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WeHo Reads at Book Soup: Conversation With Author Sam Wasson Feb 5



WEST HOLLYWOOD — Mark your calendar for February 5 to join WeHo Reads at Book Soup. Sam Wasson will be there to greet fans and discuss his latest book, “The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood.”

He will be in conversation with director and screenwriter James Gray (Ad Astra, The Lost City of Z).

Chinatown is one of the best films of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting.

Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. In Sam Wasson’s telling, it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history.

Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers, as compelling a movie star as there has ever been, embarking on his great, doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Here is director Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, haunted by the savage death of his wife, returning to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are quickly planted. Here is the fevered dealmaking of “The Kid” Robert Evans, the most consummate of producers. Here too is Robert Towne’s fabled script, widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written.

Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation. Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the ’70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today. In telling that larger story,

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm
City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069  

Ticket purchase required ($29+tax, includes one copy of the book). There is a limit of 2 tickets per person and tickets may not be resold.

For tickets: Questions about the event? Please call Book Soup at 310-659-3110 or visit

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Academy Award Nominated Noah Baumbach ‘Marriage Story’ Q&A Jan 18



WEST HOLLYWOOD — Filmmaker Noah Baumbach will be discussing and signing Marriage Story at Book Soup.

Marriage Story is filmmaker Noah Baumbach’s portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, co-starring Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta.

The companion book, a box set from Assouline, contains two volumes—one for Nicole, one for Charlie—that allow the reader to see the film’s narrative through each half of the couple’s eyes.

Featuring film stills, set photography, quotes from cast and the filmmakers, and two lyrical introductions, this pair of books takes readers both behind the scenes and straight into the heart of this film.

Saturday, January 18 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PST
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Due to the limited capacity of our event space this is a ticketed event.

Primary Ticket Group: Due to the limited capacity of our event area, only the first 50 ticket buyers will be permitted inside for the presentation. This event is mainly standing room with limited seating available first come first served for the Primary Ticket Group once they have checked in and received their copy of Marriage Story (retail price $175).

Before the start of the event we will check in and line up the Primary Ticket Group outside in front of the store. Any ticket holders not checked in by 11:45am may forfeit their spot.

Secondary Ticket Group: Once the tickets for the Primary Group have sold out we will release tickets for the Secondary Ticket Group. These ticketed customers will not be allowed inside during the presentation, and will only be allowed in to get their books signed once the Primary Group has started to exit the store. Line placement, outside, will be first come, first serve once checked in. Tickets include one copy of Marriage Story (retail price $175) to be picked up at check-in.

Additional Event Guidelines:

* Noah Baumbach will sign copies of Marriage Story only. No memorabilia.

* We will not be accepting online orders for this event. Anyone who purchases a ticket to this event must be in attendance to get their copy signed. If a ticket holder is unable to attend an unsigned copy will be held for pick up after the event.

Questions? Please call Book Soup at 310-659-3110 or visit

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‘WeHo Reads’: A Conversation With WeHo Writer Felice Picano



WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West celebrates the literary community with its WeHo Reads program, a literary series featuring noteworthy authors at the West Hollywood Library.

The December event will feature a conversation and Q & A with longtime West Hollywood resident and literary icon, Felice Picano.

Picano will present Coming to Hollywood: 1935-2000, in Words and Pictures where he will read from and share his research on LGBTQ Hollywood conducted for his two novellas. He will also share the impact that living in West Hollywood has had on his artistic and literary career. Picano’s newest book is Justify My Sins: A Hollywood Novel in Three Acts.

Felice Picano’s first book was a finalist for the PEN/ Hemingway Award. Since then, he has published twenty volumes of fiction, poetry, and memoirs.

Considered a founding member of modern gay literature along with other members of the Violet Quill Club, he founded two publishing companies: SeaHorse Press and Gay Presses of New York. Among his award-winning books are the novels Like People in History; The Book of Lies; and Onyx. He lives and works in West Hollywood.

The event will take place on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP is requested; please RSVP to eventbrite

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‘WeHo Reads’ to Host Former NFL Player Ryan O’Callaghan



WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood and Book Soup invite community members to a WeHo Reads event featuring the new book, My Life on the Line: How the NFL D*mn Near Killed Me, and Ended Up Saving My Life, by former NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan.

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The event will include an author’s talk with co-author Cyd Ziegler, co-founder of There will also be a book-signing at the conclusion of the conversation. Tickets ($0-$30) are available at EventBrite.

Ryan O’Callaghan’s plan was always to play football and then, when his career was over, kill himself. Growing up in a politically conservative corner of California, the not-so-subtle messages he heard as a young man from his family and from TV and film routinely equated being gay with disease and death. Letting people in on the darkest secret he kept buried inside was not an option: better death with a secret than life as a gay man.

As a kid, O’Callaghan never envisioned just how far his football career would take him. He was recruited by the University of California, Berkeley, where he spent five seasons, playing alongside his friend Aaron Rodgers. Then it was on to the NFL for stints with the almost-undefeated New England Patriots and the often-defeated Kansas City Chiefs.

Bubbling under the surface of O’Callaghan’s entire NFL career was a collision course between his secret sexuality and his hidden drug use. When the league caught him smoking pot, he turned to NFL-sanctioned prescription painkillers that quickly sent his life into a tailspin. As injuries mounted and his daily intake of opioids reached a near-lethal level, he wrote his suicide note to his parents and plotted his death.

Yet someone had been watching. A member of the Chiefs organization stepped in, recognizing the signs of drug addiction. O’Callaghan reluctantly sought psychological help, and it was there that he revealed his lifelong secret for the very first time. Nearing the twilight of his career, O’Callaghan faced the ultimate decision: end it all, or find out if his family and football friends could ever accept a gay man in their lives.

The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads series will offer one additional program in 2019 — on Wednesday, December 11, 2019: Felice Picano will present Coming to Hollywood: 1935-2000 in Words and Pictures.

For additional information about these events, visit

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