Kaliane Bradley (The Ministry of Time) Author Talk

Kaliane Bradley Author Talk May 8th 2024

Bank Square Books presents an author talk and signing with debut author Kaliane Bradley for the new book, The Ministry of Time. Kaliane will be in conversation with Lara Ehrlich.
 

You won't want to miss this event with debut author Kaliane Bradley. She's coming from the UK and is doing a limited number of US tour stops. We're thrilled to be hosting her for an event. Our booksellers LOVED this book!! It's part science-fiction, part comedy, part romance, and part spy thriller and is a genre-bending reading experience unlike anything else!

"The Ministry of Time is as electric, charming, whimsical, and strange as its ripped-from-history cast. (Extremely.) I loved every second I spent wrapped up in Kaliane Bradley's stunning prose, the moments that made me laugh and those that made my heart ache. This is a book that surprises as much as it delights, and I'm already impatiently waiting for whatever Bradley concocts next." --Emily Henry, author of Happy Place


Book CoverAbout the Book:

A time travel romance, a spy thriller, and an ingenious exploration of the nature of power and the potential for love to change it all: Welcome to The Ministry of Time, the exhilarating debut novel by Kaliane Bradley

In the near future, a civil servant is offered the salary of her dreams and is, shortly afterward, told what project she'll be working on. A recently established government ministry is gathering "expats" from across history to establish whether time travel is feasible--for the body, but also for the fabric of space-time.

She is tasked with working as a "bridge" living with, assisting, and monitoring the expat known as "1847" or Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin's doomed 1845 expedition to the Arctic, so he's a little disoriented to be living with an unmarried woman who regularly shows her calves, surrounded by outlandish concepts such as "washing machines," "Spotify," and "the collapse of the British Empire." But with an appetite for discovery, a seven-a-day cigarette habit, and the support of a charming and chaotic cast of fellow expats, he soon adjusts.

Over the next year, what the bridge initially thought would be, at best, a horrifically uncomfortable roommate dynamic, evolves into something much deeper. By the time the true shape of the Ministry's project comes to light, the bridge has fallen haphazardly, fervently in love, with consequences she never could have imagined. Forced to confront the choices that brought them together, the bridge must finally reckon with how--and whether she believes--what she does next can change the future.

An exquisitely original and feverishly fun fusion of genres and ideas, The Ministry of Time asks: What does it mean to defy history, when history is living in your house? Kaliane Bradley's answer is a blazing, unforgettable testament to what we owe each other in a changing world.

About the Author:

Kaliane Bradley is a British-Cambodian writer and editor based in London. Her short fiction has appeared in Somesuch StoriesThe Willowherb ReviewElectric LiteratureCatapult, and Extra Teeth, among others. She was the winner of the 2022 Harper's Bazaar Short Story Prize and the 2022 V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize.

About Lara Ehrlich:

Lara Ehrlich embraces and reexamines qualities that in women are often considered monstrous, like selfishness, desire, and ambition. She is the author of the novel Bind Me Tighter Still (Red Hen Press, 2025) and Animal Wife, a collection of stories about women’s transformations from girls into wives, mothers, and monsters. Animal Wife won Red Hen Press’s Fiction Award judged by Ann Hood and was published by the press in 2020. Lara is the host of Writer Mother Monster, a conversation series devoted to dismantling the myth of “having it all” and offering writer-moms solidarity, support, and advice. She is the founder and director of Thought Fox Writers Den, which builds community and supports writers of all levels with in-person and virtual workshops, coaching, events, and more. Lara has also taught workshops and participated in panels at Bread Loaf Writers Workshop, Yale Writers Workshop, AWP, and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, among others, and teaches at the University of Connecticut.

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$28.99
ISBN: 9781668045145
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Preorder Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

“If youre a fan of Outlander, spy novels, time travel books, or just really innovative and fun storytelling, The Ministry of Time is definitely for you.” —Town & Country, 45 Must-Read Books of Spring 2024

Part time travel romance, part spy thriller and 100% “multi-faceted joyride&


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Animal Wife By Lara Ehrlich Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781597098847
Availability: Currently On Hand In Store
Published: Red Hen Press - September 8th, 2020

"In villages where women bore most of the weight of a constricted life, witches flew by night on broomsticks," said Italo Calvino of the way imagination bridges the gap between everyday existence and an idealized alternative.


Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Bank Square Books
53 West Main Street
Mystic, CT 06355