National Reading Group Month, October 19, 2013


Books, Inc. Opera Plaza

 Joie de Livre! 
Celebrating the Joy of Shared Reading


October 19, 2013, Saturday 
1:00 -3:00 pm
Books, Inc., Opera Plaza 
601 Van Ness Ave. 
San Francisco

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Contemporary Fiction: Mystery and Wonder

Come meet this year’s most talked-about authors as they discuss their new novels over French wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free and open to the public.
Giveaway raffle of ONE KOBO Mini eReader, copies of each author’s book!

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Co-sponsored by Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter, & Litquake

 Three newly released novels that transport us into the past and re-imagine it. Join us for a lively panel discussion with the authors, geared to a further enjoyment of their work. 

Jillian Cantor

Jillian Cantor

Jillian Cantor, MARGOT: A NOVEL 

In the spring of 1959, The Diary of Anne Frank has just come to the silver screen to great acclaim, and a young woman named Margie Franklin is working in Philadelphia as a secretary at a Jewish law firm. On the surface she lives a quiet life, but Margie has a secret: a life she once lived, a past and a religion she has denied, and a family and acountry she left behind.

 Cover.Margot_CVFMargie Franklin is really Margot Frank, older sister of Anne, who did not die in Bergen-Belsen as reported, but who instead escaped the Nazis for America. But now, as her sister becomes a global icon, Margie’s carefully constructed American life begins to fall apart. A new relationship threatens to overtake the young love that sustained herduring the war, and her past and present begin to collide. Margie is forced to come to terms with Margot, with the people she loved, and with a life swept up into the course of history.

Lauren Grodstein

Lauren Grodstein


At Exton Reed college, biologist Andy Waite is nearing the moment when his life might settle down a bit: tenure is in sight, his daughters are starting to grow up, and he’s slowly but surely healing from Grodstein_ExEv_hcjkt_0530.inddthe loss of his wife. His life is starting to make sense again. That is, until the entrance of a young student who wants him to direct her independent study. There is nothing inherently threatening about Melissa, a youngevangelist hoping to write the definitive paper on intelligent design. And yet she is the catalyst for the collapsing house of cards surrounding Andy as he gradually loses sight of his personal and professional boundaries as well as his moral grounding. As he workswith Melissa, Andy, the hardcore evolutionist, finds that everything about his world is starting to add up differently.

Suddenly, there is the possibility of faith, but with it also come responsibility and guilt-the very things that Andy has sidestepped for years. In a command performance, Lauren Grodstein creates a fiercely intelligent story about the difficulty of holding to a moral position. The Explanation for Everything explores the search for meaning that all humans crave, the risks and rewards of faith, and the salvation that love can offer.

Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King


Author of Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series takes us to vibrant and sensual 1920s Paris in a thrilling new mystery.

Summer, 1929. Global financial ruin may be on the horizon, but in Paris, decadence is synonymous with freedom. The American expat community of artists, musicians, and writers is joined by Harris Stuyvesant, private inquiry agent and former officer with the American Bureau of Investigation. Stuyvesant is investigating a missing American girl, whose disappearance may be one of many, and possibly linked to a series of murders. Featuring cameos by historical icons like Man Ray, Sylvia Beach, Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, and many more, King paints a portrait of a city at its most vibrant-and dangerous.

Amanda McTigue

Amanda McTigue

Going_to_Solace-303x436Moderated by Amanda McTigue, GOING TO SOLACE

It’s Thanksgiving week, 1989. We’re in Big Piney and Little Piney, two hollows near the town of Garnet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A handful of mismatched folks – some country people, some far-flung, fancy people – discover they have one thing in common: someone they know is sick, real sick, dying sick. Their paths cross at a local hospice called Solace. Suddenly, they’re caregivers, bedside improvisers, doing all they can to beat back death or “hurry him on about his business.”

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