Fall is a wonderful time of year, filled with pumpkins, cooler days, and other such autumnal delights. It also happens to be the busiest time of year for author events at Vroman's! If you've been wondering when your favorite authors might be headed your way with their new books, September and October might be just the time. I just finished adding the new events to our calendar, so you can see the complete list of events here. There's a little bit of something for everyone, so stop by and visit us! Hope to see you soon!
Here are a few highlighted events with authors we get asked about a lot:
Thursday, September 5, 7pm
Kathy Reichs discusses & signs Bones of the Lost: A Temperance Brennan Novel
When police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. Inside the victim's purse, police find an airline club card bearing the name of prominent local businessman John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific fire months earlier. How did Story and the girl know each other? Temperance soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America to Afghanistan and right to the center of Charlotte.
Sunday, September 15, 4pm
Spencer Quinn discusses & signs The Sound & the Furry
When Chet and Bernie run into Frenchie Boutette, an old criminal pal they sent up the river, getting a new case is the last thing they expect. But Frenchie, who comes from a family full of black sheep, needs help finding his one law-abiding relative, his brother Ralph. Though he's tempted to take another job (with a big payday) in Alaska, Bernie decides to set course for the bayous of Louisiana, a trip that will introduce Chet to a world of sights, smells, and tastes that are like nothing he's ever encountered.
Tuesday, September 17, 7pm
Jamie Ford discusses & signs Songs of Willow Frost
Twelve-year-old William Eng has lived at Seattle's Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since he was separated from his mother five years ago. On his birthday, William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song. Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigate the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William's past and his connection to the exotic film star.
Monday, September 23, 7pm
Laurie King discusses & signs The Bones of Paris: A Novel of Suspense
Paris, France: September, 1929. For Harris Stuyvesant, the assignment is a private investigator's dream—he's getting paid to troll the cafés and bars of Montparnasse, looking for a pretty young woman. But when the evidence leads Stuyvesant to the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, his investigation takes a sharp, disturbing turn. At the Grand-Guignol, murder, insanity, and sexual perversion are all staged to shocking, brutal effect: depravity as art, savage human nature on stage.
Thursday, September 26, 7pm
Ron Koertge & Kim Dower discuss & sign The Ogre's Wife & Slice of Moon
In Koertge's new poetry collection, seminal figures from pop mythology speak up in unexpected ways: He meets Walt Whitman on the set of an X-rated movie, the ogre's wife from the beanstalk yarn writes a heart-rending story on her cutting board, and a group of fourth-graders on a field trip encounters Death.
Slice of Moon, the second poetry collection by Kim Dower, retains the whimsical, accessible style of her debut, Air Kissing on Mars, while reaching deeper, with greater lyrical intensity, irony, and poignancy. Losing one's mother in Bloomingdale's, the pleasures of corned beef, the power of bottled water, fear of freeways, hot springs, secrets in hotel rooms, wolves in garter belts, the strange lights next door, the people in the health food store who don't look healthy; Slice of Moon is simultaneously funny and profound, universal and personal.
Saturday, September 28, 4pm
Thomas Keneally discusses & signs The Daughers of Mars
From the Booker Prize-winning author of Schindler's List comes the story of two spirited Australian sisters, who join the war effort in 1915 as nurses, escaping the confines of their father's farm and carrying a guilty secret with them. Nothing could have prepared them for what they confront, first on a hospital ship near Gallipoli, then on the Western Front. Yet amid the carnage, the sisters become the friends they never were at home and find themselves courageous in the face of extreme danger and also the hostility from some on their own side.
Friday, October 4, @6:30pm
Jon Scieszka presents & signs SPHDZ 4 Life
Don’t miss the stunning, riveting, hilarious, and 100% fresh conclusion to the interactive Spaceheadz saga!
The SPHDZ accomplished their goal of recruiting 3.14 million and one SPHDZ. But the brainwave has been stolen by the chief of the Anti Alien Agency, and it’s up to Michael K., the SPHDZ, and their allies to get it back.
With three potential Chief sightings, the team is spread around the world, leaving Michael K., Venus, TJ, and the SPHDZ to hold down the fort and finish fifth grade. But with a mysterious new principal and graduation fast approaching, will they be able to find the missing brainwave before the Chief uses it to destroy a planet?
Sunday, October 6, 2pm
Kate DiCamillo & KG Campbell present and sign Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses the squirrel has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed, too.
Friday, October 11, 7pm
Alice McDermott discusses & signs Someone
A seemingly innocuous encounter between Marie, a girl in glasses, and a young woman named Pegeen sets the bittersweet tone of this remarkable novel. The magic of McDermott's story lies in how it reveals us all as fools for this or that, in one way or another. Marie's first heartbreak and eventual marriage; her brother's brief stint as a Catholic priest, subsequent loss of faith, and eventual breakdown; the Second World War; her parents' deaths; the births and lives of Marie's children; the changing world of her Irish-American enclave in Brooklyn—McDermott sketches all of it with sympathy and insight.
Sunday, October 13, 4pm
Elizabeth Gilbert signs The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, returns to fiction, telling an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Henry's daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. For complete event details, please see the Elizabeth Gilbert event page.
Saturday, October 19, 5:30pm
Jeri Westerson discusses & signs Shadow of the Alchemist: A Medieval Tour
With the help of his young apprentice, reformed thief Jack Tucker, Guest is known to certain populations as The Tracker, the man who can find anything—for a price. It is for that reason that Guest is sought out by Nicholas Flamel, an absent-minded alchemist. Both Flamel's wife and his apprentice are missing, and he wants Guest to find them and bring them home. Before he can even begin looking, Guest discovers that Flamel's house has been ransacked. Then Flamel's assistant turns up—dead, hanging from the rafters with a note pinned to his chest by a dagger. It is a ransom note that promises the safe return of his wife in exchange for the Philosopher's Stone, which is reputed to turn lead into gold and create the elixir of life. And the kidnappers aren't the only ones after it. From the highest nobility to Flamel's fellow alchemists, everyone is seeking the stone for themselves.
Tuesday, October 29, 7pm
Terry McMillan discusses & signs Who Asked You?
Kaleidoscopic, fast-paced, and filled with McMillan's inimitable humor, Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams—all while holding down a job delivering room service at a hotel. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.
Thursday, October 31, 7pm
Mark Helprin discusses & signs In Sunlight & In Shadow
In the summer of 1946, New York City pulses with energy. Harry Copeland, a World War II veteran, has returned home to run the family business. His life is upended by a single encounter with the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, as each falls for the other in an instant. They pursue one another in a romance played out in Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters. Catherine's choice of Harry over her longtime fiancé endangers Harry's livelihood and threatens his life. In the end, Harry must summon the strength of his wartime experience to fight for Catherine, and risk everything.