Literary


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 […]

Van Halen, Accidental Saints & the Rest of Us

Van Halen, Accidental Saints & the Rest of Us

Greg Renoff grew up in New Jersey and earned a Ph.D. in American history at Brandeis University. His first book Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal has just been released and he’ll be discussing and signing the book at Vroman’s on October 9. Renoff told Tim O’Shea of […]

Living Gluten-Free During the Holidays

Living Gluten-Free During the Holidays

No reindeer shaped sugar cookies? No freshly baked croissants? No malted milk shake, Doritos, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream? No soy sauce? The wonderful world of flavors, textures, and tastes evaporates before our very eyes as we consider the reality of a gluten free holiday menu. We might as well growl, “Ba humbug” and […]

Elizabeth Gilbert & Chelsea Clinton

Elizabeth Gilbert & Chelsea Clinton

Big names are once again on the Vroman’s schedule. On October 2, Vroman’s presents an evening with Elizabeth Gilbert at the Pasadena Hilton. She will be reading from and discussing her new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, Gilbert offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. […]

Building Paradise in California

Building Paradise in California

Alex Vertikoff‘s books are titled Weird Rooms, Hidden L. A., and At Home in the Heartland. He’s been the architectural and promotional photographer for the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Villa and Center and for the Skirball Cultural Center. His biography states that he “was the first foreign artist to have a traveling exhibit of his […]

The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic

If I were to write a novel about the experience of a large group of people, I might choose to identify one or two characters and examine their lives in depth. I think most authors would go this way. But in her novel, The Buddha in the Attic, Pen/Faulkner Award winner and National Book Award […]

South Pasadena Author Victoria Patterson

South Pasadena Author Victoria Patterson

The prose is so accomplished, so effortlessly nuanced and suggestive, that more than once I had to check Patterson’s bio to make sure this was her first book. (It is.) —Michael Leone in 2009 writing for the San Francisco Chronicle about Victoria Patterson’s Drift. The Chronicle chose Drift as one of the best books of […]

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