NWS Fall Selections

Below are listed the current selections for the 2022 fall season! Buy here on the website or in-store. We also ship!

The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice By Benjamin Gilmer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593355169
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Ballantine Books - March 1st, 2022

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 7:00pm

In-person tickets for this event can be reserved through the City Opera House. Livestream tickets for this event can be purchased through our site. 

Based on one of the most popular This American Life stories of all time, The Other Dr. Gilmer is a powerful true story about a shocking crime and a mysterious illness that will forever change your notions of how we punish and how we heal. Soon to become a feature film, the book is equal parts true crime, medical mystery, heartbreaking saga of intergenerational abuse and a look at how a disease ravaged a family.

Fresh out of medical residency, Dr. Benjamin Gilmer joined a rural North Carolina clinic only to find that its previous doctor shared his last name. Dr. Vince Gilmer was loved and respected by the community— right up until he strangled his ailing father and then returned to the clinic for a regular week of work. Vince’s eventual arrest for murder shocked his patients.

How could their beloved doctor be capable of such violence? The deeper Benjamin looked into Vince’s case, the more he became obsessed with discovering what had pushed a good man toward darkness.

Fans of true-crime podcasts, medical mysteries, and compelling personal narratives will all want to be on hand when Dr. Gilmer takes the stage at the City Opera House on September 21st!

The Winners: A Novel (Beartown Series) By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982112790
Availability: Available to ship within 1-5 days
Published: Atria Books - September 27th, 2022

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 7:00pm

In-person tickets for this event start at $44.40 plus fees, and can be reserved here. This event will take place at the Lars Hockstad Auditorium and includes a signed copy of “The Winners.” Please note that due to Fredrik’s extensive touring schedule, there will be no post-event signing line. 

Livestream tickets for this event cost $37.08 per household and also include a signed copy of “The Winners,” available for shipping or pickup at Horizon Books. Books will be shipped on or around the publication date (Sept. 27th). 

From the celebrated author of the international bestseller A Man Called Ove comes the long-awaited conclusion to the beloved New York Times bestselling and “engrossing” (People) Beartown series. These books (which inspired an HBO series of the same name) follow the small hockey town’s residents as they grapple with change, pain, hope, and redemption.

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Maybe We'll Make It: A Memoir (American Music Series) By Margo Price Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477323502
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University of Texas Press - October 4th, 2022

Thursday, October 20th - 7PM

In-person tickets for this event at the State Theater in downtown Traverse City are $20 plus fees, and can be reserved through Eventbrite. Livestream tickets for this event are $12.50 per household, and copies of Maybe We’ll Make It can be purchased through our site. 

Musician Margo Price has spent over a decade fighting her way to the top of the Country and Americana music worlds. She’s performed for hundreds of thousands of fans, she’s the first (and only) woman to be elected to the board of Farm Aid alongside artists like Willie Nelson and Neil Young, and now she’s ready to tell her story in her new memoir Maybe We’ll Make It.

Join us on October 20th, when Price joins the National Writers Series to discuss her book from the stage of the historic State Theater in downtown Traverse City. Get your tickets now and be part of this special intimate evening where she’ll talk about her story of loss, motherhood, and the search for artistic freedom in the midst of the agony experienced by so many aspiring musicians.

From bad gigs and long tours to rejection and sexual harassment to too much drinking and not enough money to live on, this book tells the real story of what it takes to make it in Nashville. If you’ve ever found inspiration in the stories of artists like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, you’ll want to be here when Margo takes the stage to share hers.

Happy-Go-Lucky By David Sedaris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316392457
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 31st, 2022

Sunday, October 30th - 7PM

Tickets for David Sedaris’ appearance are now sold out. The City Opera House is maintaining a waitlist in case of cancellations. If you want to be put on that list, please reach out to the City Opera House box office. 

In-person tickets for this event can be purchased through the City Opera House.

This event will not be live-streamed or recorded. No pictures or event recordings are to be taken during the event or during the book signing.

Following his first National Writers Series appearance in 2011, author David Sedaris remarked:

“Traverse is French for ‘cross.’ Not as in, ‘I think I can cross the National Writers Series off my list,’ but rather, ‘I’d cross the US on my knees for another fine day at the National Writers Series.”

That “fine day” will take place on Sunday, October 30th when he joins us once again at the City Opera House!

He’ll be reading selections from his newest book, Happy-Go-Lucky, his first collection of personal essays since his award-winning book Calypso. Following his reading, Mr. Sedaris will take questions from the audience and also sign books following the event.

As Happy-Go-Lucky opens, he is learning to shoot guns with his sister, visiting muddy flea markets in Serbia, buying gummy worms to feed to ants, and telling his nonagenarian father wheelchair jokes.

But then the pandemic hits, and like so many others, he’s stuck in lockdown, unable to tour and read for audiences, the part of his work he loves most. To cope, he walks for miles through a nearly deserted city, smelling only his own breath. He vacuums his apartment twice a day, fails to hoard anything, and contemplates how sex workers and acupuncturists might be getting by during quarantine.

As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris too finds himself changed. His offer to fix a stranger’s teeth rebuffed, he straightens his own, and ventures into the world with new confidence. Newly orphaned, he considers what it means, in his seventh decade, no longer to be someone’s son. And back on the road, he discovers a battle-scarred America: people weary, storefronts empty or festooned with Help Wanted signs, walls painted with graffiti reflecting the contradictory messages of our time: Eat the Rich. Trump 2024. Black Lives Matter.

In Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris once again captures what is most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant about these recent upheavals, personal and public, and expresses in precise language both the misanthropy and desire for connection that drive us all. If we must live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than the incomparable David Sedaris.

A Good Country: My Life in Twelve Towns and the Devastating Battle for a White America By Sofia Ali-Khan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593237038
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Random House - July 5th, 2022

Tuesday, November 15th - 7PM

In-person tickets for this event are $15-$25 with a limited number of student tickets available for $5. Tickets can be purchased through the City Opera House. Livestream tickets for this event can be purchased through the NWS site. 

In “A Good Country,” take a ride with us on a literary road trip through twelve American towns as a leading advocate for social justice excavates the history of forced migration in the places she’s called home, revealing how White supremacy has fundamentally shaped the nation.

Sofia Ali-Khan’s parents emigrated from Pakistan to America, believing it would be a good country. With a nerdy interest in American folk history and a devotion to the rule of law, Ali-Khan would pursue a career in social justice, serving some of America’s most vulnerable communities. By the time she had children of her own—having lived, worked, and worshipped in twelve different towns across the nation—Ali-Khan felt deeply American, maybe even a little extra American for having seen so much of the country.

But in the wake of 9/11, and on the cusp of the 2016 election, Ali-Khan’s dream of a good life felt under constant threat. As the vitriolic attacks on Islam and Muslims intensified, she wondered if the American dream had ever applied to families like her own and if she had gravely misunderstood her home.

In A Good Country, Ali-Khan revisits the color lines in each of her twelve towns, unearthing the half-buried histories of forced migration that still shape every state, town, and reservation in America today. From the surprising origins of America’s Chinatowns, the expulsion of Maroon and Seminole people during the conquest of Florida, to Virginia’s stake in breeding humans for sale, Ali-Khan reveals how America’s colonial origins have defined the law and landscape to maintain a White America.

She braids this historical exploration with her own story, providing an intimate perspective on the modern racialization of American Muslims and why she chose to leave the United States.

Equal parts memoir, history, and current events, A Good Country presents a vital portrait of our nation, its people, and the pathway to a better future.

Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life By Alice Wong Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593315392
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2022

Thursday, December 8th - 7PM

(VIRTUAL EVENT): On December 8th, the NWS will host an author event unlike any other we’ve ever held.

Our original intention was to host acclaimed writer and disability activist Alice Wong to discuss her new memoir. Unfortunately, due to a health emergency, she cannot participate in virtual interviews, so her community of supporters is going to help us celebrate her new book Year of the Tiger in her stead.

For this event, author and podcaster Stephanie Foo will be speaking on Alice’s behalf to celebrate the incisive wit, joy, rage, and “big cat energy” embodied by Year of the Tiger.

Alice Wong’s groundbreaking memoir Year of the Tiger offers a glimpse into an activist’s journey to finding and cultivating community and the continued fight for disability justice, from the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project.

In Chinese culture, the tiger is deeply revered for its confidence, passion, ambition, and ferocity. That same fighting spirit resides in Alice Wong.

Drawing on a collection of original essays, previously published work, conversations, graphics, photos, commissioned art by disabled and Asian American artists, and more, Alice uses her unique talent to share an impressionistic scrapbook of her life as an Asian American disabled activist, community organizer, media maker, and dreamer. From her love of food and pop culture to her unwavering commitment to dismantling systemic ableism, Alice shares her thoughts on creativity, access, power, care, the pandemic, mortality, and the future.

As a self-described disabled oracle, Alice traces her origins, tells her story, and creates a space for disabled people to be in conversation with one another and the world. Filled with incisive wit, joy, and rage, Wong’s Year of the Tiger will galvanize readers with big cat energy.