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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

Jul
22
Kids' Week | Sunprints & Bookmaking with Rachel! (Tuesday, July 22 at 10am)
It was a big hit last year, so we're bringing it back! Explore the exciting photographic world of sunprints, and make a book where you can display all your creations!

Please be sure to call 626-449-5320 and RSVP for this event so we can make sure we have enough supplies for everyone!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Jul
22
Wilton Barnhardt discusses & signs Lookaway Lookaway (Tuesday, July 22 at 7pm)
In Lookaway, Lookaway, Wilton Barnhardt has written a headlong, hilarious narrative of a family coming apart, a society changing beyond recognition, and an unforgettable woman striving to pull it all together. Jerene Jarvis Johnston and her husband Duke are exemplars of Charlotte, North Carolina's high society, where old Southern money meets the new wealth of bankers. As the four Johnston children wander perpetually toward scandal and mishap, Jerene must prove tireless in preserving the family's legacy and what's left of the dwindling family fortune. She will stop at nothing to keep what she has.

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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Jul
23
Storytime! Main store & Hastings Ranch locations (Wednesday, July 23 at 10am)
Join us for storytime at either the main store or Hastings Ranch location every Wednesday & Saturday beginning at 10am!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd (main store location) Additional: 3729 E Foothill Blvd (Hastings Ranch location) City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Jul
23
Susan Coll discusses & signs The Stager (Wednesday, July 23 at 7pm)
Lars Jorgenson is a former tennis pro who has blown out both knees, become obese, and is now addicted to a cocktail of prescription drugs. He's going crazy in the affluent Maryland suburbs where his home is up for sale. Idle on the market for months, the home is now being staged. Into the messy personal life of Lars and his beautiful wife Bella comes Eve, an unemployed journalist-turned-stager who immediately realizes that she is in the home of her former best friend. Eve knows way too much about Bella, including the questionable paternity of the meddling young child who lives in this house. Questions of friendship, loyalty, fidelity, sobriety, and sanity are raised in this dark comedy of how we live in this modern age.

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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Jul
24
Kids' Week | DIY Musical Instruments & Jam Session with Carmen! (Thursday, July 24 at 10am)
We'll explore different DIY musical instruments in this exciting new Kids' Week activitiy! Our very musically talented bookseller, Carmen, will lead us in a jam session and we'll all play music together!

Please be sure to call 626-449-5320 and RSVP for this event so we can make sure we have enough supplies for everyone!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Jul
25
Kids' Week | A visit from the LA Zoo! (Friday, July 25 at 10am)
Learn about the care and keeping of zoo animals with this fun and interactive visit from the lovely docents at the LA Zoo!

Please be sure to call 626-449-5320 and RSVP for this event so we can make sure we have enough supplies for everyone!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Jul
26
Storytime! Main store & Hastings Ranch locations (Saturday, July 26 at 10am)
Join us for storytime at either the main store or Hastings Ranch location every Wednesday & Saturday beginning at 10am!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd (main store location) Additional: 3729 E Foothill Blvd (Hastings Ranch location) City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Jul
26
Brian Won presents & signs Hooray for Hat (Saturday, July 26 at 12pm)
Elephant wakes up grumpy, until a knock on the door changes everything! He's received a package containing a hat, which is just the thing he needed to turn his day around. As he ventures out to see his friends, he shares his hat to brighten up their cloudy days. Soon, the whole animal kingdom is out and about in this wonderful tale of sharing and friendship!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Jul
26
Jeri Westerson discusses & signs Cup of Blood (Saturday, July 26 at 5:30pm)
When a corpse turns up at his favorite tavern, Crispin Guest begins an inquiry, but the dead man turns out to be a Templar knight, charged with protecting a certain religious relic which is now missing. Before he can begin to investigate, Crispin is abducted by shadowy men who are said to be minions of a foreign foe. The deeper Crispin probes into the murder, the more it looks like the handiwork of an old friend turned adversary. With enemies from all sides, Crispin has his hands full in more than murder in this intriguing prequel to the acclaimed series.

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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Jul
27
Local Author Day: Vroman's introduces Don Baird and Michael W. Monk (Sunday, July 27 at 4pm)
Vroman's introduces Don Baird and Michael W. Monk

Don Baird presents and signs Haiku: The Interior & Exterior of Being A book about imagination; yet it is poetry of truth. Nature, her ways, and her secrets are revealed one poem, one breath at a time, unfolding the smaller picture within the larger one - and vice versa. Between lines, between breaths, you will journey to the center of a poet's dream-room.

Michael W. Monk presents and signs The Tragedy of Orenthal, Prince of Brentwood In The Tragedy of Orenthal, Prince of Brentwood, playwright (and attorney) Michael Monk tells the O.J. Simpson tale as it might have occurred and as it was meant to be told—in iambic pentameter blank verse, in five acts, with stage direction and a prologue; that is, in the manner of Shakespearean tragedy, with lively, engaging style punctuated with humor.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jul
28
Deborah Harkness (Monday, July 28 at unknown time)
Jul
28
Deborah Harkness discusses & signs The Book of Life (Monday, July 28 at 7pm)
After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, their quest takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy's final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, the couple at last learns what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

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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Jul
29
Chelsie Hill & Jessica Love discuss & sign Push Girl (Tuesday, July 29 at 7pm)
Kara is a junior in high school who has it all. She's popular, has an amazing boyfriend, and she's definitely going to get that coveted homecoming queen crown. Her home life, however, is less glamorous since her parents can't seem to stop fighting. To escape from the constant bickering at home, Kara heads to a party only to find her boyfriend with his hands all over another girl. Furious, Kara leaves to take a drive, and, as she's crossing an intersection, a car comes out of nowhere and slams into the driver's side of her car. When she finally wakes up, she has no memory of what transpired the night before. Most importantly, though, she can't feel her legs. As Kara adjusts to life as a paralyzed teen, she begins to understand that what matters in life isn't what happens to you. It's the choices you make and the people you surround yourself with.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jul
30
Storytime! Main store & Hastings Ranch locations (Wednesday, July 30 at 10am)
Join us for storytime at either the main store or Hastings Ranch location every Wednesday & Saturday beginning at 10am!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd (main store location) Additional: 3729 E Foothill Blvd (Hastings Ranch location) City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Jul
30
Desiree Zamorano discusses & signs The Amado Women (Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm)
Southern California is ground zero for upwardly mobile middle-class Latinas. Matriarchs like Mercy Amado could raise three daughters and become a teacher. Now she watches helplessly as her daughters drift apart as adults. The Latino bonds of familia don't seem to hold. Celeste, the oldest daughter has fled the uncertainty of her growing up in Los Angeles, California, to seek financial independence in San Jose. Her sister Sylvia married a rich but abusive Anglo, and hid herself away in the suburban lifestyle with her two daughters. Nataly, the youngest, went into the free-spirited Latino art world, working on her textile creations during the day and waiting tables in a restaurant by night. Everything they know comes crashing down in a tragic moment and Mercy must somehow piece her family back together again.

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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Jul
31
Dr. James Penner discusses and signs The Harvard Years of Timothy Leary: Early Writings on LSD and Psilocybin with Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, Ralph Metzner, and Others (Thursday, July 31 at 7pm)
On May 27, 1963, Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. Richard Alpert were dismissed from Harvard University's Psychology Department--a watershed event marking the moment when psychedelic drugs were publicly demonized and driven underground. Today, little is known about the period in the early 1960s when LSD and psilocybin were not only legal but also actively researched at universities. Presenting the first collection of Leary's writings devoted entirely to the research phase of his career, 1960 to 1965, this book offers rare articles from Leary's time as a professor in Harvard's Psychology Department.

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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Aug
1
Annual Christmas Card Sale! | August 1- 31, 2014 (Friday, August 1 at 00am)
It's that time again! Our annual August Christmas Card Sale is here! As we attempt to keep cool through the hot days of summer, we know that Christmas seems a world away, but really it's just around the corner. Instead of waiting until the Holiday Season to get your cards done, why not avoid the rush, order them early, and get a discount to boot! Vroman's Pens & Stationery Department will be offering 20% off of all personalized Christmas Cards ordered through our holiday vendor albums, through the month of August. Just a little planning ahead can mean big savings for the holidays. Have a little extra in your wallet for gifts this season! We carry albums from Crane, William Arthur, Carlson Craft, the Brett Collection, Stacy Claire Boyd, Chatsworth, and Birchcraft, so come in, take a look, and save.

The sale is valid from August 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014. The discount will not apply to shipping and proof charges.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
1
POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 10- Blind Date with a Book Club (Friday, August 1 at 7pm)
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 10, 2014 at 7PM.

Love to read? Need more excuses to talk about books? Interested in joining a book club but don't know where to start? Meet book clubs who are seeking new members at our Blind Date with a Book Club event! Bring a couple of books you'd like to share, enjoy some refreshments and meet your potential book club match. RSVP to our Will Call department at 626-449-5320 x200.

Book clubs interested in participating should contact Nicolle at x309 or by e-mail at readinggroups@vromansbookstore.com.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
2
Storytime! Main store & Hastings Ranch locations (Saturday, August 2 at 10am)
Join us for storytime at either the main store or Hastings Ranch location every Wednesday & Saturday beginning at 10am!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd (main store location) Additional: 3729 E Foothill Blvd (Hastings Ranch location) City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Aug
2
Kyanne the Rad Scientist at Vroman's Hastings Ranch (Saturday, August 2 at 2pm)
Join us for a day of science exploration! We'll have several experiments you & your kids can do together to understand how electricity works, sound is created, and how chemistry can explain even the most outlandish of magic tricks - the science behind it is way cooler than magic!

Location: Street: 3729 E Foothill Blvd. Additional: Vroman's Hastings Ranch City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91107 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Aug
3
IWOSC Reads Its Own (Sunday, August 3 at 2pm)
IWOSC Reads Its Own is a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works — from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes. Fifteen of IWOSC's talented member writers will read short excerpts from their work. We'll be regaled with their wit, have our emotions stirred, or be plunged into deep thought. First-time and return readers will share their work. Selections may be published, unpublished, or works in progress, several minutes in length. For more information, see www.iwosc.org or contact info@iwosc.org.

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
5
Matthew Stewart discusses and signs Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic (Tuesday, August 5 at 7pm)
Radicals like Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine, and Ethan Allen who founded America set their sights on a revolution of the mind. Derided as “infidels” and “atheists” in their own time, they wanted to liberate us not just from one king but from the tyranny of supernatural religion. The ideas that inspired them were neither British nor Christian but largely ancient, and pagan. Drawing deeply on the study of European philosophy, Matthew Stewart pursues a thoroughly researched lineage of the philosophical ideas from which America's revolutionaries drew their inspiration.

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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Aug
6
Storytime! Main store & Hastings Ranch locations (Wednesday, August 6 at 10am)
Join us for storytime at either the main store or Hastings Ranch location every Wednesday & Saturday beginning at 10am!

Location: Street: 695 E. Colorado Blvd (main store location) Additional: 3729 E Foothill Blvd (Hastings Ranch location) City: Pasadena, Province: California Postal Code: 91101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Aug
6
Rufi Thorpe (Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm)
Rufi Thorpe (The Girls from Corona del Mar)

Rufi Thorpe received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son. The Girls from Corona del Mar is her first novel. (added from Random House)
Aug
7
Literary Trivia Night at Vroman's Hastings Ranch (Thursday, August 7 at 6pm)
Join us for Literary Trivia night the first Thursday of each month at 6pm! Brush up on your literary knowledge and join us for some fierce competition!

Free event, 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)

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