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Upcoming Events for June 2017

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Daniel Wallace, "Extraordinary Adventures," (St. Martin's Press, $25.99)

Friday, June 2, 7 pm

"A sweet-tempered, funny, surprisingly poignant romantic tale.- --Kirkus Review"

The bestselling author of Big Fish offers a new treat.  Edsel Bronfman works as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call from operator 61217 telling him that he's won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. But there's a catch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him.  The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does.

 Daniel Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the novels Big Fish, Ray in Reverse, The Watermelon King, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, and The Kings and Queens of Roam. 


Douglas Scott Delaney, "Tower Dog: Life Inside The Deadliest Job in America," (Soft Skull Press, $16.95 pbk)

Saturday, June 10 at 7 pm

What is the price of staying connected, of that phone in your hand or that watch on your wrist? Recent TV shows would have you believe that the most dangerous job in America is a crab fisherman, or maybe even an ice road trucker. But what U.S. Department of Labor unequivocally recognizes as the most dangerous job in America belongs to the tower dog, the men and women who work on cell towers across the country, building the networks that keep us all connected. 

Delaney, a tower dog for more than fifteen years, draws readers into this dark and high-stakes world that most don't even know exists, yet rely on every minute of every day. This risk-laden profession has been recently covered by NBC Dateline, Frontline, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, but none of these reports have provided an insider's look at the rough and tumble workers throughout America who are risking their lives--and losing them at an alarmingly high rate. 

Delaney is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His film, All Roads Lead Home, won Best Picture at the Los Angeles International Film Festival in 2007. He is also the author of numerous short stories in literary publications. A native New Yorker, he now lives in the Kansas Flint Hills, where he is "at least a quarter mile from anyone who could aggravate me, and vice versa." 


Ann Kidd Taylor, "The Shark Club, "(Viking, $26)

Monday, June 12 at 7 pm

Set against the intoxicating backdrop of palm trees, blood orange sunsets, calypso bands, and key lime pies, The Shark Club is a love story, an environmental mystery, and an exploration of a woman's mysterious kinship with the sea and the sharks that inhabit it

On a summer day on the Gulf of Mexico in 1988, two extraordinary things happen to twelve-year-old Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is attacked by a blacktip shark. 

Eighteen years later, Maeve is a world-traveling marine biologist studying and swimming with the very animals that once threatened her life. Known among her peers as the "shark whisperer," Maeve is fearless in the water. On land, however, Maeve is dogged by unresolved wounds and indecisive about the path her life will take.

An illegal shark-finning operation has moved into her childhood hometown in Florida, and hundreds of sharks are dying. As Maeve fights to protect the fate of the animals so dear to her heart, she finds that her twin brother may be about to make it big as a novelist, using her love life as his jumping-off point. Will she confront her feelings about her brother's betrayal--and forgive her childhood sweetheart, Daniel, the missteps of their youth? Or will she dive headlong back into her work and open her heart to Nicholas, her colleague who shares her passion for the ocean?

Ann Kidd Taylor is the coauthor of "Traveling with Pomegranates," a memoir written with her mother, Sue Monk Kidd (bestselling author of "The Secret Life of Bees." Published by Viking in 2009, it appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times list, and has been published in several languages. "The Shark Club "is Ann’s first novel. She lives in southwest Florida with her husband, son, and two dogs.


Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret,), “Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans" (Penguin Press. $28),

"The Leader's Bookshelf" (U.S. Naval Institute Press, $29.95)

Thursday, June 15 at 7 pm

"No one understands the importance of the oceans and their impact on today’s security better than Admiral Jim Stavridis. He is a leader and a sailor who stands out in every way. This is a must-read book.” —Senator John McCain

Sea Power is a remarkable voyage through the world’s most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path, told by the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.  Stavridis shows us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destiny of nations, and how naval power has helped create the world we live in today, and will shape the world we live in tomorrow.  In doing so, he provides fresh insight into great naval engagements from the battles of Salamis and Lepanto through to Trafalgar, the Battle of the Atlantic, and the submarine conflicts of the Cold War.  This book also considers where our next conflicts may occur and the threats to our oceans from piracy and pollution.
 
In The Leader’s Bookshelf, Adm. Stravridis and his co-author, R. Manning Ancell share the results of having surveyed over two hundred active and retired four-star military officers about their reading habits and favorite books.  Based on their responses, this book identifies the top fifty books that can help virtually anyone become a better leader. Each of the works--novels, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, management publications--are summarized and the key leadership lessons extracted and presented.  Highlighting the value of reading in both a philosophical and a practical sense, this book provides sound advice on how to build an extensive library, lists other books worth reading to improve leadership skills, and analyzes how leaders use what they read to achieve their goals. 
 
Admiral Stavridis, USN (Ret.) is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who spent over 35 years on active service in the Navy.  He commanded destroyers and a carrier strike group in combat and served for seven years as a four-star admiral, including nearly four years as the first Navy officer chosen as Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO.  After retiring from the Navy he was named the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2013.  He has written articles on global security issues for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic.  His previous books include Destroyer Captain: Lessons of a First Command and The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO


Recent Events


Storytime with Miss Pat

Saturday, May 13 at 9 am

This monthly tradition keeps getting more and more popular, and for good reasons. Miss Pat has a way of capturing the attention and imagination of her young listeners (and their adult friends).  Don't forget...it's the second Saturday of each month.

Her books for this Saturday are  Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson.


Wednesday's with Frank: A Panegyric, " (Cypress Publications, $16.95 pbk)

Steve Berry, Lenore Hart, David Poyer

Friday May 12 at 7 pm     

The BookMark is hosting an event for Wednesdays with Frank, a memoir to honor writing mentor and Jacksonville native Frank Green. New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry will talk about the book, and then Frank Green will speak and answer questions.  Several of the book's contributors will participate as well.

F. Armstrong Green has a love affair with the Word. His pursuit of well-crafted writing has led him through the slush piles of The Sewanee Review to the home of Katherine Anne Porter to the mentorship of The Bard Society, a writers' workshop that has lasted for five decades.

In Wednesdays With Frank, Bard Society members share their memories of a man who was instrumental in their maturation as writers. Week-after-week, year-after-year, writers who have made a commitment to the written word and have brought their stories to the workshop in an uncompromising effort to learn the craft of fiction have found their commitment and effort paid off by becoming not only published, as many have become, but also have found themselves recognized for literary accomplishments and on national and international bestseller lists.

The reader of these reminiscences will not only come away with valuable tips on writing, but also will discover the depths of a man--a mentor, a leader, and an abiding friend. 


Ace Atkins, "Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies,"(Spenser #20 )

(G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27.00)

Sunday, May 7 at 3 pm

Boston PI Spenser and right hand Hawk follow a con man's trail of smoke and mirrors in the latest entry of the iconic crime series.

Connie Kelly thought she'd found her perfect man on an online dating site. He was silver-haired and handsome, with a mysterious background working for the C.I.A. She fell so hard for M. Brooks Welles that she wrote him a check for almost three hundred thousand dollars, hoping for a big return on her investment.  But within weeks, both Welles and her money are gone. When he disappears, he leaves not only a jilted lover but a growing list of angry investors, duped cops, and a team of paramilitary contractors looking for revenge.


Enter Spenser, who quickly discovers that everything about Welles is phony. As the trail winds from Boston to backroads Georgia, Spenser will need help from trusted allies Hawk and Teddy Sapp to make sure Welles' next con is his last.


Wendy Wax, "One Good Thing," Ten Beach Road Novel #5

(Berkley pbk, $16.00)

Thursday, May 4 at 7 pm

“Wax’s Florida titles . . . are terrific for lovers of women’s fiction and family drama, especially if you enjoy a touch of suspense and romance.” Library Journal

 Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation-turned-reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships.


Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and dealing with her hapless ex-husband, while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can't quite believe love can last, or trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bail out from her son's famous father that comes with far too many strings attached... but friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other--and their dreams--from crumbling.


Steve Berry, "The Lost Order,"( Cotton Malone #12 ) (Minotaur, $28.99)

Friday. April 28 at 7 pm

The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found.

Now, one hundred and sixty years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure--one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it.

Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution--linked to the knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus -Cotton- Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. Complicating matters are the political ambitions of a reckless Speaker of the House and the bitter widow of a United States Senator, who together are planning radical changes to the country. And while Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt face the past, ex-president Danny Daniels and Stephanie Nelle confront a new and unexpected challenge, a threat that may cost one of them their life.

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of a dozen Cotton Malone novels, and several standalones. He has 20 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 a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president. 


Karen White, The Night the Lights Went Out (Berkley, $26)

Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm

Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It's not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren't helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail.
Merilee finds some measure of peace in the cottage she is renting from town matriarch Sugar Prescott. Though stubborn and irascible, Sugar sees something of herself in Merilee--something that allows her to open up about her own colorful past.
Sugar's stories give Merilee a different perspective on the town and its wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, and even on her new friendship with Heather Blackford. Merilee is charmed by the glamorous young mother's seemingly perfect life and finds herself drawn into Heather's world. In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee's house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women....

Karen White is a frequent visitor to our store and always provides a great reading for her fans, We are excited that she is joining us with this continuing story of a modern southern woman. She is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Tradd Street series, The Night the Lights Went Out, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of The Forgotton Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.


Greg Iles, Mississippi Blood (William Morrow & Co, $28.99)

Thursday, March 30, 7 pm

"Faulkner meets John D. MacDonald, and that's all to the good. A boisterous, spills-and-chills entertainment from start to finish." Kirkus Reviews

Delta whodunit master Iles brings his politically charged, timely trilogy of Mississippi murder and mayhem to a thunderous close.  Readers of this series will be thrilled with this final installment.  Newcomers will be equally delighted.  

Life for Penn Cage is never a bowl of cherries. Now he's in a bloodier mess than ever, depressed, and full of bitter self-awareness.  "When someone you love is murdered," he reflects, "you learn things about yourself you'd give a great deal not to know." Other questions loom. Why is his jailed father stubbornly clinging to a secret guaranteed to shake up otherwise sleepy Natchez? Now that the Klan-on-steroids villains have come under new management, what kind of awful mischief are they going to make for the place?  And how do they figure in that secret, anyway? Finding answers to these questions gives Penn plenty to worry about while he tries to maintain his even keel.

Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers, and his new trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and #1 New York Times bestseller The Devil's Punchbowl. Iles' novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Natchez with his wife and has two children


Randy Wayne White, Mangrove Lightning (Doc Ford #21)

 (G. P. Putnam's Sons, $27)

Monday, March 27 at 7 pm


Doc Ford has been involved in many strange cases. This may be one of the strangest. A legendary charter captain and guide named Tootsie Barlow has come to him, muttering about a curse. The members of his extended family have suffered a bizarre series of attacks, and Barlow is convinced it has something to do with a multiple murder in 1925 in which his family had a shameful part. Ford doesn't believe in curses, but as he and his friend Tomlinson begin to investigate, following the trail of the attacks from Key Largo to Tallahassee, they, too, suffer a series of near-fatal mishaps. Is it really a curse? Or just a crime spree? The answer lies in solving a near-hundred-year-old murder . . . and probing the mind of a madman.


Tricia Booker, "The Place of Peace and Cookies," (Twisted Road Publications. $15.95)
Saturday, March 18, 7 pm

When journalist Tricia Booker and her husband had trouble conceiving, they followed the well-worn footsteps of couples exploring in-vitro fertilization. Two years and  thousands of dollars later, they decided to have a long fulfilling life without children. Instead, they became immersed in the world of international adoption. Their first child, born in Vietnam, introduced them to a poor but loving orphanage where infants slept with their caretakers. Then came Guatemala, a beautiful, impoverished country where Booker's two younger children lived in tiny cribs with little human interaction.  In candid, raw prose, Booker tells the story of her family, including her son's diagnosis of Anxious-Attachment Disorder, the service dog she trained to help him, and her and her husband's chaotic attempts to simplify their lives in order to heal their son.


Rona Recommends for NOW meeting

Wednesday, March 15 at 7 pm

The BookMark and the Jacksonville Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) are partnering to celebrate Women's History Month.

Light Refreshiments,will be served beginning at 6:30 pm and Rona will talk about good books by/and or about women at 7 pm.

This is the 15th annual BookMark/NOW event to celebrate Women’s History Month and the sixth year for the “Rona Recommends” program.  It is a great way to enjoy lively conversation, get great reading recommendations, and to find out more about Women’s History Month. 


Photo: © Sara Harris Photography

Brad Parks, "Say Nothing," (Dutton Books, $26)  [with Steve Berry]

Sunday March 12 at 3 pm

“Parks dispenses plot twists with a poisoned eyedropper… The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over.”
—Kirkus, Starred Review

Judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence suggests he does. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen his children. A man who warns the judge to do exactly as he is told in a drug case he is about to rule on. If the judge fails to follow his instructions, the consequences for the children will be dire.
 
For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told.

Brad Parks is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. A former reporter with The Washington Post and The Star-Ledger (Newark), he lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.


Troy Ball, "Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Wit and Whiskey," (coauthor Bret Witter), (Dey Street Books, $26.99)

Saturday. March 11 at 7 pm

"The first woman ever licensed to distill hard liquor in North Carolina uncorks an emotionally charged memoir about traversing family heartache to become the "moonshine mama" of the South...A heart-stirring life story."--Kirkus ReviewsTro

Troy Ball is a classic Southern belle, with an easy charm, impeccable manners, a wide smile, and golden-blond hair.  But beneath that crisp white blouse and strand of pearls is a streak of tenacity a mile wide.  After she and her husband move to Asheville, she meets an Appalachian raconteur with a truck, a thousand stories, and a sip of moonshine he happily shares. What followed was a friendship and a journey into the heart of distilling old-fashioned corn whiskey.

Stretching back to Colonial times and forward to today and the Byzantine laws Troy had to navigate to become the first female legal moonshiner in the history of the South, this memoir is a true moonshine-making odyssey.

Troy Ball is the founder and principal owner of Asheville Distilling Company in Asheville, North Carolin which recently received a gold medal for moonshine, the highest possible rating. In 2004, Troy cofounded the Thoughtful House Center for Children in Austin, Texas, which has recently changed its name to the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development. Today, the center sees over 2,500 children with autism and spectrum disorders and coordinates international medical research studies. Troy lives outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, Charlie, and two of their three grown sons, Marshall and Coulton, who have special needs.


Amor Towles, "A Gentleman in Moscow," (Viking, $27)      

Thursday, March 9 at 7 pm

"In all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight . . . A masterly encapsulation of modern Russian history, this book more than fulfills the promise of Towles' stylish debut, Rules of Civility."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

Amor Towles was born and raised in the Boston area. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University. An investment professional for more than twenty years, he now devotes himself full time to writing. Both his first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, and A Gentleman in Moscow are New York Times bestsellers. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.


Will Schwalbe, "Books for Living." (Knopf Publishing, $25.95)

Friday, March 3 at 7 pm

"Schwalbe's tremendous experience with reading and his stellar taste make for a fine guide to the varied and idiosyncratic list of books for which he advocates. By the end of the book, all serious readers will have added some titles to their to-read lists." --Publishers Weekly *starred review*

 From the author of the beloved New York Times best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.


Why is it that we read? Is it to pass time? To learn something new? To escape from reality? For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big (and small) questions about how to live his life. In this delightful celebration of reading, Schwalbe invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions.  Throughout, Schwalbe focuses on the way certain books can help us honor those we've loved and lost, and also figure out how to live each day more fully. Rich with stories and recommendations, Books for Living is a treasure for everyone who loves books and loves to hear the answer to the question: "What are you reading?"

WILL SCHWALBE has worked in publishing; digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications, including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is the author of the New York Times best seller The End of Your Life Book Club and coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better


Trudy Nan Boyce, "Old Bones," G.P. Putnam's Sons ($27)

Wednesday, March 1 at 7 pm

“Boyce lunges at the caldron of Atlanta racial/sexual/institutional politics as if she can’t wait to tear the lid off. Readers prepared for the deep dive will find themselves enlightened, sobered, and maybe even cautiously uplifted by the heroine’s reckless courage.”—Kirkus Reviews

During a vigil calling for police reform, students from Spelman College, a historically black women's institution, are assaulted by rifle fire from a passing vehicle.

While other detectives take the lead on the Spelman murders, Salt is tasked to investigate the case of a recently discovered decomposed body. When she combs through the missing-persons reports, it becomes clear the victim is a girl Salt took into custody two years before, and Salt feels a grave responsibility to learn the truth.  A gripping and astute story about what it means to serve and protect, Old Bones solidifies Trudy Nan Boyce as an evocative, authoritative voice in crime fiction.

Trudy Nan Boyce received her Ph.D. in community counseling before becoming a police officer for the City of Atlanta. During her more-than-thirty-year career she served as a beat cop, homicide detective, senior hostage negotiator, and lieutenant. Boyce retired from the police department in 2008 and still lives in Atlanta. She is the author of Out of the Blues.


T.L. Williams, "Zero Day: China's Cyber Wars (Logan Alexander #3) First Coast Publishers, $15.95)

Thursday, February 16 at 7 pm

" ... Williams has produced a believable, timely tale brimming with cinematic power.  A skillfully rendered account of superpowers locked in covert war."  Kirkus Review

Moving between Chongqing, China and Langley, Virginia, this fast-paced spy thriller revolves around a plot by the Chinese government to seize the edge on global power by undermining the U.S. economy. Armed with an underground force of hackers, China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has a mission: to destroy confidence in the dollar by launching persistent, aggressive cyberattacks on America's banking system. Revenge against the Communist Party for his father's shameful death, Li Jiang, a senior Public Security Bureau officer in Chongqing, lets America in on the covert details of China's masterful cyberattack plan. To vet and handle this potential asset, the CIA dispatches Logan Alexander, a former Navy SEAL, working undercover in Hong Kong, to China. Logan quickly comes to trust Li. But the brass back in Langley have doubts. Could Li be a double agent? Or could a trusted American be spying for the Chinese? Reviewed by the CIA, ZERO DAY is packed with authentic insider details.

Terrence L. Williams is a retired Central Intelligence Agency Operations Officer with over thirty years of experience conducting and managing covert operations.  ZERO DAY, the third book in the Logan Alexander series, follows the award-winning Cooper's Revenge and Unit 400: The Assassins.
 


K. J. Howe, The Freedom Broker (Querces Books, $26.99)

 Saturday, February 11, 7 pm (with Steve Berry)

"With an alpha female heroine and a plot that's smart, detailed, and highly engaging, The Freedom Broker introduces a new name to the thriller genre: K.J. Howe. It's a fantastic debut . . . a pulse-pounding treat for anyone who loves action and adventure." Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Patriot Threat

"A fast-moving thriller featuring kidnapped oil tycoon Christos Paris and his kidnap-negotiator daughter, Thea. She's tough. She's smart. She's diabetic. The best scene--and who cares if it's plausible--involves bungee jumping over the Zambezi River. It's worth the price of the book. A spectacular start for what promises be a great Thea Paris series."
Kirkus, starred review

Personal tragedy has made Thea Paris what she is today: a world-class freedom broker. Most hostage-recovery work is done at the negotiation table, but when diplomacy fails, Thea leads Quantum Security International's black-ops team on highly sensitive rescue missions to political hot spots around the globe.  Her childhood nightmare resurfaces when her oil magnate father, Christos Paris, is snatched from his yacht off Santorini on his sixtieth birthday, days away from the biggest deal of his career. The brutal kidnappers left the entire crew slaughtered in their wake, but strangely, there are no ransom demands, no political appeals, no prisoner release requests-,-just obscure and foreboding texts written in Latin sent from burner phones. Knowing the survival window for kidnap victims is small, Thea throws herself into the most urgent and challenging rescue mission of her life but will she be able to prevent this kidnapping from destroying her family for good?


Tim Dorsey, "Clownfish Blues" ( Serge Storms #21 )

 (William Morrow & Co. $26.99)

Friday, February 3 at 7 pm

"Readers will find plenty of sharp cultural commentary."--Publishers Weekly

If you're loud and proud Floridian Serge A. Storms, how do you follow up your very own remake of Easy Rider? You shoot your own "episodes" of your favorite classic television show, Route 66!

With Coleman riding shotgun, Serge is rolling down the highway of his dreams in a vintage silver convertible Corvette just like the snazzy car Martin Milner drove. It doesn't matter that the actual Route 66 didn't pass through Florida, for Serge discovers that a dozen episodes near the series' end were filmed (really!) in his beloved home state.

But their adventure traveling the byways of the Sunshine State's underbelly is about to take a detour. Someone is trying to tilt the odds in the state lottery amidst a conga line of huge jackpots spinning off more chaos than any hurricane season. 

Throw in Brooke Campanella, Serge's old flame, as well as the perpetually star-crossed Reevis, and it's a sure bet that the ever lucky Serge will hit it big. Winning has never been this deadly--or this much fun!

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


Lisa Gardner, "Right Behind You," (Dutton Books, $27)

Thursday, February 2 at 7 pm

"Devilishly clever twists propel Gardner’s tale of family bonds fractured, mended, and sometimes destroyed." - Starred Review - Publishers Weekly

One of the most famous and succesful authors of the psychological thriller will discuss her newest mystery and the return of her popular FBI Profiler Series characters.

Is he a hero? ... Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.


Is he a killer?  ...Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah's older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.


All she knows for sure: He's back. Sharlah's big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killerAnd how much will it cost to find out?

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eighteen previous novels, including her most recent, Find Her. Her Detective D. D. Warren novels include Find Her, Fear Nothing, Catch Me, Love You More, and The Neighbor, which won the International Thriller of the Year Award. Her FBI Profiler Novels include Gone, The Next Accident, and The Third Victim. She lives with her family in New England.


John Lescroart, "Fatal," (Atria Books, $26.99)

Thursday, January 26 at 7pm

From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting stand-alone novel about the unexpected, shattering, and lethal consequences of a one-night stand on a seemingly happily married couple. 

Kate is happily married to Ron with two children and a beautiful home in San Francisco.

But everything changes when Kate meets Peter. What begins as a passing fancy develops into a dangerous obsession and one intense, passionate encounter.

Confident that life can go back to normal, Kate never considers that Peter may not be so willing to move on.

Until a masked man fires a weapon into the crowd of a cafe that Kate is in with her best friend. This tragedy is just the first in a series of horrifying events that will show exactly how fatal the consequences of one mistake can be...

John Lescroart is the author of twenty-five previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ophelia Cut, The Keeper, and The Fall. He lives in Northern California.


Karen White, "The Guests on South Battery," (Berkley Books, $26)

Thursday, January 19 at 7pm

New York Times bestselling author Karen White invites you to explore the brick-walked streets of Charleston, where historic mansions house the memories of years gone by, and restless spirits refuse to fade away...

With her extended maternity leave at its end, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to leave her new husband and beautiful twins to return to work, especially when she's awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end - and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for more than a year are about to invade her life once more.

But her return to the realty office goes better than she could have hoped, with a new client eager to sell the home she recently inherited on South Battery. Most would treasure living in one of the grandest old homes in the famous historic district of Charleston, but Jayne Smith would rather sell hers as soon as possible, guaranteeing Melanie a quick commission.

Despite her stroke of luck, Melanie can't deny that spirits - both malevolent and benign - have started to show themselves to her again. One is shrouded from sight, but appears whenever Jayne is near. Another arrives when an old cistern is discovered in Melanie's backyard on Tradd Street.

Melanie knows nothing good can come from unearthing the past. But some secrets refuse to stay buried....

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between, and the coauthor of The Forgotton Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig.


Chris Bohjalian, "The Sleepwalker," (Doubleday, $26.95)

Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm

From the New York Times bestselling author of "The Guest Room" comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire.

When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge.

The morning of Annalee's disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee's husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs' Victorian home.

As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee's disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body? 

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the author of eighteen books, including The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; The Double Bind; and Midwives. His novel Midwives was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and three of his novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers).


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