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November 25, 2014
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{pages} Evening Book Club
Monday, December 8th
7pm - 8pm

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the "clerk class," the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances's life, or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize three times, Sarah Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction, and here she has delivered again. A love story, a tension-filled crime story, and a beautifully atmospheric portrait of a fascinating time and place, The Paying Guests is Sarah Waters's finest achievement yet.



Mystery/Thriller Book Club   

Tuesday,  December 9th    
7pm - 8:00pm 

A burned-out L.A. detective . . . a woman of mystery who is far more than she seems . . . a grotesque, ancient monster bent on a mission of retribution. When these three collide, a new standard of suspense is born.

The legend of the Golem of Prague has endured through the ages, a creature fashioned by a sixteenth-century rabbi to protect his congregation, now lying dormant in the garret of a synagogue. But the Golem is dormant no longer.

Detective Jacob Lev wakes one morning, dazed and confused: He seems to have picked up a beautiful woman in a bar the night before, but he can't remember anything about the encounter, and before he knows it, she has gone. But this mystery pales in comparison to the one he's about to be called on to solve. Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn't even know existed, he's sent to a murder scene far up in the hills of Hollywood Division. There is no body, only an unidentified head lying on the floor of a house. Seared into a kitchen counter nearby is a single word: the Hebrew for justice.

Detective Lev is about to embark on an odyssey-through Los Angeles, through many parts of the United States, through London and Prague, but most of all, through himself. All that he has believed to be true will be upended-and not only his world, but the world itself, will be changed.



 {pages} Teen Bookclub

Tuesday, December 16th



The author, Catherine Linka will be in attendance!! 

Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl's life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters' safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to "protect" young women, is taking over the choices they make.

Like all her friends, Avie still mourns the loss of her mother, but she's also dreaming about college and love and what she'll make of her life. When her dad "contracts" her to marry a rich, older man to raise money to save his struggling company, her life suddenly narrows to two choices: Be trapped in a marriage with a controlling politician, or run. Her lifelong friend, student revolutionary Yates, urges her to run to freedom across the border to Canada. As their friendship turns to passion, the decision to leave becomes harder and harder. Running away is incredibly dangerous, and it's possible Avie will never see Yates again. But staying could mean death.




Wednesday,  December 19th   
10:30am - 12pm 
{pages} Coffee Time Book Club -  RSVP's Required!!

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur's chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.
Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten's arm is a line from Star Trek: "Because survival is insufficient." But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.
Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.
We will be having a special holiday bookclub and so please rsvp if you would like to attend.  Call 310-318-0900 or email

{pages} Best Sellers

Fiction: Hardcover 
1. Station Eleven
2. The Golem of Hollywood
3. The Paying Guests
4.  Shotgun Lovesongs
5.  We Are Not Ourselves

Fiction: Trade Paper
1.  The Rosie Project
2.  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Non-Fiction:  Hardcover 
1. America in Retreat
2. On Truth
3. On Bullshit
4. Money Master the Game
5.  One Nation Over Taught
6.  The Motivation Manifesto
7.  Mediterranean Paleo Cooking
8.  Cocktails for Book Lovers

Non-Fiction: Trade Paper 
1. The Reasons of Love
2. Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?
3.  Naked Jane Bares All
4.  The Boys in the Boat

YA Fiction  
1. The Long Haul
2. Sisters

Picture Books  
1.  Surf Angel
2.  The Book With No Pictures
3.  The Navy's Night Before Christmas
4.  Once Upon an Alphabet
5.  The Day the Crayons Quit
6.  Stuck 

Dear Friends:

This Saturday, November 29th is Small Business Saturday{pages} is stocked with oodles of great books, perfect for the holidays.  In addition, we have several wonderful authors who are "booksellers-for-a-day".  Please stop in and meet Jason Boog, Rick Reilly, Dennis Lehane and Marie Lu.  They  will be happy to talk about some of their favorite books and their own!  Refreshments and possibly some other surprises may be in store.  Read below for more details.  We hope to see you!!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

With thanks,

Margot, Patty, Linda and our Fabulous Staff

In Celebration of Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 29th...









Jason Boog, Author of Born Reading 

Storytime 10am-11am


Rick Reilly, Author of Tiger, Meet My Sister...11am -1pm


Dennis Lehane, Author of Shutter Island and numerous others... 1pm - 3pm   


Marie Lu, Author of the Legend Trilogy and The New Elites will be here sometime between 4pm and 5pm! 



We are excited to host these great authors in the store on Small Business Saturday.   Jason, Rick, Dennis and Marie Lu, will be at {pages} to handsell their favorite books, and promote some of their own.  We will also have refreshments throughout the day.  Please join us and shop Small Business Saturday!!


Jason Boog - 10am - 11:30am

Are you reading the right way with the child in your life?

Studies have shown that interactive reading, a method that creates dialogue while reading with a young child, can raise the child's IQ by more than six points, establishing a lasting competitive advantage while fostering a love of books.

As a new dad, Jason spent his work hours immersed in literature as lead editor of GalleyCat,  and Mediabistro's blog about all things publishing. However, when it came to choosing what to read or figuring out what exactly to do while holding a book in front of his newborn daughter, Jason was as clueless as most parents.

In Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age-From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between, Jason shares simple, yet effective interactive reading techniques to maximize the benefits and enjoyment of storytime. Featuring a foreword by Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Collections Specialist at the New York Public Library, the book draws upon the deep knowledge and experience of librarians, authors, publishers, psychologists, and other experts in children's literacy. The book also shares lots of stories about reading with his daughter, Olive, and the lessons they learned along the way.

It's not only important THAT we read with children, but also HOW we read with children. Born Reading will show anyone who loves kids how to make sure the children they care about are building a powerful foundation in literacy from the beginning of life.

Jason will be conducting readings of his favorite books throughout the morning at {pages}.


Rick Reilly - 11am-1pm

Rick Reilly is a member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He's been voted National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times over a career that began in 1979.

USA Today called Reilly "the closest thing sports writing ever had to a rock star." The Sherman Report called Reilly "easily the most read sportswriter of his generation." The New York Daily News described him "as one of the funniest humans on the planet." Publishers Weekly called him, "an indescribable amalgam of Dave Barry, Jim Murray, and Lewis Grizzard, with the timing of Jay Leno and the wit of Johnny Carson."

Take it from us, Rick is the real deal.  We are so pleased that he will be a volunteer bookseller on Saturday.  He is so personable and witty that you can't help but love him.  His latest book, Tiger, Meet My Sister... is a best seller in the store.  It is the perfect gift for a sports-loving relative or friend.   


Dennis Lehane - 1pm - 3pm

Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he's published nine more novels with William Morrow that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone Baby Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; Moonlight Mile; andLive By Night, which won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2013. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and a play. Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island have been made into award-winning films, and the film rights for Live by Night are under option to Warner Bros. with Ben Affleck producing, writing, directing, and starring.

Lehane adapted his short story Animal Rescue, which appeared in "Playboy" as well as in Boston Noir, a collection published by Akashic Books, into a feature film called The Drop for the Chernin Company and Fox Searchlight, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini. He then transformed the screenplay for The Drop into a novel, which was published by William Morrow in August 2014 to coincide with the film's US release.

Lehane was a staff writer for HBO's The Wire, and is a writer/producer on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. He has taught fiction and literature at the Harvard Extension School, the Stonecoast MFA Program, and Tufts University.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Mr. Lehane worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. He and his wife and children divide their time between Boston and Los Angeles.


Marie Lu - 4pm - 5pm til ?

Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion. Her latest book is The Young Elites.  She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin's Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.  

John A. Flanagan
Author of Ranger's Apprentice and Brotherhood Chronicles
Friday, December 12 at 7pm

 All the way from Australia, we will be welcoming beloved YA author John Flanagan to {pages} for a very special holiday time book signing and author event.

RSVP's recommended.  Please call 310-318-0900 or email  Price of admission is the cost of one of John's books.  Signed copies make great holiday gifts.  Hope to see you!




Hard Boiled Fiction Series with Pam Jenning


"I don't mind a reasonable amount of trouble."
"It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window."
"Your illusions are a part of you like your bones and flesh and memory."
Dashiell Hammett. Raymond Chandler. William Faulkner: Three notable American writers who are known for their groundbreaking fiction, their unique styles, and their unflinching gaze into the dark corners of uncertain lives. Their characters' journeys, whether through the labyrinthine hills of San Francisco, the mean streets of Los Angeles, or the rough alleyways of Memphis, lead us to a discovery of the human condition. In Hammett, Chandler, and Faulkner's worlds the past never stays past and the present can see no tomorrow.
Please join us for a four-part Hard-boiled Fiction series led by the incomparable Pam Jenning.  The series will include a background session on the genre and the parallels between these three writers as well as book club discussions on Hammett's The Dain Curse, Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely, and Faulkner's Sanctuary.
Dates: Tuesday, January 13th, 7:00 PM
            Tuesday, February 3rd, 7:00 PM
            Tuesday, February 17th , 7:00 PM
            Tuesday, March 10th, 7:00 PM
Cost:   $115 - includes three books at 20% discount plus 4             information packed facilitated discussion sessions
            $20 each

To Register please visit or call (310) 318-0900.

Upcoming Events at {pages}

November 29, Small Business Saturday, featuring several authors as booksellers-for-a-day
December 12, 7pm - John Flanagan, author of Ranger's Apprentice 
January 13th, 7pm - Pam Jenning's four part Hard Boiled Fiction Series #1- ticketed

 Click here for more upcoming event dates.  There are some excellent authors coming!!
Dates and events are subject to change.
Parking: We are surrounded by parking meters that accept credit cards and change but most have 2 hour limits.  Metlox lower levels have a 5 hour limit, located only a few blocks away.
New - Sandpiper's Cookbook

Tastes of the South Bay:  A Collection of Recipes and Menus from Top Local Chefs and Sandpipers  $50

This is a gorgeous, and beautifully illustrated compilation of recipes and menus from many of your favorite restaurants from the South Bay.  This will make a great gift during the holiday season and guess what?  100% of the proceeds (including ours) goes back to the Sandpipers.  Please support them and buy a few copies.  Available at {pages} while supplies last.

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