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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

Sep
17
Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman discuss & sign The Golem of Hollywood (Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm)
The legend of the Golem of Prague has endured through the ages, but the creature that has been lying dormant may not be any longer. Detective Jacob Lev wakes one morning, dazed and confused: He knows he met a mysterious and beautiful woman the night before, but can find no trace of her. But this mystery pales in comparison to the one he's about to be called on to solve. Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn't even know existed, he's sent to a murder scene in the hills of Hollywood. There is no body, only an unidentified head lying on the floor of a house. Seared into a kitchen counter nearby is a single word: the Hebrew for justice. Detective Lev is about to embark on a globetrotting odyssey to solve a mystery that will change him, and the world, forever.

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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Sep
18
Vroman's Education Class | The Basic Four for Story Development with instructor Leslie Schwartz (Thursday, September 18 at 6:30pm)
The Basic Four for Story Development: Point of View, Structure, Character Development and Dialogue

Thursdays, September 18 – October 23, 6:30 – 8:30pm $250.00 per student Instructor: Leslie Schwartz

Learn the basics before you begin. Or if you are stuck in the novel, memoir or short story you've already begun, plug in for a recharge. This intensive and inspirational four-week course will teach you all you need to know about The Basic Four: Point of View, Structure, Character Development and Dialogue. Dynamic, engaging writing exercises, the chance to share your work in a safe environment, and concentrated mentoring by an award-winning novelist and skilled writing instructor will help jump-start your writing or pick you up out of the doldrums. All genres and writing abilities are welcome. Bring laptops or your favorite pen.

Instructor: Leslie Schwartz is the award-winning author of Angels Crest and Jumping the Green. She has published numerous short stories, essays and articles. She has taught writing for the past 20 years at various academic institutions including UCLA Extension, the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and UC Irvine. She has an MFA in creative writing from Pacific University and is the recipient of numerous awards for her writing.

You can find her at www.leslieschwartz.com

To reserve your space, please call 626-449-5320.

All Vroman's Ed class are held next door at the Vroman's Atrium, 709 E Colorado Blvd. Suite 120.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
18
Ron Koertge discusses & signs Sex World (Thursday, September 18 at 7pm)
Sep
19
Talk Like a Pirate Day at Vroman's Hastings Ranch (Friday, September 19 at 00am)
Ahoy, mates! Participate in a "Treasure Hunt" as we scour the store high and low for clues, prizes and literary treasures! All day fun!

Location: Street: 3729 E Foothill Blvd Additional: Vroman's Hastings Ranch City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91107 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Sep
20
Storytime with Mr. Steve! (Saturday, September 20 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)
Sep
20
Zine Workshop at Vroman's Hastings Ranch (Saturday, September 20 at 11am)
11am - 4pm. We will be continuing our zine workshop. Zines, comics & other forms of diy (self publishing). Illustrators/writers of all ages welcome!!!

Location: Street: 3729 E Foothill Blvd Additional: Vroman's Hastings Ranch City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91107 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Sep
20
NEW TIME! Storytime at Vroman's Hastings Ranch, now at 11:30am every Wednesday & Saturday! (Saturday, September 20 at 11:30am)
Story time every Wednesday and Saturday @11:30am at Vroman's Hastings Ranch!

Location: Street: 3729 E Foothill Blvd Additional: Vroman's Hastings Ranch City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91107 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Sep
20
Vroman's Education | Beth Amine's Shrine Making Workshop (Saturday, September 20 at 1pm)
Do you have the desire to explore your artistic creativity, clear the past, or intuit a new direction for career, health or love? If so, our next fulfilling and easy workshop is for you. Shrine making is about self love and self discovery. Using a gently guided process, you will construct, paint and embellish a beautifully crafted wooden sacred space with doors and reveal hidden knowledge to yourself through the process. Beth has been working with thousands of people of all ages for over a decade. Each individual has a wonderfully fun experience of intuitive creativity and connection.

Instructor: Beth Amine has been dedicated to self expression in the arts for over four decades. She has created hundreds of commissioned works and paintings, as well as dance performances and teaching. Her passion for personal exploration has led her to create formats in both the visual arts and movement that allow anyone - literally anyone, from an autistic child to a patient with Alzheimer’s to a stressed executive - to experience the joy and well-being, that comes from expressing and connecting to ones internal life.

Her work can be seen at www.bethamine.com. It is her greatest pleasure to share this delight with you.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
23
An Evening with David Mitchell in conversation w/ Pierce Brown in celebration of his latest title, The Bone Clocks! (Tuesday, September 23 at 00am)
Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born. A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder. Rich with character and realms of possibility, The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together. (Random House) Event Information: We are so excited to announce PIERCE BROWN to be in conversation with David Mitchell! Pierce Brown, author of the New York Times bestseller RED RISING and the upcoming GOLDEN SON (on sale 1/6/15), spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating from college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. Now he lives Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre. WE ARE UNABLE TO SHIP TICKETS. PLEASE SELECT IN-STORE PICKUP OPTION AT CHECK OUT. - David Mitchell will be in conversation with an interviewer TBA. There will be Q & A followed by a book signing. - Doors open at 7pm, program begins at 8pm. Tickets: - This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $35.00 + tax and include one ticket and one copy of The Bone Clocks. - We are now accepting paid reservations. You may purchase your tickets through the link below or by calling our Will Call department at 626-449-5320. Tickets and books will be available for pick-up from our main store location beginning the date of the book's release, Tuesday, September 2. Reserved tickets and books may also be picked up at the Will Call tables at the venue the evening of the event. - Tickets and books may be available for purchase at the venue before the event begins, while supplies last. Directions: - This event will be held at the UCLA Freud Playhouse, 245 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, 90095. The Freud Playhouse is located in Macgowan Hall in North East Campus, just off Hilgard Ave. - For a map and detailed directions, please click here.

Location: Street: 245 Charles E. Young Dr. East Additional: UCLA Freud Playhouse City: Los Angeles, Province: California Postal Code: 90095 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
23
David Mitchell (Tuesday, September 23 at 8pm)
David Mitchell (added from Random House)
Sep
24
Storytime with Mr. Steve! (Wednesday, September 24 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)
Sep
24
NEW TIME! Storytime at Vroman's Hastings Ranch, now at 11:30am every Wednesday & Saturday! (Wednesday, September 24 at 11:30am)
Story time every Wednesday and Saturday @11:30am at Vroman's Hastings Ranch!

Location: Street: 3729 E Foothill Blvd Additional: Vroman's Hastings Ranch City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91107 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Sep
25
James Ellroy discusses & signs Perfidia (Thursday, September 25 at 7pm)
In this new novel, James Ellroy writes about Los Angeles in a way that he never has before. It is December 6, 1941, and America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans—but now, war fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins. The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons several Angelenos - a detective, a war profiteer, the only Japanese-American on the LA cop payroll, and a young woman looking for adventure - who must come together before the investigation rips them apart.

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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Sep
26
Aaron Becker discusses & signs Quest (Friday, September 26 at 6:30pm)
In this follow up to the Caldecott Honor book Journey, Aaron Becker tells of a king who emerges from a hidden door in a city park, startling two children sheltering from the rain. No sooner does he push a map and some strange objects into their hands than he is captured by hostile forces that whisk him back through the enchanted door. Just like that, the children are caught up in a Quest to rescue the king and his kingdom from darkness, while illuminating the farthest reaches of their imagination.

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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Sep
27
Storytime with Mr. Steve! (Saturday, September 27 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)
Sep
27
Blair Middle School & High School Read-a-Thon! (Saturday, September 27 at 11am)
Join us as the students of Blair Middle and High School kick off their first school-wide Read-a-Thon! The students will be stationed in different sections of the kids’ department ready to read you stories! There will be stories good for all age groups and genres. Visit one station or all of them!

The groups of students stationed at various branches of the Pasadena Public Library and Vroman's Bookstore will be reading to raise funds for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme at Blair. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to fund experiential learning opportunities for all IB students at Blair, and to assist Diploma Programme students whose families are experiencing financial hardships with paying the costs of registration and exams fees. It is the aim of all IB programmes “to develop internationally-minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.”

What better way to begin realizing that goal than through reading!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
27
NEW TIME! Storytime at Vroman's Hastings Ranch, now at 11:30am every Wednesday & Saturday! (Saturday, September 27 at 11:30am)
Story time every Wednesday and Saturday @11:30am at Vroman's Hastings Ranch!

Location: Street: 3729 E Foothill Blvd Additional: Vroman's Hastings Ranch City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91107 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Sep
27
Liz Climo discusses & signs The Little World of Liz Climo (Saturday, September 27 at 3pm)
Artist Liz Climo has charmed her fans with her comic world of whimsical animal characters, where everyone from grizzly bears, dinosaurs, rabbits, and anteaters grapple with everyday life with wit and humor. Through her comics, we discover that an armadillo can dress for Halloween, a dinosaur can be a loving parent ... and a rhino can squeeze orange juice This new collection features more than 100 of her comics, starring her beloved characters in all kinds of funny situations, from celebrating holidays to helping friends.

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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Sep
28
Local Author Day | Children's Book Edition: Vroman's introduces Benla Bennett & Jerilyn McIntyre (Sunday, September 28 at 12pm)
Benla Bennett presents and signs The Land at the Top of the Stairs A Note from Benla Bennett: “These stairs were built by my father in the 1960's to provide us access to the top of our property in order to clear brush. Over the years the question everyone, adults and children alike, asks when he or she walks into my backyard is: “What's at the top of the stairs?” With that question in mind, I decided to write The Land at the Top of the Stairs from a child's point of view. While turning this story into a book I decided it would be fun to let the reader illustrate the story. Children are so very creative. Each book would certainly be an original with the child's illustrations.”

Jerilyn McIntyre reads from and signs Paws in the Piazza “Back home, I was content to be just an ordinary house cat. I didn't get out much. But it's different here in Venice.” How different? Harley quickly finds out after his family arrives in Italy. He takes up with a group of local cats who roam wild in the alleys and neighborhoods of Venice, and meets the mysterious Angela, a beautiful white Angora who steals his heart. Then he becomes embroiled in a fierce and ongoing war between his friends and a rival band of cats, and discovers the magical order that underlies life in the enchanting and historic city that is his new home.

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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Sep
28
Local Author Day | Vroman's introduces Dublin Galyean, W. David Smith, & Clyde Derrick (Sunday, September 28 at 4pm)
Dublin Galyean discusses and signs Bougainvillea Blues Bougainvillea Blues is the heartfelt coming of age story of Joey Norton, a twelve-year-old boy. Sex, love, and voyeurism: Joey is trying to figure it all out. When his world collides with the gorgeous Gloria, the boy who likes to watch is forced to participate in his own life for the first time. A smothering mother, neighborhood boys with their own code of sexuality, and a father with secrets that will stun the family and force Joey to make the first grown-up decisions of his life turn up the heat on a story of love and loss see in the breezy, warm air of 1960's San Diego.

W. David Smith discusses and signs Above the Mountain The poems of Above the Mountain are moments with private people and what they dream when life changes. Five lives open, the last a questioning child who experiences near physical death in the midst of laughing adults, then a manifestation of a death much bigger than his own. The book concludes with the actual demise of a friend in childhood and a glimpse of the humanity behind one person's eyes the life of the vanished friend creates as years pass.

Clyde Derrick discusses and signs The Wash With bold characters and exquisite prose, The Wash is a compelling addition to California literature. Clyde Derrick masterfully captures a time and place while telling the sprawling multi-generational story of a Western family as seen through the clear and loving eyes of Cluny Taggart, recalling his twelfth year.

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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Sep
29
Beware, Beware (Monday, September 29 at 7pm)
Meet Steph Cha as she reads from her new novel Beware, Beware, from the Juniper Song Mysteries. (added from Macmillan)
Oct
1
Storytime with Mr. Steve! (Wednesday, October 1 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)
Oct
1
Storytime at Vroman's Hastings Ranch! (Wednesday, October 1 at 11:30am)
Story time every Wednesday and Saturday @11:30am at Vroman's Hastings Ranch!

Location: Street: 3729 E Foothill Blvd Additional: Vroman's Hastings Ranch City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91107 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Oct
1
Paul Pope discusses and signs The Rise of Aurora West (Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm)
In this prequel to Battling Boy, Paul Pope introduces us to Aurora West, the daughter of Arcopolis' only remaining hero, Haggard West. The Rise of Aurora West shares Aurora's journey to discover the mystery behind her mother's death, while figuring out her place in a strange world of the supernatural and serious corruption.

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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Oct
2
Literary Trivia Night at Vroman's Hastings Ranch! (Thursday, October 2 at 6pm)
Trivia Night at Vroman's Hastings Ranch! First Thursday of every month, 6pm

Brush up on your literary knowledge and join us for some fierce competition! Free to play, all ages welcome.

VHR is located at: 3729 E Foothill Blvd in Pasadena

Location: Street: 3729 E Foothill Blvd. City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91107 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)

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