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Musical Awesome x2: It’s an Awesome Thing.

Musical Awesome x2: 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 [...]

Slake: Excerpts II

Slake: Excerpts II

Today, the Vroman’s blog presents the last installment of the Slake Magazine blog series! Wednesday, we had an interview with Joseph; yesterday and today, excerpts from the first edition. Be prepared: these are not your average, tame paragraphs. Jervey Tervalon was awarded a key to the city of New Orleans for his best-selling novel Dead [...]

Slake: Excerpts

Slake: Excerpts

At the beginning of this month, an exciting new publication hit the shelves: Slake Magazine. To celebrate its launch, Vroman’s and one of Slake’s editors and co-founders, Joseph Donnelly, put together a blog series to help you all get a taste of this incredible new magazine. Yesterday, an interview with Joseph; today and tomorrow, excerpts [...]

Slake Your Thirst

Slake Your Thirst

Los Angeles is in for a big, frosty glass of literary lemonade (or perhaps a delicate, rare fine wine is a more apt comparison). At the beginning of this month, an exciting new publication hit the shelves: Slake Magazine. To celebrate its launch, Vroman’s and one of Slake’s editors and co-founders, Joseph Donnelly, put together [...]

Congratulations, Playhouse!!

Congratulations, Playhouse!!

The Pasadena Star-News and Rose Magazine announced this morning that the Pasadena Playhouse has emerged from bankruptcy “after its financial reorganization plan was approved by a Los Angeles court.” Sounds good to me! The historic Playhouse suffered financial problems compounded by the challenging economic climate earlier this year (take a look at my original post [...]

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 [...]

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