An Unlikely Newsletter
May 20, 2018
High School Quiz Show_ Extra Credit
The stage is set, the kids are practicing, the buzzers are primed, and the host is ready! We're all very excited to host WGBH's High School Quiz Show: Extra Credit next week beginning Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:30pm. WGBH is teaming up with author Jeff Kinney to host a three-night non-televised competition for twelve Massachusetts high school teams. Four teams will compete each night, and one winner will be declared each night. The event will be hosted here at An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Café. Visit our events calendar and sign up to be in the audience of our very first show!
In This Newsletter
Dan Kennedy
Saturday, June 16th at 7pm
We have the perfect event to celebrate Father's Day with Dad! Dan Kennedy, author of the blog Media Nation and regular panelist on Beat the Press, is coming to An Unlikely Story for a discussion and signing of his new book, The Return of the Moguls. This latest examination of modern newspapers is an essential chronicle of Jeff Bezos and John Henry's impact on the future of journalism and printed news.  Boasting an impressive collection of publications across both print and the web, Kennedy has been featured on NPR, The Boston Globe, and The Guardian. His work in journalism has garnered such accolades as the Bart Richard's Award for Media Criticism and the CBS Boston "Most Valuable Blogger" Award.  Tickets for this free event are available here!

Tom Booth Storytime
We have a VERY special interactive author Storytime...but DON'T TELL anyone! Tom Booth, author and illustrator of Don't Blink, will read his new picture book, Don't Tell, followed by a book signing. If your little ones are fans of Mo Willems, Jon Klassen or Mac Barnett, they're going to enjoy this fun, experiential picture book. Register for this free event!
Award-winning author Kate Messner introduces her new book, Breakout, a thrilling middle-grade novel based on the true story of a prison break in New Hampshire. Her story, told in poems, letters, text messages, news stories, and comics, examines what happens to "home" when the rules and patterns we've always followed suddenly change. Register for this free event. 
This hilarious and talented duo are coming to An Unlikely Story for a reading and Q&A for their new book, I'm Sad. This followup to their NYT notable book, I'm Bored, is the funny and heartwarming story of a sad flamingo and his loyal friends, a little girl and a potato. Together, they learn that sadness passes and sometimes you don't need to cheer up, you just have to stick together. Click here to purchase tickets!.
Hello Lighthouse, the lavish new picture book from Caldecott-winner Sophie Blackall, transports readers to the seaside in timeless, nautical splendor! She's been a long time favorite for our booksellers and we know you'll just love her magical books. Come hear the story of this quaint lighthouse from the author herself, followed by a Q&A and signing. Register for this free event. 
More Unlikely Events »
Bookseller recommendations Recommendations
Alexa recommends:
All the Beautiful Lies
All the Beautiful Lies 
by Peter Swanson
This was a great Sunday morning page-turner for me! High marks for twists and turns in a clever story that follows a chain of related deaths over thirty years. Swanson delivers a captivating read with an unexpected ending.

Sandra recommends:
The Breakdown
The Breakdown 
by B. A. Paris

B.A. Paris did it again! I thought Behind Closed Doors had me losing sleep but this one definitely made me order take-out for dinner two nights in a row! The Breakdown had me on a roller coaster of emotions, to say the least. Cass goes through so much and I feel for her in every page of this book. She had what seemed like the best support system around her but things goes down a steep hill, which I did not expect to happen. I promise you won't be able to put this book down! 

Leo recommends:
The Orphan Band of Springdale
A lovely and satisfying historical novel set just prior to World War II, where 11-year-old Augusta Neubronner finds her place amidst her grandmother's orphanage in Maine. This story conveys a strong sense of family, community, and hope. (Ages 10+)

More staff picks  »
Cards & Gifts Gifts
It seems like just yesterday you were dropping them off at kindergarten with their lunch boxes and backpacks, and now they are off on their own adventures! Let them know how proud of them you are with the perfect card, gifts, and books full of good advice from both sloths and John Waters. Yes, we have a wide range of gifts to suit every grad!
Around the Community Cafe
Plainville Splash
The NFL's Chris Long (founder of the Water Boys Initiative) and Jeff Kinney (author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series) look forward to meeting you! Plainville Splash is a chance to come together for a great cause -- clean water! The highlight will be a Water Walk (to be held within the park), made in honor of the Tanzanian community which will receive a new clean water project as a result of our efforts. This is a FREE community event to gather the town of Plainville and surrounding communities for an engaging and fun-filled afternoon to raise awareness and some funding for a clean water project in Tanzania, East Africa. Outdoor activities for all ages will include:
  • Skills Competitions and Games
  • Water Education Opportunities
  • Prizes and Giveaways
Click here for more information on how you can volunteer, donate, and to register to attend the fundraiser!
New in Hardcover NewReleases
Tin Man
The Ensemble
Three Days in Moscow
Tin Man
Sarah Winman
Aja Gabel
Silas House
Dave Itzkoff
Three Days in Moscow
Bret Baier
New in Paperback
Mrs. Fletcher
The Bedlam Stacks
Everything That Follows
The Essex Serpent
The Fact of a Body
Tom Perrotta
Natasha Pulley
Meg Little Reilly
Sarah Perry
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
New in Childrens
Ocean Meets Sky
Marge in Charge and the Stolen Treasure
War Storm
The Fan Brothers
Isla Fisher
Julie Murphy
Victoria Aveyard

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Happy reading,
Kym Havens
An Unlikely Story

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