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Lots of great stuff happening in LA tonight, including a slew of literary-related events, from a Granta reading to Kate Atkinson presenting her book Life After Life: A Novel to music and poetry at the Last Bookstore. There’s also a screening of the new film Mud, the James Bond retrospective in Glendale continues; and we can’t forget to mention a the screening of puppet short films. Read on for all the details.

LIT
Tonight at 7:15 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library presents readings from two f Granta's "Best Young British Novelists" Nadifa Mohamed and Ross Raisin. The magazine devoted an entire issue to new fiction by 20 of the best young novelists in 1983 and and did so again 10 years later. Now it’s time to hear from the next generation, with Mohamed and Raisin reading from their work, followed by a discussion with Granta editor John Freeman. Advance reservations are full. Standby only. Free.

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PUPPETS*
There’s an evening of Awesome Puppet Film and Filmmakers presented by the Los Angeles Guild / Handmade Puppet Dreams tonight at 8 pm at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater. The event’s part of the first LA Puppet Fest 2013 with a screening of the film shorts "Graveyard Jamboree," "Yamasong," "Sammy and Sofa" and "The Narrative of Victor Karloch." A Q&A with filmmakers Screen Novelties, Sam K. Hale, Tim Lagasse and Kevin McTurk follows, and the puppets will be on view, too. The films aren’t suitable for kids 12 or younger. Free.

FILM
Film Independent at LACMA presents a free screening of Mud (2013) tonight at 7:30 pm. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, the film stars Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard, Reese Witherspoon and Jacob Lofland. It’s a portrait of rural American life through the lens of Southern film noir. It features McConaughey as a loner who’s assisted by two boys to evade bounty hunters to find his lost love (Witherspoon). The screening is followed by a Q&A with Nichols. Standby tickets only (not guaranteed).

FILM
Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Downtown Glendale Association, Glendale Arts and Prospect House Entertainment continue their James Bond 007 50th Anniversary Series with a screening of Diamonds Are Forever with Sean Connery as 007 and Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole and Trina Parks as Thumper. Both women will be in attendance tonight and do a Q&A after the screening. Tickets: $15.

BOOKS
Vroman’s hosts a reading and signing at 7 pm tonight with author Kate Atkinson who presents her latest work Life After Life: A Novel. The book tells the story of Ursula Todd is born in 1910 to an English banker and his wife. “She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.” Her seemingly endless lifespan begs the question whether she holds the power to help save the world from itself.

VARIETY
Tonight the Last Bookstore yields the floor to musician Guy Blakeslee of The Entrance Band who curates an evening of music, poetry and readings. The programming includes a solo performance by Blakeslee, violinist and bassist Paz Lenchantin and poetry and readings by special guests.Tickets are $12. Line-ups start at 9 pm and doors open at 9:30pm (it’s a closed store event).

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