Wednesday, April 25 6:30 PM¬†at Boswell’s – Laura Rodley author of Counter Point.¬† In Counter Point¬†Rodley masterfully weaves poetry with prose in a remarkable tale of lovers coming together on, of all places, a pirate ship.¬†¬†This book introduces an unforgettable character, Marie, an ordinary girl (“A laundress wears no jewelry on her / hands, only the roses of chapped skin.”) who navigates the world with extraordinary fortitude. Artful language and sensual detail–whether evoking love’s first desires (“and here we splice open our shirts / like oysters after plucking / and just as lush.”) or describing the malodors of a pirate ship (“even the smell of their feet / had a noise called squelching.”)–bring to life a briny world, both intimate and writ large. It’s not often a poetry book is described as a page-turner, but Counter Point is that book: a heroine’s adventure lyrically told.

Wednesday, May 23 6:30 PM¬†at Boswell’s – Joan Livingston, author of Chasing the Case.¬†¬†¬†How does a woman disappear in a town of a thousand people? That’s a 28-year-old mystery Isabel Long wants to solve.¬†¬† Isabel has the time to investigate. She just lost her husband and her job as a managing editor of a newspaper. (Yes, it’s been a bad year.) And she’s got a Watson – her 92-year-old mother who lives with her.¬†¬† To help her case, Isabel takes a job at the local watering hole, so she can get up close and personal with those connected to the mystery.¬†¬† As a journalist, Isabel never lost a story she chased. Now, as an amateur P.I., she’s not about to lose this case either.