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VERA LAUGHED

August 29, 2016, 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Skylight Theater, 1816 1/2 N. Vermont, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | (213) 761-7061

JOIN US for COCKTAILS and a BENEFIT CELEBRITY READING

starring Alfred Molina and Jo Beth Williams

 

written by Keith Bunin

directed by Robert Bailey

 

cast*: Alfred Molina and Jo Beth Williams, with Matthew Elkins, Melanie Lora, Leo Marks, Joanna Strapp

*subject to change

 

Cocktail party begins at 7:00pmDesert Rose caters party for VERA LAUGHED, Skylight Theatre Los Feliz

(appetizers by Desert Rose Restaurant)

 

Celebrity reading at 8:00pm

Skylight’s Co-Artistic Director, Tony Abetemarco, is a generous donor to Big Sunday!

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Trials of the Century Books Signings

August 2, 2016, 7:00 PM

Barnes & Nobel, Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village, 160 S. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks, California

Website | Email | (805) 446-2820

Trials of the Century is scheduled for release on July 26th, and we have two local discussion/signings set for August 2nd and 4th.

 

 

Mark Phillips and Aryn Phillips have both participated on all kinds of Big Sunday events over many years (along with all the rest of the Phillipses). Most recently Mark joined us on one of our famous “We’re All in the Same Boat Project’s harbor cruises.

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Middle-Reader Author Kristin Riddick Reading & Signing Kat McGee Saves America

June 25, 2016, 4:00 PM

Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323-465-1334

Kat McGee, the daring, strong heroine whose wild adventures inspire girls and boys alike, is back just in time for Independence Day with Kat McGee Saves America. Time-travel lovers: don’t miss this special Saturday with TV actress, adventurer and Kat-creator Kristin Riddick! Saturday, June 25th, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Fourth of July. Parades, fireworks, apple pie–and an amazing history of American freedom and revolution. Kat McGee doesn’t know what she’d do without her favorite summery celebration of all things patriotic… but if she doesn’t travel back in time to work her holiday-saving magic, she’s going to find out–and fast. It’s 1776. Thomas Jefferson has been kidnapped. The Declaration of Independence is gone. And the country’s brilliant past rests on a young woman from the future, aided only by (the Statue of) Liberty, a young John Quincy Adams, and a whole lot of summer holiday spirit.

Chevalier’s Books is now co-owned by longtime Big Sunday supporter and former member Bert Deixler. And special guest David Ulin has also helped out at Big Sunday; on at least one occasion he was seen dropping off all sort of great stuff for one of our famous yard sales!

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PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Author Evenings: Angela Flournoy & Julia Fierro

June 20, 2016, 7:00 PM

Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323-465-1334

To celebrate the fellowship’s 20th Anniversary, PEN Center USA has opened The Emerging Voices Author Evening Series to the public. Free to PEN Center USA members who bring their Author Evening ticket; non-members can purchase tickets here.

Author Evening Series events include a brief reading, conversation, and a question-and-answer session with the audience. The Monday, June 20th Author Evening at 7 p.m. features two accomplished novelists, Angela Flournoy and Julia Fierro, reading respectively from their novels The Turner House and Cutting Teeth.

Chevalier’s Books is now co-owned by longtime Big Sunday supporter and former member Bert Deixler. And special guest David Ulin has also helped out at Big Sunday; on at least one occasion he was seen dropping off all sort of great stuff for one of our famous yard sales!

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NY Times Bestselling Author Tom Lutz Reading & Signing Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World

June 17, 2016, 7:00 PM

Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323-465-1334

Whether you hunger to wander the forgotten, wild or just plain improbable regions of the earth or prefer to hear about them from the comfort of a chair, Tom Lutz is your man. In Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World: Wandering the Globe From Azerbaijan to Zanzibar, this author of two previous nuanced and intriguing bestsellers not only takes us down unbeaten paths but sounds the urge that compels him to set out. Hitch a ride with him on Friday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m. Reading with signing to follow.

In this portmanteau of traveler’s tales, we accompany Tom Lutz, self-declared travel addict,  as he drives beyond the blacktop in Morocco, to the Saharan dunes on the Algerian border, and east of Ankara into Hittite ruins. We ride alongside as he hitches across Uzbekistan and the high mountain passes of Kyrgyzstan into western China. We disappear with him into the disputed areas of the Ukraine and Moldova. We follow his footsteps through the swamps of Sri Lanka, the wilds of Azerbaijan, the casinos of Tanzania, the peasant hinterlands of Albania, and the center of Swaziland, where we join him in watching the king pick his next wife. All along the way, we witness his perplexity in trying to understand a compulsion to keep moving, ever onward, to the ends of the earth.

Chevalier’s Books is now co-owned by longtime Big Sunday supporter and former member Bert Deixler. And special guest David Ulin has also helped out at Big Sunday; on at least one occasion he was seen dropping off all sort of great stuff for one of our famous yard sales!

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Geoffrey Cowan, Bestselling Author of Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary, in conversation with Henry Weinstein

June 16, 2016, 7:00 PM

Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323-465-1334

As we enter the homestretch of the 2016 presidential election, Geoffrey Cowan relates the remarkably relevant tale of how Teddy Roosevelt jumpstarted the modern presidential primary as we now know it. Get the scoop on timely history in his conversation with award-winning journalist and law professor Henry Weinstein. Q&A and signing to follow on Thursday, June 16th at 7 p.m.

Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary presents the rollicking and dramatic story of four crucial months during Teddy Roosevelt’s 1912 campaign that forever altered American politics. Hoping to regain the Republican Party nomination, Roosevelt created and benefitted from the new idea of presidential primaries, winning 9 of 13 dramatic contests which Cowan describes in riveting detail. Roosevelt’s campaign slogan (and message to party bosses) became “Let the People Rule.” Though Roosevelt won about 70 percent of the delegates selected by public vote, it was not enough to overcome entrenched interests. He walked out of the convention. Cowan’s incisive account shows how the political and social turmoil of that landmark year changed politics in ways that continue to provide important lessons for America today.  Provocative and deeply informed, Let the People Rule is a penetrating look into this revolutionary era in American politics.

Chevalier’s Books is now co-owned by longtime Big Sunday supporter and former member Bert Deixler. And special guest David Ulin has also helped out at Big Sunday; on at least one occasion he was seen dropping off all sort of great stuff for one of our famous yard sales!

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Young Adult Author Ann Stampler Launches How to Disappear

June 15, 2016, 7:30 PM

Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323-465-1334

Meet Ann Redisch Stampler and her latest vivid teen characters as they criss-cross America in this electric new thriller about changing identity, running away, and falling in love with the enemy. How to Disappear launches on Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30 p.m. with Ann reading and signing!

How to Disappear follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her. Sixteen-year-old Nicolette runs away from Ohio, changing her name, switching interstate buses, and disguising her body in an attempt to disappear.  Meanwhile, eighteen-year-old Jack is blackmailed by his criminal brother into hunting her down. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

Chevalier’s Books is now co-owned by longtime Big Sunday supporter and former member Bert Deixler. And special guest David Ulin has also helped out at Big Sunday; on at least one occasion he was seen dropping off all sort of great stuff for one of our famous yard sales!

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Breakout Novelist Rachel Harper & Best-Selling L.A. Author Nina Revoyr in Conversation

June 14, 2016, 7:00 PM

Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323-465-1334

Author Rachel Harper’s new novel This Side of Providence is garnering enormous praise for the startling lens it focuses on marginalized America, and Nina Revoyr, The Age of Dreaming, Lost Canyon, is heralded as one of contemporary L.A.’s greatest storytellers. Catch these two literary trail-blazers as they discuss the overlapping terrain of their acclaimed new works on Tuesday, June 14th at 7p.m. with Signing to follow.

 This Side of Providence is a story of exceptional force and originality that reveals the unacknowledged side of one of our oldest American cities, where even the bleakest of realities can’t destroy the bonds between parent and child. Arcelia Perez flees Puerto Rico to escape a history of abuse, but instead of finding her piece of the American dream, she ends up on the wrong side of Providence.

Chevalier’s Books is now co-owned by longtime Big Sunday supporter and former member Bert Deixler. And special guest David Ulin has also helped out at Big Sunday; on at least one occasion he was seen dropping off all sort of great stuff for one of our famous yard sales!

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Reporter and Author Andy Furillo’s The Steamer: Bud Furillo and the Golden Age of L.A. Sports

June 13, 2016, 7:00 PM

Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323-465-1334

Written by ace reporter and sportswriter Andy Furillo and told from the point of view of his dad, Bud Furillo, the legendary L.A. sports columnist and broadcaster, The Steamer is sports history about a great period when Koufax starred with the Dodgers, Wooden was winning championships at UCLA  –  the Rams were fun, and fights were fantastic.

Get steamed up with Andy on Monday, June 13th at 7 p.m.  Reading, Talk and Signing.

With a forward by Tommy Lasorda, The Steamer is a history of a great sports town at its most dynamic. For nearly sixty years, Bud Furillo wrote and talked about sports in Southern California. For fifteen of those years, he authored a popular column for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner called The Steam Room, which gave him the nickname “The Steamer.” On his watch, L.A. acquired the Rams from Cleveland, the Dodgers from Brooklyn, and the Lakers from Minneapolis. “The Steamer”  covered them all while they won championships for the city. Andy Furillo uses his father’s lens to give focus to the city’s rise as a sports empire.

Chevalier’s Books is now co-owned by longtime Big Sunday supporter and former member Bert Deixler. And special guest David Ulin has also helped out at Big Sunday; on at least one occasion he was seen dropping off all sort of great stuff for one of our famous yard sales!

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DJ Greg Vandy, Author of 26 Songs in 30 Days, in Conversation with Woody Guthrie L.A. Biographer Darryl Holter

June 9, 2016, 7:00 PM

Chevalier's Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323-465-1334

Tune into the continuing resonance of Woody Guthrie’s 30-day songwriting tear of 1941 with 26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest. Join Chevalier’s co-owner, musician and all round Guthrie-man Darryl Holter as we dig author and DJ Greg Vandy’s treasure trove of musical history on Thursday, June 9th at 7 p.m.  Signing to follow.

 Find out why an unlikely alliance between a revolutionary folk artist and the federal government still reflects the potency of music to transform popular opinion. In 1941, Woody Guthrie wrote 26 songs in 30 days–including classics like“Roll On Columbia” and “Pastures of Plenty”–when he was hired by the Bonneville Power Administration to promote the benefits of cheap hydroelectric power, irrigation, and the Grand Coulee Dam. Timed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this project, KEXP DJ Greg Vandy with co-author Daniel Pearson of Seattle Weekly,  takes readers inside the unusual partnership between one of America’s great folk artists and the federal government, and shows how the American folk revival was a response to hard times.

Chevalier’s Books is now co-owned by longtime Big Sunday supporter and former member Bert Deixler. And special guest David Ulin has also helped out at Big Sunday; on at least one occasion he was seen dropping off all sort of great stuff for one of our famous yard sales!

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