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Anastasia Pottinger, December 19, 2018, 7 p.m.

We’re excited and honored to be hosting the launch party for a wonderful new book by local photographer, Anastasia Pottinger. The book is called “100:What Time Creates”, and it’s a thing of beauty.

Pottinger burst on the national and international scene when her black and white portrait series of people a hundred years old and up ‘went viral’ and was featured on thousands of websites and in publications around the globe, including CNN and Bored Panda. Later, the series grew and became“100: What Time Creates” published by Marcinson Press.


Stacie (as we call her) is a professional portrait photographer and founder of Rogue Studios. She has pursued her passion for photography since she was eight years old, when her parents handed her her very first camera, a Kodak 110, which she used to document her first solo trip to visit her grandparents in Georgia.  Originally daunted by the prospect of being an artist, in college Pottinger focused on her other passion, early childhood education. She earned her degree in Family Studies with an emphasis in child development. After the advent of digital cameras and the birth of her first son, Stacie returned to her first love – photography –  and four years later, opened her studio. She has won numerous local, regional, and international awards for her photographs, most notably second and third place in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards Nude and Figure category, and first place in the HumanKind Exhibition at PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York. She has also been included in juried exhibitions at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado and PhotoSpiva in Joplin, Missouri.

Stacie lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her wife, two sons, and her “beloved mini-zoo” of two dogs, two cats, one ball python, and a part-time guinea pig.

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Photo credit: Amy Enderle

What people are saying about the book:

“Richard Avedon showed us that everyone is ugly. You are showing us that everyone
is beautiful. Thanks; we need both points of view.”  - Ed Freeman, Photographer

“I look at thousands of pictures a day because it is my job.  One day I was looking and then suddenly I stopped.  Anastasia’s images compel you to stay with them, I closed my eyes and I felt something. The emotion of something I'd never seen before. It was like looking at the human being both on a very abstract and incredibly sensitive way. That day, I was looking for a visual artistic language to reflect on Aribert Reimann’s opera, Lear, based on Shakespeare's King Lear, with the idea of bringing other kinds of emotions to the public, in  rather than only those of the stage. Lear is getting old and tries to look at the future but his past is too present to be erased. Anastasia’s centenarians let you feel in such a concrete way what it will mean to have your past engraved in your skin, all those years of happiness, sadness, disappointment, passion, fear and so many other kinds of feelings mixed by life, until they become your very own and unique patterns.”  - Lise Bruyneel, graphic design editor, Paris Opera, Paris France

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Jay Sexton, December 6, 2018 6:30 p.m.

Skylark Bookshop is proud to present a concise new history of the United States revealing that crises—not unlike those of the present day—have determined our nation’s course from the start.

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In A Nation Forged by Crisis, historian Jay Sexton contends that our national narrative is not one of halting yet inevitable progress, but of repeated disruptions brought about by shifts in the international system. Sexton shows that the American Revolution was a consequence of the increasing integration of the British and American economies; that a necessary precondition for the Civil War was the absence, for the first time in decades, of foreign threats; and that we cannot understand the New Deal without examining the role of European immigrants and their offspring in transforming the Democratic Party.

A necessary corrective to conventional narratives of American history, A Nation Forged by Crisis argues that we can only prepare for our unpredictable future by first acknowledging the contingencies of our collective past.

This will be a fascinating discussion you won’t want to miss! (Food and drink will be provided, courtesy of the Kinder Institute for Constitutional Democracy.)

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Jay Sexton is the Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri and emeritus fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. The author of The Monroe Doctrine and Debtor Diplomacy, Sexton lives in Columbia, Missouri.

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Local Author Night, November 28, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

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On Wednesday, November 28, we’ll be hosting our inaugural Local Authors Night, and we hope you’ll join us for an entertaining and inspiring evening of new writing.

Come and listen to four local authors read from and discuss their most recent work. There will be plenty of time for discussion and Q and As, and of course books will be available for sale and signing by the authors.

The four participating authors are:

Brian Katcher

Sean Frazier

Art Smith

Richard Stickann.

The event starts at 6:00, and is completely free to attend. Hope to see you there to celebrate some of mid-Missouri’s literary talent!

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Walter Bargen, November 15, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

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We’re very pleased to welcome Missouri’s first Poet Laureate, Walter Bargen, to Skylark. Walter will be reading from his new book of poems, MY OTHER MOTHER’S RED MERCEDES, on Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Walter Bargen has published many books of poetry.  His most recent books are: Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009), Endearing Ruins (2012), Trouble Behind Glass Doors (2013), Quixotic (2014), Gone West (2014), and Too Quick for the Living (2017).  He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009).  His awards include a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship (1991), Prose Award from Quarter After Eight (1996), the Hanks Prize (1996), the Chester H. Jones Foundation prize (1997), the William Rockhill Nelson Award (2005), Short Fiction Award– A cappella Zoo (2011). His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in over 200 magazines.

Books will be available for purchase and signing by Walter after the event.

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Teacher Appreciation Night

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We love our local teachers, and on November 11, we’ll be celebrating educators of all stripes (librarians, teachers and administrators, K-12) by inviting them to participate in our very first Teacher Appreciation Night.

This will be an opportunity for teachers to shop, chat, and to meet with Skylark staff to discuss how we can help you in the classroom.  Talk to us about teaming up for author visits, trips to the shop, custom classroom or library orders, help in finding materials related to curriculum or for outside-of-the-box approaches to reading.

We’ll be giving away a ton of door prizes, from neat tote bags to signed books and exclusive copies of forthcoming titles.

Most importantly, everyone will receive a 20% discount on all purchases during the event.

THIS EVENT IS ABSOLUTELY FREE! All you need is your educator ID to participate. You don’t have to register in advance to attend, although if you do you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of Kate DiCamillo’s new book, LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME - and other goodies, too. Just shoot us an email at to let us know you’ll be coming! The event will start at 5:30 (after the shop is closed for normal business) until 7:30.

Mark your calendars, and if you know a teacher, please spread the word!

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9:30 AM09:30

Bookshop Yoga Returns!

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The second session of yoga in a bookshop will take place on Sunday, November 11, at 9:30 a.m. Bookseller extraordinaire and experienced yoga instructor Michaela will once again be leading an hour-long yoga class for people of all levels and experience.

Doing yoga when surrounded by books is the thing to do these days. You read it here first. Click here to read Michaela’s thoughts about the link between yoga and reading. It’s awesome.


  • You will need to bring your own yoga mat.  

  • Cost: $10 cash, but you get a $10 credit to spend in the shop that day.

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Lisa Finn Powell, November 9, 2018, 7 p.m.

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Lisa Finn Powell will be returning to Columbia on November 9 to present her book, “The Thin Time”, a poignant memoir of a journey through grief. The event will begin at Skylark Bookshop at 7:00 p.m.

Born and raised in the USA, Lisa spent two decades living and working in London and is now happily ensconced in Australia. She has a media background as an author, creative director, humour columnist, reporter, copywriter, producer, editor, voice-over talent, on-air personality, speaker and workshop leader. Her writing focuses on lifestyle, food, art, travel, grief, education, birth, parenting and immigration. Her articles and columns have been published on-line and in newspapers and magazines around the world.

Lisa Finn Powell was the mother of four young children when her world unraveled after the death of her husband from a mysterious toxic brain injury. To her shock, she discovered that they did not have any life insurance, mortgage protection or money in the savings account and were heavily in debt. The Thin Time is an unflinchingly raw account of a journey through grief across three continents. As she struggled to redefine herself, build a new life for her family and come to terms with the way in which he died, she discovered a way to reconcile the unpredictability of life and death, by accepting whichever way the wind blows. Her moving story of loss, fear, forgiveness and nature, will give hope to those who read it.


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Donald Quist, November 8, 2018, 7 p.m.


Troubled souls haunt these thirteen interrelated stories of loss and rebirth. From a cramped passenger van in Ghana to a cash-only roadside motel in Utah to a cursed forest in Japan, Donald Quist’s narratives draw connections between the common and inexplicable. The diverse characters that people these stories are foreign and flawed but intimately familiar. At once scrutinizing and tender, FOR OTHER GHOSTS is an ambitious collection of short fiction.

Donald Quist is author of the essay collection, HARBORS—Foreword INDIES Bronze Winner and International Book Awards Finalist. His work has appeared in several print and online publications, including AGNI, North American Review, The Rumpus, Cleaver, and J Journal.  He’s creator of the online micro essay series, PAST TEN, and co-host of  the Poet in Bangkok podcast. He’s received fellowships from Sundress Academy for the Arts and Kimbilio Fiction. He earned his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A multiple Pushcart Prize nominee for both fiction and nonfiction, Donald recently moved to Columbia to join the University of Missouri Department of English in order to pursue his PhD in creative writing. 


STOP PRESS… we’re delighted to announce that Donald will be joined this evening by Jennifer Maritza McCauley! Jennifer is the author of SCAR ON/SCAR OFF (Stalking Horse Press.) She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, CantoMundo, Kimbilio, Sundress Academy, and awards from Independent Publisher Book Awards, Best of the Net, and the Academy of American Poets, and was a finalist for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Her work appears in Passages North, Puerto del Sol, Verse Daily, Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. She is currently poetry editor at The Missouri Review, fiction editor at Pleiades, and is pursuing her PhD in creative writing at the University of Missouri.  

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When Women Wrote Hollywood, November 3, 2018, 1 p.m.


This event is presented in collaboration with the Citizen Jane Film Festival and the Unbound Book Festival.

WHEN WOMEN WROTE HOLLYWOOD is a collection of 23 new essays that focuses on the lives of female screenwriters of Golden Age Hollywood. These women's work helped create those unforgettable stories and characters beloved by audiences--but their names have been left out of most film histories. The contributors trace the careers of such writers as Anita Loos, Adela Rogers St. Johns, Lillian Hellman, Gene Gauntier, Eve Unsell and Ida May Park, and explore themes of their writing in classics like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Ben Hur, and It's a Wonderful Life.

As part of the Citizen Jane Film Festival, some of the authors whose work appears in this collection will appear at Skylark to read from their work and discuss the role of women writers in the early days of film. It promises to be a fascinating discussion. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event. This event is free to the public and does not require a ticket or pass to the Citizen Jane Film Festival.

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Meena Nayak, November 2, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

Skylark is pleased to present author and scholar Meena Nayak, in partnership with the MU South Asian Studies Program, the Religious Studies Department, and the University of Missouri Lectures Committee.


Professor Nayak’s new book Evil in the Mahabharata offers a compelling reinterpretation of the epic that presents a nuanced analysis of the characters, away from the dominant noise of the grand narrative. She is also the author of the novel Endless Rain, a deeply moving story of daily life in Kashmir, which looks at how family life is constantly transformed by religious matters, political issues and other forces from outside the home, often with tragic results. She is also the author of the novels About Daddy and In the Aftermath, and a children’s book, The Puffin Book of Legendary Lives.  Her short stories are in anthologies The City of Sin and Splendour and Enhanced Gravity, and her forthcoming book is The Blue Lotus, Myths and Folktales of India.  She has a PhD in Philosophy with a focus on Hindu mythology and an MFA in Creative Writing.  She is a professor of English at Northern Virginian Community College.

Please note that this event starts at the slightly unusual (for us!) time of 4:00 p.m.

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Charles J. Shields, October 26, 2018, 7 p.m.

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How many celebrated novels are set in Columbia, Missouri?

Probably just the one, but what a novel it is: STONER, by John Williams.

When it was published in 1965, the novel sold only a couple of thousand copies before disappearing with hardly a trace. Yet John Williams’s quietly powerful tale of an English professor at the University of Missouri, William Stoner, whose life becomes a parable of solitude and anguish eventually found an admiring audience in America and especially in Europe. The New York Times called STONER “a perfect novel,” and a host of writers and critics, including Colum McCann, Julian Barnes, Bret Easton Ellis, Ian McEwan, Emma Straub, Ruth Rendell, C. P. Snow, and Irving Howe, praised its artistry. The New Yorker deemed it “a masterly portrait of a truly virtuous and dedicated man.”

THE MAN WHO WROTE THE PERFECT NOVEL traces the life of STONER’s author, John Williams. Acclaimed biographer Charles J. Shields follows the whole arc of Williams’s life, which in many ways paralleled that of his titular character, from their shared working-class backgrounds to their undistinguished careers in the halls of academia. Shields masterfully recounts Williams’s development as an author, whose other works include the novels BUTCHER’S CROSSING and AUGUSTUS (for the latter, Williams shared the 1972 National Book Award). Shields also reveals the astonishing afterlife of STONER, which garnered new fans with each American reissue, and then became a bestseller all over Europe after Dutch publisher Lebowski brought out a translation in 2013. Since then, STONER has been published in twenty-one countries and has sold over a million copies.

CHARLES J. SHIELDS, of Charlottesville, Virginia, is the author of MOCKINGBIRD: A PORTRAIT OF HARPER LEE, a New York Times bestseller, a Literary Guild Selection, and a Book-of-the-Month Club Alternate. His young adult biography of Harper Lee, I AM SCOUT, was chosen an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, and a Junior Literary Guild Selection. In 2011, Shields published AND SO IT GOES: KURT VONNEGUT, A LIFE, a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year. We're thrilled to welcome Charles to Columbia to discuss his new book, which was recently named by Publishers Weekly as one of the fall's "Most Anticipated" titles.


“The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel is an expert uncovering of an American master who deserves the larger audience this biography will help give him. With his characteristic insight into the ligatures between life and art, and in his own enviable prose, Shields brings Williams into full-color relief. This is a major accomplishment by a major biographer, a gift for which Williams’s admirers will be most grateful.” – William Giraldi, author of Hold the Dark and the The Hero’s Body

“Charles Shields’s biography of John Williams is every bit as impressive as his subject’s book, the not-so-underground classic (and international bestseller) Stoner, a gripping and compulsively readable tale of an ‘unremarkable man.’ Shields brilliantly recreates Williams’s outwardly ordinary life as an English professor eager to balance his scholarship with a creative writing career, revealing fascinating psychological depths in a man who on the surface doesn’t seem to have any. The reader is carried along by this masterful, finely honed biography.” – Mary V. Dearborn, author of Hemingway: A Biography

“A masterful depiction of the generation of burnt-out alcoholic American writers who survived WWII. Shields comes about as close as humanly possible to recreating the crucible of chance, devotion, genius, and circumstance that produced ‘the greatest novel you have never read.’ His brisk, fluent biography will change this.” – J. Michael Lennon, author of Norman Mailer: A Double Life

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Joanna Luloff, October 25, 2018, 7 p.m.


Following her acclaimed collection of short stories, The Beach at Galle Road, Jo Luloff will return to Columbia to discuss her debut novel, Remind Me Again What Happened, with the Chair of University of Missouri English Department, Professor Alexandra Socarides.

“There is a smudge where my memory is supposed to be.”

Claire wakes in a hospital room in the Florida Keys. She has no idea how she got there or why. The loss of so many memories is paralyzing. Some things she can piece together by looking at old photos saved by her husband, Charlie, and her best friend, Rachel, and by combing through boxes of letters and casual jottings. But she senses a mystery at the center of all these fragments of her past, a feeling that something is not complete. Is Charlie still her husband? Is Rachel still her friend?

Told from alternating points of view that pull the reader into the minds of the three characters, the story unfolds as the smudge that covers Claire’s memory is gradually, steadily wiped away, until finally she can understand the why and the how of her life. And then maybe she and Charlie and Rachel can move forward, but with their lives forever changed.

In Remind Me Again What Happened, Joanna Luloff has written a moving and beautifully nuanced story of transience, the ebb and flow of time, and how relationships shift and are reconfigured by each day, hour, and minute.

Remind Me Again What Happened is a profound and elegiac exploration of the relationship between memory and identity, the way one has the power to remake the other. Joanna Luloff is a splendid writer, and this haunting novel is a wonderful testament to her gifts.” — Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me

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Yoga at Skylark! October 14, 2018, 9;30 a.m.

Our very own Michaela is an experienced yoga instructor and she will be offering yoga lessons at Skylark on Sunday mornings, staring October 18. (If you like yoga, we think you might like yoga a little more if you’re surrounded by books.)

Read Michaela’s thoughts about the link between yoga and reading here.

A few details:

  • Who: Yoga is for everybody so this will be an all-levels class. Seriously. It will be an hour-long class suited to all ages and all levels.

  • You will need to bring your own yoga mat.  

  • Cost: $10 cash.

  • Perks: A $10 credit to Skylark Bookshop valid that day! (So it’s basically free!)

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Dave Matter, October 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

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So far in our little bookshop’s short life we’ve already lived through three home football games. Football weekends are like no other. The town is super quiet during the game itself, but for the rest of the time it’s pretty much full-on pandemonium. Columbia loves its Mizzou Tigers.

So of course we’re delighted to welcome Dave Matter to Skylark on Thursday, October 11, to talk about his new book, 100 Things Missouri Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.

Most Tigers fans have taken in a game or two at the Zou, have seen highlights of "Mister Magic" Willie Smith, and remember the 2002 and 2009 Elite Eight appearances. But only real fans know the Civil-War roots of the "Tigers" nickname, the significance of Al Abram, and can name the football and basketball stars who went on to be Hall of Fame players. 100 Things Missouri Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource for true fans of the Missouri Tigers. Whether you’re a die-hard booster from the days of Dan Devine or a recent supporter of the team, these are the 100 things every fan needs to know and do in their lifetime. Dave Matter has collected every essential piece of Tigers knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them all from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist as you progress on your way to fan superstardom.

After ten years of writing for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Dave now writes for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and about University of Missouri athletics. He also co-wrote The 100 Yard Journey with some guy called Gary Pinkel.

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Tiffany D. Jackson, October 4, 2018, 7 p.m.


We’re absolutely thrilled, in partnership with the Unbound Book Festival and the Columbia Public Schools Foundation, to welcome award-winning and best-selling author Tiffany Jackson to Skylark!

One of the most exciting new voices in YA fiction, Tiffany will be making appearances at several local schools during her visit to Columbia, where she will be talking about her books and writing career. On Thursday, October 4, she will be making her only public appearance at the shop. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. - and like all Unbound events, it is open to all and is completely free to attend. We’re billing the event as a Family Book Club - we hope that both children and their parents will come having read her award-winning debut novel, Allegedly, and ready to discuss the book.

Daniel José Older called the novel a “riveting, gut-wrenching thriller and a stunning debut.” Jason Reynolds had this to say: “I have to admit, it’s been a while since I’ve been this rattled by a story. Tiffany D. Jackson chips at the world, then cracks it, then shatters it into shards of discomfort and complexity for the reader to grapple with it. Allegedly, undoubtedly, will linger long after it’s over.” This gritty, haunting novel will leave its mark on you.

Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of the critically acclaimed ALLEGEDLY and  MONDAY’S NOT COMING (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books). A TV professional by day, novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable Chihuahua, Oscar, most likely multitasking.

Here’s a selection of the stunning praise that her debut novel has garnered:

★ “With remarkable skill, Jackson offers an unflinching portrayal of the raw social outcomes when youth are entrapped in a vicious cycle of nonparenting and are sent spiraling down the prison-for-profit pipeline. This dark, suspenseful exploration of justice and perception raises important questions teens will want to discuss.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

★ “Searing and true. Effectively joins Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow (2010) to become another indictment of the penal system’s decimating power beyond its bars and, more subtly and refreshingly, a pro-reproductive-justice novel.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

★ “The characters are complex, the situation unsettling, and the line between right and wrong hopelessly blurred. It’s also intensely relevant, addressing race, age, and mental illness within the criminal justice system. Well conceived and executed, this is an absorbing and exceptional first novel.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

★ “Suspenseful without being emotionally manipulative, compelling without resorting to shock value, this is a tightly spun debut that wrestles with many intense ideas and ends with a knife twist that will send readers racing back to the beginning again.” (Booklist (starred review))


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Karen Piper, September 20, 2018, 7 p.m. NB change of date!


NB: the date of this event has been changed to September 20.

Karen Piper comes to Skylark to discuss her astonishing new memoir, A Girl’s Guide to Missiles, a poignant, surreal, and fearlessly honest look at growing up on one of the most secretive weapons installations on earth.

The China Lake missile range is located in a huge stretch of the Mojave Desert, about the size of the state of Delaware. It was created during the Second World War, and has always been shrouded in secrecy. But people who make missiles and other weapons are regular working people, with domestic routines and everyday dilemmas, and four of them were Karen Piper’s parents, her sister, and – when she needed summer jobs – herself. Her dad designed the Sidewinder, which was ultimately used catastrophically in Vietnam. When her mom got tired of being a stay-at-home mom, she went to work on the Tomahawk. Once, when a missile nose needed to be taken offsite for final testing, her mother loaded it into the trunk of the family car, and set off down a Los Angeles freeway. Traffic was heavy, and so she stopped off at the mall, leaving the missile in the parking lot.

Piper sketches in the belief systems – from Amway’s get-rich schemes to propaganda in The Rocketeer to evangelism, along with fears of a Lemurian takeover and Charles Manson – that governed their lives. Her memoir is also a search for the truth of the past and what really brought her parents to China Lake with two young daughters, a story that reaches back to her father’s World War II flights with contraband across Europe. Finally, it recounts the crossroads moment in a young woman's life when she finally found a way out of a culture of secrets and fear, and out of the desert.

“Karen Piper’s A Girl’s Guide To Missiles reaches back into the body of American war and retrieves the heart of a girl, still beating, not beaten. Her memoir riveted me – I read it in one sitting holding my breath as she made a story braid from growing up a girl and growing up in the military industrial complex at the China Lake missile range. Gender, family, war, and American myth-making make this an unforgettable book and a radical act of truth-telling.” –Lydia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan and The Chronology of Water




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Elliot Reed, September 11, 2018, 7 p.m.


Elliot Reed will present one of the most eagerly awaited fiction debuts of the year, A Key to Treehouse Living. For fans of Mark Haddon, Tony Earley, and Jonathan Safran Foer, This is an epic tale of boyhood from an unforgettable new voice.

A Key to Treehouse Living is the adventure of William Tyce, a boy without parents, who grows up near a river in the rural Midwest. In a glossary-style list, he imparts his particular wisdom on subjects ranging from ASPHALT PATHS, BETTA FISH, and MULLET to MORTAL BETRAYAL, NIHILISM, and REVELATION. His improbable quest – to create a reference volume specific to his existence – takes him on a journey down the river by raft (see MYSTICAL VISION, see NAVIGATING BIG RIVERS BY NIGHT). He seeks to discover how his mother died (see ABSENCE) and find reasons for his father’s disappearance (see UNCERTAINTY, see VANITY). But as he goes about defining his changing world, all kinds of extraordinary and wonderful things happen to him.

Unlocking an earnest, clear-eyed way of thinking that might change your own, A Key to Treehouse Living is a story about keeping your own record straight and living life by a different code.

A Key to Treehouse Living by Elliot Reed scrambles up all the customary codes of the novel to piece together, at last, the moving story of a lost boy searching out his place in the world. What appears as all indexed coda turns out to be a well-told tale and, more vitally for me, the accumulation of enormous incidental pleasures.” - Joshua Ferris

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