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April 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Tayari Jones, “An American Marriage”

April 23 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Genre: Literary Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Julia Whelan, “My Oxford Year”

April 24 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Set amidst the breathtaking beauty of Oxford, this sparkling debut novel tells the unforgettable story about a determined young woman eager to make her mark in the world and the handsome man who introduces her to an incredible love that will irrevocably alter her future--perfect for fans of JoJo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks. Genre: Romance, Women, Coming of Age

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Reading: Poetry Night at Book Soup

April 25 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, a group of Book Soup employees have decided to host an evening of poetry readings and discussion. Featuring readings from both booksellers and emerging local poets (and wine!), this event will offer a fun new platform for some of Los Angeles’s most promising up and coming poets to share their work. This event is 100% free and open to the public. Poets and poetry lovers unite! We look forward to seeing you…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Allegra Huston, “Say My Name”

April 26 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

This is the time to run away, she thinks, to call it a mistake, to race back to home and safety. If I don't go home I will never feel safe again. On meeting Micajah Burnett, the son of an old school friend, Eve Armanton is faced with a choice. Years of a miserable marriage means she's as broken as the beautiful antique violin she's just found, and Micajah offers a spark of life, an opportunity to reawaken her sense.…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jennifer Natalya Fink, “Bhopal Dance”

April 27 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

An imaginative, erotic rethinking of Bhopal's disaster--and perhaps our own. On the night of December 2, as 1984 drew to its Reaganomic close, an explosion at an American-owned factory in Bhopal, India, released untold amounts of toxic gas on uncounted numbers of people, creating a human and environmental disaster of insurmountable proportions. Known as the Bhopal disaster, it once dominated international headlines, and is now barely remembered. Genre: Literary Fiction

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Special Event: Independent Bookstore Day at Book Soup

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

We'll have special limited-edition items and unique programming throughout the day. Stay tuned for details! Genre: Literary Fiction

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May 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Cheryl Du Bois, “Soldier, Spy, Heroine: A Novel Based on a True Story of the Civil War”

May 1 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

As a child, Sarah Emma Edmonds dreamed of faraway places and adventure, often picturing herself as a man. When her abusive father traded her hand in marriage for a few head of livestock, she fled their farm and took on the identity of traveling salesman Franklin Thompson eventually settling in Flint, Michigan. There, as Thompson, she joined Company F of the Second Michigan Volunteer Infantry and distinguished herself as a true Civil War hero. Genre: Historical Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jennifer Romolini, “Weird in a World That’s Not”

May 2 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

An honest, sharp-witted, practical guide to help you get and keep the job you want--from an outsider whose been there and done it, a woman who went from being a broke, divorced, college dropout to running some of the biggest websites in the world. Jennifer Romolini started her career as an awkward twenty-seven-year-old misfit, navigated her way through New York media and became a boss--an editor-in-chief, an editorial director, and a vice president--all within little more than a decade. Her…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Neil Strauss, “The Truth”

May 3 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In this highly acclaimed and revelatory classic, New York Times and Rolling Stone journalist Neil Strauss embarks on a deeply personal quest to discover why the rate of infidelity, divorce, and marital unhappiness is so high – and what we can do about it. In this quest to heal his intimacy issues, he explores love addiction and love avoidance; sex addiction and sex anorexia; enmeshment and abandonment; and, most importantly, why so many people attract the partners most likely to…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Lauren Marks, “A Stitch of Time” and Elizabeth Silver, “The Tincture of Time”

May 4 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A Stitch of Time: The Year a Brain Injury Changed My Language and Life is an eloquent memoir of a 27 year old actress who suffered a massive brain aneurysm onstage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and awoke to discover that she had aphasia, a rare condition in which one loses the ability to speak, read and write. Set against the unexplained stroke of the author's newborn daughter, The Tincture of Time: A Parent's Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty is a…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Van Gordon Sauter, Robert Landau, and Frans Evenhuis, “Tales from the Strip: A Century in the Fast Lane”

May 5 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Told through a contemporary and historical lens, Tales from The Strip: A Century in the Fast Lane chronicles the wild ride from Doheny Drive to Crescent Heights, highlighting the riotous, the intellectual, the famous, and those not yet famous—all on The Sunset Strip, America's most famous roadway. Genre: History

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Discussion and Book Signing: Roger Johns, “River of Secrets: A Wallace Hartman Mystery”

May 6 @ 12:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

When a controversial politician is murdered in cold blood, Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman struggles to find the killer amid conspiracies and corruption. Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Discussion and Book Signing: Linda Smith, “Smashing Glass and Kicking Ass: Lessons from the Meanest Woman Alive”

May 8 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In Smashing Glass and Kicking Ass, Linda Smith writes for any woman starting out in the workforce or stuck somewhere on the ladder to the top—no matter what career she’s chosen, whether she’s a graduating student, an entrepreneur, or a middle manager. Linda perfected her formula for success in the world of Big Law while litigating “bet-the-company” cases for some of the world’s foremost corporations, but her formula applies to all women in business. Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

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Discussion and Book Signing: Max Brooks, “Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict”

May 8 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The most successful film franchise of all time, Star Wars thrillingly depicts an epic multigenerational conflict fought a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. But the Star Wars saga has as much to say about successful strategies and real-life warfare waged in our own time and place. Strategy Strikes Back brings together over thirty of today's top military and strategic experts, including generals, policy advisors, seasoned diplomats, counterinsurgency strategists, science fiction writers, war journalists, and ground-level military…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Susan Ronald, “A Dangerous Woman: American Beauty, Noted Philanthropist, Nazi Collaborator–The Life of Florence Gould”

May 11 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French parents, Florence moved to Paris, aged eleven. Believing that only money brought respectability and happiness, she became the third wife of Frank Jay Gould, son of the railway millionaire Jay Gould. She guided Frank's millions into hotels and casinos, creating a luxury hotel and casino empire. She entertained Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Kennedy, and many Hollywood stars, like Charlie Chaplin, who became her lover. While the party ended for most…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Brian Kiley, “The Astounding Misadventures of Rory Collins”

May 12 @ 5:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The Astounding Misadventures of Rory Collins follows the life of college sophomore Rory Collins who accidentally misses his mother’s funeral and then learns she committed suicide and he’s to blame. This is shortly after he impregnates two virgins who he felt sorry for. Genre: Comedic Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Dan Sheehan, “Restless Souls” and Daniel Abbott, “The Concrete”

May 14 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Restless Souls is a moving and darkly funny meditation on friendship, the emotional ravages of war, and the way our memories simultaneously comfort and restrict us from growing up and moving on. The Concrete is a striking literary debut that grapples with the effects of childhood trauma, lost dreams, human sexuality, and the difficulties of marriage. Genre: Literary Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Tao Lin, “Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change”

May 15 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

While reeling from one of the most creative--but at times self-destructive--outpourings of his life, Tao Lin discovered the strange and exciting work of Terence McKenna. McKenna, the leading advocate of psychedelic drugs since Timothy Leary, became for Lin both an obsession and a revitalizing force. In Trip, Lin's first book-length work of nonfiction, he charts his recovery from pharmaceutical drugs, his surprising and positive change in worldview, and his four-year engagement with some of the hardest questions: Why do we…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Robert Hilburn, “Paul Simon: The Life”

May 17 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Genre: Biography, Music

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Discussion and Book Signing: Joshua Mensch, “Because: A Lyric Memoir”

May 18 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Joshua Mensch's devastating lyric memoir, Because, explores with extraordinary literary power and sophistication the toxic power of adults who prey on the children in their care. Its story begins when Mensch is ten years old and first meets Don, the charming director of a youth wilderness camp and a lifelong friend of his parents. What follows is a harrowing account of sexual and psychological abuse, told from the evolving perspective of a child entering adolescence. Because unfolds through a series…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara, “Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer”

May 19 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A pioneer of Chicano rock, Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara performed with Frank Zappa, Johnny Otis, Bo Diddley, Tina Turner, and Celia Cruz, though he is best known as the front man of the 1970s experimental rock band Ruben and the Jets. Here he recounts how his youthful experiences in the barrio La Veinte of Santa Monica in the 1940s prepared him for early success in music and how his triumphs and seductive brushes with stardom were met with tragedy and crushing…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Edoardo Ponti, “Letters from a Young Father”

May 20 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Becoming a parent changes everything. Fear and love live together. Suddenly there is a person in the world for whom you want happiness and safety, even when those two don't always coincide. Letters from a Young Father comprises forty letter-poems written by award-winning film director Edoardo Ponti to his unborn child during the forty weeks of his wife's pregnancy. These poems are gifts, lessons, slices of joy, maps for how we build a life, for how we work and learn,…

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Discussion and Book Signing: North Morgan, “Into?”

May 22 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Konrad Platt needs to get out of town. Heartbroken after his boyfriend leaves him for another man, Konrad abandons his life in London for the warm sun and blue surf of LA. He occupies a refined world of hard abs, VIP parties, and designer drugs that's constantly, endlessly documented on social media. You know him from your various feeds - sunkissed, gym ripped and always having a better time than you. Or is he? Genre: LGBTQ+

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Discussion and Book Signing: Dave Itzkoff, “Robin”

May 24 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams - a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations - all…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Marissa Ross, “Wine. All the Time.”

May 25 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A fresh, fun, and unpretentious guide to wine from Marissa A. Ross, official wine columnist for Bon Appetit. Does the thought of having to buy wine for a dinner party stress you out? Is your go-to strategy to pick the bottle with the coolest label? Are you tired of choosing pairings based on your wallet, instead of your palate? Fear not! Bon Appetit wine columnist and Wine. All The Time. blogger Marissa A. Ross is here to help. In this…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jilly Gagnon, “Choose Your Own Misery: Dating”

May 29 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

From the writers who brought you the hilarious parodies Choose Your Own Misery: The Office and Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays comes the oldest form of misery in the book: the self-prostitution that is dating. When we're young, we all believe in the possibility of lifelong romance. But let's remember: young people are very, very stupid. Genre: Comedic Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss, “Hey Ladies!”

May 30 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Based on the column of the same name that appeared in The Toast, Hey Ladies! is a laugh-out-loud read that follows a fictitious group of eight 20-and-30-something female friends for one year of holidays, summer house rentals, dates, brunches, breakups, and, of course, the planning of a disastrous wedding. This instantly relatable story is told entirely through emails, texts, DMs, and every other form of communication known to man. Genre: Humor

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jason Morphew, “Dead Boy” and Joe Wenderoth, “If I Don’t Breathe How Do I Sleep”

May 31 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

"Dead Boy" by Jason Morphew: In this startling debut collection, Jason Morphew creates a world more real than the reality we think we live--his poems evoke landscapes and innerscapes at once recognizable and surreal, sensual and death-haunted, populated by vitamixes and mystics and canadian whisky and the American south and encounters at CVS. "If I Don't Breath How Do I Sleep" by Joe Wenderoth: Whether it's addressing the grotesque in daily scenes or upsetting the norms of professional culture, Joe…

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