NEWS

Thursday, June 26th, 7:30PM:

The Last Bookstore is excited to host author Rachel Howzell Hall as she discusses and signs her new novel, Land of Shadows. Hall brings an exciting new voice to Los Angeles crime fiction.

Detective Elouise “Lou” Norton, a member of the L.A.P.D. homicide squad, now investigates crimes on the same streets her older sister disappeared from thirty years ago. When a seventeen-year-old girl is found dead of an apparent suicide at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit, Lou isn’t buying the easy explanation.

For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self-made millionaire—and the man who was the last person seen with Lou’s missing sister, Tori, when she was a teen. As Lou investigates the death of Monique  Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. But her department is skeptical.

Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique’s case she will finally bring her lost sister home. As she gets closer to the truth, however, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice. . .before Lou becomes his next victim?

Land of Shadows is a riveting tale of suspense that brings a diverse and important voice to the mystery/thriller world. Rachel Howzell Hall has created a memorable heroine in the strong, smart, sexy, and cynical Norton, and she takes the reader deep into the heart of the complex and ever-evolving neighborhoods of L.A.

“A hard-hitting tale of a modern, complex Los Angeles. Well-written and deftly paced…a story that stays with you after the last page is read.”

—Gary Phillips, author of Warlord of Willow Ridge

Rachel Howzell Hall is a writer/assistant development director at City of Hope, a national leader in cancer research and treatment. Her first novel, A Quiet Storm, received a starred review from Library Journal and was a featured selection for Borders’ Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection for Black Expressions book club. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her online at:http://www.rachelhowzell.com/ or follow her @RachelHowzell.

Friday, June 20th, 7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore is proud to host the book launch for Tween Hobo: Off the Rails.

TWEEN HOBO is the brainchild of playwright Alena Smith, who created the wildly popular Twitter persona in 2011. Called “one of the most imaginative uses for Twitter so far” by The Believer and ranked at #10 of “The Best 75 Twitter Accounts of 2012” by Paste Magazine, the Twitter feed has garnered a mass of devoted and in-the-know fans like Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, and Tavi Gevinson. The book’s illustrator, Kate Harmer, works on Zooey Deschanel, Rivka Rossi & Molly McAleer’s popular website, Hello Giggles.

BJ Novak (The Office, One More Thing) will emcee the evening as Alena Smith and Kate Harmer read, sign, and celebrate their new book.

This event is ticket-only, and the store will be closed to non-ticket holders from 7 p.m. onward. The ticket price includes a copy of Tween Hobo: Off the Rails. Additional copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/1kaiEvx

Wednesday, June 18th, 8pm:

Room 101 has been producing improv shows for over five years and has been called “the best indie improv show running” by LAist.  We’re excited to bring some of the best improv teams in LA to the Last Bookstore!

Our lineup includes:

Convoy – “Best Improv Show” – LA Weekly Best of LA Issue, 2012
Bangarang! – “One of the quickest, most connected teams in the game.” – Splitsider
Shakedown (10 time UCB Cagematch champions)
and more!

Click HERE for more info!

 

Monday, June 16th, 7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore is thrilled to host the book launch for Ruin and Rising, the third book in Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Grisha Trilogy.

Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ruin-and-rising-book-launch-party-tickets-11594685015

 

Wednesday, June 11th, 7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore is pleased to host Lama Marut as he discusses his newest book, Be Nobody.

We are all desperately trying to be somebody, to be “special”. We collect “friends” and “followers” online as symbols of our worth. We hunt fame and visibility.

But maybe we’ve got it all wrong.

With his edgy tone and radical perspective, Lama Marut follows up A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life by calling for the biggest revolution of all: the overthrow of our obsessive quest to be somebody. He shows readers that living an ethical life—a life of selflessness rather than unbridled egoism—is the key to true happiness and the foundation for creating a better world.

Without the need to seclude oneself in a monastery or retire to a cave in the Himalayas, Marut gives readers action steps and simple meditations to find true fulfillment.

“While reading this book, thinking about this book, and trying his suggestions I have begun to experience what life is like when one puts ‘the horse before the cart.’ I am experiencing a lot more time and a lot more love, and I am extremely grateful. It’s brilliant.” – Mary McDonnel, Academy Award nominated actress

 

 

Lama Marut (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is extensively trained in the spiritual traditions of India and Tibetan Buddhism. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and taught for over two decades in the academic world, first at Columbia University and later at the University of California, where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2004. He lived as a Buddhist monk for eight years and has served for the past fifteen years as a spiritual teacher to students around the world. Lama Marut is currently the Spiritual Director of eight “Middle Way Centers” located in North America, Australia, and Singapore.

In addition to several scholarly studies and translations based on Sanskrit materials, he is the author of the popular and award-winning book, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life (Beyond Words, 2012).

Friday, June 6th,  7:30pm: 

The Last Bookstore is excited to host Rare Bird Lit as they present Maxwell Neely-Cohen and his new book, Echo of the Boom.

Echo of the Boom is a novel centered around the current generation of American teenagers, a group coming of age in a networked world highly conscious of violence and the apocalyptic. While the narrative spans the globe and jumps in time, much of the action orbits a near-past and present Washington, D.C., as each of the four main characters wrestle with their notions of fear, power, mysticism, and the future.

“A brilliant dissection of American youth culture, Echo of the Boom tears apart the stereotypical depictions of young people and instead offers a searing, poign- ant, and achingly real alternative. Do not mistake it for fantasy, the result is a disturbing yet accurate description of how many young people navigate the world today.” —Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes

Twenty-seven-year-old MAXWELL NEELY-COHEN was born andraised in Washington D.C. In his young life he has already been a skateboarder, DJ, military theorist, college tennis player, YA novel editor, and independent video game producer. He lives in New York

 

 

 

June 4th, 2pm: PRIVATE EVENT

The Last Bookstore will be closed for an invite-only event. We will be open from 10a.m.-2 p.m., with our buying counter closing at 1:30.

 

 

Tuesday, May 27th, 7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore is excited to host award-winning author Glen Hirshberg, as he discusses and signs his new novel Motherless Child.

In his powerful novel, Motherless Child, Bram Stoker Award–nominee Glen Hirshberg, author of the International Horror Guild Award–winning American Morons, exposes the fallacy of the Twilight-style romantic vampire while capturing the heart of every reader.

It’s the thrill of a lifetime when Sophie and Natalie, single mothers living in a trailer park in North Carolina, meet their idol, the mysterious musician known only as “the Whistler.” Morning finds them covered with dried blood, their clothing shredded and their memories hazy. Things soon become horrifyingly clear: the Whistler is a vampire and Natalie and Sophie are his latest victims. The young women leave their babies with Natalie’s mother and hit the road, determined not to give in to their unnatural desires.

Hunger and desire make a powerful couple. So do the Whistler and his Mother, who are searching for Sophie and Natalie with the help of Twitter and the musician’s many fans. The violent, emotionally moving showdown between two who should be victims and two who should be monsters will leave readers gasping in fear and delight.

Glen Hirshberg received his B.A. from Columbia University, where he won the Bennett Cerf Prize for Best Fiction, and his M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Montana. His first novel, The Snowman’s Children, was a Literary Guild Featured Selection. His collection, The Two Sams, won three International Horror Guild Awards and was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. Hirshberg has won the Shirley Jackson Award and been a finalist for the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker Awards.

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day Greetings!

If you’re wondering, we are DEFINITELY OPEN today.  We have our normal store hours- from 10AM to 10PM today.

Spare yourself the pain of having to call us on the phone to see if we’re open.  Instead, come by and see us!

 

 

 

Sunday, May 25th, 6PM:

We’ll be closing our doors early (6pm) this Sunday due to a wedding.