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We've been accumulating a small stack of advance orders for the long-lost Harper Lee novel, Go Set a Watchmen, which is coming out on July 14, and I fully expect that on the same day there will be a lot of interest too in another second novel, not quite as long-awaited: Ernest Cline's Armada, the follow-up to his phenomenally popular Ready Player One. But now here's a new conundrum for a novice bookseller: E.L. James, whose Fifty Shades trilogy has sold somewhere between three and four gazillion copies, has just announced that her new novel, Grey, telling the story from her Seattle billionaire's point of view, is coming out just a couple of weeks from now. How many should I have on hand? One? Fifty? We haven't sold any copies of her first three books since we opened, but I'm not sure there's anyone left who hasn't read them (who wants to). I think we might sell a few of the new one, but if you want to make sure we have one for you, let us know. (We'll be discreet, if you like, although in 2015 I don't think anybody cares what you read.)
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, and Liz
Upcoming Events
Tues., June 16: Dave Neiwert launches his new book, Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us at 7 pm.
Thur., June 18: Our Dock Street Salon reading series features Heather Jacobs and Ross McMeekin at 7 pm.
New Book of the Week
by Neal Stephenson
It was not my plan to get sucked into an 861-page book the past couple of weeks, but when I read the first line of Seveneves—"The moon blew up with no warning and for no apparent reason"—my head was turned, and before I knew it, I was a few hundred pages deep. I hadn't read Stephenson since Snow Crash, but my understanding is that this epic is a little more streamlined, and more traditional "hard science fiction," than some of his others. It's an engineer's book, imagining in vast and fascinating detail what a heroic response to that disaster might be in the near future, and what it might lead to in the far future, when the vital questions of orbital mechanics and resource management turn to a different kind of engineering: genetic. —Tom
The City and the City
Old Book of the Week
The City & The City
by China Miéville
Miéville's best known as a baroque and endlessly inventive fantasist, but in this novel he harnesses his imagination to the rules and the spare language of a police procedural, which he turns inside-out with a single, intriguing twist. I won't spoil his premise, since he only gradually reveals it, but let's just say the border between the two cities in his story is unlike any you've seen before—that is, until you start to think how our own cities are divided. A wonderful and strange book that thoroughly fulfills the promise of its idea. —Tom
Kids' Book of the Week
by Jack Prelutsky and Peter Sís
The other day a customer was nearly jumping up and down in happiness that we had a copy of Scranimals in stock, and I was nearly as excited that there was someone else who loved the book as much as we do. The true masters of rhythm and rhyme in kids' books are rarer than you might think, but Prelutsky is one of them, and his little verses about the odd hybrids 
on Scranimal Island—the spinachickens, the radishark, and of course the lowly potatoad—are witty, weird, and loads of fun to read aloud, over and over again. (I know from experience.) (Ages 4 to 8) —Tom
Neal Stephenson
Links of the Week
Stephenson on Seveneves
If you're new to Neal, and would like to read more about Seveneves before committing to an 800-page book, here's are two recent interviews he's done on the book, one in Slate with fellow futurist Ed Finn, and one in the Seattle Times with book editor Mary Ann Gwinn.

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In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg
Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews
Muse by Jonathan Galassi
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The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski
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The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris

Kids and Teens:
I Will Take a Nap! (Elephant & Piggie) by Mo Willems
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Nora Webster by Colm Toíbín
The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud
Red or Dead by David Peace
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
This Week in
A Reader's Book of Days

June 1: Colleen McCullough (1937)
June 2: Thomas Hardy (1840), Norton Juster (1929)
June 3: Larry McMurtry (1936)
June 4: Val McDermid (1955), Joe Hill (1972)
June 5: Margaret Drabble (1939), Geoff Dyer (1958)
June 6: Thomas Mann (1875), V.C. Andrews (1923)
June 7: Orhan Pamuk (1952), Louise Erdrich (1954)

June 2, 1977: Raymond Carver, recovering from a bender at the annual booksellers convention to celebrate his first book advance, takes the last alcoholic drink of his life.

June 3 [no year given]: Insurance agent Walter Huff, as part of a plot to split the insurance money 
with his victim's wife, breaks the neck of H.S. Nirdlinger in James M. Cain's Double Indemnity.

June 3, 1924: Franz Kafka, having just finished "The Hunger Artist," dies of tuberculosis at age 40 at a sanatorium in Austria.

June 5, 1900: Stephen Crane dies of tuberculosis at age 28 at a sanatorium in Germany.

June 5, 1980: Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter's rival from the house of Slytherin, is born.

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