August 2019

Hosting author events is an important part of our mission of community enrichment. Our recent event in Manchester with Ocean Vuong reinforced why these events are so important, sometimes even potentially life-changing. He was at the bookstore to discuss his new book On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous , which is on the New York Times bestseller list and a staff favorite. It is groundbreaking in many ways and his presentation was phenomenal--it was one of those evenings that remind us why we are in the book business in the first place. So many rich and poignant topics were covered--the American experiment, race, the opioid epidemic, sexuality, immigration, and what it means to be human. He spoke so clearly and eloquently about the book, his writing, and living in this country in 2019. (If you want to listen to the discussion, it was recorded for The Book Show on WAMC and will be posted soon). I highly recommend this book. 

Of note this month, we have two other special events that might pique your interest. In Saratoga, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and friend Richard Russo will be coming on the 21st to discuss his new book, Chances Are… Tickets are going quickly; you can purchase them here

In Manchester, on the 24th, we are pleased to welcome Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell to talk about her new book, Is There Still Sex in the City ? This is bound to be a fun evening! Tickets here

And, we have a full line-up of other great authors to interest you as well.

Happy Summer,
Chris Morrow
Please note the location of each event Manchester Center or Saratoga Springs

Northshire staff & customer favorite Jodi Kendall will be here to talk about her books  The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City , and its sequel story,  Dog Days in the City . The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City  is a modern retelling of Charlotte's Web , exploring the peculiar moments of owning a quickly growing piglet in the city. You'll fall in love with every character, especially Hamlet, the pig. An excellent read to discover the importance of asking for help, and learning to take responsibility for things that are important to you. 

Join us when this prize-winning author praised for his "fierce poetic originality" and "uncompromising vision" presents this searing, visionary novel set in war-torn 1970s Beirut, an at once propulsive, elegiac, outrageous, profane, transcendent, and profoundly moving fable on what it means to live through war.

New York Times -bestselling author Katherine Howe returns with a bewitching story of a New England history professor and direct descendant of a woman tried as a witch in Salem who must race against time to free her fiancé from a curse.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo will join us to discuss his new novel  Chances Are...  with Joe Donahue of WAMC / Northeast Public Radio as part of our Off the Shelf series on Wednesday, August 21 at 7 pm at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College.
Please note: This is a ticketed event with limited seating taking place off-site at Skidmore College.

We are thrilled to welcome to Manchester Candace Bushnell--the pioneering,  New York Times -bestselling author who brought us  Sex and the City-- for her new wry, witty, and wise look at sex, dating and friendship in New York City after fifty.
Please note: This is a ticketed event with limited seating taking place off-site at Maple Street School.

On August 27 at 7 pm mystery author Paul Doiron will be back by popular demand to discuss Almost Midnight-- the 10th novel in his Mike Bowditch mystery series. In this thrilling entry in Edgar Award finalist Paul Doiron's bestselling series, a deadly attack on one of Maine's last wild wolves leads Game Warden Mike Bowditch to an even bigger criminal conspiracy.

Featured Book of the Month

From the National Book Award–winning author of  Stamped from the Beginning  comes a bracingly original approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it.”

Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America—but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In  How to Be an Antiracist,  Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.

In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism.  How to Be an Antiracist  is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

July Pre-order Highlight

In this brilliant sequel to  The Handmaid's Tale,  acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of  The Handmaid's Tale , readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death. 
With  The Testaments , the wait is over. 
Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. 
"Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in." —Margaret Atwood

New Fiction on our Shelves
New Non-Fiction on our Shelves
New Paperbacks on our Shelves
From our own Shires Press

Kathryn Holzman's collection of short fiction explores the truce between Vermont's homesteaders and the second-home owners who co-exist in the lush Green Mountains. Whether sharing a blackberry patch with a bear or dropping off garbage at the local transfer station, life in Vermont unites its disparate residents in surprising ways.

"Holzman presents the stark realities of life in rural Vermont. We see lives held in the balance of simple good or bad luck, intimacy grounded in necessity and poor decisions, all presented against the backdrop of what makes the natural environment both a challenge and, for the few, a reward." —Yvonne Daley, Going up the Country

"Kathryn Holzman builds her plots on a landscape that's compelling, fertile, and mythic, where lavish peonies and Narcan share space. Dreamy, damaged, or both, her characters do the best they can. At once unsparing and openhearted, authenticity is her strength." —Verandah Porche, Sudden Eden

New Releases from our Children's Department

We are featuring some of our signed books from publishers and author events online. You can also come into our bookstores to see all of our signed books.

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