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Vroman's Bookstore

695 East Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

United States

626-449-5320; ordersvromansbookstore.com

Type: Bookstore — new books

Web site: http://www.vromansbookstore.com

Events: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/event

Twitter account: @vromans

Amenities: wifi, food/drink

Description: Vroman's Bookstore was founded in 1894 and is Southern California's oldest & largest independent bookstore.

Vroman's Bookstore was awarded Publishers Weekly's 2008 Bookseller of the Year.

Zeli coffeehouse is attached to the main store in downtown Pasadena (and has great coffee!)

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Upcoming events

Nov
23
SPECIAL STORE HOURS - Closing Early! (Sunday, November 23 at 6pm)
We're taking some time out this evening to prepare for the holiday season. We will be closing early at all the stores for TONIGHT ONLY! Both stores close at 6pm!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Nov
26
Storytime with Mr. Steve! (Wednesday, November 26 at 10am)
Join us for story time with Mr. Steve every Wednesday and Saturday at 10am!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Nov
26
Storytime at Vroman's Hastings Ranch! (Wednesday, November 26 at 11:30am)
Story time every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:30am at Vroman's Hastings Ranch!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Nov
26
SPECIAL STORE HOURS - Closing Early! (Wednesday, November 26 at 4pm)
We're closing early today to get a jump on all that eating we'll be doing tomorrow! We will be closing early at all the stores for TONIGHT ONLY! Both stores close at 4pm!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Nov
27
STORE CLOSED - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! (Thursday, November 27 at 00am)
We're closed all day today! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Nov
29
Indies First! (Saturday, November 29 at 00am)
INDIES FIRST 2014 We're so excited to be a part of Indies First again this year! We've got a great line-up or authors that will be moonlighting as booksellers for us! Marie Lu: 10am-noon (Children's Section)

Lian Dolan: 11am-1pm

Ava Dellaira: 11am-1pm Sue Ann Jaffarian: noon-1pm Sandra Tsing Loh: 2pm-3pm Ron Koertge: 3pm-4pm Marla Frazee: 4pm-5pm Authors that will be at VROMAN'S HASTINGS RANCH Jillian Lauren: 11am-1pm Authors that will be at BOOK SOUP: Tony DuShane: 1pm Richard Kramer: 2pm Francesca Lia Block: 3pm

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Nov
29
Storytime with Mr. Steve! (Saturday, November 29 at 10am)
Join us for story time with Mr. Steve every Wednesday and Saturday at 10am!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Nov
29
Storytime at Vroman's Hastings Ranch! (Saturday, November 29 at 11:30am)
Story time every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:30am at Vroman's Hastings Ranch!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Nov
30
SPECIAL STORE HOURS - Closing Early! (Sunday, November 30 at 00am)
Our Main Store (695. E. Colorado) is closing early for a special event!

We will close at 7pm TONIGHT ONLY!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Dec
1
Twilight Zone UnScripted: Special Holiday Edition (Monday, December 1 at 6pm)
Impro Theatre presents " Twilight Zone UnScripted: Special Holiday Edition" followed by a Q&A session with the cast.

From the darkest corners of reality to the land of the unexplained, “Twilight Zone UnScripted: Special Holiday Edition” is a completely improvised show in the style of classic 60’s sci-fi television shows – with a holiday twist. Enter the dimension of pure imagination as the company starts with audience suggestions, combines them with holiday themes, and creates all-new and completely improvised episodes at every performance.

"Delightful! Remarkably adroit wizards of improvisation" – Arts in L.A.

Performances at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse December 4-21.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
1
Panel Discussion on Remembering and Understanding John Muir (Monday, December 1 at 7pm)
In honor of the John Muir Centennial authors Elizabeth Pomeroy, Glenn Pascall, Mickey Long, and Thomas Andrews all join this panel discussion.

John Muir (1838-1914) was America's most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club.

Panelist bios:

Elizabeth Pomeroy, historian and author of John Muir: A Naturalist in Southern California

Thomas Andrews, former Executive Director of the Southern California Historical Society and a Muir scholar who has a organized a large Muir exhibit currently on display at Azusa Pacific University.

Mickey Long, for many years the lead Los Angeles County naturalist at Eaton Canyon above Pasadena where John Muir walked most often in Southern California.

Glenn Pascall, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter librarian and author of Southern California Mountain Country: Places John Muir Walked and Places He Would Have Loved to Know, currently being run in 82 segments on the Angeles Chapter website.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
2
Vroman’s presents Tim Shriver discussing and signing Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most (Tuesday, December 2 at 7pm)
As chairman of Special Olympics, Timothy P. Shriver has dedicated his life to the world's most forgotten minority--people with intellectual disabilities. And in a time when we are all more rudderless than ever, when we've lost our sense of what's ultimately important, when we hunger for stability but get only uncertainty, he has looked to them for guidance. Fully Alive chronicles Shriver's discovery of a radically different, and inspiring, way of life. We see straight into the lives of those who seem powerless but who have turned that into a power of their own, and through them learn that we are all totally vulnerable and totally valuable at the same time. In addition, Shriver offers a new look at his family: his parents, Sargent and Eunice Shriver, and his uncles, John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy, all of whom were resolute advocates for those on the margins. Here, for the first time, Shriver explores the tremendous impact his aunt Rosemary, born with intellectual disabilities, had on his entire family and their legacy. (Sarah Crichton Books)

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $29.00 + tax and include one ticket and one copy of Fully Alive.

Tickets cannot be shipped.

We are now accepting paid reservations.

You may purchase your tickets online at vromansbookstore.com or by calling the Will Call department at 626-449-5320.

Tickets and books will be available for pick-up from the store location beginning the date of the book's release, Tuesday, November 11.

Reserved tickets and books may also be picked up at the Will Call table at the venue the evening of the event.

The venue is All Saints Church, 132 N Euclid Ave, Pasadena, 91101.

Tickets and books may be available for purchase at the venue, while supplies last.

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.

Location: Street: 132 N. Euclid Ave City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
4
Literary Trivia Night at Vroman's Hastings Ranch! (Thursday, December 4 at 6pm)
Brush up on your literary knowledge and join us for some fierce competition! Free to play, all ages welcome. Refreshments will be served and there will be prizes for the winners, too!

Location: Street: 3729 E Foothill Blvd. City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91107 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Dec
4
Robin LaFevers discusses and signs Mortal Heart (Thursday, December 4 at 7pm)
In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever's New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn't mean she has. (Harcourt Brace & Co) 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.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
5
Special Holiday Story Time featuring The Grinch! (Friday, December 5 at 6pm)
The Grinch returns to Pasadena! This special story time will be followed by a photo op with the Grinch, so bring your cameras!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Dec
6
Jon Klassen presents and signs Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (Saturday, December 6 at 10:30am)
With perfect pacing, the multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling team of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen dig down for a deadpan tale full of visual humor. Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary -- and finding it in a manner you'd never expect. (Candlewick Press)

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.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
6
Vroman’s and the Pasadena Playhouse District Association present Winter Wonderland (Saturday, December 6 at 11am)
Join us outside on the Vroman’s Paseo for some lively music, kids treats, crafts and a visit from Santa! Bring your cameras and your lists for this photo op! The Pasadena Playhouse District will also be hosting Merry Merry Movie at the Laemmle Theater this morning at 10am. They will be screening Arthur Christmas! “Arthur Christmas at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.”

For information on how to attend this free showing please visit www.playhousedistrict.org/events/ More activities associated with this event to be announced.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
6
Special Holiday Storytime featuring the Grinch! (Saturday, December 6 at 11:30am)
The Grinch makes his way to Vroman’s Hastings Ranch for this special storytime, complete with a photo opportunity. Don’t forget your cameras!

Location: Street: 3729 E. Foothill Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91107 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Dec
6
Vroman's Hastings Ranch Holiday Extravaganza!! (Saturday, December 6 at 2pm)
Come one, come all!! Join us for an afternoon of music, cookie decorating, ornament crafting, refreshments & good ol' Holiday Cheer. There will be eggnog....'tis the season!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Dec
7
Letters to Santa! (Sunday, December 7 at 11am)
If you are not able to come see him in person, please join us for this special Letter to Santa writing activity. Christmas is only 18 days away but it’s not too late to let Santa know what you are wishing for this year. We’ll supply the stationery for your list and when done just put your letter in our special North Pole mail box that will get sent directly to Santa from Vroman’s.

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Dec
7
Special Holiday Story-Time with a Fairy Tale Princess! (Sunday, December 7 at 3pm)
Come enjoy this special Holiday Story Time! The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions are inviting a ravishing, royal surprise guest to enchant the young and young-at-heart with a festive Holiday yarn. This special event celebrates SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, a Holiday Panto featuring Olivia Holt as "Aurora" (Disney's I Didn't Do It), Lucy Lawless as "Carabosse" (Xena: Warrior Princess), David Engel as "Nanny Tickle" (Broadway's La Cage aux Folles), Tamyra Gray as "The Good Fairy" (Broadway's Bombay Dreams) and Ben Giroux as "Silly Billy" (CW's Hart of Dixie). SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT performs at The Pasadena Playhouse from December 10 - January 4. Use code VROMANS20 to save 20% on select tickets (excludes Row C and Hot Seats). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
8
Bob Kato discusses and signs The Drawing Club: Master the Art of Drawing Characters from Life (Monday, December 8 at 7pm)
Does your cartoon, comic, film, or story need a quirky individual? How about a leading lady? Rogue superhero? By working through the exercises found in this book, acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to draw personality archetypes of any kind - movie heroes, pulp fiction characters, and pop culture stars from every era. Each exercise features a new character type and tackles different aspects of character drawing. (Quarry Books)

Bob Kato will be appearing with the following artists:

John Musker Disney Feature Animation

Chris Turner Disney Imagineering

Mike Barry Disney Imagineering

Will Martinez Disney Imagineering

Jeffrey E. Smith

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.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
9
Dawn Wells--Gilligan's Island's Mary Ann "What Would Mary Ann Do?" (Tuesday, December 9 at 7pm)
Please contact bookstore for information on ticketing and store policies.

So, what would Mary Ann do?

As the sweet, polite, and thoughtful Mary Ann Summers from Kansas in the hit series Gilligan’s Island, Dawn Wells created an unforgettable and beloved character that still connects with people fifty years from the show’s debut in 1964. As the “good girl” among the group of castaways on a tiny island, she was often positioned against the glamorous and exotic Ginger Grant, played by Tina Louise, prompting many to ask: Are you a Ginger or a Mary Ann?

This book not only helps readers answer that question for themselves but also sends the inspirational and heartwarming message that yes, good girls do finish first. Part self-help, part memoir, and part humor—with a little classic TV nostalgia for good measure—What Would Mary Ann Do? contains twelve chapters on everything from how Mary Ann would respond to changes in today’s culture to addressing issues confronting single women and mothers. Wells brings along her fellow characters from Gilligan’s Island to illustrate certain principles, such as incorporating the miserly Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus) in a discussion on money. Anecdotal sidebars also describe fascinating facts and compelling memories from the show, as well as some trivia questions to challenge fans and followers. Illustrated with photographs from Wells’s private collection, this book provides inspiring lessons from TV’s favorite good girl.

A native of Reno, Nevada, Dawn Wells attended Stephens College in Missouri before going on to represent Nevada in the Miss America pageant in 1959. She found success in Hollywood immediately afterward, appearing in such shows as 77 Sunset Strip, Maverick, Bonanza, and Hawaiian Eye. She was later cast in the role of a lifetime as Mary Ann in Gilligan’s Island, beating out 350 other actresses, including Raquel Welch. Since then, Wells has continued acting on the stage and screen, produced films, and been active in a number of charities.

Steve Stinson is an artist and writer in Virginia, where he lives with his patient wife in the world’s smallest five bedroom house. When he was young and limber, he was a juggler and wrote comic strips. Today, his grandchildren call him “Bebop.” His four children’s books, Grumpypants, Where Kent Went, Darien the Crustatarien, and My Favorite Nursery Rhymes, will be classics someday. (TaylorTrade)
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Dec
10
Romina Russell discusses and signs Zodiac (Wednesday, December 10 at 6pm)
At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain.... Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can't solve for 'x' to save her life--so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories. When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens--including its beloved Guardian--Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House's new leader. But, a true Cancrian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts. Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus--the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend--has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho--along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard--must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians. But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac? Embark on a dazzling journey with Zodiac, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs. (Razorbill) 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.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
12
Marla Frazee discusses and signs The Farmer & the Clown (Friday, December 12 at 7pm)
Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee. A baby clown is separated from his family when he accidentally bounces off their circus train and lands in a lonely farmer's vast, empty field. The farmer reluctantly rescues the little clown, and over the course of one day together, the two of them make some surprising discoveries about themselves--and about life! Sweet, funny, and moving, this wordless picture book from a master of the form and the creator of The Boss Baby speaks volumes and will delight story lovers of all ages. (Beach Lane 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.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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