Edan Lepucki CALIFORNIA Author Luncheon

07/25/2014 1:00 pm
07/25/2014 2:30 pm
 
 
Join us to welcome Edan Lepucki for an author luncheon in celebration of her debut novel CALIFORNIA on Friday July 25 from 1:00 - 2:30pm.  Please call the store to RSVP 860 - 536 - 3795.  Sign up to attend for FREE, or $10 for lunch, $30 for lunch and the book.

"In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities." ---Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.




About the Author

Edan Lepucki is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a staff writer for The Millions. Her short fiction has been published in McSweeney's and Narrative magazine, among other publications, and she is the founder and director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. This is her first novel.




NPR
Monday, Jul 7, 2014

California tells the story of a couple who, when they learn they are having a baby, leave their solitary refuge in a forest for a Utopian community in post-apocalyptic America. More at NPR.org




Praise For California

"Rewarding....[One of] 30 books you NEED to read in 2014." ---Huffington Post

"Edan Lepucki's first novel comes steeped in Southern California literary tradition....One thinks of Steve Erickson or Cynthia Kadohata, or Carolyn See, whose 1987 novel Golden Days ends with the nuclear holocaust." ---David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times

"Noteworthy....Lepucki's debut is an inventive take on the post-apocalyptic novel, about a couple who moves from an isolated existence in the wilderness to a guarded community that, they soon realize, harbors terrifying secrets and unforseen dangers." ---Laura Pearson, Time Out Chicago

"In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities." ---Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

"An expansive, full-bodied and masterful narrative of humans caught in the most extreme situations, with all of our virtues and failings on full display: courage, cowardice, trust, betrayal, honor and expedience. The final eighty pages of this book gripped me as much as any fictional denouement I've encountered in recent years....I firmly believe that Edan Lepucki is on the cusp of a long, strong career in American letters." ---Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

"Stunning and brilliant novel, which is a wholly original take on the post-apocalypse genre, an end-of-the-world we've never seen before and yet is uncomfortably believable and recognizable. By turns funny and heartbreaking, scary and tender, beautifully written and compulsively page-turning, this is a book that will haunt me, and that I'll be thankful to return to in the years to come. It left me speechless. Read it, and prepare yourself." ---Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply

"This thrilling and thoughtful debut novel by Edan Lepucki follows a young married couple navigating dangers both physical and emotional in a wild, mysterious post-collapse America. It's a vivid, believable picture of a not-so-distant future and the timeless negotiation of young marriage, handled with suspense and psychological acuity." ---Janet Fitch, author of Paint it Black

"Edan Lepucki is the very best kind of writer: simultaneously generous and precise. I am long been an admirer of her prose, but this book---this book, this massive, brilliant book---is a four alarm fire, the ambitious and rich introduction that a writer of her caliber deserves. I can't wait for the world to know what I have known for so many years, that Edan Lepucki is the real thing, and that we will all be bowing at her feet before long." ---Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

"It's tempting to call this novel post-apocalyptic, but really, it's about an apocalypse in progress, an apocalypse that might already be happening, one that doesn't so much break life into before and after as unravel it bit by bit. Edan Lepucki tells her tale with preternatural clarity and total believability, in large part by focusing on the relationships -- between husband and wife, brother and sister, parent and child -- that are, it turns out, apocalypse-proof. Post-nothing. California is timeless." ---Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

"California is a wonder: a big, gripping and inventive story built on quiet, precise human moments. Edan Lepucki's eerie near future is vividly and persuasively imagined. She is a fierce new presence in American fiction." ---Dana Spiotta, author of Stone Arabia

"There's been no shortage of apocalyptic scenarios in our recent literature. What makes Edan Lepucki's novel so stunning is that her survivors don't merely resemble us, they are us, in their emotional particularity and dilemmas. The result is a book as terse and terrifying as the best of Shirley Jackson, on the one hand, and as clear-eyed and profound a portrait of a marriage as Evan Connell's Mrs. Bridge, on the other. California is superb." ---Matthew Specktor, author of The American Dream Machine

"In her remarkable debut California, Edan Lepucki has conjured a post-apocalyptic vision that is honest, frightening, and altogether too realistic. At times disturbing and often heartbreaking, California is an original examination of the limitations of family and loyalty in a world on the verge of collapse." ---Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street

"Edan Lepucki's novel California kept me up for five nights. This was a problem. However, I was not just tired, but often worried for the characters, for our world, and then astonished and laughing at her skill with humor and lyricism even in the fearful landscape. It's a ruined place, yes, but the bonds of family, and the betrayal of blood, are as true as every in her surprising imagery and her complicated humans, who could be any of us." ---Susan Straight, author of A Million Nightingales

"Breathtakingly original, fearless and inventive, pitch perfect in its portrayal of the intimacies and tiny betrayals of marriage, so utterly gripping it demands to be read in one sitting: Edan Lepucki's California is the novel you have been waiting for, the novel that perfectly captures the hopes and anxieties of contemporary America. This is a novel that resonates on every level, a novel that stays with you for a lifetime. Read it now." ---Joanna Rakoff, author of A Fortunate Age

"California is carefully drawn and beautifully textured. It's a pleasure to watch love and family transform in this dark, strange forest." ---Ramona Ausubel, author of A Guide to Being Born and No One is Here Except All of Us

"When the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper, you want a guide whose insight into the subtle revolutions of the heart are as nuanced as her perceptions about the broken world are astute. In prose witty, seductive, and exacting, Lepucki reminds us that, in the after-life of social collapse, it's not only the strongest willed, but the most compassionate among us, who must rebuild. California is an epic of interiors." ---Shya Scanlon, author of Forecast

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Joanna M. Leone SLICES OF LIFE Book Signing

07/26/2014 3:30 pm
07/26/2014 5:30 pm

 

 

 

 be at Bank Square Books on Saturday July 26th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm for an author signing. Please call 860-536-3795 for more details.

Description of SLICES OF LIFE

The book contains collective memoirs about family traditions, memories, travel stories and special Italian American memories. It is a keepsake for future generations. Also, the book shows the ways in which we remain connected to our Italian traditions and memories.

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Game Night at Bank Square Books!

07/28/2014 5:30 pm
07/28/2014 7:30 pm

 

 

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Jean Moore WATER ON THE MOON Author Luncheon

07/30/2014 12:00 pm
07/30/2014 1:30 pm

  be at Bank Square Books on Wednesday July 30th from 12:00pm to 1:30pm for an author luncheon. Please call 860-536-3795 for more details.

 

Description:

 Early one morning, Lidia Raven, mother of teenage twins, awakens to the sound of a sputtering airplane engine in the distance. After she and her girls miraculously survive the crash that destroys their home, they're taken in by Lidia's friend, Polly, a neighbor who lives alone on a sprawling estate. But Lidia has other problems. Her husband has left her for another man, she's lost her job, and she fears more bad news is on the way when she discovers a connection between her and Tina Calderara, the pilot who crashed into her home. In the months following the crash, Lidia plunges into a mystery that upends every aspect of her life, forcing her to rethink everything she thinks she knows.

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Where's Waldo Grand Prize Drawing and Party!

07/31/2014 3:00 pm
07/31/2014 5:00 pm

Where's Waldo? In Mystic, CT, of course! The famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting about twenty different local businesses all through the month of July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, bags, t-shirts, fudge and more. Waldo figures are showing up in public areas of local establishments. Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo in Mystic, CT!” search list with the names of all the businesses, and collect an "I Found Waldo at ___________" card for each Waldo they spot. Collecting signatures in sixteen businesses and turning them in at Bank Square Books will win a Waldo button and an entry for other, larger prizes to be drawn at a Waldo party on July 31.

Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes swept the world in 1987. Since then, the Where’s Waldo books have held a cherished spot on bookstore shelves the world over. There are now over 55 million Waldo books in print worldwide and they’ve been translated into eighteen languages. An entire generation has grown up searching for Waldo and his cast of wandering companions.

In celebration of Waldo's longevity and popularity, his American publisher, Candlewick Press, is teaming up with the American Booksellers Association and 250 independent bookstores all across the country, including Bank Square Books  here in Mystic, CT, to have fun and encourage people to visit local businesses. There is no charge to participate, and the game lasts for the entire month of July. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Mystic, CT, call Bank Square Books at 860-536-3795.

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07/31/2014 9:00 pm
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Ellen Stimson MUD SEASON Author Luncheon

08/01/2014 12:00 pm

Join us on August 1 from 12 - 1:30pm for an author luncheon with Ellen Stimson and MUD SEASON!

RSVP required: Join us for free OR $10 for lunch OR $30 for lunch and a copy of the book. Please call us at 860-536-3795 to sign up! 

Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2013 Indie Next List
“Have you ever dreamed of moving to rural Vermont? Imagined the good life away from traffic, noise, and the difficulties of city life? Stimson and her husband did exactly that, moving from St. Louis with children and dogs and cats in tow. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Mud Season is the story of their immersion into a small town populated with crusty Vermonters who view 'flatlanders' with a combination of suspicion and amusement. This is a funny, self-deprecating memoir of making a new life in a beautiful place.”
-- Ellen Burns, Books On The Common, Ridgefield, CT
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2013 Indie Next List


Description
After a getaway in gorgeous rural Vermont its mountains ablaze in autumnal glory, its Main Streets quaint and welcoming Ellen Stimson and her family make up their minds even before they get back to St. Louis: We re moving to Vermont The reality, they quickly learn, is a little muddier than they'd imagined, but, happily, worth all the trouble."

 

Praise For Mud Season
"Stimson’s debut memoir of her first few years in Dorset reads like Erma Bombeck meets E.?B. White (with a dash of Elizabeth Gilbert thrown in). She’s a natural storyteller and openhearted lover of her family, her animals, her big chaotic life."

Boston Globe


"Ellen Stimson is funny. Darned funny. And she knows how to spin a good, old-fashioned yarn."

Washington Post


"Get your schadenfreude ready. Stimson’s fish-out-of-water memoir is chockablock with self-deprecating, belly-laughable vignettes."

Booklist Starred Review


ADVANCE PRAISE FOR GOOD GRIEF!


“This is my favorite kind of book—a messy, loving, bubbling over at the edges family, replete with exes, dogs, and the tender heart of love and loss. A must-read, never-forget story.”

Jo-Ann Mapson, author of Solomon's Oak, Finding Casey, and Owen's Daughter


“I laughed and cried the whole way through this marvelous, moving, and, above all, joyful book. A chronicle of the further adventures of Ellen Stimson’s eminently lovable family, Good Grief is a lesson in love and loss. It’s impossible not to cheer this gang on.”

Julia Reed, author of But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!: Adventures in Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry


“Imagine Jerry Seinfeld and Annie Dillard on the dance floor, gliding gracefully from keenly observed humor to contemplative insight. When the music ends, you feel grateful, lighter, and more compassionate. That dance is Ellen Stimson’s Good Grief—Good Grief taught me to laugh harder and to love better "

BK Loren, author of Theft and Animal, Mineral, Radical


“Both hilarious and poignant, Stimson spins the tales of her ever-eventful small-town Vermont life with a self-effacing, smart, and heart-touching honesty that will make you feel as if you are sitting across from her at her (burned) dining room table—and wishing so much that you really were!”

Suzanne McMinn, author of Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor

 

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Tiffany Brown ANGER: HOW TO CONTROL IT SO IT WON'T CONTROL YOU Book Signing

08/02/2014 2:00 pm
 
Tiffany Brown will be at Bank Square Books on Saturday August 2 from 2 - 4pm for a book signing with ANGER: HOW TO CONTROL IT SO IT WON'T CONTROL YOU.
 

About ANGER
by Dr. Tiffany Brown

Everyone has experienced it at least once in their life. Some experience it every day.

I have traveled all over the world and seen it in every place. I struggled with it as well. It can be a family problem for generations. It can be your greatest motivator or worst enemy.

Anger. Anger is defined by the Webster Dictionary as a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong; wrath; ire.

I will show not only to control your anger from Christian principles but also to manage it until it motivates you; and does not hinder you. Get Ready.

Anger is nothing more than manifestation of fear. Once you eliminate fear, the anger will be gone. Become Fearless.
 
Dr. Tiffany Brown is native of Atlanta has taken great pride in her education and strives to continue to broaden her knowledge. Graduating with a degree in Political Science from the prestigious Spelman College in 2001, a Master's degree in Public Administration from Clark Atlanta in 2004 and also a Doctorate in Public Policy from Walden University in 2009, she earned these achievements through determination and the desire to achieve her goals.

She has held positions with the United States Government Accountability Office, Fulton County District Attorney's Office, Georgia Law Center for the Homeless, Georgia Conservation Voters, Supreme Court of Georgia, Equifax, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and Atlanta Bar Association. Upon Graduation from Walden University, she has truly impacted change as an academic and practitioner.
 
 
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Ken Oxman THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN

08/03/2014 1:00 pm
08/03/2014 3:00 pm
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Stephanie Feldman THE ANGEL OF LOSSES Author Luncheon

08/05/2014 12:00 pm
08/05/2014 1:30 pm
 
Join us to welcome Stephanie Feldman and THE ANGEL OF LOSSES for an author luncheon on Tuesday August 5 from 12:00 - 1:30pm.  Please call the store to RSVP 860 - 536 - 3795.  Sign up to attend for FREE, or $10 for lunch, $30 for lunch and the book. 

 
Description of THE ANGEL OF LOSSES

The Tiger's Wife meets The History of Love in this inventive, lushly imagined debut novel that explores the intersections of family secrets, Jewish myths, the legacy of war and history, and the bonds between sisters

When Eli Burke dies, he leaves behind a mysterious notebook full of stories about a miracle worker named the White Rebbe and the enigmatic Angel of Losses, both protectors of things gone astray and guardians of the lost letter of the alphabet, which completes the secret name of God.

Years later, when Eli's granddaughter Marjorie stumbles upon his notebook, everything she thought she knew about her grandfather--and her family--comes undone. To learn the truth about Eli's origins and unlock the secrets he kept, Marjorie embarks on an odyssey that takes her deep into the past, from the medieval Holy Land to eighteenth-century Venice and Nazi-occupied Lithuania. What she finds leads her back to present-day New York City and her estranged sister, Holly, whom she must save from the consequences of Eli's past.

Interweaving history, theology, and both real and imagined Jewish folktales, The Angel of Losses is a family story of what lasts, and of what we can--and cannot--escape.

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Josh Weil THE GREAT GLASS SEA Author Luncheon

08/08/2014 12:00 pm
08/08/2014 1:30 pm
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Mystic
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Elaine Violette Book Signing

08/10/2014 1:00 pm
08/10/2014 3:00 pm
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53 W Main St
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Mystic
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Connecticut
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