Nonfiction

Tony Horwitz discusses Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

EVENT:  Tony Horwitz, The New York Times Bestselling author of Confederates In The Attic and A Voyage Long and Strange, appears for his latest book Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War.AUTHOR:  Tony Horwitz is The New York Times Bestselling author of Midnight Rising, A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes, Confederates in the Attic, and Baghdad Without a Map.  He is also a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist who has worked for The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker.  He lives in Martha's Vineyard with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their two sons.DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 7:00 PMLOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $29.00 plus Sales Tax includes One Hardcover copy of Midnight Rising, one Stamped Admission Ticket, and one Guest Ticket (if needed).  If you'd like to pick-up your Order at the door of this Event, choose In-Store Pick-Up as your shipping option and add in the Notes field that you'd like At-Event Pick-Up.  Your Order will be held under your name at Will Call.  The cut-off time for online ordering is 2:00 PM on the day of the Event.EVENT FORMAT:  Tony Horwitz will give us a Multimedia Presentations, discuss his new Book and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the discussion.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order a signed copy below.  Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event. 

Adam Winkler discusses Gunfight: The Battle Over The Right To Bear Arms In America

EVENT:  Adam Winkler appears for his new Book Gunfight: The Battle Over The Right To Bear Arms In America.  Civilians and Law Enforcement Officers are encouraged to attend this balanced and enlightening discussion and Multimedia Presentation.

AUTHOR:  Adam Winkler is a professor of constitutional law at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been featured on CNN and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New Republic.  Adam is a columnist for The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post.  His wide-ranging scholarship has touched upon a diverse array of topics such as the right to bear arms, corporate political speech rights, affirmative action, judicial independence, constitutional interpretation, corporate social responsibility, international economic sanctions, and campaign finance law.  His work has been cited and quoted in landmark Supreme Court cases, including opinions dealing with the Second Amendment and with corporate political speech rights.  He lives in Los Angeles. 

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Rainy Day Books, The Fairway Shops, 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway, Kansas 66205

ADMISSION:  OPEN House Event.  Walk-In's are Welcome.  Seating is Limited to 40 People.

EVENT FORMAT: Adam Winkler will give a Multimedia Presentastions and he will discuss his new Book and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows his Presentation.

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order a signed copy below.  Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event. International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER: All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393077414
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2011

Karl Marlantes discusses What It's Like To Go To War

EVENT:  Karl Marlantes, Bestselling author of the novel Matterhorn, returns with his nonfiction account of battle What It's Like To Go To War.

AUTHOR:  A graduate of Yale University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Karl Marlantes served as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals.  He is the author of Matterhorn, which won numerous prizes, including the William E. Colby Award given by the Pritzker Military Library, the Center for Fiction's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the 2011 Indies' Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year, and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's James Webb Award for Distinguished Fiction. He lives in rural Washington.

Praise for What It's Like To Go War:

“Karl Marlantes has written a staggeringly beautiful book on combat—what it feels like, what the consequences are and above all, what society must do to understand it. In my eyes he has become the preeminent literary voice on war of our generation. He is a natural storyteller and a deeply profound thinker who not only illuminates war for civilians, but also offers a kind of spiritual guidance to veterans themselves. As this generation of warriors comes home, they will be enormously helped by what Marlantes has written—I’m sure he will literally save lives.” ~ Sebastian Junger

“To say that this book is brilliant is an understatement—Marlantes is the absolute master of taking the psyche of the combat veteran and translating it into words that the civilian or non-veteran can understand. I have read many, many books on war and this is the first time that I've ever read exactly what the combat veteran thinks and feels—nothing I have ever read before has hit home in my heart like this book.” ~ Gunnery Sergeant Terence D’Alesandro, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, U.S. Marine Corps

“Wrenchingly honest.  Digging as deeply into his own life as he does into the larger sociological and moral issues, Marlantes presents a riveting, powerfully written account of how, after being taught to kill, he learned to deal with the aftermath.” ~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

DATE & TIME:  Monday, October 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $25.00 plus Tax includes one Hardcover copy of What It's Like To Go To War, one Stamped Admission Ticket, and one Guest Ticket (if needed).  If you'd like to pick-up your Order at the door of this Event, choose In-Store Pick-Up as your shipping option and add in the Notes field that you'd like At-Event Pick-Up.  Your Order will be held under your name at Will Call.  The cut-off time for online ordering is 2:00 PM on the day of the Event.

EVENT FORMAT:  Karl Marlantes will discuss his new Book and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the program.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order a signed copy below.  Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event. International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Robert Morgan discusses Lions of the West

EVENT:  Robert Morgan discusses his new book Lions of The West: Heroes and Villains of The Westward Expansion.

AUTHOR:  Robert Morgan, the bestselling historian and biographer of BOONE, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, now turns his storytelling genius to the lives of ten American legends in Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westwards Expansion who helped achieve America’s Manifest Destiny.  From Thomas Jefferson’s birth in 1743 to the California Gold Rush in 1849, America’s Manifest Destiny comes to life in the skilled hands of a writer fascinated by the way individual lives collectively impact history.  Thomas Jefferson first envisioned a United States that stretched across the continent from ocean to ocean.  The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits pushed the westward boundaries.  Their stories and the stories of the nameless thousands who risked their lives to settle the frontier form an extraordinary chapter in American history that led directly to the cataclysm of the Civil War.  Without them, the United States might well have ended at the Arkansas border.  It is filled with illustrations, portraits, maps, battle plans, and timelines throughout.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Johnson County Library, Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This Event is OPEN to the Public.  Walk-Ins are Welcome!  The author will sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books before, during and at this Event.

EVENT FORMAT:  Robert Morgan will discuss his Book, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.  A Booksigning will follow the discussion.

Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781565126268
Availability: Backordered
Published: Shannon Ravenel Books - October 18th, 2011

From Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold rush in
1849, America's Manifest destiny comes to life in Robert Morgan 's
skilled hands.  Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the
United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean.  The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of
Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust
for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson, John Johnny
Appleseed Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield
Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams.  Their tenacity
was matched only by that of their enemies the Mexican army under Santa
Anna at the Alamo, the Comanche and Apache Indians, and the forbidding
geography itself. Known also for his powerful fiction: Gap Creek, The Truest Pleasure, and Brave Enemies, Morgan uses his skill at
characterization to give life to the personalities of these ten
Americans without whom the United States might well have ended at the
Arkansas border.  Their stories and those of the nameless thousands who
risked their lives to settle on the frontier, displacing thousands of
Native Americans form an extraordinary chapter in American history that
led directly to the cataclysm of the Civil War.With illustrations,
portraits, maps, battle plans, appendixes, notes, and time lines, Lions
of the West is a richly authoritative biography of America as
compelling as a grand novel.


Candice Millard discusses Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

EVENT:  Candice Millard appears for her new book Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President.

AUTHOR:  Candice Millard is The New York Times Bestselling author of The River of Doubt.  She lives in Kansas City with her husband and children.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $28.95 plus Tax includes one Hardcover copy of Destiny of the Republic, and One Admission Ticket or Two Admission Tickets; it's your choice, for the same Price.  If you'd like to pick-up your Order at the door of this Event, choose In-Store Pick-Up as your shipping option and add in the Notes field that you'd like At-Event Pick-Up.  Your Order will be held under your name at Will Call.  The cut-off time for online ordering is 2:00 PM on the day of the Event.

EVENT FORMAT:  Candice Millard will discuss her New Book and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the Program.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

BOOK:  Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, $28.95 Hardcover, ISBN 9780385526265.  Book for sale September 25, 2011.  Order Admission Packages now!

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order a signed Book below.  Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Calvin Trillin will discuss Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse

EVENT:  Calvin Trillin returns to Kansas City to celebrate the Publication of his New Book Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.  Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books and The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

AUTHOR:  A longtime Staff Writer at The New Yorker, Calvin Trillin is also The Nation’s Deadline Poet.  His Bestsellers range from the memoir About Alice to Obliviously On He Sails: The Bush Administration in Rhyme He lives in Greenwich Village, which he describes as “a neighborhood where people from the suburbs come on weekends to test their car alarms.”  He is originally from Kansas City, and well-acquainted with the superiority of Kansas City Barbecue.

DATE & TIME:  Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM

LOCATION:  The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, The Lewis & Shirley White Theatre, 5801 W 115th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66211.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $16.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover of Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign In Verse, One Stamped Admission Ticket, and One Guest Admission Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.  Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 12:30 PM.

EVENT FORMAT:  Calvin Trillin will discuss his New Book Dogfight and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the Presentation.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed Hardcover of Dogfight below.  Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Author Event.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a Shipping Quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

BOOK CLUB EVENING: Stacy Schiff discusses Cleopatra: A Life

EVENT:  Stacy Schiff appears for her Bestselling biography Cleopatra: A Life.

ASK YOURSELF: What do you think of when you hear the name Cleopatra? 

AUTHOR:  Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), Winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, Winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award.  Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.  The recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in New York City.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $16.99 plus Tax includes one Paperback copy of Cleopatra: A Life, one Stamped Admission Ticket, and one Guest Ticket (if needed).  If you'd like to pick-up your Order at the door of this Event, choose In-Store Pick-Up as your shipping option and add in the Notes field that you'd like At-Event Pick-Up.  Your Order will be held under your name at Will Call.  The cut-off time for online ordering is 2:00 PM on the day of the Event.

EVENT FORMAT:  Stacy Schiff will discuss her new Book and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the program.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

This Book Club Evening will begin with a presentation by Vivien Jennings, President of Rainy Day Books. Vivien will present a series of recommendations for Book Clubs. This introductory segment starts at 6:30 PM. Stacy Schiff's program will follow.  

BOOK:  Cleopatra: A Life, $16.99 Paperback, ISBN 9780316001946.  Paperback for sale September 6, 2011.  Preorder Admission Packages now.

YES, WE SHIP SIGNED COPIES WORLDWIDE!  Order a signed copy below.  Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Admission Ticket.  Additional signed copies are available for purchase at our Author Event.

SOLD OUT: Steven Pinker discusses The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

SOLD OUT! This Event is now Completely Full, thank you!

EVENT:  Steven Pinker discusses his new Book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. 

AUTHOR:  Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.  A two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist and the Winner of many prizes for his research, teaching, and Books, he has been named one of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World Today" and Foreign Policy's "100 Global Thinkers."  He is the author of the Bestselling Books The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature and The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature.  He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64110

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This Event is now completely FULL and all seats are taken.

EVENT FORMAT:  Steven Pinker will discuss his new Book, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.  A Booksigning will follow the program.

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780670022953
Availability: This book's status requires us to check for more information to determine availability
Published: Viking Adult - October 4th, 2011

Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen.  Yet as The New York Time Bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence.  For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life.  But today, Steven shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned.  How has this happened?  This groundbreaking Book continues Steven's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world.  The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives, the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail.  Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative Book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society.


Jeff Guinn will discuss Manson: The Life And Times Of Charles Manson

EVENT OVERVIEW: The critically acclaimed author of The Last Gunfight and Go Down TogetherJeff Guinn will present his New Biography Manson: The Life And Times Of Charles Manson.

ABOUT JEFF GUINN: Jeff Guinn is the bestselling author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Last Gunfight and Go Down Together, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010. Formerly an award-winning investigative journalist and now a frequent guest on national radio and TV programs, he lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

ABOUT MANSON: The most authoritative account ever written of how an ordinary juvenile delinquent named Charles Manson became the notorious murderer whose crimes still shock and horrify us today. More than forty years ago Charles Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. It was the culmination of a criminal career that author Jeff Guinn traces back to Manson's childhood. Guinn interviewed Manson s sister and cousin, neither of whom had ever previously cooperated with an author. Childhood friends, cellmates, and even some members of the Manson Family have provided new information about Manson's life. Guinn has made discoveries about the night of the Tate murders, answering unresolved questions, such as why one person on the property where the murders occurred was spared. Manson puts the killer in the context of his times, the turbulent late sixties, an era of race riots and street protests when authority in all its forms was under siege. Guinn shows us how Manson created and refined his message to fit the times, persuading confused young women (and a few men) that he had the solutions to their problems. At the same time he used them to pursue his long-standing musical ambitions, relocating to Los Angeles in search of a recording contract. His frustrated ambitions, combined with his bizarre race-war obsession, would have lethal consequences as he convinced his followers to commit heinous murders on successive nights.

Watch Jeff Guinn discuss MANSON in this video. 

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112.

EVENT FORMAT: Jeff Guinn will discuss his new book and answer audience questions. A booksigning will follow the discussion. Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

ADMISSION PACKAGE: $27.50 plus tax, includes one Hardcover copy of Manson, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed). It's your choice, for the same Price.

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PLEASE NOTE: We will automatically have your Admission Packages held at the door of this event if you do not pick them up ahead of time. The on-sale date for Manson is August 6, 2013. Your order will be available for in-store pickup on or after this date.

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DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

$27.50
SKU: GuinnADMIT2

ADMITS TWO: Includes one Hardcover copy of Manson, one Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket, and One Guest Admission Ticket.

 

 


$27.50
SKU: GuinnADMIT1

ADMITS ONE: Includes one Hardcover copy of Manson and one Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.

 

 


$27.50
SKU: A9781451645163

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK ONLY: Includes Hardcover copy of Manson signed by Jeff Guinn.


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