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Elevenses with San Diego Booksellers on July 22

Join us on Wednesday, July 22nd at 11:00 am for a virtual event with our fellow San Diego booksellers. Grab your tea, late breakfast, or early lunch and tune in to hear San Diego booksellers talk about their recent book recommendations.

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Chuck Klosterman discusses “Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction”

A man flying first class discovers a puma in the lavatory. A new coach of a small-town Oklahoma high school football team installs an offense comprised of only one, very special, play. A man explains to the police why he told the employee of his local bodega that his colleague looked like the lead singer of Depeche Mode, a statement that may or may not have led in some way to a violent crime. A college professor discusses with his friend his difficulties with the new generation of students. An obscure power pop band wrestles with its new-found fame when its song "Blizzard of Summer" becomes an anthem for white supremacists. A couple considers getting a medical procedure that will transfer the pain of childbirth from the woman to her husband. A woman interviews a hit man about killing her husband but is shocked by the method he proposes. A man is recruited to join a secret government research team investigating why coin flips are no longer exactly 50/50. A man sees a whale struck by lightning, and knows that everything about his life has to change. A lawyer grapples with the unintended side effects of a veterinarian's rabies vaccination.

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David Adjmi discusses “Lot Six” with Mona Simpson

In a world where everyone is inventing a self, curating a feed and performing a fantasy of life, what does it mean to be a person? In his grandly entertaining debut memoir, playwright David Adjmi explores how human beings create themselves, and how artists make their lives into art.

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Joe R. Lansdale discusses “More Better Deals”

Ed Edwards is in the used car business, a business built on adjusted odometers, extra-fine print, and the belief that "buyers better beware." Burdened by an aging, alcoholic mother constantly on his case to do something worthier of his lighter skin tone and dreaming of a brighter future for himself and his plucky little sister, Ed is ready to get out of the game.

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Jeff Sweat discusses “Scorpion”

In Scorpion, the sequel to Jeff Sweat's YA futuristic thriller Mayfly, Jemma, Lady, and Pico all left the Holy Wood to seek answers to the End, and when they find the Old Guys--the only adults to have survived the original wipeout of everyone over the age of seventeen--they think they've found help at last.

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Kristen Millares Young reads from “Subduction” with Lory Bedikian, Brittany Ackerman, and Alexandra Teague

Fleeing the shattered remains of her marriage and a betrayal by her sister, in the throes of a midlife freefall, Latina anthropologist Claudia Ranks retreats from Seattle to Neah Bay, a Native American whaling village on the jagged Pacific coast. Claudia yearns to lose herself to the songs of the tribe and the secrets of her guide, a spirited hoarder named Maggie. But when, spurred by his mother’s failing memory, Maggie’s prodigal son Peter returns seeking answers to his father’s murder, Claudia discovers in him the abandon she craves. Through the passionate and violent collision of these two outsiders, Subduction portrays not only their strange allegiance after grievous losses but also their imperfect attempts to find community on the Makah Indian Reservation.

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Aimee Bender discusses “The Butterfly Lampshade”

On the night her single mother is taken to a mental hospital after a psychotic episode, eight year-old Francie is staying with her babysitter, waiting to take the train to Los Angeles to go live with her aunt and uncle. There is a lovely lamp next to the couch on which she’s sleeping, the shade adorned with butterflies. When she wakes, Francie spies a dead butterfly, exactly matching the ones on the lamp, floating in a glass of water. She drinks it before the babysitter can see.

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Byron Lane discusses “A Star is Bored”

Charlie Besson is tense and sweating as he prepares for an insane job interview. His car is idling, like his life, outside the Hollywood mansion of Kathi Kannon, star of stage and screen and People magazine's worst dressed list. She needs an assistant. He needs a hero.

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I Read Your Book and… with Luis J. Rodriguez

Rex Weiner’s author discussion series I READ YOUR BOOK AND . . . returns with an interview of former Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez. They discuss Rodriguez’ new book of essays From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, Journeys, and Imaginings from a Native Xicanx Writer. Luis Javier Rodriguez is a poet, novelist, journalist, critic, and columnist. He was the 2014 Los Angeles Poet Laureate and is recognized as a major figure in contemporary Chicano literature.

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DIESEL presents Elevenses with the Reps – July 29

Join us on Wednesday, July 29th at 11:00 am for a virtual event with our publisher sales reps: Gabe Barillas (Harper Collins), Patricia Nelson (Princeton University Press), and John Dally (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

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Beach=Culture: Life’s a Beach

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and Red Hen Press present Beach=Culture: Life’s a Beach: Publishing in a Pandemic, a virtual event hosted by the Annenberg Community Beach House on July 29, 2020 at 4pm PST!What’s it like to publish your first book during a pandemic? Moderated by Kristen Millares Young, join Kristen, Reema Rajbanshi, Deborah A. Lott, Elizabeth Earley, and Anna Dorn as they read from their recently published works and discuss the challenges, triumphs, and unexpected realities of publishing during a pandemic. Livestreamed at santamonica.gov/beachculture, this event will also be recorded and viewable afterwards. The event is part of a series of literary readings in partnership with Red Hen Press. The next online event will be held on August 26 at 4pm. #ArtSaMo

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Melissa Valentine in conversation with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

The Names of All the Flowers connects one tragic death to a collective grief for all black people who die too young. A lyrical recounting of a life lost, Melissa Valentine’s debut memoir is an intimate portrait of a family fractured by the school-to-prison pipeline and an enduring love letter to an adored older brother. It is a call for justice amid endless cycles of violence, grief, and trauma, declaring: “We are all witness and therefore no one is spared from this loss.”

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Nandi Taylor discusses “Given”

Bound by fate. Divided by duty. Yenni has never been this far from home. With only her wits, her strength, and her sacred runelore, the fierce Yirba warrior princess is alone in the Empire of Cresh. It's a land filled with strange magics and even stranger people--all of whom mistrust anyone who's different. But Yenni will prove herself, and find the cure for her father's wasting illness. She will not fail. No one warned her about the dragons. Especially not about him.

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David Hill, in conversation with Clark Duke, discusses “The Vapors”

Back in the days before Vegas was big, when the Mob was at its peak and neon lights were but a glimmer on the horizon, a little Southern town styled itself as a premier destination for the American leisure class. Hot Springs, Arkansas was home to healing waters, Art Deco splendor, and America's original national park--as well as horse racing, nearly a dozen illegal casinos, countless backrooms and brothels, and some of the country's most bald-faced criminals.

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Juli Delgado Lopera discusses “Fiebre Tropical” with Michelle Tea

Uprooted from Bogotá into an ant-infested Miami townhouse, fifteen-year-old Francisca is miserable in her strange new city. Her alienation grows when her mother is swept up in an evangelical church, replete with abstinent salsa dancers and baptisms for the dead. But there, Francisca meets the magnetic Carmen: head of the youth group and the pastor's daughter. As her mother's mental health deteriorates, Francisca falls for Carmen and is saved to grow closer with her, even as their relationship hurtles toward a shattering conclusion.

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Jordan Blashek and Christopher Haugh discuss “Union”

In the year before Donald Trump was elected president, Jordan Blashek, a Republican Marine, and Chris Haugh, a Democrat and son of a single mother from Berkeley, CA, formed an unlikely friendship. Jordan was fresh off his service in the Marines and feeling a bit out of place at Yale Law School. Chris was yearning for a sense of mission after leaving Washington D.C.

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DIESEL presents Ask a Bookseller on July 31st

Join us Friday, July 31st at 11:00 am for Ask A Bookseller, a virtual event with your booksellers at DIESEL, A Bookstore. We'll be going live on Crowdcast so that we can talk with you. We'll be taking your questions about books, what we're reading, or anything you'd like to ask us. We're excited to talk with you!

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The El Segundo Public Library presents “A Virtual Grown-Up Show & Tell”

The El Segundo Public Library will present a special program called “A Virtual Grown-Up Show & Tell” via Zoom on Friday, July 31st at 5:30 pm. The event will feature What We Keep, a book that authors Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax compiled with first person narratives that answer the question: ‘Of all that you own, what object means the most to you and why?’ The event will include a slideshow which features photographs of the objects that inspired the moving stories which speak to our shared humanity. There will also be selected readings from the book and some local community members will share their own treasured objects. In our current collective world experience, objects that provide comfort, memories and safety are more important than ever.

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Poets Stand United Against Racism at the World Stage

Featuring V. Kali, Teresa Mei Chuc, Angelina Saenz, Michael Datcher, Luivette Resto, Conney Williams, Tanya Ko Hong, Mike Sonksen Zoom ID: 983 0323 1053, Passcode 884406 Facebook Live: facebook.com/theworldstage.org Donations encouraged at theworldstage.org

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Ingrid M. Calderón-Collins and Claire Rudy Foster in conversation

Join Ingrid Calderón-Collins and Claire Foster Rudy in a discussion about the ways stories can create a haven for marginalized people, and how to find happiness in what might be considered grim circumstances. They will also both read from their recent works, Let the Buzzards Eat Me Whole and Shine of the Ever.

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Kate Stayman-London, in conversation with Morgan Matson, discusses “One to Watch”

Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers--and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?

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Jeffrey Toobin discusses “True Crimes and Misdemeanors” in conversation with Scott Turow

Donald Trump's campaign chairman went to jail. So did his personal lawyer. His long-time political consigliere was convicted of serious federal crimes, and his national security advisor pled guilty to others. Several Russian spies were indicted in absentia. Career intelligence agents and military officers were alarmed enough by the president's actions that they alerted senior government officials and ignited the impeachment process. Yet despite all this, a years-long inquiry led by special counsel Robert Mueller, and the third impeachment of a president in American history, Donald Trump survived to run for re-election. Why?

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Chiquis Rivera, in conversation with Evelyn Sicairos, presents “Chiquis Keto”

Let's face it. Growing up Latina means tortillas, chips, rice, and beans are served with everything. Chiquis has tried almost every diet out there, but none felt satisfying or sustainable. That's why she teamed up with her personal trainer, Sarah Koudouzian, to create Chiquis Keto, a realistic diet that helps her stay healthy while still enjoying her favorite dishes. Now Chiquis wants to share her mouthwatering recipes and workout routine with you to help kick-start your healthy lifestyle!

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Nelson George, in conversation with Lynell George, discusses “The Darkest Hearts”

Former bodyguard D Hunter has moved to Los Angeles to become a talent manager. Business is good: he has signed a hot Atlanta rapper named Lil Daye for management and negotiated a lucrative endorsement with a liquor band. However, when D learns of the liquor CEO's unsavory sexual habits and reactionary political views, he worries that he has sold his soul.

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Colin Dickey discusses “The Unidentified” with Emily Yoshida, Tess Lynch, and Molly Lambert

America’s favorite cultural historian and author of Ghostland takes a tour of the country’s most persistent “unexplained” phenomena In a world where rational, scientific explanations are more available than ever, belief in the unprovable and irrational–in fringe–is on the rise: from Atlantis to aliens, from Flat Earth to the Loch Ness monster, the list goes on. It seems the more our maps of the known world get filled in, the more we crave mysterious locations full of strange creatures.

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Elevenses with the Reps on August 5th

Join us on Wednesday, August 5th at 11:00 am for a virtual event with our publisher sales reps. Grab your tea, late breakfast, or early lunch and tune in to hear our reps talk about their current book recommendations.

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Daniel Kraus, in conversation with Grady Hendrix, discusses “The Living Dead”

New York Times bestselling author Daniel Kraus completes George A. Romero's brand-new masterpiece of zombie horror, the massive novel left unfinished at Romero's death! George A. Romero invented the modern zombie with Night of the Living Dead, creating a monster that has become a key part of pop culture. Romero often felt hemmed in by the constraints of film-making. To tell the story of the rise of the zombies and the fall of humanity the way it should be told, Romero turned to fiction. Unfortunately, when he died, the story was incomplete.

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Morgan Jerkins discusses “Wandering in Strange Lands” with Soraya Nadia McDonald

From the acclaimed cultural critic and New York Times bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing—a writer whom Roxane Gay has hailed as “a force to be reckoned with”—comes this powerful story of her journey to understand her northern and southern roots, the Great Migration, and the displacement of black people across America.

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Karolina Waclawiak discusses “Life Events” with Roxane Gay

Karolina Waclawiak’s breakout novel, Life Events, follows Evelyn, who, at thirty-seven, is on the verge of divorce and anxiously dreading the death of everyone she loves. She combats her existential crisis by avoiding her husband and aimlessly driving along the freeways of California looking for an escape—one that eventually comes when she discovers a collective of “exit guides.” Evelyn enrolls in their training course, where she learns to provide companionship and a final exit for terminally ill patients seeking a conscious departure.

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Ask A Bookseller on August 7th

Join us Friday, August 7th at 11:00 am for Ask A Bookseller, a virtual event with your booksellers at DIESEL, A Bookstore. We'll be going live on Crowdcast so that we can talk with you. We'll be taking your questions about books, what we're reading, or anything you'd like to ask us. We're excited to talk with you!

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David Sheff discusses “The Buddhist on Death Row”

Jarvis Jay Masters's early life was a horror story whose outline we know too well. Born in Long Beach, California, his house was filled with crack, alcohol, physical abuse, and men who paid his mother for sex. He and his siblings were split up and sent to foster care when he was five, and he progressed quickly to juvenile detention, car theft, armed robbery, and ultimately San Quentin. While in prison, he was set up for the murder of a guard--a conviction which landed him on death row, where he's been since 1990.

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Jeff Hobbs, in conversation with Steve Lopez, discusses “Show Them You’re Good”

Four teenage boys are high school seniors at two very different schools within the city of Los Angeles, the second largest school district in the nation with nearly 700,000 students. Author Jeff Hobbs, writing with heart, sensitivity, and insight, stunningly captures the challenges and triumphs of being a young person confronting the future--both their own and the cultures in which they live--in contemporary America.

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Book Soup and the ACLU present Ellis Cose and Hector Villagra discussing Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America

For a century, the American Civil Liberties Union has fought to keep Americans in touch with the founding values of the Constitution. As its centennial approached, the organization invited Ellis Cose to become its first ever writer-in-residence, with complete editorial independence. The result is Cose's groundbreaking Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU's 100-Year Fight for Rights in America, the most authoritative account ever of America's premier defender of civil liberties.

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