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Miss Nili is back with virtual storytime to celebrate the release of the picture book Moo-Moo, I Love You by Tom Lichtenheld (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Stick & Stone) and Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Plant a Kiss, Straw!)
Both Amy and Tom's books fly off the shelves here! Add Miss Nili's charming storytelling skills, and it's sure to be a lovely morning diversion for the littlest readers in your life.
Join us for the launch of Rachel Swearingen's debut story collection How to Walk on Water! Swearingen will be joined by Kate Wisel, author of Driving in Cars with Homeless Men!
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About How to Walk on Water: In this spellbinding debut story collection, characters willingly open their doors to trouble. An investment banker falls for a self-made artist who turns the rooms of her apartment into eerie art installations. An au pair imagines her mundane life as film noir, endangering the infant in her care. A son pieces together the brutal attack his mother survived when he was a baby. These stories bristle with menace and charm with intimate revelations. Through nimble prose and considerable powers of observation, Swearingen takes us from Chicago, Minneapolis, and Northern Michigan, to Seattle, Venice, and elsewhere. She explores not only what it means to survive in a world marked by violence and uncertainty, but also how to celebrate what is most alive.
About Rachel Swearingen: Rachel Swearingen’s stories and essays have appeared in VICE, The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, Off Assignment, Agni, American Short Fiction, and others. Her debut story collection, How to Walk on Water was the winner of the 2018 New American Fiction Prize. She is the recipient of the 2015 Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, a 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the 2011 Mississippi Review Prize in Fiction. In 2019, she was named one of “30 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Literary Complex. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD from Western Michigan University. She currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
About Driving in Cars with Homeless Men: Driving in Cars with Homeless Men is a love letter to women moving through violence. These linked stories are set in the streets and the bards, the old homes, the tiny apartments, and the landscape of working-class Boston.
Serena, Frankie, Raffa and Nat collide and break apart like pool balls to come back together in an imagined post-divorce future. Through the gritty, unraveling truths of their lives, they find themselves in the bed of an overdosed lover, through the panting tongue of a rescue dog who is equally as dislanguaged as his owner, in the studio department of a compulsive liar, sitting backward but going forward in the galley of an airplane, in relationships that are at once playgrounds and cages.
About Kate Wisel: Kate Wisel is the author of Driving in Cars With Homeless Men, winner of the 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, selected by Min Jin Lee. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in publications that include Gulf Coast, Tin House online, Los Angeles Review, New Ohio Review, The Best Small Fictions 2019, Norton Anthology: Flash Fiction America, Redivider (as winner of the Beacon Street Prize), and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the “Poetry on the T” prize and the Marcia Keach Prize. She was a Carol Houck fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and awarded scholarships at The Wesleyan Writer’s Conference, the Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshop, the Juniper Institute, Writing x Writer’s at Tomales Bay and Methow Valley and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at Columbia College Chicago and Loyola University.
Do you have a baby? Do you love a baby? Do you know someone who is about to have and love a baby? Paris Rosenthal has you covered. She'll be joined by Miss Nilli, the storybook mom, for the launch of Dear Baby.
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About Paris Rosenthal: Paris Rosenthal is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Girl, a collaboration with her late mother, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Boy, which she wrote with her father, Jason Rosenthal. She also wrote Project 1,2,3, a 365-day guided journal. Paris currently lives in New York City. And yes, she is named after Paris, the city.
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Adventure awaits! In Journeys North, legendary trail angel and thru hiker, Barney Scout Mann spins a compelling tale of six hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2007 as they walk from Mexico to Canada. This ensemble story unfolds as these half-dozen hikers--including Barney and his wife, Sandy--trod north, slowly forming relationships and revealing their deepest secrets and aspirations. They face a once-in-a-generation drought and early severe winter storms that test their will in this bare-knuckled adventure. In fact, only a third of all the hikers who set out on the trail that year would finish.
As the group approaches Canada, a storm rages. How will these very different hikers, ranging in age, gender, and background, respond to the hardship and suffering ahead of them? Can they all make the final 60-mile push through freezing temperatures, sleet, and snow, or will some reach their breaking point?
About Barney Scout Mann: Barney Scout Mann has hiked the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails. He is president of the Partnership for the National Trails System. Mann has been recognized with a Lowell Thomas Journalism Award and is the coauthor of The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail and author of The Continental Divide Trail: Exploring America's Ridgeline Trail. He and his wife, Sandy, live in San Diego and have hosted more than 7,000 PCT hikers. Visit him online at BarneyScoutMann.com.
City life and art fraud, two of our favorite things! Join Amy Shearn and Emily Gray Tedrowe for a joint launch party of their respective novels, Unseen City and The Talented Miss Farwell.
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About Unseen City: In a city teeming with stories, how do lost souls find one another? It's a question Meg Rhys doesn't think she's asking. Meg is a self-identified spinster librarian, satisfied with living with her cat, stacks of books, and her dead sister's ghost in her New York City apartment. Then she becomes obsessed with an intriguing library patron and the haunted house he's trying to research. The house has its own story to tell too, of love and war, of racism's fallout and the ghost story that is gentrification, and of Brooklyn before it was Brooklyn. What follows is an exploration of what home is, how we live with loss, who belongs in the city and to whom the city belongs, and the possibilities and power of love.
About The Talented Miss Farwell: At the end of the 1990s, with the art market finally recovered from its disastrous collapse, Miss Rebecca Farwell has made a killing at Christie's in New York City, selling a portion of her extraordinary art collection for a rumored 900 percent profit. Dressed in couture YSL, drinking the finest champagne at trendy Balthazar, Reba, as she's known, is the picture of a wealthy art collector. To some, the elusive Miss Farwell is a shark with outstanding business acumen. To others, she's a heartless capitalist whose only interest in art is how much she can make.
But a thousand miles from the Big Apple, in the small town of Pierson, Illinois, Miss Farwell is someone else entirely--a quiet single woman known as Becky who still lives in her family's farmhouse, wears sensible shoes, and works tirelessly as the town's treasurer and controller.
No one understands the ins and outs of Pierson's accounts better than Becky; she's the last one in the office every night, crunching the numbers. Somehow, her neighbors marvel, she always finds a way to get the struggling town just a little more money. What Pierson doesn't see--and can never discover--is that much of that money is shifted into a separate account that she controls, "borrowed" funds used to finance her art habit. Though she quietly repays Pierson when she can, the business of art is cutthroat and unpredictable.
But as Reba Farwell's deals get bigger and bigger, Becky Farwell's debt to Pierson spirals out of control. How long can the talented Miss Farwell continue to pull off her double life?
Jill and Jess have been friends for years and want to celebrate the launch of their books together! Join us for a truly all-ages celebration of treasure hunts, new adventures, and female friendship and creativity!
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About The Dare Sisters: Savannah Dare and her sisters, Frances and Jolene, must find Blackbeard's lost treasure to fulfill their grandfather's dream and save their family home, but they are not alone in seeking pirate gold on Ocracoke Island. Savannah Dare has always wanted to be a pirate. She grew up on legends of Blackbeard from her grandfather--her best friend and fellow treasure hunter.
But now he's gone. Savannah and her sisters, Frances and Jolene are left to find Blackbeard's lost loot on their own. It was their grandfather's dream, and they can't let him down.
No one else in their small town on Ocracoke Island believes Blackbeard's treasure is truly still out there . . . no one except their grandfather's mysterious old business partner, who's determined to find it himself. And when their family home is endangered, the Dare sisters realize finding Blackbeard's treasure is their only hope!
About Big Wild Love: Jill Sherer Murray lived in a dead-end relationship into her forties before she finally let it go. She was like millions of women who struggle with whether to stay in a loveless marriage, a bad relationship, or give up on dating altogether, believing love isn't in the cards. You may be struggling with a similar decision yourself. Perhaps you're terrified of being single, and yet you don't truly feel you're living the life you want. With warmth and honesty, Murray shows you how letting go--of feeling stuck, afraid, and alone, and of believing what you've got is all you deserve--can free you from a life that isn't serving you. She knows this is true, because she did it herself--and ultimately attracted the love and life she wanted. Through her story, other women's stories, surprising facts and statistics, and helpful exercises, Big Wild Love will show you the way back to the self you've lost. It will put you on the path to change and teach you that, wherever you are, it's never too late to start anew and find the Big Wild Love you deserve
About Jess Rinker: Jess Rinker is the author of Gloria Takes a Stand, a picture book biography about Gloria Steinem, and the chapter book Out of Time: Lost on the Titanic. She always wanted to find treasure as a child. In the woods or on the beach, she was constantly hunting for something, and when she first visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina at fourteen she discovered the incredible history there was a treasure in itself. She could never be a pirate because she gets seasick, but writing about pirates has been quite fun. She's now a children's author and writing teacher, but still searches for treasure.
Jess has a BA in Social Welfare and received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has won many awards for her work including short story, creative nonfiction, and most recently an honorable mention for the Katherine Paterson Prize from Hunger Mountain for her middle grade manuscript, The Young Traveler’s Club.
About Jill Sherer Murray: Jill Sherer Murray is an award-winning journalist, TEDx speaker, and author of the newly released book, Big Wild Love: The Unstoppable Power of Letting Go.