DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood, welcomes back author Janna King to discuss and sign MALIBU BLUFF: A SEASONAIRES NOVEL (from Pegasus Books) on Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 pm. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to the store at 225 26th Street in Santa Monica. This will be King's publication party and all are welcome to attend. The frothy thriller is a sequel to THE SEASONAIRES, featuring a new crew of young brand ambassadors for a fictional clothing line. Malibu is the beautiful playground for their antics, which are posted on social media and their digital channel to entertain their fans. But trouble from the previous summer follows returning seasonaire Mia, and the ramifications could have dangerous consequences for all those around her. The DIESEL bookstore event will also raise funds for the California Fire Foundation to help victims of the wildfires that devastated Malibu and other areas in King's home state. A silent auction will feature some fun items, including gift certificates from local restaurants, handcrafted jewelry, beauty product collections, and more! Summer-y snacks and beverages to be served.
The Spanish missions of California have long been misrepresented as places of benign and peaceful coexistence between Franciscan friars and California Indians. In fact, the mission friars enslaved the California Indians and treated them with deliberate cruelty. A Cross of Thorns describes the dark and violent reality of Mission life. Beginning in 1769, California Indians were enticed into the missions, where they and their descendents were imprisoned for 60 years of forced labor and daily beatings.
The chilling depictions of colonial cruelty in A Cross of Thorns are based on little known church and Spanish government archives and letters written by the founder of California's mission, Friar Juniperro Serra (who advocated the whipping of Mission Indians as a standard policy), and published first-hand accounts of 18th and 19th century travelers. Tracing the history of Spanish colonization in California from its origins in Spain's 18th century economic crisis to the legacy of racism and brutality that continues today, A Cross of Thorns is one of the most thought-provoking books ever written on California history. (Craven Street Books)
A daughter finds her mother's story, dating back to hidden truths during World War II. A classic Mother/Daughter tale one can picture on the big screen, from the war in Europe to America in the 60's and 70's, and life as an immigrant wife and mother during that iconic time. A beautiful love and life story of a beautiful woman, who graces a cover that looks like a best seller. A woman named Tishi.
A tour-de-force about two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents, for better and for worse.
In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life: a Blüthner piano, built at the turn of the century in Germany, on which she discovers everything that she herself can do with music and what music, in turn, does for her. Yet after marrying, she emigrates with her young family from Russia to America, at her husband's frantic insistence, and her piano is lost in the shuffle.
In 2012, in Bakersfield, California, twenty-six-year-old Clara Lundy loses another boyfriend and again has to find a new apartment, which is complicated by the gift her father had given her for her twelfth birthday, shortly before he and her mother died in a fire that burned their house down: a Blüthner upright she has never learned to play. Orphaned, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, who in his car-repair shop trained her to become a first-rate mechanic, much to the surprise of her subsequent customers. But this work, her true mainstay in a scattered life, is put on hold when her hand gets broken while the piano's being moved--and in sudden frustration she chooses to sell it. And what becomes crucial is who the most interested party turns out to be...
Chris Cander graduated from the Honors College at the University of Houston, in the city where she was raised and still lives, with her husband, daughter, and son. For seven years she has been a writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools there. She serves on the Inprint advisory board and stewards several Little Free Libraries in her community. Her first novel,11 Stories, won the Independent Publisher Gold Medal for Popular Fiction, and her most recent, Whisper Hollow, was long-listed for the Great Santini Fiction Prize by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. She is also the author of The Word Burglar, which won the 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Award (silver).
This horror book club meets after hours in the center of our labyrinth, warmed only by the flickering flames of a janky chandelier we found at St. Vincent's. Bad things happen almost never.
In February, we are reading Gwendolyn Kiste's The Rust Maidens. This dark story captures the monstrous transformation of 5 young women in America's desolate "rust belt" - is it just desserts for refusing to let go of our old, destructive ways?
HOW IT WORKS:
All book clubs require a ticket, and include the book, snacks/bevs, and a dedicated moderator - to keep the discussion on track! All clubs meet at The Last Bookstore.
You can get your ticket (we'll ship the book to you!) at the link on this page - OR just come in to the store and look for our book club display (near the book tunnel).
If you choose the on-line option (the one with shipping), please send a mailing addy to firstname.lastname@example.org
And hey - if you're worried about being downtown at the witching hours of the night - please know that the club all leaves together. If you'd like an escort to where you parked after the meeting, it's no problem at all - just let us know.
Kathryn E. McGee’s horror stories have appeared in Gamut Magazine and anthologies including Dead Bait 4, Horror Library Volume 6, Cemetery Riots and Winter Horror Days. She has an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside Palm Desert and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. She is also co-author of DTLA/37: Downtown Los Angeles in Thirty-seven Stories. For more information, please visit www.kathrynemcgee.com.
In celebration of the release of W.K. Stratton’s new book, THE WILD BUNCH: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film, the Laemmle Playhouse 7 and Vroman’s Bookstore is teaming up this evening for a screening of Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 western classic, The Wild Bunch, starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine.