Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you're only in the eighth grade, you're both a threat and a target.
Launch for Heretics Anonymous, her hilarious debut YA novel about a band of misfits who set out to challenge their strict Catholic school, one nun at a time.
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When Michael walks through the doors of Catholic school, things can't get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow atheist at that. Only this girl, Lucy, isn't just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.
presenting Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish. One boy's search for his father leads him to Puerto Rico in this moving middle grade novel, for fans of Ghost and See You in the Cosmos.
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This is a Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators event and is open to the public.
This is a Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators event and is open to the public. All writers are welcome. To reserve your seat, buy your ticket.
How will readers discover your book? Marketing! But whose job is it? Will your publisher take care of it? Or do you have to do it yourself?
Both the author and illustrator join us for a special event celebrating Ivy + Bean #11: One Big Happy Family.
This is a ticketed event with open seating. You can buy a copy of Ivy + Bean One Big Happy Family for a ticket to guarantee a seat, or you can buy a ticket without a book to guarantee a seat. We'll have copies of Ivy + Bean One Big Happy Family for sale at the event, plus all the previous books from the series. Tickets available through Eventbrite at this link: https://ivyandbean11mrsds.
All ages are welcome but best for 6-9 year olds.
Meet author Annie Barrows and illustrator Sophie Blackall at a special launch celebration of the latest volume in the hit series.
reads from her debut novel, Kickdown, a taut and moving novel of a family's struggle to sustain their land when fracking comes to the contemporary American West.
"Deep, true, achingly pure, as stripped of glamour and pretense as the beautiful desolation it describes. With an unflinching eye for the unsettling political and environmental issues of our time, Clarren captures perfectly the heartland of our country and the hearts of those whose old answers have suddenly failed them--they are all strangers to themselves, full of wonder and worry, wild impulses, inarticulate feelings. Kickdown is what life sounds like when we give up the search for who we thought we were supposed to be, and begin the search for our own true humanity."--Karen Fisher, author of A Sudden Country, Finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Kickdown by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website.
When Jackie Dunbar's father dies, she takes a leave from medical school and goes back to the family cattle ranch in Colorado to set affairs in order. But what she finds derails her: the Dunbar ranch is bankrupt, her sister is having a nervous breakdown, and the oil and gas industry has changed the landscape of this small western town both literally and figuratively, tempting her to sell a gas lease to save the family land.
present I Am Home: Portraits of Immigrant Teenagers.
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Featuring contributors to the brand new anthology, America, We Call Your Name.
Purchase a copy of America, We Call Your Name (paperback, $20) by speaking to a bookseller.
Born in response to the 2016 Presidential election, this anthology combines the voices of poets from across America—from red states and blue states, high schools and nursing homes, big cities and small towns—with the voices of poets from other countries and other times. From Virgil and Dante to Claudia Rankine and Mai Der Vang, from Milton to Merwin, from Po-Chü-i to Robin Coste Lewis, these voices—now raucous, now muted, now lyric, now plain—join together here in dissent and in praise, in grief and alarm, in vision and hope.
reads from The Second Life of Ava Rivers, "a deftly written examination of familial relationships, trauma, and post-adolescence."-- Kirkus
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Eighteen-year-old Vera, eager to start college and escape the celebrity her family has endured since her twin's disappearance twelve years earlier, finds her world turned upside-down again when Ava returns.
Ava's disappearance was the crack in the Rivers family glacier. I wish I could explain to you how we were before, but I can't, because the before is so filmy and shadowed with the after.
reads from his magnificent new novel, The Winter Soldier, a sweeping, unforgettable love story of a young doctor and nurse at a remote field hospital in the First World War.
"I have been a Daniel Mason fan since The Piano Tuner. His abilities as a storyteller and a writer of the most gorgeous prose leave you wanting more. The Winter Soldier is a tour de force. I was immersed in the grandeur of Imperial Vienna and the frozen battlefields of the Eastern Front, and in this beautiful tale of love and war, and of our frailty and resilience in the face of both."--Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of The Winter Soldier by speaking to a bookseller or ordering via our website.
Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives--at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains--he discovers a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains.
East Bay launch for her story collection, Lava Falls.
“From Antarctica to suburbia to the ancient past and a post-apocalyptic future, these tales of kick-ass women adventurers and survivor girls are big-hearted, breathtaking, and profound. Reading Lava Falls is like meeting an animal in the wild: I was rapt, unable to turn away, with no idea what would happen next."—Micah Perks, author of What Becomes Us
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Lava Falls by speaking to a bookseller or ordering via our website.
The spirited, heart-driven people who populate these stories find surprising pockets of hope as they scrabble for ways to believe in themselves and the world. A woman returns to the Alaskan cabin of her survivalist childhood, full of misgivings and memories. A trip to Yellowstone sparks a crisis for a man who feels kinship with the wolves he glimpses there. Nursing painful pasts, sisters take a cruise together to Antarctica. A runaway finds salvation from violence in her own singing.
presents Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World's Best New Gardens, a sumptuously illustrated survey and the perfect armchair travel guide to 50 of the most innovative modern gardens from around the world.
"A beautiful and relaxing tour through some of the loveliest gardens in the world! The author's original images provide a fine taste of their gorgeous plants and the creativity used in organizing them."--Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus at Missouri Botanical Garden
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Gardenlust in advance by speaking to a bookseller or via our website.
In Gardenlust, adventurous biophiliac Christopher Woods takes readers on a worldwide tour that goes beyond the palace grounds of centuries past to transport you to places of botanical wonder. From a garden defined by shape and light in Marrakech to an urban forest in Tokyo, with each stop of this tour Woods curates a collection of contemporary gardens that inspire wanderlust not just for their exotic locations but for the people, plants, and stories that give these spaces life.
Launch for You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!, a novel that carries a strong social message as Gino traces the stages of Jilly’s enlightenment…Its thoughtful handling of characters and dynamics offers fodder for further discussion about privilege in all its forms.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[An] engrossing and satisfying read…Necessary and rewarding.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! by speaking to a bookseller or via our website.
Jilly thinks she's figured out how life works—but when her sister Emma is born deaf, she realizes how much she still has to learn. A big fantasy reader, Jilly connects online with another fan, Derek, who is a deaf Black ASL user. She goes to Derek for advice on how to advocate for her little sister, but doesn't always know the best way to ask and makes some mistakes along the way.
reads from The Shape of the Ruins, his highly anticipated, deeply personal masterpiece that is being heralded as the most ambitious novel of his career.
"A highly sophisticated, fast-moving political thriller set in Colombia and an excellent read."--Alan Furst
"One of the great novels of recent years."--Mario Vargas Llosa
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The Shape of the Ruins is a masterly story of conspiracy, political obsession, and literary investigation. When a man is arrested at a museum for attempting to steal the bullet-ridden suit of a murdered Colombian politician, few notice. But soon this thwarted theft takes on greater meaning as it becomes a thread in a widening web of popular fixations with conspiracy theories, assassinations, and historical secrets; and it haunts those who feel that only they know the real truth behind these killings.
discussing The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation.
"A remarkable book--a generational biography of a political dynasty, ranging from the California Gold Rush to the presidency of Donald Trump. She recounts the pivotal governorship of Pat Brown and the even more significant career of his son Jerry with assured prose and a keen sense of historical context. This is the engrossing saga of complicated family at the center of American political life for the last sixty years."--T.J. Stiles, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Custer's Trials and The First Tycoon.
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Even in the land of reinvention, the story is exceptional: Pat Brown, the beloved father who presided over California during an era of unmatched expansion; Jerry Brown, the cerebral son who became the youngest governor in modern times--and then returned three decades later as the oldest.
reads from his award-winning novel, You Have Me to Love, an unforgettable story about lost childhood innocence, isolation, guilt and mother-son relationships.
"An intense and dramatic novel filled with meticulous use of detail and a forensic psychological accuracy. Its power comes from the fierce energy of the narrative structure, the way of handling silence and pain, and the ability to confront the darkest areas of experience with clear-eyed sympathy and care. Jaap Robben handles delicate, dangerous material with subtlety and sympathy, but also with a visionary sense of truth that is masterly and unforgettable."--Colm Tóibín
Mikael lives with his parents on an island somewhere between Scotland and Norway. One day Mikael's father saves him from drowning in the ocean, but is himself thrown against the rocks by a wave and disappears under water. In shock and unable to speak, Mikael blocks out the memory of what took place, silently joining his mother in the search for his missing father.
presents In My Father's House: A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family, a pathbreaking examination of our huge crime and incarceration problem that looks at the influence of the family--specifically one Oregon family with a generations-long legacy of lawlessness.
"A spellbinding book, brilliant and bone-chilling. In My Father's House will change the way we look at what makes a criminal."--Linda Fairstein, author of Deadfall
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celebrating the publication of his wonderful new novel, Virgil Wander, much of which takes place in and around a beloved old movie theater not unlike our own here in the Elmwood. There will be a special screening of Cinema Paradiso in connection with the reading and signing. Stay tuned for further details.
Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is "cruising along at medium altitude" when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him.
Discussing Stone's new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater, "a thrilling hybrid of a novel about the intricacies of family life and the inevitable handing down from one generation to the next of our deepest passions and pathologies. . . . both marvelously inventive and deeply humane."--Ann Packer
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Hungry Ghost Theater by speaking to a bookseller.
An inventive, funny, sometimes heart-breaking exploration of the connections between hunger and art, duty and desire, and
loss and survival. Brother and sister Robert and Julia Zamarin are trying to awaken the world to its peril with their tiny political theater company, while their sister Eva, a neuroscientist, searches for the biological roots of empathy. As Julia attempts to break free of Robert’s influence, Robert, as lost without her as she is without him, takes on dark material and drives away members