Anthony Bourdain, Skippyjon At the Circus and More

There’s a good reason for Anthony Bourdain.  It’s called passion.  Here’s just a small example demonstrating why you should be at the Orpheum tomorrow night.



Please join us Saturday, November 3rd, for a visit from that bold and daring kitty, Skippyjon Jones.  Bookseller Bistro will be serving breakfast, then we’ll read Skippyjon’s latest adventure;Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Olé. If that’s not enough, Skippy will pay us a visit, and you can get your picture taken with our favorite Siamese adventurer.  Tickets are only $7.95 (children 12 months and under are free).  The party starts at 11:00 a.m. Don’t be late!

John Greer
Discussing & Signing
Seeing, Knowing, Being: A Guide to Sacred Awakenings
(True Compass Press, $14.95)
Saturday 3rd at 1:00 PM

From Taoist sages and Sufi mystics to Christian contemplatives and contemporary Zen masters; all these spiritual adepts know that the real work of self-discovery-and the answer to our suffering, emptiness, and loss of meaning-is learning to see in a different way. Explore the  truth behind all the world’s mystic traditions: Living a spiritual life has nothing to do with fixing ourselves. It is simply a matter of awakening to what we already are. This artful book traces the steps and stages of the delicate process of awakening in a unique and inspiring way. This work also highlights over 100 evocative images and metaphors — as varied and colorful as the sages themselves — to kindle imagination and spark intuition;to shift perspective and into an awareness that no amount of explanation can achieve.When we put aside society’s hand-me-down map of the mind, we can go to work, raise a family, take out the garbage and still experience the wonders and oneness of life with deep reverence, gratitude, and joy.

Wendy Welch
Discussing & Signing
The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap
(St. Martin’s Press, $24.99)
Friday 9th at 6:00 PM
An inspiring true story about losing your place, finding your purpose, and building a community one book at a time. Wendy Welch and her husband had always dreamed of owning a bookstore, so when they left their high-octane jobs for a simpler life in an Appalachian coal town, they seized an unexpected opportunity to pursue their dream. Against all odds, but with optimism, the help of their Virginian mountain community, and an abiding love for books, they succeeded in establishing more than a thriving business – they built a community.

Jeanette Keith
Discussing & Signing
Fever Season: The Story of a Terrifying Epidemic and the People Who Saved
a City
(Bloomsbury Publishing, $30.00)
Saturday 10th at 1:00 PM
Fever Season chronicles events in Memphis during the outbreak of Yellow Fever in August of 1878 until the disease ran its course in late October. The story that Jeanette Keith uncovered is a profound account of how a catastrophe inspired reactions, both heroic and cowardly, from the people of the city. Using the vivid, anguished accounts and diaries of those who chose to stay and those who were left behind, Fever Season depicts the events of that summer and fall. In its pages we meet people of great courage and compassion, many of whom died for having those virtues, and learn how a disaster can shape the future of a city.

Shelby Tucker
Discussing & Signing
Client Service
(Stacey International Publishers, $22.95)
Tuesday 13th at 6:00 PM
World of Finance, a massive investment company, is teetering on the point of implosion. Controlled by the elusive, brooding Baroque, its Ponzi structure is irrevocably unraveling, but not before World of Finance can suck in the naïve and amoral—and destroy them. Set in the sixties, and drawing on Tucker’s own
experience, Client Service is a relevant and entertaining lens through which to view the current financial crisis.

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