We’ve got a dazzling spectrum of literary talent lined up for June. Some of our authors are local favorites, while others are nationally and internationally recognized literary figures.
Sarah Francis Hardy Discussing & Signing Puzzled by Pink (Viking Press, $16.99) Saturday, June 2nd, 11 a.m.
Not every girl loves pink. Izzie hates pink as much as her sister, Rose, loves it. So when Rose plans an all-pink birthday party with the guests dressed in fairy costumes, Izzie decides to give her own alternative party in the attic; featuring dried roses, spider webs, and nothing pink! The guests will be monsters, spiders, ghosts, and the pet cat. But some powerful magic triggers the appearance of yet another guest – an unexpected one. This will be a party nobody forgets.
Danyelle Bradley Discussing & Signing Learning with Tydi & Froggy: Colors (Tate, $6.99) Saturday, June 2nd, 1 p.m.
Learning with Tydi and Froggy is an educational rhyming story that provides a fun way to learn. It teaches the basic skills of a child just beginning to learn and offers another helping hand in early childhood education. Children will love pointing out colors along with Tydi and Froggy as they discover five new colors in the world around them.
Ace Atkins Discussing & Signing The Lost Ones (Penguin, $26.95) Lullaby(Putnam, $25.95) Tuesday, June 5th, 6 p.m.
We are proud of our years-long support for this award-winning, powerhouse author; a man who has been appointed by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the Spenser legacy. Ace will be with us to support two new releases.
Fresh from 10 years as a U.S. Army Ranger, Quinn Colson finds his hands full as the newly elected sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. An old buddy running a local gun shop may be in over his head when stolen army rifles start showing up in the hands of a Mexican drug gang. At the same time, an abused-child case leads Quinn and his tough-as-nails deputy, Lillie Virgil, deep into the heart of a bootleg baby racket and a trail of darkness and death. And when the two cases collide, Quinn and his allies are forced to realize that, though they may be home from the war, they are now in the fight of their lives.
Boston P.I. Spenser lives on in the stunning new entry in the New York Times bestselling series. When fourteen-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie’s need for closure and her determination to make things right hit the legendary P. I. right where he lives; invoking Spenser’s own code of justice and sense of right. Spenser will need help to find peace for Mattie : it’s a task far more dangerous than he ever imagined.
Daniel Friedman Discussing & Signing Don’t Ever Get Old (Minotaur, $24.99) Thursday, June 7th, 6 p.m.
This is the first in a one-of-a-kind, spectacularly well-written mystery series featuring Buck Schatz, an 87-year-old retired Memphis cop. When an old adversary escapes Germany with a fortune in stolen gold, Buck decides to hunt down the fugitive and claim the loot. But a lot of people want a piece of the stolen treasure, and Buck’s investigation quickly attracts unfriendly attention from a very motley (and murderous) crew.
Beth Ryan Discussing & Signing If a Frog Had Wings (Self, $14.95) Saturday, June 9th, 11a.m.
Hopson is a frog who appreciates his fellow amphibians and his life on Pebble Pond. When Hopson overhears Uncle Croaker speak at a frog town meeting, making claims that the, “frogs are disappearing”, he becomes concerned about his fate and the destiny of Pebble Pond. Hopson discovers his self worth, and demonstrates to his family and friends on Pebble Pond how all creatures must contribute to a cleaner earth.
P. J. Ceren Discussing & Signing Joseph (Self, $16.95) Saturday, June 9th, 1 p.m.
Joseph is a retelling of the love story of Mary and Joseph from the point of view of a happy craftsman who struggles with the visions that come to him. Joseph is the perfect character for the subject of a novel. Everyone knows who he is, but nobody knows who he was. He is not that cardboard cutout from a nativity scene. but a passionate man who struggles with the expectations of God. In other words, he is just like us.
Joseph Kanon Discussing & Signing Istanbul Passage (Simon & Schuster, $26.00) Tuesday, June 12th, 6 p.m.
From the acclaimed, bestselling author of “Stardust,” “The Good German,” and “Los Alamos”–a tale of an American undercover agent in 1945 Istanbul who descends into the murky cat-and-mouse world of compromise and betrayal. Rich with atmosphere and period detail, “Istanbul Passage “is the haunting story of a man swept up in the dawn of the Cold War, of an unexpected love affair, and of a city as deceptive as the calm surface waters of the Bosphorus that divides it.
Russ Kick Discussing & Signing The Graphic Canon, Vol. 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare and Dangerous Liaisons. (Seven Stories Press, $34.95) Thursday, June 14th, 6 p.m.
Booksellers At Laurelwood is proud to present a man who has been called a “literary archaeologist” by the New York Times, and editor of what may be the best Graphic Novel of 2012. Included herein is a dizzying array of literature, including The Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales by the exceptional artist Seymour Chwast, Robert Crumb’s rarely-seen adaptation of Boswell’s London Journal, and Don Quixote as visualized by the legendary Will Eisner. Here is some of the buzz this first volume has generated:
“Through the reprinted and newly-produced work of 59 (mainly American) adapters and 58 adapted titles, this is not only a survey of the world’s diverse artistic past, but also a breathtaking glimpse of this young medium’s incredible future.” —Booklist, starred review
“Starting with The Epic of Gilgamesh and ending with Hamlet, this meaty slab is laced with more wit, beauty, social commentary and shock than one might expect.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Looks like a must-buy for all academic libraries, many public libraries, and many high schools, and an exciting new benchmark for comics!” —Martha Cornog, Library Journal
“In what looks to be the graphic publishing literary event of the year, Seven Stories Press will publish the first volume of the Graphic Canon: Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons in April, the first of a three-volume anthology of graphic interpretations of the world’s literary classics created by 130 comics artists and illustrators.”—Calvin Reid, Publisher’s Weekly
Clarence Watkins Discussing & Signing Baseball in Memphis (Arcadia $21.99) Saturday June 16th, 1 p.m.
Auto Zone Park, arguably the best minor-league baseball park built in the past 25 years, is nestled in a corner of downtown Memphis. Located across the street from the historic Peabody Hotel and two blocks from Beale Street, Auto Zone opened in 2000 to rave reviews. It is the phoenix that rose from the ashes of Russwood Park. Baseball enthusiasts remember Russwood and the players who roamed the field, like Dazzy Vance, one-arm Pete Gray, Big Klu, and Moonlight Graham. Images of Baseball: Baseball in Memphis highlights the history of the Chicks and the Redbirds and pays homage to the original amateur Chickasaws, the Red Sox, and the Blues.
Rheta Grimsley Johnson Discussing & Signing Hank Hung the Moon (New South Books, $24.95) Tuesday, June 19th, 6 p.m.
The Booksellers at Laurelwood are eager to welcome back former Commercial Appeal columnist, Rheta Grimsley Johnson for a book signing event; showcasing her new book about Hank Williams. The dark story of America’s Pulitzer Prize winning hillbilly singer has been told often and well, but always with sad country fiddles wailing. This latest Hank Williams paean will make readers laugh as well as cry. Hank hung the moon and left his fans behind to admire it. He transformed the musical landscape, as well as the heavens, with his genius. And that’s a good thing.
Mary Kay Andrews Discussing & Signing Spring Fever (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99) Tuesday, June 20th, 6 p.m.
The New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental delivers her delicious new novel about small towns, old flames, and deep secrets. Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. But there are secrets afoot in this small southern town. On the peaceful surface of Hideaway Lake, Annajane discovers that the past is never really gone. Even if there are people determined to keep Annajane from getting what she wants, happiness might be hers for the taking, and the life she once had with Mason in this sleepy lake town might be in her future.
Delores “Dodo” Grisanti Katsotis Discussing & Signing Chef Dough Dough & the Giant Purple Grapes (Self, $18.95) Saturday, June 23rd, 1 p.m.
The Booksellers welcome kids of all ages to a fun demonstration of the benefits of healthy eating with Memphis’ own Chef Dough Dough. Joey and Josh are ready to start an enjoyable summer of playing in their tree house when Chef Dough Dough pops up and joins the fun. In her new book, the author, Dodo Grisanti Katsotis encourages the reader to make their own healthy choices.
Benjamin Busch Discussing & Signing Dust to Dust (Ecco Press, $26.00) Sunday, June 24th, 3 p.m.
Dust to Dust is an extraordinary memoir about ordinary things: life and death, war and peace, the explorations of childhood and revelations of adulthood by Busch–a U.S. Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq, an actor on The Wire , and son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch. In elemental-themed chapters–water, metal, bone, blood–Busch weaves together a vivid record of a pastoral childhood in rural New York; Marine training in North Carolina, Ukraine, and California; and deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq as seen firsthand. But this is much more than a war memoir. Busch writes with great poignancy about the resonance of a boyhood spent exploring rivers and woods, building forts, and testing the limits of safety. Most of all, he brings enormous emotional power to his reflections on mortality: in a helicopter going down; wounded by shrapnel in Ramadi; dealing with the sudden death of friends in combat and of parents back home. “Dust to Dust” is an unforgettable meditation on life and loss, and how the curious children we were remain alive in us all.
G. M. Lawrence Discussing & Signing Q: Awakening (Variance, $25.95) Tuesday, June 26th, 6 p.m
Q: Awakening is the tale of the lost Christian gospel and the vulnerable, complex man whose destiny is inextricably intertwined with it.The novel combines an international thriller with spiritual journey; delving into the mysteries of human existence.
Dr. Denita Hedgeman Discussing & Signing While I Wait (Tate, $15.99) Saturday, June 30th, 1 p.m.
Are you tired of praying over and over for the same things that you have been asking for years? Are you waiting on that perfect job, family, marriage, ministry, house, business, or dream? Join Dr. Denita Hedgeman for a book signing and discussion on learning God’s secrets on how to successfully wait on his promises.