CA – Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces Signing

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon appears at Skylight Books on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM to present and sign his new work of nonfiction, Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces.

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books in-store 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, and will be accommodating our youngest guests first:

  • To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces here at Skylight Books. Online presales will begin May 15, 2018, and books with tickets will be available for pickup also on beginning May 15, 2018.
  • For all website orders for this event, be sure to leave a note in the Order Comments field that you would like a ticket and plan to attend the event.
  • Can’t attend? If you would like a signed book but will not be able to attend, click Signed Copy after adding the book to your cart and we’ll do our best to get it signed for you. You  may pick up this book in the store after the event, or have it shipped to you.
  • Skylight’s Friends with Benefits members get priority signing line tickets (and 20% off this and all other event books each month), so be sure to mention your membership (or join) when you order the book.

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of PittsburghA Model WorldWonder BoysWerewolves in their YouthThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & ClaySummerlandThe Final SolutionThe Yiddish Policemen’s UnionMaps & LegendsGentlemen of the RoadManhood for AmateursTelegraph AvenueMoonglow, and the picture book The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

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1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

 

CA – Losing the Girl Signing

Cartoonist MariNaomi appears at Skylight Books on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM to sign Losing the Girl (Life on Earth #1).

Claudia Jones is missing. Her classmates are thinking the worst . . . or at least the weirdest. It couldn’t be an alien abduction, right? None of Claudia’s classmates at Blithedale High know why she vanished—and they’re dealing with their own issues. Emily’s trying to handle a life-changing surprise. Paula’s hoping to step out of Emily’s shadow. Nigel just wants to meet a girl who will laugh at his jokes. And Brett hardly lets himself get close to anybody.

In Losing the Girl, the first book in the Life on Earth trilogy, Eisner-nominated cartoonist MariNaomi looks at life through the eyes of four suburban teenagers: early romance, fraying friendships, and the traces of a mysterious—maybe otherworldly—disappearance. Different chapters focus on different characters, each with a unique visual approach.

MariNaomi is the award-winning author and illustrator of four comics memoirs. Losing the Girl is her first graphic novel and her first foray into fiction that (possibly) involves alien life forms. She’s also the creator of the Cartoonists of Color and Queer Cartoonists databases. She lives in California with her husband and many cats and dogs. Visit her website at marinaomi.com.

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1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

CA – Herding Cats Signing

Cartoonist Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles) appears at Skylight Books on Saturday, April 7th at 5:00 PM to sign her latest collection HERDING CATS!

Sarah Andersen’s hilarious third collection, Herding Cats, features the two time Goodreads Choice Award favorite continuing to poke fun at herself and her insecurities, her cat obsession, and the inherent humor in the daily life of a young woman.

Sarah’s imaginative and right-on-target comics explore the complexities of being an introvert, a millennial, a young woman, and an artist with a distinctive, quirky, and honest style. Readers will relish her latest installment with a warm feeling of solidarity and familiar recognition, as she depicts the challenges in navigating real life and the Internet-infused world of today in a humorous, refreshingly candid, and poignant manner.

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1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

CA – Wallace Shawn Signing

Acclaimed actor and writer Wallace Shawn appears at Skylight Books to discuss and sign his new book Night Thoughts on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

Writer and actor Wallace Shawn’s probing, honest, and self-critical take on civilization and its discontents.

Although he is guided and inspired by the people he respects, and despite the insufficiency of his knowledge and experience—an insufficiency shared by most (or all) other humans, Wallace Shawn can’t see any real alternative to trying to figure out his own answers to the most essential questions about the world he lives in.

Having recently passed the age of seventy, before which he found it difficult to piece together more than a few fragments of understanding, Shawn would like to pass on anything he’s learned before death or dementia close down the brief window available to him, but he may not be ready yet.

Wallace Shawn is an Obie Award-winning playwright and a noted stage and screen actor (Star Trek DS9, Gossip Girl, The Princess Bride, Toy Story). His plays The Designated Mourner and Marie and Bruce have recently been produced as films. He is co-author of the movie My Dinner with Andre and author of the plays The Fever, The Designated Mourner, Aunt Dan and Lemon, and Grasses of a Thousand Colours.

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

CA – Islandborn Signing

Author Junot Díaz appears at Skylight Books on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM to present and sign his new children’s book ISLANDBORN!

From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. “Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.” So when Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.” Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books in-store 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, and will be accommodating our youngest guests first:

  • To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Islandborn here at Skylight Books. Online presales will begin January 8, 2018, and books with tickets will be available for pickup beginning March 13, 2018.
  • Junot will personalize copies of Islandborn with first names.
  • For all website orders for this event, be sure to leave a note in the Order Comments field that you would like a ticket and plan to attend the event.
  • Can’t attend? If you would like a signed book but will not be able to attend, click Signed Copy after adding the book to your cart and we’ll do our best to get it signed for you. You  may pick up this book in the store after the event, or have it shipped to you.
  • Skylight’s Friends with Benefits members get priority signing line tickets (and 20% off this and all other event books each month), so be sure to mention your membership (or join) when you order the book.

Junot Díaz 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. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz 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
323.660.1175

CA – And Then the World Blew Up Signing

Radical editorial artist and cartoonist Mr. Fish will discuss his new book, And Then the World Blew Up (Fantagraphics) with Truthdig editor and progressive journalist Robert Scheer at Skylight Books on Thursday, March 8th at 7:30 PM.

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1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

CA – Bingo Love Signing

Tee Franklin, the creator and writer of Bingo Love, appears in conversation with Amanda Deibert at Skylight Books on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 5:30 PM.

About Bingo Love:
When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage. From Tee Franklin (Nailbiter’s The Outfit, Love is Love) and Jenn St-Onge (Jem & The Misfits), Bingo Love is a touching story of love, family, and resiliency that spans over 60 years.

Tee Franklin is a Queer disabled Black woman who writes comics: The Outfit (Nailbiter #27), A Blazin’ (in the Ignatz award winning Elements Anthology), Tears (in the Eisner-winning and New York Times Best Selling Love is Love), and Inclusive Press’ Queer romance graphic novella, Bingo Love. Franklin won the 2017 Queer Press Grant for Bingo Love and raised almost $60k for this graphic novella via Kickstarter. She fights for inclusion in comics, no matter the risks, as she hopes that the next generation of marginalized comic creators won’t have to put up with what’s been happening for the past 75+ years.

Amanda Deibert is an award winning television and comic book writer. Her comic book writing includes Batman and Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman ’77, and Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman for DC Comics. The Story “Brave” in the Eisner-winning and New York Times #1 Best Selling anthology Love is Love. As well as stories in the multi-award winning anthology John Carpenter’s Tales For a Halloween Night (Amanda wrote stories in volumes 2, 3 and 4) and the Womanthology anthology for IDW.

Television work includes writing for SyFy’s Live From Comic Con hosted by Zachary Levi, OWN Tonight for the Oprah Winfrey Network, Take Part Live on PIVOT, The Morning After on HULU, and many more. She is also the writer for former Vice President Al Gore’s annual, 24 Hours of Reality an international broadcast to promote awareness and combat climate change, watched on television in over 100 countries, reaching more than 225 million households.

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1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

CA – The Prince & The Dressmaker Book Release Party

Cartoonist Jen Wang appears in conversation with Angie Wang at Skylight Books on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM to present and sign her new graphic novel from First Second Books THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER.

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances—one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the Adventure Time comics and LA Magazine. She recently illustrated Tom Angleberger’s Fake Mustache.  Her graphic novels Koko Be Good and In Real Life (with author Cory Doctorow) were published by First Second.

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1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

CA – Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase Signing

Join award-winning Walt Disney Studios Animation talent Paul Briggs and Benson Shum at Skylight Books on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM as they read from their picture books Catch My Breath and Holly’s Day at the Pool. Readers will also get treated to drawing activities by the two talents.

Paul Briggs has worked in the animation industry for twenty years and was fortunate to be the head of story on Disney’s Frozen and Big Hero 6, both of which received an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. However, he’s most proud of his family: his wife, Christin, and their two sons, Luke and Leo. When he’s not working, Paul and his family can be found wandering the woods of California, looking for forest zombies to defeat, or engaging in epic dance battles– where they have to stop and catch their breaths. In the latest edition of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase series Catch My Breath, acclaimed animation talent Paul Briggs (Big Hero 6, Frozen, Zootopia) delivers a heartwarming and clever story about a boy who’s lost his breath: Losing it, trying to find it, even trying to buy it. But how he comes to get it back is sure to bring a smile to readers of all ages faces.

Benson Shum is an animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios and has worked on films such as Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. He was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, where he studied the art of animation at Capilano University and Sheridan College. He now lives in Burbank, CA. Based on his niece’s experience, Benson created a story about how Holly the Hippo overcame her fear of swimming. Holly is full of questions when it comes to swimming! “What if..” she always wonders, every time she almost dips her toe in the water. Read on how she overcomes her fear of stepping into the pool.

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

CA – Misfit City vol. 1 Signing

Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz appear at Skylight Books on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 5:00 PM to sign MISFIT CITY.

Naomi Franquiz is a freelance illustrator and comic book artist working out of delightfully dank Florida. Her original work has been published in the POWER & MAGIC Press anthology, Dark Horse, Image, Kaboom! – as well as self-published online. You can find her online sleep-tweeting or aggressively enjoying video compilations of rude cats.

Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith is known for her work as a screenwriter of female-driven comedies “Legally Blonde” and “10 Things I Hate About You,” in addition to “The House Bunny,” “She’s the Man,” “Ella Enchanted” and “The Ugly Truth.” She is currently writing “Sweet Valley High” for Paramount. She has also written the YA novels “The Geography of Girlhood” and “Trinkets”.

Kurt Lustgarten is a screenwriter and award-winning commercial director. His credits include writing and co-producing the THE DELETED, a digital series created by Bret Easton Ellis.

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1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.660.1175

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