Books & Author Talks

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November 2022

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December 2022

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Tuesday December 6
  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Mahwah Library Writers' Collective
  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Author Talk with Geraldine Brooks
    7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Join us for an exciting virtual chat with the highly-acclaimed and award winning novelist, Geraldine Brooks in conversation about her most recentNew York TimesBestselling novelHorse. Brooks braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

    Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack.

    New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.

    Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse–one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.

    Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.

Wednesday December 7
Thursday December 8
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Saturday December 10
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Author Talk with Fredrik Backman: Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Join us for an online chat with bestselling author Fredrik Backman as we discuss his outstanding body of work, including his breathtaking new novel,The Winners, the third installment of theBeartownseries.

    In the beautifully writtenBeartown—which inspired the HBO series of the same name—a small town obsessed with the local junior hockey team is rocked by a shocking act of violence. As accusations and rumors fly, the town must grapple with its identity as never before.

    The series continues and tensions rise when it’s rumored that the Beartown hockey team will be disbanded inUs Against You. The entire future of the team and the town hinges on an upcoming game that could change everything forever.

    Finally, the series comes to an evocative conclusion withThe Winners.The Winnersreturn to the close-knit, resilient community of Beartown for a story about first loves, second chances, and last goodbyes. In the two years since the events of Beartown, the residents must face difficult questions and determine just what they are willing to sacrifice for their home.

    About the Author: Fredrik Backman is the #1New York Timesbestselling author ofA Man Called Ove,My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry,Britt-Marie Was Here,Beartown,Us Against You, andAnxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter @BackmanLand and Instagram @Backmansk.

Sunday December 11
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Wednesday December 14
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America: Author Talk with Nicole Eustace
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    You’re invited to explore early-American history during an online afternoon conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning historian Nicole Eustace as she discusses her 2022 award winning bookCovered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America.

    On the eve of a major treaty conference between Iroquois leaders and European colonists in the distant summer of 1722, two white fur traders attacked an Indigenous hunter and left him for dead near Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Though virtually forgotten today, this act of brutality set into motion a remarkable series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations that challenged the definition of justice in early America.

    InCovered with Night, Dr. Eustace reconstructs the crime and its aftermath, bringing us into the overlapping worlds of white colonists and Indigenous peoples in this formative period. As she shows, the murder of the Indigenous man set the entire mid-Atlantic on edge, with many believing war was imminent. Isolated killings often flared into colonial wars in North America, and colonists now anticipated a vengeful Indigenous uprising. Frantic efforts to resolve the case ignited a dramatic, far-reaching debate between Native American forms of justice—centered on community, forgiveness, and reparations—and an ideology of harsh reprisal, unique to the colonies and based on British law, which called for the killers’ swift execution. As Eustace powerfully contends, the colonial obsession with “civility” belied the reality that the Iroquois, far from being the barbarians of the white imagination, acted under a mantle of sophistication and humanity as they tried to make the land- and power-hungry colonials understand their ways.

Thursday December 15
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Nadia Khan Author Visit
    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Join author Nadia Khan and set your child’s imagination free with this fun, read-out-loud chapter book, Zoey Wonders Why, that will teach children about cultures and how to be more respectful to others.

Friday December 16
Saturday December 17
Sunday December 18
Monday December 19
  • 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Manga Monday
    3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

    Teens in grades 5 and up can drop by the Inbetween to chat about their favorite manga series and earn a small snack! Participants can read and chat about whatever manga series and authors they like.

Tuesday December 20
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January 2023

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  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm The Gilded Ones Series: Author Talk with Namina Forna
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Join us for an action-packed online conversation withNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Gilded OnesSeries in a discussion about her second installment in the series,The Merciless Ones.

    In Forna’s firstNew York TimesBestselling book,The Gilded Ones, readers are introduced to sixteen-year-old Deka, who lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs. But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

    Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

    Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. Uncovering mysteries surrounding herself and the kingdom all along the way.

    The second thrilling installment,The Merciless Ones, picks up six months since Deka freed the goddesses in the ancient kingdom of Otera and discovered who she really is… but war is waging across the kingdom, and the real battle has only just begun. For there is a dark force growing in Otera—a merciless power that Deka and her army must stop.

    Yet hidden secrets threaten to destroy everything Deka has known. And with her own gifts changing, Deka must discover if she holds the key to saving Otera… or if she might be its greatest threat.

    About the Author:(From publisher Press Release) Namina Forna is the author of the instantNew York TimesbestsellerThe Gilded Ones, the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy. She has an MFA in film and TV production from USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA from Spelman College. She now works as a screenwriter in LA and loves telling stories with fierce female leads. Visit her on Twitter at @NaminaForna and Instagram at @namina.forna.

Friday January 13
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  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Decluttering to Start Your New Year: Author Talk with Dana K. White
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    You’re invited to start your new year calm and collected by learning to become better organized and clutter-free with Dana K. White, creator of popular podcast and blog,A Slob Comes Clean,as she imparts tips from her booksOrganizing for the Rest of UsandDecluttering at the Speed of Life.

    While the world seems to be in love with the idea of tiny houses and minimalism, many of us simply can’t purge it all and start from nothing. Yet, a home with too much stuff is difficult to maintain, so where do we begin? Add in paralyzing emotional attachments and constant life challenges, and it can feel almost impossible to make real decluttering progress. If the thought of decluttering overwhelms you, decluttering expert and bestselling author Dana White’s humor and practical, reality-based tips will give you exactly what you need to start making an impact on your space. In this deep-dive webinar, Dana will share actionable mindset shifts that will free you to make fast decluttering progress using minimal emotional energy. In addition, she offers sustainable ideas to simplify and manage your home and will teach you how to make great strides with minimal effort in every room of our home.

    About the author: Dana K. White is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a Decluttering Expert. Dana shares realistic home management strategies and a message of hope for the hopelessly messy in her books:Organizing for the Rest of Us,Decluttering at the Speed of Life,andHow to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mindthrough her blog, podcast, and videos at ASlobComesClean.com.

  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Mahwah Library Writers' Collective
Wednesday January 18
Thursday January 19
Friday January 20
Saturday January 21
Sunday January 22
Monday January 23
  • 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Manga Monday
    3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

    Teens in grades 5 and up can drop by the Inbetween to chat about their favorite manga series and earn a small snack! Participants can read and chat about whatever manga series and authors they like.

Tuesday January 24
Wednesday January 25
Thursday January 26
Friday January 27
Saturday January 28
Sunday January 29
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Tuesday January 31
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm xkcd Webcomic and What if? Series Creator : Author Talk with Randall Munroe
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Please join for what is sure to be the most fun-filled hour of the day as we chat online with Randall Munroe about his new bookWhat If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

    The millions of people around the world who read and lovedWhat If?still have questions, and those questions are getting stranger. Thank goodness xkcd creator Randall Munroe is here to help. Planning to ride a fire pole from the moon back to Earth? The hardest part is sticking the landing. Hoping to cool the atmosphere by opening everyone’s freezer door at the same time? Maybe it’s time for a brief introduction to thermodynamics. Want to know what would happen if you rode a helicopter blade, built a billion-story building, made a lava lamp out of lava, or jumped on a geyser as it erupted? Okay, if you insist.

    Before you go on a cosmic road trip, feed the residents of New York City to a T. rex, or fill every church with bananas, be sure to consult this practical guide for impractical ideas. Unfazed by absurdity, Randall consults the latest research on everything from swing-set physics to airplane-catapult design to clearly and concisely answer his readers’ questions. As he consistently demonstrates, you can learn a lot from examining how the world might work in very specific extreme circumstances.

    Filled with bonkers science, boundless curiosity, and Randall’s signature stick-figure comics,What if? 2provides his best answers yet to the weirdest questions you never thought to ask.

    About the Author: Randall Munroe is the creator of the webcomic xkcd and author ofWhat If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions,Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words,How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real World Problems, andWhat if? 2: AdditionalSerious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. Randall was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, and grew up outside Richmond, Virginia. After studying physics at Christopher Newport University, he got a job building robots at NASA Langley Research Center. In 2006 he left NASA to draw comics on the internet full time and has since been nominated for a Hugo Award three times. In 2013, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid after him: asteroid 4942 Munroe is big enough to cause mass extinction if it ever hits a planet like Earth.

  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Mahwah Library Writers' Collective

February 2023

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Wednesday February 1
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Wednesday February 8
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Saturday February 11
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Monday February 13
  • 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Manga Monday
    3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

    Teens in grades 5 and up can drop by the Inbetween to chat about their favorite manga series and earn a small snack! Participants can read and chat about whatever manga series and authors they like.

Tuesday February 14
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Friday February 17
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