Chuck Palahniuk: Changing the Culture of Author Readings

Chuck Palahniuk, Beautiful You, DNA nightclub
I saw Chuck Palahniuk speak again. Presented by Booksmith, Chuck was speaking at the DNA nightclub to promote his latest book, Beautiful You. I was going with my friend Gib and as we approached the club, his boss called and asked if he wanted to bartend the event. So we skipped the line. The line that was around the block. Once inside, I found myself in another line, which I thought was to pick up the autographed book I had pre-purchased. But as the line moved, I realized I was in a totally different line: to meet Chuck Palahniuk.

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Interview with Danielle, designer of the Don DeLillo stencil for California Bookstore Day


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California Bookstore Day was May 3, 2014; an exciting day for booknerds all over the state. One of the greatest pieces offered was the stencil with a quotation from Don DeLillo‘s White Noise. I was so excited that a stencil had been made from a book quote, especially one that is so powerful and challenging, “California deserves whatever it gets.” I was fortunate to interview Danielle Hobart, who designed the stencil along with other collateral for the day.

How was your art selected?
Nepotism—Zack Ruskin (from Book Passage) and I are a couple and he was involved with Green Apple; starting this idea [California Bookstore Day] they worked together. It was Pete’s (of Green Apple)  idea and he’s been involved in the business for a really long time. I think he was inspired by record store day and realized that it could translate. Independent bookstores stay in touch and Zack was creating the website for California Bookstore Day and mentioned to Pete and Samantha that I would be super into working on something for them. Continue reading →

Lu Ann Cassidy: on the road, looking for a better life


Having been a fan of the Beat generation for years, I’ve read and explored and reread and revisited their writing. I started of course, with Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. I slowly made my way through all of his books. I read William Burroughs. I read some Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg. I backtracked to Kerouac. And then I wondered about the women in their lives. What did they do? How did they deal with these men? Continue reading →