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Open 9 am–6 pm on Memorial Day, May 27
Greetings! In May we have something for everyone: fiction, history, mystery, memoir, food writing, music, pets, and events for children and teens. Don't miss the Readers' Club Sale, May 3–6!

Signups are open for our summer book clubs and workshops for kids and teens, but hurry as spaces are filling.

I f you can't attend an event and would like a signed book, call 919-828-1588 or email . Order online 24/7 at . Purchasing from this independent bookstore directly benefits our local economy. We offer free shipping for online purchases of $50 for books shipped within the lower 48 states.

Contact me with your questions or for more information. Thank you very much for your continued support.

René Martin, Events Coordinator
Wednesday, May 1, 7:00 PM
Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business
In conversation with Raleigh chef and restaurateur Ashley Christensen
The Lee brothers are the authors of bestselling cookbooks and have won six James Beard and IACP Awards. Known for their modern take on Southern cooking, they steeped themselves in the catering business for four years. Hotbox  reveals the real-life drama behind cavernous event spaces and soaring white tents, where cooking conditions have more in common with a mobile army hospital than a restaurant. Matt and Ted will be in conversation with Raleigh's Ashley Christensen, Beard Award winner and author of Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner .

Thursday, May 2, 6:00 PM
An interactive picture book for ages 3+
Receive a signing line ticket with purchase of High Five.

From the creators of the bestseller Dragons Love Tacos comes a rollicking, rhyme-tastic, interactive high five competition--starring YOU! From hand-limbering stretches to lessons on five-ing with finesse, readers are guided through a series of interactive challenges, each goofier than the next. Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri have dreamed up another one-of-a-kind, laugh-out-loud book that kids will read again and again.

Friday, May 3 Monday, May 6

Mother's Day is May 12, and we've got cards and gifts for Mom, as well as for graduates and teachers! Come shop for books, literary-themed totes, t-shirts and prints, booklights, games, puzzles, candles, socks, scarves and more. Giftwrapping is always free.

During the sale, Readers' Club members take 20% off most books, magazines & merchandise. Shop in-store, by phone, by email , or shop online . Not a member? Join now and enjoy the sale, then save for a full year. Annual RC membership is $15, but is complimentary to those age 60 or better, and to educators preschool–12th grade. The regular Readers' Club discount is 10%, and members always take 30% off current NYTimes bestsellers.

Friday, May 3, 7:00 PM
Loving You, Thinking of You, Don't Forget to Pray: Letters to My Son in Prison
Seats may be reserved

Jacqueline Jackson promised her son, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., that she would write him every day during his 30-month incarceration in federal prison. This book is an inspiring and moving selection of those letters. The two will discuss what writing and receiving these letters meant to each of them. The conversation will be lead by April Smith , local marketing agent, friend and former NC A&T University classmate of Jessie Jackson, Jr.

Saturday, May 4, 10:30 AM
A Special Under the Tree Storytime

Meet our hilariously grumpy friend Bruce the bear! You may know him from the Mother Bruce picture book series by Ryan T. Higgins. Bruce the bear (costumed character) will be here to help celebrate Children's Book Week. Come take pictures, enjoy some stories, and celebrate the magic of books. Fun for all ages! (*Author Ryan Higgins will not be here.)

Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 PM
Seats may be reserved

We welcome back the Queen of Beach Reads with a new novel! In Sunset Beach , Drue Campbell's life and career have recently been derailed, and the only thing she has left is the ramshackle beach bungalow her mother left her. But when her larger-than-life father offers her a job at his law firm, her attention is caught by a suspicious murder case and Drue finds herself entangled in a decades-old mystery that may have dire consequences for her and the people she loves. A compelling ride, full of MKA's signature wit, heart, and charm.

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 PM
The Open Discussion Project

Meeting monthly on second Wednesdays, the goal of this discussion group is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with differing political viewpoints. Book selections will range across the political spectrum and meetings will have dedicated facilitators. May's book is The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America's Poor by Michael D. Tanner. Receive a 21% discount when purchasing the book for club attendance.

Saturday, May 11, 2:00 PM
MICHAEL MATROS, Slipstone Rill: A Gothic Mystery

Down from Slipstone Village's old chapel, across the rill and deep in the woods, live the remnants of a reclusive family of carpenters and violin makers. Two generations earlier, their treasured ring of spruce trees, whose wood is necessary for the distinctive tone of their violins, was poisoned by a girl who had been raped by one of the family. Now, with threats and violence, the last of those craftsmen looks to regain the secret of the trees' regeneration. Michael Matros was born in Asheville.

Monday, May 13, 7:00 PM
SARAH SHABER, Louise's Crossing
A new Louise Pearlie mystery

In February 1944, Washington, D.C. government girl Louise Pearlie is thrilled to be reassigned to the London office of the OSS. On a perilous Atlantic crossing in a Liberty ship, Louise is accompanied by an eclectic group of passengers. When one is found murdered, it's clear that German subs and raging storms aren't the only threats to their safety. Can she expose a brutal killer before the ship docks in Liverpool? Publishers Weekly says of Louise's Crossing , "[Its] pleasure lies in the authentic details that depict Louise’s cultural, social, and physical world." Sarah Shaber lives in Raleigh.

Tuesday, May 14, 7:00
NC Symphony Director GRANT LLEWELLYN
On upcoming performances

NC Symphony Music Director and Conductor, Grant Llewellyn, joins us to discuss the May 17-18 performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring pianist Jonathan Biss. The concerto will be performed back-to-back with a brand new work it inspired, Watermark , composed by Pulitzer Prize winner and NC native Caroline Shaw. Our event is co-sponsored with WCPE 89.7 FM, The Classical Station.

Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 PM
The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys: North Carolina's Scott Family and the Era of Progressive Politics
 Seats may be reserved

Louisiana had the Longs, Virginia had the Byrds, Georgia had the Talmadges, and North Carolina had the Scotts. In this history of our state’s most influential political family, Christensen offers an engaging and definitive historical account of not only the Scott family’s legacy but also how race and populism informed NC politics during the 20th century. Rob Christensen is the author of The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics , and has been covering NC politics for 45 years as chief political writer and columnist for The News and Observer .

Friday, May 17, 7:00 PM

The first mystery in an exciting new series featuring enigmatic investigator Colter Shaw. The son of a survivalist family, Colter is an expert tracker, and when a young woman goes missing in Silicon Valley, he is hired by her father to find her. But what seems a simple investigation quickly thrusts Colter into the dark heart of America's tech hub and the cutthroat billion-dollar video-gaming industry. " The Never Game is the very definition of a page-turner."— Ian Rankin

Saturday, May 18, 2:00 PM
The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever

An indispensable, step-by-step guide featuring 118 tricks and stunts that strengthen the bond between owner and dog—and impress all who watch! Chris and his dog Vinny will go through a tutorial on how they trained to do one of the simpler tricks, so audience members can see the book’s approach at work. ** Though we always welcome dogs at QRB, for this event we ask that everyone's canine friends remain at home so that Chris and Vinny can concentrate on performing. Underdog Ranch Pet Adoption will be here with information about adopting dogs (but will not bring any dogs).

Saturday, May 18, 6:00 PM
MASON DEAVER, I Wish You All the Best
A novel for Young Adults

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as non-binary, they're thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents' rejection, Ben tries to keep a low profile in a new school. At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is a celebration of life, friendship, and first love, and an example of hope in the face of adversity. Mason Deaver is a non-binary author and librarian from a small town in North Carolina.

"Heartfelt, romantic, and quietly groundbreaking. This book will save lives."—Becky Albertalli, New York Times- bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Monday, May 20, 7:00 PM
JULIET GRAMES with debut novel
The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

From QRB staffer Kiwi: "In the early 20th century, Stella is born in a small village in Italy; she is a quick-witted, beautiful girl who escapes many bizarre near-death experiences throughout her lifetime. Her brute of a father who has immigrated to America forces the family to join him. In America, Stella struggles to defy the social expectations and violence placed on Italian women and find her place in the world. Juliet Grames weaves a richly layered, fictionalized history of her own Italian immigrant family that is poetic, empathetic, heart-wrenching, and crucial for understanding the multifaceted people who comprise our country today."

Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 PM
CARRIE KNOWLES, Black Tie Optional: 17 Stories

The stories in this collection are spare, tightly woven narratives with crisp, compelling dialogue. They cut to the bone. The themes are far-reaching, touching on family ties and friendship, infidelity and loss, Alzheimer's and impending death, fear of terrorism, border patrol, and life after death. The stories are guaranteed to challenge perceptions and assumptions and to spark lively discussion. Carrie Knowles was North Carolina's 2014 Piedmont Laureate, selected for her work in short fiction.

Saturday, May 25, 11:00 AM
Over My Shoulder: A Columbine Survivor's Story of Resilience, Hope, and a Life Reclaimed

On April 20, 1999, Johnson was a newly transferred junior at Columbine High School, when two student gunmen entered the building to continue the massacre they had begun outside. A now famous photograph shows Kacey lying on the ground in the aftermath of the attack, in danger of bleeding to death and losing an arm. Kacey recounts how she overcame the physical, emotional and spiritual suffering of these events to build a life, a family, and a loving home. By sharing her story, she has discovered a surprising path to helping and encouraging others. Kacey lives in Raleigh with her family.

Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 PM
The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777
Seats may be reserved

From the bestselling author of the WWII Liberation Trilogy (including the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn ) comes the extraordinary first volume of a new trilogy on the American Revolution. Atkinson has long been admired for his deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative histories. In The British Are Coming he recounts the first twenty-one months of America’s violent war for independence.

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