With several authors in town this week promoting their newly released fantasy titles, it almost seems fitting to declare it Fantasy Week in L.A. Bookland.
It may not have the bite of Shark Week, but Angelenos will have their pick of sword battles, assassins and apparitions from R.A. Salvatore, (“Charon’s Claw”), Sarah Maas (“Throne of Glass”) and Sandi Tan, who will be signing copies of her supernatural ghost story, “The Black Isle,” at 4 p.m. Saturday at Vroman's in Pasadena.
Filmmaker-writer Tan initially envisioned the sweeping period story as a screenplay but decided it was too unwieldy and expensive. “It's an ambitious, supernatural coming-of-age story set on a fictional island in Southeast Asia and spanning more than 60 politically charged years. It's a classic story of identity -- albeit one set against an ethereal tapestry of apparitions, voodoo rites and superstition,” wrote Deborah Vankin in Sunday’s Book section.
Another fantasy tale with a strong female lead is “The Young and the Restless”: Actress Jeanne Cooper portrays Katherine Chancellor, matriarch of the fictional town of Genoa City, Wis. She writes of her 41 years of backstabbing, bouts with alcoholism, countless marriages and corporate shenanigans on the long-running CBS daytime soap opera in her book “Not Young, Still Restless: A Memoir.” The Emmy award-winning actress will be appearing at Book Soup at 7 p.m. Tuesday.