Author Fonda St. Paul Launches Her Femme Fatale Thriller Encore Encore

Wednesday, December 7th, at 7:00 p.m.

Former Broadway hoofer-TV producer, Fonda St. Paul, one of our favorite all round renaissance women, will deliver thrills with the launch of her third novel Encore, Encore, set in Manhattan’s Dakota Apartments and full of dark secrets. Praised for her vivid, naturalistic writing style, Fonda’s launch party is sure to be fun, fabulous and full of suspense. Reading, signing, and celebration.

encorecoverA love affair gone terribly wrong. A doctor with a secret past. A lone killer on a quest for revenge. What does the famed Dakota at 1 West 72nd Street in New York City have to do with murder, mayhem and illicit affairs? A psychologist with a horrific secret past marries a wealthy cardiologist and makes their home at the Dakota. She is not aware that someone is stalking her from her past and waiting in the wings to pay her a surprise visit. Dark secrets of foster-homes, abandonment and sexual depravity are about to unfold and change lives forever.

“A page turner that takes readers on a journey into the psyche of a classic femme fatale.” –Henry Capanna/Executive Producer.

“Fonda writes like she talks. With her visual writing style, she pulls you in from the first paragraph and doesn’t let go until the last page.”– Fiona Manning/ Author, Dark Dawn

fondaA singer and dancer on Broadway in a past incarnation, Fonda St.Paul is a voracious reader with a vivid imagination and a talent for telling a story. Her vast interest in crime and the criminal mind has kept her researching for a number of years. In addition to writing, Fonda is also a creator and producer of crime reality shows. This is Fonda’s third novel, introducing the majestic Dakota, her favorite building in New York City. Fonda lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Sandy Passman and their pugs, Monticello and Lily Jean.

Keep The Candle Burning in December with All Lit up : Aimee Bender, Martin Pousson, Amy Uyematsu and Simon Petty, Reading & Performing

Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

candlesAll Lit Up is a collaborative effort lovingly orchestrated under the aegis of our owners, Bert Deixler and Darryl Holter, in tandem with host-authors Rich Ferguson and Stephanie Barbé Hammer, and Chevalier’s Liz Newstat. Every month we offer delectable morsels from literary artists and musicians, served between convivial mixing, and garnished with a light selection of open mic surprises. This month we are ignited by the fiction of Aimee Bender and Martin Pousson, flame onward with poems by Amy Uyematsu and build that bonfire with tunes from Simon Petty. Reading, performance and signing.

aimee_bender-pgAimee Bender is the author of five books, among these, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, a NY Times Notable Book,The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, a NY Times Notable book for 2013. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and more, as well as heard on PRI’s “This American Life”and “Selected Shorts”.

amyumatsuAmy Uyematsu is a Japanese-American poet and teacher from Los Angeles. She has five published collections: Basic Vocabulary (Red Hen Press, 2016), The Yellow Door (Red Hen, 2015), Stone Bow Prayer (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (Story Line Press, 1998), and 30 Miles from J-Town (Story Line, 1992). Amy was co-editor of the widely used anthology, Roots: An Asian American Reader (UCLA, 1971). Recently retired, she was a Los Angeles Unified Schools high school math teacher for 32 years.


Martin Pousson was born and raised in Acadiana, the Cajun French bayou land of Louisiana. His new novel, Black Sheep Boy, includes stories that won a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. Two of his stories were finalists for the Glimmer Train Fiction Awards. His collection of poetry, Sugar, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and his first novel, No Place, Louisiana, was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, Antioch Review, EpochFive PointsNew Orleans Review, StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He now teaches at California State University Northridge.

simonpettySimon Petty is an English singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles whose husky vocals and confessional lyrics rise from a stylistic foundation of American blues, country and soul and a lifelong love of books. Having made an album with legendary producer T Bone Burnett upon his arrival in the States as frontman with the band Minibar , Petty went on to tour the country extensively and eventually joined Pete Yorn’s band for several years. His years on the road gave him time and space to hone the unique brand of world-weary optimism and musical eclecticism that color his original songs.


A Hibernian Evening with Colm Tóibín, Author of Brooklyn, Nora Webster, Musician-Memoirist James Fearnley, of the Pogues &…a Drop of POGUES WHISKEY: Reading, Music, Signing, and Tasting!

Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. 

We are over the moon to be hosting the rare and splendid writer Colm Tóibín, gifting us with an advance reading from his forthcoming  eighth novel House of Names, a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra. Joining him on this not-to-miss Hibernian evening is musician James Fearnley, founding member of the beloved London-Irish band the Pogues. James will give us a taste of his memoir, Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues, and he and a few special guests will rollick us with some tunes. All of this and a tasting of the new “Pogues Whiskey”! With sample snacks from our co-presenter
unknownLarchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese, who will be offering exclusive one-night-only discounts  on pre-orders of Pogues Whiskey. 
Reading, Music, Signing, and Tasting.

“People call Tóibín a beautiful writer because they don’t know how otherwise to classify such a delicate talent, such empathic simplicity. Some mysteries can’t be deciphered by criticism. Colm Tóibín is not a beautiful writer, he’s merely a great one.” – Darin Strauss, The Los Angeles Times

colmtoibin_raptoresquireColm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections. Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.

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In House of Names, (to be released by Simon & Schuster in May of 2017) Tóibín brings a modern sensibility and language to an ancient classic. He brilliantly inhabits the mind of one of Greek myth’s most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust, and pain she feels.

jamesfearnleyJames Fearnley was born in 1954 in Manchester. A multi-instrumentalist, specializing in guitar and accordion, he was a founding member of the Pogues, and played with the London-Irish folk-punk band throughout the band’s thirty-year career. Leaving the band in 1993, he moved to California to form the critically acclaimed Low and Sweet Orchestra. In 2012, James’s memoir of his life in the Pogues, Here Comes Everybody, was published. As well as currently working on a second book, his first work of fiction, James is a member and co-founder of Los Angeles band, Cranky George, whose first album, Fat Lot Of
, was released in October.

515slow1acl“In Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues, James Fearnley paints a clear, often dark picture of the fantastic highs and dramatic lows of life in one of the most original bands of their era…a hugely compelling and moving account.”  – Chicago Review Press

“The portrait of Shane is so vivid and disturbing, the capturing of the various scenes the band moved through so affectionate and sad, and the writing so good. Fearnley has made a work of art to set  beside the band’s records. Beautiful.”—John Jeremiah Sullivan (author of Pulphead)

Los Angeles in the 1970s with Editor David Kukoff in Conversation with Writers Joe Donnelly, Matthew Specktor and Susan Hayden

Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Consummate Hollywood all rounder David Kukoff dons his editing hat for Los Angeles in the 1970s, an anthology featuring new and established writers giving us a prismatic vision of Tinsel Town and its environs in the decade that brought us everything from the Symbionese Liberation Army to feminist installation art. He is joined in conversation with contributors Joe Donnelly, Susan Hayden and Matthew Specktor. Whether you’re too young to remember the seventies or old enough to know better, join us for their take on an indelible time in this ever-in-flux locale. Reading, discussion, q&a and signing.

losangeles-1970sThe 1970s were a heyday for Los Angeles. Hollywood was being revolutionized, the music business was booming, and authors like Joan Didion were producing great novels about the realities of living in the land of eternal sunshine. In Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine great writers muse on the city in its classic decade. Featuring Joe Donnelly on Venice from Abbot Kinney to Z-boy skaters, Matthew Specktor’s reflections on The Z Channel, the Doors’ John Densmore on being a rock star, Susan Hayden’s poem about growing up in Encino in the ’70s, and many, many more.

Contributions Include:Debra Wacks—the first all-women installation art piece in LA; Samantha Geimer—Roman Polanski; Dana Johnson—first hand encounter with the SLA house; Jeremy Rosenberg—Anthony Davis, the USC tailback that succeeded OJ Simpson; Jillian Franklyn—teenage promiscuity in the 1970s; Steve Hodel—1970s Hollywood Hills swing house turned kidnapping; Geza X—producing LA punk icons.

davidkukoffA graduate of Columbia University and UCLA Film School, David Kukoff has eleven produced film and television credits to his name. He has written for every studio and network in Hollywood and has published two books on film and television writing. His first novel, Children of the Canyon was about a boy growing up in Laurel Canyon in the 1970s as the counterculture is coming to an end. This led to a commission from Children’s  publisher, Rare Bird Li, to edit the anthology Los Angeles in the 1970s.  He is at work on a second novel, a follow-up to the anthology, and just sold a script to Film Nation about the battle between Phyllis Schlafly and Gloria Steinem over the ERA.

mattspecktorMatthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book of film criticism. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, Harper’s, The Believer, and in numerous other periodicals and anthologies. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Joe Donnelly is an award-winning journalist and writer. His short story, “Bonus Baby” was selected for the prestigious 2016 O. Henry Prize Stories collection. He teaches english and journalism at Whittier College.


Susan Hayden is a poet, playwright, novelist & essayist. She is also the creator/producer of the long-running lit series, Library Girl, which runs the 2nd Sunday of every month at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica. Last year she won the Artist In The Community Award for her “significant contributions to the energetic discourse within Santa Monica’s arts community.”

Velbekomme! Trine Hahnemann Returns Discussing and Signing Her Delectable New Cookbook Scandinavian Comfort Food +Taste Samples!

Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m.

We are delighted to have the one-of-a-kind chef and food writer Trine Hahnemann back at Chevalier’s and in the nick of time for festive, scrumptious seasonal feasting. Scandinavian Comfort Food celebrates the Danish tradition of “hygge” which includes being generous and wholesome to the body, soul and palette. Fresh off her most recent appearance on the Great British Bake-Off, Trine Hahnemann’s gorgeously printed new cookbook is the perfect gift for your culinary-curious loved ones! Take a lovely idyll, nibble delicious treats Trine will share(!), and learn from this consummate practitioner how to prepare, savor and take comfort in food for life. Talk, q&a, tasting, & signing.

scandinavian-comfort-foodCelebrate the laid back comfort of Scandinavian home cooking and welcome in the world of hygge with the doyenne of Scandinavian cooking Trine Hahnemann. Scandinavian Comfort Food is Trine’s love letter to her native Denmark, the attitude to life known as hygge, and why cooking fresh, homemade and nourishing food is so important. The book centers on how to have a relaxed, homely time with friends and family in over 130 recipes. With hygge, Trine shares an important part of her culture that is good for the soul, teaching us how to be kind to ourselves and find contentment. Scandinavian Comfort Food is full of fresh, seasonal ingredients to create a balance of indulgent and wholesome recipes – from barbecued langoustines and meringue layer cake, to radicchio with blueberries and sweet rye rolls. Whatever the occasion, get ready to cosy up and embrace the art of hygge.


Photo By Lars Ranek

Trine Hahnemann is a Danish chef and food writer known for her great passion for Danish food culture. Trine appears widely in the media including Saturday Kitchen and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and has written for publications such as The Observer, The Guardian and House & Garden.Trine has written ten cookbooks in her native Danish and four in English: The Scandinavian Cookbook, Scandinavian Christmas, Eat Nordic and Scandinavian Baking, all published by Quadrille.

Chevalier’s Very Own Darryl Holter Honors 2016 Nobel Literature Laureate, Bob Dylan, with Holter on Dylan Night of Music

Tuesday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m.

As Tom Waits noted when Bob Dylan was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, “Before epic tales and poems were ever written down, they migrated on the winds of the human voice and no voice is greater than Dylan’s.”  Chevalier’s will celebrate this glorious oral – and aural – origin of literature with a solo set of Dylan songs performed by our very own music-ographer and roots musician extraordinaire Darryl Holter (co-owner of our little book haven). Something is happening here and you DO know what it is, so come in out of that hard rain, Mr. and Ms. Jones, and listen to these songs. Performance.


dylanHe planted a flag, wrote the songs, sang the words that were essential to the times, to the emotional and spiritual survival of so many young Americans at that moment.

Bruce Springsteen

Darryl Holter, a Minnesotan like Bob Dylan, was one of the young Americans Springsteen is talking about. Dylan began performing his songs when he was a student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in the early 1960s. Darryl Holter heard Dylan’s songs when he was in high school and quickly learned the early Dylan discography. Now Darryl revisits his own musical roots with a set of Dylan songs from the 60s and 70s that propelled Dylan to his iconic status as the singer-songwriter of the 20th century.

darrylDarryl Holter, co-author of Woody Guthrie LA, 1937-1941, grew up playing the guitar and singing country and rock and roll songs in Minneapolis.  As a child, his early influences were Elvis and Johnny Cash, then Bob Dylan; folk-rock and country-rock.  His current brand of Americana Music draws from country, blues and folk traditions.  In 2008 he formed “213 Music” and launched his first self-titled album of original songs. Subsequently, he has released three albums: West Bank Gone, Crooked Hearts and Radio Songs. Besides his music, Holter has worked as an academic, a labor leader, an urban revitalization planner, and an entrepreneur.

Celebrate Small Business Saturday: Indies First with Amazing Authors, Lovely Librarians, Divine Discounts, & More!

Saturday, November 26th, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26th) is a day to escape the malls, say bye bye to big box stores, liberate your eyes from the screen and take a stroll in your local shopping district to do some pleasurable, person-to-person holiday shopping. We’re pleased to present an all day open house with Indies First at Chevalier’s, now celebrating our 76th annual holiday season.  Read on!

Honorary Booksellers Julie Buxbaum, Charlotte Huang, Patricia Lombard, Fonda St. Paul, Kris Williams, Carole Koneff, and Stuart Gibbs!


Indies First  is a program originally created by Sherman Alexie  as a way for authors to give back to their local bookstores. This year, Lena Dunham is the official spokesperson for our noble cause! The idea is that authors will volunteer as booksellers on Small Business Saturday, recommending great books for all your gift-giving needs. If anyone reads as much as booksellers, it’s definitely authors, so you’ll get some great recommendations! And as if that’s not enough, we’ve got two – count ‘em two –  terrific exemplars of that formidable breed — the school librarian!  — each from Pilgrim School, sharing their wide-ranging and insightful expertise.

Charlotte Huang9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Charlotte Huang recently released her second YA novel Going Geekfollowing the success of of  her first, For the Record. She grew up in the Boston area and was a day student at a prestigious boarding school, where she didn’t quite hit her stride but made great friends and got good at writing ten-page papers in one night.

juliebuxbaum10 a.m. to Noon, Julie Buxbaum is the New York Times best-selling author of Tell Me Three Things, her young adult debut, and the critically acclaimed novels The Opposite of Love and After You.  Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Julie’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times. She is a former lawyer and graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and an immortal goldfish. Visit Julie online at and follow @juliebux on Twitter. 10am- Noon

patty11 Noon, Patricia Lombard is author of the Images of America series pictorial history Larchmont. She is a free-lance writer and community activist. Patty is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz and long-time resident of Fremont Place, where she lives with her family.

fondaNoon to 2p.m., Fonda St. Paul. As a singer, Ms. St. Paul toured with legendary performers Paul Anka, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Mel Carter, Bette Midler and the singing group, Jay and the Americans. She studied dance with legendary choreographers Bob Fosse and Jo-Jo.  Dancing brought her to the Broadway stage in such musicals as “Sweet Charity” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”She wrote her first novel and screenplay Smile Pretty Now in 2006. The same year, she co-created/scripted the sitcom “It’s My Party!”  She also has created and produced several crime reality shows.On Wednesday, 12/7 Fonda will be reading and signing her latest novel Encore, Encore, at Chevalier’s.

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Kris Williams – Secondary School Librarian at Pilgrim School

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.Carole Koneff – Primary School Librarian at Pilgrim School

stuart-gibb4:00 to 5:00 p.m. 
Stuart 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


Spend more than $100 and receive a FREE CHEVALIER’S BOOKS TOTE BAG.

Meet Sanjay Nambiar, Creator of Super Amazing Princess Heroes, Reading & Signing The Gift of Gift in Partnership with World Children’s Initiative

Saturday, November 19th at 5:30 p.m.

This sweet, illustrated children’s story The Gift of Gift is the result of a special partnership with World Children’s Initiative (WCI), which built a hospital in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami as well as the African heart center depicted in The Gift of Gift. The title character was inspired by a real-life girl named Gift, who was WCI’s first heart patient in Uganda. Proceeds from the book will be shared with WCI. Meet Sanjay and take this golden opportunity to teach young children about the beauty of generosity. Reading & Signing.


The Gift of Gift features the three main Super Amazing Princess Heroes – Kinney, Oceana, and Sammie – who learn that one of their Ugandan friends, a wonderful girl named Gift, is sick with a heart condition. The girls spring into action and help build a heart hospital in Uganda. Gift not only becomes healthy, but also receives another very special transformation, as she becomes a new Super Amazing Princess Hero with the power of healing. Award-winning author Sanjay Nambiar and acclaimed artist Sedi Pak provided their services pro bono for the project.


Sanjay Nambiar has written several award-winning books, including “The Super Amazing Princess Heroes: How It All Started”, “The Gift of Gift”, and multiple titles in the A Little Zen for Little Ones series. Through his books, he hopes to inspire readers and convey positive messages to kids. In addition to writing books, Sanjay also is the CEO of SPH Media, the company behind the multimedia global brand platform for the Super Amazing Princess Heroes. Sanjay grew up in Carson, CA, where he overcame a gang- and drug-riddled environment with the help of a close-knit family and a focus on education. He graduated with honors from U.C. Berkeley, and earned an M.B.A. from UCLA.

Prominent Researcher & Author Dr. Bruce J. Hillman Discusses His Milestone New History of An AIDS Pioneer , A Plague on All Our Houses Talk & Signing.

Friday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m.

In  A Plague on All Our Houses: Medical Intrigue, Hollywood, and the Discovery of AIDS Dr. Bruce J. Hillman delivers the fascinating and important medical detective story of pioneering immunologist Dr. Michael Gottlieb’s discovery of AIDS, his struggle with the medical establishment, and the temptations of Hollywood. Delve with Dr. Hillman into the war of egos, money, academic power, and Hollywood clout that advanced AIDS research even as it compromised the career of the scientist who discovered the disease.Talk, reading, q&a and signing.

hillman_plagueallour_3d_prelimA Plague on All Our Houses offers a ringside seat to one of the most important medical discoveries and controversies of our time. At the beginning of the worldwide epidemic soon to be known as AIDS, Dr. Michael Gottlieb was a young immunologist new to the faculty of UCLA Medical Center. In 1981 he was brought in to consult on a battery of unusual cases: four formerly healthy gay men presenting with persistent fever, weight loss, and highly unusual infections. Other physicians around the country had noted similar clusters of symptoms, but it was Gottlieb who first realized that these patients had a new and deadly disease. He published his findings in a now-iconic lead article in the New England Journal of Medicine—an impressive achievement for such a young scientist—and quickly became the focal point of a whirlwind of panic, envy, desperation, and distrust that played out against a glittering Hollywood backdrop.

A riveting narrative. . . . Hillman’s intriguing portrait will deepen readers’ understanding of those who worked tirelessly to solve a medical mystery, nobly yearning to save lives and leave an indelible mark on human history. Hillman argues that the larger story of AIDS can teach ‘important lessons for the future’ on how nations can better deal with emerging epidemics.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Photo By Roch

Bruce J Hillman, M.D. has distinguished himself as a health services researcher, clinical trialist, and author. He is professor and former chair of radiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of The American College of Radiology. He is the author of two previous books, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: How Medical Imaging is Changing Health Care and the creative nonfiction book, The Man Who Stalked Einstein: How Nazi Scientist Philipp Lenard Changed the Course of History.

Author, Filmmaker & Instagram Instigator Molly Schiot Shares Her Discovery of Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History, A New Illustrated Collection

Thursday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m.

Director Molly Schiot founded the popular Instagram Account @theunsungheroines when her research for a film(yet-to-be-produced) uncovered a treasure trove of astounding, mostly forgotten women in sports: women like boxer Christy Martin who not only made the cover of Sports Illustrated but survived being shot by her abusive husband and  basketball pro Sheryl Swoopes, the inspiration for NIKE AIR Swoopes. Find out about the greatest athletes you’ve never heard of as the author shares her beautifully illustrated Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History in this talk, q&a and signing.

game-changers-jacketIn Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History Molly Schiot celebrates the stories of those forgotten female athletes and shares rarely-before-seen photos.  Simone Biles. Serena Williams. Katie Ledecky.  Today, we know these women, their names, and their accomplishments. But what about the women who came before them, the trailblazers who made it possible for these champions to get out on the field and play? Molly Schiot started documenting these lost stories after she pitched an idea for a short film to a major sports network about a group of African-American women who fought for their right to play golf in the 1930s.  The film didn’t get made, but Schiot soon found dozens more undiscovered female athletes from the pre-Title IX era. She created the Instagram account @theunsungheroines and shared a photo each day of female athletes who made significant strides (literally and figuratively) in some of the most popular games in the world. The book features new and powerful conversations about women and sports between some of today’s heroines—including former US Women’s National Soccer Team captain Abby Wambach and professional skateboarder Lacey Baker—and the pioneers who motivated them to push forward.  This empowering book is the perfect keepsake for mothers, daughters, fans, feminists, and the champions of tomorrow.


Photo By Cass Bugge

Molly Schiot is a director, artist, filmmaker, and the founder of the Instagram account, “The Unsung Heroines.”  Her creative endeavors have led to sold-out exhibitions of her paintings and drawings, music videos for the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Mark Ronson and The Raveonettes, and commercials for Miu-Miu, Levi’s, and Converse. She is the creator of the “Check You Out” series for Paper Magazine and recently directed an ESPN “30 for 30” short, “Our Tough Guy,” about the life of one of the NHL’s most fearsome players, John Wensink.