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Friday, October 3

Lauren Oliver discusses and signs Rooms

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

When Richard Walker dies, his estranged family convenes at the dilapidated country house he left behind. However, the Walker family is not alone in the home: Alice and Sandra, the resident ghosts, are forever tied to this home. They share their past experiences and remember the time when they, too, were living, although the human inhabitants cannot hear them. When a new ghost appears, Trenton, Richard Walker's teenage son, begins speaking to her, and earthly and supernatural words collide with unexpected results.

 

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Monday, October 6

Joshilyn Jackson discusses and signs Someone Else's Love Story

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

“I fell in love with William Ashe at gunpoint, in a Circle K.”  Shandi Pierce has a lot going on in her busy life. She's a single mom who is raising her brilliant son, Nathan, and finishing college. She's also tasked with trying to mediate the constant fighting between her divorced parents. So when Shandi finds herself in the middle of a convenience store robbery, she already has enough to deal with. But then William Ashe steps in, shielding Shandi and her child from the armed robber, and she falls in love.  William Ashe has his own issues; as he was confronted at gun point, he believed it to be his destiny. William is a talented geneticist who believes in science and numbers, but to him, destiny is about choice. Now, William and Shandi will navigate their destinies, making important choices that will change the course of their lives.

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Tuesday, October 7

Nayomi Munaweera discusses and signs Island of a Thousand Mirrors

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

“Before violence tore apart the tapestry of Sri Lanka and turned its pristine beaches red, there were two families. Yasodhara tells the story of her own Sinhala family, rich in love, with everything they could ask for. As a child in idyllic Colombo, Yasodhara's and her siblings' lives are shaped by social hierarchies, their parents' ambitions, teenage love and, subtly, the differences between Tamil and Sinhala people; but the peace is shattered by the tragedies of war. Yasodhara's family escapes to Los Angeles. But Yasodhara's life has already become intertwined with a young Tamil girl's.  Saraswathie is living in the active war zone of Sri Lanka, and hopes to become a teacher. But her dreams for the future are abruptly stamped out when she is arrested by a group of Sinhala soldiers and pulled into the very heart of the conflict that she has tried so hard to avoid - a conflict that, eventually, will connect her and Yasodhara in unexpected ways.  Nayomi Munaweera's Island of a Thousand Mirrors is an emotionally resonant saga of cultural heritage, heartbreaking conflict and deep family bonds. Narrated in two unforgettably authentic voices and spanning the entirety of the decades-long civil war, it offers an unparalleled portrait of a beautiful land during its most difficult moment by a spellbinding new literary talent who promises tremendous things to come.” 

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Thursday, October 9

Sarah Anne Johnson discusses and signs The Lightkeeper's Wife

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

Hannah Snow and her husband, John, manage the lighthouse at Dangerfield, making sure that ships clear the treacherous Dangerfield coastline. One day, when John is out buying supplies, Hannah witnesses the Cynthia Rose crash into the craggy rocks, and she rushes out into the cold water. She is only able to save one sailor, Billy.  Hannah soon learns that John will not be returning to her at the lighthouse and she falls into a deep depression, overcome with grief. Billy helps her maintain the lighthouse and continue to guard ships from the dangerous coast, but Hannah soon realizes that Billy is not who she thinks he is.

 

 

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Friday, October 10

Richard Riordan discusses and signs The Mayor: How I Turned Around Los Angeles After Riots, an Earthquake and the O.J. Simpson Murder Trial

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

“Between 1993 and 2001, Mayor Richard J. Riordan, a maverick multi-millionaire who championed pragmatism over divisive politics, pulled Los Angeles from the brink of collapse and turned around one of the world’s most famous cities. Wildly popular today among Angelenos of all stripes, Riordan continues to be a major force in the political and civic worlds of L.A.   Riordan, a non-ideological Republican who was pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and pro-immigration, was elected to office in the aftermath of the infamous Rodney King beating and subsequent 1992 L.A. Riots, which caused nearly $1 billion in property damage and took the lives of over 50 people. With ineffectual political leadership at City Hall, racial tensions were running high, the economy was in the tank, and the city s crime and homicide rates grew out of control during the crack cocaine epidemic. And only a few months into Riordan’s young mayoralty, L.A. appeared to be most definitely doomed after the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake rocked the city to its core.   But unlike his combative counterpart in New York City, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Riordan was a healing, compassionate figure that recreated L.A. into a thriving, world-class metropolis and he’s still a key problem solver in the nation’s second largest city.

 

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Monday, October 13

Seth Casteel discusses and signs Underwater Puppies

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

The world fell in love with swimming canines in Seth Casteel's first book, Underwater Dogs. Now, in more than 80 previously unpublished portraits of underwater puppies, we see man's best friends at their most playful and exuberant. Each vibrant and colorful underwater image shows off the wild and sublime range of emotions of puppies, cute and irresistible to the very last.” (Little, Brown and Company)

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