Join us on the night of MAY THE FOURTH (be with you) for a conversation with novelists TJ Martinson and Michael Moreci.
TJ's book, THE REIGN OF THE KINGFISHER, is a new staff favorite, and we are excited to bring TJ here to chat about it. Superheroes on May the 4th? We're so excited we are concocting a special drink just for this.
Michael Moreci's book WE ARE MAYHEM is the much anticipated sequel to his rollicking space-opera BLACK STAR RENEGADES.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
"Hits a grand slam for its intended audience. It might even convince skeptics that superhero stories can make good literature." —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"An extraordinary novel." —Emily St. John Mandel, bestselling author of Station Eleven
30 years ago a superhero tried to save Chicago. Now the city is again under siege, in this gritty, suspenseful, and beautifully written novel from award-winning debut author T.J. Martinson
Somewhere in Chicago, a roomful of people have been taken hostage. The hostages will be killed one by one, the masked gunman says on-screen, unless the police will admit that they faked the death of the legendary superhero called the Kingfisher and helped him to give up his defense of the city thirty years ago.
Retired reporter Marcus Waters made his name as a journalist covering the enigmatic superhero’s five years of cleaning up Chicago’s streets. Then the Kingfisher died, Chicago resumed its violent turmoil, and Marcus slid back into obscurity.
But did the Kingfisher really die? And who would take hostages connected to the Kingfisher's past attempts to clean up the streets? With the help of disgraced police officer Lucinda Tillman and a young hacktivist named Wren, Marcus will explore the city's violence, corruption, and chaos to figure out if the vigilante hero died tragically, or gave up hope and abandoned the city—and for the hostages, the clock is ticking.
ABOUT TJ MARTINSON: T.J. Martinson is an English PhD candidate at Indiana University - Bloomington. His debut novel, The Reign of the Kingfisher, was recently published by Flatiron Books.
ABOUT MICHAEL MORECI: He is a novelist and author of comic books who has been recognized as one of Newcity Lit's "Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago 2018." His comics include the critically acclaimed sci-fi trilogy Roche Limit and the military horror drama Burning Fields. He's also written Suicide Squad for DC, Planet of the Apes for Boom!, and his other original titles include Curse, Hoax Hunters, ReincarNATE, and Black Hole Repo. As a novelist, Michael is currently writing Spy Swap, an espionage thriller for Tor/Forge. He lives in Chicago with his wife, two sons, and dog.
ABOUT WE ARE MAYHEM: The second entry in the Star Wars-inspired series that Nerdist calls "the next big thing."
Though the ragtag group of misfits known as the Black Star Renegades won a decisive battle by destroying Ga Halle’s War Hammer, the war is far from over. In response to losing the crown jewel of its fleet, the evil Praxis empire has vengefully reinforced its tyranny across the galaxy--but its rule won't be had so easily. Led by hotshot pilot Kira Sen, a growing rebel force stands in the way of Praxis’s might. Not only do they possess the will to fight for galactic freedom, they also possess the ultimate ace in the hole: The mythical Rokura, the most powerful weapon ever known.
Too bad Cade Sura hasn’t figured out to use it.
As Kira wages an increasingly bloody war against Praxis, Cade is left with only once choice: With Ga Halle scouring every star system for the coveted weapon, Cade embarks on a dangerous mission into uncharted space to discover the Rokura’s origins. Only then can he learn how it can be wielded. Because if he doesn’t, all hope for the galaxy might be lost.