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Sunday, November 23

CJ. Dylan Yates presents and signs The Belief in Angels

Book Soup LA

8818 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 60069

3:00pm

Growing up in her parents' crazy hippie household on a tiny island off the coast of Boston, Jules's imaginative sense of humor is the weapon she wields to dodge household chaos. But somewhere between routine discipline with horsewhips, gun-waving gambling debt collectors, and LSD-laced breakfast cereal adventures, tragedy strikes with the death of her younger brother--a blow from which Jules may never fully recover.

Jules' story alternates with that of her Grandfather Samuel, a man with a sad story of his own. Samuel, once called Szaja, is an orthodox Jew who lived through the murderous Ukranian pogroms of the 1920s and the Majdanek Death Camp--but whose survival came at a price that's haunted him for years.

 

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Monday, November 24

Beulah Sanchez presents and signs Really?!!?!: One Woman's Adventures of Dating in the Digital Age

Book Soup LA

8818 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 60069

7:00pm

Dating - You either love it or hate it. Blind dating can be heaven or hell. Internet dating is a world all its own. Explore that crazy, dangerous, hilarious world with one woman (let s call her Beulah!) on her two-year journey to find Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now. You won t believe the characters she met (often not recognizing them from their profile pic ), the situations she got herself into (she s lucky to be alive) and the joy she found knowing she can now look back and laugh and you will, too! And it’s all true. Most online dating books are how-to or self-help guides teaching you the ins and outs of navigating the system. Really?!!! shows the reader, first hand, the pitfalls and true-life adventures of looking for love in the digital era, one debacle at a time (well, some did overlap!). (Tallfellow Press)

 

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Monday, December 1

Reading Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence in American Art

Book Soup LA

8818 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 60069

7:00pm

Before his death at the age of twenty-seven, Jean-Michel Basquiat completed nearly 2,000 works. These unique compositions--collages of text and gestural painting across a variety of media--quickly made Basquiat one of the most important and widely known artists of the 1980s. Reading Basquiat provides a new approach to understanding the range and impact of this artist's practice, as well as its complex relationship to several key artistic and ideological debates of the late twentieth century, including the instability of identity, the role of appropriation, and the boundaries of expressionism. Jordana Moore Saggese argues that Basquiat, once known as "the black Picasso," probes not only the boundaries of blackness but also the boundaries of American art. Weaving together the artist's interests in painting, writing, and music, this groundbreaking book expands the parameters of aesthetic discourse to consider the parallels Basquiat found among these disciplines in his exploration of the production of meaning. Most important, Reading Basquiat traces the ways in which Basquiat constructed large parts of his identity--as a black man, as a musician, as a painter, and as a writer--via the manipulation of texts in his own library.

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