NEWS

Thursday, April 24th, 7:30pm:

Tuesday, April 22, 7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore has been chosen as one of twenty U.S. locations to host an official World Book Night launch event on April 22, 2014.

Joining us to celebrate this great cause will be the bestselling/author Ransom Riggs, starting here at 7:30.

Additionally, all attendees at our April 22 event will receive a free copy of Shakespeare’s Sonnets in a special WBN edition.

As part of this celebration, Ransom Riggs will speak briefly about reading and giving. Of special importance, all local givers are welcome to come share their giving stories.

Ransom’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one of the 37 official WBN editions being distributed around the country by volunteers on April 23. (Full list of books at www.us.worldbooknight.org )

Other official WBN launch events will take place in Seattle; Portland; Berkeley; Denver; Santa Fe; Houston; Chicago; Duluth; Lexington, KY; Stone Ridge, VA; Wilmington, NC; Vero Beach, FL; Buffalo and Ithaca, NY; Barre, VT; Washington, DC; and New York City.

About World Book Night, the authors, and the book selection:

World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give a half million free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America on one day. 25,000 volunteer book lovers will go out into 6,000 communities to primarily seek out those without the means or access to printed books. The volunteers go to such diverse locations as hospitals, underfunded schools, military bases, women’s shelters, nursing homes, community centers, and more.

World Book Night takes place on April 23, 2014 – Shakespeare’s birthday – and is in its third year in the U.S., after the UK launch in 2011. We hand out 500,000 books in the U.S. every April 23.

As part of World Book Night, 2,300 bookstores and libraries in all 50 states serve as community organizers for the book distribution to the volunteer givers.

The books were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians through several rounds of voting. The printing of the free books was possible due to generosity of the authors, publishers, and book manufacturing companies. Authors generously waive royalties on the free books.

World Book Night U.S. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by UPS, authors,publishers, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Barnes & Noble, and the Ingram Content Group; a full list of sponsors is at our website.

Friday, April 18th, 7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Arthur Hoyle and his new book on Henry Miller, a favorite author at the bookstore. Join us to learn more about the man behind The Tropic of CancerThe Tropic of Capricorn, the Rosy Crucifixion trilogy, and more.

Local author Arthur Hoyle will discuss and sign his recently published (Skyhorse/Arcade) biography of iconic American writer Henry Miller on Friday April 18 at The Last Bookstore. Called “the best book ever written about my father” by Miller’s son Tony, The Unknown Henry Miller: A Seeker in Big Sur recounts Miller’s career from its beginnings in Paris in the 1930s but focuses on his years living in Big Sur, California, during which he wrote many of his most important books, including The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy; married and divorced twice; raised two children; painted watercolors, and tried to live out an aesthetic and personal credo of self-realization. Drawing extensively on correspondence between Miller and the members of his intimate literary circle – Anaïs Nin, Lawrence Durrell, Alfred Perlès, James Laughlin, Wallace Fowlie, Huntington Cairns, and Emil Schnellock – and examining closely key Miller texts, this biography presents a rounded portrait of Miller the man and artist as he struggles to find an American audience for his work, and to reach his personal goal of spiritual self-realization.

Arthur Hoyle is a writer, educator, and independent filmmaker. His documentary filmsaired on PBS and have won numerous awards. He received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a film script on American social philosopher Thorstein Veblen. He currently volunteers as a naturalist in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, leading interpretive walks on Chumash Indian culture.

Thursday, April 17th, 7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore is excited to have hiding border collie Momo and his human sidekick, Andrew Knapp, in store to talk about their adventures and sign books.

In the fall of 2012, photographer Andrew Knapp took his border collie, Momo, into the woods to play catch. Knapp grabbed a stick and gave it a throw, but Momo was not interested in retrieving it—he wanted to play a game of hide-and-seek. After a bit of searching, Knapp found Momo hidden behind some trees. The beauty of the scene inspired Knapp to pick up his camera and snap a few shots of Momo, which he began posting to Instagram with the #findmomo hashtag. Momo soon became an Internet sensation: his Instagram feed quickly gained more than 100,000 followers.

Find Momo: My Dog is Hiding in this Book. Can You Find Him? is Knapp’s collection of charming photography that invites readers to play hide-and-seek with this ever-cute, ever-patient, ever-eager border collie who is skilled at hiding in a variety of settings. With plenty of never-before-seen photos, readers will look for Momo in famous locales like Central Park in New York City and Millennium Park in Chicago, as well as in fields, snow banks, and toy stores.

Full of striking and unforgettable images, Find Momo is part art book and part “Where’s Waldo?” and it will challenge and inspire dog lovers, photography buffs, and curious readers of all ages.

Friday, April 11th, 7pm:

The Last Bookstore is happy to host a pre-Festival of Books event with the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

Various mystery writers, including Jeri Westerson, president of the chapter, will be on hand to meet fans, mingle, and begin their Los Angeles Times Festival of Books weekend.

If you are a mystery fan or writer yourself, come by Friday evening for a chance to chat mysteries with their writers. We’ll see you there!


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Sunday, April 6th, 7:00pm:

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present three poets from Red Hen Press: Douglas Kearney, Veronica Reyes, and Jessica Piazza. Please join us to hear them read from their collections.

Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney’s first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. It was also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in 2010. His third collection is Patter (Red Hen Press, 2014). He has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Coat Hanger award, and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts.

Verónica Reyes is a Chicana feminist jota poet from East Los Angeles, California. She earned her BA from California State University, Long Beach and her MFA from University of Texas, El Paso. Her poems give voice to all her communities: Chicanas/os, immigrants, Mexican Americans, and la jotería. Reyes has won AWP’s Intro-Journal Project, an Astraea Lesbian Foundation Emerging Artist award, and was a Finalist for the Andrés Montoya Poetry award. She has received grants and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, and Montalvo Arts Center. Her work has appeared in CalyxFeminist StudiesZYZZYVA, and The New York Quarterly. She is a proud member of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) and Macondo Writers’ Workshop.Chopper! Chopper! (Red Hen Press, 2013) is her first book.

Jessica Piazza was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has a BS in Journalism from Boston University, an MA in Creative Writing from the UT Austin, and is a PhD candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She co-founded Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, is a contributing editor at The Offending Adam, and has blogged for The Best American Poetry and Barrelhouse. Her work has appeared in AgniIndiana Review,Mid-American ReviewNational Poetry ReviewThe Missouri ReviewRattleHobart, and Forklift, Ohio, among other journals. She is the winner of the 2011 A Room of Her Own  Foundation To the Lighthouse Publication Prize. Interrobangis her first collection of poems. Her chapbook, This is not a sky, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2014.

Friday, March 28th, 7pm:

The Last Bookstore welcomes back the Minimalists as they tour in support of their new book, Everything That Remains.

What if everything you ever wanted isn’t what you actually want? Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn’t anymore.

Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, Millburn started questioning every aspect of the life he had built for himself. Then, he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalismand everything started to change.

That was four years ago. Since, Millburn, now 32, has embraced simplicity. In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career.

So, when everything was gone, what was left? Not a how-to book but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn’s best friend of twenty years.

About the Authors:

When they were twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, best friends JoshuaFields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus thought they had everything anyone could ever want.

In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, Joshua and Ryan both walked away from six-figure careers and embarked on new journey. Since embracing simplicity as a lifestyle, they have written two bestselling books; they co-founded Asymmetrical Press, a publishing house for the indie at heart; and they have spoken at at Harvard Business School, SXSW, TEDx, the World Domination Summit, and many other organizations, schools, and conferences. They are currently in the middle of a 10-month, 100-city international book tour to support their new memoir, Everything That Remains.

In just three years, Joshua and Ryan have garnered an audience of more than 2 million readers at their website, TheMinimalists.com, where they write about living a meaningful life with less stuff. Their story has been featured in theWall Street JournalUSA TodayForbesBoston GlobeSan Francisco ChronicleChicago TribuneNational PostLA Weekly, and on CBS This Morning, ABC, NBC, FOX, NPR, BBC, CBC, and dozens of other outlets.

Both born in 1981 and raised Dayton, Ohio, Joshua and Ryan now live in Montana.

Thursday, March 27th, 7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore is pleased to welcome Willy Vlautin, as he presents his newest book, The Free (Harper Perennial). Selected as the #1 IndieNext Book Pick for February 2014, The Free continues to explore the themes of Vlautin’s earlier works.

As Ann Patchett said, Vlautin gives us a portrait of American life that is so hard and so heartbreaking that it should be unbearable, but it isn’t. The straightforward beauty of Vlautin’s writing, and the tender care he shows his characters, turns a story of struggle into indispensable reading. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”

In his heartbreaking yet hopeful fourth novel, award-winning author Willy Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for illuminating the disquiet of modern American life, captured in the experiences of three memorable characters enduring a host of crises-financial, familial, and existential-and looking for meaning in distressing times.

Severely wounded in the Iraq war, Leroy Kervin has lived in a group home for eight years. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, his existence has become unbearable. An act of desperation helps him disappear deep into his mind, into a world of romance and science fiction, danger and adventure, where he is whole once again.

Freddie McCall, the night man at Leroy’s group home. He works two jobs yet still can’t make ends meet. He’s lost his wife and kids, and the house is next. Medical bills have buried him in debt, a situation that propels him to consider a lucrative-and dangerous-proposition.

Pauline Hawkins, a nurse, cares for the sick and wounded, including Leroy. She also looks after her mentally ill elderly father. Yet she remains emotionally removed, until she meets a young runaway who touches something deep and unexpected inside her.

In crystalline prose both beautiful and devastating, this “major realist talent” (Seattle Post Intelligencer), considers the issues transforming ordinary people’s lives-the cost of health care, the lack of economic opportunity, the devastating scars of war- creating an extraordinary contemporary portrait that is also a testament to the resiliency of the human heart

About the Author:

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as ateenager and quickly became immersed in music.

It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories. He is the author of three well received novels, The Motel Life which has been made into a movie starring Dakota Fanning, Emile Hersh, and Stephen Dorff; Northline; and Lean on Pete, which won two Oregon Book Awards. He is a founding member of the alternative country band Richmond Fontaine who have produced eight studio albums. Driven by Vlautin’s dark, story-like songwriting, the band has achieved critical acclaim at home and across Europe. Vlautin currently resides in Scappoose, Oregon.

March 23rd, 1pm:

We’ll be closing the store at 1pm for a wedding happening later that day.