Sometimes I like to meet authors and talk to them about their books and their lives… Sometimes I like you to come along and watch, filthy. Hahaha.
Wednesday the 13th – Megan Phelps-Roper, Waterstones Deansgate, 7pm
NOTE VENUE CHANGE ABOVE.
Megan Phelps-Roper, who controversially left the Westboro Baptist Church back in November 2012, will be joining us to discuss her inspirational memoir Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope, leaving the Westboro Baptist Church. Megan was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church – the aggressively homophobic and anti-Semitic religious sect who rejoice at AIDS and natural disasters. From childhood to her early twenties, Megan participated in the Church’s notorious picketing campaign almost daily. Then, in November 2012 at the age of twenty-six, Megan left the church, her close-knit family, and her life behind.
The church was the subject of Louis Theroux’s riveting and widely-watched BBC documentary ‘The Most Hated Family in America’, and has been featured most recently on Louis’ third visit back to Kansas. Megan will be interviewed by Simon Savidge, the man behind much-loved blog Savidge Reads.
Thursday the 14th – Megan Phelps Roper, Liverpool Central Library, 6.30pm
Simon will be following up his event with Megan the previous night, see above, with a second night in Liverpool. Come to both, go wild. Ha.
Wednesday the 27th – Erin Morgenstern, Liverpool Central Library, 7pm
Liverpool Central Library is delighted that Erin Morgenstern, bestselling author of The Night Circus, will be here with us to share her magical new novel The Starless Sea, a stunning tale of secretsm mysteries, books and hidden libraries…
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues – a bee, a key and a sword – that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean labyrinth , hidden far below the surface of the earth.
What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians – it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose – in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
Erin will be in conversation with Simon Savidge. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Details here: https://www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/erin-morgenstern
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