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Get Lit this Weekend: Sex Stories & Selected Shorts

Bad sex stories at Fred Segal.
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LA has a great literary scene despite what our right-coast friends may say. Some events are lower-brow, some high-brow, but most are quite entertaining. Following on the heels of the LA TimesFestival of Books last week, there are two bookish events of note this weekend: There's a launch party tomorrow at Fred Segal on Melrose for the book Worst Laid Plans. A collection of 41 stories of "when bad sex happens to good people." The book started off as a storytelling night at the Upright Citizens Brigade, but the true tales were too good to not write down. The event will also include readings by several of the book's contributors, including Laraine Newman, an original Saturday Night Live cast member; Mary Lynn Rajskub from 24; and Whitney Cummings from Chelsea Lately. We had to mention this event because when we got the invite, the last line made us chuckle: "Please come. They didn't."

The Getty Center also celebrates the short story for its annual "Selected Shorts" weekend. The annual reading series features stage, film and TV actors reading classic and new short fiction. Tickets are still left for the 3 pm session of "Nosy Neighbors" tomorrow with "Privacy" by Richard Ford, read by René Auberjonois; "The Shared Patio" by Miranda July, read by Kirsten Vangsness; and "Things We Knew When the House Caught Fire" by David Drury, read by Keith Szarabajka. On Sunday, some of the scheduled readers include: "A Disappearance" by Julie Otsuka, read by Jane Kaczmarek and "Adults Alone" by A.M. Homes, read by Christina Pickles.