NEWS

Saturday, March 22nd, 2pm:

Attention, LA Ringers and Tolkienistas: Tolkien Forever, the Los Angeles smial of the Tolkien Society, will host ReadingDay on Saturday, March 22, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Last Book Store, 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. This is the second year we are privileged to hold Reading Day at this fantastic venue. If you are in the Los Angeles area, please come by and join us as we celebrate the beauty of ProfessorTolkien’s works.

If you are planning on attending, whether you are reading or not, please leave us a note here:

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Please note that the official Tolkien Reading Day is held March 25, in conjunction with the destruction of the Ring. For reasons of convenience to attendees and readers, TolkienForever traditionally holds the Los Angeles event on the Saturday closest to the actual date.

Friday, March 21st, 7:30pm:

America’s Next Top Model cycle 4 winner, Naima Mora presents her first book, Model Behavior. She will discuss and sign her work at the Last Bookstore on March 21st.

Naima Mora is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She moved to NYC at age 18 where she joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem and performed contemporary ballet until leaving in 2004. She was scouted for and subsequently won Season 4 of the hit television series America’s Next Top Model. Mora has received awards for exceptional achievement, outstanding leadership, and dedication to improving the quality of life including the Spirit of Detroit Award, California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition, and the prestigious Key of the City to Cincinnati, Ohio. She often serves as a guest speaker and host for schools and universities including: Detroit Public Schools / Detroit Public Library HYPE (Helping Young People Excel) launch, Sacramento City Unified School District African American Student Leadership Conference 2010, the University of South Carolina’s 2010 Fashion For a Cause, and a TEDx presentation in Sacramento in 2013.

Thursday, March 20th:

We will be closed for filming the entire day of Thursday, March 20th.  We will resume our regular store hours the very next day, Friday, March 21st.

Friday, March 14th, 7:30pm:

Two Dollar Radio presents their authors D. Foy, Grace Krilanovich, and Karolina Waclawiak at the Last Bookstore. The Columbus, Ohio-based publisher brings the authors of a few of their “books too loud to ignore” for a reading and conversation.

D. Foy’s new book, Made to Break, releases in March.

Two days before New Years, a pack of five friends – three men and two women – head to a remote cabin near Lake Tahoe to celebrate the holidays. They’ve been buddies forever, banded together by scrapes and squalor, their relationships defined by these wild times.

After a car accident leaves one friend sick and dying, and severe weather traps them at the cabin, there is nowhere to go, forcing them to finally and ultimately take stock and confront their past transgressions, considering what they mean to one another and themselves.

With some of the most luminous and purple prose flexed in recent memory, D. Foy is an incendiary new voice and Made to Break, a grand, episodic debut, redolent of the stark conscience of Denis Johnson and the spellbinding vision of Roberto Bolaño.

“Reading D. Foy’s prose is like watching Robert Stone and Wallace Stevens drag race across a frozen lake atmidnight.”—Anthony Swofford

D. Foy has had work published or forthcoming in BombFrequencies: Volume 3PostRoadThe Literary Review, and The Georgia Review. His story, “Barnacles of the Fuzz,” appeared in Forty New Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, edited by Cal Morgan. An essay on the American laundromat will appear in Snorri Bros.’sLaundromat, an homage in photographs to laundromats throughout New York City, available from powerHouseBooks.

 

Grace Krilanovich’s book The Orange Eats Creeps made many year-end best of lists in 2010.

 

A girl with drug-induced ESP and an eerie connection to Patty Reed (a young member of the Donner Party who credited her survival to her relationship with a hidden wooden doll), searches for her disappeared foster sister along “The Highway That Eats People,” stalked by a conflation of Twin Peaks’ “Bob” and the Green River Killer, known as Dactyl.

“Grace Krilanovich’s first book is a steamy cesspool of language that stews psychoneurosis and viscera into a horrific new organism — the sort of muck in which Burroughs, Bataille, and Kathy Acker loved to writhe.”
-The Believer

Grace Krilanovich has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a finalist for the
Starcherone Prize. Her first book,The Orange Eats Creeps, is the only novel to be excerpted twice in Black Clock.

 

 

 

Karolina Waclawiak’s novel, How To Get Into The Twin Palms, was Salon‘s “Most Overlooked Book of the Year.”

 

How To Get Into the Twin Palms is the story of Anya, a young woman living in a Russian neighborhood in Los Angeles, who struggles between retaining her parents’ Polish culture and trying to assimilate into her adopted community. She lusts after Lev, a Russian man who frequents the Twin Palms nightclub down the block from Anya’s apartment. It is Anya’s wish to gain entrance to this seeminly exclusive club. How To Get Into the Twin Palms is a really funny and often moving book that provides a unique twist on the immigrant story, and provides a credible portrait of the city of Los Angeles, literally burning to the ground.

Waclawiak takes the immigrant novel and spins it on its head. A great addition to 1.5 generation literature, beautifully written, funny and touching.”-Gary Shteyngart

Karolina Waclawiak received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She is the Deputy Editor of The Believer and lives and writes in Brooklyn.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 6th, 7:30pm:

We welcome David Grand and Wesley Stace for the release of their two new books, Mount Terminus and Wonderkid.  Please join us for an evening of readings from both of these works.  Keep reading below for a more in depth review on each of these titles.  We are delighted to be hosting this event and we welcome these great additions to our store with open arms.

 

Mount Terminus

After his mother’s death, young Bloom boards a train with his bereaved father, Jacob, to travel west across mountains and deserts to California: Mount Terminus, their new home at the desolate end of the world. There, in a villa built atop a rare desert spring, they live apart from society, supported by the income from Jacob’s invention, the Rosenbloom Loop, a piece of technology that has revolutionized the nascent art of filmmaking. And it is there that Bloom grows up in the shadow of his father’s grief, with only a pair of servants, the house’s ghosts, and his own artistic muse for company.

But Jacob can’t forever protect his family from his past-the dramatic series of events that has taken him from the Hebrew Orphan Asylum on New York’s Lower East Side and into the graces of beautiful twin girls to this fragile refuge in pre-Hollywood Los Angeles. And Bloom, now an eccentric dark genius, can’t live alone at the top of the mountain forever. Prodded by his newly discovered half brother, in every way his opposite, Bloom will have to come down to meet the world. The orange farmers and the vaqueros, the speculators and the developers, the artists and the barons of the silver screen, will surely go up the mountain to meet him.

Wesley Stace describes David Grand’s new book, Mount Terminus: ”Mount Terminus is a spellbinding, atmospheric epic from a writer at the top of his game. It’s a story layered with transformations: Bloom’s blossoming into an artist, the California desert’s urbanization, and, brilliantly, the photograph’s development into the moving image. Mount Terminus is cinematic in scope and narrative: a richly imagined masterpiece brought to you in GRANDVISIONT.”

 

 

 

WONDERKID

Sold-out concerts, screaming fans, TV shows, Number Ones. This is the rock and roll dream, and the Wonderkids are living it. But something’s wrong. The gigs are sold out, sure, but the halls are packed with little kids-not sexy hipsters. And that screaming? It sounds more like wailing, actually. The TV appearances are PBS on Saturday morning, rather than Saturday Night Live, and as for Number Ones . . . you don’t want to know.

The Wonderkids’ lead singer, songwriter, and resident mad genius Blake Lear has always written lyrics as silly as they are infectious, which is why he has no objection when the band is offered a deal with the devil: the Wonderkids will be rock stars, adored and revered. The catch? Their audience will be children. They will be a “kindie” band avant la lettre, before the Wiggles and Dan Zanes were a twinkle in Raffi’s eye. So the band takes America by storm, and things go very right-until they go very wrong.

Narrated by Sweet, an orphan Blake adopts on a whim, Wonderkid is a delirious and surprisingly touching novel of the dangers of compromise, thwarted ambition, and fathers and sons, told with tremendous humor and energy by Wesley Stace-the rare writer who is as comfortable inside a rock club as he is inside a bookstore. A backstage epic of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but also sippy cups, pillow fights, and Baby Bjorns, this is Almost Famousthrough the looking glass.

Gary Shteyngart writes: ”Finally, a sex, drugs and rock n’ roll book for Dan Zanes fans! Wonderkid also happens to be one of the best books about fathers and sons since Turgenev.”

Saturday, March 1st, 8 – 10pm:

In The Artisan Soul, Erwin Raphael McManus, author, thought leader, and founder of MOSAIC in Los Angeles, pens a manifesto for human creativity and the beginning of a new renaissance. McManus not only calls us to reclaim our creative essence but reveals how we can craft our lives into a work of art. There are no shortcuts to quality, and McManus celebrates the spiritual process that can help us discover our true selves.

McManus demonstrates that we all carry within us the essence of an artist. We all need to create, to be a part of a process that brings to the world something beautiful, good, and true, in order to allow our souls to come to life. It’s not only the quality of the ingredients we use to build our lives that matter, but the care we bring to the process itself. Just like baking artisan bread, it’s a process that’s crafted over time. And God has something to say about how we craft our lives. With poignant, inspirational stories and insights from art, life, history, and scripture interspersed throughout, McManus walks readers through the process of crafting a life of beauty and wonder.

 

Sunday, February 23rd, 1pm:

LA Opera has one more talk for you this month!  This Sunday’s conversation from Tanya Len will be about Lucia di Lammermoor.  It’s the story of woman forced into a marriage that goes awry at the reception!  Dark and amorous, this story and performance will not disappoint.

OVERVIEW

A darkly romantic tale of family honor, betrayal and madness returns to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade. As Lucia, Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova is “a phenomenon that must be heard to be believed”(Opera News). Returning as Lucia’s secret lover is tenor Saimir Pirgu, whose “youthful stage presence and eager phrasing…mark him out as a tenor to watch”(Opera News).

Forced by her family to marry against her will, Lucia descends into madness. Her chilling, blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception has become one of the most iconic scenes in all opera. A tour-de-force of Italian Romantic opera at its most powerful and dramatic, Lucia di Lammermoor is the gleaming jewel in opera’s bel canto crown.

Friday, February 21st, 7pm:

The CalArts MFA Writing Program is pleased to announce its Next Words Graduation Reading Series 2014.

Featuring performances from all MFA candidates in Writing, the series will showcase emerging talent in a variety of locations across the city. We are pleased to announce our first event in the series, Dark Obsessions, commencing Friday February 21st at The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St.

For more info, please visit our Facebook Page, or RSVP at our event page.

Happy President’s Day! We’re definitely open, and with our normal store hours today. If you have the day off, be sure to visit us!

Sunday, February 16th, 1pm:

Join Sean Muhlstein & Brandon Wise, two of LA Opera’s community educators to learn about Billy Budd. This Benjamin Britten opera is based on Herman Melville’s classic novel. Come learn about it before you see it!