Literary LA December ’09

A light month for literary events as bookstores keep their calendars open to focus on the holiday shopping season. As well they should: go out of your way to do a good chunk of your spending at local independent stores.

  • At Book Soup: Wed 12/2 7pm, legendary songwriters Leiber & Stoller appear with their new autobiography Hound Dog; and Thurs 12/10 7pm, the New Short Fiction Series drops in to perform stories from Tim Johnston’s Irish Girl
  • Stories bookstore/cafe, which just celebrated its first birthday, has a Dear Andy Kaufman party, Fri 12/4 7:30, which includes live music and other fun; and Sat 12/5 7-10, live music on the back patio (bring a jacket) with the group Congratulations! from Olympia WA and others; finally, on Sat 12/12 they’ll be one of many shops participating in the Echo Park Shop Hop
  • At UCLA’s Hammer Museum (one of the best reading venues in LA, plus they’ve got some great exhibits up now, including Robert Crumb’s Book of Genesis): Thurs 12/10 7pm, poet Albert Goldbarth; and Wed 12/16 7pm, Mary Yukari Waters, one of the country’s finest short story writers (she’s been in Best American Short Stories twice)
  • And finally, at Hollywood’s M Bar, Word Theatre presents “Aaaah, Christmas: Warm, Fuzzy & Dysfunctional”–holiday stories with an edge by Lorrie Moore, Augusten Burroughs and others
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