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﹛﹛Dear Friends of the Astoria Bookshop,

﹛﹛With the weather warming up, June is a great time to take your reading outdoors. Whether you want to read (or listen to!) your books at the beach, the park, or on the train, there are so many spaces to catch up on your TBR (to be read) pile.

﹛﹛Luckily, with all of our upcoming events still online, you can also join our June events wherever you have access to the internet. Events like?M. Leona Godin and Andrea Elliot for THERE PLANT EYES?on June 1st. YA and Middle Grade events like Destiny Soria and Amparo Ortiz for FIRE WITH FIRE,?Katelyn Detweiler and Dahlia Adler for THE PEOPLE WE CHOOSE and COOL FOR THE SUMMER,?Jake Arlow and Nina Varela for ALMOST FLYING,?Magic, Science, and the Science of Magic with Ryan La Sala and Victoria Lee, Bethany C. Morrow and Roseanne Brown for A CHORUS RISES, and a Pride Panel with Inkyard Press. Along with exclusive ticketed events like a workshop for LIFTING HEAVY THINGS by Laura Khoudari and an IN THE HEIGHTS virtual book launch with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

﹛﹛Check out the?events calendar?and?get ready for all of the exciting events we have headed your way this summer.

﹛﹛Our storytime series with Gina is currently?taking a pause. Keep an eye out on our socials when it comes back!

﹛﹛M. Leona Godin's headshot in which she looks at a large photo of herself and Andrea Elliot's headshot with her looking into the camera.

﹛﹛M. Leona Godin and Andrea Elliot for THERE PLANT EYES

﹛﹛Tuesday, June 1st?| 7:00 PM ET

﹛﹛Join us as we celebrate the launch of M. Leona Godin*s debut THERE PLANT EYES: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness.?Andrea Elliot and M. Leona Godin will be discussing?the ways blindness has shaped our ocularcentric culture and M. Leona*s own story of gradually losing her sight as documented throughout this book.

﹛﹛This event will be hosted on Crowdcast and Youtube.?RSVP here.

﹛﹛About?THERE PLANT EYES

﹛﹛Link to the audiobook version

﹛﹛From Homer to Helen Keller, from?Dune?to Stevie Wonder, from the invention of braille to the science of echolocation, M. Leona Godin explores the fascinating history of blindness, interweaving it with her own story of gradually losing her sight.

﹛﹛About the Author

﹛﹛M. Leona Godin (she/her)?is a writer, performer, and educator who is blind. Her writing has appeared in?The New York Times; Playboy; O, The Oprah Magazine;?and?Catapult,?where she writes the column ※A Blind Writer*s Notebook.§ She founded the online magazine?Aromatica Poetica?as a forum for exploring the arts and sciences of smell and taste, not specifically for, but welcoming to, blind readers and writers. She holds a PhD in English Literature from NYU and has lectured on art, accessibility, disability, and technology at NYU*s Tandon School of Engineering, Rice University, and the American Printing House for the Blind, among other venues

﹛﹛About the Moderator

﹛﹛Andrea Elliott?(she/her) is an investigative reporter for The New York Times and a former staff writer at The Miami Herald. Her reporting has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a George Polk award, a Scripps Howard award and prizes from the Overseas Press Club and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. In 2015, she was awarded Columbia University*s Medal for Excellence, given to one alumnus under the age of 45. She lives in New York City.

﹛﹛Alt: Headshots of Destiny Soria and Amparo Ortiz with the cover of Fire with fire. A note saying that signed bookplates are available with each copy and the information of the event as listed below.

﹛﹛Destiny Soria and Amparo Ortiz for FIRE WITH FIRE

﹛﹛Tuesday, June 8th | 7:00 PM ET

﹛﹛Join us as we celebrate the release of FIRE WITH FIRE by Destiny Soria. In conversation with Amparo Oritz, the two will discuss this fantastic new novel.

﹛﹛All books come with a signed bookplate.

﹛﹛This event will be hosted on Crowdcast and Youtube.?RSVP here.

﹛﹛About?FIRE WITH FIRE

﹛﹛Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn*t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it*s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned.

﹛﹛About the Authors

﹛﹛Destiny Soria?(she/her) spent her childhood playing with sticks in the woods and exploring such distinguished careers as Forest Bandit, Wayward Orphan, and Fairy Queen. In later years, she ran away to New Zealand for seven months, where she backpacked across the wilderlands, petted fluffy sheep, and gave tours of a haunted prison. Nowadays she lives and works in the shadow of the mighty Vulcan statue in Birmingham, Alabama.

﹛﹛Amparo Ortiz?(she/her) was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island*s northeastern coast. BLAZEWRATH GAMES is her debut novel (Page Street Kids, 2020). Her short story comic, ※What Remains in The Dark,§ appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology PUERTO RICO STRONG (Lion Forge, 2018), and SAVING CHUPIE, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with HarperCollins in 2022. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the UPR*s R赤o Piedras campus.

﹛﹛Photos of Katelyn Detweiler and Dahlia Adler along with their book covers. Details of the event as listed below.

﹛﹛Katelyn Detweiler and Dahlia Adler for THE PEOPLE WE CHOOSE and COOL FOR THE SUMMER

﹛﹛Wednesday, June 9th?| 6:30 PM ET

﹛﹛Join us as Katelyn Detweiler and Dahlia Adler discuss their newest novels THE PEOPLE WE CHOOSE and COOL FOR THE SUMMER.

﹛﹛Hosted on Crowdcast and Youtube.?RSVP Here

﹛﹛About?THE PEOPLE WE CHOOSE:

﹛﹛When 17-year-old Calliope meets her new neighbor Max, their connection is instantaneous, but the revelation of her sperm donor*s identity changes everything.

﹛﹛About?COOL FOR THE SUMMER:?

﹛﹛Lara*s had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He*s tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he*s talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe#flirting, even? No, wait, he*s definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara*s wanted out of life.

﹛﹛About the Authors:

﹛﹛Katelyn?Detweiler?(she/her) is the author of several books for young adults, including?The Undoing of Thistle Tate?and?The People We Choose. She is also a literary agent and lives in Brooklyn, New York

﹛﹛Dahlia Adler?(she/her) is an editor of mathematics by day, the overlord of LGBTQReads by night, and a Young Adult author at every spare moment in between. She is the editor of several anthologies and the author of seven novels, including?Cool for the Summer. She lives in New York with her family and an obscene number of books.

﹛﹛Alt: Laura Khoudari,Maggie Langrick, and Lisa Weinert's headshots with the cover of the book. Details about the event as listed below and a note that this event IS TICKETED

﹛﹛Laura Khoudari*s Workshop and Launch for LIFTING HEAVY THINGS

﹛﹛Thursday, June 10th | 7:00 PM ET

﹛﹛Join us for the launch of LIFTING HEAVY THINGS with Laura Khoudari. This event will be run as a workshop. Your purchase of a?SIGNED copy of the book?includes?a care package courtesy of Laura Khoudari as well as entry to the event.

﹛﹛This event is TICKETED through pre-orders?or?virtual ticket.

﹛﹛About?LIFTING HEAVY THINGS

﹛﹛In this innovative title, celebrated trainer and trauma practitioner Laura Khoudari brings a fresh approach to healing after trauma, using strength training as an embodied movement practice. Compassionate, witty, and fastidiously researched, Khoudari*s debut?Lifting Heavy Things?is a breakthrough title that will empower and inspire readers to develop resilience and build emotional and physical strength through working out with weights, while mindful of the ways that trauma can compromise the well-being of the mind and body.

﹛﹛About the Author

﹛﹛Laura Khoudari?(she/her) is passionate about giving people the tools they need to heal from trauma and cultivate mental health and wellness.?Her work has been widely recognized by the trauma and fitness community, and she has been featured on Buzzfeed, Upworthy,?Outside Online, Medium,?Tonic, and Girls Gone Strong. She is a certified trauma practitioner and personal trainer.

﹛﹛About the Moderator and Guest?

﹛﹛Maggie Langrick?(she/her) is the founder, CEO, and Publisher at Wonderwell. A longtime editor and passionate fan of nonfiction.?Maggie was shortlisted by Editors Canada for the?2015 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, for her work on?Shell by Michelle Stewart. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the?Independent Book Publishers Association.

﹛﹛Lisa Weinert?(she/her)?is passionate about the power of storytelling to heal and transform lives. She has worked with dozens of award-winning and bestselling authors as an editor, publicist, and literary coach, and alongside her publishing career, she has been a committed yoga student and teacher, with specialties in restorative, therapeutic and trauma-informed yoga. She is the founder of Narrative Healing, a mind-body approach to storytelling.www.lisaweinert.com?and www.narrativehealing.com

﹛﹛Alt: Photo of Lin-Manuel Miranda with the title of the event

﹛﹛IN THE HEIGHTS Virtual Book Launch

﹛﹛Tuesday, June 15th | 8:00 PM ET

﹛﹛THIS EVENT IS TICKETED.

﹛﹛Each book is considered a ※ticket§ to this event. You will be sent a link from the publisher before the event to access the virtual launch via Zoom.

﹛﹛Before Hamilton became a global phenomenon, before Lin-Manuel Miranda became a household name, a little show called In the Heights shook up Broadway with its hip-hop and salsa soundtrack and big, bilingual heart.

﹛﹛Join Miranda, Hudes, and McCarter for a very special In the Heights Virtual Book Launch on Tuesday, June 15th from 8:00 to 9:00pm ET on Zoom. Sure to be an unforgettable conversation on creativity, community, and finding home, this is your chance to hear directly from the creative team behind the timeless story of how one neighborhood〞Washington Heights〞can speak to the world.

﹛﹛Check out the landing page for the event here.

﹛﹛Alt: Jake Arlow and Nina Varela's headshots along with the cover of ALMOST FLYING and the details of the event as listed below

﹛﹛Jake Arlow and Nina Varela for ALMOST FLYING

﹛﹛Thursday, June 17th | 7:00 PM ET

﹛﹛Join us as Jake Arlow discusses her middle-grade debut ALMOST FLYING with Nina Varela

﹛﹛Signed bookplates available!

﹛﹛This event will be hosted on Crowdcast and Youtube.?RSVP here.

﹛﹛About ALMOST FLYING

﹛﹛In this unabashedly queer middle-grade debut, a week-long amusement park road trip becomes a true roller coaster of emotion when Dalia realizes she has more-than-friend feelings for her new bestie.

﹛﹛About the Authors

﹛﹛Jake Maia Arlow?(she/they)?is a podcast producer, writer, and bagel connoisseur. She studied evolutionary biology and creative writing (not as different as you might think) at Barnard College. She has lived in various places, but can always be found with an iced coffee.

﹛﹛Nina Varela (she/her)?was born in New Orleans, raised in the woods of North Carolina, and now lives in Los Angeles with her tiny, ill-behaved dog. She is the author of the CRIER*S WAR duology. Her debut middle grade novel, JUNIPER HARVEY AND THE VANISHING KINGDOM, will be published in 2022 by Little, Brown.

﹛﹛Alt: Title and details of event with photos of Ryan and Victoria with glowing glasses and covers of their most recent books.

﹛﹛Magic, Science, and the Science of Magic with Ryan La Sala and Victoria Lee

﹛﹛Monday, June 21st | 7:00 PM ET

﹛﹛Join Ryan La Sala and Victoria Lee for a fun night of science, magic, and the science of magic. Both authors will be discussing magic + science in YA books as well as their books that incorporate these topics.

﹛﹛Be ready to not only watch but also participate as Ryan and Victoria lead viewers in a series of ※science fair§ projects using common kitchen ingredients.

﹛﹛On Crowdcast and Youtube.?RSVP here.

﹛﹛SIGNED copies of?A LESSON IN VENGEANCE?and?THE FEVER KING?by Victoria Lee available

﹛﹛About the Authors

﹛﹛Ryan La Sala?(he/him)?writes about surreal things happening to queer people. He is the author behind the riotously imaginative?Reverie, and the brilliantly constructed?Be Dazzled, both of which made the Kids* Indie Next List. When not writing, Ryan does arts and crafts and, if he*s lucky, he sometimes remembers to film his escapades for his long-suffering YouTube channel subscribers.

﹛﹛Victoria Lee (they/she/he)?grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent her childhood writing ghost stories and fantasizing about attending boarding school. He has a Ph.D. in psychology, which they use to overanalyze fictional characters and also herself. Lee is the author of?A Lesson in Vengeance?as well as?The Fever King?and its sequel,?The Electric Heir. They live in New York City with her partner, cat, and malevolent dog.

﹛﹛Alt: Headshots of Bethany C Morrow and Roseanne Brown's headshots along with the cover of the book. Details of the event as listed below.

﹛﹛Bethany C. Morrow and Roseanne Brown for A CHORUS RISES

﹛﹛Tuesday, June 22nd | 7:00 PM ET

﹛﹛Join us for a discussion between YA authors Bethany C. Morrow and Roseanne Brown to celebrate the release of A CHORUS RISES.

﹛﹛Each preorder includes a signed bookplate and an enamel pin.

﹛﹛This event will be hosted on Crowdcast and YouTube.?RSVP Here.

﹛﹛About?A CHORUS RISES

﹛﹛Meet Naema Bradshaw: a beautiful Eloko, once Portland-famous, now infamous, as she navigates a personal and public reckoning where confronting the limits of her privilege will show Naema what her magic really is, and who it makes her.

﹛﹛About the Author

﹛﹛Bethany C. Morrow (she/her)?is an Indie Bestselling author who writes for adult and young adult audiences, in genres ranging from speculative literary to contemporary fantasy to historical. She is author of the novels?Mem;?A Song Below Water?and its companion?A Chorus Rises;?So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix; and the social horror?Cherish Farrah; and editor/contributor to the young adult anthology?Take the Mic, which was the 2020 ILA Social Justice in Literature award winner.

﹛﹛Roseanne A. Brown (she/her)?is an immigrant from the West African nation of Ghana and a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she completed the Jimenez-Porter Writers* House program. Her work has been featured by?Voice of America, among other outlets.?A Song of Wraiths and Ruin?is her debut novel. You can visit her online at roseanneabrown.com.

﹛﹛Alt: Photos and book covers of all of the authors along with the details of the event listed below.

﹛﹛HERE ALL YEAR: Virtual Pride Author Event w/ Inkyard Press

﹛﹛Wednesday, June 23rd | 1:00 PM ET

﹛﹛There is no better way to celebrate pride month than with queer books. Join this panel of queer YA authors from Inkyard Press including Aden Polydoros, Alechia Daw, Alexandra Overy, H.E. Edgman, Emily Victoria, and Dahlia Adler.

﹛﹛This event will be hosted on Crowdcast.?RSVP HERE

﹛﹛When you RSVP you will be entered to win a FREE Tote Bag (while supplies last!)

﹛﹛Check out our landing page here.

﹛﹛About the Authors

﹛﹛Aden Polydoros?grew up in Illinois and Arizona, and has a bachelor*s degree in English from Northern Arizona University. When he isn*t writing, he enjoys going to antique fairs and flea markets. He can be found on Twitter at @AdenPolydoros.

﹛﹛Alechia Dow?is a former pastry chef, teacher, and librarian. When she*s not writing, you can find her having epic dance parties with her little girl, baking, reading, or traveling.

﹛﹛Alexandra Overy?grew up in London and moved to Los Angeles to complete her MFA in screenwriting, and stuck around for the weather and great ice cream. She loves writing in all formats, from novels to screenplays to graphic novels, always centring on fierce women and morally grey characters, often with a bit of magic and murder.

﹛﹛H.E. Edgmon?was born in the deep south but has had many homes, dropped out of school to do gay stuff, and is at least a little feral. In both their writing and daily life, they aim to center the voices of Indigenous people, trans people, and survivors of trauma. They can most often be found on Twitter @heedgmon.

﹛﹛Emily Victoria?lives on the Canadian prairies with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, works at her public library, and has just finished her Masters of Library and Information Studies.

﹛﹛Dahlia Adler?is an editor of mathematics by day, the overlord of LGBTQReads by night, and a Young Adult author at every spare moment in between. She is the editor of the anthologies His Hideous Heart (a Junior Library Guild selection) and That Way Madness Lies, and the author of seven novels, including Cool for the Summer.

﹛﹛Here it is, your moment of Zen:

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﹛﹛[Alt text: Quincy, a small tri-colored Cavalier, falling asleep after a long day of telling people to get vaccinated. He urges everyone to continue wearing masks in the bookshop and to get that vaccine!]

﹛﹛Until next time, be well (and be well-read!),

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