Saturday, March 17, 2012

His Dream of the Skyland

Anne Opotowsky will be signing copies of her graphic novel His Dream of the Skyland on Saturday March 24th from 1 - 3 p.m.

Imperialist controlled Hong Kong, the British ruling classes, the ambitious dynasty influenced Chinese -- all create an amazing labyrinth for His Dream of the Skyland, the first book in The Walled City trilogy. The Chinese-colonial inspired illustrations create an utterly distinct experience. His Dream of the Skyland immerses the reader in a world that is opulent, dark and absorbing.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Guy Magar Signs Hollywood Memoir

Guy Magar will be signing copies of his book Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot on Sunday, March 18th, from 1 - 3 p.m.

It’s not your typical story line: Egyptian immigrant makes his way into the United States, attends film school, discovers his first producer is a Mafia assassin, lands a directing contract with Universal, nearly decapitates an eight-year-old Drew Barrymore, and hires James Cameron for his first production design job.

The perimeter of Guy Magar’s memoir Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot
features the outrageous tales of his Hollywood career, the sweat of his dedicated work ethic and the heft of golden names dropped throughout. The interior contains darkly serious matter: how Earth tilts off her axis the day the love of Magar’s life, his wife Jacqui, is diagnosed with leukemia.

Without a second thought, Magar abandons his Hollywood work to focus on his reality, and moves into the role of 24-hour caregiver without hesitation, pausing only in the beginning to ask “why” before he realizes it is futile.

What follows is a period of Magar’s dogged determination as he strives to be a caregiver and leukemia expert, leaving no stone unturned in his quest to find treatments for Jacqui. After discovering the leading cancer center, City of Hope in Duarte, California, the couple consults with a world-class doctor who invites Jacqui to join their national research trial in stemcell transplant treatment. Magar and Jacqui lock up their house, board their dog, and move into the center to start Jacqui’s curative journey back to health.

Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot (Guy’s welcoming catchphrase to Jacqui whenever she visited on-set) describes Jacqui’s harrowing battle—and subsequent recovery—with leukemia seen through the lens of Magar’s care-giving, but it isn’t entirely focused on her illness.

Chapters alternate between Magar’s impressive entry into the filmmaking world, showcasing the amusing ‘stories behind the stories’ of the Hollywood industry, and his once-in-a-lifetime tale in finding true love with Jacqui.

While the memoir details two highly different journeys, one thing is remarkably consistent: Magar’s unwavering, almost super-human dedication to what he loves.

Robin Ellis of Poldark Fame Will Sign His New Book at Chevalier's

British Actor, Robin Ellis, known worldwide for his role as Captain Ross Poldark in the classic BBC series of the same name.

He will be in Los Angeles to introduce his new cookbook, Delicious Dishes for Diabetics.

Robin will be signing copies at Chevalier's Books on Saturday, March 17th, from 1 - 3 p.m

Robin Lives in the southwest of France, where he has become an accomplished chef, specializing in healthy dishes based on Mediterranean cuisine.

Monday, March 5, 2012

A.G.S. Johnson signs "The Sausage Maker's Daughters"

A.G.S. Johnson will be at Chevalier's Books on Saturday March 10th from 2-4 p.m. signing copies of her new book, The Sausage Maker's Daughters.

It’s the era of the counterculture and Vietnam. Women’s consciousness is being raised and they’re beginning to find their places outside of the home.

But twenty-four-year-old Kip Czermanski is nowhere near her home in California. She’s in a jail cell in her hometown in Wisconsin awaiting a court appearance in the mysterious death of her ex-lover, who happened to be her brother-in-law.

Since her father is the small town’s leading citizen, Kip isn’t overly worried—at first. But the personal grudge the DA holds for all the Czermanskis is about to find a foil. Kip.

What follows is a wild ride through Kip’s present predicament and her past. Family dynamics and sibling rivalries, magnified by her counterculture attitudes and feminist beliefs, will lay bare Kip’s life before the crowded courtroom, right along with the self-important Czermanskis’ darkest secrets.

Kip’s rebellious reputation is well known by the townsfolk. Plus, she cannot fully trust her own attorneys. Things both personal and legal spiral out-of-control.

The Sausage Maker’s Daughters is a superb character study and a riveting courtroom nail-biter, with an ending that evokes a gasp of, “Wow! I didn’t see that coming.”

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this novel will be donated to The World is Just a Book Away, a charity that builds libraries for children in developing countries, changing their lives forever through access to books.

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