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04/20/2015 - 7:30 pm
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Los Angeles LGBT Center and Book Soup presents Michelangelo Signorile in conversation with Alan Acosta, Director of Strategic Initiatives Los Angeles LGBT Center, about Signorile’s latest book, It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality

From the author of the groundbreaking bestseller "Queer in America," a myth-shattering look at the present and future of gay rights 
Marriage equality has surged across the country. Closet doors have burst open in business, entertainment, and even major league sports. But as longtime advocate Michelangelo Signorile argues in his most provocative book yet, the excitement of such breathless change makes this moment more dangerous than ever. Puncturing the illusion that victory is now inevitable, Signorile marshals stinging evidence that an age-old hatred, homophobia, is still a basic fact of American life. He exposes the bigotry of the brewing religious conservative backlash against LGBT rights and challenges the complacency and hypocrisy of supposed allies in Washington, the media, and Hollywood. 
Not just a wake-up call, "It's Not Over" is also a battle plan for the fights to come in the march toward equality. Signorile tells the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans who have refused to be merely tolerated, or worse, and are demanding full acceptance. And he documents signs of hope in schools and communities finding new ways to combat ignorance, bullying, and fear. Urgent and empowering, "It's Not Over" is a necessary book from one of our most electrifying voices.
This event is presented by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Book Soup and will take place at the Renberg Theatre located at 1125 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles. For more information on attending this event please visit LearningCurveLA.org

ISBN: 9780544381001
Price: $27.00

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04/21/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Red Hen Press presents readings by Jim Tilley, Jeffrey Harrison & Amy Uyematsu – moderated by Brendan Constantine

Jeffrey Harrison is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including Incomplete Knowledge, runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008, and, most recently, Into Daylight, published by Tupelo Press in 2014 as the winner of the Dorset Prize. In addition, a selected poems, The Names of Things, was published in 2006 by The Waywiser Press in the U.K. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, he has published poems in recent or forthcoming issues of The New Republic, AGNI, The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.  
Jim Tilley earned a doctorate in physics from Harvard and worked on Wall Street for twenty years. His collections of poetry include: In Confidence (2011, Red Hen Press), Cruising at Sixty to Seventy (2014, Red Hen Press) and Lessons from Summer Camp (forthcoming 2016). His poems have been published in literary journals such as Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. He has won the Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize for Poetry, the New England Poetry Clubs Firman Houghton Award, and an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review. 
Amy Uyematsu is a third-generation Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. She has published three previous poetry collections: 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line Press, 1992), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1997), and Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005). Her first book was awarded the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Her latest collection is The Yellow Door (Red Hen Press, 2015). Amy was a co-editor of the widely-used UCLA Asian American Studies anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader.

ISBN: 9781597095365
Price: $18.95

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04/22/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Adilifu Nama presents and signs Race on the Qt: Blackness and the Films of Quentin Tarantino

Known for their violence and prolific profanity, including free use of the n-word, the films of Quentin Tarantino, like the director himself, chronically blurt out in polite company what is extremely problematic even when deliberated in private. Consequently, there is an uncomfortable and often awkward frankness associated with virtually all of Tarantino's films, particularly when it comes to race and blackness. Yet beyond the debate over whether Tarantino is or is not racist is the fact that his films effectively articulate racial anxieties circulating in American society as they engage longstanding racial discourses and hint at emerging trends. This radical racial politics--always present in Tarantino's films but kept very much on the quiet--is the subject of Race on the QT.  Adilifu Nama concisely deconstructs and reassembles the racial dynamics woven into "Reservoir Dogs," "True Romance," "Pulp Fiction," "Jackie Brown," "Kill Bill: Vol. 1," "Kill Bill: Vol. 2," "Death Proof," "Inglourious Basterds," and "Django Unchained," as they relate to historical and current racial issues in America. Nama's eclectic fusion of cultural criticism and film analysis looks beyond the director's personal racial attitudes and focuses on what Tarantino's filmic body of work has said and is saying about race in America symbolically, metaphorically, literally, impolitely, cynically, sarcastically, crudely, controversially, and brilliantly. (University of Texas Press)
 

ISBN: 9780292772366
Price: $22.95

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04/23/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Michael Tennesen presents and signs The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man

While examining the history of our planet and actively exploring our present environment, science journalist Michael Tennesen describes what life on earth could look like after the next mass extinction. 
A growing number of scientists agree we are headed toward a mass extinction, perhaps in as little as 300 years. Already there have been five mass extinctions in the last 600 million years, including the Cretaceous Extinction, during which an asteroid knocked out the dinosaurs. Though these events were initially destructive, they were also prime movers of evolutionary change in nature. And we can see some of the warning signs of another extinction event coming, as our oceans lose both fish and oxygen. In The Next Species, Michael Tennesen questions what life might be like after it happens.  (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN: 9781451677515
Price: $26.00

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04/24/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Skylar James presents and signs Shadow of a Doubt

Fyfe Flynn lives on a modest farm in the shadows of the world-famous horse track Churchill Downs, where she spends more time around horses than she does around other kids._ That suits her father, the acclaimed jockey Roscoe Flynn, just fine.  When a new foal is born but loses his mother, Fyfe gains a loyal best friend in the horse she names Shadow of a Doubt. Together they dream that one day Shadow will become the a great racehorse and win the Kentucky Derby. At first, few believe in Shadow s prospects especially when the neighbor next door, Colonel Epsom, uses his great wealth to produce racehorses of the finest caliber and will do whatever it takes to see them win. But Fyfe and Shadow, with the help of their animal friends, refuse to give up on their dreams.  Shadow of a Doubt is a heartfelt book about family, friendship, taking risks and believing in those we love. Shadow and Fyfe are sure to win the hearts of anyone lucky enough to join in their inspirational story. (Adaptive Books)

ISBN: 9780996066655
Price: $16.99

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04/25/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Jack Harris presents and signs Father of the Blob: The Making of a Monster Smash and Other Hollywood Tales

Jack H. Harris started out as a child performer in vaudeville and has done everything related to the movies including projectionist, usher, theatre manager, actor, distributor and producer. His life encompasses the history of the movies and so do the anecdotes he so eloquently shares. There's plenty of celebrity "dish," but in a nice way. Whether talking about Burns and Allen, Mary Pickford, Laurel and Hardy, Howard Hughes, Jack Nicholson, Jackie Kennedy, Natalie Wood or Barbra Streisand and Jon Peters, he's got the stories. Some of those he helped to start in the business include Steve McQueen, Patty Duke, Ivan Reitman, John Carpenter, John Landis and so many more. (TVguestpert)

ISBN: 9780988585515
Price: $16.95

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04/26/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Randy Spelling, in conversation with Tori Spelling, discusses and signs Unlimiting You

In Unlimiting You, Randy Spelling walks us through open, honest, and relatable stories that illustrate the ways we hold ourselves back from being who we truly are. Being born into one of the most famous Hollywood families, Randy had the opportunity to discover that life could look great from the outside and still feel empty inside, if disconnected from one's true self. Unlimiting You gives a whole new perspective for how we view ourselves and our lives in a way that provides purpose, richness, and fulfillment. Sharing what he has learned through his own life experiences and the lives of those he coaches, Randy shows us how being disconnected from ourselves and our purpose prevents us from being fully aware and engaged with our true natures. He explains the various ways we talk ourselves out of getting what we want, casting a bright light on the hidden thoughts and beliefs that may be shaping our current reality. Unlimiting You explores the principles of inner guidance, intuition, and purpose through entertaining stories and exercises that provide clarity and connection to ourselves. The essence of becoming unlimited is in discovering what really matters most in this life and shedding the roles that define us so we can distill life into its utmost potency. Then we can "stop sweating the small stuff" and concentrate on living the most meaningful existence possible. (In Flow Books)

ISBN: 9780986378102
Price: $17.99

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04/27/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Eric Bogosian presents and signs Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot That Avenged the Armenian Genocide

A masterful account of the conspiracy of assassins that hunted down the perpetrators of a genocide 
In 1921, a small group of self-appointed patriots set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They named their operation Nemesis after the Greek goddess of retribution. Over several years, the men tracked down and assassinated former Turkish leaders. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told until now.  Eric Bogosian goes beyond simply telling the story of this cadre of Armenian assassins to set the killings in context by providing a summation of the Ottoman and Armenian history as well as the history of the genocide itself. Casting fresh light on one of the great crimes of the twentieth century and one of history's most remarkable acts of political retribution, and drawing upon years of new research across multiple continents, Nemesis is both a riveting read and a profound examination of evil, revenge, and the costs of violence. (Little Brown and Company)

ISBN: 9780316292085
Price: $28.00

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04/30/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Andrew Roe presents and signs The Miracle Girl

The crowds keep coming. More and more every day it seems . . . drawn by rumor and whisper and desperate wish. Somehow they heard about the little girl on Shaker Street. They come to see eight-year-old Anabelle Vincent, who lies in a comalike state--unable to move or speak. They come because a visitor experienced what seemed like a miracle and believed it was because of Anabelle. Word spread. There were more visitors. More miracles. But is there a connection? And does it matter? Set against the backdrop of the approaching millennium--with all its buzz about reckoning and doom--this impressive debut novel is narrated by Anabelle herself; by her devoted mother, who cares for her child while struggling to make sense of the media frenzy surrounding her; by Anabelle's estranged father, who is dealing with the guilt of his actions; and by the people who come seeking the child's help, her guidance, and her healing. Yet it tells a larger cultural story about the human yearning for the miraculous to be true, about how becoming a believer--in something, anything, even if you don't understand it--can sustain you.  (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)

ISBN: 9781616203603
Price: $24.95

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05/01/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Claire Bidwell Smith presents and signs After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go?

In an exploration of the afterlife that is part personal, part prescriptive--Smith invites us on her journey into the unknown. She wonders: How do we grieve our loved ones without proof that they live on? Will we ever see them again? Can they see us now, even though they are gone?  Chronicling our steps along the path that bridges this world and the next, Smith undergoes past-life regressions and sessions with mediums and psychics and immerses herself in the ceremonies of organized religion and the rigor of scientific experiments to try and find the answers.   Drawing on both her personal losses, recounted in her memoir The Rules of Inheritance, as well as her background working in hospice as a bereavement counselor, Smith attempts to show how exploring the afterlife can have a positive impact on the grief process.  (Avery Publisher Group)

ISBN: 9781594633065
Price: $25.95

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