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Author Event: October Fiction Book Club: Year of the Witching
Saturday October 03 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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About this Event
Old Town Books Fiction Book Club is free and open to the public, and this October will be joined by author Alexis Henderson! Note that if you're planning to attend book club at check out to receive 10% off this month's pick. While buying the book at OTB is not required to attend, we would greatly appreciate it to help keep our free literary programming sustainable!
Purchase The Year of the Witching here.
About the Book
In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet's word is law, Immanuelle Moore's very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.
But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.
Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.
Inaugural Spooky Book Club - These Unspeakable Acts!
Friday October 09 | 7:30PM - 8:30PM
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About the Book
A brilliant anthology of modern true-crime writing that illustrates the appeal of this powerful and popular genre, edited and curated by Sarah Weinman, the award-winning author of The Real Lolita
The appeal of true-crime stories has never been higher. With podcasts like My Favorite Murder and In the Dark, bestsellers like I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and Furious Hours, and TV hits like American Crime Story and Wild Wild Country, the cultural appetite for stories of real people doing terrible things is insatiable.
Acclaimed author ofThe Real Lolita and editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s (Library of America) and Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives (Penguin), Sarah Weinman brings together an exemplary collection of recent true crime tales. She culls together some of the most refreshing and exciting contemporary journalists and chroniclers of crime working today. Michelle Dean’s “Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick” went viral when it first published and is the basis for the TV showThe Act and Pamela Colloff’s “The Reckoning,” is the gold standard for forensic journalism. There are 13 pieces in all and as a collection, they showcase writing about true crime across the broadest possible spectrum, while also reflecting what makes crime stories so transfixing and irresistible to the modern reader.
October True Story! Jim Tankersley & Lisa Lucas
Saturday October 10 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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About this Event
Old Town Books True Story! Nonfiction Book Club is free and open to the public. Note that you're planning to attend book club at check out to receive 10% off this month's pick. While buying the book at OTB is not required to attend, we would greatly appreciate it to help keep our free literary programming sustainable. Author Jim Tankersley will be in conversation with Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation!
About the Book
For over a decade, Jim Tankersley has been on a journey to understand what the hell happened to the world's greatest middle-class success story -- the post-World-War-II boom that faded into decades of stagnation and frustration for American workers. In The Riches of This Land, Tankersley fuses the story of forgotten Americans-- struggling women and men who he met on his journey into the travails of the middle class-- with important new economic and political research, providing fresh understanding how to create a more widespread prosperity. He begins by unraveling the real mystery of the American economy since the 1970s - not where did the jobs go, but why haven't new and better ones been created to replace them.
His analysis begins with the revelation that women and minorities played a far more crucial role in building the post-war middle class than today's politicians typically acknowledge, and policies that have done nothing to address the structural shifts of the American economy have enabled a privileged few to capture nearly all the benefits of America's growing prosperity. Meanwhile, the "angry white men of Ohio" have been sold by Trump and his ilk a theory of the economy that is dangerously backward, one that pits them against immigrants, minorities, and women who should be their allies.
At the culmination of his journey, Tankersley lays out specific policy prescriptions and social undertakings that can begin moving the needle in the effort to make new and better jobs appear. By fostering an economy that opens new pathways for all workers to reach their full potential -- men and women, immigrant or native-born, regardless of race -- America can once again restore the upward flow of talent that can power growth and prosperity.
About the Author
Jim Tankersley covers economic and tax policy for The New York Times. Over more than a decade covering politics and economics in Washington, he has written extensively about the stagnation of the American middle class and the decline of economic opportunity in wide swaths of the country.
Mr. Tankersley was previously policy and politics editor at Vox and before that, an economics reporter for The Washington Post. He covered the 2008 presidential campaign for The Chicago Tribune and began his career working for The Oregonian, The Rocky Mountain News and The Toledo Blade.
He and a Blade colleague won the 2007 Livingston Award for Young Journalists for a series of stories exploring how and why the Ohio economy declined so dramatically over the course of a generation.
A native of McMinnville, Ore., Mr. Tankersley is a Stanford University graduate, an avid camper and backpacker and the father of an 11-year-old named Max.
About Lisa Lucas
Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, and incoming Senior Vice President of Knopf Doubleday. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus. Prior to that, she served as Director of Education at the Tribeca Film Institute, on the development team at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and as a consultant for the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and ReelWorks Teen Filmmaking. Lucas also serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Find her on Twitter at @likaluca.
Author Talk with Carlos Lozada: What Were We Thinking
Wednesday October 14 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join Old Town Booksfor a discussion with author and reporter Carlos Lozada in discussing his new book: What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era in conversation with DC bookstagrammer, Allison Punch.
About the Author
Carlos Lozada is the nonfiction book critic of The Washington Post and winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Previously he was the Post’s Outlook editor and has overseen news coverage of economics and national security. He received the 2015 National Book Critics Circle's citation for excellence in reviewing. Previously, he was managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine and a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at Columbia University.
About Allison Punch
Allison Punch is a reader, writer and Michigander living in the DC area. She was awarded the Deacon Maccubin Young Writers Award in 2016. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Argot Magazine and Breadcrumbs Magazine. She helped produce Old Town Books's first Emerging Writers Festival and reviews books on Instagram at @allisonreadsdc.
October Sci-Fi/Fantasy:Cemetery Boys
Friday October 23 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
About this Event
Old Town Books Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club is free and open to the public. Note that you're planning to attend book club at check out to receive 10% off this month's pick. While buying the book at OTB is not required to attend, we would greatly appreciate it to help keep our free literary programming sustainable!
About the Book
A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys. Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.
All Hallows Read - Spooky Readathon!
Saturday October 24 @ 08:00AM - Sunday October 25 @ 08:00PM
Join us for reading challenges, photo contests and prizes all weekend long! More details coming closer to October 24th. RSVP here to get the info to participate!