Author Lisa Unger makes her West Coast literary premiere at NoHo’s Blastoff Comics for her new novel “CRAZY LOVE YOU,” a psychological thriller that Booklist called "Superb, complex and riveting."
“Well, it's actually "Romance" that we're focusing on this month on our website! I'd say that "Crazy Love You," while frightening in its dark and obsessive characters, is, at its heart, a pitch-black romance.” – Jud Meyers, owner of Blastoff Comics
In addition to a reading from the novel, guests can look forward to a conversation between Lisa and crime novelist Gregg Hurwitz!
WHAT: An evening with Lisa Unger, author of “CRAZY LOVE YOU”
WHEN: Saturday, February 21 at 7:30PM
WHERE: Blastoff Comics. 5118 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91601
Love hurts. Sometimes it even kills… Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”… and from his family’s deadly secrets.
Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss… Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…
“Riveting … This is a complex, intricate story, yet the pages fly by as Ian, the most unreliable narrator since Nick Dunne in Gone Girl, leads us on a wild ride in this superb psychological thriller. Unger is at the top of her game here.” —Booklist (starred review)
Lisa Unger’s writing is unique, inventive, and often experimental, her writing is impossible to categorize. She combines her extensive knowledge of the human psyche with an understanding of trauma and fear to create novels that have earned her a reputation as one of the most skilled practitioners of the psychological thriller around today. Throughout her 12-year career, she has walked the fine line between literary novels and commercial thrillers all the while hitting The New York Times bestseller lists and earning both critical acclaim and millions of fans worldwide.
Lisa's books have named top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Walmart Book Club, Harper's Bazaar, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Washington Life, Publishers Weekly, New York Daily News, Indie Next and Amazon (Top Ten Thriller of the Year.) More than 1.9 million copies have been sold in 26 languages.
We asked our pal Jud Meyers, owner of NoHo’s Blastoff Comics, about the event and some things that are coming up.
Lisa actually suggested to Simon and Schuster that our store would be a great fit for a west coast premiere event. Gregg Hurwitz had sent Lisa to me over a year ago when she was still researching the book. Because the main protagonist is a graphic novelist, she was anxious to make sure the dialogue and syntax were as authentic as possible. It's something I'd never consulted on before and it was a lot of fun. I'm glad to say that the night won't just be about a reading. Another unique element of the evening is that Lisa will be joined by Gregg! Having two award-winning novelists doing an "Iconoclast" style talk where they interview each other about their writing process and experiences in the Crime/Thriller genre adds a whole other level of excitement.
Absolutely. We're selling more and more prose books at the shop, providing the neighborhood with an underserved product. We've reached a point in both mediums where readers don't really care whether a novel is "graphic" and accompanied by stylized art or if it's just words on a page. A great story is a great story and I think readers will always be interested in hearing the creators themselves discuss how they set about developing it.
Get ready for SATURDAY, MAY 2, North Hollywood! It's not only Free Comic Book Day (always a huge event for our city), but Blastoff will take over The Federal Bar for the 1st Annual BLASTOFF COMIC FEST! Stay tuned...
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Go create works of art as gifts for Valentine's Day. For the first time ever at a store location, Barnes and Noble in Burbank will have a free drawing event taking place inside the store. There will be two beautiful Valentine’s Day-themed costumed models. No formal drawing skills are required in order to attend. Art supplies will be provided or you can bring your own and prepare to experience life drawing with models, L.A. style. And for those of who are single, draw the person standing next to you...You never know.
Pierre Bernard Jr., graphic artist and TV personality from Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Conan and a member of our NoHo's Art Directors Guild/Gallery 800, will be the host for this art-filled evening. He will also be signing his new art book, "18x24 And Other Sizes," featuring drawings of art models done over a three-year period since moving to Los Angeles.
WHAT: Pierre Bernard Jr. "18x24 And Other Sizes” Book Signing and Live Drawing event.
WHEN: Saturday February 8 from 5-8PM
WHERE: Barnes & Noble. 731 N San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502
Pierre Bernard Jr. is a graphic designer and illustrator with 30 years of experience in commercial art. He currently works for the television show "Conan," which tapes in Los Angeles on the TBS network. He's worked with Conan O'Brien for 20 years, beginning in New York on the hit talk show, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Not only was he a graphic designer on the show, he was also regular performer in many comedic sketches. He is most recognized for the comedic performance bit, "Pierre Bernard's Recliner Of Rage." As a result of these appearances, he has developed a large fan following.
Now living in L.A. for almost four years, he has become part of the life art drawing scene in the city. In 2013, he published his first art book, "18x24 And Other Sizes" that illustrates over three years of drawing with various art models at different locations throughout Los Angeles.
Pierre tells us:
“Upon arrival here I started attending life drawing events through the area and in 2012 through the encouragement of a friend decided to document the art I was creating with a book.
Life drawing here in Lis Angeles is very unique and unlike most other places. There is an emphasis on having fun, socializing and experiencing drawing. If Toulouse Lautrec were alive, he'd feel right at home attending these events. The reason I decided to host these drawing events along with my signings is to allow people to experience what it's like and have a better appreciation for the art work in my book.
I've done three signings to date. The first was at Gallery 800 in North Hollywood. Another at the Long Beach Comic Con and the most recent in New York, at the Art League of Long Island. “
Reviews of "18x24 And Other Sizes" have been great.
"Anyone who thinks crayons are for kids should take a look at Pierre Bernard's new book, 18" x 24" And Other Sizes. It was a revelation to me to see what this very talented artist can do with this medium when it is applied so deftly to the human figure." -Doug Sneyd. Playboy cartoonist since 1964
"Pierre Bernard draws fluid lined pinup girls with doe-eyes and curvy hips. A delightful art book." -Molly Crabapple. Artist and Founder of Dr. Sketchy Anti-Art School
Since the publication of his book, Pierre has hosted a number of successful combined signing and drawing events in Los Angeles and New York. According to him, "Life drawing in Los Angeles is unique compared to most other places, it's kind of like a life style. My goal is to bring these events to as many locations as possible so people can experience it."
His slogan, "Bringing life drawing to the masses… one event at a time!"
Visit his website, www.totallygraphic.com
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