CA – The Smartest Book in the World Signing

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DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Greg Proops to the store to discuss, The Smartest Book in the World, on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm.

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv-comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his popular award-winning podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, which Rolling Stone called some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now. Proops is also a fountain of historical knowledge, a wealth of pop culture trivia, and a generally charming know-it-all.

The Smartest Book in the World is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops’ universe, from history’s juiciest tales and curious backstories to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear. Full of eclectic and humorous knowledge, it is a concentrated collection and comic cultural dictionary of the essential Proops topics including poetry, proper punctuation, and Satchel Paige, all delivered with his signature style, making the full Proops experience complete.

So if you’re stuck wondering why Alexander was so Great (well, he did conquer the world), which cinema bombshell would be the best shortstop (Hedy Lamarr, of course), what great work of art would be the best to steal (not that you would), or the finest way to prepare vodka-flavored vodka (add vodka), don’t fret, The Smartest Book in the World has what you need right now.

Greg Proops is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?. He has a chart-topping podcast called The Smartest Man in the World, which he has recorded live from around the world including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Oslo, New Zealand, Finland, Montreal, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Melbourne, Dublin, Edinburgh, Hollywood, a ship off St. Marten, and somehow, Cleveland. Proops has been a voice actor in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and played Bob in Bob the Builder. He has been a guest on @Midnight on Comedy Central, Red Eye, The Late, Late Show, and Chelsea Lately. He lives in Hollywood. It’s not that bad, really.

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Diesel Bookstore – Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90402
310-576-9960

CA – Orphan X Signing

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DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Gregg Hurwitz back to the store to discuss his new thriller Orphan X on Tuesday, January 19th at 6:30pm. This will be his publication party and all are welcome to attend.

The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers. It’s said that when he’s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them.

But he’s no legend.

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He’s also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets—i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

Now someone is on his tail. Someone with similar skills and training. Someone who knows Orphan X. Someone who is getting closer and closer and will exploit Evan’s weakness—his work as The Nowhere Man—to find him and eliminate him. Grabbing the reader from the very first page, Orphan X is a masterful thriller, the first in Gregg Hurwitz’s electrifying new series featuring Evan Smoak.

Gregg Hurwitz is the author of a number of critically acclaimed thrillers, including They’re Watching, Trust No One, The Crime Writer and Troubleshooting. His internationally bestselling novels have been finalists for several awards, including the Crime Writers of America Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and the ITW Best Novel of the Year awards. In addition to his novels, he has also written comic books and screenplays, developed television series for Warner Brothers and Lakeshore, and published scholarly articles on Shakespeare. He has taught fiction at the University of Southern California and guest lectured for UCLA and Harvard. Hurwitz grew up in the Bay Area and earned his B.A. from Harvard and a master’s from Trinity College at Oxford. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Diesel Bookstore – Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90402
310-576-9960

CA – Secret Coders Signing

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Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang appears at Diesel Bookstore on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm!

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DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur, in conjunction with MVGATE, a local educational non-profit group, welcomes Gene Luen Yang to the store to discuss and sign his new children’s series book, Secret Coders, on Thursday, October 15th at 5:00pm.

Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

From graphic novel superstar (and high school computer programming teacher) Gene Luen Yang comes a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!

Gene Luen Yang has written and drawn many comics, including the hit Avatar: The Last Airbender series and Superman. American Born Chinese was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won the LA Times Book Prize for Boxers & Saints. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

DIESEL – Marin Country Mart
2419 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, CA 94939

CA – Shoplifter Signing

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shoplifterMichael Cho at the Oakland Diesel Bookstore to discuss and sign his debut graphic novel, Shoplifter, on Monday, September 29th at 7:00 pm. Joining him in conversation will be editor Chip Kidd.

Corinna Parks always imagined writing a successful novel and leading the ideal life of an author. After graduation however, she moved to a big city and took a job at an advertising agency (to pay off her student loans). Somehow, now, she’s worked in the same office for five years, and the only thing she has written is copy. She longs for companionship other than her cat, she’s dissatisfied with her job, and she’s numbed by the monotony of a life experienced through a series of screens. Her only thrill, her way to feel more alive, comes whenever she shoplifts a magazine from the corner store near her apartment. She knows there must be something more to life, but the question is how to find it.

Michael Cho is an artist, designer and illustrator, well known for his inimitable Toronto cityscapes and offbeat superhero illustrations. One of his stories was included in The Best American Comics 2010 and his artwork is showcased in Rabindranath Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy. Shoplifter is his first graphic novel. He lives in Toronto.

Diesel Bookstore
5433 College Ave Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 653 9965

Mister Wonderful Signing Tour

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Dan Clowes is on tour promoting his new graphic novel Mister Wonderful:

Tuesday, April 19— 7:30 pm – Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz,CA

Thursday, April 21—7:00 pm – Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA

Saturday, April 30—Los Angeles, CA 11:30 am – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC Campus. Signing at Skylight Books booth. 1:30 pm – Panel Discussion with Jim Woodring and others, followed by book signing.

Discussion with Ben Katchor and Chip Kidd, followed by book signing on Tuesday, May 3—Philadelphia, PA 7:30 pm – Philadelphia Free Library.

Wednesday, May 4—6:00 pm – Brookline Booksmith at the Coolidge Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

In discussion with Chip Kidd Thursday, May 5—7:00 pm – Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, New York, 10003, NY.

Wednesday, May 11—7:00 pm – City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Monday, May 16—7:30 pm – Powell’s Books, 40 Northwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209