January 28, 2010
Patti Smith's latest book, "Just Kids," documents the bond she had with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. She'll read from the memoir at Skylight Books and Book Soup. At the Hammer, she'll present a night of film and live music in celebration of the publication of "Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular." Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. (310) 443-7000. 7 tonight. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. (310) 659-3110. 7 p.m. Fri. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. (323) 660-1175.
October 13, 2011
BOOKS In "The Marriage Plot," Jeffrey Eugenides' first novel since 2002's Pulitzer Prize–winning "Middlesex," he examines the lives of three college seniors at Brown University in the '80s. The three characters — Madeleine, an incurable romantic; Leonard, a brilliant but unstable philosopher, and Mitchell, a clear-eyed religious-studies student — find themselves enveloped in a love triangle of sorts that loops in enigmatic professors, feminist theorists, neo-Victorians and concerned mothers.
September 9, 2010
There are echoes of various canonical novels in the new works by Joshua Mohr and Grace Krilanovich (a Times staff writer). Mohr's "Termite Parade" is rooted in the psychological drama of "Crime and Punishment" that springs from a single, defining act of desperation. Krilanovich's "The Orange Eats Creeps" is a brooding, brash tale of vampires set in the Pacific Northwest — ask any teenager to find a corollary there in pop culture. But each is imbued with raw nerves, kinetic prose and cutting glimpses of the human heart that could make each a reference point of its own. They'll read from each here.
July 26, 2010
BOOKS Alex Cohen and Jennifer Barbee By day, Alex Cohen is a mild-mannered radio show host and Jennifer Barbee is a diligent staffer at the WGA — but on the banked battlefield of the roller derby, they are better known as Axles of Evil and Kasey Bomber. Cohen and Barbee, who have both skated with the L.A. Derby Dolls, will sign and present their new book, "Down and Derby," an inside look at the underground sport. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. (323)
November 5, 2012 |
Skylight Books in Los Feliz is celebrating Tuesday's election. All the books in the store's political section are 15% off -- not just Monday and Tuesday, but through the end of the week. Located in a generally liberal part of generally liberal Los Angeles, the books on Skylight's politics shelves are, not surprisingly, more left than right. It's not that the store doesn't have any books on Mitt Romney -- according to the store's online database, it does have one. That's " The Real Romney ," a critique of the candidate by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, two reporters from the Boston Globe.
May 13, 2010
Cartoonist Daniel Clowes, creator of "Ghost World" and "Art School Confidential," will present his new graphic novel, "Wilson," with a slide show. Comedian Dana Gould will act as the Q&A guest moderator, and Clowes will sign copies of the new book. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Free. (323) 660-1175. http://www.skylightbooks.com.