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Philipp Meyer - Tuesday May 5th at 7:00 PM
WOMBA Mini-Tour: Guilt, Pleasure and Guilty Pleasures - Thursday May 7th at 7:00 PM
WOMBA Mini-Tour: Passion - Thursday May 14th at 7:00 PM
Also Coming This Month...

The Last Olympian Don't forget to pre-order the fifth and final book in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, The Last Olympian - it will be available on May 5th. Reserve your copy with us today and receive 20% off the cover price!

In this momentous final book in the New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

American RustPHILIPP MEYER will read from
American Rust
Tuesday, May 5th at 7 PM

Meyer's brilliant debut, set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation that arises in its absence. Two young men, bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia and the beauty around them, dream of a future beyond the factories, abandoned homes and polluted river. Meyer's book evokes John Steinbeck's novels of restless lives during the Great Depression.

"Meyer has a thrilling eye for failed dreams and writes uncommonly tense scenes of violence...Fans of Cormac McCarthy or Dennis Lehane will find in Meyer an author worth watching." - Publisher's Weekly

Guilt, Pleasure, and Guilty Pleasures
Thursday, May 7th at 7 PM

MCs: Elizabeth Stark and Joan Gelfand
Writers Reading: Catherine Brady, Dana Fredsti & Cynthia Gentry (co-authors), and Jill Wolfson

How do we deal with Guilt in our lives? Do we let it overpower and cripple us? Do we merely live with it? Do we own it and make guilty pleasure a delight? In this reading we explore three very different aspects of guilt. In Jill Wolfson's Cold Hands, Warm Heart, we explore the guilt that rests in the shadows between life and death. In stories in The Mechanics of Falling, Catherine Brady asks a few uncomfortable questions about liberal guilt, and in Cynthia Gentry and Dana Fredsti's Secret Seductions, we experience the freedom of guilty pleasures.

Raffle tickets given away free when you buy a book. Win book club visits and manuscript consultations from award-winning and bestselling authors.

Thursday, May 14th at 7 PM

MCs: Joan Gelfand and Elizabeth Stark
Writers Reading: Meg Waite Clayton, Maria Espinosa and Susan Freinkel

What is life without Passion? Whether it is passion for nature, as in Susan Freinkel's exploration of the life, death and rebirth of the American Chestnut, the passion released by five women writing their lives and pursuing their dreams, as in Meg Waite Clayton's Wednesday Sisters, or the passion of a mother, daughter and the man they both love in Maria Espinosa's Dying Unfinished, passion drives us to go beyond the confines of the everyday. Enjoy these three very different renditions of passion transforming ordinary lives into adventures in nature, creativity and love.

Raffle tickets given away free when you buy a book. Win book club visits and manuscript consultations from award-winning and bestselling authors.

Also Coming in May:

  • JANE GANAHL & contributing writers will read and discuss
    Single Woman of a Certain Age
    Tuesday, May 12th at 7 PM

  • SCOTT NORTON will discuss
    Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors and Publishers
    Tuesday, May 19th at 7 PM

  • GEOFFREY NUNBERG will read from
    The Years of Talking Dangerously
    Wednesday, May 20 at 7 PM

  • MATTHEW AMSTER-BURTON will read from
    Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
    Thursday, May 28 at 7 PM

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