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Summer Fiction Extravaganza


Our Summer Fiction Extravaganza is nearly over. As experiments go, I’m calling it a success. It has been fantastic seeing new faces at this month’s events, and even more delightful seeing some of our regulars attending for the first time. I think we’ve all been having fun! And, you can still collect an additional 10% discount on a July shopping spree by attending these last two author events.

The Spy Across the Table We’re ending on a strong note, because we have two bestselling authors flying in from far away, both—intriguingly—with novels set in San Francisco. I met Barry Lancet several years ago, shortly before his thriller, Japantown, was published. I’m not the only fan he won with that debut. It’s been one of our top selling mysteries for the past three years. The Spy Across the Table is Barry’s fourth Jim Brodie novel, and I’m convinced that each book is better than the last.

For those who don’t know, Brodie has an Asian antiques shop in San Francisco. He’s also inherited the detective agency his father founded in Tokyo. Brodie was raised in both countries, speaks both languages, knows both cultures. He’s both fine arts and martial arts. I must confess this new book is particularly special for me, as I got to help Barry scout locations for scenes. It was so much fun to see our dinner in an unusual San Francisco restaurant become a pivotal scene in the book!

Unsub Meg Gardiner is a native Californian with long ties to the Bay Area. Her 13th mystery owes its inspiration to her childhood fears—specifically San Francisco’s Zodiac killer. Unsub (cop lingo for an unknown subject), introduces a serial killer dubbed The Prophet and the cop determined to bring him down. The buzz on this book is huge, and it’s already been optioned by CBS as a TV series. You can read more about both Meg and Unsub in this great profile that ran in the Examiner the other day.

Barry is flying in all the way from Japan to speak here on Tuesday, June 27th at 7:00pm. And Meg will be winging in from Texas on Thursday, June 29th at 7:00pm. These are two great authors, very different, with very different books. Why choose? Please join us for both!

Thanks again for making our Summer Fiction Extravaganza a success! If you have any thoughts on the promotion and whether you’d like to see us do this again, please feel free to share them with me. We’re going to take a brief hiatus from events in July, but we’re back with one of my favorite new authors on August 1st. Stay tuned!


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Susan Tunis
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