CA – Am I There Yet? Signing

Cartoonist Mari Andrew presents and signs Am I There Yet? at Vroman’s Bookstore on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

This on-point guide to growing up by Instagram sensation Mari Andrew captures the feelings and comical complexities of millennials and adulthood with essays and illustrations. In the journey toward adulthood, it is easy to find yourself treading the path of those who came before you; the path often appears straight and narrow, with a few bumps in the road and a little scenery to keep you inspired. But what if you don’t want to walk a worn path? What if you want to wander? What if there is no map to guide you through the detours life throws your way? From creating a home in a new city to understanding the link between a good hair dryer and good self-esteem to dealing with the depths of heartache and loss, these tales of the twenty-something document a road less traveled–a road that sometimes is just the way you’re meant to go.

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695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

CA – Rock Steady Signing

Cartoonist Ellen Forney appears in conversation with comedian Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite, Legend of Korra) on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign Rock Steady.

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life is the eagerly awaited sequel/companion book to Forney’s 2012 best-selling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. Whereas Marbles was a memoir about her bipolar disorder, Rock Steady turns the focus outward, offering a self-help guide of tips, tricks and tools by someone who has been through it all and come through stronger for it. (Fantagraphics Books)

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

CA – Adjustment Day Signing

Author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke) appears at Vroman’s Bookstore on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from noon till 4:00 PM. Get tickets here…

People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.

Adjustment Day, the author’s first novel in four years, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war in an effort to control the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future.

Into this dyspeptic time a blue-black book is launched carrying such wisdom as:
Imagine there’s no God. There is no Heaven or Hell. There is only your son and his son and his son and the world you leave for them.

The weak want you to forgo your destiny just as they’ve shirked theirs.
A smile is your best bulletproof vest.

When Adjustment Day arrives, it fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche. (WW Norton)

Event guidelines:

  • This is a signing only. Tickets for this event are available on Eventbrite.
  • Tickets include one copy of Adjustment Day to be picked up the day of the event at the time of check in.
  • In addition to Adjustment Day, Chuck will sign two other items only.
  • Additional copies of Adjustment Day and other Chuck Palahniuk titles will be available for purchase, the day of the event.
  • After check in – signing line placement will be first come, first serve.

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

CA – Raw: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang Signing

Lamont “U-God” Hawkins appears in conversation with Jensen Karp (Drop the Mic) at Vroman’s Bookstore on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM to discuss and sign Raw: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang.

The Wu-Tang Clan are considered hip-hop royalty. Remarkably, none of the founding members have told their story–until now. Here, for the first time, the quiet one speaks.

Lamont “U-God” Hawkins was born in Brownsville, New York, in 1970. Raised by a single mother and forced to reckon with the hostile conditions of project life, U-God learned from an early age how to survive. And surviving in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s was no easy task–especially as a young black boy living in some of the city’s most ignored and destitute districts. But, along the way, he met and befriended those who would eventually form the Clan’s core: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, and Masta Killa. Brought up by the streets, and bonding over their love of hip-hop, they sought to pursue the impossible: music as their ticket out of the ghetto.

U-God’s unforgettable first-person account of his journey, from the streets of Brooklyn to some of the biggest stages around the world, is not only thoroughly affecting, unfiltered, and explosive but also captures, in vivid detail, the making of one of the greatest acts in American music history. (Picador USA)

We will be hosting this event outside on the Vroman’s stage!

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

CA – Liz Climo Signing

Cartoonist Liz Climo appears at Vroman’s Bookstore on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM to sign her latest book CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE SCRATCH MY BACK?

Persnickety Elephant has an itch–a big one–and he can’t reach it! While he isn’t above asking for a little help, no one is up to the task. Turtle is too lazy, Snail is too slimy, and Alligator… well, Elephant isn’t sure he wants his assistance. Does Elephant have to do everything himself?

Jory John’s signature deadpan humor pairs perfectly with Liz Climo’s oh-so-innocent-looking animals to create a slyly ironic read-aloud that will leave kids and parents in stitches.

Liz Climo grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles after college to work as a character artist on The Simpsons. She is the author of Rory the Dinosaur, The Little World of Liz Climo, and Lobster is the Best Medicine.

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

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Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

CA – Get Naked Signing

Steven T. Seagle, co-creator of Ben 10 and Big Hero 6, appears at Vroman’s Bookstore Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM to present and sign GET NAKED.

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman’s Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman’s receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

CA – Words & Music

Author Jonathan Lethem reading “Vivian Relf” from Cartoons and Men, along with Ben Arthur and Cindy Lee Berryhill performing their responses at Vroman’s Bookstore on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM.

About Jonathan Lethem:
Jonathan Lethem is an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music, a genre work that mixed elements of science fiction and detective fiction, was published in 1994. It was followed by three more science fiction novels. In 1999, Lethem published Motherless Brooklyn, a National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel that achieved mainstream success. In 2003, he published The Fortress of Solitude, which became a New York Times Best Seller. In 2005, he received a MacArthur Fellowship.

About Ben Arthur:
Ben Arthur’s eighth album is American Castles, which continues Ben’s exploration of “answer songs” and art-inspired inspiration and collaboration. “Young Dead” was co-written with author George Saunders, while other songs on the album were written in response to stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Patricia Lockwood, and Susan Orlean. Ben is also a producer and the host of the Emmy-nominated television series SongCraft Presents, in which Ben writes and records a song with a featured artist over the course of a day. Ben has released seven previous albums and two novels.

About Cindy Lee Berryhill:
Cindy Lee Berryhill marks an affecting, intimate, and dazzling return to record-making with The Adventurist,
an ambitious song cycle released by Omnivore Recordings on March 10. Encinitas, Calif.-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Berryhill describes her elegantly crafted set of new original compositions – her first release since 2007’s Beloved Stranger — as a collection of “tone poems about the experiential feeling of enlovement.” Written and recorded over the course of the last five years, co-produced by Berryhill with David Schwartz, Sheldon Gomberg, Ben Moore, and Lee Ray.

The album was inspired by Berryhill’s life with her late husband Paul Williams. Founder of the first modern American rock magazine Crawdaddy in 1966 and a prolific writer and critic, Williams married Berryhill in 1997. Two years earlier, Williams suffered a traumatic brain injury in a bicycling accident. Following the early onset of dementia in 2004 and deepening medical challenges, he was placed in full-time care in 2009; he died in March 2013.

Berryhill says, “I vowed to write Paul a song cycle. Not songs of sadness or the despair I’d felt, but songs that reflected the love I had for him, and a remembering back to the enormous flood of feelings we’d had on meeting and courting. I wanted to write songs that felt like they’d come from that muse-driven place we feel when we fall in love.”

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695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

CA – Disney Animation Studios Artist Showcase

Animators Paul Briggs, Benson Shum, and Andy Harkness appear at Vroman’s Bookstore on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM to present and sign their latest picture books, Catch My Breath, Bug Zoo, and Holly’s Day at the Pool!

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695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
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CA – Don’t Cosplay with My Heart Signing

Author Cecil Castellucci appears at Vroman’s Bookstore on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM to her new novel DON’T COSPLAY WITH MY HEART.

When Edan Kupferman dresses up like her favorite character, Gargantua, she feels tall and powerful. That’s important right now, because her family is a mess, her best friend is gone for the summer, her crush is confusing, and Edan’s feeling small and not sure which end is up. When Edan’s cosplaying, she can be angry, loud, and not the good girl everyone thinks she is. And when she’s at conventions, she feels like she’s found her own Team Tomorrow. But when her personal life starts to spiral out of control, Edan has to figure out whether she needs a sidekick, or if she has the strength to be the hero of her own story.

Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth and the Eisner-nominated Odd Duck. She is currently writing Shade the Changing Girl, Vol. 1 Earth Girl Made Easy, an ongoing comic on Gerard Way’s DC Young Animal imprint. Her picture book, Grandma’s Gloves, won the California Book Award Gold Medal. She lives in Los Angeles.

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695 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

CA – The Comic Book Story of Video Games Signing

Author John Hennessey discusses and signs The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution at Vroman’s Bookstore on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM.

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