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Debut Novel Launch: “Off the Books” by Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

Village Well Books & Coffee 9900 Culver Boulevard, #1b, Culver City, CA, United States

Author Soma Mei Sheng Frazier reads from "Off the Books" and leads a discussion on her debut novel's themes.``Join us at Village Well Books & Coffee for the launch of Soma Mei Sheng Frazier's acclaimed debut novel Off the Books! Frazier and historian Samuel Yamashita will discuss the writing life, road trips, and international politics through the prism of this thrilling story.Off the Books:Recent Dartmouth dropout Mei, in search of a new direction in life, drives a limo to make ends meet. Her grandfather convinces her to allow her customers to pay under the table, and before she knows it, she is working as a routine chauffeur for sex workers. Mei does her best to mind her own business, but her knack for discretion soon leads her on a life changing trip from San Francisco to Syracuse with a new client.Handsome and reserved, Henry piques Mei’s interest. Toting an enormous black suitcase with him everywhere he goes, he’s more concerned with taking frequent breaks than making good time on the road. When Mei discovers Henry's secret, she does away with her usual close-lipped demeanor and decides she has no choice but to confront him. What Henry reveals rocks her to Read More ...

Body Horror Reading: “Youthjuice”

Village Well Books & Coffee 9900 Culver Boulevard, #1b, Culver City, CA, United States

Join us for a conversation between "Youthjuice" author E.K. Sathue and horror writer CJ Leede.Join E.K. Sathue and CJ Leede as they discuss the goopy gory world of Sathue's satirical send-up of NYC It-Girl culture and the beauty industry. Attend the event and never moisturize the same way again.American Psycho meets The Devil Wears Prada: outrageous body horror for the goop generationA 29-year-old copywriter realizes that beauty is possible—at a terrible cost—in this surreal, satirical send-up of NYC It-girl culture.From Sophia Bannion’s first day on the Storytelling team at HEBE, a luxury skincare/wellness company based in New York’s trendy SoHo neighborhood, it’s clear something is deeply amiss. But Sophia, pushing thirty, has plenty of skeletons in her closet next to the designer knockoffs and doesn’t care. Though she leads an outwardly charmed life, she aches for a deeper meaning to her flat existence—and a cure for her brutal nail-biting habit. She finds it all and more at HEBE, and with Tree Whitestone, HEBE’s charismatic founder and CEO.Soon, Sophia is addicted to her HEBE lifestyle—especially youthjuice, the fatty, soothing moisturizer Tree has asked Sophia to test. But when cracks in HEBE’s infrastructure start to worsen—and Sophia learns the gruesome secret ingredient Read More ...

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