This summer, you’re going to read and read and you’re finally going to catch up with your favorite author.

OK, now that you’ve had your laugh for the day, listen up: this summer is absolutely jam-packed with goodness from your favorite authors and more. Look at all these things you can add to your TBR pile:

COMING IN MAY …

Summer starts out with a bang, even before it officially starts, with new novels by Frederik Backman, Linda Lael Miller, Kim Michelle Richardson, Danielle Steel, Janet Evanovich, Dorothea Benton Frank, Dean Koontz and Jeffrey Deaver.

Look for memoirs by Dr. Jill Biden, Ani DiFranco, Cal Ripkin Jr., Tan France, Ty Pennington, Joe Namath (with Sean Mortimer) and Kate Mulgrew; new true crime from John Walsh and Mark Olshaker; a new book by Ben Mezrich, lots of cookbooks and plenty of great reads to occupy the kids.

At Vroman’s Bookstore on May 3 Cara Robertson discusses and signs “The Trial of Lizzie Borden,” Lila Higgins and Greg Pauly present and sign “Wild LA: Explore the Amazing Nature in and Around Los Angeles” on May 4, Kenton Nelson discusses and signs “Water: California Idealism” on May 9, Jo Giese, in conversation with Chris Erskine, discusses and signs “Never Sit If You Can Dance: Lessons From My Mother” on May 17 former LA Citybeat Deputy Editor Dean Kuipers discusses and signs “The Deer Camp: A Memoir of a Father, a Family, and the Land That Healed Them,” and on May 23 Rod Pyle discusses and signs “Heroes of the Space Age: Incredible Stories of the Famous and Forgotten Men and Women Who Took Humanity to the Stars.”

On May 16, Vroman’s Bookstore Presents An Evening with Ani DiFranco. And don’t forget Litfest is on May 18 and 19.

All that and summer hasn’t even started yet!

COMING IN JUNE …

Gear up for summer with new novels by Neal Stephenson, Jane Green, David Ricciardi, Nicola Harrison, Brad Thor, Susan Mallory, Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston, Elin Hilderbrand, Jennifer Weiner, Katherine Howe, Jenny Colgan and Danielle Steel (again).

Look for a new book about the health benefits of celery juice, a new biography about Joe Frazier, a book about the Kennedy family by J. Randy Taraborrelli, and a memoir by Pete Rose. There’s also a book about giving up plastic, a new business book on leadership, an instant pot cookbook for vegans, books on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and a new book about the Tate/LaBianca killings.

There are plenty of new outdoor cookbooks coming out this month. Lots of diet books to make sure you’re beach-ready. And to occupy the outta-school kiddoes, look for plenty of new picture books and chapter books, including a new James Patterson entry.

Also coming in June, at Vroman’s Beth Caldwell discusses and signs “Deported Americans: Life After Deportation to Mexico” on June 2, Peter Houlahan discusses and signs “Norco 80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History” on June 6,  and on June 10 James Ellroy discusses and signs “This Storm.” On June 14, Pasadena Board of Education member Elizabeth Pomeroy discusses and signs “Glen Dawson: Mountaineer and Bookman,” and on June 17  Dorinne Kay Kondo, with Viet Thanh Nguyen, discusses and signs “Worldmaking: Race, Performance, and the Work of Creativity.”

COMING IN JULY …

Ohhh, you’re not done yet!

In mid-summer, you can look for new novels by Janet Fitch, John Galligan, Eric Van Lustbader, Ace Atkins, Nora Roberts, Daniel Silva, Colson Whitehead, Alexander McCall Smith, Laura Lippman, Joshilyn Jackson and Iris Johansen.

Feed your brain with a new science-history book by Sam Kean. Extend the game with books on baseball. Look for a new book on growing plants for decorating your home indoors and out; books to inspire you to be the best you can be; “Prison Letters” by Nelson Mandela; intriguing books on archaeology and robotics; and a new book on money management by James Rickards.

Find a new recipe for tomorrow night’s dinner or the weekend cookout. Look for a book to expand your faith this month.  And look for books that will keep the kids reading: joke books, picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and books to get the littlest readers ready for kindergarten.

On the local scene, author Carla Sameth reads and signs her new book, “One Day on the Gold Line: A Memoir in Essays,” at the Last Bookstore on South Spring Street in Los Angeles on July 17.

COMING IN AUGUST …

Summer might be winding down, but your reading list shouldn’t have to. More novels to look for: new releases from Sandra Brown, Madeline Stevens, Stuart Woods, T. Jefferson Parker, Philippa Gregory, Susan Wiggs, Karin Slaughter, W.E.B. Griffin, Carla Neggers and Danielle Steel (again). There’s also a notable number of graphic novels coming out in August — just so you know.

Because you’ll still be outdoors, look for a book on mosquitoes by Timothy C. Winegard. You’ll also find a new memoir on marriage from Rick Moody and a memoir about her spiritual journey by Sister Helen Prejean; a new business book to help you communicate better; a new book by cave diver Jill Heinerth; a book on friendship for grown-ups by Bert & Ernie; and a new book on the history of football, books for the kids on Halloween and other scary fall things.

On Aug. 29, local author Carla Sameth talks about her new book, “One Day on the Gold Line: A Memoir in Essays” in conversation with Pasadena Weekly editor Kevin Uhrich at Vroman’s.

Just remember, titles change, publishing dates change, books drop out of sight, and nothing is cast in stone. If you have any questions, need a recommendation, or if you’re hoping for a book that’s not in this article, be sure to ask your favorite librarians or booksellers. They’re really smart and they know stuff.

Have a good book-ish summer!


Vroman’s Bookstore is located at 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-5320. Vroman’s Hastings Ranch is located at 3729 E. Foothill Blvd.,
Pasadena. Call (626) 351-0828 or visit vromansbookstore.com.
The Last Bookstore is located at 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. For information, call (213) 628-3499 or visit
lastbookstorela.com.