Events

Mary Alice Monroe with On Ocean Boulevard

Tuesday, May 19th at 3:00 PM EST

Online via Zoom | Click here to RSVP

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance to offer this virtual author event through their “Reader Meet Writer” series! We hope you’ll join us Tuesday, May 19th at 3pm for a conversation with the enigmatic Mary Alice Monroe, whose new book, On Ocean Boulevard, returns readers at long last to her beloved Beach House series! This breathtaking novel is about one family's summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world. Monroe is the author of The Beach House series books, along with The Summer Guests and others.

After you RSVP, and we will email you the morning of the event with the link & password to attend! To pre-order your copy of of On Ocean Boulevard, which is released May 19th, call the bookstore at (850) 425-2665 or order the book in our online store!

Nonfiction Book Club: The Collected Schizophrenias

Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00 PM

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Midtown Reader's Nonfiction Book Club meets every other month to discuss nonfiction monographs, with staff or members of the community leading discussion. ALL are welcome! Our May selection is The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang. Books are available for purchase at a 10% discount; call us at (850) 425-2665 to have your copy delivered for free, or to pick it up safely at the store!

Our May meeting will be held over the online conferencing platform Zoom. Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to use to join the meeting on the 20th.

ABOUT THE BOOK
An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the “collected schizophrenias” but to those who wish to understand it as well. Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community’s own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang’s analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative. An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.

Brian Panowich with Hard Cash Valley

Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 PM EST

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Join Midtown Reader as we host author Brian Panowich to discuss his new novel, HARD CASH VALLEY, which follows Dane Kirby, a life-long resident and ex-arson investigator for McFalls County. When he gets called in to consult on a brutal murder in a Jacksonville, Florida motel room, he and his FBI counterpart, Special Agent Roselita Velasquez, begin an investigation that leads them back to the criminal circles of his own backyard. Copies of the book are available to order from Midtown Reader by phone or online order, either by calling (850) 425-2665 or visiting this link.

Register for the event using this link, and you will receive an email with instructions for joining us on Zoom on the 21st!

Midtown Reader Book Club: Where the Crawdads Sing

Wednesday, May 27th at 6:00 PM

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Midtown Reader Book Club meets every month, with staff or members of the community leading discussion. ALL are welcome! Our May selection is Where the Crawdads Sing. Books are available for purchase at a 10% discount; call us at (850) 425-2665 to have your copy delivered for free, or to pick it up safely at the store!

Our meeting will be held over the online conferencing platform Zoom. Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to use to join the meeting on the 27th.


ABOUT THE BOOK

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens. Through Kya’s story, Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Writing Workshop with Rana Tahir

Thursday, May 28th at 3:00 PM EST

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Join Midtown Reader and Rana Tahir, author of the book Choose Your Own Adventure SPIES: Noor Inayat Khan, for a kids' writing workshop via Zoom! Rana will lead us in brainstorming and creating our own Choose Your Own Adventure stories. After you register using the link above, you'll receive an email with the link to follow at the time of the workshop.

About the Book
Choose Your Own Adventure SPIES: Noor Inayat Khan takes YOU to Nazi-occupied France during World War II. You grew up surrounded by the lessons your parents valued the most: nonviolence, music, writing, and the arts. When World War II begins, your dreams of traveling the world and helping people are quickly changed, and you leave your life behind to spy for the Resistance as a British secret agent. Will the years of training you’ve had in the Special Operations Executive help you go undetected by your enemies? Or will the long coil of your radio antennae end up giving you away?


About the Author
Rana Tahir is a Kundiman Fellow, a public school substitute teacher, and a teaching associate in the Department of English at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where she earned her MFA. She was born in Pakistan and raised on the beaches of Kuwait. Tahir’s poetry and prose has been published in various literary publications and magazines such as Catch, The Interlochen Review, and Fresh! Literary Magazine. Her first book of non-fiction, a biography of the poet Countée Cullen, was published in 2016 with Cavendish Square Press.

 

Copies of the book are available to order from Midtown Reader by phone or online order, either by calling (850) 425-2665 or visiting this link. You can register for the event using this link, and you will receive an email with instructions for joining us on Zoom on the 28th!

Margaret Renkl with Late Migrations

Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:00 PM EST

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Join Midtown Reader as we host Margaret Renkl for a discussion of her book of essays Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss:

 

Growing up in Alabama, Renkl was a devoted reader, an explorer of riverbeds and red-dirt roads, and a fiercely loved daughter. Here, in brief essays, she traces a tender and honest portrait of her complicated parents—her exuberant, creative mother; her steady, supportive father—and of the bittersweet moments that accompany a child’s transition to caregiver.

And here, braided into the overall narrative, Renkl offers observations on the world surrounding her suburban Nashville home. Ringing with rapture and heartache, these essays convey the dignity of bluebirds and rat snakes, monarch butterflies and native bees. As these two threads haunt and harmonize with each other, Renkl suggests that there is astonishment to be found in common things: in what seems ordinary, in what we all share. For in both worlds—the natural one and our own—“the shadow side of love is always loss, and grief is only love’s own twin.”

 

Gorgeously illustrated by the author’s brother, Billy Renkl, Late Migrations is an assured and memorable debut.

Copies of the book are available to order from Midtown Reader by phone or online order, either by calling (850) 425-2665 or visiting this link. You can register for the event using this link, and you will receive an email with instructions for joining us on Zoom on the 3rd!

Midtown Reader Book Club: Severance by Ling Ma

Wednesday, June 24th at 6:00 PM

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Midtown Reader Book Club meets every month, with staff or members of the community leading discussion. ALL are welcome! Our June selection is Severance by Ling Ma. Books are available for purchase at a 10% discount; call us at (850) 425-2665 to have your copy delivered for free, or to pick it up safely at the store!

Our meeting will be held over the online conferencing platform Zoom. Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to use to join the meeting on the 24th.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, she’s had her fill of uncertainty. She’s content just to carry on: She goes to work, troubleshoots the teen-targeted Gemstone Bible, watches movies in a Greenpoint basement with her boyfriend. So Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies cease operations. The subways screech to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. Soon entirely alone, still unfevered, she photographs the eerie, abandoned city as the anonymous blogger NY Ghost.​ Candace won’t be able to make it on her own forever, though. Enter a group of survivors, led by the power-hungry IT tech Bob. They’re traveling to a place called the Facility, where, Bob promises, they will have everything they need to start society anew. But Candace is carrying a secret she knows Bob will exploit. Should she escape from her rescuers?

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