James Glickman at Jacob Edwards Library, MA
Jan
18
6:30 PM18:30

James Glickman at Jacob Edwards Library, MA

Jacob Edwards Library | 236 Main St | Southbridge, MA 01550

Based closely on the known historical record, Crossing Point brings to life the American Revolution in all of its bloody detail.

When the Revolutionary War begins, Guy Watson is a slave to the Hazzard family in Rhode Island, but he is soon engaged in service for the American army by Samuel Ward, head of one New England's most prominent families. Torn about leaving his beloved June and the other slaves that have become his family, Guy eventually sets out with Samuel Ward and a battalion of men on a treacherous, and legendary, trek to Quebec.

The two men experience the inevitable toll the brutality of war takes, and it changes them forever. Upon their eventual return home, they come to realize the cost of war not just for those in battle, but also for those who stayed. Crossing Point vividly shares a little-known chapter in the national founding, and raises the question of what justice was fought for by the men who faced an uncertain freedom when the last shots were fired.

James Glickman attended Yale University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. His fiction and nonfiction writings have been published in The Boston Globe, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Berfrois, and many others. His first novel Sounding The Waters came out in 1996 to wide acclaim. Crossing Point is his second novel. He lives in Massachusetts.

 

 

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Dan Vining at Book Soup, Los Angeles
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Dan Vining at Book Soup, Los Angeles

Book Soup | 8818 Sunset Blvd | West Hollywood, CA 90069

 Los Angeles, 2025. 

A brutal drought throughout the west has plunged Los Angeles into a permanent state of crisis. Traffic congestion has forced all emergency services—cops, EMTs, even fire trucks—into the air. Nate Cole, an up-all-night air cop, works to bust up a human trafficking operation, "New Okies" being smuggled into now oil-rich Mexico to work their fields. 

Meanwhile, Ava Monica, a westside PI, chases a runaway bride whose fallen in with a cultish group of sun-lovers led by a pop star named Vivid. Nate and Amy's paths cross time and again and they come to count on each other for sources and solace, but like half of LA they just can't seem to merge. 

A dystopian future that feels too close to home, Dan Vining's NightSun grapples with what it means to search for connection, solace, and home within a chaotic new world.

Dan Vining was a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford and taught there. Previously, he was a newspaper reporter, a writer and editor at Rolling Stone as well as a screenwriter and Senior Lecturer at the American Film Institute Conservatory. He is the author of The Quick and The Next (Berkeley Books), an omnibus edition of which came out as Among the Living. He lives in one version of Los Angeles.

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Austin Thacker at Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, Bisbee, AZ
Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Austin Thacker at Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, Bisbee, AZ

Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum | 5 Copper Queen Plz | Bisbee, AZ 85603

A down-on-his-luck cop is haunted by the scepter of his ailing wife as he patrols the streets of Tucson, Arizona.

Mark's life changes when he pulls over a teenage drug addict, Tyler Castillo. Following Tyler in an attempt to catch him in the act, Mark and Tyler end up in an accident and then the hospital, where Mark learns the truth about Tyler and those track marks that scar his arms.

Tyler's presence pulls Mark from his anger, his despair, and his unending sadness, and proves that one chance encounter can change everything.

A novel about first impressions, hope, and forgiveness, My Hand Mitten is an exciting debut by a promising young author.

Austin Thacker was the co-assistant editor of Ironwood Ridge High School newspaper. He is a survivor of stage IV non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. My Hand Mitten is his first novel. He was a finalist for Poetry Out Loud, won the Barnes & Noble Teacher Appreciation Award for an article he wrote about his favorite teacher, and won the Spotlight on Youth Award for Oro Valley. He lives with his family in Tucson, AZ.

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Christopher Zeischegg at Skylight Books, Los Angeles
Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

Christopher Zeischegg at Skylight Books, Los Angeles

Skylight Books |  1818 N Vermont Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90027

Former porn star, Christopher Zeischegg (aka Danny Wylde), gathers six years of writing into one definitive collection. A memoir of an adult film career from beginning to end and a life lived after, marked by post-porn dysphoria. Interspersed with select fiction, Zeischegg writes about youthful naivete, sex worker love, pro-porn activism, disenchantment, and violence. Body to Job is the ex-porn star's third book, and his most comprehensive to date―an explicit work of vulnerability, longing, terror, and life.

"An addictive, honest and sometimes achingly-heartsick collection, Body to Job explores the ways we remain human in spite of, and because of, our experiences. An odyssey-in-pieces through lust, numbness, love, and, most-fascinatingly, the feeling that comes from 'somewhere just as deep as love,' we are reminded that a pornstar begins as a person and ends as a person--no matter what the camera tells us."
―Melissa Broder, author of So Sad Today

"I could not put this book down for two straight days. It was one of the best deconstructions of sex worker stigma and bisexual male stigma I've read―Maybe the only realistic and thoughtful depiction I've read lately. The story hooks you from the very beginning. The writing is both vulnerable and confident as it veers from unapologetic autobiography into beautiful magical realism. It's so modern, it seems overdue and reading it was something I didn't know I needed."
―Gaby Dunn, author of Just Between Us and host of Bad With Money

"Christopher Zeischegg a.k.a. Danny Wylde's linked stories read like porn scenes connected by a gossamer cum thread. Unlike other literary male hustlers like transgressive, beloved Dennis Cooper who often dwells in a delicious, yet deadened apathy, Zeischegg offers illumination and levity to the dark, rapey landscape of homophobic, sexist porn culture where intimacy is ill-advised and the human heart aches eternal. Zeischegg's autobiographical fiction throbs with vestiges of desire lost to the candy-coated compliance specific to sex work. Fucking for survival cash has never felt so blue collar and routine in his lubed palms as he shows us again and again that we are all one hand job away from poverty. As a crossover performer (bisexual porn performer), condemned by both queer and straight groups, Zeischegg challenges the reader to stand in the sunlight as he drifts from john to girlfriend to boyfriend to porn set to film school and back. It is through his blazing clear lens of fluid sexuality where his life is finally bare ass naked―free from the bondage of oppressive fear. Sprinkled with recognizable ALT porn hipsters of yesteryear, Body to Job explodes the porn industry in a riveting and tender way, until it pulses with the heat of human sorrow and scarcely reeks of cum at all."
―Antonia Crane, author of Spent

"Christopher Zeischegg's writing is dark, vulnerable and grossly compelling. You can not stop reading this book. Even when it's over, it stays in your head for weeks."
―Mish Way, writer for Vice, Hustler, and Los Angeles Times

"Christopher Zeischegg has written an extraordinarily compelling, brutally honest and painfully entertaining memoir of his personal journey into his porn industry career and out of it. I was utterly gripped by this riveting mix of fact, fiction, poetry, art, violence, love, humor and magical realism. Christopher's laconic style of narration makes the unflinching rawness of his revelations all the more poignant and moving. I highly recommend this thoughtful, intelligent, provocative and gut-wrenching read."
―Cindy Gallop, founder of Make Love Not Porn

"Christopher Zeischegg's Body To Job is a thoroughly modern coming of age story. Chris' narrator relays, without shame or censorship, his first-hand journey through the looking glass and into the world of professional sex work. Body to Job succeeds in normalizing the sex industry as just another early-life option for the smart, educated, and aimless, while also letting us watch him wake up gradually to the fact that he has been put in a life full nelson, bled slowly dry of his ability to form warm, significant human connections. Hot, whipsmart, and jarring. Read this book."
―Ward Robinson, Animals Magazine

"A few times per generation a will writer break away from the pack with a voice so wholly original and exciting that you can't wait to see what they'll do next. Christopher has such a voice. I knew it the moment I first read some of his stories years ago. With his outing, Body to Job?, the world will know it too."
―Tyler Knight, author of Burn My Shadow

Body to Job is a genuine and open journey making the personal political yet universal. Just what we need to feel real in this age of the disingenuous. He forces us to look at ourselves, our sex and our lives and learn what is important as he has done. He shines in humor, insight and integrity in totality like no other. In a post-Warhol world of too many internet superstars, the sex worker tell-all, celebrity zeros and social media blabbers Chris shows us what no other can or will. His personal truth seeking, truth speaking, soul seeking makes actual sense and art, something I never thought I'd read in 21st Century literature. If you don't read this book then you should stop reading all together because you will miss this nasty and glorious future he has laid down before us."
―Steven Johnson Leyba, Author Coyote Satan Amerika, author of The Unspeakable Art and Life, The Last American Painter: My Life as Sex, as Art, As Religion as War

"In my early days exploring porn performance, I yearned for fellow bloggers who wrote about working in adult―especially stories that fell under the tabloid radar, such as working as a male actor in 'alt' porn. When I discovered Danny Wylde's brutally honest Trve West Coast Fiction, I was an instant fan. Now, years later, his published words in Body To Job offers a rare blend of cautionary tale and obscure industry validation, carrying the reader through an existentialist journey that blurs the line between porn and reality. His is the kind of vulnerably 'scary' writing that everyone says writers should aspire to, but topped with a surrealistic edge that dares the reader's trust. Some names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent. I think I recognize a few.

"Christopher Zeischegg's Body To Job joins published works such as Oriana Small's Girlvert, Asa Akira's Dirty Thirty, and Tyler Knight's Burn My Shadow, in a recently growing cannon of adult film-authored memoirs. His book, however, sits askew on the far end of the shelf, having abandoned it's nonfiction form for one of an existentialist journey that blurs the line between porn and reality."
―Jiz Lee, editor of Coming Out Like a Porn Star

Christopher Zeischegg is a writer, musician, and filmmaker who spent eight years working in the adult film industry as Danny Wylde. He's the author of two novels, Come to my Brother and The Wolves that Live in Skin and Space, and has contributed to The Feminist Porn Book, Best Sex Writing, Coming Out Like a Porn Star, and a variety of digital publications, such as Somesuch and Nerve. He lives in Los Angeles with his two cats, Victoria and Isis.

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Douglas Light at Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Douglas Light at Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO

Old Firehouse Books | 232 Walnut St | Fort Collins, CO 80524

We're born with a finite number of opportunities. Attrition, bad choices, misspent goodwill, and fucked-up luck. The opportunities dwindle through a process called living. Our portfolio of prospects turns into a tattered novel of outcomes.

I am twenty-two.


Orphaned by a brutal car crash, a young man lives with no plans for the future. Leaving his small town of Windstop, Iowa, he finds his way to Seattle, where he ends up broke and sleeping in a homeless shelter. There he meets Ray-Ray, an Iranian with a shadowy past, who inducts him into a criminal underworld. When Ray-Ray disappears, the young man is left to fend for himself through carrying out clandestine drops for cash from an anonymous source. At first, it's perfect: living without the responsibilities of a real job or a proper home. But then the scope of his travels widens to Europe, Brazil, and China, leading him deep into a conflict of international proportion.

Soon, he finds himself targeted for death, but from whom or for what reason, he's not sure. The only thing that he's sure of is that if he wants to survive, he needs a plan―now. Because at noon, they're coming to kill him.

"Douglas Light’s fast-paced Where Night Stops is a well-executed thriller that combines genre staples with literary style."
―Foreword Reviews

"This sinuous narrative works neatly, both as a gripping novel and a solid meditation on identity."
―Kirkus Reviews

Douglas Light is the author of Girls in Trouble, which won the 2010 Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction. He co-wrote The Trouble with Bliss, the screen adaptation of his debut novel East Fifth Bliss. His work has appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories and Best American Nonrequired Reading anthologies.

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Emily Strelow with Matthew Dickman at Powell's Books, Portland, OR
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Emily Strelow with Matthew Dickman at Powell's Books, Portland, OR

Powell's Books | 1004 W. Burnside St | Portland, OR 97209

Cast adrift in 1870s San Francisco after the death of her mother, a girl named Olive disguises herself as a boy and works as a lighthouse keeper’s assistant on the Farallon Islands to escape the dangers of a world unkind to young women. In 1941, nomad Victor scours the Sierras searching for refuge from a home to which he never belonged. And in the present day, precocious fifteen year-old Lily struggles, despite her willfulness, to find a place for herself amongst the small town attitudes of Burning Hills, Oregon. Living alone with her hardscrabble mother Alice compounds the problem―though their unique relationship to the natural world ties them together, Alice keeps an awful secret from her daughter, one that threatens to ignite the tension growing between them.

Emily Strelow's mesmerizing debut stitches together a sprawling saga of the feral Northwest across farmlands and deserts and generations: an American mosaic alive with birdsong and gunsmoke, held together by a silver box of eggshells―a long-ago gift from a mother to her daughter. Written with grace, grit, and an acute knowledge of how the past insists upon itself, The Wild Birds is a radiant and human story about the shelters we find and make along our crooked paths home.

Emily Strelow was born and raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley but has lived all over the West and now, the Midwest. For the last decade she combined teaching writing with doing seasonal avian field biology with her husband. While doing field jobs she camped and wrote in remote areas in the desert, mountains and by the ocean. She is a mother to two boys, a naturalist, and writer. The Wild Birds is her first novel.

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Emily Strelow at Elliott Bay, Seattle
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Emily Strelow at Elliott Bay, Seattle

Elliott Bay Book Company |  1521 Tenth Avenue | Seattle, WA 98122

Cast adrift in 1870s San Francisco after the death of her mother, a girl named Olive disguises herself as a boy and works as a lighthouse keeper’s assistant on the Farallon Islands to escape the dangers of a world unkind to young women. In 1941, nomad Victor scours the Sierras searching for refuge from a home to which he never belonged. And in the present day, precocious fifteen year-old Lily struggles, despite her willfulness, to find a place for herself amongst the small town attitudes of Burning Hills, Oregon. Living alone with her hardscrabble mother Alice compounds the problem―though their unique relationship to the natural world ties them together, Alice keeps an awful secret from her daughter, one that threatens to ignite the tension growing between them.

Emily Strelow's mesmerizing debut stitches together a sprawling saga of the feral Northwest across farmlands and deserts and generations: an American mosaic alive with birdsong and gunsmoke, held together by a silver box of eggshells―a long-ago gift from a mother to her daughter. Written with grace, grit, and an acute knowledge of how the past insists upon itself, The Wild Birds is a radiant and human story about the shelters we find and make along our crooked paths home.

Emily Strelow was born and raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley but has lived all over the West and now, the Midwest. For the last decade she combined teaching writing with doing seasonal avian field biology with her husband. While doing field jobs she camped and wrote in remote areas in the desert, mountains and by the ocean. She is a mother to two boys, a naturalist, and writer. The Wild Birds is her first novel.

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Kristin Casey at Book People, Austin, TX
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Kristin Casey at Book People, Austin, TX

Book People | 603 N Lamar Blvd | Austin, TX 78703

Far from bitter or self-pitying, Rock Monster is an honest account of one woman's life-changing experience in a relationship with rock legend Joe Walsh. At once envious, glamorous, debauched and disturbing, it's her long and winding journey from life in the fast lane to sobriety and redemption.

Set in the late-eighties and nineties, these are some of Walsh's darkest years, from spiraling addiction to a stunning comeback with the Eagles' Hell Freezes Over tour. Loaded with true stories never before heard, Rock Monster is essential reading for classic rock fans and anyone touched by addiction. Kristin Casey pulls no punches, sharing gritty details with self-awareness, humor, and affection. Sharply written, bold and incisive, it's the worldly-wise tome only an ex-addict, ex-stripper, and ex-rock-chick could give us.

In the tradition of women-in-rock survivor tales―think Marianne Faithful, Crystal Zevon, Jo Wood et al.―Kristin Casey pulls a veil on the enduring myth of the lifestyle's glamorous decadence. Rock Monster is a sexy, crazy, cautionary tale of two addicts in love without a single relationship skill.

Kristin Casey is a writer and recovered alcoholic and addict. Her memoir Rock Monster: My Life with Joe Walsh documents their tumultuous six-year relationship and drug-fueled, train-wreck breakup. She's survived numerous addictions, suicide attempts, clinical depression, the panhandle of Texas, and seventeen years of Catholicism.

Her writing has appeared in the Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, From the Asylum, $pread, and elsewhere. She writes about addiction, dependency, sexuality, and relationships. She resides in Austin, Texas, and works in the field of sex therapy.

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James Glickman at Porter Square Books, MA
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

James Glickman at Porter Square Books, MA

Porter Square Books | 25 White St | Cambridge, MA 02140

Based closely on the known historical record, Crossing Point brings to life the American Revolution in all of its bloody detail.

When the Revolutionary War begins, Guy Watson is a slave to the Hazzard family in Rhode Island, but he is soon engaged in service for the American army by Samuel Ward, head of one New England's most prominent families. Torn about leaving his beloved June and the other slaves that have become his family, Guy eventually sets out with Samuel Ward and a battalion of men on a treacherous, and legendary, trek to Quebec.

The two men experience the inevitable toll the brutality of war takes, and it changes them forever. Upon their eventual return home, they come to realize the cost of war not just for those in battle, but also for those who stayed. Crossing Point vividly shares a little-known chapter in the national founding, and raises the question of what justice was fought for by the men who faced an uncertain freedom when the last shots were fired.

James Glickman attended Yale University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. His fiction and nonfiction writings have been published in The Boston Globe, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Berfrois, and many others. His first novel Sounding The Waters came out in 1996 to wide acclaim. Crossing Point is his second novel. He lives in Massachusetts.

 

 

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Bill Petrocelli at Readers' Books, Sonoma, CA
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Bill Petrocelli at Readers' Books, Sonoma, CA

Readers' Books |  130 East Napa St | Sonoma, CA, 95476

“I don’t know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide.” 

Gina Perini manages a bookstore in one of San Francisco’s most lively neighborhoods. Although she thrives in her world of books, her harrowing escape from the war in the Balkans years earlier remains fresh in her mind. There are still those who are searching for her and who are intent on vengeance. Gina suddenly gets news that someone from her past is still alive—someone she had given up hope of finding. This sets in motion a chain of events that will stretch across the country and push her love and resourcefulness to the limit. 

Through the Bookstore Window grapples with the grim effects of war and violence while exploring how love can transcend age, gender, background, and—perhaps—the readers’ expectations.

Bill Petrocelli is the author of the novel The Circle of Thirteen. He is co-owner with his wife, Elaine, of Book Passage with bookstores in Corte Madera, San Francisco, and Sausalito. Bill is a former attorney with the California Attorney General and previously headed a poverty law office in Oakland. His previous books were Low Profile: How to Avoid the Privacy Invaders and Sexual Harassment on the Job: What it is and How to Stop it.

 

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Bill Petrocelli at Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
Mar
24
4:00 PM16:00

Bill Petrocelli at Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

Book Passage |  51 Tamal Vista Blvd | Corte Madera, CA 94925

“I don’t know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide.” 

Gina Perini manages a bookstore in one of San Francisco’s most lively neighborhoods. Although she thrives in her world of books, her harrowing escape from the war in the Balkans years earlier remains fresh in her mind. There are still those who are searching for her and who are intent on vengeance. Gina suddenly gets news that someone from her past is still alive—someone she had given up hope of finding. This sets in motion a chain of events that will stretch across the country and push her love and resourcefulness to the limit. 

Through the Bookstore Window grapples with the grim effects of war and violence while exploring how love can transcend age, gender, background, and—perhaps—the readers’ expectations.

Bill Petrocelli is the author of the novel The Circle of Thirteen. He is co-owner with his wife, Elaine, of Book Passage with bookstores in Corte Madera, San Francisco, and Sausalito. Bill is a former attorney with the California Attorney General and previously headed a poverty law office in Oakland. His previous books were Low Profile: How to Avoid the Privacy Invaders and Sexual Harassment on the Job: What it is and How to Stop it.

 

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Emily Strelow at Book Soup, Los Angeles
Mar
25
3:00 PM15:00

Emily Strelow at Book Soup, Los Angeles

Book Soup |  8818 Sunset Blvd | West Hollywood, CA 90069

Cast adrift in 1870s San Francisco after the death of her mother, a girl named Olive disguises herself as a boy and works as a lighthouse keeper’s assistant on the Farallon Islands to escape the dangers of a world unkind to young women. In 1941, nomad Victor scours the Sierras searching for refuge from a home to which he never belonged. And in the present day, precocious fifteen year-old Lily struggles, despite her willfulness, to find a place for herself amongst the small town attitudes of Burning Hills, Oregon. Living alone with her hardscrabble mother Alice compounds the problem―though their unique relationship to the natural world ties them together, Alice keeps an awful secret from her daughter, one that threatens to ignite the tension growing between them.

Emily Strelow's mesmerizing debut stitches together a sprawling saga of the feral Northwest across farmlands and deserts and generations: an American mosaic alive with birdsong and gunsmoke, held together by a silver box of eggshells―a long-ago gift from a mother to her daughter. Written with grace, grit, and an acute knowledge of how the past insists upon itself, The Wild Birds is a radiant and human story about the shelters we find and make along our crooked paths home.

Emily Strelow was born and raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley but has lived all over the West and now, the Midwest. For the last decade she combined teaching writing with doing seasonal avian field biology with her husband. While doing field jobs she camped and wrote in remote areas in the desert, mountains and by the ocean. She is a mother to two boys, a naturalist, and writer. The Wild Birds is her first novel.

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Meg Eden at Awesome Con, Washington, DC
Mar
28
to Apr 1

Meg Eden at Awesome Con, Washington, DC

Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming June 2017 from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com

Walter E. Washington Convention Center |
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

Buffy’s your typical cosplaying, retro-gaming, con-going geek girl, but as her high school graduation approaches, she finds she has an unwelcome guest in her mind: <>the text parser.

Narrating her life like it’s a classic adventure game (cough Zork cough), the text parser forces her to interact with the world through a series of a typewritten commands:

Finish school.
Go to party.
Fall in love.


At first it’s pretty cool. It’s not easy making the transition from high school to college. It’s not easy dealing with roommates. It’s not easy being in a new relationship with her lifelong crush. Buffy makes some huge mistakes along the way, but the text-parser lets her fix all of them.

It’s like having superpowers…until the text parser won’t shut up. 

Buffy is desperate to get rid of it, but no matter how many times she tries to restart or reset, the text parser won’t go away. Before long, her life starts to crumble: her friends grow apart, her roommates turn against her, and her boyfriend falls into a deep depression. Buffy’s life has become a game, but how can you win when there’s no final boss?

Narrated in the style of classic adventure games, Post-High School Reality Quest is is a captivating coming-of-age story that T. E. Carter calls a “must read” for all gamers and YA fans.

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe at Laurel Book Store, Oakland
May
12
6:00 PM18:00

Lucy Jane Bledsoe at Laurel Book Store, Oakland

Laurel Book Store | 1423 Broadway | Oakland, CA 94612

“She’d told herself, and her husband Tom, that she was coming to rescue Vicky. And she was. She would. She’d been rescuing her sister her entire life. But she’d never done anything remotely this extreme. She knew the region had been evacuated, and yet somehow hadn’t pictured everyone literally gone. . .The stark, devastated landscape heightened all her senses, as if her fear made the colors deeper, the smells headier, the sounds crisper. She couldn’t give in to the terror; if she did, it might never end. She had no choice but to finish what she’d begun.”

A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds. 

Those who survived and didn’t evacuate are making shelters, running meals programs, rigging their own technologies—and redefining the very meaning of community. Lily bands together with a couple of feral kids, a steadfast activist, and a bonobo researcher, among others, to forge a new life.

A piercing, unforgettable story of hope in the face of crisis, THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE asks what it takes for people to come together, what dangers must they fend off in their bid for survival, and what lengths will they go to rebuild home. 

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of five previous novels, including A Thin Bright Line. Her fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination, a Yaddo Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. She’s been a six-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and a two-time Ferro-Grumley Award Finalist. Bledsoe lives in the Bay Area where she spends as much time as possible kayaking in the bay, as well as hiking and cycling in the hills. 

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe at Prairie Lights, Iowa City
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Lucy Jane Bledsoe at Prairie Lights, Iowa City

Prairie Lights | 15 South Dubuque St | Iowa City, IA 52240

“She’d told herself, and her husband Tom, that she was coming to rescue Vicky. And she was. She would. She’d been rescuing her sister her entire life. But she’d never done anything remotely this extreme. She knew the region had been evacuated, and yet somehow hadn’t pictured everyone literally gone. . .The stark, devastated landscape heightened all her senses, as if her fear made the colors deeper, the smells headier, the sounds crisper. She couldn’t give in to the terror; if she did, it might never end. She had no choice but to finish what she’d begun.”

A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds. 

Those who survived and didn’t evacuate are making shelters, running meals programs, rigging their own technologies—and redefining the very meaning of community. Lily bands together with a couple of feral kids, a steadfast activist, and a bonobo researcher, among others, to forge a new life.

A piercing, unforgettable story of hope in the face of crisis, THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE asks what it takes for people to come together, what dangers must they fend off in their bid for survival, and what lengths will they go to rebuild home. 

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of five previous novels, including A Thin Bright Line. Her fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination, a Yaddo Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. She’s been a six-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and a two-time Ferro-Grumley Award Finalist. Bledsoe lives in the Bay Area where she spends as much time as possible kayaking in the bay, as well as hiking and cycling in the hills. 

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe at Left Bank Books, St. Louis
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Lucy Jane Bledsoe at Left Bank Books, St. Louis

Left Bank Books | 399 N Euclid Ave | St. Louis, MO 63108

“She’d told herself, and her husband Tom, that she was coming to rescue Vicky. And she was. She would. She’d been rescuing her sister her entire life. But she’d never done anything remotely this extreme. She knew the region had been evacuated, and yet somehow hadn’t pictured everyone literally gone. . .The stark, devastated landscape heightened all her senses, as if her fear made the colors deeper, the smells headier, the sounds crisper. She couldn’t give in to the terror; if she did, it might never end. She had no choice but to finish what she’d begun.”

A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds. 

Those who survived and didn’t evacuate are making shelters, running meals programs, rigging their own technologies—and redefining the very meaning of community. Lily bands together with a couple of feral kids, a steadfast activist, and a bonobo researcher, among others, to forge a new life.

A piercing, unforgettable story of hope in the face of crisis, THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE asks what it takes for people to come together, what dangers must they fend off in their bid for survival, and what lengths will they go to rebuild home. 

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of five previous novels, including A Thin Bright Line. Her fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination, a Yaddo Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. She’s been a six-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and a two-time Ferro-Grumley Award Finalist. Bledsoe lives in the Bay Area where she spends as much time as possible kayaking in the bay, as well as hiking and cycling in the hills. 

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe at Booksmith, San Francisco
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Lucy Jane Bledsoe at Booksmith, San Francisco

Booksmith | 1644 Haight St | San Francisco, CA 94117

“She’d told herself, and her husband Tom, that she was coming to rescue Vicky. And she was. She would. She’d been rescuing her sister her entire life. But she’d never done anything remotely this extreme. She knew the region had been evacuated, and yet somehow hadn’t pictured everyone literally gone. . .The stark, devastated landscape heightened all her senses, as if her fear made the colors deeper, the smells headier, the sounds crisper. She couldn’t give in to the terror; if she did, it might never end. She had no choice but to finish what she’d begun.”

A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds. 

Those who survived and didn’t evacuate are making shelters, running meals programs, rigging their own technologies—and redefining the very meaning of community. Lily bands together with a couple of feral kids, a steadfast activist, and a bonobo researcher, among others, to forge a new life.

A piercing, unforgettable story of hope in the face of crisis, THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE asks what it takes for people to come together, what dangers must they fend off in their bid for survival, and what lengths will they go to rebuild home. 

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of five previous novels, including A Thin Bright Line. Her fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination, a Yaddo Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. She’s been a six-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and a two-time Ferro-Grumley Award Finalist. Bledsoe lives in the Bay Area where she spends as much time as possible kayaking in the bay, as well as hiking and cycling in the hills. 

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe at Powell's Books, Portland, OR
May
31
7:30 PM19:30

Lucy Jane Bledsoe at Powell's Books, Portland, OR

Powell's Books | 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd | Portland, OR 97214

“She’d told herself, and her husband Tom, that she was coming to rescue Vicky. And she was. She would. She’d been rescuing her sister her entire life. But she’d never done anything remotely this extreme. She knew the region had been evacuated, and yet somehow hadn’t pictured everyone literally gone. . .The stark, devastated landscape heightened all her senses, as if her fear made the colors deeper, the smells headier, the sounds crisper. She couldn’t give in to the terror; if she did, it might never end. She had no choice but to finish what she’d begun.”

A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds. 

Those who survived and didn’t evacuate are making shelters, running meals programs, rigging their own technologies—and redefining the very meaning of community. Lily bands together with a couple of feral kids, a steadfast activist, and a bonobo researcher, among others, to forge a new life.

A piercing, unforgettable story of hope in the face of crisis, THE EVOLUTION OF LOVE asks what it takes for people to come together, what dangers must they fend off in their bid for survival, and what lengths will they go to rebuild home. 

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of five previous novels, including A Thin Bright Line. Her fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination, a Yaddo Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. She’s been a six-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and a two-time Ferro-Grumley Award Finalist. Bledsoe lives in the Bay Area where she spends as much time as possible kayaking in the bay, as well as hiking and cycling in the hills. 

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Howard Bloom at Central Booking, New York
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

Howard Bloom at Central Booking, New York

Central Booking | 21 Ludlow St | New York, NY 10002

Before Timothy Leary, before free love, before the word hippie became a part of the preferred nomenclature, Howard Bloom and his band of explorers were pushing boundaries and minds. Embarking on a great journey that took him from his home in Buffalo, NY, to Washington, to California, to Israel, to New York City, along the way learning much and gaining in experience—some of that experience crushing the morals and mores of the previous generation—and, most importantly, gaining insight. Bloom horrified his parents, shocked his teachers, seeking the form of spiritual enlightenment called satori, and finding sex instead. How I Accidentally Started The Sixties is the untold story of the birth of a decade.

Howard Bloom was a legendary publicist in the 1970s and 1980s for singers and bands such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, and Styx. Since then, he has published six books on human evolution and group behavior, including The Genius of the Beast, Global Brain, and The Lucifer Principle. In his Zelig-like career, Bloom has been cited, thanked, anthologized, and quoted in books on quantum physics, genetics, philosophy, evolutionary biology, and much more. How I Accidentally Started The Sixties may be his strangest book yet.

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Jude Angelini at Barnes & Noble, Rochester Hills, MI
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Jude Angelini at Barnes & Noble, Rochester Hills, MI

Barnes & Noble |  2800 S Rochester Rd | Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Dark, deviant, and deliriously funny, Jude Angelini writes in the colloquial vein of Charles Bukowski, using his unique, natural voice to tell stories from his life. He writes about his sexual encounters—both strange and intimate—alongside stories from his childhood and his tell-all experiences with “science drugs.” Throughout it all, Jude is critical of himself and his actions, proving himself to be vulnerable, lonely, and extremely relatable. Even more than his first book, Hyena, Hummingbird showcases a remarkable talent.

Jude Angelini was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan. He got his start as a guest and comic on The Jenny Jones Show and now hosts his own show, The All Out Show, on Sirius Satellite Radio. He loves reading Elmore Leonard, science fiction, and medieval fantasy, as well as antiquing and playing a good game of backgammon. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Adam Korenman at Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Adam Korenman at Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego

Mysterious Galaxy | 5943 Balboa Ave #100 | San Diego, CA 92111

The Boxti destroyed one planet and invaded another. They bled humanity to the breaking point. Then they disappeared. In the sudden reprieve, startling rumors chip away at the tenuous alliance between humanity and the alien refugees, the Nangolani.

Kaileen Nuvarian, hotheaded bomber-pilot, awaits a court-martial for her insubordination during the alien attack. If she loses her case, she could face a firing squad. Her new friend, ace fighter Cameron Davis, is busy fighting.

Meanwhile, on a top-secret planet, seven soldiers enter a mysterious training facility that promises a future for humanity. Josh Rantz, the recently promoted lieutenant, wonders what he will sacrifice to achieve such a lofty goal.

Rebel leader Jonah Blightman activates his plan to bring down the Terran government, starting with the controversial leader of the free worlds, Alexander Burton. But behind the scenes, a shadowy cabal of powerful men and women control the true power of the four colonies.

While the exhausted leaders of humanity and the Nangolani struggle to prepare for the coming war, the Boxti awaken an ancient and terrible beast: A weapon from another era, with the power to destroy the humans once and for all.

Adam Korenman is an author, screenwriter, and purveyor of artisanal marshmallows. He is the former Section Editor of CC2KOnline, co-founder of Thinking With Fire, and the Head Writer of Go Go Guppie Productions. When he isn't inventing nonsensical stories from atop a soap box in Downtown LA, he can be found at a local eatery aggressively ignoring his lactose intolerance. His debut series The Gray Wars Saga is now available through California Coldblood Books, and wherever stories are sold. Adam lives in Los Angeles with his wife and lifetime supply of beans. You can follow him @officermankorn, and read his blog at www.adamkorenman.com.

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David Rocklin at Revolution Books, NYC
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

David Rocklin at Revolution Books, NYC

"The Night Language is a rare achievement: lush language and classic storytelling with a contemporary feel that renders its history palpable. It is also a love letter to the artist, the outcast, the othered. Keep it by your bedside, read it in the early hours―it will not fail to inspire you."
Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased

"Not since Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient have I read a novel in which a character―The story and skinsong of Alamayou―has haunted language, history, and heart so intensely. David Rocklin's novel The Night Language is a book of longing. Longing for history to unravel and retell itself around those whose buried voices and bodies truly mattered, longing for time to reverse and make decolonization possible, power giving way to intimacy, longing for art to bring a body back home, longing for language to unmoor itself and bring us back to life. If you read one novel this year, let it be The Night Language. It is still possible for a reader’s heart to be broken back open."
Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, and The Chronology of Water

The Night Language is a postcard sent from a lost time and place but postmarked today. As he surveys the crisscross borders of gender and race in a troubled past, David Rocklin draws a line around the heart of our troubled present: the price of war, the privilege of wealth, the poison of xenophobia. Also: the wordless power of love. The shadows of two black men, an African prince and a British apprentice, dance together out of a forgotten history right into the here and now.
Martin Pousson, author of Black Sheep Boy

Revolution Books | 437 Malcolm X Blvd | New York, NY 10037

The Night Language tells the story of a young man, Prince Alamayou of Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia), who is taken from his home and the Abyssinian war to the court of Queen Victoria―a world he knows nothing about.

With him is Philip Layard, a young apprentice to one of the doctors on the battlefield in Abyssinia, who becomes Alamayou's guardian, only friend, and eventually, the love of his life. When Parliament accuses Alamayou of murder, the young prince is sentenced to return to Abyssinia, where he will be executed.

His only hope comes from the very thing that cannot be uttered: the unexpected and forbidden love between Alamayou and Philip.

Inspired by true events, The Night Language is a unique novel of love, loss, and the consequences of repressive societies.

ABOUT DAVID ROCKLIN

David Rocklin is the author of The Luminist and the founder/curator of Roar Shack, a monthly reading series in Los Angeles. He was born and raised in Chicago and now lives in LA with his wife, daughters and a 150 lb Great Dane who seriously needs to stay on his own bed. He’s currently at work on his next novel, The Electric Love Song of Fleischl Berger.

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Jude Angelini at Brit Design, Nashville
Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

Jude Angelini at Brit Design, Nashville

Brit Design | 1314 Jo Johnston Ave | Nashville, TN 37206

Dark, deviant, and deliriously funny, Jude Angelini writes in the colloquial vein of Charles Bukowski, using his unique, natural voice to tell stories from his life. He writes about his sexual encounters—both strange and intimate—alongside stories from his childhood and his tell-all experiences with “science drugs.” Throughout it all, Jude is critical of himself and his actions, proving himself to be vulnerable, lonely, and extremely relatable. Even more than his first book, Hyena, Hummingbird showcases a remarkable talent.

Jude Angelini was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan. He got his start as a guest and comic on The Jenny Jones Show and now hosts his own show, The All Out Show, on Sirius Satellite Radio. He loves reading Elmore Leonard, science fiction, and medieval fantasy, as well as antiquing and playing a good game of backgammon. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Meg Eden at Ocean City Comic Con, Ocean City, MD
Dec
9
10:30 AM10:30

Meg Eden at Ocean City Comic Con, Ocean City, MD

Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming June 2017 from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com

The Grand Hotel and Spa | 2100 Baltimore Ave | Ocean City, MD 21842

Buffy’s your typical cosplaying, retro-gaming, con-going geek girl, but as her high school graduation approaches, she finds she has an unwelcome guest in her mind: <>the text parser.

Narrating her life like it’s a classic adventure game (cough Zork cough), the text parser forces her to interact with the world through a series of a typewritten commands:

Finish school.
Go to party.
Fall in love.


At first it’s pretty cool. It’s not easy making the transition from high school to college. It’s not easy dealing with roommates. It’s not easy being in a new relationship with her lifelong crush. Buffy makes some huge mistakes along the way, but the text-parser lets her fix all of them.

It’s like having superpowers…until the text parser won’t shut up. 

Buffy is desperate to get rid of it, but no matter how many times she tries to restart or reset, the text parser won’t go away. Before long, her life starts to crumble: her friends grow apart, her roommates turn against her, and her boyfriend falls into a deep depression. Buffy’s life has become a game, but how can you win when there’s no final boss?

Narrated in the style of classic adventure games, Post-High School Reality Quest is is a captivating coming-of-age story that T. E. Carter calls a “must read” for all gamers and YA fans.

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David Rocklin at Stories, Los Angeles
Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

David Rocklin at Stories, Los Angeles

"The Night Language is a rare achievement: lush language and classic storytelling with a contemporary feel that renders its history palpable. It is also a love letter to the artist, the outcast, the othered. Keep it by your bedside, read it in the early hours―it will not fail to inspire you."
Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased

"Not since Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient have I read a novel in which a character―The story and skinsong of Alamayou―has haunted language, history, and heart so intensely. David Rocklin's novel The Night Language is a book of longing. Longing for history to unravel and retell itself around those whose buried voices and bodies truly mattered, longing for time to reverse and make decolonization possible, power giving way to intimacy, longing for art to bring a body back home, longing for language to unmoor itself and bring us back to life. If you read one novel this year, let it be The Night Language. It is still possible for a reader’s heart to be broken back open."
Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, and The Chronology of Water

The Night Language is a postcard sent from a lost time and place but postmarked today. As he surveys the crisscross borders of gender and race in a troubled past, David Rocklin draws a line around the heart of our troubled present: the price of war, the privilege of wealth, the poison of xenophobia. Also: the wordless power of love. The shadows of two black men, an African prince and a British apprentice, dance together out of a forgotten history right into the here and now.
Martin Pousson, author of Black Sheep Boy

Stories | 1716 Sunset Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 90026

The Night Language tells the story of a young man, Prince Alamayou of Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia), who is taken from his home and the Abyssinian war to the court of Queen Victoria―a world he knows nothing about.

With him is Philip Layard, a young apprentice to one of the doctors on the battlefield in Abyssinia, who becomes Alamayou's guardian, only friend, and eventually, the love of his life. When Parliament accuses Alamayou of murder, the young prince is sentenced to return to Abyssinia, where he will be executed.

His only hope comes from the very thing that cannot be uttered: the unexpected and forbidden love between Alamayou and Philip.

Inspired by true events, The Night Language is a unique novel of love, loss, and the consequences of repressive societies.

ABOUT DAVID ROCKLIN

David Rocklin is the author of The Luminist and the founder/curator of Roar Shack, a monthly reading series in Los Angeles. He was born and raised in Chicago and now lives in LA with his wife, daughters and a 150 lb Great Dane who seriously needs to stay on his own bed. He’s currently at work on his next novel, The Electric Love Song of Fleischl Berger.

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Cat Gwynn at Stories, Los Angeles
Dec
5
7:30 PM19:30

Cat Gwynn at Stories, Los Angeles

Stories Books & Cafe | 1716 West Sunset Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 90026

How do you find beauty and meaning in the most ordinary things when your life is being pulled away from you by the most extraordinary circumstances?

On May 4, 2013, Cat Gwynn found a sizable lump in her right breast. Ten days later the acclaimed photographer was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer—a disease long feared. Her mother had succumbed to breast cancer after a five-year battle. Now it was Cat’s turn to live with it. This meant sitting with mortality, difficult side effects, and every other uncertainty being thrown her way.

As the treatment protocol intensified, her immune system became more compromised, requiring limited exposure to the world around her. Cat mapped it out: her day-to-day existence was now reduced to about a ten-mile radius. 

Surrendering to this confined reality, Cat decided to engage in a daily practice of seeking out images with her smartphone that would connect her to the immediacy of life. There was no filtering what she found, only a genuine curiosity to see things as they were and how she chose to frame them. Every thing, detail, and day mattered, all inspiration for mindful expression.

Cat didn’t set out to make an art project about her experience with cancer, but over time realized it was a conceptual way to show her quest for well-being and willingness to uncover aspects of the world that are normally overlooked. By being present with deep truth, she was opening herself up to her own healing and reclaiming life in the most profound way.

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Meg Eden Workshop at The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD
Dec
2
10:30 AM10:30

Meg Eden Workshop at The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD

Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming June 2017 from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com

The Writer's Center | 4508 Walsh Street | Bethesda, MD 20815

Buffy’s your typical cosplaying, retro-gaming, con-going geek girl, but as her high school graduation approaches, she finds she has an unwelcome guest in her mind: <>the text parser.

Narrating her life like it’s a classic adventure game (cough Zork cough), the text parser forces her to interact with the world through a series of a typewritten commands:

Finish school.
Go to party.
Fall in love.


At first it’s pretty cool. It’s not easy making the transition from high school to college. It’s not easy dealing with roommates. It’s not easy being in a new relationship with her lifelong crush. Buffy makes some huge mistakes along the way, but the text-parser lets her fix all of them.

It’s like having superpowers…until the text parser won’t shut up. 

Buffy is desperate to get rid of it, but no matter how many times she tries to restart or reset, the text parser won’t go away. Before long, her life starts to crumble: her friends grow apart, her roommates turn against her, and her boyfriend falls into a deep depression. Buffy’s life has become a game, but how can you win when there’s no final boss?

Narrated in the style of classic adventure games, Post-High School Reality Quest is is a captivating coming-of-age story that T. E. Carter calls a “must read” for all gamers and YA fans.

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Shawna Kenney and Rich Dolinger at Skate & Sound, Fullerton, CA
Nov
25
6:00 PM18:00

Shawna Kenney and Rich Dolinger at Skate & Sound, Fullerton, CA

Skate & Sound | 2495 E. Chapman Ave | Fullerton, CA 92831

Live at the Safari Club is the uncensored oral history of a notorious underground punk venue in the nation’s capital, told by the very bands, fans, zinesters, promoters, graffiti artists, scenesters, senators’ kids and activists who made it happen.

From 1988 to 1997, the Safari Club was Washington, DC’s version of New York’s iconic CBGBs. An Ethiopian restaurant by day turned Go-Go club on Saturday nights, this windowless dive deep in the heart of the city then known as the “murder capital of the world” transformed into an all-ages venue every Sunday afternoon. New York bands Sick of it All, Murphy's Law, Bold, Earth Crisis and Gorilla Biscuits played their first DC shows on the Safari’s tiny mirrored stage. Southern California’s Chain of Strength, Insted, and Strife all breezed through at least once, while local legends Ignition, Kingface, Swiz, Battery, Damnation A.D. and Government Issue screamed for change.

Live at the Safari Club allows the scene to tell its own tales—the broken arms, bruised egos, back-stabbings, riots, rip-offs, fights, lifelong friendships and love stories revolving around the music.

Shawna Kenney authored the award-winning memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix (Last Gasp), edited the anthology Book Lovers (Seal Press) and co-wrote Imposters (Mark Batty Publishers). She contributed to the book 9:30: A Time and Place as well as Spoke: Images and Stories from the 1980s Washington, DC Punk Scene (Akashic Books). Her freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, Ms., Bust, Vice, Narratively, Alternative Press, Creative Nonfiction, and more.

Rich Dolinger has played in bands and has been involved in the hardcore scene since the late 80s. He’s dabbled in photography, music journalism, graphic design and film editing. His photography and articles have appeared in Spin Magazine, AP, Highwire Daze and While You Were Sleeping. He owns the Los Angeles-based contracting company Straight Edge Tile.

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Nov
24
to Nov 26

Meg Eden at ChessieCon, MD

Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming June 2017 from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com

Meg Eden on Panels at ChessieCon

Radisson North Baltimore Hotel | 2004 Greenspring Drive | Timonium, MD 21093

Buffy’s your typical cosplaying, retro-gaming, con-going geek girl, but as her high school graduation approaches, she finds she has an unwelcome guest in her mind: <>the text parser.

Narrating her life like it’s a classic adventure game (cough Zork cough), the text parser forces her to interact with the world through a series of a typewritten commands:

Finish school.
Go to party.
Fall in love.


At first it’s pretty cool. It’s not easy making the transition from high school to college. It’s not easy dealing with roommates. It’s not easy being in a new relationship with her lifelong crush. Buffy makes some huge mistakes along the way, but the text-parser lets her fix all of them.

It’s like having superpowers…until the text parser won’t shut up. 

Buffy is desperate to get rid of it, but no matter how many times she tries to restart or reset, the text parser won’t go away. Before long, her life starts to crumble: her friends grow apart, her roommates turn against her, and her boyfriend falls into a deep depression. Buffy’s life has become a game, but how can you win when there’s no final boss?

Narrated in the style of classic adventure games, Post-High School Reality Quest is is a captivating coming-of-age story that T. E. Carter calls a “must read” for all gamers and YA fans.

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Meg Eden at Retro Game Con, Syracuse, NY
Nov
18
to Nov 19

Meg Eden at Retro Game Con, Syracuse, NY

Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming June 2017 from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com

Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center | 800 South State Street | Syracuse, NY 13202

Buffy’s your typical cosplaying, retro-gaming, con-going geek girl, but as her high school graduation approaches, she finds she has an unwelcome guest in her mind: <>the text parser.

Narrating her life like it’s a classic adventure game (cough Zork cough), the text parser forces her to interact with the world through a series of a typewritten commands:

Finish school.
Go to party.
Fall in love.


At first it’s pretty cool. It’s not easy making the transition from high school to college. It’s not easy dealing with roommates. It’s not easy being in a new relationship with her lifelong crush. Buffy makes some huge mistakes along the way, but the text-parser lets her fix all of them.

It’s like having superpowers…until the text parser won’t shut up. 

Buffy is desperate to get rid of it, but no matter how many times she tries to restart or reset, the text parser won’t go away. Before long, her life starts to crumble: her friends grow apart, her roommates turn against her, and her boyfriend falls into a deep depression. Buffy’s life has become a game, but how can you win when there’s no final boss?

Narrated in the style of classic adventure games, Post-High School Reality Quest is is a captivating coming-of-age story that T. E. Carter calls a “must read” for all gamers and YA fans.

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Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

David Rocklin launches The Night Language at Skylight Books

"The Night Language is a rare achievement: lush language and classic storytelling with a contemporary feel that renders its history palpable. It is also a love letter to the artist, the outcast, the othered. Keep it by your bedside, read it in the early hours―it will not fail to inspire you."
Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased

"Not since Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient have I read a novel in which a character―The story and skinsong of Alamayou―has haunted language, history, and heart so intensely. David Rocklin's novel The Night Language is a book of longing. Longing for history to unravel and retell itself around those whose buried voices and bodies truly mattered, longing for time to reverse and make decolonization possible, power giving way to intimacy, longing for art to bring a body back home, longing for language to unmoor itself and bring us back to life. If you read one novel this year, let it be The Night Language. It is still possible for a reader’s heart to be broken back open."
Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, and The Chronology of Water

The Night Language is a postcard sent from a lost time and place but postmarked today. As he surveys the crisscross borders of gender and race in a troubled past, David Rocklin draws a line around the heart of our troubled present: the price of war, the privilege of wealth, the poison of xenophobia. Also: the wordless power of love. The shadows of two black men, an African prince and a British apprentice, dance together out of a forgotten history right into the here and now.
Martin Pousson, author of Black Sheep Boy

David Rocklin launches The Night Language

Skylight Books | 1818 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA

The Night Language tells the story of a young man, Prince Alamayou of Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia), who is taken from his home and the Abyssinian war to the court of Queen Victoria―a world he knows nothing about.

With him is Philip Layard, a young apprentice to one of the doctors on the battlefield in Abyssinia, who becomes Alamayou's guardian, only friend, and eventually, the love of his life. When Parliament accuses Alamayou of murder, the young prince is sentenced to return to Abyssinia, where he will be executed.

His only hope comes from the very thing that cannot be uttered: the unexpected and forbidden love between Alamayou and Philip.

Inspired by true events, The Night Language is a unique novel of love, loss, and the consequences of repressive societies.

ABOUT DAVID ROCKLIN

David Rocklin is the author of The Luminist and the founder/curator of Roar Shack, a monthly reading series in Los Angeles. He was born and raised in Chicago and now lives in LA with his wife, daughters and a 150 lb Great Dane who seriously needs to stay on his own bed. He’s currently at work on his next novel, The Electric Love Song of Fleischl Berger.

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Jon Rankin at Copperfield's Books—Novato
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Jon Rankin at Copperfield's Books—Novato

 Copperfield's Books

 999 Grant Ave, Novato, CA 94945

"A perverse respectfulness compelled the demon within to acknowledge at the very last possible moment that it was about to take a human life."

Every time he sees a commercial on TV, Lloyd kills someone. His randomness has eluded the law and left a trail of broken lives in his wake.

Marty Randolph, a PI who's always one step ahead, has just met the woman of his dreams. As their relationship goes deeper, Marty must reveal just how dangerous his job can really be.

When Marty happens upon Lloyd in a routine background case, he has no idea the danger that has just been unleashed.

A hard-boiled detective story on the beaches of Florida and Southern California, Running From the Sunrise is a story of love, fear, horror, and revenge. A thriller sure to leave you breathless from start to finish.

Jon Rankin has a degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School. He's been a general practice lawyer for over 30 years. Running from the Sunrise is his first novel. He lives in Tiburon, CA.

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Mark Fleischman with Denise Chatman and Mimi Fleischman at Marina City Club
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Fleischman with Denise Chatman and Mimi Fleischman at Marina City Club

Marina City Club | 4333 Admiralty Way | Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Inside Studio 54 is a tour by the former owner from behind the scenes of the infamous club, through the crowd to a place where celebrities, friends, and the beautiful people sip champagne and share lines of cocaine using rolled up $100 bills. 

In the early '80s, Mark Fleischman reopened Studio 54, the world’s most famous and notorious nightclub, after it was closed down by the State of New York. 10,000 people showed up that night, ready to re-start the party that abruptly ended after the raid in 1978, landing the former owners in jail. Inside Studio 54 takes you to the happening scenes of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, the post-Pill, pre-AIDS era of free love, consequence-free sex, and a seemingly endless party.

Mark Fleischman bought Studio 54 when its original owners went to prison for tax evasion. He successfully ran the club until late 1984. He and his wife Mimi are the owners of four Bar Method Exercise Studios in Los Angeles.

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Jon Rankin at Belvedere Tiburon Library
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Jon Rankin at Belvedere Tiburon Library

Belvedere Tiburon Library | 1501 Tiburon Blvd | Tiburon, CA 94920

“A perverse respectfulness compelled the demon within to acknowledge at the very last possible moment that it was about to take a human life.”

Every time he sees a commercial on TV, Lloyd kills someone. His randomness has eluded the law and left a trail of broken lives in his wake. Marty Randolph, a PI who’s always one step ahead, has just met the woman of his dreams. As their relationship goes deeper, Marty must reveal just how dangerous his job can really be. When Marty happens upon Lloyd in a routine background case, he has no idea the danger that has just been unleashed. 

A hard-boiled detective story on the beaches of Florida and Southern California, Running From the Sunrise is a story of love, fear, horror, and revenge. A thriller sure to leave you breathless from start to finish.

Jon Rankin has a degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School. He’s been a general practice lawyer for over 30 years. Running from the Sunrise is his first novel. He lives in Tiburon, CA.

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Meg Eden at Severn Library, MD
Nov
2
to Nov 3

Meg Eden at Severn Library, MD

Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming June 2017 from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com

Severn Library | 2624 Annapolis Rd |  Severn, MD 21144

Buffy’s your typical cosplaying, retro-gaming, con-going geek girl, but as her high school graduation approaches, she finds she has an unwelcome guest in her mind: <>the text parser.

Narrating her life like it’s a classic adventure game (cough Zork cough), the text parser forces her to interact with the world through a series of a typewritten commands:

Finish school.
Go to party.
Fall in love.


At first it’s pretty cool. It’s not easy making the transition from high school to college. It’s not easy dealing with roommates. It’s not easy being in a new relationship with her lifelong crush. Buffy makes some huge mistakes along the way, but the text-parser lets her fix all of them.

It’s like having superpowers…until the text parser won’t shut up. 

Buffy is desperate to get rid of it, but no matter how many times she tries to restart or reset, the text parser won’t go away. Before long, her life starts to crumble: her friends grow apart, her roommates turn against her, and her boyfriend falls into a deep depression. Buffy’s life has become a game, but how can you win when there’s no final boss?

Narrated in the style of classic adventure games, Post-High School Reality Quest is is a captivating coming-of-age story that T. E. Carter calls a “must read” for all gamers and YA fans.

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Oct
20
to Oct 21

Meg Eden at HallowRead, MD

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Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming June 2017 from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com

Meg Eden is a featured writer at HallowRead

Roger Carter Center | 3000 Milltowne Drive |  Ellicott City, MD 21043

Buffy’s your typical cosplaying, retro-gaming, con-going geek girl, but as her high school graduation approaches, she finds she has an unwelcome guest in her mind: <>the text parser.

Narrating her life like it’s a classic adventure game (cough Zork cough), the text parser forces her to interact with the world through a series of a typewritten commands:

Finish school.
Go to party.
Fall in love.


At first it’s pretty cool. It’s not easy making the transition from high school to college. It’s not easy dealing with roommates. It’s not easy being in a new relationship with her lifelong crush. Buffy makes some huge mistakes along the way, but the text-parser lets her fix all of them.

It’s like having superpowers…until the text parser won’t shut up. 

Buffy is desperate to get rid of it, but no matter how many times she tries to restart or reset, the text parser won’t go away. Before long, her life starts to crumble: her friends grow apart, her roommates turn against her, and her boyfriend falls into a deep depression. Buffy’s life has become a game, but how can you win when there’s no final boss?

Narrated in the style of classic adventure games, Post-High School Reality Quest is is a captivating coming-of-age story that T. E. Carter calls a “must read” for all gamers and YA fans.

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Steven Gillis presents and signs Liars at Literati Bookstore
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Steven Gillis presents and signs Liars at Literati Bookstore

Eric McCanus is a novelist with the misfortune of having written his one great book when he was young. Struggling to write more, recently divorced, while still missing his ex-wife, Eric becomes convinced that happy relationships are unsustainable. Determined to prove the accuracy of his theory,  Eric stumbles upon a seemingly perfect couple at the market.   Convinced the marriage of Cara and Matt can’t be as successful as it appears, Eric does what he can to break them apart. What follows is a psychological and philosophical comedy of errors. Liars is an exploration of love, relationships, and human interaction, a madcap romp through the vestiges of modern affairs, revolving around five characters, each spun drunk on the batterings of love while attempting to sustain themselves in a false world.

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John Andrew Fredrick at Cal Lutheran University
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

John Andrew Fredrick at Cal Lutheran University

Cal Lutheran University | 2nd Floor Humanities Lobby | 60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

CLU English Department Presents: Read and Greet Salon

John Andrew Fredrick is a Los Angeles based writer and musician. He has published four comic literary novels, including the recently released Your Caius Aquilla. He currently teaches for the CLU English Department. You can expect a truly entertaining reading as well as tips of comedic writing. 

Send RSVPs or questions to englishda@callutheran.edu

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Tom Stern, Iris De Anda, and Billy Burgos at Chevalier's Books, LA
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Tom Stern, Iris De Anda, and Billy Burgos at Chevalier's Books, LA

All Lit Up! and Chevalier's Books Presents: Tom Stern, Iris De Anda & Billy Burgos

126 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Liz Newstat from Chevalier's and Rich Ferguson of ALU! are proud to present another month of first-rate readings. Tom Stern is the author of the novels My Vanishing Twin and Sutterfeld, You Are Not A Hero. He is also the writer/director of the feature films Half-Dragon Sanchezand This Is A Business. Tom's films have played festivals across the United States and in Europe. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Eckerd College and an MFA in Film Production from Chapman University.

 

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Oct
3
2:00 PM14:00

Adam Novak at USC Bookstore

Adam Novak is the author of the novels The Non-Pro and Take Fountain. He lives and writes in Los Angeles.

Adam Novak Reading and Signing

USC Bookstore | 840 Childs Way | Los Angeles, CA 90089

In the tradition of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves and P.T. Anderson's Magnolia, Adam Novak explores the city of angels and demons in his third novel Freaks of the Industry.

Studio executive Rodney Muir quits the business after a prostitution scandal and returns home to Washington, DC where he falls for two women, the unhappy wife of a diplomat who harbors a dark secret and a federal agent investigating a Starbucks triple homicide who uncovers a White House conspiracy that threatens them all. 

Low-budget horror filmmaker Thør Rosenthal gets a shot at the big time when homeless junkie turned Oscar-winning movie star Antwon Legion agrees to star in his desert thriller about a carpenter named Jesus investigating a serial killer stalking Mary Magdalene in Golgotha. The only problem is the movie star playing the messiah might be the Anti-Christ. 

Larry Mersault works at the oldest talent agency in Hollywood as the script reader for Antwon Legion. Juggling the insatiable daughter of the agency chairman with endless script coverage requests, Larry is ordered to assassinate Legion by the chairman and break up with his daughter, forcing the reader to choose between a career he loves and the people he loves the most.

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Jude Angelini at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas
Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

Jude Angelini at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino | 455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Dark, deviant, and deliriously funny, Jude Angelini writes in the colloquial vein of Charles Bukowski, using his unique, natural voice to tell stories from his life. He writes about his sexual encounters—both strange and intimate—alongside stories from his childhood and his tell-all experiences with “science drugs.” Throughout it all, Jude is critical of himself and his actions, proving himself to be vulnerable, lonely, and extremely relatable. Even more than his first book, Hyena, Hummingbird showcases a remarkable talent.

Jude Angelini was born and raised in Pontiac, Michigan. He got his start as a guest and comic on The Jenny Jones Show and now hosts his own show, The All Out Show, on Sirius Satellite Radio. He loves reading Elmore Leonard, science fiction, and medieval fantasy, as well as antiquing and playing a good game of backgammon. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Writer Types Podcast Presents: Crime Quiz Live
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Writer Types Podcast Presents: Crime Quiz Live

The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is proud to present an evening of crime and mystery fiction trivia with Writer Typespodcast co-hosts Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden. They’ll be putting talented authors Jordan Harper, Harley Jane Kozak and Nadine Nettmann on the hot seat. Come and watch them laugh their way through some tough questions.
 

Writer Types is a monthly crime and mystery podcast hosted by two Anthony Award-nominated LA crime writers, Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden.

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Meg Eden at Baltimore Book Festival

Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming June 2017 from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com

Meg Eden on panels at Baltimore Book Festival

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Buffy’s your typical cosplaying, retro-gaming, con-going geek girl, but as her high school graduation approaches, she finds she has an unwelcome guest in her mind: <>the text parser.

Narrating her life like it’s a classic adventure game (cough Zork cough), the text parser forces her to interact with the world through a series of a typewritten commands:

Finish school.
Go to party.
Fall in love.


At first it’s pretty cool. It’s not easy making the transition from high school to college. It’s not easy dealing with roommates. It’s not easy being in a new relationship with her lifelong crush. Buffy makes some huge mistakes along the way, but the text-parser lets her fix all of them.

It’s like having superpowers…until the text parser won’t shut up. 

Buffy is desperate to get rid of it, but no matter how many times she tries to restart or reset, the text parser won’t go away. Before long, her life starts to crumble: her friends grow apart, her roommates turn against her, and her boyfriend falls into a deep depression. Buffy’s life has become a game, but how can you win when there’s no final boss?

Narrated in the style of classic adventure games, Post-High School Reality Quest is is a captivating coming-of-age story that T. E. Carter calls a “must read” for all gamers and YA fans.

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Lise Arin at Bridgehampton Library
Sep
23
2:00 PM14:00

Lise Arin at Bridgehampton Library

Lise Arin Reading and Signing

Bridgehampton Library | 2478 Main St | Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Matilda, a twelfth-century Empress of the Holy Roman Empire and daughter of Henry I, is twenty-four years old and a widow. She returns to inherit her father's double realm of England and Normandy, but is promptly married against her will to Geoffrey, a minor continental nobleman. Absent from England at the time of her father's death, Matilda loses her throne to her cousin, Stephen, despite their ongoing and secret love affair.

For almost twenty years, anarchy reigns throughout the empire, and their illicit passion fluctuates between hatred and obsession. The only hope is the Empress' growing faith and their illegitimate son, whose rightful claim to the English throne could finally halt the bloody, endless war.

In the vein of Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn GirlMatilda Empress illuminates the real history of the early English monarchs, while exploring what is at stake when a strong woman at the center of great upheaval refuses to play by the rules laid out for her.

 

Lise Arin lives in New York City with her husband and children. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a PhD from Columbia. This is her first novel.

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Sep
17
10:00 AM10:00

Rare Bird Books at Brooklyn Book Festival!

   We'll be at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 17th in Booth 114! Stop by.

   We'll be at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 17th in Booth 114! Stop by.


12 noon Signing with Randy Mason, author of Falling Back to One

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A cop in danger of losing his badge and a troubled teenaged criminal…each is the other’s last hope in this highly unique novel set against the gritty backdrop of 1970s New York City.

When thirty-six-year-old Detective Sergeant James Baker finds himself at a dangerous crossroads―facing suspension or even the end of his career―he agrees, under great duress, to an unorthodox therapy: being the acting legal guardian of a convicted juvenile offender.

But seventeen-year-old Micki Reilly is not what he expected: she’s female, far more violent, and claims to have no memory of her past. Cynical, Baker is determined to be rid of her as quickly as possible while she, full of dreams of a new life, sees him as her only chance. Remaining together out of necessity, they battle each other on every level, the shrouded bridge between them rarely seen and often missed. But the stakes are far higher than what they first appear, leaving both lives in jeopardy―until a tragic decision finally rips away the veil.

Fast-paced yet richly layered, Falling Back to One is the story of a man’s struggle for salvation and the fragile thread of hope he alone offers a severely abused child. With complex, sharply drawn characters that are flawed, human, and heartbreakingly real, an unusual relationship unfolds, winding its way through unique twists and turns to a riveting and unforgettable conclusion.


1:00 pm Signing with Tobias Carroll, author of Reel

Reel follows two lives that collide at a Seattle punk show, and the strange consequences that arise. Timon serves as the hyperobservant western outpost of his family's business, verifying artifacts and losing himself in deafening music and isolation. Marianne fears stagnation, and has begun to crave the rootless travel of her youth. After a tense meeting, each proceeds through a series of surreal encounters that deconstruct the lives that they've created, forcing each one into a reckoning with the world around them.


2:00 pm Signing with Jude Angelini, author of Hummingbird

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Dark, deviant, and deliriously funny, Jude Angelini writes in the colloquial vein of Charles Bukowski, using his unique, natural voice to tell stories from his life. He writes about his sexual encounters―both strange and intimate―alongside stories from his childhood and his tell-all experiences with “science drugs.” Throughout it all, Jude is critical of himself and his actions, proving himself to be vulnerable, lonely, and extremely relatable. A stellar follow-up to Hyena.


3:00 pm Signing with Lise Arin, author of Matilda Empress

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Matilda, a twelfth-century Empress of the Holy Roman Empire and daughter of Henry I, is twenty-four years old and a widow. She returns to inherit her father's double realm of England and Normandy, but is promptly married against her will to Geoffrey, a minor continental nobleman. Absent from England at the time of her father's death, Matilda loses her throne to her cousin, Stephen, despite their ongoing and secret love affair.

For almost twenty years, anarchy reigns throughout the empire, and their illicit passion fluctuates between hatred and obsession. The only hope is the Empress' growing faith and their illegitimate son, whose rightful claim to the English throne could finally halt the bloody, endless war.

In the vein of Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl, Matilda Empress illuminates the real history of the early English monarchs, while exploring what is at stake when a strong woman at the center of great upheaval refuses to play by the rules laid out for her.

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Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Shawna Kenney and Rich Dollinger present and sign Live at the Safari Club at Atomic Books in Baltimore, MD

Shawna Kenney and Rich Dollinger present and sign Live at the Safari Club at Atomic Books

Atomic Books | 3620 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211

Live at the Safari Club: A People's History of HarDCore is the uncensored oral history of a notorious underground punk venue in the nation’s capital, told by the bands, fans, zinesters, promoters, graffiti artists, scenesters, senators’ kids and activists who made it happen.

Over 200 exclusive interviews with and photos of members of Gorilla Biscuits, Bold, Sick of it All, Worlds Collide, Ignition, Swiz, Avail, Rancid, Nirvana, Danzig, Bad Religion, Tom Waits’ band, Bad Brains, Hole, Hatebreed, Clutch, My Morning Jacket, and more.

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Deena Metzger and Sharon Weil at Santa Monica Library
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Deena Metzger and Sharon Weil at Santa Monica Library

Deena Metzger and Sharon Weil Read and Sign

Santa Monica Library | 601 Santa Monica Blvd | Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sandra Birdswell is a student of climatology with an uncanny ability to sense weather events. Her mother, who died in childbirth, is a mystery to her. Her father, John, formerly a Reservation doctor, faithfully raises her despite his limitations and obligations. She first meets Terrence, a Native man and a professor of climatology, at her university classes. Years later, they are drawn together by the powerful forces of their love, for the Earth, for each other, and their mutual need to seek out the broken links of their family histories. When the UN report on climate change is released in 2007, the reality of the effects of the Anthropocene era sends a shockwave through both their lives. Their relationship to each other and to the elementals they are so intimate with lightning, thunder, rain, mountain brings them deeply and violently into a quest to live their lives in ways that disengage from colonial mind, the same mind that brought devastation to the Native peoples, and now brings all of humanity to the brink of extinction. Through their love of and deeply felt intuitive connection to the Earth, they each go to the brink of death to find their truth, to gain strength and wisdom.


ChangeAbility = the ability to effectively navigate change with more ease

What is your ChangeAbility? Sharon Weil engages twenty-five leading change-makers: artists, political and environmental advocates and activists, teachers, spiritual leaders, psychotherapists, somatic practitioners, and more in a conversation about how to meet change, hold hope, align with nature, have courage, and find the passion that fuels responsive innovation. Based on Weil’s acclaimed podcast, Passing 4 Normal: Conversations with Authors, Artists, Activists and Awakeners about Seeding Change in the World, this book weaves together the insight, humor, compassion and hard-earned wisdom of those who have mastered the art of ChangeAbility in a wide range of applied experiences.

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Shawna Kenney and Rich Dollinger present and sign Live at the Safari Club at the DC Public Library

Shawna Kenney and Rich Dollinger present and sign Live at the Safari Club

DC Public Library | Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) branch | 1630 7th St NW Washington, DC

Live at the Safari Club: A People's History of HarDCore is the uncensored oral history of a notorious underground punk venue in the nation’s capital, told by the bands, fans, zinesters, promoters, graffiti artists, scenesters, senators’ kids and activists who made it happen.

Over 200 exclusive interviews with and photos of members of Gorilla Biscuits, Bold, Sick of it All, Worlds Collide, Ignition, Swiz, Avail, Rancid, Nirvana, Danzig, Bad Religion, Tom Waits’ band, Bad Brains, Hole, Hatebreed, Clutch, My Morning Jacket, and more.

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