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Upcoming Events for January and February 2017

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Karen White, "The Guests on South Battery," (Berkley Books, $26)

Thursday, January 19 at 7pm

New York Times bestselling author Karen White invites you to explore the brick-walked streets of Charleston, where historic mansions house the memories of years gone by, and restless spirits refuse to fade away...

With her extended maternity leave at its end, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to leave her new husband and beautiful twins to return to work, especially when she's awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end - and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for more than a year are about to invade her life once more.

But her return to the realty office goes better than she could have hoped, with a new client eager to sell the home she recently inherited on South Battery. Most would treasure living in one of the grandest old homes in the famous historic district of Charleston, but Jayne Smith would rather sell hers as soon as possible, guaranteeing Melanie a quick commission.

Despite her stroke of luck, Melanie can't deny that spirits - both malevolent and benign - have started to show themselves to her again. One is shrouded from sight, but appears whenever Jayne is near. Another arrives when an old cistern is discovered in Melanie's backyard on Tradd Street.

Melanie knows nothing good can come from unearthing the past. But some secrets refuse to stay buried....

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between, and the coauthor of The Forgotton Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig.

John Lescroart, "Fatal," (Atria Books, $26.99)

Thursday, January 26 at 7pm

From New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting stand-alone novel about the unexpected, shattering, and lethal consequences of a one-night stand on a seemingly happily married couple. 

Kate is happily married to Ron with two children and a beautiful home in San Francisco.

But everything changes when Kate meets Peter. What begins as a passing fancy develops into a dangerous obsession and one intense, passionate encounter.

Confident that life can go back to normal, Kate never considers that Peter may not be so willing to move on.

Until a masked man fires a weapon into the crowd of a cafe that Kate is in with her best friend. This tragedy is just the first in a series of horrifying events that will show exactly how fatal the consequences of one mistake can be...

John Lescroart is the author of twenty-five previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ophelia Cut, The Keeper, and The Fall. He lives in Northern California.

Lisa Gardner, "Right Behind You," (Dutton Books, $27)

Thursday, February 2 at 7 pm

"Devilishly clever twists propel Gardner’s tale of family bonds fractured, mended, and sometimes destroyed." - Starred Review - Publishers Weekly

One of the most famous and succesful authors of the psychological thriller will discuss her newest mystery and the return of her popular FBI Profiler Series characters.

Is he a hero? ... Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer?  ...Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah's older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

All she knows for sure: He's back. Sharlah's big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killerAnd how much will it cost to find out?

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eighteen previous novels, including her most recent, Find Her. Her Detective D. D. Warren novels include Find Her, Fear Nothing, Catch Me, Love You More, and The Neighbor, which won the International Thriller of the Year Award. Her FBI Profiler Novels include Gone, The Next Accident, and The Third Victim. She lives with her family in New England.

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Chris Bohjalian, "The Sleepwalker," (Doubleday, $26.95)

Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm

From the New York Times bestselling author of "The Guest Room" comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire.

When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge.

The morning of Annalee's disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee's husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs' Victorian home.

As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee's disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body? 

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the author of eighteen books, including The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; The Double Bind; and Midwives. His novel Midwives was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and three of his novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers).

Children's Story Time with Miss Pat!

Saturday, January 14 at 9am

Perfect for children ages 3 – 8 … and all adults. Miss Pat will read from one of her favorite children's stories, complete with sounds, pictures and appropriate expressions of amazement and awe.

Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, "America's First Daughter," (William Morrow & Company, $15.99)

Saturday, November 12 at 7pm

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha Patsy Jefferson Randolph, a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.

It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love with her father's protege William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William's wife and still be a devoted daughter.

Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

Stephanie Dray is a bestselling and award-nominated author of historical women s fiction. Her work has been translated into six different languages, was nominated for RWA's RITA Award, and won NJRW's Golden Leaf. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near the nation's capital.

Laura Kamoie has published two nonfiction books on early America and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction under the name Laura Kaye, the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books.

Steven Johnson, "Wonderland: How Play Made The Modern World," (Riverhead Books, $30.00)

Monday, November 21 at 7pm

From the New York Times bestselling author of "How We Got to Now" and "Where Good Ideas Come From", a look at the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained.

This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change.

Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Johnson's storytelling is just as delightful as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems.

He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows.

Johnson compellingly argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements. You'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of ten books, including How We Got to Now, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You. The founder of a variety of influential websites, he is the host and co-creator of the PBS and BBC series How We Got to Now. Johnson lives in Marin County, California, and Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and three sons.

Randy Wayne White, "Seduced," (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27.00)

Sunday, October 23 at 7 pm

Hannah Smith returns in the stunning new adventure in the New York Times bestselling series by the author of the Doc Ford novels.

A fishing guide and part-time investigator, Hannah Smith is a tall, strong Florida woman descended from many generations of the same.

But the problem before her now is much older even than that.

Five hundred years ago, Spanish conquistadors planted the first orange seeds in Florida, but now the whole industry is in trouble. The trees are dying at the root, weakened by infestation and genetic manipulation, and the only solution might be somehow, somewhere, to find samples of the original root stock.

No one is better equipped to traverse the swamps and murky backcountry of Florida than Hannah, but once word leaks out of her quest, the trouble begins.

There are people who will kill to find a direct descendant of those first seeds, a biologist warns her, and it looks like his words may be all too prophetic.

Besides the Hannah Smith novels Gone, Deceived, and Haunted, Randy Wayne White is the author of twenty-three Doc Ford novels, most recently Cuba Straits and Deep Blue. He has also published four collections of his columns for Outside magazine and elsewhere. In 2002, a one-hour documentary film called The Gift of the Game, about the author s trip to Cuba to find the remnants of the Little League teams founded by Ernest Hemingway in the days before Castro, won the Best of the Fest award from the 2002 Woods Hole Film Festival, then was bought by PBS and broadcast in the spring and summer of 2003. A veteran fishing guide who at one time had his own local PBS show, White lives on Sanibel Island, Florida. 

Jennifer Fosberry, "Isabella : Girl in Charge," ($16.99, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)

Saturday, October 15 at 10 am

Plucky, purple-haired Isabella, star of the New York Times bestselling picture book series, is back for another adventure!

Just how high can a little girl dream?

A big event has Isabella ready to go at the crack of dawn. But that’s a motion her parents are not likely to pass. After a two-to-one vote, it’s decided that some things need to happen first—like eating breakfast and brushing her teeth!

If her family is going to work like a democracy, Isabella knows what she has to do; call an assembly and campaign her way out the door.

Taking inspiration from the women who trail-blazed their way onto the political map of America, Isabella celebrates the women who were first to hold their offices. And if Isabella can get her parents out the door, she might just witness the first woman voted into the highest position of all…

Charles Martin, "Long Way Gone," (Thomas Nelson,  $25.99)

Tuesday, October 4 at 7 pm

We are very happy to announce that Charles Martin will launch the publication of his newest novel at the Bookmark. Many of his readers have visited in the past, and we are looking forward to another exciting evening with this fantastic author.  

No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone. You can always come home.

At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish.

Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his remote home in the Colorado Mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faith.

Craig Pittman, O Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country

(St. Martin's Press, $26.99)

Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7 pm

"Painstakingly reported and researched...compulsively readable. As much as his book is a celebration of Florida, it is also a celebration of journalism." The "New York Times"

"An extraordinary catalog of 'weird Florida'...the definitive guide.[T]his fast-roving narrative has a rollicking pace that readers will enjoy." The "Los Angeles Times"

To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It s a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Florida is touted as a carefree paradise, yet it s also known for its perils-alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes, and sharks, to name a few. It attracts 90 million visitors a year, some drawn by its impressive natural beauty, others bewitched by its manmade fantasies.

"Oh, Florida!" explores those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state. It is the first book to explore the reasons why Florida is so wild and weird--and why that's okay. Florida couldn't be Florida without that sense of the unpredictable, unexpected, and unusual lurking behind every palm tree. But there is far more to Florida than its sideshow freakiness. Oh, Florida! explains how Florida secretly, subtly influences all the other states in the Union, both for good and for ill.

Lou Aguilar, Jake for Mayor (Penmore Press, $16.00 pbk)

Tuesday, August 30 at 7 pm

... a refreshingly different read for the political season 

Ken Miller is having a bad run of luck. After torpedoing his career as a campaign manager, he drives through tiny Erie, Colorado, when a homeless beagle named Jake causes a series of mishaps that land him in jail. Ken is granted bail on two conditions: that he not leave town before his trial in three weeks and--much to his chagrin--that he not let Jake out of his sight until then. Stuck in Erie as it prepares for a mayoral election, he's drawn into the local politics by a waitress who vehemently opposes incumbent Charles Dunbar, the only candidate on the ticket. Ken gets a brainstorm. If he can exploit the dog's popularity among the townspeople and get them to elect Jake as a protest candidate, the publicity will put him back on top. But things don't go exactly as planned. Ken warms to the dog, falls for the waitress, and employs her teenage son and his gang as campaign aides in a madcap battle with Mayor Dunbar ... who has no intention of losing to a dog.?

Lou Aguilar was born in Cuba and lived there until age six.  He attended the University of Maryland, where he majored in English, minored in film.  He became a journalist for The Washington Post and USA Today, then a screenwriter, and currently a novelist.


We will kick off the day at 9 am with Story Time with Miss Pat. This is perfect for children ages 3 – 8, and we’ll have coffee for the adults.

Festivities throughout the day will include treats, chances to win prizes, and good conversation with others who also love books.

We are proud to be a part of the beaches community and the Beaches Town Center. We invite you to join us as we celebrate our 26th birthday and give us a chance to show our appreciation.

We look forward to many more years as “your independent bookstore by the sea.”

Joseph Finder, "Guilty Minds," (Dutton Books, $28.00)


Sunday, July 24 at 3 pm

"Finder shows off his top-notch storytelling skills, moving with ease from high places to low in the nation's capital."
 [Kirkus Reviews]

" Finder really knows his way around a thriller, and his sensibilities about Washington, scandal, and the immediacy and threat of digital publishing and electronic surveillance seem chillingly plausible. This is an exciting, insightful thriller with finely sketched characters in other words, a sure bet ...  "Booklist"(starred review) 

The chief justice of the Supreme Court is about to be defamed, his career destroyed, by a powerful gossip website that specializes in dirt on celebs and politicians. Nick Heller is a private spy—an intelligence operative based in Boston, hired by lawyers, politicians, and even foreign governments. A high-powered investigator with a penchant for doing things his own way, he’s called to Washington, DC, to help out in this delicate, potentially explosive situation.

Steve Berry, international bestselling author of fifteen novels (most recently The 14th Colony ) will accompany Finder for this special afternoon event.

Finder is a bestselling author and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets, winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct, and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for Company Man.  In addition to his fiction, Joe does occasional work for Hollywood, is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and Council on Foreign Relations, and has written on espionage and international affairs for a number of publications. 

Brenda Bowen, "Enchanted August," (Penguin Books, $16.00 pbk)

Tuesday, July 19 at 7 pm 

New York literary agent and author Brenda Bowen will discusss her most recent novel which updates the beloved classic "The Enchanted April" ..." a novel of love and reawakening that is simply irresistible."

The ad for “an old, pretty cottage to rent on a small island” in Maine for the month of August was too enticing to resist.  Neither of the two women who saw it could afford to take a month away from their spouses and kids, but one look at Hopewell Cottage online, and they were smitten.  To share expenses, they find two unlikely companions to join them: Caroline Dester, the damaged, beautiful darling of the independent movie scene, and Beverly Fisher, a retiree recovering from a heartbreaking loss.  Though they get off to a rocky start, soon the four begin to relax into island life.  And, as the sea breeze works its magic, they rediscover the best versions of themselves and find (to their surprise) that they can indeed be happy, and with the people they least expect.  


Brenda Bowen is a literary agent.  She lives in New York and spends as much of her summer as she can on an island much like Little Lost Island in Maine.  Enchanted August is her debut adult novel.

Story Time with Miss Pat

Saturday, July 9, 9 am

… for children ages 3 – 8 years old …

Grant Blackwood, "Tom Clancy Duty and Honor : A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel," (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $29)

Monday, June 27 at 7 pm

Grant Blackwood proved himself a worthy successor to the late Tom Clancy with last year’s "Tom Clancy Under Fire,"  and has been praised as “the perfect author to continue the Jack Ryan, Jr. stories.”  He will be accompanied by another NYT bestselling author Steve Berry ("The 14th Colony") for this event.
In this new novel, Blackwood showcases Ryan on his own in an international thriller featuring cutting-edge espionage, heart-pounding action, and the global fight against terrorism.  This time out, Jack gets no help from his colleagues at the ultra-secret U.S. national security organization known as The Campus, from which he is on a probationary six-month leave.  Instead, he must rely on the limited assistance of a young Belgian journalist and a brainwashed French soldier.  After a highly-trained killer tries to assassinate Jack, he races to unravel a complex web of economic espionage, false-flag terrorism, and right-wing political extremism as hundreds of lives hang in the balance.
Blackwood was the co-author with Clancy of the critically acclaimed #1 bestseller "Dead or Alive", and is the New York Times bestselling author in his own right of "Tom Clancy Under Fire" and the Briggs Tanner series.  He is also the co-author with James Rollins and Clive Cussler.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Blackwood spent three years aboard a guided missile frigate as an Operations Specialist and a Pilot Rescue Swimmer.  He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Steve Berry is the internationally bestselling author of eleven Cotton Malone novels, including his latest "The 14th Colony."

Mark Woods, "Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks." (Thomas Dunne Books, $26.99)

Tuesday, June 14 at 7 pm

 In this remarkable journey, Mark Woods captures the essence of our National Parks:
their serenity and majesty, complexity and vitality—and their power to heal.”
 -- Ken Burns—

This is the perfect homage to the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.  We are honored that Florida times Union columnist Mark Woods is premiering his book at The BookMark.
Many childhood summers, Mark Woods piled into a station wagon with his parents and two sisters and headed to America’s national parks.  Mark’s most vivid childhood memories are set against a backdrop of mountains, woods, and fireflies in places like Redwood, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks.
On the eve of turning fifty and a little burned-out, Mark decided to reconnect with the great outdoors.  He’d spend a year visiting the national parks.  He planned to take his mother to a park she’d not yet visited and to re-create his childhood trips with his wife and their iPad-generation daughter.  But then, the unthinkable happened: his mother was diagnosed with cancer, given just months to live.  Mark had initially intended to write a book about the future of the national parks, but Lassoing the Sun grew into something more—a book about family, the parks, the legacies we inherit, and the ones we leave behind.
Mark Woods is the Metro Columnist for the Florida Times-Union, and recipient of the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship.  He lives in Jacksonville with his family.

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