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Future Awake in Mouth of NOW

Future Awake in Mouth of NOW
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Gerda Govine Ituarte is a woman we’ve come to know; initially over a bowl of soup at Euro Pane (the original) and subsequently via quick chats at events, some phone calls, and email. She’s a businesswoman, a consultant, an activist, a supporter, and a poet. We admit readily that we are not learned when it comes […]

Talking to Ourselves

Talking to Ourselves

My dog Wilma and I take a turn off the main drag onto one of the tree-lined blocks of our Pasadena neighborhood. Across the street a man walks in the opposite direction, talking to himself. I double-check: yes. No smartphone, no earbuds. He stops talking when he sees us. I pretend not to notice. As […]

Book Launch: Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW

Book Launch: Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW

    Gerda Govine Ituarte uses words like a painter employs a brush—with a strong definitive stroke heavy with paint, revealing grooves and ridges, depth and texture, or a flick of the wrist creating a wisp of an expression, a stipple light as air. Gerda’s poetry paints pictures previously unimagined… Mother Nature in pain. Throws new red shiny […]

Book Alley

Book Alley

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 […]

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