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Saturday, August 30th, 11AM:

Join us for a storytime with Emmy-winning actor Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) as he reads from his new picture book, Archibald’s Next Big Thing!

Signing to follow. Although reservations are not necessary, we ask that you please RSVP and reserve a copy of Archibald’s Next Big Thing so that we will have enough books on hand for everyone who would like one. Thanks!

 

Friday, August 15th, 7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore is thrilled to host Roxane Gay on her Bad Feminist book tour. She will be joined by several fantastic fellow writers for a night of readings and conversation emceed by Zoe Ruiz.

 

 

 

Thursday, August 14th, 7pm:

Wednesday, August 13th, 7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore is excited to host Sarah Cornwell as she celebrates her debut novel’s paperback release.

A family trip to the Jersey Shore goes awry as Olivia Reed searches for her missing son while wrestling with tumultuous memories and secrets from her past in What I Had Before I Had You, a highly compelling debut novel by Sarah Cornwell. With previous stories published in 2013 Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Missouri Review, and Mid-American Review, this award-winning writer seamlessly weaves together the past and present as she examines the relationships between mothers and daughters and the captivating forces of magic and memory.

This suspenseful narrative alternates between Olivia’s present-day search for her son and her transformative summer in the same shore town in 1987. Two decades later, after splitting up with her husband, Olivia returns to her hometown with her adolescent daughter, Carrie, and nine-year-old son, Daniel, who was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Daniel disappears, triggering his mother’s haunting memories of the past and her fragile relationship with her own mother.

Olivia recalls the summer she was fifteen, when she bolted straight from childhood into adolescence and rebelled against her erratic, yet loveable, psychic mother. When Olivia has a psychic vision of her own–seeing the ghosts of her twin sisters– her mother dismisses it, propelling Olivia to leave home in search of the truth about her family and the secrets of her mother’s actions.

With a vibrant array of characters and the complex, surprising relationships between them, What I Had Before I Had You unravels a deeply mystical, poignant truth, written with psychological acuity and sophisticated prose.

“Captivating. . . . Depth of insight, dreamy prose, and an engrossing storyline mark this wonderful debut.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Sarah Cornwell grew up in Narberth, Pennsylvania. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including the 2013 Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Missouri Review, Mid-American Review, Gulf Coast, Hunger Mountain, and Alaska Quarterly Review, and has been honored with a Pushcart Prize, the 2008 Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, and finalist honors for the Keene Prize for Literature. In 2010, her screenwriting was recognized with the Humanitas Student Drama Fellowship. She was the Spring 2012 Writer-in-Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy and a 2011 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow for Pennsylvania State. Sarah has worked as an investigator of police misconduct, a writer in the schools, an MCAT tutor, a psychological research interviewer, a toy seller, and a screenwriter. She lives in Los Angeles.

Thursday, July 31st, 7:30pm:

 

Tuesday, July 15th, 7pm:

The Last Bookstore welcomes Tony Sacca, veteran Las Vegas entertainer, as he presents his biography chronicling his decades in show business.

Veteran entertainer, singer, producer, and TV host Sacca worked with biographer Arlene Krieger to tell his life story, detailing 50 years of entertaining people from casino showrooms to the White House.

In addition to discussing and signing his book, Tony Sacca will also perform, giving a glimpse into what has made him a Las Vegas stalwart.

Thursday July 10th, 7:30pm:

The Last Bookstore is excited to welcome University of Virginia professor Charles Marsh as he presents his new biography of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

In the decades since his execution by the Nazis in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor, theologian, and anti-Hitler conspirator, has become one of the most widely read and inspiring Christian thinkers of our time. Now, drawing on extensive new research, Strange Glory offers a definitive account, by turns majestic and intimate, of this modern icon.

The scion of a grand family that rarely went to church, Dietrich decided as a thirteen-year-old to become a theologian. By twenty-one, the rather snobbish and awkward young man had already written a dissertation hailed by Karl Barth as a “theological miracle.” But it was only the first step in a lifelong effort to recover an authentic and orthodox Christianity from the dilutions of liberal Protestantism and the modern idolatries of blood and nation—which forces had left the German church completely helpless against the onslaught of Nazism.

From the start, Bonhoeffer insisted that the essence of Christianity was not its abstract precepts but the concrete reality of the shared life in Christ. In 1930, his search for that true fellowship led Bonhoeffer to America for ten fateful months in the company of social reformers, Harlem churchmen, and public intellectuals. Energized by the lived faith he had seen, he would now begin to make what he later saw as his definitive “turn from the phraseological to the real.” He went home with renewed vocation and took up ministry among Berlin’s downtrodden while trying to find his place in the hoary academic establishment increasingly captive to nationalist fervor.

With the rise of Hitler, however, Bonhoeffer’s journey took yet another turn. The German church was Nazified, along with every other state-sponsored institution. But it was the Nuremberg laws that set Bonhoeffer’s earthly life on an ineluctable path toward destruction. His denunciation of the race statutes as heresy and his insistence on the church’s moral obligation to defend all victims of state violence, regardless of race or religion, alienated him from what would become the Reich church and even some fellow resistors. Soon the twenty-seven-year-old pastor was one of the most conspicuous dissidents in Germany. He would carry on subverting the regime and bearing Christian witness, whether in the pastorate he assumed in London, the Pomeranian monastery he established to train dissenting ministers, or in the worldwide ecumenical movement. Increasingly, though, Bonhoeffer would find himself a voice crying in the wilderness, until, finally, he understood that true moral responsibility obliged him to commit treason, for which he would pay with his life.

Charles Marsh brings Bonhoeffer to life in his full complexity for the first time. With a keen understanding of the multifaceted writings, often misunderstood, as well as the imperfect man behind the saintly image, here is a nuanced, exhilarating, and often heartrending portrait that lays bare Bonhoeffer’s flaws and inner torment, as well as the friendships and the faith that sustained and finally redeemed him. Strange Glory is a momentous achievement.

“Both intimate and theological, Marsh looks anew at Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), using rarely glimpsed correspondence to paint a warts-and-all portrait of this German martyr…

“Throughout the work, Marsh looks for ways of revisiting old truths about Bonhoeffer and offering fresh perspectives. Even his death is re-examined. Instead of simply repeating the story told by the concentration camp doctor that he died a quick death with grace and composure, Marsh points out that camp survivors have told different stories about how executions took place, leading one to believe Bonhoeffer suffered a terrible and tortuous end.

“There is no doubt Marsh’s portrayal will infuse new controversy into discussions about Bonhoeffer for years to come.” – Kirkus Reviews

Charles Marsh is a professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and director of the Project on Lived Theology. He is the author of seven previous books, including God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights, which won the 1998 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Of Marsh’s earlier volumesReclaiming Bonhoeffer, the late Eberhand Bethge, Bonhoeffer’s closest friend and first biographer, wrote: “This book is a theological sensation—an exciting event. Nobody who attempts to define Bonhoeffer’s legacy today will able to ignore Marsh’s book.” Marsh was a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in 2009 and the 2010 Ellen Maria Gorrissen Berlin Prize fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.


 

Friday, July 4th:

Happy birthday, America! In case you’re wondering, We WILL BE OPEN until 6PM on July 4th! So yes, we are closing early, but we’ll be open long enough for you to come by and say hi!