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February 2019

Angie Thomas discusses and signs her new novel, “On the Come Up”

February 16 @ 2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble – The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
Purchase Required

Join the New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, for a discussion & signing of her highly-anticipated novel, On the Come Up. Ticket holders will receive one copy of the B&N exclusive edition of On the Come Up, the opportunity to attend a lively discussion between Angie Thomas & Entertainment Weekly's David Canfield & participate in an audience Q&A, as well as meet Angie. Special Instructions This is a ticketed event. Details available at www.eventbrite.com/e/angie-thomas-on-the-come-up-los-angeles-ca-tickets

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Megan Griswold discusses and signs “The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies”

February 16 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The Book of Help traces one woman's life-long quest for love, connection, and peace of mind. A heartbreakingly vulnerable and tragically funny memoir-in-remedies, Megan Griswold's narrative spans four decades and six continents -- from the glaciers of Patagonia and the psycho-tropics of Brazil, to academia, the Ivy League, and the study of Eastern medicine. Megan was born into a family who enthusiastically embraced the offerings of New Age California culture -- at seven she asked Santa for her first mantra…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Herbie J. Pilato presents and signs “Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story”

February 17 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

With MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, Herbie J Pilato offers the first full-scale, objective, and detailed biography of the actress best known from The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. MARY explores in-depth her entire life and career before, during, and beyond those two benchmark series, as it examines with a reflective and microscopic lens Moore’s endeavors in front of and behind the camera of countless TV, film, stage, and live-event appearances. Herbie J Pilato…

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Dani Shapiro discusses and signs “Inheritance”

February 17 @ 3:00 pm
DIESEL, A Bookstore, 225 26th St., Suite #33
Santa Monica, CA 90402 United States
Free

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Dani Shapiro back to the store to discuss and sign her new memoir Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love on Sunday, February 17th at 3:00 pm. Joining Dani in conversation will be actress/author Jamie Lee Curtis. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store. The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets--a…

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Adam Higginbotham discusses and signs “Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster”

February 18 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history's worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story…

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Sara Holland and Laura Sebastian discuss and sign “Everless” and “Ash Princess”

February 19 @ 6:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

This dazzling debut novel Everless--a thrilling, high-stakes new fantasy duology--stars a fierce heroine and rife with adventure, engrossing mysteries, star-crossed romance, and captivating magic all set in a richly built world. (Harperteen) In Ash Princess, Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new…

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Adrian Harte discusses and signs “Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More”

February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

When I first heard about this Faith No More biography, I didn't know what to think. But I have to give credit where it is due, it's a quality piece. The man has done his research and it shows. It provided me with more than a few revelations ... and I'm in the band.' -- Bill Gould, Faith No More Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More is the definitive biography of one of the most intriguing bands…

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Ted Fox signs and discusses “Showtime at the Apollo”

February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

Writer Ted Fox and artist James Otis Smith bring to life Harlem’s legendary theater in this graphic novel adaptation of Fox’s definitive, critically acclaimed history of the Apollo. Since its inception as an African-American theater in 1934, the Apollo, and the thousands of entertainers who performed there, have led the way in the presentation of swing, bebop, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, soul, funk and hip-hop—along with the latest in dance and comedy. The Apollo has nurtured and featured thousands…

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Discussion and Book Signing: “Mel’s Love Land” with Melanie Lutz

February 19 @ 8:00 pm
Last Bookstore, 453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
Free

Join us for a revolutionary, love-filled evening with writer Melanie Lutz as The Last Bookstore hosts Mel’s Love Land: An Evening of All Systems Love Activism w/ readings + original docu-series preview based on the book. Known as a love activist, Melanie Lutz will discuss the power of love activism, offer a love activation, and introduce her original docu-series based on her thought-shifting work. Bring your spirit, bring your heart, and together we’ll imagine a world of peace where we…

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Melissa Scrivner Love, in conversation with Jade Chang, discusses and signs “American Heroin”

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

It took sacrifice, pain, and more than a few dead bodies, but Lola has clawed her way to the top of her South Central Los Angeles neighborhood. Her gang has grown beyond a few trusted soldiers into a full-fledged empire, and the influx of cash has opened up a world that she has never known--one where her daughter can attend a good school, where her mother can live in safety, and where Lola can finally dream of a better life.…

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Ari Seth Cohen presents and signs “Advanced Love”

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

From the creator of the popular blog Advanced Style, photographer Ari Seth Cohen's Advanced Love collects affectionate portraits of subjects who prove that love is bound by neither the constraints of age or time. The book includes 40 profiles of inspiring couples from around the world, and more than 200 photos. The profiles explore themes of love and companionship through firsthand insight from the subjects; they share their stories of falling in love, what they have learned after decades of…

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Percival Everett discusses and signs “The Book of Training”

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

This is poetry within the harsh confines of a mock historical document―a guidebook for the American slave owner. The collection features lists of instructions for buying, training, and punishing, equations for calculating present and future profits, and handwritten annotations affirming the brutal contents. The Book of Traininglays bare the mechanics of the peculiar institution of slavery and challenges readers to place themselves in the uncomfortable vantage point of those who have bought and enslaved human beings. A good long whip,…

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Alan Brennert discusses and signs “Daughter of Moloka’i”

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

Alan Brennert's beloved novel Moloka'i, currently has over 600,000 copies in print. This companion tale tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama--quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa--was forced to give up at birth. The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi'olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and…

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Crystal Fleming discusses and signs “How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide”

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

How to Be Less Stupid About Race is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are kinda-sorta-maybe waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. But in the midst of this reckoning, widespread denial and misunderstandings about race persist, even as…

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Crystal Fleming, in conversation with Angela Nissel, discusses and signs “How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide”

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

How to Be Less Stupid About Race is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are kinda-sorta-maybe waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. But in the midst of this reckoning, widespread denial and misunderstandings about race persist, even as…

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Erin Hosier discusses and signs “Don’t Let Me Down: A Memoir”

February 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Erin Hosier's coming-of-age was full of contradiction. Born into the turbulent 1970s, she was raised in rural Ohio by lapsed hippies who traded 1960s rock 'n' roll for 1950s-era Christian hymns. Her mother's newfound faith was rooted in a desire to manage her husband's mood swings, which could alternately fill the house with music or with violence. All the while, Jack was larger than life to his adoring daughter. Full of conflict, their complex relationship set the tone for three…

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Marissa Kennerson discusses and signs “Tarot”

February 23 @ 5:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

Born of a forbidden union between the Queen and the tyrannical King's archnemesis, Anna is forced to live out her days isolated in the Tower, with only her mentors and friends the Hermit, the Fool, and the Magician to keep her company. To pass the time, Anna imagines unique worlds populated by creatives and dreamers--the exact opposite of the King's land of fixed fates and rigid rules--and weaves them into four glorious tapestries. But on the eve of her sixteenth…

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Geoff Dyer and David Thomson discuss and sign their new books

February 26 @ 6:30 pm
Free

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Geoff Dyer and David Thomson to the store to discuss and sign 'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy': Watching 'Where Eagles Dare' and Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire on Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30 pm. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store. Hot on the heels of The Oscars, Geoff and David will no doubt have some of their own comments about the…

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Eva Hagberg Fisher discusses and signs “How to Be Loved: A Memoir of Lifesaving Friendship”

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

Eva Hagberg Fisher spent her lonely youth looking everywhere for connection: drugs, alcohol, therapists, boyfriends, girlfriends. Sometimes she found it, but always temporarily. Then, at age thirty, an undiscovered mass in her brain ruptured. So did her life. A brain surgery marked only the beginning of a long journey, and when her illness hit a critical stage, it forced her to finally admit the long-suppressed truth: she was vulnerable, she needed help, and she longed to grow. She needed true…

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David Thomson discusses and signs “Sleeping with Strangers”

February 27 @ 7:00 pm
Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
Free

From the celebrated film critic and author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film, an original, seductive account of sexuality in the movies and of how actors and actresses on screen have fed our desire. Film can make us want things we can not have. But, while sometimes rapturous, the interaction of onscreen beauty and private desire speaks to a crisis in American culture, one that pits delusions of male supremacy against feminist awakening and the spirit of gay resistance. Combining…

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The Ripped Bodice hosts Nina LaCour with Nicola Yoon

February 27 @ 7:00 pm
The Ripped Bodice, 3806 Main St.
Culver City, CA 90232 United States
Free

Join us to celebrate the paperback release of We Are Okay, Nina LaCour Printz-Award winning novel that Entertainment Weekly described as, “Filled with poetic prose that waxes lyrical as much as it evokes emotion, LaCour’s book is one worth breaking your heart over.” Nina will be joined by Nicola Yoon for a discussion of their books followed by a book signing. Nicola Yoon is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Sun Is Also a Star, soon…

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David Thomson discusses and signs “Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire”

February 28 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

Film can make us want things we cannot have. But, while sometimes rapturous, the interaction of onscreen beauty and private desire speaks to a crisis in American culture, one that pits delusions of male supremacy against feminist awakening and the spirit of gay resistance. Combining criticism, his encyclopedic knowledge of film history, and memoir, David Thomson examines how film has found the fault lines in traditional masculinity and helped to point the way past it toward a more nuanced understanding…

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Stephanie Theobald discusses and signs “Sex Drive: On the Road to a Pleasure Revolution”

February 28 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Arriving in New York with a failing relationship and a body she felt out of touch with, Stephanie Theobald set off on a 3,497-mile trip across America to rebuild her orgasm from the ground up. What started as a quest for the ultimate auto-erotic experience became a fantastic voyage into her own body. She takes us from a ‘masturbation master class’ with the legendary 1970’s feminist Betty Dodson to a weekend with the first African American Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders,…

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