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Vroman’s Local Author Day introducing Jeffrey Kwitny, Tom King, and Richard Tarlow

Local Author Day Sunday July 21st at 4pm

Jeffrey Kwitny presents and signs Desolation Lake

Life, death, and love converge on the ground floor of heaven.The suicide of a brilliant student at an exclusive Los Angeles private school shakes the school's community. Leo, the girl's teacher and mentor, soon finds himself in the crosshairs of a powerful and vengeful school board member. And when he is accused of a crime of which he is innocent--or is he?--he turns fugitive.

At Desolation Lake in the Eastern Sierras, two miles above sea level and light years from the life he has known, Leo must confront his demons and make a critical decision. The unforgiving yet sublimely beautiful environment and the torments and joys of the human spirit combine to drive the story to its powerful and revelatory conclusion.

Desolation Lake tells two parallel stories: Chandler, the daughter Leo has never known, and her lover, Paul; Professor Leo and Father Tom, two men from different worlds. It is an imaginative novel that soars in spirit and language, the work of a writer who confronts head-on the human capacity for love while plumbing the depths of the soul.

Tom King presents and signs Amelia Earhart Unrescued

Amelia Earhart UNRESCUED is a novel about the last days of Amelia Earhart. Grounded in historical and archaeological evidence, UNRESCUED vividly and imaginatively reconstructs what may have happened to her and her navigator, Fred Noonan, after they mysteriously vanished over the Pacific in July, 1937.

Richard Tarlow presents and signs Murder and the Marine

Kylie Jo died instantly when a light gauge shotgun discharged striking her in the forehead. As the sheriffs arrived at the scene, Ricky Lee, her boyfriend, gave 2 conflicting statements about how she died, neither of which agreed with the wealth of physical evidence in the room and on the body. 

Kylie Jo was stunningly beautiful, an accomplished college sophomore and the daughter every parent would love to have. If she had a weakness it was her choice in boyfriends. Her most recent, for the past two years, was someone her parents wished she had never met. 

Ricky Lee’s parents wished they didn’t have to yet again call upon Ian Weintraub, an old friend, and skilled lawyer, to save the life of their son now facing the death penalty. Ian Weintraub, a decorated Vietnam era Marine, had previously helped Ricky Lee with his legal problems. Ian’s experience as a combat hardened veteran will be put to the test as he prepares for the fight of his life.

The Sheriff and the District Attorney say it is murder, first degree at that. Kylie Jo’s father, a senior member of the editorial staff at the largest newspaper on the West Coast, is lobbying with all his resources for a conviction. But is it murder, or a horrifically tragic accident? 

A life hangs in the balance, and Ian will strain every fiber of his being to convince a California jury to spare Ricky’s life for this tragedy.

Event date: 
Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101