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Roshani Chokshi in conversation with S.A. Chakraborty for THE SILVERED SERPENTS

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 5:00pm

Join us for instagram live event @SquareBooksJr with New York Times Bestselling Author Roshani Chokshi in conversation with S.A. Chakraborty (City of Brass) on Thursday, September 24th at 5:00 pm CST. 

Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever in The Silvered Serpents.

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

About the Author:
Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draw on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series include The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which has been optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.

About the host:
S. A. CHAKRABORTY is a speculative fiction writer from New York City. Her debut, The City of Brass, was the first book in the Daevabad trilogy. You can find her online at www.sachakraborty.com or on Twitter @SAChakrabooks.

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ISBN: 9781250144577
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 22nd, 2020

Crossroads Book Group: The Only Black Girls in Town

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 3:00pm

This is a special meeting of the Crossroads Book Group open for everyone but parents and educators are highly encouraged to attend. The Crossroads Book Group is a Square Books-sponsored book discussion activity taking place monthly. Each session will feature a title selected by guest hosts. They will talk about it for 15 minutes, then open the floor for questions and discussion. Any Square Books Constant Reader may participate. This activity is an outgrowth of the broad concerns that emerged as a result of, among other things, the murder of George Floyd, and books selected for discussion will be to  relevant to these concerns.  

This meeting will be via Zoom on Saturday, September 26th at 3:00 pm CST. You must RSVP to attend the event by emailing rsvp@squarebooks.com.

The hosts  are Afton Thomas, LaToya Faulk, and Hanna Lee, who will be discussing The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert. This title will be 15% off with the coupon code CROSSROADS.

About the Hosts:

Afton Thomas and her family moved to Oxford, Mississippi from Columbia, Missouri in the summer of 2012. She is the associate director for programs at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Afton is committed to the LOU community and currently serving on the boards of Move On Up Mississippi, Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, and Friends of the Museum, as well a steering committee member with Leadership Lafayette. She has an eight year-old daughter, a five year-old son, her husband, and Mavis the family’s new puppy to keep her busy.

LaToya Faulk has a B.A. in English Literature and a M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing from Michigan State University. She is currently a fiction M.F.A student at The University of Mississippi where she also teaches in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. 

Hanna Lee is the Youth Services Coordinator at First Regional Library, which serves the local community via the Lafayette County Oxford Public Library. She is passionate about library services and diverse books for young people, and she is a member of the 2021 Caldecott Committee. Hanna, and all of the staff at the library, are thrilled to help to provide suggestions for further reading for children and teens—or their adults—who are looking to explore race, identity, and other topics, and she encourages readers to borrow, read, and buy more books written by diverse authors.

About the book:
Award-winning YA author Brandy Colbert's debut middle-grade novel about the only two black girls in town who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past.

Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only black girl in town for years. Alberta's best friend, Laramie, is the closest thing she has to a sister, but there are some things even Laramie can't understand. When the bed and breakfast across the street finds new owners, Alberta is ecstatic to learn the family is black-and they have a 12-year-old daughter just like her.

Alberta is positive she and the new girl, Edie, will be fast friends. But while Alberta loves being a California girl, Edie misses her native Brooklyn and finds it hard to adapt to small-town living.

When the girls discover a box of old journals in Edie's attic, they team up to figure out exactly who's behind them and why they got left behind. Soon they discover shocking and painful secrets of the past and learn that nothing is quite what it seems.

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ISBN: 9780316456388
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Ashley Poston in conversation with Kaitlyn Sage Patterson for AMONG THE BEASTS AND BRIARS

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 5:00pm

Join young adult authors Ashley Poston and Kaitlyn Sage Patterson (The Diminished) on Zoom on Tuesday, October 27th at 5:00 pm CST as they talk about Ashley's new book, Among the Beasts and Briars. Register to attend by emailing rsvp@squarebooks.com.

Cerys is safe in the Kingdom of Aloriya. Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden.

Cerys knows this all too well: When she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions a small and irritating fox from the royal garden and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home.

But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.

About the Author:

Ashley Poston loves dread pirates, moving castles, and starry night skies. When not lost in a book, she’s lost in real life, searching for her next great adventure. She is the author of Heart of Iron and its sequel, Soul of Stars, as well as Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl. She can be found online at www.ashposton.com.

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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 20th, 2020