Puja Guha and Dea Poirier | Sirens of Memory and After You Died
JULY 28 | 5 PM
BUY SIRENS OF MEMORY
BUY AFTER YOU DIED
Join us for an online conversation between authors Puja Guha and Dea Poirier, as they discuss their latest books, Sirens of Memory (Guha) and After You Died (Poirier). Joining them in conversation is Chantelle Aimée Osman, Editor, Agora - Polis Books.
In Guha's Sirens of Memory, Mariam is pregnant and fleeing an abusive marriage as the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait begins. Leaving her husband Tareq for dead, she crosses the border and is evacuated with the help of Raj, who she meets at a refugee camp and suggests she assume the identity of his dead wife so she can be issued Indian papers. Twenty-five years later, Mariam is still living under the identity of Raj's Indian wife in the US. In an attempt to put her past to rest, she attends an event commemorating the anniversary of the invasion at the Kuwaiti embassy. Also in attendance is Tareq, miraculously still alive, who had assumed his wife was killed in the invasion decades before. Angry and obsessed, he begins planning his revenge. The confrontation that follows forces Mariam to confront her past as a victim and decide who she really is, once and for all.
Poirier's After You Died is a paranormal thriller loosely based on true events. Seventeen-year-old bisexual teen boy Asher remembers nothing from the night in 1968 that the police found him covered in his girlfriend's blood. He knows he'd never hurt anyone, least of all her. But the only person who believes him is his twin sister. He's sentenced to five years at the Dozier Reform School. And like Asher's memory, Dozier hides violent secrets of its own. In hopes of recovering the events from the night of the murder, Asher visits the school's psychiatrist. But when the memories return, he finds many aren't his own. Thoughts, feelings, and visions from another life, and another time, slip into his mind. And each new memory brings consequences. First days disappear, then weeks. As the weeks slip away, students follow. As Asher's possible body count grows, he knows the answers he needs are trapped within his own mind, and in ghosts from the past. He needs to find out who he is and prove the murders aren't connected to him or risk losing his sanity and freedom forever.
Puja Guha, author of the international bestselling The Ahirman Legacy series, was born into a family of acclaimed Indian architects. Today, she works as an independent consultant on international development programs primarily in Africa and South Asia - traveling to some of the most economically-challenged countries in the world. She has lived in Kuwait, Toronto, Paris, London, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. She currently resides in the Denver area.
Dea (D.H) Poirier is the international bestselling author of The Calderwood Cases series, including Next Girl to Die and Beneath the Ashes. She was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she got her start writing in creative writing courses. She attended The University of Central Oklahoma for Computer Science and Political Science. Later, she spent time living on both coasts, and traveling the United States, before finally putting down roots in Central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney and the swamp. She spends her days at her day job as a Vice President of Digital Marketing, and her nights writing.
Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, an imprint of Polis Books. Agora focuses on crime fiction with unique social and cultural themes. Titles from Agora’s debut list have been nominated for Edgar, Anthony, Lefty, Macavity and Strand Critics awards, and named on multiple best-of lists for 2019 and 2020. Chantelle was named a Publishers Weekly Rising Star honoree in 2020.
We invite you to support the authors by purchasing a copy of their books from Browseabout Books: Sirens of Memory (Guha) and After You Died (Poirier). Call-in orders are accepted or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website. Each copy purchased comes with a signed archival bookplate.
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