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January Book-A-Day Sale: Film Noir 101
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsMark Fertig 20 Jan 2015 3:00 AM

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s - CoverToday's Book-A-Day Sale features the best of the best: in film noir posters, that is! Film Noir collects the 101 posters of the greatest noir films ever made in the genre (including classics The Maltese Falcon, Laura, and Double Indemnity). Reproduced in a stunningly designed, oversized format that shows off the spectacular visual elan of Hollywood movie posters at their best, the book is not only a stunning showcase of film noir art, but also establishes the crucial films and identifies their key characteristics, with critical commentary on each film by editor and scholar Mark Fertig. This is an ideal handbook for noir rookies, a valuable resource for old-hats, and a visual feast for fans of film noir and American entertainment art.

Today, get this beautiful oversized art book at 20% off!

LA: Les McCann and Pat Thomas at Book Soup
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Pat ThomasLes McCannevents 19 Jan 2015 1:31 PM

Book Soup
Portraits shot at the right moment are like the fermata on a pitch perfect note. Master photographer and jazz pianist Les McCann was able to catch such moments from the greatest of jazz singers and musicians. YOU now have a chance to meet him! Author and historian Pat Thomas (Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975) curated the new McCann retrospective: Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 and will be with McCann at the book release party at Book Soup on Saturday, March 28th. 5pm is when DJ Adam Dorn starts spinning the soulful tunes to images by McCann. Pat Thomas will host a roundtable with McCann and A. Scott Galloway, music journalist and introduction writer.  

The new book featuring his photographs comes out at the same time as rerelease of Les McCann's Invitation to Openness album from Omnivore Records. The Invitation To Openness album (originally from Atlantic Records) has "remained a landmark statement in free-form improvisation mixed with soulful grooves, featuring a 26-minute continuous track with expressive instrumentation from the likes of Yusef Lateef, Ralph McDonald, Cornell Dupree, Bernard Purdie, and Alphonse Mouzon." These beautiful photographs still resonate to this day, an un-diminished harmony of beautiful black and white.
Cover

Invitation to Openness is coming soon from Fantagraphics, a refrain you'll read and hear often until, it's March release striking a chord within the hearts of photography fans and lovers of jazz. Be one of the first to enjoy a signed edition by picking up your copy from Book Soup on March 27th. 

Book Soup
Book Soup
8828 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 




Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Coming AttractionsAlexander Theroux 19 Jan 2015 11:45 AM

Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux - Cover

We are pleased to announce a collection of award-winning novelist and poet Alexander Theroux's poetic works, due to be published this upcoming April. Over 660 poems are included in Collected Poems, showcasing an astonishing variety of sonnets, odes, ballads, free verse, dramatic monologues, and ruminations.

Here is the final cover design for Collected Poems, and you can pre-order your copy now for an April delivery. We'll have more previews of Theroux's literary work in this book soon, so keep your eyes peeled on our Flog and other social media!

Now in Stock: Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesLucy Knisley 19 Jan 2015 10:00 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Displacement by Lucy Knisley - Cover

Displacement
by Lucy Knisley

168-page full color 5.5" x 7.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-810-6

See Previews / Order Now

New York Times best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic memoir series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book's watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.

January Book-A-Day Sale: Cork High and Bottle Deep
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Virgil Partchsales specials 18 Jan 2015 3:00 AM

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - CoverToday's January Book-A-Day Sale is intoxicating... Well, intoxicated.

Hot on the heels of last year’s VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch comes this brand new collection of intoxicated insanity! Virgil Partch, tutor to the tanked, scholar of the sloshed, professor to the plastered, and endowed with a scholarship from the School of Advanced Study of Alcoholic Endeavor, flung himself into months-long research of the most arduous kind in order to produce — for our collective betterment — this report on the hangover, and how one may acquire it.

Collecting the top shelf of VIP’s drink-themed artwork including well-known favorites, this new book is sure to delight even the most rigid teetotaler (and perhaps cause them to reconsider). So batten down the hooch and prepare to cast off on the stormy seas of booze with your faithful captain, Virgil Partch!

For today only, get a copy of Partch's Cork High and Bottle Deep at 30% off!

January Book-A-Day Sale: Darling Chéri
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specials 18 Jan 2015 3:00 AM

Darling Chéri by Walter Minus - CoverToday's Book-A-Day Sale features artist Walter Minus' first American book: Darling Chéri.

Darling Chéri is the sensually illustrated story of a young career woman who awakens one morning to not only the light of an early dawn but also to the realization that love has left her current relationship. Immediately she begins penning a brisk farewell note to her soundly sleeping boyfriend before pursuing the love that has since left. Celebrated throughout Europe for his captivating illustrations of fashionable and scantily clad females, Walter Minus' colorful work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie-Claire, Elle, The New Yorker, Maximal and L'Entreprise, and in countless advertising campaigns including Chanel, Coca-Cola, AirFrance, Nissan, Mercedes, Renault and Kodak.

Today, get Darling Chéri for a bountiful 45% off!

January Book-A-Day Sale: I Want to Be Your Dog
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsHo Che AndersonEros Comix 17 Jan 2015 4:00 AM

I Want to Be Your Dog by Ho Che Anderson - CoverToday's Book-A-Day title comes from the same artist who drew King - A Comics Biography, a graphic depiction of civil rights advocate Martin Luther King. I Want to Be Your Dog is altogether another kind of beast and debuts Ho Che Anderson's foray into erotic storytelling.

With a distinctive visual style and expert writing, Anderson tells the interlocking stories of submissive relationships set within Toronto's African-American community. This five-part thriller mixes in a healthy dose of sex and violence as it explores social and sexual politics in a visually stunning volume you'll turn to again and again! This edition contains over 30 new pages of hardcore sex and psychological brutalization, making it a must see, must have item!

And, for today only, I Want to Be Your Dog is available at 45% off!

Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 16 Jan 2015 3:00 PM

Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks - Cover

Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck - Inside Page

Bullets are flying in Bullet Valley! In other words, advance copies of our next Carl Barks book, Sheriff of Bullet Valley, have arrived at the Fantagraphics office, to much celebratory hollerin'. With such page-popping colors and wild wild west-style adventures, it's been impossible not to dig in.

Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck is due out in March, but you can get ahead of the game with a pre-order now! Get it now as an investment for the giggles and love of reading it will instill in your kids for years to come.

SF: Guy Colwell at Pegasus Bookstore
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Guy ColwelleventsBob Levin 16 Jan 2015 2:52 PM

Inner CIty Romance
This collection has been a long-time coming! On Friday, February 27th cartoonist, painter and activist Guy Colwell will be at Pegasus Bookstore in San Francisco for the release of Inner City Romance. This blood-pumpin', needle-stickin' collection features comics on social politics like racial activism, harassment, prison, black culture, ghetto life, the and the sex trade. It portrays the unpleasant realities of life in the inner city, where opportunities were limited and being on the lowest end of the economic ladder meant that one's vision of the American dream was more about survival than lifestyle choices. 

Colwell will be in conversation with author Bob Levin about his journey from cartoonist/painter to radical activist who utilized his craft to pass along a message. The talk starts at 7pm with a book signing to follow. 

Inner City Romance 
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704  



New York: Opening Reception for The Last Vispo
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Nico VassilakisLast Vispoevents 16 Jan 2015 2:34 PM

vispo show

 Thursday, January 22nd

New York, NY - Visual poetry is often description as the intersection of word play and art. But whether you approach the medium as a poet or an artist, the renderings are often moving, playful, and linguistically creative. Because this form of poetry IS visual, there's no better way to experience it than through the latest exhibition at the AC Institute in NYC. The exhibition, titled "The Future is Here Again" will run from January 22nd-Februrary 7th, but this opening night reception will feature music from the alternative chamber music string trio, Speed Bump.

Currated by ACI director, Holly Crawford and The Last Vispo editor Nico Vassilakis, the event will feature dozens of artists and their works that were previously featured in the seminal visual poetry books Coldfront, and The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008

vispo sample

The reception begins at 6 PM.