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Pencil This In: 'Lit Thing Book Bash' at Skylight; Cinema, Italian Style 2010 and [ALOUD] with Reza Aslan and Friends

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The Italian film festival Cinema Italian Style 2010 kicks off tonight at the Egyptian and Aero theaters through Nov. 20. Screening at the Egyptian at 7:30 pm is the LA premiere of The First Beautiful Thing (La Prima Cosa Bella) Italy's Official Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie will be introduced by director Paolo Virzì and actress Micaela Ramazzotti. $11.BOOK BASH
Skylight Books hosts the Lit Thing Book Bash featuring writers Janelle Brown, Neal Pollack, Sherri L. Smith and host Cecil Castellucci. The four local authors will rant and rave about “the books they love and the books they love to hate.”

Gallery 825 hosts the program Conversations with the Artists panel discussion with artists David Jang, Niku Kashef, Joella March and Mei Xian Qiu. The event and reception runs from 7-9 pm tonight. Free.

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At Vroman’s at 7 pm, authors Jeanne Campbell Reesman and Sara S. Hodson present and sign Jack London, photographer. London is better known for his writing, but he was also a noted photographer, capturing images around the world, including the poor in London’s East End in 1902, the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, and the Mexican Revolution in 1914. This is the first publication ever to focus on London as a photographer. “In preparing this volume of about 200 images, the authors examined 12,000 photographs in The Huntington Library and about 4,000 negatives in the California Department of Parks and Recreation.”

[ALOUD] at the Central Library presentsTablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Middle East with Reza Aslan tonight at 7 pm. The event is a “celebratory reading” of the new volume—compiled by Aslan—that features Aimee Bender, Howard Gordon, Heather Graham, Evan Handler, Jaime Ray Newman, Sholeh Wolpe, Gideon Yago and Necar Zadegan reading literature from Morocco and Iran, Turkey and Pakistan. Free, but reservations recommended. 7 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

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