Susan Branch discusses Distilled Genius: A Collection of Life-Changing Quotations

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UPDATE! Because of the crazy weather we are experiencing, we will be moving this event inside to our event space. Ticket holders are still guaranteed a seat in the event and they have been sent instructions via Eventbrite. If you do not have a ticket, we will be playing the talk with Susan Branch throughout the store, please hang around to listen and once we start to clear the space upstairs will be bring up those waiting, upstairs to get their book signed, as well. 


Tickets for seating at this event "sold out". There will be standing room, but there is no guarantee that there will not be an obstructed view.

Distilled Genius: A Collection of Life-Changing Quotations is a book of quotations like no other from Susan Branch, the New York Times best-selling author of 16 books since 1986, including Martha's Vineyard - Isle of Dreams and A Fine Romance - Falling in Love with the English Countryside. Like all of Susan's books, Distilled Genius is charmingly handwritten and watercolored in Susan's inimitable style, and, as with her other books, it tells a story. This is not just any quote book, but a forty-year carefully curated collection of quotes from Susan's lifelong search for deeper meaning, joy, and fulfillment in life and her desire to share from Mark Twain, to the Bhagavad Gita, from Anne Frank, and George Patton, to Marcus Aurelius, and Louisa May Alcott; from Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, Maya Angelou, the Bible, and beyond. Reading about the struggles of others who, often against all odds, made something of their lives, gives us strength, and encourages us to make our own dreams a reality. Life-affirming, clever, poetic, heroic, hilarious, and human hopeful words of wisdom, distilled into one book of Genius for all time. Distilled Genius is arranged in themes, such as "Secrets of Life," "Writing and Writers," "Creativity, and "Finding your Dreams," to name a few; it's 272 pages of joy, just when we need to be reminded of who we are, where we came from, and what our future can be if we choose it. The power in words is endless, they make you think, and once in a while, they tell you that you were right all along (that's when you truly understand the Genius part). Everything that's needed to be said, has been said, by someone whose words carry weight, such as this quote by Joseph Campbell: "We have not even to risk the adventure alone for all the heroes of all time have gone before us." Distilled Genius has a ribbon bookmark, is proudly printed in the USA, and unlike an e-book, it comes complete with that beautiful new-book smell at no additional charge. (Spring Street Publishing)


This event will take place outside on the Vroman's Paseo located at 695 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena.

There will be a limited amount of seating available so obtaining a ticket will guarantee you a seat for the event. (Just purchasing a copy of the book, does not.)

When ordering please note in the comments "Pick up at Event" and we will have it ready for you.


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Event date: 
Sunday, September 11, 2022 - 11:00am
Event address: 
695 E. Colorado St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Distilled Genius - A Collection of Life-Changing Quotations By Susan Branch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996044066
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spring Street Publishing - September 15th, 2022
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