Wellesley Books Newsletter | June 4th, 2020
Like you, we have watched the events of this week unfold with heavy hearts. We share the pain and grief that so many in our local community and across the country are feeling. As booksellers, we have been heartened, however, by the unprecedented desire by many to educate themselves and commit to making deep personal and systematic change. In fact, the overwhelming demand for books that address social justice and antiracism has led to a torrent of orders and widespread publisher shortages. Although bookstores everywhere are temporarily out of titles like White Fragility and How to be an Antiracist, many books by preeminent Black writers, scholars and activists (and non-Black allies) are still available, and we would like to devote this newsletter to some of them. None of us would be in this business if we didn't believe in the power of words to connect people and effect change. We have a long way to go, and we stand in solidarity with those who are trying to get us there.
For Adults
Patrice Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
Mira Jacob
Bryan Stevenson
Jennifer Harvey
Jennifer L. Eberhardt
Carol Anderson
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Emily Bernard
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Brittney Cooper
For Kids
Samara Cole Doyon & Kaylani Juanita
Angela Joy & Ekua Holmes
Nancy Redd & Nneka Myers
Lesa Cline-Ransome
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jacqueline Woodson
Karen Strong
Mariama J. Lockington
Kacen Callender
For Young Adults
Walter Thompson-Hernandez
Lawrence Goldstone
Kekla Magoon
Angie Thomas
Patrice Caldwell
Bethany C. Morrow
Akwaeke Emezi
Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
Elizabeth Acevedo
Justina Ireland
Upcoming Events
Friday, June 5th at 7:00 PM
Jonathan Stutzman joins us for a bedtime story! In Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark, the exciting follow up to Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug, Tiny will conquer his fear of the very dark dark with Pointy by his side, right in his own backyard! Click below to register for this free Zoom event.
Saturday, June 6th at 11:00 AM
Join us for a Saturday morning story time with Greg Pizzoli! The Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator of The Watermelon Seed reads from Baloney and Friends, the first in his new graphic novel series for early readers. Click below to register for this free Zoom event.
Wednesday, June 10th at 7:00 PM
Join authors Gregory Wolos and Michael C. Keith as they present their latest short story collections. In Dear Everyone, characters are presented with honesty, in all of their flawed humanity. Insomnia 11 contains such diverse subjects as multi-limbed aliens, high peak diving, Steinbeck’s wraith, cabbage theory, stupid AI machines, and hillbilly haiku. Click below to register for this free Zoom event.
Friday, June 12th at 7:00 PM
Robb Pearlman joins us for a bedtime story! In Bob Ross and Peapod the Squirrel, which features an actual Bob Ross painting, join Bob and his squirrel friend, Peapod, as they go through the various steps of painting, including praising those "happy little accidents" that happen along the way. Click below to register for this free Zoom event.
Monday, June 15th at 7:00 PM
Wendy Francis presents her new novel, Best Behavior. Francis's latest is a witty, warm, and thoroughly entertaining family drama about a modern blended family coming together for a college graduation in Boston--according to Elin Hilderbrand, "everything a summer read should be." Wendy will be in conversation with Laura Zigman, author of Separation Anxiety. Click below to register for this free Zoom event.
Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 PM
It wouldn't be summer without a new Elin Hilderbrand novel. Her latest, 28 Summers, explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair, spanning nearly twenty Nantucket summers, and the ways it complicates and enriches the lives of everyone touched by it. This is a ticketed event; tickets include a copy of 28 Summers. To purchase tickets, click the link below.
Father's Day Gift Bundles
Does Dad have more than enough grilling accoutrements? Do something a little different for him this Father's Day: give him a care package from Wellesley Books! Select from five newly-published hardcover titles, chosen to appeal to a variety of bookish Dads, and we'll include chocolates from our favorite Cape Cod company, salted caramel popcorn, a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle and some summer socks. Visit our website to find out more!
Bookseller Recommendations
Sally recommends:
A Burning by Megha Majumdar
Jivan is a poor young Muslim woman from the slums of India, who is accused and jailed after a terrorist attack she is falsely connected to because of careless comments she made on Facebook. PT Sir is her gym teacher who initially supports her cause, before he becomes involved in corrupt politics. Lovely is a Hijra--a trans woman--who yearns for a career in Bollywood films. These three characters' lives intertwine, even when politics, fame and greed replace human compassion. This is a disturbing and powerful story and an excellent first novel.
Rachael recommends:
Dig by A.S. King
So often, the world depends on the young to try fix the mistakes of past generations so that history does not repeat itself. It’s a daunting task, and one that each of the teenagers in A.S. King’s Printz-winning YA novel, Dig , will have to face as they uncover their family’s tangled maze of long-kept secrets. Dig is an unapologetic examination of multi-generational racism, white privilege, toxic masculinity, and the far-reaching consequences of hate & abuse. It is the kind of book that you’ll want to talk about once you’re done reading it, and you should.
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