Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Signing with Matthew Specktor 10/4/09

Matthew Specktor will be signing copies of That Summertime Sound on Sunday, October 4th, from 11-1 p.m.

Freshman summer, 1986: You think you're looking for happiness and you're in love with the world's best and most obscure band. Your roommate tells you both reside in Columbus, Ohio. These aren't the first fantasies you've indulged. Blind faith, after all, may be your one true religion.

In the thrall of dead philosophers and mad prophets on the radio, you charge off on a group pilgrimage to Anywhere, Everywhere, Nowhere, USA. You still believe in sex, drugs, and rock and roll--but you're not sure in what order. You're digging in the crates for that one true thing.

You know something is happening, but you don't know what it is....

Signing with Stephen Tremp 10/3/09

Stephen Tremp will be signing copies of his book Breakthrough on Saturday October 3rd, from 11 - 1 p.m.

Chase Manhattan, part of a new breed of modern-day discovery seekers, seeks to leave behind his life of danger and adventure and settle down as an associate professor of physics at University of California-Irvine and build a lasting relationship with a beautiful girl he has not seen since high school. Meanwhile, a group of graduate students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have stolen a breakthrough in opening Einstein-Rosen Bridges, or wormholes, as they are commonly known, from renown M.I.T. professor of physics Nicholas Fischer. Their goal is to assassinate any powerful politician and executive controlling the world's banking system that would use this techynology for their own greedy gain.

Within days, Chase uncovers the diabolical scheme and finds himself the one person who can prevent more murders and prove the innocence of Professor Fischer who is framed for the killings. Chase understands he also needs to destroy this once-in-a-lifetime discovery as mankind is not ready for this breakthrough.

However, the M.I.T. group realized Chase and his friends have the ability to thwart more killings, and Chase soon finds himself in their crosshairs, the latest target on their list of assassinations. As the death toll mounts, Chase and his friends must battle this group of ambitious graduate students from M.I.T. on both coasts and in cyberspace in a race to control or destroy this breakthrough that threatens to drastically change life as we know it.

Breakthrough is an action thriller set in 2009 in Boston, MA and Orange County, CA and weaves together breakthroughs in physics and technology with greed, murder, and mayhem. This novel addresses some of the larger social issues that may occur once Einstein-Rosen Bridges move beyond the realm of mere possibility. Breakthrough will appeal to fans of Dean Koontz, Dan Brown, Stephen King, and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

Stephen Tremp has a BSB in Information Systems and an MBA in Global Management, and has worked for some of the world's largest banking institutions such as General Electric, Deutsche Bank, and E*Trade Bank. This background allows him to weave a particular complexity into this unique thriller.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Christopher Aslan signing this Sunday from 12 - 2 p.m.

This Sunday (Sept. 27th) join us as award winning author Christopher Aslan signs copies of two of his children's books from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m!

Wenda the Wacky Wiggler is a delightful story about a unique little girl who is always dancing and wiggling with joy. But when the gloomy townfolk take away all the music, she finds herself slumped to the ground in despair.

To the town's surprise it is in the silence that Wenda realizes her love and joy come from inside! Wenda the Wacky Wiggler is an inspiring little tale reminding us of our individual expression of wisdom and love.

Dude is the newest book from Christopher Aslan. Just like a picture can represent a thousand words, a word can represent a thousand feelings.

No other word can do this like Dude. Welcome to the world of Dude.

One word, many feelings...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Staff Recommendations and Reviews

We will be providing staff book recommendations and book reviews on our blog, if for no other reason than to prove that we do read and think about books.

The first recommendation is for Blood’s A Rover, by the internationally famous local author, Mr. James Ellroy, who is also locally infamous (by his own admission) for shoplifting from Chevaliers Books, probably during the four year period – 1968-1972 – which is the subject of this book, the third stand-alone novel in the USA Underworld trilogy, following American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand.

You might consider it part of a tetralogy, the most critical book being My Dark Places, Mr. Ellroy’s autobiography, an extraordinary, gut wrenching, mindblowing work. If you live in our ‘hood, you must read this book, because in Ellroy’s life, it was a ‘hood.

Blood’s a Rover is “Political Noir”, or L.A./Ellmore noir, with its rat-a-tat machine gun pacing, its speedfreak intensity, its relentless violence and abusive, hate-filled language. But this book is also Western Hemisphere noir – jumping from L.A. to Vegas, Haiti, Cuba, Miami, D.C., rural Mississippi, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic. Not to worry – each short chapter is identified with date and location.

The springboards for the book are the assassinations of JFK, MLK and RFK, and a bizarre armored car heist in South L.A. involving ink sprayed millions and sacks of emeralds.

Oddly, Vietnam and the politics of the war are missing. So this is pseudo history with a multitude of fictional characters - Wayne Tedrow, the ex-Mormon, ex-cop, chemist, daddy killer, stepmom lover; Dwight Holly, son of KKK, thug of J. Edgar Hoover; Marsh Bowen, off and on again LAPD cop, closeted homosexual, black militant infiltrator; Scotty Bennett, LAPD at its brutal worst; Joan Rosen Klein, the Red Goddess, stalinistic feminist and Susan Sontag look alike, longed for unreasonably by all the male characters; Karen, a married militant Quaker mommy, lover of Dwight, friend of Joan; Celia aka Gretchen, a Dominican feminist militant and bisexual lover of Joan and Sam Giancano as well as hundreds of others.

Minor characters abound – Black Panther wannabes, greedy special ops, former and current Tonton Macoutes, seedy private investigators, alcoholic wheelmen, hatemongering hustlers and grifters of every stripe.

The only fictional character, na├»ve as he is, who rings true, is Don Crutchfield, the peeper, panty sniffer, high school dropout, P.I. wannabe. Crutch is the crutches of the book, its omniscient literary Peeping Tom. Crutch is Ellmore. Everyone else is the shards of Ellmore’s brain on speed.

The book works because of the “real” characters – “the old girl”, J. Edgar Hoover, Nixon, Bebe Rebozo, Hubert Humphrey, Howard Hughes, Sal Mineo, Papa Doc, Trujillo, etc., etc. They are the true insanity of the era, and Ellroy has captured each and every one of them as though he were there, eavesdropping.

This is NOT your hippie flower child 1968, but if you lived through it, no matter how drug addled you may have been, it will all come back to you. And if you didn’t live through it, all the more reason to read this alternative history.

Words of warning: Reading Ellroy’s 600+ page book leisurely would be like watching a bomb in slow motion. It’s repetitious and wild and exhausting, a speed trip. If you forget something en route, don’t stop, you’ll be reminded again and again, like a recurring nightmare.

-Liz Newstat

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Authors Shoreh and Rane Sevin will be signing copies of Camelot's Kitchen on Saturday, September 26 from 1 to 3 PM.
Camelot will be making a personal appearance, hopping down the red carpet into the store. Bring the kids and sample the gourmet salads inspired by Camelot.

Here's a little blurb about the book:

Hi Everyone! My name is Camelot and I’m a real rabbit who showed up one day on a chef’s doorstep.
Together, we invented the tastiest salads in the world! We use ingredients like fresh figs, rose water, AND dried cranberries to make salads the most mouthwatering part of your meal!
Check ‘em out in my new book, “Camelot's Kitchen!” yummy recipes, and pictures of me on every page!!

Chevalier's Features 2 Books by Gene LePere

We are featuring 2 books by local author, Gene LePere. The first is the book Little Man in a Big Hurry.

It is the remarkable story of her father, Joseph H. Hirshhorn, who donated the largest private art collection ever accumulated to the people of the United States.

A rags-to-riches story of an immigrant Jewish boy, barely eight years old, who arrived in the United States from Latvia in 1907 and who, through oversized ambition, energy, smarts, luck, and determination, accumulated a multi-million-dollar collection of contemporary art which is now housed on the Mall in Washington, D.C., in a Smithsonian Museum which bears his name: The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Joe's father died in Latvia when Joe, the twelfth of thirteen children was one year old. By 1906 his mother, with two of her daughters, arrived in Brooklyn where they worked in sweatshops to bring the remainder of the children to America. From this humble beginning, ambitious Joe set out to lift his family out of poverty. His first financial successes were made as a broker's broker, with later successes in gold and uranium mining. He was also married four times, and struggled to balance family life with the work that consumed him.

Having developed a fascination with art that brightened up "ugly walls" where he had lived as a child, Joe Hirshhorn began a hobby that would soon turn into a joyful obsession, buying and collecting art. After he accumulated a vast and impressive collection, offers to house the collection came pouring in from London, Italy, Canada, and Israel. Finally, under the administration of President Lyndon Johnson, a suitable museum was built where Mr. Hirshhorn's collection is on display today.

The 2nd book we are featuring by Mrs. LePere is Never Pass This Way Again. It is the true story detailing the nightmare conditions of her brief confinement in a Turkish prison in 1983.

Charged with attempting to leave the country with ancient artifacts in her baggage, she failed to convince her accusers that she was merely an American tourist on shore leave from a cruise ship, who had been coerced into purchasing souvenirs by a street peddler.

LePere's diurnal progress through the mazes of the Turkish judicial system reflect not only her experience of culture clash but her bewilderment at being helpless. Handicapped by her inability to communicate fluently, she nevertheless made friendships with her jail mates, her lawyers --Turkish and American -- and the Engish-speaking community.

The influence of the Hirshhorn family engineered her escape before she was tried. Not an indictment of the Turkish people, the book is rather a warning to travelers in foreign lands.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Congratulations to Suzy Simitian, winner of the treasure hunt sponsored by Michelle Moran, author of the new book Cleopatra's Daughter!

Suzy solved a literary clue that led her to find the red ribbon hidden inside a book on our shelves. As the winner, she received a gift package from Michelle Moran that included a signed copy of her new book, some beautiful gold Egyptian earrings, and an authentic ancient Roman coin!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

KNX Radio to interview author Camille Kimball at Chevalier's

Author and Emmy Award-winning Investigative Journalist Camille Kimball will be interviewed at Chevalier's Books by KNX Radio on Friday, September 18th at 2:00 p.m.

Her book A Sudden Shot: The Phoenix Serial Shooter is a true crime book about the summer that Phoenix was terrorized by a series of shootings.

Here's a description of the book: "Arizona never experienced a summer like this, as snipers Dale Hausner and Sam Dieteman took aim at anything-and everything-in their path. Phoenix was a city in terror as the deadly spree ultimately claimed 37 vicitims, people and pets- until one detective began to put the pieces together to nail the murderous duo."

Stop by the store and have a copy signed for yourself!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Three author events next weekend

We will be hosing three separate signings this coming weekend. We hope to see you here!

Michelle Markel will be signing copies of Tyrannosaurus Math on Saturday, Sept. 12th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Who can add an entire herd of triceratops, multiply the legs of a group of ankylosaurs, and estimate the distance to the next tasty meal? Tyrannosaurus Math! He's a number crunching dinosaur who chews on math problems as easily as he thunders through the trees. When his little sister is in terrible danger, T-Math even saves the day by using his measurable math skills. Is there anything he can't figure?

Co-authors David Hamlin and Brett Arena will be signing copies of Los Angeles's Original Farmer's Market on Sunday, Sept. 13th, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The original Farmers Market at Third Street and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles has been at the center of the city’s history for 75 years. Farmers Market led Los Angeles out of the Great Depression, drew tourists from around the world, and became the most popular attraction in Southern California. It is Los Angeles’s beloved grocery store, its town square, its favorite dining room and den, Hollywood’s best friend, and one of the city’s most delightfully eccentric citizens. From its uniquely quirky beginnings to its contemporary stature as the coolest place in town, Farmers Market has a history rich in stories and is alive with character, integrity, and tradition.

Dani Klein Modisett will be signing copies of Afterbirth: Stories You Won't Find in a Parenting Magazine on Sunday, Sept. 13th, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Afterbirth is about what parenting is really like: full of inappropriate impulses, unbelievable frustrations, and idiotic situations. It’s about how life for some parents changes for the worse after their kids are born. Or so it feels. It’s about how not every threeyear- old is charming and delightful and about how sometimes when your kid is having a tantrum, you have to stifle the impulse to round-house him. And Afterbirth is funny—the participants are some of the best comic writers and performers today, turning their attention very close to home and sparing no one, particularly themselves.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Signing with "Mandy and Pandy" author Chris Lin

Join us this coming Saturday, September 5th, when Chris Lin will be signing copies of his Mandy and Pandy books from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

These books are a fun way for kids to start learning Chinese!

For more information, call the store at 323/465-1334.