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04/01/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Bruce Ferber presents and signs Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls explores the failed promise of the American Dream. Raised to believe that with hard work, anything is possible, a staggering number of Americans hate their jobs and see little chance of ever escaping the grind. In his tragicomic followup to the laugh-ridden Elevating Overman, Bruce Ferber asks the question: "How does giving up our dreams affect our relationships and our psyches?" 
Danny Johnson, a writer whose career never materialized, moves with his wife and children to Cascade Falls, a water-filled, golf community in the bone-dry desert outside of Phoenix. Grudgingly going to work for his father Ted, the Elmer Gantry of home development, Danny's quest for stability ultimately comes up short. His marriage begins to fray and the housing market goes bust, forcing him and those around him to examine their lives anew. Cascade Falls exposes the desperate price paid for sacrificing who we are for how and where we live. (Rare Bird Books)

ISBN: 9781940207377
Price: $15.95

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04/02/2015 - 7:00 pm
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John Hargrove presents and signs Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, Seaworld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish

Over the course of two decades, John Hargrove worked with 20 different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorld's U.S. facilities. For Hargrove, becoming an orca trainer fulfilled a childhood dream. However, as his experience with the whales deepened, Hargrove came to doubt that their needs could ever be met in captivity. When two fellow trainers were killed by orcas in marine parks, Hargrove decided that SeaWorld's wildly popular programs were both detrimental to the whales and ultimately unsafe for trainers. After leaving SeaWorld, Hargrove became one of the stars of the controversial documentary Blackfish. The outcry over the treatment of SeaWorld's orca has now expanded beyond the outlines sketched by the award-winning documentary, with Hargrove contributing his expertise to an advocacy movement that is convincing both federal and state governments to act. In Beneath the Surface, Hargrove paints a compelling portrait of these highly intelligent and social creatures, including his favorite whales Takara and her mother Kasatka, two of the most dominant orcas in SeaWorld. And he includes vibrant descriptions of the lives of orcas in the wild, contrasting their freedom in the ocean with their lives in SeaWorld. Hargrove's journey is one that humanity has just begun to take--toward the realization that the relationship between the human and animal worlds must be radically rethought. (Palgrave Macmillan)
 

ISBN: 9781137280107
Price: $26.00

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04/03/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Jonathan Shaw presents and signs Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes

A legendary tattoo artist and notorious creator of trendsetting underground art, Jonathan Shaw captures the destructive addiction of love, sex, drugs, and demonic possession embodied in two people whose irresistible passions threaten to destroy them in this cult classic novel.  In the wild backwaters of Rio de Janeiro and New York, motorcycle-riding, nomadic outlaw poet Ignacio Valencia Lobos--known as Cigano--attempts in vain to curb the unhinged habits of his lover, Narcisa, a crack-smoking philosopher prostitute. Though he knows they will destroy each other, Narcisa is an exquisite poison he cannot resist. As they navigate the chaos of her downward spiral--dragged deeper by the gravity of drugs, burglaries, and violence, Cigano recounts a love affair doomed by insanity, dysfunction, and vice. (Harper Perennial)

 

Tonight will be moderated by the great American author Dan Fante.

ISBN: 9780062354990
Price: $16.99

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04/04/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Dina Gachman presents and signs Brokenomics: 50 Ways to Live the Dream on a Dime

In Brokenomics, author Dina Gachman shares the lessons she's learned about how to live large in the cheap seats. Through stories both painfully honest and laugh-out-loud funny that anyone can relate to, Dina reveals all the tricks you need to live the good life without spending a ton of money.  (Seal Press)

ISBN: 9781580055673
Price: $16.00

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04/06/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Robin Rinaldi presents and signs The Wild Oats Project: One Woman's Midlife Quest for Passion at Any Cost

What if for just one year you let desire call the shots? The project was simple: Robin Rinaldi, a successful magazine journalist, would move into a San Francisco apartment, join a dating site, and get laid. Never mind that she already owned a beautiful flat a few blocks away, that she was forty-four, or that she was married to a man she'd been in love with for eighteen years. What followed--a year of abandon, heartbreak, and unexpected revelation--is the topic of this riveting memoir, The Wild Oats Project. Monogamous and sexually cautious her entire adult life, Rinaldi never planned on an open marriage--her priority as she approached midlife was to start a family. But when her husband insisted on a vasectomy, something snapped. "If I'm not going to have children," she told herself, "then I'm going to have lovers." During the week, she would live alone, seduce men (and women), attend erotic workshops, and have wall-banging sex. On the weekends, she would go home and be a wife. Her marriage provided safety and love, but she also needed passion, and she was willing to go outside her marriage to find it. At a time when the bestseller lists are topped by books about eroticism and the shifting roles of women, this brave, brutally honest memoir explores how our sexuality defines us, how it relates to maternal longing, and how we must walk the line between loving others and staying true to ourselves.  (Sarah Crichton Books)

ISBN: 9780374290214
Price: $26.00

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04/07/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Melissa Clark presents and signs Bear Witness

“Melissa Clark’’s Bear Witness takes a piercing look at the world of Paige Bellen, a young woman whose transition into adolescence is haunted by the kidnapping and death of her best friend: ““One minute everything was normal and then a door opened and it was never the same.”” By presenting Paige’’s narrative in reverse chronological order, Clark unsettles the normal and the ordinary, to reveal the cracks in such notions as safety, refuge and innocence. A harrowing, resonant portrait of girlhood trauma.”

Rigoberto González author of Butterfly Boy and The Mariposa Club

ISBN: 9781940716756
Price: $16.00

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04/08/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Dana Thomas presents and signs Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

More than two decades ago, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen arrived on the fashions scene when the business was in an artistic and economic rut. Both wanted to revolutionize fashion in a way no one had in decades. They shook the establishment out of its bourgeois, minimalist stupor with daring, sexy designs. They turned out landmark collections in mesmerizing, theatrical shows that retailers and critics still gush about and designers continue to reference.  Their approach to fashion was wildly different--Galliano began as an illustrator, McQueen as a Savile Row tailor. Galliano led the way with his sensual bias-cut gowns and his voluptuous hourglass tailoring, which he presented in romantic storybook-like settings. McQueen, though nearly ten years younger than Galliano, was a brilliant technician and a visionary artist who brought a new reality to fashion, as well as an otherworldly beauty. For his first official collection at the tender age of twenty-three, McQueen did what few in fashion ever achieve: he invented a new silhouette, the Bumster.  They had similar backgrounds: sensitive, shy gay men raised in tough London neighborhoods, their love of fashion nurtured by their doting mothers. Both struggled to get their businesses off the ground, despite early critical success. But by 1997, each had landed a job as creative director for couture houses owned by French tycoon Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH. 
Galliano's and McQueen's work for Dior and Givenchy and beyond not only influenced fashion; their distinct styles were also reflected across the media landscape. With their help, luxury fashion evolved from a clutch of small, family-owned businesses into a $280 billion-a-year global corporate industry. Executives pushed the designers to meet increasingly rapid deadlines. For both Galliano and McQueen, the pace was unsustainable. In 2010, McQueen took his own life three weeks before his womens' wear show.  The same week that Galliano was fired, "Forbes" named Arnault the fourth richest man in the world. Two months later, Kate Middleton wore a McQueen wedding gown, instantly making the house the world's most famous fashion brand, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened a wildly successful McQueen retrospective, cosponsored by the corporate owners of the McQueen brand. The corporations had won and the artists had lost.  In her groundbreaking work Gods and Kings, acclaimed journalist Dana Thomas tells the true story of McQueen and Galliano. In so doing, she reveals the revolution in high fashion in the last two decades--and the price it demanded of the very ones who saved it. (Penguin Press)

ISBN: 9781594204944
Price: $29.95

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04/09/2015 - 8:00 pm
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Moby and Gene Baur presnet and sign Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day

Talk moderated by Time Magazine's Joel Stein
Learn more about improving your life as well as the lives around you through this compelling conversation between award-winning musician and outspoken animal rights activist Moby and the co-authors of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, Gene Baur and Gene Stone.
The discussion focuses on the basic tenets of living a vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle, including eating in harmony with your values, connecting with nature wherever you are, and working to make the world a better place—for both the two- and four-legged. 
This event will take place at the Skirball Cultural Center located at 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles,90049. A book signing follows the program. This event is not ticketed but please visit www.skirball.org to rsvp.

ISBN: 9781623364892
Price: $29.99

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04/10/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Joel Tator presents and signs Los Angeles Television

Los Angeles television history began in the small room of an auto dealership in 1931. Since then, much of the nation's television history has been made here: the first television helicopter, the first big story that television broke before newspapers, the first live coverage of an atomic bomb, and the careers of numerous icons like Betty White, Steve Allen, Liberace, Lawrence Welk, and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Many Los Angeles television personalities went on to network fame, including Tom Snyder, Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Connie Chung, Maury Povich, Bob Barker, Bill Leyden, Ann Curry, Pat Sajak, and Regis Philbin. Readers will discover, in many untold stories, the origins of that curious building on top the Hollywood sign, Albert Einstein's must-see local program, Marilyn Monroe's video debut, a popular television star's last tragic performance, and the actual identities of legends Korla Pandit and Iron Eyes Cody. Also in these pages is the reveal of the Mystery Tower Sitter, the all-night amateur show, the big Las Vegas premiere telecast that was blown off the air, and the treasured performer who worked at one station for 65 years. (Arcadia Publishing)

ISBN: 9781467132701
Price: $26.99

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04/11/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Kirk Honeycutt presents and signs John Hughes: A Life in Film: The Genius Behind Ferris Bueller, the Breakfast Club, Home Alone, and More

"I stumbled into this business, I didn't train for it. I yelled "Action!" on my first two movies before the camera was turned on." - John Hughes
John Hughes wrote 46 movies, produced 23, and directed 8. He never went to film school, never spent time studying film and its history, but was unusually adept in three key areas -- writing, directing and producing. Classics like "Mr. Mom; Sixteen Candles; The Breakfast Club; European Vacation; Weird Science; Pretty in Pink; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; Uncle Buck; Christmas Vacation; Home Alone; and Beethoven" will forever live on in the history of film. Launching the careers of Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, and James Spader, and working with greats like John Candy and Chevy Chase, John Hughes's influence can still be felt today. John Hughes: A Life in Film, by Kirk Honeycutt, former chief film critic at The Hollywood Reporter, is the first complete illustrated tribute to the legendary writer and director, and includes fresh interviews with Judd Nelson, Matthew Broderick, Christopher Columbus, Steve Martin, and more. (Race Point Publishing)

ISBN: 9781631060229
Price: $40.00

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