THIS WEEK IN APRIL

  1. Wednesday Mar 25 AUTHOR OF BAM PRESIDENT'S PICK TO VISIT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25; 7 PM GEORGE HODGMAN, veteran magazine and book editor, will discuss his memoir, Bettyville, in which he tells of his leaving a busy career in Manhattan to return home to Paris, Missouri to care for his aging...
  2. Saturday Mar 28 CHRIS GRABENSTEIN INTRODUCES NEW KIDS NOVEL SATURDAY, MARCH 28; 1 PM CHRIS GRABENSTEIN, author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library will introduce his new book for young readers, The Island of Dr. Libris. Twelve-year-old Billy Gillfoyle is stuck spending the entire summer in an old lakeside...
  3. Saturday Mar 28 ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP PREVIEW SUNDAY, MARCH 28; 2-3:30 PM ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP INFORMATION SESSION. This year marks the 30th annual Summer Program presented by the Antioch Writers Workshop in Yellow Spring, Ohio. It promises a stellar faculty, inspiring programming, and exciting opportunities. Learn more...
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  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

    A master storyteller at his best--the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant reader--"I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."
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AUTHOR OF BAM PRESIDENT'S PICK TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25; 7 PM

GEORGE HODGMAN, veteran magazine and book editor, will discuss his memoir, Bettyville, in which he tells of his leaving a busy career in Manhattan to return home to Paris, Missouri to care for his aging mother who is suffering from dementia. While he feels unprepared to care for her at home, he can’t bring himself to put her in an institution. So begins their journey together; Betty, at once courageous, headstrong, and vulnerable, and George, trying to be the good prodigal son. Underpinning their relationship is the fact that Betty has not fully accepted the fact that George is gay and the difficulties he had growing up gay in rural America years earlier. It’s a “beautifully crafted story of secrets, silences and enduring love that is simultaneously hilarious and heartwarming. “

Bettyville has been chosen as Books-A-Million President’s Pick for March. Alison Bechdel raves, “As George and his mother come to terms with one another at the end of her days, the book begins to shimmer with something much more rare than love: a boundless, transcendent, and simple kindness.” VIKING

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