"Booktopia is always a special event. This gathering of authors, book sharing with old friends and new, laughter, reflection, hosted by the outstanding Independent Bookstore, Northshire in the beautiful backdrop of the Village of Manchester, was phenomenal. Paraphrasing Karen King Seaman 'We are living in Booktopia Afterglow. If only this could be bottled.'”--Carol Kubala -- Read more testimonials
Booktopia started as an event in collaboration with Books on the Nightstand, a podcast hosted by Ann Kingman and Michael Kindness, both sales representatives for Random House publishers. Now it continues on the first weekend of May every year with exclusive author events, presentations, book signings, meet and greets, and a celebratory dinner.
Booktopia is all about the attendees meeting authors and discussing their work. Each year seven or more authors are invited to participate. Authors and guests find Booktopia special because attendees are avid readers who have often read the titles being discussed--so the conversation is rich and insightful.
|Stephen Mack Jones
Einhorn has been in publishing for over 25 years since starting at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Before joining Flatiron, she headed her eponymous imprint, Amy Einhorn Books, at Penguin. Some of her bestselling fiction titles include the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, as well as bestsellers such as The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, and Free Food for Millionaires by National Book Award Nominee Min Jin Lee. Her nonfiction bestsellers include Amy Sedaris’s I Like You and Jenny Lawson’s #1 New York Times bestsellers Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy. Amy is publishing Isaac Mizrahi’s upcoming memoir, I.M., as well as former FBI Director James Comey’s book on leadership, A Higher Loyalty.
New York Times Bestseller Sarah Blake's new novel is a generational journey that spans the 20th century, the American dungeon of racism, the Second World War, and the enduring antisemitism of WASP culture all interwoven with basic human emotions, desires and fears.
"Wow. Blake is a master. So skilled at writing people in a genuine, subtle, raw, complex way. Guest Book is a generational journey that spans the 20th century, the American dungeon of racism, the second world war and the enduring antisemitism of WASP culture all interwoven with basic human emotions, desires and fears, making for an outstanding novel. Blake brings the story alive with a rich and weighted sense of place - the island being a main character - but also with the silence of generations, with what goes unsaid being more powerful than what gets voiced. This is the rare novel that makes me be thankful for my insomnia, as I got to spend many hours in the middle of the night with the Miltons and their world. It is a sort of coming of age story for the country, but one without an easy end - the journey continues. I recommend Guest Book to many people!" — Chris Morrow, Owner & General Manager
Illuminating one of the great love stories of the twentieth century - Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo - Leading Men is a glittering novel of desire and ambition, set against the glamorous literary circles of 1950s Italy.
"It's 1953 on the coast of Italy and Truman Capote throws a party. That's where we meet this beautiful and atmospheric novel's main characters, Tennessee Williams and Frank Merlo. Add a young Swedish starlet whose own story extends to modern day New York. The glitterati and the literati mingle, as do the fact and fiction, in this heartbreaking novel by this marvelous novelist." — Stan Hynds, Adult Book Buyer
Jones, recipient of the prestigious Hammett Prize, the Nero Award, and the Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship, will present one of Lit Hub's most anticipated books of the year. In this follow up to his acclaimed August Snow, the eponymous Detroit ex-cop takes up vigilante justice when his beloved neighborhood of Mexicantown is caught in the crosshairs of a human trafficking scheme.
“Detective fiction needs a shot in the arm every now and again. That was the feeling of reading Stephen Mack Jones…The August Snow series is as promising as any crime fiction to come around in a long while, tapping into the iconoclasm and social justice streaks of midcentury noirs, but taking them in a modern direction, exposing human trafficking rings, abuses of immigrant communities, gentrification, and economic declines and revivals. It’s heady, exhilarating stuff.” —CrimeReads
It's 1993, and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in town. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a shapeshifter. Oscillating wildly from Riot Grrrl to leather cub, Paul transforms his body and his gender at will as he crosses the country. A riotous, razor-sharp bildungsroman whose hero/ine wends his/her way through a world gutted by loss, pulsing with music, and opening into an array of intimacy and connections.
“Exploring the malleability of gender and desire, and paying homage to Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, the book follows Paul—sometimes Polly—as s/he searches for love and the ’uncontaminated truest’ self. The quest leads through New York City at the height of the AIDS crisis, Iowa City’s queer punk scene, off-season Provincetown, a womyn’s festival in Michigan, and, finally, San Francisco. Lawlor successfully mixes pop culture, gender theory, and smut, but [their] greatest achievement is that Paul is no mere symbol but a vibrantly yearning being, ’like everybody else, only more so.’” - The New Yorker
Welcome one of our favorites back to Booktopia as she welcomes you on Friday morning with her opening remarks! It's a perfect time to read or re-read Hum If You Don't Know the Words and to get excited for If You Want to Make God Laugh (coming July 16, 2019).
“Hum If You Don't Know the Words is a marvel. Set in South Africa in 1978, this is the story of Robin, a white child, and Beauty, a black mother, both of whom experience immense loss after the Soweto student uprising. Bianca Marais has written a book about apartheid - a book about tragedy, injustice, grief, and survival - that manages to sparkle with wit, warmth, and charming secondary characters. Readers will love this rare and rewarding gem.” — Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC - July 2017 Indie Next List
Abi's follow up to her acclaimed Lake People is a luminous, hypnotic story of youth, sex, and power that tells of two young women who find themselves ostracized from the same small New England community for the same reasons--though they are separated by 150 years.
“Abi Maxwell has written a lush and luminous gem of a novel: heartbreaking in some moments, heartwarming in others, and always rich with wonder and surprise. The Den is a book with depth and mystery and soul.” —Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of The Flight Attendant
We are thrilled to welcome back to Northshire, and to introduce to Booktopia, Vermont poet, novelist, and biographer Jay Parini with his superb new historical novel about the Apostle Paul.
“Sweeping in scope, yet as intimate as a breath—that is how Parini presents the story of the Apostle Paul. Few [stories] are written with the intense detail and keen insight that Parini provides…Parini is a poet, and the beauty of his language is everywhere…A deeply intimate portrait…earthy and transcendent.”—Booklist
Dave Patterson, an award-winning fiction writer, journalist, musician, teacher, and beer writer, joins Booktopia for his debut--a taut and luminous coming-of-age novel about two brothers struggling to survive a whirlwind summer in a poverty-stricken rural Vermont town.
"Soon the Light will be Perfect is as unexpected and beautiful as a rainbow over a junkyard. It is a pitch-perfect novel. Cinematic and gritty, rugged and fragile, wickedly wry and heartbreakingly sad. This is a book for sinners and saints alike. A glorious mash-up of The Outsiders, David Sedaris, and Andre Dubus. I devoured this wonderful, wonderful debut novel and have become already impatient to read Patterson’s next book."—Nickolas Butler, internationally bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs and The Hearts of Men
Welcome Maura to Booktopia and Vermont for her debut--a wry and addictive novel about a modern-day American dynasty and its unexpected upheaval when the patriarch wills his dwindling fortune to his youngest adopted son.
“Roosevelt’s debut reveals a sure hand, an eye for detail, and a keen sense of the absurd, and her affection for Brooke, Shelley, and Nick shines through as they fumble their way toward wisdom.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Baby of the Family is a masterpiece, and gripping, and Maura Roosevelt is the realest of deals. You’ll love how big it is, and how thrilling.”—Darin Strauss, NBCC-winning author of Half a Life
Booktopia 2019 Schedule
Friday May 3rd:
9:00-11:00 - Check In
11-11:45 - Welcome (Chris Morrow and Bianca Marais)
11:45-12:45 - This Gift Card Is Burning a Hole in my Pocket! - Staff Presentations
1:45-2:45 - Author Session 1 (Sarah Blake, Christopher Castellani, Dave Patterson)
3:00-4:00 - Author Session 2 (Jay Parini, Maura Roosevelt, Andrea Lawlor)
4:15-5:15 - Amy Einhorn Special Session
6:00-9:30 - Dinner (at the Equinox Resort)
Saturday May 4th:
9:00-10:00 - Author Session 3 (Maura Roosevelt, Stephen Mack Jones, Abi Maxwell)
10:30-11:30 - Author Session 4 (Andrea Lawlor, Jay Parini, Dave Patterson)
1:30-2:30 - Author Session 5 (Sarah Blake, Christopher Castellani)
3:00-4:00 - Author Session 6 (Abi Maxwell, Stephen Mack Jones)
6:00-9:00 - The Big Event