Lisa McMann, “Gone” (Wake Series, Book 3)
New York Times bestselling paranormal teen series author of WAKE and FADE has written the conclusion in this series. Janie knew what her future held and she had made her peace with it – she thought. Despite what she sees in her boyfriend’s dreams, she knows the only way to give him the life he deserves is to disappear and never see him again. When a stranger enters her life, her choices become dire and she realizes she must decide between the lesser of two evils – before time runs out.
Talk and signing at Little Shop of Stories, 133A East Court Square, Decatur, GA at 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 24 – 25
Dr. Deborah G. Plant, sSpeaker for The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment of the Arts
“Every Tub Must Sit on its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston and
“Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography of the Spirit” (Women Writers of Color Series)
Zora Neale Hurston is regarded as an integral part of the Harlem Renaissance and one of the most important and influential African American writers of the past century. Though numerous biographies have been written about her there was still a part of Hurston’s life that had not been explored. Because Hurston believed strongly in her self, knew her self worth, had the courage of her convictions, and was totally centered and anchored in spirituality, she was able achieve and endure ill health, personal and professional disappointments, struggles to fund her projects, and even the inability sometimes to buy groceries. This new book focuses on her spirituality and her religion and how it was reflected in her writings, her academic and professional career, and her sociopolitical activity and tells a side of Hurston that reflects the whole woman – the writer, the philosopher, and the spiritual soul.
Talk and signing2/24 at the Decatur Library at 7:00 p.m. and 2/25 at Spelman College at 6:00 p.m., sponsored by the Atlanta History Center
Polly Horvath, “Northward to the Moon”
Highly acclaimed author, National Book Award winner and Newbery Honor recipient, whose previous novel, MY ONE HUNDRED ADVENTURES has won many honors including the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. In her newest book, Jane and her family have moved to Canada – but not for long. When her stepfather, Ned, is fired from his job as a high school French teacher (seems he doesn’t speak French), the family packs up and Jane embarks on a series of new adventures. Setting off by car, they visit places of her stepfather’s past and wind up spending the summer with his eccentric mother on her ranch out west. As Jane lives through it all – developing a crush on a ranch hand, reevaluating her relationship with Ned, watching her sister Maya’s painful growing up – she sees her world, which used to be so safe and secure, shift in strange and inconvenient ways.
Talk and signing at the Little Shop of Stories at 4:30 p.m.
Chris Cleave, “Little Bee”
From the author of the international bestseller INCENDIARY, which has been published in twenty countries and has won numerous awards, comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers – one an illegal Nigerian teenager refugee, the other a journalist from suburban London. The book paints a picture of what happens when the two women’s lives collide and balances an outwardly political motive with deep character development and humor. Chris Cleave is a columnist for The Guardian newspaper in London and has been compared to Ian McEwan and John Banville.
Talk and signing at the Margaret Mitchell House, 990 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, “Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter” and “Magic Tree House Research Guide #21: Leprechauns and Irish Folklore”
Sister authors of the popular Magic Tree House series have written two new children’s books in this series. In book #43, Jack and Annie are on their third mission to find (and inspire!) creative people to bring happiness to others through the arts (Mozart and Louis Armstrong so far). Set in Ireland, Jack and Annie meet an Irish girl and go on a magical adventure that changes the girl’s life forever. In Research Guide book #21, they answer questions about the origin of folk stories, other fairies in Irish tradition, and why people believe in leprechauns and fairies.
Talk and signing 3/11 at the Little Shop of Stories, 133 East Court Square, Decatur, GA at 6:30 p.m. & 3/12 at Borders in Marietta at 7:00 p.m.