Authors H.P. Wood and Weina Dai Randel Reading and Signing at BookBar

On Wednesday, April 6, Sourcebooks authors Weina Dai Randel and H.P. Wood will be at BookBar reading from and signing their newly released (and to-be-released) titles!

About HP Wood - Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet (June Release, Advanced Copies will be available at event!)

H.P. Wood is the granddaughter of a mad inventor and a sideshow magician.  Instead of making things disappear, she makes books of all shapes and sizes. She has written or edited works on an array of topics, including the history of the Internet, the future of human rights, and the total awesomeness of playing with sticks.  She lives in Connecticut with a charming and patient husband, a daughter from whom she steals all her best ideas, and more cats than is strictly logical.

Praise for Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet:

"A death-defying feat of creativity and imagination, MAGRUDER'S CURIOSITY CABINET is gloriously original, colorful and alive. Wood's magnificent riot of unique turn-of-the-century characters — fools and sages, snakes and saviors — charmed me completely. Pick it up and it'll run away with your weekend and your heart." — Greer Macallister, bestselling author of The Magician’s Lie

"Oh, how I adored this marvelous, magnificent, magical book! There aren't many books I'll lose sleep over, but this was one of them. This is a story that won't let you go — stuffed with gloriously quirky characters and brimming over with sumptuous sentences - a startlingly original debut novel." — Menna van Praag, author of The Dress Shop of Dreams and The Witches of Cambridge

“I inhaled Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet in a single sitting. Wood has written a cracking Coney Island roller coaster of an adventure, full of marvelous, colorful, and unapologetically authentic characters. A bright, breathless debut.”— Jessica Brockmole, author of Letters from Skye


About Weina Dai Randel - The Empress of Bright Moon duology

Weina Dai Randel was born and raised in China. Her passion for history compels her to share classical Chinese literature, tales of Chinese dynasties, and stories of Chinese historical figures with American readers. She is an adjunct professor and is also a member of the Historical Novel Society.

Reviews for The Moon in the Palace:

“This story of a woman who made her own destiny and has been often vilified is a must for historical fiction fans, especially those fascinated by China’s glorious past.”—Catherine Coyne, Library Journal, STARRED review

Randel’s novel is an impressive tale of lethal court intrigue that is seductive and alluring. It is a story of one woman’s rise to power, but also of the relationships between the women of the palace. Readers will be transported by the colorful, fairy-tale-like story.” (Read more here.)RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, 4-1/2 stars

The Moon in the Palace depicts Empress Wu’s sharp, persistent spirit but does not neglect to make her believably naive and vulnerable, an untried girl among ruthless women. The intrigue and machinations of the imperial court come to life under her hand, a vast and dangerous engine with each piece moving for its own reasons.” (Read more here.) — Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

“This is a very successful and transporting novel that beautifully captures the sounds, smells and social mores of 7th-century China.” (Read more here.) — Kate Braithwaite, Historical Novels Review, Editor’s Choice

“Lyrical and intriguing.” — Bobbi Dumas, Kirkus Reviews

“The engaging path of a Chinese empress.” — Anne Morris, The Dallas Morning News 

“The real triumph of The Moon in the Palace is how Randel succeeds in showing court politics exclusively through female eyes, and how every decision and subsequent action, success, and failure are skillfully plotted like a chess match by the palace women… Magical.”— Deborah Cannon, Washington Independent Review of Books

Reviews for The Empress of Bright Moon:

“The author’s talent for dramatic, well-timed dialogue, and portrayal of women’s friendships and emotions—especially dislike, jealousy, and fear—intensifies the reader’s understanding of palace intrigue… A full immersion, compulsively readable tale that rivals both Anchee Min’s Empress Orchid (2004), about the Dowager Empress Cixi, and the multilayered biographical novel Empress (2006), by Sa Shan, which also features Empress Wu. — Jen Baker, Booklist, STARRED Review

“A must-read for fans of historical fiction set in ancient China, this novel offers a compelling look at a woman’s unprecedented rise to power and a fresh take on the often vilified Empress Wu.” —­Catherine Coyne, Library Journal, STARRED Review

“…a rich conclusion… Randel has done much to breathe life into the life of Empress Wu.” Publishers Weekly

“Once again, Randel’s gift for evoking the atmosphere of the palace shines. Readers are immersed in a world where vengeance is a way of life. Though accurate, the reality and brutality of some incidents may disturb gentle readers. Truly a fascinating read!” — RT Book Reviews, 4 stars


Event date: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492631484
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 7th, 2016

The Moon in the Palace (Empress of Bright Moon Duology) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492613565
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - March 1st, 2016

The Empress of Bright Moon (Empress of Bright Moon Duology) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492613596
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - April 5th, 2016