L.A.’s Top Literary Events in September

From banned books to local celebs, there’s something for everyone this month

Miranda July at Book Soup
September 3
Miranda July‘s latest book, The First Bad Man, came out in January to mostly rave reviews. Now you’ll have another chance to get her John Hancock on your copy: July will be doing two signings in L.A. for the book’s paperback launch, one on September 3 at Book Soup and the other on September 9 at Vroman’s.
Cover: Free

Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in my …! at Vroman’s
September 8
Continuing the trend of slightly inappropriate titles for children’s books, Adam Mansbach, the author of Go the F* to Sleep, has co-written Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in my …! with original Saturday Night Live writer Alan Zweibel. The story, geared towards middle schoolers, follows a modern day kid who is able to communicate with Benjamin Franklin through magical letters. The authors will be in store discussing and signing copies.
Cover: Free

Kelly Carlin at Barnes and Noble
September 17
Kelly, daughter of the late comedian George, will be at Barnes and Noble to launch A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up With George. The memoir, which recounts what life was like in the chaotic world of her famous dad, will coincide with a new Carlin exhibition at the Grammy Museum opening September 30.
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New Short Fiction Series at The Federal Bar
September 20
The New Short Fiction Series (L.A.’s longest-running spoken word show) will be celebrating Kristin FitzPatrick’s debut book, My Pulse is an Earthquake, with a special launch. FitzPatrick will perform stories from the collection, which touch on everything from PTSD to racial divides. A party at The Federal Bar will follow with a performance by musical guest Lucy Peru.
Cover: $12 advance purchase, $15 at the door

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
September 21
Supreme Court Justice Breyer will be returning to L.A. to discuss his latest book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities. As technology keeps making the world smaller, Justice Breyer examines the global implications of the Supreme Court’s decisions.
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Joy Williams at Vroman’s
September 23
Williams’s amazing career has spanned four decades. She has been a National Book Award nominee and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Now, her short stories have been compiled into Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories (her first book in ten years), which contains 33 previously published works and 13 new ones. Williams will be in conversation with Darcy Cospar and will sign books after.
Cover: Free

Farenheit 451 at Laemmle
September 30
Lit Crawl LA will be celebrating Banned Book Week with a screening of Farenheit 451, based on Ray Bradbury’s seminal novel. After the screening there will be a discussion about book censorship as well as readings. A portion of funds raised from the event will go to support this years Lit Crawl 2015, which takes place October 21.
Cover: $10