Upcoming book signings at New Dominion Bookshop

A very exciting line-up of authors is coming to New Dominion in the next week or two. See you there!

Three readings at New Dominion Bookshop

Tuesday, September 15 at 5:30 PM: Kelly Corrigan, The Middle Place

Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 PM: Andy Straka, Kitty Hitter

Friday, September 18 at 12:15 PM: Amy Whitaker, Museum Legs

Kelly Corrigan will discuss and sign copies of her memoir

The Middle Place

Tuesday, September 15 at 5:30 PM

A writer, author, and mother of two young girls, Corrigan recently penned The Middle Place—what she defines as “that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap.” At thirty-six, she had a marriage that worked, a couple of funny, active kids, a weekly newspaper column, and all the while felt as though she remained comfortably wedged between her adult duties and her parents’ care. A natural storyteller, Corrigan captures the beat of ordinary life and the everyday moments that bind families together.

Having worked ten years in non-profits, Corrigan credits such experiences for shaping her worldview and propelling her to do things for people who do not share the “good luck” she has had in life. An advocate for education, she is very much involved in charter schools, tutoring programs, and the YMCA, always aiming to create new and useful opportunities for those with the ambition to pursue them.

Other projects Corrigan devotes time to are Circus of Cancer (www.circusofcancer.org), to teach you how to love someone through cancer, and Greater Good Parents (www.greatergoodparents.org), to help us all be more deliberate and informed parents. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time her father was diagnosed with his own late-stage cancer, Corrigan has much to offer on the subject of the disease, battling it, and surviving it, all while watching your parent face the same struggles.

Corrigan attended the University of Richmond, and received her Masters in Literature from San Francisco State University.

Andy Straka will present selections and sign copies of his new mystery

Kitty Hitter

Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 PM

Come and join Andy and the great folks from Rockfish Sanctuary (a portion of the proceeds from this event will go to benefit the sanctuary) at New Dominion where he’ll be talking hawks and signing copies of KITTY HITTER, the latest novel in the Shamus Award-winning private eye series. He’ll have his new Harris Hawk with him — officially dubbed “Harris Potter” by his eldest daughter. The Sanctuary folks plan to bring a bird or two as well.

This is not your mother’s cat mystery. No one would ever mistake Virginia private investigator and falconer Frank Pavlicek for Ace Ventura. But when the ex homicide detective is asked to return to New York City to help find a physician/​animal rights activist’s missing feline, the stage is set for one of the most bizarre cases of Frank’s career.

Are the doctor’s accusations true? Has the eccentric developer of her luxury apartment building actually hired a hit man to kill her pet by stealing the poor creature and hunting the kitty down with a bird of prey? Turns out, the doc and some of her fellow apartment owners are embroiled in a rancorous legal dispute with the builder. Other pets are missing too and witnesses claim to have spotted a specter-like figure prowling Central Park at night carrying a giant owl.

With the help of his daughter Nicole, sometime partner Jake Toronto, and tough-nosed PI Darla Barnes, Frank soon discovers more is at stake than any of them had imagined. Chasing the mysterious falconer, they stumble upon an anonymous, half-dead child. Darla is shot and seriously wounded. To make matters worse, a reporter more interested in a bizarre story than in pursuing facts interferes along with competing camps of protestors. Not to mention Frank’s rekindled romance with erstwhile flame Marcia D’Angelo.

In the end, both the good doctor and the developer must come clean about their respective agendas, exposing a true evil that has escaped unnoticed. Overcoming such an evil will take every skill in Frank’s hunting bag, the courage of a most unlikely band of survivors … and a sacrifice by a heart as big as New York City and all outdoors.

Amy Whitaker will present selections and sign copies from her collection of essays

Museum Legs

Friday, September 18 at 12:15 PM

An irreverent, highly original look at our rocky relationship with museums

If you’ve ever considered going to an art museum and then thought, errr, I’ll do something else… If you’ve ever arrived at one and left a little glazed and confused… If you’ve ever thought, I might read an eight-page article about art museums but not a whole book… Then this is your story.

Museum Legs — taken from a term for art fatigue — starts with a question: Why do people get bored and tired in art museums and why does that matter? As Whitaker writes in this humorous and incisive collection of essays, museums matter for reasons that have less to do with art as we know it and more to do with business, politics, and the age-old question of how to live.

Maybe the great age of museums will yet be a great age of creativity and hopeful possibility in everyday life.

Amy Whitaker has an M.B.A. from Yale and an M.F.A in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She has worked in art museums including the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate, and for a well-known artist and a well-known hedge fund. This is her first book.

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