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Authors in L.A.: Katherine Boo and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, too

February 13, 2012 | 12:10 pm


Feeling bookish this week but not quite in a mood to read? Well, there are plenty of events around town to pique your interest if your interest involves listening. Here is a sampling. And, as always, we recommend checking with the venue for time changes, late additions or cancellations.

Mon. Feb. 13: 7 p.m. Paula Huston discusses and signs “Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit” at Vroman’s.

Tue. Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Robert Scheer in conversation with Mr. Fish, author of “Go Fish, How to Win Contempt and Influence People,” at Vroman’s .

Tue. Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Ali Wentworth discusses and signs her memoir, “Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tales” at Book Soup.

Wed. Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Katherine Boo discusses her book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Zocolo Public Square at the Skirball Cultural Center

Wed. Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Actress and author Carrie Fisher discusses and signs her latest memoir, “Shockaholic,” at Book Soup.

Thur. Feb. 16, 7 p.m. PG Sturges presents and signs “Tribulations of the Shortcut Man,” his follow-up novel to “Shortcut Man,” at Book Soup.

Thur. Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Percival Everett and Steve Erickson explore the themes of memory, identity and place in conversation with Brighde Mullins, director, USC Masters in Professional Writing Program. ALOUD at the Los Angeles Central Library

Fri. Feb. 17, 7 p.m. M.G. Lord presents and signs “The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice” at Book Soup.

Fri. Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. San Francisco-based writer Lysley Tenorio reads and signs from his short-story collection “Monstress” at Skylight Books

Fri. Feb. 17, 7 p.m. New U.S. global gultural ambassador Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and co-author Raymond Obstefeld discuss and sign “What Color Is My World: The Lost History of African-American Inventors,” their book for children in the 8-12 range, at Vroman’s.

Sun. Feb. 19, 4 p.m. Richard Mason visits from London to read from and sign his novel “History of a Pleasure Seeker” -- our reviewer Carolyn Kellogg calls it "a literary guilty pleasure" -- at Vroman's.

Sun. Feb. 19, 5 p.m. Edward St. Aubyn reads and signs his novel “At Last” at Skylight Books

-- Jon Thurber

Photo: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a copy of his new children's book at the announcement of his appointment as U.S. global cultural ambassador in January. Credit: Michael Gross / U.S. State Department