Fierce Reads - An Evening of Young Adult Authors

Book Passage is thrilled to welcome four YA authors from the Fierce Reads book tour to discuss their new and upcoming books. 

Leigh Bardugo is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently makeup and special effects. Ruin and Rising ($18.99) is the thrilling final installment in the Grisha Trilogy.

Emmy Laybourne is a novelist, teacher, and former character actress. Before her life as an author, Emmy performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1; and acted in the movies Superstar, The In-Laws, and Nancy Drew, among others. She reaches new heights of tension and romance in Monument 14: Savage Drift ($17.99), the action-packed conclusion to the Monument 14 trilogy.

Ava Dellaira is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. Love Letters to the Dead ($17.99), her debut novel, begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters, writing about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, and learning to live with her splintering family. 

Jennifer Mathieu started writing stories when she was in kindergarten and now teaches English to middle and high schoolers. In her remarkable debut novel, The Truth About Alice ($16.99), four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life.

 

 

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Ruin and Rising (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780805094619
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 6/2014

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781250036421
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Published: Feiwel & Friends, 5/2014

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780374346676
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 4/2014

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781596439092
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 6/2014

Novella Carpenter - Gone Feral

Gone Feral ($26.95) is Novella Carpenter’s search for her father. Back-to-the-land homesteader, gifted classical guitarist, Korean War vet, hermit, curmudgeon, George Carpenter has been absent for most of his daughter’s life. But when he officially goes missing— only to be found in a fleabag Arizona motel, escaping the brutal Idaho winter—his daughter is forced to confront the truth: Her time with her dad, now seventy-three years old, is limited, and the moment to restore their relationship is now. Thus begins a journey of discovery that carries Carpenter from her Oakland urban farm to her father’s ramshackle cabin on a quest for connection that reveals who she is and where she came from.

The story starts in San Miguel de Allende in 1969, where Carpenter’s free-spirited parents meet and fall in love. Their whirlwind romance continues through Europe and ends on 180 acres beside Idaho’s Clearwater River. Carpenter and her sister are born into a free, roaming childhood but soon the harsh reality of living on the land—loneliness, backbreaking labor—tears the family apart. Carpenter’s mother packs the girls and heads for the straight life in Washington State while George remains on the ranch, tied to the land and his vision of freedom.

In Gone Feral, Carpenter, now a grown woman contemplating a family of her own, returns to Orofino to answer why her father chose this life of solitude. She quickly finds that George is not living the principled, romantic life she imagined, and the truth is more complicated than anything she might have imagined. As she comes to know the real George, Carpenter looks to her own life and comes to recognize her father’s legacy in their shared love of animals, of nature, and of the written word; their dangerous stubbornness and isolating independence.
 
Novella Carpenter is the author of the bestselling Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer and is the coauthor of The Essential Urban Farmer. She lives and farms in Oakland, California, with her partner, Billy, and daughter, Frances.
 
 
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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Postal Code:
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$26.95
ISBN-13: 9781594204432
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 6/2014

Andy Hall - Denali's Howl

Denali’s Howl ($27.95) is the white-knuckle account of one of the most deadly climbing disasters of all time.

In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska’s Mount McKinley—known to the locals as Denali—one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived.

Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy. He spent years tracking down survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications. Hall reveals the full story of an expedition facing conditions conclusively established here for the first time: At an elevation of nearly 20,000 feet, these young men endured an “arctic super blizzard,” with howling winds of up to 300 miles an hour and wind chill that freezes flesh solid in minutes. All this without the high-tech gear and equipment climbers use today.

As well as the story of the men caught inside the storm, it is the story of those caught outside it trying to save them—Hall’s father among them. The book gives readers a detailed look at the culture of climbing then and now and raises uncomfortable questions about each player in this tragedy. Was enough done to rescue the climbers, or were their fates sealed when they ascended into the path of this unprecedented storm?
 
Author Andy Hall, the former editor and publisher of Alaska Magazine, grew up in the shadow of Denali, the son of the park superintendent. He well remembers that terrible summer when he was five and met Joe Wilcox. Hall has devoted seven years to tracking down survivors, lost documents, and recordings of radio communications surrounding the tragedy. 
 
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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Postal Code:
94925
$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780525954064
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dutton Adult, 5/2014

Class: David Corbett - Trust Your Story

06/21/2014 4:00 pm

Sat. June 21 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $150

 

 

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Advice so simple it can’t possibly be right: just tell the story. In fact, the vast majority of writing problems—what’s essential and what isn’t, how to balance inner life against action and dialogue, how to create variety and contrast among the characters, how to use setting to enhance the narrative—can be solved by referring to the context of the story.

David Corbett, author of The Art of Character, leads students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissons from each student in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.

Manuscripts must be submitted by June 16

 

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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925

Ridley Pearson - The Red Room

In The Red Room ($26.95), John Knox - expert at surveillance and delicate, international dealings - is understandably thrown when David “Sarge” Dulwich, his contact at Rutherford Risk, hands him a photo of a transaction he recently facilitated in the Middle East. More curious to him, he’s shown that photo while in the Red Room, the private security company’s highly secure underground bunker, where eavesdropping is impossible and privacy ensured. Why all the cloak-and-dagger?

Knox is pressured into accepting a job as an art broker in the mysterious Istanbul, a city situated on two continents where East meets West and Islam meets Christianity. It is a melting pot of spies, terrorists, and conflicting interests.

Teamed with smart, quick, and fearless Grace Chu, Knox must navigate a murky operation, the only goal of which is to spend five minutes in the proximity of a man they’ve never met. Why? What can it possibly matter? And why are so many others bound and determined to see it never happens—at any cost? 
 
Ridley Pearson is the New York Times-bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including The Risk Agent and Choke Point, featuring John Knox and Grace Chu; the Walt Fleming novels; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925

The Red Room (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780399163746
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Putnam Adult, 6/2014

Deborah Rodriguez - Margarita Wednesdays

In answer to the question of what happened following her New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School, Deborah Rodriquez is back with a new memoir, Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life by the Mexican Sea ($26.00).
 
Irreverent, insightful, and blatantly honest, Deborah takes us along on her inspiring journey of self-discovery and renewal after she is forced to flee Afghanistan in 2007. She first lands in California, where she feels like a misfit teetering on the brink of sanity. Where was that fearless redhead who stared danger in the face back in Kabul?

After being advised to commune with glowworms and sit in contemplation for one year, Rodriguez finally packs her life and her cat into her Mini Cooper and moves to a seaside town in Mexico. Despite having no plan, no friends, and no Spanish, a determined Rodriguez soon finds herself swept up in a world where the music never stops and a new life can begin. Her adventures and misadventures among the expats and locals help lead the way to new love, new family, and a new sense of herself.

In the magic of Mexico, she finds the hairdresser within, and builds the life she never knew was possible—a life on her own terms.
 
Deborah Rodriguez is a hairdresser, a motivational speaker, and the author of the bestselling memoir Kabul Beauty School. She spent five years teaching at and later directing the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty academy and training salon in Afghanistan. Rodriguez also owned the Oasis Salon and the Cabul Coffee House. She currently lives in Mazatlan, Mexico, where she owns the Tippy Toes Salon.
 
Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
Country:
United States
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781476710662
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Gallery Books, 6/2014



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