SARAH WATERS / The Paying Guests / in conversation with Malinda Lo

Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 PM

 

 

 

 

Sarah Waters – three-time Booker Prize finalist, two-time Orange Prize finalist, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and a Granta Best Young British Novelist award among many others – is celebrated for her richly drawn characters, propulsive storytelling, authentic period atmosphere, social acuity, and sophisticated romance. She’s built a dazzling reputation as “flawless” (Washington Post), “Dickensian” (Chicago Tribune), and having “the gift of story, the ability to dissolve the distance between reader and subject until nothing but experience remains.” (L.A. Times).

 

So it is a thrill and privilege to share her new novel THE PAYING GUESTS which a starred Kirkus Review already calls “an exquisitely tuned exploration of class in post-Edwardian Britain—with really hot sex.” When a wealthy, upper class British family loses all its male relations in World War I, the surviving mother and daughter are forced to do the previously unthinkable: take on middle-class boarders, euphemistically termed “the paying guests,” in order to keep up their elegant home. Little do they know just how profoundly the new tenants will transform their lives, or what shocking events will ensue. Deftly paced so suspense builds page after page; psychologically fraught as characters deceive and get knotted in lies; both sensual and cerebral in the highest order; THE PAYING GUESTS is a sheer pleasure to read from the first page to the last.

A triumph of psychological acuity, historical recreation, deep sensuality and emotional force, THE PAYING GUESTS is Waters' finest work yet.

Born in Wales, Sarah Waters has written five previous novels: Tipping the Velvet, which won the Betty Trask Award; Affinity, which won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday / John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; Fingersmith, which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, and won the South Bank Show Award for Literature and the CWA Historical Dagger; The Night Watch, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize; and The Little Stranger, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the South Bank Show Literature Award.

 

Interviewing Sarah Waters this evening is Malinda Lo,  the critically acclaimed author of several young adult novels, most recently the duology Adaptation, a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of 2013, and Inheritance, winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Award. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA, a project that celebrates diversity in young adult books. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and their dog, and her website is www.malindalo.com.

 

 

The Paying Guests (Hardcover)

$28.95
ISBN-13: 9781594633119
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 9/2014

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WILLIAM GIBSON / The Peripheral

Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 PM

 

 

 

“Spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation that features all the eyeball kicks of Neuromancer and all the maturity and sly wit of Spook Country. It’s brilliant.”

Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Little Brother and Homeland, co-editor of Boing Boing

 

New York Times-bestselling author William Gibson returns to fiction after four years with THE PERIPHERAL.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of Gibson's award-winning debut novel, Neuromancer, which predicted, via his original concept of “cyberspace”, much of today’s Internet.  He also conceptualized video games and the rise of reality TV long before they became ubiquitous.  After setting his three most recent novels in our science-fictional present, Gibson ventures back the future with a high tech thriller that is also a murder mystery, a provocative social and political commentary, and a far-seeing introduction to the realm of advanced haptics (the science of adding tactile feedback to technological systems).

 

Flynne, a young woman from a decaying near-future American town, takes a temporary job testing a new computer game, or so she's told. While remotely operating a security drone over a futuristic version of London, she witnesses what she assumes is the simulation of a horrifying murder—or is it real? Soon she finds herself in the 22nd Century, virtually present in a hauntingly beautiful android drone, “a peripheral”, with the fate of her own “past” world depending on her.

 

William Gibson is the is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Liza Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero Historyand Distrust That Particular Flavor. Neuromancer was the first novel to win the three top science fiction prizes—the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. He is also a recipient of the Ditmar, and Seiun awards, as well as the Prix Aurora.  He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.  It is an honor to have him return to The Booksmith.

 

 

 

Reserved seats are available with a pre-order of The Peripheral at The Booksmith. The book arrives on 10/28, but if you pre-order and ask for a seating voucher, you'll receive that with your receipt; you'll pick up your book when you arrive for this talk. Offer good while supplies last! When all seats are reserved, there will be standing room available, and full sound throughout the store.

 

 

The Peripheral (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780399158445
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Putnam Adult, 10/2014

Location: 
Street:
1644 Haight St.
City:
San Francisco
,
Province:
California
Postal Code:
94117-2816
Country:
United States
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