Fun author-signing L.A. book events

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Check out these fun holiday gift ideas by way of author-signed books at events around Los Angeles — like the Comic Book Story of Beer for your beer-aficionado uncle, How to Pass as Human for your Robotics professor cousin,  Dark Sparkler for your book club gang, or Drawing Blood for an activist niece. If you’re looking to hear cool stars “tell true stores they never thought they’d dare to share in public,” head to NerdMelt Showroom and be part of Risk L.A.’s podcast for “The Holidays.”

Jonathan-Hennessey-HeadshotDecember 14
Who: Jonathan Hennessey – The Comic Book Story of Beer
What: Beer. On an experiential level you may be familiar with it, but how much do you really know about it, historically speaking? Well, The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World’s Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today’s Craft Brewing Revolution, the first-ever nonfiction graphic novel focused on beer, is here to help. Authors Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith and illustrator Aaron McConnell team up to recount the how history has shaped beer, beer has shaped history, and everything else you could possibly wonder about, beer-historywise. Just make sure to drive sober as Hennessey discusses and signs the book Monday.
When and where: 7 PM, Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena

NicHeadshotMonday, December 14
Who:
Nic Kelman – How To Pass as Human
What: Android Zero (“Zach”) has put together a field guide for future androids on how to pass as human beings. Featuring sketches, graphs, flow charts, and reference materials, Nic Kelman’s book chronicles the “life” of the world’s first android as it attempts to understand both humanity and itself, with possible romance along the way. While he’s doesn’t seem to be a robot himself, you should probably go see him discuss and sign the book just in case.
When and where: 7 PM, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard

Image by Katie Jacobs
Image by Katie Jacobs

Tuesday, December 15
Who: Amber Tamblyn – Dark Sparkler
What: Acclaimed actress (House, Joan of Arcadia) and poet Amber Tamblyn explores the toll exacted by stardom on 25 actresses lost before their time, in a haunting collection of poetic work and original artwork from Adrian Tomine, David Lynch, and more. Using her own experience as a young women in the entertainment world, Tamblyn connects to the tragic stories of actresses both famous and obscure. She signs and discusses the collection in what is sure to be a darkly sparkling conversation with author Janet Fitch Tuesday.
When and where: 7 PM, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard

DrawingBlood-HC-CTuesday, December 15
Who:
Molly Crabapple – Drawing Blood
What: Not many artists have the on-the-ground experience to draw Guantanamo bay, Abu Dhabi’s migrant labor camps, and rebels fighting in Syria, but Molly Crabapple is not many artists. Her new memoir, made up of writing and illustrations, recounts a life featuring the underground experience, world travels, and radical politics that lead to her unique form of witness journalism, shedding light on resistance to Western abuses of power around the world. So while your blood won’t be drawn, her discussion with writer Laila Lalami just might get it boiling.
When and where: 7 PM, The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St

RiskSaturday, December 19
Who:
Kumail Nanjiani, Megan Hayes, Hank Chen – Risk LA
What: It’s not quite book-related, but the things you’ll hear LA’s premiere live storytelling show and podcast, “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public,” aren’t written down for a reason. Hosted by Beowulf Jones, and featuring Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Megan Hayes (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), and Hank Chen (Transparent) based around this month’s theme of “The Holidays,” Saturday’s show is sure to give you some quality (and cringeworthy) stress relief during this holiest time of the year.
When and where: 9 PM, NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd (tickets $8 advance/$10 at door)

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Fun author-signing book events around L.A.
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Check out these fun holiday gift ideas by way of author-signed books at events around Los Angeles -- like the Comic Book Story of Beer for your beer-aficionado uncle, How to Pass as Human for your Robotics professor cousin, Dark Sparkler for your book club gang, or Drawing Blood for an activist niece.
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