Fiction

Gillian Flynn discusses Gone Girl: A Novel

EVENT:  Gillian Flynn appears for her new novel Gone Girl on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112. 

GEOFFREY SAYS: "Gillian Flynn is the high priestess of the modern prairie gothic thriller, and Gone Girl will leave you breathless."

ABOUT THE BOOK:  On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary.  Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River.  Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.  Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior.  Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love.  With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence.  Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife?  And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Gillian Flynn is the author of The New York Times Bestseller Dark Places, which was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice; and the Dagger Award winner Sharp Objects, which was an Edgar nominee for Best First novel, a BookSense pick, and a Barnes & Noble Discover selection.  Her work has been published in twenty-eight countries.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

DATE & TIME:  Monday, June 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $25.00 plus Sales Tax includes one copy of Gone Girl, One Stamped Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed), it's your choice, for the same Price. ONLINE ORDERING is now closed. Walk up Admission Packages will be available at the door of this event beginning at 6:00 PM this evening.

EVENT FORMAT:  Gillian Flynn will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings of Rainy Day Books about her Book, her life and work.  The Conversation will last approximately One Hour.

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 domestic 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.

W. Bruce Cameron discusses A Dog's Journey

EVENT:  W. Bruce Cameron discusses his new novel A Dog's Journey on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.  Bruce will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  In this sequel to The New York Times Bestselling Book A Dog's Purpose, Buddy is a good dog.  After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it.  Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own.  When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny.  He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager.  When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs—who will take care of his girl?  A charming and heartwarming story of hope, love, and unending devotion, A Dog's Journey asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us?  More than just another endearing dog tale, A Dog's Journey is the moving story of unwavering loyalty and a love that crosses all barriers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  W. Bruce Cameron is The New York Times Bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose, Emory's Gift and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was made into the hit ABC TV Series.  He lives in Los, Angeles, California.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $24.99 plus Sales Tax includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of A Dog's Journey, One Stamped Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed), it's your choice, for the same Price. 

EVENT FORMAT:  W. Bruce Cameron discuss his new Book, his life and work In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books.  The Presentation will last approximately One Hour.  A Booksigning follows the Presentation.

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 domestic 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.

Linda Rodriguez discusses Every Last Thing

EVENT:  Kansas City native Linda Rodriguez, author of the debut novel Every Last Secret: A Mysteryappears at the Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium, Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM.  A 6:00 PM Public Reception precedes this Event. 

AUTHOR:  Linda Rodriguez's novel, Every Last Secret, won the 2011 St. Martin’s Press & Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition and will be published by St. Martin’s Press & Minotaur April 24, 2012.  She has published two Books of Poetry, Heart’s Migration (Tia Chucha Press, 2009), Winner of the 2010 Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence and Skin Hunger (Potpourri Publications, 1995, Scapegoat Press, 2007).  She received the 2010 Inspiration Award from the KC Arts Fund, the 2009 Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award from the Macondo Foundation, and the 2009 Midwest Voices and Visions Award from the Alliance of Artists Communities and the Joyce Foundation and has been both a Ragdale Fellow and a Macondo Fellow.  She is the Vice-President of the Latino Writers Collective, a Founding Board Member of The Writers Place, and a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, Kansas City Cherokee Community, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime, publishing poetry and fiction in numerous journals and anthologies.  Her poems have been broadcast on The Writers Almanac with Garrison Keillor (NPR) and New Letters on the Air (NPR).  She is currently working on another mystery novel with Skeet Bannion, and a Book of poetry based on teachings from her Cherokee grandmother.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, Helzberg Auditorium, 14 W 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This Event is OPEN to the Public.  Walk-Ins are welcome. 

EVENT FORMAT:  Linda Rodriguez will discuss her new Book, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.  Rainy Day Books will have Linda Rodriguez's Books for Sale at the Event.  A Booksigning will follow the program.

Every Last Secret: A Mystery Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781250005458
Availability: This book's status requires us to check for more information to determine availability
Published: Minotaur Books - April 24th, 2012

Half-Cherokee Marquitta “Skeet” Bannion thought she was leaving her troubles behind when she fled the stress of being the highest-ranking woman in the Kansas City Police Department, a jealous cop ex-husband, and a disgraced alcoholic ex-cop father.  Moving to a small town to be chief of a college’s campus police force, she builds a life outside of her work.  She might even begin a new relationship with the amiable Brewster police chief.  All of this is threatened when the student editor of the school newspaper is found murdered on campus.  Skeet must track down the killer, following trails that lead to some of the most powerful people in the university.  In the midst of her investigation, Skeet assumes responsibility for a vulnerable teenager when her ex-husband and seriously ailing father wind up back on her hands.  Time is running out and college administrators demand she conceal all college involvement in the murder, but Skeet will not stop until she’s unraveled every last secret.


The Great Mystery Bus Tour comes to Kansas City

EVENT:  The Great Mystery Bus Tour comes to Kansas City, featuring Bestselling authors: M.J. Rose, John Connolly, Liza Marklund and William Kent Krueger.

AUTHORS:  M.J. Rose is the International Bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Reincarnationist, The Memorist and The Hypnotist.  She is a founding member and Board Member of International Thriller Writers and the Founder of the first marketing company for authors: www.AuthorBuzz.com

John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind,The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes and The Black Angel.  He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Liza Marklund is the author of ten previous novels, including The Postcard Killers,a team effort with James Patterson.  She lives in southern Spain.

William Kent Krueger is the Award-Winning author of ten Cork O'Connor novels, including Heaven's Keep and Vermilion Drift.  He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  Choose One Admission Package listed below.  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:  M.J. Rose, John Connolly, Liza Marklund and William Kent Krueger will each introduce their newest Book followed by a question and answer session with the audience.  A Booksigning follows the discussion.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

YES, WE SHIP AUTHOR AUTOGRAPHED WORLDWIDE!  Order a Author Autographed 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. 

Susan Vreeland discusses Clara and Mr. Tiffany

EVENT:  Susan Vreeland, The New York Times Bestselling author of Girl In Hyacinth Blue returns with a new novel: Clara and Mr. Tiffany.  It's 1893, and at the Chicago World's Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows that he hopes will earn him a place on the international artistic stage.  But behind the scenes in his New York studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll, head of his women's division, who conceives of and designs nearly all of the iconic leaded-glass lamps for which Tiffany will long be remembered.  Never publicly acknowledged, Clara struggles with her desire for artistic recognition and the seemingly insurmountable challenges that she faces as a professional woman.  She also yearns for love and companionship, and is devoted in different ways to five men, including Tiffany, who enforces a strict policy: He does not employ married women.  Ultimately, Clara must decide what makes her happiest--the professional world of her hands or the personal world of her heart.  Join us for an amazing look into the life of one of America's most iconic designers.

AUTHOR:  Susan Vreeland is the author of the Bestselling novels Girl in Hyacinth Blue, The Passion of Artemisia and Luncheon of the Boating Party.  She lives in San Diego.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Atkins Auditorium, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111. Please enter through the Bloch Building doors from the parking garage or plaza.

PARKING:  Garage Parking is $5.00.  On-street parking is complimentary. 

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $15.00 plus Sales Tax includes One Author Autographed Softcover copy of Clara and Mr. Tiffany, 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 Author Event.

EVENT FORMAT:  Susan Vreeland will discuss her new Book accompanied by a Multimedia Presentation, and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows the discussion.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.

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: Lisa See discusses Dreams of Joy

EVENT:  A BOOK CLUB EVENING featuring Lisa See, who appears for her New York Times Bestselling novel Dreams of Joy.AUTHOR: Lisa See is the New York Times Bestselling author of Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior, and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain.  The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year.  She lives in Los Angeles.DATE & TIME:  Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7:00 PMLOCATION:  Village Presbyterian Church, Friendship Hall, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208.ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $15.00 plus Sales Tax includes One Softcover of Dreams of Joy, 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:  This Book Club Evening will begin with a presentation by Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books.  Vivien will present a series of Reading Recommendations for Book Clubs.  This introductory segment starts at 6:30 PM.  Lisa See will then discuss her 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. 

BOOK CLUB EVENING: Alex George discusses A Good American

EVENT:  A BOOK CLUB EVENING featuring Alex George,  who appears for his new novel A Good American. 

Vivien L. Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books highly recommends Alex George: "In the heart of Missouri at the start of the 20th century, a young man and his pregnant bride find an adopted home far from their beloved Germany.  A Good American is the saga of three generations of the Meisenheimer family, told by both grandfather and grandson.  This is a true immigrant song, a two-part harmony paying their respects to John Irving and Mark Twain.  Taking place though the joys and sorrows of an American century, the hardest part is turning the final page."

AUTHOR:  Alex George is an Englishman who lives, works, and writes in Columbia, Missouri.  He studied law at Oxford University and worked for eight years as a corporate lawyer in London and Paris before moving to the United States in 2003.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $25.95 plus Sales Tax includes One Author Autographed Hardcover of A Good American, 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 Author Event.

EVENT FORMAT:  This Book Club Evening will begin with a presentation by Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books.  Vivien will present a series of her Reading Recommendations for Book Clubs.  This introductory segment starts at 6:30 PM.  Alex George will then 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 AUTHOR AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order Author Autographed Books 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. 

Ayad Akhtar discusses American Dervish

EVENT:  Ayad Akhtar appears for his debut novel American Dervish. This event is co-sponsored by the International Relations Council of Greater Kansas City.

Geoffrey highly recommends this new author: "In the heart of America at the start of the 1980's, Hayat Shah is coming of age. Challenged on all sides by contradictions, Hayat is a good student, a good son, and searching for his faith. Rare is the debut novel that lifts the veil off the reader's own eyes. American Dervish is a revelation, a provocative and brilliant moral dilemma. Can one be true to one's faith and to one's country? Without question, Ayad Akhtar is true to the storyteller's craft. Read it and cheer."

AUTHOR: Ayad Akhtar is an American-born, first generation Pakistani-American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He holds degrees in Theater from Brown University and in Directing from the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University, where he won multiple awards for his work. He is the author of numerous screenplays and was star and co-writer of The War Within, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay and an International Press Academy Satellite Award for Best Picture - Drama. American Dervish is his first novel.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $24.99 plus Sales Tax includes One Hardcover copy of American Dervish, 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:  Ayad Akhtar will 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. 

A Conversation with Jodi Picoult

EVENT:  A Conversation with Jodi Picoult. The New York Times Bestselling author appears for her latest novel Lone Wolf. 

AUTHOR:  Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller My Sister’s Keeper.  She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $28.00 plus Sales Tax includes One Hardcover copy of Lone Wolf, one Stamped Admission Ticket, and one Guest Ticket (if needed).  ONLINE ORDERING IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. Admission packages will be available for purchase at the door of this event at 6:00 PM.

EVENT FORMAT:  Jodi Picoult will be in conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books.  A Booksigning follows the discussion.  A Stamped Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Jodi Picoult will sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books for this Author Event.

YES, WE SHIP AUTHOR AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed 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.

Luis Alberto Urrea discusses Queen of America: A Novel

EVENT:  Luis Alberto Urrea appears for his new novel Queen of America.

AUTHOR:  Luis Alberto Urrea, 2005 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.  Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Luis has published extensively in all the major genres.  The critically acclaimed and Bestselling author of 13 Books, Luis has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays.  The Devil's Highway, his 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, won the Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize.  An historical novel, The Hummingbird's Daughter tells the story of Teresa Urrea, sometimes known as the Saint of Cabora and the Mexican Joan of Arc.  The Book, which involved 20 years of research and writing, won the Kiriyama Prize in fiction and, along with The Devil's Highway, was named a best Book of the year by many publications.  It has been optioned by acclaimed Mexican director Luis Mandoki for a film to star Antonio Banderas.  Luis' most recent novel, Into the Beautiful North, imagines a small town in Mexico where all the men have immigrated to the U.S.  A group of young women, after seeing the film The Magnificent Seven, decide to follow the men North and persuade them to return to their beloved village.  A national Bestseller, Into the Beautiful North, earned a citation of excellence from the American Library Association Rainbow's Project.  A short story from Urrea's collection, Six Kinds of Sky, was recently released as a stunning graphic novel by Cinco Puntos Press.  Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush, illustrated by artist Christopher Cardinale, has already garnered rave reviews and serves as a perfect companion to Into the Beautiful North as it depicts the same village in the novel.  Luis has also won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for best short story (2009, "Amapola" in Phoenix Noir).  His first book, Across the Wire, was named a New York Times Notable Book and won the Christopher Award.  Luis also won a 1999 American Book Award for his memoir, Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life and in 2000, he was voted into the Latino Literature Hall of Fame following the publication of Vatos.  His Book of short stories, Six Kinds of Sky, was named the 2002 small-press Book of the Year in fiction by the Editors of ForeWord magazine.  He has also won a Western States Book Award in poetry for The Fever of Being and was in The 1996 Best American Poetry collection.  Luis' other titles include By the Lake of Sleeping Children, In Search of Snow, Ghost Sickness and Wandering Time.  Luis attended the University of California at San Diego, earning an undergraduate degree in writing, and did his graduate studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  After serving as a relief worker in Tijuana and a film extra and columnist-editor-cartoonist for several publications, Luis moved to Boston where he taught expository writing and fiction workshops at Harvard.  He has also taught at Massachusetts Bay Community College and the University of Colorado and he was the writer in residence at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.  Luis lives with his family in Naperville, IL, where he is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Rainy Day Books in 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:  Luis Alberto Urrea will discuss his new Book, Queen of America and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning follows his Presentation.

Book:  Queen of America: A Novel, $25.99 Hardcover, ISBN 9780316154864

YES, WE SHIP AUTHOR AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed 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.

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ISBN: 9780316154864
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 28th, 2011

Order an Author Autographed Hardcover of Queen of America: A Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea.After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," flees with her father to Arizona.  But their plans are derailed when she once again is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution.  Besieged by pilgrims and pursued by assassins, Teresita embarks on a journey through turn-of-the-century industrial America-New York, San Francisco, St. Louis.  She meets immigrants and tycoons, European royalty and Cuban poets, all waking to the new American century.  And as she decides what her own role in this modern future will be, she must ask herself: can a saint fall in love?


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