Tucson Festival of Books 2016 Wrap-Up

We had such a wonderful time at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books.  A big thank you to everyone who came to visit us!  Here is a glimpse of our crazy weekend.

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Sleep No More

Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike is a haunting story of one girl trying to take down a serial killer. Charlotte has a secret, she is an Oracle who has visions about the future.  Of course this sounds much cooler than it really is since she is not allowed to tell anyone, she can’t change the future, or really even watch the vision.  In fact most of her life is spent fighting off her visions until she has one that she can’t ignore.  It is so overwhelming that she watches it and sees the death of a classmate.  And then it happens again and again.  Before long she realizes that the murders are being committed by a serial killer and she can no longer sit back and watch the future happen, she needs to act.

 

I have read several of Aprilynne Pike’s novels and I have to say this is one of my favorites.  It was much edgier and darker than her other YA novels and I found myself picking it up every spare moment.  I had to know who the killer was and how Charlotte was going to stop the murders.  I found Pike’s story to be fresh and original.  I like that the Oracles are not supposed to use their gifts.  I felt like this gave a whole new perspective to what we thought we knew about Oracles .  I am completely intrigued by the Sisters of Delphi and all of the Oracles powers.  I feel like her aunt and the Sisters are hiding something big.  I love that Charlotte decided to experiment with her gift.  You could say her defiance was typical teen rebellion, but I think Charlotte is much more thoughtful than that and is looking for the best use of her gift. I am really anxious to keep reading this series.  I feel like we have just touched on Charlotte’s true strength.  Book two,  Sleep of Death, is out only as an eBook edition (including KOBO ), although I am hoping it comes out as hardback so I can get it signed someday.

Aprilynne Pike will be at Mostly Books for a book talk and signing on August 9th from 3:30 – 5:00 PM.

August Events at Mostly Books

Here are our events for the month of August:

Saturday August 2nd, 1:00 – 2:30 PM Story Time and Book Signing with Conrad Storad:  The Monster in the Rocks

Sunday August 3rd, 12:00 – 2:00 PM Cat Adoptions with S.A.R.A. (Saving At Risk Animals)


Thursday August 7th, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Book Talk & Signing with J. A. Jance:  Remains of Innocence (Joanna Brady Novel)

Saturday August 9th, 3:30 – 5:00 PM Book Talk & Signing with Aprilynne Pike:  Sleep No More and Earthquake

Sunday August 10th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM Book Talk & Signing with Sheldon “Sid” Brodkin: A Las Vegas Memoir Ash Resnick and Me

August 15th, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Minimalist Group Meeting

Saturday August 16th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Book Signing with B. J. Kurtz:  Zeus Defended

Thursday August 21st, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Flash Fiction & Poetry Open Mic Night

Friday August 22nd, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Book Signing with Artist Robert Kaiser:  Sagrado:  A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (Book 3 in the All Souls Trilogy) (Hardback)

The Heist by Daniel Silva (Autographed copies are available) (Hardback)

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke (Hardback)

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (Paperback)

Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves (Paperback)

Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike (Book 2 Earthbound series) (Hardback)

Ms. Pike will be here August 9th from 3:30 – 5:00 PM for a book talk and signing.

Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan (Book 4 in the Brotherhood Chronicles) (Hardback)

 

If you are interested in the autographed copies please call or stop in the store.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (signed first editions available at the store)

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonason

Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Charlie and the New Baby by Ree Drummond

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff (paperback)

Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine (paperback)

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins (paperback)

Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike (paperback)

Tucson Festival of Books 2014

Tucson Festival of Books is just around the corner and we have amazing line up of authors joining us at our booth this year.  Here is our author signing schedule for our booth (#130-135).  Be sure to check our website as we get closer to the event since we are continually adding authors.

Saturday March 15th:

10:00 – 10:45 AM  Page Morgan, Sharon Sala, Becky Masterman

11:00 – 11:45 AM Nancy Turner, Jonathan Maberry

12:00 – 12:45 PM Rhys Bowen

1:00 – 1:45 PM Brandon Sanderson, Suzanne Young, Janni Lee Simner

2:00 – 2:30 PM  Richard Russo

2:00 – 2:45 PM Colleen Houck, Kathe Lison

3:00 – 3:30 PM Alice Hoffman 

3:00 – 3:45 PM Nancy Farmer, Conrad Storad

4:00 – 4:45 PM William Kent Krueger, Kris Neri

Sunday March 16th

10:00 – 10:30 AM Judy Duarte

10:00 – 10:45 AM Cornelia Funke, Chris Marie Green

11:00 – 11: 45 AM  Anne Perry

12:00 – 12:45 PM R.L. Stine

1:00 – 1:45 PM Lois Lowry, Thomas Perry, Ryan Clark

2:00 – 2:45 PM Aprilynne Pike, Deborah Crombie, Joshua Fileds Millburn, Ryan Nicodermus

3:00 – 3:45 PM J.A. Jance, Mike Lawson

4:00 – 4:45 PM Betty Leavengood, Jane Eppinga

TBA

Craig Johson

CJ Box

Sharon Kay Penman

February Book Clubs

Here are our book clubs for the month of February:

In-Store discussions

February 6th (7 PM) Non-Fiction Book Group:  Elsewhere by Richard Russo (Tucson Festival of Books 2014 author)

February 19th (7 PM) Fiction Book Group:  The Camel Bookmobile by Marsha Hamilton

February 26th (7 PM) Mystery Book Group:  Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Online Discussions (click here to join our forum)

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen (Tucson Festival of Books 2014 author)

Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike (Tucson Festival of Books 2014 author)

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (Tucson Festival of Books 2014 author)

Earthbound

Aprilynne Pike’s latest novel Earthbound is a fantastic beginning to what is sure to be a great series.  Tavia is hiding-out with her aunt and uncle after being the only survivor of plane crash.  She lost both of her parents and is now just trying to piece her life back together.  On the plus side, she met a cute boy at the library who seems to be the only one pulling her out of her haze of grief and recovery.  Things are starting to go back to normal – whatever that is – until Tavia starting seeing a mystery boy who is dressed in clothes dating back to the 1800’s.  However all of this is only the beginning of “strange new occurrences” for Tavia and before long she and Benson, her library boy, are fleeing from her aunt and uncle.

I am so excited for this new series.  Pike has  a very lush and dynamic language that made it very easy to escape into her story, specifically when describing the cold.   I felt like I was walking outside in the bitter colds of the arctic.  Her characters are engaging and believable.  I really like Tavia.  She is an amazingly well developed character and I found her to have a unique voice that immediately pulls you into the story.  I also liked that she isn’t a petty shallow character, but is a girl who is already thinking for herself before the crisis happens.  Although surviving a plane crash does seem like it would make you more grown-up than simply going to school and learning that you have a cool supernatural ability. Needless to say, I am eagerly awaiting book two.

Autographed copies are available in the store.  Stop in or call to get your copy.  (Click here for store location and phone number.)

August Bestsellers

Here are the end of August bestsellers:

1  Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike  (Autographed copies are available in the store)

2  Life after Theft by Aprilynne Pike (Autographed copies are available in the store)

3  Cuckoo Calling by Robert Galbraith

4  A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan

5  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

6  The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

7  A Feast of Crows by George RR Martin

8  Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

9  Still Life by Louise Penny

10  Mistress by James Patterson & David Ellis

Please stop in the store or call if you would like an autographed copy (click here for store information).

Up Coming Author Events

We are having some fabulous authors this fall for book signings.  Be sure to mark your calendar for the following days:

Saturday August 24th 3:00-4:00 PM Aprilynne Pike will be autographing her newest novel Earthbound 

Friday September 27th 7:00-8:00 PM  JA Jance will be autographing her newest J.P. Beaumont novel Second Watch

Saturday September 28th 1:00-3:00 PM Becky Masterman will be autographing her newest novel Rage Against the Dying

Wednesday October 23rd 4:30-5:30 PM  Lisa McMann will be autographing her newest novels Bang (the sequel to Crash) and Island of Fire (this is the third novel in the Unwanted series)

We will be adding more as we get closer to the fall, so check back.  You can also stay up to-date on all of our events by going to mostlybooksaz.com