Laini Giles Appearing in Hollywood – May 22, 2017


For authors writing about Hollywood, a Book Soup event is about as good as it gets.

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In appealing to classic Hollywood fans, I knew that I needed to make my books available at bookstores in Hollywood and Los Angeles. But now I needed to find out if I could score an event there too.


When I contacted Book Soup and let them know I’d released book #2 in my Forgotten Actress series, they were amenable. I did a little happy dance in my living room. So we set the date– Monday May 22. This date ranks with other important ones (like the day I got married), as one of the best ones in my life. The day I conquered Hollywood!

Polo Lounge

The day started with lunch at the Polo Lounge with Lauren Semar. In addition to being a superfan, Lauren was so cool online. I knew we had to meet. If you haven’t seen Lauren’s “Hollywood Party” youtube videos, check them out! (The It Girl and Me/The Forgotten Flapper) We gabbed like old friends. It was a THREE AND A HALF HOUR lunch! Lauren’s friend Roger joined us for dessert.

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Book Soup event

I went ahead to prepare for my Book Soup event (they even save you your own parking spot in back. In L.A., this is like gold!). I met Xavier, who was my event coordinator, and we chatted about my introduction, where we would set up snacks, the signing in the back, etc.

Here is me reading, and doing the voices. Thanks, Philip Mershon for the picture!

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And here’s one back by the signing counter and my banner (thanks, Karie Bible!)

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I think just about every friend I had in LA showed up, with assorted partners and other pals, and I met some other new friends too.

The energy in the room was magical. With so many old Hollywood fans, there was never a lull. People even casually chatted about the book before we got to the questions at the end. I felt such a warm welcome!

I signed books for everyone and left some autographed copies for the store.


A group of us went next door to Estrella and shut the place down!

alt=Author Laini Giles and friends at Estrella

Thank you to everyone who showed me such a wonderful time!