Private-event dinner and book club at the Junction Kitchen and Provisions.
custom three-course tasting menu with wine pairings inspired by the book.
Buy your book from us and redeem a complimentary glass of wine at the reception.
Attend six (6) meetings, and receive gift bag with a bottle of wine and a book from Itinerant Literate (dealer's choice).
6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. dinner & discussion
NOVEMBER 1 & 21
by Jennie Melamed
Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their families colonized an island off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers--chosen male descendants of the original ten--are allowed to cross to the wastelands, where they scavenge for detritus among the still-smoldering fires.
The daughters of these men are wives-in-training. At the first sign of puberty, they face their Summer of Fruition, a ritualistic season that drags them from adolescence to matrimony. They have children, who have children, and when they are no longer useful, they take their final draught and die. But in the summer, the younger children reign supreme. With the adults indoors and the pubescent in Fruition, the children live wildly--they fight over food and shelter, free of their fathers' hands and their mothers' despair. And it is at the end of one summer that little Caitlin Jacob sees something so horrifying, so contradictory to the laws of the island, that she must share it with the others.
Born leader Janey Solomon steps up to seek the truth. At seventeen years old, Janey is so unwilling to become a woman, she is slowly starving herself to death. Trying urgently now to unravel the mysteries of the island and what lies beyond, before her own demise, she attempts to lead an uprising of the girls that may be their undoing.
by Robin Sloan
In his much-anticipated new novel, Robin Sloan does for the world of food what he did for the world of books in Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her—feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.
Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she’s providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer’s market, and a whole new world opens up.
When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?
Leavened by the same infectious intelligence that made Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore such a sensation, while taking on even more satisfying challenges, Sourdough marks the triumphant return of a unique and beloved young writer.
by Ami McKay
From the acclaimed bestselling author of The Birth House and The Virgin Cure comes a dark and riveting historical novel inspired by the cult and craft of Manhattan’s 19th-century mediums
New York, 1880: Every self-respecting socialite knows these women’s names. Eleanor St. Clair, proprietress of an apothecary and tearoom; Adelaide Thom, an intuitive beauty; and Beatrice Dunn, youngest of the three, an impulsive flirt who wields extraordinary power over men. From Union Square to Central Park, their séances are the toast of the town—“witchcraft” is all the rage these days among Manhattan society. But when seventeen-year-old Beatrice doesn’t appear for breakfast, suddenly help is nowhere to be found.
Though Isabelle is unconcerned, Adelaide fears a more sinister fate has befallen Beatrice. Her only lead is dream interpreter Peninah Katz, who was last seen holding Beatrice’s prized Maltese terrier. Perhaps Adelaide underestimated Peninah’s gifts. Perhaps the woman is more powerful than she knows. For magic is alive and well in the city—but so is evil.
Blurring the lines between waking and dreaming, magic and ruse, sanity and madness, The Witches of New York is a mesmerizing, atmospheric novel of powerful forces—both supernatural and human.
Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Frederick Backman
Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb
The Girls by Emma Cline
The Muse by Jesse Burton
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
All the Birds in the Sky
Church of Marvels
The Sunlit Night
You Will Know Me
The New World