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November 2019

J. Ryan Stradal discusses and signs “The Lager Queen of Minnesota”

November 20 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

J. Ryan Stradal will discuss "The Lager Queen of Minnesota" at Vroman's. Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can't help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for…

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Feminist Book Club reads “The Golden State”

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

This club reads an intersectional variety of feminist lit – fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, etc. – led by publisher Julia Callahan of Rare Bird Books. Join us for fresh insights, perspectives, challenges, and connection. At this meeting, the club will read Lydia Kiesling’s "The Golden State"

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Jami Attenberg discusses and signs “All This Could Be Yours”

November 20 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

If you enjoy novels about family secrets, check out Jami Attenberg and "All This Could Be Yours" at Skylight Books. As each family member grapples with Victor's history, they must figure out a way to move forward--with one another, for themselves, and for the sake of their children.

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SOLD OUT | Julie Andrews discusses and signs “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years”

November 20 @ 7:30 pm
Barnes & Noble – The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
Purchase Required

Note: this event has sold out of tickets. Actress, singer, author & iconic star of Hollywood & Broadway productions Julie Andrews visits Barnes & Noble at the Grove to celebrate "Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years." Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films, Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music.

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Isa Mazzei discusses and signs “Camgirl”

November 20 @ 8:00 pm
Stories Books and Cafe, 1716 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026 United States
Free

Isa Mazzei visits Stories Books & Café to discuss her memoir, "Camgirl," which recounts her experiences as an online sexworker.

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Mark Z. Danielewski discusses and signs “Little Blue Kite”

November 21 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Come out to Vroman's for an evening with Mark Z. Danielewski and "Little Blue Kite." We all have fears, but if we can't face the small ones how will we face the big ones? Kai is afraid to fly a little blue kite. But Kai is also very, very brave, and overcoming this small fear will lead him on a great adventure. Remember: all great adventures start with one little moment. You know the one. It's like a gentle breeze…

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Writers Read reading series featuring Michael Dean Clark

November 21 @ 7:00 pm
Free

Come see faculty and students from Azusa Pacific University read their writing. Location: Azusa Pacific University, 901 E Alosta Ave, Azusa, CA 91702

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Henry Barajas presents and signs “La Voz De M.A.Y.O Rambo Vol. 1”

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

Come out to Book Soup for an evening with Henry Barajas and "La Voz De M.A.Y.O Rambo Vol. 1." This book is based on the oral history of Ramon Jaurigue, an orphan and WWII veteran who co-founded the Mexican, American, Yaqui, and Others (M.A.Y.O.) organization, which successfully lobbied the Tucson City Council to improve living and working conditions for members of the Pascua Yaqui tribe. Thanks to this period of activism, the Yaquis were federally recognized as one of the…

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Sands Hall discusses and signs “Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology”

November 21 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Come see Sands Hall in conversation with Michelle Latiolais about "Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology" at Chevalier's Bookstore. In the secluded canyons of Hollywood, Sands Hall—a young woman from a literary family striving to forge her own way as an artist—finds herself increasingly drawn toward the certainty that Scientology appears to offer. Her time in the Church, the 1980s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. In "Reclaiming…

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Carmen Maria Machado discusses “In the Dream House” in conversation with Kima Jones

November 21 @ 7:00 pm
Purchase Required

Join Carmen Maria Machado for a discussion of her new memoir, "In the Dream House," which chronicles a relationship turned sour in prose that draws from Machado's speculative fiction inspirations. With "In the Dream House," she reinvents the memoir with a gut-wrenching tale of love gone wrong, exploring her personal history of psychological abuse while bearing witness to the history and reality of violence in queer relationships.Machado will be joined in conversation by Kima Jones, founder of Jack Jones Literary…

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Barry Siegel discusses and signs “Dreamers and Schemers”

November 21 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

Barry Siegel will discuss "Dreamers and Schemers" at the Last Bookstore. This book gives the stranger-than-fiction treatment to the tale of hero-protagonist William “Billy” May Garland, who set out to win the 1932 Olympic Games for a fledgling Los Angeles and unwittingly gave us the city we know. Join us to learn more about this much-overlooked moment in LA history.

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Ramesh Srinivasan discusses and signs “Beyond the Valley”

November 21 @ 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

If you enjoy tech, check out Ramesh Srinivasan and "Beyond the Valley: How Innovators Around the World Are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow" at Skylight Books. This book describes the internet as both an enabler of frictionless efficiency and a dirty tangle of politics, economics, and other inefficient, inharmonious human activities. Srinivasan focuses on the disconnection he sees between designers and users, producers and consumers, and tech elites and the rest of us.

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Book launch party for “The Empireid” by Ilvario

November 21 @ 8:00 pm
Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 United States
Free

In structured form of 17 line terza rima stanzas (A-B-A, B-C-B, C-D-C, D-E-D, E-F-E, F-F), "The Empireid" continues the story of the Trojan line of Aeneas, from the founding of Rome to present day. Challenging war, empire and religion, The Empireid (which translates to, “The Story of the End of Empire”) follows the tale of Horacio, grandson of Venus, and last of the Trojan line, who on the eve of his thirteenth year, in 1453, the year that Constantinople fell,…

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Marcellas Reynolds discusses and signs “Supreme Models”

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

Book Soup presents Marcellas Reynolds to discuss and sign "Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion." The first-ever book celebrating black models, filled with revealing essays, interviews, and stunning photographs.

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Patricia Schultz discusses and signs “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”

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

Join Patricia Schultz at Vroman's for a discussion and signing of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Deluxe Edition): The World as You've Never Seen It Before." Patricia Schultz curates the world. When she published the original "1,000 Places to See Before You Die," she created not only a new kind of travel book but also a new way of thinking about our experiences and interests. Now Schultz captivates our hearts in the same compelling way her original book…

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Alvin Orloff discusses and signs “Disasterama” with Trebor Healey and “Falling”

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

Skylight Books presents Alvin Orloff to discuss and sign "Disasterama!" "Disasterama!" is the true story of Alvin Orloff who, as a shy kid from the suburbs of San Francisco, stumbled into the wild, eclectic crowd of Crazy Club Kids, Punk Rock Nutters, Goofy Goofballs, Fashion Victims, Disco Dollies, Happy Hustlers, and Dizzy Twinks of post-Stonewall American queer culture of the late 1970s, only to see the “subterranean lavender twilit shadow world of the gay ghetto” ravished by AIDS. Trebor Healey…

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Jordan Gershowitz presents and signs “Ignore the Trolls”

November 23 @ 10:30 am
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Jordan Gershowitz will discuss "Ignore the Trolls" at Vroman's. This book is funny fairytale with a serious contemporary message about the online bullies known as trolls, and how to deal with them.

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Orlando Ortega-Medina discusses and signs “The Death of Baseball”

November 23 @ 5:00 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 United States
Free

If you enjoy psychological novels, check out Orlando Ortega-Medina and "The Death of Baseball" at Skylight Books. Tim Minear will join Ortega-Medina in conversation. Former Little League champion Kimitake “Clyde” Koba finds strength in the belief that he is the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe as he struggles to escape the ghost of his brother and his alcoholic father. Japan and Israel collide in the City of Angels in this explosive psychological novel about faith, idol worship, and the search for…

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Vroman’s Local Author Day

November 24 @ 2:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Come to Vroman's for a celebration of local authors featuring readings. Steven Greenbaum presents and signs "One Family: Indivisible: A Spiritual Memoir." Marilyn Ladd presents and signs "Glad to Be a Ladd." Michelle Kuei presents and signs "Perfectly Normal: An Immigrant’s Story."

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Andrea Barber discusses and signs “Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again”

November 24 @ 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
Purchase Required

Come to Barnes & Noble at the Grove for a discussion of childhood stardom with Andrea Barber who appeared on Full House.

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Horror Book Club reads “Bad Man”

November 24 @ 9:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

This horror book club meets after hours in the center of the Last Bookstore's labyrinth, warmed only by the flickering flames of a haunted chandelier we found in Uncle Vincent’s attic. Bad things happen almost never. At this meeting, the club will read Dathan Auerbach’s "Bad Man."

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Andy Espinoza Long discusses and signs “Tales From the Strip”

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

Come see Andy Espinoza Long discuss "Tales From the Strip" at Book Soup. My name's Andy and I'm a male stripper. Throughout the years, I guesstimate to have performed over six hundred shows. That includes male revues, bachelorette parties, stripograms, private one on ones, office visits, just about any event that your mind can dream up. Some of these tales are insane; some are even unbelievable at times. While writing this memoir, more than once, I'd sit back and take…

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Cathy Heller discusses and signs “Don’t Keep Your Day Job”

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

Come out to Vroman's for an evening with Cathy Heller and "Don’t Keep Your Day Job: How to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career." This book will get you fired up, ready to rip it open and use your zone of genius to add a little more sparkle to this world. Cathy Heller, host of the popular podcast Don't Keep Your Day Job, shares wisdom, anecdotes, and practical suggestions from successful creative entrepreneurs and experts, including actress Jenna Fischer on…

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Jonathan Blum and Holiday Reinhorn read from their work

November 25 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore presents Jonathan Blum and Holiday Reinhorn to read from their newest works, "The Usual Uncertainties" and "Big Cats." The stories in The Usual Uncertainties follow characters who live at the edges of the frame—among them, a community college dropout from Miami, a couple who meet at a 7-Eleven in Los Angeles, a religious boy whose mother arranges a square dance Bar Mitzvah party for him, the director of a competitive Scrabble club, and a widowed geriatric care…

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Jonathan Blum and Holiday Reinhorn read from their work

November 25 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

The Last Bookstore presents Jonathan Blum and Holiday Reinhorn to read from their newest works, "The Usual Uncertainties" and "Big Cats." The stories in The Usual Uncertainties follow characters who live at the edges of the frame—among them, a community college dropout from Miami, a couple who meet at a 7-Eleven in Los Angeles, a religious boy whose mother arranges a square dance Bar Mitzvah party for him, the director of a competitive Scrabble club, and a widowed geriatric care…

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Autograph Book: Make Your Mark!

November 26 @ 4:30 pm
Free

Who gets recorded in the history books and in official archives? Who leaves their mark on the city, and by what means? What does the future hold for signatures in an age when credit card companies no longer require them and many schools have stopped teaching cursive? The Autograph Book of L.A. brings to life the Los Angeles Public Library’s unique and historic Autograph Collection. Now you too can be a part of it! The Autograph Book of L.A. program…

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Reza Farazmand presents and signs “Poorlier Drawn Lines”

November 26 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

If you enjoy webcomics, check out Reza Farazmand and "Poorlier Drawn Lines" at Book Soup. This book is the hilarious third installment of Reza Farazmand's New York Times bestselling Poorly Drawn Lines series. It follows up his 2017 hit Comics for a Strange World, and takes place in the same bizarre, now utterly beloved universe with familiar characters Reza's devoted fans love.

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Lisa Pease discusses and signs “A Lie Too Big to Fail”

November 26 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Join Lisa Pease at Vroman's for a discussion and signing of "Too Big to Fail: The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy." This book lays out, in meticulous detail, how witnesses with evidence of conspiracy were silenced by the Los Angeles Police Department; how evidence was deliberately altered and, in some instances, destroyed; and how the justice system and the media failed to present the truth of the case to the public. Pease reveals how the trial…

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Diana Bellerose discusses and signs “The Light Within”

November 26 @ 7:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

Diana Bellerose will discuss "The Light Within" at the Last Bookstore. Each of us is born with amazing traits which we all forgot about because of the difficult times or painful events. Whatever the reason might be, we all have the capacity to bounce back and not allow darkness and negativity to alter our perception. When we align with the laws of the Universe which is a pivotal requirement in the process of creating the best possible existence for ourselves…

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Gothic Book Club reads “Carmilla”

November 26 @ 9:30 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Purchase Required

Ye olde Gothic worms its way into many genres and art forms, from horror to architecture to shoes. The books – old and new – have a lasting allure. Everlasting. At this meeting, the Gothic Book Club will read Sheridan le Fanu’s "Carmilla."

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Loscon 46

November 29 @ 11:00 am
Purchase Required

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS), the world’s oldest continuously active science fiction and fantasy club (founded Oct. 27, 1934), presents the 46th annual Loscon — Los Angeles’ longest running fan convention — over Thanksgiving weekend (November 29 – December 1). This family-friendly gathering includes a variety of panels, discussions, activities, a film festival, an art show, and shopping. Diverse participants include area authors, such as Steven Barnes, Harry Turtledove, and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. Guests of Honor are Nebula…

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Small Business Saturday Celebration

November 30 @ 10:00 am
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Join for a literary extravaganza on Saturday, November 30! We'll have dozens of authors, librarians, screenwriters and other such masterminds milling about our store ready to talk your ear off. List of guests to come!

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Caity Schmidt discusses and signs “Hunters”

November 30 @ 12:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – Burbank, 731 N San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502 United States
Free

Come to Barnes & Noble in Burbank to hear Caity Schmidt discuss her psychological novel about a teen girl who imagines a fantasy world where she can control magic.

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December 2019

Randall Slavin discusses and signs “We All Want Something Beautiful”

December 1 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Join Randall Slavin at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "We All Want Something Beautiful." From the vinyl seats of Hollywood nightclubs in 1999 to glossy cover shoots in New York in 2019, Slavin has captured snapshots of it all, encapsulated in his debut photography collection, We All Want Something Beautiful. Featuring stunning portraits and spirited candids of the most recognizable people in Hollywood, Slavin offers us a peek behind the curtain in this ultimately revelatory collection that…

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