CA – A Load of Hooey Signing

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Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Mr. Show) signs his new book at Powell’s City of Books at Thursday October 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm!

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But because we’re expecting a large crowd at this event, we’ll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized. To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of A Load of Hooey here at Skylight Books. Tickets will be available starting September 30, 2014. They will be available in-store, or you can order on our website and leave a note in the “Order Comments” field. We will also hold a ticket for you if you order and pay for a book over the phone. In addition to books, you may bring one item of memorabilia to be signed (but no pieces of paper please). Due to time constraints, Bob Odenkirk will be unable to pose for photos with individual attendees, though you are welcome to take photos during the event and from the line. Please also refrain from making an audio or video recording of the event. Thank you for your cooperation!

Bob Odenkirk is a legend in the comedy-writing world, winning Emmys and acclaim for his work on Saturday Night Live, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and many other seminal TV shows. This book, his first, is a spleen-bruisingly funny omnibus that ranges from absurdist monologues (Martin Luther King, Jr’s Worst Speech Ever) to intentionally bad theater (Hitler Dinner Party: A Play); from avant-garde fiction (Obituary for the Creator of Madlibs) to free-verse poetry that’s funnier and more powerful than the work of Calvin Trillin, Jewel, and Robert Louis Stevenson combined.

Odenkirk’s debut resembles nothing so much as a hilarious new sketch comedy show that’s exclusively available as a streaming video for your mind. As Odenkirk himself writes in The Second Coming of Jesus and Lazarus, it is a book to be read aloud to yourself in the voice of Bob Newhart.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.660.1175

CA – Tony Hale Signs

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Actor Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) appears at Skylight Books on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm to present his new children’s book Archibald’s Next Big Thing.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.660.1175

CA – In Real Life Signing

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Acclaimed writer and activist Cory Doctorow and illustrator Jen Wang appear at Skylight Books on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm to present their new graphic novel, In Real Life.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.660.1175

CA – Dragon’s Breath Signing

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MariNaomi appears at Skylight Books on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm to present her thoughtful and heartfelt collection of graphic essays, Dragon’s Breath.

MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the award-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (2D Cloud, 2014), the upcoming Turning Japanese (2D Cloud), and her self-published zine, Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections, Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, No Straight Lines, Anything That Loves, QU33R and Action Girl Comics. Her comics and essays have been featured on The Rumpus, The Weeklings, Truth-out, SFBay.CA, The Comics Journal, The Bay Citizen, XOJane and more.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.660.1175

CA – Yumi Sakugawa Signing

ys-txYumi Sakugawa signs at Skylight Books on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm!

Press Release:

Please join us as one of Skylight Books’ favorite (and best-selling) artists celebrates the launch of her newest book.

Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe erases the boundaries of the standard self-help book and sets you free on a visual journey of self-discovery. Inside you will find nine metaphysical lessons set against a surreal backdrop of intricate ink illustrations and dreamlike instructions that require you to open your heart to unexplored inner landscapes. From setting fire to your anxieties to sharing a cup of tea with your inner demons, you will learn how to let go and truly connect with the world around you.

Whether you need a little inspiration or a completely new life direction, Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe provides you with the necessary push to find your true path—and a whimsical adventure to enjoy on the way there.

Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist and the author of I Think I Am in Friend-Love with You. She is a regular comic contributor to The Rumpus and Wonderhowto.com, and her short comic stories “Mundane Fortunes for the Next Ten Billion Years” and “Seed Bomb” were selected as Notable Comics of 2012 and 2013 respectively by the Best American Comics series editors (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Her comics have also appeared in Bitch, the Best American Non­Required Reading 2014, Folio, Fjords Review, and other publications. A graduate from the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, she lives in southern California. Visit her on the web at www.yumisakugawa.com.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.660.1175

CA – This Is How You Lose Her Signing

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Author Junot Diaz appears at Skylight Books on Friday September 19th at 7:30 PM for a reading and signing of THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER.

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But, because we’re expecting a large crowd at this event, we’ll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized. To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of any Junot Diaz book here at Skylight Books once tickets become available. The tickets will be available starting Friday, September 5, two weeks before the event. They will be available in-store, or you can order on our website and leave a note in the “Order Comments” field. We will also hold a ticket for you if you order and pay for a book over the phone. Each ticket holder may get a total of four books signed at the event. Thank you for your cooperation!

Junot Díaz’s first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer with “the dispassionate eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet” (Newsweek). His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was a literary sensation, topping best-of-the-year lists and winning a host of major awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Now Díaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love—obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love.

This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead) is one of the most celebrated books of last year. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, Díaz’s stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”

At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness—and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own.

Junot Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Diaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.660.1175

CA – Tomboy Signing

lp090814Cartoonist Liz Prince appears at Skylight Books on Monday September 8th at 7:30 PM!

Press Release:

Razorcake and Skylight Books are teaming up to present graphic novelist Liz Prince, presenting her new graphic memoir Tomboy!

Growing up, Liz Prince wasn’t a girly girl, but she wasn’t exactly one of the guys either (as she learned when her little league baseball coach exiled her to the distant outfield). She was somewhere in between. But with the forces of middle school, high school, parents, friendship, and romance pulling her this way and that, the middle wasn’t exactly an easy place to be. Tomboy follows award-winning author and artist Liz Prince through her early years and explores—with humor, honesty, and poignancy—what it means to “be a girl.”

From staunchly refuting ”girliness” to the point of misogyny, to discovering through the punk community that your identity is whatever you make of it, Tomboy offers a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking account of self-discovery in modern America.

Liz Prince’s first book, Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?, was nominated for several awards and won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut in 2005. Born in Boston, MA, she grew up in Santa Fe, NM, and has been drawing comics since the third grade. She has since produced many of her own comics and mini-comics, which mix her real-life foibles with charming cartooning and comic timing. Fans have described her work as being “cute,” making them feel “warm and fuzzy,” or simply being “too much information.” She now lives outside of Boston and drinks more than her fair share of coffee.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.660.1175

CA – Velvet Signing

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Writer Ed Brubaker signs at Skylight Books on Saturday July 5th at 5:00 pm!

Press Release:

Fresh off the success of Fatale and Captain America: Winter Soldier one of Skylight Books’ favorite writers, and multiple Eisner winner, Ed Brubaker, joins us for his latest jolt of awesome, Velvet.

From the bestselling creators of Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes this smash-hit spy thriller with a unique new twist! When the world’s greatest secret agent is killed, all evidence points to Velvet Templeton, the personal secretary to the Director of the Agency. But Velvet’s got a dark secret buried in her past…because she’s also the most dangerous woman alive.

Ed Brubaker has won the Best Writer Award in the Harveys and the Eisners five times since 2006. His work with Sean Phillips on Sleeper, Criminal, Incognito, and Fatale (from Image Comics), has been translated around the world to great acclaim. His current comics projects include Velvet with Steve Epting, his creative partner on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and The Fade Out with Sean Phillips, both published by Image Comics.

He was raised partly on Navy bases, and began school in Cuba, on the Naval base at Guantanamo Bay. He credits being forced to go to his mother’s AA meetings throughout much of his childhood with planting the seed of writing in his brain, and his father’s love of comics and movies for nurturing it. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Melanie and their dog Watson, where he works in comics, film, and television.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.660.1175

CA – The Harlem Hellfighters Signing

hhfMax Brooks appears at Skylight Books on Thursday April 17th at 7:30 pm!

Press Release:

From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment–the Harlem Hellfighters

This reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served).  But, because we’re expecting a large crowd at this event, we’ll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized.  To get a ticket, you must purchase a copy of The Harlem Hellfighters here at Skylight Books.  The tickets will be available starting Tuesday, February 25, when the book goes on sale.  They will be available in-store, or you can order on our website and leave a note in the “Order Comments” field.  We will also hold a ticket for you if you order and pay for a book over the phone. Members in our Friends with Benefits program get 20% off the book and a ticket to the priority signing line, so join now or mention your menbership when you buy!

The Harlem Hellfighters is a fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment–the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, bestselling author Max Brooks tells the thrilling story of the heroic journey that these soldiers undertook for a chance to fight for America. Despite extraordinary struggles and discrimination, the 369th became one of the most successful–and least celebrated–regiments of the war. The Harlem Hellfighters, as their enemies named them, spent longer than any other American unit in combat and displayed extraordinary valor on the battlefield. Based on true events and featuring artwork from acclaimed illustrator Caanan White, these pages deliver an action-packed and powerful story of courage, honor, and heart.

Praise for The Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters is perhaps the first graphic novel taking as its theme a major episode in African American History, the heroic performance of black men in combat during World War I. Brilliantly dramatized by Max Brooks and stunningly illustrated by Canaan White, one of our foremost African-American comic book illustrators, the novel tells the gripping story of the often overlooked black men who served their country in combat against enemy forces during “the Great War.” . . .  Informed by judicious historical research and vividly illustrated storytelling, this book itself is an historical “first,” and is a major contribution to our understanding of Black History.” –Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

Max Brooks is the #1 “New York Times” bestselling author of “World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide, ” and “The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.”

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.660.1175

Marble Season Signing Tour

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Gilbert Hernandez goes on tour for Marble Season in April & May 2013! Gilbert will present “From Funny Books to Graphic Novels”, a fascinating slide show tribute to the legacy of the comics he read as a kid. He’ll talk about the silver age comics featured in MARBLE SEASON, which helped set the course for Gilbert, as well as his brothers Jaime and Mario, to become the legendary comics creators they are today. Seriously folks, don’t miss your chance to get to know the man behind thirty years of alternative comics history.

Here are his dates written out nice ‘n’ neat! It’s going to be a GOOD spring.

BALTIMORE: Monday April 15th, 5:30 pm
101 Mattin Center, Johns Hopkins University

NEW YORK CITY: Tuesday April 16th, 7 pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Ave.

MONTREAL: Wednesday April 17th, 7 pm
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard O.

CHICAGO: Thursday April 18th, 7 pm
Quimby’s, 1854 W. North Ave.

PORTLAND, OR: Sunday April 21st, 7:30 pm
Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside

LOS ANGELES: Wednesday April 24th, 7:30 pm
Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave.

FORT WORTH, TX: Friday April 26th
Texas Library Association, Forth Worth Convention Center

TORONTO: Saturday May 11th and Sunday May 12th
TCAF, Toronto Reference Library

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