Alix E. Harrow: Starling House with Lee Mandelo

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Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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A gorgeously modern gothic fantasy from the New York Times bestselling author of TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY—welcome to Starling House: enter, if you dare. I dream sometimes about a house I’ve never seen….
Opal is a lot of things--orphan, high school dropout, full-time cynic and part-time cashier--but above all, she's a determined to find a better life for her younger brother Jasper. One that gets them out of Eden, Kentucky, a town remarkable for only two things:
1) a surprising amount of unexplained bad luck and natural disasters
2) the only known sightings of E. (Eleanor) Starling, a reclusive nineteenth-century author whose only published book, The Underland, was considered almost as shocking as the author’s later mysterious disappearance. But Starling left behind one other thing: the imposing house that bears her name. Everyone agrees that it’s best to ignore the uncanny mansion, and its misanthropic heir, Arthur . Almost everyone, anyway..
I should be scared, but in the dream I don’t hesitate.
Opal knows better than to mess with haunted houses or brooding men, but still can't resist a chance to see inside Starling House. So when an unexpected opportunity arises, she jumps at it. Besides, it means double the money to put towards her brother’s escape fund. But sinister forces are digging deeper into the buried secrets of Starling House, and Arthur’s own nightmares have become far too real. As Eden itself seems to be drowning in its own ghosts, Opal realizes that she might finally have found a reason to stick around.
In my dream, I’m home.
And now she’ll have to fight.

Alix E. Harrow is the Hugo Award winning author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Once and Future Witches, and various short fiction. Her Fractured Fables series, beginning with the novella A Spindle Splintered, has been praised for its refreshing twist on familiar fairy tales. A former academic and adjunct, Harrow lives in Virginia with her husband and their two semi-feral kids.

Lee Mandelo is a writer, critic, and occasional editor whose fields of interest include speculative and queer fiction, especially when the two coincide. His debut novel Summer Sons, which has been featured in NPR and the Chicago Review of Books, is a contemporary southern gothic dealing with queer masculinity, fast cars, and ugly inheritances. Aside from a stint overseas learning to speak Scouse, Mandelo has spent his life ranging across Kentucky, currently living in Louisville and pursuing a PhD at the University of Kentucky.



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Mobility device access info:

While our store has ramp access to the right of the main entrance, the event space is more easily accessed by entering at Bayly Avenue. Please call the store when you arrive and we will be happy to welcome you via this entrance. This door is next to a loading zone for easy car access, and our parking lot reserved ADA spots are also close to this entrance.

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Starling House: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250799050
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Tor Books - October 3rd, 2023


“This book has everything you could possibly want this fall...a cursed town, a haunted house, a vivid & eerie setting—plus, characters willing to risk everything.” —Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club October ’23 Pick)

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Feed Them Silence By Lee Mandelo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250824509
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Tordotcom - March 14th, 2023

Lee Mandelo dives into the minds of wolves in Feed Them Silence, a novella of the near future.

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Everyone agrees that it’s best to ignore the uncanny mansion, and its misanthropic heir, Arthur. Almost everyone, anyway.