Vroman’s Live

Bookstore boasts stellar lineup for October

By Arroyo Staff

The renowned bookstore Vroman’s is hosting more top-notch virtual and in-person programs throughout October.

Register through vromansbookstore.com. Anyone with questions is asked to email email@vromansbookstore.com.

Vroman’s Virtual events will be presented through Crowdcast. Registration link below.

Virtual event

Vroman’s Live presents Lee Geum-yi in conversation with Heather Morris discussing ‘The Picture Bride’

6 p.m. Thursday, October 13

A matchmaker lied to Willow before she left home as a picture bride in 1918. Never one to be deterred, Willow does all that she can to make the best of her unexpected circumstance. But it isn’t long before her dreams for this new life are shattered, first by a husband who never wanted to marry her in the first place and then by the escalation of the Korean independence movements, unified in goal but divergent in action, which threaten to split the Hawaiian Korean community and divide Willow’s family and friends.

Braving the rough waters of these tumultuous years, Willow forges ahead, creating new dreams through her own blood, sweat and tears and working tirelessly toward a better life for her family and loved ones. 

Registration link: crowdcast.io/e/picturebride

In-person events

Vroman’s in-person events are no longer ticketed but are free and open to the public. Masks are strongly encouraged for those attending our events. All in-person events will all be held at Vroman’s at 695 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, unless noted otherwise.

Info: vromansbookstore.com/event/2022-10

Elin Hilderbrand discusses ‘Endless Summer: Stories’

7 p.m. Tuesday, October 4

In this dazzling collection, Elin Hilderbrand offers nine delicious stories — prequels, sequels and “missing chapters” from her cherished books — some of which have never been published, until now.

With a foreword by Hilderbrand about the writer’s reluctance to leave treasured characters behind and a prefatory, “behind-the-scenes” note included with each story, this book answers the prayers of both new and seasoned readers everywhere.

Alexa Donne discusses ‘Pretty Dead Queens’

7 p.m. Thursday, October 6

Seaview High’s homecoming queen is dead — and she’s not the first. From the critically acclaimed author of “The Ivies” comes a nonstop thriller about a decades-old mystery, a copycat killing, and the teen who won’t stop until she discovers the truth.

After the death of her mom, 17-year-old Cecelia Ellis goes to live with her estranged grandmother, a celebrated author whose Victorian mansion is as creepy as the murder mysteries she writes. On the surface, life is utterly ordinary in the California coastal town, until the homecoming queen is murdered. And she’s not Seaview’s first pretty dead queen.

With a copycat killer on the loose, Ellis throws herself into the investigation, determined to crack the case like the heroines in her grandmother’s books. But the more Ellis digs into the town’s secrets, the more she worries that her own mystery might not have a storybook ending.

Bruce Davis discusses ‘The Academy & The Award: The Coming of Age of Oscar and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’

7 p.m. Friday, October 7

The first behind-the-scenes history of the organization behind the Academy Awards.

Bruce Davis, executive director of The Academy for more than 20 years, was given unprecedented access to its archives, and the result is a revealing and compelling story of the men and women, famous and infamous, who shaped one of the best-known organizations in the world.  

Gary Phillips, Naomi Hirahara, Jeri Westerson and Désirée Zamarano discuss ‘South Central Noir’

7 p.m. Wednesday, October 12

The Akashic Noir Series’ forensic study of Southern California sharpens its focus on one of Los Angeles’ most recognized neighborhoods.

“South Central Noir” features new stories by Steph Cha, Nikolas Charles, Tananarive Due, Larry Fondation, Gar Anthony Haywood, Naomi Hirahara, Emory Holmes II, Roberto Lovato, Penny Mickelbury, Gary Phillips, Eric Stone, Jervey Tervalon, Jeri Westerson and Désirée Zamorano.

From South Park to East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, from the borderlands of Watts to the one-time Southern Pacific railroad tracks paralleling Slauson Avenue, take a tour of a section of Los Angeles that may be unfamiliar to you but that you will get to know, at least a little, by the time you finish reading this entertaining and engaging anthology.” 

Christopher Rivas discusses ‘Brown Enough: True Stories about Love, Violence, the Student Loan Crisis, Hollywood, Race, Familia, and Making It in America’

7 p.m. Friday, October 14

At a time when disinformation, hate crimes, inequality, racial injustice and white supremacy are on the rise, “Brown Enough,” part memoir and part social commentary, asks readers to put their bodies, their identities, into the conversations of race. “Brown Enough” is a roller coaster of finding one’s true self while simultaneously having a racial awakening amidst the struggle to be “perfectly” Latino, woke, and as brown as possible to make it in today’s America.

It explores love, sex, fake-it-till-you-make-it ambition, bad Spanish, color, code switching, white washing, scandal, Hollywood and more. 

“Brown Enough” opens with a moment that forever changed Christopher Rivas’ life, the night Ta-Nehisi Coates shared, in an intimate gathering in DTLA, the brown man’s role in the race conversation.  

Gary Goldstein discusses ‘The Mother I Never Had’

7 p.m. Monday, October 17

LA landscape designer Nate Cronin suffers when his professor father, Jim, who raised him alone since birth, dies, leaving Cronin an orphan at 30 years old. But when the provocative and mysterious Amy enters Cronin’s life soon after, it sends him on a devastating journey to unravel the truth about his past, the veracity of Amy’s claims, and the history of the father he adored.

At the same time, Cronin must come to terms with his commitment to his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer, a dance instructor whose patience with the resistant Cronin frays as she attempts to help him navigate the psychological minefield set off by Amy’s arrival.

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