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Pencil This In: Eriq La Salle Book Signing, Henry Rollins' 'Long March,' and Comparing Jefferson and Obama at ALOUD

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Tonight at 7 pm, Book Soup welcomes actor Eriq La Salle (ER), who discusses and signs his debut novel, Laws of Depravity. It’s a murder mystery that follows a 30-year murder spree in which a killer tortures and butchers 12 clerymen every decade in scenes reflecting the brutal deaths of the 12 Apostles. The killing has started again, and it’s up to two NYPD detectives and an FBI agent to find the killer and confront their own inner demons. It’s the first of a planned trilogy for La Salle.

Rocker, writer and Renaissance man Henry Rollins starts a five-night stand at Largo beginning tonight at 8 pm. In The Long March tour, Rollins talks about Occupants, his recent collection of writing and photography, and his (sometimes humorous) journey through lands less traveled, including North Korea, Mongolia, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Sudan, Uganda, Haiti and Cuba. Tickets are $25 and are available online only. Doors open for drinks at 7 pm.

ALOUD at the Central Library presents the program From Jefferson to Obama: The Art of Power and Politics tonight at 7:15 pm. Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, is in conversation with Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Meacham’s most recent book is Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, and tonight, he discusses what President Obama could learn from Jefferson who “governed in times of transition, of fierce partisanship, and of external threat.”

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Red Hen Press and American Composers Forum-LA presents an evening with writers and poets Douglas Kearney and Nicelle Davis and musicians Pamela Vliek Martchev and Timothy Loo in a discussion moderated by writer Brendan Constantine at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center. In addition to readings, there's a performance by Martchev on flute and Timothy Loo on cello playing “Basque Suites” by local composer Brett Banducci along with other pieces. 7 pm. General admission: $10, $5 for students and seniors.

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