Rainy Day Books, Inc.
Rainy Day Books
Rainy Day Books is located in
The Fairway Shops
2706 W 53rd Street
Fairway, Kansas 66205-1705
Phone: 913-384-3126

Store Hours:
Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri      10-6
Thursday                   10-7
Saturday                    10-5
Sunday we rest and read!

In This Newsletter
Michael Oher headlines the Mayors' Prayer Breakfast
Writers At Work: Deb Olin Unferth
Physicist Brian Green
At a glance, our other upcoming author events
Now in paperback, some of our favorites from 2010
Eye of the Red Tsar
Eye of the Red Tsar
Shortly after midnight on July 17, 1918, the imprisoned family of Tsar Nicholas Romanov was awakened and led down to the basement of the Ipatiev house. There they were summarily executed. Their bodies were hidden away, the location a secret of the Soviet state. A decade later, Pekkala, once the most trusted secret agent of the Romanovs, is now Prisoner 4745-P, banished to a forest on the outskirts of humanity. But the state needs Pekkala one last time. His mission: catch the assassins who slaughtered the Romanovs, locate the royal child rumored to be alive, and give Stalin the international coup he craves. Find the bodies, Pekkala is told, and you will find your freedom.


In a land of uneasy alliances and lethal treachery, pursuing clues that have eluded everyone, Pekkala is thrust into the past where he once reigned. There he will meet the man who betrayed him and the woman he loved and lost in the fires of rebellion-and uncover a secret so shocking that it will shake to its core the land he loves.



When fugitive Italian monk Giordano Bruno-philosopher, magician, and heretical scientist-arrives in London, he's only one step ahead of the Inquisition. An undercover mission for Queen Elizabeth I and her spymaster provides added protection. Officially, Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe at Oxford University; unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen. But when his mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly deaths and the charms of a mysterious but beautiful young woman, he realizes that somewhere within Oxford's private chambers lurks a brutal killer.


You Are Not A Gadget
You Are Not A Gadget

A programmer, musician, and father of virtual reality technology, Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in digital media, and among the first to predict the revolutionary changes it would bring to our commerce and culture. Now, with the Web influencing virtually every aspect of our lives, he offers this provocative critique of how digital design is shaping society, for better and for worse.


Informed by Lanier's experience and expertise as a computer scientist, You Are Not a Gadget discusses the technical and cultural problems that have unwittingly risen from programming choices-such as the nature of user identity-that were "locked-in" at the birth of digital media and considers what a future based on current design philosophies will bring. With the proliferation of social networks, cloud-based data storage systems, and Web 2.0 designs that elevate the "wisdom" of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and wisdom of individuals, his message has never been more urgent.


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Newsletter Volume 528February 28, 2011



March is roaring in like a lion! We start with Pitchapalooza tonight, and then our spring series of Author Events really starts to take off. If you like books, please help us spread the word about these opportunities. It's always sad when someone finds out we hosted a favorite author after our event. You can make the difference, use the Twitter and Facebook links on this newsletter and on the event pages on our web site to help us get the word out!


We're finalizing details for three very special dinner events, featuring Frances Mayes, Jamie and Bobby Deen, and Judith Fertig. Details are coming very soon.


Watch our Weekly E-Newsletters and our Website for the latest updates. 



Monday night, it's PITCHAPALOOZA!

The Book Doctors, aka, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, will be making a house call in Kansas City, at the Kansas City Public Library, with Rainy Day Books.  They want YOU to pitch your book at their acclaimed event, Pitchapalooza, which was recently featured in The New York Times, and in a mini-documentary for Newsday. Pitchapalooza is like American Idol for books--only without the Simon. Writers get one minute to pitch their book ideas to an all-star panel of publishing experts. The winner receives an introduction to an appropriate agent or publisher for his/her book. Plus, anyone who buys a copy of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published from Rainy Day Books gets a free consultation worth $100.


Arielle Eckstut has been a literary agent for 18 years. She is also the author of seven books and the co-founder of the iconic brand, LittleMissMatched. David Henry Sterry is the best-selling author of 12 books, on a wide variety of subjects including memoir, sports, YA fiction and reference. His last book appeared on the cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.  Together, they've helped dozens and dozens of talented amateur writers become published authors.  They've appeared everywhere from NPR's Morning Edition to USA Today, and have taught publishing workshops everywhere from the Miami Book Fair to Stanford University.


Make reservations now for Pitchapalooza with The Book Doctors on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch

Wednesday morning in Kansas City: Michael Oher 


Professional football player and subject of the bestselling book and film The Blind Side shares his own personal true story in his memoir I Beat The Odds: From Homelessness To The Blind Side And Beyond. Michael will appear as the keynote speaker for the 50th Annual Mayors' Prayer Breakfast.
Tickets for the Mayors' Prayer Breakfast must be purchased directly from the organization. $50.00 per person includes breakfast, parking, and one autographed copy of I Beat The Odds. To register for this event visit www.kccmpb.org or call Linda Dillon at 816-863-0992.
If you would like to order an autographed copy of I Beat The Odds (signature only) please call Rainy Day Books at 913-384-3126 or order online at www.RainyDayBooks.com/MichaelOher



Wednesday Evening in Kansas City: Writers At Work presents Deb Olin Unferth

Deb Olin Unferth will discuss her career, her works, and answer audience questions. This event is part of the Writers At Work speaker series organized by Kansas City novelist Whitney Terrell and sponsored by The Kansas City Public Library, the Philosophy Department at the University Of Missouri - Kansas City and the Writers at Work Round Table.

This event is Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. at Kansas City Public Library, Central Branch, Helzberg Auditorium, 14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105.

Admission: Complimentary and open to the public. Reservations requested, please call the Kansas City Public Library at (816) 701-3407.


Thursday evening in Kansas City: Brian Greene

Linda Hall Library welcomes Brian Greene, bestselling author and world-renowned physicist appears to discuss his latest book The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and The Deep Laws of The Cosmos.
This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited and tickets are required. Complete the online form at http://www.lindahall.org/events/attend.php, email events@lindahall.org or call (816) 926-8772 with your name, address, phone number, and the number of individuals in your party.
For complete details, visit www.RainyDayBooks.com/BrianGreene
At a glance, our other upcoming author events:

POSTPONED, new date pending: Caroline & Charles Todd, mystery writing team and authors of A Lonely Death, TBD at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.

David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut, AKA The Book Doctors and authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published appear for PITCHAPALOOZA on Monday February 28, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch.


The 50th Annual Mayors' Prayer Breakfast featuring Michael Oher, author of I Beat the Odds will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 8:00 AM at The Kansas City Convention Center, Grand Ballroom.

Deb Olin Unferth, author of Revolution, appears on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Kansas City Public Library, Central Branch, Helzberg Auditorium.

Brian Greene, author of The Hidden Reality, appears on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.

Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife, appears on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch.

Phoebe Unterman, author of Through Eva's Eyes, appears on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch.

Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks appears on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.

Suze Orman, author of The Money Class, appears on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.

Lorraine Massey, author of The Curly Girl Handbook, appears on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.

Geneen Roth, author of Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations about Food and Money appears on Wednesday March 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.


Sarah Vowell, author of Unfamiliar Fishes, appears on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.

Jaimy Gordon, author of the 2010 National Book Award winning novel Lord of Misrule, appears on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.

Anne Lamott, author of Imperfect Birds, appears on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Community Christian Church.

Jennet Conant, author of A Covert Affair, appears on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.

Tom Watson, author of The Timeless Swing, appears on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.

Arthur Phillips, author of The Tragedy of Arthur, appears on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 6:30 PM at Kansas City Public Library, Central Branch, Helzberg Auditorium.

Meg Cabot, author of Abandon, appears on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.


Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, appears on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.

Wade Rouse, author of It's All Relative, appears on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Rainy Day Books in Fairway.

Erik Larson, author of In The Garden of Beasts, appears on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.

Jen Lancaster, author of If You Were Here, appears on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.


Tessa Gratton, author of Blood Magic, appears on Tuesday, June 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Rainy Day Books in Fairway.

Emma Donoghue, author of Room, appears on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza.

Thank You for supporting Your Community Bookseller, Rainy Day Books

We celebrated 35 years of bookselling on November 4, 2010.  It is a celebration of our Legacy of Literacy: 35 years of helping match readers to great books, bringing famous and soon-to-be-famous names to Kansas City, and enjoying the excitement of sharing so many experiences.

Take the time to tell someone new about Rainy Day Books.  Each book that you purchase at Rainy Day Books makes Rainy Day Books a place authors ask to visit, a vibrant part of Kansas City's arts community, and a bookstore where people love books enough to talk about them all day long.  Please encourage your fellow readers to sign up for this E-Newsletter.  We have an exciting schedule of upcoming Author Events, and this is the first place to hear about them!  We also take Orders for Author Autographed Books, so your friends far and wide can share in the experience.



Rainy Day Books is located in The Fairway Shops, at the intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Belinder Road.  Our address is 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway, Kansas (KS) 66205.


Get directions to Rainy Day Books and our Event venues by clicking here. 


Store Hours: Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 10 AM to 6 PM, Thu 10 AM to 7 PM, Sat 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sundays we rest and read.


When you shop at Rainy Day Books you're a part of our Legacy of Literacy for Kansas City.  We provide full service, knowledgeable recommendations and priceless Author Event experiences, all at a fair price.  To our customers, thank you for your support. 
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Vivien Jennings & Roger Doeren  

Vivien, Roger, and all of your friends at Rainy Day Books