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Join the Book Cellar as we celebrate the launch of Wesley Chu's new book Time Salvager at Geek Bar Beta!
About Time Salvager:
A fast-paced time travel adventure from Wesley Chu, the award-winning author of The Lives of Tao. Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one's hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity's demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history. James is a chronman, undertaking missions into Earth's past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. The laws governing use of time travel are absolute; break any one of them and, one way or another, your life is over. Most chronmen never reach old age; the stress of each jump through time, compounded by the risk to themselves and to the future, means that many chronmen rapidly reach their breaking point, and James Griffin-Mars is nearing his.On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets Elise Kim, an intriguing scientist from a previous century, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, and in violation of the chronmen's highest law, James brings Elise back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, somehow finding allies, and perhaps discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity's home world.
About Wesley Chu:
Wesley Chu's best friend is Michael Jordan, assuming that best friend status is earned by a shared television commercial. If not, then his best friend is his dog Eva who he can often be seen riding like a trusty steed through the windy streets of Chicago. Chu is a nominee for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award. Chu's debut novel, The Lives of Tao, earned him a Young Adult Library Services Association Alex Award and a Science Fiction Goodreads Choice Award Finalist slot. The sequel, The Deaths of Tao, continues the story of secret agent Roen Tan and his sarcastic telepathically bonded alien, Tao.
Join us at Music Box Theatre for an everning with the creepily awesome creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and their new book Welcome to Night Vale!
A mysterious stranger, an estranged father, and, most likely–imminent danger. The fictitious town of Night Vale sets small town drama and paranormal activities against the backdrop of the American southwest. “Welcome to Night Vale”–part podcast, part community radio show–shares the happenings of this town with listeners. Now, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the show, have turned the town’s stories into a novel (called “hypnotic and darkly funny” by The Guardian). From the mundane to the supernatural, they’ll share stories from their new work and give insight into what makes Night Vale so mysterious.
About the Novel:
Nineteen-year-old Night Vale pawn shop owner Jackie Fierro is given a paper marked “KING CITY” by a mysterious man in a tan jacket holding a deer skin suitcase. Everything about him and his paper unsettles her, especially the fact that she can’t seem to get the paper to leave her hand, and that no one who meets this man can remember anything about him. Jackie is determined to uncover the mystery of King City and the man in the tan jacket before she herself unravels.
Joseph Fink created and co-writes the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and touring live show. In his mid-twenties he started Commonplace Books, a very small publishing company, producing two collections of short works which he edited and laid out at his office job when his boss wasn’t looking. Later Jeffrey approached Joseph with the idea of writing a play about time travel. They co-wrote and performed this play in the East Village in August of 2011. Soon afterwards, Joseph started brainstorming a new project he and Jeffrey could co-write and this led to the pilot episode of Welcome to Night Vale. He is from California but doesn’t live there anymore.
Jeffrey Cranor co-writes—along with Joseph Fink—the hit podcast and touring live show Welcome to Night Vale. He also makes theater and dance. He has written more than 100 short plays with the New York Neo-Futurists, co-wrote and co-performed a two-man show (What the Time Traveler Will Tell Us) with Joseph, and collaborated with choreographer (also wife) Jillian Sweeney to create three full-length dance pieces: Imaginary Lines, This could be it, and Vulture-Wally. Jeffrey lives in New York State.
Our annual Adult Spelling Bee returns once again to give Chicago's grown-ups another chance to prove they know "I" before "E" except after "C". Prove to friends, family, and complete strangers that you paid attention in middleschool when your english teacher dropped autochthonous (adj.) in your morning enligh class!
In addition to a chance to achieve Ultimate Glory, we will be joined by celebrity host Kelsie Huff and literary judges James Kennendy & Robbie Q Telfer! Not to mention PRIZES!!!
Space for competetors is limited, so call (773.293.2665) or email (email@example.com) to reserve your spot today.
Keep that dictionary next to your bedside table... and your cereal bowl, but please don't study and drive! GOOD LUCK
Join us at the Book Cellar for night of live music from acoustic guitarist and singer Spencer McCreary!
About Spencer McCreary: Classically trained on violin and well versed on guitar, McCreary exudes the poise of his disciplined musical upbringing while taking us to new places with his modern style. Lovers of all music will be captivated by acoustic covers and unique originals, both complemented by McCreary’s poignant vocals. The Pennsylvania native and Wheaton College graduate collaborates with six former classmates to comprise their band, Cardinal Harbor. The band has toured throughout Pennsylvania and also in the Midwest. They are currently working on a third studio album.