Books and author events

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Zocalo logoL.A. Observed is the newest co-sponsor of the "Public Square" Lecture Series presented by Zócalo and the Los Angeles Public Library. Zócalo seeks to create a non-partisan and multiethnic forum where participants can enjoy a rare opportunity for intellectual fellowship. Tonight at the Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium, Zócalo (and I guess I'm now allowed to say, L.A. Observed) welcomes Washington Post book editor Marie Arana, a National Book Award finalist for her memoir, American Chica. She will discuss the slippery slope between truth and fiction in memoir writing. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Click for reservations.

Zócalo events this summer and fall will include Nick Goldberg of the Los Angeles Times, the former writer for The New Yorker Amy Wilentz, Louie Perez of Los Lobos and actor Cheech Marin.

Also: I'll no longer be posting a running calendar of media and literary events around town. I just don't have the time to keep it up, and there are better local calendars online. But I'll still try to post on notable events (usually free) that I think will interest some L.A. Observed readers.

You can also click on the links under "L.A. Authors and Books" on the left side for the latest on upcoming programs. LAPL Events for instance, has the schedule for the ALOUD series at the Central Library, which this Thursday will present Laurence Bergreen, author of Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe. Next week, Writers Bloc will host John Dean in conversation with Martin Kaplan, and on June 13 David Foster Wallace sits down with David L. Ulin.

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