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05/09/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Chris Black presents and signs I Know You Think You Know It All: Advice and Observations for You to Stand Apart in Public and Online

Hosted by comedian Ryan O'Connell!
 
The Know It All can be spotted from a block away in most any city today, devoted to the latest microtrends, sure that he is an influencer, never realizing he is mostly just being influenced. Often seen with others who share a similar look and viewpoint, he does not have a clue how to march to the beat of his own drummer. He spends his time in what he thinks is his refined circle, whether in real life or online, and always knows "the best," be it clothing, coffee, or culture. He is rarely without an opinion and doubts his own even less. He is largely without humor when the mirror is turned upon him. We've all seen and heard this type of guy in public and on social media: the classic jerk who thinks he always knows best. Chris Black is here to help you not become, or stop being him. 
Life for Chris Black over the past twenty years has put him in close contact with many of these guys, as they regularly congregate in the creative industries: film, music, advertising, media, and fashion. He has worked in all of these businesses and his astute and witty observations could only come from one who needs to know what is current in pop culture to make a living, yet is routinely able to step back and rise above the noise to keenly survey the scene. We've all had cringe-worthy moments in our past, and many are experiencing them still every day, only to realize it down the road. The chances for such occurrences are greatly reduced with the advice in I Know You Think You Know it All. It's not too late. (powerhouse Books)

ISBN: 9781576877357
Price: $12.95

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05/10/2015 - 12:30 pm
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Mother Knows Best , Group Event

Sarah Tomlinson, author of Good Girl will be leading this afternoon of readings and will be joined by Katey Sagal (author of a forthcoming book of personal essays); Jillian Lauren (author of Some Girls, Everything You Ever Wanted); Claire Bidwell Smith (author of The Rules of Inheritance, After This);  and Natashia Deon (author of the forthcoming Sweat Tea and Honey).  

ISBN: 9781476748962
Price: $25.00

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05/10/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Editor Tom Nolan presents Ross Macdonald: Four Novels of the 1950s

At last, the brilliant successor to Hammett and Chandler in a definitive collector's edition: Revered by such contemporary masters as Sue Grafton, George Pelecanos, and James Ellroy, Ross Macdonald (the pseudonym of Kenneth Millar) brought to the crime novel new levels of social realism and psychological depth, while honing a unique gift for intricately involving mystery narratives. For his centennial year, The Library of America inaugurates its Macdonald edition with four novels from the 1950s, all featuring his incomparable protagonist, private investigator Lew Archer. Here are "The Way Some People Die," a twisted journey through Los Angeles high and low, "The Barbarous Coast," an exploration of crime and corruption in the movie business, "The Doomsters," a breakthrough novel of madness and self-destruction, and "The Galton Case," the mythically charged and deeply personal book that Macdonald considered a turning point in his career. As a special feature, this volume also includes five pieces in which Macdonald reveals the autobiographical background of his books and describes his distinctive approach to crime writing. (Library of America)

ISBN: 9781598533767
Price: $37.50

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05/12/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Zachary Leader presents and signs The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964

For much of his adult life, Saul Bellow was the most acclaimed novelist in America, the winner of, among other awards, the Nobel Prize in Literature, three National Book Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize. The Life of Saul Bellow, by the literary scholar and biographer Zachary Leader, marks the centenary of Bellow's birth as well as the tenth anniversary of his death. It draws on unprecedented access to Bellow's papers, including much previously restricted material, as well as interviews with more than 150 of the novelist's relatives, close friends, colleagues, and lovers, a number of whom have never spoken to researchers before. Through detailed exploration of Bellow's writings, and the private history that informed them, Leader chronicles a singular life in letters, offering original and nuanced accounts not only of the novelist's development and rise to eminence, but of his many identities--as writer, polemicist, husband, father, Chicagoan, Jew, American.  (Knopf)

ISBN: 9780307268839
Price: $40.00

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05/13/2015 - 7:00 pm
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John A. Connell presents and signs Ruins Of War

Winter 1945. Seven months after the Nazi defeat, Munich is in ruins. Mason Collins--a former Chicago homicide detective, U.S. soldier, and prisoner of war--is now a U.S. Army criminal investigator in the American Zone of Occupation. It's his job to enforce the law in a place where order has been obliterated. And his job just became much more dangerous.  A killer is stalking the devastated city--one who has knowledge of human anatomy, enacts mysterious rituals with his prey, and seems to pick victims at random. Relying on his wits and instincts, Mason must venture places where his own life is put at risk: from interrogation rooms with unrepentant Nazi war criminals to penetrating the U.S. Army's own black market.  What Mason doesn't know is that the killer he's chasing is stalking him, too... (Berkley Books)

ISBN: 9780425278956
Price: $26.95

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05/14/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Kevin McEnroe presents and signs Our Town

Our Town is the debut of a striking literary voice, one that captures the disillusion at the fringes of Hollywood as seen through a haze of drugs, alcohol, abuse, and fallen aspirations. An unseen narrator guides us through the dark fairy tale of Dorothy White, an aspiring actress who "never quite figured how to get out of her own way." Her perfect marriage to an equally golden actor, Dale, quickly turns into one of jealousy and violence. Dorothy ends the marriage yet begins a legacy of self-destruction for the failed couple, as well as their two children, Clover and Dylan.   But we see the pathos in Dorothy's attempts to get back on track, to be a good woman, mother, and grandmother. Throughout the novel, she is left in the wake of decisions that turn disastrous. Her downward spiral from elusive fame into consistent infamy--a series of DUIs, the continuing neglect of her children, a string of failed and unhealthy relationships--is not without its grace, with the warmth of her character shining through her spackled makeup and cloud of acrid perfume. In many ways, Dorothy White is an anti-heroine for the ages--"vanilla voiced," bewigged, loving, and ever radiant --a sympathetic character caught in the riptide of her transformation from small-town southern girl to one-time toast of Hollywood to embarrassing tabloid fodder.   Our Town is an original and startling debut novel, one whose fresh voice and expert perspective reinvents the Hollywood story for a new generation of readers. (Counterpoint)

ISBN: 9781619025288
Price: $25.00

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05/15/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Roberto Martin presents and signs Roberto's New Vegan Cooking: 125 Easy, Delicious, Real Food Recipes

When Roberto Martin started cooking for Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, they asked him to turn their favorite meaty dishes into delicious vegan feasts. Martin became known for his "fried chik'n" and other meat-free versions of popular carnivorous dishes. Using those basic recipes, tools, and tips as a foundation, his first cookbook was a major success. Now in his own kitchen, Martin's cooking has evolved, and the recipes in this second book step away from processed substitutes. Instead, they emphasize straightforward preparation of simple ingredients that result in light, crisp, delicious dishes that can be customized to suit any family's diverse palate.  (Da Capo Lifelong Books)

ISBN: 9780738217321
Price: $32.50

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05/16/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Robert Grant presents and signs What Many Men Desire

Audrey Simmons-part African-American, part white, part Cherokee-is young, talented, and unusually attractive. She's determined to make her name in the fashion world. But it's 1936-if she's to have any chance at success, she must "pass" for white in her work life. Ignoring the possible dangers, and despite her straight-laced upbringing, Audrey accepts the offer of a "gentleman" to be his assistant on a trip to England, First Class, aboard the new ocean liner, the Queen Mary. For her, it's an irresistible chance to get to the heart of fashion-London and Paris. But her eyes are opened on this journey. The "gentleman" is not what he seems. And a man she meets onboard, who makes her heart race, turns out to be a professional gambler. Audrey's forced to grow up fast. (Robert L. Grant)
 

ISBN: 9780692256848
Price: $14.95

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05/17/2015 - 4:00 pm
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She Writes Press Group Event

Indie publishing company She Writes Press is bringing back innovative face-to-face author interaction with its first-ever national book tour this spring stopping in 12 cities across the country featuring 18 unique authors. The authors appearing at this stop include She Write Press authors Paolina Milana, Laura Nicole Diamond, Donna Stoneham, Constance Hanstedt and She Writes founder, Kamy Wicoff. 
 

ISBN: 9781631529276
Price: $16.95

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05/18/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Michael Laskin presents and signs The Authentic Actor: The Art and Business of Being Yourself

Every year, thousands of actors struggle to navigate today s film and TV business while also wanting to grow as performers, as artists. These actors tend to be risk-takers, mold-breakers, and are interested in defining who they are. They are looking for advice and guidance about art and about commerce. The Authentic Actor is for them. The actor s path today begins with two questions: Who are you? What do you know? Beginning with personal authenticity, The Authentic Actor reveals a holistic approach that fuses discovery of the actor s fingerprint with skills for managing performance, career, and life as artist, businessperson, and citizen. It addresses the toughest subjects, from mastering auditions and dealing with representation to bouncing back from rejection and finding your tribe all with the humor, and the no-b.s. voice of an experienced mentor. The goal? To help actors forge a professional career and meaningful life while never forgetting their artistic core. (Michael Wiese Productions)

ISBN: 9781615932221
Price: $19.95

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