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Author Discussion & Signing with Matthew Drew

Title: Shadows of Chicago: The True Story of Three Men & the Crimes that Shocked America

Author Discussion & Signing with Peter Stark

Title: Astoria: John Jacob Astor & Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire : A Story of Wealth, Ambition & Survival.

 In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent.

At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history's dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.

Astoria is the harrowing tale of the quest to settle a Jamestown-like colony on the Pacific coast. Astor set out to establish a global trade network based at the mouth of the Columbia River in what is now Oregon, while Jefferson envisioned a separate democracy on the western coast that would spread eastward to meet the young United States.

Astor backed this ambitious enterprise with the vast for-tune he'd made in the fur trade and in New York real estate since arriving in the United States as a near-penniless immigrant soon after the Revolutionary War. He dispatched two groups of men west: one by sea around the southern tip of South America and one by land over the Rockies. The Overland Party, led by the gentlemanly American businessman Wilson Price Hunt, combined French-Canadian voyageurs, Scottish fur traders, American woodsmen, and an extraordinary Native American woman with two toddlers. The Seagoing Party, sailing aboard the ship Tonquin, likewise was a volatile microcosm of contemporary North America. Under the bitter eye of Captain Jonathan Thorn, a young U.S. naval hero whose unyielding, belligerent nature was better suited to battle than to negotiating cultural differences, the Tonquin made tumultuous progress toward its violent end.

Unfolding from 1810 to 1813, Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship, drawing extensively on firsthand accounts of those who made the journey. Though the colony itself would be short-lived, its founders opened provincial American eyes to the remarkable potential of the western coast, discovered the route that became the Oregon Trail, and permanently altered the nation's landscape and global standing.

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ISBN: 9780062218292
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Ecco Press - March 4th, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with Kathryn Atwood

Kathryn returns with her lastest "Women in History Series" Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies & Medics.

We are holding the signing on the Centennial of the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914. This started the First World War. 

Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics Cover Image
ISBN: 9781613746868
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Published: Chicago Review Press - June 1st, 2014

Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue Cover Image
ISBN: 9781613745236
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Published: Chicago Review Press - August 1st, 2013

Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent Cover Image
ISBN: 9781613744871
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Chicago Review Press - August 1st, 2013

Author Discussion & Signing with Annie Hansen

Title: Give Me Chocolate #1 A Kelly Clark Mystery

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ISBN: 9781937148225
Availability: Backordered
Published: Weaving Dreams Publishing - May 11th, 2013

Authors Discussion & Signing with Catherine Lantz & Dennis Schlagheck

Title: Hawthorne Works: Subject of Behavioral Studies and the Eastland Tragedy

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ISBN: 9781467111355
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - February 10th, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with Adam M. Baig

Title: Becoming the Pied Piper of Hamelin

Part fact and part legend. Find out what life was like in the 13th century in the village of Hamelin which is in Saxony in what is now Germany. How did the citizens contend with a vermin invasion? How desparate were they to rid themselves of this investation.? What would they pay to have the rats illiminated? 

Who was the Pied Piper? How did he learn his trade? Why was the price so high for this service?

Certainly, you're sad about the loss of the children, but who would you side with the townspeople or the Pied Piper? Buy it, read it, and listen to the author Adam M. Baig talk about this tale. Then you decide where your sympathies lie. 





Author Discussion & Signing with Renee Rosen

Title: Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties

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ISBN: 9780451419200
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Published: New American Library - November 5th, 2013

Mystery Writers of America Guest Authors Signings

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
in assocaition with the local Midwest Region of The Mystery Writers America a signings for their Guest Authors 

Sara Paretsky       Hallie Ephron                Jess Lourey

Stanley Trollip       Hank Phillippi Ryan       Daniel Stashower

 The Guest Authors will be "The Profs" at the Saturday sessions.

This will be the "Prequel" to The Mystery Writers of America Univeristy to be held on September 13th (Saturday) at the Westin Hotel 909 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Cost: $50 for current MWA members and $75 for non-members.



Critical Mass Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451468185
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Published: Berkley Books - September 2nd, 2014

Writing in an Age of Silence Cover Image
ISBN: 9781844673773
Availability: Special Order
Published: Verso - May 1st, 2009

There Was an Old Woman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062117618
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Published: William Morrow & Company - December 10th, 2013

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock'em Dead with Style Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582973760
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Writer's Digest Books - September 1st, 2005

January Thaw Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738738758
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Published: Midnight Ink - January 8th, 2014

Knee High by the 4th of July Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738710358
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Published: Midnight Ink - September 8th, 2007

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A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061252419
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 31st, 2009

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Deadly Harvest Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062221520
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 30th, 2013

Prime Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778327172
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mira - July 1st, 2009

Truth Be Told: A Jane Ryland Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765374936
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Published: Forge - October 7th, 2014

The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250042668
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 28th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780857682932
Availability: Special Order
Published: Titan Books (UK) - June 12th, 2012

Author Discussion & Signing with Sharan Newman

Title: Defending the City of God: A Medieval Queen, The First Crusades, & the Quest for Peace in Jursalem.



Jerusalem sits at the crossroads of three continents and has been continuously invaded for millennia. Yet, in the middle of one of the region’s most violent eras, the Crusades, an amazing multicultural  world was forming. Templar knights, Muslim  peasants, Turkish caliphs, Jewish merchants, and the native Christians, along with the children of the first crusaders, blended cultures while struggling to survive in a land constantly at war. Defending the City of God explores this fascinating and forgotten world, and how a group of sisters, daughters  of the King of Jerusalem, whose  supporters included Grand Masters of the Templars and Armenian  clerics, held together the fragile treaties, understandings, and marriages that allowed for relative peace among the many different factions. As the crusaders fought to maintain their conquests, these relationships quickly unraveled, and the religious and cultural diversity was lost as hardline factions took over. Weaving together the political intrigues and dynastic battles that transformed the Near East with an evocative portrait of medieval Jerusalem, this is an astonishing look at a forgotten side of the first Crusades.

About the Author

Sharan Newman is a medieval historian and award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction. Her books include The Real History Behind the Templarsand The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code . She’s been featured in The Catholic World ReportThe OregonianFortean TimesYahoo! Voices, and on TLC. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.

Defending the City of God: A Medieval Queen, the First Crusades, and the Quest for Peace in Jerusalem Cover Image
ISBN: 9781137278654
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Palgrave MacMillan - April 29th, 2014



Titles: Undressing Mr. Darcy  and   Definitely Not Mr. Darcy

It's another evening of food & fiction with local author ms. karen doornebos. She just penned her 2nd novel "undressing mr. darcy". Bring your friends (or bookclub!) & enjoy as karen reads a passage from her novel & we demo a dish inspired by her prose. $30 pp with book ($20 pp without). 

Books will be provided by Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

Event Location:

flav'our cooking school  (RSVP 708-488-0808)

7401 W. Madison Street

Forest Park, IL 6013


Undressing Mr. Darcy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425261392
Availability: Special Order
Published: Berkley Publishing Group - December 3rd, 2013

Definitely Not Mr. Darcy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425243824
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Published: Berkley Books - September 6th, 2011


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