Monday, November 29, 2021

What's going on this week? Lisa McMann, Joan He, two talks, and Dorie Greenspan

Here's what's happening at Boswell this week

Lisa McMann, author of Clarice the Brave
Virtual - in conversation with me
Tuesday, November 30, 10 am
Register for this event here

I love Clarice the Brave and want to do everything I can to help it find its audience. So in addition to our traditional virtual school visit, we're doing one as a conversation so that we can open it up to the public, and so we can have a recording available to share with interested individuals, families, and classrooms. We will make this event as perfect as we can for teachers registering a classroom, home schoolers, or any other fans of children’s literature.

Lisa McMann is author of dozens of books, many from The Unwanteds series. I'm not a great series reader, but the very first Unwanteds book works great as a stand-alone and I still recommend it to kids.

We've been hosting Lisa for school visits and sometimes public events for years. It is not unusual for us to try to do four schools in a day. It's kind of her mission to reach as many kids as possible. 

Tim McCarthy, our former elementary school teacher who hosted McMann with Margaret Peterson Haddix some years ago: "'It only takes one mouse to believe in you.' That was the lesson mother gave to Clarice and her brother, Charles Sebastian, but it takes a lot of believing to think any mouse can survive a ship divided by mutiny and prowled by hungry cats and angry sailors. When Clarice and Charles Sebastian get separated, they have constant doubts about each other's survival and how in the world they'll ever find each other again. Their determination to try takes them on an epic journey. Along the way they'll face great loss while discovering friendship and love in the most surprising places. As she did with her Unwanteds series, McMann writes with warmth, wisdom, and a perceptive view of humanity through the eyes of remarkable characters, some human and some animals with tremendous heart. This book may just renew your power to believe!"

I've also got a rec, but it's nothing compared to Tim's!: “Ship mouse Clarice has already lost her mother and siblings when a crew mutiny sends her over the side of the ship with provisions, leaving her brother Charles Sebastian behind. What’s worse, in this small boat is not just the Captain and his loyalists but also Special Lady, the very ship cat who ate Clarice’s sister Olivia. This is just the beginning of an epic tale of adventure and friendship that already feels like a classic. So exciting, so emotional, so many lines I want to quote - Clarice the Brave is a triumph!”

Wednesday, December 1, 6 pm
Joan He, author of The Ones We’re Meant to Find
Virtual - in conversation with Jenny Chou
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Speaking of books we love, Jenny is a big fan of Joan He, whom she first met in Pitch Wars (if you are in the YA world at all, you know what this is.) Join us for a virtual YA, Boswell! event featuring Joan He, author of one of our favorite YA novels of the year - The Ones We’re Meant to Find. He will chat about her book, gripping and heartfelt YA sci-fi with mind-blowing twists, with Boswellian Jenny Chou.

I read that wrong. I thought that Joan would be griping. But no, she's happy!

Set in a climate-ravaged future, He's beautifully written novel follows the story of two sisters, separated by an ocean, desperately trying to find each other. Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years with no memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay, and it’s up to Cee to cross the ocean and find her. A world away, Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The Metropolis - Earth's last unpolluted place - is meant to be sanctuary for those committed to planetary protection, but it’s populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she'll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.

Perfect for fans of Rick Yancey and Marie Lu, The Ones We're Meant to Find is, per Booklist, "exhilarating and heartbreaking!" And here’s Jenny Chou’s take: "In Joan He’s enthralling, futuristic page-turner, the relationship between two sisters holds the destiny of earth in the balance. In a twisty, unpredictable way that’s reminiscent of We Were Liars, nothing is as it seems in this unforgettable book."

Joan He studied psychology and Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania and is also author of Descendant of the Crane.

I'm doing two book talks this week. I promised Jason that both of them would feature Mary Jane, so I'm picture that book here. 

On Thursday, December 2, I'll be at the Sharon and Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts Tickets for this event are $10 and are available here. It's in person!

On Saturday, December 4, 11 am, I'll be doing our annual event with the Shorewood Public Library Friends. It's virtual again this year. If you shop between December 4 and December 6 and want to support the library, use the code SPL in lieu of Boswell Benefits, in store or on the website, and 10% of your sales will be donated back to the Shorewood Friends. And if we do enough business, it jumps to 15. Register for the virtual event here.

Bonus event!
Wednesday, December 1, 7:30 pm
Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty and Simple
in Conversation with Claire Saffitz for a Virtual Event
Register for this multi-store event here.

William Morrow and Company Publishing hosts a virtual event with James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and, per The New York Times, "culinary guru" Dorie Greenspan for an evening featuring her latest, a book that celebrates the sweet, the savory, and the simple. It's also one of the books we've chosen to feature in our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide! Greenspan will be in conversation with fellow baker and dessert lover Claire Saffitz, author of the cookbook Dessert Person.

Photo credits
Lisa McMann by Ryan Nicholson

More upcoming events here.

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