"In the House of the Serpent Handler” offers an intimate and engrossing look at the latest generation of Pentecostal believers who "take up" venomous snakes as a test of their religious faith. Focusing on several preachers and their families in six Appalachian states, journalist Julia C. Duin explores the impact that such twenty-first-century phenomena as social media and "reality television" have had on rituals long practiced in obscurity. As Duin reveals, the mortal snakebite suffered by pastor Mack Wofford in 2012 marked the passing of the torch to younger preachers Jamie Coots and Andrew Hamblin, who were featured in the 2013 series Snake Salvation on the National Geographic Channel. Seeing their participation in the show as a way of publicizing their faith and thus winning converts, Coots and Hamblin attempted to reinvent the snake-handling tradition for a modern audience.
From Kirkus Reviews: Elizabeth, white, an orphan, and a devoted reader, has a recently discovered magical gift of extrasensory awareness and anticipation. When her guardian aunt and uncle depart for a vacation, leaving only a train ticket and three $1 bills duct-taped to the door, Elizabeth embarks on an extraordinary adventure.
Join Kerri Kokias Kerri for a reading and signing.
“Captivating and even surprising. . . . It’s a neatly conceived study of two independent sisters who are fully capable of enjoying a day on their own terms.” —Publishers Weekly
“Chock-full of ideas for fun on a snowy day . . . A nice addition to sibling shelves that shows that fun can also be had apart.” —Kirkus Reviews
We are incredibly excited to be launching Kevin John Scott for his book launch!
We are the WHATSITS— a crew of five picture book builders (a.k.a. author/illustrators) from the upper left corner of the left coast who talk about BOOKS, but not just any books—picture books! So follow along for all sorts of good stuff about the world of kidlit!
Ben Clanton, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Jennifer K Mann, Kevan Atteberry, and Wendy Wahman
Local fantasy author Django Wexler will join us to discuss and sign his latest book The Infernal Battalion, the latest in his popular Shadow Campaign series.
America Invaded is a comprehensive look at the wars that have taken place on American soil. Every state is represented. Mr. Kelly touches on battles you know like The Battle of Little Bighorn as well as more obscure incidents like the Pig War on San Juan Island. I loved the maps, historical sites, and museums mentioned at the end of each chapter. It is a great overview of the battles that shaped our nation!
Allyson Valentine http://www.allysonvalentine.com
Curtis Manley http://curtismanley.com
Dan Richards https://www.danrichardsbooks.com
Kevan Atteberry https://www.kevanatteberry.com
Jeanie Mebane http://sleepingbearpress.com/contributors/1692
Dori Hillestad Butler http://www.kidswriter.com
Dana Sullivan http://www.danajsullivan.com
John Crocker - FOLLOWING FIFI My Adventures Among Wild Chimpanzees: Lessons from our Closest Relatives
Join us as we host Mr. Crocker for a talk and signing!
"A truly extraordinary book. As I read it I was transported back to those wonderful days when I lived in Gombe. It is fascinating to read how John’s observations of chimpanzee children with their mothers and other family members helped him understand the problems of a human child.” Jane Goodall, New York Times bestselling author
Jeff Renner will join us for a talk about climate change. Mr. Renner was a meteorologist for 39 years on King 5. As one customer recently said, “He was the only one that got the weather right!” Here is his retirement video: http://www.king5.com/features/longtime-king-chief-meteorologist-jeff-renner-retires-after-39-years/150007466
You know Tony from his days with the Seahawks and his political campaign. What you may not know is that Tony was a book store owner with none other than radio personality Dori Monson. Tony is also the unofficial spokesperson for our store! Tony has interviewed Marissa Meyer, coordinated the Daniel James Brown event, and has done Facebook videos to help us.
Now we get to do the book launch for Tony's latest book Here's Smiling at You. It is an uplifting book about the people who have shaped and inspired Tony. I was fortunate to read a few early chapters... there were smiles, laughs, and tears.
Join us as we celebrate the release of Mira Grant's latest novel Into the Drowning Deep. The author of the Parasitology and Newflesh series, brings us a new and exciting novel about a voyage into the depths of the Mariana Trench.
Mira Grant also writes as Seanan McGuire, and the latest book in her October Daye series, The Brightest Fell, will be released on September 5, 2017. So, come by and pick up a copy of this series as well.
On Monday November 13th at 6:30 pm, we'll be meeting once again to talk about this month's book - Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. Even if you haven't finished the book (or even read it), you're welcome to come and listen to what others have to say about this powerful and moving book.
Join us Saturday (10/28) at 2:00 pm--right before the Thriller Dance at RTC--to hear Michaele Razi read from her picture book Frank the Seven-Legged Spider! This is a hilarious picture book about a spider in the midst of an existential crisis.
Kirkus says: “Frank likes spinning beautiful webs—they’re works of art, really—and scaring humans, which also entertains (most of) his friends. But above all, he likes his eight “beautiful, glorious” legs. When he wakes up missing one, (most of) his friends wonder what happened. Is he still a spider?”
Picture books aren't only for kids -- some are PG-13, like this one. The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle, was written by Patrick Rothfuss, and illustrated by Nathan Taylor. Join us as Nathan reads to us from this dark and twisted book.
Nathan will also entertain with a live drawing demonstration, and talk to us about his upcoming graphic novel. Come listen, and admire his beautiful artwork, while enjoying an evening of story time that's strictly for adults. (well, not strictly -- older kids are more than welcome).
News of the World by Paulette Jiles is the choice for our first book club meeting, on Monday October 23, at 6:30 pm.
Come together to discuss this thought-provoking story. Or come to mingle with like-minded book lovers. Whether you have read the book or not, you are welcome to attend.
At the end of the meeting, we will decide on our next book for the second meeting in November.
We can't wait to see you on this fun evening of books and chatter!
Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower—a ten-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest?
If these questions intrigue you, join us as we listen to author, Laurie Ann Thompson read from her latest book Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!
Are you looking for new book club reads for your book club? Do you want to join or create a new book club? If so, join us for an evening of book talks and conversation. Meet, mingle, and find other book lovers with common reading interests. We will book talk some of our favorite titles and ask about your favorites. By the end of the evening, a Brick & Mortar Book Club will be created for readers looking to join a new club. Join us for a fun evening for book lovers.
Join us as we host author Jonathan Catherman. Hear him speak about his books The Manual to Manhood (2004), and his latest book The Manual to Middle School (July 2017). Jonathan's best-selling books are How-To-Instructions, and Do-This-Not-That guides for young men.
Help us celebrate with Kevan Atteberry by joining us for the release of his latest book I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas. If you don’t know Kevan for his amazing children’s books Bunnies and Tickle Monster you certainly know him as the creator of the iconic Office assistant Clippy!