Indie Bookstore Day 2017

Apr 25, 2017

Vroman’s, Flintridge, Book Alley, Century Books: Thank you, Universe, for independent book stores!

Saturday, April 29 is Independent Bookstore Day and  here’s what’s on the menu:

Vroman’s at 3 p.m.:

Author Liza Palmer discusses and signs The F Word!. Olivia Morten’s constantly hungry (literally), captive to her high-flying publicist job, and missing her drop-dead-gorgeous doctor-husband. With an unexpected return of a certain someone, Olivia’s “hard-won perfection begins to unravel” and “she is forced to confront the most painful truth of all: sometimes who we become isn’t who we really are.”



Palmer is the author of Seeing Me Naked, Conversations with the Fat Girl, A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents, and Girl Before a Mirror.

Vroman’s, 693 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91101.


Photo source: Brian Sonia-Wallace, Rent Poet.


Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.:

Enter a drawing to win a selection of books!

10-11:30 a.m.: Storytime with Laura Knight, author of Spot: A Sea Pup’s Survival Guide.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Take a picture with Blondie & Luke, golden retriever therapy dogs at Children’s Hospital.

10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Come visit representatives from Special Kids-Special Needs, working to provide events for children with disabilities and/or illnesses throughout LA County.

Noon-4 p.m.: “Rent Poet” Brian Sonia-Wallace sets up his “Poetry Store” table (see top right). Bring a photo of your pet and Brian writes a poem—on the spot—on his portable typewriter.

I took a crazy challenge in September, 2014: to pay my rent using only the money I made writing poetry. It was the beginning of an insane poetic journey that has me writing haikus for tech companies and flying to North Dakota to make poems at people.

I write and perform commissioned poetry on-the-spot at events based on your word, topic, or story on a manual typewriter.


Brian Sonia-Wallace, The Rent Poet.



Noon-2 p.m.: Ken Levin, author and property master for LabRats & Wizards of Waverly Place, shares his creations and his book The Kids from Folden.

3-5 p.m.: “Uncle” Ruthie Buell, host of a KPFK radio poetry show emcees a poetry open mic for all ages. Come and sign up!

For complete list of daily events, visit Flintridge Bookstore on Facebook.

Flintridge Books, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge 91011. Ph: 1.818.790.0717.


“Uncle” Ruthie Buell


Why “Uncle” Ruthie, you might ask. The early days of radio programming for children were populated by announcers with names like “Uncle Bob” and “Uncle Fred,” so she decided on a whim for one program to identify herself as “Uncle Ruthie,” and the name has stuck for half a century!


Century Books: No specific events scheduled that we could find, but always worth a visit…

Real Simple magazine decided to choose the best bookstore in every state of the Union. In California? Century Books!

Situated in Pasadena’s historic Green Street Village, Century Books houses an eclectic selection of used fiction and nonfiction books. The bookshop also houses a small art gallery that features works by local artists. They host events, lectures, and performances by musicians, authors, and other notable figures, too.
—”Best Bookstore in Every State,” Real Simple magazine



Currently is Century’s gallery is an exhibit of Hans Zima’s animal, landscape, and architectural photography. Prints available from $25 to $45. See examples at

Century Books, 1039 E. Green St., Pasadena 91106. Hours vary; call to corroborate. Open Saturday, 7:30-11 p.m. Ph: 1.626.344.6411.


Century Books.


Book Alley.


Book Alley: No specific events scheduled that we could find, but always worth a visit…

Book Alley has 50,000 titles—in stock. It’s a general used bookstore covering all subjects, including children’s books. The owners claim to have “the largest selection of art, architecture, and photography books in the area.”

Want to check out available titles ahead of time? Nearly all of the books are catalogued online.

Book Alley, 1252 E. Colorado Blvd. at S. Chester Ave., Pasadena 91106. Hours: Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Ph: 1.626.683.8083.








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