Our General Book Club will meet on Monday, February 18th at 6:30pm to discuss Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant.
We are so excited to be hosting Ben Clanton for the launch of Narwhal’s Otter Friend! Ben is an incredible talent with a huge following. This is an unticketed event so we recommend you get here early.
Fun Fact - a customer once asked what age the Narwhal and Jelly books were for. I replied, “I love them, so one to at least forty-two.”
Help us celebrate picture book author Curtis Manley as we help him launch his new book Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet! Curtis Manley is the author of The Summer Nick Taught his Cat to Read, The Crane Girl, and Shawn Loves Sharks.
Shawn Loves Sharks is the winner of a Washington State Book Award for 2018! It was also named to the Bank Street College of Education Best Books list for 2018, and nominated for the Washington State Children’s Choice Picture Book Award for 2019!
Elise Hooper is a fantastic author and speaker. She captivated the audience at her last event for The Other Alcott. Learning to See is a gripping account of the ambitious woman behind the camera who risked everything for art, activism, and love. But her choices came at a steep price…
Meet Richard Cowdrey, New York Times bestselling illustrator of Fiona the Hippo and Bad Dog, Marley for a drawing demonstration and book signing!
Hear Django Wexler, celebrating the launch of his new YA epic fantasy Ship of Smoke and Steel, in conversation with Somaiya Daud, author of the recently released YA fantasy Mirage!
Celebrate the launch of the sequel of Ben Guterson’s Winterhouse, The Secrets of Winterhouse! Bookish puzzles, phantom mysteries, and evil curses await as the protagonist returns to a magical hotel full of secrets in this enchanting urban fantasy middle-grade series.
We’re joining forces with The Ripped Bodice, the only romance-only independent bookstore in the US, and eighteen other book clubs to all read the same book in December: Pride by acclaimed Hatian-American author Ibi Zoboi, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice in modern Brooklyn with characters of color!
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!
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.