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.
Thursday, May 15th, 7:30pm:
Join Hollywood writer and film professor Ken LaZebnik for a literary and visual exploration of shards of film history. LaZebnik will discuss his new book, Hollywood Digs: An Archeology of Shadows, unveiling insider tales of Hollywood’s greatest forgotten legends, which will be brought to life in a slide show of exclusive duotone photographs, many of them including never-before-released galleries by famous Hollywood photographer Leigh Wiener.
Tuesday, May 6th, 7:30pm:
The Last Bookstore is pleased to welcome speaker and advocate Rachelle Friedman to discuss and sign her new book,The Promise.
Just weeks before her wedding, four of Rachelle Friedman’s friends threw her a bachelorette party. At the end of a perfect evening of dancing and celebration, they decided to take a moonlight swim. One of her friends playfully pushed her into the water . . . two feet too far from the deep end. That chilling moment changed their lives forever. Rachelle broke her neck and was paralyzed from the chest down. She would never walk again.
The Promise is a powerful memoir of resilience, love, and loyalty. On the night of the accident, the five girls made an unspoken agreement to never reveal the name of the friend who had pushed Rachelle into the pool–and their bond has remained unbroken. As Rachelle undergoes a physical battle for her life, her friend struggles emotionally to prevent one moment in time from defining her forever. It’s the story of true integrity; it’s also about finding the incredible strength inside each of us we never knew we had.
Also a love story, The Promise chronicles Rachelle and Chris’s relationship, their struggle with her paralysis and rehab, the physical challenges of intimacy, and ultimately, their fairy-tale wedding.
About the author: Rachelle Friedman, once a program assistant at a senior’s activity center, is now an advocate for those with spinal injuries. Rachelle has appeared on The Today Show and HLN, and she has been written about in numerous worldwide publications. She and her husband live in Knightdale, North Carolina with their two dogs. You can visit her website at rachellefriedman.com.
Thursday, April 24th, 7:30pm: