Tuesday, November 4


Join us for a night of deliciousness to celebrate Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade. Meet Blue Chair Jam’s founder Rachel Saunders and learn more about incorporating jams and marmalades into every course. From breakfast to dinner, sweet to savory, simple to complex, you won’t ever think jam is just for toast again.

Rachel Saunders is the owner and founder of Blue Chair Fruit Company and the author of the James Beard Award-nominated Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, which is widely regarded as the definitive modern work on preserving. A much sought-after teacher and jam and marmalade expert, Rachel offers classes regularly both in the U.S. and abroad and also offers a stream-able online class, Jam & Marmalade the Blue Chair Way. A native of New York State, Rachel studied France and the French language at Smith College and La Sorbonne Paris IV, receiving her degree from Smith at age 20. She lives with her husband in Oakland. 

In addition to great tips and tricks, enjoy complimentary wine and  samples of Blue Chair Jams. Special thanks to Cowgirl Creamery Cheese, which will offer cheeses to be eaten with jam this evening. Yum!




ISBN: 9781449427627
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 7th, 2014


Wednesday, November 5


In 2012, Bill Roorbach brought us Life Among Giants, which was much-acclaimed by critics and readers alike.  The New York Times, in a rave review, called it “Alive, electric and surprisingly dangerous.”  The Washington Post said it was “A bighearted, big-boned story . . .Roorbach is a humane and entertaining storyteller with a smooth, graceful style.”  Roorbach’s new novel, The Remedy for Love, does not disappoint.  You'll recognize his signature storytelling style in a very different kind of novel -- just as big hearted, but on a much more compact scale.



Eric is a middle-aged “small-town lawyer with no cases,” struggling with separation and lost love, when he lays eyes on a young woman in the supermarket line who's just such a disaster. Danielle is a hot mess brimming with suspicion and hostility, to say nothing of being hobbled by a bad sprain and no immediate prospects. When Eric helps her with her groceries -- and then, episode by episode, with bits of her torn-up life, young Danielle responds mostly with cagey bitterness, dismissing the train wreck that is her existence with tossed-off observations like “[p]eople are complicated.” Yes, they are, and Danielle—if that is her real name, for, as she tells him, it’s “Danielle, for now”—is more complicated than most. Set against the backdrop of a howling Maine blizzard (“Storm of the Century, that’s what I heard,” says Eric. “Of course that’s what they always say”), Roorbach’s story never takes an expected or easily anticipated turn. Eric makes a project of Danielle, a project that brings some glimmer of meaning into his life. Danielle, in turn, resents being made into said project. She’s an exceedingly strange bird, but strange is better than nothing -- maybe, for Danielle is harboring enough secrets to keep an NSA agent busy for years. “I’m sure I lied,” she tells Eric. And so she has, though she has her reasons, which we learn as Roorbach’s superbly grown-up love story unfolds.

Lyrical, reserved and sometimes unsettling -- and those are the happier moments. Another expertly delivered portrait of the world from Roorbach, that poet of hopeless tangles.


“The Remedy for Love is not the remedy for sleep deprivation. You’ll stay up all night . . . It is relentless and brilliant. Leave it to Roorbach to tease out the subtlest nuances in the progress of love while stoking a tale that is as gripping as any Everest expedition--and that is also tender and terrifying and funny and, in the end, so true it seems inevitable. I’m not sure there’s another American writing today who can lay down a love story, or any story, with the depth and appeal and freshness of Bill Roorbach.” —Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars



Bill Roorbach's Life Among Giants is in development at HBO for a multi-year drama series. His other books include the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend, the classic novel of competitive skiing and suppressed trauma, The Smallest Color, Temple Stream, winner of the Maine Prize for nonfiction, Into the Woods: Essays, and the romantic memoir Summers with Juliet. His famous craft book, Writing Life Stories: Making Memories into Memoir, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature, is used in writing programs around the world. His short work has been published in Harper's, Orion, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, and elsewhere; you mayhave heard his story "Big Bend' read by James Cromwell at the Getty Center for NPR's "Selected Shorts". He lives in Maine with his family, and we're very pleased he's making a return visit to Booksmith.






ISBN: 9781616203313
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - October 14th, 2014






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