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by Vromans Upstairs on July 13, 2015

Vroman’s is lucky. Lucky to have a big space, a loyal customer base, and the cash flow to take a few risks. Of course, it’s not so much luck as good business sense and a reputation cultivated over 120 years, plus a demonstrated interest in giving back locally and being what any good indie bookstore […]

Poetry and Tweets

by Ruby on April 13, 2010

After our wildly successful National Poetry Month event on Saturday, I am in the mood for more poetry. This one comes to us via Anne, our merchandising manager. More of her favorites can be found on the poetry display in the main store. Anne Sexton is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet who suffered depression and […]

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For the past few days, Vroman’s, as well as others in the book and publishing world, have been co-publishing a new Rick Moody story called “Some Contemporary Characters” via Twitter.  Every ten minutes, a new section of the story emerges in a 140 character chunk.  The distribution scheme is the brainchild of the story’s publisher, […]


Whither the Blog: Technology in Fiction

by Patrick on November 27, 2009

I’m reading Cory Doctorow’s newest novel Makers right now, and one of the interesting things about the book is that it uses the verbs blog and tweet quite casually.  In other words, the novel takes place in a world where those words are perfectly normal and require no special elaboration.  Makers is a speculative novel, […]


Friday is for Feeds

by Patrick on November 13, 2009

I’m not sure why but I’m a little bit down on the typical static blog at the moment (And, no, the irony of writing that on just such a blog isn’t lost on me).  Every morning I open my Google Reader and see upwards of 500 unread posts, and I die a little bit.  It’s […]

See Me at the 140 Characters Conference

by Patrick on October 23, 2009

It’s going to be a light week here next week, as I’m going to be rocking the Governor’s Conference on Women down in Long Beach.  Vroman’s is the official bookstore of the conference, and I’m scheduled to be down there for the first few days of the week.  If you’re going to the conference, be […]


Amazonfail & The Cost of Freedom

by Patrick on April 13, 2009

By now, you’ve probably heard all you care to hear about Amazon’s incredibly stupid decision to “de-list” books with adult content (and especially books with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes and subject matter).  You’ve read the excellent blog posts, the well-written letters to Jeff Bezos, followed along on Twitter and the retorts by independent […]


Random Thoughts for Wednesday Morning

by Patrick on April 8, 2009

If “The Wire” were written today, would Barksdale’s crew be using Twitter in some ingenious way?  I can just see Lester Freamon looking at photos of them typing away on their phones:  “It looks like they’re texting, but nobody’s receiving the message.”  I’d love to see the flip side of that scene, too.  Stringer:  “Bodie, […]


People in New York like to talk a lot of trash about their literary culture.  They take special joy in ridiculing the vapid, shallow movie-based culture of Los Angeles (So much so that we even made a t-shirt in rebuttal).  Sure many of the major publishing houses are located in New York, and yes, lots […]


Some Poetry, Perhaps

by Patrick on April 3, 2009

It’s National Poetry Month again, and as such, I’ll be keeping an eye out for any extra great poetry posts out there.  Email me if you think you’ve found one.  Here’s my random poetry-related thought of the day:  Could Twitter reinvigorate poetry and help bring it back into the mainstream?  We’ve seen people writing “Twitter […]