Fiction Author Book Club Night with Nick Arvin, Gina Wohlsdorf and Joanna Luloff
Need inspiration for your next book club pick? Come out to our annual book club night at the Bookworm!
Hear from three diverse authors on their new books that might be the perfect fit for your group. The panel includes; Nick Arvin, author of Mad Boy, Joanna Luloff, author of Remind Me Again What Happened, and Gina Wohlsdorf author of Blood Highway.
At the end of the evening, the store's lead bookseller, Karin Barker, will lead "Bookworm Picks" for additional books that will lead to wonderful discussion and understanding. Come with three or more people and get a discount on your tickets! For the group rate, please call the store to purchase your ticket.
NICK ARVIN’s Articles of War was named one of the best books of the year by Esquire, Detroit Free Press, Rocky Mountain News, and The Independent. It won the Rosenthal Foundation Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Boyd Award, and was selected for the One Book, One Denver reading program. Arvin’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and numerous other periodicals. He lives in Denver.
Young Henry Phipps has set out to realize his dead mother’s last wish: to be buried at sea, surrounded by her family. Not an easy task considering Henry’s ne’er-do-well father is in debtor’s prison and his comically earnest older brother is busy fighting the Red Coats on the battlefields of Maryland. But Henry’s stubborn determination knows no bounds. As he dodges the cannon fire of clashing armies and picks among the ruins of a burning capital, he meets looters, British defectors, renegade slaves, a pregnant maiden in distress, and scoundrels of all types.
Mad Boy is at once an antic adventure and a thoroughly convincing work of historical fiction that recreates a young nation’s first truly international conflict and a crucial moment in American history. Entertaining, atmospheric, and touching, Mad Boy will transport readers with its cast of vivid characters, its masterful storytelling, and its poignant tale of a young man burdened by an outsized undertaking.
JOANNA LULOFF received her MFA from Emerson College and her PhD from University of Missouri and now lives in Denver, where she teaches at the University of Colorado. Her stories have appeared in several journals, including The Missouri Review, Western Humanities Review, and New South, and she edits the journal Copper Nickel. Her short story collection, The Beach at Galle Road, was a Barnes & Noble Discover selection. Remind Me Again What Happened is her first novel.
Claire wakes in a hospital room in the Florida Keys. She has no idea how she got there or why. Some things she can piece together by looking at old photos saved by her husband, Charlie, and her best friend, Rachel, and by combing through boxes of letters and casual jottings. But she senses a mystery at the center of all these fragments of her past, a feeling that something is not complete. Is Charlie still her husband? Is Rachel still her friend? Told from alternating points of view that pull the reader into the minds of the three characters, the story unfolds as the smudge that covers Claire's memory is gradually, steadily wiped away, until finally she can understand the why and the how of her life. And then maybe she and Charlie and Rachel can move forward, but with their lives forever changed.
In Remind Me Again What Happened, debut novelist Joanna Luloff has written a moving and beautifully nuanced story of transience, the ebb and flow of time, and how relationships shift and are reconfigured by each day, hour, and minute.
GINA WOHLSDORF is the author of the novels Blood Highway and Security, which was an Amazon Best Book of 2016. She lives in Colorado. Security was described by the New York Journal of Books as "a fast-paced, highly evolved thriller that clearly marks Wohlsdorf as a force to be reckoned with," delivers on that promise in Blood Highway, a tautly paced, unsettling, and ultimately moving coming-of-age story.Visit www.ginawohlsdorf.com.
Rainy Cain, a tough, troubled high school senior, desperately wants to escape the confines of her life in Minneapolis. When her increasingly unstable mother suddenly commits suicide, Rainy thinks she has found her chance. Instead, her father, Sam--who she had always believed died before she was born--escapes from prison and abducts her, taking her on a cross-country trek in pursuit of millions of dollars that he believes her mother had kept from a botched robbery years earlier. On their heels the whole way is a young Minneapolis detective intent on bringing Rainy safely home. It is an odyssey that will test Rainy's considerable instincts about sanity and madness, and keep readers turning pages till the twisty end.