We're pleased to welcome local author Liz Harmer for the release of her debut novel, The Amateurs, out April 2nd! Liz will be in conversation with Cellar Door owner Linda Sherman-Nurick.
In Harmer's near-future world, Port, a technological innovation purported to take you to any place or time you desire, becomes a phenomenon, but soon it is clear that many who pass through its portal won't be coming back--either unwilling to return or, more ominously, unable to do so. After a few short years, the population plummets. The grid goes down. Among those who remain is Marie, a thirty-something artist living in a small community of Port-resistors camping out in the abandoned mansions of a former steel town. Meanwhile, Brandon, the right-hand man to the mad genius who invented Port, decides to get out of a cultish enclave of survivors located in California. He steals a car and drives north-east, where he hopes to find his missing mother. And there he meets Marie.
If you purchase the book bundle, you get the amazing book AND entrance to the event for you and one guest. No need to purchase a general admission ticket if you purchase a book. Your book is your ticket. Only books purchased from Cellar Door will be granted access to the signing line. Books can be pre-ordered in-store or online.
Liz Harmer is an author, college professor, and freelance editor. Her stories and essays have been published in The Malahat Review, PRISM, Grain, The New Quarterly, Little Brother and other journals. She won a National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism and was nominated for another NMA, both in 2014. She was also one of the key organizers of the Women's March in Riverside. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Raised in Hamilton, Ontario, she now lives with her husband and their three young daughters in southern California.