Spring Event Round Up!

by Jessica on April 7, 2017

Spring can get a little hectic around these parts. Amongst the craziness there are always some really great events. Check out what we’ve got going on over the next few months!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – 7:00pm
Vroman’s Main Store, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91101
Vroman’s Presents An Evening with Cory Doctorow & John Scalzi!
(Ticketed Event, Purchase Tickets HERE)

Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi present and sign their latest titles Walkaway and The Collapsing Empire

They will be joined by Amber Benson, one of the voices of the audio version of Walkaway.

From New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, comes Walkaway, an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death.
Walkaway is now the best contemporary example I know of, its utopia glimpsed after fascinatingly-extrapolated revolutionary struggle.–William Gibson

The Collapsing Empire is the first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man’s War.

John Scalzi is the most entertaining, accessible writer working in SF today.–Joe Hill, author of The Fireman

We are expecting a large crowd for this event so we are offering tickets for a copy of either Cory Doctorow’s new book Walkaway or John Scalzi’s new book The Collapsing Empire and a guaranteed seat at the event. Tickets are now available via Eventbrite.

Ticket Options Include:

$29.35  (tax included) includes one copy of Walkaway and a guaranteed seat at the event.

$28.26 (tax included) includes one copy of The Collapsing Empire and a guaranteed seat at the event.

Please note: You must buy one ticket/book through Eventbrite for a guaranteed seat.
One ticket/book = one guaranteed seat. A book purchased only through the store does not equal a ticket or seat to the event.  If you are in need of only the one seat but are interested in purchasing both books, we will have additional copies of both Walkaway and The Collapsing Empire available for sale on the night of the event.  

John Scalzi & Cory Doctorow will be signing copies of their books only.
Amber Benson will NOT be signing books this evening. 

 For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. 

Friday, May 5, 2017 – 7:00pm
Vroman’s Main Store, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91101

Stephen Tobolowsky discusses & signs My Adventures with God
(FREE Event)
My Adventures with God is a series of short stories exploring the idea that most people’s lives seem to fit into the template of the Old Testament. We all have powerful creation myths: tales of our childhood and family, our first battles won and lost. It is our Genesis. Then, like in the Book of Exoduswe go into slavery. Rather than building pyramids, we lose ourselves in fear and ambition–in first loves, first jobs, too many dreams mixed with too much beer. We eventually become free, only to wander in the wilderness. At some point we stop and proclaim to the universe who we are. This is our Leviticus moment. We reconcile what we thought we would be with what we have become. We often attempt a mid-course correction. Then, as in the Book of Numbers, we are shaped by mortality as we bear the loss of family and friends. Finally, we retell our stories to our children hoping to make sense of the journey, as Moses did in Deuteronomy. Tobolowsky’s stories tell of a boy growing up in the wilds of Texas, finding and losing love, losing and finding himself–all told through the prism of the Torah and Talmud, mixed with insights from science, and refined through a child’s sense of wonder. My Adventures with God not only shines a light into the life of one of America’s most beloved actors, but also provides a structure to evaluate our own lives and relationship with God. (Simon & Schuster)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Vroman’s Main Store, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101

Celebrate A Taste of Vroman’s! 

Join us at Vroman’s for samples of recipes from some of the latest cookbooks, and taste some of the most popular products we have in the store.

Sample cookbook recipes from:

Casa Marcela: Recipes and Food Stories of My Life in the Californias by Marcela Valladolid

My Greek Family Table: Fresh Regional Recipes by Maria Benardis

In My Kitchen by Deborah Madison

On Vegetables by Jeremy Fox

And enjoy samples from: Iveta Scones, Compartes Chocolate, McCrea’s caramels, John Kelly Chocolates and more!

This is a great opportunity to check out our new books and products. With Mother’s Day coming up, you might find the perfect gift for Mom!

This event is free and open to the public and will be held on the lower level of the main store by our Home Emporium section. No rsvp necessary. Samples will be available for tasting, while supplies last.


Friday, May 12, 2017 – 7:00pm
Vroman’s Main Store, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91101
Vroman’s Presents an Evening with Jen Sincero!
(Ticketed Event, purchase tickets HERE)

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass, a life-changing guide to making the kind of money you’ve only ever dreamed of. You Are a Badass at Making Money will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach. Drawing on her own transformation–over just a few years–from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account to a woman who travels the world in style, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size, aha concepts that unlock earning potential and get real results.

Learn to:
– Uncover what’s holding you back from making money
– Give your doubts, fears, and excuses the heave-ho
– Relate to money in a new (and lucrative) way
– Shake up the cocktail of creation
– Tap into your natural ability to grow rich
– Shape your reality–stop playing victim to circumstance
– Get as wealthy as you wanna be

We are expecting a large crowd for this event so we are offering tickets for a copy of the book and a guaranteed seat at the event.  Tickets: $27.19 (tax included) includes one copy of You Are a Badass at Making Money and a guaranteed seat at the event.

Please note: You must buy one ticket/book through Eventbrite for a guaranteed seat.
One ticket/book = one guaranteed seat. A book purchased only through the store does not equal a ticket or seat to the event. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 7:00pm
All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena 91101
Vroman’s Presents An Evening with Jo Nesbo! 
(Ticket Event, Purchase Tickets HERE)

Harry Hole returns in the eleventh installment of the best-selling, electrifying crime fiction series that includes The Bat, The Snowman, and, most recently, Police.

In Police–the last novel featuring Jo Nesbo’s hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective–a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters–a murderer whose MO reignites Harry’s hunt for a nemesis of his past. (Knopf Publishing Group)
This is a ticketed event and will take place at All Saints Church at 132 N Euclid Ave, Pasadena. If there are any questions please call Vroman’s at (626) 449-5320 or visit us at www.vromansbookstore.com.

Tickets now available at Eventbrite: $31.50 (includes tax), includes one ticket plus one copy of The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel

Hope to see a lot of you out at these awesome events!



An Interview with Author, Lilliam Rivera!

by Jessica on April 3, 2017

On April 5 at 6:30pm, we are hosting Lilliam Rivera in conversation with Cecil Castellucci, in celebration of her new book, The Education of Margot Sanchez! We were able to ask Lilliam a few questions in anticipation for her event. But first, a little background on Lilliam.

Lilliam is a 2016 Pushcart Prize winner and a 2015 Clarion alumni with a Leonard Pung Memorial Scholarship. She has been awarded fellowships from PEN Center USA, A Room Of Her Own Foundation, and received a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. Her short story “Death Defiant Bomba” received honorable mention in Bellevue Literary Review’s 2014 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, selected by author Nathan Englander. Lilliam was also a finalist for AWP’s 2014 WC&C Scholarship Competition.

Lilliam’s work has appeared in Tin House, Tahoma Literary Review, Los Angeles Times, Latina, USA Today, Cosmo for Latinas, Sundog Lit, Midnight Breakfast, Bellevue Literary Review, The Rumpus.net, and Los Angeles Review of Books.

And now onto the interview…

The Education of Margot Sanchez is your first novel (Congratulations!) and has been described as “Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx.” It tackles themes like race, class, privilege, culture and identity. Where did the inspiration for this novel come from?
Although the novel is not autobiographical, I was inspired by my first summer job where I worked with my father. My father was a nurses’ aid at a private hospital in New York. Up to that point, my father could do no wrong. He was the man of the house and made all the decisions, but here he was at this job being told what to do. It was a really humbling and eye-opening moment for me. I wanted to capture that moment when you really see her parents as people with desires and flaws for the first time.

Your novel is YA (Young Adult) and is geared towards teens. What attracted you to that audience as opposed to adults?
Like so many teenagers, I grew up reading The Outsiders and all of the Judy Blume books. Those novels shaped my childhood but I’ve always wished that there were books about the Latinx experience. I knew that if I ever had the courage to write a novel that it would be geared towards young people.

There is a growing call to action regarding including more representation of diverse voices, identities and cultures, in literature, television, and movies, so that people around the world see themselves reflected in mainstream culture. Was this something that was important to you while writing Margot’s story, and how have your readers responded?
This recently happened to me at a school visit in East Los Angeles. I asked the high school students if they could name a Latinx actor. They couldn’t. One student said Sofia Vergara. Another student said Gina Rodriguez. But they were stumped at figuring out a Latino actor. There’s still so much work to be done. I want bookshelves to be filled with many diverse books just like I want all types of media to reflect the world we live in. There is no set Latinx voice. We are so different and I can’t wait for young people to have that option.

You’ve mentioned before on your blog that author Matt de la Pena’s novel Mexican Whiteboy was a big influence on you when you were writing your novel. Can you talk a little bit about why?
When I first read Matt de la Peña’s novel I knew I found a voice I could relate to although he was writing a contemporary story set in California. His writing tackles issues of class and race with such nuance and heart. I aspire to do the same.

Are there any other authors/books/writings that have influenced your work?
There are so many authors that have inspired me, from the legends (Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, Mary Shelley) to current authors (Victor LaValle, Junot Diaz, Meg Medina). I’m always excited to add a new author to my list of writers I love.

You host a monthly literary radio show called “Literary Soundtrack” on RadioSombra.org. Can you tell us about that experience and how that got started?
Radio Sombra is a community-run radio station out of East Los Angeles. When the collective asked me if I was interested in hosting a radio show, I knew I wanted to interview authors about their craft. There are so few outlets that cover literature and I wanted to do so with the focus being on featuring only authors of color. It’s been so great doing it! I get to speak to writers I admire like Mat Johnson, Laila Lalami, and Ana Castillo, to name a few.

What’s next for you? Are you working on anything currently?
I’m currently finishing up another young adult novel that will be out from Simon & Schuster, hopefully, sometime next year. The young adult book is tentatively titled Dealing With Dreams and it is set in a near-future Bronx where girl gangs rule the streets. It explores the notion of violence, finding a home, and the power of sisters.

When you write, do you use a computer or pen and paper?
I use my lovely laptop.

Are you a Pantser or Planner?
I plan out my novels with a rough outline that I eventually ignore.

What is something you absolutely must have while writing?
I must have my steaming cup of mint tea.



There’s A New Burger in Town!

by Jessica on March 31, 2017


Burgers. What’s not to love about them? They’re pretty perfect for any lunch or dinner meal. Easy but oh so good. Well, as of March 1 we’ve got a new(ish) burger joint in town. The Stand isn’t necessarily new in Los Angeles, as this is their sixth location opening since 2003, but it’s new to Pasadena.

Some staff around Vroman’s were a little sad to see TLT close its doors but are still excited about its replacement. The Stand serves made-to-order original burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, sausages and entree salads. You can choose from over twenty-five Stand-made toppings for the sausages or hotdogs, too!

A few of us headed over to the Stand to test it out. We went at prime lunchtime – 1:00pm and though the place was relatively busy we didn’t wait very long at all for our burgers. I can only speak for the burgers but man were they good!

We all tried different burgers and ended up with a Standburger with feta cheese (the house burger but you can pick from a few different cheeses to add, an ABC burger (Avocado, Bacon, Cheddar, Ranch Dressing, Lettuce and Tomato) and The French Onion Soup burger. All three burgers were fantastic. Though we all said it was too much food it didn’t stop us from finishing each burger. We split a side of fries and that was a very wise decision. Nothing like a good burger and fries to break up your day!

The Standburger with feta cheese.

The menu has such a good variety you’ll definitely have to go back multiple times to try something new. Or as Anne, our Visual Merchandising Manager, had done three times already just stick with what’s good and for her that’s the French Onion Soup Burger.

The Stand is open at 36 South El Molino Avenue. It’s a perfect place to grab a bite after doing some heavy book browsing through our stacks!

Visit www.thestandlink.com for more information and to see the full menu


Reading Without Walls Challenge!

by Jessica on March 29, 2017

We are so excited to be participating in the Reading Without Walls Program here at Vroman’s!

What is Reading Without Walls? 
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang calls us all to READ WITHOUT WALLS, exploring books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried.

READING WITHOUT WALLS will promote diversity and open readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, READING WITHOUT WALLS is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things.

Over here at Vroman’s, we are celebrating with an event on Tuesday, April 4th at 6pm with author LeUyen Pham. She will speak about the Reading Without Walls initiative as well as present and sign her book, The Bear Who Wasn’t There which takes readers on a hilarious search for the missing title character.

Ashlee, the manager in our Children’s Department, put together a spectacular display with some great titles to explore. She also had these things to say about the initiative itself.

The Reading Without Walls Program is a great way for kids to branch out of their reading comfort zone while being a part of the bigger picture. I love this challenge so much for a couple of reasons; first it not only promotes empathy and awareness but it’s genuinely a great way for kids to learn about other people, cultures, places, and to experience the different ways stories can be delivered. Second it’s a great conversation starter among classrooms, families, book groups, and friends. Lastly, it’s a challenge that is completely customizable, every comfort zone looks different and branching out can be small steps or can be diving right
into the unknown.”

A couple of my favorite books we have on display are The Journey by Francesca Sanna which is a picture book for ages 5-8 about what a refugee family might experience while trying to escape a war and flee to safer places.

Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres which is a novel for ages 8-12 about realizing the importance of family, friends, and how not to take for granted experiences in our lives that others may not relate to, like the family’s taco truck business.

Hidden by Loic Dauvillier, a graphic novel for ages 6-13, which describes the Holocaust as experienced by a young Jewish girl in Paris who was hidden by neighbors and friends throughout the war.

These three stories open you up to the very real lives people have lived, currently live, and in some cases will continue to live. They open our eyes, our minds, and our hearts and any books that do that should be treasured and celebrated.”

So…Up for the Challenge?

Anyone can participate in reading without walls — teachers, librarians, book-sellers, and readers. Just find something new and different to read — and let books open up the world around you.

Let us know what you’ve chosen to read outside of your walls!
Happy Reading!


Art Around Pasadena in the Coming Months!

by Jessica on March 27, 2017

You’re likely to find interesting art anywhere you look in Pasadena. From wall murals to the electrical boxes on the street corners. However, there are a few festivals and exhibits coming up over the next few months that are worth jotting down on your calendars!


The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry
March 29 through August 13, 2017

Ever since the debut of railroads, whether for passenger or freight service, so many people have been “romanced by the rails.” Curators Michael Patris and Steve Crise of the Mount Lowe Preservation Society will celebrate the history and beauty of railroads and trains through this exhibit of railroad art.

The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry features paintings, photography, carvings and sculptures that celebrate the technical innovation and artistry of railroads. In addition, there will be several unique artworks from private collections from the nineteenth century to contemporary art.

This exhibit is going to be featured at the Pasadena Museum of History. The hours for this exhibit are Wednesdays through Sundays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. The Museum is closed on all major holidays and the schedule could be affected by Rose Bowl events. Make sure to check their calendar!

This exhibit requires tickets. Tickets are: $7 General; $6 Students & Seniors; Members receive free admission for 2 & Children under 12 are free. For more Museum information visit the official website HERE.

Vroman’s Art on the Stairwell
featuring Shelley Couvillion
Currently on Exhibit:
Girls Can Be Heroes Too – Feminist Fairtytales

These pieces are a force to be reckoned with! Next time you’re in the area make sure to stop in to check out our newest Artist on the Stairwell.

Growing up in Southern California, Shelley Couvillion’s interest in the relationship between words and pictures started young. Shelley loved to listen to her mother read books aloud about all manner of things, from the Seals of Antarctica to The Little House on the Prairie. Shelley has always struggled with two seemingly opposing pulls in her life. Wanting to be the character with the sword, and wanting to be someone’s mom. Now that she is a mom, she’s decided there’s nothing wrong with being both and wants her daughter to grow up in a culture where being kick-butt and a girl aren’t mutually exclusive.

While still in high school, Shelley drew her way into the Santa Ana Community College Art Department. While there she received the Art Department Award for Sculpture, Excellence Award for Sculpture, Art Promotion League Award for Life Drawing,and the Fred and Barbara Meiers Memorial Award for Painting.  Shelley has since joined The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and begun showing her work in the local galleries, at comic conventions and pursuing work as a children’s illustrator for books and magazines. She also drew 83 pages of a web comic titled House On Writer’s Block. You can find some of her recent work on the cover of local author Robin Puelma’s books The Missing Crimoire and The Naming of Colton Black.

Her work is inquisitive, layered and often described as enchanting. Her characters create a sense of joy while her environments inspire a sense of wonder. The use of watercolor in her work tends to depict a soft and inviting quality. Making her work easy to fall into and exciting to explore. Though she feels it’s less of a struggle to relinquish control in her daily life, she is compelled to construct every line, petal and cheek with utmost care. Recently she’s started to work in gouache which plays to her strength of control. But she also sees the benefit of a more relaxed brush and hopes to continue incorporating those movements into her work. Shelley plans to continue to strengthen her visual storytelling abilities and looks forward to illustrating for children’s magazines such as Cricket, Muse and Illustroia, while also pursuing opportunities to illustrate children’s books.

You can find her online at ShelleyCouvillion.com or on Instagram @Shelley_Illustration

Pasadena Chalk Festival
June 17 & 18th (Father’s Day Weekend!) 

Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk FestivalYou HAVE to see these artists in person to really get a feel of the work they do. The Pasadena Chalk Festival has become one of the area’s most sought out arts attractions. The Festival had a humble beginning in front of City Hall in 1993. Over the last 24 years, it has blossomed into an amazing two-day festival with about 600 artists outside the Civic Center.

This specific type of art also crosses into the realm of performance art as you can catch the artists working on their pieces as you’re strolling around the grounds.

Not only will you get to see great art pieces and witness the magic being creating but there are a bunch of different areas to spend the day checking out. There will be live music and entertainment all day on the Main Stage. A Kids Chalkland area where kids can create Father’s Day Cards and get FREE face paintings done from 12pm-5pm. If you’re starting to get hungry there are plenty of shops and restaurants all around the Paseo Colorado to help you make a day of it!

For more information or to find out more about what the festival has to offer visit the official website HERE.

Let us know if there are anymore exciting art exhibits you are looking forward to over
the next few months!




Announcing Our 2017 Bookmark Contest Winners!

by Jessica on March 17, 2017

For the past 25 years, we have held a Bookmark Contest for the students in our community. We have two categories of competition. A K-3rd group and a 4th-6th grade group. We encourage students to design a bookmark that represents the themes of books and reading. We choose one bookmark from each category and the winning artists each receive a $50 Vroman’s gift card as well as 50 bookmarks to hand out to friends and family and enough bookmarks for their teacher and classmates! We also display and hand out these bookmarks in our Children’s Department through the remainder of the year until the next contest winners are announced.

We are happy to announce this years two winning artists today!

K-3rd grade group:

Bookmark Designed by Pushkal
7 years old, 2nd grade

4th-6th grade group:

Bookmark Designed by Katie
9 years old, 4th grade

This is such a wonderful Vroman’s tradition
that we look forward to every year.
Keep your eyes peeled for the 2018 Bookmark Contest!



On Poetry

by Jessica on March 10, 2017

Guest Blog Post by Poet Kim Dower

Kim Dower Poetry


. . . Poetry arrived

in search of me.  I don’t know, I don’t know where

it came from, from winter or a river.

I don’t know how or when . . . .

–Pablo Neruda

Some of us can remember the first line of poetry we wrote.  Maybe it was in the third grade when we had our first little notebook that we’d scribble random words in.  Maybe it was when we had our first encounter with a real live poem (or poet!) sometime in high school or college.  For me it was when my mother read me A. A. Milne: They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace/Christopher Robin went down with Alice/Alice is marrying one of the guard/”A soldier’s life is terrible hard,” says Alice.  I loved that.  I loved the music of it.  It’d recite it to my dolls, I’d sing it in my bath.  I was hooked at six.

No matter when it comes from, when it comes, it sticks hard.  Writing poetry is a joyful, incomparable act.  It’s fun, then hard, then fun again.  Being witness to words coming together to form meaning and imagery that’s brand new is exciting.

That’s what I’m hoping we’ll do in our workshop on March 18th.

We’ll play with words, with images; we’ll experiment with automatic writing, we’ll read poems I’ll bring that will inspire and delight.  We’ll have fun as we watch the poems arrive from our hearts and minds, as we shape and build them.  I’m not sure anyone can be taught how to write a poem, but we can create an atmosphere, a prompt, a suggestion that invites a poem to happen.  We can get words on a page that have never been together on a page before, and then learn some skills and craft about how to make those words have the strongest meaning.

If you have a memory, you have a poem.  If you can remember what that cookie tasted like on the boardwalk one summer when you were in love or not in love, with your parents or sister or with someone you’d later marry or wish you’d married; if you can remember what the ocean feels and smells like, what squirrels and birds sound like, if you know what longing is, or what it feels like to love someone deeply,

if you remember lying in a hospital room, giving birth, losing a loved one, you have a poem.  I am, I will be, I remember, I want – you have the beginning of a poem.

I’m excited to meet you on Saturday the 18th when we will “Awaken and Ignite the Poet Within!” and make a poem together.  I’m hoping to open the door to many more because writing a poem is the most freedom you’ll ever have.  The freedom to create something brand new, to express yourself, to lose a part of yourself by making art.

Kim Dower

Visit our website for information on special poetry workshop with Kim or give us a call to sign up!


Graphic novels are full of diversity in both race and gender. In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight just a few of the authors who have written African-American characters and some that are changing the way common superhero characters appear in graphic novels. There are so many of these incredible authors out there, hopefully this short list helps to motivate you to seek them out.

by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
The March trilogy is a graphic novel about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement that is told through the perspective of U.S. Congressman and civil rights leader, John Lewis. March is an award-winning, #1 bestselling graphic novel and was the first graphic novel to receive a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

About author John Lewis: John Lewis is often called “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” John has dedicated his life to protecting human rights and securing civil liberties. As a student at Fisk University, Lewis organized sit-ins at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee. He participated in Freedom Rides in 1961 that he risked his life for. He was beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested by police for challenging the injustice of the Jim Crow segregation in the South. He was named Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinator Committee (SNCC) during the height of the movement from 1963 to 1966. Though he may have endured 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate for the philosophy of nonviolence. His career continued in 1977 when he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to direct more than 250,000 volunteers of ACTION, the federal volunteer agency. In 1981, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council and in 1986 was elected to Congress and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since then.

Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur
by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare (Ages 12-17)
Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur is about Lunella Lafayette, a preteen super genius who wants to change the world but learned the hard way that it takes MORE than just big brains! Her sidekick is a red-scaled tyrant who was transported from prehistoric past to the far-flung future we call TODAY. Together, they are the most amazing Marvel team-up.

About author Amy Reeder: Amy Reeder graduated from BYU and got her start in comics by placing in TokyoPop’s “Rising Stars of Manga” contest. Her popular graphic novel series, Fool’s Gold launched her onto the graphic novel scene. Her books combine her stunning artwork with high school angst and humorous banter.

Black Panther
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A new era is beginning for the Black Panther with this new series by National Book Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for it’s amazing technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil.

About author Ta-Nehisi Coates: Ta-Nehisi is an author, journalist and educator. He is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and writes about cultural, social and political issues particularly regarding African-Americans. He has also worked for The Village Voice, Washington City Paper and Time. His second book, Between the World and Me, was released in 2015 and since has won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He was also the recipient of the Genius Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man
by Brian Michael Bendies, Illustrated by Sara Pichelli
Before Peter Parker died, young Miles Morales was poised to start the next chapter in his life in a new school. Then, a spider’s bite granted the teenager incredible arachnid-like powers. Miles is now thrust into a world he doesn’t understand. Can he live up to Peter’s legacy as Spider-man?

About author Brian Michael Bendis: Brian Michael Bendis is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics today. For Marvel entertainment, Brian is currently writing ALL NEW X-MEN and UNCANNY X-MEN. His introduction of the new multiracial ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN made frontpage news and has quickly become a comic of interest with the community. Brian has won a slew of awards including five EISNER awards and was honored with the prestigious INKPOT award for comic art excellence. He is definitely someone to look out for!


Book Store Love Stories continues with another love found while working at Vroman’s from Anne!
Remember you can still continue to submit your stories!


by Anne
I met Sean at Vroman’s in 1985.  We were both employees, he in what was then called Commercial Stationery (now the pen department) and I in the Book Department.  A co-worker introduced us in the employee break room and we hit it off immediately; a few weeks later we started dating.  Turns out, three of our co-workers, including the one who introduced us, had conspired to get us together, and another one of them, the Book Department manager, arranged my schedule so that I could have the same days off as Sean.  Today Sean is the chair of the theatre department at the University of La Verne and I’m still at Vroman’s, now working as the Merchandising Manager.  We’ve been married since 1998.

If you’d like to see your love story featured on our blog and social media write us today! To submit your story send an e-mail to email@vromansbookstore.com with the subject line Book Store Love Stories. You are welcome to attach a photo that you don’t mind us using for marketing purposes.


Book Store Love Stories continues with a brand new kind of love story from Cheryl!
Remember you can still submit your stories!

by Cheryl
Preparing to bring a new life into the world involves the purchase of many traditional necessities, such as diapers and bottles. These small preparations are part of the fun and excitement of pregnancy. However, the purchases that truly filled my heart with joy and hope, were the purchases made for the soul and imagination of the life that grew in my belly. During both of my pregnancies, I vividly recall scanning the shelves of Vromans for the first books to be selected for their libraries. Which words and magic would I fill them with? Which bits of knowledge should I offer first? These books were to be my first love letters to them. They would be my attempt to reveal the beauty of stories with the hope that they would come to digest them, take them in as part of themselves, as I do with every book that moves me. I can’t think of any better way that I could have introduced my little loves to the marvel and splendor of life. No better way to fill them with the love and hope, I held for them.

If you’d like to see your love story featured on our blog and social media write us today! To submit your story send an e-mail to email@vromansbookstore.com with the subject line Book Store Love Stories. You are welcome to attach a photo that you don’t mind us using for marketing purposes.