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This week we don’t have a book review or a promotion for an author’s event or book release. We have Book Alley. And as much as we love Vroman’s, Century Books, and Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, we’re just as happy to have Book Alley within reach. Even though it’s only 24 years old, Book Alley […]

Defender of the Realm

Defender of the Realm

It’s the dark, wee hours of a 12th century morning at England’s Dansford Castle, near the Welsh border. The castle is vulnerable, with only a small regiment of guards. To do their part, the men of the village each serve a shift as lookout from time to time. On this night, James, the village cobbler, […]

The Dragon Ring

The Dragon Ring

Ben Harper was once a poet, a musician, and a Renaissance Faire re-enactor. Now, he’s left all that behind to be a well-paid host on a British reality TV show. He’s happily married and enjoying fatherhood, yet he’s been denying himself—his talents, his desires, and yes, his actual Self. In Maggie Secara’s The Dragon Ring, book one […]

Looking for Will: My Bardic Quest with Shakespeare

Looking for Will: My Bardic Quest with Shakespeare

Who was Shakespeare, really? Greg Bell asks the question in his book, Looking for Will: My Bardic Quest With Shakespeare, a collection of poems, stories, and remembrances about the years Bell performed as the Bard himself, onstage and at popular Renaissance Faires. Besides being an author, Bell is (obviously) a Shakespearean actor. He currently facilitates […]

“Lila” by Marilynne Robinson

“Lila” by Marilynne Robinson

A friend was about to return Lila to the library, then thought we might enjoy the story. We did. The first we know of little Lila, she’s been dragged from her hiding place under the table and set out onto the stoop and told not to try to sneak back inside. The weather is foul and getting worse. […]

Representing Ourselves: Giving Voice to the Latinas We Know

Representing Ourselves: Giving Voice to the Latinas We Know

Désirée Zamorano and Isabel Quintero at two Latinas who are raising their voices. The National Endowment for the Humanities has partnered with the American Library Association, allocating $1.48 million to support Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, “a public exploration of the rich and varied experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States […]

The Secret of Marie

The Secret of Marie

The Secret of Marie is the third book by former Altadena resident Rebecca Bricker. We first met Bricker after the publication of her debut work, Tales From Tavanti: An American Woman’s Mid-Life Adventure in Italy. From nonfiction, Bricker leaps into a historical novel, “an art history mystery set in Monet’s Giverny.” Well, that tweaks our interest; recalling […]

Cameron Diaz on Longevity

Cameron Diaz on Longevity

From Princess Fiona to There’s Something About Mary, from Bad Teacher to one of the three Angels (as in Charlie’s), Cameron Diaz has charmed and kicked arse since 1994. At the end of 2013, Diaz came out with The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your […]

Rachel Harper—This Side of Providence—at Vroman’s

Rachel Harper—This Side of Providence—at Vroman’s

We met novelist, essayist, poet, and teacher Rachel Harper in January 2013 at a party for Prospect Park Books’ authors. She was an interesting woman with whom it was easy to talk, so we didn’t hesitate too much before we asked if she would contribute to Hometown Pasadena’s “Write Here” category for poetry and short […]

In Conversation with Christina Baker Kline

In Conversation with Christina Baker Kline

Pasadena Public Library Director, the esteemed Jan Sanders will be “in conversation” with Christina Baker Kline, author of this year’s One City, One Story selection Orphan Train. Kline discusses her experiences writing the novel, which is based on true events and a Q&A session will immediately follow. Besides Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline is the […]

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