Annual Sharon Summer Book Signing

 19th Annual Hotchkiss Library of Sharon Summer Book Signing

Friday, July 31, 2015, 6 to 8pm

with special early opening for children and their caregivers from 4:30 to 5:30pm

 The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon is pleased to announce its 19th Annual Sharon Summer Book Signing, Friday July 31, from 6 to 8pm.  This much-anticipated event takes place under tents on the lawn adjacent to the town’s historic Green.  Sip wine, sample hors d’oeuvres, and purchase the latest titles from thirty-two authors and illustrators hailing from the tri-state area.  Admission is $30.

We have titles for everyone in the family, from the youngest to their grandparents, on topics ranging from rock-n-roll to art history, houseplants to historical thrillers, cocktails to grammar.  There will be bestselling authors, first-time novelists, memoirists, and multiple children’s award winners.

New York Times best-selling author Joseph Kanon will sign his latest literary thriller, Leaving Berlin.   Richard A. Clarke, national security and counter-terrorism expert and advisor to Presidents Reagan, George W. Bush, and Clinton, presents his new international thriller, Pinnacle EventJulia Pierpont will debut her much-lauded first novel, Among Ten Thousand Things.  And our fiction offerings are complemented by local authors Pari Forood, The Gates of Light, Jim Herity, On Anvil, and Kate Gray, Carry the Sky.

Nonfiction is wide and wonderful, including books of photography by Francesco Mastalia, Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley; Peter Pettus’s 1965 – 2015: The March in Memory; and a charming art history work by Lorna Owen, Mouse Muse: The Mouse in Art.

True-life stories abound in biography and memoir.  Richard Zoglin will sign copies of his much-praised Bob Hope: Entertainer of the Century.  Guitarist Steve Katz writes of his music career in Blood, Sweat and Tears, and My Rock – n – Roll Years.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at the New Yorker in veteran copy editor Mary Norris’s best-selling Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.

Whet your appetite with Food and Wine Editor, Dana Cowin, as she tells of her experiences in Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen.  James Beard Award nominees Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough return to sign copies of two new books, The Boozy Blender and The Great Big Pressure Cooker Cookbook.

The gardeners in your life with enjoy Tovah Martin’s The Indestructible Houseplant and Bunny Williams’s lavish On Garden Style.

History lovers will appreciate Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Mark Peyser and Timothy Dwyer.

Former Senator James Buckley’s Saving Congress from Itself and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s World Order offer perspectives on national and international affairs.

Jeff Katz’s Split Season: Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo and the Strike that Saved Baseball makes a great choice for sports lovers on your gift list.

Our children’s offerings are particularly strong with award winners and new sure-to-become favorites for kids of all ages. Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Aaron Becker brings his latest wordless picture book, QuestNew Yorker cartoonist Barry Blitt returns to the signing with his whimsical take on our country’s Founding FathersLesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome represent four diverse offerings, Whale Trails, Freedom’s School, Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio and Granddaddy’s Turn.  Perennial favorite Wendell Minor brings four new books, Edward Hopper, Sequoia, Daylight Starlight Wildlife, and Trapped: A Whale’s Rescue.  Daddy Hugs and All Kinds of Kisses by beloved illustrator Nancy Tafuri will delight the youngest on your list. 

Middle-grade readers will have a hard time choosing; we have something for everyone.  Sarah Albee’s Why’d They Wear That: Fashion as the Mirror of History is fun and entertaining.  Girls of all ages love Newbery Honor-winning author Gail Carson Levine who presents the next book in her Tale of Two Castles series – Stolen Magic.  Both boy and girl fans of Egyptian mythology will want to join Michael Northrop on his TombQuest, Books I and II.

We are thrilled to be taking pre-orders for Newbery Medal-winner Rebecca Stead’s much-anticipated Goodbye Stranger.  She will be on hand to sign bookplates and her backlist titles.

Christine Heppermann offers Backyard Witch for younger readers and Poisoned Apples: Poems for You My Pretty for teenagers.  And last but not least, New York Times bestselling sports writer Peter Richmond scores a touchdown with his young adult novel, Always a Catch.

Children and their caregivers will receive free, early admission, with refreshments, from 4:30 to 5:30pm.  This is a rare opportunity for children to meet their favorite authors in person and for parents to share the joy of reading with the youngest members of their families.  The first 50 children will receive a complimentary paperback book.  Don’t miss it!

Friday night’s sale of new books will be followed by the library’s annual Used Book Sale on Saturday (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Hundreds of collectible older books and brand new books suitable for gifts will be priced starting at $2. Early admission on Saturday at 9:30a.m. with a $10 fee. On Sunday all books will be half price.