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October 2018

Chris Gethard discusses and signs “Lose Well”

October 22 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A laugh-out-loud, kick-in-the-pants self-help narrative for anyone who ever felt like they didn't fit in or couldn't catch a break--comedian and cult hero Chris Gethard shows us how to get over our fear of failure and start living life on our own terms. Let's face it: we all want a seat at the cool table, a great job, and loads of money. But most of us won't be able to achieve this widely accepted, black-or-white, definition of winning, which makes…

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Erika Kotite discusses and signs “She Sheds Style”

October 22 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

What is a “she shed”? It's simply any outbuilding that has been renovated, outfitted, redesigned, or otherwise reassigned into service as a refuge from the intense pace of modern life. Packed with DIY ideas, step-by-step projects, and decorating tips from various creative “she shed” owners, Erika Kotite’s latest book guides readers on their journey to build the shed of their dreams in their own personal style. Genre: Nonfiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Louisa Hall, “Trinity”

October 22 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

J. Robert Oppenheimer was a brilliant scientist, a champion of liberal causes, and a complex and often contradictory character. He loyally protected his Communist friends, only to later betray them under questioning. He repeatedly lied about love affairs. And he defended the use of the atomic bomb he helped create, before ultimately lobbying against nuclear proliferation. Through narratives that cross time and space, a set of characters bears witness to the life of Oppenheimer, from a secret service agent who…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Nadya Tolokonnikova discusses her activism book “Read & Riot” with Shepard Fairey

October 22 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Purchase Required

In the spirit of the millions of who gathered worldwide for the 2017 Women’s March the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, feminist artist, political activist, and Pussy Riot founder Nadya Tolokonnikova has written a timely guide to radical protest and provides the words, actions, and inspiration to ignite the power of the people and joyfully resist our way to the change we want to see. Genre: Nonfiction

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Discussion: An Eveing with Michael Beschloss

October 22 @ 8:00 pm
Purchase Required

Michael Beschloss is the author of nine books on presidential history, including, most recently, the New York Times bestsellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors, as well as two volumes on Lyndon Johnson’s White House tapes. He was also editor of the number-one global bestseller Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a PBS NewsHour contributor and has received an Emmy and six honorary degrees. Venue: Ann and Jerry Moss…

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Diane Leslie’s Book Group with Edan Lepucki discuss “Woman No. 17”

October 23 @ 5:00 pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore, 225 26th St., Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
$20

Diane Leslie's Book Group with Author meets to discuss Edan Lepucki's novel, Woman No. 17, on Tuesday, October 23rd at 5pm. The best part? Edan Lepucki will be joining in the discussion! Seating is limited and reservations are required for this event. There is a $20 fee, and you must purchase your copy of the book from DIESEL. Please contact Diane Leslie to reserve a spot. Genre: Fiction

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Kiese Laymon Booksigning

October 23 @ 6:00 pm
Eso Won Books, 4327 Degnan Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008 United States
Free

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. In Heavy, Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up…

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Robert K. Elder discusses and signs “The Mixtape of My Life: A Do-It-Yourself Music Memoir”

October 23 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

No matter which musical generation you belong to, or whether your musical tastes range from doo-wop to Daft Punk, The Mixtape of My Life can be an instant conversation starter among friends and family--and a great way to rediscover the special tunes that played during key moments of your life. Genre: Memoir

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Hope Ewing discusses and signs “Movers & Shakers”

October 23 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In Movers and Shakers, the most impressive women working in the alcohol industry today share their stories of success, and sometimes failure, as they broke barriers and forged careers for themselves. From a master brewer who traveled across the US to connect female beermakers, to the women of Mexico who introduced the world to Mezcal, one woman's mission to bring organic farming to Peru, and Jamaica's first female Rum Master, Hope Ewing discovers what drives and inspires these talented women…

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Discussion and Book Signing: “Wrecked” by Joe Ide

October 23 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Isaiah Quintabe--IQ for short--has never been more successful, or felt more alone. A series of high-profile wins in his hometown of East Long Beach have made him so notorious that he can hardly go to the corner store without being recognized. Dodson, once his sidekick, is now his full-fledged partner, hell-bent on giving IQ's PI business some real legitimacy: a Facebook page, and IQ's promise to stop accepting Christmas sweaters and carpet cleanings in exchange for PI services. So when…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Kobe Bryant, “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play”

October 23 @ 7:30 pm
Barnes & Noble – The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
Purchase Required

Meet Los Angeles Lakers Legend, 5 time NBA Champion and Oscar Winner Kobe Bryant when he joins us to celebrate "The Mamba Mentality: How I Play". Genre: Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: Phoebe Robinson, “Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay”

October 23 @ 8:00 pm
$45

Skylight Books and Largo are proud to present Phoebe Robinson for TWO SHOWS, celebrating the release of her book, Everything's Trash, But It's Okay. Tickets are $40 and include a copy of the book. Skylight staffers will be on-site selling additional copies of Everything's Trash, But It's Okay and You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain Venue: Largo at the Coronet Genre: Memoir

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Discussion: An Evening with Robert Daltrey

October 23 @ 8:00 pm
Aratani Theatre, 244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021 United States
Purchase Required

Roger Daltrey is the lead vocalist and founding member of The Who. His career has spanned more than 50 years, with a solo career producing eight studio albums. A daytime worker at a sheet metal factory, he first assembled The Who in 1961, recruiting John Entwistle and agreeing to John’s proposal that Pete Townshend should join. Daltrey was the band’s voice, a powerhouse frontman known for his stage presence and energy. As a member of The Who, Daltrey was inducted…

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“Suitcase of Chrysanthemums” Release Party

October 23 @ 8:00 pm
Stories Books and Cafe, 1716 Le Moyne Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026 United States
Free

Celebrate the publication of great weather for MEDIA's latest anthology "Suitcase of Chrysanthemums" and meet an indie press looking for new voices. Featuring contributors and special guests Daniel Dissinger, Tanya Ko Hong, Richard Loranger, Sophie Malleret, Yan Sham-Shackleton, Christian Georgescu, Doug Knott, and Daniel Yaryan. "Suitcase of Chrysanthemums" is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond. Submissions for our next anthology are open October 15 2018 to January…

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Discussion: “Fierce Feminism: Women in the 21st Century” with Robyn McGee

October 24 @ 6:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

#Fierce Feminism: Women in the 21st Century, an Interdisciplinary Approach, edited by Robyn McGee, is a collection of fresh and vibrant stories written by Millennials, Gen Xers, and others who experience life at the intersection of race, class and gender. Genre: Nonfiction

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Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, & Sam Witwer discuss and sign “Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History”

October 24 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

An illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved role-playing game told through the paintings, sketches, illustrations, and visual ephemera behind its creation, growth, and continued popularity. Genre: Graphic Novels

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Discussion and Book Signing: Maura Milan, with Romina Russell & Bree Barton, discusses and signs “Ignite the Stars”

October 24 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cōcha is a seventeen-year-old girl. A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia's age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one…

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Discussion: Mary Ann Thomas, “Asking for Elephants: Stories of Bicycling Across India”

October 24 @ 7:00 pm
Book Show, 5503 N Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042 United States
Free

Join us for the LA stop of Asking for Elephants by Mary Ann Thomas In 2014, Mary Ann Thomas bicycled across the US and Canada solo. In 2017, she bicycled across India with a travel partner and connected with local bike communities in cities across the nation. Accessing these bicyclist havens in India provided examples of community that Mary Ann, as a brown queer daughter of Indian immigrants, had only rarely seen in the US bike world. Genre: Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: CJ Chivers, “The Fighters”

October 24 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

More than 2.7 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers reported from both wars from their beginnings. The Fighters vividly conveys the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant. Genre: Nonfiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jeff Jackson, “Destroy All Monsters”

October 24 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

An epidemic of violence is sweeping the country: musicians are being murdered onstage in the middle of their sets by members of their audience. Are these random copycat killings, or is something more sinister at work? Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Tammy Lynne Stoner, with Jillian Lauren & Siel Ju, discusses and signs “Sugar Land”

October 25 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Sugar Land is a southern fried novel about love, Lead Belly, and liberation. According to Lambda Award winner Kate Carroll de Gutes, this debut "stacks up with some of the best Southern storytelling out there and should have a place on the bookshelf next to Fannie Flagg and Rita Mae Brown." It's 1923 in Midland, Texas, and Miss Dara falls in love with her best friend―who also happens to be a girl. Terrified, Miss Dara takes a job at the…

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Nancy Boyarsky discusses and signs Liar Liar

October 25 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Mary Ellen Barnes is suing her university's star quarterback for rape when the authorities won't act. In the court of public opinion, Mary Ellen appears to be the quintessential good girl. But her lies and mysterious comings and goings lead Nicole to suspect that she's not what she seems. It isn't just Mary Ellen who's acting suspiciously. Nicole's fiancé begs her not to look into the case--but when the witness goes missing during the trial, she is caught up in…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Sean Wilentz, “No Property in Man”

October 25 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Americans revere the Constitution even as they argue fiercely over its original toleration of slavery. Some historians have charged that slaveholders actually enshrined human bondage at the nation’s founding. The acclaimed political historian Sean Wilentz shares the dismay but sees the Constitution and slavery differently. Although the proslavery side won important concessions, he asserts, antislavery impulses also influenced the framers’ work. Far from covering up a crime against humanity, the Constitution restricted slavery’s legitimacy under the new national government. In…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Sam Witwer, and Jon Peterson discuss their book “Dungeons & Dragons: Art and Arcana”

October 25 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

An illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved role-playing game told through the paintings, sketches, illustrations, and visual ephemera behind its creation, growth, and continued popularity. Genre: Nonfiction

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Discussion: Anthony Appiah, “The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity”

October 25 @ 7:30 pm
Mark Taper Auditorium | LA Central Library, 630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Free

Who do you think you are? What do you think you are? These questions of gender, religion, race, nationality, class, culture, and all our polarizing, contradictory natures permeate Kwame Anthony Appiah’s newest book. In The Lies That Bind, Appiah, the author of the Ethicist column for the New York Times, challenges our assumptions of identities—or rather mistaken identities. Njideka Akunyili Crosby, a MacArthur Award-winning Nigerian born visual artist who lives in Los Angeles, meshes painting, printmaking, photography, and collage to…

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