Friday, January 24, 2014

Author Events at VHOB - Tonight and Next Wednesday

How's that for a snappy title?

We've got JoAn T. Smith appearing tonight at 7:00.  JoAn wrote Chopstix, her experience in China after the break-up of her 27-year marriage.  She will be bringing food and beverages that she was introduced to in China and will also be giving away a gift basket. The basket will consist of her book, a fancy bookmark, and a paper cutting of a panda bear.  She's going to give us all insight into a country that most of us have never been to.

Next Wednesday night at 7:00, Helene Wecker will be joining us.  Helene is the author of The Golem and the Jinni.  This is a very good book that gives us a look at New York City's Little Syria in 1899.  But it also is very magical because it introduces us to a golem, which is a creature made out of clay in Jewish culture, and a jinni, which is a mystical creature in the Arab world.  Their connection is mesmerizing.

Helene's book has received a lot of publicity:

Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013
Amazon Top 20 Pick for Best of 2013
Finalist, 2013 NBCC John Leonard Prize for First Book
Finalist, 2013 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction
Finalist, 2013 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy
Finalist, 2013 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Debut

We hope to see you for these events.

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