Show Biz Powerhouse & Mystery Writer June Dixon Debuts The Very English Lady

Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m.

With hundreds of TV, radio and film productions under her belt, the multi-gifted June Dixon has created a deft and intriguing tale in The Very English Lady, in which a suspicious death brings a sheltered, affluent woman an unexpected new lease on life. Hidden resources and erotic fires emerge when she learns that her deceased husband was not the man she thought she knew. If this discovery sounds at all familiar, albeit sans the foul play, come savor the actress-writer-comedienne June Dixon treating us to a no doubt very English reading, q&a and signing.

veryenglishladyLaura Mitchell is an English-born widow living in an upscale Los Angeles condominium complex. Early one morning her quiet, uneventful life is shattered when she comes upon a man’s naked body in the swimming pool—eerily echoing her discovery, a year earlier, of her husband John’s body in the same pool. The police are asking a lot of questions and a neighbor—a friend of her husband—wants to buy her late husband’s laptop computer.When events begin spiraling out of control, Laura realizes she must discover the truth about her husband. She begins a strange journey to trace John’s business activities that rock her world as she remembers the past. While she is discovering the real John Mitchell, she rediscovers herself. Her long-suppressed talents and desires are rekindled, and she begins to hope for a new and more fulfilling future.
june-dixon-4-250x297June Dixon has enjoyed an extensive & highly successful career as a writer, actor and producer/director in radio and television, particularly in South Africa where she wrote & starred in hundreds of acclaimed radio & TV productions. These include comedy series such as ‘The Loudspeaker Show’, ‘Dr. Livingstone – I Presume?’ and ‘Stop the Tape – I Want Get Off!She also co-wrote and played a leading role in the movie Fraud! and adapted O.Henry’s short story The Gift Of the Magi into a television musical. Excerpts from some of these can be seen or heard in podcasts at the website she shares with her husband and writing partner, www.themonatdixonline.com

Journalist and Author Brad Schreiber Reading & Signing Revolution’s End: The Patty Hearst Kidnapping

Tuesday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m.

Brad Schreiber, author of the page-turning history of the L.A. Coroner, Death in Paradise, delivers another meticulously researched non-fiction exposé, this time on the police and CIA’s role in the kidnapping  of Patty Hearst. In Revolution’s End: The Patty Hearst Kidnapping, Mind Control, and the Secret History of Donald DeFreeze and the SLA Schreiber unearths new revelations about the events that culminated in a shootout that killed six people and foreshadowed the present militarization of our police forces nationwide. Bone up on the police state with Schreiber at this post-Inaugural reading, q&a and signing!

revolutionsendRevolution’s End details how after 40 years the Patty Hearst kidnapping  was actually an intelligence operation gone wrong. It delves further into Hearst’s relationship with Donald DeFreeze, known as Cinque, head of the Symbionese Liberation Army. Not only did the heiress have a sexual relationship with DeFreeze while he was imprisoned; she didn’t know he was an informant and a victim of prison behavior modification. Neither Hearst nor the white radicals who followed DeFreeze realized that he was molded by a CIA officer and allowed to escape, thanks to collusion with the California Department of Corrections. DeFreeze’s secret mission: infiltrate and discredit Bay Area anti-war radicals and the Black Panther Party, the nexus of seventies activism. When the murder of the first black Oakland schools superintendent failed to create an insurrection, DeFreeze was alienated from his controllers and decided to become a revolutionary, since his life was in jeopardy. Elucidating the complex relationship of Hearst and DeFreeze , the book proves that one of the largest shootouts in US history, which killed six members of the SLA in South Central Los Angeles, ended when the LAPD set fire to the house and incinerated those six radicals on live television, nationwide, as a warning to American leftists.

A supplement and a rebuke to Jeffrey Toobin’s more mainstream American Heiress.” –Bob Calhoun, San Francisco Weekly

“…Careens to its bloody ending with all of the inevitability of a train wreck. Schreiber… ignites the past in chilling detail and at the same time shines a light on who we are today.” —T. Jefferson Parker, three-time winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award

brad-medBrad Schreiber has written for all media and was Vice President of Storytech Literary Consulting, founded by Christopher Vogler. He created the series North Mission Road, which ran for six seasons on truTV, based on his book about the L.A. Coroner, Death in Paradise. His humor-writing how-to What Are You Laughing At?, is being republished this year. Brad’s compendium of live theatrical disasters, Stop the Show! was praised by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler and his early-years biography Becoming Jimi Hendrix was chosen for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library. His journalism has been honored by the National Press Foundation and his playwriting by the Edward Albee Foundation. 

Author and Prominent Psychologist Stephan Poulter Launches The Art of Successful Failure

Wednesday, January 25th at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Stephan B. Poulter, a clinical psychologist and author of nine previous books blends Eastern spiritual perspectives with scientific values derived from Western practice in his newest book The Art of Successful Failure. In it he addresses age-old concerns we all have, such as ‘How the heck do all the pieces in my life fit together? ‘ With an unusual career that includes theological training and hands on experience in law enforcement, he’s got quite a blend going on himself and will explain to us his premise that there are no coincidences in this life. Reading, q&a,  signing.

theartofsuccessfulfailureWhat if nothing is random? The Art of Successful Failure is a personal roadmap to discovering the significant purpose meaning and important life lessons that we all have. Dr. Poulter brings a fresh perspective as a former law enforcement officer, seminary graduate, psychologist, father and author to some of the timeless questions: What does this all mean; How do all the different pieces in my life fit together; Where is the universal force (What some call God) when I need it? The book explores the dynamics of your karma, past and present lives, shame, forgiveness, you and your higher power with modern day spiritual insights. There are no coincidences in your life regardless of your anxiety, fears, disappointments and despair, all your life experiences are the fabric and material necessary for your spiritual awakening. The Art of Successful Failure  goes below the surface of events to introduce the next chapter of your life.

poulterDr. Stephan B. Poulter is a prominent Los Angeles clinical psychologist with over twenty-five years in private practice, author of nine books, family therapist, and public speaker on Father/Mother/teen issues. Dr. Fuller is also a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and has appeared on numerous radio shows and news programs  where he describes his work as “Jesus meets Buddha for lunch.” His work has evolved into an exploration of the multifaceted spirituality of everyday life.

Kids! Adults! Everyone! Andy Heyward, Mastermind Behind Inspector Gadget, Reading & Signing Go Go Gadget: The Creation of Inspector Gadget

Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m.

We all know Inspector Gadget, that clumsy, dim-witted cyborg detective —a human being with various bionic gadgets built into his body. But who MADE him?  Who was behind the French-Canadian-American animated television series that revolves around his adventures  with  his nemesis, Dr. Claw, the leader of an evil organization known as “M.A.D.”? Andy Heyward is who! And he will be here to answer your gadgety questions from A to Z and back to G-G- Go Go Gadget: The Creation of Inspector Gadget , the book! Reading, talk, q&a and signing.

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The history, early ideas, and drawings behind the creation of Inspector Gadget.

Andy Heyward began his career in 1977 working at Hanna Barbera as a writer under the tutelage of the great and legendary Joe Barbera. His first series was YOGI’S ALL STAR LAFF A LYMPICS, which enabled him to write for all the classic HB characters including Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, among others. In 1981, Andy left Hanna Barbera to work in France at a small animation company called DIC AUDIOVISUAL, which he eventually bought and relocated in Los Angeles, growing it to the largest independent producer of animation in the world. Over the next 25 years, Andy was responsible for creating and producing over 5,000 half hour episodes of animated television. Among scores of  other animation household names, the beloved Inspector Gadget.

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Today at Genius Brands International, Andy produces a number of animated programs whose goal is to enrich as well as entertain. They range from SECRET MILLIONAIRES CLUB with an animated Warren Buffett teaching kids financial literacy amidst comedic adventures, to THOMAS EDISON’S SECRET LAB, which promotes science fun with kids. Andy has won EMMYs, HUMANITAS AWARDS, and many other recognitions.

Political Thriller Author Greyson Bryan in Conversation with Film Maestro Richard Kletter on His Sequel Big: Crisis

We are sure to be grabbed by the seat of our global pants in Big: Crisis, Blackmail, Corruption and Murder Amid Global Upheaval  set around the events of the Arab Spring, with oil deals and custody battles going awry.  Join international lawyer and author Greyson Bryan in conversation with veteran writer, producer and director Richard Kletter as they discuss this timely sequel to Big: Beginnings, part two of his planned trilogy, and how aspects of Bryan’s more intriguing clients may  even show up in his new novel, albeit in composite form. Reading, discussion & signing.                              

bigNo sooner does Duncan Luke become the new head of the Bingham Intelligence Group when his personal life is thrown into turmoil by threats from his estranged wife to move to San Francisco with his beloved son, Sam, and his business intelligence skills are challenged by the corruption he sees lurking in a West African oil deal – a deal that is essential to the survival of his client and Duncan’s ability to fight for shared custody. London, Paris, a tiny West African island nation and the violent beginnings of the Arab Spring take center stage as Duncan must once again set out on a trek around the globe while his relationship with Sam hangs in the balance.

 An interview with the author published in the LA Review of Books.

greysonGreyson Bryan is an international lawyer with O’Melveny & Myers, LLP who earned his B.A. from Stanford and a J.D. from Harvard, and an expert in the field of international business intelligence. Grey taught at the Harvard Law School and UCLA. A longtime LA resident, his first novel, BIG: Beginnings, was published in the summer of 2016. BIG: Crisis is the second book in the BIG series.

 

richardkletterRichard Kletter has written, directed and/or produced nearly twenty films and TV movies, including Cannes Festival winner, “Northern Lights.”,“Never Cry Wolf,” and “Odd Girl Out.” He’s worked for every major studio and most networks and for such directors/producers as Francis Coppola and Ridley Scott. His work has been nominated for a Golden Globe and won a Cine Golden Eagle. He teaches screenwriting in the graduate program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Debut Crime Novelists Joe Ide, IQ, and Scott Reardon, The Prometheus Man, in Discussion & Signing

Thursday January 2nd at 7:00p.m.

Why is it the best crime writers so often live Vol. I of their lives before they write that breakout debut? Perhaps you must walk those mean streets – or corporate corridors – before you can guide a reader tautly down them. Two  seasoned adults – now hot new novelists! – have done just that. Joe Ide is a 58-year old Japanese-American whose upbringing in South Central inspired IQ , named for its title character Isaiah Quintabe, a “hip-hop Sherlock Holmes,” and earning praise from the likes of Gregg Hurwitz and Carl Hiaasen. Scott Reardon took time from his day job running an L.A. investment firm to pen The Prometheus Man, a techno-thriller that has garnered comparisons to Michael Crichton and Robert Ludlum. Meet this nova-star pair, treating us to both funny and thrilling readings, a discussion and signing.

iqIQ is one of the freshest, funniest and most exciting debuts in years. It boasts a fantastical plot, with attack dogs specially bred to the size of a horse and a hip-hop mogul suffering an existential crisis while downing Krispy Kreme donuts by the dozen. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. If you’ve got a case the police can’t or won’t touch, Isaiah Quintabe will help you out.  They call him IQ.  He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he’s forced to take on clients that can pay. This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life in his danger. Part Tarantino, part Sherlock Holmes, Joe Ide’s IQ is equally heartbreaking, thrilling, and downright fantastic, and Bill Ott’s starred Booklist review says it best: “this is one of those rare debuts that leaves us panting for more—and soon.”

Named: 

  • Top Ten Mysteries and Thrillers by Publishers Weekly,
  • Fall’s Plottiest Novels by New York Magazine
  • November 2016 Indie Next List Pick

This is one of the most intriguing — and appealing detective characters to come along in years.” – Carl Hiassen

“…a wholly unique voice, one that is at once irreverent and compelling, moving and incisive…. buy this book now.” -Gregg Hurwitz, author of the New York Times bestselling ORPHAN X

theprometheusmanIn The Prometheus Man the reader is flung from the halls of the CIA, through secret international laboratories, to the streets of Paris, London, and Berlin. Since 2001, researchers have been able to increase the muscle mass and the intelligence of lab mice using stem cell injections. In Scott Reardon’s heart-pounding debut novel, a secret experiment has done the same thing—to a human. The goal was to create the “perfect” solider, but instead an innocent researcher’s life is lost and the experiment spirals out of control. As the government frantically tries to cover up the illicit project, Tom Reese—the late researcher’s brother—is so determined to find answers that he cons his way into the CIA, bringing readers along on an adrenaline-packed journey that explores the ways in which technology is not just changing the world but changing our bodies, ultimately asking the question, is it possible to create a super-human? 

“Part Robert Ludlum, part Michael Crichton, with a contemporary spin all Scott Reardon’s own… flat-out a great read!”
—Christopher Reich, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Deception

“A debut thriller that succeeds….High-octane action….A classic race against time.”
—Kirkus Reviews

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Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles. Joe’s favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing his debut novel IQ ,inspired by his early experiences and love of Sherlock. Joe lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Scott Reardon is a graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern Law. He runs an investment management firm in Los Angeles.The Prometheus Man is his first novel.

Geller Prize-Winning Writer(s) J.J. Gesher Launch Debut Novel A Narrow Bridge

Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00p.m.

Double your fun with the debut “novelist”  J.J. Gesher, actually the pen name for a team of two writers, who began their highly successful collaboration writing for film and TV and now launch their debut in fiction with the praised and anticipated A Narrow Bridge. There aren’t too many places in which an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn would feel more displaced than in the rural deep south, yet this is the cultural bridge the novel’s protagonist must cross in a novel hailed for its humane insight and vivid storytelling. Come meet the ladies who launch as J.J. Gesher – Janet B. Fattel and Joyce Gittlin – for a sparkling reading, talk, q&a and signing.

narrowbridgeAfter a childhood of rebellion, Jacob Fisher has grown to find strength and comfort in his Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn—especially in the home he’s made with his wife and their young children. In one stunning moment, the life he knows ends. Jacob’s world crushes him, and he flees in anguish. Jacob finds himself in a predominantly African American town in rural Alabama, where he meets Rosie, the single mother of a young son. Their friendship, along with the rekindling of his love of music, precipitates events that will change both their lives.   This captivating debut novel tells an inspiring story of finding courage after tragedy—and of the restorative power of human connection.

“Blazingly original and fiercely smart,  A Narrow Bridge shows that who we love is really who we are.”— Caroline Leavitt, New York Times–bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World and Pictures of You

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J.J. Gesher is the pen name for co-authors Joyce Gittlin and  Janet B. Fattal. Together, Janet and Joyce have won several prestigious screenwriting awards, including the Geller Prize and the Screenwriting Award at the Austin Film Festival. Their first screenwriting collaboration was produced as a Lifetime Television movie. Separately, Gittlin has written more than ten feature films and written and directed such TV shows as Every-body Loves Raymond and Frasier. Fattal has taught college literature and leads many L.A.-area book clubs, including for Brandeis, the Skirball, and Hadassah.

“Fiat Lux” in February: All Lit Up with Poets Jackie Bang, Eve Wood & Christian Geo, Writer-Performer Samantha Dunn and Musician Celia Chavez

Thursday, February 9th,  at 7:00 p.m.

lightbulbingAll 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. So fiat lux – “let there be light” in February with a trefoil sparkling of performer-poets, Jackie Bang, Eve Wood and Christian Geo, the scintillating prose of Samantha Dunn and lucent lyric melodies from shining star songstress Celia Chavez. Reading, performance, music, signing.

christian-geoChristian Geo is a writer, performer and visual artist from NYC. His kaleidoscopic poetry/theater/multimedia piece House of Me premiered in United Solo Theater Festival 2016. Excerpts widely anthologized in numerous publications from 3Rooms Press, NYSAI Press, Great Weather for Media, Levure Litteraire.

samanthadunnSamantha Dunn is the executive editor of Coast Magazine, and the author of several books including the novel Failing Paris and a bestselling memoir, Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life. Sam’s work is anthologized in a number of places, including the short story anthology, Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles, which she co-edited. She has also written for the stage and has taken a few turns screenwriting as a member of the Writers Guild of America. Sam teaches at Chapman University, in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and at the Idyllwild Arts Center in California. She is also an adviser in the PEN USA Emerging Voices program.

jackiebangJackie Bang is a queer who’s work has appeared in ZYZZYVA  and The Alaska Quarterly Review and the Los Angeles Poetry Circus Chapbook.  Bang is currently at work on Dinner Bait, a book-length end-of-love story set in a New Orleans of adjunct teaching, eco-terrorism, evictions, and sex work ten years after Katrina. Bang will debut Rent Easy—a related psych, blues queer erotica record collaboration with Caspar Sonnet—this coming Valentines Day 2017. Both works engage the possibility for species transformation in the human response to climate change through high-stakes eroticism as metaphor.

evewoodEve Wood is the author of five published books of poems, among these Love’s Funeral, Six, and Artistic Children Breathe Differently. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including The Best American Poetry 1997, The New Republic,  The Denver Quarterly, Triquarterly, Poetry,  Witness, The Wisconsin Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Greensboro Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Florida Review, The Antioch Review,  and many others. A Jacob Javits Fellow and Brody recipient, Wood writes art criticism for publications such as ArtUS, Artillery, and Artweek. Also a visual artist, she has exhibited internationally and her work is in several collections including Eileen and Peter Norton, The Weatherspoon Museum, and the Laguna Art Museum.

celia-in-tree-w_-guitarThe tiny but mighty Celia Chavez has traveled  the world as a 20-Feet-From-Stardom style backup singer to stars such as P!nk, Brandon Flowers, Melody Gardot and Julia Fordham. She is currently a featured vocalist and duet partner in the touring band for Enrique Iglesias. Celia’s own songs retain the flavor of 1970’s Laurel Canyon, wistful lyricism tempered by a unique clarity of vocal delivery. She moves between several musical genres at once, from the sweet intimacy of a torch song, to the rueful optimism of old time Americana, to sunny Californian acoustic. She is currently recording two new releases for 2017, and her first solo record, Sailor’s Daughter, all available at www.celiachavez.com

James Beard Award-Winning Food Writer Carolynn Carreño Signing Bowls of Plenty: Recipes for Healthy and Delicious Whole-Grain Meals

Sunday, February 12th at 10:30 a.m.

Timed just right to dovetail with Sunday’s farmer’s market! – We relish the prospect of Carolynn Carreño, the virtuosic food-writer and consummate cook, returning to Chevalier’s, with her melt-in-your-mouth smart-licious new cookbook, Bowls of Plenty: Recipes for Healthy and Delicious Whole-Grain Meals. As hearty grains and “bowls as meals” sweep the foodie nation, Carolynn’s recipes are not only glowingly recommended by top chefs but are written in her absorbing style, with gusto and panache. Start your Sunday on a delicious note when Carolynn will be here to sign this delectable, gorgeously photographed new book. Signing.

bowlsCarolynn Carreño, the James Beard award-winning food writer and co-author of twelve cookbooks, dishes up over 75 inventive recipes. Bowls of Plenty features hearty, one-dish meals that layer flavorful veggies, meats, and dairy on a foundation and variety of whole grain staples. Attracting followers of many diets, most recipes can be made meat, gluten, and/or dairy-free, without sacrificing taste — the possible combinations are endless! Recipes in Bowls of Plenty include Four Grain “Nutella” Porridge, Five Spice Riblets, Chinese Chicken Salad, Sunday Night Detox Bowl, Mixed Berry Crisp, Build Your Own Bowls, and many more. Whole grains aren’t just for health nuts anymore. Gorgeous, layered, satisfying bowls are taking over the food scene, as they are convenient, flexible, family-friendly, and work for busy home cooks and weekend chefs alike. From food blogs to Instagram, the “bowls as meals” concept has become part of our culinary vocabulary. Hearty grains like quinoa, wheat berries, millet, and spelt are replacing flour.With vibrant, mouth-watering photographs and no-fail, easy-to-follow dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, this book will revolutionize whole grain cooking and provide the foodie generation one-dish meals that taste great and offer superior nutrition.

“When Carolynn told me she was working on Bowls of Plenty, I knew it was a great idea, and also that she was the one to write it..those will be grain bowls that I will want to eat for a very long time.” —Nancy Silverton

“Carolynn Carreño is perhaps the most honest and knowledgeable cook I know. She is fearless in her pursuit of authenticity and flavor, and she creates recipes that are filled with her unstoppable quest for deliciousness. She is truly a cook’s cook.”
—Jonathan Waxman

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Carolynn Carreño is a James Beard award-winning food writer. Her work has appeared in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Saveur, and the Los Angeles Times. She has co-authored many acclaimed cookbooks, including Nancy Silverton’s Mozza, Mozza at Home, and Pat LaFrieda’s Meat: Everything There is to Know. Visit @carolynncarreno on Twitter, @carolynncarreno on Instagram.

January Jubilee with All Lit Up: Gwen Banta, Brandon Jordan Brown, Marnie Goodfriend, and Jay Souza

Thursday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m.

images-1All 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. Get January off to a  jubilant start with funny fiction by Gwen Banta, Pushcart-nominated poetry from PEN Fellow Brandon Jordan Brown, fresh memoir from a whole other PEN Fellow, Marnie Goodfriend, and jumpin’ music from Jay Souza (of Patrolled By Radar). Reading, performance, music.

gwen-banta-photo-1Gwen Banta is a writer of novels, short-fiction and screenplays. She has received numerous awards for her fiction, including: Winner, Unpublished Fiction in the Great Northwest Book Festival, Los Angeles Book Festival, Pacific Rim Book Festival and San Francisco Book Festival;. Gwen has also written several screenplays, including Skies A Fallin,’ which is currently under option to an independent producer. Her newest novel The Fly Strip is hailed as “an extraordinary coming-of-age story.” (MidWest Book Review)

brandon-jordan-brownBrandon Jordan Brown was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in the South. He is a former PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow in poetry and winner of the 2016 Orison Anthology Poetry Award. In addition, he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in Forklift, Ohio; Day One; Winter Tangerine Review; decomP; Cultural Weekly and more. Brandon is currently working on his first book.

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Marnie Goodfriend is a 2016 PEN Emerging Voices fellow. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she’s a writer and violence intervention speaker. Her words have been published in Jezebel, Marie Claire, The Daily Beast, and Cosmopolitan UK. Marnie is currently working on two memoirs titled Birth Marks and Chewing Gravel.

jay_souza_promoJay Souza (from Patrolled By RadarYou can trace an almost linear route from the unfiltered moments of Dylan and The Hawks through Gram Parsons, to Tom Petty. The latest extension of this musical highway is paved by Patrolled By Radar, led by singer-songwriter Jay Souza. Grammy-nominated producer Peter Curry refers to Souza’s songwriting as “flash fiction with music….his songs tell stories that are simultaneously funny, sad and ironic, and the music rocks. He’s one of those rare songwriters who crafts melodies as strong as his lyrics.” 

Author & Gargoyles Creator Greg Weisman Reads & Signs World of Warcraft®: Traveler, a New Book Series for Middle Readers

Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m.

Celebrated comic book author and animation writer Greg Weisman – Disney’s Gargoyles is one of his creations!  – will entice our younger readers by reading and signing this first book in a new series based on the bestselling game franchise. World of Warcraft®: Traveler  starts the epic adventure by introducing the youthful characters as they discover the mysteries and majesty of the land of Azeroth. Step inside this richly layered world with Greg and join us for his reading, q&a and signing.

worldofwarcraftIt’s been years since twelve-year-old Aramar Thorne, a clever boy who is never without his precious sketch book, has seen his father. So when Captain Greydon Thorne comes ashore and asks his son to join him at sea, it feels as if someone has redrawn Aram’s entire world. Before he knows it, Aram is aboard the Wavestrider with Lakeshire fading to a distant dot on the horizon. But the thrill of adventure quickly fades, as Greydon relentlessly schools Aram on how to handle his cutlass and how to relate with the strange and diverse creatures of Azeroth. In addition, Aram struggles to get along with the Wavestrider’s crew—especially second mate Makasa, a tough teenaged girl. Just as Aram starts to get his head above water, a band of vicious pirates attack the Wavestrider, turning his world upside down once again. As Aram tries to find his way home with his father’s compass in hand, he’ll travel across Azeroth’s beautiful and hostile terrain, encountering creatures both terrible and wondrous. But the journey is hindered by Greydon’s compass, which never points north. If the compass isn’t leading Aram and Makasa home–to safety–to what destiny is it leading them?

“Greg Weisman is an accomplished writer who’s really gotten to the heart and soul of Warcraft with the characters he’s developed here—we’re thrilled with the work he’s done on World of Warcraft: Traveler.”– Chris Metzen, Senior Vice President, Blizzard Entertainment

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Greg Weisman has been a storyteller all his life. He’s best known as the creator of Disney’s Gargoyles and as a writer-producer on multiple animated series, including Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels, and W.I.T.C.H., and Marvel’s The Spectacular Spider-Man. He’s written multiple comic book series and two young adult novels, Rain of the Ghosts and Spirits of Ash and Foam.

Lauded Writer-Performer Maggie Rowe debuts her memoir Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience

Tuesday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m

Maggie Rowe (who among her many other accomplishments was a writer on Arrested Development ) was herself once nearly arrested in development when she voluntarily spent a spell in a mental institution as a teenager. In Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience the popular writer and raconteur, and producer of LA.’s sitnspin show, delivers a voice-driven tour-de-force about her flight INTO the cuckoo’s nest as a young Born-Again Christian and how her fellow inmates got her out the other side. Don’t miss this bold and funny wordsmith sharing a reading, q&a, and signing.

sinbravelyAs a young girl, Maggie Rowe took the idea of salvation very seriously. Growing up in a moderately religious household, her fear of eternal damnation turned into a childhood terror that drove her to become an outrageously dedicated Born-again Christian —regularly slinging Bible verses in cutthroat scripture memorization competitions and assaulting strangers at shopping malls with the “good news” that they were going to hell. Finally, at nineteen, crippled by her fear, she checked herself into an Evangelical psychiatric facility—and that is where her journey really began. Surrounded by a ragtag cast of characters, including a former biker meth-head struggling with anger management issues, a set of identical twins tormented by erotic fantasies, a World War II veteran and artist of denial who insists that he’s only “locked up for a tune-up,” and a warm and upbeat chronic depressive who becomes the author’s closest ally, Maggie launches a campaign to, in the words of Martin Luther, “Sin bravely in order to know the forgiveness of God.”

“Rowe’s fantastic book is a born-again version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…This is a cutting examination of Rowe’s spiritual evolution that plunges into the big questions with the fearlessness found in the most brilliant of comics.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

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For the last fifteen years Maggie Rowe has performed in and produced the Comedy Central stage show sitnspin, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word event, having taken over the reigns from creator Jill Soloway in 2002. She has written for Arrested Development and Flaked for Netflix. She co-wrote the screenplay and directed the New Age religious mockumentary “Bright Day” and is the creator of the theatrical satires Hollywood Hellhouse and Hollywood Purity Ball.