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Friday, August 1st at 7 pm

Virginia-based author, Mike Allen, will present Unseaming, his latest collection of short horror fiction. Everyone in the world awakens covered in blood—and no one knows where the blood came from. A childhood doll arrives to tear its owner’s reality limb from limb. A portal to the spirit realm stretches wide on the Appalachian Trail, and something more than human crawls through on eight legs. Words of comfort change to terrifying sounds as a force from outside time speaks through them. The buttons in the bin will unseam your flesh to bare your nastiest secrets. Opening with “The Button Bin,” a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and culminating with its sequel, “The Quiltmaker,” which Bram Stoker Award and Shirley Jackson Award winner Laird Barron has hailed as Mike Allen’s masterpiece, this debut collection gathers fourteen horror tales that, in the words of Barron’s introduction, “rival anything committed to paper by the likes of contemporary masters such as Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, or Caitlín Kiernan. This is raw, visceral, and sometimes bloody stuff. Primal stuff.”

Friday, August 22nd at 7 pm

Jesse Saperstein presents his latest book, Getting a Life with Asperger's: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood. Author, speaker, and autism advocate Jesse A. Saperstein knows a lot about living with Asperger’s. Diagnosed at the age of fourteen, Jesse has struggled, triumphed, flubbed, soared, educated and inspired. Along the road to adulthood, he has learned many lessons the hard way.In this honest and engaging second book, he offers a guided tour of learning experiences in getting along with others, managing emotions, succeeding in school and work, building relationships, and more.

Friday, September 5th at 7 pm

Eliot Cowan presents Plant Spirit Medicine: A Journey Into the Healing Wisdom of Plants and shows how plant spirit medicine brings healing to the human spirit. The book discusses:

• A traditional five-element view of healing

• Receiving guidance from plants

• Questionnaires to assess our own relationships to the sources of well-being

• Community and on such controversial sacred plants as peyote, ayahuasca, marijuana and tobacco

• Additional interviews with plant shamans of many traditions

Sunday, September 7th at 4 pm

Jacqueline Dooley presents Doorways to Arkomo, a novel aimed at middle school aged children. Within Arkomo's Four Kingdoms, one hundred princes are raised in total seclusion, preparing for the Departure—a sacred ceremony that will finally allow them to live freely among their people. But Sorel, Arkomo's only princess, fears the Departure isn't what it seems.

Sorel uses her gift of hiding to remain unseen and unnoticed—forced into isolation because Arkomo's ancient Prophecy warns that a Daughter of Arkomo will one day destroy the Kingdoms. Sorel is convinced the Prophecy also predicts a deadly truth about the Departure, but if she reveals her identity to warn the princes, she’ll undoubtedly be condemned to death.

One night Sorel opens a magical Doorway into a strange world—the place she calls Hospital. There she meets 11-year-old Grace Woodward who is desperately ill. Hopeless and about to give up, everything changes for Grace when she meets Sorel and learns about Arkomo—a world that once only existed in her imagination. Grace and Sorel embark on a journey to save the Princes before the winter solstice—the night of the Departure. With Grace growing sicker each day, and Sorel dangerously close to being discovered, they'll both need a miracle to survive.


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