Conversations on relationships with Hill Harper at Barnes and Noble

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BY ATINA HARTUNIAN Despite the wet evening, eager readers gathered at the Barnes & Noble in Encino last week to hear the insights of New York Times best-selling author Hill Harper. His recent title, The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can … [Read more...]

Physician co-writers moonlight as mystery writers

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BY ATINA HARTUNIAN The rain clouds were parting just as a crowd was forming at the foyer of the Encino Barnes & Noble on Saturday December 12. Just as you enter the front doors- and before you’re are bombarded by the Christmas gift ideas- … [Read more...]

Rare finds at the Iliad Bookstore in North Hollywood

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BY CAROLE ROSNER Dan Weinstein, owner of The Iliad Bookstore in North Hollywood, grew up with some of the most famous authors in the world. Although he didn’t get drunk with F. Scott Fitzgerald or have high tea with Jane Austen, he might consider … [Read more...]

Emmy winning television writer/producer Russ Woody and The Wheel of Nuldoid

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BY BJ NATHAN HEGEDUS Good stories, really good stories often need time to ruminate, to simmer on the back burner until ready.  Russ Woody’s TheWheel of Nuldoid is such a tale. First conceived of over twenty years ago and set aside, it was the … [Read more...]

Sharon Fiffer’s “Scary Stuff” for the perfect Halloween read

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BY FRED RUBIN I’ve mostly been a “hard-boiled” murder mystery fan in my reading life, favoring the “noir” classic detectives like Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe.   But I recently discovered “cozy mysteries.”  This detective genre … [Read more...]

Woodland Hills author Irene Zutell inspired by celebrity headlines in her new book

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BY ATINA HARTUNIAN When author Irene Zutell moved from the bustle, hustle and color of New York City to the quiet suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, needless to say,  it took some getting used to. “I find the Valley strange,” admits the … [Read more...]

What French Women Know (and the rest of us want to learn!)

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BY PAMELA TURSKI Karen Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, and Debra Ollivier, author of What French Women Know, appeared at Barnes & Noble in Encino on  September 24 to read from their work and share the secrets of French … [Read more...]

Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day is an end of summer “don’t miss” treat

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BY BJ NATHAN HEGEDUS The dog days of summer will soon be behind us.  Shelves are once again filled with reams of lined paper and three ring binders.  Storefront windows are replacing shorts and t-shirts with blazers and boots. On the look out for … [Read more...]

West Hills author on the roots of L.A. Music and the Rise of Chicano Rock

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BY ATINA HARTUNIAN Tom Waldman is an Angeleno, Chief of Staff for LAUSD School Board Member Tamar Galatzan, and an established author with four books under his belt — who just happens to have a deep love for rock music, including Chicano … [Read more...]

Moving On and Moving Forward with Mary Jo Buttafuoco

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BY ATINA HARTUNIAN Earlier this month at Barnes and Noble in Encino, Mary Jo Buttafuoco talked about her new book, Getting It Through My Thick Skull, and shared her experiences married to the infamous Joey Buttafuoco. Friends, family and women who … [Read more...]