Joseph-Beth Booksellers | January Calendar of Events!

January 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am – January 31, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

Wednesday, January 9 at 6:00 pm
Harry Potter Book Club
reading and discussing
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 Grab your wand, don your cloak, and join us for the seventh meeting of the Harry Potter Book Club! We’ll be discussing the seventh book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. While we love the movies, we’ll be focusing just on the book. Get ready for a real in-depth fanfest. Everyone who comes should be ready with opinions! Perfect for adults and kids 11+. Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, January 12 at 1:00 pm
Bestselling Author
Mac Barnett
A SPY PARTY for Mac B. Kid Spy #2: The Impossible Crime
ISBN: 9781338143683, Orchard Books, $12.99
CONTACT: Elisabeth Ferrari, PH: 212-343-7572,

Join us for the first ever SPY PARTY at Joseph-Beth in honor of award-winning author Mac Barnett’s hilarious new addition to his Mac B, Kid Spy series: The Impossible Crime! Perfect for families, there will be spy-themed games, prizes, and a special spy gear craft to take home (while supplies last – register now!). This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Register by stopping the bookstore or calling us at 513-396-8960! In The Impossible Crime, Mac B. is back in the newest installment of this totally smart and sidesplittingly funny new series – and this time, a new enemy is after the Crown Jewels! When the jewels go missing from inside a locked room, Mac’s spy skills are put to the test. How did the thief break in? Where did the jewels go? And will Mac be able to solve this locked room mystery before the thief escapes? This mystery isn’t just a whodunit… it’s a howdunit!

Mac Barnett is the author of several books for children, including Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, a New York Times bestseller; and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award. He is the co-author, with Jory John, of the New York Times bestselling series The Terrible Two. Mac Barnett lives in California. 

Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00 pm
Local author
Alexander Watson
discussing and signing
River Queens: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, America
CONTACT: Sarah Hawley, PH: 937-382-3196
Two men who have absolutely no business buying a boat, do. They have no real experience or knowledge of boats, but they are inquisitive, ambitious, and have brought their real estate investment business to maturity. Their plan is to cruise down the Arkansas, up the Mississippi, and up to Ohio; maybe settle in Cincinnati. The leisurely jaunt over a summer strings out over fifteen months. It is a time when the two sailors meet formidable challenges head-on in an area of the country where gay men and antique motor yachts are not commonplace.

Thursday, January 17 at 7:00 pm
Maria Romasco Moore
discussing and signing
Ghostographs: An Album
ISBN: 9781941628157, Rose Metal Books, $15.95
CONTACT: Kathleen Rooney, PH: 617-548-9145

 Every old photo album contains a multitude of mysteries – the people who came before. Maria Romasco Moore’s eerie and incandescent novella-in-flash Ghostographs is no exception. Brief, crystalline stories combine with vintage photographs to illuminate the hidden terrain of childhood and the pain of growing up, all in one small town at the edge of an abyss where the narrator comes of age among family, friends, and phantoms. It’s a place populated with charming and unforgettable characters, where housewives send away for mail-order babies and young girls glow on front porches on hot summer nights. Haunting and evocative, funny and strange, the world of Ghostographs may be memory or just a trick of the light.

Maria Romasco Moore’s stories have appeared in DIAGRAM, Hobart, Interfictions, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and the Lightspeed anthology Women Destroy Science Fiction. Her first novel, Some Kind of Animal, will be published by Delacorte Press in 2020. She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and has an MFA from Southern Illinois University. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner Axel and cat Gamma Ray. She likes silent films, aquariums, and other tiny windows into other worlds.

Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 pm
Epic Reads Meet-Up Tour
Maureen Johnson, Evelyn Skye, Sara Holland, & Ben Philippe
CONTACT: Haley George, PH: 212-207-7936,
So many YA books, so little time. Epic Reads invites readers of all ages to join a round-table where youll get to strike up conversation with authors {SO MANY AUTHORS} who will gab about their books and other fan favorites. Small author dish sesh + killer YA books = a booklover’s dream, courtesy of Epic Reads. Featured authors: Maureen Johnson – bestselling author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes presenting the follow-up to Truly Devious, The Vanishing Stair; Sara Holland – bestselling author of Evermore presenting its highly anticipated sequel, Everless; Ben Philippe – screenwriter presenting his debut novel, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager; and Evelyn Skye – bestselling author of The Crown’s Game presenting the first in a new series, Circle of Shadows.

*This is a ticketed event. Tickets are free with the purchase of one of the authors’ new books. Orders can be picked up from the bookstore starting the day of the event. Guests who order all 4 books can save 20% on their order.

Maureen Johnson is the bestselling author of several novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, the Truly Devious series, the Suite Scarlett series, and the Shades of London series. She has also written collaborative works such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle and The Bane Chronicles with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. Maureen lives in New York and online on Twitter @maureenjohnson or at

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the CIA, she not-so-secretly wishes she was on So You Think You Can Dance, and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Crown’s Game and its sequel, The Crown’s Fate. Evelyn can be found online at and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

Sara Holland grew up between small-town Minnesota and the countless fictional worlds of books. She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. These days, she can be found exploring the city’s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream. Visit her online at

Ben Philippe is a New York-based writer and screenwriter. He has a bachelor of arts from Columbia University and an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He teaches screenwriting at Barnard. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager is his debut novel. He can be found online at

Friday, January 25 at 7:00 pm
Bestselling Author
Tessa Hadley
Late in the Day
ISBN: 9780062476692, Harper, $26.99
CONTACT: Jane Beirn, PH: 212-207-7256
Join us for an evening of books and wine with bestselling author Tessa Hadley! After a wine and cheese reception starting at 7pm, Tessa will present and discuss her work and new novel, Late in the Day, followed by a booksigning. This event is free and open to the public. Those who purchase or preorder Late in the Day will receive a complimentary glass of wine at the event (must be 21+). Additional wine will be available for purchase at the event courtesey of Bronte Bistro.
Tessa Hadley is the author of five highly praised novels: Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award; Everything Will Be All RightThe Master BedroomThe London Train, which was a New York Times Notable Book; and Clever Girl. She is also the author of two short story collections, Sunstroke and Married Love, which were New York Times Notable Books as well. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker. She lives in London.

Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 pm
Local author
Dee Garretson
discussing and signing
All Is Fair
ISBN: 9781250168696, Swoon Reads, $17.99

Lady Mina Tretheway knows she’s destined for more than her fancy boarding school, where she’s being taught to be a proper English lady. It’s 1918, and war is raging across Europe. Unlike her father and brother, who are able to assist in the war effort, Mina is stuck sorting out which fork should be used with which dinner course. When Mina receives a telegram that’s written in code, she finally has her chance to do something big. She returns to her childhood home of Hallington Manor, joined by a family friend, Lord Andrew Graham, and a dashing and mysterious young American, Lucas. The three of them must band together to work on a dangerous project that could turn the tide of the war.

Dee Garretson writes for a wide range of ages, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult and adult fiction. She has a degree in International Relations from Tufts University, and also studied and taught Landscape Horticulture at Cincinnati State, giving her a chance to indulge in her love of both history and of plants. When she is not at home in Cincinnati writing, reading, and watching old movies, she takes every opportunity to travel, storing up new locations for future stories.

Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00 pm
Local author
Peter Teremi
discussing and signing
The Murphy-CAM Project: Year of the Flood – A Story of Resilience Through the Lens
ISBN: 9781543954128, Bookbaby, $35.00

Take in the splendor of the “Queen City of the West” with photographer Peter Teremi and his miniature schnauzer, Murphy. With miles of riverside parks, a handsome skyline, and iconic bridges, revel in the beauty of the Ohio River through the good times and admire its resilience through the bad.

Peter Teremi is a photographer, author, and blogger based in Cincinnati Ohio. He enjoys music, travel, spending time with family, and daily walks with a Miniature Schnauzer named Murphy. The Murphy-Cam Project is a blog about photography and images taken during his walks along the many beautiful riverside locations in the city. You can catch up with them through his website at, and through social media outlets facebook, twitter, and instagram.

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