L.A.’s Top Literary Events in December

From story time with Santa to a play about David Sedaris’s time spent as an elf, there’s something for everyone this month

The SantaLand Diaries at Santa Monica Playhouse
December 3-20
Get into the holiday spirit with this hilarious one-man play based on David Sedaris’s experiences as an unemployed author working as an elf at Macy’s in New York City. Ticket price includes pre-show champagne or non-alcoholic eggnog.
Cover: $29.50

Story Time with Santa at Vroman’s
December 12
Vroman’s has a ton of family-friendly Christmas events for little bookworms. In addition to story time with Santa there will also be story time with the Grinch, a day to write letters to Santa, and a gingerbread house decorating party. Check out the store’s calendar for more details.
Cover: Free

Mary-Louise Parker at Moss Theatre
December 15
The waifish mom from Weeds will be discussing her memoir, Dear Mr. You, with Mary Karr. The book is written as a series of letters to the various men in her life who have had an impact on her. Not in the book are names, so those looking for gossip on the man who left Parker for Claire Danes while she was pregnant with his child will have to read between the lines.
Cover: $20 

Saul Williams at the Federal Underground
December 15
If ever there was a time to see a live spoken-word performance, it is now. Master of slam poetry Saul Williams has won accolades as a poet, rapper, and actor. He has written four well-received books of poetry, starred in the documentary Slamnation while participating in a National Poetry Slam competition, and performed with musicians like Nas and Blackalicious while also producing his own album. He has been honing his skills since the ’90s, and all that experience will be on display at the Federal Underground.
Cover: $10