Thomas A. Levitt presents and signs The Wire Recorder
“Is that Daddy?” four-year-old Sophie Hearn asks her mother. ““Why is he on the radio?” "Someday you’ll understand,” her mother says, “and you’ll be very proud of him.” By the time she’s eleven, Sophie does understand why her father was on the radio that day in 1951: he’d been called before the House Un-American Activities Committee during its crusade against Communists in the film industry, and his impassioned denunciation of HUAC’s Hollywood inquisition—along with his refusal to answer questions about his political associations—have left him blacklisted by the studios, his once-promising screenwriting career destroyed and his family driven to the edge of financial ruin. As Sophie’s understanding of what happened to her father grows, so does her political awareness; as she comes of age in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, the liberal values she acquired from her parents resonate with the Vietnam War protests and the Women’s Liberation movement. When she’s coincidentally reunited with Steve Elwood, a long-lost childhood friend whose father was also caught in HUAC’s net, what transpires between them forces them to face the profound impact the McCarthy-era witch hunts have had—and will continue to have—on their lives.
James Curran presents and signs Assumption Day
A tenuous cease-fire is threatened when a civil rights march is attacked in Londonderry, Northern Ireland in 1970. A young lady’s body is discovered in the wreckage. The one trustworthy inspector in the Royal Ulster Constabulary struggles to solve the crime before the region erupts in civil war.
Sara Truitt presents and signs More: A Memoir of Hungers
In this revealing memoir the author, a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders, adds to the knowledge about hunger by tracing her own struggles, and in the course of this journey she redefines for herself and the reader the meaning of wanting more.