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September Events: Jonathan Franzen, Mary Karr, Buzz Bissinger & More!

September Events: Jonathan Franzen, Mary Karr, Buzz Bissinger & More!

September Events: Jonathan Franzen, Mary Karr, Buzz Bissinger & More!

Events, New Books & Staff Picks from the Heart of Texas

“You either see it or you don’t.” 
– Brian Selznick’s The Marvels  

        

JUST ANNOUNCED!

about their new books! 

Tickets for both events are now available via bookpeople.com 

We have plenty more on deck this fall! Check it all out. 

Top Shelf in September
The Marvels by Brian Selznick

An angel with a lantern. A terrifying shipwreck. 
A new life, in a new theatre.

“Brian Selznick’s latest novel, The Marvels, begins in 1766, with four hundred pages of uninterrupted illustrations spanning a century and a half in the lives of a theatre dynasty. Weaving together fantasy and mystery, historical and contemporary settings, The Marvels is suspenseful and intriguing. It was easy, as a reader, to fall in love with the characters, the ghosts, and the history, and I’m not ashamed to admit I shed a few tears at the ending. It fits in beautifully with the legacy begun in The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonder Struck-and is a strong contender for this year’s Caldecott Award.” MORE ABOUT THE MARVELS

Join us for a very special evening of wonder, magic & marvels with Brian Selznick 
at Westlake Performing Arts Center 
Saturday, October 24th! 
TICKETS & MORE INFO

STATESMAN SELECTS:
Furiously Happy

SEPTEMBER EVENT HIGHLIGHTS (And One in November….)

Can’t Make it? Pre-Order a Signed Copy!

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NEW & NOTEWORTHY IN SEPTEMBER

More New Release Picks

MUST READ THIS MONTH

Top Shelf!

MysteryPeople Pick!

YA Buzz Book!

UPCOMING EVENTS

EDWARD CAREY
Thurs 8/27 7PM

Foulsham
We’re delighted have beloved Austin author and illustrator Edward Carey return to celebrate the second book in his beguiling Iremonger series. As eccentric outcasts, the Iremongers protect themselves with a secret ability to transform people into talismanic objects. When their son defies him family, they transform him into a gold coin, and his love, Lucy Pennant, becomes a clay button. As Clod is passed from hand to hand, he eventually lands on the filthy Foulsham street corner. Both he and Lucy are forced to discover who they are on the inside. Are they objects? Iremongers? Friends? Heroes?Event info.Order a signed, personalized copy.

ANNA BADKHEN w/ BEN FOUTAIN
Saturday 8/29 3PM

 Walking with Abel
Nomads, vagabonds, and all who wander gloriously across the globe, come assemble with tonight’s author as she takes us on a journey across the Sahel desert with the Fulani, a group of nomads with ancient roots. On this annual pilgrimage the Fulani play music, tell tales of herders and hustlers, griots and holy men, and myths they tell themselves to ground their past. Join us this evening for this remarkable and memorable adventure!Event info.Order a signed, personalized copy.

MysteryPeople presents SUE GRAFTON
Monday 8/31 7PM

 X
Have you ever wished there were more letters in the alphabet? With only two books left, legendary crime author Sue Grafton is bringing her Kinsey Millhone “Alphabet” series to BookPeople! Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel yet, X features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim. We’re thrilled to celebrate Sue and book 24 in her legendary series!Event info.Order a signed, personalized copy.

COREY TAYLOR of Slipknot
& RANDY BLYTH of Lamb of God
Tuesday 9/1  7PM 

We’re thrilled to present Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor and lead singer of Lamb of God, Randy Blythe, for a joint signing of their new books You’re Making Me Hate You and Dark Days! This is a book signing only. Tickets are required to join the signing line and are only available with the purchase of a copy of You’re making Me Hate You and/or Dark Days.

JENNXPENN (a.k.a. Jenn McAllister)
Wednesday 9/2  6PM

Meet & Greet with JennXPenn!

INGRID LAW
Thursday 9/3  7PM

Switch

Ingrid Law’s chapter books Savvy and Scumble are among our favorite stories to recommend to young readers. We’re not alone –  Ingrid’s books have been placed on more than 30 state reading lists, and have earned accolades from Publishers Weekly, Oprah, and the Smithsonian. Savvy was named a Newbery Honor book in 2009. Tonight, she’s here with Switch, another heartwarming story about the magic of friendship and the power of family that is a companion to Savvy. Bring your young readers and join us!Event Info.Order a signed, personalized copy.

JAVIER AUYERO
Friday 9/4  7PM

Invisible Austin: Life and Labor in an American City

We’re honored to launch the groundbreaking new book from University of Texas Professor Javier Auyero, Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City, here at BookPeople with a terrific panel of speakers who will discuss the economic realities of our city. Join us for this important conversation about the present and future of Austin. Event Info.Order a signed, personalized copy.

COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS…..

MORE UPCOMING EVENTS

DAVID GAINES

Wednesday, Sept. 2 8PM
In Dylan Town

Thursday, Sept. 3 7PM

Friday, Sept. 4 7PMInvisible Austin

DEBORAH HARRIS
Tuesday, Sept. 8 7PM
Taking the Heat

MELISSA DECARLO
Wednesday, Sept. 9 7PMThe Art of Crash Landing

MARK MENJIVAR
Thursday, Sept. 10 7PM

The Luck Archive

T. GERONIMO JOHNSON

Friday, Sept. 11 7PM

DREW DAYWALT
Sunday, Sept. 13 2PM
The Day the Crayons Came Home

MARI MANCUSI
Wednesday, Sept.16 7PM
Smoked
BOWER YOUSSE & THOMAS J. CRYAN
Monday, Sept. 14 7PM
Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football

TONI TIPTON-MARTIN
Thursday, Sept. 24 7PM
The Jemima Code

JENNY LAWSON

Wednesday, Sept. 23 7PM

LEIGH BARDUGO
Tuesday, Sept. 29 7PM
The Magic and Mayhem Tour

MARK PRYOR
Wednesday, Sept. 30 7PMThe Hollow Man

ALL UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUBS

All of our book club discussions are FREE and open to the public. No RSVP required, just show up! 
Book club picks are 10% off for those who attend the meeting.September Book Clubs

Constantine vol. 1 
The Spark and the Flame
Thomas: “John Constantine has been through a lot. From his introduction in 1985 tohis 300 issue run from 1988 to 2013, the con man street sorcerer has had plenty of adventures. In 2013 when DC announced the end of hisVertigo imprint series and the re-launch of the character folded into the New 52 universe, there was a lot of concern and more than a little bit of rage. “

READ MORE.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol. 1 Squirrel Power

Demi: “Doreen is a first year in college, full of first year enthusiasm (who happens to be able to talk to squirrels. And have Iron Man’s phone number). Henderson’s cartoonish style is a perfect marriage to North’s whimsical writing, and Renzi’s colors are (as always) the icing on the cake. Plus where else can you see a literal superhero made of squirrels punch a bad guy in the face?”

More Staff Picks

ON THE BLOGS

Required Reading Revisited Book Club – September
Sarah H. “For many, it was the first novel with more adult themes and content that they read when growing up. And a bit of pop-culture trivia… in the ninth episode of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, Frank Perconte is seen reading the book while on guard duty in Germany during World War II.”

Sue Grafton’s X

Michael S.: “Although time moves a little slower in the fictional town of Santa Theresa, CA (it’s still the 1980s) the action doesn’t slow down. Kinsey is juggling several cases involving old secrets and hidden identities. Kinsey is as smart, funny, grumpy, lazy, hard-working and passionate as ever.” Grafton comes to BookPeople Monday, August 31st, at 7 PM.

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Instagram of the Month: 

It was such a treat to host online entertainment pioneer, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day. Hundreds of fans lined to meet Felicia and have her sign copies of her new memoir You’re Never Weird On the Internet (Almost). Felicia was thrilled to be back in her hometown (she’s also a UT grad) and by the end of the day, we had all fallen for her. 

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