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August 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Riley Perez, “What is Real?”

August 14 @ 6:30 pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore, 225 26th St., Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
Free

On January 22, 2004, Darnell Riley broke into the home of Girls Gone Wild founder, Joe Francis. Throughout the night he filmed a blackmail video, and arrange for payment so that the video didn't go viral. What Is Real: The Life and Crimes of Darnell Riley explores the nine years he spent in the custody of California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Genre: Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: Allie Rowbottom, “Jell-o Girls”

August 14 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In 1899, Allie Rowbottom's great-great-great-uncle bought the patent to Jell-O from its inventor for $450. The sale would turn out to be one of the most profitable business deals in American history, and the generations that followed enjoyed immense privilege - but they were also haunted by suicides, cancer, alcoholism, and mysterious ailments. Genre: Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: Leslie Schwartz, “The Lost Chapters” with Father Greg Boyle and Celeste Freeman

August 14 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In 2014, novelist Leslie Schwartz was sentenced to 90 days in Los Angeles County Jail for a DUI and battery of an officer. It was the most harrowing and holy experience of her life. Following a 414-day relapse into alcohol and drug addiction after more than a decade clean and sober, Schwartz was sentenced and served her time with only six months' sobriety. The damage she inflicted that year upon her friends, her husband, her teenage daughter, and herself was…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Adam Greenfield, “Circa”

August 14 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Circa is a dark comedy featuring Henry Colmes, a high school sophomore trying to find his place in school and life. In alternating chapters, it is also the story of Henry as a thirty-something cub reporter trying to track down an elusive cult leader in order to interview him for the man’s own obituary. Genre: Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Brandy Colbert, “Finding Yvonne”

August 14 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Since she was seven years old, Yvonne has had her trusted violin to keep her company, especially in those lonely days after her mother walked out on their family. But with graduation just around the corner, she is forced to face the hard truth that she just might not be good enough to attend a conservatory after high school. Genre: Young Adult

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Book Club: AfroFuturism

August 14 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

In August, we go back to Nnedi Okorafor’s (Akata Witch, Bindi) breakthough novel Who Fears Death. A young lady from a brutally oppressed tribe in post-apolcalyptic Africa must use magic to confront a dangerous enemy – and discover who she truly is. This tale won Okorafor the 2011 World Fantasy Award for best novel, is in development as an HBO series (George R.R. Martin exec. producer), and has a prequel called The Book of Phoenix. Genre: Speculative Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Adam Walker Phillips, “The Big Con: A Chuck Restic Mystery”

August 15 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Chuck Restic, HR manager and part-time private investigator, has a problem: the consultant guru Julie St. Jean is the bane of his existence. Over his twenty-year HR career, he's been forced to partner with her on inane employee engagement programs whose only value has been to Julie's sizable bank account. When Julie is suddenly wanted for the murder of an associate, Chuck sees his chance to rid himself of her forever, until the corporate tables are turned on him and…

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Reading: Historia “Road Rash”

August 15 @ 7:00 pm
Book Show, 5503 N Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042 United States
Free

Monthly storytelling show here at Book Show! Hosted by Robin Reiser and Smyth Campbell. More info and line up soon This month’s theme is… ROAD RASH!!!! Genre: Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Lisa Locascio, “Open Me”

August 15 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Roxana Olsen has always dreamed of going to Paris, and after high school graduation finally plans to travel there on a study abroad program—a welcome reprieve from the bruising fallout of her parents’ divorce. But a logistical mix-up brings Roxana to Copenhagen instead, where she’s picked up at the airport by Søren, a twenty-eight-year-old guide who is meant to be her steward. Instantly drawn to one another, Roxana and Søren’s relationship turns romantic, and when he asks Roxana to accompany…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Wayne Kramer, “The Hard Stuff”

August 16 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In January 1969, before the world heard a note of their music, The MC5 was on the cover of Rolling Stone. The missing link between free jazz and punk rock, they were raw, primal, and, when things were clicking, absolutely unstoppable. Led by legendary guitarist Wayne Kramer, The MC5 was a reflection of the times: exciting, sexy, violent, chaotic, and out of control, all but assuring their time in the spotlight would be short-lived. They toured the country, played with…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Andrew Lawler, “The Secret Token”

August 16 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, their colony was to establish England's first foothold in the New World. But when the colony's leader, John White, returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers were nowhere to be found. They left behind only a single clue--a "secret token" carved into a tree. Neither White nor any other European laid eyes on the colonists again.…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Gina Wohlsdorf, “Blood Highway”

August 16 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Rainy Cain is a troubled and street smart seventeen-year-old whose mother suffers from crippling depression and whose father is long dead—or so she believes. As if her life weren’t already in disarray, things take a chaotic turn when she arrives home one day to find her mother has taken her own life. Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Discussion and Book Signing: Virgie Tovar, “You Have the Right to Remain Fat”

August 16 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

A manifesto for the fat revolution. Growing up as a fat girl, Virgie Tovar believed that her body was something to be fixed. But after two decades of dieting and constant guilt, she was over it—and gave herself the freedom to trust her own body again. Ever since, she’s been helping others to do the same. Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

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Discussion and Book Signing: Nancy Rommelmann, “To the Bridge”

August 16 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The case was closed, but for journalist Nancy Rommelmann, the mystery remained: What made a mother want to murder her own children? On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to the middle of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and dropped her two children into the Willamette River. Forty minutes later, rescuers found the body of four-year-old Eldon. Miraculously, his seven-year-old sister, Trinity, was saved. As the public cried out for blood, Amanda was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to thirty-five…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Matt Hewitt, “Biker Party”

August 17 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Biker Party is Matt Hewitt's follow-up to the gleefully idiotic and grotesque Corky Burger. In it a biker chieftain is found dead in the desert by his minions, which inspires the deranged motorcycle club to throw him an orgiastic bacchanale of murder and mayhem. They descend upon a sleepy, harmless and decidedly beige suburb to wreak havoc, but eventually they push a simple father too far. Both a love letter to and satire of the all-American vigilante fantasy. Genre: Graphic…

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Reading, Open Mic: Friday Night Poetry: They’re Just Words

August 17 @ 8:00 pm
Book Show, 5503 N Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042 United States
Free

Ingrid Calderon hosting a once-a-month poetry night! Open Mic+Featured Poets Genre: Poetry

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Discussion and Book Signing: Elisa Parhad, “Los Angeles Is…”

August 18 @ 10:30 am
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Los Angeles is... surfing waves and fashion faves, citrus fruits and long commutes, lowrider cruising and poolside snoozing, zipping cars and Hollywood stars. From taco trucks to tar pits, this stylish primer to California's City of Angels, illustrated by Alexander Vidal, is spot-on for toddlers and first-time travelers. Genre: Art

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Discussion and Book Signing: Vanessa Hua, “A River of Stars”

August 18 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Holed up with other mothers-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she's carrying his baby. Already married with three daughters, Boss Yeung is overjoyed because the doctors have confirmed that he will finally have the son he has always wanted. To ensure that his child has every advantage, Boss Yeung has shipped Scarlett off…

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Discussion and Book Signing: John Rocco (illustrator), “The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition”

August 19 @ 3:00 pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore, 225 26th St., Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
Free

A must-have for Percy Jackson fans, this deluxe gift edition of the internationally bestselling first book in the series features gorgeous full-color artwork on nearly every page by series illustrator John Rocco, along with shiny foil type on the front cover, a red marker ribbon, and full-color endpapers. Genre: Speculative Fiction, Young Adult

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Discussion and Book Signing: Fatimah Asghar, “If They Come for Us”

August 19 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

Poet and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls captures her experience as a Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, while exploring identity, violence, and healing. Genre: Poetry

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Discussion and Book Signing: Kristan Higgins, “Good Luck with That”

August 19 @ 5:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults. As Marley and Georgia grow stronger, the real meaning of Emerson’s dying wish becomes truly clear: more than anything, she wanted her friends to love themselves. Genre: Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Agustín Meleéndez-Eyraud, “The Sanctuary and Other Attacks”

August 19 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Agustin Melendez-Eyraud and his new book The Sanctuary and other Attacks. There will be a panel discussion of the book’s themes and the latest developments in immigration issues as confirmed by Los Angeles Spanish-speaking journalists, media, and civil rights advocates. Also there will be held a cold theatrical reading of the short play The Sanctuary – don’t miss it! Genre: Dramatic Writing

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Discussion and Book Signing: Anya Yurchyshyn, “My Dead Parents”

August 20 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Anya Yurchyshyn grew up in a narrow townhouse in Boston, every corner filled with the souvenirs of her parents' adventurous international travels. On their trips to Egypt, Italy, and Saudi Arabia, her mother, Anita, and her father, George, lived an entirely separate life from the one they led as the parents of Anya and her sister - one that Anya never saw. The parents she knew were a brittle, manipulative alcoholic and a short-tempered disciplinarian: people she imagined had never…

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Book Club: New Poetry with Armine Iknadossian

August 20 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

LA poet Arminé Iknadossian curates our selections — always the best of what’s new. We read and discuss, going as deep as we can in one sitting. In August, we look at National Book Award-winning Terrance Hayes’ American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin — one of the first and biggest takes on the harrowing Trump era. Genre: Poetry

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Discussion and Book Signing: David McGlynn, “One Day You’ll Thank Me”

August 21 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Fatherhood caught David McGlynn by surprise. His sons arrived in quick succession--the first when the author was a dirt-poor student and the second not long after he'd moved his family across the country to start a new job in bucolic Wisconsin. As a result, McGlynn found himself colliding with fatherhood, at once scared to death and utterly thrilled. Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational, Memoir

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