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

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June 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Rebecca Makkai, “The Great Believers”

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

A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed and award-winning author Rebecca Makkai. In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Caroline Kepnes, “Providence” in discussion with Lena Dunham

June 22 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
$35

Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share a bond so intense that it borders on the mystical. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, his plans for a normal life permanently dashed. Four years later, Chloe has finally given up hope of ever seeing Jon again. Then, a few months before graduation, Jon reappears. But he is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Local Author Day with Sara Truitt, F. Howard Billings, and Richard Nordin

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

Join us for an exciting afternoon with local authors! Our authors for June will be presenting a deeply moving memoir, a wild sci-fi thriller, and the biography of a giant in Southern California development! Genre: Memoir, Historical Fiction, Speculative Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Ken Bensinger, “Red Card”

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

The definitive, shocking account of the FIFA scandal--the biggest international corruption case of recent years, spearheaded by US investigators, involving dozens of countries, and implicating nearly every aspect of the world's most popular sport, soccer, including its biggest event, the World Cup. Genre: Nonfiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Lydia Millet, “Fight No More: Stories”

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

In her first story collection since Love in Infant Monkeys, which became a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Lydia Millet explores what it means to be home. Nina, a lonely real-estate broker estranged from her only relative, is at the center of a web of stories connecting fractured communities and families. She moves through the houses of L.A.'s wealthy elite and finds men and women both crass and tender, vicious and desperate. With wit and intellect, Millet offers profound insight into human…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Greg Crouch, “The Bonanza King”

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

The rags-to-riches American frontier tale of an Irish immigrant who outwits, outworks, and outmaneuvers thousands of rivals to take control of Nevada's Comstock Lode--the rich body of gold and silver so immensely valuable that it changed the destiny of the United States. Born in 1831, John W. Mackay was a penniless Irish immigrant who came of age in New York City, went to California during the Gold Rush, and mined without much luck for eight years. When he heard of…

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Discussion and Book Signing: David Sedaris, “Calypso”

June 28 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
$35

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Bruce Area, “What’s Wrong with Us?

June 29 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Bruce Arena is the winningest coach in US soccer history, and in 2016 he got the call to return to the helm of the national men’s team, which he had successfully coached before, notably to the quarterfinals in the 2002 World Cup, its best-ever performance. This time, however, Arena and the US men’s team met with bitter disappointment, failing to quality for the 2018 Russia World Cup, thereby missing out on the tournament for the first time in thirty-two years.…

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July 2018

Panel Discussion: YA Summer Reading Panel

July 1 @ 2:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Buzzfeeds’s Farrah Penn (Twelve Steps to Normal) moderates this YA Summer Reading Panel featuring Emily Wibberly & Austin Siegemund-Broka (Always Never Yours), Britta Lundin (Ship It), Aminah Mae Safi (Not the Girls You’re Looking For), Bridget Morrissey (What You Left Me), and Dana Davis (Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now). Genre: Young Adult

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Discussion and Book Signing: Cara Black, “Murder on the Left Bank”

July 2 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

A dying man drags his oxygen machine into the office of Éric Besson, a lawyer in Paris's 13th arrondissement. The old man, an accountant, is carrying a dilapidated notebook full of meticulous investment records. For decades, he has been helping a cadre of dirty cops launder stolen money. The notebook contains his full confession--he's waited 50 years to make it, and now it can't wait another day. He is adamant that Besson get the notebook into the hands of La…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Flor Edwards, “Apocalypse Child”

July 10 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Flor Edwards has been called "the real life Kimmy Schmidt." She delivers an impartial recount of a childhood overshadowed by the fear of death and the impending apocalypse, and unimaginable challenge of adapting to life after leaving a cult. Genre: Memoir

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Discussion and Book Signing: Ken Goldstein, “From Nothing”

July 12 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Victor Selo had blown up his life. A wannabe rock star turned tech savant, he'd wagered his Silicon Valley executive position on a corporate inside straight and lost. Having security escort him out of the building was the best thing that happened to him that day. The rest left him in the hospital, broken, broke, and with no prospects. That's when a shadowy stranger with questionable motives came with an offer: a chance to get his life back - and…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Regina Louise, “Someone Has Led This Child to Believe”

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

In her new book, Someone Has Led This Child to Believe, Louise focuses her story on what happens after the events outlined in Somebody's Someone. The story picks up during her beleaguered adolescent years and her eventual departure from the system as she aged out and tried, against all odds, to pursue her dream of a college education. The story of her adult life culminates with her being reunited with the woman to whom she'd been closest during her fragmented…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Victoria Patterson, “The Secret Habit of Sorrow”

July 17 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

There's a pitch-perfect blend of linguistic dexterity, emotional wisdom, and wry observation in The Secret Habit of Sorrow. The characters in these stories feel like people you know, their struggles real. Victoria Patterson's prose has a Denis-Johnson refiltered-through-Raymond-Carver-vibe, along with the emotional depth and density of Elena Ferrante. Whether it be the ties between women and their own and each other's infants, the struggles of parenthood, or the trials that come with excessive drinking and drug abuse, Patterson has an…

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