We really should have called this episode “Nine authors we can’t wait for you to read.” This week, we talk about the books and authors that will be part of Booktopia Vermont, in the hopes that you will want to read these books, even if you’re not attending Booktopia. Our friends at Northshire Bookstore have made it easy for you to order the books and even to have them signed. Just click through to the special page. Be sure to use the coupon code listed there for 20% off these Booktopia books, plus free shipping. Make sure to note at checkout if you want the books held to be signed. We’ll have the authors sign your books at Booktopia (April 12-15, 2013) and then Northshire will ship them to you.
Nichole Bernier – The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. – When Kate loses her friend in a tragic accident, she finds that Elizabeth has left her journals to Kate, saying that Kate will know what to do with them. A novel of friendship, motherhood and secrets, there is a lot to talk about.
Amy Brill – The Movement of Stars – 1854 Nantucket, Hannah wants nothing more than to study astronomy and discover a comet. Amy’s book will be on sale April 18, but you can preorder copies to be signed at Booktopia and the book will be sent to you.
Jon Clinch – The Thief of Auschwitz – Jon was a guest at our first Booktopia weekend for his books Finn and Kings of the Earth. The Thief of Auschwitz is a very different book, but equally powerful. The story of a family during the Holocaust, it’s an approachable read that allows us to read about the horros of the Holocaust through a slightly softened lens.
Sara J. Henry – A Cold and Lonely Place – Sara was at Booktopia 2012 for Learning to Swim, and she returns to Booktopia 2013 with her second book that features journalist Troy Chance. A man that Troy knows is found drowned under the ice on Saranac Lake during Winter Carnival.
Paula McLain – The Paris Wife – A novel of Hemingway’s first wife, filled with descriptions of Paris and Chicago. This has given Michael a new appreciation for Hemingway.
Chris Pavone – The Expats – Kate and Dexter Moore relocate to Luxembourg for Dexter’s job. Kate, formerly a CIA agent, has some trouble settling into the domestic life of an unemployed expat, until she gets mixed up in a web of deceit.
Will Schwalbe – The End of Your Life Book Club – A book about books, a book about the power of books to bring people together, in the case the author and his mother Marianne as they struggle with Marianne’s battle with pancreatic cancer.
Elizabeth Kelly – Apologize, Apologize and the upcoming The Last Summer of the Camperdowns – The Last Summer of the Camperdowns will be out in June, but you can read Apologize, Apologize right now. Both of Elizabeth’s books feature dysfunctional families and great writing.
Steve Yarbrough – The End of California is Steve’s most recent novel, and The Realm of Last Chances will be out in August 2013. If you’re a fan of Richard Russo or Richard Ford, I think you’ll also be a fan of Yarbrough’s.