Merry Christmas From Vroman’s Bookstore!

by Jessica on December 25, 2017

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday with friends and family. That you get some rest and bask in celebration. All stores are closed today but we will reopen tomorrow at 10am.

Vroman’s Annual After Holiday Sale!

by Jessica on December 22, 2017

It’s the time of year again.
That time when Vroman’s has a GIANT After Holiday Sale!
We love this sale and we think you’re pretty fond of it too.
Holiday gift items like decorations, cards, wrapping paper are all 40% off!
Holiday books are all 30% off!
Perfect time to stock up for next year.
Doors open at 10am. See you then!

Vroman’s Holiday Hours!

by Jessica on December 11, 2017

 

Our hours are a little different to help accommodate all of our customers.
We want you to be able to grab all those gifts to ease that holiday stress.
Hope to see you around the store soon!

 

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
Main Store: 9am-9pm
Hastings Ranch: 9am-9pm

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18
Main Store starts extended hours:
Thurs, Fri, Sat: 9am-10pm

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21
Hastings Ranch starts extended hours:
Thurs, Fri, Sat: 9am-10pm

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24
All stores open at 8am, close at 4pm.
Main Store Newsstand opens at 7am

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25
Both stores are closed for Christmas

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26
Main Store: 10am-9pm
Newsstand opens 10am
Hastings Ranch open 10am-8pm

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31
All stores and newsstand open regular time but close at 4pm. 

MONDAY, JANUARY 1ST
New Year’s Day & Rose Bowl Parade. 
Main Store & newsstand: 1:30pm-9pm
Hastings Ranch: 11:30am-7pm

 

 

 

Christmas Songs That Won’t Drive You Crazy!

by Jessica on December 8, 2017

It’s that special time of year.
The air is a little more crisp, everyone is a little nicer and we get to listen to Christmas music!
That last part can go either way. Christmas music can evoke some really special feelings or it can evoke anger. A lot of times the music is just overplayed and we’re just so dang tired of hearing it.

Here’s a guide of songs that hopefully won’t make you angry to listen to over and over.
Sadly, you won’t hear too many of these tunes on the speakers of Vroman’s
but that doesn’t mean we don’t dig everyone of these!
Add these to your holiday music playlist today!

Dropkick Murphys
The Season Is Upon Us

 

Run D.M.C.
Christmas in Hollis

 

 

Julian Casablancas
I Wish It Was Christmas Today

 

 

David Bowie & Bing Crosby
Little Drummer Boy

 

 

 

Keith Richards
Run Rudolph, Run

 

 

 

Vince Guaraldi
Christmas Time Is Here 

 

 

 

The Walkmen
Christmas Party

 

 

 

LCD Soundsystem
Christmas Will Break Your Heart

 

 

 

Is there anything else you would add to this alternative Christmas playlist?

Books That Will Make You Laugh (2017 Edition!)

by Jessica on December 4, 2017

Let’s face it there’s a lot going on out in the world these days. A lot of times we find it hard to laugh because everything is just weighing us down so much. TV and movies can provide some escape but you can only savor those for as long as they last. These books will bring you into their world and let you sit there for awhile so you can laugh and laugh and laugh some more.
We hope you can find the time to get some giggles in and relax a bit!

 

I’m Fine…And Other Lies by Whitney Cummings

Here are all the stories and mistakes I’ve made that were way too embarrassing to tell on stage in front of an actual audience; but thanks to not-so-modern technology, you can read about them here so I don’t have to risk having your judgmental eye contact crush my self-esteem. This book contains some delicious schadenfreude in which I recall such humiliating debacles as breaking my shoulder while trying to impress a guy, coming very close to spending my life in a Guatemalan prison, and having my lacerated ear sewn back on by a deaf guy after losing it in a torrid love affair. In addition to hoarding mortifying situations that’ll make you feel way better about your choices, I’ve also accumulated a lot of knowledge from therapists, psychotherapists, and psychopaths, which can probably help you avoid making the same mistakes I’ve made.

In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.

Unqualified by Anna Faris

Her comic memoir, Unqualified, shares Anna’s candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won. Part memoir–including stories about being “the short girl” in elementary school, finding and keeping female friends, and dealing with the pressures of the entertainment industry and parenthood–part humorous, unflinching advice from her hit podcast, Anna Faris Is Unqualified, the book will reveal Anna’s unique take on how to master the bizarre, chaotic, and ultimately rewarding world of love.

Vacationland by John Hodgman

Although his career as a bestselling author and on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn’t seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now.Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: John Hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him (and some day will); and the metaphoric haunted forest of middle age that connects them. Vacationland collects these real life wanderings, and through them you learn of the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, and which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison. There is also some advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god.

It Devours! A Welcome to Nightvale Novel
by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.

Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town’s top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation’s darkest and most terrible secret.

Funeral Platter by Greg Ames

From the author of the award-winning novel Buffalo Lockjaw comes a powerful collection of darkly humorous short stories. A young girl uses a burnt log for her ventriloquist act; Franz Kafka and an unnamed narrator cruise a dive bar for women; a grieving couple stage and execute their own funeral; a son brings hot chowder to his caged parents. This stunning collection–packed with moments of violence and tenderness–explores the humor and unease of modern life. Since he first began publishing his fiction, Greg Ames has been praised for his willingness to take risks and the strength and freshness of his voice. Assembled here for the first time, this collection brings together the best work from a brilliant American writer, a playful and innovative artist. In these twenty original short stories, Greg Ames earns his place as one of the best writers of his generation. In the tradition of Etgar Keret, Greg Ames’ prose style ties together the absurd hilarity and deep anguish of contemporary life. These wildly inventive stories will appeal to readers who thirst for a unique, deeply humane voice.

Waiting for the Punch by Marc Maron

From thebeloved and wildly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron comes a book of intimate, hilarious and life changing conversations with some of the funniest, and most important people in the world like you’ve never heard them before. Waiting for the Punch features the stories and thoughts of such luminaries as Amy Schumer, Mel Brooks, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Sir Ian McKellen, Lorne Michels, Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, Jimmy Fallon, RuPaul, Louis CK, David Sedaris, Bruce Springsteen, and President Obama.

This book is not simply a collection of these interviews, but instead something more wondrous: a running narrative of the world’s most recognizable names working through the problems, doubts, joys, triumphs, and failures we all experience. With each chapter covering a different topic: parenting, childhood, relationships, sexuality, success, failures and others, Punch becomes a sort of everyman’s guide to life. Barack Obama candidly discusses the challenges of the presidency, and the bittersweet moments of seeing your children grow up. Amy Schumer recounts the pain of her parents’ divorce. Molly Shannon uproariously remembers the time she and her best friend hopped a plane from Ohio to New York City when they were twelve on a dare. Amy Poehler dishes on why just because you become a parent doesn’t mean you have to like anybody else’s kids but your own. Bruce Springsteen expounds on the dual nature of desperation to both motivate and devastate.

Indies First 2017! Another Great Success!

by Jessica on December 1, 2017

Last Saturday, November 25th, was Indies First (and Small Business Saturday)!
We are still dreaming about what a wonderful day it was and wanted to share some photos from the day!

About Indies First:
Indies First, held on Small Business Saturday, brings together authors, readers, and publishers in support of independent bookstores. Authors and local celebrities volunteer at events across the country. Indies First and Small Business Saturday was held this year on November 25, a day which is dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help communities thrive.
Our stores were visited by some very special guest booksellers
chatting about books and recommending their favorite titles.
Check out who was here!
The amazing Attica Locke was a guest bookseller and was gracious enough to sign some stock for us too!
Everyone’s favorite Nerd was here shelving books, talking up customers and being an absolute joy to be around! We may just have to have Curtis Armstrong as a member of the Vroman’s staff soon!
One of our favorite local authors and great mystery authors,
Kwei Quartey, was here in the morning, too!
Check out this newest novel, Death By His Grace!
The always adorable, Rachel Ignotofsky,
helped out in the Children’s Department recommending books and helping customers all afternoon.
Thank you too all our guest booksellers and for everyone that continues to shop local, shop small. We wouldn’t be here without you! Until next November!

Vroman’s Walk of Fame Adds Luis J. Rodriguez!

by Jessica on November 27, 2017

We had such an amazing time on Saturday, November 18th when we honored poet/author Luis J. Rodriguez as our newest inductee to the Vroman’s Walk of Fame.

I wanted to go ahead and cross post a little blog write up from Michael Sedano over at La Bloga.
He took some great photos and wrote about the day’s events.

Read the full post HERE.

Vroman’s Holiday Events Guide!

by Jessica on November 24, 2017

There’s already so much to do around the holidays. Gift buying, get togethers, decorating, cookies, Christmas card photos that we forget to take some time for ourselves to have some fun! Bring the kiddos and visit us for these fun and free events! (Take note of which store they will be taking place at).


Put on your pajamas and bring over your favorite stuffed animal for a holiday story time and craft.
Afterwards, leave your friend with us, because the animals are having a bookstore slumber party!!


Saturday, December 2, 11:00am
Vroman’s presents Winter Wonderland!

This holiday spectacular will feature kid’s treats, crafts, and a photo opportunity with Santa!
(Your photo courtesy of Vroman’s Bookstore) The Pasadena Playhouse District will also be presenting Merry Merry Movie featuring a free screening of
A Muppet Christmas Carol next to Vroman’s Bookstore.


Sunday, December 3, 11:00am
Holiday Craft Fun Day at Hastings Ranch!
*This event will take place at our Hastings Ranch location!*


Join us for special crafty activities for kids at Hastings Ranch – we will supply the materials!


Join us for a fun time of special writing and crafty activity for kids.
There will be a variety of crafts to choose from – little gifts that can be taken home to give to your family!
We supply the stationery, craft supplies, and we mail the letters from the store!


Saturday, December 9, 10:00am
Special Holiday Storytime featuring Santa!

Santa reads us his holiday favorites & maybe some all-year-round favorites, too!


Join us for a special writing activity for kids.
We supply the stationery and we mail the letters to Santa from our store!


Santa reads us his holiday favorites & maybe some all-year-round favorites, too!


Decorate a house that you can take home!
$24.00 + tax – includes house and decorations, though you can bring extra candy & décor.
Space is limited and it sells out every year so don’t wait to sign up! Please sign up by 12/5/17.

Young Readers League Story Contest Winners!

by Jessica on November 20, 2017

This year our Young Readers League picked The Key To Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd! In the spirit on this book, kids aged 8-14 were invited to enter a writing contest. In 300 words of less, they were to write a ghost story. The guidelines were the word count (at 300) and must be an original story. The Pasadena Library was flooded with entries and we are happy to announce the winners here!

Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest
3rd place
Category 1 (ages 8-11)

Sienna
Age 10 (Grade 5)

“The Ghosts in the Cemetery”

A young girl takes a not-so-ordinary walk through a cemetery
when the clock strikes twelve.

Lily is a girl who has no mother. Neither does she have sisters or brothers. It’s just Lily and her father. Her father is a lawyer. Lily visits the cemetery and stops by her late mother’s grave. She stares and thinks for hours, then leaves for home every day. One night when Lily’s father told her he’ll be away, Lily is woken suddenly and is staying awake. She wasn’t in the middle of a nightmare. She thinks it’s very strange. But when Lily feels this way, she visits her mother’s grave. Tonight will be no different. Lily dresses and grabs a light. She isn’t scared; she’ll try to prevail. But she then doesn’t feel she has might.

She ventures into the cemetery weaving in and out through the trees. She trips on roots and tumbles on the ground. The grass felt cold when she went down. Lily feels unsure of herself as the clock strikes twelve. When this happens Lily thinks about returning home. Lily is about to start her way when the ground beneath her rumbles. Lily grabs onto a tree and shouts as rocks tumble. Lily gasps as a spirit jumps out of a grave. Lily, frightened and scared, crawls out and asks the ghost who he is.
But before the spirit can answer, Lily gives a shout of surprise.

“Hey!” she says, “You’re Mayor Alvin! Our first mayor to win an Olympic prize!”

At first, the mayor is startled but he relaxes into a smile.
“Hello,” he says. “Who are you?”
“I’m Lily,” she replies.

Lily watched, amazed, as the ghosts became alive.
“We get out every midnight,” says the mayor. “You’re the first to see us rise.”

Lily runs away, finding her mother walking.
Lily says, “Hi. I’m Lily Walker. Your daughter. The one you left behind.”


Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest
2nd place
Category 1 (ages 8-11)

Maelee
Age 11 (Grade 6)

“The Haunted Pair of Ballet Slippers”

A ballerina has trouble with her enchanted ballet slippers.

The little ballerina warned them! No one would listen to her. They had no idea of how dangerous the pair of ballet slippers could possibly be. Whenever she would put on her shoes during the class it would appear as though she is doing a crazy chicken dance. Once the teacher asked her to point her feet, she would flex them; when she asked her to flex her feet, she would point them. Everyone in her class thought that she was dyslexic or weird, but she was actually just a normal human being. One time she was so out of control that she twisted her ankle. The dancer could not take it any longer. So she threw one of her slippers breaking the glass mirror. The teachers yelled, “Young lady this is no place for a ballerina like you to throw things and damage them. You will have to pay a consequence and that is to never come back EVER AGAIN!” Sadly, the ballerina left the dance studio, never to return again.
Later that night on a full moon, the janitor went inside the studio. He noticed tiny little shattered pieces of a glass mirror on the floor. Of course the right thing to do would be to clean it up. So, he rapidly rushed over to the closet to get a broom and a dustpan. As he walked over to the room he heard a soft tone of music. Each step sounded clearer to him. “It must just be my imagination,” he thought.
There was only one way to find out!
He swiftly opened the door and saw two lonely ballet slippers dancing to the MUSIC!


Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest
1st place
Category 1 (ages 8-11)

Lauren 
Age 11 (Grade 7)

“The Journal”

A story of an ordinary girl with a not so ordinary story, who discovers the shocking truth of her family.

This is the story of an ordinary girl with a not so ordinary story. My name is Jenna Adler and I live in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to Google, New Orleans is called the most “haunted city in America.” I never really thought of it like that. New Orleans has had many tragedies such as the Yellow Fever Epidemic during 1817-1905. There was also The LaLaurie Mansion where a lady named Delphine enslaved African American people and she tortured and murdered them. My home wasn’t creepy at all, but my parents decided it was time to move from our small house to a penthouse in the French Quarter. It was during the move I realized something very disturbing about my family.
I once had a sister named Daphne. Her name was beautiful and perfect and these are the things I remember about her. She died when I was very young. So, the night we moved into our new home, I felt like I wasn’t alone at all. I told my parents I felt very spooked and they said that I will be okay and told me to rest. The next morning, I woke up early and noticed a panel of uneven wood in the floor. I pull the wood up and saw a journal that said “Daphne” on it. “How strange,” I thought, because that was my sister’s name. I opened the journal and the first page was written to me! I slammed the journal closed and ran into my parents’ room and showed them what I found. My mom started crying and my dad said, “Jenna, there is something you should know.” It was then that I learned the shocking truth about my family. We are actually ghosts and Daphne murdered us. The journal was the story of what happened.


Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest
3rd place
Category 2 (ages 12-14)

Penelope
Age 13 (Grade 7)

“The Selfie”

Three girls at a sleepover discover a strange figure in their picture.

‘‘It was a dark and stormy night, just like how most ghost stories start,” Kate began. “We’re seriously doing this? Ghost stories are super childish!” Poppy exclaimed. Kate and Abby laughed. “You’re just scared, Poppy!” Abby added jokingly. The three of them had been best friends since third grade, when Abby lost her tooth in Kate’s apple. Poppy sat watching and became jealous that she hadn’t lost any molars yet and got Kate to pull it out with a string. Now, they were in eighth grade, and still as close as sardines, or whatever people say. “Anyways, there were three girls at a sleepover. One of them was too scared to do anything fun, so they had the worst time ever,” Kate said, elbowing Poppy. She was not impressed. “Ghost stories just aren‘t scary!” Abby looked around awkwardly as the two glared at each other. “Selfie time!” she yelled out of the blue. She pulled out her phone and took a picture of the three. The picture was cute. Nothing out of the ordinary, except something that Poppy caught in the corner. A person. A little girl with blond pigtails, and a blank facial expression. It gave Poppy chills. “Guys, look in the corner.” Kate gasped. “There’s someone there,” said Abby. “No duh,” Kate replied. Poppy turned around. No one was there. A cold mist filled the air, where the girls were sitting. Eventually, they all fell asleep. The next morning, Abby checked her phone, like she did every morning. There was a picture of all three girls sleeping. There was another video of the girl they saw earlier, saying, “Catch me if you can!” Abby dropped her phone and screamed. She ran out of the room. Kate and Poppy swore they heard laughing. Abby never had a sleepover again.


Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest
2nd place
Category 2 (ages 12-14)

Raela 
Age 12 (Grade 7)

“Horror Houses”

The narrator moves into a new house and experiences ghostly encounters.

I must have been eleven when I saw a ghost. We had just moved into a new house. I ran up the stairs to the bedrooms. I chose the one closest to the stairs, it was bigger. My sister didn’t want to have the bedroom next to the stairs. She thought it was creepy.
I was going to bed one night. I was exhausted. In my bathroom I was brushing my teeth. Everyone was downstairs. The room was cold. I felt like I was being watched. I looked down to the vent in the wall. In the bars, I saw a person. A little boy, just watching.
I remember running downstairs. My parents convinced me it was nothing, that this house was too new for ghosts. So I went to my bed and went to sleep. That night I heard the stairs creaking like someone was walking up them I went to investigate. Nobody. All there was, was the smell of old perfume.
I followed the scent to the basement. I went down the steps. The door closed behind me, I heard the lock click. I then heard the scream. A child’s. Then I saw the little boy. He said to help him. His name was Thomas and he needed help. A ghostly figure appeared behind him. A woman. Thomas screamed. I pounded on the door and was relieved to hear my mother’s murmurs and footsteps.
That morning we were watching television. “Horror Houses” was on. lt was talking about a house where an old woman lived. She lured children into her house and killed them. A little boy was one of her victims. A picture of her room went on the screen, it was my bedroom.


Young Readers League 2017 Writing Contest
1st place
Category 2 (ages 12-14)

Christopher 
Age 12 (Grade 6)

“The Ghost Story”

A bolt of lightning hits a cemetery causing ghosts to appear.

It was a dark and gloomy night and the wind howled like hunting wolves. Out of nowhere, a bolt of lightning hit one of the graves at the cemetery. The explosion was so big that it destroyed a few tombs. After the smoke cleared, a ghost appeared. This ghost appeared to be cloudy white with eyes and mouth that looked like an endless hole that could consume anyone in its path. Unfortunately, this was a ghost that could bring back other ghosts. This meant that he would have an army of ghosts. Day by day, the ghosts would haunt homes in the nearby town. These ghosts were on the mission take over the town and make it their own.

In the town, when the first person saw the ghost, he screamed, “GHOST!! GHOST!” People fled their homes and went running as far as they could, except for one person. This person was an old grandma who was hard of hearing, and could hardly see anything in front of her. When a ghost arrived at her home to scare her off, she didn’t even notice it. She was too busy vacuuming her living room of cat hairs. To get her attention, the ghost had to shove her. The startled grandma ended up turning the vacuum on the ghost, where it got sucked up with all the cat hairs.

Word got out how this grandma defeated the ghost with her vacuum. The town’s people returned to their homes to grab their vacuums. One by one, the ghost were sucked up until they were gone.
The town‘s people rewarded this grandma with a new vacuum, and called her “The Ghost Slayer.” She was just happy with a new vacuum, and one that didn’t smell like a cat.

Indies First 2017!

by Jessica on November 17, 2017

On Saturday, November 25,
Join us on Indies First and Small Business Saturday when
our stores are visited by some very special guest booksellers
chatting about books and recommending their favorite titles.
About Indies First:
Indies First, held on Small Business Saturday, brings together authors, readers, and publishers in support of independent bookstores. Authors and local celebrities volunteer at events across the country. Indies First and Small Business Saturday are being held this year on November 25, a day which is dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help communities thrive.
At Vroman’s Main Store:
(located at 695 e. Colorado Blvd.) 
At Vroman’s Hastings Ranch:
(located at 3729 E. Foothill Blvd.)
At Book Soup:
(8818 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, 90069)
SPECIAL INDIES FIRST OFFER from our friends at Libro.fm!