Penguin Parapalooza!

Hear from eight authors with new books recently released or coming soon from Penguin Publishers.

Bookmarks’ Parapalooza! Events feature authors reading one carefully chosen paragraph from their newest book. Attendees get to hear a sample from each book and ask questions of each author. This event will be moderated by Penguin Sales Representative, Virginia Price. 

Authors will include:
Cathy Marie Buchanan, Daughter of Black Lake
Lee Conell, The Party Upstairs
Alexis Henderson, The Year of the Witching 
Asha Lemmie, Fifty Words for Rain
Liz Moore, A Long Bright River
Shannon Pufahl, On Swift Horses
Madi Sinha, The White Coat Diaries
Denise Williams, How to Fail at Flirting

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About Cathy Marie Buchanan:
's work has been translated into nine languages. Her previous novel, The Painted Girlswas a #1 national bestseller in Canada and a New York Times bestseller. Lavished with praise, it was selected as a People pick, included in Entertainment Weekly's "Must List," and named a best book of the year by NPR, Good Housekeeping and Goodreads. Her debut novel, The Day the Falls Stood Still, was a New York Times bestseller and is one of the Canada Reads Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. Buchanan holds a BSc (Honours Biochemistry) and an MBA from Western University. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she now lives in Toronto.

About Lee Conell:
Lee Conell is the author of the story collection Subcortical, which was awarded The Story Prize's Spotlight Award. Her short fiction has received the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award and appears in the Oxford AmericanKenyon ReviewGlimmer TrainAmerican Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of creative writing fellowships from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

About Alexis Henderson:
Alexis Henderson is a speculative fiction writer with a penchant for dark fantasy, witchcraft, and cosmic horror. She grew up in one of America's most haunted cities, Savannah, Georgia, which instilled in her a life-long love of ghost stories. Currently, Alexis resides in the sun-soaked marshland of Charleston, South Carolina.

About Asha Lemmie:
Asha Lemmie was born in Virginia and raised in Maryland. She attended school in Washington, D.C., where she was fortunate to be exposed to a wide variety of cultural influences. She developed a passionate interest in reading at the age of two and has been writing stories since the age of five. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in English literature and creative writing, she relocated to New York City, where she worked in book publishing. Fifty Words for Rain is her first novel.

About Liz Moore:
Liz Moore is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller, A Long Bright River, and the acclaimed novels Heft and The Unseen World. A winner of the 2014-2015 Rome Prize in Literature, she lives in Philadelphia.

About Shannon Pufahl:
Shannon Pufahl grew up in rural Kansas. She teaches at Stanford University, where she was a Stegner Fellow in fiction. Her essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review and elsewhere, on topics ranging from John Brown and the antebellum Midwest, to personal memoir. She lives in the Bay Area with her wife and their dog.

About Madi Sinha:
Madi Sinha is a physician, and THE WHITE COAT DIARIES is her debut novel. She lives in New Jersey with her family. You can find her at

About Denise Williams:
Denise Williams wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. I Hate You and its sequel, I Still Hate You, featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD in education, going on to work in higher education. After growing up a military brat around the world and across the country, Denise now lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, son, and two ornery shih-tzus who think they own the house.


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Event date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Daughter of Black Lake: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735216167
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - October 6th, 2020

In a world of pagan traditions and deeply rooted love, a girl in jeopardy must save her family and community. A transporting historical novel by New York Times–bestselling author Cathy Marie Buchanan.

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The Party Upstairs: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984880277
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Published: Penguin Press - July 7th, 2020

An electrifying debut novel that unfolds in the course of a single day inside one genteel New York City apartment building, as tensions between the building's super and his grown-up daughter spark a crisis that will, by day's end, change everything.

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The Year of the Witching Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593099605
Published: Ace - July 21st, 2020

A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.

Fifty Words for Rain: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524746360
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Published: Dutton - September 1st, 2020

Good Morning America Book Club Pick and New York Times Bestseller!

Long Bright River: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525540670
Published: Riverhead Books - January 7th, 2020





On Swift Horses: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525538110
Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019

A Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2020.

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Named a Most Anticipated Book of Fall by The New York Times, Real Simple, Electric Literature, and more.


The White Coat Diaries Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593098196
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Published: Berkley - September 15th, 2020

Grey’s Anatomy meets Scrubs in this brilliant debut novel about a young doctor’s struggle to survive residency, love, and life. 

How to Fail at Flirting Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593101902
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Published: Berkley - December 1st, 2020

"A warm romance that bursts with realism and celebrates the symbiotic power of love and healing.”―Entertainment Weekly

#1 LibraryReads Pick
Indie Next Pick

One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.