The Top 10 Literary Events in September

From a live reading of a screenplay to a sex-themed book launch in a bar, here’s a list of the best lit events this month

From a live readings of a screenplay to a sex-themed book launches in a bar, here’s a list of the best lit events this month.

The Writer’s Room at DBA (September 3)
Maybe you heard that the Oscar winning movie The Dallas Buyers Club was shot in only 25 days. Did you know it took decades for the screenplay to get to that point? Screenwriter Craig Borten will be discussing his struggles with Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) and host Reza Aslan at this month’s Writer’s Room event.
More information, $30 

Read @ Sunset Marquis (September 7)
Another newcomer to the L.A. reading series game, Read @ Sunset Marquis debuts its lineup of authors on September 7 with a reading by Matthew Specktor, a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. The event will be held the first Sunday of every month on the hotel’s main pool deck, a prime spot to do some stargazing.
More informationFree 

Sex World Book Launch at The Federal Bar (September 14)
When you’re celebrating the launch of a collection of flash fiction called Sex World, it has to take place in a bar. Two time PEN Award-winner Ron Koertge will be reading from his new book while musical guest The Sweet Potatoes provide the tunes at this Sunday night event.
More information$10 advance purchase, $15 at the door 

Junot Diaz @ Skylight Books (September 19)
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao will be reading and signing copies of his latest novel, This is How You Lose Her. The very next day he will receive the Los Angeles Public Library’s Literary Award for outstanding contribution to literature. Not too shabby.
More information, Free 

Black List Live! at Ricardo Montalban Theatre (September 20)
Every year Black List compiles a list of the best unproduced screenplays, and this new monthly event is your chance to get a peak at some of these gems. This month a still unannounced roster of actors will read The Seekers of Perpetual Love by Victoria Strouse live onstage at the historic Ricardo Montalban Theatre.
More information, $35 

David Mitchell at UCLA Freud Playhouse (September 23)
The New York Times bestselling author of Cloud Atlas is already receiving praise for his latest book, The Bone Clocks. Mitchell will be reading from his 600+ page novel that weaves multiple stories together. Attendees will receive their own copy of the book.
More information, $35 

Gail Sheehy at Moss Theater (September 24)
Longtime Vanity Fair contributing editor Gail Sheehy recounts what it was like to be a “girl” journalist in the 1960s in her latest book, Daring Passages: A Memoir. She tells tales of travelling to war zones and going undercover to her get stories, all while supporting herself as a divorced single mother.
More information, $20

Charles M. Blow and Jesmyn Ward @ Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library (September 25)
Jesmyn Ward’s novel Salvage the Bones, which takes place in Mississippi in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina, was mostly ignored until she won the National Book Award in 2011. She will join New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, who will be discussing his new memoir set in Louisiana, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, as part of the ALOUD series.
More information, Free

LAB•FESTat Traxx Bar in Union Station (September 27)
Writ Large Press is nearing the end of its #90for90 project, which involves staging 90 different literary events on 90 consecutive days. The final event will occur on Friday the 26, and to celebrate the completion with an all day lit/arts/music festival in the Traxx courtyard. Last year over 1,000 people showed up.
More information, Free 

Naomi Klein at Hammer UCLA (September 30)
The award-winning author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine will read from her latest book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, which attempts to tackle the hefty topic of climate change.
More information, Free