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Moustafa, Montgomery, Aimée, Tim & Bock

Moustafa, Montgomery, Aimée, Tim & Bock
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We know the known names: Janet Fitch, Naomi Hirahara, Denise Hamilton, Michelle Huneven, Ron Koertge, and Attica Locke—just to name a few of the acclaimed local authors in our midst. On February 21, Vroman’s Local Author day introduces us to five authors we may know nothing about, but maybe should. Kevin Montgomery was born and […]

Mi Amor

Mi Amor

If stories can transport us, then I’ve just spent several days in the 1940’s in sunny City Terrace, East Los Angeles. In her memoir, Mi Amor, Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin evokes her childhood neighborhood in stories and poems of varying lengths and complexities. Some are profound declarations of love both romantic and familial. Some are funny, some […]

Cellar by Minette Walters

Cellar by Minette Walters

Cellar by Minette Walters begins as a story of enslavement in modern day London that tugs at the heartstrings, then accelerates into a psychological thriller and becomes downright creepy. It’s claustrophobic, taking place primarily within the home of the main characters who hate, detest, and demean one another, yet cannot stop, cannot walk away. The […]

The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl

Some classic books are so famous that you think you know them even if you haven’t read them: Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, Oliver Twist…. Some I’ve read and some I haven’t, though all are on my shelves. Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl was one of those […]

Century Books in Green St. Village & a Bit o’ Dark Chocolate

Century Books in Green St. Village & a Bit o’ Dark Chocolate

Century Books is for people who love books; love to browse, peruse and read a little; who like Persian rugs, wood floors, graceful tables, natural light, and old English-type, large muntin windows; who don’t mind stacks of books on the floor (similar to the stacks we have in our own home) and enjoy a good […]

How’s Your Faith?

How’s Your Faith?

We’re all looking, aren’t we? We’re all trying to fit the pieces of our life puzzle together so it somehow makes sense, somehow fits. This isn’t the direction to which we would normally look, but maybe the book we read next is David Gregory’s… While David Gregory was covering the White House, he had the […]

Outlaws, the Queen Mary & Mi Amor

Outlaws, the Queen Mary & Mi Amor

On November 29, three local authors with vastly different stories to tell will participate in Vroman’s local author series. It’s 1957 and Dave Wooders is 16 years old about to step onto the Queen Mary and begin work as a bellboy. Storms at sea, famous passengers, dating onboard, and shenanigans during shore leave—in Adventures on […]

Food Drive, Scavenger Hunt & Authors’ Events

Food Drive, Scavenger Hunt & Authors’ Events

Vroman’s Bookstore has teamed up with Friends in Deed for a holiday food drive. During store hours on November 14 and 15, Vroman’s will have stations set up around the store, accepting dry and canned goods, and “shelf-stable food products.” Food item ideas: Canned tuna, peanut butter, canned chicken, cereal, rice, cooking oil, sugar, and […]

Get Your Voice—and Words—Out There

Get Your Voice—and Words—Out There

Getting your voice out there. You may not know I’m a voice actor. For a word lover like me it’s the best job ever! I have a home studio that looks like a giant Tardis in its PJs. In September, I visited North Dakota for Anime Fargo. I didn’t see any desperate criminals (that I know of), just […]

Bossypants

Bossypants

Maybe Tina Fey doesn’t sit beside Oprah on the velvet-cushioned sofa reserved for powerful women in entertainment, but who cares? She likes Oprah. And besides, she has a comfy chair of her own in the same room. Fey’s resume includes: Head writer on Saturday Night Live Series creator and writer of 30 Rock; s Series […]

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