Monday, September 28, 2009

Farley's Welcomes Jonathan Maberry & David F. Kramer!

This past Saturday, Farley's welcomed Bram Stoker Award-winning Jonathan Maberry to the bookshop. In case you've been missing out on this fantastic local author, he's the celebrated writer of a variety of supernatural thrillers and mysteries--and he's a master of the genre! His newest book, They Bite, was co-written with David F. Kramer, who came out for the event as well!

Do you love Twilight? Are you dddicted to Sookie Stackhouse? In They Bite, Maberry and Kramer go beyond the folklore to explore how and why supernatural predators have become pop culture stars.

Jonthan Maberry & David Kramer worked previously together on The Cryptopedia: A Dictionary of the Weird, Strange, and Downright Bizarre. Other books by Jonathan Maberry include Farley's favorite Patient Zero and the Pine Deep Trilogy--the setting of which was inspired by our very own New Hope!!

Check out a few photos from the event:

Jonathan Maberry & David F. Kramer

They brought gummy body parts! We liked the gummy brains the best.

Local author & fellow Philly Liars Club member Dennis Tafoya stopped by too!

You can view more photos from the event on our Facebook page. To learn more about Jonathan Maberry, visit his Big Scary Blog; find more about David F. Kramer on his Web site,

Thanks for such a great event, guys!

Friday, September 25, 2009

October Book Club Pick!

Last year sometime, former Farley's staffer Kate read a book that she loved. And we mean LOVED. According to her, it was one of those books that she wished would just keep going so she'd never have to finish it. Since then, a few of us here at the shop have been meaning to pick it up ourselves, but as sometimes happens, life (and other books!) kept getting in the way.

Well, now we're out of excuses, because we've chosen it for our next book club pick! For October, we're excited to be reading The Hakawati, by Rabih Alameddine.

In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father's deathbed. As the family gathers, stories begin to unfold: Osama's grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching tales are interwoven with classic stories of the Middle East. Here are Abraham and Isaac; Ishmael, father of the Arab tribes; the beautiful Fatima; Baybars, the slave prince who vanquished the Crusaders; and a host of mischievous imps. Through Osama, we also enter the world of the contemporary Lebanese men and women whose stories tell a larger, heartbreaking tale of seemingly endless war, conflicted identity, and survival. With The Hakawati, Rabih Alameddine has given us an Arabian Nights for this century.

Please join us on Tuesday, October 20th at 7 p.m. for some good company, insightful discussion, and light refreshments. Hope to see you there, and thanks for the inspiration, Kate!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Take 5: Buffy's Top 5 Favorite Authors of the Moment

With Farley's staffer Ellie off in Africa for the year, and fantastic summer staffers Kristina and Dylan returned to their academic homes for the school year, we've welcomed a new employee aboard here at the bookshop: Buffy. Yep, that's right, Buff. Pretty fantastic, right?

He's the first (and likely to be the only, if we're honest) Buffy in Farley's history, and to get to know him a bit, we've asked him to share his top five favorite authors. An all-time top five seemed too difficult a challenge, so instead, he offered us his top five authors right now. Thanks, Buffy, and welcome aboard!

1. Nelson Algren. "Algren breaks the barriers of poetry and prose. A sharp, clear, fearless eye."

2. John Fante. "Pure guts. He writes with pure guts."

3. Francois Villon. "A humane and heartbreaking poet. Hard lived ideas well said."

4. Abdelrahman Munif. "The Dostoevsky of Arab literature. Beyond important."

5. Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. "A Master storyteller unafraid to mine the interior of love. He's everything Nicholas Sparks fears."

What's in your top-five-of-the-moment??

Thursday, September 10, 2009

September Signings at Farley's Bookshop!

We've got a variety of exciting author events coming up at Farley's this fall, beginning this weekend and including children's picture book author Steven Kroll, memoirist Rachel Simon, and the award-winning Jonathan Maberry! Read on for more details...

Children's picture book author Steven Kroll will be joining us for a signing this Saturday, September 12th, from 1-4 p.m. Stop by, bring the kids, and meet this favorite local author!

Steven Kroll is the author of a number of children's picture books. His most recent book is Barbarians; other favorites include Stuff, Patches Lost and Found, and The Hanukkah Mice. View additional titles by Steven Kroll here!

Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister, will be joining us at Solebury School on Friday, September 25th, from 7-9 p.m. to sign copies of her new books, Building a Home with My Husband.

As she prepares to renovate her historic Wilmington, DE home with her architect husband Hal, Rachel Simon prepares herself for the disagreements and disasters that can accompany a major home renovation. What she isn't prepared for is what she comes to discover about the construction, demolition, and renovation of personal connections in one's life.

We'll be welcoming local author Jonathan Maberry to the bookshop for a signing on Saturday, September 26th, from 1-4 p.m. He'll be here signing copies of his newest book, They Bite!

Love Twilight? Addicted to Sookie Stackhouse? In They Bite, Bram Stoker Award-winning author Maberry and David F. Kramer go beyond the folklore to explore how and why supernatural predators have become pop culture stars.

Previous titles by Maberry include Patient Zero, Ghost Road Blues, Dead Man's Song, and Bad Moon Rising. And did you know that the setting for the Ghost Road Blues trilogy was inspired by our very own New Hope??

Hope to see you for these great signings, and keep an eye out for more exciting events throughout the fall!