...for a terrific Independent Bookstore Day. It's gratifying, every year, to have face time with all the wonderful readers whose commitment to indies breathes life into our store and our community of book lovers, writers, and readers.
First things first: there's only ONE DAY LEFT to purchase tickets for this month's Literary Luncheon. The featured author is Elaine Neil Orr, critically acclaimed writer of A Different Sun and the recently released Swimming Between Worlds, a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement. Elaine will converse with guests over food and drink at the always-delicious Davidson Icehouse. Tickets can be purchased here.
This month, we also invite local authors Tom Cotter and Hope Andersen to the store for Saturday morning book signings. Author Renee Hodges visits to discuss her memoir Saving Bobby, in which she chronicles her experience helping a loved one confront their drug addiction, and author Thomas McConnell spends an evening here midway through the month to discuss his debut novel, The Wooden King. We'll wrap up the spring season with a visit from David Sedaris and a simultaneous block party that all are invited to attend.
Read on to learn more about May's new releases and events. Our events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted. And, as always, we love to share books, community events, and general literary merriment. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living 800 years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker—places today’s headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again. A deep immersion into the rich cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, The Map of Salt and Stars charts the paths of two protagonists as they brave the unknown, pulled by the promise of reaching home at last.
In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old, fiercely independent Martha travels alone to Madrid to report on the Spanish Civil War and finds herself falling in love with Ernest Hemingway. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, Martha and Ernest's careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man's wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. The bestselling author of The Paris Wife, Paula McLain, returns with Love and Ruin.
An eleven-year-old boy is found dead, covered in the fingerprints of the town’s beloved baseball coach, Terry Maitland. Maitland is taken to jail, his claim to innocence scorned despite his foolproof alibi. Thus begins The Outsider, another page-turner from the master of suspense, Stephen King. King guides readers through the darkest corners of the human psyche and explores the devastating effects of false accusations while also weaving a hair-raising tale of a bloodthirsty killer with a knack for destroying more lives than he takes.
Ellis and Michael are twelve-year-old boys when they first become friends. For a long time it's just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers as their close friendship grows into something more. A decade or so later, Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight, begging the question, what happened in the years between? With beautiful prose and characters that are so real that they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to kindness, friendship, loss, and living.
Cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay has curated an anthology of pieces from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure mistreatment, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled” for speaking out. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, Not That Bad says “something in totality that we cannot say alone," while insisting that “not that bad” must no longer be good enough.
CalypsOlympics Block Party
Thursday, May 31st
Main Street Books has the profound honor of hosting the epically observant New York Times bestselling humorist David Sedaris as he tours to promote the release of his forthcoming book, Calypso. To celebrate Sedaris and his readers, Main Street Books is organizing a town-wide block party in the parking lot between Summit Coffee and Ben & Jerry’s, and everyone's invited.
At 6 p.m., Sedaris will offer remarks inside the store to ticket-holding fans and sign their books (these tickets are sold out). Main Street Books will broadcast audio from inside the store to outside party-goers. Around 8 p.m., Sedaris will be escorted to the outdoor party, where he will sign books and chat with every reader who waits in line to meet him.
The theme of the party, inspired by the title of Sedaris' forthcoming book, is CalypsOlympics. Festivities will include stations facilitating friendly, Sedaris-themed competitions, the Gyro Twins Food Truck, live music, and a signing table where Sedaris will meet with all of his fans.
Although most Block Party festivities will wrap up at 10 p.m., the signing line itself will continue until every guest has had an opportunity to meet Sedaris. Signing line priority will be given to fans who pre-ordered a copy of Calypso from Main Street Books.