We are so thrilled to be doing (almost) live events again. As card-carrying Book People, there’s nothing we like better than settling in for a long evening with a great book, but talking about books comes a close second. And for the past umpteen months, of course…that hasn’t really been possible.
Enter the magic of the internet! On Thursday, November 18, at 7:00 p.m. EST, we are presenting our first VIRTUAL book event, featuring Alex Reeve, who thanks to the wonders of technology will be coming to us live from England. Alex writes the extraordinary Leo Stanhope series, about a young trans man who solves crimes and generally sleuths it up in Victorian London. Those of you cringing at the thought of a Very Special Series can take heart: These are not “problem” books. They are not about Leo’s painfully “becoming” trans or about his struggles to recognize his…no. They are about a young man who solves crimes, and who happens to have been raised as a girl, full stop. And incidentally, many of our librarian clients have told us that they love offering these books to readers who may themselves be thinking about gender and identity, precisely because they offer such a compelling portrait of a man certain of who he is.
Certain? Compelling? I thought you said these were murder mysteries?!?! Rest assured, there are grisly crimes aplenty, plus buckets of clues and some terrific puzzles. Please join us on November 18 to see what the fuss is about. We have a great line-up of speakers, we’ll be taking questions from readers, and we have a wonderful young actor, direct from British TV, who will be reading from the first Leo novel. You can’t make the event? No worries: We’ll be taping it, and the recording—along with links for the event discounts!—will stay live for a month.
Hope to see you there…AND in the stacks!