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Bill Janovitz, Rocks Off, 50 Tracks that Tell the Story of the Rolling Stones
Porter Square Books, Thursday, July 25 at 7pm
"Through loving and informed close readings of fifty pivotal Stones songs, Bill Janovitz finds a new way to tell the band's story—and reminds even the biggest fans that for all the drama, gossip, and myth that has always surrounded the Rolling Stones, it is the music that will stand forever." Alan Light, author of The holy or the broken "By focusing intently on individual songs, Bill Janovitz has written a stealth history of the Stones, tracking their personal lives and complicated relationships, illuminating the many phases of their artistic evolution, and making a strong case for their enduring cultural influence. Rocks Off is a smart, informative, and highly entertaining look at the Stones’ monumental body of work, written by a veteran musician who also happens to be a discerning critic and a diehard fan." Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of The Leftovers Bill Janovitz is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter in the band Buffalo Tom. He's also released three solo albums. He wrote Exile on Main Street about the iconic Stones album in the critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series. He has written extensively for the All Music Guide online site and has also contributed to BostonMagazine.com, the Boston Phoenix, and Post Road magazine. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.
Location: Street: Porter Square Shopping Center Additional: 25 White Street City: Cambridge, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 02140 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Shaw TV & McNally Robinson Book Club
McNally Robinson at Grant Park, Tuesday, January 29 at 7pm
Shaw TV & McNally Robinson Book Club
Tuesday Jan 29 2013 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg
Want to talk books with other book lovers – but without the commitment of a regular book club? Shaw TV, Joanne Kelly and McNally Robinson Booksellers are pleased to continue our free bookclub open to all readers in Winnipeg.
The 2013 season begins with a discussion on Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers, A startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss from the New York Times bestselling author of The Abstinence Teacher and Little Children.
Pick up the book at McNally Robinson, read it over the course of the month and join us this evening for refreshments and discussion! Get in touch with Joanne through e-mail at jmkelly (at) rrc.mb.ca or with John at McNally Robinson at events (at) grant.mcnallyrobinson.ca or by calling 453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions. (starfishian)
Best American Short Stories Conversation
Porter Square Books, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 6pm
Join Porter Square Books at the Middlesex Lounge for a conversation featuring contributors to and editors of The best American short stories 2012.
Participating in the conversation will be:
Jennifer Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. Her first novel, Mrs. Kimble, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction; Baker Towers won the 2006 PEN/L.L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England author; and her short stories have been featured in the Atlantic, Granta, and the Saturday Evening Post. Haigh's most recent novel is Faith.
Edith Pearlman is the author of 250 works of short fiction and nonfiction, which have been published in literary journals, anthologies, and online publications. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Collection, The Pushcart Prize, the New York Times, and Ploughshares. Pearlman was awarded the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature for her first collection of stories, Vaquita. Love Among the Greats, her second collection, won the Spokane Annual Fiction Prize. Her latest collection, Binocular Vision, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Tom Perrotta is a novelist and screenwriter. His novels Election and Little Children were made into Academy Award-nominated films. Perrotta has been featured on the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, People Magazine, and National Public Radio. In 2010, his short story, "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face" was the Boston Book Festival's first One City One Story sElection. He has taught creative writing at Harvard University and Eckerd College, and he earned a BA in English from Yale University and an MA in English and Creative Writing from Syracuse University, where he was a pupil of Tobias Wolff. Perrotta lives in Belmont. His latest novel is The Leftovers.
Heidi Pitlor is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her fiction has been published in Ploughshares, and she is the author of the novel The birthdays.
Please note: This is an offsite event at the Middlesex Lounge.
Location: Street: Middlesex Lounge Additional: 315 Mass Ave City: Cambridge, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 02139 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11am
October 6, 2012. 11am-5pm Off The Beaten Path is Proud to be The Official Bookseller for Literary Sojourn Literary Sojourn is an annual festival of authors and readers celebrating the power of the book. Each fall, an esteemed slate of authors and 500 book lovers from all over the country gather in Steamboat Springs, Colorado at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Together they revel in the written word, fueled by award-winning writers who share the stories and inspiration behind their exceptional books. Tickets sell (out!) really fast! Contact the Bud Werner Memorial Library to join the mailing list... Off The Beaten Path carries the works of past and future Literary Sojourn authors year-round, both in store and online. Buy Books From Off the Beaten Path & Support Literary Sojourn Why buy from Off the Beaten Path? A portion of the proceeds from all sales of current Literary Sojourn authors’ books are donated to this non-profit event. Book sales through the Literary Sojourn official bookseller are an important factor in a publisher’s decision to support an author’s participation at the Sojourn. Your purchase from Off the Beaten Path ensures that Literary Sojourn will continue to thrive with the brilliant authors and compelling reads you’ve come to expect. This year, we are proud to host Tom Perrotta, Kathryn Harrison, Hillary Jordan, Jonathan Lethem, and Laura Lippman, as well as Master of Ceremonies Andrew Sean Greer! 2012 Literary Sojourn Master of Ceremonies Mr. Greer is returning to Steamboat as Master of Ceremonies for Literary Sojourn after winning the PEN O'Henry short story prize among many other prestigious awards. He is the author of the bestselling The Story of Marriage, as well as The Confessions of Max Tivoli, The Path of Minor Planets, and a collection of short stories, How It Was for Me. He has been published and anthologized nationally and internationally and is currently the writer in residence in Aspen, Colorado. A list of his other works and various awards is available here. The Story of Marriage The Confessions of Max Tivoli The Path of Minor Planets How It Was for Me 2012 Literary Sojourn Authors Tom Perrotta Perrotta is a bestselling author who studied writing under Thomas Berger and Tobias Wolff before teaching creative writing at Yale and Harvard. The New York Times Book Review calls him “An American Chekhov whose characters, even at their most ridiculous, seem blessed and ennobled by a luminous human aura." His most recent book, The Leftovers, is set after the rapture in a small New Jersey suburb as families left behind are muddling through their lives. Stephen King calls it “the best Twilight Zone episode you never saw…" Also available on his website are a myriad of articles he's written for various magazines and publications. Give these a read before seeing him at Literary Sojourn! The Leftovers The Abstinence Teacher Little Children Joe College Election The Wishbones Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies Hillary Jordan When Jordan writes, she undertakes controversial issues and presents them to readers in compelling storylines. Her first book, Mudbound, deals with racism and prejudice in the 1940s Mississippi Delta. The book won the Bellweather Prize in 2006 and was hailed by Stewart O'Nan as a "...page turner - a tangle of history, tragedy and romance powered by guilt, moral indignation, and a near chorus of unstoppable voices." When she woke is Jordan's newest book, an amazing blend of The Scarlet Letter and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Dealing with a futuristic society in which criminals have their skin pigmented to reflect the nature of their crimes, Jordan gives a fresh face to a controversial issue. The New York Times called the book "...a feverishly conceived dystopia..." Keep abreast of Hillary's activities and newest books at her website. Kathryn Harrison Harrison is the author of seven novels, three memoirs, a biography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, a story of true crime and a collection of essays. Her New York Times bestselling memoir The Kiss, is a story of taboo and family complicity in breaking taboo during the darkest passage imaginable in a young woman’s life. Her work appears in publications including the New York Times Book Review, New Yorker, Harper’s, Vogue, O! The Oprah Magazine and More. Kathryn Harrison’s new novel is Enchantments, a mesmerizing tale of historical fiction that recalls the fall of Russia’s legendary dynasty, the Romanov Empire, as seen through the eyes of Rasputin’s daughter. Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan calls the story “sumptuous…a kaleidoscope breadth of historical detail with the sensuous, transporting prose that is Kathryn Harrison’s trademark.” Enchantments While they slept Envy The Mother Knot: A Memoir The road to Santiago Saint Therese of Lisieux (Out of Print New; available Used) Seeking rapture The Seal Wife The Binding Chair The Kiss: A Memoir Poison Exposure Thicker Than Water Laura Lippman Laura Lippman has been hailed by the Washington Post as "...one of the best novelists around, period." She writes the widely recognized Tess Monaghan series, which is set in her native Baltimore, as well as several stand alone novels, most recently The Girl in the Green Raincoat and The Most Dangerous Thing. Starting her career as a journalist, she wrote for the Baltimore Sun after graduating from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and churned out seven of her Tess Monaghan novels while still writing daily journalism. Learn more about Laura at her official website. Tess Monaghan Series Baltimore Blues Charm City Butchers Hill In Big Trouble The Sugar House In a Strange City The Last Place By a Spider's Thread No Good Deeds Another Thing to Fall The Girl in the Green Raincoat Every Secret Thing To the Power of Three What the Dead Know Hardly knew her (A short story anthology) Life Sentences I'd Know You Anywhere The Most Dangerous Thing Johnathan Lethem Lethem is a nationally acclaimed author, having won the Nebula Award as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award for his writing. His social commentaries cover a broad range of topics from cinema, drugs, cyberculture, and book touring, among many other subjects. He is noted by the LA Times as "...one of our most perceptive cultural critics...his insights buffeted by his descriptive imagination." Lethem's 19 book canon includes genre-mixed books like Gun, with Occasional Music, Motherless Brooklyn, Fortress of solitude, and Chronic City. His most recent book, The Ecstasy of Influence is a collection of nonfiction essays described on his website as "a cornucopia of remarks on art, plagiarism, used bookstores, James Brown, Nathanael West, Norman Mailer, graffiti, Donald Sutherland's buttocks, the difference between White Elephants and Termites, why superhero movies are no genre at all, and the problem of being a novelist in the 21st century." Gun, with Occasional Music Poor George The Vintage Book of Amnesia The wall of the sky, the wall of the eye Amnesia moon Girl in Landscape As She Climbed Across the Table Talking Heads' Fear of Music Men and cartoons Fortess of Solitude Chronic City Motherless Brooklyn The Ecstasy of Influence For more books Lethem has collaborated on, click here. 2010 Literary Sojourn Authors Wally Lamb Chris Cleave Lori Lansens Frank Delaney Chitra Banerj Divakaruni Dan Chaon 2011 Literary Sojourn Authors Paula McClain Julie Orringer Jennifer Egan Peter Matthiessen Jim Shepard Julia Glass
Location: Street: Sheraton Resort City: Steamboat Springs, Province: Colorado Postal Code: 80487 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Summer Speaker Series
Union Church, Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 7pm
Celebrity Bookclub. Tom Perrotta leads a discussion of LUSH LIFE by Richard Price
Newtonville Books, Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 7pm
Tom Perrotta discusses Lush Life.
++Tues, Oct 13, 7PM: Celebrity Bookclub. Tom Perrotta leads a discussion of LUSH LIFE by Richard Price Master of the Bronx and Jersey projects, Price (Clockers) turns his unrelenting eye on Manhattan's Lower East Side in this manic crescendo of a novel that explores the repercussions of a seemingly random shooting. When bartender Ike Marcus is shot to death after barhopping with friends, NYPD Det. Matty Clark and his team first focus on restaurant manager and struggling writer Eric Cash, who claims the group was accosted by would-be muggers, despite eyewitnesses saying otherwise. As Matty grills Eric on the still-hazy details of the shooting, Price steps back and follows the lives of the alleged shooters—teenagers Tristan Acevedo and Little Dap Williams, who live in a nearby housing project—as well as Ike's grieving father, Billy, who hounds the police even as leads dwindle. As the intersecting narratives hurtle toward a climax that's both expected and shocking, Price peels back the layers of his characters and the neighborhood until all is laid bare. With its perfect dialogue and attention to the smallest detail, Price's latest reminds readers why he's one of the masters of American urban crime fiction. (dougcornelius)
Giles Foden and Tom Perrotta
Institute of Contemporary Arts, Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 7pm
Tom Perotta, The Abstinence Teacher
Porter Square Books, Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 7pm
"Perrotta is that rare combination: a satirist with heart...Those who haven’t curled up on the couch with this writer’s books are missing a very great pleasure."Seattle Times
"Nobody renders the world of soccer moms and sprinklers and SUVs like Perrotta. He’s the Steinbeck of suburbia."Time
Tom Perrotta is the author of five previous works of fiction:
Election, and the New York Times bestsellers Joe College and Little Children. Perrotta was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay for the movie version of Little Children. Perrotta lives with his family outside Boston, Massachusetts. (booksense)
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