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September 9, 2010
In "Zero History," William Gibson's hero Hollis Henry finds herself yet again under the employ of industrial magnate Hubertus Bigend, on this occasion to track down a mysterious clothing designer. But this seemingly low-stakes project has more sinister motives that unravel with Gibson's airtight storytelling. Vroman's, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 5 p.m. Sun. Free. http://www.vromansbookstore.com .
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December 2, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Like many writers, I've imagined myself working in (or owning) a bookstore. On Saturday, for two highly enjoyable hours, I finally got the chance. It was the first-ever Indies First Day, with hundreds of authors across the United States working at independent bookstores in honor of Small Business Saturday. I put in a two-hour shift at Vroman's in Pasadena, donning the green apron real Vroman's employees wear, and answering tough questions like: “Where is the children's section?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2009 | Carolyn Kellogg
Two major independent bookstores in Los Angeles are about to become partners: Pasadena-based Vroman's has signed an agreement to purchase Book Soup in West Hollywood. Glenn Goldman, Book Soup's longtime owner, began looking for a buyer when he fell severely ill, and the fate of the store has been up in the air since his death in January. "Glenn and I had talked about it," Allison Hill, Vroman's president and chief operating officer, told The Times on Friday night, "and we've been in conversations with the seller since January."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2012 | By Jasmine Elist
When writers Christina Lynch and Meg Howrey decided to collaborate on the new novel "City of Dark Magic, " they chose a pseudonym as fantastical as the novel itself: Magnus Flyte. Howrey is  a novelist whose two previous books have veered closer to realistic fiction (her 2012 novel “The Cranes Dance” is set in the ballet world), while Lynch is a TV writer who wrote for “Stephen King's Dead Zone.” Together they've penned a tale packed with an assortment of strange and unexpected elements: a 400-year-old dwarf, a time-warping drug disguised as a toenail clipping, and a powerful U.S. senator with dark secrets.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Like many writers, I've imagined myself working in (or owning) a bookstore. On Saturday, for two highly enjoyable hours, I finally got the chance. It was the first-ever Indies First Day, with hundreds of authors across the United States working at independent bookstores in honor of Small Business Saturday. I put in a two-hour shift at Vroman's in Pasadena, donning the green apron real Vroman's employees wear, and answering tough questions like: “Where is the children's section?
NEWS
October 15, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
With nearly every bizarre reality show star getting a book deal lately, it's no surprise that celebrated canine Uggie, a star of last year's Oscar winner, "The Artist," has published a memoir, "Uggie: My Story," by Wendy Holden. The 60-year-old (in human terms) Jack Russell terrier will be making an appearance  Friday at a paw print book signing at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica. Perhaps the most famous pet memoir since presidential pooch Millie told her tale of life in the White House in 1992, Uggie's story, filled with plenty of name-dropping, details his rise from puppy-hood to movie stardom.
NEWS
September 11, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
As one of the first Latino actors to appear as a series regular in a popular television series, Henry Darrow may be best remembered for his role as Manolito Montoya in the 1960s western "The High Chaparral," as well as his countless incarnations of Zorro. He will be discussing his life and career as penned in his recent memoir, "Lightning in the Bottle" at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park on Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of Latino Heritage month. The New York City-born Puerto Rican American actor won a daytime Emmy for his work on the soap "Santa Barbara" and has appeared in "Bonanza," "Gunsmoke" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation".
NEWS
August 6, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1996
Regarding "The Plot Thickens for Booksellers," June 18: I am one of the lucky people who live close to Vroman's in Pasadena. I do shop at Crown and Barnes & Noble, but the majority of my purchases are at Vroman's. It has something the others don't: employees who love to read books and keep up with the latest titles in all genres. The service I receive is a nice change from chain stores, whose first concern is making a sale. An example: I needed to order a book Vroman's was out of. About 15 minutes later, I received a call saying they had found the book on a cart.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2008 | Scott Timberg
Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena has been chosen by Publishers Weekly as Bookseller of the Year 2008. The award goes to an innovative store that excels in the business as well as the community side of bookselling. Last year's winner was Changing Hands in Tempe, Ariz. Vroman's, founded in 1894, will be honored at a ceremony at BookExpo America, to be held in May in Los Angeles.
NEWS
October 15, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
With nearly every bizarre reality show star getting a book deal lately, it's no surprise that celebrated canine Uggie, a star of last year's Oscar winner, "The Artist," has published a memoir, "Uggie: My Story," by Wendy Holden. The 60-year-old (in human terms) Jack Russell terrier will be making an appearance  Friday at a paw print book signing at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica. Perhaps the most famous pet memoir since presidential pooch Millie told her tale of life in the White House in 1992, Uggie's story, filled with plenty of name-dropping, details his rise from puppy-hood to movie stardom.
NEWS
September 11, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
As one of the first Latino actors to appear as a series regular in a popular television series, Henry Darrow may be best remembered for his role as Manolito Montoya in the 1960s western "The High Chaparral," as well as his countless incarnations of Zorro. He will be discussing his life and career as penned in his recent memoir, "Lightning in the Bottle" at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park on Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of Latino Heritage month. The New York City-born Puerto Rican American actor won a daytime Emmy for his work on the soap "Santa Barbara" and has appeared in "Bonanza," "Gunsmoke" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation".
NEWS
August 6, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2011
MUSIC Swahili Blonde Founded by former "WEAVE!" drummer and vocalist Nicole Turley, the experimental octet — which has collaborated with former Chili Pepper John Frusciante in the studio — continues its Monday night residency at the Echo. Expect plenty of disorienting chord progressions and obscure rhythms during the set. The Black Apples, Residual Echoes and Secret Circuit open. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park. 9 p.m. Free. (213) 413-8200. http://www.attheecho.com . Lupe Fiasco The rapper made a name with the unlikely skate-anthem-hit "Kick Push" but has since become a radio stalwart in his own right for his personally explorative lyrics and charismatic flow on "Lasers," his most commercially minded album yet. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $39.50.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2011
MUSIC Adele "I'll Be Waiting" is a neo-soul sashay, and it inspires the singer to push her vocal expressions into sweet howls reminiscent of those by Dusty Springfield, another Brit deeply influenced by American country and soul. Overall, her album "21" shows that Adele, now 23, is towering in the same landscape where some of her contemporaries, beehived or not, have lost all their bearings. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $32.50-$65. Greektheatrela.com.
HOME & GARDEN
February 12, 2011
Lisa Napoli's "Radio Shangri-La" book tour includes two local appearances this month: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; (626) 449-5320, http://www.vromansbookstore.com 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in conversation with Meghan Daum at Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building C1, Santa Monica; (310) 264-4678, http://www.track16.com ? Alexandria Abramian-Mott
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2010
Bestselling crime-fiction novelist James Ellroy ("L.A. Confidential," "The Black Dahlia") will be at Vroman's to discuss and sign his latest non-fiction work, "The Hiliker Curse. " Unraveling pieces of his own psyche and personal history, this candid memoir delves into the author's personal experience in relationships. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd. 7 p.m. Thurs. Free. (626) 744-1834. http://www.vromansbookstore.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2006 | Claire Noland, Times Staff Writer
Norman Vroman, the unconventional district attorney of Mendocino County who defended the rights of gun owners and medical marijuana advocates and was elected despite having gone to prison for failing to pay income tax, has died. He was 69. A Los Angeles native who spent the early part of his legal career in Southern California, Vroman died Sept. 21 at a hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif. He had suffered a heart attack at his home in Hopland, 100 miles north of San Francisco, three days earlier.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2010
BOOKS The Great American Stickup Seasoned journalist and TruthDig.com 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). http://www.booksoup.com . 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2010
In "Zero History," William Gibson's hero Hollis Henry finds herself yet again under the employ of industrial magnate Hubertus Bigend, on this occasion to track down a mysterious clothing designer. But this seemingly low-stakes project has more sinister motives that unravel with Gibson's airtight storytelling. Vroman's, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 5 p.m. Sun. Free. http://www.vromansbookstore.com .
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