Anna Mitchael is the debut author of Just Don't Call Me Ma'am: How I Ditched the South, Forgot My Manners, and Managed to Survive My Twenties with (Most of) My Dignity Still Intact. It's a very funny and engaging memoir about her southern upbringing, big city life and her never-ending quest for adventure. She'll be reading portions of the book and signing copies this Friday, April 2nd at 7PM.
David Corbett is one of those writers that other writers respect. His strong prose style, social awareness, and ability to give true humanity to those on society's fringe have many comparing him to Graham Greene and James Crumley. His books are also highly entertaining; peppered with realistic, humorous dialogue, and strong, cleanly described, plausible action scenes. On Wednesday, March 31st, BookPeople is lucky to have him for two events.
Do you have a burning desire to perform? Do you ever wish people in every day situations (at the bank or the coffee shop) would just spontaneously break into song?
April Lurie and Varian Johnson (local YA fiction all-stars) are having a dual release party their new books, The Less-Dead and Saving Madie, this Saturday, March 27th at 2PM. At the event the authors will interview each other about their new work and discuss social taboos not meant for the easily offended. There will be refreshments, of course.
The Voyage Out Book Group meets monthly at BookPeople. We focus on a specific region for three months in an attempt to get a better understanding of that place. Bookish tourism. We’ve traveled many places over the past year and a half. Notably, we’ve ventured just up the road to the American South, went down to South America, and crossed an ocean to take a peak at Africa. Just finishing up our journey through India, we have set our sights for a new locale- Japan. So far the trip has been a fun one, and there are plenty of spaces available on the bus, so come and see what we’ll discover in Japan
Attention all SXSW-ers: Need a pit stop between Friday's late-night showcase and Saturday's afternoon parking lot show? Largeheartedboy.com, a popular music and literature blog, is pleased to present a little SXSW style get-together this Saturday (March 20th) at noon on the second floor. The event will feature readings by authors Bill Cotter (of the excellent McSweeney's release Fever Chart), Jami Attenberg (The Melting Season) and Stephen Elliot (My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up).
Dear BookPeople Blog readers: It is my sublime pleasure to introduce you to our resident short story expert E.D. Williams- a gentleman, scholar and trusted confidant. By reading the following post, you are taking the exhilarating first step on a twelve part journey inside the mind of a true American genius. I wish you luck, you'll need it.
Merge Records founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Balance have been putting out great music for over twenty years. Their label is responsible for bringing you classic albums from Neutral Milk Hotel, The Magnetic Fields, Spoon, Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr, Arcade Fire, M. Ward and tons more.
The interpretation and translation of stories across boundaries and through time gives us some of our most dynamic books. Whether enjoying Ezra Pound’s and Kenneth Rexroth’s personalized translations of Chinese Poetry, or the interpretation of history in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, or the dystopic stories of Jhumpa Lahiri which cross continents and cultures on a whim, we don’t require that our reading choices be singular or original, in fact, it seems, we’d rather they weren’t.
What will you do when the zombies come? Do you have a plan? If not...you're woefully under-prepared for the coming zombie apocalypse; good luck avoiding those grunting, feet-shuffling, brain-hungry masses. In order to properly prepare for the coming of the undead, join us this Saturday, March 13th at 1PM for the first annual Zombie Relays. We'll have some backyard Olympic style events (like three-legged zombie races, jello-brain eating, simulated zombie head smashing) and a zombie make-over station provided by Scare for a Cure.