Lounging in the Library: an afternoon of authors in conversation... in their comfiest clothing

Presented by: Macmillan Library Marketing and Library Journal
Event Date and Time: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 1:00 PM-3:00 PM ET, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM PT


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Outcasts and outlaws. Secrets and skeletons. Dancers, dangers, and divorce. Found families and fear. Follow along as our authors take on the big issues... in their loungewear. 

1:00 PM - 1:55 PM ET
Thrillers and Chillers
Novels that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Alice Feeney: A married couple “celebrates” 10 years together in this in-house favorite filled with twists and secrets. 
THESE SILENT WOODS by Kimi Cunningham Grant: A father and daughter living off the grid find their space, and their lives, upended. 
THIS THING BETWEEN US by Gus Moreno: A debut horror thriller that highlights the terrors of technology. 
SORROWLAND by Rivers Solomon: Lambda Award winner Solomon pens a novel mixing horror, thriller, and science fiction, which follows Vern, a pregnant 15-year-old escaping a cult. 
Moderator: Sofia Carapia, Adult Services Librarian, Bensenville Community Public Library (IL)

2:00 PM - 2:10 PM ET
Mac Lib presents: Book Buzzing in Our PJs 

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Book Club Picks

Novels and short stories sure to prompt conversation.

L.A. WEATHER by María Amparo Escandón: The Alvarado family, rocked by a divorce, considers their bonds; by the author of the best-selling Esperanza’s Box of Saints.
DEAR MISS METROPOLITAN by Carolyn Ferrell: Tragedy, trauma, and mystery drive a story of survival in the aftermath of child abduction, in a debut praised by Victor LaValle and Jacqueline Woodson. 
MY MONTICELLO by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson: A searing debut story collection that explores the past and present of the United States; already earning accolades from Roxane Gay, Charles Yu, and Danielle Evans.
THE BALLERINAS by Rachel Kapelke-Dale: A buzzy debut that considers friendship, ambition, perfection, and rage, set in the world of ballet. 
Moderator: Migdalia Jimenez, Adult Services Librarian, Chicago Public Library (IL) 


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María Amparo Escandón is the author of the #1 L.A. Times bestseller Esperanza’s Box of Saints and González & Daughter Trucking Co. Named a writer to watch by both Newsweek and the L.A. Times, she was born in Mexico City and has lived in Los Angeles for nearly four decades.


Alice Feeney is a writer and a journalist. She spent fifteen years with BBC News, where she worked as a reporter, news editor, an arts and entertainment producer, and a One O' Clock news producer. Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog. Alice is the New York Times bestselling author of SOMETIMES I LIE, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE, and HIS & HERS. HIS & HERS will be adapted for TV by Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films, and SOMETIMES I LIE will soon be a major Warner Bros. TV series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and produced by Ellen DeGeneres. ROCK PAPER SCISSORS is her fourth novel.


Carolyn Ferrell is the author of the short-story collection, Don’t Erase Me, which was awarded the Art Seidenbaum Award of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the John C. Zachiris Award given by Ploughshares, and the Quality Paperback Book Prize for First Fiction. She has also received grants from the Fulbright Association, German Academic Exchange (D.A.A.D.), City University of New York MAGNET Program, and National Endowment for the Arts. Ferrell’s stories have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2018 and The Best American Short Stories of the Century, among other places. She teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York with her husband and children.


Kimi Cunningham Grant is the author of three books. FALLEN MOUNTAINS is a literary mystery set in a small town in Pennsylvania, where fracking has just begun. SILVER LIKE DUST is a memoir chronicling her Japanese-American grandparents and their internment during World War II. THESE SILENT WOODS is about a father and daughter living in the remote Appalachian mountains must reckon with the ghosts of their past. Kimi is a two-time winner of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize in Poetry and a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in creative nonfiction. Her poems and essays have appeared in Fathom, Literary Mama, RATTLE, Poet Lore, and Whitefish Review. She studied English at Bucknell University and Messiah College. She lives, writes, and teaches in Pennsylvania.


Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s writing has appeared in Guernica, The Guardian, Phoebe, Prime Number Magazine, and elsewhere. Her short story “Control Negro” was anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2018, guest edited by Roxane Gay, and read live by LeVar Burton as part of PRI’s Selected Shorts series. Johnson has been a fellow at Hedgebrook, Tin House Summer Workshops, and VCCA. A veteran public school art teacher, Johnson lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Rachel Kapelke-Dale is the co-author of Graduates in Wonderland, a memoir about the significance and nuances of female friendships. The author of Vanity Fair Hollywood's column "Advice from the Stars," Kapelke-Dale spent years in intensive ballet training before receiving a BA from Brown University, an MA from the Université de Paris VII, and a PhD from University College London. She currently lives in Paris.


Gus Moreno is the author of THIS THING BETWEEN US. His stories have appeared in Aurealis, Pseudopod, Bluestem Magazine, and the Burnt Tongues anthology. He lives in the suburbs with his wife and dogs, but never think that he's not from Chicago for one second.


Rivers Solomon writes about life in the margins, where they are much at home. In addition to appearing on the Stonewall Honor List and winning a Firecracker Award, Solomon's debut novel An Unkindness of Ghosts was a finalist for a Lambda, a Hurston/Wright, an Otherwise (formerly Tiptree) and a Locus award. Solomon's second book, The Deep, based on the Hugo-nominated song by Daveed Diggs-fronted hip-hop group clipping, was the winner of the 2020 Lambda Award and shortlisted for a Nebula, Locus, Hugo, Ignyte, Brooklyn Library Literary, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy award. Solomon's short work appears in or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Guernica, Best American Short Stories, Tor.com, Best American Horror and Dark Fantasy, and elsewhere. A refugee of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, Solomon was born on Turtle Island but currently resides on an isle in an archipelago off the western coast of the Eurasian continent.


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