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The Festival of Books is almost here!!!

The Festival of Books is almost here!!!
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It’s almost here!  A week from today, Vroman’s and Book Soup will be headed to set up booths for the Los Angeles Times Festival Books on the always lovely USC campus!  If you have never been (!!!), the Festival is a sunny, beautiful, bustling two whole days filled with books, authors, music, and all the […]

This Book Will Change Your Life | a post by Allison Hill

This Book Will Change Your Life | a post by Allison Hill

Today’s post comes to you from Allison Hill, COO & President of Vroman’s Bookstore and Book Soup.  The original article  from 3/5/13 can be seen here on The Huffington Post. I was working in the bookstore late one evening when a customer asked for me.  “I’m looking for a book,” he said, “and I saw […]

A Game of Chess

A Game of Chess

The sign of a great Master is his ability to win a won game quickly and painlessly.  –  Irving Chernev We have had quite the variety of displays recently, so I thought I would continue to share them!  One of our displays this week, A Game of Chess, features fiction and non-fiction titles about chess […]

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

Our lovely & talented Visual Merchandising Manager, Anne, has recently created a display featuring books by and about Ernest Hemingway, so I just thought I would share! Featured books about Hemingway: Hemingway’s Boat by Paul Hendrickson There’s never been a biography quite like this one… The stories are rich with contradiction and humanity, and so […]

This Valentine’s Day, forget the candy!

This Valentine’s Day, forget the candy!

OK, I’m lying- I would never actually turn down candy for any occasion, Valentine’s or otherwise.   And please, do not withhold candy from deserving people.  I’m just saying… perhaps you should try something new this year.  Valentine’s  is an entire day devoted to telling those special people in your life that you love them, […]

A Year of Reading & Falling in Love

A Year of Reading & Falling in Love

After I finish reading a book that I have completely fallen in love with, I go through a bit of denial and withdrawal because, obviously,  I just don’t want it to end.  I have a tendency to live within the pages of the book long after I have finished reading, revisiting specific chapters, and growing […]

Employee Picks | Holiday Gift Edition!

Employee Picks | Holiday Gift Edition!

Creating employee picks, or “shelf talkers,” as we call them, is one of the (many!) great things about working at Vroman’s.  They’re basically mini book reviews that customers genuinely trust and enjoy reading.  As a Vroman’s employee, you spend a lot of time with the merchandise, which basically means you have 8 hours each day […]

Kobo eReaders are now at Vroman’s!

Kobo eReaders are now at Vroman’s!

In September, I had the amazing opportunity of traveling to New York for the American Booksellers Association’s (ABA)  IndieCommerce Institute.  Not only did I meet amazing booksellers from all over the country, but we were able to chat and compare how each store is run and bounce ideas off each other. We spent a lot […]

What’s YOUR Savvy?

What’s YOUR Savvy?

This fall marked the beginning of something wonderful- the Young Readers’ League!  A community-based program sponsored by Vroman’s that encourages and fosters a love of reading, the Young Readers’ League committee (comprised of educators, parents, booksellers and students) read and voted on the first selection: Savvy by Ingrid Law. Savvy by Ingrid Law (Grades 3-7) […]

Penguin & Random House Reading Group Picks are here!!!

Penguin & Random House Reading Group Picks are here!!!

On Thursday, November 1, I had the amazing opportunity of hosting the Mega Reading Group event.  Sounds awesome, right? Well, it was!  Representatives from both Penguin and Random House joined us to discuss their suggestions for great new book club selections.  There was a huge variety of genres and paperback and hardcover titles, so there […]

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