It’s All About Family – Daniel, Matthew & Michael Palmer

Brothers Daniel Palmer and Matthew Palmer will be at The Poisoned Pen on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 PM. After their father’s death, Daniel, already an author, was asked to write medical thrillers in the tradition of his father, Michael. The first book is Mercy.


Matthew Palmer will be signing The Wolf of Sarajevo.


What’s it like to write in the “Family Tradition”? Daniel answered that question in a recent Publishers Weekly interview,

If you’d like to order a signed copy of Mercy, click here.

Looking for a signed copy of The Wolf of Sarajevo? You can order it as well.

Steve Hamilton’s Second Life

In The New York Times, Janet Maslin indicates “Second Life” can refer either to author Steve Hamilton or to his latest book, The Second Life of Nick Mason.

Second Life

Hamilton will be here at The Poisoned Pen on Thursday, May 26th at 7 PM. If you can’t make it, you can order a signed copy.

In the meantime, you might want to read Maslin’s article about the award-winning author.

Grecian & Fesperman at The Poisoned Pen

Patrick Millikin recently hosted Alex Grecian and Dan Fesperman at The Poisoned Pen. Grecian is on book tour for Lost and Gone Forever.

PP Lost and Gone Forever

A couple days ago, we linked to a NYTimes article about Dan Fesperman’s The Letter Writer.

PP Letter Writer

Would you like to see photos from the event?

PP Fesperman, Grecian, Patrick on stage
Left to right – Fesperman, Grecian and Millikin
PP Alex Grecian
Alex Grecian
PP Dan Fesperman
Dan Fesperman
PP Alex Grecian, Dan Fesperman
Alex Grecian and Dan Fesperman
PP Grecian, Patrick, Fesperman
Grecian, Millikin and Fesperman

This time, we can invite you to the event, via Livestream. Here’s the link so you can feel as if you were there for the interview.

And, of course, we have autographed books if you would like to buy one. Here’s where you can order Lost and Gone Forever

You can order The Letter Writer here.

Check it out!

Illustrated Books from the Rosenwald Collection

The Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection is part of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress. There’s a brief summary of the collection here –

Illustrated books are the central theme of the collection that contains “books from the last six centuries and manuscripts from the three preceding”.

Below is one of the illustrated books in the collection.

Rosenwald collection book

The second photo is the Kelmscott Chaucer, considered one of the beautiful books ever created.

Rosenwald as well

Both books are part of the Rosenwald Collection in the Library of Congress.

Nevada Barr at The Poisoned Pen – Recap

I have fun pictures to share of Nevada Barr’s appearance at The Poisoned Pen. She’s on book tour for Boar Island. What’s even more fun, though, is the Livestream event. You’ll really want to check it out.

It these pictures are any indication, it was a fun event.

Nevada Barr and Barbara
Nevada Barr and Barbara Peters

nevada barr audience

Nevada Barr reading

Nevada Barr laughing

Of course, you can order a signed copy from The Poisoned Pen.

Our copies come with a “Welcome to Boar Island” postcard with scenes of the site in Acadia National Park, the site of this Anna Pigeon novel.

Dan Fesperman in The New York Times

Dan Fesperman, author of The Letter Writer, will be here at The Poisoned Pen on Thursday, May 19 at 7 PM. He’s joined by Alex Grecian, author of Lost and Gone Forever. Did you see Marilyn Stasio’s review of The Letter Writer in The New York Times Book Review on April 29? She calls the novel “dynamic”, and says, “Fesperman’s prose is almost photographic, creating vignettes saturated with color and humming with life.”

You can read the entire review here.

If you can’t be here Thursday night, you can still order a signed copy.

Letter Writer

Midnight Launch – Preston & Child

The Poisoned Pen had a special midnight launch for Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s new book, Beyond the Ice Limit. The fourth Gideon Crew book was released today.

Beyond the Ice Limit

So, our Livestream event actually was timed to coincide with release date. You can watch Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston and Barbara Peters talk about it.

If you would like to order the book, you can do it right here.

IMPORTANT: Every copy of BEYOND THE ICE LIMIT purchased from the Poisoned Pen bookstore site automatically comes with a free, 5″ x 7″ color photograph of the authors, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, which they have personally autographed. The authors are signing these photographs instead of signing the books themselves. Global shipping is available.  


Book Expo America – A Teaser

I just returned from Book Expo America, the largest annual book trade show in the U.S. I’m sharing a few photos from BEA, but, for you, the books and authors are teasers. The authors are there to talk about their forthcoming books, so you’ll have to wait to read them. But, you’ll be able to get the books through The Poisoned Pen.

Remember when Robyn Carr was here a few weeks ago? Her novel, The Life She Wants, comes out in September. Her publisher had a banner for it at the show.

Robyn Carr's banner

Justin Cronin was there, signing copies of The City of Mirrors, book three of The Passage Trilogy. It’s due out soon, if you would like to order copies.

Michael Harvey’s books have been set in Chicago. Now, with Brighton, he’s moving the setting to Boston. That’s me (Lesa) in the photo with Michael. I met him years ago at The Poisoned Pen.

And, Louise Penny. Louise was one of the four speakers at the Adult Authors’ Breakfast. She brought the audience to tears. Her new Armand Gamache mystery, A Great Reckoning, is due out August 30th.

Watch for these books in a few months. We hope you’ll think of The Poisoned Pen when it’s time to pick up your copies.

The Enchanted Garden at Winterthur

Today, we have some beautiful pictures to share. These are from Winterthur, the Dupont Estate in Delaware’s Brandywine Valley. It’s the Enchanted Garden. It might be fun to share the photos with the children in your life, and talk about this enchanted world. Pictures are courtesy of Barbara Peters.

Botanicals - Witch's house in the enchanted forest
The Witch’s House from the Enchanted Forest
Botancials - Witches' house 2
The Witch’s House


Botanicals - Magical Toadstools
The Magical Toadstools in the Enchanted Forest
Botanicals - Magic Toadstools 2
The Magic Toadstools
Botanicals - Maypole
A Maypole in the Enchanted Garden
Botanicals - Maypole 2
The Maypole
Botanicals - Upside down tree
The Upside-down Tree in the Enchanted Forest
Botanicals - The Story Corner
Wouldn’t you love to spend time in the Story Corner?
Botanicals  Bird's nest for kids
The Bird’s Nest even has eggs for kids
Botanicals Azalea Woods
This is part of the Azalea Woods. Aren’t they stunning?

Botanicals Azaleas 2

Botanicals Azaleas 3

Botanicals Old Growth

Botanicals Bluebell Woods
From The Bluebell Woods

We hope you enjoyed the enchanting tour of Winterthur’s gardens.

Ace Atkins & Spenser

Ace Atkins is the current author of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels. He recently appeared at The Poisoned Pen to discuss the latest book in the series, Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn.


The audience turned out to hear Atkins talk about writing about the beloved character, Spenser.

Ace's audience

Ace Atkins and bookstore owner Barbara Peters discussed the books, and fielded questions from the audience.

Ace and Barbara

One man who came for the signing seems particularly happy to get Ace Atkins’ signature.

Ace and young man

If you’d like a signed copy as well, they’re available through the website –