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Guest Post: Noir! Part 2

Guest Post: Noir! Part 2

The second half of Emily St. John Mandel’s guest post, promoting her in-store event on May 6th and her new book, The Singer’s Gun. Read the first half here. Untitled Emily St. John Mandel 2. If it’s partly the pure physical splendor of California that draws the state paradoxically toward noir, or that draws noir [...]

Guest Post: Noir! Part 1

Guest Post: Noir! Part 1

What inspires an author to write a certain type of fiction? Emily St. John Mandel (one of Patrick’s favorite authors with a podcast to prove it, and author of Last Night in Montreal) is back at Vroman’s this Thursday, May 6th, with her new book, The Singer’s Gun. The LA Times gave it an excellent [...]

Last Day of National Poetry Month!

Last Day of National Poetry Month!

April is coming to an end, and with it, National Poetry Month. I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading the poems Vroman’s employees have picked; I certainly have. If you haven’t… well, at least it’s almost over. I saved today’s poems for last on purpose. They come from Danny, our Shipping/Receiving manager. Charles Bukowski is one [...]

LA Times Festival of Books: Recap

LA Times Festival of Books: Recap

Phew! I am  finally beginning to recover from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – what an amazing and exhausting three days! Friday was set-up, which went really smoothly (once we figured out how to make all of our tables fit). Saturday and Sunday were solid signings for me, and super busy for everyone [...]

LATFOB!

LATFOB!

Hello internet. I know I’ve been very quiet this week, and unfortunately that will have to continue. With the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend (Vroman’s is at booth #367!) and a brand-spankin’-new calendar of Vroman’s events for May and June going up over the next week and a half, I have been [...]

Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman

Today’s poem comes from the manager of the cashiers, Karineh. This is why she selected it: “Here is one of my favorite poems by one of my favorite poets. The first time I read this, I fell in love; whether it was with woman, poetry, Maya, or the feelings that were conjured, I cannot say.  [...]

Poetry and Tweets

Poetry and Tweets

After our wildly successful National Poetry Month event on Saturday, I am in the mood for more poetry. This one comes to us via Anne, our merchandising manager. More of her favorites can be found on the poetry display in the main store. Anne Sexton is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet who suffered depression and [...]

Nonsense!

Nonsense!

I promised poetry, and it is coming! But first, quick news. The Indies Choice Book Award Winners were announced today. Take a look at these amazing titles here. Indies Choice books are selected by Booksellers at independents all across the country, and they always make excellent selections. If you’re looking for something new to read, [...]

So Many Updates!

So Many Updates!

Being away from the blog for a few days puts me WAY behind, apparently. I’ll get you all caught up today, then tomorrow, we’ll have some more poetry! For those of you keeping an eye on #1b1t, first round winners are here. @crowdsourcing and a handful of judges will be adding four more books to [...]

April is National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month!

All jokes aside, April is, in fact, National Poetry Month. We have lovely displays up in the store, but for those of you that can’t make it in, or simply don’t want to leave your computers lonely, I’ll put some poetry up here, too. Some will be my favorite poems, some will be offered up [...]

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