The Weekend…In Photos!

by Jessica on December 16, 2014

Well friends, we’re officially done with events for 2014. It’s bittersweet, of course. The good news is we went out with a BANG! this weekend.

We hosted two more family events to close it out.

On Saturday morning was our Santa’s Workshop Craft Fun. We had five tables, each with a different craft set up for the kids. We made snow globes, handprint wreaths, “stained glass” ornaments and more!

Here are some photos from the morning.

Holiday themed coloring pages for the little ones!

Crazy snow globe fun!

And now for some of the finished products!

On Sunday, we had our 9th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party! It was a blast seeing everyone create their houses. We’d be lying if the houses didn’t look dang good too! Ya’ll did a fabulous job and we can’t wait until next year!


Thanks to all our wonderful customers, friends and authors that make every event we do so special! We look forward to seeing you all at the great events we have coming up in 2015!




6 Questions with Local Author Nancy Young!

by Jessica on December 10, 2014

Nancy Young’s, Strum, has been getting a lot of buzz lately.
Strum has just won the
2014 USA Best Book Finalist Award in Fiction: Literary
bringing the total up to 6 awards for the book!
Nancy has been having a great year!
We were able to ask her six questions to feature on the blog.
Read on to hear more about Strum and Nancy Young!


Our Main Store (695 E. Colorado) has only a few copies available! Stop by and pick yours up today. 

How and when did you know that writing was going to be your path in life?

I started reading at a very young age, at 3 actually, and spent a lot of time in the library just reading from one end of shelves to the other! I read the entire Narnia Chronicles by 4th grade and Agatha Christie collection by 5th. By the time I was 12, I started writing short stories and have kept a diary continuously since then. English was my favorite subject in school. I grew up here in Pasadena: I was newspaper editor at Eliot Jr. High and Yearbook Editor-in-Chief at John Muir High. I worked at Vroman’s during high school and college – long before Old Town was created.

After my first year in college at UCLA, I decided to take a year off and moved back East, and had an opportunity to get a job working for the Vice Dean of the Harvard Law School, who was also an author of legal thriller novels set in Africa (he was a legal consultant to African governments). I helped him edit his second book and from there knew I would be a writer someday. I wanted to join Peace Corps and travel, but he encouraged me to finish college first (well, it was a requirement of Peace Corps anyway) and I eventually did and graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in English.

At the time I wanted to become a photo journalist, author or editor for a publishing company, but got recruited into Public Policy in my junior year and went on to get two Master degrees in in Public Policy/International Affairs (Columbia U) and Asian Studies (History/Business from U of Hawaii). As a result I’ve done a lot of technical writing – hundreds of grants, policies, business plans and marketing guides for government agencies in Australia and nonprofit organizations in the US.  I finally published my first short story in 2000 in an anthology called Sweet Sisters & Other Secret, published by Zonta International, and my first novel Strum in 2013.

Is there any genre that you’re interested in exploring?

My first book Strum is a historical/literary fiction, with magical realism, multiculturalism, music, politics and a bit of mystery too. It actually covers a few genres already! I loved Agatha Christie as a kid and I think I could do a fairly good job at murder mysteries, but ultimately, literary fiction is my genre.  I wrote my senior thesis on James Joyce’s Ulysses – that was a cutting edge novel that broke all the boundaries of writing at the time. I don’t know if I could do it, but I aspire to break ground somehow, some day! Right now I’m exploring creating a musical audio book for Strum (and the series).  I recorded the first chapter with a sound effects orchestra live a while ago and would like to do it for the complete book, which would mean commissioninig a composer to write some new music.  I’m conducting a GoFundMe campaign to raise the funds to do it.  I also have an art exhibition planned in April as a fundraiser.  I was a painter and artist at one time as well.

Strum took you five years to write, that’s a long time! How did it feel once it was out in the world and people were picking it up to read?

It took one year to write, three years to rewrite and another to edit!  It was my first novel so of course I wanted it to be perfect (perhaps an unattainable goal, but one keeps trying!), and of course feared the actual process of finding a publisher or agent.  I ended up self-publishing kind of by accident rather than by design, but once it was out there in the world I just wanted EVERYONE to read it!  It’s like having a child – you want it to do well and to be loved by others!  Winning the six awards tells me that those who do pick it up to read (judging panels made up of editors, publishers, reviewers, and publicist, I’m told) all seemed to have found it worthy. Now I just need more readers and the public to know about it, read it, and hopefully love it!

You’ve traveled a lot! Do you have a favorite place? Is there a place you haven’t been that you’re really looking to visit?

My all-time favorite trip was the 7 week trek from Jiri to Kala Pattar on the Everest Trail in the Himalayas.  It is described in detail as an important journey in the latter half of StrumStrum is about journeys, personal and metaphysical.  All the characters travel on various journeys that really test them. Some succumb, others overcome… it is a metaphor for life. I haven’t been to much of Africa, aside from a stopover in Egypt on my way back from Saudi Arabia years ago with my family, but I would love to go to Senegal, Tunisia, and Morocco.  It always makes me think of Albert Camus’ L’Etranger which I read in college, and which filled me with a sort of quiet terror that really challenged me. I imagine brilliant blue skies, dessert sunsets and lavish bazaars. This, combined with Portugal and southern Spain, would be my next bucket list travel.

What are some rewards and some challenges you’ve faced with the success of Strum?

I self-published Strum because it seemed like the right thing to do. The industry was changing… authors could keep control of their rights and bring a book to the public with their own vision, words and aesthetic intact. I liked the idea of being part of a revolution.  Since then, Strum has gone on to win six (6) book awards, including one which competed with mainstream publishers – and came out a Finalist! I’ve been getting quite a bit of publicity lately, and we’ll see whether it translates into sales yet, or not.  Time will tell, but meanwhile the publicity duties are getting in the way of the writing of the next book!

But, in the end, it’s still a self-published book and it has to finance its own publicity, as well as get itself out to the public.  With the success of Strum, I feel an urgency and obligation to match the sales with the critical success.  I’m hopeful the publicity I’ve been getting since winning the awards will help do all that, but if I could do it again, I would seek a mainstream publisher to bring it to the reading public, because it takes a whole lot of time and money to market a book. That’s what a publisher is for – to bring a book out with a whole marketing division behind it so it has the best chance out of the gate.

Of course, lastly, we have to ask you what’s next?

I’ve been asked by a lot of potential readers to please bring out an Audible version so they can hear it in their cars as they drive in this LA traffic — commuting to work, delivering kids to school, or while on vacation.  Time is so rare these days.  To be able to enjoy a good story, people need to fit them into their busy, sometimes hectic lives.  So, I would like to do just that. Strum is a special book that features very beautiful music, which will bring the story to life!  When I launched Strum, I had a movie special effects orchestra to back up my various readings and it was fantastic!!  The rest of the world needs to hear this version, so I started a “GoFundMe” campaign to help me fund this new musical endeavor.  Getting it into the hands of the right film director, agent or producer is also high on my list.  The book started out as a screenplay and clearly it is a visual feast, one which would translate very nicely into an epic film with lush cinematography and art direction.

Meanwhile, I’m starting to write the second book in the Strum series: the tale continues from the Everest trail, where Neena, a young Vietnamese-Australian doctor returns to find a brilliant Sherpa lad who has sequestered himself in a remote Tibetan monastery.  The story again returns to 19th century France to discover the fate of a Franciscan priest, Tomas, whose baroque guitar finds its way to Canada where the story all began. The third book’s plot is yet to be determined, but will traverse the globe again (perhaps to the Middle East or South America) and culminate in the multi-ethnic world of New York and San Francisco.


If you would like to see Nancy speak about Strum in person
she has a few events coming up!

Sunday December 14, 3pm – Gatsby Book (Long Beach)
January 24, 2:30pm  Long Beach Library on   at Mark Twain Library
February 21, 2pm – Local Author Fair (Pasadena Library)
Arroyo TV & Channel 32 – First week of January


The Weekend…in Photos!

by Jessica on December 8, 2014

We had quite the weekend of Holiday Events! 

Friday Dec. 5, the Grinch was here! We had a HUGE crowd. Kids and adults alike had a wonderful time. 

The Grinch loves on everybody!

Saturday Dec. 6, Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland took place outside on the Vroman’s Paseo because in Southern California we do winter in the sun! There were snow cones, crafts for the kids to do, St. Lucy’s band playing all the Holiday hits and a chance to visit with Santa.

St. Lucy’s Band

Snow Cones!!


Sunday Dec. 7, Letters to Santa

If you didn’t know we have an official mailbox that goes directly to the North Pole. Kids stopped by to create their own letters to send off.

We’ll be closing out the holiday season (and year!) this next weekend. 

On Saturday Dec. 13th at 11am, we’re having a Santa Workshop. There will be tons of crafts to work on that can be brought home as gifts to family members! 

On Sunday Dec. 14th, we’re having our 9th Annual Gingerbread Decorating Party. Sign-ups are closed but if you did sign up we can’t wait to see you there! 



Indies First Recap…In Photos!

by Jessica on December 4, 2014

Indies First/Shop Small fell on Saturday November 29 this year! We staffed the store with some great authors that day! Here’s a photo recap of what went down in case you missed out!

Marie Lu helps some customers in the YA Section!

Some of the staff with Lian Dolan!

Ava Dellaira and some of the staff in the Children’s Department!

Another special guest stopped in to help out at the Book Information Desk!

Sue Ann Jaffarian helping some customers out in the Mystery Section.

Mr. Ron Koertge rockin’ the Vroman’s apron.

Ron Koertge helps a happy customer.

Putting Marla Frazee to work!

A few hours in the Children’s Dept. and Marla Frazee takes charge of our unruly staff!


Thanks to everyone that came out and supported small businesses everywhere. Whether you shopped with us or not, we appreciate that you choose small businesses first! Until next year…


TLC Giving Tree

by Jessica on December 1, 2014

We put up our TLC Giving Tree last week! It’s located in our Children’s Department near the information desk and is looking fabulous.

Treasure Little Children (TLC) is a philanthropic organization dedicated to providing assistance to needy youngsters. The foundation seeks donations to continue offering educational and social assistance to disadvantaged children in the greater San Gabriel Valley.

We are so pleased to be able to work with them again this year. To find out more about TLC please click here.


I wanted to showcase some of the Thank You letters we’ve received over the years. Aren’t they the sweetest?

Next time you’re in stop by the tree!


— Jessica


A Peek at our Holiday Shop!

by Jessica on November 28, 2014

Our Holiday Shop has been up for a few weeks but I wanted to highlight some of the cuteness and festive-ness that we  have been looking at everyday! We have plenty of decoartions, candles that smell so incredible you can’t stop smelling them, plus tons of ornaments!

You should definitely come check it out in person!

And finally…this guy!


Derek Goldberg – Artist on the Stairwell!

by Jessica on November 25, 2014

Introducing Our New Artist on the Stairwell, Derek Goldberg! 

It was a cold winter day in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., back in the mid-1970s, and I was heading to a local Lincoln car dealership in order to shoot my first roll of film. I was just a school kid then, taking my first class in B&W photography. That day as I shot and developed my first roll of 35mm film, little did I realize that I was beginning a long and transformative journey, one which would cement in me an ever-growing interest and appreciation for the power and majesty of the still image.

Since then, and following a BA degree from Dartmouth College and a MFA degree from USC Film School, I have shot somewhere between 70,000 to 100,000 images – black & white, color, negative, reversal, infra-red, traditional and digital. My area of interest has been travel photography, with a particular focus on street, scenic, and architectural subject matter. I am fortunate enough to have traveled from the varied regions of the American continent to places remote and diverse throughout Asia, Africa (where I was born), the Middle East, and Europe.

I can’t see myself telling anybody what he or she should see in my photographs or what they should mean to them. Frankly, I can’t really put it any better than the New York City street photographer Garry Winogrand, who once said, “I don’t have anything to say in any picture. My only interest in photography is to see what something looks like as a photograph.”

To see more visit:


December Events!

by Jessica on November 24, 2014

 We’re closing out 2014 with a bang!
Tons of events for the family, for kids, for adults…you can bring your pets too!
Happy Holidays, friends! 

Monday, December 1, 6pm
Twilight Zone UnScripted: Special Holiday Edition
Impro Theatre presents ” Twilight Zone UnScripted: Special Holiday Edition” followed by a Q&A session with the cast. From the darkest corners of reality to the land of the unexplained, “Twilight Zone UnScripted: Special Holiday Edition” is a completely improvised show in the style of classic 60’s sci-fi television shows – with a holiday twist. Enter the dimension of pure imagination as the company starts with audience suggestions, combines them with holiday themes, and creates all-new and completely improvised episodes at every performance.

Delightful! Remarkably adroit wizards of improvisation” – Arts in L.A.
Performances at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse December 4-21.

Monday, December 1, 7pm
Panel Discussion on Remembering and Understanding John Muir
In honor of the John Muir Centennial author Elizabeth Pomeroy, Glenn Pascall, Mickey Long, and Thomas Andrews all join this panel discussion. John Muir (1838-1914) was America’s most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club.

Panelist bios:

Elizabeth Pomeroy, historian and author of John Muir: A Naturalist in Southern California
Thomas Andrews, former Executive Director of the Southern California Historical Society and a Muir scholar who has a organized a large Muir exhibit currently on display at Azusa Pacific University.

Mickey Long, for many years the lead Los Angeles County naturalist at Eaton Canyon above Pasadena where John Muir walked most often in Southern California.

Glenn Pascall, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter librarian and author of Southern California Mountain Country: Places John Muir Walked and Places He Would Have Loved to Know, currently being run in 82 segments on the Angeles Chapter website.

Tuesday, December 2, 7pm
Vroman’s presents Tim Shriver discussing and signing
Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most

As chairman of Special Olympics, Timothy P. Shriver has dedicated his life to the world’s most forgotten minority–people with intellectual disabilities. And in a time when we are all more rudderless than ever, when we’ve lost our sense of what’s ultimately important, when we hunger for stability but get only uncertainty, he has looked to them for guidance. Fully Alive chronicles Shriver’s discovery of a radically different, and inspiring, way of life. We see straight into the lives of those who seem powerless but who have turned that into a power of their own, and through them learn that we are all totally vulnerable and totally valuable at the same time. In addition, Shriver offers a new look at his family: his parents, Sargent and Eunice Shriver, and his uncles, John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy, all of whom were resolute advocates for those on the margins. Here, for the first time, Shriver explores the tremendous impact his aunt Rosemary, born with intellectual disabilities, had on his entire family and their legacy. (Sarah Crichton Books)

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $29.00 + tax and include one ticket and one copy of Fully Alive.
Tickets cannot be shipped. We are now accepting paid reservations.
You may purchase your tickets online at or by calling the Will Call department at 626-449-5320.
Tickets and books will be available for pick-up from the store location beginning the date of the book’s release, Tuesday, November 11.
Reserved tickets and books may also be picked up at the Will Call table at the venue the evening of the event.
The venue is All Saints Church, 132 N Euclid Ave, Pasadena, 91101.
Tickets and books may be available for purchase at the venue, while supplies last.

Thursday, December 4, 7pm
Robin LaFevers discusses and signs Mortal Heart
In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever’s New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.
(Harcourt Brace & Co)

Friday, December 5, 6pm
Special Holiday Story Time featuring The Grinch!

The Grinch returns to Pasadena! This special story time will be followed by a photo op with the Grinch, so bring your cameras!

Saturday, December 6, 10:30am
Jon Klassen reads from and signs Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

With perfect pacing, the multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling team of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen dig down for a deadpan tale full of visual humor. Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect. (Candlewick Press)

Saturday, December 6, 11am
Vroman’s and the Pasadena Playhouse District Association present Winter Wonderland!

Join us outside on the Vroman’s Paseo for some lively music by St Lucy’s Band, kids treats, crafts and a visit from Santa! Bring your cameras and your lists for this photo op!

The Pasadena Playhouse District will also be hosting Merry Merry Movie at the Laemmle Theater this morning at 10am. They will be screening Arthur Christmas!

Arthur Christmas at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.

For information on how to attend this free showing please visit

Sunday, December 7, 11am
Letters to Santa!

If you are not able to come see him in person, please join us for this special Letter to Santa writing activity. Christmas is only 18 days away but it’s not too late to let Santa know what you are wishing for this year. We’ll supply the stationery for your list and when done just put your letter in our special North Pole mail box that will get sent directly to Santa from Vroman’s.

Sunday, December 7, 3pm
Special Holiday Story-Time with a Fairy Tale Princess!

Come enjoy this special Holiday Story Time! The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions are inviting a ravishing, royal surprise guest to enchant the young and young-at-heart with a festive Holiday yarn. This special event celebrates SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, a Holiday Panto featuring Olivia Holt as “Aurora” (Disney’s I Didn’t Do It), Lucy Lawless as “Carabosse” (Xena: Warrior Princess), David Engel as “Nanny Tickle” (Broadway’s La Cage aux Folles), Tamyra Gray as “The Good Fairy” (Broadway’s Bombay Dreams) and Ben Giroux as “Silly Billy” (CW’s Hart of Dixie).

SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT performs at The Pasadena Playhouse from December 10 – January 4. Use code VROMANS20 to save 20% on select tickets (excludes Row C and Hot Seats). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Monday, December 8, 7pm
Bob Kato discusses and signs
The Drawing Club: Master the Art of Drawing Characters from Life

Does your cartoon, comic, film, or story need a quirky individual? How about a leading lady? Rogue superhero? By working through the exercises found in this book, acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to draw personality archetypes of any kind – movie heroes, pulp fiction characters, and pop culture stars from every era. Each exercise features a new character type and tackles different aspects of character drawing. (Quarry Books)

Bob Kato will be appearing with the following artists:
John Musker, Disney Feature Animation
Chris Turner, Disney Imagineering
Mike Barry, Disney Imagineering
Will Martinez, Disney Imagineering

Tuesday, December 9, 7pm
Dawn Wells discusses and signs What Would Mary Ann Do

So, what would Mary Ann do? As the sweet, polite, and thoughtful Mary Ann Summers from Kansas in the hit series Gilligan’s Island, Dawn Wells created an unforgettable and beloved character that still connects with people fifty years from the show s debut in 1964. As the good girl among the group of castaways on a tiny island, she was often positioned against the glamorous and exotic Ginger Grant, played by Tina Louise, prompting many to ask: Are you a Ginger or a Mary Ann? This book not only helps readers answer that question for themselves but also sends the inspirational and heartwarming message that yes, good girls do finish first. (Taylor Trade Publishing)

Wednesday, December 10, 6pm
Romina Russell discusses and signs Zodiac

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….
Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life–so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories. When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens–including its beloved Guardian–Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancrian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts. Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus–the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend–has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho–along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard–must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians. But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac? Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs. (Razorbill)

Friday, December 12, 7pm
Marla Frazee discusses and signs The Farmer & the Clown

Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee.
A baby clown is separated from his family when he accidentally bounces off their circus train and lands in a lonely farmer’s vast, empty field. The farmer reluctantly rescues the little clown, and over the course of one day together, the two of them make some surprising discoveries about themselves–and about life! Sweet, funny, and moving, this wordless picture book from a master of the form and the creator of The Boss Baby speaks volumes and will delight story lovers of all ages. (Beach Lane Books)

Saturday, December 13, 11am
Santa’s Workshop Craft Fun

Join us for a fun time of holiday crafts. There will be a variety of crafts to choose from. Little gifts that can be taken home to give to your mom, dad or siblings!

Saturday, December 13, 5pm
Nicole Maggi discusses and signs Winter Falls

Alessia Jacobs is a typical sixteen-year-old, dying to get out of her small Maine town. Things look up when a new family comes to town. But as she begins to fall for the hot, mysterious son, Jonah, her life turns upside down. Weird visions of transforming into an otherworldly falcon are just the beginning. Soon she learns she’s part of the Benandanti, an ancient cult of warriors with the unique power to separate their souls from their bodies and take on the forms of magnificent animals. Alessia never would’ve suspected it, but her boring town is the site of an epic struggle between the Benandanti and the Malandanti to control powerful magic in the surrounding forest. As Alessia is drawn into the Benandanti’s mission, her relationship with Jonah intensifies. Suddenly forced to weigh choices a sixteen-year-old should never have to make, Alessia witnesses two worlds colliding with devastating consequences. (Medallion Press)

Sunday, December 14, 11am
9th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party

$25.00 + tax
It’s our annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party! Join us and decorate your very own house that you will get to take home with you! Houses and candy are provided but you are welcome to bring extra candy or anything that might add to the décor of your house. This event is fun for the whole family or a group of friends and sells out every year so don’t wait too long to sign up! To participate please call us at (626) 449-5320 by 12/5/14.

Join us for story time with  every Wednesday & Saturday at 11:30am at
Vroman’s Hastings Ranch!

Thursday, December 4, 6pm
Vroman’s Hastings Ranch Literary Trivia Night!

Brush up on your literary knowledge and join us for some fierce competition! Free to play, all ages welcome. Refreshments will be served and there are prizes, too!

Saturday, December 6, 11:30am
Special Holiday Storytime featuring the Grinch!

The Grinch makes his way to Vroman’s Hastings Ranch for this special storytime, complete with a photo opportunity. Don’t forget your cameras!

Saturday December 6th, 2-6pm
Vroman’s Hastings Ranch Holiday Extravaganza!!
Come one, come all!! Join us for an afternoon of music, cookie decorating, ornament crafting, refreshments & good ol’ Holiday Cheer. There will be eggnog….’tis the season!


Author Walk of Fame Dedication and Reception!

by Jessica on November 18, 2014

November 8
The Beginning of the Author of Fame
Honoring Lisa See

This was such an amazing day! Being there and witnessing the very first set of hand prints to be cemented in the Author Walk of Fame was something else. It was such a cool thing to be a part of. Standing there taking pictures and seeing it happen really made you feel like you were a part of something bigger. So many people will walk past Lisa See’s hand prints as well as the authors to come and know that great things happened there.

What would this post be without pictures on pictures on pictures!

Promotional Director, Jen Ramos, says a few words to kick off the morning.

Lisa See says a few words before pressing her hands into the wet cement!

Here. We. Go!

Signing her name!

Some of the Vroman’s Gang with Lisa See and the finished product!

Party Time! Connie makes some 1950s style punch for everyone!

The gorgeous cake done by Takes the Cake in Pasadena! (Delicious too!)

The Radio Publica played an acoustic set to entertain the guests!

Check out Takes the Cake here.

Check out the Radio Publica on Facebook. On Twitter. On Instagram.


Group Author Event!

by Jessica on November 17, 2014

November 7
Group Author Event
Featuring Denise Hamilton, Jervey Tervalon, Luis Rodriguez, Mark Salzman & Naomi Hirahara
Reading an original story.

I’ve heard this event described as “magical“.

I’ve heard people say, “There was nothing like it and it felt so special to be at an event like this.

This was the kind of event that was talked about days after and will be talked about for years to come. It was truly something special.

I’ve posted a few of the authors stories on the blog.
To read them, click on the authors name. Naomi Hirahara. Michelle Huneven. Denise Hamilton. Jervey Tervalon.

Luis Rodriguez talks about the changes in Pasadena over the years.

Jervey Tervalon reads from his story, The Bookstore and the Writer.

Denise Hamilton reads from her story, The Not-So-Big Sleep.

Naomi Hirahara reads from her story, The Tale of Tomodachi.

Mark Salzman closed the night by serenading everyone with his chello!