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CupCake Wrecks

CupCake Wrecks
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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 […]

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 […]

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