Chris Guillebeau at Vroman's in Pasadena, talking about his book, The $100 Startup

Chris Guillebeau at Vroman’s for The $100 Startup

Last week, I went to see Chris Guillebeau (author of the site The Art of Non-Conformity) at Vroman’s for his book tour for his just-released The $100 Startup (Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future). Great crowd there, nice conversations with people. Here are photos and […]

John McPhee: Los Angeles Against the Mountain (Fire Edition, part 1)

Published in the New Yorker magazine in 1988, which later became a chapter in his book, The Control of Nature, John McPhee eloquently describes that mountainous California habitat — chaparal. [via Susan Orlean via LA Observed] (link goes to part 1 of article, so it’s a nice taste for you). This book is now on […]

What I discovered while I was cleaning out my email inbox

The lastest Publisher’s Lunch Weekly with the book deal news — Merlin Mann of 43 folders has sold a book! Business/Investing/Finance founder Merlin Mann’s INBOX ZERO, exploring the popular myths about “email organization,” and provides an inspiring blueprint for managing our attention and making things that matter, to Julia Cheiffetz at Harper Studio, by […]

LA Times Book Festival April 25-26

I just went to the site and saw that yes, Frances Dinkelspiel is one of the authors appearing there. This is well and fitting and good. She’ll be on a panel Saturday at 3, “History: Unknown Los Angeles.” Her book, Towers of Gold, about Isaias Hellman, tells an important story about the origins of L.A. […]

The most entertaining comment thread so far this year..

…can be found here: Added Bonus: Irregardless what you think conversate is a word. Ta-Nehisi Coates has, for a couple of days now, posted about the word “conversate.” He recounts his conversation with Jesse Sheidlower, author of The F Word and Editor At Large for the Oxford English Dictionary. Ta-Nehisi: So is conversate a word? […]

Bookish Trinkets found while cleaning out old emails

From Publisher’s Lunch: Philadelphia’s oldest independent bookstore to close in January. It’s a recession. (Amid other news I skimmed past, such as salary freezes at publishing companies, and so on.) And from Book Deal news (the news is nearly a year old, book is closer to seeing the light of day): United By Words sounds […]