Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘Vroman’s’


Another Darko Dawson Mystery

Another Darko Dawson Mystery
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Many of the reviews of Wife of the Gods mention that if you “like” The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency then you’ll “love” Dr. Kwei Quartey’s first novel. Nothing against Alexander McCall Smith, but it’s a bit like “apples and oranges.” This is what we wrote in early 2013 about Pasadena resident Kwei Quartey’s most recent mystery novel at […]

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 […]

Fairies in the Kitchen: Weezie Bat Food

Fairies in the Kitchen: Weezie Bat Food

L. A. and magic realism. “A place where life is a mystery, pain can lead to poetry, strangers become intertwined souls, and everyone is searching for the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.” Francesca Lia Block‘s Weetzie Bat series has been called a “sophisticated, slinkster-cool love song to L. A., the book that […]

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 […]

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 […]

IWOSC Reads Its Own

IWOSC Reads Its Own

We were delighted to hear from Flo Selfman, President of Independent Writers of Southern California… Twice a year IWOSC presents a special FREE event – “IWOSC Reads its Own” – a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works – from poems to true stores to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes. […]

Van Leeuwen for Our Dog Days of Summer

Van Leeuwen for Our Dog Days of Summer

New York Magazine gives it a critic rating of 5 out of 5 and says the ice cream appeals to the “impulsive tot who dashes out into traffic after the Good Humor man,” as well as the hormone-free, pasture-raised foodies, and styrofoam and plastic-dissing “politically correct environmentalist.” One may argue that enjoying food that is […]

Kris Calvin: One Murder More

Kris Calvin: One Murder More

HP: In order to provide some background to our readers, in what position were you an elected official? Kris Calvin: I served as an elected member of the Governing Board of the South Pasadena School District. The campaign was contentious, with eight of us vying for three seats. Still, in my time on the board […]

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