Little Flower Baking!

by Jessica on April 20, 2016

This coming Saturday (4/23), we have the pleasure of hosting Christine Moore and Cecilia Leung of Little Flower. Christine has recently come out with a new book, Little Flower Baking.

Interviewing Christine and Cecilia will be Los Angeles Times-bestselling writer Lian Dolan, author of the novels Helen of Pasadena and Elizabeth the First Wife as well as the warm, witty new gift book, You’re the Best, which she wrote with her real-life sisters—aka the Satellite Sisters of podcast and radio fame.

The staff has been excited about this book for awhile now. A few of the gals in the office decided to try out a few of the recipes for funsies and have the rest of the staff be the taste testers.

The spread included: Strawberry Basil Scones, Brown Butter Shortbread, Pear Cake and Cranberry Pecan Coffee Cake.

The general consensus was that everything was pretty dang good! The staff loved the treats. Here is a quick round-up of the recipes that we tried.

The Pear Cake was incredibly easy to make! If you’re looking for a super moist cake for any occasion this would be it.

The Strawberry Basil Scones can be put in the freezer so that you have a quick breakfast at the ready.

The Brown Butter Shortbread cookies pair well with a hot beverage. There are a few steps that require being set out overnight and then in the freezer overnight so that’s something to keep in mind when you set out to bake these.

The Cranberry Pecan Coffee cake was also a delicious hit! There is a Streusal topping that needs to made in addition to the regular cake.

Check out these photos of the finished products and pretend you can smell them! We hope to see you at the event this weekend for a Saturday afternoon of laughs and baking love!

The full spread!

Strawberry Basil Scones!

Pear Cake with a side of Brown Butter Shortbread


Diggin’ In!



Happy National Book Mobile Day!

by Jessica on April 13, 2016

Happy National Book Mobile Day! We’re celebrating with this fun memory!

In 1950, Harry Sheldon & J.V. Sheldon, Jr., came up with an innovative sales idea. At their suggestion, the company outfitted a Silver Streak trailer with shelving & display racks for 1500 books. Pulled by a Ford coupe, the Vroman’s-on-wheels visited remote communities in California, Arizona and Utah. Teachers and librarians from miles away would come to look over sample copies of the latest children’s books and place their orders. On one occasion some 1800 elementary school children were waiting for the Book Bus to arrive in Phoenix, Arizona!

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by JZ Bingham, VP Acquisitions, Editor-in-Chief,  Balcony 7 Media and Publishing

Avid readers in the Los Angeles area looking for an eclectic mix of fiction series may look no further than their own backyard. Balcony 7 Media and Publishing, based in Pasadena, offers “an intriguing mix of titles,” according to the Library Journal. With a hands-on approach to creativity and nurturing debut authors for the long term, we’ve taken a page directly out of legendary Scribner’s editor Max Perkins’ book: Our boutique press invests in publishing authors, not merely titles. Those authors that spark our interest may indeed spark yours, with their prolific works and unique takes on popular genres.

Whether business fiction, historical fiction, or contemporary novellas, we nurture budding franchises worth your time: each author’s expertise shines in their work; the topics are fresh and timely; and every title has an educational component embedded within its literary value.

Balcony 7 is proud to introduce exceptional titles slated for Spring/Summer 2016:

First up, April 21st:  Volume One of a biannual release of contemporary novellas in Patricia Mahon’s Stories from the Age of Distraction series. Praise by Kirkus as “a sweetly earnest utopian metafiction” only touches the surface of the underlying theme. Mahon, a literary scholar, goes right to the crossroads of human communication in the Internet age to ignite a global dialogue that preserves the art of storytelling, threatened by smart technology, digital detachment, and the loss of human interaction. This modern fiction sequence takes a speechwriter, a schoolteacher, and a Silicon Valley techno-savant on a worldwide voyage, led by the entries of global participants in their viral storytelling app. Fantasy meets reality meets fantasy—in a mind-bending marriage of contemporary muses and excerpts from literary geniuses that span the centuries. These excerpts from classic literature are organically presented throughout the novella to great effect, reminding readers that the art of storytelling is invaluable and timeless; it’s the narrative of generations, layered over time to embody our very humanity. Each installment takes readers to a new destination, in pursuit of master storytellers around the world.

Coming May 5th: The Vox Populi series of historical fiction by Pasadena resident, Dr. Cy Stein, an impassioned lover of ancient Roman history and one of America’s top doctors for cancer, currently practicing at the City of Hope. Stein’s novels resurrect the voice of the people in ancient Rome through deeply developed fictional characters whose lives intertwine with the real nobles of the time. This angle allows contemporary color while Stein’s decades of knowledge about historical facts stays true to reality. The Medicus Codex, book one, is the tumultuous journey of a medicus, a physician, from that of unwelcome transplant from Galilee to the Roman Emperor’s personal physician. When that emperor is the teenage Elagabalus, circa 225 CE, the human conflict reaches a crescendo, underscoring timeless struggles rooted in power, money, sex, and survival. Book two, Caligula and I (Spring 2017), continues to resonate the voice of the people, going back even further in time to incorporate Tiberius, Claudius, Pontius Pilatus, and a unique perspective of the infamous Caligula. The medicus aspect is a common thread in Vox Populi, adding flavor to ancient Roman life along multiple tangents.

Slated for May 19th: Book two of a Silicon Valley series by Ann Bridges, whose business fiction embodies hi-tech espionage, bouncing from California to Washington, D.C., to China. Rare Mettle picks up where Private Offerings (Sept. 2015) left off, following the trail of rare earth metals, the key ingredient to the devices we cannot live without, nor can our defense department. Rare earths are the new oil, and their potential embargo from a politically posturing nation such as China could be devastating to Silicon Valley, and has already happened to Japan in real life. Pundits claim the U.S. is at risk and the threat is being glossed over. Bridges brings this worse-case scenario to light through page-turning fiction that not only depicts the importance of the highly refined minerals themselves but also of those who risk their lives to prevent the weakening of our nation’s security. Endorsed by government insiders and rare earths experts, Bridges exposes our contemporary Achilles heel. In true Bridges’ style, romance and passion plays as strong a role as love of country.

More information on these authors and their titles is available at, including many juvenile fiction works we’re excited about, as well. Two picture books debut in June: Little Boy Soup by Joshua Russell and Amalia Hillmann; and Shark Boys, by Laurie Krueger and Rex Perry. Other cartoon picture books include Balcony 7’s in-house creations, the Salty Splashes Collection™, as well as preteen novel, Piranhas Like S’mores, which placed 6th out of over 1,300 submissions for the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards.

Boutique publishing at Balcony 7 means fresh takes on popular genres. Our indie passion nurtures the art of storytelling for today’s readers. All books are available in multiple formats, including eBooks, and are available wherever books are sold. Book club discussion guides are available upon request.


Marla Frazee (A Documentary Short)

by Jessica on March 21, 2016

by Adam Goodwin

My first exposure to Marla Frazee was through the incredible picture book, All The World.  My wife and I have two young children ages 6 and 2.  My son received the book as a gift from my aunt in 2013.  The whole family was immediately struck by the richness of the illustrations and depth of the visual narrative. We rushed to the back of the book to learn more about the artist.  It was a fun moment learning that Marla lived in Pasadena.

All The World reminded me of my favorite childhood picture books Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett.

About the same time, I’d been thinking about producing a short form documentary series profiling creative individuals who produce thoughtful work with a deep sense of purpose.  As an artist, I wanted to create a passion project outside of my job at a large entertainment company that I could both draw inspiration from and pass along to others through a short film.  Our family bought more of Marla’s books at Vroman’s and I began researching her online.  The more I knew about her and her work, the more I began to feel that her approach to her craft was special.  Marla has taught for many years at the Art Center College of Design and it seemed clear to me that not only was she a gifted storyteller and artist, but that she wanted to share those gifts with others. A two time Caldecott honoree, Marla is both respected and loved in the field of children’s literature. Authors, illustrators, parents, teachers, educators, librarians – she has fans around the world. I wanted to create a piece that spoke not just to the people who knew her and loved her books, I wanted to capture a larger, more universal statement about passion.  I am fascinated by people who embody the “Do what you love. Love what you do.” spirit.

Marla has a quote on her website about what distinguishes great illustration from just good illustration:

“When someone is doing exactly what they were put on this earth to do and when they are lost and relaxed in their process, we experience their work as “great.” It really applies to every vocation – baking pies, laying bricks, children’s book illustration . . .”

The film is an exploration and celebration of that quote.

Marla shared many moving stories and observations (too many to include in just a four-minute film!) One anecdote that continues to resonate with me is the story of a 3-year old girl upon reading Marla’s wordless picture book, The Farmer and The Clown. Marla quotes the child’s reaction, “When we meet people, we take something of them with us afterward for the rest of our lives.

Marla is an incredible artist, passionate advocate for children’s literature and makes a pretty mean latte.  I’m so thankful for the chance to make this film and grateful to take a piece of Marla with me for the rest of my life.

If Marla’s books have inspired you, profoundly spoken to you or “changed your emotional temperature” – please share your story and this video with others.

To find out more about Marla Frazee, visit her website.


James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker…we all know and love these classic Irish authors. But what about giving some love to some more contemporary Irish authors? I’ve compiled a short list of a few authors to check out this St. Patrick’s Day (in case kissing everyone in sight and drinking the day away isn’t your cup of tea).

Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin has been around for a little bit. We’ve hosted him at the store a few times (he was here in 2015 for Nora Webster) but he’s gotten quite a bit of attention for penning Brooklyn which was just on the Best Picture nominations of this years Oscars.

Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy is cool…like really cool! She’s sold more than 40 million books worldwide (and had a spot in Oprah’s Book Club). She did pass away in 2012 but had one more book to release. Her final novel, A Week in Winter, was released after her death and topped the New York Times bestseller list in no time!

John Banville

 John Banville published his first book, Long Lankin (a collection of short stories) in 1971 followed by his first novel, Nighspawn, the same year.  He is no stranger to accolades when it comes to his writing. He has been the recipient of the American-Irish Foundation award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In 2005, John won the Man Booker Prize for The Sea.

In 2006, he started writing under the pseudonym Benjamin Black and published a slew of crime novels including Christine Falls and A Death in Summer. 



My Twins

by Jessica on March 15, 2016

by Erika M. Martínez

My nephews turned eight years old this month. When I spoke to my sister she told me that instead of having a party they would go shopping for new bicycles. It’s still hard to believe that they are in second grade, that they love to sing in the children’s choir at church and dance to the music on my sister’s exercise video while she works out. Eight years ago they were content in a tight swaddle with a warm bottle of soy formula.

Their birthday reminds me how long I have been working on the anthology Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women. When my sister was pregnant with the twins I went to the Dominican Book Fair in New York to meet other Dominican women writers I hoped to include in the collection. A few months later, I took another combined trip: I attended AWP in New York, hoping to pitch my anthology idea to small publishers and University presses, then I went to my sister’s baby shower. After my sister gave birth, I began working on the book proposal and was able to submit it to the first interested publisher before going to New York again. This third trip was to help my sister with her newborns for six weeks. In between feedings and diaper changes one afternoon, I had my first phone conversation with the Editorial Director who had received the book proposal a few weeks earlier. I was nervous and jittery but made it through the conversation. When I hung up the phone I was hopeful even though the Director wanted me to change my vision for the book.

In August of 2008 I left for Santo Domingo on a Fulbright grant to edit the anthology. I thought I would take a year or two to get the book done. My friends had edited an anthology in less than a year. Why couldn’t I? Well, they’d been approached by a publisher and were offered a contract right away. They had a production schedule with real deadlines. I’d started my process right before the market crashed in the fall of 2008, which made many publishers stop signing contracts for books that were not complete, including that first publisher who had asked me to submit a book proposal.

Many of my writing friends wondered why I was looking for a publisher when I hadn’t finished putting together a manuscript. My response was simple: I wanted guidance as I went through the process and I wanted to “save” time. Thinking my book would not come out until a year or two after signing a contract made me cringe.

My family and non-writer friends used to ask about the book constantly until I finally told everyone not to bring up the subject, that I would share good news with them when I had some. Even then, one of my cousins still asked, and I’d be forced to talk about the latest disappointment. When I returned to New York on one of my first trips back from Santo Domingo I went to a bar for drinks with my sister and some of her colleagues. They asked about the book, and I told them how stuck I was. “I’ve got a second masters now and what do you have?” my sister said.

In the time I’d been away my sister had gotten a Masters in Education Administration to go along with her Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language. How she did that while teaching high school full time with infant twins was beyond me. I was struggling with getting my contributors to revise and receiving rejection letters that would send me down spiral chutes of despair for days. I was hurt by my sister’s comment. For consolation I told myself that she didn’t know about writing or the publishing process.

I was learning about all of it myself, with every new query letter, with every new draft of the book proposal. I sought out help. I went to various anthology readings. I heard how it took three editors seven years to get their book published. I read introductions where editors avoided mentioning how many years it took them to finish their books. I helped other editors who were at earlier stages of their process. Then in 2013 I had a publisher say yes. I was undergoing contract negotiations, and the book was slated for release that fall. Unfortunately, after five months of back and forth, the small nonprofit press and I couldn’t compromise on international/foreign language rights. I walked away from the contract.

Many friends had suggested I take breaks throughout this process, but I’d avoided doing so because I didn’t want to delay publication. I tried to take a break in the spring of 2013 because at the same time that negotiation tensions were rising, my eighteen-year-old cat was dying, and I was having my third miscarriage in six months. I took three months off from working on the anthology. In September of that year I sent out my next query. The publisher asked me to submit the manuscript and said they would get back to me in about nine months. I continued to look for other publishers.

When the twins turned six they went to a steakhouse to celebrate. They told me about how they got to ride the rodeo bull after they ate their macaroni and cheese. I was up to query letter number thirty-two. Throughout that year I had been looking for meaning in the loss of three important things in my life. I was beginning to understand that I couldn’t rush. Yes, twenty-four contributors were likely wondering when and if this anthology would ever get published. The writers included in this collection had experienced their own ups and downs as well; they had published new work and begun new projects. They’d ended long-term relationships and some had begun new lifetime partnerships. They’d given birth to new life and had lost loved ones. They had fought for their lives. And I was still looking for a publisher.

Around that time a friend shared a quote with me, highlighting a line she found inspiring: “Most of the time the only difference between a dream that came true and one that didn’t, is a person who wouldn’t give up and one who did.” I realized each rejection was devastating because I thought it meant the book wouldn’t get published. Some part of my mind thought that because one editor said no, all of them would. And I’d involved many people in this project; dozens of friends and strangers had stepped up to help me. There had been too many points of no turning back; I couldn’t even count them. To me, there was no way I could let the project go.

Another year went by. The twins had just turned seven when I was offered a third contract, the one I finally signed. The University of Georgia Press was the publisher I had been waiting for. They were patient with me, knowing I was 9 months pregnant when the manuscript was due. Luckily, I turned in the anthology two days before I went into labor. As I went through production, I felt the support I’d been seeking since I began the project in 2008.

We finally get to share the wonderful stories in this collection with the audience. On April 1, 2016 four contributors will join me at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena to read from their work: Angie Cruz, Yalitza Ferreras, Juleyka Lantigua-Willimas and Jasmine Jina Ortiz. These authors have given voice to Dominican women seeking economic opportunity for themselves and for their families. Their stories will help readers reflect on love, gender, identity and migration. My nephews won’t be at the reading, but my daughter will.

Erika M. Martínez was born in New Jersey to Dominican parents and lived many of her childhood years in Santo Domingo. She is the editor of the anthology, Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women. Recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Hedgebrook Writing Residency, she holds an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, CA where she currently resides. Her writing was adapted for the stage and has been featured in the anthologies, Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher EducationHomelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place and Time andSecond Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology. Her work has also recently appeared in Muthamagazine.comConsequence Magazine, and the Afro-Hispanic Review, among other publications. She has taught creative writing in the Dominican Republic and works with the National Writing Project in New Hampshire. (


Losing Everything

by Jessica on March 11, 2016

by Allison Hill

This blog was originally posted on HuffPostBooks

Someone I love lost everything a few months ago. A middle of the night house fire. A narrow escape. A home in ashes.

My brother is making an inventory list for the insurance company. He mentions that he had a $5,000 leather sofa. I remind him that even carrot peelers and teaspoons add up. We don’t talk about his prized, signed Dallas Cowboys football, my grandfather’s domino set, the photo album I made for his 30th birthday. The list is overwhelming and goes on and on until my brother stops suddenly and hoarsely whispers, “I don’t care about any of this. I’d give it all up a million times over and live in my car if I could have Spenser back.” Spenser, his beloved dog who died in the fire. And there it is. The hugeness of this tragedy distilled down to the one and only true loss.

Because my brother hasn’t lost everything. He has neighbors who, woken in the middle of the night by the sound of sirens, came over with clothes and blankets for him and his girlfriend who were standing in the 3am air in their underwear. He has a mother who showed up with bagels and coffee and trash bags to carry what they could salvage. He has a father who offered to hop on a plane at a moment’s notice and a group of employees, burly men, leathered and calloused from landscaping beside him on hot summer days, who reported the next morning for work and stood crying, shaking their heads at the news. Friends who want to help. People he doesn’t even know praying for him.

A lifetime of memories and knowledge and love and experience that can’t be taken away, not by mere mortal fire. He has a sister who doesn’t begin to know how to make this better but among other things will periodically text him emoticons: a flexed bicep and a face with a tear, the double symbol that now represents the journey he is on.

The not yet revealed truth is that some things may even have been gained. A deeper understanding of the only things that are important: family, friends, a dog. Perseverance. Resilience. A strength he didn’t know he had. Knowledge of things like deductibles and adjusters and fire safes, oh my. A sense of humor.

This is what he’ll understand as this moment in time becomes smaller and smaller in his rear-view mirror, a story that he’s no longer living but merely recalling to new friends and acquaintances. Something that happened to him but does not define him.

When confronted by tragedy, anguish, unbearable sadness, the kind that until you experience it you didn’t realize could be a literal hurting of the heart, we say things like, “I am speechless.” When writing about a much loved employee’s passing recently I wrote: “To say that we will miss her doesn’t begin to do justice to the hole she leaves behind.” A friend’s news of a family member’s sudden fatal heart attack and the four young children he’s survived by solicits a text from another friend: “There are no words.” In Amy Bloom’s novel Away she describes her tragic character Lillian as “an orphan, a widow and the mother of a dead child, for which there’s not even a special word, it’s such a terrible thing.” Again and again we are forced to realize that language for all of its evolutionary progress fails us in the face of loss and grief. Yet writers bravely take on this seemingly insurmountable challenge on our behalf and attempt to give words to that which can’t be spoken, that which we can’t begin to understand.

Think of literary icon Joan Didion sharing the story of her husband’s sudden death in The Year of Magical Thinking. Her memoir was less of a grief survival guide, more a haunting watercolor of grief. Then less than two years later Didion experienced another tragedy: the untimely death of her daughter, the kind of unimaginable double whammy that makes you think that God is careless, or worse. But in response Didion painted us a heartbreaking landscape, Blue Nights, another memoir, this one painted over the first. Didion’s canvas now thick with layers of sadness.

Or Sonali Deraniyagala. If Didion paints us a painting of grief, Deraniyagala offers us a photograph, an unflinching close up called Wave. On December 26, 2004 while she was on vacation in Sri Lanka with her family, a tsunami struck washing away Deraniyagala’s husband, parents and children. She alone survived to tell their story, one that is so painful that I could barely endure her telling of it. I Googled years after reading her memoir to see if I could find her, to see how she was doing, but her book was the only proof of life: “Look there. There she is. A woman with a flexed bicep and a tear.

Some writers speak to loss as our cheerleaders, the ones who believe in our ability to survive: Cheryl Strayed who takes on the nitty gritty, wild and wooly of our daily lives and reminds us of how beautiful we still are. Anne Lamott who points out the love and meaning and holiness in our lives while agreeing that they are full of “heartbreaking sweetness and beauty, floods and babies and acne and Mozart, all swirled together.” Others, like David Sedaris, Jenny Lawson, Christopher Moore, just help us laugh despite it all.

Even ancient literature–The Odyssey, The Iliad–offers us hero archetypes, survivor stories, inspiration to continue along our journey no matter what. After all, as Joseph Campbell said, we are all often called to “cross the threshold.” Either literally to step into new worlds and start new adventures, or figuratively to pass through existential fires or survive emotional catastrophes. We are forced to leave our previous reality behind and enter a new one, a world without our loved one or our home, our once healthy heart, or a beloved pet.

In so many ways books tell us what we need to know to put one foot in front of the other for the journey, whether running from a fire or walking toward a new life.

My doctor has a masters in spiritual psychology. Once when I was experiencing health problems he asked me to indulge him in an unusual exercise. He placed two chairs across from one another in the exam room, then asked me to sit in one chair and my ailment to sit in the other chair so that I could address it. The purpose was to stop thinking of the issue as “other“–something that was happening to me–and instead think of it as part of me, something that I could acknowledge and accept, something that could even teach me and guide me. Perhaps this is the lesson in these books as well, that losses aren’t fissures or “other” but additions to ourselves, new ingredients folded into the complicated recipes that make us who we are.

In my brother’s case not a “victim” or even a “survivor” but simply a strong man who loved his dog very much.


Psychedelics Hit the Big 60!

by Jessica on March 9, 2016

By Allene Symons

If you’ve ever sampled or wanted to sample psychedelics, then this flashback is for you. Sixty years ago, in March of 1956, the word psychedelic was coined during an intense exchange of letters between a famous author and a psychiatrist whose specialty was schizophrenia. I tell the full story in Aldous Huxley’s Hands: His Quest for Perception and the Origin and Return of Psychedelic Science.

The famous novelist was Aldous Huxley, best known for his dystopian novel Brave New World. His friend and verbal sparring partner was Canadian psychiatrist Humphry Osmond, who ran one of the world’s largest mental hospitals.

In a previous incident, Osmond had guided Huxley through a heaven-and-hellish experience after Huxley convinced the doctor to give him a little-known drug called mescaline. Derived from the active ingredient found in the peyote cactus, mescaline was known to mimic the reality-shattering mental disorder called psychosis.

Huxley ingested mescaline, and the result was a powerful and visionary adventure with elements of both mysticism and madness. Huxley wrote about his biochemical rite of passage in The Doors of Perception, a book that shook up his loyal readers and astonished literary critics.

That slim book influenced both Huxley and Osmond’s future endeavors in many ways. The two became advocates of research into the therapeutic, creative, and spiritual benefits of this drug, and not only mescaline but its chemical cousin LSD, the magic-mushroom derivative psilocybin, and other related substances as well.

The Doors of Perception led to numerous speaking engagements and article commissions for Huxley and Osmond, but it was a cumbersome mouthful to refer to this constellation of drugs by always listing their separate names. So on March 31 of 1956, in a letter to Osmond, Huxley complained: “About a name for these drugs – what a problem!

Humphry Osmond had expressed a similar view in a letter to Huxley a week earlier when he wrote: “The name should have a clear meaning, be reasonably easy to pronounce, and not be too much like some other name.” He suggested several new words formed from Latin roots, but the one he preferred was ‘psychodelics.’

At this point cultural history almost took a detour because Huxley misread the word. He thought it was spelled with a letter T as ‘psychodetics,’ suggesting mind dividing, which didn’t make sense to him. The misunderstanding was not a surprise, because Osmond’s handwriting was spiky and odd, and it didn’t help that Huxley had been partially blind since contracting an eye disease at age seventeen.

After objecting to Osmond’s proposed term, Huxley put forth one of his own – ‘phanerothyme,’ its Latin root meaning ‘soul,’ then introduced it in a ditty: “To make this trivial world sublime, take half a gramme of phanerothyme.”

In a volley of wordplay, Osmond tweaked the vowel by changing the O to an E and fired back: “To plumb the depths or soar angelic, just take a pinch of psychedelic.

Huxley got it.

Before long this feisty word would attach itself to the music, art, fashion, and spirit of protest of the 1960s — the offspring of a debate, and misunderstanding, between a psychiatrist and a celebrated author sixty years ago this month.

 Allene Symons is the author of three books and a veteran journalist whose work has appeared in consumer and trade magazines. She served as a senior editor for Publishers Weekly in New York, and wrote articles for Details, the Los Angeles Times (book reviews and travel), and other publications. She also created the travel lit review column “Great Reads for the Restless” for


Welcome to the Neighborhood Jones Coffee!!

by Jessica on February 24, 2016

Vroman’s has some new friends that just moved into the neighborhood!!

The Next Chapter, a new coffeehouse from Jones Coffee Roasters, has opened up in the space next to Vroman’s and we could not be more excited! They opened up just a little bit ago and are already getting some great buzz. Of course this new coffeehouse will have coffee but they will also have pastries and snacks. It’s the perfect pairing to browse through our shelves with. We hope you’ll stop in and try some for yourself! When you do send us a message and let us know what you think. Until then here are a few photos of the inside of the shop and a great display our Will Call Department put up to help welcome Jones! The L.A. Times also joined in the fun by writing a piece about the coffeehouse. Read it here



Our pals at Book Soup are hosting a killer event next week on Wednesday 2/17! It’s going to be a great evening of reading and performing! Tickets and information at the bottom of this post. Hope to see you there!

Dave Stewart’s life has been a wild ride one filled with music, constant reinvention, and the never-ending drive to create. Growing up in industrial northern England, he left home for the gritty London streets of the seventies, where he began collaborating and performing with various musicians, including a young waitress named Annie Lennox.   The chemistry between Stewart and Lennox was undeniable, and an intense romance developed. While their passion proved too much offstage, they thrived musically and developed their own sound. They called themselves Eurythmics and launched into global stardom with the massively popular album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).

For the first time, Stewart shares the incredible, high-octane stories of his life in music the drug-fueled adventures, the A-list collaborations and relationships, and the creative process that brought us blockbusters from Eurythmics like Here Comes the Rain Again and Would I Lie to Youas well as Tom Petty’s Don’t Come Around Here No More, No Doubt’sUnderneath It All, Golden Globe winner Old Habits Die Hard with Mick Jagger, and many more.

With a behind-the-scenes look at Stewart’s innovative endeavors that keep him on the cutting-edge of the music business, Sweet Dreams Are Made of This is a one-of-a-kind portrait of the creative heart of one of its most gifted and enterprising contributors. (New American Library)

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $29.00 + tax and include a copy of Sweet Dreams Are Made of This. Tickets are now available at Brown Paper Tickets. The Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Grab tickets and more information HERE