Come celebrate the launch of Amy Meyerson's debut, The Bookshop of Yesterdays, where Amy will read from her novel and be in conversation with J. Ryan Stradal. Signing to follow.
Hope to see you there!
About The Bookshop of Yesterdays:
A WOMAN INHERITS A BELOVED BOOKSTORE IN THIS POIGNANT DEBUT ABOUT FAMILY, FORGIVENESS AND A LOVE OF READING.
Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, Prospero Books, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother, and Miranda doesn’t hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy—and one final scavenger hunt.
When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books—now as its owner—she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store’s shelves, in locked drawers, in mailed packages. Miranda soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy’s past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda’s mother has kept hidden—and the terrible secret that tore her family apart.
Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love and the healing power of community. It’s a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.
“Meyerson writes beautifully, with lush descriptions of LA and believable interactions between characters. Prospero Books is warm, inviting, and populated with lovably quirky employees readers will want to get to know. A lovely look at loss, family, and the comfort found in a good bookstore.” –Kirkus Reviews
“In her heartfelt debut, Meyerson brings readers on a scavenger hunt full of literary clues and family secrets…. Filled with quotes from and allusions to The Tempest, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Jane Eyre, Meyerson’s evocative novel is a fun homage to book lovers and the eclectic spirit of L.A.” —Publishers Weekly
— Amy Meyerson teaches in the writing department at the University of Southern California, where she completed her graduate work in creative writing. She has been published in numerous literary magazines and currently lives in Los Angeles. The Bookshop of Yesterdays is her first novel.
J. Ryan Stradal is the author of the New York Times bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest, which has been translated into eleven languages, optioned by Warner Bros., and won awards from the ABA, SCIBA, and MIBA. His shorter writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Granta, Buzzfeed, The Rumpus, and Hobart, among other places. He lives here in Los Feliz, where he is an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press, Advisory Board member at 826LA, and co-producer of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish. He's at work on his second novel, which will be published in summer 2019.
For more information on the event: https://skylightbooks.com/event/amy-meyerson-reads-her-debut-novel-bookshop-yesterdays-j-ryan-stradal