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Charlie Jane Anders with Nina LaCour / Launch for Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak

The Booksmith

1727 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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Booksmith is thrilled to host the first in-person event at our new location, 1727 Haight Street, with neighborhood hero and international bestselling author of All the Birds in the Sky Charlie Jane Anders, to launch her new novel Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, the sequel to Victories Greater Than Death and the second book in her Unstoppable series. She'll be in conversation with Nina LaCour. Join us!

*** PLEASE NOTE: advanced sales for this event have ended. We have some seats remaining, which will be go on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors are at 7pm PDT. Please note all of the following: ***

Please note:

  • Safety: ID and proof of full vaccination, including booster, will be required at the door. Masks will be required throughout the duration of the event, capacity will be limited to allow indoor distancing, and we'll have extra ventilation in place. 
  • Because we’re limiting capacity, we can't guarantee we'll have space for walk-ins. The best way to ensure you’ll get a seat is to order the Book + Seat ticket through this link. If all of our dedicated free seats have been reserved, you can guarantee a seat by ordering the book through that link or you can attend the event on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantee of admission.
  • We are happy to offer *signed copies* of Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak: order a Book + Seat ticket bundle if you'd like to pick up a signed copy at the event, or order here if you just want a signed copy.
  • If we feel it is not safe to gather, as the event gets closer, we will pivot to a virtual event and your registration will remain valid.
  • Questions? Write [email protected].

We'll ship all orders directly to you or hold for pickup at our San Francisco shop. We are happy to fulfill orders anywhere in the world – international postage will be invoiced separately.

About the book

They'll do anything to be the people they were meant to be — even journey into the heart of evil.

Rachael Townsend is the first artist ever to leave Earth and journey out into the galaxy — but after an encounter with an alien artifact, she can't make art at all.

Elza Monteiro is determined to be the first human to venture inside the Palace of Scented Tears and compete for the chance to become a princess — except that inside the palace, she finds the last person she ever wanted to see again.

Tina Mains is studying at the Royal Space Academy with her friends, but she's not the badass space hero everyone was expecting.

Soon Rachael is journeying into a dark void, Elza is on a deadly spy mission, and Tina is facing an impossible choice that could change all her friends lives forever.

About the authors

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in the young-adult Unstoppable trilogy, along with the short story collection Even Greater Mistakes. Her other books include The City in the Middle of the Night and All the Birds in the Sky. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostSlateMcSweeney'sMother Jones, the Boston ReviewTor.comTin HouseConjunctionsWired Magazine, and other places. Her TED Talk, "Go Ahead, Dream About the Future" got 700,000 views in its first week. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct. Author photo by Sarah Deragon.

Nina LaCour is the best-selling and award-winning author of several books for young adults, including We Are Okay, which won the Michael L. Printz Award, Hold Still, which was a William C. Morris Debut Award finalist and won the Northern California Book Award, and Watch Over Me, which was named a Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2020. Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle is her debut picture book. Her first novel for adults, Yerba Buena, publishes later this spring. Nina LaCour loves cooking, gardening, and day tripping through the ever-inspiring regions of Northern California with her wife and their daughter. Author photo by Kristyn Stroble.

This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required.


Refund Policy:

No refunds or returns.

Cancellation Policy:

In the event of cancellation, you will be refunded the price of your ticket within 4 business days.

Charlie Jane Anders with Nina LaCour / Launch for Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak poster
The Booksmith
1727 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117