Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Scott McKenzie: The co-author (with Bozo originator, the late Larry Harmon) of "The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals and Other Stupendous Tales" will present and sign the new Bozo the Clown autobiography. Book Soup 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
UCLA Extension Writers' Faire: A one-day event, featuring a wide range of exhibitor booths, mini-classes and panel discussions, also gives students the chance to register for fall courses at a 10% discount. UCLA 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. (310) 825-9415.
The Art of Surfboard Shaping: In conjunction with the exhibition "Outside the Box: Edition Jacob Samuel, 1988-2010," the Hammer Museum presents a lecture and Q&A with veteran surfboard designer Scott Anderson. Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.
James Roman: The author of "Chronicles of Old New York: Exploring Manhattan's Landmark Neighborhoods" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Eric Volz: The author of "Gringo Nightmare: A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua" will read and sign his new memoir. Vroman's Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Michele Dominguez Green: The author of "Keep Sweet" will read and sign her new YA novel. Book Soup 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Mary Roach: The author of "Bonk," "Spook" and "Stiff" will read and sign her new book, "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void." Diesel Bookstore 225 26th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 576-9960.
Chris Epting and Alex Moreno Areyan: The authors of "Los Angeles Historic Ballparks" and "Mexican Americans in Los Angeles," respectively, will present and sign their new books. Vroman's Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Dawn Schiller: The author of "The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes" will present and sign her new memoir. Book Soup 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Lit Crawl II: PEN Center USA, GoodReads and Stories present an evening of readings by local authors Kate Arnoldi, Alison Burnett, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Dennis Danzinger, Samantha Dunn, James Greer, Joe Mattson, Edan Lepucki, Graham Moore, Neal Pollack and Rachel Resnick; Slake editors Laurie Ochoa and Joe Donnelly, along with Times book critic Carolyn Kellogg, will emcee the event. Readings to be followed by "drinkings" at local bars: El Prado, the Gold Room, Little Joy and Shortstop. Concurrent with an open mike at Stories, 1716 Sunset Blvd., L.A. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. 6 p.m. Free. (213) 413-3733. http://www.litcrawlla.com.
Matthew Mosley: The author of "Dear Dr. Thompson: Felony murder, Hunter S. Thompson and the Last Gonzo Campaign" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
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