New Fall Cookbooks for 2017!

by Jessica on November 6, 2017

Pumpkins aren’t the only thing we’re harvesting in the Fall!
It also just so happens to be THE BEST time to seek out a new cookbook…or twelve.
Here’s what’s hitting the kitchen this Fall. Perfect for yourself or that aspiring chef in your life.
We’re so excited to try these!


Smitten Kitchen Everyday
by Deb Perelman
Catch Deb signing this book at the Main Store on 11/19 at 2pm!!

This is the follow up to Deb’s super popular The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. The recipes in this new book are easy to make but have a fabulous result. Try not to mark every single recipe in this book!

Half-Baked Harvest
by Teighan Gerard

Tieghan Gerard grew up in the Colorado mountains as one of seven children. When her dad took too long to make dinner every night, she started doing the cooking–at age 15. Ever-determined to reign in the chaos of her big family, Tieghan found her place in the kitchen. She had a knack for creating unique dishes, which led her to launch her blog, Half Baked Harvest. Since then, millions of people have fallen in love with her fresh take on comfort food, stunning photography, and charming life in the mountains.While it might be a trek to get to Tieghan’s barn-turned-test kitchen, her creativity shines here: dress up that cheese board with a real honey comb; decorate a standard salad with spicy, crispy sweet potato fries; serve stir fry over forbidden black rice; give French Onion Soup an Irish kick with Guinness and soda bread; bake a secret ingredient into your apple pie (hint: it’s molasses).

A Beautiful Mess Weekday Weekend 
by Emma Chapman, Elsie Larson

A Beautiful Mess is one of the most popular DIY style blogs in the world, with more than 1 million readers. Co-creators (and sisters) Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson share their unique and approachable diet with fans and healthy eaters in this, their first cookbook. Their philosophy involves eating responsibly during the week–avoiding refined flours, sugars, alcohol, and dairy–and indulging on weekends. Vetted by nutritionists and divided into four parts (breakfast, meals, snacks and sweets, and drinks), each containing a weekday and weekend chapter.

Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker
by Editors of Martha Stewart Living

Leave it to the experts at Martha Stewart to figure out the best ways to use this favorite appliance. The 110 recipes in this book make the most of the slow cooker’s assets (low heat, hands-off cooking), while also uncovering its hidden potential. Readers will find that they can not only braise cuts of meat until meltingly tender and let soups and stews simmer away untended, but also gently poach fish, cook up creamy scalloped potatoes, and bake a perfect cheesecake.

Guerilla Tacos
by Wesley Avila

In a town overrun with taco trucks, Wes Avila’s Guerrilla Tacos has managed to win almost every accolade there is, from being crowned Best Taco Truck by LA Weekly to being called one of the best things to eat in Los Angeles by living legend Jonathan Gold. Avila’s approach stands out in a crowded field because it’s unique; the 50 base recipes in this book are grounded in authenticity but never tied down to tradition. Wes uses ingredients like kurobata sausage and sea urchin, but his bestselling taco is made from the humble sweet potato. From basic building blocks to how to balance flavor and texture, with comic-inspired illustrations and stories throughout, Guerrilla Tacos is the final word on tacos from the streets of L.A.

David Tanis Market Cooking
by David Tanis

A masterwork of recipes, approach, technique, and philosophy, David Tanis Market Cooking is as inspiring as it is essential. This is how to become a more intuitive and spontaneous cook. This is how to be more discerning in the market and freer in the kitchen. This is how to transform the freshest ingredients into one perfectly delicious dish after another, guided by the core beliefs that have shaped David Tanis’s incomparable career: Food doesn’t have to be fussy to be satisfying. Seasonal vegetables should be central to a meal. Working with food is a joy, not a chore.

The Home Cook
by Alex Guarnaschelli

For Alex Guarnaschelli–whose mother edited the seminal 1997 edition of The Joy of Cooking, which defined the food of the late twentieth century–a life in food and cookbooks was almost predestined. Now an accomplished chef and author in her own right (and mom to a young daughter), Alex pens a cookbook for the way we eat today. For generations raised on vibrant, international flavors and supermarkets stocked with miso paste, harissa, and other bold condiments and ingredients, here are 300 recipes to replace their parents’ Chicken Marbella, including Glazed Five-Spice Ribs, Roasted Eggplant Dip with Garlic Butter Naan, Roasted Beef Brisket with Pastrami Rub, Fennel and Orange Salad with Walnut Pesto, Quinoa Allspice Oatmeal Cookies, and Dark Chocolate Rum Pie.

Halloween Happenings Around Pasadena!

by Jessica on October 27, 2017

Spooky haunts and special treats all around Pasadena!
Bring the kiddos for some Halloween fun!

Tuesday, October 31
4pm – 6pm
Celebrate Halloween in the Playhouse District!

Vroman’s Bookstore and a bunch of our neighbors will be celebrating this Halloween with
activities, games and lots of candy!

Trick-or-Treat at the following participating business:
Vroman’s Bookstore
VP Salon Organic
KidsArt Pasadena
The Stand
Blaze Pizza
Southern California Children’s Museum
Zona Rosa Caffe
Pasadena Playhouse
Galerie Gabrie
Basecamp Fitness

Come to Vroman’s for Halloween themed crafts, activities, storytelling and a costume contest outside near the Vroman’s stage!

In addition, KidsArt Pasadena (20 S. Oakland) will be hosting a Halloween themed drawing activity at their studio and the Southern California Children’s Museum (459 E. Colorado Blvd.) will be hosting a Halloween party with arts & crafts, a food craft, and games.

Best Thrillers to Be Reading Right Now!

by Jessica on October 23, 2017

If your favorite books involve unpredictable twists, make you jump story lines and characters
you love to hate then you’re probably a thriller fan.
Here’s a small roundup of the best of the best that are hitting the shelves this Fall. Some of these are coming from our favorite authors, too!

A Legacy of Spies
John le Carre
On Our Shelves Now

Classic le Carre here with his first George Smiley novel in over 25 years!

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye
David Lagercrantz
On Our Shelves Now

The series that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continues as brilliant hacker Lisbeth Salander teams up with journalist Mikael Blomkvist to uncover the secrets of her childhood and to take revenge. Lisbeth Salander–obstinate outsider, volatile seeker of justice for herself and others–seizes on a chance to unearth her mysterious past once and for all. And she will let nothing stop her–not the Islamists she enrages by rescuing a young woman from their brutality; not the prison gang leader who passes a death sentence on her; not the deadly reach of her long-lost twin sister, Camilla; and not the people who will do anything to keep buried knowledge of a sinister pseudoscientific experiment known only as The Registry. Once again, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are the fierce heart of a thrilling full-tilt novel that takes on some of the world’s most insidious problems.

Lie To Me
J.T. Ellison
On Our Shelves Now

Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s idyllic life is not as it appears. They seem made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her. Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself?

The Cuban Affair
Nelson DeMille
On Our Shelves Now

Daniel Graham MacCormick–Mac for short–seems to have a pretty good life. At age thirty-five he’s living in Key West, owner of a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the Army as an infantry officer with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don’t tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac’s finances are more than a little shaky.One day, Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life, and waiting for Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups. Carlos wants to hire Mac and The Maine for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate, but Mac suspects there is more to this and turns it down. The price then goes up to two million dollars, and Mac agrees to hear the deal, and meet Carlos’s clients–a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega, and a mysterious older Cuban exile, Eduardo Valazquez.What Mac learns is that there is sixty million American dollars hidden in Cuba by Sara’s grandfather when he fled Castro’s revolution. With the “Cuban Thaw” underway between Havana and Washington, Carlos, Eduardo, and Sara know it’s only a matter of time before someone finds the stash–by accident or on purpose. And Mac knows if he accepts this job, he’ll walk away rich…or not at all.

Keep Her Safe
Sophie Hannah
On Our Shelves Now

Pushed to the breaking point, Cara Burrows flees her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied — by a man and a teenage girl.

A simple mistake at the front desk… but soon Cara realizes that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving natural life sentences for her murder.

Cara doesn’t know what to trust — everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?

Don’t Let Go
Harlan Corben
On Our Shelves Now

Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn’t been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks–and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother’s death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he’s been looking for.When Maura’s fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions–about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana–whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.

Sleeping Beauties
Stephen King & Owen King
On Our Shelves Now

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.

Dan Brown
On Our Shelves Now

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement–the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough…one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence. As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret. Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself…and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery…and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

Odd Child Out
Gilly MacMillian
On Our Shelves Now

Best friends Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad have always been inseparable. But when Noah is found floating unconscious in Bristol’s Feeder Canal, Abdi can’t–or won’t–tell anyone what happened.

Just back from a mandatory leave following his last case, Detective Jim Clemo is now assigned to look into this unfortunate accident. But tragedy strikes and what looked like the simple case of a prank gone wrong soon ignites into a public battle. Noah is British. Abdi is a Somali refugee. And social tensions have been rising rapidly in Bristol. Against this background of fear and fury two families fight for their sons and for the truth. Neither of them know how far they will have to go, what demons they will have to face, what pain they will have to suffer.

Because the truth hurts.

Two Kinds of Truth
Michael Connelly
October 31st

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town’s 3-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren’t keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison.The two unrelated cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

The Midnight Line
Lee Child
November 7

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness.The deeper Reacher digs, and the more he learns, the more dangerous the terrain becomes. Turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher.

The Whispering Room
Dean Koontz
November 21

“No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.”These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun–just before she takes her own life, and many others’, in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.In the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide–and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals–Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But the ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue–and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive–in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough. Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.


Literary Themed Halloween Costumes!

by Jessica on October 16, 2017

Haven’t even started thinking about a Halloween costume yet?
Here are a few literary themed numbers that are sure to ignite your DIY spark and get everyone talking!

Group Costumes 

Willy Wonka
You’re sure to win the Golden Ticket of Halloween when you grab some friends and take on the wonderful world of characters from Willy Wonka!

Wizard of Oz
Pick a Dorothy, a Cowardly Lion, A TinMan,
a few witches and you got yourself a great group costume!

Charlotte’s Web
Don’t settle for just any old pig for Halloween be
SOME PIG with a group for Charlotte’s Web! So cute!

Winnie the Pooh (& Tigger, Too!)
What a fun and easy group costume! Decorate some over-sized t-shirts,
don some headbands with silly ears and you’re good to go! Easy as pie.

Flying Solo? 

Max from Where the Wild Things Are
I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So…perfect easy costume for adults or kids alike.

Rainbow Fish
Spend your weekend putting together this awesome number!
Not only fun and creative but a little out of the norm of literary costumes, too!

For The Kiddos 

Dobby Elf
I can’t even with this one. So adorable!
So perfect for parents who are die-hard Potter fans and want to make their kids dress up like it!

Little girls everywhere always want to be Madeline and who can blame them.
An easy costume to achieve, too!

Thing 1, Thing 2
Not only is this a fun costume for adults or kids it can be used for your pups too!

What else can we add? What are your ideas for fun literary Halloween costumes?



Spooky Stephen King Film Adaptations!

by Jessica on October 13, 2017

We’re coasting along towards Halloween so why not blog about the spookmaster himself, Stephen King! It’s kind of surprising just how many of his titles have been turned into movies. This is by no means an exhaustive list but dare we say these are the spooookiest of his adaptations?

Carrie White starts to use her telekinetic powers on her classmates after they humiliate her.
Moral of this story? Just be nice. Be nice to everyone, please.

The Shining

Creepy hotel, that maze at the end…goodness! 

About a rabid dog that goes haywire on a small town. Yup…totally cool. 


A car with a mind of its own. I mean it’s not that far from reality.
Watch who you’re buying from, friends! 

Children of the Corn

Right off the bat, this title? Not something I’m particularly fond of.
But then it’s a cult of small children that think everyone over 18 needs to be killed? Ugh…


No big, it’s just about a sweet little girl that can start fires with her mind. 

Pet Sematary
I can’t even with this one. 100% nightmare fuel. All of it. Done. 

Yeah, thanks for saving me from the car crash but I’m out. Ugh. Ankles. Seriously, just no. 

The Green Mile
1999Thanks Tom Hanks for being everything you are. 

1990 (Miniseries) 2017 (Feature Film)

So much in this one. Too much I’d say. A demon posing as a clown in small town America. Enough, okay?
I watched the mini series a few too many times as a child and am now resisting watching this new one.

Which of these keep you up at night?
Tell us in the comments!

— J

Monday Meme RoundUp

by Jessica on October 9, 2017

It’s Monday…again. Let’s take your mind off it for a minute or two and get you laughing!
Grammar memes, they crack us up. We thought we’d share some of our favorites!
Feel free to add your favorite comments!

Literary Themed Bars in Los Angeles!

by Jessica on October 6, 2017

Yes, tea/coffee and books go hand in hand but what about cocktails and books? Los Angeles plays home to some literary greats that would frequent some of L.A.’s most classic bars. But there’s also some great literary themed bars like the Library Bar downtown. So take a look at this list and pop in to one the next time you’re looking for something new to do!


Library Bar
Located right near the historic Los Angeles Central Library, this bar is perfect for book lovers. They have a simple food menu if you need a quick bite but their lit-inspired cocktails and beers are what you need to check out. With cocktails with names like Tequila Mockingbird and The Last Word you can’t go wrong!

Catcher in the Rye
Toluca Lake
Not only is the name based off a great book, they have a “Reading List” of craft cocktails plus a whole list of wine and beer! The list includes such wonderful names as the Huckleberry Finn (Plymouth Gin, St. Germaine, Lime, Blueberry, Mint, Soda) and The Big Bukowski (Buffalo Trace, Lemon, Orange and Angosura Bitters, Sugar, Egg White). Plus, they boast a food menu that runs the gamet from grilled cheese to soups to salads and appetizers. You better believe some of those are literary themed too! Voted Best Bar in Toluca Lake this make sure to put this on your list of musts!

The Wellesbourne
West L.A.
The Wellesbourne is divided into three different spaces, a book-lined library, a lounge with armchairs and a fireplace and a game room (yes! a game room!) with foosball and shuffleboard among others. They even have live music on Wednesday evenings and a food menu that changes seasonally. If you’re an eastsider it’s worth the trek out to the westside for sure! If you’re a westsider, consider yourself lucky for having this gem in your neighborhood.

Been to one of these or want to suggest another literary spot? Leave us a comment! 






How To Shop At An Actual Bookstore

by Jessica on October 2, 2017

Indie Bookstores are beautiful gems in this world. They cultivate community, friendships, common interests and often give you a chance to meet your favorite authors. Got a friend that doesn’t quite know the ins and outs of an indie bookstore? Here’s a nifty How-To Guide.

Take Your Time
You should block out a good chunk of time when you’re going to visit a bookstore. Weekends work great. No matter the size of the bookstore you’re visiting you will get sucked in and you’ll wonder where the last three hours went. You’ll find yourself reading every staff recommendation you see. You’ll find yourself wanting (and then probably buying) every non-book related item you lay your eyes on. Yes, browsing a bookstore takes time.

Go In For The Title You Want, But Leave With The Title You Need
You may find yourself seeking out a brick and mortar store to find the hottest new release of your favorite author that you just can’t wait for or for that book that that guy waiting in line at the grocery store told you to pick up. A bookstore will have those major titles, there’s no doubt about it. But they’re also going to have books you didn’t know about at all. They’ll have books that you just stumble upon and they’re going to change your life. Find those books. See above – take the time to find those books.

Strike Up A Conversation
Indie booksellers. They know their stuff. Talk to them. They’re generally very friendly people. They love books so much that they work at a bookstore – Of course they want to talk books with you! They want to know what you like and what you haven’t read so they can hand you a book that you absolutely must read. They also tend to know about a lot of lesser known but really amazing books and would love to introduce those to you as well.

Buy More Than You Think You’ll Read
You may want to go in, find what you want and leave. Sometimes that’s just what you’ll need to do. But sometimes it’s worth picking up a few extras. You’ll inevitably get home and yell at yourself for not picking up that other title. So just do it. Buy the book.

Grab a cup of coffee or a snack!
Books and coffee/tea go hand in hand. A lot of times, bookstores have coffee shops inside of them or right next door. Some even have bars and restaurants like our friends at Changing Hands in Arizona! So grab a cup and browse or use it to dive right into one of your new treasures.

Bring the Kids!
Indie bookstores are incredible places to bring children too. Yes, of course to introduce them to the printed word and to spend some time outside of the home reading to them but they have even more to offer! Indie bookstores like to host story hours that can give your little ones another way to consume wonderful stories. Some of them have small play areas for the kiddos. And believe it or not there are indie bookstores out there that are only tailored to kids and young adults. Seek them out for a new adventure!

We hope you’ll seek out and visit the indie bookstores in your neighborhoods or the next time you’re visiting a new town see if there is one to explore. We guarantee you won’t regret it!



Fun Fall Activities in the Pasadena Area!

by Jessica on September 29, 2017

We’re highlighting a few fun Fall activities around Pasadena to fill those cooler (hopefully) weekends!

12th Annual Pasadena ArtWalk
Saturday, October 14
This annual favorite comes back in full swing again this October!
Pasadena ArtWalk is Pasadena’s largest urban art fair with over 5,000 people attending yearly.  The event highlights some of the best Southern Californian visual artists showcasing their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, and print making.

Japanese Garden Festival
Descanso Gardens
Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15
Admission: General $9. Seniors 65 and over/Students $6. Children (5 to 12 years) $4.
Descanso members and children under 5 free.
The Japanese Garden Festival will be held at the beautiful Descanso Gardens. This family-friendly festival celebrates Japanese art and culture including a tour of the Japanese Garden, taiko drum performances and much more. Activities are free with admission unless noted.

Craftsman Weekend
Pasadena Convention Center
Friday, October 27-Sunday, October 29
Pasadena Heritage presents the 26th Annual Craftsman Weekend, the largest and most comprehensive salute to the Arts & Crafts Movement in the western United States. Programming at Craftsman Weekend includes tours of significant Craftsman-era houses, bus and walking tours, an exposition show and sale, a silent auction, unique presentations, and exclusive evening receptions at historic sites.

Any other fun fall activities you know of that you’d like to add?
Let us know in the comments!


October is a great month for so many different things! We’ve got some great events on the calendar and we want to make sure you don’t miss out on them!


Friday, October 13, 7PM
at the Pasadena Hilton (International Ballroom)
Vroman’s Bookstore presents JOEY GRACEFFA!

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Children of Eden.

Two girls, one destiny.  Yarrow is an elite: rich, regal, destined for greatness. She’s the daughter of one of the most powerful women in Eden. At the exclusive Oaks boarding school, she makes life miserable for anyone foolish enough to cross her. Her life is one wild party after another…until she meets a fascinating, lilac-haired girl named Lark.  Meanwhile, there is Rowan, who has been either hiding or running all her life. As an illegal second child in a strictly regulated world, her very existence is a threat to society, punishable by death…or worse. After her father betrayed his family, and after her mother was killed by the government, Rowan discovered a whole city of people like herself. Safe in an underground sanctuary that also protected the last living tree on Earth, Rowan found friendship, and maybe more, in a fearless hero named Lachlan. But when she was captured by the government, her fate was uncertain.  When these two girls discover the thread that binds them together, the collision of memories means that their lives may change drastically–and that Eden may never be the same. (Atria Books)

There are four ticket options:

1) Eden Package, $21.00 (plus tax & fees):

-Admission to Q&A with Joey Graceffa featuring Daniel Preda
-One pre-signed copy of Elites of Eden
-Commemorative tour lanyard
-Exclusive tour-only Elites of Eden poster

2) Eden Package Plus Companion, $26.00 (plus tax & fees): Adds ONE extra seat to the Eden Package for a parent or guardian, over 21 years of age.

3) Elite Package, $42.00 (plus tax & fees):

-Admission, with VIP seating, to Q&A with Joey Graceffa featuring Daniel Preda
-Backstage selfie “photo op” with Joey Graceffa (must bring your own camera)
TWO pre-signed copies of Elites of Eden (one to keep and one to share!)
-VIP commemorative tour lanyard
-Exclusive tour-only signed Elites of Eden poster

4) Elite Package Plus Companion, $47.00 (plus tax & fees): Adds ONE extra seat to the Elite Package for a parent or guardian, over 21 years of age. Companion will not be admitted to meet & greet photo op.


Monday, October 16, 7pm
at All Saints Church
Vroman’s Bookstore presents Ron Chernow in conversation with Bill Deverell presenting and signing Grant

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don’t come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

Before the Civil War, Grant was flailing. His business ventures had ended dismally, and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness. But in war, Grant began to realize his remarkable potential, soaring through the ranks of the Union army, prevailing at the battle of Shiloh and in the Vicksburg campaign, and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Along the way, Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort. Grant’s military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff members.

This is a ticketed event and will take place at All Saints Church at 132 N Euclid Ave, Pasadena. Tickets: $41.00 + tax – includes one copy of Grant. Tickets are available at Eventbrite. If there are any questions please call Vroman’s at (626) 449-5320 or visit us at