Discussion: “Treasures” by Bootsy Holler

My mother has always been very particular about how she likes her things – every item has its place, every task has its way of being done. Inevitably, these things and this way have become part of my life as well.” Holler is a contemporary photographer strongly influenced by stories of family, history and place.

Holler’s collection is a portrait not only of her mother, but also of their relationship. “It’s not that these things are her ‘Treasures’ per se, it’s that because she thought these things were so important to take care of, and there were so many rules around how these things were to be handled, they felt as if they were more important than me.”

Treasures is a humorous look at the objects people live with, that we build our lives around, that we give breath to, and how they eventually become part of our lives – and tell our stories.

Genre: Graphic Novels

Panel Discussion: Graphic Novelists

Join us as we talk to graphic novel writers and illustrators about their work.

Currently scheduled panelists include Kara Leopard (Pandora’s Legacy), writer LaToya Morgan (Robyn Hood, also a TV writer for shows such as Into the Badlands), writer Isabel Quintero (Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide), writer and illustrator Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls), writer Nicole Andelfinger (Lumberjanes: A Midsummer Night’s Scheme), and writer and illustrator Aminder Dhaliwal (Woman World). The panel will be moderated by Tina Lernø, chair of the ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens committee 2019 and 2020. Panelists subject to change.

Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of the Studio City Library.

Venue: Studio City Branch Library

Genre: Graphic Novels

Jeff Kurtti presents and signs “From All of Us to All of You”

For nearly nine decades, Disney artists have created annual seasonal art for greeting cards, advertisements, and in support of motion picture releases, TV programs, and the parks. Featuring beloved Disney characters and scenes, these seldom-published examples of vintage Disney art create a one-of-a-kind and festive collection perfect for holiday gift-giving. The book includes a center gatefold cover opening, like Maps of the Disney Parks, and a dozen removable holiday cards, exclusively-designed as a unique bonus feature to showcase both rare and original Disney art, artifacts, and treasures from the Walt Disney Archives!
Genre: Graphic Novels

Gil Garcetti & Larry Livingston present and sign “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

Hall of Fame Photographer Andrew Bernstein presents and signs “The Mamba Mentality”

In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant has decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary “Mamba mentality.” Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted students of the game how to play it “the right way,” The Mamba Mentality takes us inside the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical, and creative basketball players ever.

Bryant’s detailed accounts are paired with stunning photographs by the Hall of Fame photographer Andrew D. Bernstein. Bernstein, long the Lakers and NBA official photographer, captured Bryant’s very first NBA photo in 1996 and his last in 2016–and hundreds of thousands in between, the record of a unique, twenty-year relationship between one athlete and one photographer. The combination of Bryant’s narrative and Bernstein’s photos make The Mamba Mentality an unprecedented look behind the curtain at the career of one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating athletes.

Please note that Kobe Bryant will not be attending this event.

Genre: Graphic Novels

Discussion: “Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass” by Lilah Sturges

The first original graphic novel set in the award winning and critically acclaimed Lumberjanesworld!

When the Janes start to become separated during an orienteering outing thanks to a mysterious compass, Molly becomes more and more insecure about the effect of her relationship with Mal on the other girls. Meanwhile, a lonely woman explorer is trying to steal the compass, with the help of some weirdly polite automaton butlers.

Based on the New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner-Award and GLAAD-award winning series, Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass is written by Lilah Sturges and illustrated by polterink.

Genre: Graphic Novels

Gil Garcetti and Larry Livingston sign “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.
Genre: Graphic Novels, Art

Discussion and Book Signing: “Protea” by Gil Garcetti

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