Rebecca Mahoney, author of The Memory Eater, and James Kennedy, author of Bride of the Tornado

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Rebecca Mahoney, author of The Memory Eater, and James Kennedy, author of Bride of the Tornado! This event will take place on Thursday, April 4 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140). Both authors will in the Boston area to host the April 6 screening of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival , an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds.

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ABOUT THE MEMORY EATER

“An eerie tale offering equal measures of fright, angst, and emotional catharsis.” —Kirkus, starred review

A teenage girl must save her town from a memory-devouring monster in this piercing exploration of grief, trauma, and memory, from the author of The Valley and the Flood.


For generations, a monster called the Memory Eater has lived in the caves of Whistler Beach, Maine, surviving off the unhappy memories of those who want to forget. And for generations, the Harlows have been in charge of keeping her locked up—and keeping her fed.

After her grandmother dies, seventeen-year-old Alana Harlow inherits the family business. But there’s something Alana doesn’t know: the strange gaps in her memory aren’t from an accident. Her memories have been taken—eaten. And with them, she’s lost the knowledge of how to keep the monster contained.

Now the Memory Eater is loose. Alana’s mistake could cost Whistler Beach everything—unless she can figure out how to retrieve her memories and recapture the monster. But as Alana delves deeper into her family’s magic and the history of her town, she discovers a shocking secret at the center of the Harlow family business and learns that tampering with memories always comes at a price.

 

ABOUT BRIDE OF THE TORNADO

“A powerfully weird, original tale that combines American folk horror with a surreal coming-of-age nightmare.”—The Guardian

Stephen King’s The Mist meets David Lynch’s Twin Peaks in this surreal, mind-bending horror-thriller.


In a small town tucked away in the midwestern corn fields, the adults whisper about Tornado Day. Our narrator, a high school sophomore, has never heard this phrase but she soon discovers its terrible meaning: a plague of sentient tornadoes is coming to destroy them. 

The only thing that stands between the town and total annihilation is a teen boy known as the tornado killer. Drawn to this enigmatic boy, our narrator senses an unnatural connection between them. But the adults are hiding a secret about the origins of the tornadoes and the true nature of the tornado killer—and our narrator must escape before the primeval power that binds them all comes to claim her. 

Audaciously conceived and steeped in existential dread, this genre-defying fever dream of a novel reveals the mythbound madness at the heart of American life.

 

Rebecca Mahoney is the author of The Valley and the Flood (out now from Razorbill), as well asThe Memory Eater (out now from Razorbill), and the co-creator of independent audio drama The Bridge. Rebecca is a strong believer in the cathartic power of all things fantastical and creepy in children’s literature - and she knows firsthand that ghosts, monsters, and the unknown can give you the language you need to understand yourself. 

She studied Creative Writing at Brandeis University alongside Japanese language and literature, and spent three years in the world of US-Japan relations in Washington DC. She’s particularly inspired by classical Japanese ghost stories and their influence on the modern horror genre.

She currently works in academia, and spends her spare time cursing sailors at sea. 

James Kennedy is the author of the horror thriller Bride of the Tornado, which the Chicago Tribune named one of the "Top 10 Books of 2023." James' previous books include the sci-fi novel Dare To Know, which was named by the Times Saturday Review as their "Best Sci-Fi Book of 2021," and the young adult fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish. In addition, James is the founder of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds. He also hosts the Secrets of Story podcast with Matt Bird. James lives in Chicago.

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Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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$15.19
ISBN: 9780593524602
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Published: Razorbill - March 14th, 2023

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ISBN: 9781683693277
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Published: Quirk Books - August 15th, 2023

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