JULY 2014 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Tuesday Aug 12
BETH MACY

TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 7 PM

BETH MACY will discuss her book Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local—and Helped Save an American Town. In it, she explores the effects of globalization on America’s furniture manufacturing industry with the story of the Bassetts, a family from Virginia, whose Bassett Furniture Company was once the world’s largest manufacturer of wooden furniture. The whole town depended on that business for their livelihood. That was all put in jeopardy when cheap Chinese imports began to flood the U.S. market. But John Bassett III fought back, and with legal help he filed a petition against China for unfair trade practices, ultimately saving his company, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, and hundreds of jobs in Galax, Virginia.

The book reads like a spy novel as you follow an informer secretly making his way into the interior recesses of the Chinese furniture industry and providing documentation for legal recourse. LITTLE BROWN

The author is from Urbana, Ohio and now resides in Virginia where she is a reporter for Roanoke Times.

Wednesday Aug 13
TARASHEA NESBIT

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13; 7 Pm

TARASHEA NESBIT will discuss her book, The Wives of Los Alamos. Told as a novel, it depicts the lives of the wives of the scientists working under top secrecy to develop the atomic bomb. Their average age was twenty-five. Their contact with the outside world was all but severed. Their lives were shrouded in a secrecy even they could not be privy to. They arrived in Los Alamos, New Mexico during World War II and made do in half-built homes on a military base surrounded by barbed wire, abundant sand, and armed guards. In the face of this upheaval and uncertainty, they banded together and carved out a life for themselves and their families, in spite of the chaos of the war and intense secrecy.

Told in the collective voice of the women, The Wives of Los Alamos sheds light on one of the strangest and most monumental research projects in modern history. BLOOMSBURY

TaraShea Nesbit was born in Dayton, Ohio, one of the important, but lesser-known, Manhattan Project locations. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Denver and is working on her Ph.D.

Wednesday Aug 27
ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27; 7 PM

ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS will introduce his mystery novel, Fourth Down and Out. It features Andy Hayes, a former Ohio State quarterback, whose football career had been tarnished and who is now a private investigator. A client has asked him to retrieve a laptop and erase a troublesome video from its hard drive. It seems simple enough. But that was before someone breaks into Andy’s apartment in Columbus, armed with a shotgun, and takes the laptop. Then the FBI shows up asking questions and Andy learns that there is a growing list of people with a claim on the computer, all of them with secrets they don’t want uncovered. When one of those people ends up dead, Andy has his hands full convincing authorities he’s not responsible. SWALLOW PRESS

Andrew Welsh-Huggins is legal affairs reporter with the Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio. He has written extensively on capital punishment, the drug trade, and politics.

Thursday Aug 28
SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 28; 7 PM

SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS will introduce her new novel Heroes Are My Weakness. Set in deepest winter, on an isolated island off the coast of Maine, a man, a woman, and puppets (yes, puppets!) meet in a mysterious house (Harp House) looming over the Atlantic Ocean. How did they happen to be there? Well, the woman (Annie Hewitt) is an unsuccessful actress who is making her living as a ventriloquist and has come to the house, after her mother died, to claim the legacy her mother told her was in a small family cottage on the grounds of Harp House. The man, Theo Harp, a horror writer, is a recent widower, and there are whispers that he is responsible for his wife’s death.

But is Theo really the villain he is made out to be? Why is Annie so attracted to this seeming menace of a menace of a man? Time and experience will tell! WM. MORROW

Susan Elizabeth Phillips soars onto the New York Times bestseller list with every new publication. She is the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America prestigious Favorite Book of the Year award.

Thursday Sep 4
PHILIP GULLEY

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4; 7 PM

PHILIP GULLEY will introduce his new novel, A Place Called Hope. When Quaker Pastor Sam Gardner is asked by the ill Unitarian minister to oversee a wedding in his place, Sam naturally agrees. It’s not until the couple stands before him that he realizes they’re two women. In the tempest of strong opinions and misunderstandings that follow the incident, Sam faces potential unemployment. Unexpectedly, he receives an invitation to pastor a Friends Community in Hope, Indiana. But can he really leave his beloved hometown of Harmony?

Philip Gulley, a Quaker pastor, has become the voice of small-town American life. Along with writing Front Porch Tales, Hometown Tales, and For Everything a Season, he is the author of the Harmony Series of novels. He lives in Indiana with his wife and their sons. HACHETTE

Saturday Sep 6
FALL IN LOVE ATRIA 2014 TOUR

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6; 2 PM

FALL IN LOVE ATRIA 2014 TOUR

(Line numbers beginning at 1 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for at least one of the authors’ new books to get a line number.)

JAMIE MCGUIRE will introduce Beautiful Oblivion. Following Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster, Beautiful Oblivion is the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

ABBI GLINES will introduce One More Chance. The memorable story of Grant and Harlow from Take a Chance continues in this new novel in the Rosemary Beach series.

COLLEEN HOOVER will introduce Ugly Love. Undeniable mutual attraction brings Miles and Tate together. Now what will keep them together?

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet these three popular romance writers!

Saturday Sep 13
LORIE LANGDON AND CAREY CORP

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13; 2 PM

LORIE LANGDON and CAREY CORP will introduce Destined for Doon, the sequel to Doon, a young adult novel that is reminiscent of the theme of the classic story, Brigadoon, but with a modern-day twist. In Destined for Doon, Kenna Reid realizes that she made a dreadful mistake choosing to follow her dream to Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon with Duncan. When she has a second chance to return to Doon, she jumps at it, knowing that it may be up to her to save the kingdom, but her dream of living there happily ever after may be in peril. BLINK

Monday Sep 29
CARL HIAASEN

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29; 7 PM

(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for Skink No Surrender to get a line number.)

Bestselling author CARL HIAASEN will debut his first book for teens, Skink No Surrender. To avoid being shipped off to boarding school, Classic Malley takes off with some guy she met online. Her cousin Richard knows she’s in trouble before she does. Enter Wild Skink, the one-eyed ex-governor of Florida and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. So with Richard riding shotgun, this unlikely pair scours the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, and giant gators on their search for Malley. With Skink at the wheel, the search for the missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny. Teens and adults will enjoy this book! RANDOM HOUSE

Carl Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Star Island and Bad Monkey. Hoot, Hiaasen’s first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor.