High-Tech Housewives with Amy Bhatt
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

High-Tech Housewives with Amy Bhatt

Join author Amy Bhatt as she presents her new book, High-Tech Housewives: Indian IT Workers, Gendered Labor, and Transmigration. Read on for more details on her fascinating work:

Tech companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft promote the free flow of data worldwide, while relying on foreign temporary IT workers to build, deliver, and support their products. However, even as IT companies use technology and commerce to transcend national barriers, their transnational employees face significant migration and visa constraints. In this revealing ethnography, Amy Bhatt shines a spotlight on Indian IT migrants and their struggles to navigate career paths, citizenship, and belonging as they move between South Asia and the United States.

Through in-depth interviews, Bhatt explores the complex factors that shape IT transmigration and settlement, looking at Indian cultural norms, kinship obligations, friendship networks, gendered and racialized discrimination in the workplace, and inflexible and unstable visa regimes that create worker vulnerability. In particular, Bhatt highlights women's experiences as workers and dependent spouses who move as part of temporary worker programs. Many of the women interviewed were professional peers to their husbands in India but found themselves "housewives" stateside, unable to secure employment because of visa restrictions. Through her focus on the unpaid and feminized placemaking and caregiving labor these women provide, Bhatt shows how women's labor within the household is vital to the functioning of the flexible and transnational system of IT itself.

AMY BHATT is associate professor of gender and women's studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the coauthor of Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest.

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Bring Your Own Book - Game Event
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Bring Your Own Book - Game Event

Play the game Bring Your Own Book with creator Mathew Moore! Being that the event is so close to Halloween we are going to theme the event with scary/monster books!

Joining us will be authors Django Wexler and Ali Oliva as well as illustrator Nate Taylor! Here’s a little bit about our guests:

Django Wexler is the author of the flintlock fantasy series The Shadow Campaigns beginning with The Thousand Names as well as The Forbidden Library series for middle readers. His next book, Ship of Smoke and Steel, is the first in his YA Wells of Sorcery series that will be out this January!

Ali Oliva’s debut post-apocalyptic novel The Last One garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Kirkus called it “clever in the best sense: she is able to skewer reality show culture and dystopian tropes while never letting concept or critique become more important than a good yarn.”

Nate Taylor is famous for his work illustrating for Patrick Rothfuss, including The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, the board game book Tak, and prints for the Kingkiller Chronicles. Check out more of his art here!

More details to come!

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Romance Book Club: Heroine Complex
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Romance Book Club: Heroine Complex

Happily Ever After is a book club aiming to read feminist and inclusive romance. Whether you're a voracious romance reader already or looking to expand your romance horizons, if you're excited to gush about and critically analyze romance novels, we're here for you. We'll pick one romance every month to meet and discuss at the bookstore, and we hope you'll join us! 

In past months, we've read The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, Unraveled (Whiskey Sharp) by Lauren Dane, An Extraordinary Union (Loyal League) by Alyssa Cole, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, Death's Dancer (Grace Bloods) by Jasmine Silvera, and The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke) by Tessa Dare. 

This month’s Romance Book Club selection is Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn! Join us as we discuss this exciting and refreshing romance centering Asian American superheroines!

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Open Book Club - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Oct
15
6:30 PM18:30

Open Book Club - Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a highly acclaimed book centered around two Nigerians finding their way as immigrants in the UK and US. It’s a love story, as well as a story about immigration, race, and  belonging. This warm, funny, and enlightening novel offers ample avenues for discussion.

“[A] knockout of a novel about immigration, American dreams, the power of first love, and the shifting meanings of skin color. . . . A marvel.” —NPR

“A near-flawless novel.” —The Seattle Times

One of the Best Books of the Year
The New York Times • NPR • Chicago Tribune • The Washington Post • The Seattle Times • Entertainment Weekly • Newsday • Goodreads 

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Explore Europe on Foot - Author Event with Cassandra Overby
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Explore Europe on Foot - Author Event with Cassandra Overby

According to author and expert traveler Cassandra Overby, there’s no better way to discover Europe than by getting off the beaten path and exploring it on foot with a hike. Enjoy meaningful interactions with locals, explore charming villages, soak in rugged alpine views from rocky perches and absorb the landscape through all of your senses. Cassandra will show you how, introducing you to some of her favorite trails in Europe, with itineraries ranging from one to fifteen days, and sharing her top tips for exploring on foot. You’ll leave inspired to embark on your own cultural hiking adventure—and itching to buy a plane ticket to Europe

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Where's Waldo Party
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Where's Waldo Party

We're celebrating the end of our mall-wide hunt for Waldo! Come on in and enjoy food, books, and a guest appearance from Waldo himself! We'll also do drawings for those who finished the passport challenge to see who wins our raffle prizes! 

Prizes have been donated from stores around the mall and include swimming lessons from Goldfish Swim School, geodes from Utopia, socks from Fuego, sets of Where's Waldo books, gift cards to the mall, and more! 

 

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Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest Event!
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

Beer Hiking Pacific Northwest Event!

Authors Brandon Fralic and Rachel Wood will share some of their favorite trails and breweries from their ingenious new book! 

From their blog: The authors, Brandon Fralic and Rachel Wood are pioneers of Beer Hiking in the Pacific Northwest. In 2013 they launched this site, Beers at the Bottom, to highlight hiking trails and craft breweries in Western Washington. Since then they’ve sampled hundreds of hikes and brews at home and abroad, publishing stories along the way. Both feel most at home in the North Cascades or at a local taproom — pint in hand.

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Bradley Bagshaw - Georges Bank Book Event
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Bradley Bagshaw - Georges Bank Book Event

Help author Bradley Bagshaw celebrate the release of his book Georges Bank. 

A work of historical fiction, Georges Bank is written in the timeless tradition of such maritime novels as C.S. Forrester's Hornblower series, Joseph Conrad's Typhoon and Pat Conroy's Prince of Tides. Georges Bank is a nineteenth century tale of power and greed set in the stormy waters off Gloucester, Massachusetts. 

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