WELCOME to Bank of Books! We are an independent, family owned bookstore serving the California Coastlands and the world. We have a vast, eclectic inventory striving to serve our community with quality and integrity. We believe in supporting our local arts, which includes writers, historians, artist and musicians. Our store has become a place for them to display new creations.
A tour and talk by ghost hunter and author Richard Senate on the many haunted houses he has investigated in the city of Ventura. He will discuss what happens in a haunted house and his own experiences living with a persistent ghost. He will also talk about what you can do if you live in such a ghost ridden house—or at least what some have tried with success over the years.
The talk will conclude with a walking tour to a few haunted houses in old Ventura. Do bring cameras and tools to see if you might catch a stray ghost! One house is today open as a popular saloon and restaurant and we will examine the haunted stairway.
Mr. Senate will also be available to sign books and answer questions. In 2006 he was named one of the top ten ghost hunters in the United States. For more information you can call him at (805) 200-8658 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us Saturday morning at 10:30am for our preschool and early elementary Storytime, with special guest readers and local children's authors. This Saturday will be a special Easter Storytime, complete with Easter surprises. We'll have local author Catherine Malcolm-Brickman, who will read and sign her new children’s picture book Flora’s Lost Hop.
In Flora’s Lost Hop, floppy-eared bunny Flora, a champion hopper, suddenly finds that she flops when she’s trying to hop. Can Fabulous Phineas the Malibu Manatee help her regain her hop, or is Flora fated to be forever hopless? Malcolm-Brickman’s tongue-twisting rhymes and Alan Aldridge’s charming drawings will delight youngsters as they follow Flora on her journey to the all-knowing Magnificat and learn the reason for her predicament.
Malibu author Catherine Malcolm-Brickman is the co-founder of the game-based learning company Fee-Fi-Fo-Fun. She is a member of the City of Malibu Cultural Arts Commission, and Mom to four-year-old Nell. Illustrator Alan Aldridge was called “His Royal Master of Images to Their Majesties the Beatles” by none other than John Lennon. The legendary artist’s album covers and vibrant artwork were instrumental in establishing the graphic style of the 1960s and 1970s. The British-born Aldridge now lives and works in Los Angeles. Flora’s Lost Hop, their first collaboration, was financed by a Kickstarter campaign.
Scotch Wichmann is a writer, performance artist, comedian, filmmaker, and actor whose madcap riffs about his trailerpark childhood, neurotic delusions, and Hollywood obsessions spurred the San Francisco Chronicle to describe him as "like eating and snorting [drugs]...then freebasing...then reaching for the turkey baster." He will be at Bank of Books signing his first book Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss and Do Things With Him and giving a talk on performance art.
An alum of Bay Area Theater Sports (BATS) and The Standup Project comedy road troupe—and a two-time finalist in Northern California's largest comedy competition—Scotch was the hyperactive host of the wildly popular Hump Day Show, a weekly comedy marathon that featured 30 comics in under 2 hours at the Comedy Clubhouse in San Francisco. He continues to be a regular feature and host at comedy clubs across the country, keeping audiences rolling before national headliners like Bill Burr, Barry Sobel, Laurie Kilmartin, Eddie Brill, and many more. He's appeared on the BBC's Show Me the Funny reality TV show, and has been seen performing with The Idiot Workshop, an irreverent band of comedy misfits led by longtime Cirque du Soliel clown John Gilkey, that was nominated for Best Comedy and Best Stunt at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Scotch got his start as a performance artist. A protégé of seminal L.A. performance artist John M. White, Scotch's live experimental works continue to be featured at galleries and venues like Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), HIGHWAYS, the Claremont Graduate School, the University of California, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where his pieces have become known for their magical realism, schizophrenic texts, ragged staging, physical endurance, and Dadaist pranks.
In a strange turn, actor-director Shia LaBeouf was caught plagiarizing Scotch's performance art manifesto in January, 2014, as well as writings by performance artist Marina Abramovic. Scotch responded on February 13, 2014 with a 6-hour protest and performance entitled #IAMPLAGIARIZED for a crowd of hundreds outside the Los Angeles gallery where LaBeouf was staging his #IAMSORRY "mock apology" stunt.
In 2007, Scotch launched Meth Coffee, an underground coffee company in San Francisco as both a branding experiment and an ongoing performance. Calling himself "The Drinker", he acted as the company's cracked-out spokesman, attracting a swarm of press from CNN, NBC, FOX, NPR, Maxim, The Washington Post, and The New York Times while selling super-caffeinated coffee beans in white druggy bags. The product was eventually banned in several regions, including the state of Illinois by its Attorney General, who found the whole concept objectionable.
Scotch works increasingly in TV and film. He folded himself into a killer's suitcase for the late-night TV short HACKSAW (2005), played an overgrown baby in OUTER SUNSET (2007), and made his directorial debut with SECRET TO A BETTER LIFE (2011), a short that was featured at the 2011 Nihilist Film Festival and the 2012 Freethought Film Festival.
His debut novel, Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss And Do Things With Him—a screwball comedy about two performance artists struggling to make it—is due for publication by Freakshow Books April 10th, 2014. The book was a first round finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, and an early review by James Gautier of Kill Radio in Los Angeles called it "hilarious...puts Performance Art's hairy underbelly on grand display...an epic caper about art, fame, and redemption...what you'd get if Fear and Loathing, Office Space, and Jackass made a baby."
Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss and Do Things With Him: Hank and Larry are performance artists in San Francisco's underground performance art scene. But when the mind-numbing grind of their corporate jobs drives them over the edge, they plot the ultimate revenge: to kidnap their company’s billionaire CEO and brainwash him into becoming a manic performance artist.
This coming of age novel, Night Train: A Beatnik Family Odyssey, is set
in the world of the early 1960s, when the first cracks in an idealized
American life were revealing themselves. Kate's mother Ellie falls in
love with a Beatnik and adopts his alternative lifestyle in an attempt
to create a new family. Hilarious, poignant and sad, the characters
explore their relationships and identities as well as a number of places
that are deeply affected by world events.
Author, Constance Hood has been collecting journals and notes her entire life. . These interests and her passion for story telling first emerged in her years as a student at Occidental College. Her day job has been educating students from "Which way do you hold the book?" through Advanced Placement Writing skills. The proudest achievement was a student produced book called SECRET LOCKER, an anthology of original stories written by more than 50 creative ninth graders. For nearly a decade she wrote instructional materials for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, and performed for the Los Angeles Philharmonic youth programs as a workshop artist. She also contributed to textbooks and instructional materials in the arts and in language acquisition.