Fri, December 2
LIVE: Holiday Party with Kate Carlisle, Jenn McKinlay and Paige Shelton
Sat Dec 3 @ 2:00pm
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Please join us for a special holiday party with three of your favorite writers! Kate Carlisle, Jenn McKinlay and Paige Shelton Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest! Nibbles and Prizes Paige Shelton discus…
LIVE EVENT: Kate Alice Marshall
Thu Jan 19 @ 7:00pm
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Kate Alice Marshall discusses What Lies In The Woods click here to order! CLICK HERE to view on Youtube Click HERE to view on Facebook Kate Alice Marshall. What Lies In The Woods (Flatiron Books, …
Richard Paul Evans
Mon Dec 5 @ 6:30pm
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Richard Paul Evans discusses A Christmas Memory Click here to order a signed copy! Richard Paul Evans. A Christmas Memory (Simon & Schuster, $17.99). From the #1 New York Times bestselling author …
VIRTUAL EVENT: Jeff Lindsay
Mon Dec 5 @ 5:00pm
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Jeff Lindsay discusses Three-Edged Sword Click here to order a signed copy! Jeff Linsday. Three-Edged Sword (Dutton, $28.00 Signed). Wickedly funny. Wildly twisty. The new book from the master of…
LIVE: Francine Mathews and Devoney Looser
Tue Dec 6 @ 7:00pm
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6
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Francine Mathews discusses Death on a Winter Stroll Click here to order a signed copy! Devoney Looser discusses Sister Novelists Click here to order a signed copy! Francine Mathews. Death on a Win…
VIRTUAL EVENT: Peter Lovesey
Tue Dec 6 @ 1:00pm
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Peter Lovesey discusses Showstopper Click here to order! Peter Lovesey. Showstopper (Soho Press, $27.95 unsigned). The cast and crew of a hit British TV show are rumored to be cursed—but are thes…
VIRTUAL EVENT: Hannah Morrissey
Wed Dec 7 @ 5:00pm
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Hannah Morrissey discusses The Widowmaker Click here to order Hannah Morrissey. The Widowmaker (St Martins Press, $27.99 Signed) A wealthy family shrouded in scandal; a detective tasked with solv…
VIRTUAL EVENT: J Todd Scott and Phillip Fracassi
Wed Dec 7 @ 7:00pm
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J Todd Scott discusses The Flock click here to order Phillip Fracassi discusses A Child Alone With Strangers Click here to order J Todd Scott. The Flock (Thomas & Mercer, $15.95 unsigned). From J.…
VIRTUAL EVENT: Marc Cameron and Peter Kirsanow
Thu Dec 8 @ 5:00pm
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Marc Cameron discusses Tom Clancy: Red Winter Click here to order! Peter Kirsanow discusses W.E.B. Griffin's The Devil's Weapons Click here to order! Marc Cameron. Tom Clancy: Red Winter (Putnam…
LIVE: Steven Hartov
Thu Dec 8 @ 7:00pm
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Steven Hartov discusses The Last of the Seven Click here to order a signed copy! Steven Hartov. The Last of the Seven (Hanover, $26.99 Signed) A spellbinding novel of World War II based on the li…
LIVE: Eileen Brady and Rosemary Simpson
Sat Dec 10 @ 2:00pm
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A Special Holiday Tea Party! Eileen Brady discusses Last But Not Leashed click here to order a signed copy! Rosemary Simpson discusses Death at the Falls click here to order a signed copy! Eilee…
Croak and Dagger Book Discussion Group
Sat Dec 10 @ 5:00pm
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The Croak and Dagger Book Discussion Group Special Holiday Party! Please join us live or virtually via Zoom (email Patrick King at pat@poisonedpen.com for a zoom invite). Alexandra Benedict. The…
VIRTUAL EVENT: Sam Sykes
Sun Dec 11 @ 4:00pm
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Sam Sykes discusses Three Axes to Fall Click here to order a signed copy! Sam Sykes. Three Axes to Fall (Orbit, $19.99 Signed). A deal struck in a dark place set an outlaw mage on the path to rev…
VIRTUAL EVENT: Stephen Spotswood
Sun Dec 11 @ 5:30pm
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11
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Stephen Spotswood discusses Secrets Typed in Blood click here to order! CLICK HERE to view on Youtube CLICK HERE to view on Facebook Stephen Spotswood. Secrets Typed in Blood (Knopf, $27.00 Signe…
Hank Schwaeble, Weston Ochse and Yvonne Navarro
Thu Dec 15 @ 6:00pm
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Hank Schwaeble discusses Moonless Nocturne: Tales of Dark Fantasy & Horror Noir Click here to order a signed copy! Weston Ochse and Yvonne Navarro discuss Aliens Vs. Predators: Rift War Click here to…
Hardboiled Discussion Group
Thu Dec 15 @ 7:00pm
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The Hardboiled Discussion Group The Chill by Ross MacDonald Click here to order! A special edition of The Chill by Ross Macdonald. Featuring an introduction by James Ellroy. In The Chill a distra…
Sci-Friday Book Discussion Group
Fri Dec 16 @ 7:00pm
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Sci-Friday Book Discussion Group This group meets in-person and virtually on Zoom. Please email pat@poisonedpen.com for an invitation. We welcome new members. Kazuo Ishiguro. Klara and the Sun (Kn…
LIVE EVENT: Scarlett St. Clair
Thu Dec 22 @ 6:00pm
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Scarlett St Clair discusses Queen of Myth and Monsters Click here to order a signed copy! Scarlett St Clair. Queen of Myth of Monsters (Sourcebooks, $25.99 hc, $17.99 trade pbk) The next book in t…
VIRTUAL EVENT: Carole Johnstone
Tue Jan 3 @ 1:00pm
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Carole Johnston discusses The Blackhouse click here to order! The virtual program can be viewed online here: Facebook Youtube Carol Johnstone. The Blackhouse (Scribner, $28.00 unsigned). From the…
VIRTUAL EVENT: Jayne Ann Krentz
Thu Jan 5 @ 6:00pm
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Jayne Ann Krentz discusses Sleep No More click here to order a signed copy! CLICK HERE to view on Youtube CLICK HERE to view on Facebook Jayne Ann Krentz. Sleep No More (Berkley, $28.00 signed). N…
VIRTUAL EVENT: Brad Meltzer
Sun Jan 8 @ 4:00pm
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Brad Meltzer discusses The Nazi Conspiracy click here to order signed copy! CLICK HERE to view on Youtube CLICK HERE to view on Facebook Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch. The Nazi Conspiracy: The Sec…
VIRTUAL EVENT: Michael Bennett
Mon Jan 9 @ 2:00pm
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Michael Bennett discusses Better the Blood click here to order! CLICK HERE to view on Youtube CLICK HERE to view on Facebook Michael Bennett. Better the Blood (Grove Atlantic, $27.00 unsigned). n…
LIVE EVENT: Peter Blauner
Mon Jan 9 @ 7:00pm
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Peter Blauner discusses Picture in the Sand click here to order a signed copy! CLICK HERE to view on Youtube Click HERE to view on Facebook Peter Blauner. Picture in the Sand (St Martins Press, $…
LIVE EVENT: Mary Kubica and Jennifer Herrera
Tue Jan 10 @ 7:00pm
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Mary Kubica discusses Just the Nicest Couple click here to order a signed copy! Jennifer Herrera discusses The Hunter click here to order a signed copy CLICK HERE to view on Youtube Click HERE to vi…
VIRTUAL EVENT: Iris Yamashita
Wed Jan 11 @ 5:00pm
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Iris Yamashita discusses City Under One Roof click here to order! CLICK HERE to view on Youtube CLICK HERE to view on Facebook Iris Yamashita. City Under One Roof (FSG, $27.00). A stranded detec…
LIVE EVENT: Stacy Willingham
Thu Jan 12 @ 7:00pm
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Stacy Willingham discusses All the Dangerous Things click here to order! CLICK HERE to view on Youtube Click HERE to view on Facebook Stacy Willingham. All the Dangerous Things (St Martins, $27.9…
LIVE EVENT: Preston & Child
Tue Jan 17 @ 7:00pm
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Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child discuss The Cabinet of Dr Leng Click here to order a signed copy! Doug Preston will be here live and Linc will be joining us virtually. Douglas Preston and Linco…
VIRTUAL EVENT: P.J. Tracy
Wed Jan 18 @ 5:00pm
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P.J. Tracy discusses The Devil You Know click here to order! CLICK HERE to view on Youtube CLICK HERE to view on Facebook P.J. Tracy. The Devil You Know (St Martins Press, $27.99 signed). Darknes…
LIVE EVENT: Thomas Perry
Wed Jan 18 @ 7:00pm
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Thomas Perry discusses Murder Book click here to order! CLICK HERE to view on Youtube Click HERE to view on Facebook Thomas Perry. Murder Book (Norton/Mysterious Press, $26.95 signed). An ex-cop t…
An Intimate Holiday Party with Diana Gabaldon
Sat Dec 3 @ 6:00pm
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A Private Holiday Party with Diana Gabaldon! We're sorry, but this event has SOLD OUT! $20.00 Ticket Strictly limited to 100 people! -Diana will be in conversation with Barbara Peters, followe…
Dec
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LIVE: Francine Mathews and Devoney Looser

Francine Mathews discusses Death on a Winter Stroll

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Devoney Looser discusses Sister Novelists

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Francine Mathews. Death on a Winter Stroll (Soho Press, $27.95 Signed).

No-nonsense Nantucket detective Merry Folger grapples with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and two murders as the island is overtaken by Hollywood stars and DC suits.

 

Nantucket Police Chief Meredith Folger is acutely conscious of the stress COVID-19 has placed on the community she loves. Although the island has proved a refuge for many during the pandemic, the cost to Nantucket has been high. Merry hopes that the Christmas Stroll, one of Nantucket’s favorite traditions, in which Main Street is transformed into a winter wonderland, will lift the island’s spirits. But the arrival of a large-scale TV production, and the Secretary of State and her family, complicates matters significantly.

 

The TV shoot is plagued with problems from within, as a shady, power-hungry producer clashes with strong-willed actors. Across Nantucket, the Secretary’s troubled stepson keeps shaking off his security detail to visit a dilapidated house near conservation land, where an intriguing recluse guards secrets of her own. With all parties overly conscious of spending too much time in the public eye and secrets swirling around both camps, it is difficult to parse what behavior is suspicious or not—until the bodies turn up.

 

Now, it’s up to Merry and Detective Howie Seitz to find a connection between two seemingly unconnected murders and catch the killer. But when everyone has a motive, and half of the suspects are politicians and actors, how can Merry and Howie tell fact from fiction?

 

This latest installment in critically acclaimed author Francine Mathews’s Merry Folger series is an immersive escape to festive Nantucket, a poignant exploration of grief as a result of parental absence, and a delicious new mystery to keep you guessing.

 

Francine Mathews was born in Binghamton, New York, the last of six girls. She attended Princeton and Stanford Universities, where she studied history, before going on to work as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. Since then, she has written twenty-five books. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

 

Devoney Looser. Sister Novelists: The Trailblazing Porter Sisters, Who Paved the Way for Austen and the Brontes (Bloomsbury, $30.00 Signed).

For readers of Prairie Fires and The Peabody Sisters, a fascinating, insightful biography of the most famous sister novelists before the Brontës.

 

Before the Brontë sisters picked up their pens, or Jane Austen's heroines Elizabeth and Jane Bennet became household names, the literary world was celebrating a different pair of sisters: Jane and Anna Maria Porter. The Porters-exact contemporaries of Jane Austen-were brilliant, attractive, self-made single women of polite reputation who between them published 26 books and achieved global fame. They socialized among the rich and famous, tried to hide their family's considerable debt, and fell dramatically in and out of love. Their moving letters to each other confess every detail. Because the celebrity sisters expected their renown to live on, they preserved their papers, and the secrets they contained, for any biographers to come.

 

But history hasn't been kind to the Porters. Credit for their literary invention was given to their childhood friend, Sir Walter Scott, who never publicly acknowledged the sisters' works as his inspiration. With Scott's more prolific publication and even greater fame, the Porter sisters gradually fell from the pinnacle of celebrity to eventual obscurity. Now, Professor Devoney Looser, a Guggenheim fellow in English Literature, sets out to re-introduce the world to the authors who cleared the way for Austen, Mary Shelley, and the Brontë sisters. Capturing the Porter sisters' incredible rise, from when Anna Maria published her first book at age 14 in 1793, through to Jane's fall from the pinnacle of fame in the Victorian era, and then to the auctioning off for a pittance of the family's massive archive, Sister Novelists is a groundbreaking and enthralling biography of two pioneering geniuses in historical fiction.

 

Devoney Looser is Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University. (Her name is pronounced DEV-oh-nee LOE-sir.). She is the author or editor of nine books on literature by women, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an NEH Public Scholar. Her next book, Sister Novelists: Jane and Anna Maria Porter in the Age of Austen, will be published October 25, 2022 from Bloomsbury USA.

 

Her book The Making of Jane Austen (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017) was named a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book (Nonfiction). She's the editor of The Daily Jane Austen: A Year of Quotes (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Looser’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Salon, Slate, and the TLS. She's written on professional issues for The Chronicle of Higher Education and has been interviewed about Austen on CNN. 

 

She teaches ASU undergraduate and graduate courses (in person and online) in British literature, the history of the novel, and women’s writings. She's played roller derby as Stone Cold Jane Austen and serves as faculty adviser to the ASU Derby Devils. 

 

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