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January 2015

reads from his essay collection, River of Ink: [An Illustrated History of Literacy] (Counterpoint, $35).

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 7:30pm
$35.00
ISBN: 9781619024267
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - December 2014

This gorgeously illustrated book ranges widely across time and cultures, creating a magisterial history of literacy.

The book’s title refers to the sacking of Baghdad in 1258 when the Tigris ran black with the ink of books flung into the water by Mongol invaders. Other essays range from the writings of prehistoric Chinese cultures known only through archaeology to the state of book reviewing in the US today to the heroic efforts of contemporary Afghanis to keep the legacy of their ancient culture alive under the barrage of endless war.

reads from Becoming Richard Pryor (HarperCollins, $27.99).

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:30pm
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062123305
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - December 9th, 2014

Richard Pryor may have been the most unlikely star in Hollywood history. Raised in his family's brothels, in Peoria, Illinois, by a grandmother who often threatened to kick him upstairs with her size-twelve shoes, he always considered himself a bottom dog. He took to the stage originally to escape the tough realities of his childhood but later discovered he could alchemize his stand-up by delving fully, even painfully, into the "off-color" life he'd known.

February 2015

reads from her new novel, The Sacrifice (Ecco, $26.99)

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 7:30pm
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062332974
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - January 27th, 2015

When a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice--of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives.

Launch and reading for Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God (Counterpoint, $26).

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 7:30pm
$28.00
ISBN: 9781619024601
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 10th, 2015

In 2005, Steven Nightingale did what most of us can only dream about. He gathered together his wife and young daughter and traveled to southern Spain, looking for an adventure. Settling in Granada, they purchased a house, worked tirelessly on its complicated restoration, and ultimately found themselves in their own private oasis.

reads from Motherland (Counterpoint, $15.95).

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 5:00pm
$15.95
ISBN: 9781619024663
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 13th, 2015

Inspired by stories from Hummel’s father and his German childhood, and letters between her grandparents that were hidden in an attic wall for fifty years, this novel is the author’s attempt to reckon with the paradox of her father. He was a product of her grandparents’ fiercely protective love and their status as Mitläufer, Germans who “went along” with Nazism, reaping its benefits and later paying the consequences.

Interviewed by Robert Reich about his new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics (Penguin, $29.95).

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 7:30pm
$35.00
ISBN: 9781594205873
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - February 10th, 2015

David Axelrod has always been a believer. Whether as a young journalist investigating city corruption, a campaign consultant guiding underdog candidates against entrenched orthodoxy, or as senior adviser to the president during one of the worst crises in American history, Axelrod held fast to his faith in the power of stories to unite diverse communities and ignite transformative political change.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Join us for a Sunday morning Open House hosted by Camp Trinity on the Bar 717 Ranch! Camp Trinity is the oldest accredited co-ed summer camp in California. Since 1930, the Gates family has welcomed boys and girls ages 8 to 16 to live, work, and play on 450 acres of pristine wilderness as part of our large ranch family.

read from the anthology Faith: Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists (Beyond Words, $16). Readers include Pam Houston, Tamim Ansary, Sylvie Simmons, Barbara Graham, David Corbett, and Anne Perry.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 7:30pm
By Victoria Zackheim (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781582705026
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Beyond Words Publishing - February 24th, 2015

Whether believer, skeptic, agnostic, atheist, or something other, the twenty-four contributors here share a fascinating, daring, and multifaceted perspective on what faith means (or doesn’t mean). The collection of personal essays includes bestselling authors such as Anne Perry, who writes about a deeply spiritual faith that embraces and sustains her through every step of her life. Caroline Leavitt writes about tarot cards, mediums, and quantum physics to explain her concept of faith. Afghan-American author Tamim Ansary beautifully captures his childhood curiosity amidst his Islamic views.

reads from her novel, Golden State (Simon & Schuster, $25).

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 7:30pm
$25.00
ISBN: 9781476709314
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 17th, 2015

A compelling literary drama about finding evil close to home and how far a woman will go to protect her family.

March 2015

launches her picture book, I Don't Want to be a Frog (Random House, $16.99).

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 3:00pm
By Dev Petty, Mike Boldt (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385378666
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - February 10th, 2015

Fans of Mo Willems’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back will love meeting this willful young frog with a serious identity crisis. Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe being himself isn’t so bad after all.

reads from Next Life Might Be Kinder (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26).

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 5:00pm
$26.00
ISBN: 9780547712123
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 13th, 2014

National Book Award finalist Howard Norman's most recent novel is the story of a writer whose short and erotically charged marriage has ended in his wife's unsolved murder, and who, in the confusing aftermath, sells the story to an ambitious filmmaker. 

"An opening sentence worthy of the Noir Hall of Fame...provocative...haunting...deft"--Janet Maslin, New York Times

In collaboration with Story Hour at the Library

read from Tunnel Vision (Griffin, $18.99), The Crimson Gate (Flux, $9.99), and Under a Painted Sky (Putnam, $16.99), respectively.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7:30pm

presents her two new books, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, $24.95) and The Beauty: Poems (Knopf, $26).

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:30pm
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385351058
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 17th, 2015
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780385351072
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 17th, 2015

April 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 7:30pm

reading from The Sacrifice (Ecco, $26.99).

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 7:30pm
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062332974
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - January 27th, 2015

release party for her poetry volume, Waiting to Be Called.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:30pm
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