Thursday, May 27, 2010

Signing with the authors of "Childless."

Hilary Crahan will be signing copies of the book Childless on Saturday June 5th from 1-3 pm.

Other contributors who will be on hand to sign copies of the book include Maerice Simpson, Renea Washington, Liz Lundy and Kiyomi Emi.

"The intention of this book is to gather individual women's voices on the subject of being childless and to share this labor of love with you. We hope our essays speak to you in a way that illumines, soothes, and inspires. The only request we asked of authors was that they be completely honest.

As you read our essays, you will hear grace, anger, humor, fear, fearlessness, forgiveness, confusion, joy, and acceptance. Childless has been a life passage and a life lesson for each of us. No stereotypically childless woman exists. We created this tapestry of experience with care and love for each of you."

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The eagerly awaited third novel from Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, will be available for sale on Tuesday May 25th!

Call and reserve your copy today! 323/465.1334

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Book signing with Stuart Gibbs

Stuart Gibbs will be signing copies of Belly Up on Sunday May 23rd from 1-3 pm.

Stuart Gibbs used to work at a zoo. Then he researched capybaras (the world's largest rodents). Now he writes for movies and television. Belly Up is his first novel, and it is geared toward children ages 9-12.

When he's not writing, he loves to travel (particularly to places with lots of wild animals) and have adventures with his wife and children.

Book Signing with Jeffrey Kaye

Jeffrey Kaye will be signing copies of Moving Millions: How Coyote Capitalism Fuels Global Immigration on Saturday May 22nd from 1-3 pm.

On the same day that reporter Jeffrey Kaye visited the Tondo hospital in northwest Manila, members of an employees association wearing hospital uniforms rallied in the outside courtyard demanding pay raises. The nurses at the hospital took home about $261 a month, while in the United States, nurses earn, on average, more than fifteen times that rate of pay. No wonder so many nurses leave the Philipppines.

Between 2000 and 2007, nearly 78,000 qualified nurses left the Philippines to work abroad, but there's more to it than the pull of better wages: each year the Philippine president hands out Bagong Bayani ("Modern-day Heroes") awards to the country's "outstanding and exemplary" migrant workers. Migrant labor accounts for the Philippines' second largest source of export revenue -- after electronics -- and they ship out nurses like another country might export textiles. In 2008, the Philippines was one of the top-ranking destination countries for remittances, alongside India ($45 billion), China ($34.5 billion), and Mexico ($26.2 billion).

Nurses in the Philippines, farmers in Senegal, Dominican factory workers in rural Pennsylvania, even Indian software engineers working in California -- all are pieces of a larger system Kaye calls "coyote capitalism." Coyote capitalism is the idea -- practiced by many businesses and governments -- that people, like other natural resources, are supplies to be shifted around to meet demand. Workers are pushed out, pulled in, and put on the line without consideration of the consequences for economies, communities, or individuals.

With a fresh take on a controversial topic, Moving Millions knocks down myth after myth about why immigrants come to the United States and what role they play in the economy, challenging the view that immigrants themselves motivate immigration, rather than the policies of businesses and governments in both rich and poor nations.

Kaye takes readers around the world in search of answers, with stops in Mexico, Europe, the UAE, Poland, Senegal, and elsewhere. Interviewing smugglers and undocumented workers, recruiters and legal immigrants, Kaye finds surprising connections between globalization, economic growth, and the convoluted immigration debates taking place in the United States and other industrialized countries.

What does it all add up to? America's approach to importing workers looks from the outside like a patchwork of unnecessary laws and regulations, but the machinery of immigration is actually part of a larger, global system that satisfies the needs of businesses and governments, often at the expense of workers in every nation.

Moving Millions brings a new perspective to the looming debates over comprehensive immigration reform in Washington. It is important reading for policy makers, activists on both sides of immigration and globalization debates, and anyone who wants to understand an issue that will remain a major point of domestic and international political conflict for decades to come.

Jeffrey Kaye is a freelance journalist and special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, for whom he has reported since 1984. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and other print, broadcast, and Internet outlets. For more information, and to see pictures taken while reporting for Moving Millions, visit his website at

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Book Signing with Fonda St. Paul

Fonda St. Paul will be signing copies of Smile Pretty Now on Saturday May 15th from 1-3 p.m.

Fonda St. Paul has been a voracious reader since she can remember. Her vivid imagination and her ability to tell a story turned her writing hobby into a full time profession. Always interested in true crime and fiction, she decided that her first novel should be a compilation of her fifteen years of research into the minds of serial killers.

In addition to writing, she also produces reality shows and is at work on her second novel, Forever Christmas Eve. Fonda lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Sandy Passman, and their pug, Lucy Jean Pugwell.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Story time at Chevalier's Books

We have story time for kids at Chevalier's Books every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m!

Saturday's reader is Barbara Grant, and on Sundays Anjoum (pictured at left) takes the reigns.

Bring the kids and listen to a story!