Featured Author Event

Featured Author Event: Gretchen Rubin (Indianapolis)

Bestselling author and famed podcaster, speaker, and blogger, Gretchen Rubin, will be a Keynote speaker at the Indiana Conference for Women next Tuesday, November 7 in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center.  She will be discussing her latest book, THE FOUR TENDENCIES: The Indispensable Personality Profiles that Reveal How to Make Your Life (Harmony), and presenting other speakers, including Laurie Burns McRobbie, Gerry Dick, and Joe Hogsett, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. There will be a book signing following an audience Q&A.

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9781524760915During her multi-book investigation into understanding human nature, Ms. Rubin realized that by asking the seemingly dry question “How do I respond to expectations?” we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that based on their answer, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels.  Our tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress, and engage more effectively.  THE FOUR TENDENCIES can help readers get happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. “The Four Tendencies will immediately improve every area of your life—and I say this from personal experience. If you’ve been feeling stuck in your relationships, career, health, or self-confidence, understanding your Tendency and how to make it work for you is the game-changer you’ve been looking for.”—Melissa Hartwig (Upholder), author and cocreator of The Whole30 Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature. She’s the author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before and The Happiness Project.  A member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, Ms. Rubin has an enormous following, in print and online; her books have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, in more than 35 languages; and on her popular daily blog, gretchenrubin.com, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of habits and happiness. She also has a highly ranked, award-winning podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

Featured Author Event: Anna Faris

Enjoy an evening with actress, author, producer, and hit podcaster Anna Faris as she celebrates her new book, UNQUALIFIED (Dutton). She will be discussing her candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won with Kate Coyne of People Magazine at this WORD Bookstores event at the Landmark Loews Jersey Theatre in Jersey City on Tuesday, October 24 at 8:00 pm.  The conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

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After surviving an awkward childhood, navigating dating and marriage in Hollywood, and building a podcast around romantic advice, Anna has plenty of lessons to share. UNQUALIFIED is part memoir—including stories about being “the short girl” in elementary school, finding and keeping female friends, and dealing with the pressures of the entertainment industry and parenthood – with unflinching advice from her hit podcast, and reveals Anna’s unique take on how to master the bizarre, chaotic, and ultimately rewarding world of love. Kirkus Reviews: “[Faris] has an engaging voice and is capable of expressing a distinct point of view. She is most affecting in her occasionally bittersweet reflections, as she recounts stories about working in the industry, her anxieties and frustrations about auditioning, and the personal challenges of dealing with aging in Hollywood.” Her podcast, Anna Faris is Unqualified, averages 4 million downloads a month.   Faris currently stars on the CBS hit comedy Mom and has had memorable roles on Entourage and Friends.  She will next star in MGM/Pantelion Film’s upcoming remake of Overboard alongside Eugenio Derbez.  Faris also produced and starred in The House Bunny and What’s Your Number and her additional films include the Scary Movie franchise, Lost in Translation, The Dictator, Observe and Report, Brokeback Mountain, Just Friends, Smiley Face, Keanu, and the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs franchise.

Featured Author Event: Nathan Englander in Washington, DC

Pulitzer Prize finalist and bestselling author Nathan Englander will be in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 19, to lead a discussion about his second novel, DINNER AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (Knopf), a political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard.  The event takes place at Politics & Prose Bookstore and begins at 7:00 pm.  

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Englander has woven a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined–a political thriller of the highest order that interrogates the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Who is right, who is wrong–who is the guard, who is truly the prisoner? Simply put by NPR, DINNER AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH is a “glorious…devastating…a beautiful masterpiece.” NTK Network also highlights, “The ability to see the world from both Israeli and Palestinian perspectives is what gives DINNER AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH its optimistic moral center. Both Israelis and Palestinians are faithful to the righteousness of their own cause, but at times, characters can see a way past this most charged of conflicts to a future of peace… Yet while the novel is optimistic, it is also realistic. The violence, and the historical memory of past violence, keeps both sides addicted to carrying out further attacks in the name of retribution. Englander’s ability to capture the almost pathological nature to ‘get even’ shines.” Nathan Englander’s first novel was The Ministry of Special Cases, and he is also the author of the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank—winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologized, most recently in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Englander’s play, The Twenty-Seventh Man, premiered at the Public Theatre in 2012. He translated the New American Haggadah and co-translated Etgar Keret’s Suddenly a Knock on the Door. He is additionally a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University.

Featured Author Event: Yrsa Daley-Ward

Celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward will appear at The Strand to discuss, read and sign copies of BONE (Penguin Books), her poignant collection of poems about the heart, life, and the inner self.  The event will be held  in The Strand’s Rare Book Room on Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. 

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From navigating the oft competing worlds of religion and desire, to balancing society’s expectations with the raw experience of being a woman in the world; from detailing the experiences of growing up as a first generation black British woman, to working through situations of dependence and abuse; from finding solace in the echoing caverns of depression and loss, to exploring the vulnerability and redemption in falling in love, each of the raw and immediate poems in Daley-Ward’s BONE resonates to the core of what it means to be human. Among the high praise the author and her book have received: [Yrsa Daley-Ward] is at the realm of a new wave of contemporary poets who inspire an unprecedented level of empathy and accessibility through their honest and raw approach. . . . [A] powerful collection of a woman facing tumultuous inner and external battles head on, delivered with a hard-hitting directness, yet with inflections of optimism throughout that are bound to touch readers to their core.” i-D Magazine “Yrsa’s work is like holding the truth in your hands. It sweats and breathes before you. A glorious living thing.” —Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine   Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer and poet of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. She splits her time between London and Los Angeles.

Featured Author Event: Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk, the first Turkish Nobel Laureate and the author of ten novels, will headline a special Politics & Prose event at  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church  in Washington, D.C. on September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Pamuk will present his newest novel THE RED-HAIRED WOMAN (Knopf), in conversation with Azar Nafisi, author of such books as The Republic of Imagination and Reading Lolita in Tehran.  

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THE RED-HAIRED WOMAN is a beguiling mystery, a tale of family and romance, of east and west, tradition and modernity. A master well digger and his young apprentice are hired to find water on a barren plain. As they struggle in the summer heat, the two will develop a filial bond neither has known before. But in the nearby town, where they buy provisions and take their evening break, the boy will find an irresistible diversion. The Red-Haired Woman, an alluring member of a travelling theatre company, catches his eye and seems as fascinated by him as he is by her. The young man’s wildest dream will be realized, but, when in his distraction a horrible accident befalls the well digger, the boy will flee, returning to Istanbul. Only years later will he discover whether he was in fact responsible for his master’s death and who the red-headed enchantress was. Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul and his work has been translated into more than sixty languages. Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006 and his novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. To add this Featured Author Event to your calendar, click here
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Featured Author Event: Leigh Bardugo

Tonight bestselling author Leigh Bardugo  presents her highly anticipated, entirely new coming-of-age story starring the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN: Warbringer (Random House Books for Young Readers). The event will take place at the Barnes & Noble store in NYC on 33 E 17th St. beginning at 7:00 p.m. Following a discussion with fellow author Daniel José Older, Bardugo will personalize copies of her new book, pose for photos, and sign backlist titles with purchase of WONDER WOMAN: Warbringer.

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In the book, Diana, Princess of the Amazons, longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war. Libba Bray, New York Times bestselling author of The Diviners, praises WONDER WOMAN: Warbinger, calling it  “…straight-up dazzling, every sentence waking up your senses with a ‘Yeah, that’s right, this is BRAND-NEW, SUCKAS!’ punch.” Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. She is the first author in the DC Icons Series, where the DC Comics super hero icons are written by megastar young adult authors.

Featured Author Event: Alex Gilvarry

Alex Gilvarry will discuss and sign copies of his second novel EASTMAN WAS HERE (Viking) at McNally Jackson Booksellers on Tuesday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m.  Following his widely acclaimed debut, FROM THE MEMOIRS OF A NON-ENEMY COMBATANT, the author employs the same thoughtful, yet dark sense of humor in this new novel.

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The year is 1973, and Alan Eastman, a public intellectual, accidental cultural critic, washed-up war journalist, husband, and philanderer; finds himself alone on the floor of his study in an existential crisis. In the depths of despair, he receives an unexpected and unwelcome phone call from his old rival dating back to his days on the Harvard literary journal, offering him the chance to go to Vietnam to write the definitive account of the end of America’s longest war. This ambitious new novel captures a man’s search for meaning in the face of advancing age, fading love, and a rapidly-changing world.

EASTMAN WAS HERE is one of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books of the Second Half of 2017 and BuzzFeed’s Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer.

Gilvarry is the winner of the Hornblower Award for a First Book and Best New Voice 2012 by Bookspan, and selected by the New York Times as an Editor’s Choice. He is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and has received fellowships from the Harry Ransom Center and the Norman Mailer Center. He is also a professor at Monmouth University where he teaches fiction.

Featured Author Event: Kamila Shamsie

HOME FIRE, the new novel by Riverhead author Kamila Shamsie, was recently longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, and Ms. Shamsie will  discuss her book at New York City’s  Asian American Writers’ Workshop on Monday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Reserve a seat here.

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The New Yorker’s Rozina Ali will moderate the event, which also includes author Hirsh Sawney, addressing the turbulent political landscape for South Asian families.  HOMEFIRE tells the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences.  Sophocles’s classic tragedy Antigone is the starting point for Shamsie’s novel, which probes political tensions in the War on Terror and the way it splinters Muslim families in the West. Kamila Shamsie was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She has spent equal amounts of time in London and Karachi, while also occasionally teaching creative writing at Hamilton College in New York.  Now residing primarily in London, HOME FIRE is her first novel since becoming a British citizen in 2013.  She was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Award in the UK twice, received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literature in Pakistan, was selected as one of Orange’s “21 Writers of the 21st Century,” and won the Patras Bokhari Award from the Academy of Letters in Pakistan. To add this Author Event to your calendar, click here. Shamsie will also be presenting her book on Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00 pm at the Community Bookstore LLC in Brooklyn. Click here for details.

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).

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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.  

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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.