A Great Spring / Summer at Chickadee Prince

We’ve had a great spring / summer at Chickadee Prince Books so far, and we hope for even greater things to come.

During his decades as a celebrated Los Angeles defense lawyer, Ed Rucker represented some of the most famous defendants of the late 20th century. Now he’s the author of The Inevitable Witness, the first novel in his new Bobby Earl series of legal thrillers, which has garnered great reviews and coverage in Kirkus, the Strand Magazine, and the Bookpleasures website, and standing room only crowds and plenty of books sold at publication parties at Diesel in Los Angeles and the Corner Bookstore in New York. Read a though-provoking interview with Ed here.

Donna Levin is the author of the contemporary fiction “autism lit” novel, There’s More Than One Way Home, and she has been giving readings and presentations all over the place, from Books Inc. in San Francisco to the California public libraries, and Home has gotten incredible reviews, from Kirkus (“A witty, modern voice delivers a captivating tale about a mysterious death”) and Foreword (“deals substantively with issues like autism, and by doing so, stands to appeal to a broad audience as a worthy entry into popular fiction.”) to a starred review in Booklist. Donna was featured on the front page of the Smithsonian website (wondering whether Mr. Darcy might have been on the autism spectrum), was recently interviewed on KUCI in Irvine, CBS radio in Boston, and on Cyrus Webb’s podcast, all of which you can listen to here. More to come: Donna appears at the Brooklyn public library on June 13 and the New York Public Library on June 15!

Mirror at the Heart of Time, the final book in Mark Laporta’s acclaimed YA SF trilogy landed in bookstores on Thursday; the series that Kirkus calls “a fabulous read,” has not disappointed in its ultimate chapter. Jodi Scaife writes in the Fanbase Press website, “if you enjoy world building and inventive science fiction that shows the wonders of the universe, Mirror at the Heart of Time, is an excellent read,” Joe Crowe of Science Fiction Revolution raves, “It contains teen drama, political intrigue, and neat sci-fi stuff with space-time and the multiverse. It’s light-hearted and sweet, and contains an optimism that many SF writers forget about … I approve,” Tay Laroi of Cheapreads writes, “Mirror at the Heart of Time is a brilliant conclusion to an equally brilliant series that will leave readers ecstatic, on the edge of their seats, and heart-broken to see such great characters go,” and the celebrated SF writer and critic Don D’Amassa praises the Ixdahan trilogy on his website as well. Mark is a featured guest-blogger on the Watt O’Hugh website today, and he will appear on Patzi Gil’s Joy on Paper radio show on June 20! Read a witty and imaginative interview with Mark here.

Peter Szabo has appeared at a well-received and jam-packed talk at Bookforum, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, reading from his moving memoir Finding Maria, as well as at area synagogues; he’s been praised in the pages of the Foreword Book Review magazine (“a heartfelt, honest look at love and loss across generations of a family”), San Diego Jewish World and Reviews by Amos Lassen  (“in its simplicity the story comes across as more honest and most intense”) and has been featured in a full page spread in the Jewish Forward and on Deborah Kalb’s website. And check out this great interview with Peter.

Finally, please do take a look at the terrific reviews for In Love with Alice, the second book in Alon Preiss’s series of thirtover novels about the last third of the 20th century! A beautiful and poetic novel that continues to win new fans. And please read a strange and interesting interview with Preiss here and here.

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