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Thursday, May 8

Dee Williams discusses and signs The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

When faced with a near death experience, Dee Williams is forced to rethink what is most important in her life.  This used to be the sprawling Pacific Northwest house she so painstakingly restored, but as mortgages and repairs keep piling up, she shifts her attention to downsizing.  Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up—was just the beginning of building a new life. She can now list all of her belongings on one piece of paper and clean her entire house in just ten minutes.  Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.

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Friday, May 9

Saturday, May 10

Union Station Homeless Services’ Annual Soirée

Langham Huntington

1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, 91106

5:30pm

A Place to Call Home: Annual Benefit Soirée for Union Station Homeless

Services, with Academy Award and Grammy nominated actor and

musician John C. Reilly as emcee (Magnolia, Chicago and Gangs of

New York, John Reilly & Friends).

A Place to Call Home is a benefit dinner for Union Station Homeless

Services honoring community members Russell Ferrante & Gerry

Puhara and Sid & Betsey Tyler for their dedication to ending

homelessness in the Pasadena community. Tickets cost $250.

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Union Station Homeless Services’ Annual Soirée

Langham Huntington

1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, 91106

5:30pm

A Place to Call Home: Annual Benefit Soirée for Union Station Homeless Services, with Academy Award and Grammy nominated actor and musician John C. Reilly as emcee (Magnolia, Chicago and Gangs of New York, John Reilly & Friends).

Union Station Homeless Services is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. Our mission is help men, women and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness. Union Station provides comprehensive services to help homeless individuals achieve self-sufficiency, including intake and assessment, emergency shelter, case management, career counseling, transitional housing, medical and mental health services, women’s and family services, and housing resources.

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Sunday, May 11

Tuesday, May 13

Mario T. Garcia discusses and signs Latino Generation: Voices of the New America

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

"Astonish Me" is the irresistible story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star, the great Arslan Rusakov, defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the background. She will never possess Arslan, and she will never be a prima ballerina. She will rise no higher than the corps, one dancer among many.

After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan plots to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles in California with him and their son, Harry. But as the years pass, Joan comes to understand that ballet isn't finished with her yet, for there is no mistaking that Harry is a prodigy. Through Harry, Joan is pulled back into a world she thought she'd left behind--back into dangerous secrets, and back, inevitably, to Arslan.   Combining a sweeping, operatic plot with subtly observed characters, Maggie Shipstead gives us a novel of stunning intensity and deft psychological nuance. Gripping, dramatic, and brilliantly conjured, Astonish Me confirms Shipstead's range and ability and raises provocative questions about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfillment, and how we square the yearning for comfort with the demands of art. (Knopf)

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