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8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
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August 2017

Discussion: Elizabeth Austin, “Compass Rose”

August 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Elizabeth Austin’s debut novel takes the reader 40 years in the future to a divided United States. Income inequality has become extreme and class differences have escalated. Civil war erupts. In the initial chaos, a college student in her early twenties, Emily Caring, suddenly must flee her home. The novel follows her courageous struggle to reach a refugee camp and reunite with her family. Later she develops a love interest, Ben, who discovers corruption at the heart of the new…

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Discussion: Regina Robertson and contributors, “He Never Came Home”

August 5, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

He Never Came Home is a collection of 22 personal essays written by girls and women who have been separated from their fathers by way of divorce, abandonment, or death. The contributors to this collection come from a wide range of different backgrounds in terms of race, socioeconomic status, religion, and geographic location. Their essays offer deep insights into the emotions related to losing one's father, including sadness, indifference, anger, acceptance--and everything in between. This book, edited by Essence magazine's…

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Discussion: Kelly Lytle-Hernandez, “City of Inmates”

August 6, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Los Angeles incarcerates more people than any other city in the United States, which imprisons more people than any other nation on Earth. This book explains how the City of Angels became the capital city of the world's leading incarcerator. Marshaling more than two centuries of evidence, historian Kelly Lytle Hernandez unmasks how histories of native elimination, immigrant exclusion, and black disappearance drove the rise of incarceration in Los Angeles. In this telling, which spans from the Spanish colonial era…

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Discussion: Anne Margaret Daniel, “I’d Die for You”

August 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

I'd Die For You is a collection of the last remaining unpublished and uncollected short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Anne Margaret Daniel. Fitzgerald did not design the stories in I'd Die For You as a collection. Most were submitted individually to major magazines during the 1930s and accepted for publication during Fitzgerald's lifetime, but were never printed. Some were written as movie scenarios and sent to studios or producers, but not filmed. Others are stories that could…

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Discussion: Sylvia Brownrigg with Meredith Maran, “Pages for Her”

August 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Pages for Her is the story of two women, Flannery and Anne, each at a personal turning point, and the circumstances that lead to their reunion. Twenty years after their brief but passionate affair, chronicled in Sylvia Brownrigg's earlier novel Pages for You, Flannery has the chance once again to meet Anne, who opened young Flannery up to the possibility of love--then left her heartbroken. Having long ago put their love behind them, they live now on opposite coasts. Anne…

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Discussion: Brontez Purnell, “Since I Laid My Burden Down”

August 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

DeShawn lives a high, creative, and promiscuous life in San Francisco. But when he's called back to his cramped Alabama hometown for his uncle's funeral, he's hit by flashbacks of handsome, doomed neighbors and sweltering Sunday services. Amidst prickly reminders of his childhood, DeShawn ponders family, church, and the men in his life, prompting the question: Who deserves love? A raw, funny, and uninhibited stumble down memory lane, Brontez Purnell's debut novel explores how one man's early sexual and artistic…

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Discussion: Swan Huntley, “The Goddesses”

August 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The Descendants meets Single White Female in this captivating novel about a woman who moves her family to Hawaii, only to find herself wrapped up in a dangerous friendship, from the celebrated author of We Could Be Beautiful. When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy's husband has cheated on her; they sleep in separate bedrooms and their twin sons have been acting out, setting off illegal fireworks. But Hawaii is…

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Discussion: Hollie Overton, “The Walls”

August 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A heart-stopping psychological suspense novel about a Texas prison official driven to commit the perfect crime, by the author of the international bestselling thriller Baby Doll. WOULD YOU KILL TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY? Working on death row is far from Kristy Tucker's dream, but she is grateful for a job that allows her to support her son and ailing father. When she meets Lance Dobson, Kristy begins to imagine a different kind of future. But after their wedding, she finds…

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Discussion: Charles Taylor, “Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You”

August 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

When we think of '70s cinema, we think of classics like The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and The Wild Bunch . . . but the riches found in the overlooked B movies of the time, rolled out wherever they might find an audience, unexpectedly tell an eye-opening story about post-Watergate, post-Vietnam America. Revisiting the films that don't make the Academy Award montages, Charles Taylor finds a treasury many of us have forgotten, movies that in fact "unlock the secrets of the…

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Signing: Corey Taylor, “America 51: A Probe Into the Realities That Are Hiding Inside ‘The Greatest Country in the World'”

August 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Purchase Required

The always-outspoken hard rock vocalist Corey Taylor begins America 51 with a reflection on what his itinerant youth and frequent worldwide travels with his multi-platinum bands Slipknot and Stone Sour have taught him about what it means to be an American in an increasingly unstable world. He examines the way America sees itself, specifically with regard to the propaganda surrounding America's origins (like a heavy-metal Howard Zinn), while also celebrating the quirks and behavior that make a true-blue American. Balancing…

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Discussion: Nate Dern, “Not Quite a Genius”

August 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

From the senior writer at Funny or Die and former artistic director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, a collection of absurdist, hilarious stories and essays on relationships, technology, and contemporary society. This collection of essays and stories spans a wide variety of topics. There's the open letter to Charles Manson, the report of a brave archaeologist's journey into a suburban man cave, and a long overdue missive from Leif Erikson to Christopher Columbus. Walt Whitman even teaches a spin…

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Discussion: Chiara Barzini with Jonathan Ames, “Things That Happened Before the Earthquake”

August 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Welcome to LA? Nineties' Hollywood gets an Italian makeover in this poignant and ruefully funny coming-of-age novel featuring a teenage girl who's on shaky ground--in more ways than one. Mere weeks after the 1992 riots that laid waste to Los Angeles, Eugenia, a typical Italian teenager, is rudely yanked from her privileged Roman milieu by her hippie-ish filmmaker parents and transplanted to the strange suburban world of the San Fernando Valley. With only the Virgin Mary to call on for…

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Discussion: Daniel H. Wilson, “The Clockwork Dynasty”

August 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

An ingenious new thriller that weaves a path through history, following a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries, written by the New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse. Present day: When a young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology uncovers a terrible secret concealed in the workings of a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll, she is thrown into a hidden world that lurks just under the surface of our own. With her career and her life…

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Discussion: Tristine Rainer, “Apprenticed to Venus: My Secret Life with Anais Nin”

August 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A Revealing Look at the Mentorship--and Manipulation--of Anais Nin. In 1962, eighteen-year-old Tristine Rainer was sent on an errand to Anais Nin's West Village apartment. The chance meeting would change the course of her life and begin her years as Anais's accomplice, keeping her mentor's confidences--including that of her bigamy--even after Anais Nin's death and the passing of her husbands, until now. Set in the underground literary worlds of Manhattan and Los Angeles during the sixties and seventies, Tristine charts…

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Discussion: Andrew Blauner and contributors David Hajdu and Mona Simpson with David Ulin, “In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs”

August 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

For readers who loved Tune In and Nick Hornby's Songbook, an anthology of essays from a chorus of twenty-nine luminaries singing the praises of their favorite Beatles songs. The Beatles' influence--on their contemporaries, on our cultural consciousness, and on the music industry ever after--is difficult to overstate. We all have a favorite song from the band that made us want to fall in love, tune in, and follow our dreams. Arranged chronologically by the date of the song's release, these…

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Discussion: Victor Corona, “A Downtown Memoir”

August 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In conversation with photographer Parker Day The playground of the rich and the beautiful, downtown New York's nightlife spectacles and power of self-invention incubated pop icons from Andy Warhol to Lady Gaga. NYU sociologist Victor P. Corona sought a new education, where night classes held in galleries, nightclubs, bars, apartments, stoops, and all-night diners taught him about love, loss, and the living possibilities of identity. Transforming himself from dowdy professor to glitzy clubgoer, Victor immerses himself among downtown's dazzling tribes…

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Discussion: Peter Moruzzi, “Greetings from Los Angeles”

August 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A fascinating tour of Los Angeles told through vintage images. The City of Angels' story is told through a fun and colorful collection of old photos, picture postcards, brochures, ads, and other vintage ephemera, accompanied by author Peter Moruzzi's candid and insightful commentary. Featured are rare glimpses of the city's early years as a dusty pueblo; Chinatown's evolution; the miraculous orange empire; backyard oil wells; Venice of America; the roaring 1920s and corrupt 1930s; colorful evangelists; glamorous Wilshire Boulevard; fabulous…

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Discussion: Donald Collins, “At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces”

August 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In this collaborative memoir, a parent and a transgender son recount wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical-treatment options to better align his body with his gender identity. As a parent, Mary Collins didn't agree with her trans son's decision to physically alter his body, although she supported his right to realize himself as a person. Raw and uncensored, each explains her or his emotional mindset at the time: Mary felt she had lost a daughter; Donald activated…

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Discussion: Melissa Jane Osborne with actress Christine Woods, “The Wendy Project”

August 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake on a late summer night in New England with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy -- a once rational teenager - shocks her family by insisting that Michael is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. Placed in a new school, Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults…

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Discussion: Brian May, “Queen in 3-D”

August 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Purchase Required

With these words, the author announces the first book ever to be published about the legendary rock band Queen by a member of the band. And certainly the first book of its kind in the world. It's a unique collection of original, highly personal snapshots of Queen in Three Dimensions, from the band's inception in the early '70s right up to the present day, accompanied by the exclusive recollections of founding member and lead guitarist, Brian May. Brian's typically honest…

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Discussion: Matt Goldman, “Gone to Dust”

August 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible. Suburban divorcee Maggie Somerville was found murdered in her bedroom, her body covered with the dust from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags, all potential DNA evidence obscured by the calculating killer. Digging…

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Discussion: Justin McFarr with Gina Nahai, “The Bear Who Broke the World”

August 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

1976. Berkeley, California. Daedalus Stephen O’Neill strives to hold on to his childhood and protect his younger brother Demian from an impetuous mother, her unpredictable boyfriend, and their menacing neighbor. Without proper adult supervision, struggling to navigate a Berkeley still tethered to the ideals and lifestyles of the sixties, they are thrust into an unrestrained world of drugs, alcohol, and sexual activity. From Telegraph Avenue and People’s Park to the streets of Oakland and the debauched house parties of the…

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Discussion: Mark Klam with Edan Lepucki, “Who is Rich?”

August 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Every summer, a once-sort-of-famous cartoonist named Rich Fischer leaves his wife and two kids behind to teach a class at a weeklong arts conference in a charming New England beachside town. It's a place where, every year, students--nature poets and driftwood sculptors, widowed seniors, teenagers away from home for the first time--show up to study with an esteemed faculty made up of prizewinning playwrights, actors, and historians; drunkards and perverts; members of the cultural elite; unknown nobodies, midlist somebodies, and…

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Discussion: Beatriz Blum, “Coming of Age: The Sexual Awakening of Margaret Mead”

August 31, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The startling coming-of-age story of famed anthropologist Margaret Mead whose radical ideas challenged the social and sexual norms of her time. The story begins in 1923, when twenty-two year old Margaret Mead is living in New York City, engaged to her childhood sweetheart and on the verge of graduating from college. Seemingly a conventional young lady, she marries, but shocks friends when she decides to keep her maiden name. After starting graduate school at Columbia University, she does the unthinkable:…

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September 2017

Discussion: Cornell Thomas, “Extraordinary: The Distance Between Good and Great”

September 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Extra-Ordinary is for anyone searching for the tools to make a more positive impact on their lives. "Cornell Thomas is an up and coming thought leader that will inspire you to not only do more, but be more. His book Extra-Ordinary will give you the psychology and skills needed to bridge the gap between good and outstanding to take your life to the next level." - Tony Robbins Genres: Healing Self-Help and Motivational

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Discussion: Nancy Boyarsky, “The Bequest”

September 3, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Nicole Graves, still reeling from her kidnapping in London, is struggling to balance work at L.A.'s most prestigious law firm and a long-distance romance with her English lover. Things go sideways when she tracks down a missing colleague. The murder of the firm's in-house investigator, his mysterious wealth, and his inexplicable bequest make Nicole a target for the police, the paparazzi, and the killer. When Nicole's life takes an unexpected turn, she uncovers evil and corruption among the city's most…

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Discussion: Adam McOmber, “My House Gathers Desires”

September 5, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Adam McOmber's lush, hallucinatory stories are both familiar and wholly original. Drawn from the historical record, Biblical lore, fairy tales, science fiction, and nightmares, these offbeat and fantastical works explore gender and sexuality in their darkest and most beautiful manifestations. In the tradition of Angela Carter or Kelly Link, My House Gathers Desires is covertly funny and haunting, seeking fresh ways to consider sexual identity and its relation to history. In "Sodom and Gomorrah," readers encounter a subversive, ecstatic new…

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Discussion: Erin Carlson with Caroline Aaron, “I’ll Have What She’s Having”

September 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A backstage look at the making of Nora Ephron's revered trilogy--When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle--which brought romantic comedies back to the fore, and an intimate portrait of the beloved writer/director who inspired a generation of Hollywood women, from Mindy Kaling to Lena Dunham. In I'll Have What She's Having entertainment journalist Erin Carlson tells the story of the real Nora Ephron and how she reinvented the romcom through her trio of instant classics. With…

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Discussion: Mike and Anne Howard, “Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent”

September 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Written by the founders of HoneyTrek.com, this inspiring book reveals hidden-gem destinations and insider tips for unforgettable couples travel. In these informative pages, Mike and Anne Howard--officially the World's Longest Honeymooners and founders of the acclaimed travel blog HoneyTrek--whisk you away to journeys of a lifetime. Drawing on their experience traveling together across seven continents, they curate the globe and offer tested-and-approved recommendations for intrepid couples, bringing culture, adventure, and romance to any couple--no matter their age or budget. Chapters…

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Discussion: Ann Powers, “Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music”

September 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR's acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race. In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form. Powers takes us from nineteenth-century New Orleans through dance-crazed Jazz Age New York to the teen scream years of mid-twentieth century…

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Discussion: Gabriel Tallent, “My Absolute Darling”

September 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul. Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in…

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Discussion: Nelson George, “To Funk and Die in LA”

September 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

To Funk and Die in LA, the fourth book in the D Hunter crime-fiction series, brings the ex-bodyguard to the City of Angels on a very dark mission when his grandfather, businessman Daniel "Big Danny" Hunter, is shot dead in a drive-by. Why would someone execute a grocery store owner? D soon finds there was more to Big Danny's life than selling loaves of bread. The old man, it turns out, was deeply involved with Dr. Funk, a legendary musical…

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Discussion: Alain Elkann, “Alan Elkann Interviews”

September 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Alain Elkann has mastered the art of the interview. With a background in novels and journalism, and having published over twenty books translated across ten languages, he infuses his interviews with innovation, allowing them to flow freely and organically. Alain Elkann Interviews will provide an unprecedented window into the minds of some of the most well-known and -respected figures of the last twenty-five years. Genres: Nonfiction

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Discussion: Dar Williams,”What I Found in a Thousand Towns”

September 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A beloved folk singer presents an impassioned account of the fall and rise of the small American towns she cherishes. Dubbed by the New Yorker as "one of America's very best singer-songwriters," Dar Williams has made her career not in stadiums, but touring America's small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and drunk in their bars. She has seen these communities struggle, but also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crises. Here,…

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Discussion: Amy Dresner, “My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean”

September 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Growing up in Beverly Hills, Amy Dresner had it all: a top-notch private school education, the most expensive summer camps, and even a weekly clothing allowance. But at 24, she started dabbling in meth in San Francisco and unleashed a fiendish addiction monster. Soon, if you could snort it, smoke it, or have sex with, she did. Smart and charming, with Daddy's money to fall back on, she sort of managed to keep it all together. But on Christmas Eve…

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Discussion: Kathryn Sermak and Danielle Morton, “Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis”

September 16, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

For ten years Kathryn Sermak was at Bette Davis's side--first as an employee, and then as her closest friend--and in Miss D and Me she tells the story of the great star's harrowing but inspiring final years, a story fans have been waiting decades to hear. Miss D and Me is a story of two powerful women, one at the end of her life and the other at the beginning. As Bette Davis aged she was looking for an assistant,…

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Discussion: Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman, “Hot Mess Kitchen”

September 17, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Decades ago, every young woman left home knowing how to cook, but now, well, not so much. And while they're happy times have changed, authors Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman want to save millennials from the perils of takeout and take back the kitchen with their new book, Hot Mess Kitchen. These ladies aren't serving caviar and champagne; they're making Quarter-Life Crisis Queso. They're not giving you a plan for the perfect dinner party, but suggesting How to Throw a…

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Discussion: Kelly Grey Carlisle, “We Are All Shipwrecks: A Memoir”

September 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A mother's murder. Her daughter's redemption. And the complicated past that belongs to them both. Kelly always knew that her family was different. She knew that most children didn't live with their grandparents, and their grandparents didn't own porn stores. Her classmates didn't sleep on a boat in the marina and she knew their next-door neighbors weren't drug addicts and johns. What Kelly didn't know was if she would become part of the dysfunction that surrounded her. Would she sink…

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Discussion: Pat Thomas, “Did It! from Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary”

September 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary is an oversized oral & visual history of the infamous and ubiquitous Rubin - the first ever biography of the co-founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War radical, Chicago 8 defendant, New Age/Self Help proponent, and social-networking pioneer. After a surfeit of books about Abbie Hoffman, here's the first ever biography of his Yippie running mate Jerry Rubin! Based upon over 75 original interviews with his co-conspirators, friends and foes,…

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Discussion: Budd Friedman and Tripp Whetsell, “The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club That Revolutionized Stand-Up”

September 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In 1963, thirty-year-old Friedman--who had recently quit his job as a Boston advertising executive and returned to his hometown of New York to become a theatrical producer--opened a coffee house for Broadway performers called the Improvisation. His goal? Simply to make a living, and if all went according to plan, to also make enough professional contacts to be able to mount his first Broadway show within a year's time. Later shortened to the Improv, its first West 44th Street location…

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October 2017

Discussion: Christopher Wiehl with John Turner, “Trying to Walk Like a Man”

October 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Adversity. Every living person faces it. It's part of the human condition. I'm Christopher Wiehl, an actor and filmmaker, and I've had plenty of challenges of my own. Some people may not think that's the case, but I bet they've never had brain fluid leaking from their nose. I'd been living what some would have considered a charmed life when, in 2008, doctors discovered a brain tumor next to the auditory nerve in my right ear. It nearly killed me,…

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Discussion: Elizabeth Rosner, “Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory”

October 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

As firsthand survivors of many of the twentieth century's most monumental events--the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, the Killing Fields--begin to pass away, Survivor Café addresses urgent questions: How do we carry those stories forward? How do we collectively ensure that the horrors of the past are not forgotten? Elizabeth Rosner organizes her book around three trips with her father to Buchenwald concentration camp--in 1983, in 1995, and in 2015--each journey an experience in which personal history confronts both commemoration and memorialization.…

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Discussion: Grady Hendrix, “Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction”

October 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and '80s . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or…

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Discussion: Sasha Abramsky, “Jumping at Shadows”

October 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Sasha Abramsky discusses and signs Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream Why is an unarmed young black woman who knocks on a stranger's front door to ask for help after her car breaks down perceived to be so threatening that he shoots her dead? Why do we fear infrequent acts of terrorism more far more common acts of violence? Why does a disease like Ebola, which killed only a handful of Americans,…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Maddox, “F*ck Whales: Also Family, Poetry, Folksy Wisdom and You”

October 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In this third book from Maddox, the reigning king of Internet satire delivers a collection of humorous, unapologetic essays in the same voice that propelled him into comedic stardom. With all-new material, F*ck Whales doesn't fail to deliver on his personal brand of satire, complete with self-promotion, petty rants and brilliant essays on anything and everything Maddox deems worthy of his ire. Genre: Nonfiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Shozan Jack Haubner, “Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex”

October 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Think the life of a Zen monk is all serenity, peace, and austerity? Think again. Here, Shozan Jack Haubner gives an often-hilarious, always-candid account of what it's really like behind those monastery walls. Haubner's adventures include memories of his dysfunctional Midwestern family that drove him ultimately to declare, "I think I should be a monk!" to a madcap account of the night he got stoned and snuck out of the monastery, alongside more sobering accounts such as his life-threatening brush…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Curt Weiss, “Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan’s Wild Ride”

October 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Here is the story of an often overlooked, one-of-a-kind rock 'n' roll musician and the historic times he lived in. In spite of numerous opportunities for success, he became a tragedy. Jerry Nolan came out of New York in the 1970s as part of two of the most influential and infamous bands of the time, the proto-punk New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers. Jerry had what it took to be a star, but his battles with heroin continually stymied…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Linsey G.,” Watching Porn: An Ethical Panel on Adult Entertainment”

October 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In support of the release of her new book, Watching Porn: And Other Confessions of an Adult Entertainment Journalist author Lynsey G will be joined in conversation by Kayden Kross and Mike Stabile. Genre: Nonfiction; Film

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Discussion and Book Signing: Editors Jessica Powell & Mark Eisner discuss and sign Pablo Neruda’s “Venture of the Infinite Man”

October 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Over twenty books by Pablo Neruda, the legendary Chilean poet and Nobel Laureate, have been translated into English, a testament to his enormous appeal. Yet, the work Neruda pointed to as "one of the most important books of my poetry," has been woefully neglected and remains virtually unknown. "Venture of the infinite man" was Neruda's third book, published in 1926, two years after his widely celebrated and still much beloved Twenty Love Poems. In a stark stylistic departure from the…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jorn Weisbrodt, “Into the Culture Cave: Generator of Art and Community, Emotions and Ideas”

October 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The Luminato Festival's residency at the Hearn Generating Station three times the size of the Tate Modern in 2016 was an enormous undertaking that rewrote the rules of cultural programming in Toronto, and served as an example of how contemporary culture can engage with idle urban spaces. Now, the incredible story of the Hearn's transformation is detailed in former Luminato Artistic Director Jorn Weisbrodt's book "Into the Culture Cave: Generator of Art and Community, Emotions and Ideas". Composed of contributions…

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Activity: Bruce Campbell, “Hail to the Chin”

October 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
$42

Last Fan Standing is a no-holds-barred live game show, and YOU get to participate! Test your ultimate nerd knowledge as the legendary Bruce Campbell hosts. The top four contenders will face off on stage...will you be one of them? For more information on the show, see the Last Fan Standing (http://www.lfslive.com/) website. Every ticket includes admission to Last Fan Standing and comes with a copy of Bruce Campbell's book HAIL TO THE CHIN. VIP tickets also include an exclusive Meet…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Scott Thomas, “Kill Creek”

October 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

At the end of a dark prairie road, nearly forgotten in the Kansas countryside, lies the Finch House. For years it has perched empty, abandoned, and overgrown--but soon the door will be opened for the first time in many decades. But something waits, lurking in the shadows, anxious to meet its new guests. When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees. At least he…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Melissa Rivers, “Joan Rivers Confidential”

October 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Purchase Required

Joan Rivers is an enduring icon of the 20th century, and her wildly popular humor has appealed to generations of fans. With a career that began in the late 1950s, Joan kept mementos over the course of her entire working life, and Joan Rivers Confidential is a compilation of never-before-seen personal archives. Assembled by her daughter Melissa with Scott Currie, the book contains scripts and monologues, letters from famous friends, exchanges with fans, rare photographs, as well as classic and…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Bill Bentley, “Smithsonian Rock & Roll”

October 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In December 2015, the Smithsonian called on rock and roll lovers around the world to collect photos and stories of their favorite moments in music. Fans dug through attics, basements, closets, shoeboxes, digital cameras, and photo albums to post great rock shots to rockandroll.si.edu. From Woodstock to the Whisky a Go-Go, from Lollapalooza to the 9:30 Club, and all the rockin' places in between, fans overwhelmingly responded with their favorite rock and roll moments. Iconic artists ranging from the Who…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Craig Owens, “Haunted by History, Vol. 1”

October 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Have you ever stayed at a hotel said to be haunted and wondered if its ghost stories are true? Have you ever left a historic hotel feeling certain that you had encountered a ghost? Haunted by History, Volume I, by Craig Owens uncovers little known facts about eight prominent historic hotels in Southern California and the origins behind many of their ghost stories. Not only does his well-documented research separate facts from legends, but Owens also keeps the subject matter…

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November 2017

Discussion and Book Signing: Neal Preston, “Exhilarated & Exhausted”

November 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Neal Preston is one of the greatest rock photographers of all time. Exhilarated and Exhausted is a no-holds-barred complete retrospective of his 40-year career. Produced in collaboration with Preston, this book marks the first time he has allowed unrestricted access to his legendary archive, which is considered one of the music industry's most significant and extensive photo collections. This exceptional volume is a who's who of rock royalty. Preston was the official tour photographer for Led Zeppelin, Queen, Bruce Springsteen…

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Discussion: Donald Collins, “At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces”

November 4, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In this collaborative memoir, a parent and a transgender son recount wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical-treatment options to better align his body with his gender identity. As a parent, Mary Collins didn't agree with her trans son's decision to physically alter his body, although she supported his right to realize himself as a person. Raw and uncensored, each explains her or his emotional mindset at the time: Mary felt she had lost a daughter; Donald activated…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Douglas Trevor, “Book of Wonders”

November 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In these nine stories, Douglas Trevor explores unsettling and comic situations in which people lose their bearings, reinvent themselves, or resolve-sometimes haplessly-to make sense of their lives. The Book of Wonders reminds us not only of the struggle to connect, but also of what the most unlikely of people may realize they share. Genre: Short Story Collections

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Discussion and Book Signing: Scott Eyman, “Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart”

November 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

New York Times bestselling author Scott Eyman tells the story of the remarkable friendship of two Hollywood legends who, though different in many ways, maintained a close friendship that endured all of life's twists and turns. Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again. Between them they made…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Anne Fadiman, “The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir”

November 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In The Wine Lover's Daughter, Anne Fadiman examines--with all her characteristic wit and feeling--her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman, a renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host whose greatest love was wine. An appreciation of wine--along with a plummy upper-crust accent, expensive suits, and an encyclopedic knowledge of Western literature--was an essential element of Clifton Fadiman's escape from lower-middle-class Brooklyn to swanky Manhattan. But wine was not just a class-vaulting accessory; it was an object of ardent desire. The…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Beverly Gray, “Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How ‘The Graduate’ Became the Touchstone of a Generation”

November 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

When The Graduate premiered in December 1967, its filmmakers had only modest expectations attached to what seemed to be a small, sexy, art house comedy adapted from an obscure first novel by an eccentric twenty-four-year-old. There was little indication that this offbeat story--a young man just out of college has an affair with one of his parents' friends and then runs off with her daughter--would turn out to be a monster hit, with an extended run in theaters and seven…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Mira Bartok, “The Wonderling”

November 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartok tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks his destiny. Have you been unexpectedly burdened by a recently orphaned or unclaimed creature? Worry not! We have just the solution for you! Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Richard Boch, “The Mudd Club”

November 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

NYC's notorious where art and music intersect with sex, drugs and the slumming glittering elite. "I was a Long Island kid that graduated college in 1976 and moved to Greenwich Village. Two years later, I was working The Mudd Club door. Standing outside, staring at the crowd, it was "out there" versus "in here" and I was on the inside. The Mudd Club was filled with the famous and soon- to- be famous, along with an eclectic core of Mudd…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Mick Foley, “Saint Mick: My Journey from Hardcore Legend to Santa’s Jolly Elf”

November 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Purchase Required

From beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author and WWE Hall-of-Famer Mick Foley comes a Yuletide tale like no other. After a lifetime of putting his body on the line to entertain his dozens (and dozens!) of fans, the Hardcore Legend is paying the price - physically and emotionally. When the final bell on Mick's career tolls, not in the ring, but in a neurologist's office, his future seems far from merry and bright. Until Mick is given the chance…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Joe Zieja, “Communication Failure (Epic Failure #2)”

November 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

In this sequel to Mechanical Failure, a threat of a neighboring human-inhabited system forces Captain Rogers to declare war, and the math-happy Thelicosan fleet offers an ultimatum: surrender Rogers, or everyone dies. Captain Rogers has suddenly become the Admiral of the 331st Meridan fleet, but spies aboard his ship are giving information to the rival Thelicosan command. They believe that they have finally found someone to fulfill the Thelicosan's destiny--and are willing to break a two hundred year peace agreement…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Patty Schemel, “Hit So Hard: A Memoir”

November 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Purchase Required

Patty Schemel was a drummer at the epicenter of the Seattle grunge scene in the early '90s, best known for her work with the alternative rock band Hole. Hit So Hard begins with stories from a childhood informed by the AA meetings Schemel's parents hosted in the family living room. Their divorce triggered her rebellious adolescence and first forays into drinking at age 11, which coincided with her passion for punk rock and playing drums. Her efforts to come to…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Joe Hagan, “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine”

November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The first and only biography of Jann Wenner, the iconic founder of Rolling Stone magazine, and a romp through the hothouses of rock and roll, politics, media, and Hollywood, from the Summer of Love to the Internet age. Lennon. Dylan. Jagger. Belushi. Leibovitz. The story of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone's founder, editor, and publisher, is an insider's trip through the backstages of storied concert venues, rock-star hotel rooms, and the political ups and downs of the latter half of the…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Bill McKibbin, “Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance”

November 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

A book that's also the beginning of a movement, Bill McKibben's debut novel Radio Free Vermont follows a band of Vermont patriots who decide that their state might be better off as its own republic. As the host of Radio Free Vermont---underground, underpowered, and underfoot---seventy-two-year-old Vern Barclay is currently broadcasting from an -undisclosed and double-secret location.- With the help of a young computer prodigy named Perry Alterson, Vern uses his radio show to advocate for a simple yet radical idea:…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jenna Fischer, “The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide”

November 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Purchase Required

Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong? Uh, basically everything. The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she'd imagined. It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on The Office,…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Spot, “Sounds of Two Eyes Opening”

November 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Spot landed in Hermosa Beach, CA in the mid-1970s. A serious musician, he helped build Media Art Recording Studio and stumbled into photojournalism via Easy Reader, the local news weekly. Hermosa proved to be a crossroads abounding with oddball roller skaters who were mostly overshadowed by Venice disco rollers and the Dogtown-inspired leaps into professional skateboarding (never mind that the first skateboard competition ever was in Hermosa in 1963). Then, in the late 70s, a cultural shift hit, fueled largely…

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Panel Discussion: “Because I Was a Girl”

November 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Inspired by the New York Times piece that went viral, BECAUSE I WAS A GIRL brings together true stories of perseverance, struggle and joy from eminent women of all ages. Please join New York Times bestselling authors Melissa de la Cruz (ALEX & ELIZA), Margaret Stohl (ROYCE ROLLS), Victoria Aveyard (KING’S CAGE), and inspiring businesswoman and banker Jill Lorie, for an inspiring panel on what it means to break the glass ceiling. Genre: Healing Self-Help and Motivational

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jackson Galaxy, “Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat”

November 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

This comprehensive cat care guide from the star of the hit Animal Planet show "My Cat from Hell," Jackson Galaxy, shows us how to eliminate feline behavioral problems by understanding cats' instinctive behavior. Cat Mojo is the confidence that cats exhibit when they are at ease in their environment and in touch with their natural instincts--to hunt, catch, kill, eat, groom, and sleep. Problems such as litter box avoidance and aggression arise when cats lack this confidence. Jackson Galaxy's number…

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Activity: Indies First / Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Indies First, held on Small Business Saturday, brings together authors, readers, and publishers in support of independent bookstores. Authors and local celebrities volunteer at events across the country. Indies First and Small Business Saturday are being held this year on Nov. 25, a day which is dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help communities thrive. This year we are hosting: 12pm - Michelle Latiolais, author of She 2pm - Heidi Mastrogiovanni, author of Lala Pettibone's Act Two 4pm -…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Toni Stern, “As Close as I Can”

November 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The eagerly awaited new poems from the author of Wet. Toni Stern enjoyed a highly productive collaboration with the singer-songwriter Carole King. Stern wrote the lyrics for several of King's songs, most notably "It's Too Late" for the album Tapestry. Here, with affection and insight, she examines the breadth and boundaries of family, place, language, and self. As Close as I Can is her second volume of poetry. Genre: Poetry

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Discussion and Book Signing: Cody Smythe, “The Strokes: The First Ten Years”

November 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

An intimate and impressionistic narrative of The Strokes' first ten years, including images of the guys when they were students at the Dwight School in Manhattan and would gather for lunches at a local diner. This is a peerless window into the group through the lens of a close friend who was there before it even began. Handsomely housed in an exceptional package that combines premium art paper for the photography and a textured stock for the text sections, including…

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Discussion and Book Signing: James Owens, “The World is Just a Book Away”

November 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Recognizing the life-changing nature of reading, James Owens set out in 2002 to create this unique and deeply moving book, The World is Just a Book Away. At first glance, the 60 people in this anthology may not seem to have much in common—yet they all share their personal love of books and reading in The World is Just a Book Away. Genre: Nonfiction

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December 2017

Discussion and Book Signing: Drew Friedman, “Drew Friedman’s Chosen People”

December 2, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Artists, cartoonists, comedians, musicians, actors, politicians, the famous and the infamous, these chosen people are just that: People chosen to be rendered by the man BoingBoing calls "The greatest living portrait artist." Subjects include Johnny Cash, Marc Maron, Redd Foxx, Gilbert Gottfried, The Marx Brothers, Hillary Clinton, Anthony Weiner, and of course Friedman favorite Shemp Howard. No one is spared the loving Friedman treatment, including Drew Friedman himself! Genre: Art

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Book Signing: Sebastian Bach, “18 and Life on Skid Row”

December 3, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Purchase Required

18 And Life on Skid Row tells the story of a boy who spent his childhood moving from Freeport, Bahamas to California and finally to Canada and who at the age of eight discovered the gift that would change his life. Throughout his career, Sebastian Bach has sold over twenty million records both as the lead singer of Skid Row and as a solo artist. He is particularly known for the hit singles I Remember You, Youth Gone Wild, &…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Victoria Namkung, “These Violent Delights”

December 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

At Windemere School for Girls, one of America’s elite private schools, Dr. Gregory Copeland is the beloved chair of the English Department. A married father with a penchant for romantic poetry—and impressionable teenage girls—he operates in plain sight for years, until one of his former students goes public with allegations of inappropriate conduct. With the help of an investigative journalist, and two additional Windemere alumnae who had relationships with Copeland as students, the unlikely quartet unites to take him down.…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Donald Robertson, “Donald: The Book”

December 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

It is no coincidence that Donald Robertson has become the fashion world's favorite illustrator. Humorous and sharp, Donald's work is collected by stars such as Beyonce and featured in collaborations with it-brands and retailers, earning Robertson the moniker "the Andy Warhol of Instagram." Featuring playful anecdotes and quotes from industry leaders, fashion designers, and the artist's many collaborators and muses, Donald is already a collector's item. Genre: Art

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Discussion and Book Signing: Lauren Sanders, “The Book of Love & Hate”

December 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Jennifer Baron is a failed Olympic speed skater now running her family's foundation and trying to stay sober, when her billionaire father disappears. She travels to Israel in search of him, becoming recklessly entangled in his illegal dealings and with his enigmatic lover, Gila, a former Mossad agent gone bad. Along the way, she is drawn into the shadow worlds of the Promised Land, where career-jockeying government agents, fake Orthodox Jews, queer Palestinians on the run, and other displaced wanderers…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Larry Grobel, “Screenplays,” Vol. 1 and 2

December 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Larry will speak of how one converts a novel or an interview into a screenplay, using his new releases as examples. Genre: Film

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Discussion and Book Signing: Elan Gale with guest Paul Scheer, “You’re Not That Great: (But Neither Is Anyone Else)”

December 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

The self-help industry tells you that if you're positive, if you put your best foot forward and if you just believe in yourself that you will find happiness. Let's be real, you can read all the inspirational quotes you want. You can spend your days giving yourself affirmations in your heart-shaped mirror and trying to learn to love yourself. You can say your mantra over and over again while sitting cross-legged on a yoga mat in a Whole Foods parking…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Ronnie Schneider, “Out of Our Heads: The Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and Me”

December 9, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Ron Schneider is among a select handful of individuals who can honestly claim to have taken an active part in the explosive beginnings of 1960's rock'n'roll. After leaving ABKCO and working with the Beatles, he did the Rolling Stones 1969 and 1970 tours and produced the Maysles Bros film, Gimme Shelter, sometimes called "the greatest rock film of the greatest rock 'n' roll band." Rock critic Robert Christgau described the Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour as "history's first mythic rock…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Leonard Carpenter, “Lusitania Lost”

December 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Lusitania spy thriller Lusitania Lost: The award-winning author of the Conan the Barbarian series turns his novelistic eye to real-life history of World War 1 in a "Titanic meets the Guns of August" spy thriller. A Lusitania spy thriller: History, romance, action. This is the final voyage of the Lusitania, the world's fastest luxury liner torpedoed by a German U-boat in the first year of the Great War. The story is told above and below decks, in the capitals and…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Sam Wasson, “Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art”

December 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

At the height of the McCarthy era, an experimental theater troupe set up shop in a bar near the University of Chicago. Via word-of-mouth, astonished crowds packed the ad-hoc venue to see its unscripted, interactive, consciousness-raising style. From this unlikely seed grew the Second City, the massively influential comedy theater troupe, and its offshoots--the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, SNL, and a slew of others. Sam Wasson charts the meteoric rise of improv in this richly reported, scene-driven narrative that, like…

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Panel Discussion: “On Love & Writing About the Self,” featuring Melissa Febos, Merritt Tierce, Mark SaFranko, Lisa Eve Cheby, David A Rojas. Moderated by Dave Willis

December 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

There will be gift card give-aways and refreshments. Come and join us for a night of talks, readings, and fun interactions. Genre: Romance; Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: Scott Ian, “Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life”

December 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Scott Ian, rhythm guitarist and cofounder of Anthrax and author of I'm the Man, collects all of his craziest hard rock stories into one balls-to-the-wall volume. Access All Areas has tales of humor, excess, fun, debauchery, food, booze, and mayhem from Scott's many years on the road as well as his encounters with celebrities like Dimebag Darrell, Trent Reznor/NIN, Madonna, Lemmy Kilmister, John Carpenter, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Slayer, David Lee Roth, and many more. Genre: Music; Memoir

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January 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Nancy Radin, “My Big C: Still Here After All The Years”

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

A mother, wife, and teacher is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Coping with her illness, teens and crumbling 25-year marriage, she finds solace in her swimming pool and writing but finds obvious parallels to her writing and a popular new hit television series. She ultimately survives to live through the major life events she feared she would miss. Genre: Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: Isabelle Mente, “7,300 Days”

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

This book holds my story, my odyssey, through twenty years of life. It shares my story through the darkness and the light. Get comfy, put your favorite sweats on, boil some water, and make tea. Crack open the pages and feel with me. Hold my art upon your lap and let it become a part of you. Because this story is not just mine, it is yours, too. All my love, me. – Isabel Mente Genre: Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: Winnie M. Li, “Dark Chapter”

January 6 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Vivian is a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American tourist who often escapes her busy life in London through adventure and travel. Johnny is a 15-year-old Irish teenager, living a neglected life on the margins of society. He has grown up in a family where crime is customary, violence is a necessity, and everything--and anyone--can be yours for the taking. As Vivian looks to find her calling professionally, she delights in exploring foreign countries, rolling hillsides, and new cultures. And as a young, single…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Ann Hornaday, “Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies”

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

A veteran film critic offers a lively, opinionated guide to thinking and talking about movies--from Casablanca to Chinatown, Groundhog Day to Selma. Whether we are trying to impress a date after an art-house film screening or discussing Oscar nominations with friends, we all need ways to watch and talk about movies. But with so much variety between an Alfred Hitchcock thriller and a Nora Ephron romantic comedy, how can everyday viewers determine what makes a good movie? In Talking Pictures,…

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Discussion and Book Signing: John Haskell, “The Complete Ballet”

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

In The Complete Ballet, John Haskell choreographs an intricate and irresistible pas de deux in which fiction and criticism come together to create a new kind of story. Fueled by the dramatic retelling of five romantic ballets, and interwoven with a contemporary story about a man whose daunting gambling debt pushes him to the edge of his own abyss, it is both a pulpy entertainment and a meditation on the physicality--and psychology--of dance. Genre: Literary Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Galt Niederhoffer, “Poison” and Ivy Pochoda, “Wonder Valley”

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

Poison: Cass and Ryan Connor have achieved family nirvana. With three kids between them, a cat and a yard, a home they built and feathered, they seem to have the Modern Family dream. Their family, including Cass' two children from previous relationships, has recently moved to Portland --a new start for their new lives. Cass and Ryan have stable, successful careers, and they are happy. But trouble begins almost imperceptibly. First with small omissions and white lies that happen daily…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Sarah Tarkoff, “Sinless”

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

In Grace Luther's world, morality is physically enforced. Those who are "good" are blessed with beauty, while those who are not suffer horrifying consequences--disfigurement or even death. The daughter of a cleric, Grace has always had faith in the higher power that governs her world. But when she stumbles onto information that leaves her questioning whether there are more complicated--and dangerous--forces manipulating the people around her, she finds herself at the center of an epic battle, where good and evil…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Steve Ryfle, “Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa”

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

Ishiro Honda was arguably the most internationally successful Japanese director of his generation, with an unmatched succession of science fiction films that were commercial hits worldwide. From the atomic allegory of Godzilla and the beguiling charms of Mothra to the tragic mystery of Matango and the disaster and spectacle of Rodan, The Mysterians, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and many others, Honda's films reflected postwar Japan's real-life anxieties and incorporated fantastical special effects, a formula that appealed to audiences around the…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Terry Graham, “Punk Like Me!”

January 14 @ 3:00 pm
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 United States
Free

Punk Like Me! liner notes for a revolution that almost happened is Terry Graham’s irreverent, hilarious rollercoaster ride through the punk, rock, “DIY” cultural revolution in Los Angeles from 1977 through 1984. The author was the drummer for the seminal LA punk band The Bags and punk blues pioneers Gun Club (with guest appearances in The Cramps and Go-Go’s). From post depression Texas where the author’s mother was born to the faded glory of Los Angeles in the 70’s, Graham…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Michael Moreci, “Black Star Renegades”

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

In the tradition of Star Wars, a galaxy-hopping space adventure about a galactic kingdom bent on control and the young misfit who must find the power within before it's too late. Cade Sura holds the future of the galaxy in his hands: the ultimate weapon that will bring total peace. He didn't ask for it, he doesn't want it, and there's no worse choice to wield it in all of space, but if he doesn't, everyone's totally screwed. The evil…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Erica Garza, “Getting Off: One Woman’s Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction”

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

A fixation on porn and orgasm, strings of failed relationships and serial hook-ups with strangers, inevitable blackouts to blunt the shame - these are not things we often hear women share publicly, and not with the candor, eloquence and introspection Erica Garza brings to Getting Off. The author will be in conversation with August McLaughlin of Girl Boner Radio to discuss her debut memoir, followed by a signing. Genre: Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: Denis Johnson tribute, “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories”

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

With Special Guest Readers Jade Chang, Tony DuShane, Geoff Dyer and Rachel Kushner! Twenty-five years after Jesus' Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and important writers of his generation, this collection finds Johnson in…

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