Featured Author Event

Featured Author Event: Kara Thomas

Books of Wonder proudly hosts the ThrillerFest Teen Panel, featuring Kara Thomas and her newest book, LITTLE MONSTERS (Delacorte Press). The Panel discussion will take place on Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m. Other panelists include Elle Cosimano (THE SUFFERING TREE), Megan Miranda (THE SAFEST LIES), and Ashley Elston (This Is Our Story).

LITTLE MONSTERS, following on the heels of THE DARKEST CORNERS (Ember), contains the same masterful storytelling and twists that make Thomas’s writing so gripping. Kacey is the newest girl in Broken Falls and has stepped into a brand new life with her stepfamily. A new circle of friends welcome her in, but before long, they begin acting distant. When Kacey’s former best friend doesn’t return home from a party, everyone begins looking toward Kacey for the answers. Set to make a splash in the Summer YA reading market at the end of this month, the book has already been featured by Bustle.  For fans of Pretty Little Liars, LITTLE MONSTERS is a new psychological thriller about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls. Thomas’s next novel, THE CHEERLEADERS, is due to be released in Summer 2018. Kara Thomas has written for everything from her high school newspaper to Warner Bros. Television. She is a true-crime addict who lives on Long Island with her husband and rescue cat.  To learn more about Kara and her books, visit her at kara-thomas.com or follow @karatwrites on Twitter and @kara_thomas on Instagram.

Featured Author Event: Jane Green

Jane Green, the “undisputed queen of the beach read,” will discuss and sign copies of her new novel THE SUNSHINE SISTERS (Berkley), in conversation with fellow Penguin Random House author Jean Hanff Korelitz, on Tuesday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Books are Magic in Brooklyn.  

THE SUNSHINE SISTERS tells the story of three estranged sisters who return home upon the news of their mother’s serious illness. Although the three have never been close, they come together as they attempt to fulfill their mother’s last wishes—all while fighting through old jealousies and unspoken secret fears. The book has already been praised by People as “a warm, satisfying tale” and The Washington Post as a novel “with clear prose . . . a breezy story.” The author of eighteen novels, seventeen of which are New York Times bestsellers, Ms. Green has books published in over thirty-one languages that have sold more than ten million copies globally. Her other works include FALLING (Berkley), THE BEACH HOUSE (Berkley), and DUNE ROAD (Berkley). Formerly a UK journalist, Ms. Green used to have a radio show on BBC Radio London, and regularly appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart Show, and The Today Show.  Additionally, she has been a part of the ABC news team, does regular keynote speaking, and has a weekly column in England’s longest running weekly magazine. Ms. Green, a cancer survivor, says she believes that “gratitude and focusing on the good in life is the secret to happiness,” a sentiment that certainly rings true in many of her novels.

Featured Author Event: Patricia Lockwood

FEA Patricia LockwoodOn Wednesday, June 7 at 7:00 pm, author and poet Patricia Lockwood will present her newest release, PRIESTDADDY (Riverhead), a heartbreakingly humorous memoir about having a married Catholic priest for a father. Patricia will be joined in conversation by Longreads editor Michelle Legro at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn.

9781594633737Patricia Lockwood is the author of two poetry collections, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black and Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, a New York Times Notable Book. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe New YorkerThe New Republic, among other publications. In her new and unconventional memoir PRIESTDADDY, Patricia draws on her Midwestern, religious upbringing with her dad, Father Greg Lockwood, who is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met. With praise from The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and New York Magazine’s The Cut, PRIESTDADDY has been noted for its humor combined with lyrical descriptions and revelations that make the memoir stand out from the pack. Join Patricia and Michelle Legro as they take a deeper look into this poetic memoir.

Featured Author Event: W. Kamau Bell

w kamau bellDutton author W. Kamau Bell is launching his new book THE AWKWARD THOUGHTS OF W. KAMAU BELL at the Bell House in Brooklyn this coming Tuesday 5/2, and bestselling Blue Rider author Chuck Klosterman will be moderating. Doors open at 7 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. Tickets can be purchased here. A copy of the book, which goes on sale May 2,  is included in the $27 ticket price.

You may know W. Kamau Bell from his standup specials or tours. Or perhaps from one of his podcasts, Politically Re-Active or Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period. More than likely, if you aren’t a podcast or standup fan, you know him from a particular episode of his Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America, in which Kamau—a 6’4’ Black man—attended a Ku Klux Klan cross burning and met with their imperial wizard… in the middle of the woods…at night… all in order to start a dialogue. 9781101985878-198x300This is just one of the reasons Vanity Fair named Kamau one of their “Daring 25” and The New York Times called him, “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” It’s also one of the reasons Dutton is thrilled to publish his first book, in a climate where his message and singular brand of sociopolitical humor is more necessary than ever before. THE AWKWARD THOUGHTS OF W. KAMAU BELL: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues.  Kamau firmly believes in the power of awkward conversations to initiate change. “Awkward is a feeling that we are taught to run from,” he says. “But as a Black person, I really feel like every change we have had for the better in America began with awkward conversations. The biggest thing that white people can do now is really get comfortable having conversations about race and racism in this country. And the way you get comfortable is that first, you get awkward by putting yourself in the middle of it.”

Featured Author Event: Mike Tyson

feat author event mike tysonMike Tyson, heavyweight champion and New York Times bestselling author of UNDISPUTED TRUTH, will join Paul Holdengraber, founder and director of Live from the New York Public Library, to discuss Tyson’s new memoir, IRON AMBITION: My Life with Cus D’Amato, for one night only at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. The event will take place on Thursday, June 1st at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available here.

9780399177033-197x300Launching with Blue Rider Press on May 30th, IRON AMBITION is an intimate look at the life and leadership lessons of Cus D’Amato, the legendary boxing trainer and Tyson’s surrogate father. Tyson is the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and the first boxer to ever hold the three biggest belts in prizefighting–the WBC, WBA, and IBF world heavyweight titles–simultaneously. Tyson’s enduring appeal has launched him into a career in entertainment: he was a standout in the blockbuster films The Hangover and The Hangover 2, and recently he has earned tremendous acclaim for his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Tyson has launched a clothing company (Roots of Fight) and Tyrrhanic Productions, which currently has several film projects in development. In 2011 Tyson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.
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Featured Author Event: Hannah Tinti

Hannah TintiAward-winning author Hannah Tinti will celebrate the launch of her new book THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY (The Dial Press) at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:30 pm. Tinti will discuss her latest novel with fellow Penguin Random House author and One Story editor, Patrick Ryan. The author discussion will be followed by a wine reception to commemorate the book’s launch.

9780812989885Hannah Tinti’s previous work includes the short story collection ANIMAL CRACKERS, which was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award, as well as THE GOOD THIEF, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Apart from working as a bestselling author, she is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning literary magazine One Story. Tinti will be joined in discussion by One Story editor Patrick Ryan. He is the author of the novel, SEND ME, and the highly regarded story collection, THE DREAM LIFE OF ASTRONAUTS, which was named one of the best books of 2016 by St. Louis Post Dispatch, Refinery 29, and Electric Literature.

Featured Author Event: Elan Mastai

elan mastaiAuthor Elan Mastai will be celebrating the release of his first novel ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS (Dutton) on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 pm at WORD bookstore in Jersey City. Mastai will be joined in conversation by fellow Penguin Random House author Jonathan Tropper.

9781101985137Elan Mastai has worked as a screenwriter for the past 15 years and has had five films produced from his screenplays including What If, which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, and Adam Driver. With ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS, Mastai brings us a multi-dimensional time travel story that is also about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. With a quirky and unusual touch, Mastai’s debut is an entertaining ride through time that brings our current version of reality into question. ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS is a #1 Indie Next and a Library Reads pick, and has already received several positive accolades. Joining Mastai at the celebration of his book release will be Jonathan Tropper. Tropper is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels including ONE LAST THING BEFORE I GO and THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU.

Featured Author Event: Jerry Spinelli

jerry spinelliOn Tuesday, January 24th, Jerry Spinelli continues his book tour promoting, THE WARDEN’S DAUGHTER, with an in-store event at Books of Wonder in New York City.

The acclaimed STARGIRL author has received widespread attention for his newest title. THE WARDEN’S DAUGHTER has received four

starred reviews from Shelf AwarenessBulletinPublishers Weekly, and Kirkus. On January 8th, Spinelli was a guest on NPR’s Weekend Edition to discuss the themes and prison setting of this 9780375831997book. Next month, the New York Times will review THE WARDEN’S DAUGHTER as a standalone review. Spinelli is best known for his beloved middle grade novels STARGIRL and LOVE, STARGIRL, but has also penned other celebrated titles such as MILKWEED, CRASH, WRINGER, and MANIAC MAGEE, the winner of the Newbery Medal. In his autobiography, KNOTS IN MY YO-YO STRING, Spinelli chronicled his experiences as a young boy growing up in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College and still lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli. Jerry Spinelli will be joined by fellow author Richard Peck at Books of Wonder on January 24th at 6:00 PM.

Featured Author Event: Emily Jenkins

Emily Jenkins FEAOn Sunday, January 22 at 10:30 AM, Emily Jenkins will continue her tour promoting A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG at Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab in Brooklyn, New York.

A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG, which hit shelves earlier this month, received 5 stars

from Shelf Awareness and has received glowing reviews for its heartwarming story and fun beat when read aloud. The School Library Journal raved in a starred review, “This delightful story is a feast for the eyes and ears, and it will hold up well to repeated demands from eager young listeners.” Greyhound Groundhog Cover copyBesides quickly becoming a new favorite for storytime, A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG has also been recognized for its stunning and adorable watercolor artwork by illustrator Chris Appelhans (Sparky), the 2014 Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year. With A GREYHOUND, A GROUNDHOG, Jenkins adds to an impressive backlist of hits, including the picture book TOY MEETS SNOW, a New York Times Notable Book and a Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of the Year. She has also written award-winning chapter books featuring the same beloved characters from TOYS GO OUTTOY DANCE PARTY, and TOYS COME HOME.

Featured Author Event: Nicola Yoon

FEA nicola yoonOn Friday, December 2 at 7:00 PM, author Nicola Yoon will continue her tour promoting THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR (Delacorte Press), which was recently honored as a National Book Award Finalist, at the Barnes & Noble in Park Slope. Yoon will be joined by fellow RHCB author, Kara Thomas (THE DARKEST CORNERS) and Adam Silvera (MORE HAPPY THAN NOT) to discuss their books with Bustle.com’s Books Editor, Cristina Arreola.

star coverTHE SUN IS ALSO A STAR is Yoon’s second novel and widely regarded as a stunning follow-up to her 2015 YA hit, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, which will make the jump to the big screen in August of 2017 and will star Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. Buzz for Yoon’s second novel was high in the months leading up to the publication of THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR on November 1. It was featured everywhere from The New York Times Book Review and Publishers Weekly’s Best of 2016 list, to Entertainment Weekly and People Magazine. It is currently #6 on The New York Times bestsellers list for young adult hardcovers. KirkusUSA TodayTime Magazine, Buzzfeed, and so many others have all given it glowing reviews. This book is inspired by Big History (to learn about one thing, you have to learn about everything). In THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, to understand the characters and their love story, we must know everything around them and everything that came before them that has affected who they are and what they experience. [caption id="attachment_4494" align="alignright" width="270"]Nicola Yoon at the National Book Awards Nicola Yoon at the National Book Awards[/caption] Two teens–Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, whose family is here illegally from Jamaica–cross paths in New York City on an eventful day in their lives–Daniel is on his way to a college interview with a Yale alum, Natasha is meeting with a lawyer to try and prevent her family’s deportation to Jamaica–and fall in love. In one of this book’s many starred reviews, Booklist praised Yoon, saying that THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR is “lyrical and sweeping, full of hope, heartbreak, fate…and the universal beating of the human heart.”