Gabrielle Zevin Author Event

Gabrielle Zevin Author Event

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Gabrielle Zevin to the store to celebrate her latest book, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.  This is our favorite book of 2014 and this is event is not to be missed! Gabrielle will join us on Tuesday, May 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the store.  This is a free wine and cheese event and reservations are requested.  To reserve your space, please contact us at 231-347-1180 or send us an email

We're still working out all the details for this amazing event, so stay tuned for new information!


In the spirit of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" and "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry," Gabrielle Zevin s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books--and booksellers--that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds. On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World." A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.A. J. Fikry s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island--from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J. s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It s a small package, but large in weight. It s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J. s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.


Gabrielle Zevin has published six adult and young adult novels, including Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, which has been translated in over twenty languages. She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (starring Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart), for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. She has also written for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered. She lives in Los Angeles.

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

307 E Lake St.
49770 Petoskey
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616203214
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books - April 1st, 2014

Don't miss Gabrielle Zevin's new novel, Young Jane Young, coming in August 2017.

Elsewhere: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312367466
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - May 15th, 2007

Is it possible to grow up while getting younger?

Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It's quiet and peaceful. You can't get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere's museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe's psychiatric practice.

In the Age of Love and Chocolate: A Novel (Birthright #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374380755
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 29th, 2013

All These Things I've Done, the first novel in the Birthright series, introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman. Now eighteen, life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya.

Because It Is My Blood: A Novel (Birthright #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250034229
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - September 10th, 2013

"Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in." —Michael Corleone, The Godfather

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312561284
Availability: Backordered
Published: Square Fish - June 23rd, 2009

If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss.
She wouldn't have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn't have hit her head on the steps.
She wouldn't have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia.
She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place.

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