Anastasia’s Asylum – 1028 Wilshire, Santa Monica. (310)394-7113
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center – FREE Workshops & Readings. This week: (See Readings) 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: Thu, 7/21, 7pm: Arthur C. Verge signs Los Angeles County Lifeguards. “The Los Angeles County Lifeguard Service served as the model for the hit television show ‘Baywatch’ Los Angeles County Lifeguards reveals the real picture of the Los Angeles’s County Lifeguard Service through more than 200 vintage photographs. Several award winning photographs are included, as well as vintage surfing photos with the legendary surfers George Freeth, Peter Peterson and Greg Noll. In a nod to television, Mr. Verge added a photo of Marilyn Monroe enjoying a lifeguard luau and a chapter on ‘Baywatch’. Fri, 7/22, 5pm: Book Group with Author featuring Lisa See. Lisa See joins the group for a discussion of her newest novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Hosted by Diane Leslie. Reservations required. Fri, 7/22, 7pm: Simon Vetter signs Stand Out! Sat, 7/23, 3pm: Projectile Poetry with Tara McVicar, Stacy Smith, Duke Novak. Open reading follows, sign up at 2:30pm. This week in Beverly Hills: Bebe Moore Campbell signs 72 Hour Hold, which “confronts the heavyweight issues of mental illness, race relations, and family relationships.” Sat, 7/23, 11am: Sabina I. Rascol signs The Impudent Rooster. Sun, 7/24, 4pm: Judith Palarz conducts a Reader and Leader Roundtable. 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.