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Vroman’s – Main

695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
+16264495320 http://www.vromansbookstore.com/

August 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Leslie Schwartz, “The Lost Chapters” with Father Greg Boyle and Celeste Freeman

August 14 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In 2014, novelist Leslie Schwartz was sentenced to 90 days in Los Angeles County Jail for a DUI and battery of an officer. It was the most harrowing and holy experience of her life. Following a 414-day relapse into alcohol and drug addiction after more than a decade clean and sober, Schwartz was sentenced and served her time with only six months' sobriety. The damage she inflicted that year upon her friends, her husband, her teenage daughter, and herself was…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Adam Walker Phillips, “The Big Con: A Chuck Restic Mystery”

August 15 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Chuck Restic, HR manager and part-time private investigator, has a problem: the consultant guru Julie St. Jean is the bane of his existence. Over his twenty-year HR career, he's been forced to partner with her on inane employee engagement programs whose only value has been to Julie's sizable bank account. When Julie is suddenly wanted for the murder of an associate, Chuck sees his chance to rid himself of her forever, until the corporate tables are turned on him and…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Andrew Lawler, “The Secret Token”

August 16 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, their colony was to establish England's first foothold in the New World. But when the colony's leader, John White, returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers were nowhere to be found. They left behind only a single clue--a "secret token" carved into a tree. Neither White nor any other European laid eyes on the colonists again.…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Elisa Parhad, “Los Angeles Is…”

August 18 @ 10:30 am
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Los Angeles is... surfing waves and fashion faves, citrus fruits and long commutes, lowrider cruising and poolside snoozing, zipping cars and Hollywood stars. From taco trucks to tar pits, this stylish primer to California's City of Angels, illustrated by Alexander Vidal, is spot-on for toddlers and first-time travelers. Genre: Art

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Discussion and Book Signing: John Larison, “Whiskey When We’re Dry”

August 21 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In the spring of 1885, seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her family's homestead. Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbors, she cuts off her hair, binds her chest, saddles her beloved mare, and sets off across the mountains to find her outlaw brother Noah and bring him home. A talented sharpshooter herself, Jess's quest lands her in the employ of the territory's violent, capricious Governor, whose militia is also hunting Noah--dead or alive. Genre: Historical…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola, “How to Keep Your Marriage from Sucking”

August 22 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Some marriages start out storybook. Perfect proposal, perfect engagement, perfect wedding, perfect honeymoon, and perfect newlywed years. Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola stumbled right out of the wedding gate. Their choices in the early years, they'll tell you, nearly bought their marriage a one-way ticket to Suckville. Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

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Discussion and Book Signing: Pablo Cartaya, “Marcus Vega Doensn’t Speak Spanish”

August 23 @ 6:30 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you're only in the eighth grade, you're both a threat and a target. After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus's mom decides it's time for a change of environment. She takes Marcus and his younger brother to Puerto Rico to spend a week with relatives they don't remember or have never met. Genre: Fiction, Underrepresented Voices

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Discussion and Book Signing: Bill Wishner, “Artifacts”

August 25 @ 2:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Join us as we celebrate our newest Art on the Stairwell artist Bill Wishner and his photography collection, Artifacts. Artifacts, is Bill Wishner’s first book in his series “Art of the City Wall (2011-2017). Bill thrives in an environment where his finely honed photographic skill reveals the unseen. Using selective juxtaposition, Bill re-contextualizes posters, graffiti, paint, torn paper and other seemingly random objects attached to city walls, thus making visible to the rest of us, art work that we otherwise…

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Vroman’s Local Author Day – YA Edition featuring LK Walsh presenting & signing The Lavender Soul

August 26 @ 12:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

The Lavender Soul is the story of Vera, a girl whose lavender eyes mean that she is going to destroy all evil, or become it. Vera must journey through a world of extraordinary beasts, a beguiling shapeshifter, and The Dark One hunting her, to discovery if she can rise up to her purpose. Genre: Speculative Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Joshua Cohen, “Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction”

August 26 @ 3:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Joshua Cohen arrives with his first collection of nonfiction, the culmination of two decades of writing and thought about life in the digital age. In essays, memoir, criticism, diary entries, and letters--many appearing here for the first time--Cohen covers the full depth and breadth of modern life: politics, literature, art, music, travel, the media, and psychology, and subjects as diverse as Google, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, fictional animals, Gustav Mahler, Aretha Franklin, John Zorn, landscape photography, fake Caravaggios, Wikipedia, Gertrude…

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Panel Discussion: Vroman’s Local Author Day

August 26 @ 4:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Debbie E. Mills presents and signs When the Rainbow Sneezed. When Chase and Malcolm attend a family party in Los Angeles, they expect to enjoy good food, good company, and a good time. However, an off-color joke rubs Malcolm the wrong way, and the two men get into a brutal fight that lands them both in jail. Jess Ponce II presents and signs Everyday Celebrity. Jess is the international personal branding expert, who is the creative force behind Media 2x3,…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Kim Brooks, “Small Animals”

August 27 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave her four-year old son in the car while she ran into a store. What happened would consume the next several years of her life and spur her to investigate the broader role America's culture of fear plays in parenthood. In Small Animals, Brooks asks, Of all the emotions inherent in parenting, is there any more universal or profound than fear? Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

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Discussion and Book Signing: Cynthia Naden, “Cache Under the Stacks”

August 28 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

When Cate Wagner, a divorced empty-nester, is left the ownership of a thriving bookstore in her great-aunts will, she sees a chance to make a fresh start. Bungalow Books comes with more than she bargained for, however; along with the business and a potential new life, the headstrong, ambitious fortysomething woman also unearths a collection of valuable artifacts, mysterious threats, and a love she never imagined. Genre: Mystery | Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Discussion and Book Signing: Marc Ambinder, “The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983”

August 30 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

The Brink is the incredible story of the 1983 war game that triggered a tense, brittle period of nuclear brinkmanship between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Genre: History

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Discussion and Book Signing: Terese Marie Mailhot, “Heart Berries” and Elissa Washuta, “My Body Is a Book of Rules”

August 31 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. As Elissa Washuta makes the transition from college kid to independent adult, she finds herself overwhelmed…

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