MAY 2018 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Thursday May 17
MINDEE ARNETT INTRODUCES YA NOVEL

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THURSDAY, MAY 17; 7 PM

MINDEE ARNETT
will introduce her new young adult novel, ONYX & IVORY. Kate Brighton works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes --deadly flightless dragons--come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals.

That magic leads her to a caravan massacred by drakes. The only survivor is Corwin Tormaine, the son of the king, and the person Kate swore to forget after he condemned her father to death. Can Corwin and Kate put the past behind them and face this new threat and dark menace stirring in the kingdom?

Mindee Arnett has also written Avalon and its sequel, Polaris, as well as the Nightmare series. She lives with her family on a horse farm in Ohio.

Friday May 18
VICTORIA AVEYARD; MEGAN WHALEN TURNER & CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA TO VISIT

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FRIDAY, MAY 18; 7 PM (Autograph line numbers given out beginning at 6 pm)

VICTORIA AVEYARD, New York Times bestselling author, will be introducing War Storm, the final novel in her wildly popular Red Queen series.

She will be In Conversation with fantasy superstars MEGAN WHALEN TURNER, author of The Queen's Thief world, most recently Thick as Thieves, and

CINDA WILLIAMS CHIMA, author of The Shattered Realms series, most recently Stormcaster.

MINDEE ARNETT, author of the YA title Onyz & Ivory, will moderate the program.

This event is part of the national EPIC READS TOUR. Advanced tickets may be purchased at: warstormbam.eventbrite.com. Or a copy of War Storm, Thick as Thieves, or Stormcaster may be purchased at our store. To enter the signing line, you must show your books&co or eventbrite receipt for War Storm or a books&co receipt for Thick as Thieves or Stormcaster.

Attendees can have up to 3 books per author signed. Personalization of books is permitted and so are photos, depending on the size of the crowd.

Wednesday May 23
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER GILBERT KING TO VISIT

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 7 PM

GILBERT KING, author of Devil in the Grove, which was the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, will introduce his new work of investigative nonfiction, Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found. Rippling with tensions over sex, race, and class, the book is a gripping true-crime tale that raises themes that haunt us still today: justice perverted by bigotry and the force of white privilege; wrongful incarceration; and the power of the free press.

We follow Jesse Daniels, a mentally impaired white teenager who was falsely accused of raping a white woman because it was thought it would be damaging to the woman’s family if it were known that it was a black man who had “violated” her. At the story’s center is Sheriff Willis McCall who perpetrated a reign of terror in his district and was only opposed by a brave journalist, Mabel Reese, who endured death threats to help Daniels. This book received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

Gilbert King was the Runner-Up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Devil in the Grove. He is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine and The Marshall Project. King has also written about justice for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He lives in New York City.

Wednesday May 30
SPECIAL OPS NAVY SEAL DEBUTS HIS BOOK

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30; 7 PM

JAMES HATCH, former special ops Navy SEAL, master naval parachutist, fighter in 150 missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Africa; expert military dog trainer and handler whose SEAL dogs were partners and medal winners, will discuss his book, Touching the Dragon: And Other Techniques for Surviving Life’s Wars. After detailing many of his experiences during 24 years in service to our country, he writes of the harrowing mission when his SEAL team crew was attempting to rescue a rogue soldier – Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl - during which Hatch suffered severe wounds that ended his military career. Coming home after all those years in special operations missions was difficult for him; leading to despair, alcoholism and the pull toward suicide. Finally through the love of family, friends, soldiers, and his specially trained military dogs, he found a purpose in going on. By “touching the dragon” he found his way back. KNOPF

During his adjustment to life in the States, he realized how important his specially trained military dogs were to him in his war years and could be again. He started the Spike’sK9Fund, which is named after his K9 dog called Spike who was killed in war action. This fund is a national 501©3 non-profit organization focused on providing protective vests for police and SWATK9s. The fund also rehabs K9 agility courses used to train police dogs. Information about this group will be available at the event.

Sunday Jun 3
LEE MARTIN DEBUTS SHORT STORY COLLECTION

SUNDAY, JUNE 3; 2 PM

LEE MARTIN, Pulitzer Prize finalist, will debut The Mutual UFO Network, a masterful short story collection. With his signature insight, each story peers into the nooks and crannies of seemingly normal homes, communities, and families. The footprints of a midnight prowler peel back the veneer of a marriage soured by a long-ago affair. A con man selling faked UFO footage loses his wife to the promise of life outside the ordinary, and a troubled man, tormented by his own mind, lies in the street to look at the stars, and in doing so unravels the carefully constructed boundaries between his quiet neighbors.
From friendship and family to all forms of love, the book explores the intricacies of relationships and the possibility for redemption in even the most complex misfits and loners. For short-story devotees, this is a must-read! DZANC BOOKS

Lee Martin has also written The Bright Forever, River of Heaven, Quakertown, Break the Skin. From Our House, Turning Bones, Such a Life, and The Least You Need to Know. The winner of many literary awards, he teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University.

Thursday Jun 21
SUSAN CRANDALL DEBUTS NEW NOVEL

THURSDAY, JUNE 21; 7 PM

SUSAN CRANDALL, author of the award-winning Whistling Past the Graveyard, will introduce her newest novel, The Myth of Perpetual Summer. When Tallulah James returns to her Mississippi hometown in 1972 after a seven-year absence, determined to help her brother escape a murder conviction, she hopes to avoid the small-town gossip mill and return to California as quickly as possible. But as she reconnects with her dysfunctional family, she becomes entangled in a web of long-held secrets about their history of mental illness, her tumultuous upbringing and a terrible tragedy that nearly tore the family apart. Ultimately, the truth forces Tallulah to reckon with her past—and find a way forward. GALLERY BOOKS

Susan Crandall is a critically acclaimed author of women’s fiction, romance, and suspense. She lives in Noblesville, Indiana with her family.

Wednesday Jun 27
SILAS HOUSE INTRODUCES SOUTHERNMOST

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27; 7 PM

SILAS HOUSE will introduce Southernmost, a thoughtful and compassionate novel that initially sprang from the seeds of his own life. After a fundamentalist upbringing that caused him to come out later in life, House was faced with both blatant rejection and fierce acceptance. The insight he gained from those often painful circumstances spurred him to craft this intensely candid story, one that explores our ability to escape the confines of intolerance and hate and move toward dignity, understanding, and grace.

The main character in the story is Asher Sharp, an evangelical preacher in Tennessee who offers shelter to two gay men after a devastating flood. This action comes with a huge personal cost, creating chaos in his congregation and marriage. Ousted from his church, he flees to the southernmost part of the US where he discovers a new way of thinking about love, faith, parenthood, and life. ALGONQUIN

According to Charles Frazier, author of Varina, “This beautifully crafted novel brims with a spirit of hopeful humanity as one man’s effort to make himself a better person casts ripples in the world around him