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Vroman’s – Main

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

February 2019

Vroman’s Bookstore introduces the Open Discussion Project

February 17 @ 3:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Open Discussion Project promotes civil conversation at a time Americans are deeply divided. We hold different values and beliefs, and have different faiths, needs, and priorities. And yet we must continue to engage with one another on intentionally political subjects. Our democracy depends on it. Books are essential to creating the marketplace of ideas on which our democracy depends. The Open Discussion Project, in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association, creates reading groups that offer an informal setting for facilitated…

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Tribe of Endless Reading Group

February 17 @ 4:30 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

This month the Tribe of Endless Reading Group will read "Belly Up" by Stuart Gibbs.

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Amnesty International Reading Group

February 17 @ 6:30 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

This month the Amnesty International Reading Group will read "Radio Free Vermont" by Bill McKibben. Genre: Fiction

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Adam Higginbotham discusses and signs “Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster”

February 18 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history's worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story…

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Sara Holland and Laura Sebastian discuss and sign “Everless” and “Ash Princess”

February 19 @ 6:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

This dazzling debut novel Everless--a thrilling, high-stakes new fantasy duology--stars a fierce heroine and rife with adventure, engrossing mysteries, star-crossed romance, and captivating magic all set in a richly built world. (Harperteen) In Ash Princess, Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new…

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Ari Seth Cohen presents and signs “Advanced Love”

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

From the creator of the popular blog Advanced Style, photographer Ari Seth Cohen's Advanced Love collects affectionate portraits of subjects who prove that love is bound by neither the constraints of age or time. The book includes 40 profiles of inspiring couples from around the world, and more than 200 photos. The profiles explore themes of love and companionship through firsthand insight from the subjects; they share their stories of falling in love, what they have learned after decades of…

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Alan Brennert discusses and signs “Daughter of Moloka’i”

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

Alan Brennert's beloved novel Moloka'i, currently has over 600,000 copies in print. This companion tale tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama--quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa--was forced to give up at birth. The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi'olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California, her marriage and…

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Literature Reading Group

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

This month the Literature Reading Group will read Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry. Genre: Fiction

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Marissa Kennerson discusses and signs “Tarot”

February 23 @ 5:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

Born of a forbidden union between the Queen and the tyrannical King's archnemesis, Anna is forced to live out her days isolated in the Tower, with only her mentors and friends the Hermit, the Fool, and the Magician to keep her company. To pass the time, Anna imagines unique worlds populated by creatives and dreamers--the exact opposite of the King's land of fixed fates and rigid rules--and weaves them into four glorious tapestries. But on the eve of her sixteenth…

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Vroman’s Local Author Day introduces Hazel G. Ortega

February 24 @ 4:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

What Miracles Are You Ready To Master? Follow along on your journey of mastering miracles throughout the book. When you realize everything you want is on the other side of your fear, Hazel has got your back. She gives you the exact steps to take to walk to the other side of fear and Master the Miracles in your life too! After working 17 years as a workers' compensation legal secretary, Hazel experienced a workplace injury. Her doctors told her…

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

February 25 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

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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Vroman’s Bookstore and the Laemmle Playhouse 7 present W.K. Stratton in conversation with Stephen Farber discussing and signing “The Wild Bunch”

February 26 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

In celebration of the release of W.K. Stratton’s new book, THE WILD BUNCH: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film, the Laemmle Playhouse 7 and Vroman’s Bookstore is teaming up this evening for a screening of Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 western classic, The Wild Bunch, starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Following the screening, author W.K. Stratton will be in conversation with Stephen Farber and signing books. Genre: Fiction

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Oliver Chin presents and signs “The Year of the Pig: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac”

February 27 @ 10:30 am
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Purchase Required

The piglet Patricia explores the farm with her parents and Farmer Wu. Growing up is a learning process, as Patty gets advice from her uncles, aunts, and cousins. But being a sensible pig takes practice, as Patty realizes when Farmer Wu loses his jade ring! Can Patty demonstrate her best qualities when others think they aren't? Patty's amusing journey to appreciate her true nature will delight children, new parents, those interested in Asian culture, and lovers of classic pig tales…

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Fiction Reading Group

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

This month the Fiction Reading Group will read Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli. Genre: Fiction

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David Thomson discusses and signs “Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire”

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

Film can make us want things we cannot have. But, while sometimes rapturous, the interaction of onscreen beauty and private desire speaks to a crisis in American culture, one that pits delusions of male supremacy against feminist awakening and the spirit of gay resistance. Combining criticism, his encyclopedic knowledge of film history, and memoir, David Thomson examines how film has found the fault lines in traditional masculinity and helped to point the way past it toward a more nuanced understanding…

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