L.A.’s Top Literary Events in February

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Operation Blankets of Love at Vroman’s
(Month-long)
For the entire month of February, Vroman’s is partnering with Operation Blankets of Love to provide comfort and care items to animals in need. If you would like to donate, bring new or gently used blankets to the Will Call Department of the Pasadena store.

The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel at Book Soup
(February 9)
Fans of Wes Anderson’s whimsical set designs and symmetrical shots will appreciate this behind-the-scenes look at The Grand Budapest Hotel (which, need we remind you, is nominated for nine Oscars). In this follow-up release to 2013’s The Wes Anderson Collection, author Matt Zoller Seitz—the editor in chief at rogerebert.com and the TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture—has put together a collection of photos, ephemera, artwork, essays, and interviews with people involved in The Grand Budapest Hotel, including Anderson himself. Seitz will be discussing and signing the book, and attendees who show up dressed as their favorite Wes Anderson character will be entered to win a $50 Book Soup gift card.
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Irvine Welsh at Book Soup
(February 11)

Irvine Welsh (the Scottish author of Trainspotting) is back with The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, a murky tale about fleeting fame and obsession in Miami’s South Beach. He will be discussing and signing his latest at Book Soup.
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A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictators Rise to Power at Book Soup
(February 18)
The catastrophic Sony hack is not the first time North Korea has meddled in the movie making business. Long before James Franco’s antics were causing issues overseas, Kim Jong-Il (a former producer and screenwriter for North Korea’s Ministry of Propaganda) was kidnapping movie stars and filmmakers from South Korea and forcing them to make his own movies. Writer Paul Fischer has jotted down the whole crazy story and will be in-house discussing and signing copies.
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Tales from Both Sides of the Brain at Vroman’s
(February 25)
Michael Gazzaniga is widely considered to be one of the leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience, and he has quite the resume to show for it (he founded the Centers for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis and at Dartmouth College and served as a member of President George W. Bush’s Council on Bioethics). In his latest book, Tales from Both Sides of the Brain, he shares the story of his life in science and his career-long struggle to understand how the separate spheres of our brains communicate with each other.
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Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous at Book Soup
(February 27)
Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman has been following the hacker/activist group Anonymous for years, becoming so deeply entrenched in the organization that The Huffington Post claims she “knows all of Anonymous’ deepest, darkest secrets.” Now she is sharing her insights in Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous. She will be discussing and signing copies at Book Soup.
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