February Events!!

by Jessica on January 27, 2015

Hello there. Hope everyone’s year is getting started off on the right foot. Are you reading more? We hope so! February is just as packed as January and there’s no sign of stopping us in 2015!
Check out the full list of events below. See you soon!

Sunday, February 1, 4pm
Rebecca Scherm discusses and signs Unbecoming

On the dirty outskirts of Paris, Grace restores bric-a-brac and mends teapots. She calls herself Julie, says she’s from California, and slips back to a rented room at night. Regularly, she checks her hometown paper on the Internet. Home is Garland, Tennessee, and there, two young men have just been paroled. One she married and the other she’s in love with. Both men were jailed for a crime that Grace planned. The heist went bad but not before she was on a plane to Prague with a stolen canvas in her bag. In Paris, a waiting game begins as Grace’s web of deception and lies unravel and she becomes another woman entirely. This debut thriller about a daring art heist and a small-town girl’s major transformation is sure to attract fans of Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt.

Monday, February 2, 7pm
Alexandra Fuller discusses and signs Leaving Before the Rains Come

A child of the Rhodesian wars and a daughter of two deeply complicated parents, Alexandra Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fuller’s own marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the pieces of her life, she finally faces the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married, and about the family she left behind in Africa. Recalling her unusual courtship in Zambia—elephant attacks on the first date, sick with malaria on the wedding day—Fuller struggles to understand her younger self as she overcomes her current misfortunes. Fuller reveals how, after spending a lifetime fearfully waiting for someone to show up and save her, she discovered that, in the end, we all simply have to save ourselves.

Wednesday, February 4, 7pm
Jan-Christopher Horak discusses and signs
Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design

Academy Award winning filmmaker Saul Bass (1920-1996) defined an innovative era in cinema. With title sequences such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) and Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch (1955), he introduced the idea that opening credits could tell a story and set the mood for the movie that followed. Bass’s stylistic influence can be seen in popular Hollywood franchises from the Pink Panther to James Bond, as well as in more recent works such as television’s Mad Men. The first book to examine the life and work of this fascinating figure, Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design explores the designer’s revolutionary career and his lasting impact on the entertainment and advertising industries.

Thursday, February 5, 11am
Mo Willems discusses and signs Waiting Is Not Easy!
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Waiting Is Not Easy!, Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more… (Disney Press)
PLEASE NOTE: We apologize but we are no longer taking class reservations for this event! 

Thursday, February 5, 7pm
Gayle Forman discusses and signs I Was Here
Cody and Meg shared everything. So when Meg drinks a whole bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is shocked that there was no warning. When Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the things Meg left behind she discovers a lot more that Meg has never told her. She learns of Ben McAllister, a boy with a guitar and secrets of his own. Cody also learns about an encrypted computer file that she eventually gets open, and everything she knew about her best friend and her death gets thrown into question.Gayle will be joined by Margaret Stohl & Deanna Kizis!

Friday, February 6, 7pm
Jenn Clark discusses and signs How to Be a Goddess: A Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming the Woman Men Dream About

Are you tired of reading relationship advice books only to see no real improvement in your relationships? Do you wish you had a dating coach to guide you every step of the way? Relationship guru and magazine columnist Jenn Clark has written the only book on love and dating you’ll ever need. Using her signature style of insightful straight talk, laugh-out-loud humor, and candid personal confessions that made her blog Jenn X: 30Something & Single so popular, Jenn takes you through each step of the relationship process. You’ll learn exactly what to do to become a goddess with men. You’ll find out where to meet guys, how to act on a first date, how to handle conflict in a long-term relationship, and everything in between. Ladies, meet your new best friend, Jenn!

 Saturday, February 7, 10:30am
Christian & Parker Jacobs present and sign Welcome to Goon Holler

From the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba comes a story about Tooba, a lonely, timid, and always hungry bigfoot, who stumbles upon Goon Holler, where Dosie takes him to a Goon Scout pancake breakfast and helps him make new friends. Tooba will also make a special appearance!

Sunday, February 8, 2pm
IWOSC Reads Its Own
IWOSC Reads Its Own is a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works — from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes. Fifteen of IWOSC’s talented member writers will read short excerpts from their work.  We’ll be regaled with their wit, have our emotions stirred, or be plunged into deep thought.  First-time and return readers will share their work.  Selections may be published, unpublished, or works in progress, several minutes in length. For more information, see www.iwosc.org or contact info@iwosc.org.

Monday, February 9, 7pm
Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey discusses and signs Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth Behind a World War II Fence

Lily Nakai and her family lived in southern California, where sometimes she and a friend dreamt of climbing the Hollywood sign. At age ten, after believing that her family was simply going on a “camping trip,” she found herself living in a tar-papered barrack, nightly gazing out at a searchlight. She wondered if anything would ever be normal again. In this creative memoir, Lily Havey combines storytelling, watercolor, and personal photographs to recount her youth in two Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Vintage photographs reveal the historical, cultural, and familial contexts of the Nakais’ dislocation. The paintings paired with her animated writing pull us into a turbulent era when America disgracefully incarcerated, without due process, thousands of American citizens because of their race.

Tuesday, February 10, 7pm
Patricia Bracewell discusses and signs The Price of Blood

Readers first met Emma of Normandy in Patricia Bracewell’s gripping debut novel, Shadow on the Crown. Unwillingly thrust into marriage to England’s King Æthelred, Emma has given the king a son and heir, but they have never had a happy marriage. In The Price of Blood, Bracewell returns to 1006 when Æthelred, still haunted by his brother’s ghost, governs with an iron fist and a royal policy that embraces murder. As tensions escalate, Emma forges alliances to protect her young son from ambitious men including the man she loves. When Viking armies ravage England, loyalties are shattered and no one is safe from the sword.

Wednesday, February 11, 7pm
Lynsey Addario discusses and signs It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and WarMacArthur Genius Grant winner Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when September 11 changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making–not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.

 Addario finds in photography a way to travel with a purpose, and It’s What I Do is the story of that singular calling–how it shapes and drives her life and how it changes the lives of others. She captures virtually every major theater of war of the twenty-first century and from it creates a historical document of truth on the international conflicts that have made, and remade, our world. She photographs the Afghan people before and after Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and the countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting inside story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.
As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys’ club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and profession, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance. In the man who will become her husband, she finds at last a real love to complement her work, not take away from it, and as a new mother, she gains an all the more intensely personal understanding of the fragility of life.   Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of society. It’s What I Do is more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines; it is witness to the human cost of war. (Penguin Press)

Thursday, February 12, 7pm
Vroman’s Bookstore presents an Evening with Nick Hornby in conversation with Carolyn Kellogg of The Los Angeles Times

Nick Hornby, the bestselling author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down will be speaking with Carolynn Kellogg about his writing career and his latest book, Funny Girl: A Novel.
Set in 1960’s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingenue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby’s latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.

Thursday, February 12, 7pm
Liza Palmer discusses and signs Girl Before a Mirror

Anna Wyatt is an account executive in a Mad Men world. She is recently divorced and has done a lot of emotional housecleaning including a self-imposed break from dating. While working on trying to win over a new client she stumbles upon a self-help book – Be the Heroine, Find You’re Hero – that leads her to a most unlikely place: a romance writers’ conference. If she can sign the Romance Cover Model of the Year Pageant winner for her campaign she’ll win the account. For Anna, taking control means taking chances and indulging in a steamy elevator ride with Lincoln Mallory, a dashing financial consultant she meets in the hotel. When the conference ends, Anna and Lincoln must decide if their intense connection is strong enough to survive outside the romantic fantasy they’ve created. Yet Lincoln is only one of Anna’s dilemmas. Now that her campaign is off the ground, others in the office want to steal her success.

Friday, February 13, 7pm
Kristin Hannah discusses and signs The Nightingale

From the #1 New York Times best selling author Kristin Hannah comes The Nightingale, an epic love story and family drama that centers on two sisters. Older sister Vianne Mauriac see her husband go off to the Front, never really believing that the Nazis will invade France until they do, leaving Vianne to do all she can to keep her and her daughter alive and well. At the same time Vianne’s passionate younger sister Isabelle is on the search for her purpose, briefly finding it when she falls completely in love with and joins Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France. But when Gäetan betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others. With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war.

Saturday, February 14, 10:30am
Valentine’s Day Craft time with Jen

You’ll be ready to play Cupid once you have created your very own love arrows! This will make a very cute gift
for your valentine!


Monday, February 16, 7pm
Boris Fishman discusses and signs A Replacement Life
In this highly acclaimed literary debut, a failed journalist is asked to do the unthinkable: forge Holocaust-restitution claims for older Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York. Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, “didn’t suffer in the exact way” he needs to have suffered to qualify for the restitution the German government has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has–as a Jew in the war, as a second-class citizen in the USSR, as an immigrant to America. So? Isn’t his grandson a “writer”?

High-minded Slava wants to put this immigrant scraping behind him. Only the American Dream is not panning out for him–Century, the legendary magazine where he works as a researcher, wants nothing greater from him. Slava wants to be a correct, blameless American, but he wants to be a lionized writer even more. Slava’s turn as the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that not every fact is the truth, and not every lie a falsehood. It takes more than law abiding to become an American; it takes the same self-reinvention in which his people excel. Intoxicated and unmoored by his inventions, Slava risks exposure. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that finally grants him a sense of home in America, but not before collecting a price from his family. A Replacement Life is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice. (Harper Perennial)

Tuesday, February 17, 7pm
M.O. Walsh discusses and signs My Sunshine Away

It was the summer everything changed. My Sunshine Away is set in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, barrels of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fans. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too. In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.

Wednesday, February 18, 7pm
Christopher Noxon discusses and signs Plus One
“Well observed, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny, Plus One tells a story from the inside of show business about being on the outside.”– Matthew Weiner, creator of “Mad Men”.

Christopher Noxon’s debut novel Plus One is a comedic take on bread-winning women and caretaking men in contemporary Los Angeles. Alex Sherman-Zicklin is a mid-level marketing executive whose wife’s fourteenth attempt at a TV pilot is produced, ordered to series, and awarded an Emmy. Overnight, she’s sucked into a mad show-business vortex and he’s tasked with managing their new high-profile Hollywood lifestyle. He falls in with a posse of Plus Ones, men who are married to women whose success, income, and public recognition far surpasses their own. What will it take for him to regain the foreground in his own life? (Prospect Park Books)

Thursday, February 19, 7pm
David Morris discusses and signs The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Just as polio loomed over the 1950s, and AIDS stalked the 1980s and ’90s, post-traumatic stress disorder haunts us in the early years of the twenty-first century. Over a decade into the United States’ “war on terror,” PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict’s veterans. In total, some twenty-seven million Americans are believed to be PTSD survivors. Yet to many of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery and shame. Now, David J. Morris, who is a war correspondent, former Marine, and PTSD sufferer himself, has written the essential account of this illness. Through interviews with individuals living with PTSD, forays into the scientific, literary, and cultural history of the illness, and memoir, Morris crafts a moving work that will speak not only to those with the condition and to their loved ones, but also to all of us struggling to make sense of an anxious and uncertain time.

Sunday, February 22, 11am
Laurie R. King presents and signs Dreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
Laurie R. King’s New York Times bestselling novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, are critically acclaimed and beloved by readers for the author’s adept interplay of history and adventure. Now the intrepid duo is finally trying to take a little time for themselves–only to be swept up in a baffling case that will lead them from the idyllic panoramas of Japan to the depths of Oxford’s most revered institution.

After a lengthy case that had the couple traipsing all over India, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are on their way to California to deal with some family business that Russell has been neglecting for far too long. Along the way, they plan to break up the long voyage with a sojourn in southern Japan. The cruising steamer “Thomas Carlyle” is leaving Bombay, bound for Kobe. Though they’re not the vacationing types, Russell is looking forward to a change of focus–not to mention a chance to travel to a location Holmes has not visited before. The idea of the pair being on equal footing is enticing to a woman who often must race to catch up with her older, highly skilled husband. Aboard the ship, intrigue stirs almost immediately. Holmes recognizes the famous clubman the Earl of Darley, whom he suspects of being an occasional blackmailer: not an unlikely career choice for a man richer in social connections than in pounds sterling. And then there’s the lithe, surprisingly fluent young Japanese woman who befriends Russell and quotes haiku. She agrees to tutor the couple in Japanese language and customs, but Russell can’t shake the feeling that Haruki Sato is not who she claims to be.

Once in Japan, Russell’s suspicions are confirmed in a most surprising way. From the glorious city of Tokyo to the cavernous library at Oxford, Russell and Holmes race to solve a mystery involving international extortion, espionage, and the shocking secrets that, if revealed, could spark revolution–and topple an empire. (Bantam)

Sunday, February 22, 2pm
Vroman’s Local Author Day introduces Victor J. Wright, Doobie Shemer and Karrie Ross

Victor J. Wright discusses and signs The Wright Stuff: A Story of Perseverance, Inspiration and Hope The life of Victor Johnell Wright changed forever during a high-school football game in 1976, when the star running back of the sophomore team at John Muir High School in Pasadena, California suffered a spinal injury during a botched play. Psychologists often point to several attitudes people go through when faced with a crisis: fear, denial, anger, acceptance, etc. Victor experienced them all, yet his faith in God and the loving care of his family and closest friends have allowed him to live the past four decades in a way that has inspired thousands and has made him a community treasure.
Doobie Shemer discusses and signs Walking With Elijah: The Fable of a Life Journey and a Fulfilled Soul
Forty-five-year-old Doobie Shemer has it all: a loving family, two cars, a dog and two cats. He lives in his suburb house, holds a corporate executive position and he is financially stable. Life is comfortable and predictable. Yet something is missing, something he can’t describe, can’t put his finger on. A restless feeling of being incomplete dominates his whole existence. Nevertheless, Doobie soon learns that life for him was not meant to be routine or ordinary.
Karrie Ross discusses and signs Our Ever Changing World: Through the Eyes of Artists: Collaborations and Couples
Just how DO Artists live together? Is it a collaboration or…? Our Ever Changing World—Through the Eyes of Artists —Couples and Collaborations bring together twelve couples, 24 artists, one an artist and the other an artist or involved in a connecting profession, one main question and six self-guided interview questions with photos. What happens is an insight into how strengths, weaknesses, focus, determination, confidence and intention all play a part in the creating of a loving, giving, playful, atmosphere allowing them to thrive.

Monday, February 23, 7pm
Lisa Unger discusses and signs Crazy Love You

Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his protection from the bullies who called him a “loser” and from his family’s deadly secrets. Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex – Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change; it makes her angry. And when Priss gets angry, terrible things begin to happen.

Tuesday, February 24, 7pm
Bestselling author, Michael Connelly introduces Denmark’s Queen of Crime, Sara Blaedel and her American debut, The Forgotten Girls

Though not yet well-known in the U.S., Sara Blaedel’s work has found many fans like bestselling author, Michael Connelly, who called her “One of the best I’ve come across.” He’ll be here to introduce this internationally bestselling author and her first U.S. Translation entitled,
The Forgotten Girls.
The Forgotten Girls begins in a forest in Denmark, when a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick–the new commander of the Missing Persons Department–is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a “forgotten girl.” But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed–and hidden–in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.

Wednesday, February 25, 7pm
Michael Gazzaniga discusses and signs Tales from Both Side of the Brain

In Tales from Both Sides of the Brain, Gazzaniga tells the story of his life in science and his decades-long journey to understand how the separate spheres of our brains communicate and miscommunicate with each other. Both humorous and moving, Tales from Both Sides of the Brain interweaves Gazzaniga’s scientific achievements with his reflections on the challenges and excitement of working as a scientist. He paints a vivid portrait not only of his discovery of split-brain theory, but also of his many patients, friends, and family who have accompanied him on this wild ride of intellectual discovery.

Thursday, February 26, 7pm
Jim Bell discusses and signs The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission

Voyager 1 left the solar system in 2012; its sister craft, Voyager 2, will do so in 2015. This fantastic journey began in 1977. The mission was planned as a grand tour beyond the moon; beyond Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. The fact that it actually happened makes this humanity’s greatest space mission. In The Interstellar Age, award-winning planetary scientist Jim Bell reveals what drove and continues to drive the members of this extraordinary team. A team that includes Ed Stone, Voyager’s chief scientist and the geologist whose Earth-bound experience would prove of little help in interpreting the strange new landscapes revealed in the Voyagers’ astoundingly clear images of moons and planets.

Friday, February 27, 6pm
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signs Streetball Crew Book Two Stealing the Game
Chris Richards has always looked up to Jax, his older brother and his parents’ “golden child.” Lately, though, Jax has been full of surprises. First he dropped out of law school; then he started hanging out with some shifty-looking friends. One day Jax asks Chris to recruit his best middle school teammates for a pick-up basketball game in the park. Chris doesn’t think much of it until the wrong team wins and Jax goes ballistic. It turns out that Jax bet on the game, hoping to earn enough money to repay a debt to someone who doesn’t forgive easily. While Chris tries to walk a thin tightrope between helping his brother and staying out of trouble, his friend Theo does some behind-the-scenes detective work to learn what Jax has been up to. The day Chris is roped into a police investigation is the day he realizes he made the wrong play. (Disney-Hyperion)

This is a booksigning only.
No tickets necessary to be in line but we will be checking Vroman’s Bookstore receipts for confirmation of a Vroman’s purchase of at least one copy of
Streetball Crew Book Two Stealing the Game.

Saturday, February 28, 4pm
William Albracht & Marvin Wolf discuss and sign Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Firebase Kate
In October 1969, William Albracht, the youngest Green Beret captain in Vietnam, took command of a remote hilltop outpost called Fire Base Kate, held by only 27 American soldiers and 150 Montagnard militiamen. He found their defenses woefully unprepared. At dawn the next morning, three North Vietnamese Army regiments–some 6,000 men–crossed the Cambodian border and attacked.

Outnumbered three dozen to one, Albracht’s men held off repeated ground assaults by communist forces with fierce hand-to-hand fighting, air support and a dangerously close B-52 strike. For days, the NVA blanketed Kate in a rain of rockets, mortars, artillery, machineguns, and small arms, blocking efforts to resupply, reinforce, or evacuate the outpost. Albracht continually exposed himself to enemy fire to direct air strikes, to guide re-supply helicopters, to distribute ammunition and water to his men, to retrieve the dead and to rescue the wounded, often shielding men with his own body. Wounded by rocket shrapnel, he refused medical attention or evacuation. Exhausted from days without sleep, he continued to rally his men to beat off each new enemy attack. After five days, Kate’s defenders were out of ammo and water. Aerial resupply was suicidal, and reinforcements were denied by military commanders who had written off Kate. Albracht refused to surrender or die in place. Refusing to allow his men to surrender, Albracht led his troops, including many wounded, off the hill and on a daring night march through enemy lines.

Abandoned in Hell is an astonishing memoir of leadership, sacrifice, and brutal violence, a riveting journey into Vietnam’s heart of darkness, and a compelling reminder of the transformational power of individual heroism. Not since Lone Survivor and We Were Soldiers Once, And Young has there been such a gripping and authentic account of battlefield courage. (New American Library)


We are so excited to introduce you to Maud Simmons, our newest Artist on the Stairwell

Please join us in celebrating the opening of the show with Maud on January 26th, from 6-8pm. Follow this link for more information. 

About the Artist:
Maud Simmons is a native of New York and attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated with a BFA in painting. Her work runs the gamut from large to small, heroic to intimate, with every medium represented in a long career of constant change and experiment. The shoe paintings are a series in her latest homage to the ‘ordinary’. “My purpose is to find beauty where it is hidden…in the closet or the kitchen drawer. Any good painter can create a lovely landscape, but what about the shoes you wear every day? They deserve recognition and applause.”


Young Readers League Finale Recap (in photos!)

by Jessica on January 16, 2015

Now that we’re coming down off the high of the Finale of our Young Readers League 2014-2015 Program here is a recap of the evening…in  photos!

Cece and her mom having a little pre-show fun in the photobooth!

Cece talking about the Phonic Ear she wore in school growing up.

Listening attentively.

Q & A Time!

The signing line!

A wonderful group of Children’s Authors! (L to R: Marla Frazee, Cece Bell, Dan Santat)

Heather (YRL Coordinator) and Cece Bell!

An adorable gifty from a fan!


Welcome to Pasadena Cece Bell!!

by Jessica on January 11, 2015

Our Young Readers League author, Cece Bell arrived in Los Angeles yesterday!! We can hardly contain ourselves! After months of planning, prepping and El Deafo themed events we are approaching our-2014-2015 Young Readers League Finale!

If you were living under some rocks or without the internet for the last few months (just kidding…) here’s a little recap of what we’ve been doing since we announced the program in August!

Thanks to a generous grant from indie bookstore champion and best-selling author James Patterson, we were able to produce the 2014-2015 Young Readers League Program.

This exciting program, in the spirit of One City, One Story programs was designed as a school-wide community reading extravaganza. Two years ago our first Young Readers League selection was Vroman’s favorite Savvy by Ingrid Law. YRL had 1,000 members joined together to read this amazing book and participate in book clubs, essay contests, special events, turtle meet and greets, school visits by the author,and a Saavy Soiree finale at Vroman’s! This year we were able to join forces with the Boys & Girls Club and the Pasadena Public Library to get the community even more involved in Young Readers League.


We originally planned to host one graphic novel workshop but the demand was such that we had to add a second one! We made friendship bracelets, warm fuzzies, and bunny ears. We donned our pajamas, ate pizza and played musical chairs at an
El Deafo themed Pajama Party!

And now, we culminate the past few months with the spectacular
YRL finale featuring none other than Cece Bell herself!

Author Visit with Cece Bell
Vroman’s Main Store
Wednesday, January 14th, 5pm

Meet Cece Bell, the author and illustrator of El Deafo. The story of El Deafo was inspired by Cece’s own experiences growing up and we can’t wait for you to meet her and hear her story firsthand. She’ll also answer questions and sign books. Afterwards we’ll have a photobooth where you can take pictures that look like you’re in your own graphic novel!

We hope to see you on Wednesday evening! 


January Events!

by Jessica on January 6, 2015

It’s only the beginning of 2015 and we’re already packed to the gills with events!
Check out the full list below. See you soon!

Tuesday, January 6, 7pm
Phil Zuckerman discusses and signs Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions

Living the Secular Life journeys through some of the most essential components of human existence and offers secular readers inspiration for leading their own lives. Over the last twenty-five years, “no religion” has become the fastest-growing religion in the United States. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people have turned away from the traditional faiths of the past and embraced a moral yet nonreligious, or secular, life. Drawing on new sociological research, Living the Secular Life shines light on this demographic shift, offering crucial information for the religious and nonreligious alike.

Thursday, January 8, 7pm
Jennifer Kunst discusses and signs Wisdom from the Couch: Knowing and Growing Yourself from the Inside Out

How can it be that perfectly intelligent people do such counterproductive things so much of the time? Why do we do the things we know we shouldn’t do, and why do we fail to do the things we know we should do? The simple answer to these questions is that the unconscious mind greatly influences all that we do. In this intelligent yet user-friendly book, psychoanalyst Jennifer Kunst raises some key questions that are on the minds of all those who are seeking a more satisfying, meaningful life.

Friday, January 9, 7pm
John J. Gobbell discusses and signs Edge of Valor

Edge of Valor is the fifth thriller by John J. Gobbell featuring the World War II exploits of Cdr. Todd Ingram, commanding officer of the destroyer USS Maxwell who saves his ship when it is hit by a kamikaze off Okinawa. For repairs, they pull into dock in Okinawa, where they receive news of the war’s end. Ingram expects to be shipped home like the rest of his crew but instead receives orders to fly elsewhere. Two days later the terms of surrender are settled and Ingram is working with one of the Japanese delegates to ensure that mines laid in Tokyo Bay are neutralized, allowing for safe passage of more than two hundred Allied ships. But something isn’t quite right when Ingram runs into one of his old Soviet adversaries. As his shipmates prepare to return to their loved ones, Ingram’s war continues. Now he doesn’t know whom to trust.

Saturday, January 10, 10:30am
Sarah Ban Breathnach presents and signs The Best Part of the Day
Breathnach is back with her first children’s book, The Best Part of the Day. This beautifully illustrated and lyrically written “good night” story encourages children to find at least one moment in each day that is worthy of celebration. Sarah Ban Breathnach’s first children’s book is the perfect addition to any family’s nighttime routine.

Saturday, January 10, 3pm
Dennis Palumbo discusses and signs Phantom Limb: A Daniel Rinaldi Mystery

Psychologist and Pittsburgh Police Department consultant Daniel Rinaldi has a new patient. Lisa Harland, a local girl, once made a splash in the dubious side of Hollywood before hitting rock bottom. Back home, she married one of the city’s richest and most ruthless tycoons. Upon exiting his practice, she’s kidnapped by an unknown assailant. Summoned to the Harland estate, Danny is forced, through a bizarre sequence of events, to be the bag man on the ransom delivery. This draws him into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a brilliant, lethal adversary. Phantom Limb, fourth in the acclaimed series of Daniel Rinaldi thrillers, will keep readers guessing until the very last page.
Dennis will also be leading a writing workshop in addition to his presentation.

Sunday, January 11, 4pm
Roger Friedland discusses and signs Amoré: An American Father’s Roman Holiday

Offered the chance to live and teach in Rome, Roger and his wife seized the opportunity to take their family to live in a city where love is alive and family bonds hold. This part memoir, part cultural exploration shares the stories of the Friedman family’s enchanted and unnerving passage into the heart of Rome and considers its lessons for America.

Monday, January 12, 7pm
Thomas Perry and Jo Perry discuss and sign A String of Beads and Dead is Better

After two decades protecting innocent victims on the run, and a year after getting shot on a job that took a dangerous turn for the worse, Jane Whitefield has settled into the quiet life of a suburban housewife in Amherst, New York—or so she thinks. One morning, Jane is met with some disturbing information: a childhood friend of Jane’s from the reservation, Jimmy, is wanted by the police for the murder of a local white man. But instead of turning himself in, he’s fled, and no one knows where he is hiding out. Jane instinctively retraces a walking trip she and Jimmy took together when they were fourteen in hopes that he has gone the same way again. But it soon becomes clear that the police aren’t the only ones after him. As the chase intensifies, the number of people caught up in this twisted plot multiplies, and Jane is the only one who can protect those endangered by it.

In Jo Perry’s debut novel, Dead is Better, Charles Stone is pretty sure he’s dead. He has bullet holes in his chest, and there’s a ghostly dog that seems to be his new companion. Unable to interact with the world of the living other than watching and listening, he and the dog—whom he names Rose—have nothing to do and all the time in the world to do it. When Charles and Rose try to unravel the circumstances of Charles’s death, they uncover a criminal who is raking in millions of dollars by cruelly exploiting, and sometimes killing, his victims. But what difference can a ghost make? And what does the dog have to do with all of this? (Page Burner Press)

Tuesday, January 13, 7pm
Justin Chapman discusses and signs Saturnalia: Traveling from Cape Town to Kampala in Search of an African Utopia

In the Spring of 2012, reporter and travel junkie Justin Chapman set off by himself on an epic journey across eight countries in Africa. Along the way, he narrowly escaped being locked away in a mental institution, visited an impoverished township that is changing its future with the help of an art-based nonprofit, got into a life-threatening car crash, lived with a group of Catholic priests, witnessed a witchcraft healing ceremony, and many other unique and harrowing situations. Saturnalia is an engrossing cultural exposition like no other.

Young Readers League Finale with Cece Bell!
Wednesday, January 14, 5pm

Meet Cece Bell, the author and illustrator of El Deafo. The story of El Deafo was inspired by Cece’s own experiences growing up and we can’t wait for you to meet her and hear her story firsthand. She’ll also answer questions and sign books. Afterwards we’ll have a photobooth where you can take pictures that look like you’re in your own graphic novel!

Thursday, January 15, 7pm
Mick Ebeling discusses and signs Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done

From the beginning, Mick Ebeling has dreamed big, but that doesn’t mean his accomplishments have come easy. Yet he found the courage to ignore his adversities and move on and get things done. The first result was the Eyewriter, which Time magazine called one of the “Top 50 Inventions of 2010,” a device that tracks eye movements and translates them into a cursor on a screen, then into paint on a canvas or a sculpture design. Later he travelled to the Sudan with the homemade prosthetic hand his team created and taught the locals to use the 3D printers—now every week another armless boy gets new working limbs and hands. Fascinating, inspiring, and optimistic, Not Impossible is a true testament to the power of determination.

Friday, January 16, 7pm
Sue Ann Jaffarian discusses and signs Ghost in the Guacamole

When sisters Lucinda and Ricarda feud over whether or not to sell the family business, medium Emma Whitecastle is called in to contact their deceased father for guidance. What he tells them from beyond the grave, however, is not what they expected. His death was not an accident, and the girls’ lives may be in danger if they decide not to sell. Now they must all work together to solve the mystery and avoid another murder in the family.

Saturday, January 17, 10:30am
Christian & Parker Jacobs present and sign Welcome to Goon Holler

From the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba comes a story about Tooba, a lonely, timid, and always hungry bigfoot, who stumbles upon Goon Holler, where Dosie takes him to a Goon Scout pancake breakfast and helps him make new friends. Tooba will also make a special appearance!

Saturday, January 17, 1pm James Silvani presents and signs Draw-a-Saurus: Everything You Need to Know to Draw Your Favorite Dinosaurs
Cartoonist James Silvani (comic book illustrator for titles such as Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Darkwing Duck) combines dinosaur facts with easy-to-follow art exercises so you can make cool and fun dinosaur drawings all by yourself! This book features drawing lessons on old favorites like T-Rex and Stegosaurus but also on lesser-known dinosaurs like Argentinosaurus. Other than owning a pet dinosaur, this book has everything a dinosaur fan could want! James will conduct a drawing demonstration followed by a book signing.

Tuesday, January 20, 7pm
Jack Walker discusses and signs Doctor Blood Moon

Doctor Blood Moon centers on a physician striving to reach his full human potential after years in a smothering professional career and a bad marriage. The novel is also about the risks and rewards of life in the city of Los Angeles. Johnny Blood, the leading heart surgeon in Southern California, came from humble beginnings, but through hard work and dedication graduated from Harvard Medical School with a full ride scholarship. His personal life, however, does not echo that of his professional life and he strives to reinvent himself as a man, physician, husband, and citizen.

Wednesday, January 21, 7pm
Marky Ramone discusses and signs Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone

Interviewed by author Jim Ruland
Before he joined the Ramones, Marc Bell was already a name in the New York music scene. But when he joined three other tough misfits, he became Marky Ramone, and the rhythm that came to epitomize punk was born. The Ramones received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, rank on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Without their signature “blitzkrieg” style of drumming that Marky brought to the stage, it’s hard to imagine what punk music would have sounded like. Having outlived his bandmates, Marky is the only person who can share the secrets and stories of the Ramones. In this memoir he sets the record straight, painting an unflinching picture of the dysfunction behind the band that changed a generation.

Thursday, January 22, 7pm
Marie Matsuki Mockett discusses and signs Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: Journey

Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s family owns a Buddhist temple 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In March 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami, Japan mourned thousands of people lost in the disaster. Mockett also grieved for her American father, who had died unexpectedly. Seeking consolation, Mockett is guided by a colorful cast of Zen priests and ordinary Japanese who perform rituals that disturb, haunt, and finally uplift her. Her journey leads her across this exotic yet familiar land into the radiation zone in an intricate white hazmat suit, to a school for Zen Buddhist monks, and other fascinating twists and turns. Mockett writes of both the earthly and the sublime with extraordinary sensitivity.

Vroman’s Local Author Day introduces Justine SanFilippo, J. Allan Wolf, and Robert L. Grant
Sunday, January 25, 4pm

Justine SanFilippo discusses and signs Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind!: 10 Simple Weeks to a Slimmer Waistline and a Healthier You
Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind! is a practical and down-to-earth guide to shed inches in a healthy, balanced way and to keep them off…without going completely bonkers! After becoming frustrated with every diet she tried in an attempt to lose 45 lbs and 4 dress sizes, Justine SanFilippo finally found a simple solution to shed unwanted inches and keep them off for good. Like her, you may have already tried countless diets, only to find that you can’t keep off the pounds, or even follow the plan. However frustrated you are right now, Justine will save you the heartache, confusion, and mental exhaustion of dieting while helping you shrink your waistline. If you want to lose inches and keep your sanity, then this is the book for you!

J. Allan Wolf discusses and signs Zendoscopy: A Somewhat Coherent Collection of Stories
Zendoscopy is the story of one Sherman Alt, from his somewhat unconventional birth to his settling into marital bliss, albeit with plumbing problems. Along the way, Sherman faces occasionally serious and frequently hilarious adversity as he tries to gain worldly experience, especially with the opposite sex. Told in discrete episodes, the sum total is a story of social awakening, along with a dollop of philosophy, and even a bit of cosmology. Sherman and the people he encounters are a motley group of fascinating folks you’ll definitely want to get to know in this sometimes tender, sometimes wrenching, and sometimes outrageously funny collection of stories.

Robert L. Grant discusses and signs What Many Men Desire
Audrey is young, talented, beautiful—and mixed-race. Her ambition?—fashion design. But it’s 1936; to succeed, she must “pass” for white. A “gentleman” invites her—as his assistant—on a voyage aboard the Queen Mary. It’s her shot at the heart of fashion—London and Paris. But the “gentleman” is not what he seems. And a man she falls for turns out to be a gambler. She’s forced to grow up fast.

Tuesday, January 27, 7pm
Joshua Davis discusses and signs Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream

In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to them that they might amount to much. But two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot. Their robot wasn’t pretty, especially compared to those of the competition. Against tremendous odds, they won! This is just the beginning to Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts. It is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country, even as the country tried to kick them out.

Wednesday, January 28, 7pm
Stewart O’Nan discusses and signs West of Sunset

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in shambles, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. Just three years later, he would be dead of a heart attack. Those final years of Fitzgerald’s life, often obscured by the legend of his earlier Jazz Age glamour, are the focus of Stewart O’Nan’s brilliantly written novel. With flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgerald’s past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, begins work on The Last Tycoon, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and their daughter Scottie.

Thursday, January 29, 7pm
Jan Jarboe Russell discusses and signs The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II

From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The only family internment camp during World War II, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called “quiet passage.” During the course of the war, hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City, including their American-born children, were exchanged for other “more important” Americans behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany. This dramatic and never-before-told story of this secret FDR-approved American internment camp chronicles how the definition of American citizenship changed under the pressure of war.

Saturday, January 31, 10:30am
Oliver Chin presents and signs The Year of the Sheep
In the tenth adventure in this popular annual Chinese Zodiac series, the lamb Sydney befriends a shepherd girl along with some other animals of the forest. When a storm strikes, Sydney must show them how valuable a sheep’s qualities can be. Empowering themes of self-discovery and cultural exchange have proven appeal with children, parents, and elementary educators. 

UC Irvine MFA Programs in Writing @ Vroman’s!
Saturday, January 31, 5pm
Please join the UC Irvine MFA Programs in Writing for our first off-campus reading of the winter quarter.  The event will feature work from poets Bryce Lillmars and Hillary Eaton and fiction writers Shane Crosby and Kris Dougherty. For more information on the UCI Programs in Writing and the MFA Reading Series, please check out their website at: http://www.humanities.uci.edu/mfareading


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