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Stoker's spooky awards and more L.A. events

June 13, 2009 |  1:51 pm


The Bram Stoker Awards are on tonight in L.A. as part of the annual Horror Writers Assn. conference. Awards will be presented in eight categories -- novel, first novel, long fiction, short fiction, fiction collection, anthology, nonfiction and poetry. And each winner will receive a really cool trophy -- a sculpture of a haunted house whose front door swings open to reveal their name (not sure if it includes an eerie squeak). While the awards are open to the public, tonight's banquet is sold out, so if you're not already in, you're not going.

For a very different experience, there's a 5 p.m. discussion at Vroman's of the book "Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes, Volume 1 & 2: The Walt Stanchfield Lecture" with editor Don Hahn. With the help of Stanchfield's widow, Dee, he compiled more than 800 pages of informal class handouts and notes from the master animator colleagues described as a "Mark Twain for us at Disney."

If that sounds too, well, nice, then perhaps you'd prefer to head to Book Soup for a sure-to-be titillating evening with Reverend Jen, former sex columnist for Nerve.com and author of the new "Live Nude Elf: The Sexperiments of Reverend Jen." Her conversation about sex is a bit too frank for me to link to from here -- show up at her 7 p.m. reading to get it straight from her (somewhat dirty) mouth.

And if you're feeling less in the mood for a natural woman than for a literary dose of nature (with some thriller mixed in), the only place to be is Skylight Books for Ron Carlson, reading from his new novel "The Signal" at 7:30 p.m. Our reviewer Richard Rayner writes:

Ron Carlson's new novel is a love story and a wilderness adventure that mounts to a climax of shocking, and satisfying, violence. It's a tale from the woods and it begins when Mack, a young Wyoming rancher who's been messing himself up and has just gotten out of jail, arranges to meet his estranged wife, Vonnie, for a trek into the Wind River mountain range he knows so well.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: A promotional still from Tod Browning's 1931 film "Dracula."