John Engle Book Signing

John Engle

Author of Surfing in the Movies

Book Signing Wednesday, August 24th 4pm - 7pm

Originally from Southern California, author John Engle who is visiting his family from Marseille France,  will be at {pages} to sign and discuss his book Surfing in the Movies.  All are welcome to stop by between 4pm and 7pm.

Surfing has fascinated filmmakers since Thomas Edison shot footage of Waikiki beachboys in 1906. Before the 1950s surf craze, surfing showed up in travelogues or as exotic background for studio features.

The arrival of Gidget (1959) on the big screen swept the sport into popular culture, but surfer-filmmakers were already featuring the day’s best surfers in self-narrated two-reelers. Hollywood and independent filmmakers have produced about three dozen surf films in the last half-century, including the frothy Beach Party movies, Point Break (1991) and Chasing Mavericks (2012). From Bud Browne’s earliest efforts to The Endless Summer (1966), Riding Giants (2004) and today’s brilliant videos, over 1,000 surfing movies have celebrated the stoke. This first full-length study of surf movies gives critical attention to hundreds of the most important films.

About the Author(s)
John Engle is a professor of literature and film at the Universite de Toulon. He has written extensively on modern literature, education, popular culture, and cinema.

Surfing in the Movies: A Critical History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780786495214
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: McFarland & Company - October 5th, 2015

DJ Machale Author Event


DJ MacHale

Author of The Library:  Curse of the Boggin

Tuesday, September 6th at 6:30pm

For Ages 8-12 years

Local D. J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling series Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space, the spooky Morpheus Road trilogy, and the sci-fi thriller trilogy the SYLO Chronicles. DJ is back with a new series, The Library.  He will appear at {pages} to discuss the first book entitled The Curse of the Boggin.  DJ is one of the most exciting writers for young people today.  

About The Library Series:  Use the Paradox Key to enter a mysterious library that exists between dimensions; a place where restless spirits go to write their incredible tales. Its shelves are stacked with countless volumes of unfinished stories about those who found themselves in unexplainable and frightening situations. Some stories occurred in the past while others are unfolding now. Today. These supernatural mysteries must be solved and completed in order to help spirits from the past rest in peace; or save someone in the present from a horrible fate.
The mission of the living agents of the Library is to complete these extraordinary stories. Each book in the series will follow a different tale of strange doings as the young agents enter impossible worlds where ghosts, witches, vampires and supernatural oddities become all too real.
It's about finishing the books, before the books finish them.

RSVPs are appreciated.  Call 310-318-0900 or email

Curse of the Boggin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101932537
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

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Elizabeth Letts

Author of The Perfect Horse

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ISBN: 9780345544803
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - August 23rd, 2016

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