Featured Author Event

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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.