400 Years of Monsters with Award-winning Scholar Leo Braudy, author of Haunted, in Conversation with Tom Lutz

Wednesday,October 26th at 7:00 p.m

Award-winning scholar and author Leo Braudy charts four hundred years of “monsters” and how they reflect the culture that created them. Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural World will make you the most frighteningly insightful person at that upcoming Halloween party! Come get some psycho-historical chills with Leo Braudy, in conversation with Tom Lutz,  founding editor of  Los Angeles Review of Books. Talk, reading, q&a and signing.

hauntedLeo Braudy, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, has won accolades for revealing the complex and constantly shifting history behind seemingly unchanging ideas of fame, war, and masculinity. Continuing his interest in the history of emotion, this book explores how fear has been shaped into images of monsters and monstrosity. From the Protestant Reformation to contemporary horror films and fiction, he explores four major types: the monster from nature (King Kong), the created monster (Frankenstein), the monster from within (Mr. Hyde), and the monster from the past (Dracula). Drawing upon deep historical and literary research, Braudy discusses the lasting presence of fearful imaginings in an age of scientific progress.



photo: Phillip Channing

Leo Braudy is university professor and Bing Chair in English and American Literature at the University of Southern California. His many books include The Frenzy of Renown and From Chivalry to Terrorism. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.





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photo: David Walter Banks

Tom Lutz is the founding editor of Los Angeles Review of Books and the author of NY Times bestselling books Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears and Doing Nothing:  History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums in America, among other books. He is a professor of creative writing at UC Riverside.

Oh! Oh! Oh! Celebrated Chef Nancy Silverton Launches Mozza at Home at Chevalier’s

Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m.

We are delighted and honored that our neighborhood’s very own international restaurateur, the spectacular,  multiple award-winning chef Nancy Silverton, together with her co-author, the James Beard Award–winning writer Carolynn Carreño, will celebrate the launch of Nancy’s cookbook, Mozza at Home, at Chevalier’s!! This stream-lined guide to mouth-watering home cooking  will help you create a dazzling dinner party or intimate gathering while keeping it anxiety-free and a pleasure to prepare. A tempting and celebratory q&a and signing.

If you would like Nancy Silverton and Carolynn Carreño to sign a copy of  “Mozza at Home” at the event, please call us  at (323)465-1334 to preorder a copy, or you can purchase a copy of the cookbook at the event.  If you are unable to attend, books preordered from Chevalier’s can be personalized by the authors on the night of the event and picked up at your convenience. For each purchased copy, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. Please save your receipt for copies purchased from Chevalier’s.


As the owner of six busy restaurants across two continents, Nancy was consumed by her life in the professional kitchen. Then, on a restorative trip to Italy—with its ripe vegetables, magnificent landscapes, and long summer days—Nancy began to cook for friends and family again, and rediscovered the great pleasures (and great tastes!) of cooking and eating at home: fabulous ingredients at the height of their season, simple food served family style.

Now, in Mozza at Home, Nancy shares her renewed passion. Each of  her nineteen menus provides a main dish along with a complementary selection of appetizers and side dishes. Make a few sides for a small dinner party with friends, or make them all for a delicious family feast! Whether it’s . . . salads, such as Endive Salad with Date Anchovy Dressing, composed of sturdy lettuces that won’t wilt . . . simple sides, such as Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Cumin Vinaigrette, that are just as delicious served at room temperature as they are warm . . . or show-stopping mains such as the Flattened Chicken Thighs with Charred Lemon Salsa Verde—there is something here for everyone and every occasion.  And don’t forget dessert—there’s an entire chapter dedicated to end-of-meal treats  – such as Dario’s Olive Oil Cake with Rosemary and Pine Nuts – that can be prepared hours before serving so that the host gets to relax during the event too. With clever tips on how to organize your table and your time when serving many guests, Mozza at Home helps you throw the perfect dinner party—one that’s positively stress-free and delicious!


Photo: Tom Caltabiano

Nancy Silverton is the co-owner of Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, Chi Spacca, and Mozza2Go, in Los Angeles, Singapore, and Newport Beach, California. She is the founder of the La Brea Bakery and is the only chef ever to be awarded both the Outstanding Chef and Outstanding Pastry Chef awards from the James Beard Foundation. Silverton is the author of nine cookbooks, including The Mozza Cookbook, A Twist of the Wrist, Nancy Silverton’s Sandwich Book, Nancy Silverton’s Pastries from the La Brea Bakery (recipient of a 2000 Food & Wine Best Cookbook Award), Nancy Silverton’s Breads from the La Brea Bakery, and Desserts.



Carolynn Carreño is a James Beard Award–winning journalist and the coauthor of many cookbooks, including Meat (with Pat LaFrieda), The Mozza Cookbook and A Twist of the Wrist (with Nancy Silverton), Eat Me (with Kenny Shopsin), Fresh Every Day and Sara Foster’s Casual Cooking (with Sara Foster), and 100 Ways to Be Pasta (with Wanda and Giovanna Tornabene). Her book Bowls of Plenty is forthcoming. 



Award-winning Novelist Randa Jarrar Reads From Her Highly Anticipated Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, in Conversation with Fellow Authors Wendy C. Ortiz (Excavation) and Myriam Gurba

Friday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Randa Jarrar, whose  highly-praised debut novel A Map of Home won an Arab-American Book Award, reads from Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, named a “Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2016” (The Millions). The stories in this new collection are hailed as much for fearless style as for how the voices she generates gather a cumulative power.  Experience the singular and provocative wit of Randa Jarrar, in conversation with  her outstanding fellow writers Wendy C. Ortiz and Myriam Gurba, who will also read from their newest works. Reading, talk, q&a, with signing to follow.

jarrar-him-me-muhammad-ali-1Randa Jarrar’s stories grapple with love, loss, displacement, and survival in a collection that moves seamlessly between realism and fable, history and the present. With humor, irony, and boundless imagination, Jarrar brings to life a memorable cast of characters, many of them “accidental transients”—a term for migratory birds who have gone astray—seeking their circuitous routes back home.

“Randa Jarrar’s prose is bold and luscious and makes the darkly comic seem light. The voices… are powerful individually and overwhelming as a chorus. This wonderful work isn’t just a collection; it’s a world.”                                —Mat Johnson, author of Pym and Loving Day                                                     “Fearless, funny, and sad, soaring and earthly, fable-like and visceral. . . astonishes from start to finish.” —Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask and Venus Drive


Photo by Adela Santana

Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. Her novel A Map of Home was published in six languages, won an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by The Barnes & Noble Review.

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the forthcoming Bruja  (out on Halloween). Her work has been profiled or featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Hazlitt, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Nervous Breakdown, The Lifted Brow, and a year-long series at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Visit her public notebook wendycortiz.tumblr.com



Myriam Gurba is a writer, artist, and low key bon vivant living at the southern most tip of LA County. Her memoir Mean is forthcoming from Coffee House press.

Sonya Chung Reading her Groundbreaking Novel The Loved Ones, in Conversation with Julia Fierro, Author of Cutting Teeth

Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Sonya Chung’s second novel, The Loved Ones, is an interracial tale of two families, both named Lee. It has been praised for its complexity and surprise, as well as for Chung’s lean and sensual prose. Julia Fierro’s debut novel Cutting Teeth was lauded for its keen-eyed wit and unpretentious warmth, capturing the zeitgeist of 30-something parents.  These two engaging writers will discuss and read from their novels. Reading, talk, q&a, signing.

cover-the-loved-onesIn this masterful novel, Sonya Chung ( her first novel was Long for This World) proves herself a worthy heir to Marguerite Duras, Hwang Sun-won, and James Salter. Spanning generations and divergent cultures, The Loved Ones maps the intimate politics of unlikely attractions, illicit love, and costly reconciliations. Charles Lee, the young African American patriarch of a biracial family, seeks to remedy his fatherless childhood by making an honorable choice when his chance arrives. Years later, uneasy in his marriage, he finds a connection with Hannah Lee, a teenage Korean American whose parents’ transgressive flight from tradition and war has left them shrouded in a cloud of secrets and muted passion.  A shocking death will test every familial bond and force all who are touched by the tragedy to reexamine who their loved ones truly are–the very meaning of the words. Haunting, elliptical, and powerful, The Loved Ones deconstructs the world we think we know and shows us the one we inhabit.  

“Sonya Chung’s prose is elegant, sparse, and heartbreaking in a way that reminds one of Elena Ferrante or Clarice Lispector. .. a complication of the immigrant narrative in a way that is long overdue and necessary. A gorgeous and important second novel.”                          – Nayomi Munaweera, author of What Lies Between Us


Photo by Robin Holland

Sonya Chung is the author of the novel Long for This World. She is a staff writer for the The Millions and founding editor of Bloom, and is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination,  and the Charles Johnson Fiction Award. Sonya’s stories, reviews, & essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Crab Orchard Review, Tin House, The Huffington Post, Sonora Review, The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, Short: An International Anthology, and BOMB Magazine, among others. She teaches at Skidmore College.

julia-fierroJulia Fierro is the author of the novels The Gypsy Moth Summer (out June 6th, 2017) and Cutting Teeth. Her writing has appeared in The Millions, Buzzfeed, Glamour, Poets & Writers, and other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she founded The Sackett Street Writers Workshop in 2002, a creative home to 3,500 writers in NYC, LA and online. Named “Best Writing Classes” by Time Out NY, and “Best MFA-Alternative” by Poets & Writers, Sackett Street was profiled in The Observer and The Economist

Renowned Critic John Freeman, Editor of the Highly Praised Anthology Freeman’s Family: The Best New Writing on Family in Conversation with Multiple Award-winning L.A. Writer Hector Tobar

Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

John Freeman, former editor of the literary journal Granta and now out with the second issue of his highly praised new venture Freeman’s will discuss this new collection of never-before- published stories, essays, and poetry, which deftly plumbs the topic of “Family,” with contributions from both emerging voices and the world’s best known writers. Hector Tobar, known for his stellar journalism as well as his award-winning novels, will join Freeman in a conversation about this standout anthology that encounters families from D.C. supermarkets to the Soviet Gulag, and extends its definition to include invalid daschunds and bygone lovers. Gather round with Chevalier’s family of book-lovers for what can only be a fascinating talk, q&a, and signing about Freeman’s Family: The Best New Writing on Family.

freemans-family-cover-art-9780802125262With outstanding, never-before- published pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from literary heavyweights and up-and- coming writers—including Angela Flournoy, Alexander Chee, Valeria Luiselli, Cesar Aira, Patrick Modiano, Tracy K. Smith and more—this second issue of FREEMAN’S: Family circles the globe and collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories about family life emerging today.

In an essay titled “Crossroads,” Aminatta Forna musing on the legacy of slavery as she settles her mixed-race British and African family in the city of Washington, D.C., where she is constantly accused of cutting in line whenever she stands next to her white husband. Families are hardly stable entities, so many writers discover. Award-winning novelist Claire Vaye Watkins delivers a stunning portrait of a woman in the throes of postpartum depression. Recent Booker finalist Sunjeev Sahota and winner Marlon James remember the way work stretched the limits of their childhood networks. Even in the darkest moments, humor abounds. In Claire Messud’s home there are two four-legged tyrants—one of them a deaf-blind dachshund who has to be carried everywhere; Sandra Cisneros writes a bitingly humorous piece on the extended family of her past lovers;and Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his uncle’s desperate attempt to remain a communist despite decades in the Soviet gulag.

“Freeman’s is fresh, provocative, engrossing.” —BBC.com

“Freeman draws from a global cache of talent…This collection takes on the family from within and without, in ways one might expect and others totally unanticipated, for an expansive reading experience.” —Kirkus Reviews


Photo by Deborah Treisman

John Freeman was the editor of “Granta” until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist and Tales of Two Cities: The Best of Times and Worst of Times in Today’s New York. He is an executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review.

TOBAR Hector

Photo by Patrice Normand, Agence Opale 

Born in Los Angeles to Guatemalan parents, novelist and journalist Héctor Tobar is the author of four books, including Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and The Barbarian Nurseries, winner of the California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction. He worked at the Los Angeles Times for two decades, where he served as The Times’ bureau chief in Mexico City and Buenos Aires and was part of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots.

Wowza! Food Network Rockstar Guy Fieri is Back With His Sixth Cookbook, Guy Fieri Family Food, Signing In Person at Chevalier’s!

Thursday, November 3rd, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

In Guy Fieri Family Food: 125 Real-Deal Recipes Kitchen Tested, Home Approved  the  Emmy award-winning host of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives takes you on a tour of the spot he reveres above all others – his private home kitchen. This event offers you the delicious opportunity to meet the one-of-a-kind, real-deal Guy in person and prepare to cook up a storm this Thanksgiving – with his classic family-loving recipes and a signed copy of his sixth cookbook – plus,  a fabulous holiday gift! Signing.

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of  one of the author’s titles from Chevalier’s. Beyond that, Guy  will be happy to sign one backlist title. In the interest of time, he’s unable to sign any merchandise of memorabilia. Please save your receipt for copies purchased from Chevalier’s.

guyfierifamilycoverWhile his work frequently takes him across the country, Guy’s favorite times and top priority remains seated around his own dinner table. Guy Fieri Family Food: 125 Real-Deal Recipes Kitchen Tested, Home Approved is a very personal book that shows another side of Guy and emphasizes his belief that sharing and preparing meals together can help family stay connected. The book highlights dishes that Guy makes for and with his own family and is filled with fresh ingredients, and sophisticated and flavorful recipes enlivened with signature Fieri flair. Chapters include: “One for the Week” with weekend meal prep to take you through a hectic workweek, “All Hands on Deck,” to get the kids involved, and hearty “Under Pressure” meals using a pressure cooker- which Guy considers the most underutilized tool in the culinary world.

Recipes Include:”Bacon Roasted Turkey with Scalloped Potatoes and Caramelized Balsamic Brussels Sprouts,”,“Stuffed Acorn Squash with Roasted Turkey, Brussels Sprouts, and Farro” and “Zucchini Pappardelle with Shaved Asparagus and Ricotta Salata.”

Filled with best-loved, family-tested recipes that make weeknights easier,weekends more fun, and help busy, on-the-go families reconnect around the dinner table.

guy-fieriThe iconic, Emmy award-winning host of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Guy’s Grocery Games, and more, Guy Fieri has penned 5 best-selling cookbooks and created a thriving culinary empire on land and sea that includes concepts such as Guy Fieri’s Kitchen & Bar, Guy Fieri’s Chophouse, El Burro Borracho, Guy’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse on select Carnival Cruise Lines, and Guy’s Burger Joint on select Carnival Cruise Lines and at Live Nation Amphitheaters nationwide. Guy’s line of savory sausages,knives, and cookware as well as salsas & BBQ sauces can be found online and in retail across the country. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Lori, and their two boys, Hunter and Ryder

Brighten November with All Lit Up : Natashia Deón, Kim Dower, Leon Martell and Mason Summit

Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

searchAll Lit Up is a collaborative effort lovingly orchestrated under the aegis of our owners, Bert Deixler and Darryl Holter, in tandem with host-authors Rich Ferguson and Stephanie Barbé Hammer, and Chevalier’s Liz Newstat. Every month we offer delectable morsels from literary artists and musicians, served between convivial mixing, and garnished with a light selection of open mic surprises. This month we bask in the warm insight of novelist Natashia Deón, enliven our spirits with the words of poet Kim Dower and performer-playwright Leon Martell and heat up the blood with music by young Mason Summit.

natashia-deonNatashia Deón is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, Grace, and is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellowship. Recently named one of L.A.’s “Most Fascinating People” in L.A. Weekly‘s People Issue, Deón is a lawyer, law professor, and the creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit.  Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, The Rattling Wall, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, and other places.


City Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, Kim (Freilich) Dower has published three collections of poetry: Air Kissing on Mars,  described by the LA Times as, “seamlessly combining humor and heartache,” Slice of Moon, nominated for a Pushcart, and called, “unexpected and sublime,” by “O” magazine, and Last Train to the Missing Planet, (2016), “full of worldly, humorous insights into life as it is,” says Janet Fitch. Kim’s work has been featured in Garrison Keillor’s, “The Writer’s Almanac” as well as in Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Rattle and Eclipse. Her poems are in several anthologies, including, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, and she teaches in the B.A. Program of Antioch University.

leon-bio-pic-3Leon Martell was co-founder of “Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater” and a writer with the Padua Hill Playwrights Festival. His plays have been performed at numerous theaters in Los Angeles and around the country. He writes shows for the “Youth Concert Series” for the L.A. Philharmonic at Disney Hall (you know, the swoopy metal building in the car commercials) and the “Summer Sounds”  World Music program at the Hollywood Bowl. He teaches Theatre History at American Academy of Dramatic Art and he has been a reader many times for “Poetry in Motion” and the “Library Girl” Series in Santa Monica.

mason-summitMason Summit is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Santa Monica, CA. Since age 13, he has been playing around L.A. at venues such as Molly Malone’s, The House of Blues, and Hotel Café. Mason has independently released three albums of original material: Absentee (2012), Loud Music & Soft Drinks (2014), and Gunpowder Tracks. Mason’s songs have been featured on internet and FM radio shows such as David Lynch’s Transcendental Radio and KCRW’s The Lab. Mason also produces and hosts Mason’s Noise Parlour, a quarterly series featuring the music, words, and comedy of other young performers, at Beyond Baroque, and performs as one half of The Clowns Will Eat Me.

Journalist Evelyn De Wolfe and co-author George Lewis Sign Line of Sight: the Life and Vision of Klaus Landsberg

Saturday, November 5th, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

In Line of Sight, which received an Irwin Award for “best in historical portrayal for 2016”, distinguished journalist Evelyn De Wolfe and coauthor George Lewis trace the early days of West Coast television as it centers on Klaus Landsberg, one of West Coast TV’s foremost pioneers who helped define television as we know it today. Signing between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.

In the world of electronics, the line of sight is a path of unobstructed vision – a direct video link between a transmitter and a receiver. So much a part of contemporary life, it is easy to forget that television came to the forefront as a popular medium only in the recent past. During those early days, Evelyn was married to Klaus, and her intimate portrait and research about a budding industry offers a fresh perspective on the landmark contributions of this brilliant inventor and showman, whose lifespan was cut short at the age of 40.

George Lewis, her collaborator on this project, is a veteran of 42 years with NBC NEWS who started his career as a war correspondent in Vietnam.  He is a recipient of three Emmys, the Peabody and Edward R. Murrow awards.


Industrial Poetry : Generative Writing Workshop with Poet Brendan Constantine

Monday, November 7th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.



“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” – Goethe




Popular Los Angeles poet, Brendan Constantine, returns for a second time after the success of his first Industrial Poetrya generative writing workshop for lovers of language. No previous experience necessary. ‘Writer’s block’ sufferers strongly encouraged! You WILL go home with a new poem!
$30.00 per poet! Bring a notebook! Walk-ins welcome.
For questions and registration please contact


brendanconstantineBrendan Constantine‘s work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly, FIELD, Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, ArtLife and many other journals. His first book, ‘Letters To Guns’ (2009 Red Hen Press), is now taught extensively in schools across the nation. His most recent collection is ‘Dementia, My Darling’ (2016 Red Hen Press). He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A popular performer, Brendan has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” KPFK’s “Inspiration House,” numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He is currently poet in residence at the Windward School and regularly conducts workshops for hospitals, foster homes, & with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.

Just in Time For The Holidays: Get the Scoop on the Newest Books Straight from Publisher Reps at a Fabulous Holiday Book Party!

Wednesday, November 9th at 6:15 p.m.


Publisher Representatives Steve Atinsky & Wade Lucas (Random House) Tom Benton (Penguin), and Joe Murphy (Norton) will present their upcoming hot titles for the season and Chevalier’s sweetens the occasion with festive treats and a 10% discount on all purchases. Between them, these publishers offer some of the best in every genre and category of books. Find out about these great reads, bump into your friends and relieve that shopping stress in one fell swoop at our festive and convivial Holiday Book Party. Free gift wrapping, refreshments, and high spirits! 

Did we mention 10% off on all purchases!!?


‘Tis the Season for Timothy Hallinan’s Much Awaited Murder Mystery Fields Where They Lay, in Conversation with Crime Novelists Naomi Hirahara and Steph Cha

Thursday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m.

We are as pleased as holiday punch to host Timothy Hallinan as he debuts the latest  addition to his acclaimed Junior Bender series, Fields Where They Lay, in which he takes us on a comic tour-de-force of holiday crime in a suburban Los Angeles mall. Our bookstore mystery reader Liz loves it and recommends it as the perfect holiday gift for other mystery readers. Tim will be in conversation with Edgar-winner Naomi Hirahara, out this year with Sayonara Slam, the newest in her heralded Mas Arai series, and crime novelist Steph Cha, noir editor for L.A. Review of Books, and author of the Juniper Song mystery series. Together their divergent characters form a patchwork L.A. that reflects our city’s demographic and societal trends.  Come get intoxicated by this potent mystery punch with the authors  giving a reading, talk, q&a, and signing.

fieldsFields Where They Lay  has been named one of the season’s most awaited books by Entertainment Weekly, BookPage, and Publisher’s Weekly and now awarded four star picks. Junior Bender, divorced father of one and burglar extraordinaire, finds himself stuck inside the Edgerton Mall, and not just as a last-minute shopper (though he is that too). Despite its canned Christmas music and metallic garlands, the mall is a fossil of an industry in decline; many of its stores are closed, and there is a rampant shoplifting problem. The murderous Russian mobster who owns the place has decided it takes a thief to catch a thief and hires Junior—under threat. But Junior’s surveillance operation doesn’t go well: as Christmas Eve approaches, two people are dead and it’s obvious that shoplifting is the least of the mall’s problems. To prevent further deaths, possibly including his own, Junior must confront his dread of Christmas—both present and past.

“An unexpectedly rich Christmas gift……a plum pudding stuffed with cynical disillusionment,organized and disorganized crime, two Santas, a seasonal miracle, and an ending that earns every bit of its uplift.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Junior Bender Series: “Plenty funny and packed with colorful characters.”The New York Times Book Review 

61pecjakstlAt Dodger Stadium it’s Japan vs. Korea in the World Baseball Classic, but before the first pitch is thrown, Mas Arai finds himself in the middle of a murder. Mysteries layer atop mysteries in this sixth in the award-winning series featuring the most unlikely of sleuths, an aging, widowed, not-exactly-communicative gardener from Altadena, California. Who is that unusual woman throwing knuckleball pitches to warm up the Japanese team? Who sent thugs to threaten Mas and accuse him of treason? And what were in the deleted files on the murdered sportswriter’s computer—and did they hold secrets that led to his death? The more mysteries Mas uncovers, the deeper he gets drawn into a situation that soon grows dangerous—including the danger of losing the affection of the woman he might someday admit he loves.

“What makes this series unique is its flawed and honorable protagonist… A fascinating insight into a complex and admirable man.”Booklist

tim by MorganTimothy Hallinan has been nominated for the Edgar, Nero, Shamus, Macavity and Silver Dagger awards. He is the author of nineteen widely praised books, including For the Dead, The Hot Countries,Crashed, Little Elvises, The Fame Thief, King Maybe, and Herbie’s Game, which won the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery. After years of working in the television and music industries, he now writes full-time. He divides his time between California and Thailand.

naomihiraharaNaomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of two mystery series set in Los Angeles. Her Mas Arai series, which features a Hiroshima survivor and gardener, has been translated into Japanese, Korean and French. The first, Summer of the Big Bachi, is being developed into an independent film. Her Officer Ellie Rush bicycle cop series received the 2014 T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award. She has also published noir short stories, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction books. 

60080286Steph Cha is the author of the Juniper Song series, Follow Her Home, Beware Beware, and Dead Soon Enough, all published by St.Martin’s Minotaur. She’s the noir editor for the L.A. Review of Books, a temp attorney and a regular contributor to the L.A. Times. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and her adorable basset hound Duke. With any luck, he’ll be at the event.

NYC’s “great weather for MEDIA” Celebrates The Publication of Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker, with Poetry and Music from Contributors & Special Guests

Saturday November 12th at 7:00 p.m.

NYC’s prodigious small press, “great weather for MEDIA,” kicks off the publication of The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker, their effervescent new anthology,  with a jam-packed line-up of mutli-talented artists: Marcia Arrieta, Sara Fetherolf, Christian Georgescu, Richard Loranger, Brenda Yates,  and “great weather for MEDIA”  editors David Lawton and Jane Ormerod, plus music from Carrie Wade. Not only a buzzing party, but a chance to rub elbows with the editors of a New York-based small press with a growing following. Reading, performance and signing.



The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker is a fearless and dynamic collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers. The anthology also contains an interview with musician Thurston Moore.

Based in New York City, great weather for MEDIA showcases both national and international writers.

Submissions for the next great weather for MEDIA anthology are now open. This is a terrific opportunity to meet the editors and learn more about an exciting up-and-coming small press. http://www.greatweatherformedia.com

Marcia Arrieta
 is the author of two poetry collections: archipelago counterpoint (BlazeVOX, 2015) and triskelion, tiger moth, tangram, thyme (Otoliths, 2011). She edits and publishes Indefinite Space, a poetry / art journal.

sara-fetherolfSara Fetherolf spent parts of her childhood in California, the Midwest, and rural New Jersey, so her writing is inspired by the odd dreamscapes and back-roads that make up this country. Her recent publications include poems in Red Paint HillThe Chattahoochee ReviewSalamanderTurnip Truck(s), and Hypertrophic Literary. She is a Dornsife Fellow in  Creative Writing & Literature PhD program, USC.

christian-georgescuChristian Georgescu is a writer, poet, performer, and visual artist. Expanding on his previous solo productions, Christian sets off verbal pyrotechnics with his most recent work, House of Me a kaleidoscopic blend of poetry, pop culture, and theater. Pedestal Magazine writes of his poetry: “…an exceptionally crafted inside joke. Humor at its best: first disarming the reader with charm and wit, then hitting hard with truth that alters perception.”

richard-lorangerRichard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel. He is the author of Sudden Windows (Zeitgeist Press, 2016), as well as Poems for Teeth, The Orange Book, and nine chapbooks. Recent work can be found in Oakland ReviewDrylandOverthrowing Capitalism vol. 2 (Revolutionary Poets Brigade), and the online anthology HIV Here & Now.

brenda-yatesBrenda Yates’ poems appear in publications including Mississippi ReviewCity of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry (University of Iowa Press), and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee (Texas Review Press). Awards include the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Poetry Prize, a Patricia Bibby Prize, and honorable mention in the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Poetry Contest. Tebot Bach published her first collection, Bodily Knowledge, in 2015.

david-lawtonDavid Lawton is the author of Sharp Blue Stream. For ten years he was a background vocalist in the New York underground band “Leisure Class”. At the band’s de facto headquarters in the Chelsea Hotel, he befriended Beat godfather Herbert Huncke and San Francisco poet Marty Matz and was inspired by their embodiment of the written word. David is a senior editor at great weather for MEDIA.

jane-ormerodJane Ormerod is the author of the full-length poetry collections Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire and the chapbook 11 Films. Her work also appears in publications including  Maintenant,  AND/OR,  Marsh Hawk Press ReviewSensitive SkinThe Nervous Breakdown, and Paris Lit Up.  Jane performs extensively across the United States and beyond. She is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA.

carrie-wade-overlay-04Carrie Wade, is a Los Angeles-based recording artist. After training as an actor in Boston and New York, she began performing, recording and touring as a vocalist with a number of original bands. She found her way to writing her own songs and released her debut album The Old Ways, co-produced by Peter Kearns of New Zealand, Marty Rifkin (Springsteen, Petty and Jewel among others) and herself. The Old Ways has received praise from national as well as international music publications. Carrie was named Adult-Alternative Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards for her song “It’s Just Blood”.

Vroom! Vroom! A High Octane Panel of Crime Writers – Featuring Super Nova Michael Connelly, Ben H. Winters, Gary Phillips and Sara Gran with editor Patrick Millikin – Peel Out with Sublime New Collection The Highway Kind, Talk & Signing

Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m.

The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Divers and Dark Roads is a story collection which includes original stories from some of the country’s best selling and critically acclaimed crime writers, several of whom will thrill us with their presence at this high octane panel discussion and signing. We are gobsmacked to host legendary Michael Connelly,  coming out this November with his 29th novel The Wrong Side of Goodbye and Ben H. Winters, writer of the best selling sensation Underground Airlines together with the outstanding Gary Phillips (3 The Hard Way) and Sara Gran (Claire De Witt and the Bohemian Highway), all contributing new stories to the book. They will discuss this exhilarating take on the open road and how it can lead you astray, with editor Patrick Millikin. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a great star-filled night ride down the byways of crime fiction at this electrifying discussion and signing.

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of  one of the author’s titles from Chevalier’s. For each purchased copy, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. Please save your receipt for copies purchased from Chevalier’s.

highwaycoverLike fiction, cars transport us. They are vehicles of change, allowing anyone with access to a car to pick up and change his or her surroundings. As technology races forward, it’s almost impossible to find a moment of solitude. Driving allows you to be isolated, permitting your mind to wander into unfamiliar territory. The anonymity of the road provides cover for you to make important decisions, release your darkest desires, and plot the most desperate schemes. The cars in this thrilling new collection take us into a different world: from the tony enclaves of upper crust society to the lowliest barrio; from muscle car-driving con men to hardscrabble kids on the road during the Great Depression; from a psychotic traveling salesman to a Mexican drug lord who drives a tricked-out VW Bus. We all share the roads, and our cars link us together.

Including entirely new stories from Michael Connelly, C.J. Box, George Pelecanos, Diana Gabaldon, James Sallis, Ace Atkins, Luis Alberto Urrea, Sara Gran, Ben H. Winters, and Joe Lansdale, The Highway Kind is a street-level look at modern America, as seen through one of its national obsessions.

Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly is the author of The Wrong Side of Goodbye and twenty-eight previous novels, including #1 New York Times bestsellers The Crossing and The Burning Room. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.



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Ben H. Winters is the author of the New York Times bestselling Underground Airlines and World of Trouble, the concluding book in the Last Policeman trilogy. The second book, Countdown City, was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America; it was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Amazon.com and Slate.  He lives in Los Angeles with his family.




Sara Gran is the author of the novels Dope, Come Closer, Saturn’s Return to New York, and the Claire DeWitt series. Her work has been published in over a dozen countries and as many languages. She also writes for TV and film and occasionally writes other things.Born and raised in Brooklyn, now living in California, Ms. Gran has worked with books as a writer, bookseller, and collector for most of her career. 


garyphillipsBorn under a bad sign, Gary Phillips must keep writing to forestall his appointment at the crossroads.  In addition to his first ever Sherlock Holmes story in Echoes of Sherlock Holmes he has short stories in The Highway Kind, Crime +Music: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir, and is co-editor of 44 Caliber Funk: Tales of Crime, Soul and Payback. He also has two comics miniseries , Peepland, co-written with Christa Faust set in the grindhouse days of 1980s Times Square, and Vigilante: Southland.


Patrick Millikin is a bookseller at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ. He is the editor of Phoenix Noir (Akashic), which contained the Edgar-Award-winning story “Amapola” by Luis Alberto Urrea.  As a freelance writer, his articles, interviews and reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, True West and other publications. He lives in Phoenix, AZ and is currently restoring a 1960 Cadillac Sedan Deville.