reads from her new novel, The Sacrifice (Ecco, $26.99)
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
A compelling literary drama about finding evil close to home and how far a woman will go to protect her family.
launches her picture book, I Don't Want to be a Frog (Random House, $16.99).
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).
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
presents California Master Gardener Handbook, 2nd edition (University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, $30). Only available in-store.
Pettinger will focus his talk on best practices for water conservation as well as some of the wonderful plants that are available to dryer climate landscapes. This new edition is the definitive guide to best practices and advice for gardeners throughout the West and has been completely updated. Serious aspiring, yet novice, home gardeners—and fellow master gardeners alike—will find in these 700+ pages practical science-based information to sustainably maintain a landscape or garden.
What’s new for the second edition?
read from Tunnel Vision (Griffin, $18.99), The Crimson Gate (Flux, $9.99), and Under a Painted Sky (Putnam, $16.99), respectively.
presents her two new books, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, $24.95) and The Beauty: Poems (Knopf, $26).
presents How to Surprise a Dad (Knopf, $16.99).
reading from The Sacrifice (Ecco, $26.99).