Anastasia’s Asylum – 1028 Wilshire, Santa Monica. (310)394-7113
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center – FREE Workshops & Readings. Call for events this week. Ongoing: Monday Night Fiction, 8pm, with Jason Mahanes. Tuesday Night Creative Non-Fiction, 8pm, led by Todd Jackson. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays: Emerging Writers Workshop, 8pm, led by Tuan Nguyen. Wed Night Poetry, 8pm, led by Venice Beat Philomene Long – “The West Coast’s longest running, free workshop and a legendary gathering of poets.” 1st & 3rd Thursdays Poetry Workshop, 8pm, Led by Leilani Squire. Thursday Alt.Screenplay, 8pm. Moderated by Peter Coogan. Saturday Afternoon Poetry, 1pm, with Bob Foster. 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310)822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org
Duttons Books Brentwood & Beverly Hills – Critically acclaimed readings and events. This week in Brentwood: Thu, 5/19, 7pm: Amitav Ghosh signs The Hungry Tide. Sat, 5/21, 11am: Winnie the Pooh Storytime. Sat, 5/21, 2pm: Shirley Windward signs Websongs. Sun, 5/22, 2pm: Judy Chicago signs Kitty City: A Feline Book of Hours. Tue, 5/24, 7pm: James Crumley signs The Right Madness. Wed, 5/25, 7pm: Dan Segal discusses The Ademian Line. This week in Beverly Hills: Thu, 5/19, 7pm: Peter D. Kramer signs Against Depression. Sat, 5/21, 11:30am: Phyllis Rothman presents a Tiny Books for Tiny Tots Workshop. Mon, 5/23, 7pm: Martha Cooley signs Thirty-Three Swoons. Tue, 5/24, 7pm: Pam Houston signs Sight Hound. 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, (310) 476-6263 or www.duttonsbrentwood.com. Duttons Beverly Hills – 447 N. Canon Drive.
The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge – 1630 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 450-6052. Thu, 4/14, 7:30pm:
The Un-Urban Coffee House – 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310)315-0056
Village Books – This week: Thu, 5/19, 7:30pm: Sandra Cline signs Pug Sheridan. Fri, 5/20, 7:30pm: Pam Houston signs Sight Hound. Sat, 5/21, 7:30pm: Carrie Latt Wiatt and Barbara Schroeder signs Diet for Teenagers Only. 1049 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, (310) 454-4063, www.pp90272.com/books.