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An Evening of Horror with Mark Jaskowski and Matthew Mitchell

Mark Jaskowski and Matthew Mitchell bring the scares in an evening of horror from Weirdpunk Books. 

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Mutant Circuit By Mark Jaskowski Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781951658311
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Published: Weirdpunk Books - August 31st, 2023

Chaindevils By Matthew Mitchell Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9781951658335
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Published: Weirdpunk Books - November 15th, 2023

Take heed, and smoke what you got...

In the far-distant post-apocalypse of rural America, an embattled company of chainsaw-wielding hillbillies are set forth by Her Majesty of the Ozarks on a quest for precious methamphetamine.


Hanif Abdurraqib: There's Always This Year

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There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593448793
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Published: Random House - March 26th, 2024

A poignant, personal reflection on basketball, life, and home—from the author of the National Book Award finalist A Little Devil in America

“Mesmerizing . . . not only the most original sports book I’ve ever read but one of the most moving books I’ve ever read, period.”—Steve James, director of Hoop Dreams


A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984801203
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 8th, 2022

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • A sweeping, genre-bending “masterpiece” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) exploring Black art, music, and culture in all their glory and complexity—from Soul Train, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Whitney Houston, and Beyoncé


Sing, Aretha, Sing!: Aretha Franklin,
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Ashley Evans (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374313456
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 1st, 2022

A young Aretha Franklin captivates her community with the song “Respect” during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, in this striking picture book biography that will embolden today’s young readers to sing their own truth.


A Fortune for Your Disaster By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781947793439
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Published: Tin House Books - September 3rd, 2019

“When an author’s unmitigated brilliance shows up on every page, it’s tempting to skip a description and just say, Read this! Such is the case with this breathlessly powerful, deceptively breezy book of poetry.” —Booklist, Starred Review


AWP Offsite Event in Kansas City: Elizabeth Gonzalez James, Sasha Vasilyuk, and Ghassan Zeineddine

Join acclaimed authors Sasha Vasilyuk, Elizabeth Gonzalez James, and Ghassan Zeineddine as they read from their wonderful new works of fiction! There will be beer and fellowship. 

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Your Presence Is Mandatory: A Novel By Sasha Vasilyuk Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781639731534
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 23rd, 2024

A riveting debut novel, based on real events, about a World War II veteran with a secret that could land him in the Gulag, and his family who are forced to live in the shadow of all he has not told them.


Dearborn By Ghassan Zeineddine Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781959030294
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Published: Tin House Books - September 5th, 2023

A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF SEPTEMBER • A GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOK OF FALL

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The Bullet Swallower: A Novel By Elizabeth Gonzalez James Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781668009321
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 23rd, 2024

A Most Anticipated Book of 2024 by Goodreads, CrimeReads, The Millions, StyleCaster, The EveryGirl, Sunset, Book Riot, and HipLatina
January Recommended Reading by The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Book Riot, Nerd Daily, The Mary Sue, and Reading Between the Spines
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Yi Shun Lai

Join author Yi Shun Lai for a fun afternoon conversation about her new YA novel A Suffragist's Guide to the Anarctic. Yi Shun will be joined in conversation by Raven bookseller and owner Kelly Barth!

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A Suffragist's Guide to the Antarctic By Yi Shun Lai Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781665937764
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 13th, 2024

A teen’s fight for suffrage turns into one of survival when her crew’s Antarctic expedition ship gets stuck in the ice in this historical novel told in journal entries perfect for fans of Gary Paulsen and The Downstairs Girl.

November 1914.


Toni Morrison Birthday Celebration with Giselle Anatol

Join KU Professor of English and children's literature expert Giselle Anatol as she presents her new book Small Girl Toni and the Quest for Gold in celebration of the great Toni Morrison's birthday!

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Small-Girl Toni and the Quest for Gold By Giselle Anatol, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Giselle Anatol, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593404867
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - December 26th, 2023

A tall tale inspired by the life and works of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.

Young Toni knows that her stories are going to change the world. She's good at spinning a yarn, and in fact, she thinks she might be able to spin her stories into gold if she tries hard enough. Maybe her stories can even lead her to buried treasure?


Izzy Wasserstein, Emma Törzs, and Abbey Mei Otis

Join us for an all-star evening of the finest sci-fi and fantasy authors out there. Books will be available for sale and signing!

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These Fragile Graces, This Fugitive Heart By Izzy Wasserstein Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616964122
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Published: Tachyon Publications - March 12th, 2024

A Publishers Weekly Selection: Spring 2024 Top-10 SF Fantasy and Horror


All the Hometowns You Can't Stay Away from By Izzy Wasserstein Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781952086427
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Published: Neon Hemlock Press - July 12th, 2022

In her debut collection, Izzy Wasserstein pries the lid off fourteen different worlds from an already impressive short fiction career. In these pages, you'll meet ne'er-do-wells and orphans, investigators and revolutionaries, diplomats and doctoral students.


Ink Blood Sister Scribe: A Good Morning America Book Club Pick By Emma Törzs Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063253469
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Published: William Morrow - May 30th, 2023

NAMED A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR & ONE OF THE BEST FANTASY NOVELS OF THE YEAR 


Alien Virus Love Disaster: Stories By Abbey Mei Otis Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781618731494
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Published: Small Beer Press - August 21st, 2018

Fiction that will inspire you to blow open the doors and kick out those supposedly in charge.


Kaveh Akbar and Donna Hemans

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Join two acclaimed novelists as they read from their fantastic new projects live at the Raven! Books will be available for sale and signing.

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Martyr!: A novel By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9780593537619
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Published: Knopf - January 23rd, 2024

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK • A newly sober, orphaned son of Iranian immigrants, guided by the voices of artists, poets, and kings, embarks on a remarkable search for a family secret that leads him to a terminally ill painter living out her final days in the Brooklyn Museum. Electrifying, funny, and wholly origin


The House of Plain Truth By Donna Hemans Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9798986241814
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Published: Zibby Books - January 30th, 2024

A lyrical, lush, evocative story about a fractured Jamaican family and a daughter determined to reclaim her home.


Sheyda Jahanbani: The Poverty of the World

Join KU Professor Sheyda Jahanbani as she presents her new book The Poverty of the World live in-person at the Raven. Books will be available for sale and signing!

The Poverty of the World: Rediscovering the Poor at Home and Abroad, 1941-1968 By Sheyda F. a. Jahanbani Cover Image
$42.00
ISBN: 9780199765911
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 22nd, 2023

In the middle of the twentieth century, liberal intellectuals and policymakers in the United States came to see poverty as a global problem. Applying Progressive era and Depression insights about the causes of poverty to the post-World War II challenges posed by the Cold War and decolonization, they developed new ideas about why poverty persisted.


"Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity" Book Launch with Local Author Elizabeth C. Bunce

Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 5) By Elizabeth C. Bunce Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781643753140
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 24th, 2023

In the fifth book of the Edgar Award-winning series, Myrtle Hardcastle uncovers a string of murders during a treasure hunt on a haunted Scottish estate.

When her governess inherits an estate on a Scottish island, amateur detective Myrtle Hardcastle couldn't be more excited. Unfortunately, the ancestral castle is both run-down and haunted.


Myrtle, Means, and Opportunity (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 5) By Elizabeth C. Bunce Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781523524280
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 24th, 2023

In the fifth book of the Edgar Award-winning series, Myrtle Hardcastle uncovers a string of murders during a treasure hunt on a haunted Scottish estate.

When her governess inherits an estate on a Scottish island, amateur detective Myrtle Hardcastle couldn't be more excited. Unfortunately, the ancestral castle is both run-down and haunted.


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