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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 […]

Micro Fiction

Micro Fiction

Thanks to Paula Johnson… Rose City Sisters will publish a new 100-word story every day in March. Micro fiction contributors include local novelists Petrea Burchard (Altadena), Margaret Finnegan (South Pasadena) and Bonnie Schroeder (Glendale), as well as more than two dozen writers from the U.S. and Canada. The site also publishes flash fiction, which are stories […]

Moustafa, Montgomery, Aimée, Tim & Bock

Moustafa, Montgomery, Aimée, Tim & Bock

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 […]

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