The torch has been lit, the Statue of David is here, and the parade of readers will soon commence. David Sedaris, our literary Zeus, is en route to our little hamlet, folks. You can meet him on May 31st (signing line priority will be given to those who purchase their copies of his newest book, Calypso,from Main Street Books), as well as participate in the CalypsOlympics, a food truck-infused, activity-driven bonanza celebrating David and his readers.
After the CalypsOlympics, to help you fill the gaping hole that David's inevitable departure will leave in your heart, we've lined up some great events. First step to healing: attend a beach-themed Summer Kickoff Party on the first Saturday of the month. Step two: meet local authors Robert Bailey, Jenna Sue Bennett, and Karel Lucander. Step three: celebrate two local legends - Guardians of the Gryphon's Clawauthor Todd Calgi Gallicanoand the Ada Jenkins Center. Finally, recuperate over a meal at the Davidson Icehouse in the company of bestselling author Donna Everhart. And, of course, throughout the ordeal, stop in the store to commiserate with our broken-hearted booksellers.
Read on to learn more about June'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.
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia’s, wedding–a match of love rather than tradition. It is here, on this momentous day, that Amar, the youngest of the siblings, reunites with his family for the first time in three years, forcing the reckoning of parents who strove to pass on their cultures and traditions to their children, and of children who in turn struggle to balance authenticity in themselves with loyalty to the home they came from.
It's 1985 in Chicago and Yale's career as development director for an art gallery is about to take off, just as the carnage of the AIDS epidemic reaches a pinnacle. Soon, the only person he has left who hasn't succumbed to the disease is Fiona, his friend's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter, when she finds herself finally grappling with the ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona's stories unfold in The Great Believers, as both struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster.
There There is a relentlessly paced multigenerational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. It tells the story of twelve characters, each of whom have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, and illuminates the plight of the urban Native American in a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history. Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking—There Thereis an unforgettable debut, destined to become required reading in universities across the country.
Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy's bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. After a mysterious falling-out with Miranda's mother, Billy disappears until sixteen years later when Miranda receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy and one final scavenger hunt. Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love and the healing power of community, as well as a love letter to reading and bookstores.
The New York Times-bestselling author of Fates and Furies brings the reader into a physical world that is at once domestic and wild—a place where the hazards of the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries are still of an emotional, psychological nature with Florida. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury—the moments that make us alive.