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10/24/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Ted Hope presents and signs Hope for Film: From the Frontlines of the Independent Cinema Revolutions

An inspiring, tell-all look at the indie film business from one of the industry's most passionate producers, Hope for Film captures the rebellious punk spirit of the indie film boom in 1990s New York City, its collapse two decades later and its current moment of technology-fueled regeneration. Ted Hope, whose films have garnered 12 Oscar nominations, draws from his own personal experiences working on the early films of Ang Lee, Eddie Burns, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry, Nicole Holofcener, Todd Solondz and other indie mavericks, relating those decisions that brought him success as well as the occasional failure.
Whether navigating negotiations with Harvey Weinstein over final cuts or clashing with high-powered CAA agents over their clients, Hope offers behind-the-scenes stories from the wild and often heated world of low-budget cinema--where art and commerce collide. As mediator between these two opposing interests, Hope offers his unique perspective on how to make movies while keeping your integrity intact and how to create a sustainable business enterprise out of that art while staying true to yourself. Against a backdrop of seismic changes in the indie-film industry, from corporate co-option to the rise of social media, "Hope for Film" provides not only an entertaining and intimate ride through the ups and downs of the business of art-house movies over the last 25 years, but also hope for its future. (Soft Skull Press)

ISBN: 9781619023321
Price: $25.00

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10/26/2014 - 4:00 pm
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Scott B. Bomar presents and signs Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock

Many of the architects of rock and roll in the 1950s, including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard, were Southerners who were rooted in the distinctive regional traditions of country, blues, and R&B. As the impact of the British Invasion and the psychedelic era faded at the end of the following decade, such performers as Bob Dylan and the Band returned to the simplicity of American roots music, paving the way for Southern groups to reclaim their region's rock-and-roll heritage. From the rise and fall of the mighty Capricorn Records to the music’s role in helping Jimmy Carter win the White House and to its continuing legacy and influence, this is the story of Southern rock. (Backbeat Books)

ISBN: 9781480355194
Price: $29.99

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10/27/2014 - 7:00 pm
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T. Jefferson Parker presents and signs Full Measure

"Patrick Norris has seen the worst that Afghanistan has to offer-excruciating heat, bitter cold, and death waiting behind every rock as comrades are blown to pieces by bombs and snipers. He returns home exhilarated by his new freedom and eager to realize his dream of a sport fishing business. But he is shocked to learn that the avocado ranch his family has owned for generations in the foothills of San Diego has been destroyed by a massive wildfire and the parents he loves are facing ruin.  Ted Norris worships his brother and yearns for his approval. Gentle by nature, but tormented by strange fixations with a dark undercurrent, Ted is drawn into a circle of violent, criminal misfits. His urgent quest to prove himself threatens to put those he loves in peril.  Patrick puts his own plans on hold to save the family's home and falls in love with Iris, a beautiful and unusual woman, when disaster strikes. When Ted's plan for redemption goes terribly wrong, he tries to disappear. Desperate to find his brother and salvage what remains of his family, Patrick must make an agonizing choice.  Three-time Edgar Award-winner T. Jefferson Parker is known for his many bestselling crime novels, from Laguna Heat to The Famous and the Dead. Full Measure marks a departure; it is a literary novel that explores many subjects, among them the bonds of loyalty between brothers. (St. Martins Press)

ISBN: 9781250052001
Price: $25.99

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10/28/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Elizabeth Rosner presents and signs Electric City

Upstate New York, at the confluence of the great Hudson River and its mighty tributary the Mohawk --from this stunning landscape came the creation of a new world of science. In 1887, Thomas Edison moved his Edison Machine Works here and in 1892, it became the headquarters of a major manufacturing company, giving the town its nickname: Electric City.   The peak of Autumn, 1919: The pull of scientific discovery brings Charles Proteus Steimetz, a brilliant mathematician and recent arrival from Ellis Island, to town. His ability to capture lightning in a bottle earns him the title "Wizard of Electric City." Barely four feet tall with a deeply curving spine, Steinmetz's physical deformity belies his great intellect. Allied with his Mohawk friend Joseph Longboat and his adopted eleven-year-old granddaughter Midget, the advancements he makes in Electric City will, quite simply, change the world.
The peak of Autumn, 1965: Sophie Levine, the daughter of a company man, one of the many scientists working at The Company, whose electric logo can be seen from everywhere in town. Her family escaped Europe just before World War II, leaving behind a wake of annihilation and persecution. Ensconced in Electric City, Sophie is coming of age just as the town is gasping its last breaths. The town, and America as a whole, is on the cusp of great instability: blackouts, social unrest over Vietnam, and soon the advent of the seventies. Into her orbit drifts Henry Van Curler, the favored son of one of Electric City's founding Dutch families, as well as Martin Longboat, grandson of Joseph Longboat. This new generation of Electric City will face both the history of their town and their own uncertain future, struggling to bridge the gap between the old world and the new.   Electric City is a vital, pulsing, epic novel of America, of its great scientific ingenuity and its emotional ambition; one that frames the birth and evolution of its towns against the struggles of its indigenous tribes, the immigrant experience, a country divided, and the technological advancements that ushered in the modern world. (Counterpoint)

ISBN: 9781619023468
Price: $26.00

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10/30/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Michelle Phan presents and signs Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success--Online and Off

Located at the Beverly Hills Library, 444 N Rexford Dr, Beverly Hills, 90210

Michelle Phan has believed in makeup since the first time she was allowed to try eyeliner. When she looked in the mirror and saw a transformed version of herself looking back, she fell in love with the sense of confidence that makeup could give her. Ever since she posted her first makeup tutorial on YouTube, she has dedicated herself to inspire millions by using makeup as a tool for transformation and self expression.   Now, Michelle has compiled all of her best wisdom into Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success--Online and Off. From creating a gorgeous smoky eye to understanding contouring to developing an online persona, Michelle has advice to help you transform every facet of your life. Make Up is packed with Michelle's trademark beauty and style tutorials, stories and pictures from her own life, and advice on the topics she is asked about most, including etiquette, career, entrepreneurship, and creativity. From the everyday (how to get glowing skin) to the big picture (how to turn your passion into a profession), Make Up is a practical and empowering resource to help anyone put their best face forward. (Harmony)

This is a ticketed event. Tickets come with the purchase of a copy of Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success--Online and Off. One book/ticket per adult or one book/ticket per adult and child. Book is $23.00 + tax. Book will be released 10/21/14 but we will be taking pre-orders for the book and ticket starting 10/3/14. Call Book Soup at 310-659-3110 to place your order.

ISBN: 9780804137348
Price: $23.00

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10/31/2014 - 7:00 pm
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David J. Haskins presents and signs Who Killed Mister Moonlight?: Bauhaus, Black Magick, and Benediction

Beginning with the creation of Bauhaus’s seminal debut hit ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’, David J. Haskins offers a no-holds-barred account of his band’s rapid rise to fame and glory in the late 70s, their sudden dissolution in the 80s, and their subsequent—and often strained—reunions. In between, he explores his work as a solo performer, and with acclaimed trio Love And Rockets—culminating in the devastating fire that ripped through the sessions for their 1996 album Sweet F.A. He also delves deep into his exploration of the occult, drawing together a diverse cast of supporting characters, including William S. Burroughs, Alan Moore, Genesis P. Orridge, and Rick Rubin. Bristling with power and passion, music and magic, Who Killed Mister Moonlight? is a rock’n’roll memoir like no other. (Jawbone Press)

ISBN: 9781908279668
Price: $19.95

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11/01/2014 - 4:00 pm
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Peter Bebergal presents and signs Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll

This epic cultural and historical odyssey unearths the full influence of occult traditions on rock and roll--from the Beatles to Black Sabbath--and shows how the marriage between mysticism and music changed our world.   From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, from the dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin to the Masonic imagery of today's hip-hop scene, the occult has long breathed life into rock and hip-hop--and, indeed, esoteric and supernatural traditions are a key ingredient behind the emergence and development of rock and roll.   With vivid storytelling and laser-sharp analysis, writer and critic Peter Bebergal illuminates this web of influences to produce the definitive work on how the occult shaped--and saved--popular music.   As Bebergal explains, occult and mystical ideals gave rock and roll its heart and purpose, making rock into more than just backbeat music, but into a cultural revolution of political, spiritual, sexual, and social liberation. (Tarcher)

ISBN: 9780399167669
Price: $27.95

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11/02/2014 - 4:00 pm
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Dolores DeLuce presents and signs Blow Jobs: A Guide to Making it in Show Business, or NOT!

Always a loose whore for Show Business, the Counter Culture Diva confesses to doing almost anything to survive in Hollywood...except for taking a day job. She defends her choices: "I needed to keep my calendar open for auditions.

Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, ‘BLOW JOBS: A Guide to Making it in Show Business, or NOT!’ is a cautionary tale-- a "How Not To" filled with juicy, side-splitting autobiographical stories that burst the bubbles of Hollywood’s dreams and delusions.

Readers who devoured the Counter Culture Diva's confessions in her first memoir, My Life, a Four Letter Word, will be delighted to know that Blow Jobs, picks up where that book ended. It takes the reader up and down the ladder to stardom, and brings you up to date, revealing the fate of this aging Diva.
While dropping more names than the Beverly Hills 'Who's Who', our Diva brings unique insight to the lives of the rich and famous from her fly on the wall per view. From being Dean Martin’s maid to a bimbo’s slave that led to pubic hair trimming on XXX film sets she spares no details. From high life to low drama, you’ll delight in the glamour and glitz, and see the gore she experienced as a nude extra in a Rob Zombie horror classic... and more, much more.

She warns the reader, "If you can't handle the truth and nothing but the naked truth, beware of BLOW JOBS: A Guide to Making it in Show Business, or NOT!

ISBN: 9780692262696
Price: $16.99

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11/03/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Book Soup & KPFK presents Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock in conversation with LA Times Jazz Critic Don Heckman, in support of Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

Location: Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, 90028

The long-awaited memoir by one of the most influential and beloved musicians of our time. In Herbie Hancock, the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on a life and a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with his ongoing exploration of different musical genres, winning fourteen Grammy awards along the way. From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis's second great quintet; from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with everyone from Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder; Herbie Hancock reveals the method behind Hancock's undeniable musical genius. Hancock shares his musical influences, colorful behind-the-scenes stories, his long and happy marriage, and how Buddhism inspires him creatively and personally. Honest, enlightening, and as electrifyingly vital as the man who wrote it, Herbie Hancock promises to be an invaluable contribution to jazz literature and a must-read for fans and music lovers. (Viking)

This evening Herbie Hancock will be in conversation with LA Times Jazz Critic Don Heckman about his life, career and his craft. Questions will be collected prior to the start of the event and a book signing will follow the event.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $34.00 + tax and include one ticket and one copy of Herbie Hancock: Possibilities. We are now accepting paid reservations. You may purchase your tickets online at booksoup.com or by calling the store at 310-659-3110. Tickets and books will be available for pick-up from the store location beginning the date of the book's release, Thursday, October 23. Reserved tickets and books may also be picked up at the Will Call tables at the venue the evening of the event. The venue is the Ricardo Montalban Theatre located at 1615 Vine St., Los Angeles. Tickets and books may be available for purchase at the venue before the event begins, while supplies last.

ISBN: 11-99-49952-8
Price: $34.00

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11/04/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Margarita Carrillo Arronte presents and signs Mexico: The Cookbook

The first truly comprehensive bible of authentic Mexican home cooking, written by a living culinary legend, Mexico: The Cookbook features an unprecedented 700 recipes from across the entire country, showcasing the rich diversity and flavors of Mexican cuisine. Author Margarita Carrillo Arronte has dedicated 30 years to researching, teaching, and cooking Mexican food, resulting in this impressive collection of Snacks and Street Food, Starters and Salads, Eggs, Soups, Fish, Meat, Vegetables, Accompaniments, Rice and Beans, Breads and Pastries, and Drinks and Desserts.  Beautifully illustrated with 200 full‐color photographs, the book includes dishes such as "Acapulco‐style ceviche," "Barbacoa de Pollo" from Hidalgo, classic "Salsa Ranchera," and the ultimate "Pastel Tres Leches," each with notes on recipe origins, ingredients, and techniques, along with contributions from top chefs such as Enrique Olvera and Hugo Ortega.  (Phaidon Press)

ISBN: 9780714867526
Price: $49.95

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