WILMINGTON- No one brings to life the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs like New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz. He has warmed spirits with enchanting tales and keen observations of his animal menagerie-the dogs, sheep, chickens, and other residents of Bedlam Farm. Now, Katz is back with what he does best in his first collection of short stories “Dancing Dogs.”
With his signature insight and gift for storytelling, Katz shares 16 stories about one of life’s most unique relationships. In the title story, a housekeeper loses her job, but discovers her four-legged “children” have some toe-tapping talents that just may get the whole family back on its feet. In “Puppy Commando,” a shy grade-school outcast forges an instant connection with a beagle puppy she meets at a shelter—and risks everything to keep him. “Gracie’s Last Walk” features a woman who must find a way to say goodbye to her beloved golden retriever—but ends up saying hello to someone unexpected. “The Dog Who Kept Men Away” shows that not all humans pass the “sniff” test when it comes to canines, who possess an excellent judge of character. And in “Guardian Angel,” a widower going through a painful transition finds the greatest comfort in the unlikeliest of sources—a funny-looking pug named Gus.
Whether sitting, staying, and rolling over, in the barnyard, shelters or home-sweet-home, the creatures in “Dancing Dogs” are genuinely inspiring and utterly memorable. Bartleby’s is pleased to be hosting a meet and greet with Katz on Friday, November 23, at 1 pm. Katz will be on hand to share the latest news from his home base at Bedlam Farm and swap dog stories with friends and fans. In order to best serve all of Bartleby’s visitors, Bartleby’s ask that four-legged friends stay safely at home. Katz will sign copies of his books for all of the animal-lovers on the holiday shopping list.
Archer Mayor to sign latest book
Joe Gunther is back at it in Archer Mayor’s 23rd mystery, “Paradise City.” On Saturday, November 24, Mayor is back in Wilmington signing copies of his new book at Bartleby’s. This time Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation are on the trail of a crime ring that leads them from Vermont to Boston and beyond. Gunther is alerted to a string of unrelated burglaries across Vermont. Someone, in addition to flatscreens, computers, and stereos, has also been stealing antiques and jewelry.
Meanwhile, in Boston, an elderly woman surprises some thieves in her Beacon Hill home and is viciously murdered. The Boston police find that not only is the loot similar to what’s being stolen in Vermont, but it may have the same destination. Word is out that someone powerful is purchasing these particular kinds of items in the “Paradise City” of Northampton, MA.
Gunther, the Boston police, and the vengeful niece of the murdered old lady convene on Northampton, eager to get to the bottom of the mystery and find the “responsible parties, although each is motivated to mete out some very different penalties.
A book signing for Mayor’s latest Joe Gunther mystery is a holiday tradition at Bartleby’s, just as a personalized copy of “Paradise City” is sure to be on the holiday wish list of mystery-lovers throughout Vermont and beyond. Last year, Mayor’s 22nd novel, “Tag Man,” peaked on the New York Times bestseller list for hard cover fiction, no surprise for a series the Chicago Tribune describes as “The best police procedurals being written in America.”
Stop by to catch up with Mayor and get a dose of his signature wit while picking up a signed copy of “Paradise City.” Book signing begins at 3 pm on Saturday, November 24. To reserve a book call Bartleby’s at (802) 464-5425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bartleby’s Books is located at 17 West Main Street. Bartleby’s is also open 24 hours a day online at myvermontbookstore.com.