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Allison K Hill
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Allison K Hill is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vroman’s Bookstore, Southern California’s oldest and largest independent bookstore, and Publisher’s Weekly Bookseller of the Year 2008; and Book Soup, the legendary "Bookseller to the Great & Infamous" located in the heart of the world famous Sunset Strip. She began her bookselling career with Simon & Schuster Publishing and Waterstone’s Booksellers. Allison is the former Vice President and Treasurer of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association; a former member of the American Booksellers Association's Bookseller Advisory Council; and the co-founder of the Emerging Leaders Project, an initiative to support young people in the book industry. She is currently on the Board of Directors for A.C. Vroman, Inc., and a volunteer with 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with their creative and expository writing skills. Allison lives and reads in Los Angeles, California.

Entries by Allison K Hill

Trash Reading

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 1:35 PM

While my fellow booksellers and I spent the summer eagerly awaiting the new Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, and David Mitchell novels, I was also secretly counting down the days to the newest book in the Shopaholic series, Shopaholic to the Stars.

My name is Allison and I love...

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Finding Faith

(5) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 5:57 PM

I've been trying to write about faith for weeks, well, years really. It's been on my mind lately because this summer my father had a stroke. And nothing brings this former Baptist back to Jesus faster than praying that my father will be okay. (Which he is, by the way.)

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Ferguson: We Are Not All Having the Same Experience

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 5:01 PM

When my mother was four years old, she met a black person for the first time. After shaking the woman's hand, she looked at her own to see if any of the "black" had rubbed off. She shared this story with me when I was growing up to illustrate what...

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Vacation Reading

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:21 PM

As far as I'm concerned, there are only three necessary decisions to make when it comes to vacation: Beach or pool? SPF 15 or 30? And which books should I bring? More important even than my destination, are the books I'm taking with me.

These books will become my...

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Book Clubs Are Badass

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 1:33 PM

I've never belonged to a book club. (Unless Oprah's Book Club counts. Btw, still waiting for Oprah to call. #OprahIndieBkstoreTour.) But in my profession, I meet a lot of book club members. And I gotta say, they're badass.

The gravity of choosing a club name. The ongoing...

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Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 5:53 PM

Chip Kidd is the Meryl Streep of book design. He is widely regarded as one of the best book designers of our time, well known for his brilliant and beautiful covers --Murakami's 1Q84, David Sedaris' When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men...

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Dear Oprah

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 3:10 PM

Dear Oprah,

Remember when you first discovered that millions of people would read a book just because you said you liked it? I miss those days.

Oprah Book Club 1.0.

"We have the next Oprah book," the publisher would call my bookstore and whisper, still in shock....

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Crimes of Passion

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 4:30 PM

My earliest childhood memory is of shoplifting from the local Roger Wilco grocery store when I was four years old. I don't think I even asked my mother to buy the book for me. Driving home from shopping, she glanced in the rear-view mirror and discovered me reading my stolen...

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This Book Will Change Your Life

(50) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 4:28 PM

I was working in the bookstore late one evening when a customer asked for me. "I'm looking for a book," he said, "and I saw your staff picks around the store and thought you might be able to help me." I asked him what kind of book he was looking...

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When Bad Books Happen to Good People

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 4:11 PM

"Would you rather have bad sex or bad pizza?" This was the popular late night question posed by the boys in my dorm when I was in college. The general consensus among a group of horny 18-year-old boys, mostly virgins? Bad sex -- any sex had to be better than...

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Literary Seductions

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 4:14 PM

I once slept with a man because he gave me a copy of Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Well, I'm not that easy, we did date, and he became my boyfriend, but let's just say that Murakami clinched the deal. Before you judge me, read the book. It's lyrical and...

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Writing a Life

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 12:51 PM

My parents taught me how to read when I was three years old. More important than the sounding out of letters though, my father shared with me his passion for reading. Over the years, he demonstrated to me that books offer us solace and escape when nothing else can --...

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Books I've Loved and Lost

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 1:16 PM

Last week my friend, James, returned a book that he had borrowed from me... in 1991. In his defense, we hadn't seen each other in nineteen years. But through the wonders of Facebook, we were recently reunited online, and he sheepishly admitted that he had something of mine to return.

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Losing My Literary Virginity

(8) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 9:05 AM

My sexual awakening came at the hands of John Irving, or his words anyway. Until then, everything I had known about sex had come from a religiously subtexted biology book called Wonderfully Made, which my parents dutifully gave me, and a church sponsored class called "You, Me and God Makes...

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