Matt Richtel – Dead on Arrival

Matt Richtel’s latest technological book is set against a backdrop of civil society unraveling through partisanship, nationalism and intensifying tribalism. Joseph Finder calls Dead on Arrival a “classic” in the mold of The Stand and Michael Crichton’s Terminal Man. This high-concept books draws on Richtel’s years of science and technology reporting for the New York Times, blending science and suspense to create an entirely new, and haunting, vision of the apocalypse.

An airplane lands at a desolate airport in a remote Colorado ski town. On board is Dr. Lyle Martin, a world-class infectious disease specialist, who is brusquely awoken to shocking news: Everyone not on the plane appears to be dead. A lethal new kind of virus may have surfaced, threatening mankind’s survival, and now Martin is at the center of the investigation.

Moving at a breakneck pace from the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control to the secret campus of Google X and the steps of the nation’s capital, Dead on Arrival establishes Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter, as one of the premier technological thriller writers working today, and raises a question as terrifying as this mysterious syndrome itself: Is the world better left unsaved?

About the author: Matt Richtel is a Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times reporter and bestselling nonfiction and mystery author. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Meredith, a neurologist, and their two children. In his spare time, he plays tennis and piano and writes (not very good) songs

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Billy Bloom – Walter and the Wallet

About the book

Walter Whippingdale is having the worst day of his life. The girl he likes is making googly eyes at another boy in his class. He struck out during recess. He broke his favorite watch. A giant pimple appeared on his nose. And to top it off, he somehow managed to get mustard in his eye at lunch! Walking home from school, his head is hanging low. Which is precisely how Walter spots a wallet lying in the street…a wallet bursting with cash. Suddenly, his terrible day is about to change. But how?. Kids will be drawn in by the beautiful illustrations and enjoy the humor in the story, while parents and educators will appreciate this lighthearted character development book.

As an added bonus, the text is rendered in quatrains, four-line stanzas in poetry form, and the illustrations by Tanya Leonello have a wonderfully lighthearted feel that makes for a wistfully charming tale.

About the author

Billy Bloom is an elementary school teacher in New York. Before becoming a teacher, he had several other jobs, including professional Frisbee player (finishing 6th in the World Championships in 1983), newspaper editor, advertising copywriter, and volleyball league owner. He currently referees middle and high school volleyball and basketball games after school and on weekends. This is Billy Bloom’s debut children’s book.
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Augustus Rose – The Readymade Thief

Augustus Rose’s debut thriller The Readymade Thief  is a unique blend of suspenseful plotting, a coming of age tale, and a trivia-lover’s brain teaser, with a tightly coiled mystery at the center that will keep you turning the pages. It’s impossible to pin down or put down.

A cinematic tale of a teenage fugitive on the run, The Readymade Thief  follows Lee Cuddy, a young woman who has felt invisible her whole life, as she escapes from juvie and through a series of extraordinary challenges, discovers a fierceness she never knew she had. Lee reveals herself to be a heroine to reckon with as she faces off against a sinister underground crime ring and grifts her way through makeshift homes—an abandoned building inhabited by homeless teens, the upscale houses of families on vacation, underground raves, strangers’ couches, and even the basement of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

All of this to stay a step ahead of the group of bizarrely dressed men whose obsession with Marcel Duchamp has somehow implicated her as its focus. What do they think she has? And how can she use her power against them? Rose, a former bookseller at independent bookstores, spent much of those years perusing stacks of old, forgotten books on off-the-beaten-track subjects; books that couldn’t neatly be shelved in a single section. The cults, subcultures, urban exploration, speculative science, CIA mind control techniques, metaphysics, alchemy, conspiracy theories, and underground art movements Rose read about during those dusty afternoons all eventually found their way into the mystery of The Readymade Thief .


Augustus Rose is a novelist and screenwriter. He was born in the northern California coastal town of Bolinas, and grew up there and in San Francisco. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son, and teaches fiction writing at the University of Chicago.

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Joshua David Bellin – Freefall


The fa​te of the human race hangs on the actions of two teens from very different backgrounds in this thrilling sci-fi adventure.

In the Upperworld, the privileged 1% are getting ready to abandon a devastated planet Earth. And Cam can’t wait to leave. After sleeping through a 1,000-year journey, he and his friends will have a pristine new planet to colonize. And no more worries about the Lowerworld and its 99% of rejects.

Then Cam sees a banned video feed of protesters in the Lowerworld who also want a chance at a new life. And he sees a girl with golden eyes who seems to be gazing straight through the feed directly at him. A girl he has to find. Sofie.

When Cam finds Sofie, she opens his eyes to the unfairness of what’s happening in their world, and Cam joins her cause for Lowerworld rights. He also falls hard for Sofie. But Sofie has her own battles to fight, and when it’s time to board the spaceships, Cam is alone.

Waking up 1,000 years in the future, Cam discovers that he and his shipmates are far off-course, trapped on an unknown and hostile planet. Who has sabotaged their ship? And does it have anything to do with Sofie, and the choices—and the enemies—he made in the past?

Release date: September 26, 2017

About the author: Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very short). A college professor by day, he has published three science fiction novels for teens and adults: the two-part Survival Colony series, Survival Colony 9 and Scavenger of Souls, and the upcoming deep-space adventure Freefall. Josh loves to read, watch movies, and spend time in Nature with his kids. Oh, and he likes monsters. Really scary monsters.

Stephen Holgate – Tangier

Waucoma Bookstore is hosting author Stephen Holgate for a book signing on FridayJuly 7th from 5:00-8:00 pm at the bookstore (212 Oak St., Hood River).  Holgate will be signing his novel Tangier.  Tangier is a story of fathers and sons, the alienation of being a stranger in a strange land, the seductive face of betrayal, and finally, the lengths we’ll go to for redemption.
About the Book
Christopher Chaffee has lost his prestige, his powerful government position—and the sure knowledge that his father died in prison during WWII. Prompted by his mother’s pleading, and in the unique position of having little left to lose, he embarks on a journey to Tangier, Morocco, a city of spies, secrets, subtleties, and his father’s last known location. Here, Christopher Chaffee hopes to find the truth of his father’s past, and, ultimately, a deeper truth about himself.
Stephen Holgate’s unforgettable debut novel, Tangier, delves into the intertwined lives of Christopher and his father, French diplomat Rene Laurent. A tale of danger and mystery, betrayal and redemption, Tangier presents the remarkable journey of a father and his son told in parallel stories set fifty years apart: one a mystery; the other a spy story. In the first, Chaffee, a disgraced Washington power-broker, travels down the narrow lanes and twisted souls of Tangier’s ancient medina in search of the father he has never known, a French diplomat, who died in a Vichy prison in 1944 (or so he had always believed).
In the second story, his father, Rene Laurent, fights to maintain his soul—and his life—in the snake pit of wartime Tangier. These two stories slowly intertwine as Christopher unwraps the mystery of his father’s fate, and Laurent gets caught up in the intrigue of opposing espionage webs—and caught up, too, in the arms of a woman he knows he shouldn’t trust.
About the Author
Holgate is a fifth-generation Oregonian who served for four years as a diplomat with the American Embassy in Morocco. In addition to his other foreign service posts, Mr. Holgate has served as a congressional staffer; headed a committee staff of the Oregon State Senate; managed two electoral campaigns; acted with the national tour of an improvisational theater group; worked as a crew member of a barge on the canals of France; and lived in a tent while working as a gardener in Malibu. Holgate has published several short stories and a successfully produced a one-man play, as well as publishing innumerable freelance articles. Tangier is his first novel.
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Audrey Penn – Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover

There are many paths to becoming a writer. Over the years we’ve interviewed people who have started as lawyers, as doctors, as teachers, as police officers, military professionals, historians and accountants but this is the first time we’ll have a chance to interview someone who’s first career was as a ballerina.

And not just someone who took a few ballet lessons at a local dance studio. Audrey Penn was a ballerina dancing with the National Ballet, New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, and the Danny Diamond Dance Theatre. She also served as alignist and choreographer for the U.S Figure Skating Team in preparation for the Pan American Games (1973), and for the 1976 Olympic Gymnastics team. Unfortunately in 1980 she became too ill with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis to continue dancing.

She writes on her web page that because she had done a lot of children’s theatre and children’s dance, and had always enjoyed children’s literature, she turned to writing children’s books for her creative outlet.

The result has been rewarding for both her and for millions of readers.

Her latest book is Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover. In the book, Chester is excited about going to his very first sleepover. After his mother drops him off at Pepper Opossum’s house with a Kissing Hand in his palm, Chester and his animal friends have a long day of playing games and eating snacks.

But when the animals decide to bed down, Chester can’t go to sleep. While his Kissing Hand has kept him from getting scared, he isn’t in his own bedroom, and he misses his family. When Chester returns home, Mrs. Raccoon welcomes her little cub and reassures him that his home is always there when he needs it.

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Robert Gleason – And Into The Fire

For most Americans, their greatest nightmare is of someone setting off a nuclear weapon in one of our major cities. Two possible scenarios that come to mind are setting off a nuke near Washington’s Capitol building during a State of the Union address, or melting down a nuclear power plant ― like Indian Point, a mere 35 miles from New York City ― creating such terror and chaos that 9/11 would pale in comparison. Critics agree that nationally recognized nuclear terrorism expert Robert Gleason’s latest book, And Into the Fire, describes these terrifying scenarios in more factual detail than any other book they have read.

Robert Gleason, bestselling author of End of Days and The Nuclear Terrorist: His Financial Backers and Political Patrons in the US and Abroad, has starred in and hosted a History Channel two-hour special on this very subject and the various scenarios that could take place.  Please watch a seven-minute excerpt from the History Channel Special at: He has been a featured guest discussing nuclear terrorism on national TV and radio shows such as Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, George Noory’s “Coast to Coast AM”, and NPR, along with many others, and spoken numerous times on this subject at Harvard.

Gleason’s latest book dramatizes in great detail how terrorists could steal bomb-grade highly enriched uranium from a country such as Pakistan and smuggle it into the US.  Once in possession of the fissile nuclear bomb-fuel, cobbling together crude would be an amazingly simple procedure.  As Luis Alvarez, the physicist who designed the Hiroshima bomb wrote, “a high school student could build the Hiroshima bomb if he had the bomb-fuel.” Gleason then shows how terrorists can use such crudely built but highly powerful Hiroshima-type bombs to incinerate any major US city.

Advance reviews on And Into the Fire all agree that it is not only a hair-raising thriller, it is arguably the most knowledgeable nuclear terrorism novel of our time.  Byron Dorgan, former US Senator and New York Times bestselling author of Gridlock, has written:  “Gleason writes with undeniable authority on the threat of nuclear terrorism… And Into the Fire, is an eye-opening, hair-raising, up-all-night thriller that should be required reading for all Members of Congress.”

With nearly 30 years experience researching the threat of nuclear terrorism and the possibility of nuclear annihilation, Robert Gleason can address topics on national security, foreign policy, current events, politics and what needs to be done to defend our cities and nuclear power plants.

Robert Gleason is a highly regarded expert on nuclear terrorism. He’s spoken on the topic at Harvard four times, and on Sean Hannity’s and Lou Dobbs’s TV shows, PBS, NPR,  George Noory’s “Coast to Coast AM”, and many other radio & television programs.  He also hosted and starred in a two-hour History Channel special largely devoted to the subject. He is the author of The Nuclear Terrorist: His Financial Backers and Political Patrons in the US and Abroad, as well as the critically acclaimed End of Days. Gleason lives in New York City, and you can learn more about him and his books a t

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