Terence Hawkins, American Neolithic
Friday, December 11, 7 p.m.
America is a Police State Lite. Drones patrol the skies. The Patriot Amendments have gutted civil liberties. The Homeland Police and Patriot Tribunal have exclusive jurisdiction over all legal actions implicating national security. Enter Blingbling, the last literate member of the sole surviving band of Neanderthals, sent into the world to earn money for his people, who live in hiding on Manhattan's Lower East Side. After he is implicated in a hip-hop murder, shadowy benefactors retain a lawyer, the hard-boiled Raleigh. When a routine DNA swab reveals that he fits no known human genotype, the Homeland Police take notice. If Blingbling's true ancestry is disclosed, his people are in jeopardy. Raleigh finds himself caught in a professional and personal trap that can destroy his client, his career, and much more.
Political satire, courtroom thriller, and speculative fiction, "American Neolithic" is also a story of loyalty, betrayal, and redemption. Terence Hawkins has written a smart, dark, funny book that is ultimately deeply moving.
He is also the author of many short stories, essays, and editorials. He will be discussing his latest book at the Northshire bookstore on Friday, Dec. 11, starting at 7 p.m.
Children's Illustrator and Book Event
Sophie Blackall, Finding Winnie, The True Story of Winnie the Pooh. Tuesday, Dec. 15, 4 p.m.
Sophie Blackall is an Australian artist and illustrator whose most famous books include The Ivy and Bean series, Ruby's Wish and Meet Wild Boars. Her most recent work is showcased in a new book by Lindsay Mattick, "Finding Winnie." On Tuesday Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.
Sophie will present her work here in the store in a delightful PowerPoint presentation. She will also include a reading of Finding Winnie, a discussion of her art process, the research she did to illustrate this book, a discussion on family history, a drawing demo and Q&A. This is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults alike to learn about the process of illustration
and interact with the artist herself.
For more information, call the bookstore at 802-362-2200.