It’s getting into the summer season and some of us, at least, will get to sit in on author talks. Here are two coming up:
Tony Williams, Williamsburg, will sign “Hamilton: An American Biography,” at 2 p.m. Friday, William & Mary bookstore, Merchants Square, 345 Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg. (Rowman & Littlefield, 208 pp.) His other works include “Hurricane of Independence: The Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution.” Details: 757-221-1651.
Reminder: Relationships writer Rob Hill Sr. – Robert Hillman Sr. of Chesapeake – will be at Prince Books at 6 p.m. Tuesday. He’ll discuss “The Missing Piece: Finding the Better Part of Me: A Love Journey.” 109 E. Main St., Norfolk. 757-622-9223. (See story, Page 1)
Patricia Cornwell is working on a new series. It’ll start late next year with “Quantum.” The heroine is a NASA test pilot and aerospace engineer who treads in sensitive places as she tries to solve the murder of her sister, a fighter pilot. (Publishers Weekly)
Stacey Abrams, a Georgian who is now the first black woman to be a major-party nominee for governor (Democratic), is a romance novelist who writes as Selena Montgomery. Her most recent of eight, “Deception,” came out in 2009 from Avon. (LAT)
What’s online: Fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Head to The New Yorker for its (long, fascinating) profile.
Obituaries: Gardner Dozois, the author and editor who publisher Tor said “shaped contemporary science fiction and fantasy,” was 70. … Richard Peck, a prolific author of children’s books and YA novels, such as his Newbery-winning “A Year Down Yonder,” was 84. (Shelf Awareness)
new and recent
David Sedaris’ “Calypso” is now out, and his chat with NPR helps show why he’s such a popular writer and speaker. Here’s the intro: “David Sedaris bought a beach house. And it’s called the Sea Section. This would normally not be a thing to hang a book of personal essays on. But this is David Sedaris, and so it’s about a lot more than vacations. In 2013, Sedaris’ sister Tiffany committed suicide.” (Little, Brown, 272 pp.)
“Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou, the Wall Street Journal reporter who broke the Theranos story (Knopf, 352 pp.). Carreyrou describes what the SEC called “an elaborate, years-long fraud” by CEO Elizabeth Holmes and cohort Ramesh Balwani to promote her supposedly revolutionary blood-testing technology. Among the anecdotes: that Holmes was “a manic leader who turned coolly hostile when challenged.” (NYT, Post)
“Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love” by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of “Seinfeldia.” Coming at the 20th anniversary of the show’s beginning, the book is an entertaining, “balanced and insightful perspective of its cultural influence, specifically in relation to our country’s evolving feminist movement,” says a Kirkus reviewer. (Simon & Schuster, 256 pp.)