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8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
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December 2018

Scotty Bowers signs “Full Service”

December 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In 2018 director Matt Tyrnauer released the documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood based on Scotty Bowers book Full Service. Today Scotty Bowers joins us to sign copies of the newly released DVD and the inspiration, his book, Full Service. About the movie: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is the deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after World War II and became a confidante, aide-de-camp, and lover to many…

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Brittany Ackerman, Siel Ju, & Nicelle Davis discuss and sign “The Perpetual Motion Machine,” “Cake Time,” & “The Walled Wife”

December 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The Perpetual Motion Machine by Brittany Ackerman Inspired by a brother's high school science project--a perpetual motion machine that could save the world-- The Perpetual Motion Machine is a memoir in essays that attempts to save a sibling by depicting the visceral pain that accompanies longing for some past impossibility. The collection has been a science project in its study of memory, in the calculation and plotting of the moments that make up a childhood. The preparation has been "in…

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Graham Nash signs “Our House”

December 8, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash collaborates with award-winning graphic artist Hugh Syme (Art of Rush) in bringing the lyrics of the Nash classic song "Our House” to a winsome illustrated book. The iconic song, a love child of the Laurel Canyon era, was written fifty years ago when Graham Nash and Joni Mitchell were living in her canyon bungalow, with two cats and a whole lot of countercultural domestic bliss. Genre: Fiction

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Kara Cooney discusses and signs “When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt”

December 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Kara Cooney discusses and signs When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt Female rulers are a rare phenomenon--but thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. Regularly, repeatedly, and with impunity, queens like Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra controlled the totalitarian state as power-brokers and rulers. But throughout human history, women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in a male-dominated society. What was so special about ancient Egypt that provided women this…

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Simon Stålenhag presents and signs “The Electric State”

December 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A teen girl and her robot embark on a cross-country mission in this illustrated science fiction story, perfect for fans of Ready Player One and Black Mirror. In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her small yellow toy robot travel west through a strange American landscape where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside, along with the discarded trash of a high-tech consumerist society addicted to a virtual-reality system. As they approach the edge of the continent, the…

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Gil Garcetti & Larry Livingston present and sign “Protea: The Magic and the Mystery”

December 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

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…

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Activity: A Special Holiday Market at Book Soup

December 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Journal of Alta California brings a California-themed market to Book Soup, featuring author book signings, gift items and products made in California, refreshments and more! Genre: Fiction

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January 2019

Josh Singer discusses and signs “First Man – The Annotated Screenplay”

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

On the heels of their six-time Academy Award(R)-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar(R)-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures' First Man, the riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie explores the sacrifices and the cost--on Armstrong and on the nation--of one of the most dangerous missions in history.…

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Karen E. Bender discusses and signs “The New Order: Stories”

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

The National Book Award finalist for Refund returns with a new collection of stories that boldly examines the changes in American culture over the last two years through the increasing presence of violence, bigotry, sexual harassment, and the emotional costs of living under constant threat. In the title story, the competition between two middle school cellists is affected by a shooting at their school, and it is only years later that they realize how the intrusion of violence affected the…

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Janet Clare discusses and signs “Time Is the Long Distance,” in conversation with David Francis

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

Set in the harsh desert of the Australian outback, Time Is the Longest Distance is a moral story of immorality in a place where "night comes on like a door slamming shut." Lilly, a 45-year-old New Yorker, is persuaded by her newly-found father, Cameron, to take on the Canning Stock Route, the most difficult outback track in the country. Crossing the dead heart of the Great Sandy and Gibson deserts, she is joined by her half-brother, Grant, and his twenty-something…

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Jason Primrose discusses and signs “Zosma (Lost Children of Andromeda #1)”

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

By 2052 A.D., natural disasters have ravaged entire regions and will continue to inflict irreparable damage. Growing dissent among world powers caused the wealthy few to take matters into their own hands to find a solution, but when their efforts fall to ruin, C20, a rogue organization, is formed. Allister Adams, a young superhuman is searching for Zosma Caster, a missing intergalactic refugee and vessel for an otherworldly energy source from the Andromeda Galaxy. According to C20, this energy source…

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NEW DATE | Justin Murphy discusses and signs “Whiskey Jelly Blues”

January 9 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Cassidy is a long-haired, Choose Your Own Adventure author and part-time bartender. In an attempt to escape the haunting memory of an abortion, he and his wife Phoenix, a once free-spirited, pot-smoking poet trapped in a job as copywriter for a public relations firm, leave Los Angeles and move to the East Coast. Phoenix can barely function. Cassidy drinks too much and takes refuge in long-distance phone calls with his friend Cliff, still living in Los Angeles. When Cassidy shares…

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Greg Reitman discusses and signs “Rooted in Peace: An Inspiring Story of Finding Peace Within”

January 10 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Join filmmaker and author Greg Reitman as he shares the transformative power in taking notice of the world in which we live, stopping the cycle of violence, and proactively seeking ways to find personal and social balance. Providing advice from environmentalists, spiritual teachers, and those who deeply understand the links between head and heart, this book shares inspiration for engaging with your own sense of inner peace. Featuring wise words from luminaries and activists such as Deepak Chopra, David Lynch,…

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Thomas Kohnstamm discusses and signs “Lake City,” in conversation with Bronson Pinchot

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

The setting is Seattle's Lake City neighborhood during the 2001 holiday season. In the wake of the 9/11 tragedy and at the peak of Seattle's first wave of tech-boom gentrification--a wave that never quite made it to his neighborhood--Lane Beuche schemes how to win back his wife (and her trust fund). In his childhood bedroom in his mother's decrepit old house, the idealistic but self-serving striver Lane licks his wounds and hatches a plot. He discovers a precarious path forward…

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Kembrew McLeod, with Lisa Jane Persky, discusses and signs “The Downtown Pop Underground”

January 12 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The 1960s to early ’70s was a pivotal time for American culture, and New York City was ground zero for seismic shifts in music, theater, art, and filmmaking. The Downtown Pop Underground takes a kaleidoscopic tour of Manhattan during this era and shows how deeply interconnected all the alternative worlds and personalities were that flourished in the basement theaters, dive bars, concert halls, and dingy tenements within one square mile of each other. Author Kembrew McLeod links the artists, writers,…

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Blythe Roberson discusses and signs “How to Date Men When You Hate Men”

January 13 @ 2:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

From New Yorker and Onion writer and comedian Blythe Roberson, How to Date Men When You Hate Men is a comedy philosophy book aimed at interrogating what it means to date men within the trappings of modern society. Blythe Roberson's sharp observational humor is met by her open-hearted willingness to revel in the ugliest warts and shimmering highs of choosing to live our lives amongst other humans. She collects her crushes like ill cared-for pets, skewers her own suspect decisions,…

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Daniel Nieblas discusses and signs “My Battle with Terrorism”

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

Disneyland, 2016. A self-radicalized American terrorist nearly succeeded in his plan to attack the resort. I would know; as a reporter for the Anaheim Gazette, I protected him as my source. I tried to save him from himself, and almost wound up dead. My story will help you understand what happened, as I'm certain a battle like mine will happen again. Genre: Biography

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Brian Belovitch discusses and signs “Trans Figured: My Journey from Boy to Girl to Woman to Man “

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

In Trans Figured, Brian Belovitch shares his true story of life as a gender outlier and his dramatic journey through the jungle of gender identity. Brian has the rare distinction of coming out three times: first as a queer teenager; second as a glamorous transgender woman named Tish, and later, Natalia Gervais; and finally as an HIV-positive gay man surviving the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. From growing up in a barely-working-class first-generation immigrant family in Fall River, Massachusetts, to…

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Corky Hale discusses and signs “Corky Hale – Uncorked!: A Life of Music, Marriage, and Making a Difference”

January 16 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Corky Hale - Uncorked! is the extraordinary life story of the inimitable, irrepressible jazz harpist/pianist/vocalist, pioneering social activist, and philanthropist. Corky has worked with and befriended superstars of every generation, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Billie Holliday, Tony Bennett, Liberace, Bjørk, and George Michael, as well as her husband of almost 50 years, Mike Stoller, of the legendary songwriting/producing team, Leiber & Stoller. She is passionately involved in progressive politics, and counts former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former…

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Patrick Kilpatrick discusses and signs “Dying for Living: Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot”

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

One of the finest screen and television character actors of his generation, Patrick Kilpatrick has played against a broad spectrum of superstars including Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Pam Grier, and Naomi Watts, to name a few. With an entertainment career spanning more than 170 credits as lead actor, producer, screenwriter, director, and global entertainment teacher, Kilpatrick is now sharing his life in his much-anticipated two-volume memoir. Revealing details of a volatile, yet privileged upbringing, and a searing, often…

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Wendy Heard, in conversation with audiobook narrator Tim Chiou, discusses and signs “Hunting Annabelle”

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

“Her scream echoes in my memory. I know what happened. Whether anyone believes me or not, I know." Sean Suh is done with killing. After serving three years in a psychiatric prison, he's determined to stay away from temptation. But he can't resist Annabelle--beautiful, confident, incandescent Annabelle--who alone can see past the monster to the man inside. The man he's desperately trying to be. Then Annabelle disappears. Sean is sure she's been kidnapped--he witnessed her being taken firsthand--but the police…

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Ysanne Spevack, with Lyndsey Parker, presents and signs “Vegetable Cakes”

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

Vegetables, but not as you know them... A one-of-a-kind baking book, devoted to vegetables, with wonderfully original creations that promise deliciousness as well as health. Why aren't we using vegetables in desserts? They are as sweet as many fruits, and offer incredible flavors and visual appeal, and of course a wonderful boost of nutrition as well. This baking book with a difference brings you a kale and coconut gateau, asparagus and sesame cake, a carrot and cilantro traybake, cheesecakes made…

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Sarah Tarkoff discusses and signs “Fearless”

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

In a near future society in which morality is manifested through beauty and ugliness, a young woman will imperil her future and her world to expose the global shadow network that uses its power to play God and control humanity. A decade ago, Grace Luther's life was changed by the Revelations: the moment when Great Spirit "saved" humanity and transformed the world into a place where pious behavior is rewarded with beauty, and wrongdoing results in ugliness and even death.…

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Ian S. Port discusses and signs “The Birth of Loud”

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

In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into the primordial elements of rock 'n' roll--and these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fender's tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw its appeal. Not to be out-maneuvered, Gibson, the largest guitar manufacturer, raced to build a competitive product. The company designed an "axe" that would make Fender's Esquire look cheap and convinced Les Paul--whose endorsement Leo Fender had…

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Leslie Jamison discusses and signs “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath”

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

With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tell about addiction--both her own and others'--and examines what we want these stories to do and what happens when they fail us. All the while, she offers a…

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Poets Charles Jensen, Stephen S. Mills, and Robert Siek read from their new books

January 26 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Charles Jensen is the author of six chapbooks of poems and a collection, The First Risk, which was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award. A second collection, Nanopedia, was published in 2018 by Tinderbox Editions. His poem “Tucson” received the 2018 Zócalo Poetry Prize. A past recipient of an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, his poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Field, The Journal, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. He directs…

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John Kim discusses and signs “I Used to Be a Miserable F*ck: An Everyman’s Guide to a Meaningful Life”

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

The Angry Therapist who has helped thousands of men find more happiness in their relationships and more purpose in their lives now shares his insights with everyone in this powerful guide--self-help in a shotglass--covering essential topics, from vulnerability and posturing to workouts and women. Deep in post-divorce soul searching, John Kim came to an astonishing realization: he was a miserable f*ck who might just be to blame for the problems in his life. Armed with this new insight, he began…

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February 2019

Amina Akhtar discusses and signs “#fashionvictim”

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

Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer. And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. She's worked hard to get where she is, but she doesn't have everything. Not like Sarah Taft. Anya's obsession sits one desk away. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, she was born to be a fashion world icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to…

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Alfonso Cuarón discusses and signs “Roma,” the novel, at Book Soup

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
$175

Following the success of the semi-autobiographical film "Roma," director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and editor Alfonso Cuarón comes to Book Soup to discuss "Roma" the book.

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Chloe Benjamin, in conversation with Nicole Ritchie, discusses and signs “The Immortalists” at Book Soup

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

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children--four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness--sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching…

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Samuel W. Gailey discusses and signs “The Guilt We Carry” at Book Soup

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

Since the tragic accident that brutally ended her childhood, Alice O'Farrell has been haunted by her past. Unable to bear the guilt of negligence that led to the death of her younger brother, fifteen-year-old Alice runs away from home. She lives on the streets, makes one bad decision after another, and drowns her guilt in alcohol. But, everything changes when she stumbles upon a startling scene: a dead drug dealer and a duffel bag full of one hundred thousand dollars…

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Brian C. Chatton discusses and signs “Rolling with Rock Royalty” at Book Soup

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

Hailing from a blue-collar town in the North of England, teenage keyboardist Brian Chatton played his first professional gig at the world famous Cavern Club in 1965 with Jon Anderson (YES) in their then band The Warriors. From that point on, he rocked and rolled around the world many times alongside the most celebrated rock giants during the height of the British Invasion. Music Connection’s January 2019 review of the book states that “What comes through wonderfully is Chatton’s English…

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Book Soup presents a night of Unhealthy Poetry hosted by Sarah Nivala & Molly Ash

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

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 there! Genre: Poetry

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Lawrence Grobel discusses and signs “The Narcissist: Stories”

February 10 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

24 wide-ranging short stories and a novella from the winner of a National Endowment for the Arts in fiction. Some seem right out of the Twilight Zone, as characters go back in time on a carousel, find love in an unnerving way, deal with shift-shaping tattoos, and turn radioactive from experimental drugs. Others deal with missteps that result in betrayal, petty larceny, arrest in a foreign country, cosmetology at a funeral home, and revenge for a kidnapped child. One story…

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Joan Rosenberg discusses and signs “90 Seconds to a Life You Love”

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

Sadness, shame, helplessness, anger, embarrassment, disappointment, frustration, and vulnerability. In 30 years as a practicing psychologist, Dr. Joan Rosenberg has found that what most often blocks people from success and feeling capable in life is the inability to experience, move through, and handle these 8 unpleasant feelings. Knowing how to deal with intense, overwhelming, or uncomfortable feelings is essential to building confidence, emotional strength, and resilience. Yet when we distract or disconnect from these feelings, we move away from confidence,…

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Abby Ellin discusses “Duped” in conversation with Sarah Rodman

February 12 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In Duped, Abby Ellin plunges headlong into the world of double lives. Studying the art and science of lying, talking to women who've had their worlds upended by men who weren't who they professed to be, and writing with great openness about her own mistakes, she lays the phenomenon bare.

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Tosh Berman, in conversation with Lisa See, discusses and signs “Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World”

February 13 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

TOSH is a memoir of growing up as the son of an enigmatic, much-admired, hermetic, and ruthlessly bohemian artist during the waning years of the Beat Generation and the heyday of hippie counterculture. A critical figure in the history of postwar American culture, Tosh Berman's father, Wallace Berman, was known as the "father of assemblage art," and was the creator of the legendary mail-art publication Semina. Wallace Berman and his wife, famed beauty and artist's muse Shirley Berman, raised Tosh…

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Jill Santopolo, in conversation with Taylor Jenkins Reid, discusses and signs “More Than Words”

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

Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter. Raised by her father, owner of New York City's glamorous Gregory Hotels, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And Tim--her devoted boyfriend and best friend since childhood--feels the same. But when Nina's father dies, he leaves behind a secret that shocks Nina to her core. As her world falls apart, Nina begins to see the men in her life--her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her boss,…

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Megan Griswold discusses and signs “The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies”

February 16 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The Book of Help traces one woman's life-long quest for love, connection, and peace of mind. A heartbreakingly vulnerable and tragically funny memoir-in-remedies, Megan Griswold's narrative spans four decades and six continents -- from the glaciers of Patagonia and the psycho-tropics of Brazil, to academia, the Ivy League, and the study of Eastern medicine. Megan was born into a family who enthusiastically embraced the offerings of New Age California culture -- at seven she asked Santa for her first mantra…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Herbie J. Pilato presents and signs “Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story”

February 17 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

With MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, Herbie J Pilato offers the first full-scale, objective, and detailed biography of the actress best known from The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. MARY explores in-depth her entire life and career before, during, and beyond those two benchmark series, as it examines with a reflective and microscopic lens Moore’s endeavors in front of and behind the camera of countless TV, film, stage, and live-event appearances. Herbie J Pilato…

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Adrian Harte discusses and signs “Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More”

February 19 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

When I first heard about this Faith No More biography, I didn't know what to think. But I have to give credit where it is due, it's a quality piece. The man has done his research and it shows. It provided me with more than a few revelations ... and I'm in the band.' -- Bill Gould, Faith No More Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More is the definitive biography of one of the most intriguing bands…

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Melissa Scrivner Love, in conversation with Jade Chang, discusses and signs “American Heroin”

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

It took sacrifice, pain, and more than a few dead bodies, but Lola has clawed her way to the top of her South Central Los Angeles neighborhood. Her gang has grown beyond a few trusted soldiers into a full-fledged empire, and the influx of cash has opened up a world that she has never known--one where her daughter can attend a good school, where her mother can live in safety, and where Lola can finally dream of a better life.…

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Crystal Fleming discusses and signs “How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide”

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

How to Be Less Stupid About Race is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Centuries after our nation was founded on genocide, settler colonialism, and slavery, many Americans are kinda-sorta-maybe waking up to the reality that our racial politics are (still) garbage. But in the midst of this reckoning, widespread denial and misunderstandings about race persist, even as…

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Book Soup presents acclaimed Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee signing “Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing”

February 23 @ 12:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Purchase Required

We are so excited to welcome 2019 Oscar nominee Spike Lee, back to Book Soup to sign copies of the book chronicling his seminal film, “Do the Right Thing”. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite for $25.00 (+tax) and include one copy of Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing. About Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing Celebrating 30 years since its seminal debut, "Do The Right Thing" remains one of the most important films of its era. Employing director Spike…

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Erin Hosier discusses and signs “Don’t Let Me Down: A Memoir”

February 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Erin Hosier's coming-of-age was full of contradiction. Born into the turbulent 1970s, she was raised in rural Ohio by lapsed hippies who traded 1960s rock 'n' roll for 1950s-era Christian hymns. Her mother's newfound faith was rooted in a desire to manage her husband's mood swings, which could alternately fill the house with music or with violence. All the while, Jack was larger than life to his adoring daughter. Full of conflict, their complex relationship set the tone for three…

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Eva Hagberg Fisher discusses and signs “How to Be Loved: A Memoir of Lifesaving Friendship”

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

Eva Hagberg Fisher spent her lonely youth looking everywhere for connection: drugs, alcohol, therapists, boyfriends, girlfriends. Sometimes she found it, but always temporarily. Then, at age thirty, an undiscovered mass in her brain ruptured. So did her life. A brain surgery marked only the beginning of a long journey, and when her illness hit a critical stage, it forced her to finally admit the long-suppressed truth: she was vulnerable, she needed help, and she longed to grow. She needed true…

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Stephanie Theobald discusses and signs “Sex Drive: On the Road to a Pleasure Revolution”

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

Arriving in New York with a failing relationship and a body she felt out of touch with, Stephanie Theobald set off on a 3,497-mile trip across America to rebuild her orgasm from the ground up. What started as a quest for the ultimate auto-erotic experience became a fantastic voyage into her own body. She takes us from a ‘masturbation master class’ with the legendary 1970’s feminist Betty Dodson to a weekend with the first African American Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders,…

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March 2019

Jeff Johnson discusses and signs “The Animals After Midnight”

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

Join Jeff Johnson at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "The Animals After Midnight." In it, Darby's past rises up to do more than haunt him as he plays one force against another in a conflict that rages through the dark underbelly of Portland, Oregon. It is the third book in the Darby Holland Crime Novel series. Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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David Wallace-Wells discusses and signs “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming”

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

Join David Wallace-Wells at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming." In his travelogue of our near future, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await--food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. Genre: Nonfiction

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Taylor Jenkins Reid discusses and signs “Daisy Jones & the Six”

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

Join Taylor Jenkins Reid at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Daisy Jones & the Six." Her novel is about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup. Genre: Fiction

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Irvine Welsh discusses and signs “Dead Men’s Trousers”

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

Book Soup presents Irvine Welsh who will be discussing and signing "Dead Men’s Trousers." His novel is about four no-longer-young men, who constantly think back to their bawdy, drug-filled youth together on the streets of Edinburgh, decide they want to join forces for one last caper. Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Piper Cochrane & Marc Wanamaker present and sign “The Cochrane Brothers and the Making of Universal Pictures”

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

Book Soup presents Piper Cochrane and Marc Wanamaker who will be presenting and signing "The Cochrane Brothers and the Making of Universal Pictures." Their coffee table book shares untold stories and unseen photos of Hollywood's start. Genre: Nonfiction

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Leslie Scarborough discusses and signs “Tishi: Refugee, Mother, Immigrant”

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

Join Leslie Scarborough at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Tishi: Refugee, Mother, Immigrant." This book tells a classic mother/daughter tale that spans from the war in Europe to America in the 60's and 70's, and portrays life as an immigrant wife and mother during that iconic time. Genre: Memoir

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Sara Bliss discusses and signs “Take the Leap: Change Your Career, Change Your Life”

March 12 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Join Sara Bliss at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Take the Leap: Change Your Career, Change Your Life." Her book shares inspiration and advice from more than sixty-five people who transformed their lives. Lauryn Kahn and Jason Carden will join Bliss in conversation. Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

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Erik Tarloff discusses and signs “The Woman in Black”

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

Book Soup presents author Erik Tarloff to sign and discuss "The Woman in Black." This novel, set in America in the 1950s, follows fictitious film star Chance Hardwick and explores film, fame, and how well we ever really know each other. Genre: Fiction

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Mesha Maren discusses and signs “Sugar Run”

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

Join Mesha Maren at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Sugar Run." This book follows the life and love of Jodi McCarty and explores making a break for another life, the use and treachery of makeshift families, and how, no matter the distance we think we've traveled from the mistakes we've made, too often we find ourselves standing in precisely the place we began. Essayist Randal O’Wain will join Maren in conversation. Special guest Sam Maren will open…

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Michael Murray discusses and signs “Writing Naked”

March 16 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Join Michael Murray at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Writing Naked." In this debut essay collection, Michael Murray invites you to follow him on a meandering journey to witness glimpses of the moments in his life that have brought him to here -- a place of solace and heart. Genre: Nonfiction

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Andrea Bartz discusses and signs “The Lost Night”

March 19 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Join Andrea Bartz at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "The Lost Night." Lindsay has come a long way from the drug-addled world of Calhoun Lofts. She has devoted best friends, a cozy apartment, and a thriving career as a magazine's head fact-checker. But when a chance reunion leads Lindsay to discover an unsettling video from that hazy night, Lindsay is forced to confront the demons of her own violent history to bring the truth to light. Genre:…

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Stephanie Bennett discusses and signs “Johnny B. Bad: The Making of the Movie Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll”

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

Join Stephanie Bennett at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Johnny B. Bad: The Making of the Movie Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll." Her book combines interviews from the film's participants, including its music director, Keith Richards, to paint a vivid and multifaceted picture of the artist. Genre: Biography

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Mike Postalakis discusses and signs “LA By Mouth: The Essential Guide to Eating in Los Angeles”

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

Come out for an evening with writer Mike Postalakis as he discusses and signs "LA By Mouth: The Essential Guide to Eating in Los Angeles." at Book Soup. LA by Mouth is for the discerning traveler and restaurant goer, someone who has a compulsive need to hunt down the very best taco, the ultimate burger, the epitome of brunch, and the sandwich to end all sandwiches. Author Mike Postalakis has sampled it all and has written a restaurant guide with…

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Matt Balaker discusses and signs “Greg Giraldo: A Comedian’s Story”

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

Book Soup presents writer Matt Balaker to discuss and sign "Greg Giraldo: A Comedian’s Story." Matt Balaker & co-author Wayne Jones interviewed over 60 people who help tell Greg Giraldo’s story from those who knew him best. Discover what motivated this stand-up legend and the impact of his work. Genre: Biography

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Matthew Spradlin discusses and signs “The Devils”

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

Join Matthew Spradlin at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "The Devils." It is a true-life horror story rooted at the end of World War II. Two Japanese soldiers struggle to make it through a deadly island swamp as the dark sins of their less-honorable comrades in arms come back to extract their bloody revenge. Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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April 2019

Ari Rosenschein discusses and signs “Coasting”

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

Come out for an evening with writer Ari Rosenschein as he discusses and signs "Coasting" at Book Soup. This short story collection displays the gritty persistence of music industry aspirants as they pursue success, connection, and a sense of purpose. Genre: Short Story Collection

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Evan James discusses and signs “Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe”

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

Join Evan James at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe." Her novel presents an alternately bumbling and clever cast of characters, and when they come together, the town of Willowbrook transforms into a circus of uncovered secrets, preposterous misunderstandings, and irrepressible passions. Genre: Fiction

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Chris Salewicz discusses and signs “Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography”

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

Come out for an evening with author Chris Salewicz as he discusses and signs "Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography" at Book Soup. This biography reveals the fascinating man who dwells within the rock legend. Genre: Biography

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Pedram Navab discusses and signs “This Will Destroy You”

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

Book Soup presents author Pedram Navab to discuss and sign "This Will Destroy You." His book is a compellingly original and gripping psychological thriller, revealing a destructive force that lies within each of us. Genre: Thriller

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Jeffrey Fleishman discusses “My Detective”

April 5 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Come out for an evening with writer Jeffrey Fleishman as he presents "My Detective" at Book Soup. In this novel, Detective Sam Carver journeys through sins scattered across the City of Angels, where hipsters, homeless, immigrants, producers, politicians, movie stars, and cops collide in mysterious ways. It is a story of obsession set against vengeance and prayers of forgiveness in a city that is as cruel as it is fantastical. LA Times columnist Carolina A. Miranda will join Fleishman in…

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Julius Sharpe discusses and signs “So You’re Going Bald”

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

Join Julius Sharp at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "So You’re Going Bald." Humorist and comedy television writer Julius Sharpe woke up on 9/11 to his own personal disaster: his hair was falling out. "So You’re Going Bald" is his hilarious odyssey--a tale filled with despair, horror, acceptance, and humor that everyone can relate to, whether you're nineteen or approaching fifty--or are simply bald-curious. Genre: Memoir

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Brett Paesel discusses and signs “Everything is Just Fine”

April 9 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Book Soup presents author Brett Paesel to discuss and sign "Everything is Just Fine." This novel presents a world that looks enviable and shiny on the outside but is, in truth, filled with aching for connection on the inside. Everyday life in Paesel's deft rendering is anything but. Genre: Fiction

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Humble the Poet discusses and signs “Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life”

April 10 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Book Soup presents Humble the Poet to discuss and sign "Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life." The internationally bestselling self-empowerment book from influencer, rapper, and spoken word artist Humble the Poet, "Unlearn" offers short, accessible, and counterintuitive lessons for reaching our full potential. Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivation

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Tim Johnston discusses and signs “The Current”

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

Book Soup presents author Tim Johnston to discuss and sign "The Current." In this novel, the young woman who survived an accident soon realizes that she's connected to the earlier unsolved case by more than just a river, and the deeper she plunges into her own investigation, the closer she comes to dangerous truths, and to the violence that simmers just below the surface of her hometown. Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Danny Goldberg discusses and signs “Serving the Servants: Remembering Kurt Cobain”

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

Join Danny Goldberg at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Serving the Servants: Remembering Kurt Cobain." His book is an exploration of Kurt Cobain's brilliance in every aspect of rock and roll, his compassion, his ambition, and the legacy he wrought--one that has lasted decades longer than his career did. Danny Goldberg explores what it is about Kurt Cobain that still resonates today, even with a generation who wasn't alive until after Kurt's death. Ben Lee will join…

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Jesse Valencia discusses and signs “Keep Music Evil: The Brian Jonestown Massacre Story”

April 16 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Join Jesse Valencia at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Keep Music Evil: The Brian Jonestown Massacre Story." It is the definitive work on The Brian Jonestown Massacre and their enigmatic leader, Anton Newcombe. Genre: Biography

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Lorraine Devon Wilke discusses and signs “The Alchemy of Noise”

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

If you love novels with real world meaning, check out Lorraine Devon Wilke and "The Alchemy of Noise" at Book Soup. In this timely and provocative drama, an interracial couple's new and evolving relationship transcends culture clashes, police encounters, and resistance from select family and friends, only to have a violent arrest leave them questioning everything--including each other. Genre: Fiction

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Jordy Rosenberg discusses and signs “Confessions of the Fox”

April 19 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

If you love compelling, imaginative fiction, check out Jordy Rosenberg and "Confessions of the Fox" at Book Soup. In the book, scholar Dr. Voth is drawn deeper into Jack and Bess's tale of underworld resistance and gender transformation, and it becomes clear that their fates are intertwined--and only a miracle will save them all. Rosenberg will be in conversation with Ali Liebegott. Genre: Fiction

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Damon Krukowski discusses and signs “Ways of Hearing”

April 20 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Join Damon Krukowski at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Ways of Hearing." His book examines how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power. Genre: Nonfiction

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Rachel Howard discusses and signs “The Risk of Us”

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

Book Soup presents author Rachel Howard to discuss and sign "The Risk of Us." Her novel deftly explores the inevitable tests children bring to a marriage, the uncertainties of family life, and the ways true empathy obliterates our defenses. Genre: Fiction

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Unhealthy Poetry: A night of readings

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

Come out for an evening with Sarah Nivala & Molly Ash as they host Unhealthy Poetry. Featuring poetry readings and discussion, Unhealthy Poetry is a platform for some of Los Angeles’s most promising up and coming poets to share their work. Genre: Poetry

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Victoria Shorr discusses and signs “Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning”

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

Join Victoria Shorr at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning." Her book is a study in the courage of three women--Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Joan of Arc. Genre: Nonfiction

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Gwendolyn Womack discusses and signs “The Time Collector”

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

If you love time-travel novels, check out Gwendolyn Womack and "The Time Collector" at Book Soup. Roan West was born with an extraordinary gift: he can perceive the past of any object he touches. A highly skilled psychometrist, he uses his talents to find and sell valuable antiques, but his quiet life in New Orleans is about to change. Genre: Speculative Fiction

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Saskia Vogel discusses and signs “Permission”

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

Check out Saskia Vogel as she discusses and signs "Permission" at Book Soup. When Echo's father gets swept away by a freak current off the Los Angeles coast, she enters a state of paralysis. The failed young actress seeks solace in the best way she knows: by losing herself in the lives of others. Genre: Fiction

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Indie Bookstore Day with a reading from Bill McKibben

April 27 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Join Bill McKibben at Book Soup for a celebration of Indie Bookstore Day with a reading from "Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?" Falter tells the story of the converging trends of climate change and technological advancements, and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. Genre: Nonfiction

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Susan Holmes McKagan discusses and signs “The Velvet Rose”

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

Join Susan Holmes McKagan at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "The Velvet Rose." The book is an unhinged ride of a novel following the audacious lead female protagonist as she navigates her life through fame, addiction, infidelity, and all the ups and downs of dating a legendary musician from one of the biggest rock bands in history. Genre: Fiction

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May 2019

Anthony Marsico discusses and signs “I’m Just Here for the Gig”

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

Join Tony Marisco at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "I’m Just Here for the Gig." This book is an entertaining collection of true stories from Tony Marsico’s musical road trip that encompasses multiple genres, including his start in punk rock bands to his transition into rock and roll, alternative, blues, country, jazz, and lounger. Genre: Memoir, Music

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Ann Beattie discusses and signs “Wonderful Stroke of Luck”

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

Book Soup presents author Ann Beattie to discuss and sign "Wonderful Stroke of Luck." This book is a keenly observed psychological study of a man who alternates between careful driving and hazardous risk taking, as he struggles to incorporate his past into the vertiginous present. Genre: Fiction

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Lizzie Post discusses and signs “Higher Etiquette”

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

Book Soup presents author Lizzie Post to sign "Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, from Dispensaries to Dinner Parties." This book explores and celebrates the wide world of legalized weed. This guide also provides a primer on the diverse array of cannabis products and methods of use, illuminating the many convenient and accessible options available to everyone from experienced users to newbies and the canna-curious. Genre: Nonfiction

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Paul Cummins discusses and signs “Paul Cummins: The Collected Poems”

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

Join Paul Cummins at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Paul Cummins: The Collected Poems." Paul Cummins, a renowned educator and social justice activist, entered the world of poetry in 1966 while writing a doctoral dissertation on the poetry of twice Pulitzer-prize winning Richard Wilbur at USC. Genre: Poetry

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Jessica Yellin discusses and signs “Savage News”

May 5 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Join Jessica Yellin at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Savage News." This book is about Natalie, who is assigned to cover the White House for her network, ATN. The problem? The position is only temporary; a test to see if she has what it takes. Natalie, along with her scrappy production team, has to navigate ratings wars, workplace sexual harassment and an international political crisis in order to prove herself. But the closer she gets to achieving…

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Richard Wolf discusses and signs “In Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness”

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

Come out for an evening with writer Richard Wolf and "In Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness" at Book Soup. This book is an inspirational guide that offers a wealth of music-based exercises to enhance daily meditation and creativity. Genre: Music, Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

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Aatif Rashid discusses and signs “Portrait of Sebastian Khan”

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

Book Soup presents author Aatif Rashid to discuss and sign "Portrait of Sebastian Khan." Part satire of college life circa 2011 and part serious exploration of art's fundamental unreality, "Portrait of Sebastian Khan" is a humorous coming-of-age novel about a charismatic but emotionally stunted Muslim American Don Draper, who wins as many hearts as he breaks. Genre: Fiction

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Ira Resnick presents and signs “The Seventies”

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

Book Soup presents author Ira Resnick to discuss and sign "The Seventies: A Photographic Journey." This book presents hundreds of rare celebrity photos--many never seen since their original publication in magazines like Rolling Stone, People, and Us. Genre: Art

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Maria Kuznetsova discusses and signs “Oksana, Behave!”

May 9 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Book Soup presents author Maria Kuznetsova to discuss and sign "Oksana, Behave!" When Oksana visits her grandmother in Yalta and learns about Baba's wartime past and her lost loves, Oksana begins to see just how much alike they are, and comes to a new understanding of how to embrace life and love without causing harm to the people dearest to her. But will Oksana ever quite learn to behave? Genre: Fiction

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Don Cummings and Vanessa McGrady read from and discuss their memoirs

May 10 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Join Don Cummings (Bent But Not Broken) and Vanessa McGrady (Rock Needs River: A Memoir of a Very Open Adoption) at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of their memoirs. Genre: Memoir

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Karen Havelin discusses and signs “Please Read This Leaflet Carefully”

May 13 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Come out for an evening with writer Karen Havelin and "Please Read This Leaflet Carefully: Keep This Leaflet. You May Need to Read It Again" at Book Soup. The novel tracks backward, from 2016 until 1995, etching details of daily life into a gripping and darkly humorous bildungsroman, about the intricacies of love and life in a fragile body. Lauren Wilkinson will join Havelin in conversation. Genre: Fiction

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Shawn Levy discusses and signs “The Castle on Sunset”

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

Join Shawn Levy at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont." This book recounts the wild revelries and scandalous liaisons, the creative breakthroughs and marital breakdowns, the births and deaths that the Chateau has been a party to. Vivid, salacious, and richly informed, Levy's book is a glittering tribute to Hollywood as seen from inside the walls of its most hallowed hotel. Genre: History, Film

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Dylan Struzan discusses and signs “A Bloody Business”

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

Come out for an evening with writer Dylan Struzan and "A Bloody Business" at Book Soup. Introduced to the 91-year-old Alo living in retirement in Florida, Dylan Struzan based this book on more than 50 hours of recorded testimony--stories Alo had never shared, and that he forbid her to publish until "after I'm gone." Alo died, peacefully, two months short of his 97th birthday. And now his stories--bracing and violent, full of intrigue and betrayal, hunger and hubris--can finally be…

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Deborah Burns discusses and signs “Saturday’s Child: A Daughter’s Memoir”

May 16 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Come out for an evening with writer Deborah Burns and "Saturday’s Child: A Daughter's Memoir" at Book Soup. This memoir tells the story of Deborah's eccentric upbringing and her quest in midlife, long after her parents' death, to uncover the truth about her mother and their complex relationship. No longer under the spell of her maternal goddess, but still caught in a wrenching cycle of love and longing, Deborah must finally confront the reality of her mother's legacy--and finally claim…

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Karen Tongsen discusses and signs “Why Karen Carpenter Matters”

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

Join Karen Tongsen at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "Why Karen Carpenter Matters." In this book, Tongsen interweaves the story of Karen Carpenter's rise to fame with her own trans-Pacific journey between Manila--where imitations of American pop styles flourished--and Carpenter's home ground of Southern California. Guy Branum will join Tongsen in conversation. Genre: Music, Biography

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Chris Kattan discusses and signs his memoir, “Baby Don’t Hurt Me: Stories and Scars from Saturday Night Live”

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

Chris Kattan shares behind-the-scenes stories about his life in "Baby Don't Hurt Me," including his time as an SNL cast member.

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Eric Haseltine discusses and signs “The Spy in Moscow Station”

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

Join Eric Haseltine at Book Soup for a discussion and signing of "The Spy in Moscow Station: A Counterspy's Hunt for a Deadly Cold War Threat." This book tells of a time when--much like today--Russian spycraft had proven itself far beyond the best technology the U.S. had to offer. The perils of American arrogance mixed with bureaucratic infighting left the country unspeakably vulnerable to ultra-sophisticated Russian electronic surveillance and espionage. Genre: History

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