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Authors in L.A.: Former Sen. Alan Simpson, Andy Borowitz and more

February 27, 2012 |  4:09 pm

Alan-simpsonFor close to 20 years, former Sen. Alan K. Simpson (R-Wyo.) carved his own path through the turbulent landscape of contemporary politics. He’s been no stranger to controversy -- he was there, representing Wyoming, during the stormy years of the Iran-Contra affair and the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

In 2001, he also co-authored the Cody Statement, a document intended as a guide for the Republican Party in matters of sexual orientation and equal rights. Simpson visits Los Angeles this week to discuss "Shooting From the Lip," a book about his life and career, with his biographer, Donald Hardy, as part of the “Out West at the Autry” series provided by the Autry National Center. Simpson’s visit is among the highlights of this week’s listings of author and book events in the L.A. area.

As always, just a reminder: Our listings are by no means complete but offer book lovers a place to start as they plan their week. Remember to check with the venue about time changes, late additions or cancellations:

Feb. 27: 7:30 p.m. “Shooting From the Lip:”: A Conversation With Sen. Alan K. Simpson and biographer Donald Hardy as part of the Out West at the Autry Series at the Autry in Griffith Park.

Feb. 28: 7 p.m. Joy Wilson discusses and signs “Joy the Baker Cookbook” at Vroman’s.

Feb. 28: 7 p.m. Eric Klinenberg in conversation with Laurie Winer on “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone” as part of the Aloud Series at L.A.’s Central Library.

Feb. 28: 7:30 p.m. Andy Borowitz talks politics, literature and life with Patton Oswalt for Writers Bloc Los Angeles.

Feb. 29: 7 p.m. Tommy Hawkins discusses and signs “Life’s Reflections: Poetry for the People” at Vroman’s.

Feb. 29: 7 p.m. Brenda Dixon Gottschild signs and discusses "Joan Myters Brown & the Audacious Hope" at Esowon Bookstore.

Feb. 29: 7 p.m. Scotty Bowers and Lionel Friedberg sign and discuss “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars” at Book Soup.

March 1: 8 p.m.  The Moth presents “Rush: Stories of Ticking Clocks” featuring host Rudy Rush with storytellers Jenny Allen, Kodi Azari, Annie Duke, Brian Finkelstein and Jerry Stahl at Royce Hall as part of UCLA Live.

March 1: 7 p.m.  Tim Dorsey discusses and signs “Pineapple Grenade”  at Vroman’s.

March 2: 7 p.m.  Joanne Fluke discusses and signs “Cinnamon Roll Murder” at Vroman’s.

March 2: 7 p.m. Kent Hartman discusses and signs “Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret” at Booksoup.

March 2 and 3:  The 16th Annual Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival at the University of Redlands.

March 3  Jessica Therrien signs her fantasy novel “Oppression: Children of the Gods, Book One” at Barnes and Noble in the Amerige Heights Town Center in Fullerton.

March 3: 5 p.m. Bill Hudson discusses and signs “Two Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family” at Book Soup.

March 3: 11 a.m. Storytime for children ages 2 to 5 at Barnes & Noble at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

March 4: 12 p.m.  Alan M. Ehrlich signs "Plunket in Wonderland" at Chevalier’s Books.

 -- Nick Owchar

Photo: Former U.S. senator Alan K. Simpson in 2011.  Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg