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03/03/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Zac Locke presents and signs Beverlywood: Sex, Murder, Existentialism (a Tuesday in Los Angeles): A Novella

Beverlywood: Sex, Murder, Existentialism (a Tuesday in Los Angeles) is a page-turning narrative about a regular guy who dates the wrong girl, and, after a struggle leaves her step-father dead, is forced to seek salvation while coming to terms with his painful past. The fast-paced novella is set in Los Angeles and explores the lives of three different twenty-somethings coping with life, love, and loss amidst the backdrop of the sometimes cruel, sometimes magical city. (Createspace)

ISBN: 9781494480516
Price: $5.95

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03/04/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Kate Alcott presents and signs A Touch Of Stardust

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker comes a blockbuster novel that takes you behind the scenes of the filming of "Gone with the Wind," while turning the spotlight on the passionate romance between its dashing leading man, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress Carole Lombard. Vivid, romantic, and filled with Old Hollywood details, A Touch of Stardust will entrance, surprise, and delight. (Doubleday Books)

ISBN: 9780385539043
Price: $25.00

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03/05/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Elisa Albert presents and signs After Birth

A widely acclaimed young writer's fierce new novel, in which childbirth and new motherhood are as high stakes a proving ground as any combat zone.
A year has passed since Ari gave birth to Walker, though it went so badly awry she has trouble calling it "birth" and still she can't locate herself in her altered universe. Amid the strange, disjointed rhythms of her days and nights and another impending winter in upstate New York, Ari is a tree without roots, struggling to keep her branches aloft.  When Mina, a one-time cult musician -- older, self-contained, alone, and nine-months pregnant --moves to town, Ari sees the possibility of a new friend, despite her unfortunate habit of generally mistrusting women. Soon they become comrades-in-arms, and the previously hostile terrain seems almost navigable.  With piercing insight, purifying anger, and outrageous humor, Elisa Albert issues a wake-up call to a culture that turns its new mothers into exiles, and expects them to act like natives. Like Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin and Anne Enright's The Gathering, this is a daring and resonant novel from one of our most visceral writers. (Houghton Mifflin)

ISBN: 9780544273733
Price: $23.00

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03/06/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Kenny Solms presents and signs Bits: A Comedy Writer's Screams of Consciousness

Anne Frank wrote her diary. A yawn.  Alex Haley wrote about his roots. A snooze.  The Bible. What a bore! But what do all these have in common? That's obvious. They're not funny and the people they wrote about aren't current. Where's Bieber? Jolie? Beyonce? That's who people want to read about and laugh about. Celebrities! And not written by the celebrities themselves. What do they know? If they were smart, they wouldn't have become celebrities in the first place. Who really knows their stories?
It's the writer! The guy who was there in the trenches, the guy who made them famous in the first place. Actors and actresses didn't write their lines. It was the writer! Who knew these stars before they became egomaniacs? Before they even knew the difference between Calistoga or Evian? The difference between dark chocolate or milk? Who told them what to say and how to say it? Writers, writers, writers! Kenny Solms has seen them all. He wrote and schmoozed with the best of them. Co-creating "The Carol Burnett Show" in the late 60s, he's written for practically all of them. Solms wrote their movies, their TV shows....even their "spontaneous" quotes. From the greats like Jack Benny and George Burns to Willard Scott and downwards. But then back up again. And that's quite a leap.
Bits is not a vicious tell-all, but tell all, Kenny does. A funny romp that takes you from Philadelphia to Hollywood. A cruise behind the Hollywood scenes, down the freeways, up the canyons and then some. From variety shows to sitcoms, from big star specials to Broadway, he shares his roller coaster ride from writing tacky one-liners to creating TV classics. And what a ride! Jump in the passenger seat and share it with him.  (Prospecta Press)

ISBN: 9781632260161
Price: $19.99

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03/07/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Nigel Barker presents and signs Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion

In Models of Influence, photographer, television host, and fashion authority Nigel Barker profiles fifty of the most noteworthy models from the 1940s to the present, revealing how their look or way of modeling not only made an indelible stamp on the industry but also influenced fashion design, the popular way of dress, and notions of female beauty worldwide. (Harper Design)

ISBN: 9780062345844
Price: $40.00

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03/08/2015 - 4:00 pm
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John Vourlis presents and signs Yoga For Freedom

In conversation with Basu Panday of Nepal Social Treks & Expedition

Yoga For Freedom is the story of how twenty yoga students from America traveled to Nepal to raise awareness about child slavery and came home forever changed. A riveting personal account of this disparate group of travelers, this non-fiction work recounts their journey of self-discovery in the ancient land of Buddha, much of it told in their own words and refracted through the roller coaster ride of interpersonal exchange. (Hometown Media Productions)

ISBN: 9780615937199
Price: $24.95

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03/09/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Kate Axelrod presents and signs The Law Of Loving Others

In conversation with Karolina Waclawiak (Editor, The Believer) 

After Emma returns home from boarding school, she realizes her mother's suffering from a schizophrenic break, and suddenly Emma's entire childhood and identity is called into question, pushing her to turn to her boyfriend Daniel for answers--but perhaps it's the brooding Phil who Emma meets while visiting her mother at the hospital who really understands her. (Razorbill)

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ISBN: 9781595147899
Price: $17.99

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03/10/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Jeremy Rosenberg & Lauren Bon present and sign Under Spring: Voices+art+los Angeles

The winner of the first CHS Book Award reimagines what a history book can be, and it tells a story all California needs to hear in order to understand itself. Beneath Los Angeles's North Spring Street bridge, a deteriorated concrete landscape was used for years as a homeless encampment and a buffer zone between gang territories. Between 2006 and 2013, artist Lauren Bon and her Metabolic Studio team transformed the underpass into a vibrantly creative space that served as a public square, ceremonial ground, art gallery, community garden, and musical instrument. Under Spring explores the unlikely history of this underpass, revealing the past of Los Angeles itself.
Sixty-six people from all walks of life artists, scholars, laborers, graffiti artists, urban planners, activists, gang members chronicle the underpass's many metamorphoses, and in doing so construct an energized account of change and development in LA. We come to understand how agriculture and transportation have shaped the city's growth; how abandoned places serve as refuges for people excluded from society; and how civic pride can arise from a city's blighted core. Under Spring offers a new look at the story of Los Angeles and a new way of telling the story. (Heyday Books)
 

ISBN: 9781597142953
Price: $20.00

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03/12/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Andrew Grant Jackson presents and signs 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music

During twelve unforgettable months in the middle of the turbulent Sixties, America saw the rise of innovative new sounds that would change popular music as we knew it. In 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music, music historian Andrew Grant Jackson (Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of The Beatles' Solo Careers) chronicles a ground-breaking year of creativity fueled by rivalries between musicians and continents, sweeping social changes, and technological breakthroughs. 
Jackson weaves fascinating and often surprising stories into a panoramic narrative of the seismic cultural shifts wrought by the Civil Rights Movement, feminism, Youthquake, the miniskirt, the Pill, psychedelics, and Vietnam. 1965 is a fascinating account of a defining year that produced some of the greatest songs, albums, and artists of all time. (Thomas Dunne Books)

ISBN: 9781250059628
Price: $27.99

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03/17/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Kevin Sessums presents and signs I Left It on the Mountain: A Memoir

On his 53rd birthday, Kevin Sessums woke up in his L.A. hotel room wondering how he would get through his scheduled interview with Hugh Jackman. For years he had interviewed the bright lights: Madonna, Courtney Love, Jessica Lange, and all the other usual suspects; but, Kevin knew that his rapidly unraveling life was as shallow as the hotel's hip furniture and he was hanging on by his fingertips. In I Left It on the Mountain, Sessums chronicles his early days in NY as an actor, his years working for Andy Warhol at Interview and Tina Brown at Vanity Fair, countless nights of anonymous sex, his HIV Positive diagnosis and his descent into addiction. It's also the chronicle of one man's spiritual redemption found while climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostelo and trudging across the cold, lonely winter beaches of Provincetown. Peopled with the famous like Daniel Radcliffe and Diane Sawyer as well as anonymous companions corporeal and otherwise whom he met while mountain climbing and hiking, I Left It on the Mountain is the story of one man's fall and rebirth, the next moving chapter in Kevin Sessums' extraordinary life that takes him from the high to the low and back again. For readers who loved Mississippi Sissy and want to know what happened to that tenacious little boy with the baseball mitt, I Left It On the Mountain is the sometimes very dark, but ultimately hopeful answer. (St. Martin’s Press)

ISBN: 9780312598389
Price: $25.99

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