Award-winning fantasy author, Jeff VanderMeer, joins us to present the first two volumes of The Southern Reach trilogy: Annihilation, and his newest addition, Authority. The tense and chilling psychological thrillers tell the story of an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. Join us Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 pm. In conversation with Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, editor of Bull Spec, a journal of speculative fiction. VanderMeer will be giving away a copy of his to-be-released third novel in the trilogy, Acceptance.
When a well-meaning octopus helps his buddy to bed, silliness ensues. Author and illustrator Darren Farrell (Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway Fib) returns to Quail Ridge on Saturday, July 12, at 5 p.m. with Thank You, Octopus. Bring the young ones for a terrific read-aloud story and fun. “This hilarious nautical comedy of errors will lure in unsuspecting listeners.” --Horn Book. Ages 3+.
King Henry V - the great Lion of England - is long dead. In 1437, after years of regency, the pious and gentle Henry VI, the Lamb, comes of age and accedes to the English throne. Author of historical fiction, Emperor and Conqueror and Dangerous Book for Boys, Conn Iggulden, retells the historical story of medieval intrigue in the gripping new trilogy, War of the Roses. Iggulden joins us Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30 pm to present the first book of the trilogy, Stormbird.
It's an evening for the girls! We present a special event called Women Writers Writing Women's Stories featuring three talented authors. Anne Barnhill presents Queen Elizabeth's Daughter, the gripping tale of Mary Shelton, Elizabeth I’s young cousin and ward, set against the glittering backdrop of the Elizabethan court. Lydia Netzer showcases How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky, a story of star-crossed lovers for the 21st century. The book is about fate and determinism, science and faith, and asks the question: what is love? Finally, Barbara Claypole White (pictured) brings us The In Between Hour, where a mother loses her child and then has to pretend he's still alive. Join us on Thursday, July 17 at 7:30 pm for ladies night! All gentlemen are welcome, of course.
Beneath the glamour of a trendy Hamptons summer town lies another world–one of dark lives and desperate secrets. And when Labor Day arrives and the beautiful people depart, locals like Declan MacManus are left behind to make a living out of just surviving. A sometime P.I., MacManus is an expert at self-defense and a master of self-destruction, but nothing he’s seen of the dark side of fortune can prepare him for what he is about to discover. Author of The Poacher's Son, Paul Doiron, presents this story in The Bone Orchard on Friday, July 18 at 7:30 pm.
Bestselling author of Midwives, Sandcastle Girls, and more, Chris Bohjalian, will be here to present his newest work. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is a heartbreaking, wildly inventive, and moving novel narrated by a teenage runaway. Join us Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 pm to preview a book Jodi Picoult counts as a favorite.
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