Independent Bookstore Day Celebration!


Saturday, April 29th

Independent Bookstore Day Celebrates independent bookstores nationwide on Saturday, April 29th, with literary parties around the country.


Across the nation, independent bookstores are holding  a full-day, all points bulletin, all hands on deck party.  And at Chevalier’s we’ve been flying those literary party banners high for a lucky 77 years!  Yes, it bears repeating: Indie bookstores are cultural hubs, watering holes for thirsty imaginations, a place where we might rub elbows with the literati or witness children raptly listening to a story, where we happen upon new ideas and discoveries, bump into old friends and make new ones — some fictional, others, our neighbors. In these critical times, the indie bookstore remains an open public space where we are able to read-up, replenish and cross-pollinate. Come enjoy the tonic potency of books and the people who love them on Saturday, April 29th.

Come join us as we celebrate the day.

Our honorary in-house authors for the day will be holding open house, ready to share their considerable charm, taste and knowledge with you!

Kemper Donovan

From 10:00 a.m. to noon,  we’ve snagged novelist Kemper Donovan, author of the Los Angeles-based comiJulieBuxbaumc novel A Decent Proposal.

and outstanding YA novelist Julie Buxbaum, What to Say Next


and! Academy-award winning documentary filmmaker and author Arnold Schwartzman, contributing photographer for Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture 



And!! April Dammann, screenwriter-turned biographer, author, most recently of Corita Kent. Art and Soul. The Biography.



from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, the wonderful novelist Steven Rowley, Lily and the Octopus


From noon until 2 p.m., we’re so lucky to have Charlotte Huang,  author of the excellent young adult novels For the Record and Going Geek.

Julia CJ

From noon til 3:00 p.m., we have the funny, warm and smart novelist Julia Claiborne Johnson,  author of the funny, warm and smart Be Frank With Me.  


From 2:00 to 3:00 p.m, witty new novelist Abbi Waxman, forthcoming with the novel Garden of Small Beginnings  



Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

 From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m National Book Award Finalist Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, author, most recently of the acclaimed novel Ms. Hempel Chronicles,


and Leslie Margolis, author of the highly praised middle -reader novels Boys Are Dogs (also a Disney movie) and We Are Party People

UC Irvine MFA Reading Series: Poets Nick Maurer & Nicholas Reiner and Fiction Writers Rebecca Schultz & Rebecca Sacks

Saturday, April 29th at 6:00 p.m.

SproutsCurious about new seeds of literary talent sprouting in our midst?  The UC Irvine MFA Reading Series is a program that provides current graduate students in fiction and poetry the opportunity to showcase their work to an audience of their peers and the greater community of Southern California. The reading will feature pieces by poets Nick Maurer and Nicholas Reiner and fiction writers Rebecca Schultz and Rebecca Sacks. Reading.  

nick_mNick Maurer grew up in the small town of Yucaipa, CA, which boasts global renown for its egg ranching, soda shops and Stater Brothers heritage. As a child, one of his now best friends admired his keen ability to bridge the gender gap at an early age. His number one strength is the calf muscle of his right leg, which still proves to be a pillar of stability as he pursues excellence in painting, disc-jockeying, and poetry.

Rebecca Sacks moved to Irvine from Israel. She received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA from Tel Aviv University. Between degrees she worked at a magazine in New York.
 View More:
Nicholas Reiner is a third-year poet in the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. His work has appeared at Orange Coast, Basketball Prospectus, and
Rebecca Shultz is a third-year MFA student in fiction at UC Irvine. She is from Brooklyn, NY.

Pow! Wow!Panda! Middle-Reader Maestro Stuart Gibbs Reading & Signing Panda-monium

Sunday, April 30th at 2:00 p.m.

We are head over paws to announce that our neighbor, the magnificent middle-reader maestro Stuart Gibbs will be visiting once again and treating us to his newest novel in the FunJungle mystery series Panda-monium. Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth when the zoo’s newest addition goes missing—before she even arrives! Join us for a panda-nomenal reading, talk and signing.

panda-monium-9781481445672_hr-1 In Panda-monium, FunJungle is frenzied, awaiting the arrival of its most thrilling animal yet—Li Ping—a rare and very expensive giant panda that the zoo went to enormous lengths to secure. But when the truck transporting Li Ping shows up, its precious cargo has vanished into thin air. The FBI steps in to investigate, and Teddy is happy to leave the job in their (supposedly) capable hands. After all, FunJungle has never encountered a crime this serious. But when someone threatens to blackmail Teddy’s girlfriend, Summer, if he doesn’t solve the crime, his involvement in this mystery is no longer black and white.

Stuart GibbsStuart Gibbs is the author of the FunJungle and Moon Base Alpha series, as well as the New York Times bestselling Spy School series. He has written the screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate, worked on a whole bunch of animated films, developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, and Fox. Stuart lives with his wife and children in our neighborhood! You can learn more about what he’s up to at

Factory Worker-turned-High Powered Lawyer Jim McDermott Reads and Signs his Debut Novel Bitter Is The Wind

Sunday, April 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Jim McDermott’s personally-lived debut novel, Bitter is The Wind, questions the veracity of the American dream for the working class and arrives at a harder-grained vision of  aspirational ideals.  A white collar novelist of rural blue collar origins giving a reading, talk, q&a and signing.

Bitter Is The bitteristhewindWind is a coming of age novel that traces the lives of George Johnson, Jr. and his father from the rural blue collar landscape of upstate New York in the 1970s to the halls of Wharton Business School and the heights of Wall Street. After a family tragedy strengthens their familial bond, the Johnsons contend with assembly line monotony, unfulfilled dreams of baseball stardom, and they learn what it means to be tempted, trapped, jailed and ignored by a seemingly uncaring God.

First time novelist Jim McDermott opens a window on the American working class and its aching desire for financial security, recognition, and respect. His characters confront a modern world with limited possibilities, ambiguous mores, and authorities who seem devoted to keeping the brightest and most talented members of the underclass on the other side of town.

“..Like (Raymond) Carver, McDermott has a way of beautifully and crisply illuminating the thoughts and feelings of solid, blue-collar Americans…Simple, written from bones and muscle. A startling debut.” -Huffington Post
jim-mcdermott-author-photo-for-winter-intstitueJim McDermott is a nationally recognized business litigation attorney based in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He has worked on an assembly line and also represented multinational corporations. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Virginia Law School. Bitter Is the Wind, which he worked on for twenty-five years, is his first novel.

Debut Novelist Gina Sorell Launches Her Outstanding Gothic Journey Mothers and Other Strangers

Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

None of us knew mom before we were born. Debut novelist Gina Sorell was born in South Africa and has lived in both Toronto and Los Angeles. With the debut of her psychologically acute novel Mothers and Other Strangers she mines all of these locales in a work praised by critics and fellow novelists for its compelling portrayal of a daughter’s discovery of who her mother really was, before they met. Dip into this dark mother-daughter mystery with Gina Sorell  as she unravels home-truths about a primal relationship in a spine-tingling launch, reading, talk and signing.

Mothers and Other Strangers FinalMy father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s child, she accepted.” 

And so begins Gina Sorell’s remarkable debut novel Mothers and Other Strangers, a riveting story of a woman’s quest to understand her recently deceased mother, a glamorous, cruel narcissist who left her only child an inheritance of debts and mysteries. As Elsie Robins travels from her home in Los Angeles to her former hometown of Toronto, she’s haunted by a painful past with a complicated woman and hopes that in death, her mother can help her to fill the missing pieces that made her feel unrooted her whole life. While coping with threats she suspects are coming from the secretive and controlling spiritual group her mother belonged to, Elsie sets out to understand who her mother was and in turn, she’s forced to face her own troubled identity. Her journey takes her first to Paris and eventually to the South African homestead she never knew existed, uncovering how it all began, and what it was that her mother was running from.

“A stunning debut…grips from page one, a perfect weave of suspense and of insight about how people love and hurt one another, and sometimes heal, and sometimes cannot.”-—Robin Black, author of Life Drawing

“This dark gorgeous jewel of a novel probes the secrets we keep and the complex ties of family, love and loss. Shattering and brilliant, this marks the debut of an astonishing talent.”—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World and Pictures of You

“Mesmerizing and quietly revealing, Sorell’s memorable novel expertly weaves Elsie’s search for answers about her origins with her own journey of healing.”Publishers Weekly

GinaSorell.jpgGina Sorell is a writer who was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her husband and son. After two decades as a working actor in Los Angeles and Toronto, Gina returned to her first love, writing, and graduated with distinction from the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. When she isn’t writing fiction, she’s the creative director of Eat My Words, a San Francisco–based branding firm. Mothers and Other Strangers is her first novel.

Oh, oh, oh!! Abbi Waxman Launches Her Irreverent Debut Novel The Garden of Small Beginnings

Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

We are ecstatic to host the fabulous Abbi Waxman for the launch of her debut novel. We love Abbi, and we love her novel. Absolutely not to be missed!!

First time novelist Abbi Waxman’s witty novel about a young widow, The Garden Of Small Beginnings actually grew out of her imagining her own husband dead, but not in a bad way. Hailed for its humor, and spot-on characterizations and dialogue, her much praised new novel looks to be a glowing and funny read with which to usher in the summer early. Come plant your toes in the season of delicious reads with Abbi Waxman’s launch. Reading, talk, followed by signing.

51sq6ghzw6LIt’s been more than three years since my husband died, yet in many ways he’s more useful than ever. True, he’s not around to take out the trash, but he’s great to bitch at while I’m doing it myself, and he’s generally excellent company, invisibility notwithstanding. And as someone to blame he’s unparalleled, because he isn’t there to contradict me, on account of being cremated. These opening lines from The Garden of Small Beginnings came to novelist Abbi Waxman several years ago as she fantasized about her husband’s death. Not that he had done anything terribly wrong (just a small infraction). But as she indulged her daydreaming, a question took root. What would it really be like to untangle two lives so intertwined? And from that question bloomed a debut novel funny, penetrating, and profound—about, of all things, a widow. Three years after her husband’s death, Lilian has checked off the requisite mental breakdown, and grown used to navigating life (granted, not always well) as a single mother and widow. Until she is assigned to illustrate a series of boutique vegetable guides, and her boss signs her up for a gardening class. Now she must get her hands dirty.

“It is Waxman’s skill at characterization that lifts this novel far above being just another “widow finds love” story. Clearly an observer, Waxman has mastered the fine art of dialogue as well. Characters ring true right down to Lilian’s two daughters, who often steal the show. This debut begs for an encore from Waxman.”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

ABBI_WAXMAN_CREELSTUDIO2015-2 (1)Born in England, Abbi Waxman has worked as a copywriter and then a creative director at various advertising agencies in London and New York, including Ogilvy and Mather, Y&R, Grey, and Wunderman. She now writes books, TV shows, and screenplays of her own.

Illuminate May with All Lit Up: Poet Judy Kronenfeld Launches Bird Flying Through the Banquet Joined by Poet Michelle Bitting, Author Nina Savelle-Rocklin and Musician Bliss Bowen

Thursday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m.

ff_lightbulbs_fAll Lit Up is a collaborative effort with host-author Rich Ferguson 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 celebrate the launch of Judy Kronenfeld’s fourth collection of poetry Bird Flying Through the Banquet, in flight with her fellow poet Michelle Bitting, joined with vérité tales from  author/psychoanalyst Nina Savelle-Rocklin and music to warm our feathers by Bliss Bowen. Performance, music, reading and signing.

BirdL Judy Kronenfeld invokes and searches for her swiftly receding first-generation urban past, particularly the lives of her working-class immigrant parents, with love, terror, realism, and humor. Childhood memories illuminate puzzles, almost heal, tantalize with mystery. They recast themselves in imagination and dreams: her dead parents play Scrabble in their Bronx kitchen, though neither can spell.

Bird Flying through the Banquet is Judy Kronenfeld’s fourth poetry collection. Her most recent books of poetry are ShimMJE_6853bmer and Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, 2nd edition, winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize. Her poems have previously appeared in Avatar, American Poetry Journal, Calyx, Cider Press Review, Cimarron Review, DMQ Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, The Pedestal, Portland Review, Sequestrum, Spoon River Poetry Review, Stirring, Valparaiso Poetry Review and other print and online journals, and in twenty anthologies. She is Lecturer Emerita, Creative Writing Department, University of California, Riverside, and an Associate Editor of the online poetry journal, Poemeleon.

12828341_10209236147808874_8327247971622766382_o(1)Michelle Bitting‘s latest collection is The Couple Who Fell to Earth, one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016. She has poems forthcoming or published in The American Poetry Review, AJP, Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Diode, The New York Times among many others. Poems have appeared  in numerous anthologies including Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. Her book Good Friday Kiss, chosen by Thomas Lux won the DeNovo First Book Award and Notes to the Beloved won the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award and also earned a starred review from Kirkus. Her poems have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, and most recently, The Pablo Neruda, American Literary Review and Tupelo Quarterly Poetry contests.

NinaDr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin is a psychoanalyst, author, speaker and internationally-recognized expert in weight, food and body image issues. She reads short memoir-like pieces, about different people who struggle with the same issue, and their triumph over trauma. She has written chapters for two books on psychoanalysis, The Couch & The Cushion and Mistrust.  Her book, Food For Thought, on the understanding and treatment of eating disorders, was published in December.  She has been featured in publications including the Los Angeles Times, Prevention, Real Simple, Redbook, and Huffington Post and is a frequent guest expert at summits, podcasts, and on the radio.

BlissBowen_H00A6947-USE (1)Bliss Bowen is a singer-songwriter, writer, editor, picture-maker, cook, gardener, and Springsteen-loving South Jersey-turned-California gal who lives in a converted mountain cabin in Sierra Madre with her animal companions, guitar, and a ridiculously large library of books and music. She is still — sloooooowly — working on her album Ghost Trees, and promises that she is finally going to release some part of it this year. Really. And some Christmas songs.

Exposition Review’s 2017 Issue Launch Party Featuring a Brilliant Line-up of Los Angeles’ Literary Lights

Saturday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m.

Launch-Party-&-ReadingExposition Review, a multi-genre literary journal and literary hub for Southern California, hosts the launch party and reading at Chevalier’s for their 2017. Reader-contributors will include Gwen Goodkin, Arthur Keng, Robert Kerbeck, Konstantin Kulakov, Alessandra Castellanos, Maryann Aita, Jack Liskin, Christina Craigo, Melanie Kachadoorian, MK Punky,  Lena Ford, and Vivian Enriquez. This occasion promises to pull together some of the brightest literary minds in LA for a celebration of literature in our fair city. Talk, reading, with reception to follow.

Christina CraigoOriginally from West Virginia, Christina Craigo was educated in Pennsylvania and New York. She holds an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She currently lives in Colorado, where she works as a contract grant writer for nonprofits and devotes an increasing portion of her time to fiction.

Rober KerbeckBased on his short stories, fifteen of which have been published in the last year, Robert Kerbeck was selected for mentorship by the managing editor of Tin House. His work has most recently appeared in Word Riot, Cream City Review, Cortland Review, and Drunk Monkeys with stories forthcoming in Gargoyle and The MacGuffin. Robert was the recipient of the upstreet short fiction scholarship at the 2016 VCFA Postgraduate writers’ conference. His first play, Putin and the Snowman, opened Off-Broadway this past July. One of his short stories was adapted into the film, Connected, opening in 2017.

MaryAnnAitaMaryann Aita is a writer and educator in Brooklyn, NY. She writes creative nonfiction, poetry, screenplays, and hybrid forms. In addition to The Exposition Review, her work is forthcoming in Big Muddy. Her teleplay, “The Matchbreaker,” won the Best Original Comedy Pilot at the 12th Annual Broad Humor Film Festival. 

Melanie Kachadoorian

Melanie Kachadoorian has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and teaches at Fresno State. Her work has appeared in Monkey Puzzle and If and Only If.

Alessandra Castellanos

A Los Angeles native, Alessandra Castellanos writes poetry, fiction, and memoir that draw upon her vibrant and tenacious ancestral heritage in Guatemala and California. Her conjured worlds encompass feral spirits, otherworldly legends, and the disconcerting realities of domestic workers in Hollywood celebrity homes. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Offing, Drunken Boat, Lunch Ticket, RipRap Journal, Chaparral, Duende, and The Round, among others. Castellanos is a member of the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective.

KonstantinKulakovKonstantin Kulakov is an award-winning Russian-American poet born in Zaoksky, Soviet Russia in 1989. He is the recipient of the Greg Grummer Poetry Award, judged by Brian Teare. Kulakov’s debut collection of poems, Excavating the Sky, was lauded by Kirkus, Cornel West, and David Rosenberg. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Phoebe, Tule Review, The Christian Century, Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, and Tidal Basin Review. Select poems have been translated into Russian, including a forthcoming translation into German. He lives in New York.

Jack LiskinJack Liskin is a California poet, the immigrant son of a Holocaust survivor, who in previous manifestations directed USC’s Physician Assistant Program as a faculty member of the School of Medicine; established a Trager practice (a form of hands-on bodywork which he described in Moving Medicine, his biography of its founder, Milton Trager, MD); completed apprenticeships with the Huichol Indians of Mexico at two of their sacred sites; and farmed and sold his produce at Southern California farmer’s markets. His recent poems have appeared in The Interpreter’s House, Slant, Earth’s Daughters, 3rd Wednesday, Stoneboat, Plainsongs, and Iconoclast.

MK Punky

MK Punky was a founding member of the ’80’s hardcore band The Clitboys. The author of many books, most recently the novel The Termite Squad, and the winner of the 2016 Barrelhouse Prize for fiction, MK Punky serves as poet laureate of Vista Street Community Library in Los Angeles.

Arthur KengArthur Keng is a Los Angeles-based playwright and actor whose written work has been extensively featured in PlayGround-LA’s Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series. Short plays presented through Monday Night PlayGround include Forced Position (selected for this year’s edition of Exposition Review,) Antic Resolutions (selected for PlayGround-LA’s Best of Playground 2016,) Dream EnforcementOver the Falls, and more. As an actor, Arthur has performed at theaters across the country including TheatreWorks and Berkeley Rep, among many others. Television appearances include roles on Silicon Valley, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Criminal Minds, and others.

Lena Ford is a Los Angeles-based playwright. Her short play, Date Night was recently performed at the Zephyr Theatre as part of Playground-LA. She is Head of Seedlings New Play Development Reading Committee at Theatricum Botanicum. A recent graduate of USC’s MFA Dramatic Writing Program, her plays tackle social issues and their effect on families and the community.

Gwen Goodkin’s writing has been published by Fiction, Witness, The Dublin Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Atticus Review, jmww, The Rumpus, Reed Magazine, and others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won the Black Fox Literary Magazine Contest as well as the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction. She lives in Encinitas, just north of San Diego.

Vivian Enriquez is a Latina high school senior residing in the Los Angeles County. She is part of a mentoring program called WriteGirl where she has cultivated her passion for poetry. She enjoys writing about human experiences along with a variety of concepts. On her free time she likes to help her community from participating in charity drives and walks to volunteering at her local elementary. A dream of hers is to one day publish her own collection of poetry.

Emily Pudalov will read David Crist’s piece.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, David Crist was a writer, educator, and traveler. He taught at USC, Crossroads School for the Arts, and beyond. In 2015 he received a Masters in Professional Writing with a focus in Fiction from USC. He died in a traffic accident in December 2016. His memory lives on in his writing, his students, and his family and friends.

Writer and Award-winning Moth GrandSlam Man Matteson Perry Performs Excerpts from His Hair-Raising Dating Memoir Available

Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00 pm

You may recognize Matteson Perry from the hilarious and honest  tales he’s told on NPR, published in the New York Times or featured in  Moth StorySlam, which he hosts here in LA. Or maybe you or someone you know went on a date with him the year he dated 30 women! In any case, his new dating memoir Available charts what happened when this red-blooded serial monogamist decided to experiment with playing the field, albeit hewing to respectful mores,  but blazing a ridiculously funny path.  You’ll be happy you made yourself available for Matteson’s performance and signing!

Avail_PBMatteson Perry is a Nice Guy. He remembers birthdays, politely averts his eyes on the subway, and enjoys backgammon. A serial monogamist, he’s never asked a stranger out. But when the girl he thought might be The One dumps him, he decides to turn his life around. He comes up with The Plan: 1. Be single for a year. 2. Date a lot of women. 3. Hurt no one’s feelings. He’s not out to get revenge, or to become a pickup artist; he just wants to disrupt his pattern, have some fun, and discover who he is. A quick-witted Everyman, Perry throws himself into the modern world of courtship and digital dating, only to discover that even the best-laid plans won’t necessarily get you laid. Over the course of a year he dated almost thirty different women, including a Swedish tourist, a former high school crush, a born-again virgin, a groupie, an actress, a lesbian, and a biter.Candid, empathetic, and devastatingly funny, Available is the ultimate real-life rom-com about learning to date, finding love, and becoming better at life.

Matteson by Stephanie NesonMatteson Perry is a screenwriter, performer, two-time winner of the Moth GrandSlam storytelling championship, and the host of the monthly Moth StorySlam in Los Angeles. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, College Humor, and other publications. His work has been featured on NPR and Funny or Die. A Colorado native, Matteson lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

Former LA Times Reporter and Investigative Author Terry McDermott Reads and Signs Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching and the Art of Deception

Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m.

A baseball lover’s baseball lover, former LA Times national reporter and non-fiction author Terry McDermott is garnering warm praise for telling a story of America’s national pastime that is both personal and analytic, spitballing the latest data on pitching with his old school, lifelong love of the game. Hear the fascinating story of baseball’s 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch told with candor and resonance. Reading, talk, with signing to follow.

OffSpeedIn August 2012, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays in what Terry McDermott calls “one of the greatest exhibitions of off-speed pitches ever put on.” For McDermott, a lifelong fan and student of baseball, the extraordinary events of that afternoon inspired this incisive meditation on the art of pitching. Off Speed provides a vibrant narrative of the history and evolution of pitching, combining baseball’s rich tradition of folklore with the wealth of new metrics from a growing legion of statisticians who are transforming the way we think about the game. Off Speed is also the personal story of a fan’s steadfast devotion, first kindled in McDermott by his father at the local diamond in small-town Iowa and now carried forward with the same passion by his own daughters.Approaching his subject with the love every fan brings to the park and the expertise of a probing journalist, McDermott explores with irrepressible curiosity the science and the romance of baseball.

“A literate and knowing little gem.” —George Vecsey, author of Baseball

Off Speed is a must-read for any fan of the magic that can be found at the intersection of New School data and Old School romance.”—Ian O’Connor, author of The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter

Off Speed is baseball magic… I fell into a flow state that held to the last chapter.”—David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K

imgresTerry McDermott is a former national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the author of three previous books: The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (coauthored with Josh Meyer); 101 Theory Drive: The Discovery of Memory; and Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers–Who They Were, Why They Did It.

Kids!Double Your DK Science Fun! Dinosaurs! Jokes! Games! Cardboard! Join Paper Engineer Jemma Westing & Science Comedian Steve Mould with Out of the Box and How To Be A Scientist !

Thursday, May 18th at 4:30 p.m.

Visiting all the way from DK Science, United Kingdom, paper engineer Jemma Westing and science presenter- comedian Steve Mould!!! Jemma will lead a hands-on demonstration of her wonderful new DK Science Book Out of the Box,  with clear step-by-step cardboard model projects- recycled creations kids can play with, sit in, and wear.  And Steve will show children  how nerdy science is the most funny fun you’ll ever have with How To Be A Scientist! Wow! Interactive demonstration, performance and signing.

OutoBox Supporting STEM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, Out of the Box includes 25 interactive cardboard model projects to inspire kids’ creativity through engaged and hands-on learning. From small-scale gifts to large constructions, author and award-winning paper engineer Jemma Westing shows kids how to make dinosaurs, masks, race cars, and so much more. The projects utilize only recycled materials, including cardboard rolls and boxes.

HTBAScoverBeing a scientist isn’t just about wearing a lab coat and performing science experiments in test tubes. It’s about looking at the world and trying to figure out how it works. As well as simple science projects for kids to try, How to Be a Scientist will teach them how to think like a scientist. For every scientific concept the child learns they will be encouraged to find new ways to test it further. Fun questions, science games, and real-life scenarios make science relevant to children.

JemmaWestingJemma Westing is an award-winning book designer and paper engineer. She has developed a number of innovative interactive books and modeling kits for children. In 2013, Jemma set up a not-for-profit initiative called BrilliantBuilds, which runs free workshops to encourage children to create amazing things with recycled cardboard.

steve mouldSteve Mould is a science presenter on TV and on stage. He does stage shows about physics, math, chemistry and psychology for kids, schools and families. And shows for adults as part of sell-out science and comedy trio Festival of The Spoken Nerd.

Oh yeah! Poets Chiwan Choi, The Yellow House, and Chris Santiago, Tula, Dazzle Us with New Poems, Reading, Signing

Thursday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m.

We are thrilled to host this NOT-TO-BE-MISSED event. You need to be there!!!

Cherished for his mastery of the understated, poet Chiwan Choi’s  third collection, the newly published The Yellow House is being praised for its evocation of both ecstasy and intense melancholy,  as he renders familial loss in the context of war and displacement. He’s joined by the powerfully playful poet Chris Santiago whose debut collection Tula is a sequence of poems unspooled from the meaning of the word “tula” in several languages. Witness these poems unfold in our midst in what can only be an incandescent talk, reading, and signing.

51Z3nONQoULThe Yellow House is a wide-ranging, book-length poem that roams through time, touching on family history, identity, the disruption of emigration, urban life, the loss of an unborn child and much else. The poem continually brings the reader to ordinary scenes that, by means of an understated musicality, take on symbolic significance.”–Matthew Zapruder, New York Times




Tula: a ruined Toltec capital; a Russian city known for its accordions; Tagalog for “poem.” 

“In Tula…Santiago pursues the language and experience of the immigrant, engaged with dreams, wonder, oppression, and heartbreak. Exquisitely lyric, fierce and delicate, the poems often are fractured in form and charged with suffering. From landscapes of distant islands and ancient civilizations, Santiago takes provocative flights to contemporary suburbs and hate crimes. Whether set in Manila, Japan, or Minnesota, these poems, lit with imagination, reveal what poetry can be in life and the sweet and searing moments of life itself.”
– –Patricia Kirkpatrick, Odessa

Chiwan_SeanD. Henry-SmithChiwan Choi is the author of 3 collections of poetry, The Flood (Tía Chucha Press, 2010), Abductions (Writ Large Press, 2012), and The Yellow House (CCM, 2017). He wrote, presented, and destroyed the novel Ghostmaker throughout the course of 2015. Chiwan is a partner at Writ Large Press, a downtown Los Angeles based indie publisher, focused on using literary arts to resist, disrupt, and transgress.

ChrisSantiagoChris Santiago is the author of Tula, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, selected by A. Van Jordan. His poems, fiction, and criticism have appeared in FIELD, Copper Nickel, Pleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review. Santiago is also a percussionist and amateur jazz pianist. He teaches literature, sound culture, and creative writing at the University of St. Thomas. He lives in Minnesota.

Oh! Yo! Yoga! Author and Renowned Liberation Yoga Owner Christine Burke Debuts The Yoga Healer: Remedies for Body, Mind and Spirit with Special Gratis Mini-Workshop & Signing

Wednesday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m.

In a delightfully special event, custom-made for the contours of Chevalier’s, the renowned Liberation Yoga owner Christine Burke (and former manager of Larchmont’s beloved Center for Yoga!) will celebrate her newly published book The Yoga Healer: Remedies for Body, Mind and Spirit teaching a mini-workshop, designed for sitting in chairs and utilizing the spaces between the shelves (optional). Come unwind and restore at this unique reading, demonstration and signing!

Yoga HealerIn The Yoga Healer: Remedies for Body, Mind and Spirit, From Easing Back Pain and Headaches to Managing Anxiety and Finding Joy and Peace Within, Christine Burke, owner of Liberation Yoga and teacher of 16 years, will put the power to heal and revitalize yourself into your own hands – mind, body and spirit! Practitioners of all levels from beginner to advanced, occasional to frequent, will love this accessible handbook of remedies based on the art and science of yoga. The first three chapters – Remedies for the Body, Remedies for the Mind and Remedies for the Spirit – cover a number of physical, mental and emotional concerns and provide three simple, concise practices for each one to address the condition. The final chapter includes longer combined sequences for morning, noon and night to wake up, recharge and relax. All poses and sequences are illustrated with stylish, clear photography. Each yoga remedy is designed to last 15 minutes or less and targets a specific condition. From alleviating daily aches and pains to improving your state of mind and tapping into your creative spirit, here you will find succinct, powerful tools that can be practiced anywhere, any time.

Christine Burke stepped into yoga as an actress and a dancer in New York in 1994. A Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour-plus level, she has been teaching full time since the year 2000 and has taught thousands of students of all ages. Christine and her husband Gary McCleery opened Liberation Yoga in 2004. The studio has been named in the ‘Top 20 Yoga Studios In The World’ by Travel + Leisure magazine and ‘Best Yoga Studio In LA’ by LA Weekly and online city guide Citysearch on several occasions. Christine’s writing has been featured in LA Yoga and Yogi Times and her teaching has been featured in LA Times, LA Weekly, Yogi Times, LA Yoga, Westways, Great Yoga Teachers and many online magazines.

MacArthur Poetry Fellow Peter Cole In Conversation with Iranian Poet Kaveh Akbar, To Celebrate Cole’s Forthcoming Hymns & Qualms, Talk, Reading and Signing

Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Peter Cole is acclaimed for his authentically original poetry and revered for translations that span the Hebrew Golden Age in Muslim Spain to the contemporary Middle East. He will wow us with a reading from his breath-taking new collection, Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and TranslationsCole, winner of a MacArthur as well as a Guggenheim, will be joined by the extraordinary Iranian poet Kaveh Akbar, Portrait of An Alcoholic, whose poems are published regularly in the New Yorker and elsewhere. These two are a poetry festival unto themselves! Come taste the fruits of their fine labors, in this talk, reading and signing.


Hymns & Qualms is a career-spanning collection that weaves Peter Cole’s poems and translations together in an unprecedented way.  Praised for his “prosodic mastery” and “keen moral intelligence” (American Poets), and for the “rigor, vigor, joy, and wit” of his poetry (The Paris Review), Cole has created a vital, unclassifiable body of work that plumbs centuries of wisdom while paying sharp attention to the textures and tensions of the present. He is, Harold Bloom writes, “a matchless translator and one of the handful of authentic poets in his own American generation. Hymns & Qualms is a majestic work, a chronicle of the imaginative life of a profoundly spiritual consciousness.”

Peter ColePeter Cole was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1957. He has published several books of poems and many volumes of translations from Hebrew and Arabic, both medieval and modern. He has received numerous honors for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and in 2007 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. He divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven.

kaveh akbar

Kaveh Akbar‘s poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, Ploughshares, Tin House, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published by Alice James Books in Fall 2017; he is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. A recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and is currently a Visiting Professor of Poetry at Purdue University.