Sasha Sagan discusses and signs “For Small Creatures Such as We”

Come out to Book Soup for an evening with Sasha Sagan and “For Small Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World.” Sagan will be in conversation with Nicole Richie. Sasha Sagan was raised by secular parents, the astronomer Carl Sagan and the writer and producer Ann Druyan. They taught her that the natural world and vast cosmos are full of profound beauty, that science reveals truths more wondrous than any myth or fable. When Sagan herself became a mother, she began her own hunt for the natural phenomena behind our most treasured occasions–from births to deaths, holidays to weddings, anniversaries, and more–growing these roots into a new set of rituals for her young daughter that honor the joy and significance of each experience without relying on religious framework. As Sagan shares these rituals, For Small Creatures Such as We becomes a moving tribute to a father, a newborn daughter, a marriage, and the natural world–a celebration of life itself, and the power of our families and beliefs to bring us together.

Amanda Yates Garcia discusses and signs “Initiated: Memoir of a Witch”

Join Amanda Yates Garcia at Skylight Books for a discussion and signing of “Initiated: Memoir of a Witch.” She will be in conversation with Pam Grossman. Declaring oneself a witch and practicing magic has everything to do with claiming authority and power for oneself, of taking back our planet in the name of Love. Initiated is both memoir and manifesto calling the magical people of the world to take up their wands: stand up, be brave, describe the world they want, then create it like a witch.

Rob Paulsen discusses and signs “Voice Lessons”

Join Rob Paulsen at the Last Bookstore for a discussion and signing of “Voice Lessons.” If you don’t know Rob Paulsen by name, you will know him by the many characters he has brought to life: Pinky from Pinky and the Brain and Yakko from Animaniacs the tough, but loveable, Raphael from the original animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and many more.

So, you can imagine how terrifying it must have been when Rob was diagnosed with throat cancer, putting his entire livelihood in jeopardy and threatening to rob the world of all his loveable characters that filled our youth and adulthood with humor and delight.

Michael Scott Moore discusses and signs “The Desert and the Sea”

If you enjoy stories about other cultures, check out Michael Scott Moore and “The Desert and the Sea” at the Last Bookstore. Moore will be in conversation with author and Arabic translator Peter Theroux. In early 2012 Michael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to research a book about Somali piracy and ways to end it. He was kidnapped and spent more than two and a half years as a hostage, shifted from camps in the desert bush to barren prison houses, and—for several months—he was held on a hijacked tuna ship. Here he chronicles the full story.

Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon signs “Beautiful on the Outside”

Come see Olympic Figure Skater Adam Rippon sign his memoir, “Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir” at Book Soup. Former Olympic figure skater and self-professed America’s Sweetheart Adam Rippon shares his underdog journey from beautiful mess to outrageous success in this hilarious, big-hearted memoir.

Michael Scott Moore discusses and signs “The Desert and the Sea”

If you enjoy stories about other cultures, check out Michael Scott Moore and “The Desert and the Sea” at the Last Bookstore. Moore will be in conversation with author and Arabic translator Peter Theroux. In early 2012 Michael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to research a book about Somali piracy and ways to end it. He was kidnapped and spent more than two and a half years as a hostage, shifted from camps in the desert bush to barren prison houses, and—for several months—he was held on a hijacked tuna ship. Here he chronicles the full story.

Leroy Chatfield discusses and signs “To Serve the People”

If you enjoy hearing about people whose lives are dedicated to serving others, check out Leroy Chatfield and “To Serve the People: My Life Organizing with Cesar Chavez and the Poor” at Vroman’s. The long pilgrimage of LeRoy Chatfield weaves its way through multiple collective projects designed to better the condition of the marginalized and forgotten. From the cloisters of the Christian Brothers and the halls of secondary education to the fields of Central California and the streets of Sacramento, Chatfield’s story reveals a fierce commitment to those who were denied the promises of the American dream.

Author Mark Mallman on “The Happiness Playlist”

Join us as at the Studio City Branch Library on Monday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. as we welcome author and Minneapolis rock legend Mark Mallman to discuss his new book, “The Happiness Playlist.” When Mallman woke at 3 a.m. with a crushing panic attack that wouldn’t end, he responded by pouring songs into a happiness playlist and leaning on the wisdom of friends. This book is the true story of a man beset by grief, healed by music, and learning to laugh through it all.

For more information, see https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/author-and-musician-mark-mallman-happiness-playlist

For ADA accommodations, please call (213) 228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to the event.

About Mark Mallman:

Composer, songwriter and performer Mark Mallman spent the last 20 years releasing albums, touring and becoming a Minneapolis music icon, complete with a Star on the Wall at First Avenue and a World Record for his Marathon performances. His expansive catalog of infinitely catchy and masterfully orchestrated songs has rocked the airwaves worldwide from MTV to NPR. He has been written up by critics from USA Today to Wired and NME.

Location: Studio City Branch Library, 12511 Moorpark Street, Studio City, CA 91604