J.J. Abrams and Michael Giacchino: The Hammer Conversations series presents Abrams, the co-creator of the series "Lost" and creator of "Felicity," "Alias" and "Fringe," in conversation with film composer Giacchino ("Up," "Ratatouille"). Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.
Steve Almond: The author of "Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life" will read and sign his self-published books: "This Won't Take But a Minute, Honey," "Bad Poetry" and "Letters from People Who Hate Me." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.
Go West Reading Series: The premiere installment of the new series will feature a reading and discussion with contributors to the new magazine Boom: A Journal of California: Susan Straight, Mariam Lam, Lynell George and Boom co-editors Carolyn de la Peña and Louis Warren. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. 2 p.m. $10; free for Autry members. (323) 667-2000.
The New Short Fiction Series: A dramatic reading from Erica Bauermeister's new novel, "Joy For Beginners," featuring Sally Shore, Elena Fasan, Jessica Hopper and Karen Teliha. The Writers Junction, 1001 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. 7 p.m. $10-$15. (866) 811-4111.
Kaira Rouda: The author of "Here, Home, Hope" will read and sign her new novel. Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., L.A. 3 p.m. Free. (310) 576-9960.
Irish Poets at the Huntington: Paul Muldoon, Dana Gioia, Eavan Boland and Sinead Morrissey will read and discuss their work as part of the XXII North American James Joyce Conference. Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. 7 p.m. $10. (626) 405-2100. http://www.joyceconference2011.com.
Jeffrey Lyons: The author of "Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from 'The Lyons Den'" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Alyson Noël: The author of "Everlasting" will read and sign her new YA novel. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
An Evening of Poetry Curated by John Tottenham: Dottie Grossman, Eric Erlandson and Hank Cherry will read their work. The Cactus Lounge at The Standard — Hollywood, 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Free. (323) 650-9090.
Jon-Jon Goulian: The author of "The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt" will present and sign his new memoir. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Richard Louv: The author of "The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder" will discuss and sign his new book. All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320. http://www.vromansbookstore.com.
We Are Here: We Could Be Everywhere: Media, Arts and Activism in Los Angeles: Aloud at Central Library presents a panel discussion with authors and academics Anikó Imre ("Identity Games," "East European Cinemas"), Henry Jenkins ("Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide"), Times arts and culture reporter Reed Johnson and Fabian Wagmister. Moderated by UC Riverside Media and Cultural Studies faculty Kenneth Rogers. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.
Nicholson Baker: The author of the novels "The Anthologist," "Vox," "The Mezzanine" and the forthcoming "House of Holes," in addition to nonfiction works "Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper" and "Human Smoke," will discuss his work, libraries, James Joyce and dirty books with book critic David Kipen as part of the XXII North American James Joyce Conference. Huntington Library, Friends' Hall, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. 4:30 p.m. $10. (626) 405-2100. http://www.joyceconference2011.com.
Christina Haag: The author of "Come to the Edge" will discuss and sign her new memoir about her time with John F. Kennedy, Jr. Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 454-4063.