It’s fall again, which means it’s time for world famous Vroman’s Bookstore’s very special annual fall event calendar.
Nearly nightly the Colorado Boulevard branch of the two-store chain hosts an author event, ranging from monthly local author nights to large events that require locations away from the store to accommodate large audiences.
Vroman’s first blockbuster event of the season will thrill crime novel fans, with South Florida’s favorite son and New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen signing and discussing his newest offering, “Razor Girl,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. The novel follows former detective Andrew Yancy as he works to solve a high-profile murder — and hopefully earn back his badge. Critically acclaimed and widely praised for his ability to turn a phrase and tell a tale, Hiaasen fans won’t want to miss this event, which will be held at All Saints Church in Pasadena.
At 7 p.m. on Sept. 19, National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson reads and signs her newest novel, “Another Brooklyn,” about childhood giving way to adulthood, the promise and peril of growing up, and the fleeting friendship that unites four young lives.
Critically acclaimed art history writer Ross King will sign copies of his new book “Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lillies” at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. King’s newest book reveals the intense frustration Monet experienced while attempting to capture the effects of light, water and color — and reflects the terrible personal torments the artist suffered in the last dozen years of his life. A deep look into the intricacies of Monet’s life, art history lovers and lovers of a good story will be equally satiated.
For those with a penchant for history and crime, Vroman’s presents New York Times bestselling author Amy Stewart at 7 p.m. Sept. 23. Stewart will discuss and sign her newest offering, “Lady Cop Makes Trouble.” This second installment of Stewart’s runaway hit, “Girl With a Gun,” based on a true story ripped straight from the headlines, follows the feisty adventures of the Kopp sisters and the story of Constance Kopp, a woman forging her own path, tackling crime and nefarious criminals along the way.
Vroman’s offers something for readers of all ages, and at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 best-selling author Melissa De La Cruz reads and signs her newest young adult novel, “Something In Between,” about an academically gifted young woman who learns the truth about her family and is forced to wrestle with how and where she fits into the American dream.
Writers will rejoice at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at 7pm when Vroman’s presents “Accidental Life: A Writer’s Notes on Writers and Writing,” by Terry McDonnell. A former editor of magazines including Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated, McDonnell reads and signs his book about the need for clear storytelling and his adventures with everyone from Steve Jobs to Hunter S. Thompson.
Young adult readers are in for a treat at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 when David Arnold, author of breakout hit “Mosquitoland,” reads and signs his highly acclaimed new novel, “Kids of Appetite,” a tragicomedy about loss and first love.
Vroman’s helps readers dive a bit deeper at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 when Elizabeth Lesser discusses and signs her new memoir, “Marrow: A Love Story,” about Lesser and her sister, Maggie, as they uncover the depth of their love through a bone marrow transplant. Lesser, co-founder and senior adviser of the Omega Institute, has shared her work in health, wellness, spirituality and creativity worldwide, including the TED conference stage and Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday.
Vroman’s kicks off October with Kate Shatz, who reads and signs, “Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 5. A collection of 40 stories of women around the world who have persevered and fought for equality — from well-known leaders like Malala Yousafzai to lesser-known heroes like Japanese mountain climber Junko Tabei and Nazi resistor Sophie Scholl — this book is sure to be a rabblerousing crowd pleaser.
At 7 p.m. Oct. 7 Alex Prud’homme, the grand-nephew of Julia Child’s husband and co-author of her autobiography “My Life in France,” whets our appetites for more of the late chef’s masterpieces and adventures when he discusses and signs his new book, “The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act.”
Join world-famous bestselling author and multi-award winner Billy Collins at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 when he signs and reads from his newest offering “Rain in Portugal.” This event is also at All Saints Church.
At 7 p.m. Oct. 13, Vroman’s presents “The Bitch is Back,” a collection of essays about women and aging, read and signed by Cathy Hanauer, Robin Rinaldi, Sandra Tsing Loh and Anna March.
Make it a Friday night date with chef and TV personality Alton Brown at Vroman’s on Oct. 14 when he discusses and signs his newest, tastiest collection of recipes, “EveryDayCook.”
Celebrate the 29th anniversary of “The Princess Bride” at Vroman’s at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 with actor Cary Elwes when he signs his New York Times bestseller “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride,” a look back at the making of the film classic with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs and interviews with co-stars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest and Mandy Patinkin.
Literary star power continues at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 when multi-award-winning author Francine Prose discusses and signs her new book, “Mister Monkey,” as she follows the constellation of characters affiliated with an off-off-off-off Broadway children’s musical.
Finally, if you’re still hungry for more, join chef Mario Batali in conversation with Russ Parsons at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 as he discusses and signs “Mario Batali —Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA,” at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
Vroman’s Bookstore is located at 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-5320.
Vroman’s Hasting Ranch is located at 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 351-0828 or visit vromansbookstore.com.
All Saints Church is located at 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 796-1172 or visit allsaints-pas.org for more information.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-2191 or visit ppc.net for more information.