March Events!

by Jessica on February 24, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 4pm
Alane Daughtery discusses and signs From Mindfulness to Heartfulness: A Journey of Transformation Through the Science of Embodiment
Most of us live our lives worn out with stress, anxiety, and emotional chaos. Moreover, the law of adaptations shows us that the more we experience any internal state, the more it becomes the operating system of our life. From Mindfulness to Heartfulness offers another path. It invites you on your own transformative journey to live life at your fullest capacity. It will show you how you have become who you are, and it will offer you a blueprint for change. It will show you how heartfulness, embodied, calms the threat and fear that so often consumes you, and it will offer you a step-by-step approach to one of calm and connection, including a loving connection with yourself.

Monday, March 2, 7pm
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell discusses and signs Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette
During the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette in 18th-century France, the most engrossing, controversial, and extravagant periods in the history of fashion took root. This tumultuous era’s largely female-dominated fashion industry was pivotal to producing courtly attire and also promoted a thriving secondhand clothing market outside of royal influences. In this compelling book, complete with portraits and photos of rare garments, Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell discusses in depth the exceptionally imaginative and uninhibited styles of the period immediately before the French Revolution, and also explores fashion’s surprising influence on the course of the Revolution itself.

Tuesday, March 3, 6pm
Join us for an evening of poetry and art created by the students of Willard School.
Thursday, March 5, 6pm
Literary Trivia Night @ Vroman’s Hastings Ranch!
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 will be prizes for the winners, too!

Thursday, March 5, 7pm
Stephanie Kegan discusses and signs Golden State
Growing up in the 1960s in one of California’s most prominent political families, Natalie worshipped her big brother, Bobby, a sensitive math prodigy who served as her confidante. But after Bobby left home at sixteen on a Princeton scholarship, something changed between them. Now that Natalie is happily married, with a career and two young daughters, her only real regret is losing Bobby. When a series of bombings across California rocks Natalie’s perfect life, she becomes obsessed with the case until she makes a very unexpected discovery. The bomber’s manifesto reads alarmingly like the last letter she received from Bobby. What follows this discovery is a tale of the limits of loyalty and the sacrifices we make for family.

Friday, March 6, noon
Vroman’s Bookstore’s Lunch with Lisa See
Join us in celebrating the paperback release of China Dolls with this special intimate lunch with Lisa See at The Raymond Restaurant. The Raymond Restaurant located at 1250 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena. Seating is very limited and sure to go soon so sign up asap. Cost is $60.00 + tax – includes lunch and one paperback copy of China Dolls by Lisa See.

To sign up stop by the Vroman’s Will Call department or call us at 626-449-5320. We will not be taking reservations online for this one.

Saturday, March 7, 10:30am
This remarkable debut from Kelly Light celebrates the brilliant artist that resides in all of us! Louise loves art and she is trying her hardest to create her masterpiece – the one that will finally capture what her imagination looks like on the outside. Louise also loves Art, her little brother, and this is their story. Fans of Eloise and Olivia will love this new children’s literary heroine!
Sunday, March 8, 1pm
Henry Herz presents and signs Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes
In this charming and clever book of nursery rhymes, Herz takes classis Mother Goose storylines and changes the setting to a land filled with monsters and goblins! More playful than scary, these tales are sure to delight children and parents alike as they see their favorite classic nursery rhymes transformed into something new and fresh. Kids are encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite monster for this event!

Monday, March 9, 7pm
Ellen Snortland & Lisa Gaeta discuss and signThe Safety Godmothers: The ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence for Teens
FOR PARENTS: Do you avoid speaking to your kids about violence? It’s not your fault; you probably don’t know what to say or even how to begin. Reading The Safety Godmothers: The ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence will start the conversation for you in a thorough and entertaining way. This is a book that will change – and possibly even save – your life, or the life of your child. The Safety Godmothers – Ellen Snortland and Lisa Gaeta – know violence reduction and prevention from A-Z. This book is an invaluable compilation of Ellen and Lisa’s personal safety techniques, practical insights and advice, based on their decades of real-world experience.

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30pm
Get ready, world, because Penguin Teen is taking this show on the road! Vroman’s Bookstore is so excited to be a host for the first official Penguin Teen group tour of 2015! Here is your chance to meet Morgan Rhodes (Gathering Darkness, book 3 of the Falling Kingdoms series), Rachel Hawkins (Miss Mayhem, sequel to Rebel Belle), Seth Fishman (The Dark Water, sequel to The Well’s End), Maggie Hall (The Conspiracy of Us) and Jessica Khoury (Kalahari) and talk to them in person about their amazing books!

Wednesday, March 11, 7pm
Jonathan O’Dell discusses and signs Miss Hazel & the Rosa Parks League
Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, and inspired by his Mississippi childhood, Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida – one wealthy and white and the other poor and black – who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another. After drunkenly crashing her car, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Vida is then hired by Hazel’s husband to keep tabs on her and care for their only surviving son. Forced to spend time together, these two women realize that they have more in common that they thought and strive to make changes in their segregated town.

Thursday, March 12, 6pm
In celebration of the release of her debut YA thriller, Tunnel Vision, Susan Adrian has hit the road with her YA Friend Tour, a panel event featuring Susan along with authors Gretchen McNeil (Get Even), Livia Blackburne (Midnight Thief) and Mary McCoy (Dead to Me) who will all be presenting their latest YA releases.

Friday, March 13, 7:30pm
USC’s MPW Student/Faculty Reading Series
The University of Southern California’s MPW Student/Faculty Reading Series occurs once a month at a bookstore in Los Angeles and features five student readers and one faculty reader from the program. Vroman’s is happy to host this latest installment featuring poet, playwright and Professor of the Practice, Brighde Mullins along with several student readers.

Saturday, March 14, 4pm
Claire Keane discusses and signs Once Upon a Cloud
Fresh from her work on Frozen and Tangled, Claire Keane brings her legendary talent to her debut picture book about finding the right present for someone you love. In this visually stunning story about finding unexpected inspiration and giving from the heart, Claire Keane (art department for Frozen and Tangled) invites readers on a rapturous journey through the clouds. Celeste wants to find the perfect gift for her mother, so she takes to the skies in hopes of finding something truly special. She meets the sun, the moon, and the stars, but that still isn’t what she’s looking for. At the end of her journey, Celeste finds the most magical gift, and it’s just what she was hoping to find!

Sunday, March 15, 4pm
Introducing Zharame Publishing Press and authors Dante Zuniga-West, Kristin Kibbee, and Joel Eisenberg
Zaharame Publishing Press aims to deliver stories with depth, that cut to the heart, and appeal to everyone, from Science Fiction to Memoirs and everything in between.

In Dante Zuniga-West’s Rumble Young Man, Rumble Quinton, a man heading to a new town for a fresh start at life. He spends a lot of his time drinking too much, renting too many movies at a local video store and becoming friends with a homeless man named King Henry. He stumbles into a gym where a group of people are training to become Muay Thai fighters. The irresistible pull of fighting forces Quinton to focus his anger. Through this Quinton learns that glaring truth behind an age-old prizefighting manta: there are many fights in life, not all of which occur in the ring.

In Kristin Kibbee’s book, Whole in the Clouds, Cora Catlin feels out of place in her life. She feels that everything is backwards and a part of her is missing. She’s an outcast and an orphan. Things start to turn upward when she encounters an elfin stranger who takes her to a mystical world that awaits her. This world is complete with shy unicorns, elves, inchworms that wear spectacles and trees that sprout children. Cora explores this new world with her devoted dog, Motley. She discovers the meaning of true love, true friendship and what it means to finally feel whole.

Joel Eisenberg’s book, Chronicles of Ara: Creation tells a story of when J.R.R. Tolkien is summoned to authenticate a recently-discovered “lost” book of Beowulf. Events are set in motion that years later will unveil an imminent tragedy: The entirety of the world’s art and invention has been inspired by a corrupted muse, who has implanted a series of codes within the works of history’s most influential authors that warn of humanity’s end.

Monday, March 16, 7pm Victoria Zackheim & contributors present and sign Faith: Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists

Contributors include: Aviva Layton, Anne Perry, David Corbett, Amanda Enagati, Barbara Abercrombie, Bonnie Garvin, Mara Purl, and David Misch
Dive into this thought-provoking collection of personal essays that explores the perennial question: What do I believe? Whether they are believer, skeptic, agnostic, atheist or something “other” these twenty-four authors share a daring perspective on what faith means or doesn’t mean. This collection includes bestselling authors such as Pam Houston whose wit and sense of irony gives the question of faith a surprising twist.

Tuesday, March 17, 7pm
Elliot Ackerman discusses and signs Green on Blue
Aziz and his older brother, Ali, are coming of age in a village amid the pine forests and mountains of Afghanistan. There is no school to attend, but their mother teaches them to read and write. One day, a convoy of armed men arrives in their village and their world starts to crumble. The boys survive and are able to make their way to a small city. They learn to beg and eventually they are able to earn work from the local shopkeepers. When a bomb explodes in the market and Ali is hospitalized, Aziz is forced to join the Special Lashkar, a US-funded militia. Will Aziz embrace the brutality of war or leave it behind and risk placing his brother in jeopardy?

Wednesday, March 18, 7pm
David Joy discusses and signs Where All Light Tends to Go
The world that Jacob McNeely lives is crueler than most. His father is the leader of an organized meth ring. Jacob dropped out of high school and has been working for his father for years with promises upon promises that his payday will come. His only joy comes from reconnecting with his first love, Maggie. Jacob has always resigned to playing the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, Jacob is faced with a choice. Should he stay and appease his father or should he leave this town and follow the girl he loves?

Thursday, March 19, 7pm
JA Jance discusses and signs Cold Betrayal
Ali Reynolds’s longtime friend, Sister Anselm rushes to help a young pregnant woman who has been hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car. The woman had been running away from the The Family, a polygamous cult with no tolerance for those who try to leave. Her story strikes a chord with Sister Anselm, reminding her of a case she worked years ago. Meanwhile, marriage is going well for Ali and her husband B. Simpson. Ali’s hope for slowing down is thrown out the window when Ali’s new daughter-in-law approaches her in desperate need for help. The girl’s grandmother, Betsy, has been receiving anonymous threats but the police think the elderly woman’s just losing her wits. While Ali struggles to find a way to protect Betsy, Sister Anselm needs her help as well. The two race the clock to uncover the secrets of The Family before someone comes back to bury them forever.

Friday, March 20, 7pm
Dennis Lehane discusses and signs World Gone By
It’s been ten years since Joe Coughlin’s enemies killed his wife and destroyed his empire. The former crime kingpin now works as a consigliore to the Bartolo crime family, where he travels between Tampa and Cuba, his wife’s homeland. Joe is a master and effortlessly mixes with Tampa’s social elite, the U.S. Naval intelligence, the Lansky-Luciano mob and the mob-financed government of Fulgencio Batista. He seems to have everything – money, power, anonymity and a beautiful mistress. But success cannot protect him from the dark truth of his past; the wages of a lifetime of sin weigh heavy and will eventually be paid in full.

Saturday, March 21, 11am – 4pm
Zine Workshop
We will be continuing our zine workshop. Zines, comics & other forms
of diy (self publishing). Illustrators/writers of all ages welcome!!!

Saturday, March 21, noon
Shane Dawson has always been an open book. We’ve seen him go from his first YouTube vlog back in 2008 to his cover story in “Variety” magazine. We’ve seen him deal with weight loss center drama, heard details of his love life and loved his adorable Q & A’s with his mom. In his debut book, I Hate Myselfie, fans are finally able to get a chance to see the real Shane through personal stories that are both humorous and heartwarming. Shane’s memoir features the silliness and satire that his fans already love but it will be even more in depth and more real.

Saturday, March 21, 4pm
Cara Black & Rhys Bowen present and sign Murder on the Champ de Mars and The Edge of Dreams

In Murder on the Champ de Mars, it’s April 1999 in Paris and Aimee Leduchas has her hands full. She is running her detective agency while fighting off sleep deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new bebe. The last thing she has time for is to take on an investigation for a poor manouche (Gypsy) boy. But the boy insists. He says his dying mother has a very important secret to tell Aimee about her father’s unsolved murder a decade ago. When Aimee arrives at the hospital, the boy’s mother has disappeared. What does she know that’s so important? Will Aimee be able to find her before it’s too late?

In The Edge of Dreams, Molly Murphy Sullivan’s husband Daniel is a captain in the New York City police force who is finding himself stumped. He is chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common. Nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each and every murder. When Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son Liam are in a train crash, Daniel and Molly begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target. Molly’s detective instincts are humming but finding the time to dig deeper into the case proves to be a challenge. Molly starts suffering from strange dreams and she wonders if they just might hold answers to solving Daniel’s murder case.

Sunday, March 22, 4pm
Ron Young discusses and signs Crossing Boundaries in the Americas, Vietnam, and the Middle East
Crossing Boundaries in the Americas, Vietnam, and the Middle East is the personal, yet profoundly political first-person account of one man’s unique interracial and interfaith leadership roles over five decades in movements for civil rights, against the Vietnam War, and for Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace. Ron Young’s story, told with honesty, humility, and humor, gives an insider view of key events in these movements and personalizes a significant strain of modern American history not often afforded sufficient attention in either the textbooks or the mainstream press. This book is an important read for anyone interested in these issues and movements. It should be recommended reading for students in colleges and high schools. (Resource Publications)

Monday, March 23, 7pm Jack Bishop discusses and signs The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook: A Fresh Guide to Eating Well with 700 Foolproof Recipes

This comprehensive cookbook is full of more than 700 recipes including appetizers, soups, savory pies and hearty vegetarian main dishes. It will give vegetarians and those wanting to incorporate more vegetables, grains and beans into their diets hundreds of inventive and appealing options to choose from.

Wednesday, March 25, 7pm
Mary Doria Russell discusses and signs Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral
America in 1881 was full of vicious politics, smuggling and gang warfare along the Mexican border and a president that was scorned by half the population. All those forces came to a head on the afternoon of October 26, when Doc Holiday and the three Earp brothers faced off against the Clantons and McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. It should have been a simple arrest but thirty seconds and thirty bullets later, three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt. Wyatt Earp was the only man left standing. The lies began before the smoke even cleared but the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would soon become central to American beliefs. Epitaph gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by the fatal thirty seconds at in Tombstone. At the heart of it all is the woman behind the myth, Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp. She carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the legend that would become the epitaph she believed her husband deserved.

Thursday, March 26, 7pm
Jacqueline Winspear discusses and signsA Dangerous Place
In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, stability and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now, all Maisie wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. Her sojourn is cut short when her stepmother summons her home because her aging father is not getting any younger. Aboard the ship returning to England, Maisie realizes she isn’t ready to return. Against the captain’s wishes, she heads to Gibraltar. The danger in Gibraltar is very real. Days after Maisie’s arrival, a photographer, Sebastian Babayoff, is murdered. Miaise becomes entangled in the case and draw the attention of the British Secret Service. At a crossroads between her past and her future, Maisie must choose a direction, knowing that England is equally as dangerous but in a very different way.

Friday, March 27, noon Vroman’s Bookstore presents Barney Frank discussing and signing Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage
Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage is one man’s account of the country’s transformation and the tale of a truly momentous career. Many Americans recall Frank’s lacerating wit, whether it was directed at the Clinton impeachment (“What did the president touch, and when did he touch it?”) or the pro-life movement (some people believe “life begins at conception and ends at birth”). But his private and public lives are less well-known. For more than four decades, he was at the center of the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness. From the battle over AIDS funding in the 1980s to the debates over “big government” during the Clinton years to the 2008 financial crisis, Barney Frank played a key role.
In this feisty and often moving memoir, Frank candidly discusses the satisfactions, fears, and grudges that come with elected office. He recalls the emotional toll of living in the closet and how his public crusade against homophobia conflicted with his private accommodation of it. He discusses his painful quarrels with allies; his friendships with public figures, from Tip O’Neill to Sonny Bono; and how he found love with his husband, Jim Ready, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage.

Event location: South Pasadena Library‘s community room located at 1100 Oxley St, South Pasadena. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $30.00 + tax and include one ticket and one copy of Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage.  More…

Saturday, March 28, 10:30am
A banjo is a stringed musical instrument with a circular frame. This banjo craft is aimed mostly to preschoolers and toddlers but older children will also love to make it and definitely love playing with it. Join us after Mr. Steve’s storytime for this fun and musical craft!

Sunday, March 29, 2pm

Kyanna the Rad Scientist

Join us for a day of science exploration! We’ll have several experiments you & your kids can do together to understand how electricity works, sound is created and how chemistry can explain even the most outlandish of magic tricks, the science behind it is way cooler anyway!!

Sunday, March 29, noon
Vroman’s Local Author Day KIDS EDITIONIntroduces
Gloria Avrech &
James Matlack Raney
Nana is seeking a connection to her inner Spirit. Her granddaughter, Lily-Rose, helps her by creating a special experience which ends up surprising and amazing both of them. Their imaginative travel takes them into magical and real, inner and outer worlds. In this delightful story, the reader learns about shamanic ritual and journey work. Also, the reader learns that the old fashioned idea, “Children should be seen and not heard.” is incorrect. Actually, children should be seen and heard; someone young can instruct someone old. Wisdom and knowledge can be found in humans of all ages.

James Matlack Raney discusses and signs

Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves

Eleven year-old Jim Morgan once had a home, a life of comfort, and a future full of promise. But all that changed the night his father was murdered. Now Jim is on the run from his father’s enemies, a wicked count and his vengeful son, and at the same time, trying to decipher the secret to the last mystery his father left him – the hidden location of an ancient treasure.

Monday, March 30, 7pm
Smith Henderson discusses and signs Fourth of July Creek
Benjamin Pearl is an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness. Pete Snow is a social worker that is trying to help Benjamin. However, Pete comes face-to-face with the boy’s disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and a lot of caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist. As Pete’s own family spins out of control, Pearl’s activities park the interest of the FBI, putting Pete at the center of an enormous manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.

Tuesday, March 31, 7pm
Alexis Landau discusses and signs The Empire of the Senses
Lev Pearlmutter is an assimilated, cultured German Jew who enlists to fight in World War I. He leaves behind his gentile wife, Josephine and their children, Franz and Vicki. Part 1 of the novel focuses on Lev and his experiences on the Eastern Front. Part 2 picks up in Berlin in 1927-1928, the Pearlmutter children are now young adults and grappling with their own questions. Franz is drawn into the Brown Shirt movement while struggling with his unexpressed homosexuality. Vicki has bobbed hair and is enamored with jazz music all while falling in love with a young man who wants to take her to Palestine. Unlike most historical novels of this kind, The Empire of the Senses is not about the Holocaust but about the brew that led to it.