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Have you seen WALDO in downtown Los Gatos?

WHERE’S WALDO?  In Los Gatos!
July 1st-31st at participating retailers

waldoBeloved wanderer Waldo and his dog Woof will be hiding in twenty-four local businesses in Los Gatos throughout the month of July.  Will you be able to find him on his travels?  Pick up a WHERE’S WALDO passport at Village House of Books and begin your quest today!

Collect signatures from participating businesses to win prizes and be entered in a drawing for a deluxe set of Waldo books!  Plan to attend the WHERE’S WALDO grand celebration and prize drawing on August 1st from 1-3pm at the store.

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July 1st-31st at Village House of Books

Village House of Books is partnering with the Giants Community Fund to collect books for the Junior Giants, a free and non-competitive baseball program for boys and girls ages 5-18 years old. This innovative program promotes the pillars of good sportsmanship – Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork – and a healthy, active lifestyle for children.

Throughout the month of July, Village House of Books will be collecting new and gently used books for children participating in the Junior Giants. Books purchased from Village House of Books will have a special bookplate placed inside with the name of the donor or an honoree. There will be opportunities to win special prizes, including tickets to a San Francisco Giants game and Giants memorabilia! We’re looking for titles for readers as young as five all the way through eighteen! Help us assemble a great collection for the Junior Giants!

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Upcoming Event: Fayette Fox Meet ‘n’ Greet

Fayette Fox Meet ‘n’ Greet
July 25th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Have you seen The Deception Artist?fox
Eight-year-old Ivy has a vivid imagination and tells lies so that people will like her. With her brother, Brice, in the hospital, life at home feels unsettled and things become even more strained after her father loses his job, along with his sense of purpose. Ivy’s parents might divorce and her best friend hates her but, ever creative, she abandons her escapist fantasies and determines to uncover the truth.
In this sharp and funny literary debut set in Northern California during the 1980s recession, Fayette Fox delves deep into the dark heart of an ordinary American family – and finds out that make-believe isn’t just for kids.

Join us in welcoming Fayette Fox to Los Gatos as she signs copies of her new book The Deception Artist.  This debut author’s been making a splash everywhere she goes; be the first to read a novel that gives every reader something to talk about.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/694071497386151/

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Guest Post: Fayette Fox, Author of “The Deception Artist”

How to Write from a Kid’s POV
By Fayette Fox

There’s a wonderful tradition of novels for adults written from kids’ points of view. Think “Catcher in the Rye,” “The Poisonwood Bible,” and “Room”. For these books to work, they need compelling stories and child narrators whose voices ring true.The Deception Artist Front Cover-US-small.v2 (2)

My novel, “The Deception Artist” is told from the perspective of Ivy, an eight-year-old with a vivid imagination, who lies so people will like her. Literary fiction for adults, it’s set in the Bay Area during the recession of the 1980s. Basically, I lifted the time and place from my own childhood and used it as a backdrop for my fictional characters and crafted plot.

During the five years I spent writing my novel, I worked hard to get Ivy’s voice right. Reviewers and readers seem to universally love Ivy, so I must be on to something.

Here are my best tips to help you write convincingly from a kid’s point of view.

Remember to Play and Play to Remember – Our first permanent memories form around age three, but as adults we seem to remember wildly different amounts of our childhoods. Personally, I remember a lot from being a kid and I believe that’s helped me create authentic child characters. You can try and trigger memories by looking at old photos. Talk with people about their childhoods. Do things you used to do as a kid. Blow bubbles in your milk, make chalk drawings on the sidewalk, sculpt with Play-Doh, build a pillow fort. Be silly and see what happens. Also spend time around kids. When I was writing my novel, I arranged to spend a day observing a third grade class at a local elementary school.

Vocab Test – In my novel I used simple language for Ivy’s thoughts, and went even simpler for her spoken words. Inevitably, some big words are going to sneak into your writing. As you revise, weed out words your character wouldn’t know. Obviously this has to do with their age and who they are a character. A five-year-old who lives in an 11’x11’ shed will have a different vocabulary from a 14-year-old American on a missionary trip in the Belgian Congo.

Treat Your Character with Respect – Your child narrator will probably have worries that look very different from your own, but they are real for them. Treating your character with respect means meeting them where they are, and acknowledging their emotions. If you think they’re being silly, your readers will too. And worse, they might not want to read about them.

Remember the Emotion – Part of childhood is a sense of powerlessness and not understanding a lot of what’s going on around you. In my novel, Ivy feels upset hearing her parents fighting and worries they might divorce. Additionally, kids are often obsessed with fairness. This can light a fire in their belly, making them to fight for their beliefs. Ivy’s brother, Brice, a budding animal rights activist, risks getting grounded by refusing to eat veal.

Kid Logic – When Brice is sick in the hospital, Ivy wants to move into his room because he’s not using it and it’s a waste of a good room. When their dad loses his job, Ivy cuts holes in all her new clothes so her mom won’t be able to return them. In my novel there’s a lot of humor and bittersweet moments around kid logic. As you get to know your child protagonist, imagine how they make sense of their world. These “discoveries” will help your character come to life.

Kids are Observant – Their worlds are smaller and they notice things we might not even see. I remember taking great pleasure poking around logs for bugs and lizards. Kids also absorb obscure facts at school, we might have forgotten. These details will help your character feel real.

Read Your Work Out Loud – Okay, this is actually important for all writing, but I think it’s especially key when you’re writing from a kid’s point of view. Listen to the sounds and the rhythm of your words. If you’re not sure it’s right, spend time around a friend’s kids. Take notes on how they talk and behave.

Good luck and let me know how that pillow fort turns out!

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Fayette Fox will appear at Village House of Books on July 25th from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Join us for a meet ‘n’ greet and a chance to chat with Fayette about her novel and writing!

Photo of Fayette taken by Dusty Olson.

Fayette is a professional freelance writer. Her novel, “The Deception Artist” was published in North America in March by Roaring Forties Press, after initially being published in the UK in 2013 by Myriad Editions. The book was shortlisted for Amazon Rising Stars and the First Book Award ebooks by Sainsbury’s.

Fayette is the Co-Founder of My Love Ninja, a boutique OkCupid profile makeover service. She is a former commissioning editor for Lonely Planet Publications. She holds an MA in Publishing from the London College of Communication and a BA in Creative Writing from Hampshire College. Fayette has trekked the Nepalese Himalayas, taught sex-ed to teenage girls in India, harvested pumpkins on an organic farm in the Netherlands, radio-tracked echidnas in Australia, and been attacked by a giant, Japanese centipede. (She survived.) You can learn more on her website here.

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New Releases: July 14th, 2015

Every week, dozens of new books are released in hardcover and paperback editions. We are highlighting just a few that have caught our eye…

NEW RELEASES IN HARDCOVER

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee
Originally written in the mid-1950s, GO SET A WATCHMAN was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014. GO SET A WATCHMAN features many of the characters from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD some 20 years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch — Scout — struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.  Fiction

THE ART OF THE CON: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World by Anthony M. Amore
Art scams are so numerous today that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and forgery, and with good reason. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate. Anthony M. Amore’s THE ART OF THE CON tells the stories of some of history’s most notorious yet untold cons.  History / True Crime

THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley 
1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties.  Fiction

OPEN GRAVE by Kjell Eriksson
Professor Bertram von Ohler has been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine. This news causes problems in his otherwise quiet upper-class neighborhood in Uppsala, Sweden, as not everybody is happy with the choice of winner. Mysterious incidents start to occur. “Boyish pranks” say the police, but what follows is certainly not innocent amusement. Detective Inspector Ann Lindell becomes involved in the case and immediately is transported back into her own past.  Mystery

NEW IN PAPERBACK

BLUE-EYED BOY: A Memoir by Robert Timberg
In January 1967, Robert Timberg was a short-timer, counting down the days until his combat tour ended. He had 13 days to go when his vehicle struck a Viet Cong land mine, resulting in third-degree burns of his face and much of his body. He survived, barely, then began the arduous battle back, determined to build a new life and make it matter. Memoir

LIBERTY’S TORCH: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty by Elizabeth Mitchell 
The Statue of Liberty has become one of the most recognizable monuments in the world: a symbol of freedom and the American Dream. But the story of the creation of the statue has been obscured by myth. In reality, she was the inspiration of one quixotic French sculptor hungry for fame and adoration. LIBERTY’S TORCH tells the story of an artist, entrepreneur and inventor who fought against all odds to create this wonder of the modern world.  History

THE LAST WHITE ROSE: The Secret Wars of the Tudors by Desmond Seward 
One of the most dramatic periods of British history, the Wars of the Roses didn’t end at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Despite the death of Richard III and Henry VII’s victory, it continued underground into the following century with plots, pretenders and subterfuge by the ousted white rose faction. In a brand new interpretation of this turning point in history, historian Desmond Seward reviews the story of the Tudors’ seizure of the throne and shows that for many years they were far from secure.  History
See something that catches your eye? Give us a call and we’ll put a copy on hold for you!

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Favorite Books and Authors :: Livres et Auteurs Préférés

Village House of Books:

We’re so glad you were able to join us and Cara Black! Thank you so much for sharing on your blog, Jessica! :D

Originally posted on Dreams In French :

Bonjour!

Yesterday was a great day for me – I got to meet one of my favorite authors – Cara Black.  If you don’t know who Cara Black is, allow me to introduce you.

Cara Black is the author of the Aimée Leduc mystery series. Each book is set in a different arrondissement in Paris and features a strong, smart and très à la mode heroine in Aimée. 

My aunt lives in Los Gatos and was waking downtown when she saw that Cara Black was going to be doing a “meet and greet” at a small independent book shop, the adorable and charmant Village House of Books.

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Knowing that I am a big fan of the series my aunt promptly called me to give me the heads up.

I was pleased to be able to make it and am so happy I did. Ms. Black was very kind and warm and chatted with…

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Upcoming Event: Cara Black Meet ‘n’ Greet

Cara Black Meet ‘n’ Greet
July 11th, 2015 at 1:00 pmblack

Critically acclaimed author Cara Black returns to Village House of Books to share her latest mystery: Murder on the Champ de Mars. Join us in welcoming her back and enjoy the latest adventure of Aimée Leduc!  Black will be signing copies of her book and chatting with fans; whether you’re new to her stories or you’ve read every title she’s published, don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of the best mystery writers working today!

“Black once again delivers what her readers crave: high-speed Parisian peregrinations, chic suspense, a touch of humor, and the indomitable Aimée, as unstoppable with a baby strapped to her hip as she was with one growing in her belly.”  —Booklist

“Sassy, openhearted Aimée Leduc is back for a 15th outing that takes readers to Paris’s elegant, old-gold seventh arrondissement. It’s not all luxe, though; even as Aimée balances work-life responsibilities as a new mom with a detective agency to run, she helps a poor Gypsy boy whose dangerously ill mother has a secret to share.”  —Library Journal

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1606947819553598/

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July Movie Adaptations

Read the Book Before You See the Movie!

Thank you IMDB.com for providing the movie plot summaries.

Ant-Man

Date: July 17th
Adapted From: Marvel Comics’ character Ant-Man
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll
Plot Summary: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Mr. Holmes

Date: July 17th
Adapted From: A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney
Plot Summary: An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.

Paper Towns

Date: July 24th
Adapted From: Paper Towns by John Green
Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne
Plot Summary: A young man and his friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.

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Guest Post: Cara Black, author of the Aimee Leduc mystery series

20 Mistakes to Avoid in Paris

by Cara Black, originally published December 17th, 2013

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1. Missing the last Metro home
Full taxi’s pass you by, you face a long walk home

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2. Heels on cobblestones – unless you’re Parisian + have grown up doing this.

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3. Sacre Coeur pickpocket petition scams – avoid them and go up the back stairs

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4. Bicycling the rond-point Bastille – you value your life, right?

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5. Sales clerks on the Rue St Honoré – only if you’re really buying that Vuitton should you face them

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6. Demonstrations + strikes – forewarned is knowledge – check before leaving the house or you might have no bus or Metro to catch

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7. Side stepping suspicious streams on the pavement/trottoir – you get the reason, non?

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8. Les soldes/ The Sales in January and June – only if you’re obsessed, determined + have your game plan in place should you enter the fray at Galleries Lafayette

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9. Touching the fruit at greengrocers – just don’t

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10. Fishing in the Canal St Martin – it’s very shallow and yet they find bodies once in awhile

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11. Paris Plages – your call if you want to slap on oil and sardine crunch with the Parisians who couldn’t get out of Paris in August

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12. Driving through Sunday manifestations/strikes – again, you value your life, right?

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13. Not greeting shop assistants when you enter and leave – an expected common courtesy

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14. Flashing an iPhone at Metro stations – that’s if you want to keep it

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15. Puces St Ouen – instead go to Porte de Vanves fleamarket more locals and deals

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16. Pigeons – hard to avoid but keep extra cafe napkins in pocket to alleviate those white plops

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17. Late night kebab – eh, go for the frites

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18. Sunbaking on the Seine – see #11 Paris Plages + #16 Pigeons

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19. Lining up for the Louvre – find the back entrance and enter via the Pyramid

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20. Dog deficit – hop, skip + jump

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Any questions?

Cara Black will be appearing at Village House of Books on July 11th from 1:00pm-3:00pm.  Join us for a meet ‘n’ greet and a chance to chat with Cara about her novels!