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February 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Jim Florentine, “Everybody Is Awful (Except You!)”

February 25 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Twitter Trolls. Facebook Freaks. Instagram Exhibitionists. These are just a few of the creatures our technology-obsessed culture has spawned in its quest to simplify our lives. The madness is so universal now that everyone has dealt with it. You login to Facebook, read a stupid post, and immediately want to tell your "friend" to go have relations with himself. Sure, social media may keep us connected, but it is a breeding ground for idiots, and these idiots have crowd-sourced a…

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Discussion and Book Signing: David Neiwert, “Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump”

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

The story of the remarkable resurgence of right-wing extremists in the United States. Just as Donald Trump's victorious campaign for the US presidency shocked the world, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious "alt-right" figures mystifies many. But the American extreme right has been growing steadily in number and influence since the 1990s with the rise of patriot militias. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found fresh life; and in virulent reaction to the first black…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Michael Andreasen, “The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories”

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

Bewitching and playful, with its feet only slightly tethered to the world we know, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover explores hope, love, and loss across a series of surreal landscapes and wild metamorphoses. Just because Jenny was born without a head doesn't mean she isn't still annoying to her older brother, and just because the Man of the Future's carefully planned extramarital affair ends in alien abduction and network fame doesn't mean he can't still pine for his absent…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Will Boast, “Daphne”

February 28 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Elegantly written and profoundly moving, this spellbinding debut affirms Boast's reputation as a "new young American voice for the ages" (Tom Franklin). Born with a rare (and real) condition in which she suffers degrees of paralysis when faced with intense emotion, Daphne has few close friends and even fewer lovers. Like her mythic namesake, even one touch can freeze her. But when Daphne meets shy, charming Ollie, her well-honed defenses falter, and she's faced with an impossible choice: cling to…

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March 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Stephanie Wittels Wachs, “Everything is Horrible and Wonderful”

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

One phone call. That's all it took to change Stephanie Wittels Wachs' life forever.. Her younger brother Harris, a star in the comedy world known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose. How do you make sense of such a tragic end to a life of so much hilarious brilliance? Genre: Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: George Wayne, “Anyone Who’s Anyone: The Astonishing Celebrity Interviews, 1987-2017”

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

The man behind some of the most notorious celebrity interviews, George Wayne has redefined, reimagined, and remastered the modern art of conversation. For more than twenty years, he documented pop culture with the "GW Q&A," his offbeat question-and-answer column, which was one of Vanity Fair's most intriguing features, captivating readers around the world. Boldly unafraid to ask anything and everything, GW has broken through the facades of some of the most fascinating cultural icons, getting inside the heads and hearts…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Linor Goralik, “Found Life: Poems, Stories, Comics, a Play, and an Interview”

March 6 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

One of the first Russian writers to make a name for herself on the Internet, Linor Goralik writes conversational short works that conjure the absurd in all its forms, reflecting post-Soviet life and daily universals. Her mastery of the minimal, including a wide range of experiments in different forms of micro-prose, is on full display in this collection of poems, stories, comics, a play, and an interview, here translated for the first time. Genre: Short Story Collections

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Discussion and Book Signing: Brian Fitzpatrick, “Mechcraft”

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

Los Angeles -- Jake London's ideal teenage life is thrown into chaos when he discovers the ability to control a swarm of shape-shifting nanotechnology that has, until recently, lain dormant in his DNA. Mechcraft is the skill of controlling the nanotech, summoning and creating tools, weapons, and even machines. Being the first person born with the nanotech, warring factions desire to use Jake for their own sinister ends. Now, with two Mechcraft agents at his side, and a horde of…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Patrick Nathan, “Some Hell”

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

A wrenching and layered debut novel about a gay teen's coming-of-age in the aftermath of his father's suicide. Middle school hasn't been going well for Colin. His teenage sister teases him mercilessly, his autistic brother lashes out at him, and he has a crush on his best friend, Andy. But after the tragic night when his father commits suicide, none of that matters. Diane, his mother, seeks solace in therapy. Colin is awash in guilt, and casts about for someone…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Rae Paris, “The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory”

March 15 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Rae Paris began writing The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory in 2010, while traveling the United States, visiting sites of racial trauma, horror, and defiance. The desire to do this work came from being a child of parents born and raised in New Orleans during segregation, who ultimately left for California in the late 1950s. After the death of her father in 2011, the fiction Paris had been writing gave way to poetry and short prose, which were heavily influenced by…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Kristin Hannah, “The Great Alone”

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

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America's last true frontier. Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents' passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Edan Lepucki, “Woman No. 17”

March 18 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she's going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she's ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady's toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth.…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Kate Rorick, “The Baby Plan”

March 20 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In Kate Rorick's first adult fiction novel, we enter the wild, bewildering world of modern pregnancies. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll shake your head as you wonder where everyone's sanity went... Genre: Literary Fiction, Identity

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jonathan Ames, “You Were Never Really Here”

March 21 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Joe has witnessed things that cannot be erased. A former FBI agent and Marine, his abusive childhood has left him damaged beyond repair. He has completely withdrawn from the world and earns his living rescuing girls who have been kidnapped into the sex trade. When he's hired to save the daughter of a corrupt New York senator held captive at a Manhattan brothel, he stumbles into a dangerous web of conspiracy, and he pays the price. As Joe's small web…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Ryan Holiday, “Conspiracy”

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

In 2007, a short blogpost on Valleywag, the Silicon Valley-vertical of Gawker Media, outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker, its bankruptcy and with Nick Denton, Gawker's CEO and founder, out of a job. Only later would the world learn that Gawker's demise was not incidental--it had been masterminded by…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jimmy Yang, “How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents”

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

Jimmy O. Yang is a standup comedian, film and TV actor and fan favorite as the character Jian Yang from the popular HBO series Silicon Valley. In How to American, he shares his story of growing up as a Chinese immigrant who pursued a Hollywood career against the wishes of his parents: Yang arrived in Los Angeles from Hong Kong at age 13, learned English by watching BET RapCity for three hours a day, and worked as a strip club…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Matthew Dickman, “Wonderland: Poems”

March 25 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In the southeast Portland neighborhood of Dickman's youth, parents are out of control and children are in chaos. With grief, anger, and, ultimately, understanding, Dickman confronts a childhood of ambient violence, well-intentioned but warped family relations, confining definitions of identity, and the deprivation of this particular Portland neighborhood in the 1980s. Wonderland reminds us that, while these neighborhoods are filled with guns, skateboards, fights, booze, and heroin, and home to punk rockers, skinheads, poor kids, and single moms, they are…

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

March 26 @ 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: Ben Fritz, “The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies”

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

In the past decade, Hollywood has endured a cataclysm on a par with the end of silent film and the demise of the studio system. Stars and directors have seen their power dwindle, while writers and producers lift their best techniques from TV, comic books, and the toy biz. The Big Picture shows the first glimmers of this new golden age through the eyes of the creative mavericks who are defining what our movies will look like in the new…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Editors Adam Cushman & J. Ryan Stradal

March 28 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A fun and poignant collection of real reviews of fake movies by some of today's best and brightest writers. What seems like a funny, whimsical book, is actually an acute look at how cultural criticism works, what we find important or unimportant, and how movies help shape our world. Genre: Film

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Discussion and Book Signing: Barbara Browning and Sébastien Régnier, “Who the Hell is Imre Lodbrog?”

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

A very true love story, told in counterpoint, about friendship, politics and rock n roll. In Barbara Browning's eyes, Imre Lodbrog is the greatest aging French rock star you've never heard of, with the appeal of "Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan or Serge Gainsbourg on shrooms." For Imre Lodbrog, music is an alter-ego experience--a late-in-life outlet for a mild-mannered screenwriter deeply shaped by the generation of May '68. Both ask the same questions: What revolution has wreaked more havoc and beauty…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Sasha Grey, “The Juliette Society, Book III: The Mismade Girl”

March 31 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The pendulum has shifted in Catherine's life once again. Four years after peeling back the curtain and discovering the carnal secrets held within The Janus Chamber, we find her now ironically working as a political journalist, settled into a mundane routine and dating life because she chose to tell the truth about Inana Luna instead of embracing a life of decadence with The Juliette Society. Meeting a man who reignites her passion for cinema and guilt-free sex makes her realize…

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