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June 28, 2012
BOOKS Authors of "The Nanny Diaries" Emma McLaughlin and Nicole Krauss switch gears with the new novel "Between You and Me," which focuses on the dark side of fame in a manner that will look familiar to those who have kept a watchful eye on the up-and-down arc of Britney Spears. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywod. 7 p.m. Thurs.
March 18, 2010
The Runaways, the '70s all-girl rock band, is having a moment. With performances from Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, Floria Sigismondi's cinematic ode to the baby vixens of the Valley is based on Cherie Currie's memoir of the time, "Neon Angel," originally published in 1989 and out now with new material. The lead singer who immortalized "Cherry Bomb" will read and sign copies of her sassy tome. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Sun.
January 4, 2009 | louis sahagun
Glenn Goldman, whose independent bookstore, Book Soup, became a Sunset Boulevard landmark known for its tall, teetering stacks and mazes of shelves crammed with titles that attracted entertainment and tourist industry clientele, died Saturday. He was 58.
March 4, 2010
Known for her wit, sparkling writing and caustic criticism, Dorothy Parker was one of the 20th century's finest scribes. Lesser known is the fact that she was also a talented poet, penning more than 300 poems for various publications during her early years. Parkerphile Stuart Y. Silverstein has gathered 122 of these in the book "Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker" and has graced it with an informative and authoritative introduction. He will be at Book Soup to discuss it and sign copies of the book.
June 9, 2011
BOOKS Whatever idea you have about reading groups — that they're a bunch of fusty librarian-types sitting around, talking about the interior lives of Jane Austen characters — you can probably throw away when it comes to Jeff Garlin. The rotund funny man from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" leads his own group at Book Soup, which will meet Friday to discuss Tim O'Brien's "Tomcat in Love," a tale of an irascible fellow who can't decide between winning back his ex-wife and seducing every new woman he meets.
June 25, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Ed Hardy -- the tattoo artist who spawned a multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand that put his name on items as varied as air fresheners and wine -- will be signing copies of his memoir "Wear Your Dreams: My Life in Tattoos" at 7 tonight at West Hollywood's Book Soup, and at 6 p.m. Wednesday at La Luz de Jesus Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard. Hardy's book, written with Joel Selvin and published by Thomas Dunne Books, covers Hardy's life and career from his '50s childhood in Corona del Mar to his relationship with legendary tattoo artist and mentor Sailor Jerry, his studies in Japan, the first -- and last -- tattoos he inked and his relationship with Christian Audigier, the branding juggernaut who fanned Hardy's flash art into a household name (and, based on an advance reading copy here in the office, merits his own chapter)
September 3, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
Come on feel the noise at Book Soup this week as Grover Jackson, president of GJ2 Guitars, gives away the first guitar in his new line during a book-signing event for “Randy Rhoads” by Andrew Klein and Steven Rosen. The event coincides with the 30th anniversary of Rhoads' tragic death at age 25 in a plane crash in Florida in 1982. The rock guitarist, best known for his neo-classical stylings, played with metal band Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne recording such hits “Crazy Train” and “Flying High Again.” The 400-page biography is filled with hundreds of rare photographs and memorabilia.
February 3, 2011
A panel discussion in conjunction with the release of Steven Blush's "American Hardcore Second Edition: A Tribal History" features guests including Blush, Keith Morris (Circle Jerks, OFF!), Tony Cadena (Adolescents), Lisa Fancher (Frontier Records) and punk photographer Edward Colver (of the recent book "Blight at the End of the Funnel") on the topic of "Kids of the Black Hole: How LA Hardcore Changed the World. " Book Soup, 8818 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free.
Despite lackadaisical service and erratic cooking, I've kept a certain affection for Book Soup Bistro. How can you not like a place that has emblazoned the words EAT . . . READ on its awning and etched the scrambled letters of the alphabet on the door? The room is wonderful, with its slightly sunken banquettes, library chairs and Craftsman-style lamps that cast a golden glow. Handsome black-and-white photographs of literary figures decorate the walls.
December 13, 2010
BOOKS The Great American Stickup Seasoned journalist and editor Robert Scheer drops by Book Soup and looks at presidential administrations' relationship with Wall Street going back to the Reagan era and commonly accepted market myths along the way. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free (copy of the book, $16). . Anne Rice The bestselling author will be signing her latest, "Of Love and Evil, "the second installation in the religious romance "Song of Seraphim" series.
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