Harvard Book Store welcomes beloved, bestselling fantasy writer LEIGH BARDUGO—author of the Shadow and Bone trilogy, Six of Crows duology, and more—for a discussion of her debut adult novel Ninth House. She will be joined in conversation by KELLY LINK, master of short fiction and fantasy.
Attendance to this talk is free and open to the public. Those joining the signing line must have purchased a copy of Ninth House from Harvard Book Store. Purchasing a book-included signing line pass online ensures a spot in the signing line after the talk. Anyone who purchases a copy of Ninth House on-site at the event will still be permitted to join the line after signing line pass holders have had their copies signed.
Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.
“Ninth House is the best fantasy novel I’ve read in years, because it’s about real people. Bardugo’s imaginative reach is brilliant, and this story―full of shocks and twists―is impossible to put down.” —Stephen King
“Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House rocked my world. I could not get enough of sinewy, ghost-haunted Alex Stern, a heroine for the ages. With a bruised heart and bleeding knuckles, she risks death and damnation―again and again―for the people she cares about. I was cheering her on the whole way: from the first brilliant sentence of this book to the last. More, please, Ms. Bardugo.” —Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2
“Ninth House is the best thing I’ve read in a long time. There’s so much magic here that you’ll begin to feel it seeping into the room around you as you read, and characters so real you ’ll practically hear their voices in your ear. Leigh Bardugo has written a book so delicious, so twisty, and so immersive I wouldn’t blame you for taking the day off to finish it.” —Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners and Get in Trouble
Ticket includes book.
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