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Authors in L.A. this week: Carrie Fisher, Mayim Bialik, Thomas Perry and more

March 12, 2012 |  8:52 am

Carrie Fisher's memoir "Wishful Drinking" was a candid, slightly over the top look at the actress and author's life, but it just wasn't enough: Now Fisher is back, continuing the story of her career -- with all its bumps and detours, and plenty of humor -- in "Shockaholic." You can hear her discuss her book at an author event at Book Soup.

TV star Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory") not only has plenty of insights on neuroscience (she received a doctorate in the field from UCLA), she also has plenty of insights about parenting, which she'll discuss this week at Vroman's in her new book, "Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way."

As always, make sure to check with specific stores and venues for any event changes or cancellations.

Mon.: 7 p.m. Sarah Colonna discusses and signs Life As I Blow It: Tales of Love, Life & Sex ... Not Necessarily in That Order" at Book Soup.

Tue.: 6 p.m. Lissa Price discusses and signs her YA futuristic thriller "Starters" at Vroman's.

Tue.: 7 p.m. Carrie Fisher discusses and signs "Shockaholic" at Book Soup.

Tue.: 7 p.m. Douglas Kearney and Edgar Arceneaux in conversation with Darrel Alejandro Holnes on "The Rocket's Red Glare: Politics in Art and Poetry" as part of the Aloud series at L.A.'s Central Library.

Tue.: 7:30 p.m. Writers Bloc presents Jonathan Safran Foer in conversation with L.A. Times book critic David Ulin about the "New American Haggadah."

Wed.: 7 p.m. Thomas Perry discusses and signs "Poison Flower" at Vroman's.

Wed.: 7:30 Michael Ross, author of "The Oil Curse," discusses the topic "Will Oil Drown the Arab Spring?" as part of the Zocalo Public Square series.

Thu.: 8:15 a.m. David Rothkopf, author of "Power, Inc." and president and chief executive of Garten Rothkopf, discusses "Big Business v. Big Government" as part of the LiveTalks L.A. business series at the City Club on Bunker Hill in downtown L.A.

Thu.: 7 p.m. A writers group discussion, moderated by L.A. Times book critic David Ulin, on "From the Outside Looking In: Writers Finding Their Place in Los Angeles" as part of the Aloud Series at L.A.'s Central Library.

Thu.: 7 p.m.  Mayim Bialik discusses and signs "Beyond the Sling" at Vroman's.

Thu.: 7:30 p.m. Jeanette Winterson discusses and signs "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" at Skylight Books.

Sat.: 5 p.m. Brad Goreski discusses and signs "Born to Be Brad: My Life and Style, So Far" at Book Soup. 

Sat.: 8 p.m. Insight University presents "Transformational Leaders: An Evening With Arianna Huffington" as part of the UCLA Live series at Royce Hall.

 -- Nick Owchar

Photo: Actress and author Mayim Bialik in 2012. Credit: Christina House / For The Times. Photo: Actress and author Carrie Fisher in her most famous, and familiar, role. Credit: Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM