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August 2017

Discussion: John Dvorak, “Mask of the Sun”

August 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

What do Virginia Woolf, the rotation of hurricanes, Babylonian kings, and Einstein's General Theory of Relativity all have in common? Eclipses. Always spectacular and, today, precisely predictable, , eclipses have allowed us to know when the first Olympic games were played and, long before the first space probe, that the Moon was covered by dust. Eclipses have stunned, frightened, emboldened, and mesmerized people for thousands of years. They were recorded on ancient turtle shells discovered in the Wastes of Yin…

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Discussion: Gin Phillips, “Fierce Kingdom”

August 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she'll go to protect him. The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in…

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Discussion: Rhys Bowen, “On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service”

August 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In the new Royal Spyness Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Dangerous, Lady Georgiana Rannoch juggles secret missions from the Queen, Darcy, and her mother. But it's all in a day's work when you're thirty-fifth in line to the British Crown. When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy sans maid and chaperone to help my dear friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth…

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Discussion: Tyler Gage, “Fully Alive”

August 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In Fully Alive, Tyler Gage shares his spiritual adventures and the business savvy that helped him create RUNA, a tea and energy drink company that collaborates with the indigenous people of Ecuador to harvest the "master plant" guayusa, revealing a centuries-old guiding philosophy for building a sacred way of living that he discovered through Amazonian shamanism. Following these teachings, what began as a humble start-up has now grown into a thriving, multi-million dollar company, selling products in more than 10,000…

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Discussion: Peter Kalmus, “Being the Change”

August 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Life on 1/10th the fossil fuels turns out to be awesome. We all want to be happy. Yet as we consume ever more in a frantic bid for happiness, global warming worsens. Alarmed by drastic changes now occurring in the Earth's climate systems, the author, a climate scientist and suburban father of two, embarked on a journey to change his life and the world. He began by bicycling, growing food, meditating, and making other simple, fulfilling changes. Ultimately, he slashed…

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Discussion: Barry Lancet, “The Spy Across the Table”

August 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In this exciting international thriller featuring Japanese antiques art dealer and PI Jim Brodie, a double-murder at the Kennedy Center forces Brodie into a dangerous game of espionage--putting him in the crosshairs of the Chinese, North Korean, and American governments. Jim Brodie is an antiques dealer, Japan expert, and second-generation private investigator. When two theater friends are murdered backstage at a Kennedy Center performance in Washington, DC, he's devastated--and determined to hunt down the killer. He's not the only one.…

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Discussion: Aaron James, “Surfing with Sartre”

August 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

From the bestselling author of Assholes: A Theory, a book that--in the tradition of Shopclass as Soulcraft, Barbarian Days and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance--uses the experience and the ethos of surfing to explore key concepts in philosophy. The existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once declared "the ideal limit of aquatic sports . . . is waterskiing." The avid surfer and lavishly credentialed academic philosopher Aaron James vigorously disagrees, and in Surfing with Sartre he intends to expound the…

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Reading: Antoinette Portis, “Now”

August 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Follow a little girl as she takes you on a tour through all of her favorite things, from the holes she digs to the hugs she gives in Now, a clever and poignant picture book by award-winning artist Antoinette Portis. Genres: Graphic Novels

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Discussion: Terry Jastrow, “The Trial of Prisoner 043”

August 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

What Would Happen If George W. Bush Were Prosecuted for War Crimes? On a glorious autumn morning in St. Andrews, Scotland, former US president George W. Bush approached the first tee of the world-famous Old Course to play a round of golf he would not finish. Unceremoniously abducted off the course by a team of paramilitary commandos, he was transported to the International Criminal Court in The Hague to stand trial for war crimes in connection with the Iraq War.…

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Discussion: Susan Auerbach, “I’ll Write Your Name on Every Beach”

August 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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Written by a mother who lost her 21 year old son to suicide, this book deals with the themes of suicide loss through the lens of the author's personal grief. Addressing the process of post-traumatic growth, this memoir provides the bereaved with therapy exercises and creative activities to help them come to terms with their loss. Although it deals directly with losing a child, much of the book pertains to grief generally, especially complicated grief after a sudden death, and…

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Discussion: Michelle Kuo, “Reading with Patrick”

August 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Recently graduated from Harvard University, Michelle Kuo arrived in the rural town of Helena, Arkansas, as a Teach for America volunteer, bursting with optimism and drive. But she soon encountered the jarring realities of life in one of the poorest counties in America, still disabled by the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. In this stirring memoir, Kuo, the child of Taiwanese immigrants, shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship of one student, Patrick Browning, and his remarkable…

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Discussion: Danya Kukafka, “Girl in Snow”

August 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched--not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters--Cameron, Jade, and Russ--must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both. In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration…

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Discussion: Walter Stahr, “Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary”

August 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Of the crucial men close to President Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) was the most powerful and controversial. Stanton raised, armed, and supervised the army of a million men who won the Civil War. He organized the war effort. He directed military movements from his telegraph office, where Lincoln literally hung out with him. He arrested and imprisoned thousands for "war crimes," such as resisting the draft or calling for an armistice. Stanton was so controversial that some…

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Discussion: Robert Leonard Reid, “Because It Is So Beautiful”

August 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Yes, every inch of the globe has been seen, mapped, photographed, and measured, but is it known? Robert Leonard Reid doesn’t think so. To draw a circle and calculate its diameter is not to know the circle. In this collection, Reid distinguishes himself from many science-based nature writers, using the natural world as a springboard for speculations and musings on the numinous and the sacred, injustice, homelessness, the treatment of Native Peoples in the United States, and what pushes mountaineers…

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Discussion: Karen English, “It All Comes Down to This”

August 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

It's 1965, Los Angeles. All twelve-year-old Sophie wants to do is write her book, star in the community play, and hang out with her friend Jennifer. But she's the new black kid in a nearly all-white neighborhood; her beloved sister, Lily, is going away to college soon; and her parents' marriage is rocky. There's also her family's new, disapproving housekeeper to deal with. When riots erupt in nearby Watts and a friend is unfairly arrested, Sophie learns that life--and her…

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Discussion: Gustavo Arellano and panelists, “Murales Rebeldes!: L.A. Chicana/Chicano Murals Under Siege”

August 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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The Chicano Civil Rights Movement (El Movimiento) of the 1960s and 1970s protested the social, political, and educational inequalities in Mexican American communities across the country, primarily in the Southwest. Chicana/Chicano muralists also took to the streets - with their art - creating works that expressed cultural pride, embodied political activism, and challenged the status quo. On walls of city buildings, housing projects, schools, and other community structures, they painted their interpretations of Chicana/o heritage and identity. In Los Angeles…

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Discussion: Adam Walker Phillips, “The Silent Second: A Chuck Restic Mystery”

August 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Chuck Restic has achieved the American dream, but twenty years in Human Resources have pushed him into existential-crisis mode. Only when he sets out to find a missing employee from his L.A. firm does he feel alive again. Applying his HR skills and wit to his moonlight detective work, Chuck unravels a web of crooked real estate deals and three murders, while staving off a fourth: his own. Genres: Mystery Crime Horror and Thriller

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Discussion: Paula Poundstone, “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness”

August 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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"Is there a secret to happiness?" asks comedian Paula Poundstone. "I don't know how or why anyone would keep it a secret. It seems rather cruel, really . . . Where could it be? Is it deceptively simple? Does it melt at a certain temperature? Can you buy it? Must you suffer for it before or after?" In her wildly and wisely observed book, the comedy legend takes on that most inalienable of rights--the pursuit of happiness. Offering herself up…

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Discussion: Stephanie Himango, “Get in the Ring: The Tale of Bruno the Boxer” and Steve Snyder, “Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 ‘Susan Ruth'”

August 27, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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Stephanie Himango discusses and signs Get In The Ring: The Tale of Bruno the Boxer Bruno is a boxer puppy who spends every day at the boxing gym. As he watches boxers train, Bruno sees their heart, and it instills in him a desire to possess the kind of strength, bravery and courage he sees in them. More than anything, Bruno wants to be a real boxer. This fable takes the reader on a short journey of dreams, challenges, self-discovery…

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Discussion: T. Jefferson Parker, “The Room of White Fire”

August 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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For fans of Michael Connelly and C. J. Box: a stirring thriller from New York Times bestseller and award winner T. Jefferson Parker. In The Room of White Fire, a P.I. must hunt down a soldier who is damaged by war, dangerous, and on the run. Roland Ford--once a cop, then a marine, now a private investigator--is good at finding people. But when he's asked to locate Air Force veteran Clay Hickman, he realizes he's been drawn into something deep…

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Discussion: Finn Murphy, “The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road”

August 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he's covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people's belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy. In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a trucker's-eye view of America on the move. Going far beyond the myth of the American road…

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Discussion: Michelle Tam and Henry Fong, “Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo”

August 31, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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Ready or Not, it's a new cookbook from the James Beard award-nominees and New York Times best-selling creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the wildly popular blog, app, and best-selling cookbook! You know how it is: some days, you're fired up and ready to cook; other days, you dread the thought of making dinner. More often than not, you find yourself floating somewhere between inspiration and desperation. What's a crazy busy (but kind of lazy) home cook to do? The answer:…

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September 2017

Activity: Andrea J. Loney, “Take a Picture of Me, James Venderzee!”

September 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Join Andrea J. Loney in celebration of the publication of her engrossing new book, Take a Picture of Me, James Vanderzee! There will be a book signing, snacks, music, and a Photo Fun station for taking pictures with family and friends.When James VanDerZee was a young boy, he saved up his money to buy his first camera. He took photos of just about anyone who would sit still for a portrait, and he worked hard to make his subjects look…

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Discussion: Andrea Bolter, “Her New York Billionaire”

September 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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His fake fiancée? Artist Holly Motta arrives in New York to make a new start…only to find billionaire Ethan Benton occupying the apartment where she is meant to be staying! But there's another surprise in store… Ethan needs a fake fiancée—fast!—and he wants her to fill the role! But Ethan's got no intention of trusting any woman with his heart. Until he lets beautiful Holly into his world…and discovers she is the only woman he'd really like to make his…

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Discussion: D. J. Steinberg, “King Louie’s Shoes”

September 6, 2017 @ 10:30 am
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Get to know the hilarious true story of King Louis XIV of France and his famous high-heeled shoes! King Louie was a very BIG king in all ways but one: He was five-feet-four-inches short. So Louie and his royal cobbler cooked up the perfect high-heeled solution to help Louie appear taller. But after an embarrassing tumble (on the dance floor, no less!) Louie learned that his subjects were loyal no matter how big--or how shrimpy--their beloved Louie might have been.…

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Discussion: Nancy Pearl, “George & Lizzie”

September 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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From "America's librarian" and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads. George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family--his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom--while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love. Over the course…

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Discussion: Sarah Benor and Tom Fields-Meyer, “We the Resilient: Wisdom for America from Women Born Before Suffrage”

September 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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Amid the rancor of the 2016 presidential campaign, an uplifting story captured the media's attention. A website called "I Waited 96 Years!" highlighted the voices of women born before August 1920, when the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Now they were enthusiastically casting ballots to send a woman to the White House. The election's shocking result left many asking how the country could possibly overcome its division and move forward. We the Resilient offers compelling answers from…

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Discussion: Kathleen Menzie Lesko, “Jeanne Devereaux, Prima Ballerina of Vaudeville and Broadway”

September 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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International vaudeville star and Broadway prima ballerina Jeanne Devereaux performed for millions across Europe and America in her prime. Born Jean Helman, she entered showbiz young as a trouper performing in palatial theaters and was one of the last vaudevillians surviving into the 2010s. In her final years she indulged her passion for research and writing in the Huntington Library's Rothenberg Reading Room, losing none of her intelligence and wit despite a failing memory. Drawing on interviews, show programs and…

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Discussion: Meg Medina, “Burn Baby Burn,” and Lilliam Rivera, “Education of Margot Sanchez”

September 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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While violence runs rampant throughout New York, a teenage girl faces danger within her own home in Meg Medina's riveting coming-of-age novel. Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Nora’s family life isn’t going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, her mother…

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Discussion: Romina Russell, “Thirteen Rising”

September 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

New York Times bestselling author Romina Russell's epic sci-fi fantasy series ZODIAC reaches its breathtaking conclusion with Thirteen Rising, the highly anticipated fourth and final novel. The master has been unmasked. Rho's world has been turned upside down. With her loved ones in peril and all the stars set against her, can the young Guardian from House Cancer muster the strength to keep fighting? Or has she finally found her match in a master whose ambition to rule knows no…

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Discussion: William Kent Krueger, “Sulfur Springs”

September 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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In William Kent Krueger's latest pulse-pounding thriller, Cork O'Connor's search for a missing man in the Arizona desert puts him at the center of a violent power struggle along the Mexican border, a struggle that might cost Cork everything and everyone he holds most dear. On the Fourth of July, just as fireworks are about to go off in Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor and his new bride Rainy Bisonette listen to a desperate voicemail left by Rainy's son, Peter. The…

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Reading: Brigette Barrager, “Pocket Full of Colors”

September 16, 2017 @ 10:30 am
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Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville, and our guest, Brigette Barrager team up to tell the joyful and unique story of the trailblazing Disney artist Mary Blair. Mary Blair lived her life in color: vivid, wild color. From her imaginative childhood to her career as an illustrator, designer, and animator for Walt Disney Studios, Mary wouldn't play by the rules. At a time when studios wanted to hire men and think in black and white, Mary painted twinkling emerald skies, peach giraffes…

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Signing: Salman Rushdie, “The Golden House”

September 16, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
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A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture--a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities On the day of Barack Obama's inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of "the Gardens," a cloistered community in New York's Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his…

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Discussion: Jessica Koosed Etting, “The Lost Causes”

September 17, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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They're the kids that no one knows --- or no one wants to know. The rich depressive, the OCD chick, the hypochondriac, the drug abuser, the athlete with anger management issues. All chosen for intensive group therapy because they're out of other options. They're lost causes, the therapist tells them. She promises this support group will help them heal. There's only one problem. She's not a therapist. And that water she offers? It contains a dangerous serum that gives each…

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Discussion: Adam O’Riordan, “The Burning Ground: Stories”

September 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Moving from remote, sun-scorched towns to the charged hum of Venice Beach, The Burning Ground is a collection of eight stories populated by men haunted by their past and by their dreams, set against the canvas of California, where beauty and bleakness go hand in hand. In "A Thunderstorm in Santa Monica," a man's unmoored lifestyle is reflected back at him after a long flight. In "Black Bear in the Snow," a divorced advertising executive tries to rekindle a relationship…

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Discussion: Ryan Gattis, “Safe”

September 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Ryan Gattis' gritty, fast-paced thriller, Safe, hurtles readers toward a shocking conclusion that asks the toughest question of all: how far would you go to protect the ones you love? Ricky 'Ghost' Mendoza, Jr. is trying to be good. In recovery and working as a freelance safecracker for the DEA, the FBI, and any other government agency willing to pay him, Ghost is determined to live clean for the rest of his days. And maybe he could, if the most…

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Discussion: Reshma Saujani, “Girls Who Code”

September 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Part how-to, part girl-empowerment, and all fun, from the leader of the movement championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Malala Yousafzai, and John Legend. Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 40,000 girls across America. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles, and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this…

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Discussion: Marie Lu, “Warcross”

September 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game--it's a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not…

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Discussion: Rick Hamlin, “Pray for Me”

September 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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In a crisis, all you can do is trust. You have to surrender, and surrender is at the heart of prayer. When Rick Hamlin was rushed to the ER, he was immediately admitted to the ICU. No quick diagnosis was made, and for two weeks the doctors struggled to keep his body alive as Rick struggled to keep his faith alive. Pray For Me is the story of one man's spiritual odyssey to learn how to pray in a new…

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Vroman’s Local Author Day introduces Brian Peyton Joyner, Cass Grafton & Ada Bright, & Roger J. Couture

September 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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Brian Peyton Joyner discusses and signs The Wisdom of Stones: Ben, a college senior, promised God and his mee maw that he'd be a Southern Baptist preacher, but he can't pray away the gay. Until stories, which he learns from his Grandpa Charlie about an interracial relationship Charlie had in the 1930s, teach Ben he has to live life by his own rules. The Wisdom of Stones is about living your truth and not allowing another person to rule you.…

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Discussion: Andrea Jarrell, “I’m the One Who Got Away”

September 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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As featured in the New York Times "Modern Love" column. Fugitives from a man as alluring as he is violent, Andrea Jarrell and her mother develop a powerful, unusual bond. Once grown, Jarrell thinks she's put that chapter of her life behind her--until a woman she knows is murdered, and she suddenly sees that it's her mother's choices she's been trying to escape all along. Without preaching or prescribing, I'm the One Who Got Away is a life-affirming story of…

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Discussion: Mark Bowden, “Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam”

September 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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The first battle book from Mark Bowden since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam. In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive. The lynchpin of Tet was the capture of Hue, Vietnam's intellectual and cultural…

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Discussion: David Lagercrantz, “The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye”

September 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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From the author of the #1 international best seller The Girl in the Spider's Web: the new book in the Millennium series, which began with Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others--even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally, fully explain her to…

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Discussion: Christopher Meeks, “The Chords of War”

September 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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The Chords of War, is based on a true story, centering on Max, a singer and guitarist who tries to understand why his life in Florida always teeters between music and mayhem. After he’s kicked out of his rock band, Max joins the Army to change his life. Post 9/11, he finds himself under fire in Iraq, part of the surge in Baquabah in Operation Arrowhead Ripper. In the military police, securing areas on the front line in 2006, Max…

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October 2017

Demonstration: Jet Tila, “101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die”

October 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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Jet Tila knows a thing or two about authentic Asian cuisine. From a kid growing up in LA in a Thai and Chinese family to a prominent chef, restaurant owner and judge on Cutthroat Kitchen, he brings his years of experience and hard-earned knowledge together in this breakthrough book. Step inside Jet's kitchen and learn the secrets to making your favorite Asian dishes taste better than takeout. And if you haven't made your own Sriracha yet, Jet's killer recipe will…

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Discussion: Robin Benway, “Far from the Tree”

October 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
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Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including-- Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she's quick…

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Discussion: Gabrielle Zevin, “Young Jane Young”

October 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Aviva Grossman, an ambitious congressional intern in Florida, makes the mistake of having an affair with her boss--and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the beloved congressman doesn't take the fall. But Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins: slut-shamed, she becomes a late-night talk show punch line, anathema to politics. She sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. This time, she tries…

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Discussion: Gwen Katz, “Among the Red Stars”

October 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

World War II has erupted in Valka's homeland of Russia, and Valka is determined to help the effort. She's a pilot--and a good one--so she eagerly joins an all-female bomber regiment. Flying has always meant freedom and exhilaration for Valka, but dropping bombs on German targets is something else entirely. The raids are dangerous, but as Valka watches her fellow pilots putting everything on the line in the face of treachery, she learns the true meaning of bravery. As the…

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Discussion: Celeste Ng, “Little Fires Everywhere”

October 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a…

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Discussion: Dave Bossert, “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons”

October 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was created in 1927 by Walt Disney and his team through twenty-six cartoon shorts. Not without fits and starts, the series and its impish title character were an instant hit with audiences. At the end of that initial run, Walt lost the contract to Oswald, which prompted the creation of Mickey Mouse. Over the years, Oswald became a footnote in the Disney story . . . until 2006, when The Walt Disney Company recovered rights to…

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Discussion: Masha Gessen, “The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia”

October 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Hailed for her "fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia" ( The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very…

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Discussion: Ben Loory, “Tales of Falling and Flying”

October 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Ben Loory returns with a second collection of timeless tales, inviting us to enter his worlds of whimsical fantasy, deep empathy, and playful humor, in the signature voice that drew readers to his highly praised first collection. In stories that eschew literary realism, Loory's characters demonstrate richly imagined and surprising perspectives, whether they be dragons or swordsmen, star-crossed lovers or long-lost twins, restaurateurs dreaming of Paris or cephalopods fixated on space travel. In propulsive language that brilliantly showcases Loory's vast…

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Discussion: Kwei Quartey, “Death by His Grace”

October 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Accra, Ghana: Katherine Yeboah's marriage to Solomon Vanderpuye is all the talk of Accra high society. But when it becomes apparent that Katherine is infertile, Solomon's extended family accuses her of being a witch, hounding her until the relationship is so soured Solomon feels compelled to order Katherine out of the house they shared. Alone on her last night there, Katherine is brutally murdered by an intruder. Chief Inspector Darko Dawson of the Ghanaian federal police has personal as well…

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Discussion: Thomas Moore, “Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy”

October 15, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Thomas Moore is the renowned author of Care of the Soul, the classic #1 New York Timesbestseller. In Ageless Soul, Moore reveals a fresh, optimistic, and rewarding path toward aging, one that need not be feared, but rather embraced and cherished. In Moore's view, aging is the process by which one becomes a more distinctive, complex, fulfilled, loving, and connected person. Using examples from his practice as a psychotherapist and teacher who lectures widely on the soul of medicine and…

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Discussion: Will Kostakis, “The Sidekicks”

October 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Ryan, Harley and Miles are very different people--the swimmer, the rebel and the nerd. All they've ever had in common is Isaac, their shared best friend. When Isaac dies unexpectedly, the three boys must come to terms with their grief and the impact Isaac had on each of their lives. In his absence, Ryan, Harley and Miles discover things about one another they never saw before, and realize there may be more tying them together than just Isaac. In this…

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Discussion: Jaime Lowe, “Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind”

October 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

A riveting memoir and a fascinating investigation of the history, uses, and controversies behind lithium, an essential medication for millions of people struggling with bipolar disorder. It began in Los Angeles in 1993, when Jaime Lowe was just sixteen. She stopped sleeping and eating, and began to hallucinate--demonically cackling Muppets, faces lurking in windows, Michael Jackson delivering messages from the Neverland Underground. Lowe wrote manifestos and math equations in her diary, and drew infographics on her bedroom wall. Eventually, hospitalized…

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Discussion: Carina Chocano, “You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages”

October 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Who is "the girl"? Look to movies, TV shows, magazines, and ads and the message is both clear and not: she is a sexed up sidekick, a princess waiting to be saved, a morally infallible angel with no opinions of her own. She's whatever the hero needs her to be in order to become himself. She's an abstraction, an ideal, a standard, a mercurial phantom. From the moment we're born, we're told stories about what girls are and they aren't,…

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Discussion: Mario Ontiveros and Judith Baca, “BACA: Art, Collaboration, and Mural Making”

October 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

BACA: Art, Collaboration, and Mural Making explores The Great Wall of Los Angeles, the landmark work of muralist Judith F. Baca,. A renowned half-mile long mural, the project began in 1976, spearheaded by Baca and executed by more than four hundred artists and artists-in-the-making. The Great Wall has been acknowledged internationally as one of the world’s great murals, and has been hailed for the methodology behind it. Judith F. Baca, a teacher, scholar, and activist extraordinaire, guided the team, introducing…

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Discussion: Damaris Phillips, “Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy: Down Home Classics for Vegetarians”

October 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Damaris Phillips is a southern chef in love with an ethical vegetarian. Growing up, greens were made with pork, and it wasn't Sunday without fried chicken. So she had to transform the way she cooks. In Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy, Phillips shares 100 recipes that embody the modern Southern kitchen: food that retains all its historic comfort and flavor, but can now be enjoyed by vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. The book features Phillips's most cherished entrees from her childhood…

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Discussion: Denise Kiernan, “The Last Castle”

October 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York's best known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House. Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 acres of North Carolina…

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Discussion: Ed Asner, “The Grouchy Historian”

October 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In the tradition of Al Franken and Michael Moore, Ed Asner--a.k.a. Lou Grant from The Mary Tyler Moore Show--reclaims the Constitution from the right-wingers who think that they and only they know how to interpret it. Ed Asner, a self-proclaimed dauntless Democrat from the old days, figured that if the right-wing wackos are wrong about voter fraud, Obama's death panels, and climate change, they are probably just as wrong about what the Constitution says. There's no way that two hundred-plus…

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Discussion: Joel Osteen, “Blessed in the Darkness”

October 27, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

All of us will go through dark times that we don't understand: a difficulty with a friend, an unfair situation at work, a financial setback, an unexpected illness, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one. Those types of experiences are part of the human journey. But when we find ourselves in such a place, it's important that we keep a positive perspective. Joel Osteen writes that if we stay in faith and keep a good attitude when we…

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Discussion: Vroman’s Local Author Day featuring Rev. Jesus Garcia, D.S.S., Luz Avila-Kyncl, and R. Rachel Gauna

October 29, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Rev. Jesus Garcia, D.S.S. presents and signs The Love of a Master: For 26 years, modern-day disciple Jesus Garcia chose to serve his spiritual master, John-Roger, founder of the worldwide Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness. His candid memoir of their inward and outer travels is at once profoundly wise and universally practical, revealing a deep friendship and unconditional love that transcends time. Luz Avila-Kyncl presents and signs Liberate Yourself: Your Past Is Not Your Prison: Liberate Yourself is about breaking…

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Discussion: Mark Frost, “Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier”

October 31, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

The crucial sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Secret History of Twin Peaks, this novel bridges the two series, and takes you deeper into the mysteries raised by the new series. The return of Twin Peaks is one of the most anticipated events in the history of television. The subject of endless speculation, shrouded in mystery, fans will come flocking to see Mark Frost and David Lynch's inimitable vision once again grace the screen. Featuring all the characters…

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November 2017

Book Signing: Valerie Bertinelli, “Valerie’s Home Cooking”

November 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

As the current star of her Food Network show, Valerie's Home Cooking, and co-host of the network's Kids Baking Championship, as well as having spent years acting on television, Valerie Bertinelli has made a name for herself in households across America. But to really know Valerie, is to spend time in her kitchen. Inspired by her family's cooking legacy, Valerie specializes in showing fans how to make dishes their own families will love that are for the heart and soul.…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Dr. Adam Price, “He’s Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son to Believe in Himself”

November 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Dr. Adam Price and Dr. Melissa J. Johnson Ph.D. will each discuss gender differences (and stereotypes) in learning, and how today's pressured environment effects kids - for boys and girls . Dr. Adam Price is the author of He’s Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son to Believe in Himself and Dr. Melissa J. Johnson Ph.D is a Licensed Psychologist, Founder and CEO of the Institute for Girls’ Development. More about He’s Not Lazy: On the surface, capable teenage boys may look…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jeri Westerson, “The Booke of the Hidden”

November 4, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

To get a fresh start away from a bad relationship, Kylie Strange moves across the country to open a shop in a seemingly quiet town in rural Maine. During renovations on Strange Herbs & Teas, she discovers a peculiar and ancient codex, The Booke of the Hidden, bricked into the wall. Every small town has its legends and unusual histories, and this artifact sends Kylie right into the center of Moody Bog's biggest secret. While puzzling over the tome's oddly…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Mark Daielewski, “The Familiar, Volume 5: Redwood”

November 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

The astonishing series about a young girl who befriends a cat hunting humanity continues with Volume 5, and the Season One finale, in which the consequences of how we encounter one another come into poignant and terrifying relief--especially on one September night, when an unexpected phone call demanding the return of the little white cat challenges everything the Ibrahims hold dear. They are not alone. Jingjing must contend with a rival he could never have anticipated, while Xanther must relinquish…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Alex Prud’homme, “France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child”

November 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Their wanderings through the French capital and countryside, frequently photographed by Paul, would help lead to the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Julia's brilliant and celebrated career in books and on television. Though Paul was an accomplished photographer (his work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art), his photographs remained out of the public eye until the publication of Julia's memoir, My Life in France, in which several of his images were included. Now,…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, “A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf”

November 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world's best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Coauthors and real-life friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney prove this wrong, thanks to their discovery of a wealth of surprising collaborations: the friendship between Jane Austen and one of the family servants, playwright Anne Sharp; the daring feminist author Mary Taylor, who shaped the work of Charlotte Bronte;…

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

November 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

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 interesting by interweaving historic photos with his own elaborately staged Old Hollywood-style photos shot in the most haunted rooms, hallways, and lobbies. This unique book blends solid research, fascinating insights, and haunting photography that…

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Panel Discussion: Traci Chee, “The Speaker” with authors Jessica Cluess, Audrey Coulthurst, and Emily Skrutskie

November 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. Haunted by painful memories, Archer struggles to overcome the trauma of his past with the impressors, whose cruelty plagues him whenever he closes his eyes. But when Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally finds a way to combat his…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jessica Yu, “Garden of the Lost and Abandoned”

November 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

The problem by most lights is overwhelming: at least 5,000 children live on the streets of Uganda's capital city of Kampala. Some forget the names of their villages. The youngest may not know the names of their parents. But Gladys Kalibbala--part journalist, part detective, part Good Samaritan--does not hesitate to dive into difficult or even dangerous situations to aid a child. Author of a newspaper column called "Lost and Abandoned," she is a resource that police and others turn to…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jon Hennessey, “The Comic Book Story of Video Games”

November 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

A complete, illustrated history of video games--highlighting the machines, games, and people who have made gaming a worldwide, billion dollar industry/artform--told in a graphic novel format. Author Jonathan Hennessey and illustrator Jack McGowan present the first full-color, chronological origin story for this hugely successful, omnipresent artform and business. Hennessey provides readers with everything they need to know about video games--from their early beginnings during World War II to the emergence of arcade games in the 1970s to the rise of…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Trevor Ramos, “How to Get Free Money for College”

November 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

This book is the best introduction to getting free money scholarships and grants. It is a “must read” for the parents of college-bound high school students who don’t want to blow all their money on college tuition and expenses. Parents of college-bound high school students often ask when the best time is to get free money in the form of scholarships and grants to help pay for college. The answer is simple, but how you get to the answer is…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Vroman’s Local Author Day featuring Rossana Snee, Veronica Loving with Jazzmine Jackson and Alan Cook with Jacqueline Marks

November 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Rossana Snee discusses and signs The Healing Alphabet: 26 Empowering Ways to Enrich Your Life Feeling stuck? This pocketful of heartfelt wisdom will motivate you to take action. Using the letters of the alphabet, this book creates an easy template for self-improvement. Your ABCs have never been this empowering. Learn your alphabet from scratch, but this time, to create a happier, and more joyful life. Veronica Loving & Jazzmine Jackson discuss and sign Feeding a Monster A riveting story of…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Steven Ross, “Hitler in Los Angeles”

November 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

The chilling, little-known story of the rise of Nazism in Los Angeles, and the Jewish leaders and spies they recruited who stopped it. No American city was more important to the Nazis than Los Angeles, home to Hollywood, the greatest propaganda machine in the world. The Nazis plotted to kill the city's Jews and to sabotage the nation's military installations: plans existed for hanging twenty prominent Hollywood figures such as Al Jolson, Charlie Chaplin, and Samuel Goldwyn; for driving through…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Paola Gianturco and Alex Sangster, “Wonder Girls: Changing Our World”

November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Paola Gianturco and her twelve-year-old granddaughter, Alex, documented the work of fifteen girl-led nonprofit groups in thirteen countries in Asia and Central Asia, North and Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. They interviewed and photographed 102 girls. If you think "girls are the future," prepare to be dazzled. These girls are changing our world right now. Groups of activist girls age 10-18 are transforming our world: improving education, health, equality and the environment; stopping child marriage, domestic violence,…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Charles Phoenix, “Addicted to Americana”

November 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Raised on a used-car lot, Charles Phoenix was destined to become the Ambassador of Americana. The photo collector, food crafter, and field tripper is famed for his hilarious live show performances and "theme park" tour of downtown Los Angeles. This riotously colorful book, replete with Charles's collection of vintage Kodachrome slides, celebrates his lifelong quest to unearth the best of classic and kitschy American life and style. Genre: Art

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Discussion and Book Signing: Tara Beth Leach, “Emboldened: A Vision for Empowering Women in Ministry”

November 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Throughout Scripture and church history, women have been central to the mission of God. But all too often women have lacked opportunities to minister fully. Many churches lack visible examples of women in ministry and leadership. Tara Beth Leach, senior pastor of her denomination's flagship church, issues a stirring call for a new generation of women in ministry: to teach, to preach, to shepherd, and to lead. God not only permits women to minister he emboldens, empowers, and unleashes women…

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Ceremony: Vroman’s Walk of Fame Dedication Ceremony Honoring Author/Poet Luis Rodriquez

November 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

We are very excited to announce novelist, journalist, critic, columnist, and 2014-2016 Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Luis Rodriguez’s as our next honoree to immortalize his handprints and signature in the Vroman’s Author Walk of Fame! We are so thrilled to honor Luis Rodriguez with this dedication and to celebrate all of his important contributions to literature, poetry, L.A. and the community. Join us on November 18th at noon for the dedication. Following the dedication please stay for a reception &…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Deb Perelman, “Smitten Kitchen Every Day”

November 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Deb Perelman, award-winning blogger and New York Times best-selling author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, understands that a happy discovery in the kitchen has the ability to completely change the course of your day. Whether we're cooking for ourselves, for a date night in, for a Sunday supper with friends, or for family on a busy weeknight, we all want recipes that are unfussy to make with triumphant results. Deb thinks that cooking should be an escape from drudgery. Smitten…

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

November 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

From the acclaimed author of Visitation Street, a visionary portrait of contemporary Los Angeles in all its facets, from the Mojave Desert to the Pacific, from the 110 to Skid Row. During a typically crowded morning commute, a naked runner is dodging between the stalled cars. The strange sight makes the local news and captures the imaginations of a stunning cast of misfits and lost souls. There's Ren, just out of juvie, who travels to LA in search of his…

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Discussion and Book Signing: David Lebovitz, “L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home”

November 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving ex-pat life in Paris, using his perplexing experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one's life. Includes dozens of new recipes. When David Lebovitz began the project of updating his apartment in his adopted home city, he never imagined he would encounter so much inexplicable red tape while contending with the…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Maryl Jo Fox, “Clara at the Edge”

November 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

At seventy-three, eccentric widow Clara Breckenridge is on a last-ditch journey to reconcile with her estranged son, finally confront the guilty secrets surrounding her daughter's death, and maybe find love again before she dies miserable and alone. But Clara is her own worst enemy. Rigid and afraid of change, she has cocooned herself in her old house to escape from life. Magic purple wasps saved her as a child from an abusive father and they want to help her now,…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Gayle Brandeis, “The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother’s Suicide”

November 29, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Award-winning novelist and poet Gayle Brandeis's wrenching memoir of her complicated family history and her mother's suicide. Gayle Brandeis's mother disappeared just after Gayle gave birth to her youngest child. Several days later, her body was found: she had hanged herself in the utility closet of a Pasadena parking garage. In this searing, formally inventive memoir, Gayle describes the dissonance between being a new mother, a sweet-smelling infant at her chest, and a grieving daughter trying to piece together what…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Phoef Sutton, “Colorado Boulevard: A Crush Mystery”

November 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

When Zerbe, the honorary brother (and roommate) of LA's toughest bodyguard/bouncer, Crush, is kidnapped, Crush springs into action to save him. Unraveling the mystery takes him to Zerbe's estranged billionaire father, who's obsessed with building California's long-promised bullet train, as well as to Pasadena's famed Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard. This third installment in the Crush series (both of which were Kirkus Best Mysteries of the Year) is full of action, humor, and mystery. Genre: Mystery Crime Horror and Thriller

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December 2017

Book Signing: Hillary Rodham Clinton, “What Happened”

December 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
$30

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Daryl Gerber, “A Deadly Eclair” and Ellen Byron, “A Cajun Christmas Killing”

December 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

A Deadly Eclair: A French Bistro Mystery: It's always been Mimi Rousseau's dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she's been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband's tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she's able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Theodore Anton, “Planet of Microbes”

December 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

We live in a time of unprecedented scientific knowledge about the origins of life on Earth. But if we want to grasp the big picture, we have to start small--very small. That's because the real heroes of the story of life on Earth are microbes, the tiny living organisms we cannot see with the naked eye. Microbes were Earth's first lifeforms, early anaerobic inhabitants that created the air we breathe. Today they live, invisible and seemingly invincible, in every corner…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Flroencia Ramirez, “Eat Less Water” and Janet Fitch, “The Revolution of Marina M.”

December 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Experts predict two-thirds of people living on this planet in 2025 will experience water scarcity, a situation expected to result in the deaths of millions and an unprecedented rise in military conflicts. Can we as individuals hope to have any effect on the global scale of water misuse? Yes, we can make a significant difference--with our food choices--learned author and activist Florencia Ramirez as she traveled across the nation to interview farmers and food producers. Tracing Ramirez's tour of American…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Matt Coyle, “Blood Truth” and Patricia Smiley, “Outside the Wire”

December 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Blood Truth: Rick Cahill has long feared the truth about his own blood--relentlessly searching for answers after he opens a safe hidden in his childhood home for decades. As he uncovers layers of clues to his father's disgrace and painful death, he encounters powerful forces intent on keeping the past buried. Outside the Wire: Homicide detective Davie Richards is called to an airport parking garage to investigate the shooting of a retired U.S. Army Ranger. Missing personal items point to…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Michele Zack, “The Lisu: Far from the Ruler”

December 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

This first-ever book about the Lisu brings their ironic worldview to life through vivid, often amusing accounts of individuals, communities, regions, and practices. One of the smallest and last groups of stateless people, and the most egalitarian of all Southeast Asian highland minorities, the Lisu have not only survived extremes at the crossroads of civil wars, the drug trade, and state-sponsored oppression but adapted to modern politics and technology without losing their identity. Genre: Nonfiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jay Paris, “Game of My Life Rams”

December 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In 1946, the Cleveland Rams, having just won the NFL championship, moved to sunny Los Angeles. The LA Rams experienced immediate success, making four NFL Championship Game appearances in six years--one of which they won. From Los Angeles, the team moved to St. Louis in 1995, only to return to Los Angeles again in 2016. Regardless of the city or the stadium that they've called home, the Rams have compiled a myriad of memorable moments and at times have drawn…

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January 2018

Discussion and Book Signing: Robert Crais, “The Wanted”

January 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their lives in the new masterpiece of suspense from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Robert Crais. When single-mother Devon Connor hires Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she's afraid he's dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two others, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jeri Westerson, “Season of Blood”

January 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

1390. Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire. Two monks lie murdered, their Holy Blood relic stolen. As he attempts to return the relic to where it belongs, Crispin Guest must shield a former nemesis from a charge of murder while becoming entangled with a mysterious woman caught between Church politics and the dangerous intrigues of King Richard's court. Genre: Mystery Crime Horror and Thriller, Historical Fiction

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Discussion and Book Signing: Jeffrey Siger, “An Aegean April”

January 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

The beautiful Greek island of Lesvos, birthplace of the poet Sappho, and for centuries an agrarian paradise famed for anise-flavored ouzo and tasty sardines, sees its serenity turn into chaos as the world watches boatloads of refugees daily flee onto its shores from Turkey across the narrow Mytilini Strait. Mihalis Volandes is one of Lesvos' elite, the patriarch of a storied shipping clan. He's weathered many changes in his long life, and when a government policy accelerates the surge of…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Cecil Castellucci, “Don’t Cosplay with My Heart”

January 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

When Edan Kupferman dresses up like her favorite character, Gargantua, she feels tall and powerful. That's important right now, because her family is a mess, her best friend is gone for the summer, her crush is confusing, and Edan's feeling small and not sure which end is up. When Edan's cosplaying, she can be angry, loud, and not the good girl everyone thinks she is. And when she's at conventions, she feels like she's found her own Team Tomorrow. But…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Anne Clendening, “Bent: How Yoga Saved My Ass”

January 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

"It was nothing at first. Just a little twitch. My left ring finger was twitching, slowly, almost languidly, the way fishing line does when you've hooked something without any strength. Like a baby perch. I hadn't even gotten out of bed yet. My first thought: Stress? (Nope, think again)" And here begins a journey that Anne Clendening never saw coming, tried to deny, avoid, postpone and otherwise reject. After all, how does a dark L.A. hippy chick who swore off…

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Discussion and Book Signing: Enrico Gnaulati, “Saving Talk Therapy: How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science Are Ruining Good Mental Health Care”

January 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Vroman’s – Main, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
Free

In recent decades there has been a decline in the quality and availability of psychotherapy in America that has gone largely unnoticed--even though rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are on the rise. In Saving Talk Therapy, master therapist Dr. Enrico Gnaulati presents powerful case studies from his practice to remind patients and therapists alike how and why traditional talk therapy works and, using cutting-edge research findings, unpacks the problematic incentives in our health-care system and in academic psychology that…

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