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Virtual Event (new date!)
Saturday, June 20 at 2:00pm

Join Chevalier's Books as we welcome some our most beloved local authors. This event will be hosted by author and screenwriter John August (who we adore)! Joining him will be some of Larchmont's best, including kids favorites authors such as Stuart Gibbs and Leslie Margolis. Check out all the faces you can expect below and don't miss their upcoming recommended summer reading lists!

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Arlo Finch, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride


JOHN AUGUST is a novelist and screenwriter whose credits include Big Fish and Aladdin. The third book in his Arlo Finch trilogy — Arlo Finch in the Kingdom of Shadows — came out in February. 

John August's Summer Reading List

Young Readers:

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
- Raccoon Sick Day by C.E. Miller

- Hair Love by Matthew Cherry


Middle Grade:

- My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

- Marvel Encyclopedia by Stan Lee (DK)

- Incredible Cross-Sections by Stephen Biesty



- Dune by Frank Herbert

- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

- Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

- Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension by Matt Parker



- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 

- The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

- Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

- Free-Range Chickens by Simon Rich

- Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

- Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History by Matthew White

- Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey

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Spy School, FunJungle


STUART GIBBS is the author of the New York Times bestselling series Spy School, FunJungle and Moon Base Alpha, as well as Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation.

Stuart Gibb's Summer Reading List

Young Readers:
 - Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
- A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins
- If I Built a Car and If I Built A House by Chris Van Dusen
Middle Grade:

- A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
- The Framed! trilogy by James Ponti
- The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- The Ronan Boyle series by Thomas Lennon

- Just A Boy And A Girl in a Little Canoe by Sarah Mlynowski
- Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
- A Short History of Almost Everything by Bill Bryson
- Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen
- Cleopatra, A Life by Stacey Schiff
- Song of the Dodo by David Quammen
- Angel in the Whirlwind by Benson Bobrick

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Free Lunch, Meg, Jo, Beth & Amy


REX OGLE is the author of non-fiction memoir Free Lunch, webcomic Blink, and upcoming Punching Bag and Four Eyes.  Under pen name REY TERCIERO, he also wrote Meg, Jo, Beth, & Amy as well as Swan Lake--coming out in 2021.

Rex Ogle's Summer Reading List

Young Readers:

- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

- The Fate of Faust by Oliver Jeffers

- Classroom 13 Series by Honest Lee

- The Old Truck by Jerome and Jarrett Humphrey


Middle Grade:

- 5 Worlds Book 4: The Amber Anthem by Mark Siegel

- Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

- Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker

- Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi

- Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar



- The Ballad of Songbird & Snakes by Suzanne Collins

- Good Night PunPun by Inio Asano

- The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillippe



The Odyssey by Homer Translated by Emily Wilson

- My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

- How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

- Gideon Falls Vol 4. by Jeff Lemire

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Ghosted, We are Party People


LESLIE MARGOLIS is the author of Ghosted, We Are Party People, If I Were You, three Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries and the Annabelle Unleashed series.  

Leslie Margolis' Summer Reading List

Young Readers:

- Joni: The Lyrical Life of Joni Mitchell, by Selina Alko

- Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us, by Lauren Castillo

- Dory Fantasmagory, by Abby Hanlon

- Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

- The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Middle Grade:

- Ways to Make Sunshine, by Renee Watson

- Front Desk, by Kelly Yang

- From the Desk of Zoe Washington, by Janae Marks

- One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

- New Kid by Jerry Craft



- Processed Cheese, by Stephen Wright

- Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, by Deepa Anappara

- The Book of V., by Anna Solomon

- An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones

- Inheritance, by Dani Shapiro

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Whatever After, Just a Boy and  a Girl in a Little Canoe


SARAH MLYNOWSKI is the New York Times bestselling author of forty novels, including the just released YA camp book Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have), and the Whatever After series. Sarah is also the co-author of Upside-Down Magic, which will be a Disney Channel movie this summer. Sarah can be found everywhere @sarahmlynowski. 

Sarah Mlynowski's Summer Reading List

Young Readers:
 - One by Kathryn Otoshi 
- Simon at the Art Museum by Christina Soontornvat
- I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Middle Grade:
- The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
- Keep it Together Keiko Carter by Debbi Michiko Florence  
- The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
- Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
- We Are Party People by Leslie Margolis
- Again, Again by E. Lockhart
- Anna K by Jenny Lee
- Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum
- Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud
- Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing by Allison Winn Scotch 
- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
- In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
- Mother, Daughter, Widow, Wife by Robin Wasserman

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The Way I Die, Chicago PD


DEREK HAAS is the author of six novels, five about an assassin named Columbus.  The series was praised in the New York Times Book Review as a “devastatingly cool series.”  His most recent book is THE WAY I DIE.   Derek co-created Chicago Fire and executive produces Chicago PD and Chicago Med for NBC.  He co-wrote the screenplays for 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted.  Derek lives in Los Angeles.

Derek Haas' Summer Reading List


- Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

- Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

- The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum

- The Little Snake by A.L. Kennedy



- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

- Our Man In Havana by Graham Greene

- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas


Stephen King Top 5 

- The Stand

- It

- Different Seasons

- Pet Sematary

- 11/22/63

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Jane, Devil Wears Prada (film)


ALINE BROSH MCKENNA adapted the popular novel, "The Devil Wears Prada," and co-created and ran the CW comedy series, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend". Her other film credits include "27 Dresses,"  "Morning Glory,” and "We Bought a Zoo.”” In 2017, McKenna and artist Ramon Perez created the graphic novel Jane, a contemporary version of the Jane Eyre story. The novel received two Eisner Award nominations, including Best Publication for Teens.

Aline Brosh McKenna's Summer Reading List


- Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

- Bringing Down The Colonel by Patricia Miller

- Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

- Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless


Graphic Novels

- The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

- Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

- Strange Fruit, Volume I and II: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill

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Tell Me Three Things, Hope and Other Punchlines


JULIE BUXBAUM is the author of the What to Say Next, as well as the New York Times bestseller Tell Me Three Things, her debut young adult novel and her most recent was Hope and Other Punchlines. She also wrote the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Love and After You. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. 

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Ronan Boyle


THOMAS LENNON is a writer, comedian, and actor who has worked on a number of things you probably love, including Reno 911! and Night at the Museum. His most recent release for his middle grade series is Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death. Lennon lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Jenny Robertson, and their son, Oliver.

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Piper Perish & Art Boss


Kayla Cagan is a playwright and the author of the young adult novels, PIPER PERISH and ART BOSS.

Kayla Cagan's Summer Reading List

Picture Books/Young Readers:

- A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

- Olivia Forms A Band by Ian Falconer


Middle Grade:

- The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

- To NightOwl from DogFish by Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan



- I'm Not Dying with You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

- We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding

- Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry

- In The Hall with The Knife, a Clue Mystery by Diana Peterfreund



- wow, no thank you by Samantha Irby

- How To Be An Artist by Jerry Saltz

- Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

- The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

- Weather by Jenny Offill


Be Frank With Me 


Julia Claiborne Johnson is the author of the national bestseller Be Frank with Me, a finalist for the American Bookseller’s Association’s Best Debut of 2017. Her second novel, Better Luck Next Time, will be out in January of 2021. She’s lived in Hancock Park for almost a quarter of a century. Contact via Twitter and Instagram @JuliaClaiborneJ.

Julia Claiborne Johnson's Summer Reading List

Favorite books for the very small:

- I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris and Lane Smith
- Gerald McBoingBoing by Dr. Seuss
- The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
- Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton


Middle Readers:

- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg
- Half-Magic by Edward Eager 
- The Five Little Peppers and How they Grew by Margaret Sidney
- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
- D’Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri & Edgar Parin D’Aularies


For YA (and Adult!) Readers:

- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (one of my all-time favorites!)
- True Grit by Charles Portis
- The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
- Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
- Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger


Adult Readers:

- Writers and Lovers by Lily King
- Weather by Jenny Offil (Also Jenny Offil’s Department of Speculation)
- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
- News of the World by Paulette Jiles 
- The Idea of You by Robinne Lee (A somewhat racy, but beautifully written novel!)
- Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro


For Readers of History:

- In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson
- The Great Bridge by David McCullough
- Flu by Gina Kolata (I read it first in the ‘90s. Reread now. Very different to me. Funny, that.)


For Lovers of Baseball:

- Moneyball by Michael Lewis
- Astroball by Ben Reiter
- The Only Rule is it Has to Work by Ben Lindbergh


Wonderful, Funny Books:

- Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
- Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
- Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans (also, Their Finest—it’s about a movie being made in London during World War II)
- The Pursuit of Love, and Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
- Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
- Augustus Carp, Esq. By Himself, Henry Howarth Bashford (Written by the personal physician to George VI. Not about that, but truly hilarious.)