ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In the first explosive book in the Peri Reed Chronicles, Kim Harrison, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of the Hollows series, blazes a new frontier with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.
"Detroit 2030." Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run. Don't forgive and never forget has always been Peri's creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?
Joe Meno Bio
Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright who lives in Chicago. A winner of the Nelson Algren Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Great Lakes Book Award, and a finalist for the Story Prize, he is the author of six novels, Office Girl, The Great Perhaps, The Boy Detective Fails, Hairstyles of the Damned, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender as Hellfire. His short story collections are Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir and Demons in the Spring. His short fiction has been published in the likes of McSweeney’s, One Story, Swink, LIT, TriQuarterly, Other Voices, Gulf Coast, and broadcast on NPR. He was a contributing editor to Punk Planet, the seminal underground arts and politics magazine. His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times and Chicago Magazine.
Book Description – Marvel and Wonder
Marvel and a Wonder is a darkly mesmerizing epic and literary page-turner set at the end of the twentieth century. In summer 1995, Jim Falls, a Korean War vet, struggles to raise his sixteen-year-old grandson, Quentin, on a farm in southern Indiana. In July, they receive a mysterious gift—a beautiful quarter horse—which upends the balance of their difficult lives. The horse’s appearance catches the attention of a pair of troubled, meth-dealing brothers and, after a violent altercation, the horse is stolen and sold. Grandfather and grandson must travel the landscape of the bleak heartland to reclaim the animal and to confront the ruthless party that has taken possession of it. Along the way, both will be forced to face the misperceptions and tragedies of their past.
Evoking the writing of William Faulkner and Denis Johnson, this brilliant, deeply moving work explores the harrowing, often beautiful marvels of a nation challenged by its own beliefs. Ambitious, expansive, and laden with suspense, Marvel and a Wonder presents an unforgettable pair of protagonists at the beginning of one America and the end of another
Nina Revoyr Bio
Nina Revoyr was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a white American father, and grew up in Tokyo, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of four novels. Her first book, The Necessary Hunger, was described by Time magazine as “the kind of irresistible read you start on the subway at 6 p.m. on the way home from work and keep plowing through until you’ve turned the last page at 3 a.m. in bed.”
Her second novel, Southland, was a Los Angeles Timesbestseller and “Best Book of 2003,” a Book Sense 76 pick, an Edgar Award finalist, and the winner of the Ferro Grumley Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Publishers Weekly called it “Compelling… never lacking in vivid detail and authentic atmosphere, the novel cements Revoyr’s reputation as one of the freshest young chroniclers of life in L.A.”L.A. Weekly called it “Fascinating and heartbreaking…an essential part of L.A. history,” and the LAist recently named it one of “20 Novels that Dared to Define a Different Los Angeles.”
Nina’s third book, The Age of Dreaming, was a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Publishers Weekly called it “enormously satisfying;” Library Journal described it as “Fast-moving, riveting, unpredictable and profound,” and Los Angeles Magazine wrote that “Nina Revoyr…is fast becoming one of the city’s finest chroniclers and myth-makers.”
Nina’s fourth novel, Wingshooters, was published in 2011. It was a Booklist Editors Choice for 2011 and anO: Oprah Magazine’s “Book to Watch For,” and has won an Indie Booksellers Choice Award and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award. Publishers Weekly described it as “remarkable…an accomplished story of family and the dangers of complacency in the face of questionable justice; and Booklist called it “a shattering northern variation on To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Nina’s books are widely taught and have been selected for numerous “Campus Reads” and “Community Reads” programs, as well as for many book clubs. Her fifth novel, Lost Canyon, will be published in August, 2015.
Nina is also co-editor, with poet X.J. Kennedy and poet and former National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia, of the college textbook Literature for Life: A Thematic Introduction to Reading and Writing.
Nina is executive vice president and chief operating officer of a large nonprofit organization serving children affected by violence and poverty in Central and South Los Angeles. She has also been an Associate Faculty member at Antioch University, and a Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Occidental College, and Pitzer College. Nina lives in Northeast Los Angeles with her spouse and their dogs.
Book Description – The Lost Canyon
Four people on a backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada find more adventure than they ever imagined. They are drawn to the mountains for reasons as diverse as their own lives. Gwen Foster, a counselor for at-risk youth, is struggling with burnout from the demands of her job and with the loss of one of her teens. Real estate agent Oscar Barajas is adjusting to the fall of the housing market and being a single parent. Todd Harris, an attorney, is stuck in a lucrative but unfulfilling career—and in a failing marriage. They are all brought together by their trainer, Tracy Cole, a former athlete with a taste for risky pursuits.
When the hikers start up a pristine mountain trail that hasn’t been traveled in years, all they have to guide them is a hand-drawn map of a remote, mysterious place called Lost Canyon. At first, the route past high alpine lakes and under towering, snowcapped peaks offers all the freedom and exhilaration they’d hoped for. But when they stumble onto someone who doesn’t want to be found, the group finds itself faced with a series of dangerous conflicts, moral dilemmas, confrontations with nature, and an all-out struggle for survival.
Moving effortlessly between city and wilderness, Lost Canyon explores the ways that race, class, and culture shape experience and perception. It examines the choices good people must face in desperate situations. Set in the grand, wild landscape of California’s mountains, Lost Canyon is a story of brewing social tensions and breathtaking adventure that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Lori Nelson Spielman (Sweet Forgiveness)
Lori Nelson Spielman is the author of "The Life List. "A former speech pathologist and guidance counselor, she currently works as a home-bound teacher for inner-city students. Lori enjoys running, traveling, and reading, though writing is her passion. She and her husband live in East Lansing, Michigan.
#1 international bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman follows "The Life List "with "Sweet Forgiveness," in which a woman's receipt of two forgiveness stones sends her searching for atonement
The Forgiveness Stones craze is sweeping the nation instantly recognizable pouches of stones that come with a chain letter and two simple requests: to forgive, and then to seek forgiveness. But New Orleans' favorite talk show host, Hannah Farr, isn't biting. Intensely private and dating the city's mayor, Hannah has kept her very own pouch of Forgiveness Stones hidden for two years and her dark past concealed for nearly two decades. But when Fiona Knowles, creator of the Forgiveness Stones, appears on Hannah's show, Hannah unwittingly reveals on air details of a decades-old falling out with her mother.
Spurned by her fans, doubted by her friends, and accused by her boyfriend of marring his political career, Hannah reluctantly embarks on a public journey of forgiveness. As events from her past become clearer, the truth she's clung to since her teenage years has never felt murkier. Hannah must find the courage to right old wrongs, or risk losing her mother, and any glimmer of an authentic life, forever.
Meet Bestselling Historical Fiction Author Conn Iggulden
Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. He is the author of the Conqueror series, concerning the Mongol Khans, and the Emperor series, about Julius Caesar. Conn lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children.
The first book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Conn Iggulden’s brilliant new historical series about two families that plunged England into a devastating, decades-long civil war.
In 1437, the Lancaster king Henry VI ascends the throne of England after years of semi-peaceful regency. Named “The Lamb,” Henry is famed more for his gentle and pious nature than his father’s famous battlefield exploits; already, his dependence on his closest men has stirred whispers of weakness at court.
A secret truce negotiated with France to trade British territories for a royal bride—Margaret of Anjou—sparks revolts across English territory. The rival royal line, the House of York, sees the chaos brought on by Henry’s weakness and with it the opportunity to oust an ineffectual king.
As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who or what can save the kingdom before it is too late?
“It’s been said that Game of Thrones is the Wars of the Roses written as fantasy: this is the real thing, more glorious [and] more passionate.”—M. C. Scott, author of Rome: The Emperor’s Spy
“Capturing the…violence and romance of medieval life, Iggulden makes real those grand characters who live in the collective memory.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Great pacing, fascinating people, and vibrant descriptions make this a must read!”—Historical Novel Review
Meet Debut Author and Former University of Michigan Professor Elena Delbanco
A debut novel about a daughter grappling with the legacy of her famous and imposing cellist father, the secrets he has hidden from her, and the fate of his great Stradivarius cello.
Alexander Feldmann is a revered and sought-after performer whose prodigious talent, striking good looks and worldly charm prove irresistible to all who hear and encounter him. After years of searching, he acquires a glorious cello, the Silver Swan, a rare Stradivarius masterpiece long lost to the world of music.
Mariana is Alexander’s only child and the maestro has large ambitions for her. By the age of nineteen she emerges as a star cellist in her own right, and is seen as the inheritor of her father's genius. There are whispers that her career might well outpace his. Mariana believes the Silver Swan will one day be hers, until a stunning secret from her father’s past entwines her fate and that of the Silver Swan in ways she could never have imagined.
"Delbanco’s whirlwind debut novel immediately immerses readers in the rarefied world of classical music performance...readers with an enthusiasm for classical music will be swept away by this detailed, enthralling tale." —Publishers Weekly
"[Elena] Delbanco’s lively tale alternates between the points of view of Mariana and Claude, as the two are forced to confront their desires while dealing with the expectations forced upon them and secrets from the past and present that inevitably collide." —Booklist
“I’ve just finished reading an advance copy of The Silver Swan by Elena Delbanco and while still burning from the white heat of the final sequences I wanted to tell you, and anyone else who will listen, just how magnificent a first novel this happens to be. It’s a tortured and passionate love story about a father and daughter and the musical heritage they share, centered on a treasured object, a Stradivarius cello that gives the novel its title—and it's a family story with an astonishing secret at its center. The prose flows beautifully from beginning to end, as though this were Delbanco’s tenth novel rather than her first. The musical lore her story allows us access to will charm all lovers of classical concertizing. The love stories—there are several of them, each inextricably entwined with the other—will thrill all readers for whom the deepest human passions make the best melodies. I may be the first person to tell you this. I’m sure I won’t be the last. A gorgeous debut that anyone who loves life and art will be thrilled—I'll say it again—thrilled to read.” —Alan Cheuse, Book Commentator, NPR
“The Silver Swan by Elena Delbanco is an intimate, passionate, triumphant story of love and betrayal. Mariana—the devoted child of a world-famous cellist who has promised her the Silver Swan, an invaluable Stradivarius—discovers secrets in her father’s life that shake her world. Fast-paced and beautifully structured, Mariana’s story—full of intensity—is one of depth, sexuality, and surprise.” —Susan Richards Shreve, author of You Are the Love of My Life
“How artfully Elena Delbanco writes about love and music and how deftly she explores the alliances and conflicts between the two. Best of all are her characters: vivid, complicated, passionate and flawed. I couldn't stop turning the pages of this beautifully written and irresistible novel.” —Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy
“Elena Delbanco’s wonderfully absorbing novel presents a Stradivarius cello at its center, and a cast of intense characters who lust after it. The Silver Swan offers a shrewdly plotted story of the passions of musicians for their instruments—as well as for each other. A striking first novel by an author who knows her subject intimately, and relishes it.” —Lynne Sharon Schwartz, author of The Writing on the Wall
“At the intersection of art and money, there are many collisions, and Elena Delbanco'sThe Silver Swan is wry and wise about its particular world: that of musical performers, their possessions, and their investments, in every possible sense of that word. This is a novel of love and the intrigues that follow upon it, and its central figure, the swan, like the Maltese Falcon, gives a special significance to everyone who desires it. A wonderful read.” —Charles Baxter, author of Gryphon: New and Selected Stories
“A must-read for all who wonder what passions and sorrows take place backstage at Carnegie Hall and in the lives of those who have chosen music over almost everything else.” —Cécile David-Weill, author of The Suitors
“A taut, engrossing novel of secrets, betrayal, and the seductive and tormenting force of brilliance.” —Vivien Shotwell, author of Vienna Nocturne
Meet Richard Rawlings, Discovery Channel Host of ‘Fast N’ Loud’ and One Half of ‘Gas Monkey Garage’ Duo for the Release of His New Book Fast N’ Loud: Blood, Sweat and Beer
Just to clarify things for the Richard Rawlings event - IT WILL NOT be first come/first serve for the signing portion of the event.
"We turn rust into gold. We make it fast and loud . . ."
Richard Rawlings' road to the top has been full of dangerous twists and hilarious turns, with a few precipitous cliffs in between. From getting shot defending his beloved 1965 Mustang fastback from carjackers, to blowing out of town Fear and Loathing style in his youth, to eventually founding Gas Monkey Garage and starring in Discovery's hit automotive-restoration series Fast N' Loud, Rawlings has got some stories to tell.
With never-before-seen photos of his childhood and shots from fan-favorite episodes, Rawlings pushes into high gear, sharing the story of his rise to success, his show, and the automotive know-how that has made him famous.
He begins with his own story--including how he went from being flat broke to having a seat at the table with some of history's most iconic car guys. Rawlings then heads into Fast N' Loud, the series, sharing new details on everything from the toughest builds to run-ins with his most die-hard fans, along with travel and auto shop anecdotes featuring Aaron Kaufman and the rest of the Gas Monkey gang. He finishes with a handy guide for classic and antique car enthusiasts that includes insider tricks of the trade. Want to start flipping cars for profit yourself? The secrets of Rawlings' success are all here.