Tuesday, October 13 @ 7:00 PM EDT

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Join Midtown Reader for an evening with Gabriel Bump, author of the novel EVERYWHERE YOU DON'T BELONG. Mr. Bump will be in conversation with author and FSU creative writing professor Ravi Howard.

Midtown Reader will host this event as a Zoom webinar. Register HERE (after you register, you'll receive an email with a link to join the event.)

About the Book

"A comically dark coming-of-age story about growing up on the South Side of Chicago, but it's also social commentary at its finest, woven seamlessly into the work...Bump's meditation on belonging and not belonging, where or with whom, how love is a way home no matter where you are, is handled so beautifully that you don't know he's hypnotized you until he's done." -- Tommy Orange, The New York Times Book Review

Percolating with fierceness and originality, attuned to the ironies inherent in our twenty-first-century landscape, EVERYWHERE YOU DON'T BELONG marks the arrival of a brilliant young talent.


About the Author
Gabriel Bump grew up in South Shore, Chicago. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Slam magazine, the Huffington Post, Springhouse Journal, and other publications. He was awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

Senator Connie Mack in conversation with Governor Jeb Bush

Thursday, October 15, 6:00 PM EDT
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Senator Connie Mack in conversation with Governor Jeb Bush


Join Midtown Reader for an evening with Senator Connie Mack, author of the new book Citizen Mack: Politics, An Honorable Calling. Senator Mack will be in conversation with Governor Jeb Bush.


To attend, purchase a copy of Citizen Mack from Midtown Reader HERE. Once you order, you’ll receive an email with a link to join the Zoom event.


Honest and heartening, Citizen Mack is Senator Connie Mack’s memoir of an 18-year journey to and from Capitol Hill. From speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and casting historic votes on issues ranging from sending troops to war, to the impeachment of a president and the nomination of a controversial Supreme Court justice, Mack’s account of his time in office offers outsiders a look at what happens at the highest levels of American politics.


“Citizen Mack is a wonderful book about a very full life. Connie Mack was successful in politics—he never lost a race—but he also understands that there is a world beyond Washington and the next campaign. His account of his spiritual journey is honest, humble, and explains much about the man and his life of service.” – Former Vice President Dick Cheney


About the Author

In 1982, Connie Mack left a successful banking career to run for the House of Representatives, where he served three terms before running for one of Florida’s seats in the U.S. Senate. He served two terms there, then chose not to run for reelection. On returning to the private sector, Mack became chairman followed by chairman emeritus of the H. Lee Moffitt Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tampa. He and his wife, Priscilla, divide their time between Florida and Vermont. They have two children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Mack is the grandson and namesake of the Hall of Fame baseball figure who managed teams to major league records in total wins. His grandfather on his mother’s side, Morris Sheppard, served as a U.S. senator from Texas from 1913 until 1941.


About the Moderator

Jeb Bush is the 43rd governor of the State of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007. He was the third Republican elected to the state’s highest office and the first Republican in the state’s history to be reelected. He was most recently a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Governor Bush currently serves as Chairman of Finback Investments Partners LLC and Dock Square Capital LLC, both merchant banks headquartered in Coral Gables. He also serves as Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national nonprofit education reform organization he founded to transform education in America. He has written three books, Profiles in Character; Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution; and Reply All: A Governor’s Story 1999-2007. Governor Bush lives in Miami with his wife Columba. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Stuart Stevens in conversation with Sally Bradshaw

Wednesday, October 21 @ 7:00 PM EDT

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Stuart Stevens with It Was All A Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump

In conversation with Midtown Reader’s Sally Bradshaw

Join Midtown Reader for an evening with Stuart Stevens, author of the NYT-bestselling It Was All A Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump, in conversation with Midtown Reader's owner, Sally Bradshaw.


To attend, purchase a copy of It Was All A Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump from Midtown Reader HERE. Once you order, you’ll receive an email with a link to join the Zoom event.

As the most successful Republican political operative of his generation, Stuart Stevens spent decades electing Republicans at every level, from presidents to senators to local officials. He knows the GOP as intimately as anyone in America, and in this new book he offers a devastating portrait of a party that has lost its moral and political compass.

Stevens shows how Trump is in fact the natural outcome of five decades of hypocrisy and self-delusion. He shows how racism has always lurked in the modern GOP's DNA, gives an insider's account of the rank hypocrisy of the party's claims to embody "family values," and shows how the party's vaunted commitment to fiscal responsibility has been a charade since the 1980s. When a party stands for nothing, he argues, it is only natural that it will be taken over by the loudest and angriest voices in the room. Not just an indictment of the Republican Party, it's also a candid and often lacerating mea culpa.


"A brilliant, unflinching look at the descent of the GOP--backed up with data, historic sweep & first person insights. This one is a must-read." -- John Avlon

STUART STEVENS is the author of seven previous books, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, and Outside, among other publications. He has written extensively for television shows, including Northern Exposure, Commander in Chief, and K Street. For twenty-five years, he was the lead strategist and media consultant for some of the nation's toughest political campaigns. He attended Colorado College; Pembroke College, Oxford; Middlebury College; and UCLA film school. He is a former fellow of the American Film Institute.

Laurie Keller Storytime with HELLO ARNIE!

Saturday, October 24 @ 11:00 AM EDT

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Join Midtown Reader on Zoom for an online Storytime with Laurie Keller author of the book HELLO ARNIE! AN ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT STORY! All are welcome to join this free event. Register HERE.

About the book:
Arnie the Donut wants to know what kind of giant donut YOU are in Hello, Arnie!, a picture book for preschoolers by bestselling, Geisel Award-winning creator Laurie Keller.

Arnie is excited to say hello to all his pastry friends in the bakery. There are all the usual confection suspects: Chocolate, Glazed, French Twist, Long John, and Crueller. But there is one pastry that he’s never met before. This pastry looks nothing like the others. Hmmm. Who could it be? Spoiler alert—it’s the Reader!

This charming picture book introduces children to everyone’s favorite doughnut through a series of questions that the youngest reader will love taking part in.


About Laurie Keller:
Laurie Keller is the bestselling author-illustrator of many books for kids, including Arnie the Doughnut; Potato Pants!; Do Unto Otters; The Scrambled States of America; Open Wide: Tooth School Inside; and Bowling Alley Bandit, Invasion of the Ufonuts, and The Spinny Icky Showdown, books one, two, and three in the Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut chapter book series. Arnie is also an off-Broadway musical, a plush toy, and a traveling costume. Laurie lives in Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan.


Praise for Hello, Arnie!:
A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Would that all newcomers, to school or elsewhere, whatever their differences, received the same warm collective welcome Arnie and his fellow baked goods thereupon offer in the luscious climactic spread. Donut expect this to pass young audiences without causing a sprinkle of giggles." --Kirkus Reviews

"Varying perspectives and layouts add humor, such as a montage of Arnie modeling ways to wear frosting and sprinkles (check out that sweet, sweet mustache). With engaging direct-address elements to encourage participation, this fanciful, gleeful read is sure to entertain, particularly during group story times."--Booklist


Monday, October 26 @ 7:00 PM EDT

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Join Midtown Reader for an evening with Sarah Frey, author of the novel The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life--And Saved an American Farm. She will be in conversation with Paul Bradshaw owner of Greenfire Farms in Gadsden County. 


Order the book HERE.


Midtown Reader will host this event as a Zoom webinar. Register HERE (after you register, you'll receive an email with a link to join the event).


"One woman's tenacious journey to escape poverty and create a billion-dollar farming business--without ever leaving the land she loved. The youngest of her parents' combined twenty-one children, Sarah Frey grew up on a struggling farm in Southern Illinois, often having to grow, catch, or hunt her own dinner. She spent much of her early childhood dreaming of running away to Hollywood, Chicago--or really anywhere with central heating. At fifteen, she moved out of her family home and started her own fresh produce delivery business with nothing more than an old pickup truck. Two years later, when the family farm faced inevitable foreclosure, Sarah gave up on her dreams of escape, and, at seventeen, took over the farm and started her own produce company there. Refusing to play by traditional rules, Sarah talked her way into suit-filled boardrooms, made deals with the nation's largest retailers, and became so legendary that the Harvard Business School published a case study on her negotiation skills. Today, Sarah's family-operated company, Frey Farms, has sold more than a billion dollars' worth of fresh produce, beverages, and consumer packaged goods, and has become one of America's largest fresh produce suppliers, with farmland spread across seven states. Thanks to the millions of melons and pumpkins she sells annually, Sarah has been dubbed 'America's Pumpkin Queen' by the national press. The Growing Season tells the inspiring story of how a scrappy rural childhood gave Sarah the grit and resiliency to take risks that paid off in unexpected ways. Rather than leaving her community, Sarah found adventure and opportunity in one of the most forgotten parts of our country. With fearlessness and creativity, she literally dug her destiny out of the dirt"--


Sarah Frey has been described by The New York Times as "the Pumpkin Queen of America." She sells more pumpkins than any other producer in the United States. Her family business, Frey Farms, plants thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, and West Virginia. With a mission to end food waste in the fresh produce industry, the family makes natural food products and beverages from imperfect or "ugly fruit." Inspired by her humble beginnings and early life on the farm, she continues to create opportunities for those living and working in rural communities. Frey lives in Southern Illinois and is raising her two sons, William and Luke, on the same family farm where she grew up.

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