Anthony Marra Author Event

09/19/2014 12:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Anthony Marra

Author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Friday, September 19th at 12pm

At last, we are finally hosting wonderful author Anthony Marra at the store.  His debut novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena has been a store favorite since it came out.  Tony will be visiting the store for a lunchtime event.  We will take pre-orders for boxed lunch specially prepared for us by Lemonade.  All lunch orders must be placed by September 17th.  Read further for more details on the lunch.  To RSVP and/or order lunch either email us at or call 310-318-0900.

About A Constellation of Vital Phenomena:

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.

About Anthony Mara:

ANTHONY MARRA is the winner of a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize and the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. Marra’s novel was a National Book Award long list selection as well as a shortlist selection for the Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize. In addition, his work has been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, CA. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is his first novel. Visit

Those who would like books signed must have purchased at least one copy from the store.  Please save your receipts as we will be checking them in the signing line.

As a courtesy, we will have lunch available to those who pre-order and pay in advance.  The menu options from Lemonade can be viewed here.  The cost for lunch is $15 per person.
ISBN-13: 9780770436421
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hogarth, 2/2014

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