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Cupcake Win!

Cupcake Win!

What do you do with cupcakes gone awry? Judge them, of course! (And then eat them.) Luckily, all the cupcake contest entries from Saturday’s event were utterly wrecktastic (it’s a good thing, I promise). The entries trickled in during a hilarious slide show of some of Jen and her husband’s favorite Cake Wrecks, followed by [...]

Guest Post: Writing toward Mattering by Beth Kephart

Guest Post: Writing toward Mattering by Beth Kephart

As many reviewers of my novels have noted, my characters tend toward worry. Can they fit in, and should they? Will they be noticed, and by whom? Will they find, within themselves, the capacity and talent to leave the sort of mark they hope to someday leave upon the world? My characters live with doubt, [...]

CupCake Wrecks

CupCake Wrecks

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is that time again. The time for…. CUPCAKES. Some of you may remember the highly successful Cupcake Bake-off Vroman’s held last August. From what I hear, it was kind of amazing. Looking at the pictures from the event makes me want to eat lots of cupcakes. Luckily, on June 26th, that [...]

From the other end of the spectrum…

From the other end of the spectrum…

In light of my recent post on the New Yorker’s 20 authors under 40, I thought it was important to mention another list: the Ward Six Blog’s list of 10 Authors Over 80. All of them are still alive, many of them are still writing, and while some are obvious choices (Harper Lee, Beverly Cleary), [...]

20 Under 40: New Fiction by Younger Authors

20 Under 40: New Fiction by Younger Authors

Yesterday, the New Yorker published a list of 20 fiction author under 40 to watch in the coming years. The list hasn’t been published since 1999, but back then they picked some authors who did, in fact, turn out to be great – Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Díaz, and Jeffrey Eugenides, among others. The new list [...]

The Hacked! Flash Drive: It’s an Awesome Thing.

The Hacked! Flash Drive: It’s an Awesome Thing.

I post the It’s an Awesome Thing series whenever I run across something particularly awesome in the store. It may include books, gift items, stationery items, etc., but they will all tend towards the quirky, cool, and just plain strange. It could happen daily, monthly, or never again, but then again, we have so many [...]

Abraham Lincoln + Vampires = Learning

Abraham Lincoln + Vampires = Learning

Two more literary mash-ups appeared in our office today: this time, it is Android Karenina and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead. Cue despairing sigh. For those of you who don’t know, a mash-up is a great work of literary fiction or a common literary theme with something new thrown in. “Something New” [...]

Guest Post: A Writer on Writing

Guest Post: A Writer on Writing

The Writer Inside by Kelly Thacher Kelly will be teaching a 6-week Intuitive Writing Workshop at Vroman’s beginning on May 26. Please call us at (626) 449-5320 or click here for more information. “Oh, I’m not a writer!”  If I had even a penny for every time someone said that to me, I could have [...]

Laura Bush, Really Cool Bookstore Blogs, Etc…

Laura Bush, Really Cool Bookstore Blogs, Etc…

I think “Holy line around the corner @vromans” was my favorite comment about the Laura Bush Spoken from the Heart event on Tuesday (courtesy of @BostonCourt). That was a pretty accurate description – it stretched from the event space upstairs down through the store, out the door, and almost all the way up to Union [...]

It’s Worldwide

It’s Worldwide

Right now, 7000+ people, all over the world, are thinking about the same thing. Believe it or not, it’s a book. Not just any book. One book. For those of you that haven’t figured it out already, I’m talking about my recent pet twitter project, One Book, One Twitter (#1b1t). Apparently the people I follow [...]

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