Sunday, June 30, 2013

Book It: Events for Bibliophiles

Welcome to Book It: Events for Bibliophiles! We publish this column on the first Sunday of each month. Let's take a look at some popular authors that are on tour as well as other special book-related events for the month of July!

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Credit: Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International: San Diego
Dates: July 18-21
Times: Th, Fr, Sa: 9:30am - 7pm; Su: 9:30am - 5pm
Location: San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA

Comic-Con is one of the most exciting and sought-after events of the year. It began in the 1970's with a focus on comic books and sci-fi/fantasy literature and has come to encompass all forms of popular culture and media. To learn more, head over to their website.

Credit: Riverhead Books

Anton Discalfani wins the award for "Summer Books that Make Us Blush." Her debut novel, The Yonahlosee Riding Camp for Girls, takes place in the South amidst the Great Depression. Readers follow the story of 15 year old Thea Atwell as she is shunned from her home in Florida and sent to an equestrienne boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Discalfani's book tour runs through October and spans many locations from the Bay Area to Mississippi to Tennessee. To see if the author will be at an event near you, click here. You can follow Anton on Facebook and Twitter.

Credit: Simon & Schuster

Another debut novel making waves is Sahar Delijani's Children of the Jacaranda Tree. The novel is based on Sahar's own experiences as well as those of her family and friends in the wake of the Iranian revolution. Children follows the stories of three generations worth of characters as they live through political strife in Iran. Promising to be the most international novel you will pick up this summer, it has already been translated into 25 languages and published in more than 70 countries. Delijani's tour is finishing up with stops in Seattle, Portland, Mountain View, and the Vicalvi Castle in Italy. For more information on her tour, please click here. You can like Sahar on Facebook.

Credit: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 

Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway is the second installment in the Claire DeWitt series by author Sara Gran. It's a whodunit mystery with the world's most amazing detective, Claire DeWitt, at the center. Bookriot named it as one of their top five books to watch for in June. Gran is embarking on a limited book tour with stops in Brooklyn, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles. If any of those stops are near you and you're interested in more information, click here. You can follow Sara on Facebook and Twitter.

Credit: Random House

Katie Hafner's Mother Daughter Me: A Memoir is garnering popularity and praise. Named one of Goodreads' July 2013 Movers & Shakers, it is the story of the author, her teenage daughter ZoĆ«, and mother Helen as they live together in San Francisco and work through a complex myriad of emotions. Hafner's book tour runs through early August, with stops all over California along with ones in New Jersey, Kentucky, and Massachusetts. For more information, please click here. You can follow Katie on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads. 

Credit: HarperCollins Publishers
You probably already know of Aisha Tyler -- she's an actress, comedian, and director. You've heard her voice on FX's Archer, or seen her co-host on CBS' The Talk. For her second book, Tyler has written a series of essays entitled Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation. In it, she shares some of her most embarrassing stories and how she's been able to turn them from terrible tales to life lessons. Self-Inflicted Wounds goes on sale July 9th. Tyler will be embarking on a short tour with stops in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. You can follow Aisha on Facebook and Twitter.

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