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Author events this week: Take a ride with Jon Riddle and Sarah Amelar

August 26, 2012|By Liesl Bradner
  • Rhonda and Chris Bolivar, left, ride in Hermosa Beach with Cindy Bahr and Dan McLaughlin, with whom they share a bicycling lifestyle.
Rhonda and Chris Bolivar, left, ride in Hermosa Beach with Cindy Bahr and… (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles…)

Perhaps hoping to follow in the footsteps of Charles Fleming’s bestseller, “Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles,” Jon Riddle and Sarah Amelar are peddling their own recent guidebook, "Where to Bike Los Angeles," with a bike ride and book signing at Pages Bookstore in Manhattan Beach on Thursday. 

The couple, who met in 2005 on a bicycling adventure in Southeast Asia, have been exploring the diverse neighborhoods and landscapes of Los Angeles ever since. Aimed at recreational cycling, the guide features 81 of the most fun and interesting adventures, including 30 kid-friendly outings and paths for beginners from the Westside, Long Beach and the Valleys. With the city adding more bike lanes and paths, there's never been a better time to check out the area on two wheels.

Amelar, who has a masters of architecture from Yale, and Riddle used a GPS unit to collect data on their treks. In addition to full-color maps, they also highlight altitudes, landmarks, scenic points of interest, the best swimming spots and places to stop for a pick-me-up along the way.

The 90-minute ride begins at 5 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by a discussion at the store.

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

8/28, 6:30 p.m.: New Short Fiction Series Reading: “The Lazy Days of Summer.” The Annenberg Community Beach House.

8/28, 7 p.m.: Maggie Anton discusses and signs “Rav Hisda's Daughter, Book 1: Apprentice: A Novel of Love, the Talmud, and Sorcery,” Book Soup

8/28, 7 p.m.: Jonathan Tropper discusses and signs “One Last Thing Before I Go,” Barnes & Noble The Grove at Farmer’s Market

8/28, 7 p.m.: Reyna Grande discusses her family memoir “The Distance Between Us,” Barnes and Noble, 3rd Street Promenade.

8/29, 6 p.m.: Terri Sjodin will be signing copies of her book “Small Message, Big Impact,” Barnes & Noble Fashion Island Mall

8/29, 7 p.m.: Richard Kadrey signs his new Sandman Slim novel “Devil Said Bang,” Dark Delicacies.

8/29, 7:30 p.m.: The debut of “Me Me Time,” a lecture series in which artists disclose their life-altering influences. The first, “Melancholic Intoxicating Demons,” features artist Marco Rios. Pop-Hop Books & Print.  

8/30, 5 p.m.: Jon Riddle and Sarah Amelar, authors of "Where to Bike Los Angeles," discuss and sign guidebooks at 7 p.m. following a 5 p.m. bike ride. Pages: A Bookstore

8/31, 7 p.m.:  Josephine Angelini & Anna Carey present and sign "Dreamless & Once,"  Vromans

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