Lemony Snicket Brings Kids Mystery to Raleigh, Jedediah Berry Delivers Quirky Detection to D.C. & I Head Out for the Far Coast

9780061236273Lemony Snicket is certainly the biggest name on the calendar for the coming week in North Carolina (and a reminder to all that the new MetroBooks Calendar to your right gives information on readings, signings and literary events in the Triangle area of NC for the coming month). Snicket comes to Quail Ridge Books on Monday, March 9, at 4 p.m., with his new kids mystery, The Composer Is Dead, a book & CD that — a la Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf —combines words and music to introduce children to various musical instruments (whose players are, of course, suspects in the murder investigation).  The music, not incidentally, is by Duke alum Nathaniel Stookey, and the piece was first performed live in 2006 by the San Francisco Symphony; the CD features a recording of that performance.

Snicket is signing only (no reading), and you’ll need a ticket for that line as well. For information, check out Quail Ridge Book’s website here.

Also noteworthy on the calendar next week is an appearance by Kate Betterton at the Barnes & Noble in Cary on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. Betterton is the author of Where The Lake Becomes The River and was interviewed by me here, earlier this year.  

In & Around (and Out of) D.C.

the-manual-of-detectionThere’s much going on in the D.C. metro area over the next week: Jedediah Berry comes to Politics and Prose tonight (Friday, March 6) with his intriguing new novel, The Manual of Detection; Jodi Picoult comes to the Borders at Baileys Crossroads in Virginia on Monday, March 9, with her latest, Handle with Care (the Washington Post reviewed here and hosts an online discussion with Picoult here); and Blake Bailey comes to Politics and Prose on Thursday, March 12, with the new biography Cheever: A Life, recently recommended to me by Allan Gurganus (who also appears in its pages). 

Unfortunately, I’m going to miss all of these events, because I’m headed to California tomorrow for a week-long father-son road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway. While I don’t expect to be posting anything substantial from the road, I do hope to be entertaining: My plan is to offer a few quick excerpts from books set in the places Dad and I will be visiting. Tune in tomorrow for the opening lines from a well-known detective novel set in San Francisco! 

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