Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller: The legendary songwriting duo will present and sign their recent autobiography, "Hound Dog." Every Picture Tells a Story, 1333 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 6 p.m. Free. (310) 451-2700.
Joseph McElroy: The author will read and sign his new collection, "Night Soul and Other Stories." Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.
Not Content: Collaborative Social Writing Event: Les Figues Press presents the first of three installments in a yearlong series of text projects at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). Writer-participants include Harold Abramowitz, Amanda Ackerman, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Teresa Carmody and Kate Durbin. LACE Gallery, 6522 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 1-4 p.m. (323) 957-1777.
Patton Oswalt: The comedian will discuss and sign his new book, "Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland." Dark Delicacies, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank. 2 p.m. Free. (818) 556-6660.
Tongue and Groove: This installment of the monthly reading series will feature contributors to the new issue of Slake: John Albert, Dana Johnson, Joseph Mattson, Victoria Patterson, Rachel Resnick, Harry Shannon and musical guest Dorian Wood. Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. 6 p.m. $6. http://www.tongueandgroovela.com.
Alice Hoffman: Writers Bloc presents the author of "The Rose Garden" in conversation with Gail Eichenthal. Writer's Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. 7:30 p.m. $20. http://www.writersblocpresents.com.
Mike Brown: The astronomer will present and sign his new book, "How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming." Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Aminatta Forna and Janice Shapiro: Forna, the author of the memoir "The Devil That Danced on the Water" and the novels "Ancestor Stones" and "The Memory of Love," will be joined by Shapiro, author of the new collection of stories "Bummer." Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.
Nick Galifianakis: The author of "If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You" will present and sign his new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
David L. Ulin: Writers Bloc presents The Times' book critic and author of "The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time" in conversation with Peter Guber. http://www.writersblocpresents.com. MGM Screening Room, 10250 Constellation Blvd., Century City. 7:30 p.m. $20.
Karen Abbott: The author of "American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee" will present and sign her new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Bill Sharpsteen: The author of "The Docks" will present and sign his new book about the Port of Los Angeles. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.