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Pencil This In: A Tribute to Spalding Gray and Other Lit-Related Events

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So for a Tuesday night agenda in LA, we dug up a number of literature-related events including a Writers Bloc tribute to Spalding Gray, a Lawrence Weschler lecture at the Hammer, The Moth storytelling at Busby's East and PEN Center USA's literary awards. Read on for all the details.

Writers Bloc presents A Tribute to Spalding Gray tonight at 7:30 at Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters. Nell Casey (editor of The Journals of Spalding Gray) will discuss how the writer/performer, who committed suicide in 2004, had an impact on the literary landscape. She’ll be in conversation with LA Times book critic David Ulin. Peter Gallagher and other actors will read from Gray’s journals. Tickets: $20.

The Moth storytelling takes over Busby’s East tonight at 7:30 pm. Tonight’s theme is guilt—so storytellers are asked to prepare a five-minute ditty about how they’re racked with some sort of guilt that haunts them. No reading from notes and no stand-up routines, please. Sign up at 7 pm. Admission is $8 at the door. Venue is 21+. Organizers advise getting to the venue an hour ahead of time to ensure entry.

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The Hammer Museum presents author Lawrence Weschler, who’ll discuss Uncanny Valley, his latest collection of political tragedies and cultural comedies. Weschler is the award-winning biographer of Robert Irwin and David Hockney and former staff writer for the New Yorker. Free.

Tonight after the 7:30 pm screening of Like Crazy at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, actors Felicity Jones and actor Anton Yelchin will be on hand to discuss their work. The film focuses on an aspiring furniture designer Jacob (Anton Yelchin) and poetry-writing British exchange student Anna (Felicity Jones) who meet in LA and fall in love. After she overstays her visa, she’s banned from returning to the U.S., setting off a complicated long-distance relationship.

PEN Center USA hosts the 21st Annual Literary Awards Festival at the Beverly Hills Hotel tonight to honor the best writing in the western U.S. as well as three honorees: Robert Pinsky, Dave Eggers and Charles Bowden. The tickets start at $175 and include a three-course dinner and cocktail reception. Reception begins at 6:30.

*Pencil pick of the day

Trailer above is from And Everything is Going Fine, a tribute to Spalding Gray directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).