Today's Featured Books

Playground Zero by Sarah Relyea

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

2021 International Book Awards Finalist: When the Raysons leave DC for the hippie paradise of Berkeley, each embraces the moment. As family and school fade away in a tear gas fog, will the counterculture bring freedom? “An exceptional piece of literary fiction that puts Sarah Relyea in a league of her own.” -Readers’ Favorite From $1.99 SHOP NOW


The Mostly Invisible Boy by AJ Vanderhorst

Children and Young Adult

“A splendid conception” -Kirkus. When he infiltrates a secret forest society in charge of monster control, mostly-invisible Casey Grimes and his little sister Gloria set out to defeat the Butchers before the beasts eat their new-found friends. "Original and inventive, full of courage and heart" -Amy Wilson, author of A Far Away Magic, Shadows of Winterspell, and The Wild Way Home From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Beast by Ollie Doherty

Science Fiction and Fantasy

"A rich tale, with deeply human roots." ~Reader Review. Beast is an adult fantasy with elements of dark folklore. A woman is torn between aiding her vigilante when members start turning up dead and protecting her family when their secret identity is at risk of being exposed. Either way her own safety is on the line. "An amazing book that will have you hooked from beginning to end—and actually got me out of a year long reading slump." ~Reader Review From $2.99 SHOP NOW


God's Letters by Athanasio Celia

General Nonfiction

God's Letters is about a man who recorded a vision in 2001 that contained 132 capital letters of the Greek alphabet and created a quadrangular shape. A study revealed that the text is readable in 115 different ways in the ancient Greek language and encloses depictions and symbols. The vision-text turned out to be God's New Revelation. "...thought provoking and it gave me goosebumps..." -Amazon review From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Free Online Events: "Conjunctions 76" and "Seek You"

Events

Conjunctions 76: The Fortieth Anniversary Issue Reading, Wednesday, July 7, 7:00 PM CDT. Celebrate the release of a new issue of one of this country’s eminent literary journals with poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from authors Fred D’Aguiar, Samuel R. Delany, Ann Lauterbach, and Sofia Samatar. 

Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness, Thursday, July 8, 5:00 PM Pacific Time. Author Kristen Radtke shines a light on people’s most vulnerable and sublime moments and digs deep into the history of loneliness, the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to one another, and the distance that remains.

“Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself.” ~Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey


Linger, When You're Gone by Chitra Padmana

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

A woman with a heightened sense of smell detects the scent of the man she loved and lost right after the mysterious death of her best friend and finds herself descending into hallucinations as cold fear grips her. Tantalize your senses with the aroma of danger as what was left behind comes back to haunt and hunt Miris in this unique psychological thriller, packed with romance and suspense. “Absorbing, scary and unputdownable!” –Sidharth Kanatill, author of A Myna Flies From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Your Future, Your Dreams: How to Retire Anywhere in the World by Angie Brimer

General Nonfiction

What are you going to do when you retire? Sure, the idea of not going to the same job day after day is appealing, but what are you actually going to do? Many of us live a fairly stationary life, creating a home base and not wandering too far for very long. But after retirement, new options appear on the horizon. You have the freedom to wander and see all of the beautiful worldly locations you never got to explore as much as you wanted, living in a world of deadlines and limited paid time off. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Revelation Antarctica by Gordon Keirle-Smith

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Revelation Antarctica appeals to a remarkably wide audience: from curious readers simply interested in expanding their horizons to those with a taste for credible alternative truths and even genuine seekers on the path towards Cosmic Awareness. “A tapestry of metaphysics, philosophies & powerful narratives." -The President of the Consciousness Institute From $2.99 SHOP NOW


The Druid by Steven A. McKay

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"...the historical detail is seamlessly melded into a plot bursting with adrenaline and suspense." -J.V. Bardon, Britain, AD430. In the aftermath of a surprise attack Dun Buic lies in smoking ruins and the giant warrior-druid, Bellicus, is tasked with hunting down the raiders and thwarting their dark purpose. "On a par with anything by Cornwell, Kane, or Kristian...a triumph." -Speesh Reads From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Free replays of literary events from Powell's Books in Portland

Events

Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, is hallowed ground for book lovers. It is the world's largest independent bookstore, and it is celebrating its 50th year in business.

Powell's sponsors online author readings and interviews every week -- and they archive events online where you can watch them on demand at no cost. Check out the entire archive here: Powell's YouTube Channel.  

"Bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places.” ~Jen Campbell, UK poet and short story writer


Hillcrest-Oakden: The Diary of a Psychiatric Nurse by Christine Hillingdon

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“Thought-provoking. A real eye-opener. Not to be easily put down. Rich in human foibles. A glimpse into a world that is seldom discussed. Well worth a read.” -Bruce Tanton. During Christine Hillingdon's time as a psychiatric nurse, she kept diaries which reveal all aspects of working in that position, such as her period of training and dealing with people who suffered various degrees of mental illness, ranging from frightening to downright bizarre and hilarious...and then there were the patients! From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Baby Babbles C/K by C. Hope Flinchbaugh, Susanna Covelli (Illustrator)

Children and Young Adult

The Baby Babble Series will gently encourage babies and toddlers to use their first words and sounds as building blocks for new vocabulary. This book (the second in this series) introduces the "C/K" sound with words like car, coat, and keys. Filled with textured material and flaps, this interactive board book invites babies to touch and feel each new word, providing kinesthetic, visual, and auditory sensory experiences that will develop their language skills and delight their hands, eyes, and ears with every turn of the page. From $9.19 SHOP NOW


The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele

Science Fiction and Fantasy

“[This] might be the most optimistic post-apocalyptic story ever written. It’s Sleepless in Seattle meets Station Eleven.” -The A.V. Club. Carson is on the East Coast when the electrical grid goes down. Desperate to find Beatrix, a woman on the West Coast who holds his heart, he sets off along a cross-country railroad line, where he encounters lost souls, clever opportunists, and those seeking salvation. The Lightest Object in the Universe is a moving story about adaptation and the power of community, imagining a world where our best traits, born of necessity, can begin to emerge. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


Love Spells and Other Disasters by Angie Barrett

Romance

"The perfect blend of modern contemporary romance and magical goodness!" -Hallie M., NetGalley. I didn’t know when I wrote the first love spell that it would actually make things happen. Like, actually make people fall in love with each other… But as I’m about to learn, playing around with things you don’t understand means when things go wrong—like really, very awfully wrong—you don’t know how to fix them. From $3.99 SHOP NOW


Shiksa by David R. Slavitt

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A Jewish young man and a gentile girl fall deeply in love in the fifties but he lacks the character (or else has too much) to contemplate intermarriage. This short, vivid novel describes how, over the years, he comes to realize that this may have been the great mistake of his life. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

"Feels like a blockbuster movie." -Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone. From New York Times bestselling author Clare Mackintosh comes a claustrophobic thriller set over 20 hours on-board the inaugural nonstop flight from London to Sydney. Mina is trying to focus on her job as a flight attendant, but the plane has barely taken off when she receives a chilling note. When one passenger is killed and then another, Mina knows she must act. From $8.57 SHOP NOW


Free online literary (and literal) fireworks this weekend!

Events

Happy 4th of July Weekend! July 4 is Independence Day in the United States, and for many that means outdoor picnics and fireworks displays. 

Not into barbecue and pyrotechnics? Here are a couple of great ways to enjoy the holiday weekend online:

Staying Creative in Chaotic Times, a free online event from the National Library Board of Singapore. Austin Kleon, author of a bestselling trilogy about creativity in the digital age, will discuss his work and share his strategies for finding inspiration in everyday life and building creative resilience for the long haul. Friday, July 2, 11 PM CDT. 

Cocktails and Conversation with Toneal Jackson, a free virtual event brought to you by Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference and the Chicago Writers Association. Toneal runs APS Publishing, which produces inspirational, self-help; nonfiction, poetry and children's titles. ​​She uses her experience and expertise as an author and life coach to help others accomplish their literary goals. Sunday, July 4, 4 PM CDT.

Finally, if you are into fireworks but don't feel like hauling your lawn chair to the park, check out the Capitol Fourth 2021 Fireworks Show from Washington, D.C., which will include performances by Renée Fleming, Jimmy Buffett, Gladys Knight, Alan Jackson, Pentatonix and more. Free on PBS' Facebook page, YouTube channel and website. Sunday, July 4, 8 PM ET. 

“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.” ~Albert Camus


The Ecstatic Stock Market by David Rasmussen

General Nonfiction

Buckle up as we enter the age of increasing bubbles. For the first time in history, we have the science, computer power and data to approach the stock market from an original perspective. And the stock market holds an amazing missive amid a fast and uncertain time. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


Godless Children Have No Heroes by LB Akles

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"A story of love, loss, and a woman who will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves. The way the author poses the main character's past is genius and the plot is exciting...I highly recommend this book and I look forward to seeing what the author creates next." -Amazon review. Lex's world had been perfect. And then it wasn't. Was she defined by her secrets? In survival, right and wrong are all relative. "From the first page to the last I couldn't stop turning the pages"-Amazon review From $3.99 SHOP NOW


Harry the Honest Horse by K.A. Mulenga

Children and Young Adult

Most of us have that “fun friend” who regularly gets us into trouble, right? Harry the Honest Horse is a delightful story that addresses important concepts such as not letting a joke go too far, and the value of being a champion for the truth, no matter how hard it may be sometimes. An all-round happy ending confirms to the young reader that honesty is always the best policy! From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Things You Leave Behind by ML Kennedy

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"This incredible book makes you question everything that you believe to be true about the Universe." -Readers Favorites. One year out of college and already disenchanted with adult life, Angela Brooks decides to go on a treasure hunt. Things do not go according to plan, as she wakes up a decade in the future with no memory of the years in between. Now it's up to Angela to figure out where she is, when she is, and even who she is. "Watch out. Kennedy is like a goddamn magician." -Lori, The N From $2.99 SHOP NOW


The Sense of Death by Matty Dalrymple

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

“A frighteningly meticulous villain and a formidable protagonist will have readers breezing through the pages.” -Kirkus Reviews. Ann Kinnear thought the job was just another sensing-for-hire until she realized that the woman in the Philadelphia townhouse was the victim of murder. Will Ann bring the victim's killer to justice or will she pay the ultimate price herself? “Airtight. Crucial plot details lock into place in the denouement like the tumblers of a Diebold safe.” -Robert Blake Whitehill From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Kisses and Curses (Warlocks MacGregor) by Michelle M. Pillow

Romance

“Michelle M. Pillow is an incredible talent! No matter the genre she writes, I'm captivated, enthralled and totally in love. She is not to be missed!" -Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author. A modern-day Scottish warlock paranormal romance. "Michelle M. Pillow weaves a story so engrossing that I lose track of time while reading and think about the characters long after I'm done." -Mandy M. Roth, New York Times bestselling author From $0.99 SHOP NOW

 


Dead on Demand by Sean Campbell

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

When his wife threatens to take everything from him – his home, his daughter, and his career - Edwin Murphy realizes that her death would solve all his problems. He'd kill her himself if he weren't such a coward. Instead, he concocts an elaborate scheme to fix it all. To get back his home, his job, his daughter. And he doesn't care who gets hurt along the way. From $0 SHOP NOW


reflections by Faith Foley

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Reflections, by teen author Faith Foley, is a collection of poems about navigating love and heartbreak in the shadow of trauma, mental illness, and a broken family. Ten percent of the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Family Resource Center. From $2.99 SHOP NOW