Start: 3:00 am
A Great Good Place for Books is excited to welcome New York Times best-selling author Lev Grossman on Sunday, June 17th at 3:00 p.m. He will be reading from the paperback edition of his book, The Magician King.
Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to the New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon, The Magicians.
Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory - a fictional utopia - was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring.
Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off - only to somehow wind up back in the real world and not in Fillory, as they'd hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia's illicitly-learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth.
Start: 7:00 pm
Dana Johnson, author of Elsewhere, California, will be reading on Monday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m.
We first met Avery in two of the stories featured in Dana Johnson’s award–winning collection Break Any Woman Down. As a young girl, she and her family escape the violent streets of Los Angeles to a more gentrified existence in suburban West Covina. This average life, filled with school, trips to 7–Eleven to gawk at Tiger Beat magazine, and family outings to Dodger Stadium, is soon interrupted by a past she cannot escape, personified in the guise of her violent cousin Keith.
When Keith moves in with her family, he triggers a series of events that will follow Avery throughout her life: to her studies at USC, to her burgeoning career as a painter and artist, and into her relationship with a wealthy Italian who sequesters her in his glass–walled house in the Hollywood Hills. The past will intrude upon Avery’s first gallery show, proving her mother’s adage: Every goodbye aint gone. The dual–narrative of Elsewhere, California illustrates the complicated history of African Americans across the rolling basin of Los Angeles.
Start: 7:00 pm
Robert Baty returns to GGP to read from the second installment of his Vintage Connor series, The Girl in the MGA, on Wednesday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Ray Connor gets more than he bargained for when a mobster named Tommy P. asks him to find an MGA for his girlfriend, Candy Marlowe. Connor finds the car, but then the car disappears along with the girl, and the washed-up quarterback who sold it turns up dead.
Now the cops want to know why his prints are on the murder weapon and Tommy P wants to know where Candy is. Meanwhile, a woman who knows plenty about Candy has just gotten out of prison, and wants to pick up where they left off.
Things go from bad to worse when they’re all trapped on a disabled BART train at the bottom of San Francisco Bay, along with a hit-man who’s determined to complete his assignment before his cold gets any worse.
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