Jennifer Egan did more than just praise L.A.’s book scene when she swung by our Brentwood store on tour for her new novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad. She also gave us the full scoop on her favorite things!
Presenting Jennifer Egan’s…
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
“My Generation” by The Who
There’s a great little piece in the Huffington Post about the thriving Los Angeles book scene, as exemplified by two events held this past Friday: readings for Jennifer Egan‘s A Visit From the Goon Squad and Jonathan Alter‘s The Promise. We were lucky enough to be the booksellers at both events–yes, we do have magic powers and can be in multiple places at once!–and both were vibrant and fun, tributes to L.A.’s community of readers, as both Egan and Alter attested.
Los Angeles has the reputation on the East Coast of being a place that cares more about movies than books. But in my experience, having read here for all of my books, is that it’s also a city of great bookstores and serious readers. In a way, that’s no surprise – because a city full of people who love film is a city full of people who love great storytelling.
People in L.A. like books a lot more than their reputation would suggest. When people like to stereotype and run down L.A., they say [Angelenos] don’t like to read, but I’ve found nothing to be further from the truth. For instance, I was speaking the night of the Lakers-Celtics sixth game, and I had a full house at the RAND Corporation. That’s how serious certain people in LA are about politics and books.
Does anyone else feel warm and fuzzy right now, or is it just us?
Here’s some stuff we’re keeping an eye on…
Stieg Watch! Although the fourth volume in Stieg Larsson‘s bestselling Millennium Trilogy is still caught up in the late author’s estate wars, Swedish librarians have dug up some of his early short story efforts, rejected from a sci-fi magazine when Larsson was 17. Is it okay for us to be both excited and sort of embarrassed for him? (Note to the librarians of the future: please don’t publish any of our fiction from age 17 when we die.)
Sloane Watch! Essayist Sloane Crosley‘s new collection, How Did You Get This Number, came out on Tuesday. To further amp up the excitement, she’s teamed up with name-twin Sloane Tanen, whose hilarious chicken dioramas can be found in Bitter With Baggage Seeks Same and Going For the Bronze. Tanen’s given selected scenes from How Did You Get This Number the fuzzy yellow feather treatment—check them out here!
Shirt Watch! These literary tees sure are nifty—and they support a good cause. For every shirt sold, Out of Print Clothing donates a book to Books For Africa. Hey, so now you can look good and feel good at the same time!
Saturday Watch! As in, you can come watch bestselling author Jennifer Egan read from and sign her new book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, at our Brentwood store this Saturday at 3 p.m. Check out the rave review Carolyn Kellogg of Jacket Copy gave Goon Squad in the L.A. Times.