Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Have You Seen My Dinosaur?

Author Jon Surgal will be reading and signing copies of Have You Seen My Dinosaur? on Sunday, February 21st, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

How do you find a missing dinosaur who's large and green and likes to roar? When a little boy's dinosaur decides to play hide-and-seek, he is surprisingly difficult to track down. Veteran illustrator Joe Mathieu's dino-mite illustrations and Jon Surgal's saur-ing verse will have kids roaring with laughter as they romp through this funny rhyming beginner book.

Jon Surgal is the Emmy Award-winning writer of Lamb Chop's Play-Along (PBS), Howdy Doody and Friends (NBC), Emily of New Moon (CBC), creator of Muggsy and GO-USA (NBC), and The Big Game Hunt (NY State Dept. of Education.)

Picturing Las Vegas

Linda Chase will be signing copies of Picturing Las Vegas on Saturday, February 20th, from 1-3 p.m.

Through colorful photographs and first-hand narrative detail Picturing Las Vegas tells the story of a city whose history mirrors America itself: a tale of the frontier, of corruption and greed, of beauty and loss and ineffable hope.

From its hardscrabble origins, to the Golden Age of the Rat Pack, to todays mind-blowing theme-park casinos, Las Vegas is the city that has it all. Mobsters. Mormons. Elvis and Wayne Newton, Siegfried and Roy. It's a place where change is the one constant, and where the pursuit of happiness is the only law. In the words of writer Chuck Palahniuk, it's the place that "looks the way you'd imagine heaven must look at night."

Linda Chase is the author of Surfing: Women of the Waves and grew up in Las Vegas. She lives in California.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Signing with Michele Wong McSween

Michele Wong McSween will be signing copies of her Gordon & Li Li books on Sunday, February 14th, from 11am - 1pm.
Come and learn some Mandarin!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Signing with Judge Eileen Moore

Judge Eileen Moore will be signing copies of Race Results: Hollywood vs. the Supreme Court: Ten Decades of Racial Decisions and Film this Saturday, February 6th, from 1-3 p.m.

From the dust jacket: "Picture this: nine old white men isolated by privilege and position. Can they notice more about the lives of real people than Hollywood? They not only can. They did."

"From the 1915 film epic The Birth of a Nation to films from the first decade of the new millennium, author Eileen Moore compares and contrasts popular movies decade-by-decade with racial decisions from the highest court in our land: the Supreme Court. Here you will see, with the noted exception of one specific decade, how "conservative" Supreme Court justices actually were more liberal and progressive than the supposedly liberal producers, directors, and studios of Hollywood."

"Race Results not only shows which movies actually contain racist messages, but why this was sometimes deliberately so. Moore also discusses significant events that were happening in society that affected decisions of both the Supreme Court and Hollywood. The end result makes several fascinating conclusions about whether Hollywood reflected real life, or if Hollywood shaped racial ideas and attitudes of society, and actually prolonged racism."