|STEPHEN HUNTER -
Tuesday, November 27, 7 p.m.|
In Pale Horse Coming the unforgettable Earl Swagger returns in a searing
follow-up to bestselling Hot Springs. It once again demonstrates why Hunter
has been called "the only modern writer who can lay claim to being Dashiell
Hammett's immediate successor." It's 1951, and Thebes, Mississippi is the
Old South at its most brutal -- a place of violence, racial terror, and even
more horrific rumors. But two men come to Thebes. The first is Sam Vincent,
the former prosecuting attorney of Polk County, Arkansas. Before he leaves on
his trip, he confesses his fears to Swagger, a Marine hero on Iwo Jima, and
now an Arkansas State Police sergeant. Earl pledges that if Sam is not back
by a certain time, he will come looking for him. But nothing in the town
can prepare Earl for the prison where he becomes the first white inmate.
Both Sam and Earl will be challenged to the limits of their strength by this
place and will struggle not only for their own survival, but with deeper
questions. Hunter is the author of the thrillers Point of Impact, Dirty
White Boys, Black Light, and Time to Hunt.
AMY SILVER - Wednesday, November 28, 7 p.m.
Many parents today don't have the time or resources to homeschool their
children or send them to private institutions. Guerilla Learning teaches all
those who genuinely care about their children's schooling, including those
who homeschool, to become an active part of their children's education and to
foster a love of learning in their children so that they flourish and grow.
Silver and her co-author Llewellyn offer many strategies, including how to:
reclaim the world of learning for your family, become familiar with your
kids' lives and their needs and abilities, advocate for children at school,
give children the freedom and support to discover and pursue their own
passions and talents.
VALERIE JEREMIJENKO - Thursday, November 29 7:00 pm
Publishers Weekly on How We Live Our Yoga:
This captivating, fresh collection of personal stories provocatively explores
the question of "what happens to a practice based on stillness and
acceptance, in a world based on striving, distraction and insatiable
appetites." More than a dozen yoga practitioners shine light on their own
lives to reveal a great breadth of possibilities about the reach of yoga for
Americans. Editor Jeremijenko has done fine work pulling together startlingly
different lives that are revealed through superior, thoughtful writing. Not
all the stories are glowing tributes by any means, which gives this
compilation all the more credibility. Jeremiko will be joined by poets
Reetika Vazirani and Stanley Plumly.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE - Saturday, December 1, 10-6 p.m.
Join us for a special day of author signings, music, a gift certificate
drawing, a drawing for a tote bag filled with 5 or 6 advance copies of new
books, holiday savings and something to nibble on. This is a chance for
booklovers to meet authors, see old friends and perhaps make new friends. If
you have not been to Vertigo in a while, make this the day. Visit other
stores in our plaza to check out their store specials and drawings. A
complete schedule will be available soon.
JULIA CHANCE - Saturday, December 1, 4 p.m.
Chance and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Michelle V. Agins have created
Sisterfriends, an intimate and engaging look into the timeless bonds of
sisterhood. They convey the true spirit of sisterly love in essays,
illuminated by endearing photographs of both well-known and unsung
African-American women from differing social, geographical, and economic
backgrounds. Chance captures the essence of the nurturing ties that bind
women whether blood related or intertwined by unshakable friendship. Sure to
deliver a rush of joy and warmth, this enchanting collection includes Mary J.
Blige and sister LaTonya, bell hooks and sister Valeria, Jasmine Guy and
sister Monica, Iyanla Vanzant and sisterfriend Reverend Shaheerah Stephens,
Afeni Shakur and sister Gloria Jean, and the Shabazz Sisters.
BRENDA RHODES MILLER - Thursday, December 6, 7 p.m.
Women's and black family rights icon Dorothy Height writes the introduction
to The Church Ladies' Divine Desserts, an inspired collection of more than
two hundred recipes culled from local, church, and family cookbooks. In brief
biographies, Rhodes honors those women who have contributed immeasurably to
their churches as teachers, mentors, keepers of tradition, and as culinary
Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Rd., Info: 301-699-3500
OLIVIA PRESCHOOL PARTY & CHILDREN'S BOOK SESSION - Saturday, December 1, 4 p.m.
Our preschool story hour is not always convenient for parents, so a holiday
party featuring Olivia ( well known pig and queen of the trampoline) seemed
in order. We'll have games, snacks, activity sheets and giveaways to occupy
those of preschool age. They will be based on the new book Olivia Saves the
Circus, a follow-up to last year's favorite, Olivia. Staff will be available
to make book recommendations for adults searching for good kids books.
All events take place at Vertigo Books unless otherwise indicated. If you
wish to have a book signed, it must be purchased at Vertigo Books (7346
Baltimore Ave., College Park Shopping Center). Call 301-779-9300.