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As part of our annual Lake Forest Park Reads! program, Third Place Books welcomes staff-favorite TJ Klune for a reading of his critically-acclaimed fantasy novel The House in the Cerulean Sea. He's joined in conversation by the Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Seanan McGuire.
About The House in the Cerulean Sea. . .
A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.
When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.
But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.
An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.
Praise for The House in the Cerulean Sea. . .
"You must read this book, absolutely must. I've recommended it to all of my friends who have put blood, sweat, and tears into fighting for marginalized kids. Imagine being a case manager who advocates not for human children, but for magical creatures that the human world has cast aside. The wonderful children created by TJ Klune, along with their caretakers, will make you laugh out loud while wrapping you in a warm hug with this story of finding love and healing with chosen family."
—Maggie, bookseller at Third Place Books
“It’s a witty, wholesome fantasy that’s likely to cause heart-swelling.”
—The Washington Post
"Readers will revel in Klune’s wit and ingenuity."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"I loved it. It is like being wrapped up in a big gay blanket. Simply perfect."
—V.E. Schwab, author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
TJ Klune is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Extraordinaries, and more. Being queer himself, Klune believes it's important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.
Seanan McGuire is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award–winning Wayward Children series; the October Daye series; the InCryptid series; the delightfully dark Middlegame; and other works. She also writes comics for Marvel, darker fiction as Mira Grant, and younger fiction as A. Deborah Baker. Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls, horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She won the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 became the first person to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.
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