Jan
27
7:00 PM19:00

Writer's Workshop with Elana K. Arnold

Writer's Workshop with acclaimed author
Elana K. Arnold

Weaving Personal
Experience into Fiction


Support Gatsby! $5 Suggested Donation

ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse--a gorgeous mare named Rainbow--and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content.

Ms. Arnold is the author of five, acclaimed YA Novels

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Jan
2
to Jan 3

Happy New Year SPECIAL OFFER

Happy New Year
SPECIAL OFFER

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Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

Kathy Porter - Escape from Noor

Meet Science Fiction
Author Kathy Porter

Escape from Nuur
Book Signing and Author Talk

Sunday Dec 6th @ 5 PM

One year ago the Grays abducted over half a million humans, taking them to their home planet Nuur to be used as lab rats. The experiments failed. The human DNA failed to yield the superior hybrid race the Grays planned to create and repopulate their planet. Humans were no longer needed. Abandoned, they await their fate. Earth, led by President Barbara Unger, has joined forces with the Galactic Alliance, focusing all efforts toward rescuing the human hostages. On Nuur as Rosa De Angelo launches a possible escape route the Ja, a species from a nearby planet, curtail her efforts with a warning. The Ja claim Nuurians, the original inhabitants of Nuur, have been in hiding for over a century. The Nuurians avoided the scientific experiment that mutated the Grays and have now emerged from their asylum to reclaim their planet. The Nuurians plan the genocidal annihilation of all Gray and foreign inhabitants to return Nuur to the magnificent planet it once was. Unable to contact Earth and with civil war upon them, escape is impossible. Rosa must prepare her people to fight for survival. Will rescue come in time? Seemingly facing a common enemy, will the humans take a stand and fight alongside the Grays, their captors? Or should they attempt to befriend the Nuurians and perhaps win their freedom. Who is the true enemy? Rosa suspects there is a third more devious enemy is at work. Can Rosa uncover a clandestine plot in time to spare millions of human and alien lives? How Hard Would You Fight For Freedom?

One year ago the Grays abducted over half a million humans, taking them to their home planet Nuur to be used as lab rats. The experiments failed. The human DNA failed to yield the superior hybrid race the Grays planned to create and repopulate their planet. Humans were no longer needed. Abandoned, they await their fate. Earth, led by President Barbara Unger, has joined forces with the Galactic Alliance, focusing all efforts toward rescuing the human hostages. On Nuur as Rosa De Angelo launches a possible escape route the Ja, a species from a nearby planet, curtail her efforts with a warning. The Ja claim Nuurians, the original inhabitants of Nuur, have been in hiding for over a century. The Nuurians avoided the scientific experiment that mutated the Grays and have now emerged from their asylum to reclaim their planet. The Nuurians plan the genocidal annihilation of all Gray and foreign inhabitants to return Nuur to the magnificent planet it once was. Unable to contact Earth and with civil war upon them, escape is impossible. Rosa must prepare her people to fight for survival. Will rescue come in time? Seemingly facing a common enemy, will the humans take a stand and fight alongside the Grays, their captors? Or should they attempt to befriend the Nuurians and perhaps win their freedom. Who is the true enemy? Rosa suspects there is a third more devious enemy is at work. Can Rosa uncover a clandestine plot in time to spare millions of human and alien lives? How Hard Would You Fight For Freedom?

A native of upstate New York, Kathy Porter, grew up watching science-fiction movies and TV shows. She now resides in Los Alamitos, CA with her husband and her daughter.

A native of upstate New York, Kathy Porter, grew up watching science-fiction movies and TV shows. She now resides in Los Alamitos, CA with her husband and her daughter.

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Dec
6
1:00 PM13:00

Tennessee Williams

Walking the Dunes with Tennessee Williams
Book Launch Party!

Meet Author Mia Elkovsky Phoebus

Sunday Dec 6th @ 1 PM

One summer in 1940, Mia Elkovsky Phoebus shared a run-down house on a wharf with a ragtag group of artists and dancers. One of these unknowns was Tennessee Williams, who became America's leading playwright. Tennessee immortalized Mia as the character "Miriam" in his play "The Parade," and repeatedly referenced "that glorious summer of 1940" in his memoirs. But the whole story has never been told. Part memoir, part tell-all, and part original poetry, this book brings fresh aspects to Williams' biographical history. It also shares highlights of Mia's storied life, and brings her elegant poetry to a fresh audience. Now 94 years old, Mia Elkovsky Phoebus adds her first-person perspective to an extraordinary artist's life. Praise for this book: Provincetown and the summer of 1940 come alive in this narrative that could have been lost forever. The author's own finely wrought poetry is a welcome addition, some of it dedicated to the memory of the great playwright. No one who loves the plays of Tennessee Williams can afford to miss this book.—Mr. Albert Tucher, Principal Librarian, Newark Public Library Pull up a wicker chair with ice tea in one hand and this book in the other. "Walking the Dunes," with its oral narrative resonance, sits you beside a remarkable woman as she speaks from her memory and her heart. ‘Womb girl’, in Tennessee speak, provided a steadying, if unheralded, presence to a tormented young playwright. She does the same for the reader, taking us on a personal journey, through her poetry and narrative, into history, good and evil, psychological torment, and reckoning of our lives. Has there, for example, ever been a better description of despair as it ... “settles among brain cells like rattling snakes, biting their tails. I sit and slowly digest Eternity.” Mia will touch you. Don’t miss this gift for your soul. —Dr. Vicki K. Harvey

One summer in 1940, Mia Elkovsky Phoebus shared a run-down house on a wharf with a ragtag group of artists and dancers. One of these unknowns was Tennessee Williams, who became America's leading playwright. Tennessee immortalized Mia as the character "Miriam" in his play "The Parade," and repeatedly referenced "that glorious summer of 1940" in his memoirs. But the whole story has never been told. Part memoir, part tell-all, and part original poetry, this book brings fresh aspects to Williams' biographical history. It also shares highlights of Mia's storied life, and brings her elegant poetry to a fresh audience. Now 94 years old, Mia Elkovsky Phoebus adds her first-person perspective to an extraordinary artist's life. Praise for this book: Provincetown and the summer of 1940 come alive in this narrative that could have been lost forever. The author's own finely wrought poetry is a welcome addition, some of it dedicated to the memory of the great playwright. No one who loves the plays of Tennessee Williams can afford to miss this book.—Mr. Albert Tucher, Principal Librarian, Newark Public Library Pull up a wicker chair with ice tea in one hand and this book in the other. "Walking the Dunes," with its oral narrative resonance, sits you beside a remarkable woman as she speaks from her memory and her heart. ‘Womb girl’, in Tennessee speak, provided a steadying, if unheralded, presence to a tormented young playwright. She does the same for the reader, taking us on a personal journey, through her poetry and narrative, into history, good and evil, psychological torment, and reckoning of our lives. Has there, for example, ever been a better description of despair as it ... “settles among brain cells like rattling snakes, biting their tails. I sit and slowly digest Eternity.” Mia will touch you. Don’t miss this gift for your soul. —Dr. Vicki K. Harvey

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Dec
5
1:00 PM13:00

Gatsby's Book Club - The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Gatsby's Book Club
Meets Every 1st Saturday at 1pm
Book Discussion + Potluck
Bring a food or drink inspired by the book!

The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

Saturday Dec. 5th @ 1pm

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

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Oct
22
5:30 PM17:30

Coffee House Writer's Group WORKSHOP!

Coffee House Writer's Group Workshop!
Authors Shop Talk

Heather Lyons and The Importance of World Building

Thurs. Oct. 22nd @ 5:30pm

Heather Lyons and The Importance of World Building
Presented by Coffee House Writers Group


During this month’s Shop Talk at Gatsby books, Coffee House Writers Group has invited author Heather Lyons to impart her wisdom about the craft of world building and the importance of setting in fiction writing. 

Whether we write genre or literary fiction, an important element of story craft is the ability to create the world and setting that the characters inhabit. In this shop talk, our Ms. Lyons will provide a useful check list to keep in mind when writing about setting. Ms. Lyons will also provide helpful tips in making the setting of the story enhance character arcs and character development. 


About our Speaker:
Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find. She has been featured by USA Today, The Paisley Reader, and has won UtopYA’s Protostar Prize in 2014. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heatherlyonsbooks
Twitter: @hymheather
Website: heatherlyons.net

If you're interested in presenting for CHWG's Author Shop Talks, please contact Cherisse Yanit Nadal on twitter @cherisseyanit

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Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Sid: A Modern Version of Siddhartha

Book Launch Party!

Sid: A Modern Version of Siddhartha
Meet Author Anita Feng

Weds. Oct. 21st @ 7pm

What would the life of Buddha look like if it were lived today? Anita Feng has crafted in Sid a delightful jewel that captures both the classic story of the Buddha, as well a deeply personal and familiar reflection of the story in a contemporary retelling. Sid weaves the traditional tale of Siddhartha, the Buddha-to-be with the story of Sid, an everyman who finds himself waking up amid the reality of work and family life in the modern world. Returning to the standard tale with careful consideration of the relationships in Buddha’s life—to his wife, parents, and child—Feng’s narrative embodies the Mahayana perspective of living one’s enlightenment in the world. Beautifully told in poetic prose, Sid teaches that the key to the story of the Buddha’s life is that the story could be about any of us. Includes beautiful black and white illustrations, created especially for this book.

What would the life of Buddha look like if it were lived today?

Anita Feng has crafted in Sid a delightful jewel that captures both the classic story of the Buddha, as well a deeply personal and familiar reflection of the story in a contemporary retelling.

Sid weaves the traditional tale of Siddhartha, the Buddha-to-be with the story of Sid, an everyman who finds himself waking up amid the reality of work and family life in the modern world. Returning to the standard tale with careful consideration of the relationships in Buddha’s life—to his wife, parents, and child—Feng’s narrative embodies the Mahayana perspective of living one’s enlightenment in the world.

Beautifully told in poetic prose, Sid teaches that the key to the story of the Buddha’s life is that the story could be about any of us.

Includes beautiful black and white illustrations, created especially for this book.

Writer Bio Anita Feng's major awards in poetry include a Natonal Endowment for the Arts grant, an Illinois Arts Council grant, a Washington State GAP award and the Pablo Neruda Prize. Publications include two books of poetry, Internal Strategies, published by the University of Akron Press and Sadie & Mendel, winner of the Backwaters Press Prize. Individual works have been published by Nimrod, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, North American Review, Northwest Review, and Primavera among others. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches Zen at the Blue Heron Zen Community in Seattle, Washington, and works as a ceramic artist making raku Buddhas. Zen Bio Anita Feng (Zen Master Jeong Ji) has practiced Zen in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn since 1976. In the late '70s she lived and studied intensively with Zen Master Seung Sahn at the Providence Zen Center. Since the '90s she studied under the guidance of Zen Master Ji Bong, receiving Inka in 2008, and full transmission as a Zen Master in 2015. She is the guiding teacher for Blue Heron Zen Community in Seattle, WA.

Writer Bio

Anita Feng's major awards in poetry include a Natonal Endowment for the Arts grant, an Illinois Arts Council grant, a Washington State GAP award and the Pablo Neruda Prize. Publications include two books of poetry, Internal Strategies, published by the University of Akron Press and Sadie & Mendel, winner of the Backwaters Press Prize. Individual works have been published by Nimrod, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, North American Review, Northwest Review, and Primavera among others. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches Zen at the Blue Heron Zen Community in Seattle, Washington, and works as a ceramic artist making raku Buddhas.

Zen Bio

Anita Feng (Zen Master Jeong Ji) has practiced Zen in the lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn since 1976. In the late '70s she lived and studied intensively with Zen Master Seung Sahn at the Providence Zen Center. Since the '90s she studied under the guidance of Zen Master Ji Bong, receiving Inka in 2008, and full transmission as a Zen Master in 2015. She is the guiding teacher for Blue Heron Zen Community in Seattle, WA.

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Oct
17
to Oct 25

Special Event at First Congregational Church!

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Sheppard
Book and Lyrics by Leslea Newman - Music by Curtis Heard

3 Performances Only!

First Congregational Church of Long Beach
Sat. Oct. 17th @ 7pm
Sun Oct 18th @ 5pm

The Art Theatre of Long Beach
Sun Oct. 25th at 2pm

 

The South Coast Chorale joins the Sanctuary Choir of First Congregational Church, the Wilson High School Women's Chorus and a 16-piece orchestra for an unforgettable musical tribute to Matthew Shepard!

Through the poetic imagination of Leslea Newman and the musical prowess of Curtis Heard, this moving and hauntingly beautiful experience gives a variety of voices to the events surrounding that October night in 1998. From the fence to which Matthew was tied and the deer that kept watch beside him, to those who loved him and those who killed him, the poetic points of view are a poignant reminder that themes of tolerance, compassion and acceptance continue to be as relevant and topical today as they were 17 years ago.

Saturday, October 17 - 7:00pm
Sunday, October 18 - 5:00pm
First Congregational Church
241 Cedar Avenue, Long Beach
Suggested donation: $20

Sunday, October 25 - 2:00pm
Art Theatre of Long Beach
2025 E. 4th St, Long Beach
Tickets: $20

Visit www.firstchurchlb.org/

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Oct
4
3:00 PM15:00

Andrew Hilbert

Meet Poet and Author
Andrew Hilbert

Death Thing
California Book Tour
& Book Signing Party

Sunday Oct. 4th @ 3pm

They should have walked away. They should have left well enough alone. Gilbert gave them every chance and they still wouldn't stop breaking into his car, again and again. He could imagine them laughing at him as they destroyed what was his. But he'll show them. He'll make them pay. Gilbert's car is about to get some killer upgrades. "Sometimes it feels like a book was written just for you. Demented, funny, and way more philosophical than you'd think a novella about a deadbeat booby-trapping his car would be, DEATH THING reads like part-Harold Pinter, part-Roger Corman." -- Adam Cesare, author of MERCY HOUSE and TRIBESMEN.

They should have walked away. They should have left well enough alone. Gilbert gave them every chance and they still wouldn't stop breaking into his car, again and again. He could imagine them laughing at him as they destroyed what was his. But he'll show them. He'll make them pay. Gilbert's car is about to get some killer upgrades. "Sometimes it feels like a book was written just for you. Demented, funny, and way more philosophical than you'd think a novella about a deadbeat booby-trapping his car would be, DEATH THING reads like part-Harold Pinter, part-Roger Corman." -- Adam Cesare, author of MERCY HOUSE and TRIBESMEN.

Andrew Hilbert lives in Austin, TX. His many projects include slagdrop.com, The Weekly Weird Monthly comic series, Margaret and the Infestation: The Musical Variety Show, as well as maintaining his own blog, The Hilbert Heckler (hilbertheckler.blogspotcom), where everything he is up to can be found easily.

Andrew Hilbert lives in Austin, TX. His many projects include slagdrop.com, The Weekly Weird Monthly comic series, Margaret and the Infestation: The Musical Variety Show, as well as maintaining his own blog, The Hilbert Heckler (hilbertheckler.blogspotcom), where everything he is up to can be found easily.

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Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Marsha de la O

Poet Marsha de la O

Antidote for Night
Book Launch Party

Sat. Sept 26th @ 7 pm

Set in present-day Southern California, Antidote for Night is a heartbreak lyric, a corrido, a love song to California’s city lights and far-flung outskirts—the San Diego backcountry, the Central Valley, the Inland Empire, and the Mojave Desert. A book of remedies for dire circumstances, rock-bottom realities, and the unrelenting weight of mortality, specifically among young men of color, this collection shows what it takes to see in darkness. Marsha de la O’s voice is a kind of free jazz, musically rich with L.A. noir and the vastness of metropolitan Southern California.

Set in present-day Southern California, Antidote for Night is a heartbreak lyric, a corrido, a love song to California’s city lights and far-flung outskirts—the San Diego backcountry, the Central Valley, the Inland Empire, and the Mojave Desert. A book of remedies for dire circumstances, rock-bottom realities, and the unrelenting weight of mortality, specifically among young men of color, this collection shows what it takes to see in darkness. Marsha de la O’s voice is a kind of free jazz, musically rich with L.A. noir and the vastness of metropolitan Southern California.

Marsha de la O’s Black Hope won the New Issues Po-etry Prize from the University of Western Michigan and an Editor’s Choice Award. Her work appears in such places as Barrow Street, Passages North, Solo, and Third Coast, and has been widely anthologized. She is the recipient of the 2014 Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Prize, the Ventura Poetry Prize, two cultural arts grants from the City of Ventura, and a Tumblewords Poetry Residency. She currently lives in Ventura, CA, where she publishes the poetry journal Askew with her husband, poet Phil Taggart.

Marsha de la O’s Black Hope won the New Issues Po-etry Prize from the University of Western Michigan and an Editor’s Choice Award. Her work appears in such places as Barrow Street, Passages North, Solo, and Third Coast, and has been widely anthologized. She is the recipient of the 2014 Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Prize, the Ventura Poetry Prize, two cultural arts grants from the City of Ventura, and a Tumblewords Poetry Residency. She currently lives in Ventura, CA, where she publishes the poetry journal Askew with her husband, poet Phil Taggart.

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Sep
26
3:00 PM15:00

Snowden

Meet Award-Winning Political Cartoonist
and Graphic Novelist Ted Rall

Snowden
Graphic Novel Signing and Discussion

Sat Sept 26th @ 3pm

As many as 1.4 million citizens with security clearance saw some or all of the same documents revealed by Edward Snowden. Why did he, and no one else, decide to step forward and take on the risks associated with becoming a whistleblower and then a fugitive? Rall delves into Snowden's early life and work experience, his personality, and the larger issues of privacy, new surveillance technologies, and the recent history of government intrusion. Rall describes Snowden's political vision and hopes for the future. In a way, the book tells two stories: Snowden's and a larger one that describes all of us on the threshold of tremendous technological upheaval and political change. Snowden is a portrait of a brave young man standing up to the most powerful government in the world and, if not winning, at least reaching a stand-off, and in this way is an incitation to us all to measure our courage and listen to our consciences in asking ourselves what we might have done in his shoes.

As many as 1.4 million citizens with security clearance saw some or all of the same documents revealed by Edward Snowden. Why did he, and no one else, decide to step forward and take on the risks associated with becoming a whistleblower and then a fugitive? Rall delves into Snowden's early life and work experience, his personality, and the larger issues of privacy, new surveillance technologies, and the recent history of government intrusion. Rall describes Snowden's political vision and hopes for the future. In a way, the book tells two stories: Snowden's and a larger one that describes all of us on the threshold of tremendous technological upheaval and political change.

Snowden is a portrait of a brave young man standing up to the most powerful government in the world and, if not winning, at least reaching a stand-off, and in this way is an incitation to us all to measure our courage and listen to our consciences in asking ourselves what we might have done in his shoes
.

Twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, TED RALL is a political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist and occasional war correspondent whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, and Los Angeles Times. He is the illustrator of the full-length comic in Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps, written by Greg Palast.

Twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, TED RALL is a political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist and occasional war correspondent whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including the New York TimesWashington PostVillage Voice, and Los Angeles Times. He is the illustrator of the full-length comic in Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps, written by Greg Palast.

"Ted Rall's Snowden is a dramatic, evocative, thoughtful and very accessible account of one of the most important stories of the century – and one of the most ominous, unless citizens are roused to action to rein in abusive state power."

-- Noam Chomsky

"Ted Rall nails his accurate graphics on the door of the national security state's unconstitutional mass surveillance, blanket invasions of privacy and related illegalities against the American people—charged to the American taxpayers.  For all self-respecting citizens pressed for time, Ted Rall's story of the heroic whistleblower, Edward Snowden, is essential reading as 'Big Brother' starts having to look over its shoulders."
—Ralph Nader

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Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Jon McMaster

Snails are Nocturnal
Book Reading and Signing
Meet Author Jon McMaster

Sunday, Sept. 20th @ 5pm

One of life's paradoxes is our attempt to be self sufficient - while knowing in our hearts we need one another. Many of the short stories & poems in this collection are about the difficult reach over that chasm.

Jon McMaster is an English teacher, a coach and a business owner. As a public speaker and a storyteller, he has spent the past 20 years sharing about leadership, communication & relationships. Stumbling angrily through his childhood, he found his expression as an athlete before he discovered words. His four children remind him to be patient and to listen. He lives in Southern California.

Jon McMaster is an English teacher, a coach and a business owner. As a public speaker and a storyteller, he has spent the past 20 years sharing about leadership, communication & relationships. Stumbling angrily through his childhood, he found his expression as an athlete before he discovered words. His four children remind him to be patient and to listen. He lives in Southern California.

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Sep
13
3:00 PM15:00

The Great Gunner Lucci

Meet Children's Book Author
Jennifer Dameshek

The Great Gunner Lucci Begins Third Grade
Book Signing Party!

Sunday Sept 13th @ 3pm
 

Enjoy this spirited boy and his crazy antics in a book guaranteed to make you smile! "Why can't I keep this cockroach in my desk for science?" "Excuse me, Ms. Poole, but I think I need to go vomit now..." "It might be pretty funny to go to third grade in my underwear!" These are just a few quotes from The Great Gunner Lucci, a humorous novel about a mischievous eight-year-old boy. Problems seem to follow Gunner Lucci everywhere he goes. Whether he is at school with a jar of bugs, accidentally painting his teacher, or sliming his family with turkey and whipped cream on Thanksgiving, he is creating laughter for all those involved. Everyone knows the rascal in the neighborhood, the kid who gets under the teacher's skin, the one who is accident prone, the kid that makes you want to scream and then break out in laughter. Well, be prepared for a load of laughs as you meet the one and only Gunner Daniel Lucci. He will make you squirm as you tag along on some of his crazy adventures!

Enjoy this spirited boy and his crazy antics in a book guaranteed to make you smile! "Why can't I keep this cockroach in my desk for science?" "Excuse me, Ms. Poole, but I think I need to go vomit now..." "It might be pretty funny to go to third grade in my underwear!" These are just a few quotes from The Great Gunner Lucci, a humorous novel about a mischievous eight-year-old boy. Problems seem to follow Gunner Lucci everywhere he goes. Whether he is at school with a jar of bugs, accidentally painting his teacher, or sliming his family with turkey and whipped cream on Thanksgiving, he is creating laughter for all those involved. Everyone knows the rascal in the neighborhood, the kid who gets under the teacher's skin, the one who is accident prone, the kid that makes you want to scream and then break out in laughter. Well, be prepared for a load of laughs as you meet the one and only Gunner Daniel Lucci. He will make you squirm as you tag along on some of his crazy adventures!

Jennifer Dameshek has worked with children of all ages for over twenty-five years. She has a psychology degree from UCLA, a master's in school counseling, a teaching and pupil personnel credential and is GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) certified. She teaches second grade and currently lives in Orange County, California with her husband and baby girl.

Jennifer Dameshek has worked with children of all ages for over twenty-five years. She has a psychology degree from UCLA, a master's in school counseling, a teaching and pupil personnel credential and is GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) certified. She teaches second grade and currently lives in Orange County, California with her husband and baby girl.

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Sep
12
3:00 PM15:00

Dear Nana

Dear Nana: An Anthology of Stories about Grandma!
Book Signing Party
with Editor Robyn McGee

Come hear writers share powerful stories of love and memories featuring Reese Charleswell, Theresa Elders and Mariana Loves Stories. 

Sat. Sept 12th @ 3pm

Everyone has one. Some of us, if we are lucky, have two or more. What makes grandmothers so special? We may call her Nana, Grandma, Granny, Grandmother, or simply by her first name, but what ever we call her, memories and inspiration of a Grandmother can last a lifetime. In this volume, writers from around the globe remember this very special family member. Their stories make us laugh, make us cry, teach us about love, loss, he power of memory and the strength of families enduring through generations. The idea of doing an anthology was a sudden one. And once I decided to create Dear Nana (which has gone through a number of name changes along the way), I received over a hundred submissions vying to be in this anthology. I chose the very best and most memorable. And as I read them, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning, I felt especially honored to get to know a bit about these very special ladies and to share their lives with the world.

Everyone has one. Some of us, if we are lucky, have two or more. What makes grandmothers so special? We may call her Nana, Grandma, Granny, Grandmother, or simply by her first name, but what ever we call her, memories and inspiration of a Grandmother can last a lifetime. In this volume, writers from around the globe remember this very special family member. Their stories make us laugh, make us cry, teach us about love, loss, he power of memory and the strength of families enduring through generations. The idea of doing an anthology was a sudden one. And once I decided to create Dear Nana (which has gone through a number of name changes along the way), I received over a hundred submissions vying to be in this anthology. I chose the very best and most memorable. And as I read them, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning, I felt especially honored to get to know a bit about these very special ladies and to share their lives with the world.

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Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Gary Mraz

Motorcycle Mysteries: Twisted Tales on Two Wheels
Book Launch Party
with Author Gary Mraz

Thurs. Sept 10th @ 7pm

Entertaining and irreverent journeys in search of El Chupacabre, Big Foot, Energy Vortex's and UFO Domes. Chasing stories of Alien abduction, Skinwalkers the ghost of Graham Parsons and a be-headed prostitute. Finding "Here" in Pink Floyds "Wish You Were Here" and "Champ", America's Loch Ness Monster. Following the trail of Easy Rider and riding Route 666. Koz Mraz has published over 200 tour stories and articles for Quick Throttle Magazine, Baggers Magazine, American Iron, Cruiser and www.bikernet.com . His "Piers of the West Coast –Traveled on Two Wheels" series explores Piers from Mexico to Canada. In "Motorcycle Mysteries", Koz travels to fascinating and unique destinations. A collection of rides through California, Arizona, Utah, Mexico, Hawaii , New England and abroad his stories are filled with fun facts, drama and a dash of humor. Motorcycle Mysteries will inspire an adventure of your own.

Entertaining and irreverent journeys in search of El Chupacabre, Big Foot, Energy Vortex's and UFO Domes. Chasing stories of Alien abduction, Skinwalkers the ghost of Graham Parsons and a be-headed prostitute. Finding "Here" in Pink Floyds "Wish You Were Here" and "Champ", America's Loch Ness Monster. Following the trail of Easy Rider and riding Route 666. Koz Mraz has published over 200 tour stories and articles for Quick Throttle Magazine, Baggers Magazine, American Iron, Cruiser and www.bikernet.com . His "Piers of the West Coast –Traveled on Two Wheels" series explores Piers from Mexico to Canada. In "Motorcycle Mysteries", Koz travels to fascinating and unique destinations. A collection of rides through California, Arizona, Utah, Mexico, Hawaii , New England and abroad his stories are filled with fun facts, drama and a dash of humor. Motorcycle Mysteries will inspire an adventure of your own.

Koz Mraz has published over 200 tour stories and articles for Quick Throttle Magazine, Baggers Magazine, American Iron, Cruiser and www.bikernet.com . His “Piers of the West Coast –Traveled on Two Wheels” series explores Piers from Mexico to Canada. In “Motorcycle Mysteries”, Koz travels to fascinating and unique destinations. His popular Tales of the Midnight Rider series “Midnight Rider on a Graveyard Run”, “THUNDERTAKER” and “UNITY” are available on AMAZON. “I’ve seen things, weird things. My childhood was haunted by guardian angles, ghosts and flying saucers. Raised by a Wiccan Priestess, my Dad ran a bar called The Zombie Club; I was surrounded by beatniks and hippy chicks and grew up kinda fast. Psychedelics at 13, handguns and motorcycles at 15; wanderlust on two wheels was my world. The truth is, it’s out there man, from Guru’s to Juju this planet is full of strange unexplainable phenomena, like my wife. How she always knows exactly what I am up to I’ll never understand. Fascinated by the bizarre I’ve spent much of my life exploring such things. Whether journeys are well planned or impromptu it’s always the unexpected that casts the spell of adventure. It’s worth the risk, take a chance, it will all work out in the end, if it hasn’t worked out, it’s not the end.” Koz Mraz

Koz Mraz has published over 200 tour stories and articles for Quick Throttle Magazine, Baggers Magazine, American Iron, Cruiser and www.bikernet.com . His “Piers of the West Coast –Traveled on Two Wheels” series explores Piers from Mexico to Canada. In “Motorcycle Mysteries”, Koz travels to fascinating and unique destinations. His popular Tales of the Midnight Rider series “Midnight Rider on a Graveyard Run”, “THUNDERTAKER” and “UNITY” are available on AMAZON. “I’ve seen things, weird things. My childhood was haunted by guardian angles, ghosts and flying saucers. Raised by a Wiccan Priestess, my Dad ran a bar called The Zombie Club; I was surrounded by beatniks and hippy chicks and grew up kinda fast. Psychedelics at 13, handguns and motorcycles at 15; wanderlust on two wheels was my world. The truth is, it’s out there man, from Guru’s to Juju this planet is full of strange unexplainable phenomena, like my wife. How she always knows exactly what I am up to I’ll never understand. Fascinated by the bizarre I’ve spent much of my life exploring such things. Whether journeys are well planned or impromptu it’s always the unexpected that casts the spell of adventure. It’s worth the risk, take a chance, it will all work out in the end, if it hasn’t worked out, it’s not the end.” Koz Mraz

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Aug
15
4:00 PM16:00

Fred Voss

Making America Strong
Book Launch Party
Meet Author Fred Voss

Sat August 15th @4pm

In 1985 on a Saturday night in a Reagan-era aircraft factory where men make parts for nuclear bombers, drugs and alcohol and horseplay descend into racism, violence, and general pandemonium.

In 1985 on a Saturday night in a Reagan-era aircraft factory where men make parts for nuclear bombers, drugs and alcohol and horseplay descend into racism, violence, and general pandemonium.

Fred Voss, a machinist for 32 years, has had three collections of poetry published by the U.K.'s Bloodaxe Books. He is regularly published in magazines such as Poetry Review, Ambit, Rising, The Shop, Atlanta Review, and Pearl, and has twice been the subject of feature programs about his poetry on National BBC Radio 4. He is one of Long Beach's most respected and revered poets.

Fred Voss, a machinist for 32 years, has had three collections of poetry published by the U.K.'s Bloodaxe Books. He is regularly published in magazines such as Poetry Review, Ambit, Rising, The Shop, Atlanta Review, and Pearl, and has twice been the subject of feature programs about his poetry on National BBC Radio 4. He is one of Long Beach's most respected and revered poets.

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Aug
15
1:00 PM13:00

Billy the Bully

Billy the Bully
Book Launch Party
Meet Children's Book Author
Lecretia Palmer

Sat. August 15th @ 1pm

billly the bully.jpg
My name is Lacretia Palmer. I wrote "Billy the Bully" because I wanted to raise awareness of this form of bullying and to help put a stop to bullying once and for all! This is a fun filled and colorful children's book, it's both motivating and inspiring! Thanks for your support to help erase bullying!

My name is Lacretia Palmer. I wrote "Billy the Bully" because I wanted to raise awareness of this form of bullying and to help put a stop to bullying once and for all! This is a fun filled and colorful children's book, it's both motivating and inspiring! Thanks for your support to help erase bullying!

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Aug
8
3:00 PM15:00

Amboy + Disposible Thought + Mike Buckley

Amboy Pop 5
Book Launch Party
Meet Authors Dean Westerfield & Jeff Guarino

With Special Guests Steven T. Bramble Author of Disposable Thought

And Just Added:
author Mike Buckley!

 

Sat Aug 8th @ 3pm

Cole Scott-Knox-Under, an idealistic technophobe purposefully relegating himself to a minimum-wage fast food job, suddenly notices he is suffering from a strange neurosis: inanimate objects appear to be speaking to him, and the symptoms are worsening. Hallucinations of letha...l drink lids, personified congratulations balloons, desperate old VHS tapes, buried-alive beepers, a holocaust of waste, and chatty styrofoam cups threaten to sever him from his family, friends, and job. Or are they hallucinations at all? This final installment of a triptych of novels about technology & madness, sends characters both animate and inanimate on a sweeping adventure into neurosis, metaphysics, drinking, garbage, crazed artists and entrepreneurs, powerful furniture magnates, family politics, world revolution, hyperbolic intellectuals, and, eventually, into South Dakota. A weird dark comedy examining one of the foundational pieces of U.S. modernity and crisis: disposability, in all its concrete and abstract forms. Thanks, and hope to see you there!

Cole Scott-Knox-Under, an idealistic technophobe purposefully relegating himself to a minimum-wage fast food job, suddenly notices he is suffering from a strange neurosis: inanimate objects appear to be speaking to him, and the symptoms are worsening.

Hallucinations of letha...l drink lids, personified congratulations balloons, desperate old VHS tapes, buried-alive beepers, a holocaust of waste, and chatty styrofoam cups threaten to sever him from his family, friends, and job. Or are they hallucinations at all?

This final installment of a triptych of novels about technology & madness, sends characters both animate and inanimate on a sweeping adventure into neurosis, metaphysics, drinking, garbage, crazed artists and entrepreneurs, powerful furniture magnates, family politics, world revolution, hyperbolic intellectuals, and, eventually, into South Dakota.

A weird dark comedy examining one of the foundational pieces of U.S. modernity and crisis: disposability, in all its concrete and abstract forms.

Thanks, and hope to see you there!

Mike Buckley - actual photo. No FX or filters.

Mike Buckley - actual photo. No FX or filters.

This is the only known photo of the reclusive science fiction author Steven T. Bramble.

This is the only known photo of the reclusive science fiction author Steven T. Bramble.

Amboy used to be a thriving desert town and popular watering hole along Route 66 back in the 50s. Now it's a small, mostly abandoned rest-stop sitting along an isolated stretch of road nobody travels anymore. The town itself plays host today to at least four souls: Bob, an old man taking care of his withdrawn and invalid wife, Alaine; Larry, who lives on the other side of 66 and is caretaker of the old motel and cafe, now largely fallen into disrepair; and Larry's faithful canine companion, Jackson.

This quiet, mostly wordless comix story depicts the life of two isolated men attempting to find meaning and place in the middle of nowhere.

Jeff Guarino and Dean Westerfield in an uncredited photo moments before the mysterious disappearance.

Jeff Guarino and Dean Westerfield in an uncredited photo moments before the mysterious disappearance.

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Aug
2
3:00 PM15:00

Wilke & Diamond

Meet 2 Fabulous Authors at 1 Great Event!

Lorraine Devon Wilke & Laura Nicole Diamond
Discuss and Present their New Books
Hysterical Love & Shelter Us

Sunday, August 2nd @ 3pm

Lawyer-turned-stay-at-home mom Sarah Shaw is struggling to keep it together for her two young sons and law professor husband. Since the death of their infant daughter, her husband has been buried in his career, her friendships have withered, and Sarah remains lost in a private world of grief. Then one day walking in L.A., Sarah’s heart catches at the sight of a young homeless woman pushing a baby in a stroller―and saving them becomes her obsessive mission. An unlikely bond grows between Sarah and the young mother, Josie. When tragedy threatens Josie, Sarah discovers that she is capable of deceptions and transgressions she never imagined. Her lies unleash a downward spiral that will threaten her marriage, family and her sanity. Shelter Us speaks to the quiet joys and anxieties of parenthood and illuminates a place all parents know: that shadowy space between unconditional love and fear of unbearable loss.

Lawyer-turned-stay-at-home mom Sarah Shaw is struggling to keep it together for her two young sons and law professor husband. Since the death of their infant daughter, her husband has been buried in his career, her friendships have withered, and Sarah remains lost in a private world of grief. Then one day walking in L.A., Sarah’s heart catches at the sight of a young homeless woman pushing a baby in a stroller―and saving them becomes her obsessive mission. An unlikely bond grows between Sarah and the young mother, Josie. When tragedy threatens Josie, Sarah discovers that she is capable of deceptions and transgressions she never imagined. Her lies unleash a downward spiral that will threaten her marriage, family and her sanity. Shelter Us speaks to the quiet joys and anxieties of parenthood and illuminates a place all parents know: that shadowy space between unconditional love and fear of unbearable loss.

Laura Nicole Diamond is a writer and civil rights lawyer, and the editor of the anthology Deliver Me: True Confessions of Motherhood. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. She writes on her website, www.ConfessionsofMotherhood.com.

Laura Nicole Diamond is a writer and civil rights lawyer, and the editor of the anthology Deliver Me: True Confessions of Motherhood. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. She writes on her website, www.ConfessionsofMotherhood.com.

Dan McDowell, a thirty-three-year-old portrait photographer happily set to marry his beloved Jane, is stunned when a slip of the tongue about an “ex-girlfriend overlap” of years earlier throws their pending marriage into doubt and him onto the street.  Will Dan follow his heart back to Jane or does Hysterical Love have other plans for our lovesick hero?

Dan McDowell, a thirty-three-year-old portrait photographer happily set to marry his beloved Jane, is stunned when a slip of the tongue about an “ex-girlfriend overlap” of years earlier throws their pending marriage into doubt and him onto the street.  Will Dan follow his heart back to Jane or does Hysterical Love have other plans for our lovesick hero?

Lorraine Devon Wilke—writer, photographer, singer/songwriter—started early as a creative hyphenate. First, there was music and theater, next came rock & roll, then a leap into film when a feature she co-wrote (To Cross the Rubicon) was produced by a Seattle film company, opening doors in a variety of creative directions. In the years following, she wrote for and performed on theater stages, developed her photography skills, and accrued a library of well-received feature screenplays. She kept her hand in music throughout—songwriting, recording, performing—leading to the fruition of the longtime goal of recording an original album, Somewhere On the Way,  She curates and manages both her fine art photography site and personal blog (www.rockpapermusic.com), is a regular contributor at The Huffington Post, and writes a monthly column for the award-winning northern California newspaper, The Ferndale Enterprise.

Lorraine Devon Wilke—writer, photographer, singer/songwriter—started early as a creative hyphenate. First, there was music and theater, next came rock & roll, then a leap into film when a feature she co-wrote (To Cross the Rubicon) was produced by a Seattle film company, opening doors in a variety of creative directions. In the years following, she wrote for and performed on theater stages, developed her photography skills, and accrued a library of well-received feature screenplays. She kept her hand in music throughout—songwriting, recording, performing—leading to the fruition of the longtime goal of recording an original album, Somewhere On the Way,  She curates and manages both her fine art photography site and personal blog (www.rockpapermusic.com), is a regular contributor at The Huffington Post, and writes a monthly column for the award-winning northern California newspaper, The Ferndale Enterprise.

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Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Mexican Eskimo

Mexican Eskimo
Book Launch Party!

Meet Author Anker Frankoni

Tues. July 28th @ 7pm

"Mexican Eskimo" is a story about growing up through space and time. It's a love story that weaves the silken threads of faith, trust and hope into a lifeline of spiritual guidance that tethers our present-day experience to a world of creation magic that existed so long before now, that time itself had not yet started to measure itself in years. A faithful documentation of a most unlikely existence, "Mexican Eskimo" is an intricate layer-cake of actual and imagined pieces of dimly remembered facts, generously frosted with sweet, sticky gobs of gospel-truth fantasies. The story is peppered with international flavor, vibrant characters, multi-cultural themes, and lush settings. It is rife with magical realism, and also features a large cast of young protagonists struggling with identity conflicts and independence.

"Mexican Eskimo" is a story about growing up through space and time. It's a love story that weaves the silken threads of faith, trust and hope into a lifeline of spiritual guidance that tethers our present-day experience to a world of creation magic that existed so long before now, that time itself had not yet started to measure itself in years.

A faithful documentation of a most unlikely existence, "Mexican Eskimo" is an intricate layer-cake of actual and imagined pieces of dimly remembered facts, generously frosted with sweet, sticky gobs of gospel-truth fantasies.

The story is peppered with international flavor, vibrant characters, multi-cultural themes, and lush settings. It is rife with magical realism, and also features a large cast of young protagonists struggling with identity conflicts and independence.

Spend an evening with author Anker Frankoni as he shares poems, songs, stories, and passages from the first release in his "Mexican Eskimo" trilogy, to explain the complex turn of events that led him down the writers' path. An intricate layer-cake of commingled family trees and karmic collisions, Frankoni's novel tackles the problem—and blessing—of being made human, and managing the people who invited us here. "Mexican Eskimo" is a love story that weaves the silken threads of faith, trust and hope into a lifeline of spiritual guidance that tethers our present-day experience to a world of creation magic that existed so long before now, that time itself had not yet started to measure itself in years. Anker Frankoni is part Joker, part Thief, part Joyful, part Grief but strives above all to be a Defender of the Right and Pursuer of Lofty Undertakings. His first novel "Mexican Eskimo" is a tale of two lives, separated by the one he's currently occupying, which he calls #Fictionwithamission — 10% of all his writer's income goes directly to non-profit groups working to help stop child-abuse. For more information visit www.MexicanEskimo.com or hitch a virtual ride on Anker's book-tour via... A Man; his Book; their Bus: www.Follow.us.

Spend an evening with author Anker Frankoni as he shares poems, songs, stories, and passages from the first release in his "Mexican Eskimo" trilogy, to explain the complex turn of events that led him down the writers' path.

An intricate layer-cake of commingled family trees and karmic collisions, Frankoni's novel tackles the problem—and blessing—of being made human, and managing the people who invited us here. "Mexican Eskimo" is a love story that weaves the silken threads of faith, trust and hope into a lifeline of spiritual guidance that tethers our present-day experience to a world of creation magic that existed so long before now, that time itself had not yet started to measure itself in years.

Anker Frankoni is part Joker, part Thief, part Joyful, part Grief but strives above all to be a Defender of the Right and Pursuer of Lofty Undertakings. His first novel "Mexican Eskimo" is a tale of two lives, separated by the one he's currently occupying, which he calls #Fictionwithamission — 10% of all his writer's income goes directly to non-profit groups working to help stop child-abuse. For more information visit www.MexicanEskimo.com or hitch a virtual ride on Anker's book-tour via... A Man; his Book; their Bus: www.Follow.us.

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Jul
26
3:00 PM15:00

Poeming Pigeons

This Poetry Reading is for the Birds!

Poeming Pigeons Reading
Featured Poets:  G. Murray Thomas, Karen
S. Cordova, Mariano Zaro, Stephen Linsteadt, Marie Lecrivain, and Marie Elena B. Mahler

Sunday July 26th @ 3pm

Poeming Pigeons is a curated collection of poetry from around the world – over 100 poems expressing our fascination, fear, frustration and undeniable connection to our fine feathered friends. Between the pages of this anthology, you will find stories that make you wonder, cry, laugh, cringe and inspire – all through poems about birds.

Poeming Pigeons is a curated collection of poetry from around the world – over 100 poems expressing our fascination, fear, frustration and undeniable connection to our fine feathered friends. Between the pages of this anthology, you will find stories that make you wonder, cry, laugh, cringe and inspire – all through poems about birds.

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Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

Where's Pops?

WHERE'S POPS?
Book Launch Party
Meet Author Max Evans

Friday July 24th @ 7pm

A graduate of CSULB's MFA program, Max Evans is the quintessential Long Beach writer: born here, raised here, gonna die here. But in the meantime, he has published the first collection of short fiction that focuses exclusively on fathers--the good ones, the bad ones, and the rest in-between. But regardless of where the male characters in Where's Pops? land on the spectrum of fatherhood, they each face relatable challenges such as financial pressures, relationship tests, and cooking dinner on time.

A graduate of CSULB's MFA program, Max Evans is the quintessential Long Beach writer: born here, raised here, gonna die here. But in the meantime, he has published the first collection of short fiction that focuses exclusively on fathers--the good ones, the bad ones, and the rest in-between. But regardless of where the male characters in Where's Pops? land on the spectrum of fatherhood, they each face relatable challenges such as financial pressures, relationship tests, and cooking dinner on time.

"Where's Pops?" is a short story collection about Dads-the good, the bad, and the rest in-between. Regardless of where these men land on the spectrum of fatherhood, they each face challenges that every parent can relate to-relationship tests, financial hardships, and cooking dinner on time. Max Evans is currently donating proceeds to the Most Valuable Pops Award, a scholarship fund he created for a deserving father at Compton College where he teaches.

"Where's Pops?" is a short story collection about Dads-the good, the bad, and the rest in-between. Regardless of where these men land on the spectrum of fatherhood, they each face challenges that every parent can relate to-relationship tests, financial hardships, and cooking dinner on time. Max Evans is currently donating proceeds to the Most Valuable Pops Award, a scholarship fund he created for a deserving father at Compton College where he teaches.

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Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Dog Duty

PULP FICTION DOGGIE STYLE

Meet Author Bobby D. Lux

DOG DUTY Book Party!

Tues July 21st @ 7pm

Hey! You! You like dogs? You like books? You like Bobby? Unless you're a moron, you like at least two of those, so here's the deal -- I'm having a release party/reading/signing of Dog Duty. Consider yourself invited, friend/Facebook user! July 21st at 7:00pm at Gatsby Books in Long Beach -- 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA. It's in the center at the northeast corner of Bellflower and Spring.  What's Dog Duty? It's a book that I wrote. A crime novel set in the world of talking dogs and the canine underworld. And it's not for kids either. Kind of interesting, right? And honestly, I think you should go. It's Tuesday night, so traffic won't be awful and there's nothing really good on TV. Plus, I'm a pretty good reader. I do voices and everything. I guarantee at least one laugh.

Hey! You! You like dogs? You like books? You like Bobby? Unless you're a moron, you like at least two of those, so here's the deal -- I'm having a release party/reading/signing of Dog Duty. Consider yourself invited, friend/Facebook user!

July 21st at 7:00pm at Gatsby Books in Long Beach -- 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA. It's in the center at the northeast corner of Bellflower and Spring. 

What's Dog Duty? It's a book that I wrote. A crime novel set in the world of talking dogs and the canine underworld. And it's not for kids either. Kind of interesting, right?

And honestly, I think you should go. It's Tuesday night, so traffic won't be awful and there's nothing really good on TV. Plus, I'm a pretty good reader. I do voices and everything. I guarantee at least one laugh.

Dog Duty tells the tale (or "tail?") of Fritz, a German Shepherd who was once the top dog of the Grand City Police Department - literally. There's police dogs and then there's Fritz. A true dog's dog. A dog neither afraid nor jaded by the streets he patrols and the criminals he chases. But all that changes in a moment. On another routine late-night foot pursuit, Fritz is confronted by Clay, an ex-military Rottweiler custom built with one-syllable efficiency. Bite. Maim. Kill. Fritz' injuries force him into a retirement of backyard boredom, surrounded by suburbanite hounds of all shapes and sizes. That won't do for a dog like Fritz. There's a reason why you don't see retired K-9 dogs laying around. Fritz narrates his quest for revenge and redemption in this adventure that takes him through the seedy canine underworld of cat-races, underground clubs, back alleys, and dog parks. Along the way, he encounters criminals of all breeds, derelict mutts, beauty queens, and a hotshot young K-9 hungry for publicity. At the end of that road is where Fritz will find Clay. That's the only way Fritz will ever get his life back.

Dog Duty tells the tale (or "tail?") of Fritz, a German Shepherd who was once the top dog of the Grand City Police Department - literally. There's police dogs and then there's Fritz. A true dog's dog. A dog neither afraid nor jaded by the streets he patrols and the criminals he chases. But all that changes in a moment. On another routine late-night foot pursuit, Fritz is confronted by Clay, an ex-military Rottweiler custom built with one-syllable efficiency. Bite. Maim. Kill. Fritz' injuries force him into a retirement of backyard boredom, surrounded by suburbanite hounds of all shapes and sizes. That won't do for a dog like Fritz. There's a reason why you don't see retired K-9 dogs laying around. Fritz narrates his quest for revenge and redemption in this adventure that takes him through the seedy canine underworld of cat-races, underground clubs, back alleys, and dog parks. Along the way, he encounters criminals of all breeds, derelict mutts, beauty queens, and a hotshot young K-9 hungry for publicity. At the end of that road is where Fritz will find Clay. That's the only way Fritz will ever get his life back.

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Jul
19
3:00 PM15:00

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Meet Feminist Author
Theresa Yugar

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz:
Feminist Reconstruction of Biography and Text

July  19th @ 3pm

Theresa A. Yugar is an alumna of Claremont Graduate University and Harvard Divinity School in the discipline of Women's Studies in Religion. As a Latina feminist liberation theologian, she created a Latina feminist paradigm as a model of an inclusive twenty-first-century ecclesiology. Her research interests include gender and colonial Latin American history and creating biocentric curricula using pre-Columbian Mesoamerican principles.

Theresa A. Yugar is an alumna of Claremont Graduate University and Harvard Divinity School in the discipline of Women's Studies in Religion. As a Latina feminist liberation theologian, she created a Latina feminist paradigm as a model of an inclusive twenty-first-century ecclesiology. Her research interests include gender and colonial Latin American history and creating biocentric curricula using pre-Columbian Mesoamerican principles.

In Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Feminist Reconstruction of Biography and Text, Yugar invites you to accompany Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a seventeenth-century protofeminist and ecofeminist, on her lifelong journey within three communities of women in the Americas. Sor Juana's goal was to reconcile inequalities between men and women in central Mexico and between the Spaniards and the indigenous Nahua population of New Spain. Yugar reconstructs a her-story narrative through analysis of two primary texts Sor Juana wrote en sus propias palabras (in her own words), El Sueño (The Dream) and La Respuesta (The Answer). Yugar creates a historically-based narrative in which Sor Juana's sueño of a more just world becomes a living nightmare haunted by misogyny in the form of the church, the Spanish Tribunal, Jesuits, and more-all seeking her destruction. In the process, Sor Juana "hoists [them] with their own petard" In seventeenth-century colonial Mexico, just as her Latina sisters in the Americas are doing today, Sor Juana used her pluma (pen) to create counternarratives in which the wisdom of women and the Nahua inform her sueño of a more just world for all.

In Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Feminist Reconstruction of Biography and Text, Yugar invites you to accompany Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a seventeenth-century protofeminist and ecofeminist, on her lifelong journey within three communities of women in the Americas. Sor Juana's goal was to reconcile inequalities between men and women in central Mexico and between the Spaniards and the indigenous Nahua population of New Spain. Yugar reconstructs a her-story narrative through analysis of two primary texts Sor Juana wrote en sus propias palabras (in her own words), El Sueño (The Dream) and La Respuesta (The Answer). Yugar creates a historically-based narrative in which Sor Juana's sueño of a more just world becomes a living nightmare haunted by misogyny in the form of the church, the Spanish Tribunal, Jesuits, and more-all seeking her destruction. In the process, Sor Juana "hoists [them] with their own petard" In seventeenth-century colonial Mexico, just as her Latina sisters in the Americas are doing today, Sor Juana used her pluma (pen) to create counternarratives in which the wisdom of women and the Nahua inform her sueño of a more just world for all.

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Jul
18
3:00 PM15:00

Fame Whore

Musician + Author
MIKE HUDSON
Reads and Discusses His New Book!
FAME WHORE

Sat. July 18th @ 3pm

"Fame Whore" tells the story of Tom Heaton, a drunken New York newspaperman, and Angie Roscelli, the fading Hollywood glamor girl he's fallen madlessly in love with. Angie, who is also being stalked by a Starbucks barista and Iraq War vet suffering from PTSD, must decide whether to send Tom back to the wife he left for her or live with the imperfect man who swept her off her feet. Set among the glitter and glitz of Manhattan, L.A. and Merida, Mexico, "Fame Whore" is a gripping, hard-hitting and provocative look at the commodification of celebrity in the second decade of 21st Century America.

"Fame Whore" tells the story of Tom Heaton, a drunken New York newspaperman, and Angie Roscelli, the fading Hollywood glamor girl he's fallen madlessly in love with. Angie, who is also being stalked by a Starbucks barista and Iraq War vet suffering from PTSD, must decide whether to send Tom back to the wife he left for her or live with the imperfect man who swept her off her feet. Set among the glitter and glitz of Manhattan, L.A. and Merida, Mexico, "Fame Whore" is a gripping, hard-hitting and provocative look at the commodification of celebrity in the second decade of 21st Century America.

Mike Hudson was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 2, 1956. At the age of 16, he dropped out of school, hitchhiking throughout the United States and Mexico before joining the United States Army. By the time he was 21, he was an editor for Cleveland’s Sun Newspapers, and also released his first record with the Pagans, the seminal American punk rock group he co-founded with his brother Brian. The band released a short stack of classic singles, including “Six and Change,” “What’s This Shit Called Love?” “Dead End America” and “Not Now, No Way.” Touring and recording steadily for the next two years, Hudson left the newspapering and began publishing fiction in the fanzines of the nascent punk rock movement. By 1980, the Pagans had broken up, and he founded Terminal Records, a label that released the work of more than 20 bands, many of which appeared on the groundbreaking “Cleveland Confidential” LPs. The Pagans reformed briefly in 1982-83, releasing the classic “Pink Album.” In 1984, Hudson moved to the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania to work as a crime reporter at the Corry Evening Journal, a small daily newspaper. “Buried Alive,” a compilation album that included all of the Pagans studio tracks from the 1970s came out in 1986 to much critical acclaim. This led to another series of tours. Hudson continued publishing journalism and short fiction, moving to New York City in 1992 work as a literary critic at the Irish Echo newspaper. A spoken word collection of his fiction, “A Monster and the Devil,” was released around this time. In New York, Hudson recorded his first solo album as well as two new spoken word albums. Around the turn of the century, he moved to Niagara Falls where he founded his own tabloid, the Niagara Falls Reporter. He also published five books, including “Niagara Falls Confidential,” “Diary of a Punk,” “Mob Boss” “Jetsam” and “Never Trust the World.” Hudson’s reputation grew, culminating in 2011 with a nationwide book tour. Soon, Hudson found himself living in Los Angeles, where he would write his novel, “Fame Whore,” and record his first album in 15 years, “Hollywood High.” His writing has appeared in publications as diverse as Radar, Field & Stream, Hustler, the Associated Press, Master Detective, and the New York Post. His 18 albums have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and charted in Rolling Stone. Today, Hudson often appears as an extra in Hollywood feature films and television programs such as True Blood and Glee.

Mike Hudson was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 2, 1956. At the age of 16, he dropped out of school, hitchhiking throughout the United States and Mexico before joining the United States Army. By the time he was 21, he was an editor for Cleveland’s Sun Newspapers, and also released his first record with the Pagans, the seminal American punk rock group he co-founded with his brother Brian. The band released a short stack of classic singles, including “Six and Change,” “What’s This Shit Called Love?” “Dead End America” and “Not Now, No Way.” Touring and recording steadily for the next two years, Hudson left the newspapering and began publishing fiction in the fanzines of the nascent punk rock movement. By 1980, the Pagans had broken up, and he founded Terminal Records, a label that released the work of more than 20 bands, many of which appeared on the groundbreaking “Cleveland Confidential” LPs. The Pagans reformed briefly in 1982-83, releasing the classic “Pink Album.” In 1984, Hudson moved to the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania to work as a crime reporter at the Corry Evening Journal, a small daily newspaper. “Buried Alive,” a compilation album that included all of the Pagans studio tracks from the 1970s came out in 1986 to much critical acclaim. This led to another series of tours. Hudson continued publishing journalism and short fiction, moving to New York City in 1992 work as a literary critic at the Irish Echo newspaper. A spoken word collection of his fiction, “A Monster and the Devil,” was released around this time. In New York, Hudson recorded his first solo album as well as two new spoken word albums. Around the turn of the century, he moved to Niagara Falls where he founded his own tabloid, the Niagara Falls Reporter. He also published five books, including “Niagara Falls Confidential,” “Diary of a Punk,” “Mob Boss” “Jetsam” and “Never Trust the World.” Hudson’s reputation grew, culminating in 2011 with a nationwide book tour. Soon, Hudson found himself living in Los Angeles, where he would write his novel, “Fame Whore,” and record his first album in 15 years, “Hollywood High.” His writing has appeared in publications as diverse as Radar, Field & Stream, Hustler, the Associated Press, Master Detective, and the New York Post. His 18 albums have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and charted in Rolling Stone. Today, Hudson often appears as an extra in Hollywood feature films and television programs such as True Blood and Glee.

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Jul
12
3:00 PM15:00

Holocaust Case: Defeat of Denial

Meet the Attorney who Defeated the Holocaust Deniers!
Holocaust Case: Defeat of Denial
Book Launch and Discussion with Author William John Cox 

Sunday July 12th @ 3pm

The Holocaust Case, which ruled the gassing of Jews by Hitler was simply a fact and not reasonably subject to dispute, was featured in the movie, Never Forget, but the real story has never been told. Now, for the first time, the true facts are revealed by William John Cox, the public-interest lawyer who represented a Nazi death camp survivor and sued the radical organizations that denied the Holocaust. In retaliation, Cox was sued for defamation by the reclusive leader of a shadowy consortium that earned millions peddling historical lies and bizarre theories of racial superiority. His recollection of these matters is supplemented by official court records. In a poignant personal memoir, the author details his path from an orphan named Billy Jack to a representative of a secret client in the publication of the suppressed Dead Sea Scrolls. Along his circuitous life path, Cox meets another orphan one who could never forget the extermination of his entire family by the Nazis. The survivor had been taunted by the deniers to prove the truth of the Holocaust. Together, the two accept the challenge and make history. Cox discusses his unconventional practice of law, in which he undertook these landmark cases without charging a fee, and tells why he did it. He derives lessons from the Holocaust and explains how the insights relate to current social and political conditions.

The Holocaust Case, which ruled the gassing of Jews by Hitler was simply a fact and not reasonably subject to dispute, was featured in the movie, Never Forget, but the real story has never been told.

Now, for the first time, the true facts are revealed by William John Cox, the public-interest lawyer who represented a Nazi death camp survivor and sued the radical organizations that denied the Holocaust. In retaliation, Cox was sued for defamation by the reclusive leader of a shadowy consortium that earned millions peddling historical lies and bizarre theories of racial superiority. His recollection of these matters is supplemented by official court records.

In a poignant personal memoir, the author details his path from an orphan named Billy Jack to a representative of a secret client in the publication of the suppressed Dead Sea Scrolls.

Along his circuitous life path, Cox meets another orphan one who could never forget the extermination of his entire family by the Nazis. The survivor had been taunted by the deniers to prove the truth of the Holocaust. Together, the two accept the challenge and make history.

Cox discusses his unconventional practice of law, in which he undertook these landmark cases without charging a fee, and tells why he did it. He derives lessons from the Holocaust and explains how the insights relate to current social and political conditions.

For more than 40 years, William John Cox vigorously pursued a career in law enforcement, public policy and the law. As a police officer, he was an early leader in the "New Breed" movement to professionalize law enforcement. Cox wrote the Policy Manual of the Los Angeles Police Department and the introductory chapters of the Police Task Force Report of the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, which continues to define the role of the police in America. As an attorney, Cox worked for the U.S. Department of Justice to implement national standards and goals, prosecuted cases for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and operated a public interest law practice primarily dedicated to the defense of young people. Professionally, Cox volunteered pro bono services in two landmark legal cases. In 1981, representing a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, he investigated and successfully sued a group of radical right-wing organizations which denied the Holocaust. The case was later the subject of the Turner Network Television motion picture, Never Forget. Cox later represented a "secret" client and arranged the publication of almost 1,800 photographs of ancient manuscripts that had been kept from the public for more than 40 years. A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls was published in November 1991. His role in that effort is described by historian Neil Asher Silberman in The Hidden Scrolls: Christianity, Judaism, and the War for the Dead Sea Scrolls. Cox retired as a Supervising Trial Counsel for the State Bar of California, where he led a team of attorneys and investigators who targeted the prosecution of attorneys accused of serious misconduct and criminal gangs engaged in the illegal practice of law. Over the years, Cox has written extensively on public policy, politics, philosophy and the human condition.

For more than 40 years, William John Cox vigorously pursued a career in law enforcement, public policy and the law. As a police officer, he was an early leader in the "New Breed" movement to professionalize law enforcement.

Cox wrote the Policy Manual of the Los Angeles Police Department and the introductory chapters of the Police Task Force Report of the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, which continues to define the role of the police in America.

As an attorney, Cox worked for the U.S. Department of Justice to implement national standards and goals, prosecuted cases for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, and operated a public interest law practice primarily dedicated to the defense of young people.

Professionally, Cox volunteered pro bono services in two landmark legal cases. In 1981, representing a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, he investigated and successfully sued a group of radical right-wing organizations which denied the Holocaust. The case was later the subject of the Turner Network Television motion picture, Never Forget.

Cox later represented a "secret" client and arranged the publication of almost 1,800 photographs of ancient manuscripts that had been kept from the public for more than 40 years. A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls was published in November 1991. His role in that effort is described by historian Neil Asher Silberman in The Hidden Scrolls: Christianity, Judaism, and the War for the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Cox retired as a Supervising Trial Counsel for the State Bar of California, where he led a team of attorneys and investigators who targeted the prosecution of attorneys accused of serious misconduct and criminal gangs engaged in the illegal practice of law.

Over the years, Cox has written extensively on public policy, politics, philosophy and the human condition.

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