BookBar BookClub

Join us for our monthly book club lead by authors and booksellers.


This month we'll be reading THE WITCH ELM by Tana French. Barbara Nickless, local author of BLOOD ON THE TRACKS will lead this month.


Barbara Nickless promised her mother she’d be a novelist when she grew up—what could be safer than sitting at a desk all day? But an English degree and graduate work in physics first took her down other paths—technical writer, raptor rehabilitator, astronomy instructor, journalist, piano teacher, and sword fighter. Now an award-winning author, her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies in the U.S. and UK. She spends her free time (of which there is far too little) snowshoeing, caving, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies, mainly to avoid the lure of Netflix. Blood on the Tracks, which won the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, is her first novel. Barbara is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers.



From the writer who "inspires cultic devotion in readers" (The New Yorker) and has been called "incandescent" by Stephen King, "absolutely mesmerizing" by Gillian Flynn, and "unputdownable" (People), comes a gripping new novel that turns a crime story inside out.


Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.


A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

Event date: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm