We have a lot going on right now. We have our A Whirlwind Romance pop-up store going on in Somerville, and we're very excited for our two book signings there tomorrow with Nicole Galland and Meredith Goldstein. We're also very excited to welcome back Alison Goldberg to the store tomorrow morning for the board book edition of her book, I Love You For Miles and Miles, which is a great way to put a capper on Valentine's Day.
Sunday's event might be the most exciting of all though. We have launched four books here at the store to date: Casey Robinson's Iver & Ellsworth, Annie Cronin Romano's and Ioana Hobai's Before You Sleep, Rob Vlock's Sven Carter & The Android Army, and Sarah S. Brannen's Bear Needs Help. But this Sunday will be the first time we're able to launch two books simultaneously. Honestly, I don't know that there's a lot of bookstores have, it's not something that happens every day. It seems especially rare that there would be a simultaneous launch of two books by the same author. And yet, that's what we'll be doing on Sunday for Jen Petro-Roy!
Jen has written both a middle-grade novel and a non-fiction book. Both center around eating disorders and body image, which, if you know Jen or follow her on social media, you know is a subject that she's very passionate about. You Are Enough is the non-fiction book with the carolina blue cover, and it is designed as a guide to body image and eating disorder recovery. This is something that Jen has gone through herself, but she also spoke to several medical experts as well. The book is broken down into five parts: "My Journey," which serves as the book's introduction, and then "About Eating Disorders," "Tools and Information For Recovery," "Society, Role Models, Family and Media," and "As You Recover."
This would be a unique book on its face, but because it's written for a middle-grade audience (generally ages 8-12, but it also works for teenagers as well) it is extra special. Booklist says, "Resources on eating disorders for the middle-grade set are few and far between, but Petro-Roy writes for this age group with knowledge, compassion, empathy, and inclusivity." That speaks volumes to the space Jen is filling here. Booklist continues, "Petro-Roy’s encouragement and honesty will speak to readers who might be dealing with disordered eating, and the book’s information, exercises, and resources will hopefully set them on their own paths to recovery."
This by itself would be a pretty big achievement, but Jen also has written a novel (the one with the yellow cover), entitled Good Enough, that focuses on Riley, a 12-year-old who is in an inpatient eating disorder treatment facility. Riley is trying to recover from anorexia so that she can get back to being the artist, runner, sister and friend that she used to be. This is a difficult challenge for her, and becomes even more difficult when her roommate at the treatment facility starts breaking the rules and forces Riley into silence.
Told in a diary format, Good Enough is sure to be a page turner. Katherine Applegate, the best-selling author of Wishtree, Crenshaw and The One and Only Ivan, says Good Enough is "lyrical, funny, honest and brave. This is a book that will save lives." It's hard to imagine higher praise than that!
Join us Sunday at 2 pm to celebrate the launch of Jen's books!!!
Stop by our A Whirlwind Romance pop-up store from now until February 18! This affair is fleeting, so don't wait! You can read more about the pop-up store on our website here.
This past weekend, we had the pleasure of being on WICN's "Business Beat" show. We talked with host Steve Jones-D'Agostino about how the bookstore came to be, and how independent bookstores compete in the age of Amazon. We had a lot of fun! You can listen to the episode here.
FEBRUARY BOOK LAUNCHES AT THE SILVER UNICORN!
We are thrilled to be launching three books this month!
Two will be launched simultaneously, making Sunday, Feb. 17th, our first double book launch! How exciting is that! Local author Jen Petro-Roy is simulteanously releasing a middle-grade novel, Good Enough and a children's non-fiction book, You Are Enough: Your Guide to Body Image and Eating Disorder Recovery. You may remember Jen because we had her out in September. Please read more about her books at our events page here.
The following Sunday, Feb. 24, we'll be launching the new YA novel from Littleton author, Kris Asselin. The book revolves around a 16-year-old New Hampshire golf phenom named Kate, who is going to have to shoot better than ever to save her family's golf course. But golf is a game of concentration and Kate has a lot of big distractions, to say the least. You may remember Kris because she not only took part in our Grand Opening Week in April, but she also attended our Littleton Third Thursday events this past summer. Read more about our event on the 24th with Kris here.