CA – An Evening with David Lynch

Press Release:

In celebration of his new memoir, Room to Dream, Book Soup presents a screening of David Lynch’s original animated series Dumbland in its entirety, followed by David Lynch in conversation with co-author Kristine McKenna on Thursday, June 21 at 7 PM.

David Lynch’s memoir, Room to Dream provides an unprecedented look into the personal and creative life of the visionary auteur David Lynch, through his own words and those of his closest colleagues, friends, and family.

In this unique hybrid of biography and memoir, David Lynch opens up for the first time about a life lived in pursuit of his singular vision, and the many heartaches and struggles he’s faced to bring his unorthodox projects to fruition. Lynch’s lyrical, intimate, and unfiltered personal reflections riff off biographical sections written by close collaborator Kristine McKenna and based on more than one hundred new interviews with surprisingly candid ex-wives, family members, actors, agents, musicians, and colleagues in various fields who all have their own takes on what happened.

Room to Dream is a landmark book that offers a onetime all-access pass into the life and mind of one of our most enigmatic and utterly original living artists.

Book signing to follow the conversation. David Lynch will be signing copies of Room to Dream only. Limit of 2 copies per person.

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The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA
929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 623-3233

CA – Pops Signing

Michael Chabon—celebrated author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Manhood for Amateurs, and Moonglow— appears on Wednesday, June 13th at 8:00 PM to talk about POPS, his new collection of heartfelt, humorous, and insightful essays on the meaning of fatherhood, with author David Ulin (former Los Angeles Times book editor). A book signing follows the program.

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Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500

CA – Strategy Strikes Back Signing

Max Brooks (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide) discusses and signs Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict at Book Soup on Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 PM.

The most successful film franchise of all time, Star Wars thrillingly depicts an epic multigenerational conflict fought a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. But the Star Wars saga has as much to say about successful strategies and real-life warfare waged in our own time and place. Strategy Strikes Back brings together over thirty of today’s top military and strategic experts, including generals, policy advisors, seasoned diplomats, counterinsurgency strategists, science fiction writers, war journalists, and ground-level military officers, to explain the strategy and the art of war by way of the Star Wars films.

Each chapter of Strategy Strikes Back provides a relatable, outside-the-box way to simplify and clarify the complexities of modern military conflict. (For example: )A chapter on the case for planet building on the forest moon of Endor by World War Z author Max Brooks offers a unique way to understand our own sustained engagement in war-ravaged societies such as Afghanistan. It is a book as captivating and enthralling as Star Wars itself.

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Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.3110

CA – Michael Imperioli Signing

Book Soup and the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads program present Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos, Mad Dogs, Goodfellas) in conversation with author Mark Haskell Smith at the West Hollywood Library on **NEW DATE** Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign his debut novel, The Perfume Burned His Eyes. Get tickets here…

Matthew is a sixteen-year-old living in Jackson Heights, Queens, in 1976. After he loses his two most important male role models, his father and grandfather, his mother uses her inheritance to uproot Matthew and herself to a posh apartment building in Manhattan. Although only three miles away from his boyhood home, “the city” is a completely new and strange world to Matthew. Matthew soon befriends (and becomes a quasi-assistant to) Lou Reed, who lives with his transgender girlfriend Rachel in the same building. The drug-addled, artistic/shamanic musician eventually becomes an unorthodox father figure to Matthew, who finds himself head over heels for the mysterious Veronica, a wise-beyond-her-years girl he meets at his new school. Written from the point of view of Matthew at age eighteen, two years after the story begins, the novel concludes with an epilogue in the year 2013, three days after Lou Reed’s death, with Matthew in his fifties.

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West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

CA – How to American Signing

Actor Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley, Crazy Rich Asians) appears at Book Soup to sign his book How to American at Book Soup on Friday, March 23 at 7:00 PM.

Standup comic, actor and fan favorite from the popular HBO series Silicon Valley shares his memoir of growing up as a Chinese immigrant in California and making it in Hollywood.

“I turned down a job in finance to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. My dad thought I was crazy. But I figured it was better to disappoint my parents for a few years than to disappoint myself for the rest of my life. I had to disappoint them in order to pursue what I loved. That was the only way to have my Chinese turnip cake and eat an American apple pie too.”

Jimmy O. Yang is a standup comedian, film and TV actor and fan favorite as the character Jian Yang from the popular HBO series Silicon Valley. In How to American, he shares his story of growing up as a Chinese immigrant who pursued a Hollywood career against the wishes of his parents: Yang arrived in Los Angeles from Hong Kong at age 13, learned English by watching BET RapCity for three hours a day, and worked as a strip club DJ while pursuing his comedy career. He chronicles a near deportation episode during a college trip Tijuana to finally becoming a proud US citizen ten years later. Featuring those and many other hilarious stories, while sharing some hard-earned lessons, How to American mocks stereotypes while offering tongue in cheek advice on pursuing the American dreams of fame, fortune, and strippers.

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Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.3110

CA – Nick Nolte Signing

Actor Nick Nolte appears at the Skirball Cultural Center to present his new memoir REBEL on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 8:00 PM. Get tickets here…

Legendary actor Nick Nolte delivers his most revealing performance yet. This intimate memoir is a tale of art, passion, commitment, addiction, and the quest for personal enlightenment as intense and hypnotic as the man himself. In a career spanning five decades and hundreds of roles, Nick Nolte has become a true Hollywood icon. Rising from a difficult childhood in the rural Midwest to leading roles and a trio of Oscar nominations in the golden West, he has been both celebrated and vilified; survived marriages, divorces, and a string of romances; was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine; and suffered public humiliation over his addiction issues, including a drug-fueled trip down the Pacific Coast Highway that resulted in his infamous arrest.

Despite these ups and downs, Nolte has remained true to the craft he loves, portraying a diverse range of characters with his trademark physicality and indelible gravelly voice. Already thirty-five when his performance in the 1976 mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man launched him to stardom, Nolte never learned to play by Hollywood’s rules. A rebel who defies expectations, a committed actor willing to go to extremes for a role, Nolte is motivated by personal, edgy projects, not box office success. Today, he has found peace on his own terms, yet is still driven, juggling projects while raising his young daughter.

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard  Los Angeles, CA 90049

CA – Black Star Renegades Signing

Michael Moreci (Hoax Hunters, Roche Limit, ReincarNATE) appears at Book Soup to discuss and sign Black Star Renegades on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

In the tradition of Star Wars, a galaxy-hopping space adventure about a galactic kingdom bent on control and the young misfit who must find the power within before it’s too late.
Cade Sura holds the future of the galaxy in his hands: the ultimate weapon that will bring total peace. He didn’t ask for it, he doesn’t want it, and there’s no worse choice to wield it in all of space, but if he doesn’t, everyone’s totally screwed. The evil Praxis kingdom is on the cusp of having every star system under its control, and if that happens, there’ll be no contesting their cruel reign. Especially if its fanatical overlord, Ga Halle, manages to capture Cade and snag the all-powerful weapon for herself. Cade can’t hide from Praxis, and he can’t run from the destiny that’s been shoved into his hands. So he only has one option: He has to fight.

Cade’s not going to let destiny send him on a suicide run, though. With some help from his friends–rebels and scoundrels alike–Cade’s going to use this weapon to chart a new destiny for the galaxy, and for himself. He just has to do so before everyone around him discovers that he’s a complete and total fraud. Blending the space operatics of Star Wars and the swagger of Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Star Renegades is a galaxy-hopping adventure that blasts its way from seedy spacer bars to sacred temples guarded by deadly creatures–all with a cast of misfit characters who have nowhere to go and nothing to lose.

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Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.3110

CA – Access All Areas Signing

Scott Ian, founding member of the band Anthrax, appears at Book Soup on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM to present and sign his new book: Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life. 

Scott Ian, rhythm guitarist and co-founder of Anthrax and author of I’m the Man, collects all of his craziest hard rock stories into one balls-to-the-wall volume. Access All Areas has tales of humor, excess, fun, debauchery, food, booze, and mayhem from Scott’s many years on the road as well as his encounters with celebrities like Dimebag Darrell, Trent Reznor/NIN, Madonna, Lemmy Kilmister, John Carpenter, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Slayer, David Lee Roth, and many more.

In recent years, Scott Ian’s “Speaking Words” club tours have drawn a devoted crowd of metal fans who love a good rock story. Ian has perfected his delivery, comic timing, and ability to highlight where the ridiculous meets the sublime. Best of all, Ian seems to lack the ability to be embarrassed, rendering Access All Areas howlingly funny, self-deprecating, and every bit as brash and brazen as one would expect from one of the original architects of speed metal.

Event Guidelines:

  • A copy of Access All Areas from Book Soup is required to attend this event. Save your receipt as it will be checked in line.
  • We open at 9am. Please do not line up before then. Please be respectful of neighboring businesses. The first 60 people in line (with Access All Areas purchased from Book Soup) will be admitted into the store for the talk. An overflow line will be held outside if needed.
  • Personalizations are possible for people who attend the event in person.
  • No Memorabilia.
  • More guidelines to come.

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Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.3110

CA – Drew Friedman’s Chosen People Signing

Drew Friedman appears at Book Soup, along with Merrill Markoe, on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 3:00 PM to discuss and sign his new book Drew Friedman’s Chosen People.

Artists, cartoonists, comedians, musicians, actors, politicians, the famous and the infamous, these chosen people are just that: People chosen to be rendered by the man BoingBoing calls “The greatest living portrait artist.” Subjects include Johnny Cash, Marc Maron, Redd Foxx, Gilbert Gottfried, The Marx Brothers, Hillary Clinton, Anthony Weiner, and of course Friedman favorite Shemp Howard. No one is spared the loving Friedman treatment, including Drew Friedman himself!

Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.3110

CA – Jenna Fischer Signing

Jenna Fischer appears at Book Soup on Friday, November 17th at 7:00 PM discuss and sign The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide.

Jenna Fischer’s Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong? Uh, basically everything. The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she’d imagined. It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on The Office, nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection and doubt.

If only she’d had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way–an established actor who could educate her about the business, manage her expectations, and reassure her in those moments of despair. Jenna wants to be that person for you.

Event Guidelines:

  • A copy of The Actor’s Life from Book Soup is required to attend this event. Save your receipt as it will be checked in line.
  • We open at 9am. Please do not line up before then. Please be respectful of neighboring businesses. The first 60 people in line (with The Actor’s Life purchased from Book Soup) will be admitted into the store for the talk. An overflow line will be held outside if needed.
  • Personalizations are possible for people who attend the event in person.
  • No Memorabilia.
  • More guidelines to come.

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Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.3110

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