Entries by Julianne Johnson

Unique Literary Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween Is Here Halloween is upon us! If you’re anything like me, you wait until October 30th (or even the morning of the 31st!) to plan any kind of costumes, if you wear a costume at all. But before you resign yourself to cat ear headbands and eyeliner whiskers for the fourth year in a […]

5 Books for Back to School

Back To School Blues? August is ending, September is beginning, and more importantly: School is starting. Between scrambling to finish summer reading assignments and scanning the internet for cheap textbooks, people may find that books are a touchy subject right now. On the other hand, the only thing more satisfying than buying fresh school supplies […]

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The Millennial Effect

As a kid I always dreamed of being a writer, even though the phrase “starving artist” that was on the lips of every well-meaning family member and friend that asked me about my future. I simply couldn’t keep my nose out of books—I knew they had a unique, addictive power and I wanted to be […]

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Indie Crime Crawl

You’ve heard of a pub crawl, and maybe even a bookstore crawl, but today we’re bringing you something totally new: an Indie Crime Crawl! About the Indie Crime Crawl Organized by Eric Beetner and Jo Perry, this virtual crawl is offering fresh blog content from indie bloggers and special discounts on crime fiction from a […]

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Jill Orr’s Newest Book and the ALA Conference

The Ugly Truth Launch Just a few days ago we celebrated publication day for the newest book in Jill Orr’s Riley Ellison Mystery series: THE UGLY TRUTH! Fans of the first two books in the series, THE GOOD BYLINE and THE BAD BREAK, will be thrilled to follow Riley around Tuttle County once more as […]

Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts

Every Father’s Day we look for the perfect gift to celebrate our dad’s hard work, weird obsessions, and eye roll-inducing puns. And every Father’s Day, dads everywhere run into the same problems: Another pair of socks? How will I fit this mug in the cabinet? When’s the last time I used the barbeque cleaning set […]

PPB and LitFest Pasadena 2019

We had a great time at the L.A. Times Festival of Books last month, but in case you didn’t make it to USC (fighting crowds of people and sitting in traffic on the 10 isn’t for everyone!) LitFest Pasadena is bringing the panels, discussions, readings, and workshops home to the Playhouse District! This year’s lineup […]

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Naomi Hirahara in the Vroman’s Walk of Fame!

In case you didn’t hear, our very own Naomi Hirahara joined the Vroman’s Walk of Fame earlier this month! Dozens of fans, book-lovers, and community members gathered outside Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena to celebrate and honor Naomi’s talent, heart, and contributions to culture. In the words of Allison Hill, Vroman’s president and CEO: “She consistently delivers […]