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Sunday, March 1st, 7:00pm
Kramerbooks Presents Noir at the Bar: Dames at Dusk

Ten female writers read crime fiction.




Monday, March 2nd, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Curbside Splendor and Two Dollar Radio Showcase


Join authors from Two Dollar Radio and Curbside Splendor for an evening of independent fiction.

Featuring:
BINARY STAR by Sarah Girard
ANCIENT OCEANS OF CENTRAL KENTUCKY by David Connerley
JILLIAN by Halle Butler
THE GAME WE PLAY by Susan Hope Lanier



Wednesday, March 4th, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Darrell West for BILLIONAIRES

Darrell West will be in conversation with Ken Vogel.

Meet the Billionaires: the 1,645 men and women who control a massive share of global assets worth $6.5 trillion. Darrell West reveals what the other 99.99998% of us need to know. With rich anecdotes and personal narratives, West goes inside the world of the ultra wealthy. Meet U.S. billionaires such as Sheldon Adelson, Michael Bloomberg, David and Charles Koch, George Soros, Tom Steyer, and Donald Trump–as well as international billionaires from around the globe.

The growing political engagement of this small supra-wealthy group raises important questions about influence, transparency, and government performance, and West lays bare the wealthification of politics, including:

• How billionaires can block appointments and legislation they don't like
• Why the supra-wealthy moved into policy advocacy and referenda at the state level
• Why billionaires run for office in more than a dozen countries around the world




Tuesday, March 10th, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents John Renehan for THE VALLEY


Black didn't know its name, but he knew it lay deeper and higher than any other place Americans had ventured. You had to travel through a network of interlinked valleys, past all the other remote American outposts, just to get to its mouth. Everything about the place was myth and rumor, but one fact was clear: There were many valleys in the mountains of Afghanistan, and most were hard places where people died hard deaths. But there was only one Valley. It was the farthest, and the hardest, and the worst.

When Black, a deskbound admin officer, is sent up the Valley to investigate a warning shot fired by a near-forgotten platoon, he can only see it as the final bureaucratic insult in a short and unhappy Army career. What he doesn't know is that his investigation puts at risk the centuries-old arrangements that keep this violent land in fragile balance, and will launch a shattering personal odyssey of obsession and discovery as Black reckons with the platoon's dark secrets, accumulated over endless hours fighting and dying in defense of an indefensible piece of land.

The Valley is a riveting tour de force that changes our understanding of the men who fight our wars and announces John Renehan as one of the great American storytellers of our time.



Wednesday, March 11th, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Asali Solomon for DISGRUNTLED


An elegant, vibrant, startling coming-of-age novel, for anyone who's ever felt the shame of being alive.

Kenya Curtis is only eight years old, but she knows that she's different, even if she can't put her finger on how or why. It's not because she's black–most of the other students in the fourth-grade class at her West Philadelphia elementary school are too. Maybe it's because she celebrates Kwanzaa, or because she's forbidden from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Maybe it's because she calls her father–a housepainter–slash–philosopher–"Baba" instead of "Daddy," or because her parent's friends gather to pour out libations "from the Creator, for the Martyrs" and discuss "the community."

Kenya does know that it's connected to what her Baba calls "the shame of being alive" – a shame that only grows deeper and more complex over the course of Asali Solomon's long-awaited debut novel. Disgruntled, effortlessly funny and achingly poignant, follows Kenya from West Philadelphia to the suburbs, from public school to private, from childhood through adolescence, as she grows increasingly disgruntled by her inability to find any place or thing or person that feels like home.

A coming–of–age tale, a portrait of Philadelphia in the late eighties and early nineties, an examination of the impossible double-binds of race, Disgruntled is a novel about the desire to rise above the limitations of the narratives we're given and the painful struggle to craft fresh ones we can call our own.



Sunday, March 15th, 7:00pm
Kramerbooks Presents Lynne Truss for CAT OUT OF HELL


Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Lynne Truss (Eats, Shoots & Leaves) is back with a mesmerizing and hilarious tale of cats and murder.

For people who both love and hate cats comes the tale of Alec Charlesworth, a librarian who finds himself suddenly alone: he's lost his job, his beloved wife has just died, and to top it all off, his sister has disappeared. Overcome by grief, he stands in his sister's kitchen staring at the only witness to what's happened to her – her cat, Roger. Who then speaks to him.

It takes a while for Alec to realize he's not gone mad from grief, that the cat is actually speaking . . . and that much of what we fear about cats is true. They do think they're smarter than humans, for one thing. And, well, it seems they are! What's more, they do have nine lives. Or at least this one does – Roger's older than Methuselah, and his unblinking stare comes from the fact that he's seen it all. And he's got a tale to tell, a tale of shocking local history and dark forces that may link not only the death of Alec's wife, but also several other local deaths. But will the cat help Alec, or is he one of the dark forces?

In the deft and comedic hands of mega–bestseller Lynne Truss, the story is "as entertaining as it is addictive (The Sunday Telegraph) – an increasingly suspenseful and often hysterically funny adventure that will please cat lovers and haters alike." And afterwards, as one critic noted, "You may never look at a cat in quite the same way again" (The Daily Mail).



Thursday, March 19th, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Adina Grigore for SKIN CLEANSE


On the Afterwords Mezzanine

From skincare expert and founder of the thriving organic skincare line SW Basics comes a comprehensive yet simple guide to switching to an all-natural skincare regime.

This event will include a demo of DIY skin care.



Monday, March 23rd, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents John Hampsey for KAUFMAN'S HILL


Kaufman's Hill opens with a prosaic neighborhood scene: The author and some other young boys are playing by the creek, one of their usual stomping grounds. But it soon becomes clear that much more is going on; the boy–narrator is struggling to find his way in a middle-class Catholic neighborhood dominated by bullies, the Creelys, who often terrify him.

It's the Pittsburgh of the early and mid–1960s, a threshold time just before the full counter culture arrives, and a time when suburban society begins to encroach on Kaufman's Hill, the boy's sanctuary and the setting of many of his adventures. As the hill and the 1950s vanish into the twilight, so does the world of the narrator's boyhood.



Tuesday, March 24th, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Scott Carney for A DEATH ON DIAMOND MOUNTAIN


An investigative reporter explores an infamous case where an obsessive and unorthodox search for enlightenment went terribly wrong.

When thirty–eight–year–old Ian Thorson died from dehydration and dysentery on a remote Arizona mountaintop in 2012, The New York Times reported the story under the headline: "Mysterious Buddhist Retreat in the Desert Ends in a Grisly Death." Scott Carney, a journalist and anthropologist who lived in India for six years, was struck by how Thorson's death echoed other incidents that reflected the little–talked–about connection between intensive meditation and mental instability.



Wednesday, March 25th, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Tania James for THE TUSK THAT DID THE DAMAGE


From the critically acclaimed author of Atlas of Unknowns and Aerogrammes, a tour de force set in South India that plumbs the moral complexities of the ivory trade through the eyes of a poacher, a documentary filmmaker, and, in a feat of audacious imagination, an infamous elephant known as the Gravedigger.



Monday, March 30th, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Garrett Peck for WALT WHITMAN IN WASHINGTON, DC


Walt Whitman was already famous for Leaves of Grass when he journeyed to the nation's capital at the height of the Civil War to find his brother George, a Union officer wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Whitman eventually served as a volunteer "hospital missionary," making more than six hundred hospital visits and serving over eighty thousand sick and wounded soldiers in the next three years. With the 1865 publication of Drum-Taps, Whitman became poet laureate of the Civil War, aligning his legacy with that of Abraham Lincoln. He remained in Washington until 1873 as a federal clerk, engaging in a dazzling literary circle and fostering his longest romantic relationship, with Peter Doyle. Author Garrett Peck details the definitive account of Walt Whitman's decade in the nation's capital.



Tuesday, March 31st, 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Jynne Dilling Martin for WE MAMMALS IN HOSPITABLE TIMES


We Mammals in Hospitable Times rushes headlong into an awfully dangerous planet: a spinning rock in outer space called Earth, where the smallest zoo animals are forgotten in fires, cats flee vacuums, lovers betray and abandon one another, basements flood as the globe warms, and an adopted parrot shrieks unfamiliar names. The narrator of these poems wavers between wary–"sometimes I mix up fear with hissed instructions"–and wide–eyed, wanting desperately to make sense of all this perplexing behavior.

Sometimes paranoid, occasionally manic, often very funny, these poems consult archaeologists, biologists, psychiatrists, encyclopedias and even aliens, trying to understand how so many disparate things can be interrelated. And even as the poet reaches some grim conclusions about our collective fate, this sense of doom only increases her awe at the strange and fleeting beauty that surrounds us, whether it be gams of satiny whales, the shiny pink hill made by microwaved bologna, or the cyanobacteria of an Antarctic lake radiating orange light.

With this highly anticipated debut, Jynne Dilling Martin delivers poetry that offer armfuls of empathy, curiosity, and spiritual force.





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