Book Club Meeting: Graphic Novel Book Club

This book club will read the latest books, though maybe not too many featuring crime fighters or mutants.
At this meeting, the Graphic Novel Book Club will discuss Jarrett Krosoczka’s graphic memoir “Hey, Kiddo.” Hosted by Jake Mumm, one of the founders of Comic Arts Los Angeles.

Genre: Graphic Novel

Book Club Meeting: Dystopian Book Club

This book club explores dystopia and the post-apocalypse in their bewildering array of forms with our host, NY Times bestselling author Peter Clines.
At this meeting, the Dystopian Book Club will discuss “Battle Royale” by Koushun Takami.

Genre: Graphic Novel

Gothic Book Club with John Palisano

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. Frankenstein. But have you actually read it? It’s. So. Good. And this totally rad deluxe edition includes Polidori’s Vampyre. Read both, and we’ll build a little shrine to celebrate Mary Shelley’s gothic dominance of her contemporaries.

Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novels

Ari Seth Cohen presents and signs “Advanced Love”

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 partnership, and valuable relationship advice. Advanced Love is a touching look at the often-ignored partnerships of the senior set. Filled with couples who have built their lives together, it’s an indispensable trove of wisdom on love and the lessons they have learned along the way.
Genre: Graphic Novels

Ted Fox signs and discusses “Showtime at the Apollo”

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 of artists, many of whom have become legends. The beauty they have given the world—their art—transcends the hatred, ignorance, and intolerance that often made their lives difficult.

Today, the Apollo enjoys an almost mythical status. With its breathtaking art, this graphic novel adaptation of Showtime at the Apollo brings to life the theater’s legendary significance in music history, African American history, and to the culture of New York City.

TED FOX is the author of Showtime at the Apollo: The Story of Harlem’s World Famous Theater—the definitive and only full-scale history of Harlem’s legendary showplace and the source material for this graphic novel adaptation—and In the Groove, a collection of interviews with those who have shaped the music industry. He is also a producer and manager, most notably for four-time Grammy nominee Buckwheat Zydeco. He lives in Manhattan and upstate NY.

Genre: Graphic Novels

Graphic Novel Book Club

From the caves at Lascaux to the VR booths at Comic Con, we have always told stories with pictures. Graphic novels continue that human tradition in a surprising variety of styles and in every genre imaginable. This book club will read the latest books, though maybe not too many featuring crime fighters or mutants. We’re led by Jake Mumm, one of the founders of Comic Arts Los Angeles.
First up, in February, we’re reading On a Sunbeam from Tillie Walden. With interwoven timelines, this is partly the story of two boarding school girls falling in love and partly the story of an interstellar quest to restore architectural monuments. Walden is one of the youngest Eisner Award winners ever.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

All book clubs require a ticket, and include the book, snacks/bevs, and a dedicated moderator – to keep the discussion on track! All clubs meet at The Last Bookstore.

You can get your ticket (which includes us shipping the book to you!) at this link right here – OR just come in to the store and look for our book club display (near the book tunnel).

If you choose the on-line option (the one with shipping), please send a mailing addy to larkin.lastbookstore@gmail.com

Jake Mumm is a co-founder and organizer of Comic Arts Los Angeles, a festival of independent comic creators from around the country. He is passionate about community building at the local level and enjoys learning about Los Angeles, its history and people.

Genre: Graphic Novels

CANCELED | Discussion and Book Signing: “66 on 66: A Photographer’s Journey” with Terrence Moore

Note: This event has been canceled.

As the highway that opened up the West to millions of travelers since its construction in the 1930s, Rte. 66 is an iconic road that has been celebrated in story, song, films, and more. Justly known as “The Mother Road,” this highway became the vital path for travelers, tourists, and fortune-seekers. However, after the advent of the superhighway and the Interstate system of the 1950s, Rte. 66 gradually fell out of use, leaving behind fascinating relics of a bygone era—roadside attractions, marvelous kitsch, storefronts, and the great neon artifacts that still light up the night along the highway. Terrence Moore has traveled and photographed this road since he first drove it with his parents in the 1960s. Though he has covered this subject for more than 40 years as a professional photographer, never before has his work been collected in book form. This volume highlights 66 of his finest 35mm color film images—a stunning chronicle of this storied road in states from Missouri to California.
Genre: Graphic Novels

Gil Garcetti presents and signs “Protea: The Magic and the Mystery”

In Protea: The Magic and the Mystery photographer Gil Garcetti approaches the still-life subject with the same intimacy and insight he brings to his human subjects. Accompanied by whimsical and, at times, passionate prose from writer, Larry Livingston, these dramatic images reveal the unique personality of each bloom. Garcetti writes:
“When I looked at the photograph I had just taken, I recall exclaiming “Whoa!” I had a huge smile on my face and my first photographic still life project, was born. The photograph was of a single Protea flower. This was in January 2017.

The Protea blooming season was just beginning. In my household I am the one who tends the flowers we grow and I create the flower arrangements. The Santa Monica Farmer’s Market is where I discovered Protea flowers. The vendor and now friend, Oliver Woolley, was the person who brought Protea to the market from northern San Diego County. You might say that I caught his infectious enthusiasm for Protea. For me, there was something magic, enthralling, and not to overstate it, THRILLING when I focused my camera lens on Protea. Open the book and leave it turned to the same photograph for 3 to 5 days. My hope is that the images and words bring you daily joy and inspiration.”

Genre: Graphic Novels