlins series, and this event will be an evening celebrating the gifted author.
Cover: $20-$95

Alain de Botton at Skylight Books
June 19
The latest book from internationally bestselling author and philosopher Alain de Botton, The Course of Love, tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a romantic partnership, from falling in love to growing old together. Alain, best known for How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Art of Travel, will be in store reading from his new novel.
Cover: Free

Mark Z. Danielewski at Skylight Books
June 20
The acclaimed author of the experimental fiction book House of Leaves will be in store launching his new book, The Familiar Vol. 3 Honeysuckle & Pain. The third novel in the 27-part series is rife with Danielewski’s vibrant wordplay that is his trademark.
Cover: Free

Sloane Crosley at The Last Bookstore
June 21
Crosley leaves comedic essay behind in her first novel, The Clasp, which she’ll be launching in paperback at The Last Bookstore. The New York Times bestseller will be available after an author presentation to sign copies of the book. A word to the wise: pick up her previous nonfiction collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, while you’re there.
Cover: Free

Chuck Klosterman at Skylight Books
June 21
Writer and essayist Chuck Klosterman has established a name for himself as a comedic contemporary writer who focuses his laser-sharp wit on modern culture. His latest, But What if We’re Wrong?, is an imaginary examination of our present lives as seen from the future. Klosterman will be in store reading from his new book.
Cover: Free

 

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