Author events this week: Battle for Atlantic City comes to L.A.

August 14, 2012|By Liesl Bradner
  • Spectators watch "Lights of Freedom" at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J.
Spectators watch "Lights of Freedom" at the Trump Taj Mahal… (Mary Godleski / Associated…)

"Boardwalk Empire," HBO's Emmy award-winning series, isn’t the only story to depict a heated battle of corruption and greed over Atlantic City, N.J.  In the 1990s, decades after mobsters and politicians fought over the Jersey Shore resort town during the Prohibition era, business tycoons and casino moguls Donald Trump and Steve Wynn slugged it out for the future of the Las Vegas East streets.

Author and real estate developer Richard “Skip” Bronson, who worked closely with Wynn during those tumultuous times, writes of the drama behind the scenes as Wynn tried to move in on The Donald’s turf while developing what would eventually become The Borgata Hotel & Spa, in his book “The War at the Shore: Steve Wynn, Donald Trump and the Epic War to Save Atlantic City" (Overlook: $26). Bronson will be making the rounds this week at Diesel Bookstore in Brentwood, Book Soup and Barnes and Noble at The Grove.
Having Olympic withdrawals already? Next week Olympian Hope Solo, the U.S. soccer team goalkeeper, hot off a gold medal team win at the London Olympics, will be discussing and signing her book “Solo: A Memoir of Hope” at Barnes & Noble at The Grove at Farmers Market on Monday.

As always we recommend that you check with the bookstores and venues listed below for any event changes/cancellations.

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Ryan Holiday discusses and signs “Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator”; Book Soup

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Richard “Skip” Bronson discusses the battle between Donald Trump and Steve Wynn in Atlantic City in “The War at the Shore”; Diesel Brentwood

Thursday, 6 p.m.: Authors Lisa Descrochers, Kendare Blake and Marta Acosta will discuss their new books, “Last Rite,” “Girl of Nightmares,” and “Dark Companion”; Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop

Thursday, 2:30 p.m.: John Irving discusses his novel “In One Person” on "Bookworm" on KCRW

Friday, 7 p.m.: Christopher J. Lynch will sign and discuss his book "One Eyed Jack"Pages: A Bookstore

Saturday, 8 p.m.: Laura Lippman discusses her latest novel, “And When She Was Good” at Sophos Cafe at the Hub

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Kristy Athens presents “Get Your Pitchfork On! The Real Dirt on Country Living”; Stories

Monday, 7 p.m.: Olympian Hope Solo will be signing copies of her book, “Solo: A Memoir of Hope”; Barnes & Noble The Grove at Farmers Market

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