L.A.’s Top Literary Events in August


William T. Vollmann at Skylight Books
August 14
Since his first book came out in 1987, National Book Award winner William T. Vollmann has put out vast quantities of fiction and non-fiction on topics ranging from Afghanistan to prostitution. To give you a sense of his oeuvre, his last book, Last Stories and Other Stories, was a collection of 32 supernatural stories; his latest, The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War, is a 1,376 page novel on the clash between Native Americans and Europeans. Vollmann will be reading from this latest venture at Skylight.
Cover: Free

The Laughing Heart—Charles Bukowski Tribute at Warner Grand Theatre
August 16
In honor of L.A. author Charles Bukowski’s 95th birthday, fans will be treated to a celebration held at three venues in San Pedro. There will be a screening of Factotum, poetry, art contests, readings of various works by the “Poet Laureate of Skid Row,” images of the author, and lots of Bukowski paraphernalia for purchase.
Cover: $15

Felicia Day at Skylight Books
August 19
Felicia Day is something of an Internet star. After appearing in TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural, she wrote, produced, and starred in The Guild, the first web series released on Netflix. Her YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry, has over 12 million fans. Now she has written a book, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), about how she grew her geek empire and why you should embrace your inner weirdness. She will be reading and signing her book at Skylight.
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Laila Lalami at Vroman’s
August 20
UC Riverside professor Lalami’s The Moor’s Account has been racking up accolades, and it doesn’t even hit shelves until September 9: the historical fiction novel has won the American Book Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Lalami will be in store discussing and signing the book, which details the imagined memoirs of Estebanico, a Moroccan slave who was the first black explorer of America.
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Sue Grafton at Vroman’s
August 27
Grafton is nearly finished with her alphabetical series of mysteries, which began in 1982 with A is for Alibi. On August 25 she will release X, which follows private investigator Kinsey Millhone as she tries to track down a serial killer. Grafton will be in conversation Denise Hamilton at this ticketed event, which comes with a copy of the book.
Cover: $30