Saturday, July 17, 2010

Signing with Father Greg Boyle

Father Greg Boyle will be signing copies of his book Tattoos on the Heart on Saturday July 24th from 1-3 p.m.

"How do you fight despair and learn to meet the world with a loving heart? How do you overcome shame? Stay faithful in spite of failure? No matter where people live or what their circumstances may be, everyone needs boundless, restorative love. Gorgeous and uplifting, Tattoos on the Heart amply demonstrates the impact unconditionhal love can have on your life.

As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration. Tattoos on the Heart is a breathtaking series of parables distilled from his twenty years in the barrio. Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally."

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Books Autographed by Julie Andrews!

Are you a fan of Julie Andrews? Would you like to own an autographed copy of one of her books?!?

We have 5 copies of the new book by Julie Andrews & her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, and they have all been autographed by Julie Andrews!

Hurry and get your copy today before they're gone!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Slake is here!

Slake, L.A.'s new quarterly "Slow Lit" journal from Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa is here!

Here's what editor Joe Donnelly has to say:

"Our first issue is themed Still Life, as in there's still life out there despite the many challenges that beset us. Still life in storytelling, art, photography and human connection. Slake's first issue features 232 pages of narrative journalism, memoir, essay, fiction, poetry, art and photography. Every page of the book is handcrafted, from the painstaking care and detail of the art direction by the amazing Alex Bacon and Dan Peterka of Gama Function, to the writing, editing, art and photography.

We hope this is the beginning of a wonderful counterintuitive experience with Media. Something slower and more durable. A lasting experience."

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Amanda Podany signs "Brotherhood of Kings"

Local author and scholar Amanda Podany will be signing copies of her new book, Brotherhood of Kings: How International Relations Shaped the Ancient Near East, on Sunday July 11th from 1-3 p.m.

Amanda Podany takes readers on a vivid tour through a thousand years of ancient Near Eastern history, from 2300 to 1300 BCE, paying particular attention to the lively interactions that took place between the great kings of the day.

Allowing them to speak in their own words, Podany reveals how these leaders and their ambassadors devised a remarkably sophisticated system of diplomacy and trade. What the kings forged, as they saw it, was a relationship of friends -- brothers -- across hundreds of miles. Over centuries they worked out ways for their ambassadors to travel safely to one another's capitals, they created formal rules of interaction and ways to work out disagreements, they agreed to treaties and abided by them, and their efforts had paid off with the exchange of luxury goods that each country wanted from the other.

Tied to one another through peace treaties and powerful obligations, they were also often bound together as in-laws, as a result of marrying one another's daughters. These rulers had almost never met one another in person, but they felt a strong connection -- a real brotherhood -- which gradually made wars between them less common. Indeed, any one of the great powers of the time could have tried to take over the others through warfare, but diplomacy ususally prevailed and provided a respite from bloodshed. Instead of fighting, the kings learned from one another, and cooperated in peace.

A remarkable account of a pivotal moment in world history -- the establishment of international diplomacy thousands of years before the United Nations -- Brotherhood of Kings offers a vibrantly written history of the region often known as the "cradle of civilization."