JOHN IRVING - Avenue of Mysteries - Here at BookPeople!










Thursday, November 12 at 7PM

BookPeople Presents

Bestselling Author

Here at BookPeople (603 N. Lamar Blvd.)
in conversation with Clay Smith of Kirkus Reviews
about Irving's new book, Avenue of Mysteries

PLEASE NOTE: This is a conversation only. There will not be a public signing. Books included in the ticket price will not be signed. 

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are no longer available. A limited number of books are available to purchase in-store only. Purchasing a copy of Avenue of Mysteries in-store at BookPeople on November 12 will admit you to the event space. Books will not be signed. 

One of modern American literature's most accomplished and celebrated writers, John Irving's novels have endeared him as a master of his craft and in a league few authors have ventured. He's the recipient of the National Book Award as well as an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his own novel, The World According to Garp. His new novel, Avenue of Mysteries, explores the familiar themes of fate and memory we've come to admire when cracking the spine of one of his books. BookPeople is pleased to welcome John Irving here to our store to discuss Avenue of Mysteries with Clay Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Kirkus Review. Tickets include a copy of Avenue of Mysteries. BookPeople is located at 603 N. Lamar Blvd. here in Austin. (Please note: this event was originally scheduled to take place at the Riverbend Centre; the venue has been changed.) 


This event will take place here at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. (Please note: this event was originally scheduled to take place at Riverbend Centre. The venue has changed.)  

Priority access to our event space will be reserved for ticket holders and people who purchase Avenue of Mysteries from BookPeople. Please note that we have seating for 100 and standing room for several hundred after that. Seats will be available to ticket holders on a first come, first serve basis. 

If space allows, we will admit people without tickets/books to the event space on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 6:45pm. The line will form outside our front door. The only way to guarantee admission is to purchase a ticket to the event, which is the equivalent of a copy of the book. 

Books for ticket holders will be distributed at BookPeople the evening of the event. Books distributed to ticket holders will not be signed. In addition, we cannot take orders for signed copies of Avenue of Mysteries, or any of John Irving's books, from people who are not attending this event.

John Irving will speak about his new book and take questions. There will not be a public signing.  


Please note: Tickets will be processed by Brown Paper Tickets, not BookPeople. Brown Paper Tickets will issue a refund of the full face value of your tickets and the service fee within 12 hours of purchase or if the event is canceled or postponed. After that 12 hour period, tickets are non-refundable. If you purchase a ticket, cannot attend the event, and cannot refund the ticket via Brown Paper Tickets, we will hold a copy of Avenue of Mysteries for you at BookPeople for 90 days after the date of the event. You may not pick up the book in advance of the event. 


Juan Diego--a fourteen-year-old boy, who was born and grew up in Mexico--has a thirteen-year-old sister. Her name is Lupe, and she thinks she sees what's coming--specifically, her own future and her brother's. Lupe is a mind reader; she doesn't know what everyone is thinking, but she knows what most people are thinking. Regarding what "has" happened, as opposed to what "will, " Lupe is usually right about the past; without your telling her, she knows all the worst things that have happened to you.

Lupe doesn't know the future as accurately. But consider what a terrible burden it is, if you believe you know the future--especially your own future, or, even worse, the future of someone you love. What might a thirteen-year-old girl be driven to do, if she thought she could change the future?

As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. As we grow older--most of all, in what we remember and what we dream--we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present.


John Irving is the author of numerous novels for adults, including A Widow for One Year, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and The World According to Garp. He lives in Vermont and Toronto.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Austin, TX 78703
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