Favorite Pastime: Shopping for Books

Feb 27, 2017

Our no. 1 favorite pastime is reading. We will forego swimming, dining, hiking, driving, playing, partying—almost anything—in order to tuck up on the couch or get comfy on the patio, with no one to interrupt, until we read “The End.” It’s our bliss, our heaven on Earth.

Our no. 2 favorite pastime is shopping for books.

We highly recommend Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse because the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, the service friendly and helpful; and the coffeeshop offers a small area for indoor sipping and reading, and a few spots outside too.

The perfect time to go would be this Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. as you’ll be able to hear author Rachel Harper speak about her novel This Side of Providence. We enjoyed this book. We were moved—we ached, agonized, smiled, and laughed. The writing popped and absorbed us, the story enveloped us.

Alice Walker stated: “It is a book of such power that it is as if a completely new layer of the American experience has been exposed to our view… not one line is wasted and every single word rings true.”



The evening event will be moderated by Colleen Dunn Bates, founder and publisher of the ever-growing Pasadena small press Prospect Park Books.

Prospect Park began by publishing the great, entertaining guidebook Hometown Pasadena, from which this online magazine emerged. Since then, Prospect Park has grown and expanded, and its list now includes children’s books, novels, art, and mystery and crime—and stunning cookbooks like Julienne, Das Cook Book, The Auntie Em’s Cookbook, and Little Flower: Recipes from the Cafe. Another category in which PPB excels is humor. Colleen has a masterful talent for writing articles that are wry, dry, amusing, saucy, and always genuine, so she has an impressive ability to bring humorists into the PBB fold:

Mark Dawidziak, Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Romance, Health and Happiness
Kent Woodyard, Non-Essential Mnemonics: An Unnecessary Journey into Senseless Knowledge
Lynn Chang, The Break-Up Activity Book: Crafting Your Way Through a Broken Heart
Jennifer Worick, Things I Want to Punch in the Face
J.D. Rothmans, The Neurotic Parent’s Guide to College Admissions



Along with Rachel Harper, author J.J. Gersher will be in attendance, both of them. J.J. Gersher is the pen name for co-authors Joyce Gittlin and Janet B. Fattal. They have co-written the novel A Narrow Bridge.

“A gripping, heartbreaking, ultimately uplifting story of two broken people and the healing power of love. Beautifully drawn, the writing keeps you riveted page after fast-turning page.”
—Jeffrey Richman, six-time Emmy-winning executive producer of Modern Family and Frasier

So come for a panel and a latte from the coffeeshop (though Colleen is known to serve wine at author events) and bring a large reusable bag—it’s time to shop for books!


A double rainbow over Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeeshop; photo by Lynn Brockmeyer



Rachel Harper & J.J. Gersher Author Event
Thursday, March 2nd at 7 p.m.
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeeshop
1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge
Free event
Find details at Flintridge Bookstore Facebook page



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