Douglas Preston – Lost City of the Monkey God
Raul, voracious reader and first floor inventory manager thoroughly enjoyed THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD, Douglas Preston’s new book about a real “lost city” hidden in the depths of the La Mostquita Jungle in Honduras. He says “the initial discovery and exploration that took place with a team of archaeologists who used new technology to find the hidden ruins is covered in great detail-with a trio of ex-SAS soldiers, Preston endures endless insect pests, gigantic poisonous snakes, and the constant threat of the discovery being exploited by ruthless treasure hunters or outright destruction, as well as death by drug cartels. That is not the whole story however…there is a legend of the Spaniards who found the city long ago and succumbed to a terrible curse that killed them all (an threatens the lives of the current explorers!). Compelling and outright fun reading!
Over the course of four years, Ben Rawlence (a former researcher for Human Rights Watch in Africa) became a first hand witness to a strange and desperate limbo-land known as Dadaab, a sancutary built of sticks and mud–the last resort for hundreds of thousands of people who survive on rations and luck in an inhospitable desert of thorn bushes. In CITY OF THORNS, Rawlence interweaves nine lives, illustrating life in the camp with vivid, illuminating detail and sketching the wider political forces keeping the refugees trapped there.
Terry Shames – An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock
From Terry Shames comes a brand new Samuel Craddock mystery, a prequel inducting young Craddock (just back from a stint in the Air Force) as Police Chief. The grisly murder of five young African Americans and the subsequent arrest of a man Craddock knows and respects leads the newly-minted Chief to investigate and combat racism in the justice system, a decision with dangerous consequences for not only Chief Craddock, but his family as well. Join us JAN 24TH at 7PM with Terry Shames, Melissa Lenhardt, and James Ziskin, here for a panel on rural noir and small-town secrets!
Aravind Adiga – Selection Day
From award-winning author Aravind Adiga comes a brand new story about the lives of two brothers, sports prodigies coming of age and sexual being in a pressurized world full of expectations, rising against the weight of class, poverty, and politics in an Indian slum. Compounding complex characters and relationships with gripping story, Adiga brilliantly captures life in modern India and all the contradictions and perils that it accompanies.
Alexandra Bracken – Wayfarer
The stunning sequel and conclusion to the time-travelling tale begun by PASSENGER is finally here! The thrilling climax builds as Etta is stranded from everything and everyone she holds dear, locked into a battle with renegade travelers over the fate of the timeline, a battle that will cause her to question everything she knows. Join us for a spectacular YA event with Alexandra Bracken and Susan Dennard on Sunday, JAN 8TH at 2PM, here for a signing and discussion of WAYFARER and WINDWITCH!
Manjula Martin – Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living
Brand new today and a paperback original, SCRATCH is a collection of essays and interviews from the online magazine for writers featuring pieces from Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, Jonathan Franzen, and some of our very favorites who will be joining us Tuesday JAN 17 at 7 PM: Austin Kleon, Sara Smarsh, and Manjula Martin! Don’t miss this incredible panel of established authors discussing what it’s like to make a living in the world of writing, striking that perfect balance of aspiration and realism.
Maria Turtschaninoff – Maresi
An international sensation and award-winning book in Scandinavia, MARESI is an incredible new YA fantasy series with strong feminist themes from the gifted Finnish author, Maria Turtschaninoff. Maresi is a young girl with a love for words and books, living in the Red Abbey–a haven for women and girls from abuse and oppression. When danger follows a newcomer to the Abbey, Maresi can no longer hide in her books, but must take action!
HM Bouwman – A Crack in the Sea
A beautiful new historical fantasy adventure from HM Bouwman and illustrated by the incredibly talented Yuko Shimizu, A CRACK IN THE SEA follows three sets of siblings in an extraordinarily entwined adventure revolving around the Raft King and a portal between our world and another, deep in the sea.
Becky Cloonan and Steve Dillon – The Punisher
It’s a bittersweet new release day for Marvel’s THE PUNISHER. This new book collects the first story arc for everyone’s favorite anti-hero. Written by the great artist and recent Austin transplant Becky Cloonan and drawn by PREACHER co-creator but recently deceased Steve Dillon, it’s a classic take on Frank Castle that should appeal to viewers of last year’s DAREDEVIL series.