We have 5 great books coming to Junction Reads on April 29! We are hosting a great mix of Young Adult fiction and Adult fiction with Glynis Guevara, Ursula Pflug, Andrew Daley, Sally Cooper and Ele Pawelski.
Join us at Famous Last Words for a perfect evening of readings and discussion. We have a new start time (5:15pm), which gives staff time to open up and get set up.
Glynis Guevara will share her YA novel Under the Zaboca Tree, “At ten, Melody Sparks, better known as Baby Girl, is excited to move to the tropical island of Trinidad with her single-parent dad, but she silently longs for her mother, a woman she can’t recall ever meeting and doesn’t have a photo of. She fits in to her new life in Paradise Lane quite well: she loves her school and makes new friends. However, her longing for blood family remains strong. But Baby Girl is suddenly and unexpectedly uprooted from her comfortable life in Paradise Lane by and forced to reside in Flat Hill Village, a depressed, crime-ridden community. She struggles to adjust to life in this village with the help of new friends, Arlie, a village activist and Colm, a young man who mentors her to write poetry. When Baby Girl witnesses a serious crime, her father insists she move in with relatives she doesn’t know very well, where she ultimately uncovers the truth about her mother. Under the Zaboca Tree is a contemporary coming of age novel that explores multiple issues including the challenges of being a motherless adolescent, searching for one’s identity, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the ability to adapt to difficult situations.” Inanna Publications
Ursula Pflug brings us her her novel whose protagonist, “seventeen-year-old Camden splits her time between her father, a minor rock star, and her mom, a scruffy “hardware geek” who designs and implements temporary and sustainable power systems and satellite linkups for off-grid music and art festivals, tree-sits, and attends gatherings of alternative healers. Lark, Camden’s father, provides her with brand-name jeans, running shoes, and makeup, while her mother’s world is populated by anarchists, freaks, geeks, and hippies. Naturally, Camden prefers staying with her dad and going to the mall with his credit card and her best friend, but one summer, when Lark is recording a new album, Camden accompanies her mother, Laureen, to a healing camp on a mountain in Northern California. After their arrival, Laureen heads to San Francisco, ostensibly to find her lover, but she never comes back. Alone, penniless, and without much in the way of camping skills, Camden withdraws. Things begin to look up when she is befriended by Skinny, a young man in charge of the security detail at the camp who knew her mother as a child. The summer ends and Camden heads back to Toronto to find her dad, and it’s only there that she learns Laureen’s disappearance is tied, unexpectedly, to the secrets Skinny tried to keep from her for months, until, finally, he couldn’t.” Inanna Publications
Andrew Daley brings us his second book: “a thriller, a love story, an elegy, and a confession, Resort recounts the misadventures of actors/con artists, Jill Charles and Danny Drake. Broke and desperate in Acapulco, Danny agrees to Jill’s scamming of an eccentric older English couple, leading them across Mexico to Veracruz. Along the way, Danny begins to suspect Jill hasn’t told him the truth about herself or the English couple, who may have nefarious designs of their own. Set in Mexico, Toronto, and points in between, Resort is an engrossing, moving, and darkly comic journey through the shadowy side of a sunny world.” Tightrope Books
Ele Pawelski joins us with her thought-provoking novella, The Finest Supermarket in Kabul. “January 2011, a suicide bomb detonates in Kabul’s Finest Supermarket, an upscale convenience store. Three distinctive characters are swept up in the aftermath: Merza, a new parliamentarian plagued by ominous threats after winning his seat; Alec, an American journalist looking for a scoop on modern daily life in the ravaged capital; Elyssa, a Canadian lawyer training female magistrates while side-stepping unwanted attention from a powerful male judge. These unique perspectives intersect in the dramatic and savage attack, leaving each less certain than before.” Quattro Books
Sally Cooper will share her third book, Smells Like Heaven. “Set in the fictional town of Fletcher, the connected stories in Smells Like Heaven span thirty years. Fletcher is a town the characters strive to escape, but keep returning to, as they stumble through life searching for ways to connect and transcend their claustrophobic pasts. Following two sisters—Devon and Christine—as well as their friends and lovers, this collection exposes the core of what it means to be transformed by love.” ARP Books