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11/10/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Justin Simien presents and signs Dear White People

In the satirical tradition of the "New York Times" bestseller "Stuff White People Like" comes this witty companion book to the "incredibly entertaining" ("Indiewire") film of the same name, which "heralds a fresh and funny new voice" ("Variety").
Right out of college, Justin Simien wrote a screenplay about the nuanced experiences of four black students on a predominantly white college campus. The film, "Dear White People," garnered a Sundance Award for "Breakthrough Talent" and has been hailed by critics everywhere. Channeling the sensibility of the film into this book, Simien will keep you laughing with his humorous observations, even if you haven't seen the satiric film.
News Flash--the minimum number of black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised to two. Rather than panic, readers are advised to purchase a copy of Dear White People. Whether you are a dear white person wondering why your black office mate is avoiding eye contact with you after you ran your fingers through her hair, or you're a black nerd who has to break it to your white friends that you've never seen "The Wire," this myth-busting, stereotype-diffusing guide to a post-Obama world has something for you!  With decision-making trees to help you decide when it's the right time to wear Blackface (hint: probably never) and quizzes to determine whether you've become the Token Black Friend(TM), Dear White People is the ultimate silly-yet-authoritative handbook to help the curious and confused navigate racial microaggressions in their daily lives.
Based on the eponymous, award-winning film, which has been lauded as "a smart, hilarious satire," this tongue-in-cheek guide is a must-have that anybody who is in semi-regular contact with black people can't afford to miss! (Atria / 37 Ink)

ISBN: 9781476798097
Price: $19.99

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11/11/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Bill Duke presents and signs Dark Girls

In the tradition of the New York Times bestselling I Dream a World and Crowns comes this full-color companion volume to the acclaimed NAACP Award-nominee documentary Dark Girls--an inspiring and breathtaking photo book that celebrates dark-skinned women.  Black has never been more beautiful, witnessed by this magnificent collection featuring accomplished dark skinned-women from all walks of life. In Dark Girls, celebrities such as Lupita Nyong'o, Pauletta Washington (Denzel Washington's wife), Cicely Tyson, Judge Mablean, Brandi and Karli Harvey, and twenty other outstanding women share intimate insights into what their dark skin means to them.  Filled with seventy-five gorgeous photographs, this thoughtful, sophisticated, alluring, and uplifting collection captures the elegance of dark skin--joyfully showcasing that we truly are beautiful for who we are.  (Amistad Press)

ISBN: 9780062331687
Price: $35.00

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11/12/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Liana Finck presents and signs A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York

In an illustrative style that is a thrilling mash-up of Art Spiegelman's deft emotionality, Roz Chast's hilarious neuroses, and the magical spirit of Marc Chagall, A Bintel Brief is Liana Finck's evocative, elegiac love letter to the turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants who transformed New York City and America itself.  A Bintel Brief "A Bundle of Letters"--was the enormously popular advice column of The Forward, the widely read Yiddish language newspaper begun in 1906 New York. Written by a diverse community of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, these letters spoke to the daily heartbreaks and comedies of their new lives, capturing the hope, isolation, and confusion of assimilation.

Drawn from these letters--selected and adapted by Liana Finck and brought to life in her appealing two-color illustrations--A Bintel Brief is a tour of Lower East Side New York, and includes an imaginative conversation with the Yiddish "Dear Abby," Abraham Cahan, The Forward's legendary editor and creator of the Bintel Brief column.  From premarital sex to family politics to struggles with jobs and money, A Bintel Brief is an enlightening look at a segment of America's rich cultural past that offers fresh insights for our own lives as well. (Ecco Press)

ISBN: 9780062291615
Price: $17.99

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11/13/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Lorna Landvik presents and signs Best To Laugh

No one steps up to life's banquet, holds out her tray, and orders, "Grief, please!" But as a child, Candy Pekkala was served a heaping helping of it. Every buffet line has a dessert section, however, and when a cousin calls with a Hollywood apartment to sublet, it seems as though Candy is finally offered something sweet. It's good-bye to Minnesota and hello to California, where a girl who has always lived by her wits has a real chance of making a living with them. With that, the irrepressible Lorna Landvik launches her latest irresistible character onto the world stage--or at least onto the dimly lit small stage where stand-up comedy gets its start.  Herself a comic performer, Landvik taps her own adventurous past and Minnesota roots to conjure Candy's life in this strange new Technicolor home. Her fellow tenants at Peyton Hall include a female bodybuilder, a ruined nightclub impresario, and a well-connected old Romanian fortune-teller. There are game show appearances and temp jobs at a record company and an establishment suspiciously like the Playboy Mansion, and of course the alluring but not always welcoming stage of stand-up comedy. As she hones her act, Candy is tested by humiliation, hecklers, and the inherent sexism that insists "chicks aren't funny."  Written with the light touch and quiet wisdom that have made her works so popular, this is classic Lorna Landvik--sometimes so funny, you'll cry; sometimes so sad, you might as well laugh; and always impossible to put down.  (University of Minnesota Press)

ISBN: 9780816694532
Price: $24.95

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11/14/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Drew Friedman with special guest William Stout discussing & signing Heroes of the Comics

Featuring over 80 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors and artists from the industry s birth in the 30s, through the brilliant artists and writers of behind EC Comics in the 50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Werthem it s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man BoingBoing.com call America s greatest living portrait artist!  (Fantagraphics Books)

ISBN: 9781606997314
Price: $34.99

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11/15/2014 - 5:00 pm
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Elizabeth Dutton presents and signs Driftwood

Los Angeles, California: Clem Jasper is a trust fund kid with a world famous rock musician for a father. When he dies suddenly (playing ping pong) she discovers he's left her a strange legacy--a series of letters that take her on a mysterious road trip around California. Ignoring her aunt's suggestion that she pitch the trip as a reality show, she embarks on her own--to discover just what it was that her father meant her to find. What secret could be so powerful that he had to die before telling her?   With a voice reminiscent of Rainbow Rowell, Dutton's Driftwood is a surprising, poignant, and funny debut. Dutton perfectly captures the mythology of California with this bright and unusual take on the freedom of the open road, the power of music, and what it means, even in the midst of grief, to be a family. Fans of "The Perks of Being A Wallflower," "Run River" and "Killing Yourself to Live" will find much to savor here. (Skyhorse Publishing)

ISBN: 9781629144993
Price: $24.95

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11/16/2014 - 3:00 pm
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Olimpia Zagnoli presents and signs The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ( Classics Reimagined )

Retold with illustrations by artist Olimpia Zagnoli, this edition of the Classics Reimagined series sweeps you into a colorful and inspiring world that you can only dream of! (Rockport Publishers)

ISBN: 9781592538997
Price: $25.00

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11/17/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Cary Elwes presents and signs As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.  The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.  Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets and backstage stories.
With a foreword by Rob Reiner and a limited edition original poster by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey, As You Wish is a must-have for all fans of this beloved film. (Touchstone Books)

ISBN: 9781476764023
Price: $26.00

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11/18/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Book Soup at the Skirball! Book Soup presents an evening with Diane von Furstenberg in support of her memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be

Location: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

One of the most influential, admired, and innovative women of our time: fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother, Diane von Furstenberg offers a book about becoming the woman she wanted to be. Diane von Furstenberg started out with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be--in her words, "the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn't rely on a man to pay her bills." She has since become that woman, establishing herself as a global brand and a major force in the fashion industry, all the while raising a family and maintaining "my children are my greatest creation." In The Woman I Wanted to Be, von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life--from childhood in Brussels to her days as a young, jet-set princess, to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women. With remarkable honesty and wisdom, von Furstenberg mines the rich territory of what it means to be a woman. She opens up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women, writing, "I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be." (Simon and Schuster)

This evening Diane von Furstenberg will be in conversation with an interviewer TBA about her life and career. A book signing will follow the event.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $30.00 + tax and include one ticket and one copy of The Woman I Wanted to Be. 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, Tuesday, October 28. 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 Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Tickets and books may be available for purchase at the venue before the event begins, while supplies last.

ISBN: 11-99-49953-6
Price: $30.00

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11/18/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Meline Toumani presents and signs There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond

Meline Toumani grew up in a close-knit Armenian community in New Jersey where Turkish restaurants were shunned and products made in Turkey were boycotted. The source of this enmity was the Armenian genocide of 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish government, and Turkey's refusal to acknowledge it. A century onward, Armenian and Turkish lobbies spend hundreds of millions of dollars to convince governments, courts and scholars of their clashing versions of history.  Frustrated by her community's all-consuming campaigns for genocide recognition, Toumani leaves a promising job at The New York Times and moves to Istanbul. Instead of demonizing Turks, she sets out to understand them, and in a series of extraordinary encounters over the course of four years, she tries to talk about the Armenian issue, finding her way into conversations that are taboo and sometimes illegal. Along the way, we get a snapshot of Turkish society in the throes of change, and an intimate portrait of a writer coming to terms with the issues that drove her halfway across the world.  In this far-reaching quest, told with eloquence and power, Toumani probes universal questions: how to belong to a community without conforming to it, how to acknowledge a tragedy without exploiting it, and most importantly how to remember genocide without perpetuating the kind of hatred that gave rise to it in the first place. (Metropolitan Books)

ISBN: 9780805097627
Price: $28.00

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