Award-Winning Journalist Ben Ehrenreich, Author of The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine in Conversation with Rabbi Jocee Hudson, Signing to follow

Wednesday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m.

For three years, award-winning journalist and novelist Ben Ehrenreich lived among the Palestinians in villages and cities of the West Bank. Initially chronicled in an extraordinary NY Times cover story, his experience ultimately led him to write The Way to the Spring. Trace Ehrenreich’s empathetic footsteps in this conversation with Rabbi Jocee Hudson, of Temple Israel, on Wednesday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m. Signing to follow.

WayTo theSpringBen Ehrenreich first started reporting from the West Bank in 2011. As well informed as he was on the Arab-Israeli conflict, he nonetheless was consistently shocked by what he saw, and by how little the vast majority of people in the U.S. (and even in Israel, just few miles away) understood about the lived realities of the occupation. He felt strongly that he wanted to write to break through those silences; eventually, he moved to Ramallah and began writing what became The Way to the Spring. A group of unforgettable characters – men and women, young and old – shared their lives with Ehrenreich and made their own case for resistance and resilience in the face of life under occupation. 

“As heart-breaking as it is, The Way to the Spring is also a strangely joyful book, because Ehrenreich grasps the essence of the Palestinian struggle: not Islam, or even nationalism, but the stubborn refusal of injustice, the restless search for ‘how it would feel to be free,’ as Nina Simone said. It is a freedom song, burning with humanity.”—Adam Shatz

Ehrenreich author photo credit Peter van Agtmael, Magnum Photos

Photo by Peter van Agtmael

Ben Ehrenreich is the author of two novels, Ether and The Suitors. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and the London Review of Books, among others. A recipient of the National Magazine Award, Ehrenreich lives in Los Angeles.

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Rabbi Jocee Hudson is Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel of Hollywood.  Her work has focused on issues of Social Justice, Membership and Family & Youth Education. In addition, she speaks and teaches in the wider community.  Rabbi Hudson is a contributor to the Women of Reform Judaism’s The Torah: A Women’s Commentary.

Hip & Humorous Crime Novelists Lisa Brackmann and Tim Hallinan in Conversation with Steph Cha

Thursday, July 28th at 7:00 p.m.

New York Times best-selling author Lisa Brackmann’s new mystery Go Between artfully navigates the rough waters of the for-profit prison industry and legalized marijuana to create a nail-biting and darkly funny novel. Find out how she pulls this magic off in conversation with her fellow partner in crime fiction, Tim Hallinan, winner 2015 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel, out this year with King Maybe. L.A.’s own noir author Steph Cha moderates this concord of crime-scribes on Thursday, July 28th at 7:00 p.m. Signing to follow.

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Go-Between is an all-too-realistic thriller about for-profit prisons, big-money politics, shady non-profits, the war on drugs—and the people who would kill to keep the system intact. Emily runs a successful bistro in Humboldt County, California, where she lives with her boyfriend, Jeff, a volunteer firefighter. It’s true, firefighting isn’t really Jeff’s main job—that would be flying Humboldt’s finest weed to out-of-state customers. Actually, his name isn’t Jeff, it’s Danny; and Emily’s real name is Michelle Mason, although no one can ever know that. She’s on the run from her past—which has just caught up with her in the person of an ex-CIA agent who got her and Danny into this whole mess.

“…with a deft sleight of hand, she transforms powerful social insight into a nerve-zapping luge run of lies, murder, dirty politics, drug smuggling, love, betrayal and black ops run amok.”—Craig Faustus Buck, author of Go Down Hard

“Smart, funny, dark, hip . . . exquisite.”
—Cornelia Read, author of the Madeline Dare series

In Edgar-finalist Hallinan’s darkly comic fifth Junior KingMaybe-1Bender mystery King Maybe, Los Angeles’s most talented burglar, Junior Bender, is in the middle of stealing one of the world’s rarest stamps from a professional killer when his luck suddenly turns sour; his escape sets off a chain reaction of blackmail and escalating crime. By the time Junior is forced to commit his third burglary of the week — in the impregnable fortress that’s home to the ruthless studio mogul called King Maybe — he’s beginning to wish he’d just let the killer take a crack at him. The critically praised King Maybe was released in April, and a Junior Christmas book, Fields Where They Lay, will come out in November.

“Hallinan not only writes a relentless-as- the-rain paced thriller, sprinkled with an offbeat, cynical humor, but the poignant emotional sides of the characters and the intelligent and beautiful plot and storytelling soak the reader’s heart to the skin.”  —Seattle Post-Intelligencer


Lisa Brackmann is the critically acclaimed author of the Ellie McEnroe novels set in China (Rock Paper Tiger, Hour of the Rat, Dragon Day) and the thriller Getaway. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal and CNET. She lives in San Diego with a couple of cats, far too many books and a bass ukulele. You can find her online at

tim by MorganTimothy Hallinan is the Edgar, Shamus, Macavity, and Nero-nominated author of eighteen published novels. Hallinan currently has two series: the Poke Rafferty Bangkok Thrillers, and the Junior Bender Mysteries. The latest Rafferty book, The Hot Countries, was named one of the best books of 2015 by Library Journal and Strand Magazine. Hallinan lives in Santa Monica, California, and Bangkok. He is fortunate enough to be married to Munyin Choy.
60080286Steph Cha is the author of  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 and a regular contributor to the L.A. Times. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and basset hound.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Midsummer Midnight Release Party with Go Get Em Tiger!

Saturday, July 30th starting at 10:00 pm with books available at Midnight, July 31st

Witches and wizards of Los Angeles, help Chevalier’s Books & Go Get Em Tiger ring in the release of the eighth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Wear your dress robes, sip and munch on treats made especially for the occasion, be sorted by the sorting hat, take a spin on a Firebolt, and enjoy other extra magical delights. The party begins at 10 p.m. and books will be available for pickup starting at midnight. Pre-order today in-store or call (323) 465-1334.

51bY71UBtaL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, nineteen years later, and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two Parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.


Debut Novelist Heather Young in Conversation with Suspense Maestra Ivy Pochoda

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

In The Lost Girls, Heather Young  has crafted a multilayered story, lauded as much for its resonance of place as  it is praised for its gorgeous suspense. Meet this outstanding newcomer to the suspense genre as local author Ivy Pochoda talks with her about this tale of loss and loyalty on Wednesday, August 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

Hi Res Jacket Image - LOST GIRLSThe Lost Girls is a beautifully-written tale, told in the voices of two women linked by a decades-old family mystery at a Minnesota lake house. Before her death, Lucy Evans writes the story of what happened one devastating summer, when her six-year old sister Emily vanished. She wills the notebook—along with the house—to her grand-niece Justine.  For Justine, the house offers freedom and stability—a way to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the home she never had. But the long Minnesota winter is just beginning. The house is cold and dilapidated. The dark, silent lake is isolated. The only neighbor is a strange old man who seems to know more about the summer of 1935 than he’s telling. Soon Justine’s troubled oldest daughter becomes obsessed with Emily’s disappearance, her vagabond mother arrives to steal her inheritance, and the man she left launches a dangerous plan to get her back. Justine must overcome this haunted legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.

“Places hold memories, The Lost Girls reminds us so beautifully; places shape us, bind us, haunt us, but sometimes, they can redeem us, too.”                                                                        Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Sister

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Heather Young earned her law degree from the University of Virginia, and practiced law in San Francisco before beginning her writing career. She received an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and has studied at the Tin House Writers’ Workshop and the Squaw Valley Writers’ Workshop. The Lost Girls is her first novel.


IvyPochadaIvy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Visitation Street and The Art of Disappearing. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Huffington Post, Self, and House & Garden. She has a BA from Harvard College in Classical Greek and an MFA from Bennington College in fiction. Ivy grew up in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives in downtown Los Angeles with her husband.


In Recovery from Wall Street, Debut Author Sam Polk Redefines Success with For Love of Money

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

Have you ever wanted to travel inside the head of a member of the one-point-0-0-0-0-one percent? Can you comprehend how it feels to receive a multi-million dollar bonus and still want more? Sam Polk takes us there in For the Love of Money and on his soul-transforming  journey from financial greed and spiritual bankruptcy to a newly dedicated life. Take a stroll in Sam’s shoes on Thursday, August 4th at 7:00 pm with this talk, q& a and signing.

for-the-love-of-money-9781476785981_hrAt just thirty years old, Sam Polk was a senior trader for one of the biggest hedge funds on Wall Street, on the verge of making it to the very top. When he was offered an annual bonus of $3.75 million, he grew angry because it was not enough. In that moment he knew he had lost himself.  His obsessive pursuit of money papered over years of insecurity and emotional abuse, the culmination of a life of addictive and self-destructive behaviors, from overeating and bulimia to alcohol and drug abuse. And he had come to loathe the culture—the shallowness, the crude machismo—and Wall Street’s use of wealth as the sole measure of a person’s worth. He decided to walk away from it all.  Raw, vivid, and immensely readable, For the Love of Money explores the birth of a young hedge fund trader, his disillusionment, and the radical new way he has come to define success.

“Riveting. Polk’s story is a remarkable blueprint of hope and transformation for what comes after greed. I was blown away.” — Geneen Roth, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author of Women Food and God

SamPolkFormer hedge fund trader Sam Polk is a writer, founder and Executive Director of Groceryships, a nonprofit that helps low-income families struggling with obesity, and co-founder and CEO of Harvest, a social enterprise that sells healthy, ready-to-eat meals in low-income communities at affordable prices. His writing has been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and

#1 NY Times Bestselling Author Colleen Hoover Returns with It Ends With Us Talk & Signing

Sunday, August 7th at 6:30 p.m

Breaking new ground with her most personal and deeply felt book to date, Colleen Hoover, beloved originator in the New Adult genre, is back and certain to sell-out with this special tickets-only event. Pre-purchase your copy of the award-winning, international bestselling author’s new unputdownable, unmissable book of the summer –  It Ends With Us – on EventBrite and reserve admission for this Gala Talk and Signing on Sunday, August 7th at 6:30 p.m.

It Ends With Us-final coverInspired in part by Hoover’s own life, It Ends With Us is both a captivating story of love against the odds and a moving portrait of womanhood, as the bond between our protagonist and her mother grows from a teenage daughter’s scorn to the love, respect, and strength found in shared life experiences.  

Told through the eyes of resilient, plucky Lily Bloom, the novel follows a young girl as she navigates a difficult and angry father, a loss of faith in her mother, the agonizing joy of a first love, and, years later, the vulnerability required to give yourself to another without losing hold of your convictions. Not even twenty-five-years-old, Lily has fulfilled her dream of owning her own business and is in love with Ryle Kincaid, a sensitive, gorgeous neurosurgeon. All is well until Lily unexpectedly runs into her first love and first heartbreak, throwing her relationship  into disarray.  It Ends With Us examines the pain that comes from love—and the love that comes from pain—as we create and nurture life’s most complicated relationships.

“Hoover joins the ranks of such luminaries as Jennifer Weiner and Jojo Moyes, with a dash of Gillian Flynn. Sure to please a plethora of readers.”  – Library Journal

“Hoover is one of the best voices in New Adult fiction.” – Kirkus Reviews


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Photo by Jen Sterling

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Slammed, Hopeless, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Confess, and November 9. She is one of a handful of authors credited with creating the New Adult genre in the New York Times, on ABC’s Nightline, and on CBS This Morning . Her novel Confess  was the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance and her novel  November 9 won Best New Adult Novel of 2015 from RT Book Reviews.   She is  the founder of the charity book box, Bookworm Box .


PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Author Evenings: Jennine Capó Crucet and María Amparo Escandón

Monday, August 8th at 7 p.m. 

To celebrate the fellowship’s 20th Anniversary, PEN Center USA has opened The Emerging Voices Author Evening Series to the public. Free to PEN Center USA members who bring their Author Evening ticket; non-members can purchase tickets here.

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Author Evening Series events include a brief reading, conversation, and a question-and-answer session with the audience. To take full advantage of the event’s participatory ethos, attendees are encouraged to read the authors’ selections in advance. The Monday, August 8th Author Evening at 7 p.m. features Jennine Capó Crucet and María Amparo Escandón, reading from their selected novels  Make Your Home Among Strangers and Gonzalez & Daughter Trucking Co.



12-crucetJennine Capó Crucet is the author of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers (St. Martin’s Press, 2015) and the story collection,How to Leave Hialeah. She is the recipient of the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Book Award, the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, an O. Henry Prize, and the Picador Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review, Epoch, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, and other magazines. Jennine is originally from Miami, and currently works as an assistant professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


12-escandonMaría Amparo Escandón is a best-selling bilingual novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and film producer. Her work has been translated into over 21 languages and is currently read in more than 85 countries. Escandón wrote her first novel, Esperanza’s Box of Saints (and its Spanish version, Santitos) in 1999. Her second novel, González & Daughter Trucking Co. (and its Spanish version), was published in 2005. She was named a “Writer to Watch” by Newsweek and by the Los Angeles Times. The film Santitos, based on her novel and for which she wrote the screenplay, was produced by John Sayles, and has received awards in 14 film festivals worldwide. María was born in Mexico City and is currently a US resident.

Wallace King, Author of Epic Historic Novels, Reads and Signs Edenland

Wednesday, August 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Wallace King, whose debut novel, The True Life Story of Isobel Roundtree, was nominated for multiple awards,  returns with a third novel for lovers of fiction wrapped in the sweep of history. Edenland is a love story, and narrative of escape that echoes Huck Finn in its invention of an odd pair of runaways stumbling into a brief idyll from an oppressive world. Get swept up in this epic tale with Wallace King on Wednesday,August 10th at 7:00 p.m, reading, with signing to follow

King-Edenland-22052-CV-FTEdenland is an uncommon story about slavery, innocence, and the redemptive nature of love. Born a slave, but self-educated, Bledsoe had never left Our Joy plantation, and a daring escape offers his only chance for liberty. On the run he encounters Alice, an illiterate Irish indentured servant, committing what appears to be an act of murder as she burns down a shack in the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina. Faced with the threat of capture, Bledsoe and Alice become reluctant allies. An epic tale unfolds as their quest for freedom pulls them from swamp to city, from North Carolina to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Somewhere between injustice and loss, they discover a hidden place that seems an Eden. But the Confederate army is on the march and, separated, they are cast into fates they never imagined.

“There is an exuberant, almost ramshackle quality to the adventures in which this engaging duo become entangled, and their love story is charming.”  –Library Journal


Wallace King is a novelist and screenwriter. Her debut novel, The True Life Story of Isobel Roundtree, received starred reviews and was nominated for a number of awards. Her second novel, Maybelleen, explored how history is never written the same way by two people. Both novels were optioned and adapted for film. More

Top-Notch Mystery Author Duane Swierczynski Introduces Revolver

Thursday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m.

In his uncannily timed book, Edgar-nominated author Duane Swierczynski takes us on a racially charged tour of the mean streets of the City of Brotherly Love, in a story that spans half a century and three generations of cops and cons. Follow the twists and turns of this all too relevant and ambitious mystery novel on Thursday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m. at a reading & talk , with signing to follow.

SWIERCZYNSKYI_REVOLVER Featuring details from Swierczynski’s own family history, Revolver is historical fiction with a visceral impact on the present.While the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO wouldn’t happen until he was deep into the writing of this novel, cops and race were very much on his mind from the beginning. Philadelphia, 1965: Two street cops–one black, one white–are gunned down in a corner bar. One of the fallen officers, Stan Walczak, leaves behind a 12-year-old boy, Jimmy. Philadelphia, 1995: Homicide detective Jim Walczak learns that his father’s alleged killer, Terrill Lee Stanton, has been sprung from prison. Jim stalks the ex-con, hoping to finally learn the truth. Philadelphia, 2015: Jim’s daughter Audrey, a forensic science student, re-opens her grandfather’s murder for a research paper. But as Audrey digs deeper, she comes to realize that Stanton probably didn’t pull the trigger–and her father may have made a horrible mistake.

“A resounding success… Race plays a large role and is thoughtfully handled in this bleak, powerful tale of corruption and the lasting effects of crime…Swierczynski just gets better and better.” – Booklist, starred review

Duane SwierDuane Swierczynski is the Edgar-nominated author of nine novels, including Canary, Severance Package, and the Shamus Award-winning Charlie Hardie series (Fun and Games, Hell and Gone, Point and Shoot). He’s written over 250 comics for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Valiant, and IDW, and most recently wrote The Black Hood, the first comic for Archie’s new Dark Circle imprint. Swierczynski has also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on the bestselling Level 26 series.

PEN/Hemingway Award-Winner Ottessa Moshfegh Reading from her Super-Nova Debut Novel Eileen

Thursday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.

Hailed as one of the brightest new voices in fiction, Ottessa Moshfegh has created in Eileen a narrator who is dark, mordantly funny and all too recognizably human. As she is pulled into a very strange crime, we too are drawn into the harrowing story she tells. Laugh and be startled by Eileen, in a reading by Ottessa Moshfegh,  q&a and signing to follow on Thursday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.

EilleenJacketCreepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Vladimir Nabokov. Eileen Dunlop is an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father’s caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys’ prison. When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor, Eileen is enchanted.  In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings. Set in the 1960’s, played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England in the days leading up to Christmas, young Eileen’s story is told from the gimlet-eyed perspective of the now much older narrator.

“Eileen is as vivid and human as they come . . . Moshfegh…writes beautiful sentences. One after the other they unwind — playful, shocking, wise, morbid, witty, searingly sharp…There is that wonderful tension between wanting to slow down… and the impulse to race to see what happens, how it happens.”The New York Times Book Review

Moshfegh author phot credit Krystal Griffiths

Photo By Crystal Griffiths

Ottessa Moshfegh‘s novel, Eileen, received the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction in 2016.  Moshfegh is also the author of McGlue, a novella, and the forthcoming short story collection, Homesick for Another World. She lives in Los Angeles.

Arnold Schwarztman & Stephen Gee’s Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture Talk & Signing

Monday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Photographer Arnold Schwartzman and architectural historian Stephen Gee walk us through the city-lore razzle and visually stunning dazzle of one of our metropolis’ greatest buildings in Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture on Monday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Talk with signing to follow.

LACL-cvr1-20160328As the Library celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2016, the Library’s beautiful building, paintings, murals, sculptures, decor, and storied tile work are captured by the lens of renowned Hollywood photographer and graphic designer Arnold Schwartzman. Its remarkable history is chronicled by architectural historian Stephen Gee. He shares the drama of the public’s fight to save the Library on several occasions, including the heart-wrenching story of the 1986 fire that destroyed or damaged more than a million volumes. More than 250 firefighters risked their lives for the love of books, and then the citizens of the city came together to save thousands of smoke- and water-damaged books. That the priceless artwork originally installed in the 1926 building was preserved is nothing short of a civic miracle. Schwartzman shows that art—and much more—in page after page of color, all juxtaposed with historic images and blueprints, many never before published.

ArnoldSchwartzman-20160320Arnold Schwartzman, London ­born, is a renowned graphic designer and the Academy Award® ­winning documentary film director of Genocide (1981). He is the author of a number of books, including DECO LAndmarks, Art Deco Gems of Los Angeles (2005), London Art Deco (2013) and Griffith Observatory, A Celebration of its Architectural Splendor (2015). He was appointed the Director of Design for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. In 2001, Schwartzman was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HM Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2006 was conferred the distinction of Royal Designer (RDI) by Britain’s Royal Society of Arts. Arnold lives in Los Angeles, and works in collaboration with his wife, Isolde.

StephenGeeStephen Gee is a writer and television producer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles (Angel City Press). Gee has worked on numerous award ­winning television productions and has directed and produced live coverage of high­ profile news stories. He currently serves as an Associate Director for two University of Southern California research centers. A graduate of London’s City University, he began his career as a newspaper reporter in Norfolk, England. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1995.


Serena Burdick Debuts Impressionist-Inspired Novel Girl in the Afternoon

Tuesday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Set in the sparkling Paris of La Belle Epoque, this art-infused debut novel by Serena Burdick turns the spotlight on the woman-as-artist as distinct from artist’s muse, with a protagonist, not of the Les Miserables-masses, but  rather a daughter of a bourgeois family full of closely held secrets. Take a dramatic fictional vacation with this charming new author on Tuesday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m. reading,  with q &a, signing to follow.

GIRL IN THE AFTERNOONInspired by  the artists Berthe Morisot, Louise Jopling, and Marie Bashkirtseff, Burdick tells her story through 18-year-old Aimee, primarily talented, and growing up alongside her beloved adopted brother Henri, also a burgeoning artist, in the well-to-do Savaray household. When Henri unexpectedly disappears from their home, and into the streets of war torn Paris, Aimee is heartbroken, remembering their first, unexpected kiss in the hallway. His mysterious disappearance leaves the conflicted Savarays contemplating the unraveling of their secrets and betrayals. When Aimee stumbles upon one of Henri’s paintings,  her discovery unleashes a string of events that turns wife against husband, best friend against best friend, mentor against student, and first love against first love.

“…weaves together Paris, La Belle Epoque, art and abundant doses of family drama in a tightly-written story that pulls the reader in and keeps the twists and turns coming until almost the last page.”  —Sally Christie, author of The Sisters of Versailles

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Serena Burdick graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California before moving to New York to pursue a degree in English Literature at Brooklyn College. Her passion for theater, writing, the visual arts, Edouard Manet and the Impressionist movement combined to inform her debut novel, Girl In the Afternoon.

Prominent Californian Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung profiles Remarkable Women of California

Wednesday, August 24th, at 6:30 p.m.

Distilling her lifetime of friendships with famous and not so famous women and drawing on her vantage point as storied fourth generation Californian, Mrs. DeYoung shares eighty-four vivid biographies and photos of influential women, chronicling the evolution of the women’s movement and of the Golden State. This illustrated talk about her book, Remarkable Women of California, promises to be a charming, vintage-L.A. occasion on Wednesday, August 24th, at 6:30 p.m., signing to follow.

Remarkable WomenMrs. DeYoung brings eighty-four 19th and 20th century women to life in her book, Remarkable Women of California. DeYoung profiles famous historical figures — Jane Fonda, Billie Jean King, Joan Didion, Marion Davies, Edith Head — and some less famous, including landowners, activists, entrepreneurs, journalists and philanthropists, such as Arcadia Bandini de Stearns Baker, Biddy Mason, Eliza Ann Otis, Agness Underwood and Helen Hunt Jackson.Using historical references, personal interviews, as well as her own personal recollections, DeYoung has crafted a unique insider’s view of these influential women’s lives.

Marilyn Brant Chandler DeYoung is fourth generation Californian and history buff – her grandfather started the Title Insurance and Trust Co in 1881. Raised in Hancock Park, she is an alumna of Marlborough School, Stanford, and UCLA, and was wife for 30 years to Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler. A professional urban planner and founder of  Urban Design Disciplines,she has written op-ed pieces which have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Santa Barbara News Press.

Groundbreaking Author-Scholars Jennifer Musto (Control & Protect) and Leslie Wang (Outsourcing Children) in Conversation

Tuesday, August 30th at 7:00p.m.

Musto’s Control & Protect: Collaboration, Carceral Protection and Domestic Sex Trafficking the the United States examines how enforcement policies blur the boundaries between punishment and protection in U.S. sex trafficking. Wang’s Outsourcing Children: Orphanage Care and Adoption in Globalizing Children addresses thorny questions raised by the intersection of transnational adoptions and globalization. Listen in on two groundbreaking researchers as they delve into how these  critical humanitarian issues reverberate and overlap on Tuesday, August 30th at 7:00 pm, Conversation with q&a and signing to follow.

OutsourcedChildrenIt’s no secret that tens of thousands of Chinese children have been adopted by American parents and that Western aid organizations have invested in helping orphans in China—but why have Chinese authorities allowed this exchange? Countries that allow their vulnerable children to be cared for by outsiders are typically viewed as weaker global players. However, Leslie K. Wang argues that China has turned this notion on its head by outsourcing the care of its unwanted children to attract foreign resources and secure closer ties with Western nations. She demonstrates the two main ways that this “outsourced intimacy” operates as an ongoing transnational exchange.

“…offers insights into the role of state policy, global competition and transnational circuits in shaping the meanings and value of children within neoliberalism. This is a must-read book for anyone interested in childhood in the global era.”—Nazli Kibria, Boston University

Control&ProtectControl and Protect explores the meaning and significance of efforts designed to combat sex trafficking in the United States. A striking case study of the new ways in which law enforcement agents, social service providers, and nongovernmental advocates have joined forces in this campaign, this book reveals how these collaborations consolidate state power and carceral control. This book examines how partnerships forged in the name of fighting domestic sex trafficking have blurred the boundaries between punishment and protection, victim and offender, and state and nonstate authority.

“An important and original book… Drawing upon an impressive body of primary research, she documents how and why recent efforts to protect vulnerable children and youth have too often translated into forms of incarceration, punishment, and surveillance.”—Joel Quirk, Head of Department, Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand

LeslieWangLeslie Wang is an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and researches issues of gender, family, and migration that connect China and the United States. Outsourced Children is the first systematic analysis of daily life in Chinese state-run orphanages. Currently, Dr. Wang is studying the issue of “satellite babies,” U.S.- born children sent back to China to be cared for by grandparents for extended periods.


Jennifer Musto is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. Her research explores the laws, technologies, and interventions designed to address human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and sex work.  She has lectured widely on these topics and her writing has appeared in openDemocracy, Social Politics, Women’s Studies International Forum, and International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Author & Compassionate Survivor Lara Naughton Reading and SigningThe Jaguar Man: A Memoir

Friday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m.

In her astonishing and imaginative memoir, writer and compassion cultivation leader Lara Naughton brings startling poetry and multi-faceted insight to the trauma of violence and rape — and the power of empathy. Meet this remarkable author and hear her brave, thought-provoking story on Friday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. Reading and Talk with Q &A  and Signing to follow.

Jaguarman-frontcoverWhat happens when one incident changes your life, splitting it between before and after? On the fourth day of what Lara Naughton thought would be two weeks of bliss in Belize, she was kidnapped and assaulted by a man pretending to be a cabdriver. Held in the depths of the tropical forest—alone with the jaguar man—compassion was her only defense. Lara’s survival and journey of healing is poignant, compelling, and exceptional.

Bending the limits of reality, she uses myth to process her experience. As Lara seeks a new understanding of herself, her lyrical, haunting prose reveals a belief that there is room for compassion—for self and for others—even in the midst of violence.

The Jaguar Man is written with the deft hand of a journalist and told with the grip of an old fashioned storyteller.” James McBride, National Book Award-winning author of The Color of Water: The Good Lord Bird
LaraHiRes-12B&WLara Naughton is a documentary author and playwright, including Never Fight a Shark in Water: The Wrongful Conviction of Gregory Bright. She is a certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer through The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. She lives and teaches in New Orleans.  

Author Judith Freeman Discusses her memoir The Latter Days with Journalist Laurie Winer, Signing follows

Thursday, July 21st  at 7:00 p.m.

Judith Freeman’s memoir The Latter Days grew out of an essay she wrote on the eve of the 2012 Republican Convention. Prominent journalist Laurie Winer will discuss with Freeman her highly lauded personal account of leaving the Mormon faith, and they will also delve into the extraordinary political and economic power Mormons still hold. Guaranteed to fascinate. Join us on Thursday, July 21st  at 7:00 p.m. for this conversation with signing to follow.

9780307908612 (1)The Latter Days is an arresting, lyrical memoir about the path the author took—sometimes unwittingly—out of her Mormon upbringing and through a thicket of profound difficulties to become a writer. At twenty-two, Judith Freeman was in the process of divorcing the man she had married at seventeen, and living in her parents’ house with her four-year-old son, who had already endured two heart surgeries. She had abandoned Mormonism, the faith into which she had been born, and was having an affair with her son’s surgeon. It was at this fraught moment that she decided to become a writer. Freeman explores the circumstances and choices that informed her course, and those that allowed her to find a way forward. Writing with remarkable candor and insight, she gives us an illuminating, singular portrait of resilience and forgiveness, of memory and hindsight, and of the ways in which we come to identify our truest selves.

**Named one of “30 Books You Should Read This Summer” by Chicago Tribune**

The Latter Days arrived at four P.M. and I read until midnight, unable to leave this memoir….Freeman sends rays of light straight into the reader’s heart.” Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here

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Photo by Anthony Hernandez

Judith Freeman is the author of four novels—Red Water, The Chinchilla Farm, Set for Life, and A Desert of Pure Feeling—and of Family Attractions, a collection of stories, and The Long Embrace, a biography of Raymond Chandler. She lives in California and Idaho.

LAURIE WINERPICLaurie Winer has been on staff at The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. She is a contributing editor to Los Angeles Magazine and a founding editor the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is at work on a book about Oscar Hammerstein II and the birth of the musical.