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    Top of Your Stack: 3.21.24

    The Town of Babylon (fiction – paperback) by Alejandro Varela

    In this contemporary debut novel—an intimate portrait of queer, racial, and class identity—Andres, a gay Latinx professor, returns to his suburban hometown in the wake of his husband’s infidelity. There he finds himself with no excuse not to attend his 20th high school reunion and hesitantly reconnects with old friends. Captivating and poignant, this modern coming-of-age story about the essential nature of community is a page-turning novel.

    Wandering Stars (fiction- hardbound) by Tommy Orange

    Wandering Stars is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Pulitzer Prize-finalist Tommy Orange’s breakout bestseller, There There, In this novel, Orange traces the legacies of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School through to the shattering aftermath of Orvil Red Feather’s shooting in There There. Wandering Stars is a necessary critique, not of a whitewashed American history, but rather of a colonized one soaked in blood.

    Fighting Mad: Resisting the End of Roe v. Wade (nonfiction- paperback) edited by Krystal E. Littlejohn & Rickie Solinger

    Fighting Mad is a book about what “reproductive justice” means and what it looks like to fight for it. Editors Krystale E. Littlejohn and Rickie Solinger bring together many of the strongest, most resistant voices in the country to describe the impacts of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision on abortion access and care.

    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, March 21 @ 6 pm (free – Corte Madera store) Nam Le, author of 36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem

     In his first international release since the award-winning, best-selling The Boat, Nam Le delivers a stunning book-length poem that honors every convention of diasporic literature in an array of forms and registers before shattering the form itself. Expect Le to read several excerpts from the book, making use of multiple tones, and straddling between the personal and the political. Afterwards, Le will be interviewed by Australian author Fiona McFarlane.

    Sunday, March 24 @ 7:30 pm (ticketed – Presidio Theater SF) Colum McCann, author of American Mother in conversation with Kelly Candaele

    Join us for an evening with Dublin-born Calum McCann, the international award-winning author of Let the Great World Spin. McCann is as fantastic a presenter as he is a writer, so he and Kelly Candaele are destined to charm and delight with their conversations, and McCann will captivate with his reading. Music star Sting says, “American Mother is a book that will shake your soul out. A thriller, a memoir, a mystery, a portrait of forgiveness, and a literary song of grace, Colum McCann and Diane Foley have filled the empty chair for us all. One of the most extraordinarily well-braided stories that I have read in years.” 

    Thursday, March 28 @ 5:30 pm (free – Ferry Building store SF) Katie Gee Salisbury, author of Not Your China Doll

    Set against the glittering backdrop of Los Angeles during the gin-soaked Jazz Age and the rise of Hollywood, this debut book celebrates Anna May Wong, the first Asian American movie star to bring an unsung heroine to light and reclaim her space in American cinema. Salisbury will read from her book as well as explain about her passion project and her writing journey from research to publishing. Afterwards, audience members can present questions to the author and get their books signed and personalized.

    Top of Your Stack – Recommendations from Book Passage
    Published on March 21, 2024