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Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA Welcomes Local Writer, Robert G Pielke Pielke will give a brief talk, discuss and sign copies of his two new books: A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor (Alternate Dimensions Press) & Rock Music in American Culture: The Sounds of Revolution (McFarland & Co. Inc.) SUNDAY APRIL 29 - 4:0 Pasadena, CA (I- Newswire) April 25, 2012 - See Vroman's Event Calendar for Local Writers and Artists ** A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM: THE VISITOR ** This is the first book/ second edition of a trilogy, published by Alternate Dimensions Press. The final two books of the trilogy will be published by Whiskey Creek Press. A link to this book on Amazon.com It has taken centuries to recognize that all humans possess certain unalienable rights. There will come a time when we have to consider whether others deserve those rights as well. That time will come on July 3rd 1863. When a stranger carrying a shiny,metallic valise steps aboard a train carrying Abraham Lincoln home from a 2 year stint in Congress, everyone stares, wondering about the stranger's odd clothing and strange footware with the word Nike emblazoned on them. When the strange man shows up in Lincoln's office at the White house 14 years later, still wearing the same clothes, carrying the same valise and looking not a day older, the president and his staff know something is odd. But when Edwin Blair opens his valise and projects a 3d image of the Earth on Lincoln's wall, then proceeds to tell a fanciful tale about time traveling aliens preparing to land at Gettysburg on July 3rd, they are sure they've met a lunatic. Unfortunately for them, they're wrong. A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor, is the first book in a new science fiction trilogy involving timetravel, alternate history and double first contact. ** ROCK MUSIC IN AMERICAN CULTURE: THE SOUNDS OF REVOLUTION ** Published by McFarland & Co. Inc. A link to this book on Amazon.com From its roots in the black and white "under classes" through its clash with the broader culture to its multifaceted incarnation today, rock and roll has fostered and reflected a genuine cultural revolution that has gone on to influence the world. This critical work investigates rock music from a philosophical perspective, an approach rarely seen in the literature. Topics include a definition of rock music and a suggested typology; an examination of rock on radio and in television and film; and a depiction of what is to come. Of particular interest is how rock's shifting mores have mirrored the complex changes experienced by American society as it has undergone almost continuous turbulence. ROBERT G. PIELKE, originally from Baltimore, is now a retired professor of philosophy and resides in Claremont, CA. BA from the University of MD in History and Governtmen M.Div. in Theological Studies from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the Claremont Graduate University ___________________________________________________________________

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About Vroman's Bookstore: ckalter@vromansbookstore.com Vroman's Bookstore was founded on November 14, 1894 by Adam Clark Vroman, located at 60 E Colorado Street, a few blocks west of its current location. Born in 1856 in La Salle, Illinois, Vroman moved to Pasadena, California in the late 1800s to improve his wife's health. When she died two years later, he sold his book collection to raise the capital to open the bookstore. The store also sold photographic supplies. Vroman was a passionate photographer, specializing in scenes of the American West and portraits of Native Americans. Ansel Adams called Vroman an influence on his own work and Vroman's work hangs in both the Huntington and the Southwest Museum. Once the store became profitable, Vroman returned to book collecting, donating his massive collection to Pasadena Public Library when he passed away. Vroman was also extremely generous and committed to philanthropy. He helped to rescue some of the old Franciscan missions from decay; as an active member of the Historical Society of Southern California, he helped establish the Southwest Museum; and he was a supporter of the Pasadena Public Library. There's even a story of him loaning money to a competitor, and helping him establish credit with vendors, so that he could start a rival bookstore. Vroman's Bookstore holds an important place in Southern California's history. Through the years, it has continued to be an independently owned family business, expanding several times, opening a stationery supply store and a second bookstore location in the Hastings Ranch area of Pasadena. In 2009, Vroman's bought another well known independent bookstore, Book Soup in West Hollywood, after its owner died and the store was in danger of closing. For many years, Vroman's was the largest bookstore west of the Mississippi, and it continues to be the oldest and largest independent bookstore in Southern California. During World War II, Vroman's donated and delivered books to Japanese Americans interned at nearby camps, returning on several occasions despite being fired upon by camp guards. Vroman's was the first bookstore in the country to have a computerized inventory, and one of the first independent bookstores to implement streamlining efforts like license plate receiving (a computerized receiving method that improves efficiency). The Vroman's legacy of excellence and philanthropy continues into the present day. Throughout the years, the store has supported a variety of causes and institutions through food drives, gift drives during the holidays, free hiv testing, pet adoption days, support for local girl scout and boy scout troops, donations for charity raffles, school book fairs, and the Vroman's Gives Back program. Vroman's Gives Back is a charitable program that donates a portion of a customer's purchases to a local organization of their choice, including public radio stations, arts centers, family services, and programs supporting literacy, the homeless, and animal welfare. To date, Vroman's has donated over $530,000 on behalf of our customers. Vroman's is also famous for its world class author signings and events. The store hosts over 400 events a year including children's storytimes, trivia nights, craft classes, bake- offs, and special launch parties, and has hosted such authors as President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, Irving Stone, Upton Sinclair, Ray Bradbury, David Sedaris, Salman Rushdie, Walter Mosely, Joan Didion, Barbara Walters, Anne Rice, and Neil Gaiman. In 2008, Vroman's was honored with the Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year award. The annual award is chosen by a panel of industry professionals, and honors the very best bookstores in the country. Criteria for the award include clarity in mission and vision, expertise in buying for its target markets,


trivia nights, craft classes, bake- offs, and special launch parties, and has hosted such authors as President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, Irving Stone, Upton Sinclair, Ray Bradbury, David Sedaris, Salman Rushdie, Walter Mosely, Joan Didion, Barbara Walters, Anne Rice, and Neil Gaiman. In 2008, Vroman's was honored with the Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year award. The annual award is chosen by a panel of industry professionals, and honors the very best bookstores in the country. Criteria for the award include clarity in mission and vision, expertise in buying for its target markets, innovation, successful events, and business efficiency. Vroman's has also been recognized throughout the years for our excellent customer service, our incredible staff, our extensive book inventory, and our wide range of gifts, ranging from stationery, cards, and fine writing instruments to jewelry, handmade gifts, fair trade merchandise, candles, purses, scarves, and much more! Vroman's is a Pasadena institution, a literary landmark, a community center, and a wonderful tradition. We hope you visit soon! Company Contact Information: Vroman's Bookstore Connie Kalter 695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 Phone: (626) 449-5320 Published in: Art & Entertainment Tags: Rock Music    local author    science fiction books    popular culture    Pasadena California    book signging    autographing    meet the author     Published on: April 25, 2012 Original Source: Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA Welcomes Local Writer, Robert G Pielke


Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena CA Welcomes Local Writer Robert G Pielke