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Meet a favorite author at Vroman’s Bookstore.

This independent bookstore in Pasadena is the place for celebrity book signings in Southern California. From Hillary Clinton to Rudy Gulliani, from George Foreman to Julia Child, Vroman’s gets the big names and big crowds. Isabelle Allende, Stephen Ambrose, Michael Crichton, Maxine Hong Kingston and Frank McCourt are just some of the writers who have signed their books here.

But the biggest crowd—7,000 people—came out for radio shock jock Howard Stern about a decade ago. “It’s a legend around the store,” says Maret Orliss, assistant promotional director for Vroman’s. The biggest signings are held away from the store at nearby colleges or churches for extra space. Vroman’s bills itself as the largest and oldest independent bookstore in Southern California, dating back 110 years. (You may feel like the wait is almost that long if you show up for a big-name celebrity signing.) But several signings by lesser-known authors are offered each week.
 
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