Anastasia’s Asylum – 1028 Wilshire, Santa Monica. (310)394-7113
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center – FREE Workshops & Readings. This week: (Spoken Word/Performance section) 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
Diesel, A Bookstore – 3890 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, CA 90265. (3100 456-9961, www.dieselbookstore.com
Duttons Books Brentwood & Beverly Hills – Critically acclaimed readings and events. This week in Brentwood: Call for listings. This week in Beverly Hills: Fri, 7/1, 7pm: Cantor Estherleon Schwartz presents Estherleon & Rumi: Sacred Voice and Poetry. “Including liturgical sacred music intertwined with universal chants, mantras and poetry from Rumi — read by Ivor Pyres — Sacred Voice and Poetry is a multi-cultural, global experience. Cantor Estherleon Schwartz, a respected spiritual leader in the community, brings a voice to the world that emanates compassion, love and hope.” Sat, 7/2, 11am: Storytime with Princess Meg and Sir Gabe. Tue, 7/5, 11am: Children from two to six are invited to listen to a story read by Princess Meg or Sir Gabe. Tue, 7/5, 11am: Judith Palarz Book Group discusses Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle. “First Tuesday and third Wednesday of the month from 11 am to 12:30 pm. No sign up or fee required, nor do you need to attend every meeting. Drop by and enjoy a discussion about award nominated books. July’s book is Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle.” Wed, 7/6, 7pm: Amy Helmes signs Boys of a Feather. “Boys are like birds: in the dating world, it can be hard to tell the prized specimens from the bad eggs. But with this handy fully-illustrated field guide, boy-watching is about to get easier. . . key facts about the most common species, such as: turkeys are shameless in their pursuit of an intended mate; ladies have to dress trendy to bag a parrot; doves won’t brag to their friends the morning after a date; and pigeons are the ‘Average Joes’ of the male world.” 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 – 1049 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, (310) 454-4063, www.pp90272.com/books.