Odyssey Bookshop announces January events calendar

Date: 1/2/2015

SOUTH HADLEY – The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley has announced the following programs for January. All events are conducted at the bookshop at 7 p.m.  unless otherwise indicated.

Dig your face into sinful snacks, overindulge on cookie cake, and celebrate with local author Gina Damico as she reads from her new book “Hellhole” Jan. 6,  at 7 p.m. at the Jones Library in Amherst.

Books will be on sale at the event. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

This event will take place in the Woodbury room in the Jones Library. This event is free, we kindly ask that you RSVP by calling The Odyssey Bookshop 534-7307 or emailing rsvp@odysseybks.com

About “Hellhole:” Geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore only has one dirty habit: digging for fossils. One day, to his horror, his shovel strikes not upon a dinosaur bone, but a pit to hell – and out of it comes a devil. Specifically, the kind of devil who eats a lot of junk food, watches a lot of reality television, plays a lot of video games, and refuses to leave Max’s basement. But evil is still evil, no matter what form it takes. And Max has to find a way to comply with the demands of the big red menace, lest he lay waste to everyone and everything Max cares about.

With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max goes in search of a new abode for his unwanted guest. Finding a place where he can reside in luciferian luxury isn’t easy, but Max has strong motivation: his mother, whose terminal illness the devil promises to cure if Max gives him what he wants. Lore has her doubts about making a deal with the devil, but Max will stop at nothing to save his mom. And pretty soon, he’s doing things the good kid he once was would never dream of doing. Clearly, hanging around with a devil is a bad influence. But how can Max get rid of the guy without incurring the wrath of hell?

Jennifer Donnelly, “Mermaid Pizza Party Watersaga,” Jan. 8, 5 p.m.

Swim down to the Odyssey bookshop to explore an underwater world of magic and fantasy! Author Jennifer Donnelly will unlock the secrets to the mermaid kingdom from the first and second books in the Waterfire saga. Munch on free pizza and revel in the words as you hear from New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Donnelly. 

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe. Serafina finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera’s mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas.

Donnelly is an award-winning author of both adult and young adult books, including “Deep Blue,” the first book in the “Waterfire Saga.” For adults she has written a trilogy of best-selling books that includes “The Tea Rose,” “The Winter Rose,” and “The Wild Rose.” Her first young adult novel, “A Northern Light,” received the LA Times Book Prize, a Carnegie Medal in the United Kingdom, and a Michael L. Printz Honor. Her second young adult novel, “Revolution,” was named a Best Book of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal, and the audiobook received a 2011 American Library Association Odyssey Honor. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

For more information, visit www.jenniferdonnelly.com.

Please RSVP for this event by emailing RSVP@odysseybks.com or calling 534-7307.

Jason Reynolds, “Killing Time in Crystal City” and Chris Lynch, “The Boy in the Black,” Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.

Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including “Printz Honor Book Freewill,” “Iceman, Gypsy Davy, and Shadow Boxer” – all ALA Best Books for Young Adults. He holds an master’s degree from the writing program at Emerson College. He teaches in the Creative Writing MFA program at Lesley University. He lives in Boston and in Scotland.

Jason Reynolds is crazy… about stories. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Maryland, College Park, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where you can often find him walking the four blocks from the train to his apartment talking to himself. Well, not really talking to himself, but just repeating character names and plot lines he thought of on the train, over and over again, because he’s afraid he’ll forget it all before he gets home. He is the author of the critically acclaimed “When I Was the Greatest” and “The Boy in the Black Suit.”

We request that attendees purchase a copy of “Killing Time in Crystal City” or “The Boy in the Black” from the Odyssey Bookshop in order to join the book signing line. To reserve a seat for this event, please email RSVP@odysseybks.com, for specific queries, call the store at  534-7307.

Holly Black, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a night of magic and watch fairytales come alive! The legendary Holly Black joins us again with her return to a land of fae! Sip sparkling faux fairy wine and take a glass coffin selfie as you revel in the brilliance that is Holly Black.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking. Until one day, he does... As the world turns upside down and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including “Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale” and the number one New York Times bestselling “Spiderwick” series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library.

Due to limited seating we request you RSVP by calling the Odyssey or emailing RSVP@odysseybks.com. We request attendees purchase a copy of “The Darkest Part of The Forest” to enter the signing line.

Tim Johnston, “Descent,” Jan. 15, at 7 p.m.

The Odyssey welcomes Tim Johnston, “Descent,” the story of a family undone by the disappearance of a daughter who went out for a morning run and didn’t come back, is stunning in its emotional impact – a compulsively readable page-turner with a strong literary sensibility. The girl’s vanishing – on a sunny, late-summer vacation morning – all the more devastating for its mystery, is the beginning of the family’s harrowing journey down increasingly divergent and solitary paths, until all that continues to bind them to each other are the questions they can never bring themselves to ask: At what point does a family stop searching? At what point does a girl stop fighting for her life?

Johnston is the author of the debut adult novel “Descent,” the story collection “Irish Girl,” and the young adult novel “Never So Green.” Published in 2009, the stories in “Irish Girl” won an O. Henry Prize, the New Letters Award for Writers, and the Gival Press Short Story Award, while the collection itself won the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He currently teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Memphis.

We request that attendees purchase a copy of “Descent” from the Odyssey Bookshop in order to join the book signing line. To reserve a seat for this event, please email RSVP@odysseybks.com, for specific queries, call the store at 534-7307.