October Events!

by Jessica on September 29, 2014

Um…where did September go? Whoa. That went by fast. We’re gearing up for even more fall events. Our October is pretty packed to the gills. Take a gander at the list below and see what interests you! Hope to see you around the event space.

Thursday, October 2, 7pm
Chris Guillebeau discusses and signs The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

Chris Guillebeau’s had one very big personal goal: to visit all of the countries in the world by the time he was 35 years old. As he traveled, Chris realized that he was not the only one pursuing a very big dream. He met people of all ages doing many different things: pursuing personal excellence, battling threats to others and the environment, breaking world records. It was only after speaking to these other “questers,” and “questing” himself, that Chris began to understand the correlation between pursuing a dream and long-term happiness, and how determination to reach a goal helps us grow as individuals.

Friday, October 3, 11am
Molly Idle presents & signs Flora and the Penguin
In this adorable sequel to Flora and the Flamingo, Flora returns this time on ice, forming an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Spinning, leaping and gliding the pair pirouettes together on ice. When Flora gives the penguin the silent treatment, the two must figure out a way to work together. Artist Molly Idle creates a spectacular, wordless picture book with small double-sided flaps on some of the pages to show Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as true friends do.



Friday, October 3, 7pm
Lauren Oliver discusses and signs Rooms

When Richard Walker dies, his estranged family convenes at the dilapidated country house he left behind. However, the Walker family is not alone in the home: Alice and Sandra, the resident ghosts, are forever tied to this home. They share their past experiences and remember the time when they, too, were living, although the human inhabitants cannot hear them. When a new ghost appears, Trenton, Richard Walker’s teenage son, begins speaking to her, and earthly and supernatural words collide with unexpected results.

Saturday, October 4, 10:30am
Vroman’s hosts a SPECIAL storytime with a special appearance by Ed Oxenbould, the title character of soon to be released movie of the same name! 

*Regular storytime is moved to 10:30am, just for today. 
At 10:30, Mr. Steve will be reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!
and the newly released Alexander, Who’s Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever
Followed by a showing of the trailer with popcorn!
Q & A with Ed Oxenbould. And a photo opportunity with Ed.

Saturday, October 4, 4pm
Chloe Coscarelli presents and signs Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics

“Popular vegan chef and winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Chloe Coscarelli digs into her Italian roots to create more than 150 recipes inspired by the most popular cuisine in the world. If you think a healthy vegan diet means giving up pasta in creamy sauce, cheesy pizza, and luscious tiramisu, think again! Following her hit cookbooks Chloe’s Kitchen and Chloe’s Vegan Desserts, Chef Chloe goes to her family’s homeland to veganize its time-honored delicacies–and add some distinctively delicious twists. Chloe also includes directions for making her recipes allergy- and gluten-free so that you can feast on all your favorite foods, no matter your diet.” (Atria Books)

Monday, October 6, 7pm
Joshilyn Jackson discusses and signs Someone Else’s Love Story

“I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle K.” Shandi Pierce has a lot going on in her busy life. She’s a single mom who is raising her brilliant son, Nathan, and finishing college. She’s also tasked with trying to mediate the constant fighting between her divorced parents. So when Shandi finds herself in the middle of a convenience store robbery, she already has enough to deal with. But then William Ashe steps in, shielding Shandi and her child from the armed robber, and she falls in love. William Ashe has his own issues; as he was confronted at gun point, he believed it to be his destiny. William is a talented geneticist who believes in science and numbers, but to him, destiny is about choice. Now, William and Shandi will navigate their destinies, making important choices that will change the course of their lives.

Tuesday, October 7, 7pm
Naomi Munaweera discusses & signs Island of a Thousand Mirrors
“Before violence tore apart the tapestry of Sri Lanka and turned its pristine beaches red, there were two families. Yasodhara tells the story of her own Sinhala family, rich in love, with everything they could ask for. As a child in idyllic Colombo, Yasodhara’s and her siblings’ lives are shaped by social hierarchies, their parents’ ambitions, teenage love and, subtly, the differences between Tamil and Sinhala people; but the peace is shattered by the tragedies of war. Yasodhara’s family escapes to Los Angeles. But Yasodhara’s life has already become intertwined with a young Tamil girl’s.  Saraswathie is living in the active war zone of Sri Lanka, and hopes to become a teacher. But her dreams for the future are abruptly stamped out when she is arrested by a group of Sinhala soldiers and pulled into the very heart of the conflict that she has tried so hard to avoid – a conflict that, eventually, will connect her and Yasodhara in unexpected ways.  Nayomi Munaweera’s Island of a Thousand Mirrors is an emotionally resonant saga of cultural heritage, heartbreaking conflict and deep family bonds. Narrated in two unforgettably authentic voices and spanning the entirety of the decades-long civil war, it offers an unparalleled portrait of a beautiful land during its most difficult moment by a spellbinding new literary talent who promises tremendous things to come.” (St Martin’s Press)

Thursday, October 9, 7pm
Sarah Anne Johnson discusses and signs The Lightkeeper’s Wife

Hannah Snow and her husband, John, manage the lighthouse at Dangerfield, making sure that ships clear the treacherous Dangerfield coastline. One day, when John is out buying supplies, Hannah witnesses the Cynthia Rose crash into the craggy rocks, and she rushes out into the cold water. She is only able to save one sailor, Billy. Hannah soon learns that John will not be returning to her at the lighthouse and she falls into a deep depression, overcome with grief. Billy helps her maintain the lighthouse and continue to guard ships from the dangerous coast, but Hannah soon realizes that Billy is not who she thinks he is.

Friday, October 10, 7pm
Richard Riordan discusses and signs The Mayor: How I Turned Around Los Angeles After Riots, an Earthquake and the O.J. Simpson Murder Trial

Between 1993 and 2001, Mayor Richard J. Riordan, a maverick multi-millionaire who championed pragmatism over divisive politics, pulled Los Angeles from the brink of collapse and turned around one of the world’s most famous cities. Wildly popular today among Angelenos of all stripes, Riordan continues to be a major force in the political and civic worlds of L.A.   Riordan, a non-ideological Republican who was pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and pro-immigration, was elected to office in the aftermath of the infamous Rodney King beating and subsequent 1992 L.A. Riots, which caused nearly $1 billion in property damage and took the lives of over 50 people. With ineffectual political leadership at City Hall, racial tensions were running high, the economy was in the tank, and the city s crime and homicide rates grew out of control during the crack cocaine epidemic. And only a few months into Riordan’s young mayoralty, L.A. appeared to be most definitely doomed after the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake rocked the city to its core.   But unlike his combative counterpart in New York City, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Riordan was a healing, compassionate figure that recreated L.A. into a thriving, world-class metropolis and he’s still a key problem solver in the nation’s second largest city.

As the result of Riordan s efforts, Los Angeles is now a cultural and event destination.  Readers will also learn about the numerous tragedies Riordan faced and how each event shaped him as a person and as mayor. From the deaths of Riordan’s two young children to the passing of his mother on the eve of his first mayoral election, Riordan’s courage and compassion in the face personal heartbreak illustrates why he is so beloved. He is also a cutting-edge philanthropist who helped dramatically improve literacy rates in such places as Mississippi and has personally donated over $100 million to improve the education of poor children. For years, he has donated half his income to charities.” (Post Hill Press)

Saturday, October 11, 4pm
Aarti Suqueira presents and signs Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul
In this collection of 101 recipes and memories, Next Food Network Star winner Aarti Suqueira shares her secrets of making Indian flavors more accessible to the US market.  Learn how to cook Cornflake and Kaya French Toast, Bombay Sloppy Joes, Indian Street Corn, and many other delicious and memorable dishes.  Readers will also be treated to Suqueira’s personal story as she explains how she was an outsider experiencing many cultures and cuisines: an Indian in Dubai, going to a British school; and an international student attending Northwestern University. She finds that food always saves her and encourages us all to find the warmth in cooking.

Monday, October 13, 7pm
Seth Casteel discusses and signs Underwater Puppies

“The world fell in love with swimming canines in Seth Casteel’s first book, Underwater Dogs. Now, in more than 80 previously unpublished portraits of underwater puppies, we see man’s best friends at their most playful and exuberant. Each vibrant and colorful underwater image shows off the wild and sublime range of emotions of puppies, cute and irresistible to the very last.” (Little, Brown and Company)


Tuesday, October 14, 7pm
Chris Taylor discusses and signs How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise

“In 1973, a young filmmaker named George Lucas scribbled some notes for a far-fetched space-fantasy epic. Some forty years and $37 billion later, Star Wars -related products outnumber human beings, a growing stormtrooper army spans the globe, and “Jediism” has become a religion in its own right. Lucas’s creation has grown into far more than a cinematic classic; it is, quite simply, one of the most lucrative, influential, and interactive franchises of all time. Yet incredibly, until now the complete history of Star Wars – its influences and impact, the controversies it has spawned, its financial growth and long-term prospects – has never been told. In How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, veteran journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchise’s death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy.”(Basic Books)

Thursday, October 16, 7pm
Jason Sexton and Monica Ganas discuss and sign Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California’s Culture
Exploring California as a theological place, this book renders critical engagement with significant Californian religious and theological phenomena and the inherent theological impulses within major Californian cultural icons. Harnessing conceptual tools inherent to theology, through theological reflection, assessment, and critique, the chapters in this volume begin to ascertain the significance of various empirical data and that no other qualitative methodological Californian study has done. Many universities are picking up on California literature as a theme that highlights a place of hope, wonder, and cultural innovation, but have neglected the significance of theological instincts flowing through the Californian dynamic. Californians Fred Sanders and Jason Sexton assemble leading voices and specialists both from within and without California for engagement with California’s influential culture: including leading theologians and cultural critics such as Richard J. Mouw, Paul Louis Metzger, and Fred Sanders, alongside leading specialists in Film studies and cultural critique, theological anthropology, missiology, sociology, and history. (Ashgate Publishing)

Friday, October 17, 7pm
Vroman’s Bookstore presents Walter Isaacson presenting and signing Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.
What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?
In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.  This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative.  For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen. (Simon and Schuster)
This is a ticketed event.
Location: Pasadena Civic Center, 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena 91101
Tickets are $40.00 + tax and include one ticket and one copy of Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, And Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.

We are now accepting paid reservations. You may purchase your tickets online at vromansbookstore.com or by calling the store 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, October 7.

Reserved tickets and books may also be picked up at the Will Call tables at the venue the evening of the event.

Tickets and books may be available for purchase at the venue before the event begins, while supplies last.

Saturday, October 18, 2pm
Ellen Feldman discusses and signs The Unwitting

“On a bright November day in 1963, President Kennedy is shot. That same day, Nell Benjamin receives a phone call with news about her husband, the influential young editor of a literary magazine. As the nation mourns its public loss, Nell has her private grief to reckon with, as well as a revelation about Charlie that turns her understanding of her marriage on its head, along with the world she thought she knew. With the Cold War looming ominously over the lives of American citizens in a battle of the Free World against the Communist powers, the blurry lines between what is true, what is good, and what is right tangle with issues of loyalty and love. As the truths Nell discovers about her beloved husband upend the narrative of her life, she must question her own allegiance: to her career as a journalist, to her country, but most of all to the people she loves.” (Spiegel & Grau)


Sunday, October 19, 12:30pm
Robert Black presents and signs Night of the Paranormal Patterns
Things were bad enough when Lennie Miller had to leave her home and her friends and move with her parents to the little town of Bailey, Indiana. But Bailey has a secret – a Mystical Realm few people can see, full of ghosts, wizards and monsters. And worst of all, these creatures have decided that Lennie is their “Pattern Finder,” the person they all turn to for help with their math problems!


Wednesday, October 22, 7pm
Héctor Tobar discusses and signs Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free

“When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. Across the globe, we sat riveted to television and computer screens as journalists flocked to the Atacama desert. While we saw what transpired above ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, the story of the miners’ experiences below the earth’s surface—and the lives that led them there—hasn’t been heard until now. In Deep Down Dark, a master work by a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, Héctor Tobar gains exclusive access to the miners and their stories. The result is a miraculous and emotionally textured account of the thirty-three men who came to think of the San José mine as a kind of coffin, as a “cave” inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer while the world watched from above. It offers an understanding of the families and personal histories that brought “los 33” to the mine, and the mystical and spiritual elements that surrounded working in such a dangerous place.” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Friday, October 24, 7pm
Hank Phillippi Ryan discusses and signs Truth Be Told

The Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series is back with Truth Be Told. A middle class family is evicted from their home and while Ryland is investigating the story and others like it, she discovers a darker world where scheming criminals will do anything, including murder, to hide their actions. Meanwhile, Brogan is dealing with a liar; a man has confessed to a 20-year-old murder, but while the other police believe him, Brogan finds it suspicious.

Saturday, October 25, 1pm
B.J. Novak presents & signs The Book With No Pictures
Award-winning comedian and author, BJ Novak, will turn anyone into a comedian with his new book.  A book without pictures doesn’t sound very exciting, but when the reader has to read every word on every page out loud, you might think twice!  Especially when some of the words are “BLORK” or “Glibbity Globbity.”  Who needs pictures when you can have just as much fun reciting the pages of this book.  Cleverly silly, and laugh out loud hilarious, children will beg their parents to read it to them again and again!

Monday, October 27, 7pm
Fabio Viviani presents and signs Fabio’s American Home Kitchen: More Than 125 Recipes with an Italian Accent

In Fabio’s American Home Kitchen, chef, restaurateur, and TV personality Fabio Viviani shares recipes for beloved American dishes with an Italian flair. Fabio’s American Home Kitchen includes over 100 accessible recipes for any occasion with easy-to-find ingredients.

Tuesday, October 28, 7pm
Jane Smiley discusses and signs Some Luck

Follow the Langdon family of Denby, Iowa over the course of 30 transformative years in American history. Each chapter in Some Luck depicts a single year, beginning in 1920 with Walter Langdon’s return from WWI, through the early 1950’s when the United States faces great social and economic change. Following the Langdons, the reader begins to know them as a real family, feel for their ups and downs, and experience the changing American landscape with them. Some Luck is the first book in a trilogy that will span an entire century of American history.

Wednesday, October 29, 7pm
Kent Woodyard discusses and signs Non-Essential Mnemonics: An Unnecessary Journey Into Senseless Knowledge
“From the popular McSweeney’s column, a witty look at mnemonics for everything you never wanted to remember.” (Prospect Park Books)


Thursday, October 30, 7pm
Rob & Kristen Bell discuss and sign The Zimzum of Love: A New Way to Understand Marriage

“As he revolutionized traditional teaching on hell in the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Love Wins, Rob Bell now transforms how we understand and practice marriage in The Zimzum of Love, co-written with his wife, Kristen. Despite the divorce statistics, people are still committing to each other, instinctively believing and hoping that theirs is a sacred union that will last forever. Yet when these couples encounter problems, they often lack the resources that keep them connected to this greater mystery surrounding marriage. In The Zimzum of Love, Rob and Kristin Bell introduce a startling new way of looking at marriage. Zimzum is a Hebrew term where God, in order to have a relationship with the world, contracts, creating space for the creation to exist. In marriage, zimzum is the dynamic energy field between two partners, in which each person contracts to allow the other to flourish. With their down-to-earth charm, a dose of whimsy, and memorable stories, Rob and his wife Kristen change how we consider marriage, providing insight that can help all of us create satisfying and sacred unions of our own.” (HarperOne)