Events

Events

Jun
10
Sat
David Goodrich – A Hole in the Wind @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

An epic bicycle journey across the American hinterland that explores the challenges of climate change alongside a diverse array of American voices.

After a distinguished career in climate science as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, David Goodrich returned home to the United States to find a nation and a people in denial. Concerned that the American people are willfully deluded by the misinformation about climate that dominates media and politics, David thought a little straight talk could set things right. As they say in Animal House, he decided that “this calls for a stupid and futile gesture on someone’s part, and I’m just the guy to do it.”
Starting on the beach in Delaware, David rode his bike 4,200 miles to Oregon, talking with the people he met on the ultimate road trip. Along the way he learned a great deal about why climate is a complicated issue for many Americans and even more about the country we all share. Climate change is the central environmental issue of our time. But ‘A Hole in the Wind’ is also about the people Dave met and the experiences he had along the way, like the toddler’s beauty pageant in Delaware, the tornado in Missouri, rust-belt towns and their relationship with fracking, and the mined-out uranium ghost town in Wyoming.

As he rides, David discusses the climate with audiences varying from laboratories to diners to elementary schools. Beautifully simple, direct, and honest, ‘A Hole in the Wind’ is a fresh, refreshing ride through a difficult and controversial topic and a rich read that makes you glad to be alive.

David Goodrich worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and served as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland. He retired as head of NOAA’s Climate Observations and Monitoring Program. In addition to his cross-country bicycle trip, he has ridden down the Appalachians and across Montana, South Dakota, France and Spain. He lives in Maryland.

Jun
11
Sun
William Sommers – ‘Foreign Vistas: Stories From a Life in the Foreign Service’ @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In the early 1960s, William Sommers left his position as a town manager in New Jersey and, taking a leap of faith, moved his growing family to Bangkok, Thailand. This was his first position as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department’s newly created USAID.

One the first USAID officers in Thailand, he went on to build a career as a local development specialist that spanned 40 years, sending him on assignments around the world, including Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Poland, Bosnia, Hungary and Egypt.

‘Foreign Vistas’ is a deeply-felt memoir of one writer/diplomat’s passionate engagement with the people and cultures where he lived and worked during the latter part of the 20th century, and it is that rare work that captures the essence of what it means to be at home in the world.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, William Sommers is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds a masters degree in public administration from Harvard’s Littauer Center (now the John F. Kennedy School of Government). He is now retired and living in North Carolina.

Jun
17
Sat
Margaret Dardess – Brutal Silence @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am

Born and raised just outside of New York City, Margaret Dardess has lived and travelled across several continents, landing at last in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she probably should have been all along. She is the daughter of an artist and a poet who were determined to steer their only daughter away from a life in the arts.

For many years they were successful. Margaret returned to New York after graduating from Connecticut College to study Japanese history at Columbia University and, after a brief teaching career at the University of Illinois, went on to tackle the law. When she finally stopped going to school, she set off on a journey, masquerading as an international trade lawyer, a corporate communications executive and a university administrator until at last she cast her parents’ warnings to the wind and began to write.

‘Brutal Silence’ is Margaret’s debut thriller. After meeting a woman who escaped from human traffickers and hearing all that the poor woman endured, Margaret was so angry that she had to tell others about it. She chose to write an action-packed thriller as a way to make the issue of human trafficking come alive through fiction. ‘Brutal Silence’ is the story of Alex Harrington, a resilient and gutsy young Southern woman who takes on human traffickers in her North Carolina town and in Mexico.

Margaret lives with her husband and three cats in Chapel Hill and Wilmington, North Carolina. She is hard at work on a second book that will take Alex Harrington to Margaret’s own native New York City and back to Mexico where Alex tries to build a new life as an international relief worker only to find that those she trusts the most are motivated more by greed than by charity.

Jun
24
Sat
Daniel Wallace – Extraordinary Adventures: A Novel @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

One of PopSugar’s Best 2017 Spring Books for Women

A large-hearted and optimistic novel, ‘Extraordinary Adventures’ is the latest from the New York Times-bestselling Daniel Wallace.

Edsel Bronfman works as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call from operator 61217 telling him that he’s won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. But there’s a catch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him.

The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does.

Daniel Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the novels ‘Big Fish’, ‘Ray in Reverse’, ‘The Watermelon King’, ‘Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician’ and ‘The Kings and Queens of Roam’.

Jul
8
Sat
Carlie Sorosiak – If Birds Fly Back @ McIntyre's Books
Jul 8 @ 11:00 am

A sparkling debut about love, family, and the mysteries of the universe, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, Rainbow Rowell and Nicola Yoon by one of our own—former McIntyre’s bookseller, Carlie Sorosiak. Come and celebrate with us!

Linny has kept a journal of famous disappearances ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night. Sebastian is an aspiring astrophysicist with a working theory for everything—but the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.
They haven’t met—yet—but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Àlvaro Herrera, who who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As their lives converge around the mystery of Àlvaro, they begin to uncover the answers they’ve been looking for.

With humor and heart, debut author Carlie Sorosiak weaves a story of searching for those who leave—and loving those who stay.

“‘If Birds Fly Back’ feels like that last hazy, sun-drenched summer of high school, when you know you’ll need to find your place in the world, but you’re busy laughing and falling in love under starlit skies. It’s the rarest author who can pull off laugh-out-loud hilarious, profound, and breathlessly romantic, all in the most sparkling prose. That shortlist includes Rainbow Rowell, Nicola Yoon, and now, Carlie Sorosiak.” —Jeff Zentner, acclaimed author of ‘The Serpent King’ and ‘Goodbye Days’.

Jul
15
Sat
J.C. Srasser- Gradle Bird @ McIntyre's Books
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am

Sixteen-year-old Gradle Bird has lived her entire life with her grandpa, Leonard, at a seedy motel and truck stop off Georgia’s I-16. But when Leonard moves her to a crumbling old house, rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Ms. Annalee Spivey, Gradle is plunged into a lush, magical world much stranger and more dangerous than from the one she came.

Here she meets Sonny Joe Stitch, a Siamese Fighting Fish connoisseur overdosed on testosterone, a crippled, Bible-thumping hobo named Ceif “Tadpole” Walker and the only true friend she will ever know, a schizophrenic genius, music-man and professional dumpster-diver, D-5 Delvis Miles.

As Gradle falls deeper into Delvis’ imaginary and fantastical world, unsettling dangers lurk, and when they surface Gradle discovers unforeseen depths in herself and the people she loves the most.

‘Gradle Bird’ is an unusual tale of self-discovery and redemption that explores the infirmities of fatherly love, the complexities of human cruelty and the consequences of guilt, proving they are possible to overcome no matter how dark and horrible the cause.
J.C. Sasser started her career at age twelve, working as a dishwasher, waitress, and cook at a truck stop off Georgia’s I-16. Over her life, she has worked as an envelope licker, tortoise tagger, lifeguard, Senate page, model, editor, water-polo coach, marine biologist, plant grower, software consultant and 6-Sigma Black Belt. ‘Gradle Bird’ was a short list finalist in the 2015 William Faulkner-William Wisdom novel competition, and her other writing credits include the short story and screenplay, ‘The Pigeon Catcher’ (Ceiba Productions 2002). She lives in a restored barn on Edisto Island, SC, with her husband, Thomas, along with their two sons, T.C. and Robert Esten, and two dogs, Cro and Blue Moon June. ‘Gradle Bird’ is her first novel.

Jul
27
Thu
Alan Gratz – Refugee @ McIntyre's Books
Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Alan Gratz’s new middle-grade novel ‘Refugee’ follows three different kids with one common mission: escape.

Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930’s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world… Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety and freedom in America… Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe…

All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end.

A starred review in Kirkus says “Gratz accomplishes a feat that is nothing short of brilliant… Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure and suspense.”

Alan was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and later, a Master’s degree in English education.
He now lives with his wife Wendi and his daughter Jo in the high country of Western North Carolina where he enjoys playing games, eating pizza and, perhaps not too surprisingly, reading books. His first middle grade novel, ‘The Brooklyn Nine’, was one of the ALA’s Top Ten Sports Books for Youth and Top Ten Historical Books for Youth, and his middle grade Holocaust novel ‘Prisoner B-3087’ was one of YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Readers and has won seven state awards.

Ace Atkins – The Fallen @ McIntyre's Books
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A classic southern tale of backroom deals, tainted honor, dysfunctional family, high-stakes greed and everyday heroism from the New York Times best-selling author.

Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson had to admit he admired the bank robbers. A new bank was hit almost every week, and the robbers rushed in and out with such skill and precision it reminded him of raids he’d led back in Afghanistan and Iraq when he was an army ranger. In fact, it reminded him so much of the techniques in the Ranger Handbook that he couldn’t help wondering if the outlaws were former Rangers themselves. And that was definitely going to be a problem. If he stood any chance of catching them, he was going to need the help of old allies, new enemies and a lot of luck. The enemies he had plenty of. It was the allies and the luck that were going to be in woefully short supply.

Ace Atkins is the author of twenty-one books, including seven Quinn Colson novels, the first two of which, ‘The Ranger’ and ‘The Lost Ones’, were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel (he also has a third Edgar nomination for his short story ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’). In addition, he is the author of six New York Times best-selling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times, a crime reporter for The Tampa Tribune, and, in college, played defensive end for the undefeated Auburn University football team (for which he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated). He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

Aug
12
Sat
E.C. Hanes – Justice By Another Name @ McIntyre's Books
Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Set against the backdrop of North Carolina’s powerful hog-producing industry, ‘Justice By Another Name’ tells the story of Paul Reavis’ suspicious workplace death followed a year later by a senseless death of his young son Paulie. Lana Reavis, who believes her husband was murdered and her son the victim of deliberate negligence, enlists the aid of her long-ago boyfriend, Will Moser, who is currently chief deputy of Hogg County and the heir apparent to the local sheriff.

As Will’s investigation unfolds, suspicious activities and cover-ups begin to emerge. All evidence points to Oris Martin, the powerful owner of Martin Farms, a huge hog-production enterprise and Hogg County’s largest employer, as the mastermind. Despite political pressure and physical threats to look the other way, Will continues his search for what really happened. Meanwhile, Lana, convinced that Oris will be beyond the reach of justice, devises a plan to avenge her family and destroy everything precious to Oris Martin.

E.C. “Redge” Hanes began his business career working for the famous underwear company started by his grandfather. Since that beginning, he has served on the boards of several prestigious wildlife conservation, environmental , educational and arts-related organizations. His debut novel, ‘Billy Bowater’, was based on the behind-the-scenes politics of North Carolina with particular focus on the late senator Jesse Helms. Hanes lives in Winston-Salem.

Sep
16
Sat
Craig Johnson – The Western Star @ McIntyre's Books
Sep 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This is the thirteenth novel in Craig Johnson’s beloved New York Times bestselling ‘Longmire’ series, the basis for the hit Netflix series ‘Longmire.’

Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff’s Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of twenty-four veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them.

The photograph—along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement—hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.

Craig Johnson is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir and the Prix SNCF du Polar. His novella ‘Spirit of Steamboat’ was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, a town with a population of 25.

Thomas Mullen – Lightning Men @ McIntyre's Books
Sep 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

“Writes with a ferocious passion that’ll knock the wind out of you.” — The New York Times, on ‘Darktown.’

“Reads like the best of James Ellroy.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review), on ‘Darktown.’

“Mullen is a wonderful architect of intersecting plotlines and unexpected answers.” — The Washington Post, on ‘Darktown.’

From the acclaimed author of ‘The Last Town on Earth’ comes the gripping follow-up to ‘Darktown’, a “combustible procedural that will knock the wind out of you” — The New York Times.

Officer Denny Rakestraw, “negro officers” Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith and Sergeant McInnis have their hands full in an overcrowded and rapidly changing Atlanta. It’s 1950, and color lines are shifting and racial tensions are simmering. Black families-including Smith’s sister and brother-in-law-are moving into Rake’s formerly all-white neighborhood, leading some residents to raise money to buy them out while others advocate a more violent solution. Rake’s brother-in-law, Dale, a proud Klansman, launches a scheme to rally his fellow Kluxers to save their neighborhood. When those efforts spiral out of control and leave a man dead, Rake is forced to choose between loyalty to family or the law.
He isn’t the only one with family troubles. Boggs has outraged his preacher father by courting a domestic, and now her ex-boyfriend has been released from prison. As Boggs, Smith and their all-black precinct contend with violent drug dealers fighting for turf in new territory, their personal dramas draw them closer to the fires that threaten to consume Atlanta once again.

With echoes of James Ellroy and Denis Lehane, Mullen demonstrates in ‘Lightning Men’ why he’s celebrated for writing crime fiction “with a nimble sense of history…quick on its feet and vividly drawn” — Dallas Morning News.

Thomas Mullen is the author of ‘Darktown’ and ‘The Last Town on Earth’ which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction, ‘The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers’ and ‘The Revisionists’. His works have been named to year’s best lists by the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the A.V. Club, The San Diego Union-Times, Paste, Cleveland’s Plain-Dealer and Amazon. His stories and essays have been published in Grantland, Paste and The Huffington Post, and his Atlanta Magazine true crime story about a novelist/con man won the City and Regional Magazine Award for best feature. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and sons.

Oct
14
Sat
Diane Chamberlain – The Stolen Marriage @ McIntyre's Books
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In 1944, 23-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain, especially after one of the town’s prominent citizens dies in a terrible accident and Tess is blamed. Tess suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back, and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? Feeling alone and adrift, Tess turns to the one person who seems to understand her, a local medium who gives her hope but seems to know more than he’s letting on.

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry’s wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband’s mysterious behavior and save her own life?

Diane Chamberlain is the international bestselling author of 24 novels published in more than eleven languages. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole.