Indies First on Small Business Saturday

11/29/2014
America/Los Angeles

      

Jason Boog, Author of Born Reading 

Storytime 10am-11am

Rick Reilly, Author of Tiger, Meet My Sister...11am -1pm

Dennis Lehane, Author of Shutter Island and numerous others... 1pm - 3pm

In Celebration of Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 29th

We are excited to have some special volunteer authors in the store on Small Business Saturday.   Jason, Rick, Dennis and possibly some others, will be on hand to hand sell their favorite books, and promote some of their own.  We will also have refreshments throughout the day.  Please join us and shop Small Business Saturday!!

Jason Boog 10am - 11:30am

Are you reading the right way with the child in your life?

Studies have shown that interactive reading, a method that creates dialogue while reading with a young child, can raise the child’s IQ by more than six points, establishing a lasting competitive advantage while fostering a love of books.

As a new dad, Jason spent his work hours immersed in literature as lead editor of GalleyCat,  and Mediabistro’s blog about all things publishing. However, when it came to choosing what to read or figuring out what exactly to do while holding a book in front of his newborn daughter, Jason was as clueless as most parents.

In Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age—From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between, Jason shares simple, yet effective interactive reading techniques to maximize the benefits and enjoyment of storytime. Featuring a foreword by Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Collections Specialist at the New York Public Library, the book draws upon the deep knowledge and experience of librarians, authors, publishers, psychologists, and other experts in children’s literacy. The book also shares lots of stories about reading with my daughter, Olive, and the lessons we learned along the way.

It’s not only important THAT we read with children, but also HOW we read with children. Born Reading will show anyone who loves kids how to make sure the children they care about are building a powerful foundation in literacy from the beginning of life.

Jason will be conducting readings of his favorite books throughout the morning at {pages}.

 

Rick Reilly 11am-1pm

RICK REILLY is a member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He’s been voted National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times over a career that began in 1979.

USA Today called Reilly “the closest thing sportswriting ever had to a rock star.” The Sherman Report called Reilly “easily the most read sportswriter of his generation.” The New York Daily News described him “as one of the funniest humans on the planet.” Publishers Weekly called him, “an indescribable amalgam of Dave Barry, Jim Murray, and Lewis Grizzard, with the timing of Jay Leno and the wit of Johnny Carson.”

Take it from us, Rick is the real deal.  We are so excited that he will be a volunteer bookseller on Saturday.  He is so personalbe and witty that you can't help but love him.  His latest book, Tiger, Meet My Sister... is a best seller in the store.  It is the perfect gift for a sports-loving relative or friend.  

 

Dennis Lehane 1pm-3pm

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he’s published nine more novels with William Morrow that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone Baby Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; Moonlight Mile; and Live By Night, which won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2013. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and a play. Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island have been made into award-winning films, and the film rights for Live by Night are under option to Warner Bros. with Ben Affleck producing, writing, directing, and starring.

Lehane adapted his short story Animal Rescue, which appeared in “Playboy” as well as in Boston Noir, a collection published by Akashic Books, into a feature film called The Drop for the Chernin Company and Fox Searchlight, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini. He then transformed the screenplay for The Drop into a novel, which was published by William Morrow in August 2014 to coincide with the film’s US release.

Lehane was a staff writer for HBO’s The Wire, and is a writer/producer on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He has taught fiction and literature at the Harvard Extension School, the Stonecoast MFA Program, and Tufts University.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Lehane worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. He and his wife and children divide their time between Boston and Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

 

Location: 
Street:
904 Manhattan Ave
Additional:
City:
Manhattan Beach
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Province:
California
Postal Code:
90266
Country:
United States

Evening Book Club Discussion

12/08/2014 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Evening Book Club Discussion 

The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters

Monday, December 8th

7pm - 8:30pm

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa—a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants—life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life—or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize three times, Sarah Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction, and here she has delivered again. A love story, a tension-filled crime story, and a beautifully atmospheric portrait of a fascinating time and place, The Paying Guests is Sarah Waters’s finest achievement yet.

 

Everyone is welcome to join the discussion.  RSVP's preferred but not necessary.

The Paying Guests (Hardcover)

$28.95
ISBN-13: 9781594633119
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 9/2014

Location: 
Street:
904 Manhattan Ave
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City:
Manhattan Beach
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Province:
California
Postal Code:
90266
Country:
United States

Mystery Book Club Discussion

12/09/2014 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Mystery Book Club Discussion

The Golem of Hollywood, by Jonathan Kellerman

Tuesday, December 9th

7pm - 8:30pm

Our new Mystery/Thriller Book Club is led by Bobby McCue.   

About the book:

A burned-out L.A. detective . . . a woman of mystery who is far more than she seems . . . a grotesque, ancient monster bent on a mission of retribution. When these three collide, a new standard of suspense is born.

The legend of the Golem of Prague has endured through the ages, a creature fashioned by a sixteenth-century rabbi to protect his congregation, now lying dormant in the garret of a synagogue. But the Golem is dormant no longer.

Detective Jacob Lev wakes one morning, dazed and confused: He seems to have picked up a beautiful woman in a bar the night before, but he can’t remember anything about the encounter, and before he knows it, she has gone. But this mystery pales in comparison to the one he’s about to be called on to solve. Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn’t even know existed, he’s sent to a murder scene far up in the hills of Hollywood Division. There is no body, only an unidentified head lying on the floor of a house. Seared into a kitchen counter nearby is a single word: the Hebrew for justice.

Detective Lev is about to embark on an odyssey—through Los Angeles, through many parts of the United States, through London and Prague, but most of all, through himself. All that he has believed to be true will be upended—and not only his world, but the world itself, will be changed.

RSVP's are appreciated.  Call 310-318-0900 or email us at info@pagesabookstore.com.  This is a free discussion.

 

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780399162367
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Putnam Adult, 9/2014

Location: 
Street:
904 Manhattan Ave
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City:
Manhattan Beach
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Province:
California
Postal Code:
90266
Country:
United States

John Flanagan Author Event for Kids

12/12/2014 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

   

John Flanagan

Author of The Ranger's Apprentice and The Brotherband Chronicles

Friday, December 12 at 7pm

John Flanagan grew up in Sydney, Australia hoping to be a writer. It wasn’t until he wrote a highly uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency where he worked, however, that his talent was revealed. It turned out one of the company directors agreed with John’s assessment of the executive, and happily agreed to train John in copywriting.

After writing advertising copy for the next two decades, John teamed with an old friend to develop a television sitcom, Hey Dad!, which went on to air for eight years.

John Flanagan’s bestselling Ranger’s Apprentice adventure series originally comprised twenty short stories, which John wrote to encourage his twelve-year-old son, Michael, to enjoy reading. Michael was a small boy, and all his friends were bigger and stronger than he was. John wanted to show him that reading was fun, and heroes weren’t necessarily big and muscular. Now in his mid-twenties, Michael is six feet tall, broad-shouldered and powerful, but he still loves The Ranger’s Apprentice.

The series has come a long way since then. Now sold to eighteen countries, the series has appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers List and is regularly shortlisted in children’s book awards in Australia and overseas.

John lives with his wife, Leonie, in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. He is currently writing further titles in the Ranger’s Apprentice series and Brotherband Chronicles Series. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.

The price of admission to get in is the purchase of a book from {pages}.  We will have plenty on hand!  Please rsvp to let us know how many to expect.  Call 310-318-0900 or email us at info@pagesabookstore.com.

 

 

Scorpion Mountain (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780399163562
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Philomel, 11/2014

The Royal Ranger (Paperback)

$8.99
ISBN-13: 9780142427316
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin, 9/2014

Slaves of Socorro (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780399163555
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel, 5/2014

$8.99
ISBN-13: 9780142426647
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin, 6/2014

$8.99
ISBN-13: 9780142421956
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin, 8/2013

Location: 
Street:
904 Manhattan Ave
Additional:
City:
Manhattan Beach
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Province:
California
Postal Code:
90266
Country:
United States

Coffee Time Book Club Discussion

12/19/2014 10:30 am
America/Los Angeles

  

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Wednesday, December 19th

10:30am - RSVP's Required for special holiday meeting

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

Coffee will be served.
Everyone is welcome to join the discussion.  We are having a special holiday meeting so RSVP's will be required.  info@pagesabookstore.com or call 310-318-0900.

 

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780385353304
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf, 9/2014

Location: 
Street:
904 Manhattan Ave
Additional:
City:
Manhattan Beach
,
Province:
California
Postal Code:
90266
Country:
United States