Saturday, October 24, 2009

Quinn Cummings signing on November 1st

Quinn Cummings will be signing copies of Notes from the Underwire on Sunday, November 1st, from 11 - 1 p.m.

Cummings, a former child actor from movies and TV shows of the late 1970s, has spent much of her life defined by those three words: "former child actor." Despite this, she's led a rewarding L.A. life in a variety of occupations and, as explored in this quirky memoir, as a mother.

In a series of exceedingly funny and honest vignettes, Cummings explores topics ranging from home repair to childhood orthodontics to film industry "success" with deft, sharp prose that begs to be read aloud to friends.

What is perhaps most impressive is the way Cummings owns her child stardom, with a level of grace and perspective that defies expectations. Fleshing out the acerbic, particular observations of a rather strange but loving mother, Cummings shares her experience in a way that will remind readers of their own adventures in child- and parenthood.

Halloween Signing with Helen Stringer

Helen Stringer will be signing copies of Spellbinder on October 31st from 11 - 1 p.m.

Belladonna Johnson can see ghosts. It’s a trait she’s inherited from her mother’s side of the family, like blue eyes or straight hair. And it’s a trait she could do without, because what twelve-year-old wants to be caught talking to someone invisible?

It is convenient, though, after Belladonna’s parents are killed in a car accident. They can live with her the same as always, watching the same old TV shows in their same old house. Nothing has changed . . . until everything changes.

One night, with no warning, they vanish into thin air—along with every other ghost in the world. It’s what some people think ghosts are supposed to do, but Belladonna knows it’s all wrong. They may not be living, but they’re not supposed to be gone.

With the help of her classmate Steve, a master of sneaking and spying, Belladonna is left to uncover what’s become of the spirits and to navigate a whole world her parents have kept well-hidden. If she can’t find her way, she’ll lose them again—this time for good.

About the Author: HELEN STRINGER grew up in Liverpool, England, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Here in the U.S., she studied film, winning several student film awards, and was a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies. This is her first novel.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Join us for a signing with the authors of the book West Adams this Saturday, October 24th, from 11 - 1 p.m.

Book Description: By the turn of the 20th century, West Adams had become one of the first bedroom communities in fast-growing Los Angeles. Mansions and bungalows housed bankers and merchants who commuted to their businesses downtown, as well as moviemakers, debutantes, the social elite, and one or two scoundrels.

Anchored by Adams Boulevard, this area just west of downtown has been through many changes. Today the neighborhood is one of the most racially and architecturally diverse in the country and contains the highest concentration of historic cultural monuments in Los Angeles. Residents and local archives, including the University of Southern California and the Automobile Club of Southern California, have contributed images to this volume illustrating life and architecture from Victorian times onward.

Author Bios: Suzanne Tarbell Cooper is the coauthor of Arcadia Publishing’s Los Angeles Art Deco, Long Beach Art Deco, and Theatres in Los Angeles. Don Lynch is the author of the best seller Titanic—An Illustrated History and, more recently, Ghosts of the Abyss. Members of his family have lived in West Adams for three generations. John G. Kurtz has been on the board of West Adams Heritage Association for 15 years. All three authors have restored homes in West Adams.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

About Jenga

Leslie Scott will be signing copies of About Jenga on Sunday, October 18th, from 6 - 8 p.m.

Millions of readers around the world are familiar with Jenga, but few know the fascinating story of its creation and its creator. From cattle ranches in Africa to the Royal Tennis courts in London, the story of Jenga weaves an adventurous tale of personal triumph and business success with keen insights into the secrets behind launching one of the best-known brands in the world.

An English expatriate born and raised in Africa, a phenomenally successful woman in the male-dominated toy business, and an unorthodox risk taker who thrives on adventure, the author has a style, grace, and free-flowing intellect that will appeal to readers around the globe. Business readers will make enlightening connections to their own experiences as they learn how certain ideas make their way from an inventor’s brian to retail shelves worldwide.

About Jenga, an entertaining story filled with true business lessons and hilarious anecdotes, demonstrates the creativity and resolves required to make a unique idea work.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Marianne Meyerhoff signing October 10th

Author Marianne Meyerhoff will be signing copies of Four Girls From Berlin on Saturday, October 10th, from 11 - 1:00 p.m.

The author, a filmmaker who conducted oral history interviews for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, recounts the affecting experience of her mother, Lotte, a German Jew who barely escaped the fate of family members murdered by the Nazis.

In 1938 Lotte followed her new husband to Cuba on the ill-fated S.S. St. Louis. After the ship was turned back to Europe, she was interned in a Dutch detention camp, smuggled out to Cuba and reunited with her husband (from whom she was later divorced).

Lotte mostly refused to talk about the past, but a carton sent by three close German Christian friends from her childhood—Ilonka, Erica and Ursula—loosened her tongue. These young women, at great personal risk, had collected and preserved photos, documents and artifacts from Lotte's family. Because of their gift, Meyerhoff visited Germany many times to meet the surviving Ursula and Erica and their families.

Much of the text deals with the closeness that she developed with them and her desire to integrate her warm feelings toward her new friends with the tragic loss of a homeland that darkened her mother's life in America.