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01/27/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Robert Repino presents and signs Mort(e)

The "war with no name" has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony's watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans' penchant for violence, exploitation and religious superstition. The final step in the Colony's war effort is transforming the surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who rise up to kill their masters. 
Former housecat turned war hero, Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bio-weapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for a pre-transformation friend--a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony, where he will discover the source of EMSAH and the ultimate fate of all of earth's creatures. (Soho Press)

ISBN: 9781616954277
Price: $26.95

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01/28/2015 - 7:30 pm
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Book Soup at the Skirball presents Reza Aslan in conversation with Aasif Mandvi for Mandvi’s book, No Land's Man

If you're an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it's a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from. In No Land's Man Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to being a high-school-age Michael Jackson impersonator, to joining a Bible study group in order to seduce a nice Christian girl, to improbably becoming America's favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.   This is a book filled with passion, discovery, and humor. Mandvi hilariously and poignantly describes a journey that will resonate with anyone who has had to navigate his or her way in the murky space between lands. Or anyone who really loves brunch. (Chronicle Books) 
A book signing will follow the talk. FREE. Reservations recommended:  

ISBN: 9781452107912
Price: $22.95

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01/29/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Karen Bender presents and signs Refund: Stories

In Refund, Bender creates an award-winning collection of stories that deeply explore the ways in which money and the estimation of value affect the lives of her characters. The stories in Refund reflect our contemporary world--swindlers, reality show creators, desperate artists, siblings, parents -- who try to answer the question: What is the real definition of worth?   In Theft, an eighty-year-old swindler, accustomed to tricking people for their money, boards a cruise ship to see if she can find something of true value--a human connection. In Anything for Money, the creator of a reality show is thrown into the real world when his estranged granddaughter reenters his life in need of a new heart; and in the title story, young artist parents in downtown Manhattan escape the attack on 9/11 only to face a battle over their subletted apartment with a stranger who might have lost more than only her deposit.
Set in contemporary America, these stories herald a work of singular literary merit by an important writer at the height of her power. (Counterpoint)

ISBN: 9781619024557
Price: $25.00

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01/30/2015 - 7:30 pm
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University of Southern California's MPW Student/Faculty Reading Series

The University of Southern California's MPW Student/Faculty Reading Series occurs once a month at a bookstore in Los Angeles and features five student readers and one faculty reader from the program. This evening's reading will feature Tim Kirkman, a screenwriter, director and lecturer in the program. Student reader line-up, TBA. 

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01/31/2015 - 5:00 pm
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Kathryn Reed Altman & Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan present and sign Altman

Moderated by Shannon Kelly of the UCLA Film and TV Archive

For decades, Robert Altman fascinated audiences with pioneering films—among them M*A*S*H, Nashville, The Player, and Gosford Park—that combined technical innovation with subversive, satirical humor and impassioned political engage­ment. His ability to explore and engage so many different worlds with a single, coherent vision changed the landscape of cinema forever. This signature “Altmanesque” style is, in the words of Martin Scorsese, “as recognizable and familiar as Renoir’s brushstrokes and Debussy’s orchestrations.”

Now the Altman estate opens its archive to celebrate his extraordinary life and career in the first authorized visual biography on the iconoclastic director. Altman by Altman’s widow, Kathryn Reed Altman, and film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan—brims with photographs and ephemera culled from private family albums, as well as from a vast collection of previously unpublished images taken on the sets of his films. Alongside the intimate illustrated story is a complete visual, historical, and critical narrative of Altman’s work and his process.
Sticking with the Altman trademark of using a wide cast of characters, Altman also features contributions from close collaborators and contemporaries including Frank Barhydt, E. L. Doctorow, Roger Ebert, Jules Feiffer, Julian Fellowes, James Franco, Tess Gallagher, Pauline Kael, Garrison Keillor, Michael Murphy, Martin Scorsese, Lily Tomlin, Alan Rudolph, Michael Tolkin, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Robert Altman said, “Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.” This is the moment to honor all of his lifetimes. (Abrams)

ISBN: 9781419707773
Price: $40.00

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02/01/2015 - 1:00 pm
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Frank Caruso presents and signs Outlaw Pete

When Bruce Springsteen was a little boy, he learned the story of Brave Cowboy Bill, about a pure-hearted little cowboy. It was the first of Bruce's Western loves, which now range from John Ford movies to Mexican music to Native American art. Each of these inspirations, plus what he's learned as a man and a rock 'n' roller about how to combine whimsy and wisdom, were stations on the way to Outlaw Pete, a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in diapers and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood. It's one of the most ambitious and original story songs Springsteen has written--rhapsodic and harsh, a meditation on destiny, filled with absurdities but not for one second of its eight minutes exactly a joke. It's an elaborate musical drama, weaving into a single tapestry several styles of rock and an orchestration reminiscent of a Morricone soundtrack. 
Outlaw Pete is an adult book, illustrated by Frank Caruso, who drew and painted its pages. Caruso does more than illustrate the song. His approach, immaculately detailed, simple when it needs to be, parallels Springsteen's blend of absurdity and meditation. The questions about destiny remain unanswered, as they must be, but they're also brought into a different kind of focus. Details that pass by almost unnoticed in the lyrics become central.  (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN: 9781501103858
Price: $19.99

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02/02/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Black Hill Press presents Nate Ragnolia (Thank You Feel Free), Peppur Chambers (Harlem’s Awakening), Veronica Bane (Miyuki), and Corrie Greathouse (Another Name for Autumn) with host, Arianna Basco

There You Feel Free is the story of five people whom you might call hipsters. The Kid struggles to put his life together after his relationship, and the economy, falls apart. Cheyenne tries to define herself against the members of her kickball team. Doug faces isolation amid his long list of online friends. Paul attends a support group for struggling geniuses. And Nick battles the sinister feeling that life isn’t going as planned. They all cross paths inside and outside a poem: a loving rewrite of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land refinished with contemporary references to indie music and pop culture. Packed with laughter, levity, reflection, and revolution, There You Feel Free captures the intricate quandary of the Millennial Generation.
At eighteen, Harlem Markeson sets out to start a new life in the city for which she’s named. Propelled by the violent deaths of her wealthy parents, Harlem takes the first bus out of Greensboro, North Carolina and heads to New York City. There, she’s thrown into the clandestine world of an underground speakeasy. Lured by Sisters Ruth and Mary into Lady Magdalena’s Manor, a brothel for beautiful dancing girls, Harlem must learn to trust: but who? Harlem’s Awakening is a compelling story set in the 1940’s about a young woman who must journey through hell to become the strong person she is meant to be. In Another Name for Autumn, after three years of isolation, a woman opens a box she filled with the artifacts of memory, tucked far away and intended never to reopen, and discovers a Book of Dreams she has no recollection of having placed there. She begins reading the unfamiliar book and writes a letter to its author – a stranger, reconstructing her loss, longing and ultimately discovering her salvation; flashing between her childhood, love and changing seasons in New England, and isolated life in Los Angeles. 

ISBN: 9780615932026
Price: $12.00

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02/03/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Kenny Porpora presents and signs The Autumn Balloon

Every autumn, Kenny Porpora would watch his heartbroken mother scribble messages on balloons and release them into the sky above Long Island, one for each family member they'd lost to addiction. As the number of balloons grew, his mother fell deeper into alcoholism, drinking away her sorrows every night in front of the television, where her love of Regis Philbin provided a respite from the sadness around her.  When their house was foreclosed upon, Kenny's mother absconded with him and his beloved dog and fled for the Arizona desert, joining her heroin-addicted brother on a quixotic search for a better life. What followed was an outlaw adolescence spent in constant upheaval surrounded by bizarre characters and drug-addicted souls.  In the wake of unspeakable loss, Kenny convinced a college to take a chance on him, and turned to the mentors, writers, and poets he found to rebuild the family he lost, and eventually graduated from the Ivy League with a new life.  Porpora's memoir is the story of a deeply dysfunctional but loving family, and follows his life from the chaos of his youth to his triumphs in the Ivy League. At times darkly comic, at times elegiac, The Autumn Balloon is a beautifully written testament to the irreplaceable bonds of family, even under the most trying circumstances, and one that marks the debut of an exciting new writer. (Grand Central Publishing)

ISBN: 9781455545162
Price: $26.00

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02/04/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Rob Thomas presents and signs Veronica Mars (2): An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: Mr. Kiss and Tell

In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune's most murderous locations.  The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town's ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove--or prove--the woman's story. 
The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won't divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim's memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel's surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying--but who? And why? (Vintage)

ISBN: 9780804170727
Price: $14.95

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02/05/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Dale Herd presents and signs Empty Pockets: New and Selected Stories

"A world takes place here with extraordinary economy: articulate, fragile, heartfelt."--Robert Creeley
"Dale Herd's writing has affected the way I look at the world, as well as opening me up to one more possibility of how to transform the world into words, and his books certainly deserve a place on the highest shelf."-- American Book Review
From high school love notes to a drug runner's day; from a boy's first fistfight to the unexpected aftermath of a woman's first experience of marijuana, Dale Herd's stories travel the backroads, sending postcards of life as it is lived. (Coffee House Press)
Dale will be joined by Los Angeles poet and award-winning author, Lewis MacAdams.

ISBN: 9781566893770
Price: $15.95

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