Dark Societies: An Evening With Stephanie Garber And Katherine Webber

In association with Waterstones Piccadilly, I am very excited to announce an evening with Stephanie Garber (Caraval) and Katherine Webber (Wing Jones) on Monday 20th February at 6.30pm.


Tickets £5/£3 PABC members and Waterstones Cardholders available in store, via 02078512400 or email Piccadilly@waterstones.com

Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-205 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD


Welcome to CARAVAL

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of CARAVAL, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

CARAVAL is Magic. Mystery. Adventure.

For Scarlett and her beloved and wild younger sister Tella it represents freedom, an escape from her ruthless, abusive father and from her own dark past.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But Scarlett is too scared of her father to leave Trisda and so she is kidnapped by Tella and a dangerous yet oh-so-seductive sailor named Julian and taken to the mystical Isla de los Suenos, the site of Caraval.

Legend has it, that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nonetheless on arrival Scarlett quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever . . . with the evil Master of Caraval, Legend.

Caraval is a mesmerising, magical, stunningly imaginative debut novel full of intrigue

and drama. Film rights have already been pre-empted by Twentieth Century Fox.

Stephanie Garber wanted to be an explorer until she realised most of the world had already been discovered.

So she started creating her own worlds. When she’s not writing, Stephanie teaches creative writing at a private college in northern California.

Caraval is her debut novel.

You can find her on twitter as @sgarbergirl #caraval

Wing Jones

 An uplifting and refreshing debut, Wing Jones is the story of family, tragedy and love – and what you can achieve with optimism and belief in yourself. Fifteen year old Wing has grown up in the shadow of her athletic and handsome brother, who has thrived where Wing has struggled with the mixed blessings of a Ghanaian and Chinese

heritage. Where he is a popular and skilled football player, Wing simply feels too tall, too big, with hair too curly – and like she fits in nowhere in her 1990s Atlanta High School.

But when tragedy strikes and her brother is involved in a deadly car crash, and left in a coma, Wing finds herself left to deal with her distraught family as they struggle with the fallout. Squashed into their cramped home with her mother and Ghanaian and Chinese Grandmothers, all Wing wants to do is run away.  But when midnight runs lead her to the athletics track, she can’t deny that maybe running is actually the hidden power she’s had all along – and could hold the key to saving her family. But with love blooming too, can Wing’s focus be distracted? Could her speed stop her getting the one thing she truly wants?

KATHERINE WEBBER is a living example of what you can achieve with optimism. For many years she has made it her business to be a part of the book world, and her passion paid off when her book was pre-empted by Delacorte in the US and acquired in a heated eight publisher auction in the UK.

She was born in Southern California, where she was raised as a Mormon. She studied Chinese literature and language at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and comparative literature at the University of California, Davis. Even from Hong Kong, Katherine’s sights were set on the international book scene, engaging widely with authors and bloggers via the power of social media. When she moved to the UK two years ago she put herself in the centre of the book world with a job at reading charity BookTrust, and since then she has attended every book launch possible, interviewed authors, and made a name for herself as the biggest YA fangirl in the country.

Whether it is found in a book or in real life, Katherine loves an adventure. She has climbed the Great Wall of China, ridden camels in the Sahara Desert, camped in the Serengeti, visited sacred temples in Bhutan, trekked to Machu Picchu, and eaten her way through Italy. She has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Hawaii and Atlanta and now lives in Soho with her husband.


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