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04/15/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Gina Frangello presents and signs A Life In Men

The friendship between Mary and Nix had endured since childhood, a seemingly unbreakable bond, until the mid-1980s, when the two young women embarked on a summer vacation in Greece. It was a trip initiated by Nix, who had just learned that Mary had been diagnosed with a disease that would cut her life short and who was determined that it be the vacation of a lifetime. But by the time their visit to Greece was over, Nix had withdrawn from their friendship, and Mary had no idea why. Three years later, Nix is dead, and Mary returns to Europe to try to understand what went wrong. In the process she meets the first of many men that she will spend time with as she travels throughout the world. Through them she experiences not only a sexual awakening but a spiritual and emotional awakening that allows her to understand how the past and the future are connected and to appreciate the freedom to live life adventurously. (Algonquin Books)

Q&A with Todd Goldberg, director of the MFA/Creative Writing program at UC-Palm Desert/Riverside

ISBN: 9781616201630
Price: $14.95

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04/16/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Sara Barron presents and signs The Harm in Asking: My Clumsy Encounters with the Human Race

Welcome to the perverse and hilarious mind of Sara Barron. In The Harm in Asking, she boldly addresses the bizarre indignities of everyday life: from invisible pets to mobster roommates. From a hatred of mayonnaise to an unrequited love of k.d. lang. From the ruinous side effect of broccoli to the sheer delight of a male catalogue model. In a voice that is incisive and entirely her own, Barron proves herself the master of the awkward, and achieves something wonderful and rare: a book that is both strange and funny. (Three Rivers Press)

ISBN: 9780307720702
Price: $14.99

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04/17/2014 - 7:00 pm
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CANCELED! Judy Greer presents and signs I Don't Know What You Know Me from: Confessions of a Co-Star

This event has beeen canceled. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend. How a midnight shopping trip to CVS can cure all? What it's like to have stepchildren? And how she "really" feels about her mother? Yes, it's all in there. But Judy Greer isn't just a regular friend-she's a celebrity friend. Want to know which celebs she's peed next to? Or what the Oscars were actually like? Or which hot actor gave her father a Harley Davidson? Don't worry--that's included, too. Besides being laugh-out-loud funny, you'll love her because she makes us genuinely feel like she's one of us. Because even though she sometimes has a stylist and a make-up artist, she still wears (and hates!) Spanx. Because she starts her book like this: "This is who I am. This is what I think about things. This is stuff that happened to me, that could have just as easily have happened to you. I'm not that special, and we're probably not that different. I think I am really lucky to be where I am in life, but I've never really lost that feeling that I don't fit in, and if you have, will you please email me and tell me how you did it? I'm serious." (Doubleday Books)

ISBN: 9780385537889
Price: $25.95

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04/18/2014 - 7:00 pm
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G. James Daichendt presents and signs Shepard Fairey Inc.: Artist/Professional/Vandal

Shepard Fairey is the most influential artist in the world and this text is a critical examination of his art and life. By digging into to the many layers of being an anti-modern artist, much can be learned about the current state of the art world and those that are influenced by the artist. Fairey has challenged conventions, formulas, and traditional borders with much fanfare and criticism. Through the life and art of Fairey, we see paradigms broken and an artist working within an ever-growing platform for making meaningful art. (Cameron & Company)

 

In Conversation with illustrator Robbie Conal

ISBN: 9781937359461
Price: $35.00

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04/19/2014 - 4:00 pm
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Chris Bale & Travis Smith present & sign Guide for the Modern Bear

What are you? A Bear? An Otter? Perhaps a wolf? Guide for the Modern Bear answers this question and more as it explores the modern bear family. Think of it as your field guide for studying and understanding these captivating creatures in their natural habitats. See where they live, how they work, and the many ways they play. So, put on your favorite flannel shirt and get ready to experience your inner bear. All together now.... "GRRR!"

ISBN: 9780985187187
Price: $19.99

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04/21/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Tony Fletcher presents and signs Boy About Town: A Memoir

The author of highly acclaimed Keith Moon and Smiths biographies now tells his own story of a life in love with music, taking the reader back to the glory days of the 1970s. This is the story of his formative years in the pre- and post-punk music scenes of London, told via a Top 50 countdown: attendance at seminal gigs and encounters with musical heroes; schoolboy projects that became national success stories; the style culture of punks, mods, and skinheads and the tribal violence that enveloped them; life as a latchkey kid in a single-parent household; weekends on the football terraces in a quest for street credibility; and the teenage boy's unending obsession with losing his virginity. Featuring a vibrant cast of supporting characters from school friends to rock stars, and built up from notebooks, diaries, interviews, letters, and issues of his now legendary fanzine Jamming!, this is an evocative, bittersweet, amusing, and wholly original account of growing up and coming of age in the glory days of the 1970s. (Random House UK)

ISBN: 9780434021673
Price: $19.95

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04/22/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Holly George-Warren presents and signs A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man (Signed Edition)

Alex Chilton's story is rags to riches in reverse, beginning with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. Following stints leading 60s sensation the Box Tops ("The Letter") and pioneering 70s popsters Big Star ("the ultimate American pop band"--"Time"), Chilton became a dishwasher. Yet he rose again in the 80s as a solo artist, producer, and trendsetter, coinventing the indie-rock genre. By the 90s, acolytes from R.E.M. to Jeff Buckley embodied Chilton's legacy, ushering him back to the spotlight before his untimely death in 2010.
In the career-spanning and revelatory A Man Called Destruction, longtime Chilton acquaintance Holly George-Warren has interviewed more than 100 bandmates, friends, and family members to flesh out a man who presided over--and influenced--four decades of American musical history, rendered here with new perspective through the adventures of a true iconoclast. (Viking Books)

ISBN: 9780670025633
Price: $27.95

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04/23/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Lori Majewski & Jonathan Bernstein present & sign Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s (Signed Edition)

Mad World is a highly entertaining oral history that celebrates the New Wave music phenomenon of the 1980s via new interviews with 35 of the most notable artists of the period. Each chapter begins with a discussion of their most popular song but leads to stories of their history and place in the scene, ultimately painting a vivid picture of this colorful, idiosyncratic time. Mixtape suggestions, fashion sidebars, and quotes from famous contemporary admirers help fill out the fun. Participants include members of Duran Duran, New Order, The Smiths, Tears for Fears, Adam Ant, Echo and the Bunnymen, Devo, ABC, Spandau Ballet, A Flock of Seagulls, Thompson Twins, and INXS. (Abrams)

Joined by Teri Nunn of Berlin, Annabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow, Michael DesBarres & other surprise guests!

ISBN: 9781419710971
Price: $19.95

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04/24/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Morley presents and signs If You're Reading This, There's Still Time (Signed Edition)

Morley is a Los Angeles-based street artist that specializes in bold, typographic posters which he wheat pastes within the urban landscape. Blending humor, hope and his unique perspective on life, Morley's aim is to act as a friendly voice amongst the cacophony of billboarded messages and corporate slogans. This voice was given a face when he began including an image of himself in each of his pieces, looking to create a more intimate relationship between the artist and the audience than many of his anonymous contemporaries could allow. In 2011, Morley's work caught the eye of Steve Lazarides whose Outsiders imprint began selling his work, describing it thusly: "His sympathetic statements give the tirelessly aspirational residents a welcome reminder of what's important in life: love, simple pleasures, making the world a slightly better place and not hating on yourself too much."
Today, he continues to paste his work in any city that doesn't enforce their vandalism laws through caning. Also he made us promise to include the fact that he can hold his breath for over an hour, and that "if anyone challenged him to a breath holding contest, they would totally lose," but he was probably lying about that. (Cameron & Company)

ISBN: 9781937359584
Price: $28.00

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04/25/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Elaine Lui presents and signs Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter to Do? a Memoir (Sort Of)

As the 800,000+ U.S. fans of Elaine Lui's site know, her mother, aka The Squawking Chicken, is a huge factor in Elaine's life. She pulls no punches, especially with her only child. "Where's my money?" she asks every time she sees Elaine. "You'll never be Miss Hong Kong," she informed her daughter when she was a girl. Listen to the Squawking Chicken lays bare the playbook of unusual advice, warnings, and unwavering love that has guided Elaine throughout her life. Using the nine principles that her mother used to raise her, Elaine tells us the story of the Squawking Chicken's life--in which she walked an unusual path to parent with tough love, humor, and, through it all, a mother's unyielding devotion to her daughter. This is a love letter to mothers everywhere. (Amy Einhorn Books)

ISBN: 9780399166792
Price: $24.95

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