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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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04/12/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Erik Tarloff presents and signs All Our Yesterdays

A generational saga; a tale of romance, lust, friendship, enduring loyalty and sudden betrayal; an existential meditation on the nature of identity; and more than anything else, a passionate love story. All Our Yesterdays follows a small group of friends and lovers in Berkeley, California from their student days in the tumultuous year 1968 to the up-to-the-minute present. Some readers will compare the novel to Flaubert's Sentimental Education, others to Updike's Rabbit cycle, and still others to The Big Chill. But All Our Yesterdays is an original, a reading experience like no other. (Erik Tarloff)
"All Our Yesterdays is smart, funny, and poignant -- a warm-hearted and simultaneously chilling reminder of where we've been and where we've got to. And a wonderful read.” --- Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor

ISBN: 9780991447800
Price: $20.00

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04/13/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Courtney Maum presents and signs I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

In this reverse love story set in Paris and London, which The Wall Street Journal hailed as "funny and soulful...immediately appealing," a failed monogamist attempts to woo his wife back and to answer the question: Is it really possible to fall back in love with your spouse? 
Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to a famous cutlery designer to appreciate his fortune.  But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne--when they were first married and deeply in love--has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life...just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he's still the man she once loved.  Skillfully balancing biting wit with a deep emotional undercurrent, this "charming and engrossing portrait of one man's midlife crisis" ("Elle") creates the perfect picture of an imperfect family--and a heartfelt exploration of marriage, love, and fidelity. (Touchstone Books)

ISBN: 9781476764559
Price: $16.00

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04/14/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Simon Wroe presents and signs Chop Chop

Fresh out of university with big dreams, our narrator is determined to escape his past and lead the literary life in London. But soon he is two months behind on rent and forced to take a menial job in the kitchen of The Swan, a gastro-pub with haute cuisine aspirations.  Mockingly called "Monocle" by his co-workers for a useless English lit degree, he is thrust into a brutal, chaotic world full of motley characters. There's the lovably dim pastry chef Dibden; combative Ramilov, who spends a fair bit of time locked in the walk-in fridge for pissing people off; Racist Dave, about whom the less said the better; Camp Charles, the officious head waiter; and Harmony, the only woman in a workplace of raunchy, immature, angry, drug-fueled men. Worst of all is the head chef, Bob, who runs the kitchen with an iron fist and an alarming taste for cruelty.  But Monocle's past is never far away and soon an altogether darker tale unfolds. As the chefs' dreams of overthrowing Bob become a reality, Monocle's dead-beat father shows up at his door, asking for help. With The Swan struggling to stay afloat and Monocle's father dredging up lingering questions from an unhappy childhood, Chop Chop accelerates toward its blackly hilarious, thrilling, and ruthless conclusion. (Penguin Books)

ISBN: 9780143127000
Price: $16.00

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04/14/2015 - 7:00 pm
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WeHo Reads presents Arlene and Alan Alda discussing and signing Just Kids from the Bronx: An Oral History

Event location: West Hollywood Public Library
A touching and provocative collection of memories that evoke the history of one of America's most influential boroughs-the Bronx-through some of its many success stories.  The vivid oral histories in Arlene Alda's Just Kids from the Bronx reveal what it was like to grow up in the place that bred the influencers in just about every field of endeavor today. The Bronx is where Michael Kay, the New York Yankees' play-by-play broadcaster, first experienced baseball, where J. Crew's CEO Millard (Mickey) Drexler found his ambition, where Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dava Sobel fell in love with science early on and where music-making inspired hip hop's Grandmaster Melle Mel to change the world of music forever. The parks, the pick-up games, the tough and tender mothers, the politics, the gangs, the food-for people who grew up in the Bronx, childhood recollections are fresh. Arlene Alda's own Bronx memories were a jumping-off point from which to reminisce with a nun, a police officer, an urban planner, and with Al Pacino, Mary Higgins Clark, Carl Reiner, Colin Powell, Maira Kalman, Bobby Bonilla, and many other leading artists, athletes, scientists and entrepreneurs-experiences spanning six decades of Bronx living. Alda then arranged these pieces of the past, from looking for violets along the banks of the Bronx River to the wake-up calls from teachers who recognized potential, into one great collective story, a film-like portrait of the Bronx from the early twentieth century until today. (Henry Holt & Co.)
The City of West Hollywood celebrates the literary community with WeHo Reads, which consists of a year-round author series featuring new and noteworthy authors at the West Hollywood Library and a full day of literary events scheduled for September 26, 2015. WeHo Reads is a collaborative project of the City of West Hollywood, the West Hollywood Library branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library, the Friends of the West Hollywood Library, and Book Soup. For more information please visit https:www.weho.org/wehoreads

ISBN: 9781627790956
Price: $28.00

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04/15/2015 - 7:00 pm
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David Taylor presents and signs Night Life

NIGHT LIFE, the first title in an electrifying new historical crime fiction series set in 1950s New York, delivers a pulse-pounding murder plot surrounding complex protagonist and war veteran Detective David Cassidy, who finds himself caught between police and mafia ties. Taylor uses his vast experience writing for TV and film to make the vivid, old-time New York setting come alive more than ever before.
 
 
New York City in 1954. The Cold War is heating up. Senator Joe McCarthy is running a witch hunt for Communists in America. The newly formed CIA is fighting a turf battle with the FBI to see who will be the primary US intelligence agency. And the bodies of murdered young men are turning up in the city. 

Michael Cassidy has an unusual background for a New York cop. His father, a refugee from Eastern Europe, is a successful Broadway producer. His godfather is Frank Costello, a Mafia boss. Cassidy also has an unusual way of going about the business of being a cop—maybe that’s why he threw a fellow officer out a third story window of the Cortland Hotel. 

Cassidy is assigned to the case of Alexander Ingram, a Broadway chorus dancer found tortured and dead in his apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. Complications grow as other young men are murdered one after the other. And why are the FBI, the CIA, and the Mafia interested in the death of a Broadway gypsy?

Meanwhile, a mysterious, beautiful woman moves into Cassidy’s building in Greenwich Village. Is Dylan McCue a lover or an enemy? Cassidy is plagued by nightmares—dreams that sometimes become reality. And he has been dreaming that someone is coming to kill him.  

ISBN: 9780765374837
Price: $25.99

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04/16/2015 - 7:00 pm
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William Hackman presents and signs Out of Sight: The Los Angeles Art Scene of the Sixties

Histories of modern art are typically centered in Paris and New York. Los Angeles is relegated to its role as the center of popular culture-- a city of movie stars, tan lines, and surfers--but lacking the highbrow credentials of the chosen places. Until 1965, there was no art museum, few notable collectors, and--especially in terms of modern and contemporary work--even fewer galleries. Yet in the 1950s and 1960s, L.A. witnessed a burst of artistic energy and invention rivaling New York's burgeoning art scene a half-century earlier. As New York Times art critic Roberta Smith has noted, it was "a euphoric moment," at a "time when East and West coasts seemed evenly matched."  Out of Sight chronicles the rapid-fire rise, fall, and rebirth of the L.A. art scene--from the emergence of a small bohemian community in the 1950s to the founding of the Museum of Contemporary Art in 1980-- and explains how artists such as Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin, and Ken Price reshaped contemporary art. William Hackman also explores the ways in which the L.A. art scene reflected the hopes and fears of postwar America--both the self-confidence of an increasingly affluent middle class, and the anxiety produced by violent upheavals at home and abroad. Perhaps most of all, he pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a fascinating and until now overlooked moment in modern art. (Other Press)

ISBN: 9781590514115
Price: $27.95

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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 http://www.lalgbtcenter.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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