Ransom Riggs: The author of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" will sign copies of his debut young-adult novel. Dark Delicacies, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank. 2 p.m. Free. (818) 556-6660.
Los Angeles. Wells Fargo Theater at Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. (323) 667-2000.
WordTheatre: Actors Maggie Siff, Amy Brenneman and Jon Tenney will give dramatic readings of stories by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Jane Smiley and Simon Van Booy. Soho House West Hollywood, 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5:30 p.m. $22-$28. (310) 915-5150. http://www.wordtheatre.com.
Carole Eglash-Kosoff: The author of "The Human Spirit: Apartheid's Unheralded Heroes" will discuss and sign her new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Brian Fagan: The author of "Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind" will discuss and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Anna North: The author of "America Pacifica" will read and sign her debut novel. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.
Bryan Penprase: The author of "The Power of Stars: How Celestial Observations Have Shaped Civilization" will discuss and sign his recent book. Friends' Hall, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. 7:30 p.m. Free. (626) 405-2100.
Peter H. Brothers: The author of "Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda" will discuss and sign his book. Agoura Hills Library, 29901 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. 6:30 p.m. Free. (818) 889-2278.
Vincent Bugliosi: The prosecutor and author will present and sign his new book, "Divinity of the Doubt: The God Question." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Jan Burke: The author will read and sign her new book, "Disturbance: An Irene Kelly Novel." Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Huxley on Huxley: Aloud at Central Library presents a panel discussion on the subject of Laura and Aldous Huxley's influence on American culture. Participants include artist Don Bachardy, journalist Ann Louise Bardach, filmmaker Mary Ann Braubach and Doors drummer John Densmore. Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. Full; standby only. (213) 228-7025. http://www.aloudla.org.
Red Hen Press Group Reading: The Los Angeles-based press presents an evening of readings by poets Rita Mae Reese, Roger Mitchell and Steve Kistulentz. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. 6:30 p.m. Free. http://www.redhen.org.
The Death of the Nuclear Renaissance: A panel discussion featuring UCLA Chancellor Emeritus Albert Carnesale, former commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Victor Gilinsky and nuclear physicist Arjun Makhijani, head of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research; moderated by Ian Masters. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.
Ron Hansen: The novelist will read and sign his latest, "A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion." Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Marilyn Ann Moss: The author of "Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director" will present and sign her new book. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.