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Join Us for a Morning with Children's Author Kelly Jordan

Saturday, April 17 at 9 am

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Kelly Jordan, is the author of the picture book Chase the Moon, Tiny Turtle: A Hatchling's Daring Race to the Sea.  Young readers will witness a rare and extraordinary natural event as a baby loggerhead hatches from its shell.  With nothing but the light of the moon to act as a guide, readers will follow the newborn turtle's harrowing attempts to outpace a series of predators on the march toward the glistening shore.  After only narrowly avoing hungry crabs, owls, and foxes, the turtle rides ocean waves to a calm clearing.  Following a moment of peace in the still ocean water, the turtle joins the rest of its pack on a dive into the moonlit sea to cotinue the voyage home.

Told with a beautiful, lyrical rhyming sequence, this book introduces readers to the birth cycle of a logggerhead sea turtle.  Through the newborn turtle's eyes, both kids and adults will marvel at the majestic, and sometimes dangerous seaside landscape from a perspective rarely seen before.


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An Early Evening with Mort Crim

Saturday, April 24 at 5 pm

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In honor of Independent Bookstore Day we will host  award-winning former broadcast journalist Mort Crim, presenting his new memoir Anchored: A Journalist's Search for the Truth.  Crim reported on major conflicts around the world for more than four decades and became the consumate stylish anchorman of the 1970'sa nd 80's, to the point that he served as the inspiration for Will Ferrell's affectionate parody in the movie Anchorman.  

But his award-winning journalism career was no joke, and his memoir takes readers behind the camera to show what life was like when the local anchorman was as revered as the professional athlete.


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, April 10 at 9 am

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For April Story Time, Miss Pat will read Outside Inside by Leuyen Pham and Someone Builds the Dream, by Lisa Wheeler.  Celebrate the skilled women and men who work to see the plans of engineers and designers brought to life.  Plus, honor the essential workers and the community coming together to face the challenges of the global Covid-19 pandemic from Caldecott honoree Pham.

Story Time is perfect for ages 3-8 (and the adults in the room).  It's a great way to start your Saturday.  Stop by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to the books.


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, February 13 at 9 am

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For February story time, Miss Pat will read Outside Inside, by Leuyen Pham and Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs, by Melissa Stewart.  Celebrate essential workers and the community coming together to face the challenges of the global pandemic and learn how animal characteristics that might seem like weaknesses are critical for finding food and staying safe in an eat-or-be-eaten world.

Story Time is perfect for ages 3-8 (and the adults in the room).  It's a great way to start your Saturday.  Stop by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to the books.


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An Evening with Bestselling Author Tim Dorsey

Tuesday, February 23 at 7 pm

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Tropic of Stupid is Time Dorsey's 24th novel.  Devoted Floridaphile Serge Storms buys one of those DNA services from late-night TV and sets off on a road trip with sidekick Coleman to meet his newly discovered relatives.  You can imagine how excited Serge is to discover one of them might be a serial killer.

About the Author

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987-1999.  He is the author of 23 other novels.  He lives in Florida.


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An Evening with Bestselling Author Steve Berry

Monday, March 8 at 7 pm

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The Kaiser's Web is Berry's 16th Cotton Malone thriller.  A secret dossier from a World War II era Soviet spy comes to light containing information that, if proven true, would not only rewrite history--it could impact Germany's upcoming national elections and forever alter the political landscape of Europe.

About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than 15 Cotton Malone novels and several stand alones.  He has 25 million books in print, translated into 40 languages.  With his wife, Elizabeth, he is the founder of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation.  He serves as an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board, and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers.


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An Evening with Authors Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis

Monday, March 15 at 7 pm

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2034: A Novel of the Next World War is a chillingly authentic, geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the U.S. and China in the South China Sea in 2034--and the nightmarish global conflagration that follows.  Who could better imagine this than two former military officers and venerated authors.

About the Authors

Elliot Ackerman is the author of several novels (Red Dress in Black and White, Waiting for Eden and more) as well as a memoir (Places and Names).  His books have been nominated for several awards.  He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty abroad, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

Admiral James Stavridis spent more than thirty years in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of four-star admiral.  He was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and previously commanded U.S. Southern Command, overseeing military operations throughout Latin America.  He holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he recently served as dean.  He has published eight previous books.  This is his first novel.


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An Evening with Award Winning Author Olga Grushin in Conversation with Karen Fowler

Friday, January 15 at 7 pm

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The Charmed Wife is a spellbinding, sophisticated literary fairy tale for the twenty-first century.  Part dark epilogue to the renowned tale of Cinderella, part feminist revenge fantasy, Grushin's fourth novel tells the story of the princess 13 years after her storybook marriage to Prince Charming.  Things are not going well.

About the Authors

Olga Grushin moved to the United States from Moscow at age eighteen.  Her previous books include The Dream Life of Sukhanov, The Line, and Forty Rooms.  

Karen Fowler is the author of six novels, including We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Wits End, and The Jane Austen Book Club.


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, January 16 at 9 am

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Miss Pat will read Kindness Grows, by Britta Teckentrup and Sincerely, Emerson: A Girl, Her Letter, and the Helpers All Around Us, by Emerson Weber; illustrated by Jaclyn Sinquett.  In Teckentrup's beautiful book, angry words cause a crack to open and widen, but find out what happens when kindness begins to blossom.  As Weber shows, one simple act of kindness can have an amazing impact.

Story time is perfect for ages 3 - 8 (and the adults in the room).  It's a great way to start your Saturday.  Stopy by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to the book.


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, December 12 at 9 am

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Miss Pat will read 5 More Sleeps 'Til Christmas, by Jimmy Fallon and Rum Pum Pum by David L. Harrison and Jane Yolen.  The excitement building up to Christmas is even more fun counting down the days in Jimmy Fallon's new book, while fun sounds abound in Rum Pum Pum's tale of friendship, communication, and music.

Rona is also "threatening" to read a small portion of her favorite holiday story.

Story Time is perfect for ages 3 - 8 (and the adults in the room).  It's a great way to start you Saturday.  Stop by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to the books.


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, November 14 at 9 am

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Miss Pat will read While We Can't Hug, by Eoin McLaughlin and The Suitcase, by Chirs Naylor-Ballesteros.  In While We Can't Hug, Hedgehog and Tortoise were the best of friends.  They wanted to give each other a great, big hug, but they weren't allowed to touch.  

The Suitcase offers a powerful story about immigration, trust, and new beginnings.  Both are perfect for our times.

Story Time is perfect for ages 3 - 8 (and adults in the room).  It's a great way to start your Saturday.

Stop by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to these books.


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Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, October 10 at 9 am

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Miss Pat will read The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt, by Riel Nason and Pete the Cat: Crayons Rock!, by James and Kimberly Dean.  The Little Ghost is perfect for Halloween and features a ghost who is a quilt instead of a sheet.  

Story Time is perfect for ages 3-8 (and adults in the room).  It's a great way to start your Saturday.  Stop by after the event to pick up your "goodie bag" with treats related to these books.


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An Afternoon with Author and Yoga Instructor, Melissa Hurt

Tuesday, October 13 at 4:30 pm

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I Am the Jungle is a full-color, illustrated picture book for ages 4 - 8.  In addition to introducing young readers to yoga, it helps them identify and connect to the emotions associated with each pose.  I Am the Jungle celebrates the joys of yoga, imagination, and the natural world.  

As children practice a sequence of yoga poses, they imagine they are the animals for which each pose is named, and describe the emotions each evokes.  A chart at the back of the book includes Sanskrit names and physical benefits of each yoga pose.

About the Author

Melissa is a certified yoga instructor and teaches acting, voice, speech, and movement.  She holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a PhD from the University of Oregon.   Melissa lives in upstate New York.

About the Illustrator

Katy Tanis creates artwork for children's books, clothing brands, fabric collections, and greeting cards.  She splits her time between San Francisco and New York City, where she is currently pursuing a master's degree in ecology, evolution, and zoology at the Bronx Zoo.


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A Baking Demonstration with Cookbook Author Erin Renouf Mylroie

Tuesday, October 20 at 7 pm

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Erin's new cookbook, 101 Greatest cookies on the Planet, is the ultimate cookie book full of all the flavors you love!  From New York City Giant Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies to Nutella Lava Cookies, Mylroie has ranked 101 of her favorite cookies ever.  With so many cookies to choose from--and some brownies and bars, for good measure--you're sure to have the perfect treat to share no matter who you're baking for.  Most recipes can be made in a single bowl to cut down on cleanup, and there are so many delicious choices.

For our special event, Erin will demonstrate how to cook Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Chips and Pieces Cookies.  Get the ingredients in advance and bake along with Erin by clicking on the image below:


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An Afternoon with Children's Author Matthew Burgess and Illustrator Catia Chien

Saturday, October 17 at 4:30 pm

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The Bear and the Moon is a picture book that follows what happens when the gift of a balloon floats into Bear's life.  The two companions embark on a journey--a magical tale that encompasses the joys of friendship and discovery.  This is a gentle book filled with humor, while tackling complex topics like the transcendence of loss and forgiveness.

Filled with emotive text and radiant illustrations, The Bear and the Moon is a compassionate tale that honors the small but profound world of the very young.  Simply told and profoundly felt, this sweet book teaches social and emotional skills to kids, and offers a clever way to soothe some of our most difficult feelings: loss and guilt.

About the Author

Matthew Burgess is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College and poet-in-residence in NYC schools through Teachers &Writers Collaborative.  His award-winning children's book, Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings, was a Junior Library Guild selection and an ALA Notable Children's Book.

About the Illustrator

Catia Chen was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and now works in New York.  Her children's book titles include an Ezra Jack Keats Honor winner, Things to Do, and an ALA Schneider Family Book award winner, A Boy and a Jaguar.


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A Conversation with Author John Dufresne and Illustrator Evan Wondolowski

Thursday, October 8 at 7 pm

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Whether you are daunted by a blinking cursor or frustrated trying to get people in your head onto the page, writing stories can be initmidating.  It takes passion, tenacity, patience, and a knowledge of--and faith in--the often-digressive writing process.  A do-it-yourself manual for the apprentice fiction writer, Storyville! demystifies that process; its bold graphics take you inside the writer's comfortingly chaotic mind and who you how stories are made.

In Storyville!, seasoned guide John Dufresne--whose approach "will anchor the newbie and entertain the veteran" (San Francisco Chronicle)--provides practical insight into the building blocks of fiction, including how to make the reader see your characters, create a suspenseful plot, and revise, revise, revise.  Storyville! is a combination handbook and notebook, with original prompts and exercises crafted with Dufresne's singular dry wit and Evan Wondolowski's playful and illuminating graphics on every page.

About the Author

John Dufresne is the author of eleven previous books, including Louisiana Power and Light and Love Warps the Mind a Little, and three fiction writing guides.  A professor in the MFA program at Florida International University, he lives in Dania Beach

About the Illustrator

Evan Wondolowski is a founder of Brews & Clues and a senior art director at Collective Next.  He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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An Evening with Author Scott Anderson in Conversation with Quil Lawrence

Tuesday, September 8 at 8 pm

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(Doubleday; September 1, 2020; $30.00).

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From critically-acclaimed bestselling journalist and war correspondent Scott Anderson, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist author of Lawrence in Arabia, now comes the highly-anticipated new book THE QUIET AMERICANS: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War — a Tragedy in Three Acts (Doubleday; September 1, 2020; $30.00). 

THE QUIET AMERICANS chronicles the exploits of four spies – Michael Burke, a charming former football star fallen on hard times, Frank Wisner, the scion of a wealthy Southern family, Peter Sichel, a sophisticated German Jew who escaped the Nazis, and Edward Lansdale, a brilliant ad executive. The four ran covert operations across the globe, trying to outwit the ruthless KGB in Berlin, parachuting commandos into Eastern Europe, plotting coups, and directing wars against Communist insurgents in Asia.

But time and again their efforts went awry, thwarted by a combination of stupidity and ideological rigidity at the highest levels of the government – and more profoundly, the decision to abandon American ideals. By the mid-1950s, the Soviet Union had a stranglehold on Eastern Europe, the U.S. had begun its disastrous intervention in Vietnam, and America, the beacon of democracy, was overthrowing democratically-elected governments and earning the hatred of much of the world. All of this culminated in an act of betrayal and cowardice that would lock the Cold War into place for decades to come.

Critical Acclaim

“Anderson delivers a complex, massively scaled narrative, balancing prodigious research with riveting storytelling skills…Over the course of the narrative, the author amply shows how the CIA was increasingly pushed to function as an instrument of politically charged ambitions. An engrossing history of the early days of the CIA.”
 
Kirkus Review (Starred)
 
“Anderson notes the harrowing emotional cost on his subjects…as the U.S. threw its support behind autocratic leaders and missed opportunities to aid legitimate liberation movements such as the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Such blunders, Anderson writes, recast the U.S. from WWII savior to “one more empire in the mold of all those that had come before.” Laced with vivid character sketches and vital insights into 20th-century geopolitics, this stand-out chronicle helps to make sense of the world today.”
 
Publisher’s Weekly (Starred)

About the Author

Scott Anderson is a veteran war correspondent who has reported from Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, Chechnya, Sudan, Bosnia, El Salvador and many other strife-torn countries. A frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine, his work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Harper’s and Outside. He is the author of novels Moonlight Hotel and Triage and of non-fiction books The Man Who Tried to Save the World and The 4 O’Clock Murders, and co-author of War Zones and Inside The League with his brother Jon Lee Anderson

About the Moderator

Quil Lawrence is a New York-based correspondent for NPR News, covering veterans' issues nationwide. He won a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his coverage of American veterans and a Gracie Award for coverage of female combat veterans. In 2019 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America honored Quil with its IAVA Salutes Award for Leadership in Journalism.