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Ambassador Dennis Ross speaks on his book Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to ObamaFriday, November 20,
3:00 PM
UCSB Campbell Hall

For almost forty years, Dennis Ross has been an inside player and close observer of Israeli-U.S. relations. In this smart and provocative book, he provides an insightful look at the policies toward Israel pursued from the Truman Administration to the present and how that has affected America’s relationships in the Middle East. It’s not only great history but a guide for the future.–Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute

The Book Den will have copies of Ambassador Ross’ book for sale at the event.


Join us November 28th, as some of our favorite Santa Barbara authors join the Book Den staff for Small Business Saturday:

Pascale Beale, author of Salade & Les Fruits

Jenna McCarthy, author of Pretty Much Screwed

Betsy Green, author of Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1915

Starshine Roshell, author of Broad Assumptions

Josef Woodard, author of Charles Lloyd: A Wild Blatant Truth


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Anna Lefler, author of Preschooled: A Novel
Behind the toddler-proof gate of Santa Monica s exclusive Garden of Happiness, it’s the grown-ups who are getting schooled.No Indoor Voices
Wednesday, December 2,
6:00 to 8 PM

Oreana Winery, 205 Anacapa Street



1st Thursday
December 3, 5 to 8 PM

Meet the authors!


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Melissa Broughton, author of Cowboy Dad: Love, Alcoholism, and a Dying Way of Life, a raw and candid look at the author’s life with her alcoholic father, as well as the beautiful country lifestyle she led while living on a small-town ranch.

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Petrine Mitchum, author of Hollywood Hoofbeats: The Fascinating Story of Horses in Movies and Television. Having grown up around movie stars and horses, Petrine Mitchum is the ideal author to pay tribute to the thousands of equine actors that have entertained the world since the movies began.


Signed copies.

Some publishers are being very nice about sending us copies signed by the author. Here are a couple for this week:

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Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke

Signed by the author.

This is Hawke’s imagined letter from a knight fearing he may not return from battle to his children.

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The Promise: an Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel by Robert Crais

Signed by the author.

Loyalty, commitment, and the fight for justice have always driven Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. If they make a promise, they “keep” it. Even if it could get them killed.



Show-rooming the Amazon store, show-rooming the Book Den

The most creative response we’ve seen to Amazon’s new bookstore in Seattle is this tweet from Paul Constant.

And indeed, one Allison Stieger took him up on the challange. Read the whole story in the Seattle Review of Books.

We actually get a different sort of reverse show-rooming all the time at the Book Den. People walk up to the counter and show us the book they want on Amazon on their cellphone and ask, “Do you have this book?” Often we do.

We wanted to do something along the same lines as Paul Constant’s challenge, but we don’t have an Amazon bookstore in Santa Barbara. And asking people to show us a book on Amazon’s web site would just drive traffic to Amazon (and they don’t need the help). So we came up with this:

We would rather people show-room us on our own web site. So come in and show us any book – new or used – on OUR website on your phone (www.bookden.com) and get 20% off the price of that book.

Or, order on our website and, if your zip code is between 93013 and 93117, get free media mail shipping.

Offer good through 6 PM next Saturday, November 14th.

Check out the Facebook page of the Curious Cup. They have an offer going, too.


Signed copies of Kelly Carlin’s book

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We had a wonderful time at No Indoor Voices last night. Kelly Carlin is delightful – funny, wise and engaging.

We have a few signed copies of her memoir, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George, at the store.