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Author Luncheon with Caitlin Macy, Mrs., Mon., March 12, 12 pm

 

Join us Mon., March 12, 12 pm for lunch at 5 Faber, as Caitlin Macy discusses her new novel Mrs. (Little, Brown, hb., 352 pp., $27). Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon and talk, or $58 including a signed copy of the book.

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In the well-heeled milieu of New York’s Upper East Side, coolly elegant Philippa Lye is the woman no one can stop talking about. Despite a shadowy past, Philippa has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city. Then, into her precariously balanced life, come two women: Gwen Hogan, a childhood acquaintance who uncovers an explosive secret about Philippa’s single days, and Minnie Curtis, a newcomer whose vast fortune and frank revelations about a penurious upbringing in Spanish Harlem put everyone on alert.

When Gwen’s husband, a heavy-drinking, obsessive prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, stumbles over the connection between Philippa’s past and the criminal investigation he is pursuing at all costs, this insulated society is forced to confront the rot at its core and the price it has paid to survive into the new millennium.

Caitlin Macy is the author of The Fundamentals of Play and Spoiled. A graduate of Yale, she received her MFA from Columbia. Her work has been published in The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineO, and Slate, among other publications. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.



Alwyn Hamilton and Ryan Graudin, Sun., March 11, 3 pm

Join us Sun., March 11, 3 pm as Alwyn Hamilton will be here to discuss her new novel Traitor to the Throne (Viking, hb., 528 pp., $19). Alwyn will be in conversation with another bestselling YA author, Charleston’s own Ryan Graudin.

Traitor to the Throne is the sizzling sequel to the New York Times bestselling Rebel of the Sands. Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town where she attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves houses so often.

Ryan Graudin is the author of six young adult novels, including the Carnegie nominated Wolf By Wolf duology, Invictus and The Walled City. She resides near Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and wolf-dog. You can find her online at www.ryangraudin.com.



The Southern Harvest Cookbook with Cathy Cleary, Sat., March 3, 3:30 pm

Join us Sat., March 3, 3:30 pm as Cathy Cleary will share the stories behind the recipes in The Southern Harvest Cookbook (History Press, pb., 160 pp., $25).

The southern garden produces delights in all four seasons, from asparagus to tomatoes, apples to collard greens. Make use of the bounty of your garden or farmers’ market with new twists on familiar favorites. Recipes for Apple Radish Salad and Bacon Apple Burgers break up a fall parade of crisps and crumbles. Instead of roasting, make Whiskey Braised Sweet Potatoes or Sweet Potato Peanut Stew and add greens to Shrimp and Grits. Recipes for preserving herbs, pickling peaches and berry jams mean that your harvest will never go to waste. Let experienced gardener and cook Cathy Cleary walk you through four seasons of fresh, flavorful cooking.

Cathy Cleary began cooking and baking at the ripe age of four. In 2000, she opened the West End Bakery Café in West Asheville, which quickly became an iconic eatery, and in 2014 published The West End Bakery and Café Cookbook to satisfy requests to share her recipes. Cathy and her husband own a small farm outside Asheville where they grow as much food as possible.



Upside-Down Magic with Sarah Mlynowski, Mon., Jan 29, 3:30 pm

Join us Mon., Jan. 29, 3:30 pm as Sarah Mlynowski will give a reading from her Upside-Down Magic series, and then stick around to sign books and talk with fans.

Upside-Down Magic is an offbeat series about a group of misfits who set out to prove that life on the other side of ordinary has its charms. It’s never easy when your magic goes wonky. For Nory, this means that instead of being able to turn into a dragon or a kitten, she turns into both of them at the same time–a dritten. For Elliott, the simple act of conjuring fire from his fingertips turns into a fully frozen failure. For Andres, wonky magic means he’s always floating in the air, bouncing off the walls, or sitting on the ceiling. For Bax, a bad moment of magic will turn him into a… actually, he’d rather not talk about that.

In their classroom, lessons are unconventional, students are unpredictable, and magic has a tendency to turn wonky at the worst possible moments. It’s always amazing the trouble a little wonky magic can cause.

Sarah is the author of both the Whatever After and Magic in Manhattan series, as well as Don’t Even Think About ItMilkrun, Fishbowl, As Seen on TV, Monkey Business, Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have), and How to be Bad (along with E. Lockhart and Lauren Myracle).

Sarah’s books have been translated into twenty-nine languages and optioned to Hollywood. She now lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.



Author Luncheon with Peter Zheutlin, Rescued, Fri., Feb. 23, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Feb. 23, 12 pm for lunch at 5 Faber, as Peter Zheutlin discusses his new book Rescued (Penguin Books, pb., 256 pp., $16). Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon and talk, or $47 including a signed copy of the book.

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In the follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Rescue Road, acclaimed journalist Peter Zheutlin offers a heartwarming and often humorous new look into the world of rescue dogs. Sharing lessons from his own experiences, Zheutlin reveals the surprising and inspiring life lessons rescue dogs can teach us, such as:

– How to “walk a mile in a dog’s paws” to get a brand-new perspective
– Living with a dog is not one continuous Hallmark moment—but it’s never dull!
– Why having a dog helps you see your faults and quirks in a new light, even if you can’t “shed” them completely
– How to set the world right, one dog at a time

Peter Zheutlin is a freelance journalist and author whose work has appeared regularly in The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Zheutlin has also written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, AARP Magazine and numerous other publications in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of the bestseller Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Lost Hope Highway (Sourcebooks, 2015). Peter is a graduate of Amherst College and Boston College Law School and resides in Massachusetts with his wife, author Judy Gelman.



Edward Ball Lecture at The Citadel, Tues., Jan. 23, 3:30 pm

Our good friend Mayor Riley asked us to pass this information along. Edward Ball has been invited to give a guest lecture at The Citadel next Tues., Jan. 23, at 3:30 pm. Afterwards there will be time to meet and talk with Mr. Ball about his books.



Author Luncheon with Christina Baker Kline, A Piece of the World, Fri., Feb. 2, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Feb. 2, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Christina Baker Kline discusses her newest novel A Piece of the World (William Morrow, hb., 320 pp., $28).

Tickets ($31) are available here.

An instant New York Times bestseller, A Piece of the World delves into the relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of his best-known painting, Christina’s World. As she did in Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, Kline vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.

Christina Baker Kline has written six other novels–Orphan Train, Orphan Train Girl, The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines–and written or edited five works of nonfiction. Orphan Train spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at # 1, and was published in 40 countries.



Operator Down Release Party with Brad Taylor, Sat. Jan. 20, 7 pm

Join celebrated local author Brad Taylor at Stars Rooftop and Grill Room (495 King Street), Sat., Jan. 20, 7 pm. Brad will talk and sign copies of his latest thriller, Operator Down (Dutton, hb., 464 pp., $27).

Beginning to untangle a web that extends through both the American and Israeli intelligence communities, Pike Logan is forced to choose between his Israeli friends and his Taskforce mission, even as the execution of a coup begins to form. At the heart of it is Aaron Bergman, a former leader of an elite direct action team under the Mossad, whose disappearance is the one mistake the plotters made. When Pike’s team breaks up an attempt at killing Shoshana, Aaron’s partner, they stumble upon much more than they expected—a concerted conspiracy to topple a democratic African country. Shoshana is the greatest killing machine the Mossad has ever produced, and she will stop at nothing to help Aaron, even if it means killing Pike Logan.

Brad Taylor is the author of the New York Times bestselling Pike Logan series. He served for more than twenty years in the U.S. Army, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment–Delta, commonly known as Delta Force. He retired as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel and now lives in Charleston.

 



Thunderhead with Neal Shusterman, Sat. Jan. 20, 1 pm

Join us Sat., Jan. 20, 1 pm as National Book Award winner Neal Shusterman discusses and signs the newest installment in his Arc of a Scythe series, titled Thunderhead (Simon and Schuster, hb., 512 pp., $19).

The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe—it does not like what it sees.

A year has passed since Rowan had gone off grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent. As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the “new order.” But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change.

Will the Thunderhead intervene? Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including The Unwind Dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. Scythe, the first book in his newest series Arc of a Scythe, is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. The father of four children, Neal lives in California.



Author Luncheon with Michel Stone, Border Child, Fri., Jan. 26, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Jan. 26, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as South Carolina native Michel Stone discusses her newest novel Border Child (Nan A. Talese, hb., 272 pp., $27).

Tickets ($31) are available here.

About the book: For Héctor and Lilia, pursuit of the American Dream became every parent’s worst fear when they were separated from their infant daughter as they crossed from Mexico to the United States. Now they must try to get her back. Border Child drops readers into the whirlwind of the contemporary immigrant experience, where a marriage is strained to the breaking point by the consequences of wanting more for the next generation. With great empathy and a keen awareness of current events, Michel Stone delivers a novel of surpassing sensitivity and heart.

About the author: Michel Stone has previously published a novel called The Iguana Tree, as well as more than a dozen stories and essays in various journals and magazines. She is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Project Award. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Master’s Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. Raised on Johns Island, Michel now lives in Spartanburg.