Words & Ideas

Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.

SUNDAY

Joyce Raskin: The author of "My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star" will present and sign her new YA book. Stories, 1716 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (213) 413-3733.

Slake Issue 3 Group Reading: Contributors to new issue of the L.A.-based literary magazine will read their work: Jervey Tervalon, Erica Zora Wrightson, Brendan Schallert and Natasha Vargas Cooper. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 3 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Sherri and Marc Zicree: Sherri Zicree, author of "Asked and Answered: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" and Marc Zicree, author of "The Twilight Zone Companion," will discuss the similarities and differences of the two series. Book signing to follow. Mystery & Imagination Bookshop, 238 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 1 p.m. Free. (818) 545-0121.

MONDAY

Julian Bond: Zócalo presents the veteran civil rights leader, social activist, politician and author in conversation with KCRW host Warren Olney. Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org.

Sven Michael Davison: The author of "State of Mind" will read and sign his new novel. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

TUESDAY

Annie Jacobsen: Aloud at Central Library presents the author of "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base" in conversation with author M.G. Lord. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. Full; standby only. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.

Lydia Millet: The author will read and sign her new YA novel, "The Fires Beneath the Sea." Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Bob Mould: The Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman will present and sign his new autobiography, "See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

WEDNESDAY

Nava Atlas: The author of "The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life: Inspiration and Advice from Celebrated Women Authors Who Paved the Way" will present and sign her new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Gary Phillips: The author of "Cowboys" will present and sign his new graphic novel. Eso Won Books, 4331 Degnan Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (323) 290-1048.

Emma Straub: The author of "Other People We Married" will read and sign her debut story collection. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

THURSDAY

Jon-Jon Goulian: Host Michael Silverblatt will interview the author of "The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt." Bookworm, 89.9 KCRW-FM, http://www.kcrw.com. 2:30 p.m.

Esmeralda Santiago: The author of "Conquistadora" will read and sign her new novel. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Dana Spiotta: The author will read and sign her new novel, "Stone Arabia." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.

FRIDAY

Nick Gillespie & Matt Welch: The authors of "The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America" will discuss and sign their new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Jennifer Grant: The author of "Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant" will discuss and sign her new memoir. Every Picture Tells a Story, 1333 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 6:30 p.m. Free. (310) 451-2700.

Grant Morrison: The comic book writer and author of "Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human" will discuss and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

SATURDAY

Tom Carson: The author of "Daisy Buchanan's Daughter" will read and sign his new novel. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 3 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.

Annie Jacobsen: The author of "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base" will discuss and sign her new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.

Joe Mathews: The author of "California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It" will discuss and sign his book as part of the Autry's Go West reading series. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. (323) 667-2000.