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Diane Leslie's Book Group with Author meets to discuss Antoine Wilson's new novel, Panorama City, on Thursday, November 15th at 5pm.The best part? Antoine Wilson will be joining in the discussion! Diesel bookseller John Evans says of the book, "What happened the first time you read Salinger, or Harper Lee, Melville, Fitzgerald, Lolita? The voices: the intimate, particular, vulnerable, powerful voices. Meet Oppen Porter, and add him to the pantheon of distinctly American voices speaking unspoken truths with startling plainness." Panorama City tells the story of twenty-eight-year-old Oppen Porter - an open-hearted, bicycle-riding, binocular-toting, self-described "slow absorber" - who thinks he's dying. He's not, but from his hospital bed, he unspools into a cassette recorder a tale of self-determination, from village idiot to man of the world, for the benefit of his unborn son. Panorama City is charming and absurd, very funny and, best of all, humane through and through." --Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers.Antoine Wilson is the author of the novel The Interloper and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is a contributing editor of A Public Space and lives and surfs in Los Angeles. Visit him online at www.antoinewilson.com. There is a $20 fee for this event.
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Diesel, A Bookstore in Malibu welcomes the Malibu Book Club back to the store to discuss Markus Zusak's groundbreaking novel, The Book Thief, on Thursday, November 15th at 5pm.It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . . Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking novel, The Book Thief, is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist--books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. The Book Thief is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. By the age of 30, Markus Zusak had already asserted himself as an innovative and poetic novelist. With the publication of The Book Thief, he was dubbed a "literary phenomenon" by Australian and U.S. critics. Zusak is the award-winning author of four previous books for young adults: The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Getting the Girl, and I Am the Messenger, recipient of a 2006 Printz Honor for excellence in young adult literature. He lives in Sydney.
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Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland presents our annual Holiday Book Extravaganza, on Thursday, November 15th at 7pm. Ever wonder how we select the books for our shelves? Well, we have some very well-read book buyers who rely on recommendations from publishers' representatives. Our buyers work with our reps as a team, spending long hours meeting, arguing, and laughing their way through "the buy." The reps are the less visible part of the team that determines the books we sell. They're devoted readers and wonderful story-tellers (after all, they're in sales).We've asked three of our favorite reps from one of our favorite publishers -- Random House--to tell us about their favorite books of the season and you are invited. Please join us for a fun and informative evening that will include snacks and prizes!Begin and end your holiday shopping at Diesel.