* EDIT: Kirin Beer is the beer sponsor. Hakutsuru Sake will be providing the Sake. There was a conflict with the Kogi Truck but in lieu, Marked 5's truck will have their truck parked outside after the event and selling their delicious Torakku Burgers with handmade rice buns! Check out their menu here: http://www.marked5.com/menu.html
STOP! Before you make your weekend plans, be sure to set some time aside for "SI"!
You are cordially invited to the "Secret Identities" Southern California Launch party this Saturday, May 30 at the Japanese American National Museum at 6:30pm.
Sapporo will be sponsoring the evening. The famous Kogi Taco Truck (http://www.yelp.com/biz/kogi-los-angeles) will make an appearance, music, desserts, a gallery presentation of original artwork from the book and silent auction.
Hear the contributors' inspirations about their respective pieces and you'll witness an original Asian American superhero created on the spot from the audience's suggestions and drawn to life in a shootout by our contributing artists on hand. The event is free and open to the public - parking is available for $6.50 in a lot located directly across the street.
It should be a fun night to get your copies signed and sketched in by a slew of contribs (here's an example on the right that was done at a previous event):
369 East First StreetLos Angeles, CA 90012
Sat, May 30 - 6:30pm-11pm
Scheduled to appear : Lynn Chen, Keiko Agena, Bernard Chang, Michael Kang, Jonathan Tseui, Daniel Jai Lee, A.L. Baroza, Jason Sperber, Benton Jew, Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, Keith Chow and Jerry Ma.
However, if you can't make the big shin-dig on Saturday, there are PLENTY of other opportunities to catch us ALL OVER Southern California that weekend:
*indicates simultaneous events
FRIDAY – MAY 29 (2 events):
1) *Friday, May 29 - 7 to 8pm (video+talk+signing)
Barnes & Noble - Thousand Oaks
160 S. Westlake Blvd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Scheduled to appear : Parry Shen and Jerry Ma.
2) *Friday, May 29 – 7:30 to 8:30pm (video+talk+signing) Skylight Books 1818 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles , CA 90027
Scheduled to appear : Bernard Chang, Michael Kang, Benton Jew, Daniel Jai Lee and Jeff Yang.
SAT – MAY 30 (3 events):
1) Sat, May 30 – 11 to 1pm
Barnes & Noble - Encino 16461 Ventura Blvd
Encino , CA 91436
Scheduled to appear : Lynn Chen, Keiko Agena, Leonardo Nam, Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, Keith Chow and Jerry Ma.
2) Sat, May 30 – 2:30 to 4:30pm
Torrance Public Library (Katy Geissert Civic Center)
3301 Torrance Blvd, Torrance , CA , 90503, (310) 618-5959
Scheduled to appear : Keiko Agena, Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, Keith Chow & Jerry Ma.
3) Sat, May 30 - 6:30pm-11pm (video+talk/workshop+signing)
369 East First Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
SUN – MAY 31 (3 events):
1) *Sun, May 31 – 12 to 4pm (Meet & Greet) Barnes & Noble – Woodland Hills The Promenade
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd Suite 1340
Woodland Hills , CA 91367
Scheduled to appear : Keiko Agena, Jeff Yang and Bernard Chang
2) *Sunday, May 31 - 3 to 4:30pm
Borders - Thousand Oaks
125 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Scheduled to appear : Parry Shen and Jerry Ma
3) Sunday, May 31, 5:30 to 7pm
Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle BlvdLos Angeles CA 90025
Scheduled to appear : Keiko Agena, Benton Jew, Jonathan Tseui, Michael Kang, A.L. Baroza, Koji Steven Sakai, Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, Keith Chow & Jerry Ma.
As you can see, it's very easy to get too big for one's britches with all these stores rolling out the royal treatment with their in-store promotions, which is why seeing something like this - a patron using our book as his personal coaster - is great to knock you back down into reality every once in awhile!
And for those on the East Coast, save the date for July 11th for our NYC bash at the Museum of Chinese in America!
Please spread the word and don't forget to add your comments on our Amazon product page!