Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
William Gibson: The author will read and sign his new novel, "Zero History." Book Soup 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Noon. Free. (310) 659-3110.
William Gibson: The author will read and sign his new novel, "Zero History." Vroman's Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 5 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Strange Cargo Group Reading: Alumni of the PEN Center's Emerging Voices fellowship program will present and sign the new anthology of their work. Author Janet Fitch, who wrote the book's introduction, will introduce the event. Readers include Natashia Deon, Cara Chow, Davin Malasarn, Pireeni Sundaralingam, Monica Carter, Marytza Rubio, Sylvia Sukop, Denise Uyehara and Mehnaz Turner. Skylight Books 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 5 p.m. Free. (323) 660-1175.
Belle Yang: The author of "Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale" will present and sign her new book at an event held in conjunction with her exhibition at the museum. Pacific Asia Museum 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. (626) 449-2742, Ext. 20.
Debra Ollivier: The author of "What French Women Know: About Love, Sex and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind" will present and sign her new book. Book Soup 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.
Robert Scheer: The Times columnist and Truthdig Editor-in-Chief will present and sign his new book, "The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street." Vroman's Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Are Celebrity Chefs Good for Food?: L.A. Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold moderates a panel discussion featuring Nancy Silverton of Mozza, "Top Chef" Season 2 winner Ilan Hall and "Top Chef Masters" stars Ludovic Lefebvre of LudoBites and Susan Feniger of Border Grill and Street. http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org. Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 440-4500.
Rae Armantrout: The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet ("Next Life") will read and discuss her new collection, "Versed." Henley Reading Room, Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University, 333 N. Glassell St., Orange. 2:30 p.m. Free. (714) 628-7389.
Father Gregory Boyle: The founder of Homeboy Industries and author of "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion" will discuss and sign his new book. William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, L.A. 6 p.m. Free. (310) 338-5234.
Edward Ugel: The author of "I'm With Fatty: Losing Fifty Pounds in Fifty Miserable Weeks" will present and sign his new book. Vroman's Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 449-5320.
Architecture & Beauty Symposium: A panel of acclaimed architects — Sir Peter Cook, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Frank Gehry, Greg Lynn, Thom Mayne and Eric Owen Moss — will discuss their work with author Yael Reisner, whose new book, "Architecture and Beauty: Conversations with Architects About a Troubled Relationship," features their widely differing positions and opinions. SCI-Arc 960 E. 3rd St., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free. (213) 356-5312.
Justice Stephen Breyer: Aloud at Central Library presents the Supreme Court Justice in conversation with UC Irvine professor and former Times staff writer Henry Weinstein on the subject of Justice Breyer's new book, "Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View." 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.
Scott Jacobson and Todd Levin: The authors of "Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk" will present and sign their new book. Book Soup 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110.