Events

February 2020

launches Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism, her bold and brilliant exploration of the ferocious desire for perfection which has shaped her writing life as well as her rich, dramatic, and constantly surprising personal life.

 "One of the finest explorations I know of what it means to be a woman and an artist."--Sigrid Nunez

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Scratched by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 7:30pm
Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062410375
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Published: Harper - February 25th, 2020

Scratched is an intimate account of the uses a child, and the adult she becomes, will find for perfectionism and the role it will play in every part of her life. Elizabeth Tallent's story begins in a hospital in mid-1950s suburban Washington, D.C., when her mother refuses to hold her newborn daughter, shocking behavior that baffles the nurses. Imagining her own mother's perfectionist ideal at this critical moment, Tallent moves back and forth in time, juxtaposing moments in the past with the present in this innovative and spellbinding narrative.

presents The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants. In this beautiful and empowering book, Jennifer Jewell—host of public radio’s award-winning program and podcast Cultivating Place—introduces 75 inspiring women. Working in wide-reaching fields that include botany, floral design, landscape architecture, farming, herbalism, and food justice, these influencers are creating change from the ground up.

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of The Earth in Her Hands by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 7:30pm
The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781604699029
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Published: Timber Press - March 3rd, 2020

Profiled women include flower farmer Erin Benzakein; codirector of Soul Fire Farm Leah Penniman; plantswoman Flora Grubb; edible and cultural landscape designer Leslie Bennett; Caribbean-American writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid; soil scientist Elaine Ingham; floral designer Amy Merrick, and many more. Rich with personal stories and insights, Jewell’s portraits reveal a devotion that transcends age, locale, and background, reminding us of the profound role of green growing things in our world—and our lives.
 

March 2020

The multiple award-winning children's author introduces two authors and an illustrator and their new titles from his Versify imprint with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

To guarantee your seat, purchase any of Kwame Alexander's books or any of the books listed below by clicking on their covers or speaking to a bookseller.

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:30pm
The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

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Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey Cover Image
By Lori Mortensen, Chloe Bristol (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358033684
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Versify - March 24th, 2020

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Brown Girl Ghosted Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358128892
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Versify - March 24th, 2020

Please join us for a special discussion, led by Alexander, with Lori Mortensen and Chloe Bristol, author and illustrator of Nonsense!: the Curious Story of Edward Gorey, and Mintie Das, YA author of Brown Girl Ghosted, two new spring titles from Alexander's Versify imprint. Following the presentations, there will be audience Q&A.

Presenting Small Garden Style: A Design Guide for Outdoor Rooms and Containers, a stylishly photographed guide to creating lush, layered, dramatic little gardens no matter the size of your available space--an urban patio, a tiny backyard, or even just a pot by your door.

"Inspiring, enchanting, yet completely accessible...living outside has never felt so within reach. Frankly, even if you don't have an inch of outdoor space, you'll still be totally transported."--Joanna Saltz, editorial director of House Beautiful

To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of Small Garden Style by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 7:30pm
Small Garden Style: A Design Guide for Outdoor Rooms and Containers Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780399582851
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Ten Speed Press - February 4th, 2020

Petite gardens align with the movement to live smaller and create a life with less stuff and more room for living. But a more eco-friendly and efficient space doesn't have to sacrifice style. In Small Garden Style, garden designer Isa Bird Hendry Eaton and lifestyle writer Jennifer Blaise Kramer show you how to use good design to create a joyful, elegant, and exciting yet compact outdoor living space for entertaining or relaxing.

reads from Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes, the astonishing but forgotten story of an immigrant sweatshop worker who married an heir to a great American fortune and became one of the most charismatic radical leaders of her time.

"Through the lens of a remarkable marriage, Adam Hochschild draws a vivid portrait of the Gilded Age--of immigrants, sweatshops, tenements, strikes, enclaves of patrician privilege, and a 'citadel of socialism' on a private island. At the center of it all is Rose, whose extraordinary story ends as anything but a fairy tale."--Jean Strouse

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Rebel Cinderella by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 7:30pm
Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781328866745
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 3rd, 2020

Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia who had worked in cigar factories since the age of eleven. Two years later, she captured headlines across the globe when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of one of the legendary 400 families of New York high society. Together, this unusual couple joined the burgeoning Socialist Party and, over the next dozen years, moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen. Their friends and houseguests included Emma Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V.

presents Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet.

 

 

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 4:00pm
Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet Cover Image
By Nanette Heffernan, Bao Luu (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580899420
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Charlesbridge - January 21st, 2020

Click flashlights, light lanterns, and get ready to turn electric lights out to celebrate Earth Hour! Wherever you come from, you can help our planet.

Kids around the world use electric energy to do all kinds of things--adults do, too! From cleaning the clothes we play in, to lighting up our dinner tables, to keeping us warm and toasty when the weather is cold, electricity is a huge part of our lives. Unfortunately, it can also have a big impact on our planet.

April 2020

reads from her new volume of poetry Ledger, a book of personal, ecological, and political reckoning from the internationally renowned poet named "among the modern masters" (Washington Post).

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:30pm
Ledger: Poems Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525657804
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - March 10th, 2020

From one of our most celebrated contemporary poets--long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize--comes Jane Hirshfield's Ledger, her most important work yet. From its already much-quoted opening lines of despair and defiance ("Let them not say: we did not see it. / We saw."), Hirshfield's poems inscribe a registry, both personal and communal, of our present-day predicaments, and call us to action.

presents Why We Swim, "a beautifully written love letter to water and a fascinating story" (Rebecca Skloot).

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Why We Swim by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:30pm
Why We Swim Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616207861
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 14th, 2020

Humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now in the twenty-first century we swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test our limits. Swimming is an introspective and silent sport in a chaotic and noisy age; it's therapeutic for both the mind and body; and it's an adventurous way to get from point A to point B. It's also one route to that elusive, ecstatic state of flow.

discussing Wetmore's marvelous debut novel, Valentine, an astonishing debut novel that explores the lingering effects of a brutal crime on the women of one small Texas oil town in the 1970s.

"Fierce and complex, Valentine is a novel of moral urgency and breathtaking prose. This is the very definition of a stunning debut."--Ann Patchett

To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of Valentine by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover image below.

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 7:30pm
Valentine: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062913265
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Published: Harper - March 31st, 2020

Mercy is hard in a place like this . . .

It's February 1976, and Odessa, Texas, stands on the cusp of the next great oil boom. While the town's men embrace the coming prosperity, its women intimately know and fear the violence that always seems to follow.

Launch and discussion of her new novel, The Best Week That Never Happened, "a poignant and gripping heart-tug of a page-turner filled with heart and hope. --Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places

To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of The Best Week That Never Happened by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below to order online.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 7:00pm
The Best Week That Never Happened Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781951710118
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Month9Books, LLC - April 21st, 2020

After her parents' bitter divorce, family vacations to the Big Island in Hawaii ceased. But across the miles, eighteen-year-old Tegan Rossi remains connected to local Kai Kapule, her best friend from childhood. Now, Tegan finds herself alone and confused about how she got to the Big Island. With no wallet, no cell phone, purse, or plane ticket, Tegan struggles to piece together what happened. She must have come to surprise-visit Kai. Right? As the teens grow even closer, Tegan pushes aside her worries and gets swept away in the vacation of her dreams.

discussing Grant's just-published book Everything is Under Control: A Memoir with Recipes.

"What a beautiful, rich, and poetic memoir this is. Phyllis Grant writes of longing, suffering, celebration, family, and food with such delicate power. Like the best chefs, she knows how to make a masterpiece from a few simple ingredients: truth, taste, poignancy, and love. This is a wonderful book."--Elizabeth Gilbert

To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of Everything Is Under Control by speaking to a bookseller or order online by clicking on the cover image below.

 

Friday, April 24, 2020 - 7:30pm
Everything Is Under Control: A Memoir with Recipes Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374150143
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 21st, 2020

May 2020

Launching her standout debut novel Private Lessons, in which a young pianist devotes herself to her art--and to the demanding, charismatic teacher she idolizes.

To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of Private Lessons by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.

Friday, May 15, 2020 - 7:00pm
Private Lessons Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536209600
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Candlewick - May 12th, 2020

After seventeen-year-old Claire Alalay's father's death, only music has helped her channel her grief. Claire likes herself best when she plays his old piano, a welcome escape from the sadness--and her traditional Filipino mother's prayer groups. In the hopes of earning a college scholarship, Claire auditions for Paul Avon, a prominent piano teacher, who agrees to take Claire as a pupil. Soon Claire loses herself in Paul's world and his way of digging into a composition's emotional core.