Next Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, the authors of Rancho Los Alamitos: Ever Changing, Always the Same, will sign copies of their books at a morning garden party hosted by the Long Beach and Rancho Los Alamitos Historical Society.
There will be refreshments, docent-led tours of the site--the Rancho Los Alamitos itself--and talks by other folks before the book signing. You can sign up and pay (it's $25 a person) at the link in the previous sentence.
I've heard agents and authors say that traditional book signings in book stores just don't generate sales the way they used to. A little oomph and creativity is needed for a successful signing--they say (I have no personal knowledge of this). So a garden party kickoff and children's story hour in a historical setting sounds like the perfect vehicle for a regional history book like this.
And by the way, anyone interested in bookstores and their future might want to attend a panel discussion the following Monday at the Veterans Center in Culver City--Culver and Overland. Presented by the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC), the talk starts at 7:30 on Sept. 26 and is titled "BOOKSTORES AND BOOKSELLERS: Today and Tomorrow — a Vanishing and Rejuvenated Breed." It costs only $15 to attend but you must make reservations in advance.