Return of Author Events a Big Hit
LIVE EVENTS ARE BACK!
Longtime KQED journalist DAVE IVERSON, author of the moving memoir Winter Stars: An Elderly Mother, An Aging Son, and Life's Final Journey was on hand last Thursday to relaunch our in-person Author Event program. More than three dozen people signed up in advance on Eventbrite, allowing us to monitor attendance numbers and create a welcoming but safe environment.
Above, Dave speaks to the audience about his book and below, he poses with Mrs. Dalloway's owners Jessica and Eric Green.
OUR NEXT AUTHOR EVENT
Wednesday, June 1, 7pm - SOLD OUT!
CAPACITY FOR THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN REACHED. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please sign up at this link no later than 4pm on June 1
Join us for ELIF BATUMAN discussing her highly anticipated new book Either/Or. The novel is a sequel to The Idiot, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and continues her beloved protagonist Selin’s quest for self-knowledge, as she travels abroad and tests the limits of her newfound adulthood.
Elif will be in conversation with author Grace Lavery (pictured right), Associate Professor in the Department of English at UC Berkeley.
In its starred review of Either/Or, Publishers Weekly wrote, “Effervescent . . . Observant, defiant, and newly on antidepressants, Selin approaches the mystery of human relations with a beginner’s naivete and sharp intelligence . . . Batuman’s light touch and humor are brought to bear on serious questions . . . As accomplished as The Idiot was, this improves upon it, and Batuman’s already sharp chops as a novelist come across as even more refined in these pages. Readers will be enraptured.”
NEW SHIPMENT OF ART TILES HAS ARRIVED
Included in our latest order from Michigan's Motawi Tileworks are several new designs - come take a look!
AUTHOR DROP-INS AT MRS. DALLOWAY'S
TYUS WILLIAMS is a wildlife ecologist whose new nonfiction book Big Cats: What Do Lions, Tigers, and Panthers Get up to All Day? is about the biggest cats on Earth. Young readers will meet sparring snow leopards, sprinting cheetahs, and slumbering jaguars in a book packed with animal facts and beautifully illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat.
After her launch party at Vintage Elmwood wine shop, author KATIE HENRY came by and signed store copies of her new young adult novel, Gideon Green in Black and White, a hilarious send-up of the hardboiled detective genre that spotlights family, friendship, and love.
LAUREN WOLK visited Mrs. Dalloway's following local school events to sign copies of her new book, My Own Lightning, a sequel to her Newbery Honor–winning debut, Wolf Hollow and a return to World War II–era Western Pennsylvania and protagonist Annabelle McBride, who continues to confront injustices in an increasingly complicated world.
Local author MEG FLEMING came by to celebrate the recent publication of not one, but two new children's books! I Was Born a Baby is a fun, rhyming read-aloud about baby animals and the names they share. Wondering Around is a picture book that reveals and celebrates the curiosity that comes from exploring the outdoors.
Children's author Muợn Thị Văn has teamed with award-winning illustrator Jessica Love to produce I Love You Because I Love You, a lovely picture book that details big and small reasons why we love the people we do within a call-and-response picture book that features families across the spectrum.
THIS TIME TOMORROW by Emma Straub. Straub deftly uses time travel in a fresh manner to weave a moving and endearing tale that in the end is about a daughter’s ache to “solve” her ailing father’s health issues and the eternal bond of love between them. Engaging, funny, hopeful. “It’s not about the time, it’s about how you spend it." - Eric
TWO NIGHTS IN LISBON by Chris Pavone. Ariel Pryce wakes up in Lisbon to find her husband is gone—no warning, no note, not answering his phone. Increasingly frantic, she enlists hotel security, the police, and the American embassy, and their collective curiosity increases the tension. Slow reveals add to the enjoyment and Pavone wraps it all up in fine fashion. - Hut
TRUST by Hernan Diaz. The hype is real - this is a fabulous book! It's a literary puzzle box, consisting of four fictional "books" in one, all covering the secretive couple at the center of late 19th / early 20th century investment banking in NYC. Fans of inventive, well-written historical fiction: meet your next favorite novel! - Nick
SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR by Richard Roper (now in paperback). I loved this debut novel from Richard Roper - I read his second book (When We Were Young) first, and I'm so glad I didn't miss this one. Andrew lives in England and his job is to track down the next of kin for people who have died alone. At the same time he's created a fictional life for himself, and the big lie he's told his coworkers is slowly starting to unravel. This book is at turns hopeful, full of heartache, and absolutely lovely. Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. - Carolyn
SUBURBAN DICKS by Fabian Nicieza (now in paperback). This irreverent and funny - and not always politically correct - murder mystery explores racial tensions and prejudice in a New Jersey suburb after the murder of a gas station attendant. The two sleuths - a (very) pregnant former FBI profiler turned suburban mom and a disgraced journalist - are quirky and wisecracking, as befits an author who co-created Deadpool. What a wild debut! - Hut
THE CANDY HOUSE by Jennifer Egan (autographed copies on hand). Midway through The Candy House, one character comments, “Things are interwoven in ways we don’t understand.” Quite an apt description for this novel. Egan voices multiple narrators over multiple decades to tell an interconnected tale centering around the Uber-Social-Media of the near future, its effects on one’s family, friends, memory, and the meaning of authenticity in a collective mental world. It’s a mesmerizing experience. - Eric
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