Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Book signing with Danzy Senna on Sunday June 5th

Bestselling author Danzy Senna will be signing copies of her new book, You Are Free: Stories on Sunday June 5th from 12-2 pm.

From the bestselling author of Caucasia come these dazzling and unexpected stories about identity under the influence of appearances, attachments, and longing. Each of these eight remarkable stories by Danzy Senna tightrope-walks between defined states: life with and without mates, children, or the reference points provided by race, class and gender.

Tensions arise between a liberal couple when their son is admitted into the elite private school where they'd applied on a lark. A new mother hosts an old friend, still single, and dicovers how each of them pities -- and envies -- the other. In the title story, a woman's strange correspondence with a girl claiming to be her daughter leads her into the doubts and what-ifs of the life she hasn't lived.

This is a bravura first collection from an author who helped to establish Riverhead's reputation for pathbreaking fiction, and whose extraordinary talent and relevance continue to grow.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Signing for Julius Shulman Los Angeles

Authors Douglas Woods and Sam Lubell will be signing copies of Julius Shulman Los Angeles on Saturday June 4th from 1 - 3 pm.

In Julius Shulman Los Angeles, the renowned architectural photographer shares seven decades' worth of images of the city he loved, celebrated, and made iconic. With a life and career spanning nearly a century, Julius Shulman is credited with furthering the midcentury modernism movement through his flawless photographs of the pioneering architecture of Richard Neutra and Charles Eames, among others.

While Shulman's pictures comprise the most published images of the modernist movement, this new monograph presents many never-before-seen images on a subject closest to Shulman's heart: Los Angeles and its environs -- including Palm Springs and other suburbs. These affecting photographs show Los Angeles as a living organism, simultaneously vibrant and volatile depending on the neighborhood. This tension is apparent in Shulman's documentation of then-emerging areas like Century City, Wilshire Boulevard, and Echo Park, as well as his studies of landmarks like the Watts Towers and Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Many of the Los Angeles buildings and neighborhoods photographed by Shulman have since been overhauled, torn down, or otherwise altered beyond recognition, making these images some of the only lasting testaments to their existence. Selected from his personal collection as well as his official archives, the photographs included in this book represent not only lesser-known and never-before-seen material, but also some of Shulman's own personal favorites.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Whitley Strieber to sign "Hybrids"

Whitley Strieber will be at Chevalier's Books on Sunday May 15th from 12 - 2 pm to sign copies of his new book Hybrids.

In Hybrids, Whitley Strieber unleashes his unparalleled skills as a thriller writer and his unique knowledge of the abduction phenomenon to explore what might happen if hybrids invaded the earth -- not from the stars, but from exactly where the aliens told him they would emerge -- when one of them said, "We will come from within you."

Whitley Strieber is the bestselling author of more than 25 books, including the legendary Warday, Nature's End, and Superstorm, the basis for the movie The Day After Tomorrow. His book The Grays is currently in development to be made into a film. His website, Unknowncountry.com, is the largest of its kind in the world, exploring the edge of science and reality.